• Vanessa wrote a new post, FOCUS 2 years, 3 months ago

    In my pioneer research task I came across an article called Into the Zone composed by Tolson, Jay; Kleiner, Carolyn; Marcus, David L. In this particular article they talk about how we not only become mentally

  • Andres,
    Your topic is very interesting and I really like it. I enjoyed how you told about the ceremony one full cycle of the solar year. I have learned a lot from this little bit that you have posted and I can’t wait til I get to read more about it.

  • Vanessa commented on the post, Prison Life 2 years, 4 months ago

    Dear, Giselle
    I think the topic that you are researching is a very interesting topic that needs to have some light shone over it. The thing that makes this so interesting is the fact that the police force is abusing their power and we as a whole need to come up with ways that we can put an end to it. Another thing that i found interesting is the…[Read more]

  • “ People used to go and see sports psychologist when they had a problem. Now the focus has shifted to performance,” he says (Halliwell).

    The main concern in all sports today is “mental toughness,” meaning the abi

    • Great Job Vanessa, I think your topic is very interesting and never thought about it, as someone who doesn’t play sports. The idea of repeating a saying can change someones overall performance in sports is a new idea to me. It is interesting to think about connecting a physical activity to the mental activity of mantras, and a certain mentality.

    • I think this is a great topic that could also be related to academics. I believe mental toughness could significantly help some students in a transition from sports to school to show them the challenges faced can be beaten with persistence.

    • I like your research so far, I never really considered or thought about the tactics and practices used by Wayne Halliwell. I think that mental toughness can carry on into other aspects of life, not just athletics. I really like where you are taking this!

    • I think this is a really great topic of research. Plenty of people talk about sports performance, but not enough people talk about the mental aspect. This is what makes or breaks you. Understanding the importance of self esteem and self confidence is an important element in order to be a leader and succeed. Be able to shake off your mistakes and continue to play your game is very important!

      Well done

  • Malia,
    I really like what you have researched, confidence it something that everyone struggles with and it is about time that we all realize that it is in us. Confidence is something that I have constantly struggled with throughout my life. After reading this I have closure with knowing that I have it in me and that I just need to change my ways…[Read more]

  • Samantha,
    What you have to say is an important issue that we as a society needs to address before it gets taken out of hand, which it seems like it is already to that point. My favorite point that you made would have to be how much water we are using into slaughtering animals– it is ridiculous and we need to come up with an alternative.…[Read more]

  • Today in our society we are consumed with trying to be the best of the best. We are caught in this world where people expect us to be perfect… flawless, but in reality we all know that it is nearly impossible to

  • I would like to address the issue on homelessness. As the years go by I feel like the homeless population is growing and we need to take action to make sure that everyone can get back on their feet.

    Here are a

    • I agree! It’s amazing that Utah has one of the best homeless populations in the state, yet we still recognized we need to make a change. What are some ways you suggest? Are they practical?

    • Hey there vanessa,
      I think it’d be best if you spread the word not only here but in schools, local shopping marts, and even to your family. Get people motivated to start helping. All in all we all need to come together to help others because we are no better than anyone.

    • I agree that this is a very big problem in our current country and in the world. It is something that can only be fixed by people coming together and making a difference. There should be more ads or companies trying to help out the homeless because though we may not be able to provide everyone with a home we can do things like help give food clothing and other need to them to help make their lives easier. I have also noticed that a lot of the homeless people are veterans and i feel that it is super unfair that they go out and fight for all our freedoms and to protect us and then come back and do not have anything. They put their lives on the line to protect us and we are not doing anything to help and protect them when they come back. There need to be more done on this subject.

    • Hey Vanessa,
      I don’t know if you have heard, but right now in Salt Lake City there is huge controversy about homelessness.
      In early December mayor Jackie Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Council chose four new homeless shelter sites in secret. Not only are the salt lake city residents upset about being left in the dark, but they are also upset at the locations of the shelters which are in residential neighborhoods. There also has been criticisms on whether this plan will “help” out outrageous homeless population in Salt Lake. The Road home is being shut down which sleeps 1,100 homeless people and 4 new shelters are opening (each sleeps 150 people). If you do the math, they are actually cutting the beding by 500.

      Here are some links to articles about this hot topic
      http://kutv.com/news/local/sl-county-mayor-bad-decision-to-leave-public-out-of-homeless-shelter-site-selection

      http://kutv.com/news/local/public-gives-mayor-city-council-earful-over-homeless-shelter-selections

      Salt Lake City officials to announce sites for 4 new homeless shelters Tuesday

      http://www.sltrib.com/home/4654207-155/salt-lake-city-selects-four-sites

    • Dear Vanessa,
      I agree that this is a very big problem in our current country and in the world. It is something that can only be fixed by people coming together and making a difference. There should be more people speaking out on this because it is such a big issue.A lot of veterans are homeless and that is pretty sad if they have PTSD they should get treated and be able to get a job but companies don’t hire them. They risk their lives fighting for the country that they live in and that country gives them nothing in return. I can’t believe this is still an issue. This subject should be touched on more and more people need to make a difference.

    • Dear Vanessa,
      You are totally right, I also feel that the homeless population is growing. I feel that every time there’s just more and more homeless. This issue needs to be addressed. We should all contribute to this issue, because the more we wait without helping, the more the population of homeless will grow. It’s sad like you say, that there’s homeless struggling to find food, and to have clothes. I hope that people start paying more attention to this issue and help. Good job on the post Vanessa keep it up.

