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Last Post?

So tomorrow is my senior meeting!

All of these months have lead up to this, and I’m pretty excited. I just did some final touches on my presentation, and got everything prepared. I’m gonna be a little slumped tomorrow. I’m shooting a commercial with Writers and Books tomorrow morning, then I have to add some  final things to the newspaper before my meeting, and then I’m going to work, then to the movies with my Advance Literature class to see Great Gatsby. Talk about packed!

I’m so glad everything is ending this week. I just had my final at MCC today, so I’ll never have to go back there again. It was pretty hard for me, I’m anxious to find out what I got (tomorrow evening I’ll know).

I’ve thought about it long and hard, and I was thinking if I should continue to blog. I like the constant writing, and the way it captures all of my memories. I don’t know if I’d want it online though . . .

I’m going to consider it though. If I do continue my blog it will be renamed and you guys would have to resuscribe if you want updates and all of that. I thank all of you for following my blog this year! Your comments have really uplifted me, and I would like to give a shout out to my English teacher, Mariana! 😀

Blessings for tomorrow!



I Forgot I Had a Blog

Or to be more precise, I’ve been so busy, that by the time I was done for the day and able to reflect it was some odd hour into the night, or I was tired. Well enough is enough!
I’m forcing myself to write, and keep you readers updated.

I got home from NYC in the wee hours of the morning (Sunday at 4). I had a blast visiting NYU. It was my first time seeing the college and the first time being in NYC in four years (the only other time I went to NYC was when I went on a 3 day trip in 9th grade). So I was pretty overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of the city. There was any and everything!

I met with all of my HEOP cohorts, and learned a lot about what will be coming up in the next couple of months. I took placements test, which I’m eager to find out how I did. For English, I wrote a bangin thesis on what it’s like to he “brown,” it was a prose and opinion essay. While the grammar part was blah. I’m not the best at grammar, so I won’t oppose having an extra grammar class. Math on the other hand was something. It was a calculus test. When was the last time you heard SWW students taking calculus? Right.
I was sure I was going to fail the test horribly, but to my surprise I knew a majority of it! The math I’ve been learning at MCC covered a majority of what was on the placement test. Deciding to take math elsewhere was one of my best senior moves. I have to remind myself to pass on this tidbit of information to the underclass men.

These test were to decide what summer classes we are going to take. And although the summer classes don’t count as credits it will be the first grades that show up on our transcript. So I gotta be on my “A” game! Literally, hahaha.
After testing we learned about housing and heop info, met with counselors, and learned about the individual schools we’re apart of (I’m apart of the “liberal studies program”).

Exploring the city was something else. I saw so many stores I wanted to go in, great food places, and just beautiful scenery. NYU has buildings disbursed all across manhattan (a majority in lower manhattan), so it seems a little scattered, but once you enter one of the buildings they’re so large and they feel so cut off from the city it’s like it’s own indivuidual place. I like that.

After getting NYU tour stuff done, and making some friends, I traveled with my mom and auntie for a while. Then went to harlem with my mom’s cousin to eat at Sylvias (the Sylvia that’s on the hot sauce, and other soulfood cans). It was a soul food restaurant, and whew, it was great. I was beyond stuffed after leaving there.

So after getting high off of college vibes I didn’t want to go home. I wanted to start right then and there! I have less than two months, I can be patient. Besides as much as I’m ready to run off and start city life, I have much left to finish here in the Roc, and I have to spend as much time with my friends as possible before I leave.

So back to the Roc.
I have to finish the newspaper by Friday. I haven’t been able to work on it at all because my laptop doesn’t have the program I need to work on NWW anymore. You can only imagine the breakdown I had when I found this out. This means I have to do the entire last issue at school, in barely a week. It’s going to be Janurary’s issue all over again (staying at school till 6). The only bright side I could see to this situation is that I’ll be done with NWW soon enough. Fortubately AP is over so I’ll have my Monday and Friday lunch block free. Meaning I can spend a straight two hours working on NWW on these days. So pray for me everyone, this week is going to be hetic, and it doesn’t make things better that prom is this Friday as well. #TheStruggle

Regardless of what happens though, I’m still gonna have fun at prom! Got my tux picked out and at first I thought I was going to go traditional but the red one I chose really caught my eye. It’s designed after what Bruno Mars wore to the Grammys two years ago, and I really like that vintage yet classy look. Teresa is adamant on wearing the 50s look. She doesn’t even want to wear heels! I told her that prom is suppose to be the day where everyone dresses up and be fancy because it’s “their special day,” but she held with her decision. The long conversation we had about prom attire reminded that prom is not about looking the best, but having fun. At first I was a little apprehensive of Teresa having such a different look, and not looking like the typical prom girl, but I realize that by her dressing the way she wants, she will feel like a prom queen, and really that’s all that matters! It was a little warming to know that no matter how busy with life I may get, valuable lessons can still wiggle their way into my everyday life.

