How to become a successful lawyer

Are you considering to become a lawyer?
According to The Balance, law school is a three-year program if your planning on being a lawyer full-time, and you can only qualify as a law student if you received your bachelor’s degree. A lawyer’s job is to represent their client and advise them on their legal situations. Lawyers could also work on a criminal or civil lawsuit.

According to, lawyers usually do the following:

  • -Attending court hearings (and doing the preparation beforehand)
  • -Drawing up contracts and other legal documents
  • -Negotiating (not all cases will end up in court)
  • -Explaining the law and giving general legal advice
  • -Settling disputes and supervising any agreements
  • -Researching and gathering evidence
  • -Analysing legal documents
  • -Supervising legal assistants

Some steps on how to become a lawyer

  1. It is important to know information about law and how to conduct research.
  2. Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars because they’ll help you gain more understanding.
  3. Practice “Critical Thinking” by being able to look at a legal issue from both sides.
  4. Developing your writing skills will help you become a successful lawyer and you are most likely to advance your client’s position.
  5. Work on your oral skills since lawyers are required to speak to the the court, other lawyers, a jury, or the clients. They should be able to argue their client’s position without disrespecting the opposing counsel or to the court.
  6. Familiarize yourself with the courts in which you regularly practice. Each court has different practices.
  7. Complete a trial practice seminar. Some organizations has training trials for people interested in learning different departments of the justice system.
  8. Join a local, state, or national bar association. You’ll be able to learn and meet experienced attorneys and exchange ideas.
  9. Find a mentor. This is important to new lawyers because this will help them become a better lawyer.

Surviving the Personal Project presentation

Hey sophomores! You survived the Personal Project paper! Good for you! But now we have to tackle the Personal Project presentation. This article is all about my list of tips and tricks to survive the second part of the Middle Year’s Program (MYP) Personal Project.

The Personal Project, that all sophomores are highly encouraged to complete, is all about MYP’s key goals and focal points as a program. These are: identities and relationships, orientation in space and time, personal and cultural expression, scientific and technical innovation, globalization and sustainability, and fairness and development. The Personal Project could include any number of combinations of these ideas. The biggest goal of MYP is to make students, who are in the program, better and more rounded learners. When students know how to learn, they can better achieve their educational goals.

The definition of the Personal Project, according to the official IB website, is:

“The MYP personal project is a student-centred and age-appropriate practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme. This long-term project is designed as an independent learning experience of approximately 25 hours. The personal project formally assesses students’ ATL skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.”

Step Number One: Understanding your project
This one should be fairly straightforward, considering you already turned in your project paper. In my opinion, the paper takes the most time; it involves explaining everything you did and why you did it. The presentation is just that; the presenting of the accumulation of your work.

Step Number Two: Make a plan for your project
In order to make this presentation, you have to figure out how you’re going to present what you learned. For some, this is extremely easy. Some people made a movie and all they need to do is show people that. Other people had more conceptual projects, where they did something instead of making something. Presenting this could be through a Power Point that includes pictures from your experiences, or a poster with other types of visuals. The flexibility given when deciding topics is also given when creating presentations.

Step Number Three: Make your project
Make a list of materials you might need in order to make this presentation. The more materials you have, the easier it will be to assemble. Giving yourself as much times as you might need will also help. Taking advice and feedback from your peers is another way to ensure you are doing your best work. And of course, there are always your teachers and MYP coordinators that are endlessly helpful resources.

Step Number Four: Present your project
You will be presenting your project to your peers this spring. It will take place in the Field House, with every sophomore who completed a personal project paper. Students from the middle school, and from the 9th grade classes, will all come see your presentation and give you feedback.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Bonk, the MYP coordinator, Ms. Sabo, the Personal Project co-ordinator, or any other staff member.


Preparing for the ACT

The ACT is a standardized test used for college and university admissions. The ACT is out of 36 points in total, with the average score being 21. Students usually take the ACT test, for the first time, in their junior year of high school. There are many ways to prepare and study for the test. Some of those ways listed below.

1. Buy an ACT prep book.

ACT prep books are one of the best forms of studying. They can be found at Walmart ($47.94), Target ($27.96), and Barnes & Noble ($13.29). The prep books usually have practice tests and strategies that can help you when the real test comes up.

