DEAR ABBY: I have been having trouble in a lot of areas lately. Traveling for sports, trying to find a new church, dealing with the loss of a loved one, and school. I think I’m about to go insane. How am I supposed to actually stay sane through all of it? –INSANE
DEAR INSANE: First of all, I am so sorry that you feel this way right now. My prayer for you is that you hold on to the promise that God has given us that says He will never leave you or forsake you. Know that this is just a season and that this will pass. This time will not last forever. Having said that, there are some things you can do to help you on a daily basis. Find someone who can be a mentor and a confident to you. You need to have someone you trust that you can talk to about the loss of your loved one. You can not make yourself feel better just by wishing, or by trying to ignore it. You need to talk about it and deal with it. As for finding a new church, don’t give up. Pray for guidance and be proactive about getting involved. Being plugged in is so important. As a student, grades and sports are your jobs. You are learning life skills right now about balancing and prioritizing. No one can tell you how to manage your time in those areas. You can get guidance and advice- but ultimately the decision is yours as to how you are going to divide your hours up. You may decide you need to say no to some things; focus on what is important and what is going to have an impact on your future. Finally, you may need to take a break and focus on you. Take a day and just relax and seek God. Ask Him for his peace. Spend time doing something that makes you happy. You are not the best version of you if you are exhausted. I will also be praying for you. You’re stronger than you think!
You might see Sadie Hawkins as a day in which the girls ask guys out to dance and have tons of fun so that girls don’t feel left out. But, there is a reason behind it.
It started as far back as 1934 in Al Capp’s comic strip. A man named Hezekiah was afraid that his 35 year old daughter, Sadie would never find a husband, because she wasn’t the best looking woman around. So he prepared several bachelors for a competition, calling it “Sadie Hawkins Day”. Whichever bachelor was caught by her was then legally bound to marry her. As the comic strip become more popular, Sadie Hawkins Day was made a mandatory event and ran annually in the comic every November.
Two years later, colleges then high schools all over started to hold Sadie Hawkins Day events. Now over 70 years later, girls have the right to ask guys to a Sadie Hawkins dance. Some high schools and colleges refer to Sadie Hawkins as Winter Social, Snowcoming, TWIRP (The Woman Is Required to Pay), or just Sadies.
Now its our chance to hold a SADIE’S SPORTS SOCIAL!
DEAR ABBY: Hi, I have a friend that likes me like a lot and I really don’t like him that way. I want us to be friends because we get along really well together and I fell like if we dated it would ruin our friendship. Abby please help me! I don’t want to hurt his feelings. -HELPLESS GIRL
DEAR HELPLESS GIRL: Sometimes real friendships require difficult conversations. Difficult conversations require the truth spoken in love. You need to be honest with your friend. Let him know all the things that you admire and like about him. But also let him know that you don’t have feelings for him in that way. Let him know why you want to just stay friends. And you’re going to have to accept that it might be hard for him to hang out with you for a while. He may need some time to get over his feelings for you. But if there is real friendship, eventually you will find a way to stay friends.
DEAR ABBY: I have a problem with being loud and talking when I’m not supposed to be and I sometimes get in trouble for it. What should I do with my loudness? LOUD MOUTH MARY
DEAR LOUD MOUTH MARY: First, remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. He created you exactly like He wanted you to be. He has a plan and a purpose for you, and you will need that boldness to fulfill that plan. However, you will need to learn that there is a time and place for everything. In school, you have to keep your voice at an appropriate inside level. Get in the habit of whispering. It takes 30 days to form a new habit, so for the next 30 days- really focus on speaking softly! I know you can do this.
DEAR ABBY: Me and my friend are struggling with balancing sports and homework at the same time. What could we do to stay organized and get through the week with good grades? BEST FRIENDS
DEAR BEST FRIENDS: It’s wonderful that you and your best friend are into the same hobbies. Use your common interests to help each other. Start encouraging each other to study and work hard. Use your time together to study together. I know it’s not always what you would want to do for fun, but instead of just hanging out, plan a study session! Hold each other accountable- remind each other about upcoming assignments and tests. you can even use the time in a vehicle traveling to different sport events to ask each other review questions. The bible says that where 1 is weak, 2 are stronger. Be the type of best friends that makes the other one better!
“We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
-John F. Kennedy
We will never find our true success until we apply John F. Kennedy’s words to our lives.
Honestly, most people would rather do the easy things instead of the hard things. It;s because our minds would rather find away to finish a task with the least amount of work possible. What’s the point of doing a task unless we are going to do our very best.
Will we ever become our best self if we don’t attempt to do the things that are difficult? Life provides the choice to do the difficult task at your very best yet life also allows you to do them at your worst. It’s a choice.
DEAR ABBY: I find it very uncomfortable in the classrooms. Some of the classrooms are cold, and some are very hot. None of the classrooms are ever a comfortable temperature. Is this ever going to get fixed? –UNCOMFORTABLE
DEAR UNCOMFORTABLE: I understand your frustration. I too find the rooms to range from freezing to sweltering. I know the administration is working on getting this fixed. Unfortunately, because of the age of the building, it’s not a simple fix. Please continue to endure the temperature changes as they continue to work to improve this. The desire is for a comfortable temperature in all the classrooms!
