Photo submitted by Dylan Brightbill
By Maggie Bishop
“Where are you going to college?” If you are a junior or a senior, you have probably been asked this question dozens of times.
Like most students, you may not have decided what exactly you are going to do after high school.
Some students may be skeptical about continuing their education after high school because it is so expensive. In many cases, jobs require more than just a high school diploma.
The reason why people continue their education after they get their high school diploma is to educate themselves more on their specific area of interest.
But there are other ways to increase the chance of getting a more professional job than going to college for four years.
Some students can go to a community college for two years. For example, to become a radiation therapist, dental hygienist, or an electrical repairer, it is only required to go to a two-year college.
According to Suzanne Rose from Helium.com, continuing education after high school, “Can open doors and forge opportunities.” Going to college also gives one the opportunity for personal growth and to gain a sense of responsibility.
Red Lion alumnus, Dylan Brightbill is currently a sophomore at Liberty University majoring in Pastoral Leadership and Biblical Exposition. “Before you win you have to lose. You have to lose your pride. You have to lose your immaturity. You have to lose your selfishness. If you want to win, then first you have to lose,” he said.
If one wants to get a steady paying job and move out of their parents house, than one may want to consider what they want to do after high school.
By Brandon Laveau
“Caffeine.” The word brings familiar feelings of energy, happiness, and vitality. Jam-packed into energy drinks, caffeine is everywhere. So it comes down to the burning question: will consuming these potent doses of productivity harm my health?
Due to its benefits and desirable effects, caffeine has become the second most widely used recreational drug in the world.
“Daily? I drink a slew of energy drinks and coffee, topped off with Mountain Dew throughout the day,” senior Jared Posedenti said.
And he isn’t alone. A study has shown that 41% of teens 12-17 use caffeine daily. The problem lies not in caffeine use, but abuse. Caffeine is a drug of tolerance, meaning the more you consume regularly the lesser the effects.
It is agreed upon by the medical community that 200-300 mg is the limit most adults should consume daily, which is in stark contrast to the many teenagers who consume energy drinks with 400mg of caffeine a piece.
According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, overconsumption of caffeine can lead to nausea, seizures, cardiac arrest, and in extreme cases, death.
A rampant problem with caffeine is addiction. Although one may never see a caffeine addict on A&E’s intervention, they do exist, and it is a problem. Caffeine addiction is not life-ruining, which is often why it goes unspoken of. Withdrawal from caffeine can occur within 24-48 hours and is characterized by sharp, painful headaches. Since caffeine is a legal drug available to anyone of any age, it is the consumer’s job to decide on whether to consume this drug responsibly, with understanding, or to put their life at risk by walking the boundary between a quick pick me up and an even faster put you down.
Doodling helps memory, increases focus, and assists to visualize situations.
By Molly Kuhn
According to the dictionary, a doodle “is an unfocused drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied” according to the dictionary according to the dictionary”. Doodling is frowned upon during school, and also unnoticed for its benefits to the students.
According to a study published in the scientific journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, doodling can aid a person’s memory because it acts as a mediator between the spectrum of thinking too much or thinking too little and helps focus on the current situation. It is said that those who doodle retain more information and help visualize what they are learning.
Doodling is your brain subconsciously showing what is important to you or showing your personality. It is said by several people that doodles can be interpreted. For example, when drawing shapes, circles, squares, and triangles show the need of motivation. Hearts are obviously a symbol of showing affection or love. Houses indicate your need of security. Stars are known as ambitious and lots of little stars indicate optimism. Popular doodles in Red Lion High School include shapes, scribbles, hearts, rainbows, other people, flowers, and animals. “I love doodling,” junior Katherine Schaefer said.
When asked what inspires them to doodle, “boredom and stress” were the answers that were received from several students. Junior Mike Godfrey said, “When it’s a boring subject.”
Doodling is fun, entertaining, and maybe a stress reliever for some people. It’s a huge benefit for students to help visualize, aid memory, and focus on the current situation.
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