Summer Vacation

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Okay. I’m super sorry that I’ve been inactive lately, but my college courses take precedence before my blog and other writing.

By the time you will be reading this (Thursday morning), I’ll be in the car to visit my older sister who lives in Maryland, USA. I won’t be returning home until very late Monday night. I’ll try to schedule a post or two, but I can’t promise anything. The car ride down is 8 hours each way so hopefully, I can at least brainstorm some blog posts and maybe write a few. 😉

Anyways, I hope you are all having a fantastic week and enjoying summer.

Food for Thought

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I am currently taking an English class right now. My professor had us read an essay on the difference between high school and college. This question is one that I never thought to think of other than that college is super expensive and public high school is paid through taxes.

The text below is what I submitted for a grade. This is only a part of my answer that I submitted but still something for you to think about.

The main difference between high school and college is the thinking process. I briefly mentioned it above, but college professors make you think a lot more than high school teachers do. They make you think in a way that you aren’t used to. I think the best why to explain the thinking process is that high school teacher makes you think about one topic and everything about that topic. College professors make you think about one topic and then, how that one topic will affect other topics that are related to it. From then on it is a constant string of thinking, jumping from one topic to the next. Another major difference is that high school teachers are looking for the correct answer while college professors might call said answer wrong, but will help validate your answer and take time to understand why you thought your said answer was right. They are looking for the correct answer, but also are curious about your ideas on the topic.

So I am posing the question to you guys: What is the difference between high school and college? Please comment below.

 

Summer Classes 2017

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Hi, Friends!

Monday was the start of my online summer classes. You are probably thinking I am crazy, but I never said I was sane. 🙂 I will be working anywhere from 21 to 35 hours a week on this class. Hopefully, I will be able to schedule the posts ahead of time, but if not then you’ll know that I’m probably dying from the workload. I am taking an English course for five weeks then a Journalism course for another five weeks. I will be very busy this summer. Please let me know what YOU have planned for this summer in the comments below.

Much love,
Olivia

I GOT PULLED OVER!

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On Wednesday (June 7, 2017), I got pulled over by the police. No, I wasn’t speeding or driving under the influence, but my vehicle was past the inspection date. So let’s get started.

I was driving through my little town and out into the countryside. Then I noticed that a police car was following me and had its lights flashing. I thought they probably just want to pass me. I pulled the car over, but they didn’t pass me. I looked in my rearview mirror and both policemen were exiting their vehicle. He told me what was wrong and asked for all my documents. I was completely clueless what my vehicle registration looked like and literally gave him a wad of papers. Luckily, one paper was the registration. He walked back to his car. I waited. And waited. And waited, it seemed like forever had passed. Then he told me to sign something saying that I had a citation and that it was mandatory that I complete it. If I didn’t there could be some serious consequences. I asked a few questions then I was on my way back home.

All I wanted to do was drive to my work to ask if I could work there again this summer. I wasn’t able to do it earlier since I had been out of the country for the last four months. I drove straight home and told my mother. We had figured out that the registration process changed last December and wasn’t aware of the change.

I was honestly so scared and there was a split second where I wanted to cry. WHY ME? I am the youngest driver in my family (mother, father and me) and “I” got pulled over. I am so thankful that he was patient with me and explained everything. I honestly had no clue what to do and was winging it the whole time. They teach you some etiquette things in school, but there was a huge gray area of information that I had no clue on.

Today was not a good day at all. It started out rotten and continued to get worse.

Just Friends

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Can heterosexual men and women truly be friends with no hopes or expectations of anything more?

Throughout my middle school year, I thought that you could only have female friends and those who had male friends were usually male themselves. I was a naive little middle schooler, I didn’t realize that males and females could be friends without ever being in a relationship.

Sophomore year of high school years, I made some really good male friends. We will call them Cameron and Ethan (names changed for privacy); they were smart, funny and loads of fun to be around. We had several classes together and would talk during class to pass the time. Then, senior year came and things changed. We started planning days where we would get breakfast together at a local bagel shop, go to the beach, hang out at each other houses and spend endless nights texting each other. This is all things female friends do with each other, but no one raises any questions.

I lived in one small town, while Cameron lived in the next small town and Ethan lived in about fifteen minutes from Cameron. When we go out in public one of the boys would always be late, because we lived in different places. Therefore, I would be sitting alone with either Cameron or Ethan and the public would always think whoever I was sitting next to, I was dating. This was not the case; we were just a small group of friends hanging out together. I have gotten to the stage where I see them more as my brothers than potential boyfriend material.

I am at the end of my four months abroad and of course, I wanted to stay in touch with Cameron and Ethan while I was gone. The only way to communicate with them is Facebook and Skype. Cameron brought up that he has a lady friend and they could possibly start a very serious relationship come the fall semester. When I first heard this, I was jealous because there have been multiple times where I felt like we could be more.

Then, I started to remember something I once told my friend. “Would you rather be in a relationship with a guy for one year or be friends with them forever?” I revisited this question myself. I would like to have Cameron as a friend rather than a boyfriend. We have worked on our friendship for about five years and I wouldn’t want to jeopardize what we have currently. As I thought about us more, I realized that we probably wouldn’t work out anyways. He wants to become a doctor, while I want my life to be free and wild. I want to travel the world, while he wanted to be working a standard 9 to 5 job. Also, I could be moving within the next year. I haven’t seen them in over four months and I feel like my feelings towards both are more intense since I haven’t seen them in a really long time.

I never went into our friendship, wanting a relationship, even though I have thought of us being more I’ve never taken any action. I want to be able to tell them everything and want them to support me as well as I support them. I want to be able to attend their weddings while they attend mine.

I’ve been to their houses as they’ve been to mine. I’ve met their family and they’ve met mine. We are just like any friend group, but we are mixing genders. Of course, sometimes our friendship is frustrating at times because we are girls and guys. For example, I would love to go camping with them, but our parents might not feel comfortable us spending overnights together. Our parents trust us… no doubt, but society says that girls and guys together can lead to unwanted consequences. There are times where I don’t quite understand what they are saying, especially when it comes to gaming.

In conclusion, be friends with everyone, whether they are girls or guys. Don’t let society tell you who you can be friends with. If you have something in common and you enjoy being around them then, start to build a friendship that could last forever.