DEAR ABBY: This school year for me is really hard because there is homework every night. Juggling school and sports is hard with homework in the way! What should I do to juggle all of these thing? – JUGGLING ACH STUDENT
DEAR JUGGLING ACH STUDENT: You may need to limit your sports to just the one or two you’re really passionate, and good at! Life is all about making choices. You can’t do it all and be successful! Make good use of your time. Do homework and studying before any Netflix or YouTube or social media. Everyone is given 24 hours each day- you get to choose what to fill those hours with! Fill them with the important things that will benefit your life in the long run!
DEAR ABBY: Could you hang out with me sometime? You sound like a nice person. I gotta start hanging out with girls outside my family. Maybe we can get a cheeseburger or something. –MR. FRIENDLY
DEAR MR. FRIENDLY: Thank you for the sweet compliment! You sound like an amazing person. And while I do love a good cheeseburger, I am happily married. I would agree that you need to hang out with lots of people! Having friends is one of the greatest gifts in life! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! I hope you have an amazing year!!
DEAR ABBY: I have been stressed out about school lately. Can you give me some tips on how to complete school work without being stressed out about class, tests and projects? — STRESSED OUT KID
DEAR STRESSED OUT KID: You need to prioritize. Decide what are the most important things! I also find that an old fashioned, paper calendar planner helps you to visualize what you have to do and when it has to be done by! Write down everything you have to do and write down every assignment’s due date! That way you can see what all you have in a week at one glance! Do what you can early, and don’t get behind. You’ll do great!
DEAR ABBY: I am having trouble in math. I do not feel confident in myself while performing this subject. Often times, I become overwhelmed, because I want to get a good grade but believing in myself is a challenge. What can I do to improve? –MATH STUDENT
DEAR MATH STUDENT: Math is one of those subjects that may just require lots of practice and repetition. The math teachers have learning lab each morning- make sure you make good use of that time! They are in their rooms willing to work through homework and extra practice problems with you. It’s a great opportunity to get 1-on-1 help on those really hard math problems that you are struggling with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! There are no dumb questions in math class. The more you practice, the more your confidence will grow. Math is just one of those subjects that you can’t really learn unless you practice, practice, practice!
Change is inevitable. Changes could and will happen eventually in your life. Whether you move to a new house or graduate from high school. When these changes occur, we need to be ready to adapt to anything and everything that comes our way. And when I say “adapt” I mean the ability to change your regular schedule and alter it for anything that could happen next.
But how do we do that? How do we get ready to just change our lives and adapt to anything? The answer to this is: you can’t. We can’t predict the future, meaning that we can’t know. But being responsible and staying on task, even through high school, will keep you alert always. But also, if we are spiritually right in our lives, it will ease our stress and any other problems that we have in our forever changing lives.
Dreams and passions are major motivations in our lives. Pursuing a goal help us find reason and meaning of life. Remembering what you really want every morning gives you the power to live each day. But… do you know what you really want to do?
When students are asked, “what do you want to be?” … answers are usually career names. But have you ever thought beyond the career after you get your dream job? In fact, a lot of people who accomplished their dream job felt emptiness after getting the job. The reason being that they felt like they lost their goal, the ambition has disappeared. In that case, what should we seek instead of getting a job? What’s a proper way of thinking of a dream?
Try to think who you want to be, rather than what you want to be. Try to add an adjective to your dream. (e.g. self-devoting social activist.) Think of what kind of person you ultimately want to be. To put it simply, specific actions speak louder than words.
Get ready for homecoming, because it’s closer than you think. Many students like to go as a group for homecoming. They all meet up at someone’s house to take pictures and then go out to eat at a nice restaurant. So, someone you know just may show up to HOCO in a party bus… or in their mom’s minivan. Either way, make sure that you show up and show out.
Homecoming is coming up and some of the students are really wanting to see a change in the scenery of the dance with not only a theme but also in where it is being held. Speaking to some of the students who attended the previous homecoming and also the homecoming of 2016, they would love to see it in the cafeteria this year. Some students feel that last year’s homecoming in the gym was just too spacious for the amount of students that attend ACH HOCO each year.
Instead of being in a large area like the gym, a smaller space like the cafeteria could be much more convenient. When dancing in the gym, students felt like they were on display while chaperones watched from the bleachers. So as an alternative, the cafeteria enables everyone to spread out but also bunch up which gives a spacious but fun feeling while having a good time.
With HOCO being only a few weeks away, is it too late for the student body’s voice to possibly be heard?
Personally, I find it hard to pick a favorite movie. But, when it comes to older movies, I have a few that I’m quite a fan of! Since our HOCO theme this year is “Through the Decades” I decided to write on older movies rather than recent ones.
Unlike a few of my friends, I’m a big fan of older movies and TV shows. Some of my favorite old-school movies would have to be 2001: A Space Odyssey, North by Northwest, The Sound of Music, and The Philadelphia Story. (These aren’t in order because as I said before, it’s hard to choose a favorite!)
What are some of your favorite old-school movies?
Director: Robert Wise || Release date: April 1, 1965
Director: Alfred Hitchcock || Release date: October 22, 1999
Director: George Cukor || Release date: December 26, 1940
Director: Stanley Kubrick || Release date: April 3, 1968