• The project I took action for was “No Drunk Driving”. The project was about how to transpose the fact that lots of people are dying and are getting into accidents and nobody is thinking about a way to find a sol

  • Jerry Delgado, Oswaldo Valentin, and Wendy Perez-Govea

    Class of 2022

    Dear Future and Current Drivers,

    Did you know that “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in d

    • I think this is a great topic to bring awareness to Drinking and Driving. I agree and think that having signs for students around schools is a great way to do this. I especially like and think that it is great that you went beyond just posting on the topic. By you creating a hashtag and providing links to donate shows how proactive and passionate about the topic. I especially found this post important because learning about adolescence and brain development. I have learned that adolescents are more likely to make risk taking decision especially when they are around their peers. By having these types of advertising and post on social media is beneficial and is a great way to be proactive.

    • Dear Jerry, Oswaldo, & Wendy,

      This topic is important to discuss because it is significant to young and late adolescents, but it also applies to everyone who drives behind a wheel. Your research was well organized and I liked how you guys provided important statistics that supported your ideas. One statistic that really caught my attention was the one from Development and Advising in Traffic Safety, which stated that more than one third of adults and half of teenagers admitted to driving under the influence. This statistic is significant to readers and myself because it is a high number, and we expose ourselves to that danger when driving on the road. Another aspect about your research that I thought was really good was that it provided information on how this post is relevant to adolescents , and how they are more likely to engage in risk taking decisions especially when they are around other teens. Having that information really brings awareness too drunk driving and teenagers. Your ideas on using social media to bring awareness to this topic is great because many teens use social media. Thank you for providing us with important information on drunk driving.

    • “Furthermore, teenagers need to hear about these issues in order to make a drop impact in the teenage community because it has the highest percentage of accidents of drunk driving”

      I completely agree with this statement & I think if more teenagers are aware of the effects and repercussions that drinking driving entails, that would be a helpful tool in preventing future incidents. Growing up, as children we’re always told, “don’t drink & drive” but seldom are we informed of the why factors. I don’t think any age is too young to start educating youth on the life lasting consequences that drinking and driving can have on not only the drivers but others as well. By doing our best to make sure that adolescences know & understand the detrimental side effects of drinking and driving we can hopefully contribute to a decrease in this indiscretion that has taken so many lives.

    • Dear Wendy :
      I am impressed by your post “Don’t Drink and Drive,” because I completely agree with your theory that teenagers need to be educated in order to decrease the amount of drink driving cases and the amount of deaths caused by them. It is truly devastating to a family for a family to lose a teenager to such a preventable cause.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ In order for teenagers to not get hurt it’s impactful and total nonsense to lose you kid just because they were drinking and driving when their parents should have taught them to prevent these actions. Parents should make sure that they go through ground rules with their kids before letting them drive because no parent wants to lose their children at such an early age for a mistake that could have been prevented.” I think this is very true because if parents educated their children and teenagers about such important issues, it could greatly impact the rest of their lives.
      Another sentence that I agreed with was: “ People should think about ways to stay safe for example if they are at a party ways to get home without having to drive in order to keep others and themselves safe instead of endangering their lives.” This stood out for me because I agree that there are many ways for people to not drink and drive, many solutions that can be found. No one should ever have to resort to a solution where they are endangering their life and someone else’s life.
      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I read a very helpful article providing tips for both parents and teen on way to avoid drinking and driving at all costs. This is an example of one of the steps being taken to decrease the number of teens killed due to drinking and driving.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because there are many other aspects of drinking and driving that have to be addressed in order to make changes in the death rates caused by it. I appreciated this post and actually have a blog of my own dedicated to drinking and driving. Here’s the link to my blog, feel free to check it out for more information about drunk driving: https://fightingdrunkdriving.wordpress.com/

  • Wendy commented on the post, Life Goes On 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Gaby,
    Your poem really stood out to me since you are telling people to be strong and not give up with life. I think it was strong because many people need to hear “when good things fall apart, It leaves room for even better things,To fall together.” since people have some small moments in life and they want to give up with their lives. I thi…[Read more]

  • Wendy commented on the post, Surprise 'em 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hanna,
    Your poem really stood out to me because you are telling people that they shouldn’t have to change who they are because the world expects them to be a certain way. The line that really stood out to me from your poem was when you said “live for yourself and no one else”. This line stood out to me because everyone thinks they need to be ac…[Read more]

  • Dear Adam Corn,

    Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my blog and leave a comment on my work. I think your suggestions were really interesting and I will look forward to asking some of the counselors their opinions. I think it’s somewhat confusing how we don't have as many counselors of color here in our school knowing that w…[Read more]

  • Dear Naomi,
    Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my poem. The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said, “ tons metaphors to add poetic value.” This is because I don’t really think I’m that good at writing poetry but you showed me that I’m learning and doing good so far. I have posted some new work we h…[Read more]

