The do’s and don’ts of the school hallway

By: Darartu Omar

Everyone knows that the school hallways can be pretty hectic. People are just trying to get class. But what some people don’t realize is that they are making it harder for everyone else. Some people shove, some people yell. If anything, that isn’t going to help. So, I’m here to give you some tips and tricks of not only how to survive in the hallways but also in telling you the do’s and don’ts.

Let’s say you’re walking and you see your friend in front of you. You probably want to catch up with them right? Well, here’s what you can do. You can either find them at lunch or just forget about it. What you shouldn’t do is shove others to get to that friend. You could potentially hurt others but also hurt yourself.

Another thing that goes on in the hallways, that I know a lot of people notice, including myself, is EXCESSIVE PDA. I know that couples want to show their love and what not, but it’s not very comfortable for us when walking in the school hallway to get to class. It’s not like you will not see your boyfriend/girlfriend after class; they won’t miss you to badly.

One thing that I know bothers me a lot, and some others too, is the fact that people will stand right in the middle of the hallway. The hallways are already small and tight but to make matters worse, people like to stand there and make conversations with others. Sometimes, they will make a circle right smack in the middle and won’t even think to move out of the way, and sometimes will ignore you even when you have asked nicely.

Overall, I would say that the school hallways can be very annoying and frustrating. I know that when I graduate this year, this is one thing I will not miss about it.

Back-to-school season and flu

 

Huron High School students walk to their buses after school on Friday afternoon. The budget calls for eliminating all busing for high school students next fall, but the school board is looking at other alternatives. Jeffrey Smith | For AnnArbor.com

Getting sick is not limited to one group of people only and I’m sure anyone who has attended a history class would know this to be true. To refresh your memory, in the war between Europeans and Native Americans, the former was immune to small pox, and the latter wasn’t, which lead to a catastrophe for the Native people.

Though getting a common cold is not a serious illness comparatively, it still has infuriating traits. People under 18 are the group most affected by flu and the common cold every year.

Statistically speaking, high schoolers are at a very low risk of getting the flu; we shouldn’t be that worried about it, right? and in fact, the ones at the highest percentile of risk are elementary kids. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, elementary school children get six to eight colds each school year, and for high school kids, about half of that. This could be attributed to their smaller physique, easily compromised immune system, and also lack of established hygiene practices. High schoolers, comparatively, have better hygiene practices and also more well adapted immune systems.

Though elementary school children are prone to getting sick more, they are least affected by this academically. Let me explain this further. Elementary kids don’t necessarily have any pressure from school in completing tasks or getting grades. In fact, most elementary schools don’t start grading things until 4th or 5th grade. Unfortunately, this is not the case for high schoolers who could be left to scramble catching up for even missing a day of school. So, this group, even though they are old enough to know flu is contagious, might be ambivalent in taking a day off from school.

So, how can we help them? How can high schoolers protect themselves from fellow students who show up at school irrespective of being sick? How can high schoolers be better prepared to handle the flu if they are infected?

If you ever suspect yourself to be infected with flu, or the common cold, the first thing to do is call your school about a leave of absence. Email teachers and track your classes through Schoology to stay updated. The  presence of technology in classrooms is a true boon to high schoolers.

What if it is absolutely necessary for you to come to school, like for example, you must take the SAT, a final in class, or other important tests, what should you do then? Warning: this might seem silly, funny or even inappropriate to some. Wear a mask! – the one that covers your nose and mouth.

All the masks that surgeons, nurses, and sick people in hospitals wear are not a joke, they are the best method of preventing the spread of germs. If you are feeling nervous to wear these things to school, remember it can be fashionable too! If you’re a fan of K-pop you already know that many people in Korea wear them, and they can come in many different styles. So please save the rest of us and wear one!!

Or better yet, stay precautious and follow the below protocols.

The others are the group who are not affected by the sickness yet and are surrounded by walking zombies who could infect them any second. Precautions to follow would be; number one, get the flu shot. Chose any, do the nasal version or the actual shot.

