Is Sleep Your Priority? It Should Be!

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Most students are so busy stressing out about tests, college applications, financial aid applications, and on top of that their massive load of school work, that they forget to sleep! Sleep is a very important thing to make a priority since it is how we function daily. With more sleep, we are likely to do better at our daily activities and routines. Here are some benefits of adding sleep into your days:

1. Helps You Think Clearly

With more sleep, you will be able to see that certain decisions are easier to make and certain tasks take less time out of your day when you have had that full 8 hours of sleep. For example, when you are taking an exam with the full 8 hours of sleep, certain questions may seem easier because you will have remembered reading about it the night before. Whereas without sleep, thinking and remembering certain things take longer and more effort.

2. Sharpens Focus, Attention, and Enhances Creativity

By sleeping the full 8 hours a night, you will be able to focus more and pay more attention to detail on certain tasks. For example, if you are part of a dance organization at school it will become easier for you to think up choreography moves and teach the routine to the rest of the dancers. Not to mention, you will be in a more forgiving mood if people do not get the steps right away.

3. You will be in a Good Mood All Day

The phrase goes “When you wake up feeling good, your day turns out to be good.” And it couldn’t be any more true. Sleep helps us wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day and more likely to be in a better mood socially and in the classroom. For example, students would be more likely to participate in class or be more social during break times such as lunch.

4. Lowers Stress

School can be very stressful, we know, but the best way to deal with all that stress is to sleep! Sleep can help the body naturally reduce stress and it makes stress easier to deal with. Since a lack of sleep may cause you to be impatient and easily agitated, sleep can help you reduce those two characteristics and put you in a better mood throughout the day.

These are only a few of the many reasons that sleep is important for not just students but to everyone. It may not seem like much, but it works wonders on people’s mood and lifestyle. Try it – what do you have to lose from!

 Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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Our Faves – In the Running for our Monthly Scholarship!

The March monthly scholarship was awarded to Kayla Evans, however, this was a difficult choice because there were so many other amazing students this month. So we have dedicated the Our Faves in this week to some of those students who were in the running  this month and to showcase the really cool things they are talking about on GoEnnounce! . Here they are!

Anisha Pednekar

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Anisha is a junior at Oasis Charter High School majoring in business. At her high school, Anisha is involved in many clubs and student activities, some of them are Model United Nations, Key Club, National Honor Society, Red Cross Club, and a few others. She has won 3 DECA awards, 2 Key Club awards, 9 MUN awards,1 Euro Challenge Award, and more! As you can tell, Anisha is very involved in her after school activities. What is even more amazing,  Anisha still manages to have time to volunteer at her church AND run a clothing website! Talk about having a full plate! Recently Anisha “ennounced” a picture of her and her friends at the Key Club Division 19A & 19B Officer Training conference! Anisha feels that this experience is a great learning experience for her to have during her last year as President of the Key Club! We do too! Way to go Anisha!

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Brittany Drawdy

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As a sophomore at Grand Canyon University, Brittany is double majoring in Christian studies and Screenwriting, in hopes of becoming an independent filmmaker! In the future she wants to make promotional material for low-budget ministries and nonprofit organizations, while also writing inspirational screenplays as a side job. Brittany is currently making these dreams into a reality because she just recently got promoted from production assistant to script supervisor, which she has “ennounced” on her Student Page! We think Brittany is doing phenomenal, don’t you?

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Cayla Bleoaja

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With her favorite subjects being French and Spanish III, Cayla is just scratching the surface of her high school career at Oregon Virtual Academy. She has been awarded a myriad of distinctions from winning first place in a K12 International Academy essay writing contest to winning a Clackamas County Fair Talent Show! Her general extracurricular activities include playing the classical piano, performing, and songwriting! Cayla’s major goals in life including giving back to the hand that fed her. She says,  ”I am who I am today because of my mentors. They took time to train me, guide me, and help me grow into an artist with a dream.”. With that, her goal is to reach out to children to give them opportunities that will “kindle their fire and help them burn bright.”. Cayla is the editor and chief of her high school newspaper and she recently “ennounced” a sample of an article, called “Lets Talk About That Grade,” she was going to publish in the high school paper! She released the full article on April 1st, check it out here! You won’t regret it, as it is beautifully humorous! We think Cayla is doing great, check out her student page and see if you agree!