  • Judith,
    I agree with your statement that we need “inclusion and safety in OUSD” that way everyone feels safe and comfortable with who they are. I didn’t really think about this topic but you made it relevant and that is really important because these aren’t easy topics to talk about for tennagers. A line that stood out to me from your writing…[Read more]

  • Ashley,
    I was really amazed with your writing specially the topics you chose to talk about because a change should be made and you are taking a step towards making people talk about it. One sentence you write that really stood out to me was probably when you said “Students will have more potential to be more focus and not feeling confused d…[Read more]

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    How Should We Help Prevent Suicide

    This image embodies the fact that multiple people aren’t getting the help they need which causes them to think suicide is the only choice they have left. 13.3 minutes is te

    • Dear Wendy,

      I agree with you on that people who deal with suicidal thoughts should have a counselor or someone someone to talk to that they can relate to. I agree because like you said if they can’t relate then the person won’t feel safe or comfortable. Also, the person they are talking to should not judge because then that will make the person having suicidal thoughts be embarrassed or feel that what they are going through is a joke. I also want to add that you should have added how the person with suicidal thoughts feels when they are understood versus when they are being laughed at or misunderstood.

      Sincerely, Kelly

    • Dear Wendy,
      Your blog is super important and necessary for everyone to read. I like how you emphasized the need to end stigma around depression and suicide but also the pros and cons of counseling. Maybe you could have included some alternatives to counseling. Also, you mentioned that a student of color won’t be able to connect with a white counselor. So, what do they need to actually be able to connect?
      Overall, I really liked your blog and I think all the emo kids at Life should read it.
      Good job!

    • Dear Adam Corn,

      Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my blog and leave a comment on my work. I think your suggestions were really interesting and I will look forward to asking some of the counselors their opinions. I think it’s somewhat confusing how we don't have as many counselors of color here in our school knowing that we have 100% of students of color here. I think that is a really interesting idea and I didn’t really think about it as I wrote my blog. I think it was also interesting that you brought up, I should research what causes people to become depressed. I think in my opinion there's multiple reasons but that is a cool and interesting idea and I am looking forward to research more about that question. I was wondering if at UC Riverside the students have access to counselors they can relate to and feel like actually help out? I also happen to notice that you never agreed or disagreed with my argument on better counseling services being more effective so I wanted to know if you think that would make a bigger impact than having some other resource to help people with depression or suicidal thoughts? Thanks again for your time.

      -Wendy Perez Govea

    • Hi Wendy,
      Suicide and suicide ideation are an important topic and I think you did a great job covering different aspects of it. We humans are naturally group-oriented, we want to feel connected and have a sense of belonging. It is easy to feel alone like you are on your own isolated island. It is important to surround yourself with supportive people who lift you up, but as you mentioned sometimes friends and family do not understand the extent of one’s suffering and may not take it seriously or brush them off.
      I especially like the point you made about the lack of diversity in counselors and how this impacts the counselor-client relationship. It is crucial that counselors are trained to work in diverse populations to better understand their backgrounds, experiences, and struggles as you said. More representation is needed in counselors because it makes a difference when an adolescent can see themselves in that person, and that could deepen the connection and comfortability established. Suicide and suicidal ideation are serious issues and I agree with you that more preventative measures should be taken for adolescents to feel included, supported, and loved.

    • Hi Wendy,
      I really enjoyed your post. It brought a lot of information to the table and reminded me that people must work on this issue. Many schools currently have one to no counselors at their sites which could be detrimental to their development. I believe that suicide must be discussed more. It is a taboo topic, yet society loses people constantly due to this action. I completely agree with you that we should be working harder to prevent suicide.

      • Wendy commented on the post, What Is Love? 10 months, 2 weeks ago

        Ashley,
        You did a great job with your poem it really stood out to me because I can see the connection to Romeo and Juliet. I really like the line where you said “But “money” is not the definition of love,” this stood out to me because a lot of people will use others for their advantage instead of actually wanting to be with them. One suggest…[Read more]

      • Hi my name is Wendy and I am a 9th grader. In class we read Romeo and Juliet and we had to talk about a topic that was relevant in the book connecting to the real world. I talked about how love is a misconception

        • Dear Wendy, thank you for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was, ¨Don’t you love someone so much? Despite everything, You love them even when you were hurt badly.¨ This was interesting to me because it shows the Drama Between Romeo and Juliet, how you could love someone and hate them at the same time. I think you worded everything beautifully, with tons metaphors to add poetic value. Thank you so much for writing and I’m looking forward to reading your next post.
          -Naomi

          • Dear Naomi,
            Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my poem. The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said, “ tons metaphors to add poetic value.” This is because I don’t really think I’m that good at writing poetry but you showed me that I’m learning and doing good so far. I have posted some new work we have worked on in class that I would recommend you reading since you said you look forward to reading more of my posts. I look forward to hearing back and even reading some of your work. 🙂
            -Wendy

        • Dear Wendy,
          Your poem was amazing. I loved your metaphors of flowers because it just made your writing sound so beautiful. It shows how love can be a great thing but also has its consequences. You did a good job on connecting the topic of love to your life. My favorite lines were in your ending where you wrote,
          “And like the flowers
          our broken hearts will blossom together”
          Because it made your poem end with a bang! The imagery of hearts “blossoming” like flowers is fantabulous.
          Thanks for sharing your poem!

