Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Paint your picture.

The great musician Kurt Cobain once said "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are."

This great quote reminds me of the journey of high school. As a good friend of mine describes her blog "My journey of self discovery." Have you ever noticed that it's much easier to describe someone else's personality but when it comes to yourself, it's a different ball game?

High school is all about finding the true "you" before you head out to the real world. In grade 8, we are not who we want to be, but more who we think others would like us to be. As we mature and progress, we become more and more parallel to our own values and morals.

It's that time of year, where the grads are working on their exit interviews. How do you sum up your entire life; your whole self in such a small amount of time?

Just one year from now I will be in that situation. Figuring out how to present a story of my life, and bid farewell to the school that's been my home for the past 5 years. It's so exciting to be moving on to bigger and better things. There is so much out there to discover, and a whole world to explore. The world is a canvas, paint your picture.

I keep hearing amazing stories of friends of mine who are off to Bates College next year to study international relations, and off to Carleton to study journalism and international affairs. I can't help but wonder where I will be in just over a year? As of now I have no idea. So will it just come to me, or am I going to have to start searching?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

the Young and the Election

Well, the federal election campaign is well on it's way. It seems as if a lot of people aren't following this election as closely as usual because they think it's unnecessary. But for me, this is the first election where I've actually been old enough and educated enough to be involved.

I'm finding the whole social media aspect to this campaign fascinating. From the alleged Stephen Harper facebook scandal, to Michael Ignatieff having a representative tweeting some of his quotes during the English Language Debate. There is no doubt that this election is targeting the youth more than ever. And what better way to promote than on facebook and twitter. Between my peers, there has been a lot of very interesting online discussion that probably would never happen in a face to face conversation. Social media is changing the way things are done.

Student Vote is preparing to have it's biggest high school involvement ever. High schools all across the country have registered to have campaign posters, ballot boxes and voting screens sent to their school, so that those students who aren't of age to vote, can have their say too. Student Vote will take place on May 2nd or the week prior, and the results will be released publicly on election night, broadcast on National TV and published in newspapers. So although, myself, a 17 year old Canadian Citizen, may not be of legal age to vote, no one can say that I don't have a voice. Because I can be sure, that the politicians will be paying close attention to the Student Vote results. Maybe, the younger generations of Canada have given themselves a bad reputation for their voting turn-out, but I think that's going to change.

One thing that really gets to me about these elections is the negative campaigning. It's easy to find the flaws and the faults in others because nobody's perfect. But imagine how much more affective it would be if political parties focused on their strengths and what they have to offer rather than bashing their opponents, which really tells the citizens of Canada nothing about them, except for the fact that they have sleazy advertising tactics.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Butterfly Effect

We are colours
like paint on a pallet.
Red sits by blue
and purple mixes with green.
But what if
colours could not mix?
If Rosa Parks
remained in the back seat.
Then we'd still be
the primary colours.
And what a dull,
boring world we'd be living.