2 thoughts on “Role Models

  1. In our ever-changing world it is very easy to lose one’s way, become overly pessimistic, nihilistic, bitter, and hateful. Or perhaps you even go the opposite direction, pretending everything is okay, over simplifying and romanticizing, willfully ignoring things, all in an attempt to just make it through the rough patches. Life is difficult, but the answer is never such extremes. One truly important lesson I learned is, “Everything in moderation”. For example, when I was younger a stumbling block I had to get over was dealing with not the fact that I was not the best at anything, I had to swallow my excessive pride. Afterwards I descended to the opposite side of the spectrum, self-hatred. It can probably be agreed upon that everyone has reasons they feel insignificant or worthless, however most will also agree that beating yourself up over your flaws is too far. Another interesting case would be politics in the classroom. Today, the majority teachers will not speak of their political views, for fear of offending someone and losing their job. Clearly this is wrong, people should not fear for their livelihood simply for having an opinion. On the other hand, there are the few teachers who disregard the curriculum and assign projects based on their particular agendas. Which is also wrong, being manipulative and outright unfair most of the time. In all the cases mentioned the best solution to the problems is somewhere in the middle, and the true enemy is the ever tempting extremism.


  2. This I Believe
    ” Why settle for good when you can be Fabulous” – Jessica Holst
    “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of”- Nelson Mandala
    While growing up I have always been encouraged to try my hardest and live by the similar quotes I have stated above. Since I could walk my parents have done nothing but push me to put one hundred and ten percent effort in not only sports, school, and relationships, but life in general. Throughout my life I have been surrounded by many people to look up to including my parents, brother, and other immediate family but, what also comes with that is the expectation they all have for you to excel in every aspect of your life. After realizing you may not reach everyone’s expectation the only thing that should matter is that you are doing everything you can do to be your kind of “fabulous”. Everyone’s explanation of the word “fabulous” may be different but if you are striving for your “fabulous” that is all that matters. Effort is sometimes over looked but is a major key to success. Nothing worth having has been received without a little bit of effort and I am sure you all can vouch this for me. As we begin this new chapter of our lives I would like to finish with saying that I encourage you all to give your best effort and don’t settle for being good when you can be fabulous!
    Kalli Guillemette


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