Some may argue that money can either bring happiness to people or cause issues. In some cases that can be true. If you’re having a bad day you can just buy yourself a long lasting vacation, but for other people that’s not an option due to a lack of money.
Recently the FBI uncovered a college admissions scandal which involved extremely wealthy families and celebrities such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman who allegedl illegally paid their childrens’ way into college.
University of Southern California,UCLA, and Yale are some of the schools that are currently being investigated. Athletic coaches were being paid to lie and tell colleges that the students had been involved in sports, and some students lied about having learning disabilities so that they were allowed more testing time on the ACT and SAT. Both of Loughlin's daughters were granted admission at USC with the help of athlete coaches. The senior associate athletic director at USC was bribed by both parents to recruit both daughters as athletes to increase their chances of getting accepted.
I was not surprised when I first heard about the college scandal. Celebrities, wealthy, and the privileged have always had a way of getting away with things due to their financial status. Loughlin, Huffman and the 50 other people accused in the scandal could be charged with jail time for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud as well. Of course, Huffman was able to pay her bail of $250,000 to avoid jail time. As long as these people have money they will never have to deal with the consequences of their actions. It is time that the law makes an example of those who feel like they are above it.
School is what keeps most of students occupied. We spend up to 7 hours in school being educated on different topics, but we aren’t taught about other topics such as mental health. In elementary school kids are taught about changes that occur in our body as we get older, but mental health isn’t part of the curriculum.
Statistics show that 1 in 5 teens aged 14 to 24 suffer from a mental health illness. Only a third of those teenagers are getting the proper help and resources needed. Some students may not know that they are experiencing a mental illness because they've never been taught the warning signs to look out for. The lack of knowledge later on leads to questions which can’t always be answered.
As of 2018, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. that is affecting up to 40 million adults starting at the age of eighteen. Only 36% of those suffering with anxiety receive the proper treatment. That is only one example, but there are other disorders that remain untreated as well. The government and school districts spend thousands of dollars designing curriculum for students of all ages yet fail to address the growing epidemic of mental illnesses in the United States today.
To Whom it May Concern is an original play written by the students of Estancia’s production drama. They performed on January 17 through the 19th at the Barbara Van Holt Theater located in Estancia’s High School. Estancia’s drama teacher Pauline Maranian and Carlo Odicino worked together to produce the show. The play is based off of 4 different scenes. Each scene covered a different situation based on students, families, children, parents and peers from Costa Mesa. These stories are based on real life scenarios presented by members of Estancia’s student body. Each of the four scenes covered topics such as anxiety, depression, immigration, finances and the common struggles that many of us share.
Under Pressure was about a Mexican household with two parents who came to the U.S. as immigrants with hopes to provide their children with a better lifestyle. The youngest child Jordan was the only child in the family with the a goal to go to college, however, his parents were not supportive of his decision. Like many immigrant families they wanted him to work to provide for the family.
Easy Street was about a family struggling financially. The father was unemployed with nothing to little luck with finding a job, a mother who worked day in and day out cleaning houses, and a daughter who wishes her family didn’t have to struggle anymore. The episode gave two different points of views of the story. One being the family that doesn’t have money, and another family that has more than enough money but are a broken family.
Being able to relate to these two episodes brought a mix of emotions. They were so relatable that it was as if I was seeing my family up on stage. My parents came to the U.S to give my siblings a better life than the one that they had. With me being the only girl in the household my dad was completely against me wanting to go to college just like Jordan’s family. Till this day I struggle with my parents being accepting of what I want to do with my future.Just like in Easy Street, my dad is unemployed and money plays a major role in my family. With my mom being our only source of income we struggle trying to keep everyone at home happy.
For To Whom it May Concern being my first ever play I am glad to say that I had a great experience. The play was well organized and the students were incredible with their acting skills. I was able to notice the amount of emotions put into each episode. The four stories show how regardless of one’s issue they are not alone. The play was written by the drama students and It was no surprise that all three shows were sold out.
Estancia boys soccer beat Costa Mesa High School 2-1 on January 9th, at Estancia’s Jim Scott Stadium.
Throughout the first half both teams were trying to score on one another, but Mesa scored their first goal of the night. Mesa’s goalkeeper continued to come up with big saves preventing Estancia from scoring on multiple chances. With the half ending with Mesa up 1-0.
Estancia opened up the second half with more aggressive play. Senior defense man, Brian Alvarez earned a yellow card as he explains, “protecting my player was what I had to do. He had no chance to win a fight against someone who was bigger and stronger than him.” After play continued, Senior forward, Miguel Peña scored two goals during the second half putting Estancia on the board with a 2-1 lead. Peña remarked, “as one of the captains I felt pressured to do what I had done previously, to score the first goal.”
Estancia went on to hold the lead and win the Battle of the Bell game. The Eagles who are 3-1-1 in league will play again on January 18th against Saddleback High School at home with a 5:00 p.m. kickoff.
Estancia boys soccer played against Marina High School on November 30, at Estancia’s Jim Scott Stadium. The bleachers were empty but by the second half they filled to watch Estancia win 3-2. Aside from a goal by junior, Marco Arreola a few minutes into the game, it was a defensive struggle throughout the first half. Arreola’s goal was first in question but was finally allowed.
The game began to get intense during the second half when Marina High School scored their first goal tying it up 1-1. Marina went up 2-1 on another score until Arreola scored his second of the game. “I always feel like I need to prove myself to the school because I have such a high standard for what I can do.”
