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XC Cross Country Project

XC Cross Country is the best. For those that know cross country I just said Cross Country Cross Country is the best. An inside joke between my friends and I.

You gotta be a little crazy to run XC. I mean, running over seven miles a day, day in and day out you gotta have something wrong with yourself. But hands down cross country (at least in my school) is the best sport atmosphere wise.

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How to Break the Awkward Silence In Group Hangouts

I found this post on my friends blog and I thought it was really cool because it attacks multiple issues in life. First of all, we have all had those awkward moments and not known what to do but after reading this blog I have a couple of legitimate conversation starters. As well as doing helping a common problem, it address an even larger one. It mentions how people are stuck on their phones. But it provides a simple solution, instead of sitting by yourself on your phone share what you are doing so you can enjoy it with whoever you are with.

Inspire Your Face

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It happens quite often when I sit with a group of friends, hanging out…but we aren’t really hanging out.. We’re all looking at the screens on our phone. It happened to me once where it was with my cross country team and all we did was sat their staring at our video, or game, etc. I personally don’t like it once I come to the realization of it but I too am guilty of it. It’s at those times where I think to myself, “What has come of this generation?.. What are we doing just sitting here, on our phones, and not having an actual conversation?” That’s when I make my attempt at trying to break the silence.

“So guys, what’s for practice today?..”

“40 minute run.”

“Cool,” I reply, “So….”

At that point I knew this conversation was to heavy to carry and that they didn’t really care to…

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Hi There Neighbor?

Very interesting perspective. I especially liked the thought challenging questions in the first paragraph. It really made me question myself and my friendship to my peers. She states that everyone has a ‘look’, or feel to others, yet these ‘looks’ may differ with every person and may not even be who you TRULY are.

Also Sophie touches on very important thought. The one where we judge people before stepping into their shoes. We do not know what they are going through and what kinds of hardships they are enduring. That view can also be reversed. I might be callous in saying this. If something happens and everyone is sad and feeling down, and someone has something good happen to them, than who are we to get slightly angry at their happiness. I know that I sometimes get slightly annoyed when I get back a test that the whole class bombed, but someone was successful and I resent their happiness.

Anyways, this is a very interesting slightly ‘long-read’ and I recommend it to everyone.

Look At Things Different

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Do you know the person next to you?

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Help Nepal!

If you haven’t already heard, there was a massive earthquake in Nepal. It registered on the Richter scale to be about a 7.9 magnitude. Over 3800 people have already died and hundreds of thousands have been dislocated.This is the largest earthquake in that region in over eighty years. I am originally from the country of Nepal and I do have some family living there. I heard of the news late friday night from the sound of my dad frantically moving and trying in anyway to reach his parents in Nepal through phone. Thankfully all of my relatives were the lucky few who survived without any injuries or fatalities. We were also lucky enough to not have any damage to our homes, at least the damages that can be seen visually from the exterior. Others were not as lucky. In a particular village there used to be around 1400 homes standing. After the main earthquake and a few aftershocks, only four were left standing.

Help is coming though from various countries and organizations. The greatest help is coming straight from the affected people the communities. They are placing their whole lives on hold and are spending hours and hours along side each other to find victims that are trapped, or to raise the alarm to people that are still inhabiting buildings that are in danger of collapsing. Aid is coming from countries such as Canada, The United States, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The U.S. and Canada combined have donated over fourteen million dollars for relief. India and Pakistan have sent troops to help set up tent communities and temporary shelters for people. Organizations such as UNICEF and the Red Cross are also there for their emergency aid.

I have also attempted to help the people. I saw that my dad donated money to the Red Cross online. I had a great idea then to ask my fellow classmates and my teachers for donations for relief programs in Nepal. I got an outstanding reaction with people donating into the three digits on the very first day!

There is many things that we can do to help, but the fastest and most reliable way is to DONATE MONEY! I implore everyone to donate any amount of money to organizations such as UNICEF or Red Cross. Every little bit makes a difference and every little bit may be the difference between a small child living or starving to death.

I Remember

I remember my first memory (weird line). T’was a hot day and my mom had forbidden me from going outside. Realizing that I couldn’t go and play with my friends, I settled for the next best thing. My brother. I was running through my house in Nepal as my one year and nine months old brother was chasing me on his chubby legs. He tripped and fell on his face and I found super funny. And since it was caused by himself he did not cry. (Side-note: have you noticed that toddlers do not cry when they hurt themselves and they think there is no one around to console them? If someone is in the vicinity that they hurt themselves in, then they will bawl their eyes out.)  I went over to him laughing and to check if he was alright. He was, thankfully, so I didn’t get in trouble for ‘hurting’ my brother.

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