2. Get a tutor. 

ACT tutors can help with each section of the test, which includes: math, English, reading, and science. They will help by going over the content of the exam and will try and pin-point your weaknesses to try and help you improve on them. Tutors cost around $80-$200 per hour. Although they may be costly, they are always worth it, and you’ll see that your ACT score will be higher than you think.

3. Take practice tests that are offered near you (or online).

There are many schools and colleges that offer free ACT practice tests. All you have to do is register for them and show up in time. If you can’t make it to schools near you, there are also preps offered online that will be able to help. For prep test at schools, it would be best if you brought your own materials which include: a number 2 pencil, and a calculator. The calculator they allow you to bring is a T1-84 Plus made by Texas Instruments.

4. Ways to de-stress before the test.

There are many ways to de-stress before the test. Some ways to de-stress are: eating breakfast, drinking a lot of water, trying not to be on your phone so much, and sleeping early the day before. Don’t try to think about the test so much, it can lead you to over worry about the test.

There are also many other ways to prepare for the ACT, but the ones I’ve talked about are the most common ways I’ve seen people use to prepare.


By Piper Gallivan, Alivia Arredondo, and Alani Bayon

Let’s face it, almost everyone has been to Target at least once in their lifetime, and most people say it’s pretty great. We hope you love Target as much as we do, and if you don’t here are six reasons to love Target!

Whether you came specifically looking for it, or just found it along the way, Target has everything you will ever need. They have you covered for clothes, food, home decor, furniture, toys, a health clinic, an optical clinic, a separate section for alcohol, and of course, Starbucks. It’s so hard to leave with just what you came to get because you will see a million other things you want. If you had to go to only one store for the rest of your life, Target would be the most logical option.

Who doesn’t love Target clothes? Target has a variety of clothes and clothing styles. They carry: sports/workout, maternity, work, pajamas, undergarments, baby, teen, kid’s, men’s, women’s, swimsuits and accessories. Basically, any type of clothing you need you can find at Target! Not only that, but the clothes at Target are very stylish, and they are also half the price of clothes you would find somewhere else like, American Eagle. Target also fits all sizes! So no matter your size, Target will have something for you. Their clothes also include a variety of brands to choose from, so it’s guaranteed you’ll find something you’re interested in. Finally, in most Targets, the clothes sections are located in the front of the store so it is easy to find, and easy to locate your desired style.

Another great thing about Target, is that for most people, it is convenient and not a far drive! Targets are stationed nationwide, and there is generally one in each city. There are a variety of Targets that range in size, location, and products. Some Targets are smaller like the Target Expresses, which usually are in busier places, and smaller buildings, like the one in the Village, in St. Paul. Then there are the much larger Targets, like Super Target, which is larger and has more products inside. Finally, you have the regular sized Targets.

Another great thing about Target is that you can shop online, so if you live too far away, you can easily purchase it online and they will drop it off at your house. Target also has a drive-in, and a pick-up, section, which basically allows you to shop online and Target will have it ready for you to pick up at the store when you arrive.

Depending on the Target you live by, you may have a food section. You can find fruits, vegetables, grains, and much more. Target also can meet your dietary need,s which is something amazing. If you have a gluten free diet, Target has gluten free bread, gluten free cereal, and anything you could think of. Perhaps you are vegan. Target can supply you with vegan meat, chips, dips, yogurt, and much more. Even if you don’t have a specific diet, Target has such a large variety of food to choose from, you should be able to find something you can eat.

Not only is Target convenient for buying groceries, it also has a pharmacy. The pharmacy is an easy and quick way to get in with a doctor instead of having to go to an urgent care or to your personal doctor. So, if you have strep throat, or an ear infection, or the flu, you can easily go to Target and they will take care of you.

Bullseye’s playground is my personal favorite part of Target. If you don’t know, it is Target’s dollar section. It is usually located at the front of the store, so it’s the first thing you see; that is part of what makes it so irresistible to stop and check it out. The things they carry vary by season, so just looking at it can make you so excited for the upcoming holiday or season. You can always count on a few staple items to be there such as: stationary, candles, socks, toys, and homeware. The prices are always $1 or $3, with the occasional splurge item of $5. The quality of their merchandise is actually really good, so you can find valuable items for some good deals. Overall, this area of Target is always there to bring you some joy at low costs!