In other news “Mission: Save SWW” has deferred for the last week ( with AP going on I couldn’t really focus on anything else), but I will begin phase two. “Sea of Letters.” I’m gonna type a little memo up for everyone asking them to write a letter about what SWW has done for them and how much the school means to them, so we can mail them to the board of education. I feel like this is going to have a powerful impact!

I’ve decided I want to learn sign language, so I’m having Madeline teach me daily. I’ve always been interested in signing but Teresa NEVER wants to teach me. She’s so stubborn, I swear. Luckily there’s Maddy and she’s more than happy to show me stuff so I’m pumped to start learning. *I already know the alphabet!*

This post is starting to get a little long winded, so I’ll stop for now. Below I have some pics of my trip! Goodnight and God bless, y’all!





Picture 1: Wahington Square park. Which is the center of NYU. It is surrounded by many NYU buildings and my dorm is right on the edge of the park.

Picture 2: When we went to Harlem we stopped by the Apollo theatre.

Picture 3: All of the HEOP kids did an activity (sort of like the game part of our CPR) we had to create a scene out of a whole bunch of materials, depending on the countries we received. We got Prouge, which I had no idea about. I created the blue face on the ballon (it’s lady liberty).

The Golden Gate Bridge Weeks

So I’m back from the “golden gate bridge two week break.”
The previous 2 week have been jam packed with business, events, good news, dissapointing news, deadlines, HW, blah blah blah. But HW though, goodness. I thought after I’d get into college everything would be easier, but it’s only getting rougher. Senioritis was trying to seduce me the last couple of week, and I really wanted to scumb to its prowess. Of course, I can’t do that, so it’s been #TheStruggle to stay passionate and on task. Thank God there’s weekends though. I would beez in the trap if weekends didn’t exist.

Besides that, school has been great. Im pelted with compliments and praise everyday about NWW, and it feels good hearing people say they like it, and they can truly see the improvement in the issue (issue #4 was released last week). I wish I could continue this next year, but hopefully someone will take the torch and lead NWW in the future. Regardless I know I’m going to join Washington Square News when I go to NYU next year, or maybe even join their very own radio station.

Scholarship and financial aid wise it’s been something. Entering NYU through HEOP gives me not only academic assistance throughout my Highschool career, but also financial. I will only have to pay around 3000 dollars a year ( which I’m working hard to finances through scholarships). I’m not exactly forsure what my bottom line is because my financial aid package is still being formulated (they have to add room and board) so once that’s official I’ll know forsure. Unfortunately I didn’t get the Gates scholarship,

*moment of silence*

I had my day of mourning, but I recovered. Now I’m trying my hardest to win other scholarships. I’m trying my hardest not to have to pay loans. I know my teachers and counselor and getting tired of me asking them for recommendations, hahaha. Im tired of it to. It’s to much to keep track of recommendations and all those extra forms that are involved.

So while the hunt for scholarships continues, I’m torn about which dorm room I want. I have two top choices; Hayden and Goddard. They’re both on Washington Square Park (except Hayden is 2 mins away while Goddard is directly on it). I’m torn because Goddard is a residential college so they do projects and community service together an they have themes like extended classes. It’s the smallest dorm with only 200 people it’s very close knit. On the other hand Hayden is not a residential college, but is know as the social and party dorm. It has 700 people, it has a dining hall in it unlike Goddard, and I believe they have a workout room which Goddard doesn’t have. They both have there pros and cons but I don’t know if I want to have the structure of a residential college. So I’m trying to figure out, and I have to figure out soon, because the deadline is creeping in the corners. I think I’m gonna email some of the RAs today and ask them about the dorms.

The countdown is on!
2 months and 2 weeks.

Glee is having two performances this Friday. Tay and Chenille are singing, “Stay” and I’m accompanying on the piano, and Olivia and Cindy are singing “down”. Unfortunately Maddy won’t be here to sing, but we know she’s in a better place singing for X-Factor!

“Mission Save SWW”: this school wide project has exploded and everyone is doing what they can to save the school. I’ve gotten support from seniors who transferred from our school and I actually have someone making a video on how SWW has changed their life. From the D&C they’re gonna have their education writer come and they’re gonna write a sorry about us in the paper. Press Coverage! And I’m suppose to write for the D&C (not positive what it is yet). Trying everything I can to save SWW and pulling on all of the resource I have.