You might be saying, “Well, when I actually get the shot I end up getting sick right after anyway, so what’s the point.” To explain this, let’s see how flu shots are created and how they actually work. Every year, the CDC – The Center of Disease Control and Prevention, choosing from a large pool of virus, predicts the group that could potentially affect people with influenza that season. Using those selected viruses, the CDC creates a “friendlier”/ diluted version, which is weak enough for your immune system to detect, develop your own antibody, and successfully eradicate. These diluted, inactive versions, of viruses are what you get as a flu shot every year. This causes a very light version of the flu which then your body’s immune system fights and then stores the antibody formula for future reference in its database. This means the next time any of the actual viruses show up in your system, your body will eradicate them before you even notice you’re sick. Even if getting a vaccination is not a foolproof way of preventing ALL flu-related diseases, it rules out the predicted majority on the list.

If you want to understand more about the body’s immune system and how it works watch this video: The Immune System.

Another thing to practice is washing your hands frequently, using mild plain soap. Hand sanitizers and antibacterial hand wash should be avoided since they are heavily linked to the rise of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which is a superbug (a bacteria that is resistant to most antibodies). You don’t want to create a monster while trying to avoid one, do you?

Finally, let’s look at our home state compared to others. What percentage of students take a leave of absence from school in Minnesota? The state of Minnesota’s chronic absenteeism rate is only 14%! This means our rate is on the lower, middle spectrum compared to the other states. We must be doing something right, so let’s continue to do that on top of building new preventive practices.

If you want to see the other states chronic absenteeism rate, click on this link!

To find more information about Vaccinations click here!

 

 

9 study tips for finals

By Natalie Braga, Piper Gallivan, Alivia Arredondo

As any high schooler will know, finals week can be a very stressful time and can feel very overwhelming. You may find yourself distracted, or lost, on how to use your time most effectively, but luckily we have 9 studying tips to help you succeed!

Work With Others
Taking on many assignments and materials all by yourself can be very hard, but luckily there’s a class full of people who are going through the exact same thing. Two, three, or even more brains are better than one, and by getting together with friends and classmates you can share opinions and ideas.

It’s also a great way to pick up any small details about a topic that you may not have remembered from class, but someone else did. Setting up study groups outside of school helps with reviewing, and this way, if you have any questions, you’ll be able to get quick and helpful answers. Remember when studying with friends though, to stay focused, motivated, and positive.

Divide Up Work
Studying for 7 classes all at once the night before your finals is never a good idea, which is why it is important to divide up your work. By planning out when and what to study for the days or weeks leading up to finals, it is easier to make sure you have covered everything, while also making it less stressful the night before.

For example, you can plan to study Math for a half hour on Monday night, and Science for 45 minutes on Tuesday. Dividing and planning your work gives you enough time to study while also keeping your mind focused and organized.

Take Breaks
Taking breaks is important to not overwhelm your mind, especially if you’re feeling tired or frustrated. Working for too long can decrease the quality of your work if your brain is simply too exhausted.

Try taking a walk away from your studying space or doing a different task like making a snack for yourself. By taking a break from your work, you may come back with a whole new fresh mindset that can make learning much easier.

Flash Cards
A great way to study is using flash cards. For me, using flashcards is a great way to memorize things quickly. The best way to do this is to rewrite what you have in your notes, but in a shorter more summarized way, that way you can fit the key points on your flash card.

A key thing to do while using flash cards is to actually write them – not type them and print them – but actually write them. Studies have been done, and it is proven that actually writing things out helps to remember things better.

Finally, flash cards are easy and portable and can be shared with other friends to quiz each other.

Reward System
Often times, people use a type of reward system to help study. These rewards can vary from little candy treats, to 10 minutes on your phone, to an episode of tv, basically anything.

The way this helps is that once you memorize a certain portion of your notes, or finish a paragraph of your paper, or whatever you are doing to study, you get something in return. This helps to motivate you to finish faster so you can receive your next reward.

Often times, this works best with treats such as candy because it is quick and easy to return to studying afterwards.

Crying
A great way to just get rid of all the stress is to cry and let it all out. Finals are hard and holding in all the stress and emotions that come with them just makes it harder to focus on your work, and just all around makes things worse. Crying helps relieve stress and makes you feel better after to continue studying.

Exercise
If crying isn’t your thing another great way to relieve stress is through exercise. Exercise is a great way to let out frustration and clear your mind. It also helps with that restless and overwhelming feeling that comes with finals.

Exercising is also a great way to forget about everything going on and all you have to do and just makes you feel more relaxed.

