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My grand, life changing idea

By Michaela Super

            It’s the first day of your senior year, and you’re already banking on having all 85’s and above. Speaking from experience, working hard for your 85 and being exempt from a final is one of the most rewarding feelings.  It is an even better feeling when all your grades are killer due to the privilege of being exempt. But, what if everyone got the chance to be expect from finals?

            My idea might seem a little crazy. I mean, everyone being exempt from a final? That’s crazy talk. But like I said before, my final grades have improved from years past. If everyone had the chance to be exempt, their grades would improve and raise their GPAs. That could benefit students in different ways like picking a college and applying for scholarships. I’m not saying everyone needs an 85, make it different for each year. For freshman, the grade average could start at 93 average, and the number could lower each year, allowing seniors to only need an 85 or better. You could allow students to be exempt from certain classes. For instance, maybe finals can be mandatory for all core classes (math, english, history, science). That allows students to be exempt from classes like gym and other electives.

            My idea is crazy and possibly a shot in the dark. But being exempt from finals is an excuse to sleep a little more and a great way to raise all of our grades. Call me crazy, but this might be one of my best ideas.

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The Love of My Life

The Love of my Life

by Michaela Super

                I think it is safe to say most people eat raw cookie dough. And most people, including myself, are aware that you should never eat raw cookie dough, or raw baking mixes in general, due to the risk of uncooked ingredients and bacteria. Personally, I’m willing to take that risk. Who doesn’t love delicious chocolate chuck cookie dough? But I have a few tips that can make eating cookie dough (slightly) risk free.

               

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My Dirty Little Secret

I box every Saturday morning

By Michaela Super

                For close friends, family members, and even some teachers, this isn’t much of a shock. But I, Michaela Super, box in my free time.

                Yes, I said it. I box, and let me tell you, it is a different kind of work out and skill level. I have played all kinds of sports; softball, soccer, cheerleading, lacrosse. But nothing compares to boxing. Your feet, arms, upper body, and hips all have to work together to throw one punch. Every muscle in your body is used just to throw a punch. Most of us have playfully punch someone in a car for seeing a ‘punch buggy,’ but this is a totally different ball game.

 

 

               

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No Cry Babies Allowed

How doctors are slowly pushing away cry babies

by Michaela Super

                All incoming college freshman have to get it. And by it, I mean the college shot. Most teens probably don’t even know what it fends off. Over the course of our lives we are injected with so many vaccines, we start to get them all mixed with one another. Yet, doctors’ offices are starting to stray away from the use of numbing creams and sprays, so that your shots won’t hurt.

 

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The Movies of My Childhood

Disney is remaking some of their classic cartoon movies

By Michaela Super

As I watched the new creation of Disney’s Jungle Book last year, I found myself in amazement as I watched my favorite characters come to life. Baloo was floating down the river on his back, as Mowgli rested on his stomach. The two sang my favorite song “The Bear Necessities” and I found myself smiling and singing along. While watching the newly released Beauty and the Beast this past weekend, I found myself singing along again. Luckily for me, and all the teenagers in my generation, Disney isn’t done yet. Disney is remaking some of their most popular cartoon movies and putting them into real life. Here are the ones that I am very excited for.

Aladdin

                Between the magic carpet rides, genies, and the beautiful duet of “A Whole New World” I am jumping up and down with excitement. Little Abu and Aladdin win over Princess Jasmin’s heart, and the heart of everyone watching. I can’t wait to see the Genie come to life and make all of his jokes, like the ones in my childhood.

Little Mermaid

                Living in the beachy town of East Lyme influenced my 4 four year old self to love The Little Mermaid. All the bubbles and fish made it seem so similar to Finding Nemo, but still so different. “Under the Sea” is my absolute favorite song. I can already see myself singing along in the cinema.

101 Dalmatians

                Although 101 Dalmatians was already converted from cartoon to real people in 1996, the movie could still use some updating. Either way, I am happy to watch a movie filled with puppies. Pongo and Perdita rope their owner’s into falling in love. After Perdita has her liter of 15 puppies, Cruella De Vil is after the puppies for fur coats. Luckily all the puppies stay safe but it still a great movie filled with puppies who out smart humans.

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Define Famous

Define Famous

Is it real or a created perception?

by Michaela Super

                I have never met anyone famous until a few weeks ago. The 20 second encounter has left me thinking, “What makes someone so famous?”

