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December 5, 2022

 

About Me, Myself and I

I’m Jennifer, but I prefer to be called by my second name, Nicolle, with two Ls, please. I just turned fifteen in August of this year, 2022. I was born in Honduras in the year of 2007. I lived there for about nine to ten years of my life. For four years, I lived in Choloma, my exact place of birth, then I moved to my mom’s hometown, in Jano, San Luis. I was there for like four years after I moved back to my place of birth and lived there for like a year or two before coming to the U.S in 2019. When I got to the U.S, I lived in Texas for four years, where I finished 5th grade to 8 grade. I did 5th-6th grade in Pasadena Houston, and then 7-8 grade in the South side of Houston, in sunny side park. Although I moved from apartment to apartment, which forced me to move around schools, I didn’t mind that much because I got to meet lavish and dreadful people along the way. An example of lavish people would be my guy best friends/crush, Noel, whom I haven’t gotten over, and that was in 5th grade, I don’t remember much, I know he was about 11 or 12 years old, he also called The Grinch, that was my nickname he could only called me, yet I still chased him around the whole school after he called me that, he just laughed and ran as fast as he could, ah, good times. I lost all contacts with him after he moved, to who knows where, “Snapping 1, 2, where are you? You’re still in my heat. Snapping 3, 4, I still need you here with me right now-“ yet I still hope that I will get to meet him in the future, ‘Cause after all this time (4 yrs), I’m still into you(him).” An example of Dreadful people would be Jaqueline, the girl I thought I wanted to steal her ugly boyfriend, and the fact that she stole him, from her best friend is very, promising and also very concerning, I am not that type of friend though, also just so you know, they broke up, because he found out she was cheating on him, and that she was only with him for his money, which I told him after me and her stopped being friends. There was a lot of drama at my school that year, but it was worth it! Now I live in Brooklyn, and so far, it’s going great! 

I have a lot of strengths, but my top three are: being super positive, adapting in no time, and being flexible. I make everyone laugh. I also match everyone’s energy. I can get used to any new situation in a couple of minutes. Being flexible comes with the first two, and since I am good at both, it means almost nothing “concerns” me that easily. One of my work progress might be me still learning Korean. I’ve been attempting to learn Korean since I discovered kpop in 2020, but like any other teenager, I haven’t focused on it. That might be one of my bad habits or something like that. One of my accomplishments until now would probably be getting a medal for being good at history and graduating from middle school. I was in a pink dress with black blossoms. I also got to learn English in a month, so that’s an achievement.

About my family, well, I have three more siblings from my dad’s side, whom I have never met and only know about their existence. I have never met them, but I know the name of two of them, Kenett and Camilla. There is one before Kenett, but I am not well aware of her name; then my all I know is that she is the oldest at the age of 22, then Follows Kennett with the age of 20 and Camilla with the age of 18, then me with the age of 15, then all my younger siblings. My older siblings and I don’t have a relationship at all. On the other hand, my younger siblings and I have an okay relationship; but I think I have a better relationship with my brother. Even so, my relationship with my sister is not that bad. I have two parents, my mom, and dad. I don’t have a good relationship with either parent, my mom may think we do, but we don’t. I dislike both parents, mostly my dad, but even so, all seven of us still try to live as a family, although he doesn’t try that hard, and neither do I. Also in 2019 my parents got separated, because my dad was being abusive. My siblings, my mom and I moved to my aunt’s apartment, with her, 4 cousins of mine, and her boyfriend, but after five months we moved back with my dad, because we were having problems with my aunt’s boyfriend. They got separated after we left, because my aunt was mad at him for doing that to us, especially because he had them live with us for like 3 months, and both of them didn’t even pay rent. My mom didn’t pay rent at my aunt’s, but she bought food, and everything a house needed. (just fyi, my aunt’s boyfriend got mad at me for sitting on his favorite chair, while attending online classes, that’s why he kicked us out.)


Pandemics

In the article, “Pandemic Prevention” (Kyler, Mcgraw Hill) I learned the many aspects of a pandemic and if it was possible to prevent the next one. The author believes that it is possible to prevent the next pandemic or even limit the harm to the economy. The first way to prevent this may be by extending our knowledge of handling animals. It’s known to be a common exponent that has happened before. Another way is protecting our forests more and not cutting down on livestock and cropland while taking them out is known to bring diseases to crops and livestock that we fed on. The last way is to observe things we failed on and things we did well on so we can make more improvements. 

I think these are major components to take into consideration for possibly preventing future pandemics such as the one we are going through now. It was a rough time for many of us having to go through this pandemic and we should understand why this happened. I would like to live in a world where we didn’t have to worry about every cough and sneeze we get. 

What are some ways you think we can handle the pandemic better or prevent them?


Drug overdoses are responsible for more car crash deaths and gun violence fatalities combined

Since the pandemic struck the US, there has been an alarming surge in drug overdoses, according to the article “The Opioid Crisis” (Upfront). Opioids are painkillers that can be prescribed by a medical professional, yet they seem to be the root of addictions that lead up to the deadly usage of fentanyl, a synthetic drug with potent effects. The most affected age group are those between 25 and 55 years old, but teens are also at risk of this danger. Purdue Pharma, a pharmaceutical company, is facing several lawsuits for their prescribed medication known as OxyContin, which is believed to contribute to this national issue. Experts and researchers suggested two solutions: providing accessible (and affordable) treatment and using “harm reduction” methods for those who suffer from addiction. Although the pandemic might have contributed to this surge in drug overdose, many experts say this issue was already continuously rising.