Also, exercise helps with feeling accomplished and after a good workout it’s easier to feel more determined to get all of your studying done.

Finally, exercise helps to feel more energized and awake that way it is easier to focus on what you have to study for.

Study Space
Your work area is key for having a clear mind to focus on your studies. Whether that means clearing out your desk, going in a separate room for studying, going away to the library, or a coffee shop, having an organized space will go a long way.

Quizlet
As people in the 21st century, we are very blessed with the app and website called Quizlet. It is versatile, with ways to make your own study sets or search and find people that have already made them.

Teachers can also create classes where you can join and see all the things you will need to study for an upcoming test. You can put in as many cards you want and can study in many different ways.

You can opt to study in the classic way, which is just an electronic version of regular flash cards. You can learn in the “learn” section which is like a practice quiz with things like fill in the blank and true or false questions.

You can choose to do a simple practice with the “write” section where you just write the corresponding answer to each card.

A great way to really test your progress is with the test. It is formatted like a regular test with different ways to test your knowledge (it has been said that some teachers at Highland have just printed this out and used it as their real test so pay attention).

Lastly, a fan favorite is the match game. It is a throwback to the game we all used to play as kids but now filled with facts and statistics instead of pictures of animals. The time is very motivating as you can see a leaderboard with your other classmates.

We highly suggest using quizlet for your upcoming finals!!

Good luck on your next finals!!!

St. Paul and Minneapolis summer ideas

School officially ends on June 8th, just a few short weeks away. That means sun, freedom, and a lot more downtime. As a student without a job at the moment, trying to make plans while still conserving my bank account can be hard. Everything seems to cost just a little more money than I have, but the thought of spending three months in my bedroom is depressing. Thankfully, St. Paul offers many free or cheap activities and resources for high school students. Here are some of those things:

The Metro Transit Student Summer Pass

Metro Transit is providing $29 student passes for kids of all grades. If an outgoing senior (graduating class of 2018) wants to purchase one, they must have been enrolled in a participating school in 2018. The student pass can be used June 1st through September 4th, from 5am to 10pm. Metro Transit partnered with Second Harvest Heartland to provide free meals for children and teens 18 and under. Below is the link to free meal locations throughout Hennepin and Ramsey county. These student passes have been available for purchase since May 16th. You can buy them online here or at your school. Below are the participating schools.

Ramsey County Free Meals

Hennepin County Free Meals

Details and Participating Schools

Summer Camps

Star Tribune has supplied a lengthy list of summer camps in the metro area, and throughout Minnesota, available to kids and teens. It is comprehensive and provides information such as the camp description, the price(s), the length, date and type (overnight, half-day, full-day), the organization, and the location and phone number. From an all girls basketball and volleyball camp, to a French immersion for 4 – 18 year olds, and a crash course on how to run a business, there is an abundance of summer camps and programs for any interest at any age. The collection includes camps that are free, camps with sliding fees, and higher end programs. Go to this link to explore your options for the summer of 2018!

Parks and Nature

According to metrocouncil.org there are 53 parks and nature reserves in the metro area, along with 40 trails, and 8 special recreation features. In Ramsey County parks, you can access activities such as archery, bird watching, boating and fish, and swimming, and even golf. Click here to access the Parks and Recreation page, and get a comprehensive list of activities, parks, and their locations.

If you are more interested in Hennepin County, then click here for parks, and here for Events and Activities.

If you are interested in the surrounding areas click here. Get out there and enjoy all the wonderful things our state parks have to offer!

Swimming and Aquatic Centers

The St. Paul/Minneapolis area offers multiple aquatic enters and public beaches. The prices vary on location and size of swimming party.

Great River is located on Lexington Parkway, across from the Lexington-Hamline Community School. It has a 25 lap pool, a kids activity swimming pool, swimming lessons, water aerobics, and sailing lessons. You can also go here for lifeguard training. However, Great River will be closed July 4th through September 3rd.

Como is located on Wynne Avenue, close to Hamline University. It includes a zipline, a lazy river, an aquatic climbing wall, a kids pool, a lap pool, diving platforms and more. It also provides swimming lessons and water aerobics. It is open June 9th through September 3rd.

Highland Park is located on Edgecumbe Road, close to the Golf House. It offers a two-story water slide, lap swim pool, children’s splash pad, diving boards, aquatic climbing wall, party rentals, concessions, swimming lessons and more. It is open June 9th through September 3rd.