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 Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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#SeanAbroad – Studying Abroad in London and Traveling to Barcelona & Florence

I’m Sean, a junior in college, and a first time study abroad student. I am studying abroad at London South Bank University for this semester. As I’m abroad, I’ll be sharing my adventures, experiences, lessons, (and maybe even mishaps!) as I venture through my semester across the world. Please be sure to check back in and follow my posts on Twitter with the hashtag #SeanAbroad.

I am currently writing this post from my Hostel room in Florence where I am about halfway through a 2 weeklong trip through Europe. So far I have been to Barcelona and now Florence. I will end my trip in Santorini, Greece and you will probably hear more about Greece and Florence in my next post. But for now let’s talk about Barcelona.

Barcelona is an amazing place to visit if you are ever in Europe. But it also can be scary, and by scary. I mean that you need to be careful when there. Before I even left for Barcelona, people were telling me to be careful while I was there. It wasn’t just a normal “be careful” it was a “that place can be dangerous so always watch out” kind of warning. What people meant by that was that Barcelona is known to have a lot of pickpockets. These people will look for tourists and try to steal your wallet and phone if they can. I knew I was going to be a huge target because I am 6 feet 4 inches tall, kind of pale from the winter, and dress like an American. There was no hiding the fact that I was not a local. I knew I was going to have to be more careful while there.

The Bay In Barcelona

The Bay In Barcelona

Once we arrived at the Hostel we were staying at in Barcelona, the manager told us where to be on the lookout for pickpockets. The oldest, and most touristy, part of town was the first place, as well as the Metro (subway) and the beach. These were all places tourist, aka people who probably can’t speak Spanish and are busy looking at buildings, will be. Although just because this area, supposedly, has a lot of pickpockets, it doesn’t mean that you should avoid it. In fact, that’s I spent most of my time in Barcelona in these areas. That’s because these areas are what you come to see, besides the metro of course. The beach was beautiful and we had great weather while we were there.

Where we hung out at the beach in Barcelona.

Where we hung out at the beach in Barcelona.

We sat on the beach in the sun just relaxing, not swimming because the water was freezing. La Rambla, the main street, is amazing with a lot of restaurants and markets. And the metro is definitely the best way to get around the city. Really, all you have to do in order to be careful is just be a little alert.

Another thing you need to look out for are street vendors. In Barcelona, there are people selling everything from magnets to, supposedly, designer bags. And in Florence they do the same thing. It might seem like a good idea to buy from them because the prices are cheaper than normal but you need to be careful. In Barcelona, a lot of the stuff they sell might be stolen and in Florence, you can actually get in trouble and fined for buy things from these vendors.

Though, you can buy gifts from people who have carts or stands in both places.

Florence Center

Florence Center

It’s really easy to tell who is a legal street vendor and who isn’t. I really recommend the legal street vendors as they have a lot of cool stuff to buy such as bracelets in Barcelona and leather in Florence.

My main point this week is really just to tell potential people travelers to be careful when going somewhere very different from where you are from. Although you might not think it, you will definitely stand out as a tourist, which makes you a prime target to be pickpocketed. Even in London, a place more like the US, you need to be careful. Make sure you are always aware of who is around you and keep your possessions on you in a safe place. The last thing you want is to lose your phone, wallet, or worse, your passport.

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Ennouncing our March Scholarship Winner!

Kayla Evans

Our “GoEnnounce Yourself” Scholarship awards one student $500 each month! This award goes to a student who’s doing a great job showcasing who he/she is by sharing school related ‘ennouncement’ updates with Followers on his/her GoEnnounce Student Page. We’re thrilled to “ennounce” March’s winner…the all around amazing student, Kayla Evans!

As a junior in Douglas County High School, Kayla is very involved. This month, she won the opportunity to meet one of her mentors in the medical field and shares the experience on her GoEnnounce Page. She also achieved all A’s on her report card and won the 2014 Georgia BioGENEius Challenge at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. Wow, that’s an impressive month! In addition to theses achievements, Kayla is also a part of the Science National Honor Society, Beta Club, Spanish National Honor Society, HOSA, and on the track and field team at her high school!

You may be wondering what Kayla does when she has free time. On her GoEnnounce Student Page she shares her involvement in the Model Atlanta Regional Commission. This program brings together 50 high school students from around the Metro-Atlanta area and they learn about issues facing the area, which they try and come up with resolutions for! Kayla also “ennounced” how she was selected to be in the Youth Leadership Douglas program, where she will be learning about the city of Douglasville and strengthening her skills in leadership. Her other hobbies include playing the piano, dancing ballet, lyrical and jazz, while also dancing for her church.