                Now, let me recap my actions with country singer Chris Lane. I was attending the Florida Georgia Line concert at Mohegan Sun. Chris Lane was singing his opening act and announced he was going to be taking pictures with fans after Dustin Lynch. Like I mentioned before, I have never met anyone famous before, so I was definitely going to take up his picture taking offer. He was even taking photos right behind my section. The stars were aligning to tell me, ‘this is your chance to meet someone famous.’

               

 

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The Struggle is Real

The struggles of picking a roommate

By Michaela Super

                The hard part is over, or so you thought. After spending the first half of senior year applying for college, it’s time to spend the second half of senior year picking a college. And picking a college means picking a roommate.

                Picking a roommate sounds so much simpler than it really is. Finding the one means you really have to sell yourself and put yourself out there. Most people, or maybe just me, have a difficult time trying to find the right words to say. Describing yourself can be difficult. You don’t want to come across as cocky or annoying. After scrolling through all the other posts to the Facebook, everyone seems so similar. By the time you have decided what to write in your first post, you have already edited 5 times, and you’re still unhappy with the post. A few more edits later, you’re reading to hit the ‘post’ button.

                Then there is no turning back. It is posted. No chance of taking it down now. And now, it is time to wait (again) for the post to catch someone’s attention. But little did you know, everyone feels the same way. You’re all in the same boat. Before you know it, your Facebook Messenger is blowing up with messages. Everyone starts off explaining they never know what to say in these types of situations. And from there, the rest is history. You begin to talk about sports, school, family, and college. So here is a little bit of advice for you, East Lyme. Never be afraid to but yourself out there and make new friends. Chances are, everyone feels just as awkward as you do.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Why smiles are contagious

By Michaela Super

                It is a simple gesture that most teenagers in my generation forget about; smiling. Most walk around the halls with their heads buried in their phones, or they just look miserable. But little do they know, smiling is proven to be contagious. And I am here to explain why.

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Nothing Broke the Bond

2016-2017 ECC Champions

By Michaela Super

                Each high school athlete (in the surrounding area) participates in the ECC, wither they like it or not. And all the athletes can agree that the finals of the ECC can be stressful and nerve racking; no matter if they are the quarter finals, semifinals, or the finals. But then we have cheerleading. Cheerleading doesn’t have the quarters, or the semis. They only have the finals, just one chance to either make it or break it. And by one chance, I mean 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

               

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A Letter to My Cheer Team

 It is crazy to think how far away ECCs seemed at the beginning of the season. We have been together since the first week of December. Right from the start of the season, we were getting things accomplished left and right. From throwing different stunt groups together and getting work done, we were flying through are mini “pre-season”. During chorography, we all a brought focused and determined attitude. We were able to start practicing each aspect of our routine way sooner than last year.

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January 28th, 2017

Wolverine Pride Invitational Cheerleading Competition

By Michaela Super

                Before I step on the mat at competition, I always ask myself the same question.

“Why do I do this sport?”

                Keep in mind, I ask this to myself as my stomach could explode with nerves at any second. My anxiety is through the roof. My hands are clammy. My mouth is starting to become abnormally dry. Yet I still manage to drag myself to the mat year after year.

                With a terrible week of cheer practices under our belt, none of us where slightly ready to compete. We walked into Griswold High School with an optimistic attitude. After a long day of just sitting around and waiting, the time came to compete.

                Standing in the holding gym, I continue to wonder why I put myself through such agony. Does very athlete go through this? Or is it just cheerleaders? Shuffling into the gym and looking the judges in the eyes made very thing worse. I walked on the mat and I could feel my heart racing. But as the music turned on, the adrenalin rush exploded throughout my body. After hitting a solid routine, I found the answer to my question.

                I continue to drag myself to the mat to only to amaze myself of what I can actually do. I am sure you’re thinking, “Yeah, that makes no sense.” So let me explain. The week before brought a lot of yelling, pushing myself to my limit, and much more. Before I let myself give up, I pushed myself harder. Which made my capable of hitting a solid routine on Saturday.

                I will admit that getting a first place trophy was rewarding. But to me, it was more rewarding to be happy with what I put on the mat. I couldn’t be prouder of myself or my team. This is just the beginning, and we have a long road ahead of us. But we have a title to redeem.