Phalen Beach is located close to Johnson Senior High School. It is on a Phalen Lake and is free admission. It offers a new splash pad, sand volleyball (bring your own net), a real sand beach, locker rooms, watercraft rentals, sailing, swimming, and kayak lessons. This is a participating location for Second Harvest Heartland and their free meals program. Below are the links for each aquatic center.

Great River

Como

Highland Park

Phalen Beach

Click here for more fun summer activities around the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area! Have fun and stay safe!

 

Some suggestions on how to be a successful student despite having chronic depression

Those with depression know that being a successful student can be hard when one suffers from depression. Motivation to try and succeed is very low. There are ways to counteract this feeling, however.

Academically, always make sure to turn in your assignments, talk to your teachers about what you’re going through, and maybe look into a 504 plan.

Turning in an assignment for even only 2 points is better than having nothing turned in at all and getting a zero. Even if you only do half of the assignment, getting the points for that half is better than none at all.

Talking to your teachers can not only provide you a good outlet for what you’re feeling, but it  possibly allows you to make some arrangements regarding assignments and class work for that class as well.

Lastly, a 504 plan is a plan that protects a student with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. 504 plans allow flexibility with your abilities to turn assignments in. For example those with ADD or depression may turn in assignments later due to concentration issues related to the named affliction. Keep in mind that a 504 plan is a legal document, and you will need to have documentation from a doctor in order to start the process to possibly receive one.

Self care is also a good option to lower stress and almost reboot your system. Make sure you’re eating enough and staying hydrated. Both of these will boost your energy and possibly your motivation levels.

It may also be a good idea to find creative and constructive outlets for your feelings. Some that I’ve seen have been painting (any kind of painting! It doesn’t even have to look like anything, it can just be a bunch of colors in a blob!), writing your feelings down in the form of a poem or story, and writing a short song.

Some other options that have worked for me have been blasting emotional songs and singing along.

Therapy can also be very helpful for managing symptoms of depression. Therapy, however, can be fairly expensive if you don’t have insurance, or if your insurance doesn’t cover therapy.

An important thing to remember is that your health comes before your school work.

If your depression is getting too bad that your ability to function is detrimental, and suicidal thoughts occur, then you should consider: going to the ER and getting help from there, going to the National Suicide Prevention website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org, or calling the National Suicide Prevention phone number: 1-800-273-8255.

College?

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High school is coming to a rapid end, which means college is right around the corner for many seniors. However, for some students, graduation is a temporary, or permanent, end of their academic journey.

Earlier this month, many students declared where they’d be spending the next four years, however, there are others who do not have the intention of going to college. In today’s society, the value, and necessity, of education is considered extremely critical, which brings to question: What are the benefits of not going college, or taking a gap year?

The first obvious reason for not attending college is finance. Collegeraptor.com states that “Studies show that attendance of a private four-year college could cost up to $46,000, and the cost of attendance for a public four year could potentially cost up to 36 thousand.” It is no secret that college is expensive, and student debt can have a greater negative impact on your future then not having a degree. Also, “student debt is at an all-time high, higher than credit card debt” according to pbs.org. The financial burden and potential harm to your future finances, in terms of student debt, is a risk that students attending college must face. In addition to debt, the chances of finding a job post-graduation have decreased. According to an article on the University of Washington’s website, “approximately 50% of college students are unemployed or working in a position which does not require a degree.”

The college system seem to have become a system built to cheat students out of money: requiring young adults to take out large loans, that they are then later not able to pay off. The financial burden of college needs to be carefully examined, however, students who aren’t attending college, are relieved of this burden, which is a primary and major reason as to why to not attend college.

Another reason why students aren’t attending college is preparation. The lack of preparation, within the current education system, for the future evident. For Abdullaziz Munye, a current senior at Highland, preparation is a key factor in his decision to join the workforce. “The problem is that students are taught to work with their hands in school.”

Abdulaziz plans on working as an apprentice carpenter this fall. “I do plan on going to school in the future, however, as of right now, I want to chase my passion in carpentering.”

Abdullaziz continues to discuss the reason in which he came to his decision, along with the stigma that is placed on students who choose not to attend college. The argument is that college does not prepare us any more than high school does, although college provides us with a lot more spare time than high school. The majority of this spare time will be spent in libraries studying.