Kayla doesn’t wait for things to happen, she goes out and makes it happen. That makes her an exceptional student and we here at GoEnnounce believe in you, Kayla!

Congratulations!

Want a chance to “GoEnnounce Yourself” and win a scholarship too?  Learn more and enter here!

To all of our previous applicants – don’t worry if you didn’t win this month you still have a chance to be selected next month! Just keep “ennouncing” and inviting all of your relatives and friends to follow your education. We choose one student on the 10th of every month.

Good luck.

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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5 Tips to Make Your Senior Year Less Stressful

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Here it comes! Almost time for graduation, prom, and the end of high school and you just can’t wait! Or can you? With the end of high school comes the end of a chapter in your life and you should treasure it because you won’t get another time like it. This is the last few times you may get to hang out with your high school friends before you all go your separate ways, and dealing with that may get stressful at times. Here are a few ways to deal with the stress of senior year:

1. Enjoy the time you have hanging out with friends. 

Hanging out with your friends is the best stress reliever there is. Friends are able to take your mind off of things that are bugging you and get you to relax and have a little fun. Go to movies and have study sessions together (rather than alone) and just enjoy the time you have with them.

2. Take a Break – Go to an amusement park.

You deserve it! You’ve been working hard all year round and now that you can finally catch a break, grab a few friends and take the weekend to go to an amusement park! Making memories can make you be a little nostalgic, but when you are at an amusement park it gets kind of difficult to focus on nostalgia! If amusement parks don’t do it for you, go to a water park! Enjoy the spring and summer weather and with good company all hints of stress can be eliminated.

3. Take some time out of your days to do something you love to do.

Taking 10 or 15 minutes out of your busy day to do take part in something you love can also help relieve stress. For example, if you have a hobby that you don’t get to do much anymore because of your hectic schedule, here is your opportunity to start doing it again! Whether it be exercising, shopping, playing basketball, or drawing take some time out of your day to do it and you will find yourself a little more relaxed as the days go by.

4. Exercise exercise exercise!

By exercising daily your body is able to produce endorphins which act as a trigger to positive feelings in your body. So if you start your day by going for a run or taking a walk in the park you are more likely to feel happier and more energetic than if you hadn’t. In addition, exercise also helps you sleep better and it increases your energy levels! So not only are you going to be fit, you will be happy and stress free! Talk about getting 3 things for the price of one!

5. Nothing can be done well without a good night’s sleep.

We know that sleep is very rare term for high school seniors, but to live a stress free life it is important to get a good night’s rest. Sleep will not only help your body function 10 times better but it will also help you make clear choices and decisions and as a result reduce stress levels in your body.

Even though it is almost time for high school to be over, that time hasn’t come yet! It is important for you to take a beat and relax for a little while because built up stress isn’t good for your body and for your mind. Taking a break to hang out and kick back with some friends and doing things you like to do will not only help relieve your stress, but it will also help you enjoy life.

Have some tips of your own that you want to share with fellow high school seniors? Share them with us, we’ll pass them along!

 Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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#KelsiAbroad: Dealing with Culture Shock Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

By: GoEnnounce Student Kelsi Brooks

Kelsi in Costa Rica!

Kelsi in Costa Rica!

So one of the things that people fail to mention when you are living abroad is the different stages that you go through. Throughout your time abroad one often experiences various aspects of culture shock. Walking out of the airport and boarding a bus or car, you are kind of nervous and relieved to finally have landed. You have messaged all of your friends and family that you have made it safely, and are eager to explore your new home.

As you look out the window, everything is fresh and new. That billboard is in Spanish, instead of English. The houses are shaped funny, bridges are brightly colored, and the traffic is hectic.

When you get to your home stay, you have expectations and fears about the environment. What if they don’t speak English, is my room going to have enough closet space, what if I don’t like the food, do they have a maid, what’s the wifi password, do I have a curfew, where am I?

This part isn’t exactly fun, you are stressed out and tired. Your head is spinning with questions and trying to understand Spanish, and guess what? This is just the beginning.

Next day.

Buenas días! You are up bright and early, Mama Tica is talking to you in Spanish. The coffee smells awesome, there are eggs on your plate, but what is this black stuff with rice. Gallo pinto, welcome to Costa Rica. This dish will be on your plate for the majority of the semester, learn to love it!!

