Originally published at United 4 Social Change.
One of my all-time favorite Disney movies is Ratatouille. Set in the glorious city of Paris, Ratatouille is the tale of Remy, a rat who develops a love for making good food inspired by watching the famous French chef Gusteau on television. When a series of events brings him to Gusteau’s original restaurant, Remy seizes the opportunity and, through an unlikely alliance with a kitchen aide, saves the restaurant’s tarnished reputation with his own fine cooking. The movie’s charm can be explained by many aspects from the digital wizardry that is Pixar animation to the humorous witty bits one can only understand after they’ve been seasoned with the knowledge that comes with age. But for me, perhaps the most uplifting aspect of the movie is how food, and a love for it, has acted as a vehicle for empowerment in each character’s life.
January 21st, 2017 will be one for the history books. Approximately 500,000 men, women, and children attended the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. alone. Across the world, millions more gathered to voice their discontent with the newly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump. And what better day to do it than the day after his inauguration?
"Millions of people, no matter what gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc., came together to stand up for something they believed in and defended something that they felt was being threatened."
As a freshman or a junior drowning in class work, you may ask yourself, why is all of this important? Why do I need to go to high school? Ask an adult and you’ll get an answer about the difficulty of finding a job and how not graduating will make your life harder long term. If you go online, you’ll see statistics on how much money non-graduates make per year in comparison to a high school grad. If you're anything like I was before my senior year, however, then all of this means next to nothing to you. I’m here to tell you, though, that now that I am a senior, high school matters.
People will tell you that grades don't matter and that they can't determine your self worth. While that is true, many universities focus mainly on what is on your transcripts, so your grades do matter. It doesn't really hit you until you start applying for scholarships and colleges that your GPA and test scores mean a lot to these institutions, and you’ll really start to regret those few C’s that you got freshman year when college seemed so far away.
“High school is important because I don't want to work at McDonalds for the rest of my life.”
Ah Monday. The beginning of a new week has arrived and you’re tired, stressed and feeling like you just “can’t even.” It’s no secret that high school is overwhelming sometimes, well, most of the time, and a lot of different people deal with it in many different ways be it therapy, sleeping, eating, procrastinating, etc.
But there is one method that people turn to that more people have varying opinions about than most other options. I’m talking about caffeine, of course. Caffeine, more specifically coffee, seems to be dotted around every high school, college and work place in the world. It’s an easy jolt of energy and it tastes good (to many people anyway).
But what is really in coffee? What does caffeine really do to you? What do people who drink caffeine think about it? Let’s find out.
According to the official Wikipedia entry on caffeine; “Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.” Really? A psychoactive drug? Looking at caffeine under a different light may waver opinions if we think about it in this way.
“You could be addicted to just about anything – chocolate, weed, soda – anything! I see [caffeine] more as a tool, not like in a way positive way, but on occasions, yeah, it helps a lot.”