Overall, Target is a great store where you can find all of your needs at an affordable price, and we hope this article has convinced you to love Target as much as we do.

How to: Finish your senior year strong

The end of our last year of high school is slowly coming to an end. It’s no surprise that the majority of the seniors have been hit with a mild case of “senioritis.” After four long years, it’s definitely time to say goodbye to high school. Here are some simple steps you can follow to help you feel motivated to finish the year strong.

Step #1: Keep your eye on the prize

Picture yourself walking across the stage and receiving your diploma for your four years of hard work. Graduation is not far away, and for those excited for college, the gap is quickly shortening, but there is no need to panic. Whether your goal is graduation, college, or just summer, you need to keep your eye on the prize. The biggest challenge during senior year is finding motivation. By remembering what your goal is, and how soon you’ll be there, you’ll find the excitement and energy needed to complete the year strongly.

Step #2: Failure to plan, is planning to fail

Senior year is by far the most important year of high school; falling behind is not an option. Although, all four years are crucial toward your academic future, you want to make sure that you’re completing your senior year with strong grades rather than barely getting by. Also, make sure that you do not overcompensate, balancing out school with extracurriculars, and/or a job is extremely difficult, don’t bite off more than you can chew folks! The goal here is to be able to complete all your activities and school work, while still having enough time to yourself.

Step #3: Have fun

Reward yourself for working hard, attend events e.g. Prom, senior field trip, senior lock-in. Having events, or activities to look forward to, can help you pass the time between now and graduation. It can also motivate you to get through the days. It’s highly recommended that you not only attend these events, but also to make as many memories as you possibly can before we close this chapter in your life.

Step #4: Use your resources

Highland is filled with resources, and it’s your job to make sure that you are exploring all these opportunities while you still have time. Make sure to stay connected to your counselor, and stay informed on what you need in order to graduate. Also, while you’re busy staying connected to your advisors and teacher, make sure to stay connected to your peers as well, because they’re also living through this experience. You can use your peers as resources to help you with your school work; study dates are such an easy and fun way to spend time while learning.

Ultimately, it’s your senior year and you want to make sure you make the most of it. You’ve worked so hard for this, and you deserve it; continue to give yourself small rewards for overcoming the challenges throughout this year. For those seniors continuing to higher education, use this time to practice locking in those good habits and self-motivation. Get a jump start on better study habits or organization, because you’ll definitely need it for college.

New Year’s resolutions

2018 is the year for new resolutions, and not resolutions you say you’ll do but never do. Here’s a list of resolutions to keep in mind for the new year.

Number one: Self love: always know to love yourself, you are your own best friend. Don’t look down on yourself, don’t talk bad about yourself, always keep a positive attitude about yourself.

Number two: Write down things about yourself that you appreciate: trust me when I tell you it helps boost your self esteem. And you’ll be happier, and it’ll keep you steady for the rest of the year, and possibly your whole life.

Another good New Year’s resolution is to stop procrastinating. We all know how to avoid doing what we are suppose to do. Whether it’s school related, work, or even personal things. You can make a “To Do” list to help you stay productive and remain focused on your work, even if you don’t want to.

The beginning of the year is a great time to start a healthier lifestyle that you have been talking about. Start to eat less junk food, and more healthy food. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes each day, and by the end of the month you would see incredible results that will motivate you to continue following this new lifestyle you established.

Another New Year’s resolution you might have is doing well in school. You might not be happy with the way things are going at school, with your friends, with your grades and classes, or even homework. You can write a list, or get a planner and write in it daily so you don’t get behind. You can use your smartphone to write your reminders. You can get a piece of paper and stick it on your fridge with all the homework you have to do. There are plenty of ways to help you catch up in school and remind yourself of what you have to do.

There are plenty of New Year’s resolutions you can make. You can make one for whatever you want to fix, or do better, or just something you want to start doing. Just make sure to stick to it and try hard.

Stocking stuffer ideas

Seeing what’s inside your stocking is equally as exciting as opening your gifts on Christmas morning. But sometimes it’s hard to know what to put inside someone’s stocking especially because some items costs as much as the regular gift. It might be especially hard if the person is picky. Here are some fun and easy stocking stuffer ideas that won’t hurt your wallet and that anyone would love.