For those of your who did not do any research on the cuisines of Costa Rica, gallo pinto is one of the signature dishes of Ticos. Ticos love eating gallo pinto with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has protein in the black beans, and starch in the rice. The dish itself tastes delicious with the Salsa Lizano. Salsa Lizano gives the gallo pinto flavor, but if you’re like me and love spicy, it’s best to add hot sauce anyway.

Desayuno, is complete. You have enjoyed your first taste of Tico cuisine, and you are ready to go to orientation. You get your bag ready for the day. Big whoop, orientation will be exactly like it is in the States!

Wrong. The rules in Costa Rica are not the same, and throughout your trip you will experience a completely different lifestyle. The staff at International Studies Abroad, or your program of choice will provide you with safety information and rules for your host stays. Here in Costa Rica, one has to be vigilant and mindful of their surroundings, belongings, and the way that they carry themselves. Even though your university is in a fairly nice neighborhood, you yourself are still a target for petty theft and crime.

Rule number one; do not carry around your laptop, camera, or cellphone like you would on your college campus.

Carrying your laptop out, without the case, and parading around the neighborhood like you own the place makes you an easy target. Talking on your cellphone as your walk down the street, is not smart, as someone can easily snatch it right out of your hand. If have to take your laptop or cell phone with you throughout the day, place it in your backpack, not in the open mesh pocket. The best places to use your electronic devices are at the university or inside of your host family’s home. The majority of people at the university will have their own devices to worry about, plus there are security guards at the entrance of the school.

Rule number two; try not to look like a gringo.

This rule is very important. You know how they said on the online orientation not to pack a lot of touristy clothes (khaki pants, Hawaiian print shirts, safari hats, etc.), this is because one can easily pick you out the crowd. I know you just got to Costa Rica, but observe your surroundings. What are the locals wearing and what do your normally wear at home? Big difference right. As you are used to wearing runners shorts and a t-shirt to class everyday, Ticos like to dress up. The norm is to wear jeans, and a nice shirt. They do not wear gym clothes to class, and sweatshirts look weird in the tropical setting.

For guys, I would recommend not wearing your shorts. Ticos normally wear jeans or slacks. Shorts and a t-shirt are seen as very casual (beach wear).

Ladies, be mindful how short your shorts or skirts are. I know you are not used to this in the states, but men in Costa Rica like to appreciate the woman figure. It is the norm for men to honk, call out piropos, and whistle at you on the street. It is often disconcerting and strange, but just keep walking and look straight ahead. Any smart comment or double take is an invitation to start a dialogue.

For both ladies and men, when you are walking on the street, walk with purpose. Even if you have to look at a map, or ask for directions, glance at or get the information you need and keep watching. When you walk super slow or you slowly gaze at your surroundings, you are likely to draw more attention to yourself.

What do you do with your hands and your bags?

Put the most valuable things in the bigger part of your bag, so that even if your bag is slit open (in the front), you will still have your most valuable things. Also, zip your bag and have the zippers facing the inside of your body. I know it sounds silly, but having your bag unzipped is not smart. One can easily slip a hand into your bag when you are not looking. The most important thing to do when you are walking around, is to carry your bag in front or the side of your and to put your hand over your zippers, and over the opening of your bag. It may look dumb, or make you look paranoid, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Often, so many people get their bag swiped when they have a loose grip or are not paying attention to how their bag is situated on their back.

Rule number three, do not walk around at night by yourself.

If you don’t get anything else, get this one rule. Over two semesters, I have witnessed many people make this mistake. Take a taxi, walk in a pack, or take the university shuttle. Don’t be prideful and think you know what you are doing. It is better to be safe, then to regret your decision to walk home alone. So often, students within the first couple of weeks get a big head. They think that they know the area enough and that nobody will bother them if they are walking with a backpack. Wrong, the backpack makes them a target, and if they get lost or turn down the wrong street, they could have a run in with the wrong crowd. Not to freak you out or make you feel scared, but people are watching you more than usual. You are now the minority in Costa Rica. Ticos know who is Tico and who is a foreigner.

Overall, the goal is to not make yourself look like a target. You are in a strange place; there is a different protocol here in Costa Rica than back home on your college campus. You will have to be more mindful of what you do and say here.

I realize that this is a lot to get used to when you first arrive, but I promise that this will become second nature as time goes by.

And remember, Pura vida!

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I Didn’t Get Into My Dream School – What Do I Do Now?

