23 Signs You’re a Chronicle Staff Member

Erin Brush

1. You take every opportunity to add “chron” to normal words (Ex: Chronding, Chronsgiving, Chronsmas, etc.)

2. You groan every time Eric Miller puts on this song during lunch.

3. E. Mac’s deafening laughter just doesn’t get to you anymore.

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4. You get this face every time you make a negative comment about Canada. Or gingers.

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5. …And this face when you interrupt Marvar during his story idea.

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6. You’re more afraid of Gabrielle Stichweh than anyone ever. Especially when telling her your graphic ideas. Or discussing anything regarding women’s rights.

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7. You have no idea what Zane Miller is doing half the time.

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8. You still think it’s funny to call Sonia “Zero”. And probably will until the end of the year.

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9. You make it a point to only sing to Duncan on the Mackenzie twins’ birthday.

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10. You get alarmed if Ashton isn’t wearing anything with a…

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Do What You Love

After reading Mr. Conner’s blog post last week, I thought about college a lot. I’m one of those kids who really pushes myself to try in school and get good grades to the point where my parents don’t have to remind me. Last semester, I got my first B+ in a class and I swear I thought the world was ending. I kept thinking that I would never get into college and that I would never make enough money to support myself or my family. And yes, I’m one of those people who constantly overthinks things and tries to have everything figured out way too far in advance.

But, I wanted to bring another perspective to the table. I honestly don’t know what I want to do with my life, never mind where I want to go to college. I have many careers that I am somewhat interested in like being a surgeon, lawyer, musician, journalist, or even an FBI agent. But, I haven’t been able to decide what career field I want to pursue. I am only a sophomore in high school, but over spring break, my mom is making me visit the University of Arizona. I told her that I’m not ready to look at colleges yet and that I don’t know what I want to do with my life. She told me that I need to start figuring it out.

I recently came across an article contributed by the Muse on Forbes that said something that really spoke to me. It said, “Like many people, I’d put more thought and effort into getting the job than into figuring out if it was something I actually wanted. There’s plenty of research and advice out there on how to write the perfect resume and ace that interview. But when it comes to figuring out what you want to do with your life, the strategies aren’t so clear.” I find this quote to be accurate because people always tell you that you need to get a job and find a career, yet there aren’t any ways to find out what career you would happiest in (besides maybe pursuing that career).

The truth is 80% of people are dissatisfied with their work. In one of Scott Dinsmore’s TEDx Talks he said, “So many people around us are climbing their way up this ladder that someone tells them to climb and ends up being leaned up against the wrong wall or no wall at all.” Dinsmore met with individuals who were dissatisfied with their jobs and simply asked, “Why are you doing the work that you’re doing?” Within two months, 80% of the individuals quit their jobs to find something they enjoy to do. In 2012, more people had quit their jobs than been laid off, which is pretty astonishing.

Dinsmore’s definition of success is to utilize your: unique strengths, values, and experiences. Next, do the impossible. Everything that was once said to be impossible has been made possible or is yet to be made possible. Dinsmore said, “The things that we have in our heads that we think are impossible are often just milestones waiting to be accomplished.” At the end of the talk, Dinsmore’s final question to the audience was, “What is the work you can’t not do?” I think this is a question that you should spend some time thinking about. Push your limits. This is how we change the world.

I’m scared that in 10-15 years from now, I’m going to find myself in a job that I hate and realize that I’m not doing what I love. If I can, I want to avoid this scenario and start finding a passion of mine to pursue right now. After all, there’s really nothing that can’t be done.

I hope that soon everyone will make a change to do what they love, so maybe, 80% of people can be satisfied with the work they do.

That’s What Makes You Beautiful?

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There aren’t many people in the world that don’t know about the boy band, One Direction. I saw rumors on twitter that Zayn Malik was leaving One Direction and I couldn’t believe it. Then, I found my way to One Direction’s verified twitter account and clicked on a link that led me to One Direction’s statement. The rumors were true.