The Smart Steps to the Next Chapter

My decision on college

By Michaela Super

     As of January 23rd, 2017, I placed my deposit on the University of New England. My major, (which is subject to change), will be a Bachelor Science degree in Animal Behavior. The Biddeford campus is not too big, yet it is also not too small. The view of the Saco River is breath taking. The fall of 2017 has so many new opportunities for UNE including new buildings and the first ever football team. And with that being said, let me tell you, it feels great to have the stress of college officially off my shoulders.

     My classmates are still scrambling through the college application process, while I am sitting back and relaxing. Between making sure letters of recommendation are uploaded and having transcripts sent, their heads are still spinning.

      But, who wants to be half way through their senior year and still applying to college?

      Here is my advice on college.

     Do not start looking your senior year. Explore you options throughout high school. Just because you’re an underclassmen doesn’t mean you can’t go on college visits. The earlier you start to look will impact lots of things. You can find your intended major faster. Deciding on a major is harder than someone thinks. Colleges offer so many classes that it can get overwhelming.

      Having survived the college application process, I can admit it was scary at first, but once you get into the common application groove, it will be a breeze.  

Maybe I am Preaching to the Choir

By Michaela Super

 

                As you read the title, you may have thought you clicked on the wrong blog link. You indeed clicked on Michaela, and not Peter.

My friendships and relationships have changed over the months, along with my influence on sports teams. Now, you might be thinking I know a thing or two about football since I have cheered for the town’s football teams all my life. But, you’re wrong. After playing powder puff football, I realized how fun the sport is. And after being forced to watch the New York Giants for the past couple months, I have actually learned a thing or two. It is now the time I give them a piece of my mind.

The payoff wild card game did not go the way as we all planned. The first quarter lifted our spirits high. Ending quarter one 3-0, we all were getting excited. But towards the end of the game, the Packers were getting touch down after touchdown, while we were unable to catch the ball. And by the end of the game, the Packers ended on top 38 to 13.

Even though the Giants lost, I can admit I learned a lot. Janoris Jenkins is a fantastic player. And in my own opinion, I think this past season was one of his best (that I have seen). I enjoyed watching Odell Beckham Jr. parade around the field during the games. Wither he was mad or super excited, he was entertaining to watch (unless he didn’t catch the ball).

Like the Giants, I am sure they are just as excited as I am. Their two wins against the Dallas Cowboys leave me very confident for the next seasons to come. Maybe 2017 wasn’t their, but I truly believe that they have time to grow. Next season will be our season. #Let’sGoBigBlue

Let's Talk About the New York Giants

My first ever football blog

By Michaela Super

                As you read the title, you may have thought you clicked on the wrong blog link. You indeed clicked on Michaela, and not Peter.

My friendships and relationships have changed over the months, along with my influence on sports teams. Now, you might be thinking I know a thing or two about football since I have cheered for the town’s football teams all my life. But, you’re wrong. After playing powder puff football, I realized how fun the sport is. And after being forced to watch the New York Giants for the past couple months, I have actually learned a thing or two. It is now the time I give them a piece of my mind.

The payoff wild card game did not go the way as we all planned. The first quarter lifted our spirits high. Ending quarter one 3-0, we all were getting excited. But towards the end of the game, the Packers were getting touch down after touchdown, while we were unable to catch the ball. And by the end of the game, the Packers ended on top 38 to 13.

Even though the Giants lost, I can admit I learned a lot. Janoris Jenkins is a fantastic player. And in my own opinion, I think this past season was one of his best (that I have seen). I enjoyed watching Odell Beckham Jr. parade around the field during the games. Wither he was mad or super excited, he was entertaining to watch (unless he didn’t catch the ball).

Like the Giants, I am sure they are just as excited as I am. Their two wins against the Dallas Cowboys leave me very confident for the next seasons to come. Maybe 2017 wasn’t their, but I truly believe that they have time to grow. Next season will be our season. #Let’sGoBigBlue

An Open Letter

To my ‘new’ car

By Michaela Super

To my Car,

                I have been searching for you. Before I got my license, I knew a Jeep Grand Cherokee was the car for me. But, I was given a Jetta. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Jetta. It was small, cute, and it had all my favorite bumper stickers on it. My seat was perfectly warn in and my radio was set to all the good radio stations in New London County.