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You have been working hard all year long, maintaining that amazing GPA, all so that you can get into your dream college. So what happens when your dream school sends you the small envelope? Now you have to choose between all the other colleges you have gotten in to, none of which meet the standard of your dream college. Here are some tips on how to cope with it:

1. Do Not Stress Out About It

Getting a rejection letter is not fun, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world either. Just because you get one or a few rejection letters, doesn’t mean that there isn’t an acceptance letter somewhere in there. We know it is hard to see the small envelope when all we want to see is the big one, but stressing out about it isn’t going to get you an acceptance. The only thing you can do is to think positively about other colleges and make sure that they all have your information and documentation. Getting through the rejection is what makes it all the more rewarding to get the acceptance.

2. Give the other Colleges a Chance – You never know what may surprise you.

There is a reason guidance counselors tell you to apply for more than one college and here is the reason. Just because your dream school rejected your application, doesn’t mean other colleges won’t accept you! Give other schools a chance to surprise you! They might even be a better fit for you. For example, maybe one of the other schools is closer to home or maybe they have a campus by the beach! Either way, just because your dream school said no, doesn’t mean you have worked all year round for nothing, there are plenty more options just waiting to be discovered.

3. If No Other Colleges Meet Your Standards, Transfer!

If giving other colleges a chance doesn’t work out well for you, no problem, you can always spend a semester at one of them and then transfer back into the college you wanted to go to in the first place! By spending a semester at another college ( your second choice) you will be able to experience college life while accumulating credits that can transfer over to your dream college (your first choice) and who knows, maybe you will like it better! If not, there is nothing stopping you from applying to transfer schools.

So if you do see that your answer is no, don’t worry, there are plenty more options for you to choose from. Just remember that it is important not to dwell on the bad, and to focus on the good. Even if your dream school says no, we are sure plenty of other colleges have said yes, so focus on that and focus on choosing the best college from the options that have been presented to you. Don’t worry, you will hear a “Yes, you have been accepted!” soon enough.

 Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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Our Faves: Students Looking to Change and See the World

These students already have their future career’s in mind and are looking to contribute to the the world in very special ways. In order to achieve these dreams, first, they need to experience the world themselves! Take a minute to look at their impressive Student Page’s and inspirational Mission’s to see what they have planned and how they’re going to get there!

Kayla Irby

As a junior at Xavier University of Louisiana, Kayla is majoring in psychology and minoring in communication studies. She is very involved on campus with activities that range from being a campus tour guide to the managing editor of the yearbook for the past 2 years! For her future, Kayla plans to get her Master’s degree to eventually become a marriage and family therapist. To reach this goal of becoming a family therapist, Kayla has recently been accepted into the International Studies Abroad Internship Program, in Lima, Peru, where she will get hands on experience in a professional psychology environment! This opportunity is very important to Kayla because it will give her invaluable exposure to her future work environment! Her Mission is the best way for her to get there, so check it out and help Kayla spread the word! We think she deserves it!

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Lara Johnson

Lara is only a senior at Loveland High School and already has her future in mind! Lara plans to go to CSU to major in Sports Medicine, which was inspired by her lifelong career in gymnastics, which was unfortunately cut short due to an injury. Since being physically fit and healthy is an important characteristic for Lara, she wants to inspire other people to better themselves. Gymnastics was the most important thing for Lara because it made her realize the most essential life skill, hard work. With this perspective Lara has been able to maintain a great GPA and get into her dream college: CSU! We want to see Lara reach this dream of becoming an expert in sports medicine and help with her Mission in anyway we can! Big dreams are made for people who can reach them, we think Lara is worth a shot!

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Keibreona Bobo

Keibreona is currently a junior at Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in child development with and minoring in Spanish. After her undergraduate career she plans to get her masters in Social Work in Memphis, TN, so that she can work with Child Protective Services for families and children in all areas of the world. Keibreona has just been granted the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica, which is a very important stepping-stone for her future plans to open a childcare facility with an ESL (English as a Second Language) focus. In Costa Rica, she will be able to enhance her Spanish speaking skills to make this happen, she just needs a little help with her Mission to get there! We think she will go on to do great things from this trip, do you?

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 Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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#SeanAbroad: Studying Abroad in London and Taking a Weekend Trip to Wales

By: GoEnnounce Student Sean Kirkpatrick

I’m Sean, a junior in college, and a first time study abroad student. I am studying abroad at London South Bank University for this semester. As I’m abroad, I’ll be sharing my adventures, experiences, lessons, (and maybe even mishaps!) as I venture through my semester across the world. Please be sure to check back in and follow my posts on Twitter with the hashtag #SeanAbroad.

