Can Sharing too Much Hurt? By Linda Contreras

When the Internet was first created, it was for the purpose of easier communication and exchange of information. Social media revolves around purely this- the constant sharing of what you're doing to either just your friends or the entire public eye who sees your posts. From what you had for breakfast to the college acceptance letter you got in the mail that day. Obviously sharing information online seems fun and practical, but how much information is too much information?

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Triveni Patel
When is A Meme Mean? By Linda Contreras

Ever since being on social media for so long, I've been able to see the way memes have developed and changed over the years. From badly drawn cartoons depicting the era of "rage comics" and from images like "Bad Luck Brian" accompanied by some funny caption. For me, these were my original "OG" memes, however they're nothing compared to what we have now.

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Triveni Patel
I Believe by Linda Contreras

It’s too often that kids tell their parents they feel down and they’re told to get over it. However, a simple scraped knee calls for the need of antibiotics, some sort of bandage, and emotional support from the nearby parent. Although mental illnesses cannot be seen, they are still serious issues that very rarely receive the limelight and care a physical illness would receive.

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Triveni Patel
Self-Love Not Selfish by Linda Contreras

Often times someone throws the term self-love out, and it has become so subjective that it almost seems as if it’s selfish to love yourself. It’s this preconceived notion that stating you love yourself, or that you like this part of yourself is selfish. It’s selfish to feel proud of your accomplishments or that it’s selfish to take a day off for yourself. However, it’s important to keep in mind there’s a vast difference between self-love and being selfish.

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Triveni Patel
Struggles are Good by Linda Contreras

Every so often we find ourselves in a situation where something doesn’t go our way; either a test we spent hours studying for, a project we spent days preparing, or a speech you’ve been practicing for weeks somehow gets messed up. The work you put in didn’t reciprocate the desired results, and this leaves us in a state of learned helplessness. The idea that- if I’ve already tried and failed what’s the point of trying again? This thought can be harmful, as it can completely set someone off track and stop them, but when you start to think this, know that it’ll only push you.

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Triveni Patel
Positivity Week by Tanner Schinderle

Positivity is key to improving your school campus, environment and spirit. Without positivity, it is hard to unite your school. That is why my school recently did a positivity week. Our goal is to improve spirit, positivity and unite our school.

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Triveni Patel
How Much Change is Enough Change by Linda Contreras

Everyday we see news on TV and posts on Instagram of violence, discrimination, and hate and wonder if we can do anything about. Sometimes the problem seems too big to be fixed, but more often than not, we think, “What can I even do?” This question discourages us rather than motivates us, because we feel a problem can only be fixed by one person. But instead of letting this question stump you, let it motivate you into actually answering it.

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Triveni Patel
How to Live Positively by Linda Contreras

Positivity. There are many interpretations of this five syllable noun. Is it an action? Is it obligatory to pursue throughout life? Is it actually beneficial? These questions often times flood our minds, but these questions also persuade us to live a positive life each day and for those around us.

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Triveni Patel
What I Wish I Knew Before Entering Junior Year by Linda Contreras

Coming into high school was a complete transition from the small middle school I went to this big new school where I was no longer the superior 8th grader but rather the small 9th grader at the bottom of the high school chain. However because of #ICANHELP- making this transition wasn't too difficult for me personally as I still kept my close friends and just continued to get the gist of what was going on in high school.

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Triveni Patel
#ICANHELP LAUNCHES VIRTUAL PARENT NIGHT PROGRAM

“Social media can be scary, confusing and overwhelming to parents,” said co-founder Kim Karr, “but it doesn’t have to be.”  #ICANHELP has the goal to build a robust and high-quality online course for parents that they can interact with on their own time through any device such as learning at home, during their commute, or their free time. With this initiative, #ICANHELP is looking for donations to drive a professional program encompassing 12 2-minute bite-size videos for parents to consume on their own time. You can donate and learn more here: https://www.gofundme.com/vvwhu3-icanhelp?member=1422866

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Matt Soeth
#ArleighR Music Video Dance Camp

I started the camp with the intention of giving youth opportunities to dance in professional music videos with the artist(s) of the song(s).   During the first three days we focus on stretching, dance technique, freestyling, and the choreography I’ve created for the music video.  

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Matt SoethSunnyside Ballet
#Digital4Good 2019 at Facebook

(San Francisco, CA – January 7, 2019) – On Monday, September 16, 2019, Facebook will host the third annual #Digital4Good event at their Menlo Park headquarters and it will be live streamed to a global audience. #Digital4Good will be a major gathering of highly-engaged students, industry, and educators that are focused on empowering positive tech and media use--digital for good. The form to nominate students for the first annual #Digital4Good awards can be found at: http://bit.ly/ichd4g19. Nominations are open from today through January 31, 2019.

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#SpreadSmiles

Smile Cards are in one word, impactful. They have the ability to change someone’s day from bad to good, good to great, and everywhere in between. It took me a long time to recognize the true power of these small yet powerful cards. When I was told the story that made me realize this power it was 10,000+ cards later. I was once passing out these cards at my high school, as I would do at random times throughout the years I attended Chino Hills. I don’t remember giving this amazing human a Smile Card but the action of taking the time out of my day to give her one was so genuine it shook her to her core.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Applying to College

College application season is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting and scary parts of senior year. These applications are what lead you to the next chapter of your life, and this pressure can sometimes get to be stressful. In my personal experience, I had a very difficult time finishing my applications. There are so many things that I wish I had known prior to applying to college. Here are some of them: 

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Triveni Patel