I think that the proposed solutions should be taken into serious consideration. Think about it: people who suffer from addiction are people who have a family and loved ones. Anyone could suffer from addiction at the hands of irresponsible medical prescriptions with dangerous drugs. The article made a point that treatment should be more accessible than accessing a daily fix.

Who do you think is responsible for our nation’s drug problem and how should it be fixed?


How Will Bees Be Used With The New Discovery?

In the article, “These Bees Can Smell Covid”, (New York Times, Upfront) I learned that bees can smell COVID and is the new development to use as a Covid-19 test. A team of researchers from Wageningen University had trained bees to stick out their tongues when exposed to Covid. This can really help due to their acute sense of smell and their ability to associate the virus with a sugary reward. When the smell was present they would stick their tongue out confirming that there is a positive coronavirus result. 

I think with this new discovery of trained bees can be easier to test if people have covid because then there wouldn’t be the use of swabs in your noses and waiting for a while to get your results back when the bee can just stick its tongue out and tell you in an instant. With this solution, it can be very fast, effective, and super cheap. I believe that with this there can finally be a steady decrease in Covid-19 cases because then doctors can do their thing and save people from this horrible pandemic. In all, this can become a very convenient tool and will not harm the bees since they are just doing the simple task of smelling. 

What do you think will be the best way of using the bees for viruses?


The Inquisitive Haircut

In the text, “The Dilemma: Cut It Out” (Upfront) I learned that friends have become more overbearing with the pandemic. The anonymous author claimed that she started cutting her friends’ hair when the pandemic hit. Ever since one of her friends has said that she will no longer go to the hair salon ever again because her friend (the anonymous author) can do her hair instead. The author cannot find a way to tell her friend nicely that she will no longer be doing her hair because they’re all fully vaccinated.

I think that the pandemic has made people more dependent on others. We should all be considerate of other people’s times and realize that they have a life of their own and cannot be available for us at all times. I’ve noticed that this pandemic has brought people together (which is good). I also think that many of us have crossed others’ boundaries at least once.

Have you become more reliant on others since the pandemic started?


2020 pandemic

In the article “Pandemic” by Joe Bubar it talks about how in 1918 the Spanish Flu was having its starters and how Violet Harris was experiencing during this time. In her community everyone thought that this was going to just go away in a couple of days or something but it was not like that. Things became worse when the virus started spreading more and more leaving people without the hope that it would go away. Which this sounds familiar to the situation nowadays with COVID 19 because now we are experiencing something like that. People need to be careful and take care of themselves and one another because we do not know what could happen and if it could go worse than the Spanish flu. 

In the year of 2020, something similar happened, when COVID 19 started, people at the beginning did not believe much in it but they realized things were getting worse. Many people died because of the negligence of themselves or their relatives. It is important to recognize the risk we are at in a daily basis with objects and the air around us and more now in this situation knowing that we have a hard time. It has not been easy to be like this and to live like this for more than a year but if we become more responsible and less careless about the situation, it can change, and possibly things will be how they used to be a couple of years ago.  


Sports During a Pandemic

As we all know many things are far from normal during these times. From wearing masks to social distancing, many guidelines and precautions have been put in to keep us safe. At the same time this has been hard to continue with sports. As we’ve seen in the professional level returning to play is not as easy. Without the resources of the professional and college level, high school sports is not nearly as easy to return to for some states.

In the state of California, where the article focused on, athletics seasons were pushed back tremendously. The typical high school football season starts in the fall, but in California the pandemic has forced their season during to start during the winter/ spring season. For sports like basketball, they have no indication yet of when it could start back up.

The article from the LA Times, Ask Sondheimer: You have high school sports questions, he has answers, Eric Sondheimer asnswers a few commonly asked question giving some potential solutions to returning to high school athletics in California, and maybe in other states that have similar problems. Like other states, California is following the same testing protocols and guidelines. This will be implemented with sports like football and water polo which is starting back up. But, for basketball and volleyball, and idea of playing outdoors is in the conversation. When asked if there will be outdoor basketball and football, Sondheimer answered “Probably. Several schools have created outdoor courts for basketball and volleyball while waiting to see when indoor sports might be approved.” which is something we have never seen before.

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The people vs. Covid-19

Last year was when it all began, this virus spreading across the country, state to state. It’s a new year now and many things have changed, the virus is still taking the lives of many people. We are encouraged to take all the precautions necessary to not just protect ourselves but out family, friends, neighbors, and our medical staff, doctors.

Lately many people have come together to uphold in different ways to help one another. In a Upfront article I read about many teens in there community spreading kindness during this unfortunate time. They came up with great ideas to making masks, buying groceries for those that are at high risk. Have you ever thought a great way to help or make a difference in the community?

You can get together, vertically that might help get through this tough time for everyone. Despite the risk, you have to think that there is medical staff, doctors, nursing working long shifts to give the proper care to those that have a case of Covid-19. You are helping them also, less patients, less loss, and the world can get back to”normal”.


How is the fight for the COVID-19 vaccine going?

Everyone in the world wants COVID and the pandemic to be over and it might be coming our way because there has already been two organizations that have successfully come up with a vaccine for COVID-19 that are from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. So far they have been running many tests and they have constructed along with the vaccine, they have found some side effects of the vaccine and with that, they are doing more and more testing for the vaccine.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/12/04/vaccine-ethics-does-continuing-covid-1

https://www.youthvoices.live/tag/pandemic-2/