This week’s post is going to be about my trip to Wales. For those people who don’t know, Wales is a country within the United Kingdom, right next to England. In the weeks leading up to this trip, I was looking into something that I had always wanted to do in Wales. This was visit the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff and yes, it’s pretty nerdy. Nonetheless, it was something that I really wanted to do, so I made arrangements ahead of time to leave my tour group and reconnect with them at the hotel after. I even found two other people in my group that wanted to join me! Finally it was time for the trip!

We left really early in the morning on Saturday and made our way from England to Wales. Our first stop was the site of a Roman fortress and amphitheater in Caerleon.

The Amphitheater

The only remains of the fortress and amphitheater was the foundation, though there were some places you could climb on a wall. It was really cool being on ground where Romans walked and lived. I even stood in the middle of the amphitheater and pretended my friend was a lion I was fighting. She was not as amused as I was. It was fun but the whole time there, all I could think about was going to the Doctor Who Experience. We got back on the bus and made our way to another city in Wales called Caerphilly. It was here where things got a little bit hectic.

In Caerphilly was an old medieval castle that had been in ruins for a while until it was fixed only a little while ago.

Caerphilly Castle

Though I was not able to visit it because I had to run and catch a train in order to make it to Cardiff on time. And when the time came for the 2 people to come with me, they had changed their mind. I wasn’t going to let that stop me though, I was determined to make the trip to Cardiff. I went with one of my friends who was nice enough to go with me. We spent the rest of the day at the Doctor Who Experience and I have to say, it was amazing.

My Favorite Place

That’s my nerdiness coming out again. After we took the train to a city called Swansea to meet up with the group again at the hotel we were staying at.

The next day we left bright and early to visit an old coal mine that was now a mining museum. This was really cool except for the fact that I am 6 feet 4 inches tall. One thing you need to know if you ever decide to go mining, you can’t be tall. There were times when I actually had to crawl through tunnels and was the last one in the group because of it. Though the tour guide did like the fact that my home town is Sleepy Hollow. He didn’t think that it was real place and gave me a tic tac because of it. And then after the mining trip we went to an old ruined monastery called Tintern Abbey. This place was awesome and even though you weren’t supposed to, I climbed the ruins and as punishment, fell off them. It was a lot higher up than I thought!

Inside Tintern Abbey

Although this was such a great day, I was still just happy I got to go to the Doctor Who Experience, the one thing that I really wanted to do abroad. And that’s my point, no matter what your friends or people you are abroad with want to do, you should make sure to do what you want to do. Don’t put other people’s wants in front of your own while abroad. You are the one paying the money and only really get to study abroad once in your life. Make it count.

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Fun Ideas for Spring Break!

Spring break is just around the corner and it cannot come sooner! After all of the school work there is to do during the semester, it is nice to finally spend a week off doing nothing but relaxing. But let’s face it, we don’t want to be hanging around the house all week while our friends are out there posting ridiculously exciting things! So here are some fun things you can spend your break doing:

1. Take a Road Trip with a Group of Friends – Road trips are incredibly exciting when you have the right company. This may be one of the last few vacations you and your high school friends have to hangout, why not make a road trip out of it? You can take a ride to a beach for a day or maybe even tour a few colleges and make it a college road trip! It doesn’t matter where you go, after all, it is not about the destination, it’s about the journey there and making memories that will last you a lifetime.

2. Volunteer for Your Favorite Charity – Now that you have a free week, you can spend time volunteering for your favorite charity! Not only is it a good way to spend your spring break, it will get you out of the house and you will also be helping others and making their week a little better. If you love animals, the local animal shelter would be a great place for you to volunteer!

3. Spend Time with Your Family – Once you go off to college, there will be less time for family and a lot more time will be dedicated to studying. Think about organizing a family get together and have a brunch at your favorite restaurant. It will be a great way to keep your family informed about your life while also enjoying time spent with them!

4. Catch Up on Your Favorite TV Series – We know you are busy all year long and you don’t have time for TV shows when you are trying to study for your next exam! This is a perfect time to catch up on your favorite TV series on the couch! Or maybe even take a trip to the movie theater and watch some of the new blockbuster hits!

Whether you are at home or out and about doing something else, spring break is a chance for you to kick back and relax before it is time to get serious again. Take this opportunity to start something you’ve always thought about doing or indulge in your favorite hobby or exercise routine! Just relax and take a break from school, it will be time to go back soon enough!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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