And then it happened. My boyfriend wrecked my Jetta.

                It was a small fender-bender type accident. Yet it left my Jetta with no AC and a different color bumper, which was secretly secured by duct tape. It was time to start looking for a new car. This meant I could finally have my Jeep.

                I searched and looked high and low. We visited some and we kept coming to dead ends. And then, the link was sent to me. I started to scroll on your Craigslist ad and I knew this was the one. You were meant for me. Once we were together in person, everything felt right. Your seats, the way you drove, even the color was everything I wanted. We purchased you and drove you home. It felt like Christmas all over again.

                We transferred the plate over and you were registered in no time. I was driving you to work the next day. But on my way home, you stalled. You stalled at a red light. Why is that? Every time you came to a full stop you stalled. You did this for two days, but then stopped. You gave me no warning signs. No check engine lights or any loud bangs under the hood. Were you nervous to be driven by a new owner? Are you not used to me yet? We are going to be together for a long time. I hope we can get along.   

                Your stalling comes and goes. I still have full hope you will drive me around, all the way through college. So, here is to new adventures, many miles and many memories to come.

               

My New Year's Resolution

New Year, New Me (maybe…)

by Michaela Super

                Let me get this straight, I strongly believe New Year’s resolutions are ridiculous. I believe this because most people do not even complete their resolution. They begin to change it, and give up on around January 6th.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not that downer in the group who is anti-resolutions. I just sit back, and watch everyone around me give up within the first week.

                Deep down, I personally think everyone could complete their own resolution. It all depends how reasonable they are and how dedicated you are. So, I will help you East Lyme. Here’s my guide to actually completing a New Year’s resolution.

  • Keep it Reasonable

    For your New Year’s resolution, make sure it is something you can do yourself. Try not to make it too big either. Although solving world peace would benefit us all, you’re only one person.
  • Believe in Yourself

    If you don’t believe in yourself, you will get nothing done.
  • Make it Something Your Passionate About

    If you care and love something, don’t be afraid to go after it. Say you want to drop the 5 pounds gained over the holidays. You care about yourself, and getting rid of those 5 pounds will make you love yourself even more. Self-confidence is so important. Loving yourself is so important. Therefore, your passion with fuel your drive to complete the resolution.
  • It Doesn’t Have to be Accomplished by Tomorrow

    Change does not happen overnight. It takes a well-crafted plan and a hint of perseverance.

I hope my observations from over the years has helped you in some kind of way. 2017 is here and better than the year before. Make this one count East Lyme.  

A Little PSA

Why I hate the week before a school break

By Michaela Super

All I can think about is sleeping in for a week and having no homework.

But reality check. I still have 5 school days left before I am free.

And in those 5 days, all teachers attempt to cram everything and anything into their 84 minute blocks. That means tests, quizzes, projects, presentations and more. Your stress levels is through the roof and you’re pulling more all-nighters than ever. But why? Why cram it all in the last few days before break?

I would just like to make a PSA to all teachers, please let us enjoy the last few days of school. Test and quiz the week before. The holidays are stressed out enough, so by adding your assignments make the week leading up to break H-E-Double-Hockey-Stick!

Stay strong, East Lyme! We are in the final count down. Enjoy holiday break and make sure you tell everyone you how much they mean to you. Peace, (at least till January 3rd).

You'll Get into College

A blog to calm your college nerves

By Michaela Super

            For most you have applied to college. I would estimate, more than 60% of the senior class has hit the submission button, and sent their precious college application.

            Applying to college is stressful; we can all agree. Some might argue, waiting for letters of acceptance or denial is more stressful than filling out questions about yourself. In the year 2009, approximately 70.9% of the high school population enrolled into college (New York Times). That percentage should already ease some tension. We push ourselves too hard sometimes, and we need to know when to take a step back and look at the big picture.

            A big stressor is the lack of control (USA Today). This classroom is filled with 17 and 18 year olds who are just gaining some control. I know it is hard, but some things in life aren’t in our control. As we grow older, things will slip from our hands. But that does not mean we should throw in the towel right then. Get up, shake it off, and try again. Just like in the dating world, there are 4,168 fish in the sea. One of them is bound it send you and acceptance letter. Just keep in mind, if you don’t get into the college you want, it does not mean you were not right for the college. It truly means the college wasn’t right for you.