The constraints that college puts on building ourselves rather than becoming “corporate clones” are obvious. Students are going to college just to be able to add something on to their resume and find a job, but where is the passion? Why are we told that we will find ourselves during our college years if there isn’t any real chance of growth and development, and instead a rather high chance of having more student loans than job offers.

In an article for the Huffington Post, Michael Price writes “Spending 4+ years pursuing a college education in this day and age when the world is changing at the speed of light is not only silly, it’s absolute insanity! Since I dropped out of college and started my career half a decade before my peers, I’m 5 years ahead of the game, plus I have zero debt. No student loans for me.”

College has always been pressured as a necessity, however, it’s obvious in our day and age, that many people can be successful without a degree. Along with the fact that the college environment isn’t built for everyone. The concept of college is particular to each person, and some people want or need to go to college in order to pursue their dream. However, college shouldn’t be viewed as the only way to achieve success.

 

Summer jobs for teens

By Piper Gallivan, Alivia Arredondo, and Alani Bayon

Summer is right around the corner, and if you want money to spend you’re going to need a job because you can’t rely on your parent’s money forever. A summer job is a great thing to have to teach responsibility, and to get money. Many people have the problem of finding where to work, or what to do, or finding a place that will hire them, so we hope to help you on your search for summer jobs with our ideas.

Lifeguard

Lifeguarding is a great summer job to have for many reasons. For example, your employers understand that you are (in most cases) also a student, so you are not required to work during the school year if you don’t want to, and you won’t be penalized for deciding not to work during the school year. Also, unlike some jobs, where you are required to be 16 or older, you can apply to be a lifeguard at only 15, however, you must be certified and have completed the lifeguard training class.

Lifeguarding is a serious job and you must be prepared to take on the responsibilities of being a lifeguard, but along with that comes the fun of being a lifeguard. Working for the city of St. Paul, lifeguards make between $11-$12 an hour, and depending on how many hours you work, you get a raise after a certain period of time.

Also, the lifeguard community is a good group because most everyone are friends, making it more likely you will enjoy the people you work with.

You are not only required to be a lifeguard, in fact you don’t even have to patrol the pool, being a lifeguard gives you other options for a job. For example, you can teach swim lessons, or a water aerobics class, and many more! Not only are these things fun, but they also pay better and require less hours. If you’re looking for an outside job where you can get a tan and go in the water lifeguarding is the way to go.

Nanny/Babysitter

Being a nanny (fancy way to say baby sitter) for the summer is a great and easy way to earn some money. During the summer, many parents don’t want to have to pay the fee to send their kids to daycare or summer camps while they are at work, so nannies are in high demand during the summer. Not only do you get paid well (especially if the family lives on Summit), but it can be a fun and easy job.

Often, you will make a connection with the kids, and get to do fun things with them as well. Although being a nanny is a big responsibility, it does have its perks. There is no age requirement and no taxes like with other jobs. Also, if you have access to a car, or a city bus, you can take the kids and yourself to do fun things like going to the mall, or zoo, or water park, etc. Becoming a nanny would be a great, easy, flexible job for any teen to have this summer.

Camp Counselor

Being a camp counselor is one of the many ways to earn money while having fun. Many kids go to camp every year and depending on the amount of kids they will need a counselor. There are many camps for many activities; for example, if you are into being out in the water Camp St. Croix is perfect, and if you enjoy farming and gardening Youth Farm is a perfect fit for you.

For this job, you must be very patient. Depending on your age group, little kids may take some time to do things, or understand things. You will also need to be responsible; you’re with a lot of kids and you must keep them safe. This is a great job for people who need money while having fun and improving their communication abilities.

Sports Coach

Being a coach over the summer is a great experience. If you are really involved in a sport this job is perfect for you. It’s even possible that you can get a workout at the same time. During the summer, a lot of people slack on their workout, or don’t even do one, but with this job it has you covered. You could teach any sport, it could be: baseball, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, or dance. Typically, if you’re a teen getting this job you will be working with little kids. Just like with the camp counseling job, you will need to be patient; not all people are born with a natural talent. A lot of people find this job very enjoyable because you get to do something you love.