        • Dear, Wendy
          Thanks for sharing your poem I thought it was a very good poem. A line that stood out to me was when you said, “Don’t you love someone so much? Despite everything. You love them even when you are hurt badly”. That line stood out to me because I feel like that’s so true. Overall your poem was good and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing your poem.
          Sincerely, Bryan Moreno

        • dear Wendy,
          i really love the way your poem was made i think it was really beautiful and one of kind and the whole messedge was really good the way you worded everything made me feel like you had put a lot of effort into your poem keep up the good work❤❤

      • Wendy commented on the post, My Personal Shadow Box 1 year ago

        Dear Joseph,
        Your shadow box is really nice and I can clearly see what demonstrates you and who you are as a person. I really like that you added the gun, marijuana, and danger sign because you really did a good job showing your dominant narratives. After your dominant narratives I really love the way you box flips around and shows your…[Read more]

      • Dear Ingrid,
        You shadow box is really nice and it clearly demonstrates who you are as a person because of the items you chose to include. I really like that you chose to represent yourself as a butterfly the way you said they have to open up and let their true self be shown that really gave me an idea of who you are as a person. Something…[Read more]

      • Wendy wrote a new post, My Shadow Box 1 year ago

        My Shadow Box

        By:Wendy Perez Govea

        This Shadow Box represents my counter narrative of my own chosen identity. When people look at me, they see the dominant narratives you hear people say like because I am

        • Ingrid replied 1 year ago

          Dear Wendy,

          I really liked how you explained what your shadow box is and what it represents. I agree with you when you said that people believe the black color is a depressing because it's actually not. I believe it's a beautiful color and something that just goes with everything. Am glad i read your artist statement because it helped me get to know you better. Also, am very proud of you because your happy to be mexican because usually some people are embarrassed from where they come from so am glad your not one of them.

          Sincerely,
          Ingrid

        • Bryan replied 1 year ago

          Dear Wendy, I am honestly happy about how you did this project. I really liked your artist statement I thought that it was very strong you said a lot in just one paragraph which is outrageous. Your shadow box is cool I liked how you added a lot of pictures and I also liked the black roses you added in your shadow boxes. You did very good in this project keep up the good work.

          Sincerely, Bryan Moreno 🙂

        • Judith replied 1 year ago

          Dear Wendy,
          I love how you decorated your box and I loved your reasoning behind the black rose. It was cool and I hadn’t thought about it like that before. However, I wonder how the black rose connects to your identity.

          I also liked reading what you wrote about your award and your hoops. Your hoops are the coolest and you look the coolest wearing them ;).

          I love you, your shadow box is great.

          Sincerely,
          Judith

        • Dear Wendy,
          Your shadow box theme is really nice and I love how you included a lot of pictures of memories you’ve had with your friends and family. It’s really cool and creative how you kind of applied dominant and counter narratives to your black roses thing as well, how people see it as a depressing color but to you it’s a really pretty color.
          Thank you for sharing your shadow box!

        • Dear Wendy,
          I love your shadow box. You seem so creative and like an amazing person. I love the fact that you chose a black rose because if I did a shadow box myself I would do the same. I also like that you shared your favorite pictures and objects. Keep being yourself because you’re awesome!

            • Dear Wendy,

              I love how creative your shadow box is. What stood out most to me is that you defy the standards of being a Mexican and a female. I like that whatever you do, it’s for your family and to show everyone that they’re wrong; you earn a lot of rewards, proving your intelligence and that you can strive.

            • Wendy,
              I admire how well you explained what your shadow box means to you. I love how you put your favorite things and people like your jewelry, hot Cheetos, and pictures of family and friends. I also really liked how you incorporated your hispanic culture with the picture of the Virgencita. My favorite item in your shadow box is your award, you blew me away with how passionate you are about striving for a better life for yourself and your family. It takes a lot of hard work but you seem like your ready to conquer anything that comes your way. Good luck and continue to push forward and make your dreams come true!!

              Best of luck,
              Estela

          • Dear Leslie,
            I am shocked to see your shadow box because I can really see the identities you are talking about based on the objects and pictures you used. I think your box really is outstanding because you really show that you care about your religion and you care about family. Something that I was thinking about was why did you choose a…[Read more]

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