    • Dear Vanessa,

  • Dear Lexi,
    I would like to start by saying that what you wrote was a great piece to read. Know I would like to say that I completely agree with you everything that was stated in your writing, as a society we have come along way, but not enough because there is still some serious issues that need to be solved. I would also have to say that the wage…[Read more]

  • Dear Katie, I love the research piece that you constructed above. The piece that you have written has educated me on the different types of surgical amputations that can be performed. I also can’t wait for you to share your story with having the traditional procedure and then getting the Earth procedure as a revision story. Thank you very much for…[Read more]

  • Dear Anna, I would like to first start off by saying that your research piece on sleep deprivation was great and I enjoyed every last bit of it. I completely agree with what you have to say, it is very important that us teenagers get our sleep so that we can preform better in all areas. I also like ho you started to come up with solutions to the…[Read more]

  • Dear Natalie,
    I would have to say that I liked what you wrote and I would have to agree, but disagree with you. I think in our society today it is essential that that our generation as well as young generations need to be free and express ourselves through the clothing that we wear and that by having us all act and look the same will not decrease…[Read more]

  • Dear Naomi,
    I would like to start off by saying that your piece on Cleaning and Killing is a great research article and I enjoyed it because it educated me on this specific topic that I didn’t know about. I would also have to agree with you in the fact that plastic is everywhere and we should really should take some consideration in what we are…[Read more]

  • Dear Mariane,
    The issues that you would like to address to the future President are very valid and I would have to agree with you on these topics. I would like to first address the issue on police brutality and how serious of an issue this is. I like the fact that you had put some examples of what the cops are doing in our society, i really liked…[Read more]

  • Dear Chris,
    I cannot agree more with you. I think that we as a society and the next future President need to take steps towards treating everyone equal and fair. I also like how you stated the color of your skin isn’t what matters, it’s what is on the inside and your personality traits that matters. I would like to know your thoughts how the…[Read more]

  • Dear Semon,
    This poem is very moving. I really like raw poetry and this is exactly what it is. Love it.

  • Dear Phatima,
    I would just like to say that I very much enjoyed this poem. It was very raw and true. Loved it soo much.

  • Thank you. You are completely right about Con 3. There was a mistake that was suppose to be a Pro 3.

  • I have decided to pick the issue of Colin Kaepernick not standing for the National Anthem because this is a huge issue that a lot of people are talking about. They are trying to get down to the bottom of whether

    • I agree with Colin Kaepernick because he took a big risk for his future in the nfl, but its some battles you can’t win. This is bigger than football and the USA it was supposed to be a free country not a kill black one.

    • Colin Kaepernick has all the rights to take a knee during the National Anthem. He has the right because hes showing that he wants America to change with all the cops killing colors. If America is going to keep killing the Citizens because of the color of their skin, he saying why should he stand for a country that dose not treat everyone equal because of their color of their skin. Me I agree with him cause hes his own man and hes has the right to do what he wants. Hes doing it peacefully, and why should he stand for a country which is known for the land of the free?

    • Dear Vanessa,

      I’m interested in your post because I’m very interested in topics about Black Lives Matter. Also, your piece gave me more information about the topic that I didn’t know about. One thing that stands out to me is “Con 3: Not standing for the National Anthem is a legal form of peaceful protest, which is a First Amendment right.” I think this is confusing because I don’t know how this is a con, if he is doing a peaceful protest. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you write really interesting pieces and you give us the readers a lot of information to take in so we aren’t left clueless.

    • Vanessa,
      I would really like you to take a side in the Colin Kaepernick debate and write about that. Your post almost just feels like a news story and, by now, I feel like everyone knows what happened. I would find it more interesting if you took a side so as to start a debate with other users.

    • This is an issue I have recently been interested in and I was glad someone was writing about it. First of all your article had great information, and you brought up some very good points. My opinion is that I don’t think he should have sat down because it shows disrespect to our country. No matter how many issues and horrible things are happening this is still our country. However I do support the kneeling, this is showing even more respect than standing. Through this these players are supporting the #blacklivesmatter movement and still being respectful. This was a great alternative to sitting down and I think these players are doing the right thing. That’s all and again your article was great.

    • Dear Vanessa,
      I am interested in, your post because it brings up a conversation that has recently been really talked about. I have seen it on the news being broadcasted and I have been really stunned. Kaepernick´s way of showing what he stands up for is unique and shows his courage.
      One thing you said that stands out for me is when you added his quoted words, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” I think this is a very intelligent because you added part as to why he is refusing to honor our country by standing for the national anthem.
      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you have talked about a topic that I have been wanting to look into.

    • Hello Vanessa,
      I loved this post! I like how you included quotes and even brought in the pros and cons from the article that you read. It shows that you did more research on a topic than watch a football game. You brought up very good arguments for both sides. This is truly a hard decision to make. He is creating talk about this issue because he is so well known, but I really like how he is doing it in a peaceful way. On the other side I have two cousins in the army and I see standing for the flag as a sign of respect to them. If they weren’t out there protecting us we wouldn’t have any of the freedoms we have today. To me I want people to stand for the flag because of my cousins, but I also know that not everyone stands for the flag and he is entailed to his own peaceful protest.
      Lena

    • I like this post because it talked about police brutality and even famous people are protesting about this not being right in our big world.

  • Akeal, I thought that what you had to say about the discrimination that is going on in our society was very moving. I would also have to say that when you stated the fact about how African Americans are such a small percentage of the population, yet they are the second largest group being killed by police. The piece that you wrote I admire very…[Read more]

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