Ice Cream Shop

There are many ice cream places around St. Paul that hire year round, and summer only, for teens. Many have the minimum age limit of 14, so they are one of the most accessible jobs for teens. Some of the most popular ones near the Highland area are Nelson’s, Grand Ole Creamery, Izzy’s, and Cold Front. They are all currently hiring St. Paul teens for May-September, and in some cases you can continue into the school year.

For these jobs, you will need to be available 7 days a week, morning through night, and not have any extended time periods off. They are looking for people with good customer service skills, the ability to work with all kinds of people, and the ability to handle money. Everyone loves ice cream, so why not work with it and get some for free? If you are interested, check their website or stop in and ask for an application.

State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is a great way to spend your summer at Minnesota’s greatest event of the year. The technical age for working is 16, but if you apply individually with a vendor, they may hire younger people too. To apply, you have to complete a cover letter and resume, and then have a meeting in the registration office where you will be interviewed and led in the direction of jobs suitable for you.

You need to be available to work all 12 days of the fair, and during consistent times available. The specific skills required depend on the job, and there are many options. There are hundreds of food vendors, some in full restaurants, and some in just stands on the street. Some of the most recognizable vendors that hire teens are Sweet Martha’s and the Pronto Pup stand. The fair will start taking applications on June 16th, so get your resumes ready!!

Summer is a great time to get money before the stress of school comes back. The Twin Cities’ have a lot of great opportunities for jobs that are designated for teenagers, and many of them are really fun! Most places are hiring right now, so go get to applying!!

How to prepare for big changes

It is finally May and the school year is almost over. Prom has come and past, and for IB students, tests are underway. The weather is getting warmer, the Earth is becoming less of a tundra and more of an inhabitable area, and you can actually sit outside when you are eating Nelson’s Ice Cream. The end of a school year also means a new beginning for many of us students. Whether you are moving into a dorm 2 states away, attending a college here in St. Paul, or getting a new job this summer, big changes are headed this way. As you move to this new frontier of your life, reminding yourself of certain things could make or break you.

    1. Even new roads have bumps. As St. Paulites coming out of a harsh winter, I think we can appreciate this saying. Regardless of what new path you choose, there will most likely be hardships along the way. They could be miniscule or incredibly large, but preparing yourself for scary, stressful situations will always be vital.
    2. Ask for help when you need it. Although “adulting” can feel really good, it can also be really hard. And asking for help from people who have been doing it longer is totally acceptable and okay. You can learn something from  everyone.
    3. Evaluate your needs, wants, and morals. As you move forward in your life, it is important to focus on who you are currently and who you want to be. By asking yourself what you want and what you value, you can not only better understand yourself right now, but also what you want your future self to look like. The period of time leading up to a big change in your life can be nerve wracking, but if you handle yourself correctly, it can also be extremely enlightening.
    4. Make a plan. Whether you are schedule oriented, or like to go with the flow, setting realistic deadlines for yourself can boost your drive to achieve goals. Without setting goals (and deadlines), it is hard to reach said goals.
    5. Have fun and stay motivated. No one said a new frontier couldn’t be fun. You can only have these new experiences once in your life, and life will move on before you know it. Grasp this life firmly by the horns and take control of your future. There are many things on this Earth that you cannot change. Your future is not one of them. Keep chugging along, and know that everything will all be worth it in the end.

The passage of life won’t slow down for anyone. Yesterday’s future is here, and tomorrow is less than a day away. There is a huge world out there for you to explore and appreciate. Go out and do it.

 

 

 

 

Zodiac overview

Have you ever had someone ask you “what’s your zodiac sign?” or ever wondered what a zodiac sign even is?

If we look into Western and Indian astrology, the emphasis is on space, and on the movement of the sun, moon, and planets in the sky through each of the zodiac signs (which is just a certain area in which the sun, moon, and planets are located during a certain month).

Each zodiac sign is related to a person’s birthday and “personality.” Each zodiac personality is different, and they also have different compatibilities with each other

Many people around the world love zodiac signs; seeing different compatibilities and using them to see how their week, month, or even year are going to be! But many people don’t know the history behind the signs. The word zodiac translates into “Circle of Animals,” and many believe that this word was created in ancient Egypt.

The signs are divided up into for different groups:

Fire signs, Water signs, Air Signs, and last but not least, Earth Signs. There are 12 signs in total, each one based off of the earth’s daily rotation, which is why some believe that different signs thrive more during different seasons. Astrology wasn’t only used for predicting your love life or your friendships, the Ancient Greeks used these signs to predict the weather patterns or even wars that might happen. These techniques were mainly used by people with higher power such as kings and emperors.