For most of the second half the score remained 2-2 with each team having scoring chances. Senior goalkeeper, Victor Jacinto blocked numerous shots from the Viking attack. Jacinto said, “I had to stay focused and be ready at any time.”
Minutes before the game ended a rebounded ball hit one of Marina’s players, scoring for Estancia and put them in the lead for good putting them in the lead
Estancia won 3-2 and will play again on December 14 against Saddleback High School.
On November 9th, 2018 Universal came out with an animated version of the Christmas classic, The Grinch. Rashida Jones played the voice of Donna Who, Cameron Seely voiced Cindy- Lou Who and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch. The movie is a new and improved animated version of the original Christmas cartoon The Grinch which came out in 1966.
The movie is about a grouchy and naive green man who has such a negative feel for Christmas. Everything that has to do with the holiday disgusts him so he lives at the top of a mountain with his dog to isolate himself from everyone else. Since he hates Christmas, his goal is to steal Christmas from those who live in Whoville. He later on comes to realize that what he did was wrong and finds warmth in his heart.
After watching the newest Grinch movie, I noticed a difference between it and the new movie. Not only was the quality of the movie better because it was computer animated, but it wasn’t entirely the same plot having Cindy Lou Who being raised by a struggling single mother. The brilliant colors, detail of the animation and the modern soundtrack provided an exciting take on the old clasic. I never knew the reason why the Grinch hated Christmas until this movie showed his sad life as an orphan. The original movie in my opinion focused more on the Grinch himself and how he stole Christmas. Unlike the new movie’s main focus of Cindy- Lou trying to find Santa to give him her wish.
I would definitely recommend others to watch this movie for the holidays. I would have preferred if the movie had come out in December since it is a Christmas movie but even still, I would rate the movie a B+. Although I enjoyed it, at times the plot seemed to jump around from the perspective of Cindy Lou and the Grinch.
On September 12, 2018 Brett Kavanaugh became the most talked about man on national television. Brett Kavanaugh was recently nominated by president Donald Trump to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Not many in the U.S. were happy with the decision due to him being accused of sexual assault. His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a letter during the summer explaining how he had tried forcing himself on her at a high school party decades ago. Ford went public with her story and testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. While listening to her testimony, one could clearly hear the fear in her voice.
Kavanaugh pled not guilty to these accusations and no further investigation was done. Despite this, Kavanaugh was still promoted to Supreme Court Justice, which caused significant controversy. Some claimed that Ford was lying about her testimony and was questioned because she waited too long. Those who have experienced sexual assault are most likely to keep quiet because they fear the consequences. One being the fear that no one will believe them especially if it was years ago.
I personally believe that the accusations made against Brett Kavanaugh should’ve been taken much more seriously. A further investigation should’ve been done because it would’ve led to a time of pause for all sides interested. People in power and money seem to have a way of getting away with crimes -and that is wrong. As a teenage girl, it terrifies me that I live in a world where a female's opinion and voice is always dismissed by powerful men.
On Friday, September 1st, 2018 North Carolina, recently suffered from a hurricane called Florence. Florence was first considered a tropical storm with winds of 70 miles per hour and became the third hurricane of 2018. Florence expanded and was categorized as a level 4 in areas with winds of 140 miles per hour and dropping up to 12 inches of rain. Due to the amount of rain it caused large waves at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina which worried many of the residents who lived nearby making them leave their homes. The hurricane caused major damage to homes and buildings which made people evacuate their homes because it wasn’t safe. The death tolls increased to 39 in North Carolina and about 890,000 people had no electricity and thousands in South Carolina were out of power as well. The power outages were estimated to grow by 3 million in Carolina due to the amount of rain and wind. North and south Carolina received help from the U.S. Army and National Guard sending 6,600 U.S. soldiers were in north and south Carolina to help in affected areas. While both North and South Carolina deal with the aftermath of the hurricane, Mexico Beach is now dealing with the potential of hurricane Michael. As result of hurricane Florence there have been deaths in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
Vampire facials have become very popular ever since the reality tv star Kim Kardashian posted a picture of herself on instagram getting this facial done on her. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) also known as a Vampire Facial got its name from the use of the patient's own blood during treatment.
Not everyone is a candidate for the facial if they have blood issues such as ammonia or are on blood thinners. The facial itself can take up to 30 minutes to an hour and can cost up to $1,000 per treatment. The facial is said to reduce wrinkles in the face along with crows feet, dark circles around the eyes, dull/rough skin, acne scarring, and sun damage. What many people don’t know is the process of getting the facial done and how it works.
The first step is getting blood drawn and then put into a machine that spins the test tube for 5-10 minutes. It’s spun at a high speed separating a light yellow gel like plasma from both the red and white blood cells. The face is then cleaned and prepared with numbing cream. Once the numbing cream has kicked in, the dermatologist uses a tool that has small needles that poke into the skin. As the patient’s face starts to bleed, the yellow plasma is then placed in small amounts and rubbed into the skin. The plasma is used to heal the area which has been poked by giving it a fresh layer of skin.
For best results it is recommended to get three or more vampire facial treatments, but some people are happy with the results after just the first. After getting the facial done the skin is red and irritated similar to a sunburn, but by the second day the redness often fades but swelling may remain. The healing process can take from 2 to 3 weeks to even a month for the skin to be completely healed.
My name is Gisselle Suarez, I enjoy spending time with friends and family because they are the people that matter the most to me. I'm a very shy person but once you get to know me you'll realize that I'm not as shy as I seem. I hope you enjoy going through my blog and learn something out of the stories posted.