According to One Direction’s statement, Zayn said, “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. ” To me, this seems impossible. How could Zayn go from being a member of one of the biggest boy bands (most would agree) in the world to an ordinary 22-year-old? Impossible. Of course, I’m no expert on fame and living under the spotlight, but no matter where Zayn goes, he will always be chased by teenage girls now questioning why he left the band.

Twitter is exploding with fans’ reactions to Zayn Malik’s decision to leave One Direction and to them, it seems like the world is ending. In fact, I saw one tweet from a fan account that said, “It feels like I just lost one of my children.”

Although I respect Zayn’s bold decision to leave the band, I find it hard to believe that he will ever be able to live an “ordinary life.” Once you’re under the spotlight, it seems hard to ever find your way out.

ROBO COMP

Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer

February 26, 2015

One small step–or roll–for robots, one giant leap for aspiring engineers.

A program called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) engages young people in mentor-based programs to help build their engineering and science skills. Middle school and high school students are able to start a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team in their area and build robots to enter competitions.

Seniors Nick Zhao, Nayonika Banerjee, and Michael Crawshaw are a part of a FTC team called Infinite Resistance, with a total of 10 members that attend schools in the Cincinnati area. The team gets together two times a week with meetings that last anywhere from two to four hours.

“It’s basically a group of kids who come together and we build and design robots for specific challenges that we are given at the beginning of the year,” Banerjee said. “Our season starts in September and basically we just design a robot that has to fit in an 18x18x18 inch block or cube. We design it to a specific game and this year’s game was Cascade Effect where we had to pick up balls, do a bunch of other things, place the balls in tubes, and roll tubes up ramps and that stuff.”

There are different levels of competitions that each team must go through to get to the world championship in April. If the team does well at regionals, they move on to the state competition, then the super regional competition, and finally, the world championship.

Zhao has been a part of Infinite Resistance for five years and usually goes to five competitions a year, not including scrimmages.

“At the world championship, there are 128 teams and that’s because it has been narrowed down,” Zhao said. “We have been to the world championship three years and we have never won it, but the best we have ever done is semi-finals.”

Banerjee made an early decision to commit to Virginia Tech and plans to major in mechanical engineering because of the engineering skills she learned from FIRST.

“From FIRST, I have learned to work with the team for really long amounts of time and it’s a lot of working under pressure during competitions, which is great because in the real world, that’s something that you have to deal with,” Banerjee said. “Also, it showed me a lot about the engineering process.”

Banerjee said being apart of Infinite Resistance has helped her learn to be a part of a team, which isn’t something she is used to.

According to Zhao, he has learned a lot about engineering from FIRST, but the majority of the things he has learned are not science related.

“It taught me a lot about how to communicate with other people and dealing with different interests or conflicting interests,” Zhao said. “I learned a lot about how to manage things because it’s a team of people just like me and each person has their own role, but you need to make sure everything else on the team is running smoothly.”

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Testing Testing Testing

It’s Monday morning. I open the OGT test booklet and the first word I see is “Asparagus.” You’ve got to be kidding me. Having to take the reading test first is bad enough, but now I have to read about asparagus (a topic I could care less about). It saddens me to say that the rest of the passages in the reading section of the OGT were not more interesting than “Asparagus.”

Honestly, OGT week hasn’t been that bad. Before I took the OGT, many upperclassmen told me that it was not a difficult test. They were right. I was surprised at how easy the OGT was.

Although the OGT may be too easy for a lot of students, the new PARCC will be a lot harder. I took the math PARCC test sample my freshman year when the state was just looking to see how students would score on it. To me, the PARCC test was extremely hard and I’m relieved that I got to take the OGT.

There are many pros and cons of taking the OGT vs. the PARCC test. The OGT is pretty easy, but longer. During the PARCC test, you are working for almost the entire time, so it isn’t as long, but it’s harder. Some teachers say that the worst part  of the OGT is the waiting after you’ve finished, but I don’t see it that way.

The OGT might be longer and take up more time than the PARCC test, but at least I have time to take a nap after.