Slam is going fine, I don’t know what I want to do for my Indi I may have no other choice but to do my Shakespeare poem. I really wanted to write about my lying poem or my afraid to leave home poem, but as I started writing them over the weekend they didn’t click, at least not just yet. So I need more time and maybe I’ll have something Wednesday.

Besides that, I’ve made a whole bunch of new friends lately and I even met another student who’s goes to irondeqoit high school who got into NYU and through HEOP. So we plan on linking up, I’m not for sure what a good hang out would be, but I’m thinking paint balling. What better way to get to know someone, than firing hazardous balls at them. Hahah.
I am not use to hanging out with people and I need to work myself out of this mold, cuz in the city I know being social is going to be the best thing.
Senior deadline coming up!
Gotta schedule my final meeting.


Like Rice at a Wedding (NWW#3)

So the news paper came out today, and they sold like hot cakes! I have no extras left this is the first.

I got a lot of positive feedback but people are so verbal and critical with their judgements. It’s irritating. Although some of it is good stuff, there’s a lot of bums complaining about things they’d like in NWW. By complaining I mean whining and getting an attitude like they’ve been wronged. I try my best to turn these situations into lemonade by telling these certain people to join NWW.
“Be the change you want to see in the world,” Gandhi said, and I’ve been throwing this quote and idea around like rice at a wedding. I’m happy with the way NWW is coming along, and each issue is growing I believe. Blog Viewers, what were your favorite parts of NWW # 3.


Germs. Faster than the speed of light.

Came in the school healthy, prepared and well. Left queasy, tired, and ill-like. Germs spread so fast, and I wish I could travel in a bubble everywhere. I don’t know if it’s because I ate so unhealthy over the weekend (ate out everyday) or if it’s because I’ve been getting a little under 4 hours of sleep lately, regardless, I don’t feel well.
I took a nap and hopefully I’m not all nausea for my field trip tomorrow. I’m going to Nazareth with my global issues class for this global citizens convention. Unfortunately I have to miss the first hour or so, because I can’t afford to miss a day of MCC. I seriously get behind and I’m trying to keep an A average in that class.
Update on my senior project: the 3rd issue is going to be delivered to the school tomorrow by Sarah Crupi (she mines well be my community expert). The paper had a major delay due to power outages, and just time management, but it will be out tomorrow! Alright back to my to-do list of things.

Night world!


Hope conquers Fear

I had a bit of worrying today. So I’m a finalist for the Gates schoalrship which entails a full tuition scholarship to wherever I want. I was so excited, it’s like my hope of actually being able to go to NYU if I get in. Being a finalist I had to get a lot of forms from Jamie, one of them being my GPA form. I have a 3.6 (B+) and although my friends keep telling me that’s good, I know I’m competing against a lot of smarts kids who probably have 4.0 (A+) and up. I just feel like this is a blemish on my record. It’s just that, this opportunity means so much, it literally will decide a huge part of my future and I wanted everything to be as perfect as it could be. I kinda wish our school gave GPAS from the beginning of our high school careers, so when we actually get our GPAS senior year we aren’t all surprised at what we get. I guess I would of tried harder to have as close as a 4.0 as I could have.
Regardless, there’s nothing I can do about it and I’m going to pray that God makes a way for me to afford where I want to go rather I get the scholarship or not. Also I’m going to stop worrying and just leave it all to Him. Tymoni, a friend of mine told me:
“You do a lot ontop of your studies and besides you made it this far in the competition you’ll make it” [PP]. Her words were true, but the sprits of worry and fear are so invasive and so leech-like, that at times I can’t help but fall victim to these sins. God says “Do not fear” 365 times in the bible. One reminder for each day. I fall to worry/fear a lot, but now I see why God reminds us so many times. We are all weak in spirit and need his encouragement, his word, and reminders to keep us on the straight and narrow.

Blog readers, rather you pray or not, please speak positivity and life over my college/financial situations.

For God says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21).


Never Quite as Planned

So I got done at the D&C at around 8 o’clock. Surprisingly I didn’t have a headache, I wasn’t hungry, and I was actually feeling pretty good about what I accomplished. So I prepared to leave and catch my bus when I realized there were only a few journalist left. It was pretty abandoned in the D&C but even in the abandoned building I felt accomplished. Pride beaming from my pores. I Cleaned up my desk area, collected my materials, and headed out like I’ve been at the D&C for years. On my way out I noticed that it was raining, soft soothing rain glittered the ground. It was like the peacefully ending to a nice movie; a late midnight rain washing off the worries of a rugged cool protagonists after a long day of “work”. After striding in the rain like it wasn’t affecting me, I began to notice the rain grow heavier and heavier.
Hail was beating my head. The swagger in my step was soon replaced with aggatated speed walking and stumbling as the hail fell harder.