Many people may know that the zodiac table has also been taken and changed by China, using different animals to symbolize the years. These animals consist of: rat, dragon, snake, rabbit, tiger, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, pig, dog, and ox.

Below is a list of the standard zodiac signs:

Aries:

(Mar 20 – Apr 20)

Gemini:

(May 21 – Jun 21)

Leo:

(Jul 23 – Aug 23)

Libra:

(Sep 23 – Oct 23)

Sagittarius:

(Nov 22 – Dec 22)

Aquarius:

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Taurus:

(Apr 20 – May 21)

Cancer:

(June 21 – Jul 23)

Virgo:

(Aug 23 – Sep 23)

Scorpio:

(Oct 23 – Nov 22)

Capricorn:

(Dec 22 – Jan 20)

Pisces:

(Feb 18 – Mar 20)

(zodiac sign images taken from: http://seizepositivity.com/brutally-honest-description-zodiac/)

Here is a list of each zodiac sign’s love matches:

  • Aries: Pisces, Taurus
  • Taurus: Aries, Gemini
  • Gemini: Taurus, cancer
  • Cancer: Gemini, Leo
  • Leo: Cancer, Virgo
  • Virgo: Leo, Libra
  • Libra: Virgo, Scorpio
  • Scorpio: Libra, Sagittarius
  • Sagittarius: Scorpio, Capricorn
  • Aquarius: Capricorn, Pisces
  • Capricorn: Sagittarius, Aquarius
  • Pisces: Aquarius, Aries

Zodiac birthstones (does not correspond with your monthly birthstone):

  • Aquarius: Garnet
  • Pisces: Amethyst
  • Aries: Bloodstone
  • Taurus: Sapphire
  • Gemini: Agate
  • Cancer: Emerald
  • Leo: Onyx
  • Virgo: carnelian
  • Libra: Chyrsolite
  • Scorpio: Beryl
  • Sagittarius: Citrine
  • Capricorn: Ruby

Zodiac sign’s flowers:

  • Aries: Tulips
  • Taurus: Lilies
  • Gemini: Roses
  • Cancer: Delphiniums
  • Leo: Sunflowers
  • Virgo: Daisies
  • Libra: Hydrangeas
  • Scorpio: Peonies
  • Sagittarius: Carnations
  • Capricorn: African Violets
  • Aquarius: Orchids
  • Pisces: Alstroemerias

Study tips for 4th quarter!

Here are some tips to help you study and turn in work on time!

Do your work when you get it.

I get it. It’s not always easy to do your work in a timely manner especially if you’re prone to procrastinating. But if you do it when you get it, you can relax and do whatever you want without the looming feeling of that homework you’re supposed to be doing hanging over you!

Flash Cards or a Quizlet!

Flash cards are a great way to help memorize vocabulary words and you can bring them anywhere! But if you’re not a fan of flash cards the app Quizlet provides many great ways to memorize the information you need to. They provide a flash card function, a matching function, and even a way to learn your vocab words!

DON’T cram for a test.

Cramming may help in the short term but it won’t help you retain the information for a later time and test. Studying for your test in small increments leading up to the test day is much more beneficial for your grades.

Get a planner.

If writing down what you need to do will help you then get a planner! However, even though some people don’t necessarily need a planner to remember to do their work, it’s still a good idea to plan out your work and studying on a calendar to keep you on track.

Start small.

If you have a large project coming up, do small parts of it spaced out so you stay motivated and it doesn’t feel so looming and overwhelming.

Take notes in class.

This may seem obvious but taking notes can help you retain the information and you can also look back at them when you’re working on your homework.

Pay attention in class.

Chances are if you’re taking to your friend during lecture then you’re not paying any attention to what the teacher is saying which is detrimental to your learning and your grades.

Study groups!

If you have a friend in your classes, ask them to study with you! Often studying with others can be beneficial to retaining and learning information. Also, if there’s something you don’t understand they might understand it and vice versa. If not, you guys can figure it out together using your individual knowledge.

Write in blue pen.

A study has been done that not only writing notes down helps you retain the knowledge but also writing in blue helps more!