Who doesn’t like music? Putting earbuds in someone’s stocking would be great, especially if you know that they’re always losing theirs like I am. You can find earbuds for as little as $5.00.

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Skincare/Gift sets

Many brands come out with gift/holiday sets around this time. Again, depending on how much you’re willing to spend, you can get gift sets like this for an affordable price, or you can always get a more luxurious gift set from Sephora or Ulta. If you have a lot of stockings to fill you can also open it and put one in each stocking.

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PopSocket/phone grips

These are everywhere now-a-days, and they’re pretty inexpensive. You can always go the extra mile and customize it for whoever it’s for.

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Funny Keychains

From Crocs keychains to Sriracha keychains, you’ll find a keychain for anyone.

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Hand sanitizer

Something that is simple and easy to get, you never know when you might need hand sanitizer!

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Gift cards

Gift cards are easy and quick to get, and something you can never go wrong with.

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And if you still have a lot of room left to fill, just add a bunch of their favorite candy and snacks!

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These are not the only things you can put inside stockings, but these are a few ideas if you’re a little stuck. Happy holidays! 🙂

Tips for helping you feel better in the cold season

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
It’s also the time of the year when people seem to get sick more often than not.
Being sick sucks. This is a universal feeling that everyone can relate to. You don’t want to spend two days puking your guts out or being so dehydrated that you start to hallucinate. And you definitely don’t want to go Googling your symptoms only to be told by WebMD that you’re dying. So, whether you just have a bad case of the sniffles, or you can’t keep even water down, here are some ways to help yourself feel better.

1. Drink water, please, for the love of god!
No matter what is wrong with you, water will help you feel better. Drinking fluids will help flush out toxins and in general help you.
2. Get rest!
Sleep allows your body to regenerate and heal. If you’re tired, sleeping is ultimately what your body needs.
3. Listen to your body!
Your body knows what’s wrong. It will likely give you subtle hints on how to help.
4. Binge watch your favorite Netflix show or pick a movie marathon to while away the hours.
5. Cuddles
Whether it be with your pet, or a beloved stuffed animal, make sure you pull someone close (that can’t catch your cold!)

Now, go out have a great holiday season, hopefully, without any illness.

Ways to save money

Being a teenager, with a million things on our mind, it’s sometimes hard to save and even make money, depending on your age. But it is important that you make a habit of saving money. Here are some of the things that have helped me save money, and also some ideas to help you make a little extra money.

Cut down your expenses
We all spend money on things we don’t really need. Think about it, do you really need to stop by a coffee shop to get a drink before or after school? Those extra 3-5 dollars you spend will add up. Let’s say you stop by Caribou 3 times a week, and your drink is about $5. That’s $15 by the end of the week!

Limit the amount of cash you carry
Keep your cash at home so you don’t overspend. Obviously, if you don’t have a debit card, and cash is your only option, try leaving some at home when you go out so you don’t spend it on stuff you don’t need.

Sell your old stuff!
We all have those pieces of clothing that we don’t wear anymore, but are still in good condition. Or, if you’re like me, you have a lot of pieces of clothing that still have the price tags on them. Places like Plato’s Closet will look through your clothes and give you cash for the things they can take.

Use cashback sites
When you do decide to shop online, use Ebates. Ebates is a website that has coupons and also gives you a certain amount of cashback. For more details visit the website,

These are not the only things you can do to save/make money, but these are the ways I have found to help me the most. Hopefully they help you too!

Stay warm this winter!

Not sure how to dress appropriately for winter?  Unsure about :jacket, boots, scarf, hats, gloves, socks, coats, extra sweaters, Etc.?

Get ready for the cold and start getting your gear. You might need to change your wardrobe to make space. Need help? Donate some of your stuff to Goodwill from your summer/spring clothes.

Also, some tips to stay warm are: get a heater, try to get warmer blankets, and try to change your room a little by adding winter/holiday stuff (for fun).

Want to have fun in snow? Snow gear, besides a jacket, you can wear for playing in the snow includes: snow pants, gloves, scarfs, and a hat.

This year we are expecting a bit more snow than before. If you want to stay warm then WEAR YOUR GEAR. Snow is pretty, but it can be a bit dangerous without the proper gear. 

Also, consider some other fun “cold weather” things like getting your nails done with colorful snow stuff. Always remember, something good about winter clothes is that some are soft and some are made out of cute fabric.