Monday, April 17, 2017

High School Diplomas

  1. A diploma could significantly affect a person’s health. Studies show that people without a high school diploma have poorer health than a person with a high school diploma. There could be many factors that contribute to this. For example, one without a high school diploma most likely won’t have a solid job. Without a good paying job, one most likely won’t be able to pay for necessities, let alone doctor appointments. In addition, if a person doesn’t have enough money to support themselves, it will probably cause stress. Stress could lead to things such as depression which isn’t healthy.
  2. If 1 million students don’t graduate high school and earn a high school diploma, the society will be greatly affected. This is because if you don’t graduate high school, then you won’t get a decent job. This, in turn, leads to one having less money than one with a high school diploma. As a result one won’t put as much money, through taxes and buying goods, into the economy. Eventually, the economy won’t be efficient and the community could fall. In addition, studies show that people who don’t earn a high school diploma are more involved in crime. The government has to spend a lot of money on investigating crimes. If more people graduated high school and earned a diploma then crime rates would decrease and the government could use the money for things such as helping schools and funding cancer research.
  3. If 25% of freshmen fail to graduate, there could be many repercussions that could happen to the school and community. Some of which include numbers in the school decrease significantly. Also, the community would have fewer people with high school diplomas, therefore there wouldn’t be as much money to stimulate the economy. The school could offer incentives for meeting personal or school-wide goals. The school could also provide different classes for different students depending on their academic abilities.

Monday, April 10, 2017

6 Traits

  1. Grit is when one perseveres in order to meet a long-term goal. Grit is needed in life because you will go nowhere if you give up quickly without trying hard. Life is hard and one must have grit in order to become successful. This article goes into depth about the importance of having the grit to become successful. Nowadays employers are more interested in an employee that isn’t as smart but has the drive to work hard and get all of their work done rather than a really smart person who doesn’t have grit. I agree with the phrase “entitled” child culture because I have noticed that many college students come out of college and expect to have a really good job and be president of the company instead of working their way up to that position. They don’t have enough grit to work up to that, instead, they just want it given to them.
  2. ‘Gradual progress/consistent effort’ by one builds character in a person while ‘last minute cramming’ only builds stress. Gradual progress and consistent effort are important because you will achieve more high-quality work. This is very important in the future because employers will be viewing your work ethic. If they see that you cram things that need to be done, they will probably fire you. More often than not, cramming things results in messy, low-quality work. Employers would much rather have good quality work that you took more time to do.
  3. I feel I'm the strongest in discipline. This is because I know what I need to get done first and what is the most important. In school, instead of studying the whole unit the night before, I will study throughout the unit so I won’t have to memorize everything in one night. Also, I will work on and finish the hardest homework first. However, I feel that I could use work in having confidence in myself. More often than not I am unsure of myself in school work even though most of the time I am right. I also am not very confident when I present in front of a class. In order to become successful in life, I will need to work to obtain confidence.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

High School GPAs Matter

  1. The research shown by Josh Mitchell demonstrates that college education is more important in current days, rather than even a few decades ago. The article explains that the average salary between 1960 and 1964 was $802,000 for a college graduate by the time they were in their mid-forties, which was up $115,000 from the early 1940’s. This same type of situation recently occurred. However, this occurrence happened on the flip side. The average salary for a high school graduate decreased from $435,000 to $243,000 in the same amount of time that the salary increased in the 1900’s. This article educates one about how the average salary of a high school graduate is significantly less. Considering this information, studies show that depending on your GPA,  you could make thousands of more dollars a year in comparison to a person with a GPA one-point less than yours. A high school graduate with no college education will make significantly less and with each passing year the amount of money they make decreases.
  2. Better grades are linked to students going to college and earning more money in the workforce. The article educates the reader that your grades in high school could go so much as far as increasing your pay by thousands of dollars. Personally, I see peers every day who could be so smart and have a great future but have no effort or will to do their work. This causing them to earn low GPA’s. They will have no chance at earning the maximum amount of money because their GPA’s are so low. Essentially, your GPA immensely correlates with your future and your ability to go to college and make the most amount of money possible.
  3. The correlation between high school grades and overall education attainment was strongest for minorities. The article says that between minorities and whites with the similar GPA’s, minorities were more likely to go to college to extend their education. This urges one to believe that minorities are more motivated to pursue school than their counterparts. This could be in part that minorities usually are raised to work hard for everything, while white people have arisen in a society in which they are handed everything and don’t have to work for anything. Overall, minorities are more likely to pursue education beyond high school compared to whites.