Being in the comfort of my house now, I can look back and laugh. Whenever I try to act cool or pose I’m always humbled. Always.
I suppose it’s a good thing. I’d rather have hail beat my head then have evenly a slightly proud spirit.


That Time of the Month.

It’s officially “that time of the month” and it hit me very hard today. By “time of the month”, I mean the time of the month where my NWW deadline is looming over my head of course. I tried my hardest to prep, but I still ended up working at the D&C till 7. The struggle was real, and my head was pounding. Still not even done with the paper yet but I have a majority of it done.
Being so busy today, I felt like I floated through all my classes, I was there, but I wasn’t there fully if you know what I mean. It was a very surreal day for me. Luckily I got home, got a whole bunch of food and nutritional items like veggies, naked juice, and choclate chip cookies and I was back to 100%.
Enough of my complaint though, I’m going to say one of my fears:

“I’m getting into all of these great colleges, but what if I can’t afford them. I refuse to go into debt and loans are not an option. I couldn’t put that amount of stress on my mom / my future. So my prayer is that, I’ll be able to afford wherever I go.”

March is the green month. Not only because it starts the spring, but that’s when I start to get financial aid packages. I’ll keep y’all updated on how that goes.


What break?

How was my break?
What break? Hahahah.
This break has been long time-wise, but it has been full of so much. Working on term papers, doing financial aid, college stuff, homework, and working on the 3rd issue of NWW.
I officially consider myself an intern at the Democrat and Chronicles. I have my own desk area to do my work, and it feels a lot at home. Tuesday and today I worked with Sarah Crupi. She is the creative manager and she’s been giving me useful hints and tips about Indesign. I’ve gotten 2& 1/2 out of 8 pages done on NWW and seriously this issue is such an improvement from the last issue. I can’t wait for everybody to see it!
Sarah has been very kind to me; taking me to lunch, and answering any questions I have. She’s shown what it’s like to work at the D&C.

I just learned something.

News paper come out EVERYDAY.

I get stressed simply doing one paper a month! I couldn’t manage doing a paper everyday. Then again it wouldn’t just be one person doing the paper so I guess it would be easier, but still…

This week has showed me the fun side of working on the paper, and hopefully I can take all that I learned at the D&C this week and keep on applying it to NWW.


News Without Walls has an email for people to send pictures and art.

We also have a twitter account for news, updates, social, etc.


Sarah gave some multimedia ideas, and I really think they’re going to take NWW to a whole new level.

Question: Blog viewers, what do you think would be a good logo for NWW? I have a few ideas, but I want your guys opinion.



Sarah and I.

February Update

So here goes my senior year updates.

Senior project

I finished the last issue two weeks ago and it was received well by the school. We had a lot of feedback asking for clear photos, new photos, and sports.
So I’m keeping that in mind as I move on to the February Issue.
I met with Sarah Crupi who works for the D&C. She is the creative manger.
I’m met with her Monday evening to talk about how NWW could be more creative, and having a nice consistent design. I plan on meeting with her over February recess and she is coming to the school the Monday after break. We’re using the program indesign (which is a very complicated program) so I’m glad to have the help. Also they have a spot set up for me to do work. I’m like an intern! Now I don’t have to stay to school till 6 o’clock anymore (thank God) hahah.

College stuff

I got into Hofstra Friday. I checked my online portal. Now I’m just waiting for them to send me the enrolling freshman stuff which should be in the mail any day now.
Wagner college said it has started to send out acceptance letters, so I should hear something in February and U of R sends out the letters this Friday, so I’ll get it at latest, next Tuesday! Yay!


I’m improving in AP lit and it feels great to be doing well again. I gotta stick to studying like gardening a plant. If I miss a day of watering I get dry and crusty. All of my other classes are well at SWW. My most busy week of February and all of my teachers want to assign HW. #TheStruggle. I’m dealing with senioritis at home. I’ll get home around evening time (it’s always evening time haha) and I’ll eat and blah, by the time its HW time I’m sleepy. Plus Senioritis makes me not want to do anything I have to force myself to do anything that isn’t English related.
With that said I have a math test at MCC Thursday, and boy I’m glad we had a review yesterday. I’ve noticed I’ll zone out on her and simply write whatever she puts on the board. By doing that though, I’m not comprehending, I’m just recording. So now I’m alert and ask a ton of questions. Which I hope doesn’t bother the other students, but if it does; all well. All of these college kids are extremely quiet. The class, as of right now I have a A+ (yay) but truthfully, I want it to be over. Math is Fun but only when I can do it in my own time, and I can’t stand waking up 6 in the morning when I could sleep in till 8:30.
“Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

For now that is all, I want to talk about the Glee Club, but I’ll save that for another blogpost.