Monday, March 13, 2017


  1. I think that the school had a 27 percent increase in student enrollment because they worked towards academic excellence for every student and they were very strict. As a result, this would prepare students for college. Essentially, this technique would teach kids self-discipline and they would be urged on their own to go to college, rather than parents or teachers telling them they have to. Many schools today have many failing students. These are usually the kids who have a very low income and don’t care about school because that’s how they are raised. However, this school targets those kids and those are the ones that are wanting to go to college on their own. This article states,“We’re using the military structure to get kids to go to college,” French said. “It teaches them self-reliance, self-discipline, leadership — all attributes needed for success in college.” This shows that the military charter school teaches skills that everyone should learn, but doesn’t. They use an approach not many like, but clearly, it’s working as many of the students are wanting to go to college or into the military.
  2. The purpose of this article is to inform and entertain. This article talks about how the military charter school was established and all the benefits and goals the military charter school has for students. This article falls under news feature article because it tells the reader information while captivating the mind with interesting facts and stories.
  3. Developing student responsibility is so important because when you grow up in life you are going to be responsible for showing up on time to a job and having everything you need. If you show up late to your job too many times, you’re going to get fired. As a result, you could end up homeless, just because you weren’t responsible. My parents have always told me to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late. Essentially this relates to being responsible because it shows that you need to be on time and prepared for everything you do. To improve the development of student responsibility in South Haven, the schools need to enforce tardies and late work. Many kids turn in work late and get full credit. This is not teaching students to be responsible, but rather saying it’s okay that you didn’t turn it in on time. When in reality, if this happened on a job, you could potentially be fired. This article shows ten different ways to build student responsibility.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Post-Secondary Schools

  1. I believe post-secondary schools should look at social media posts when considering you to attend their college. If colleges are able to see posts on social media, they will get a real idea of your personality and ‘character.’ Of course, people are going to act their best, which isn’t always their true self, when meeting with colleges. This doesn’t show the colleges what the person actually acts like. With colleges having the ability to check social media for any bizarre or inappropriate behavior, they will have better students which will make their school look better. This, in turn, will attract more scholars. This article shows some of the reasons why colleges check social media before offering a scholarship to an undergraduate.
  2. I agree with this observation. This is because in our school there are a lot of fake people who just want to fit in. They don’t care about being kind or having respect, but being popular and making sure everyone likes them. In the long run, nobody is going to remember what clothes you wore or how popular you were. Most likely you will grow up and drift away from your high school friends, so why does it matter if you are popular or have the best clothes. I have watched many people who have character try to be someone they’re not. These people usually take a turn for the worse and end up being rude. However, people do remember that one person who has character. They remember them as the sweetest person who was always kind and willing to help people.
  3. I believe the high school does a good job of preparing students for the future. This is because the high school allows you to fail, but then helps you get back up to succeed. They are essentially showing you how to prevent failure. In the real world, there’s not always a second chance. If you fail, you fail. Also, the high school helps prepare students for the world by establishing attendance, tardy, behavioral rules. By having consequences for tardies, it teaches students that it’s not okay to be late for work or school. If you get enough tardies in school you will get detention, while in a workplace if you arrive late too many times, you could possibly be fired. Also, high school forces you to work with people you don’t always like. If your partner doesn’t do the project you still have to do it if you want to get a good grade. The same goes for a job, if you don’t do your work because you have to work with someone you don’t like, you’re going to get fired. Overall, high school prepares students for the future well.

Monday, February 27, 2017


  1. The overall monthly payment for Erika Way in South Haven, Michigan for two bedrooms is $789. With one roommate I would pay a total of $394.50 per month. However, the first month I would be paying $100 extra because of a deposit you have to pay. The total deposit is $200, but I would split it with my roommate. In total, I would be paying $494.50 for the first month and each month following I would be paying $394.50.  
  2. A. I would pay $27.50 a month for my phone bill. That is staying on the family plan.
B. Paid.
C. I would pay $75 a month for gas.
D. Car insurance would cost $213 per month.
E. Paid
F. Electricity would cost $30 per month, however, my roommate would pay for half so I would pay $15 per month for electricity.
G. Gas would cost $50 per month but when split between my roommate, it would cost $25 per month.
H. An oil change would cost $8.34 a month or $25 to get it changed every three months.
I. Food would cost approximately $200-250 a month.
J. Internet would cost $35 a month.
K. I would use $100-150 on random necessities every month like a haircut.
J. I would be able to save just over $300 a month.
3. It would be very stressful living from paycheck to paycheck. This is because if an emergency occurred there could a be a possibility that I wouldn’t eat or I would lose my house because I would have to pay for the emergency rather than the necessities. For example, I could get injured and have to go to the hospital. The bill could potentially cost well over $500 dollars and I don’t have an extra $500 just laying around. Also, my car could break down and most likely I wouldn’t have enough of money to spend to fix the car. So, I would end up walking everywhere. It is important to have a skill that others value because they would want you to work for them. Also, if it’s valuable then most likely not a lot of people have that skill, therefore you would most likely get paid more.

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Career

  1. One career path that interests me is becoming a physical therapist for athletes. I don’t want to be a physical therapist for old, smelly people. I want to help athletes that have experienced an injury and are itching to play again. This interests me because I like helping people and I can relate to being injured and not being able to play. I know it would’ve taken a lot longer for teammates and myself to be able to come back and play if it weren’t for the physical therapists. I enjoy the fact that I would be able to help people, while still being involved in the sports atmosphere. I am very empathetic, therefore, I would love to help athletes recover.
  2. The University of Michigan would help me achieve my goal of becoming an athletic physical therapist. The training Michigan offers could aid me to become a physical therapist because they teach students how to deal with different situations and what the best treatment would be in different cases. Also, this school helps students understand different exercises to pursue in order to recover the fastest way possible. Overall, Michigan offers great training programs for future athletic physical therapists.
  3. On average, an athletic physical therapist makes 82,000-84,000 dollars a year, as of 2014.