For my final project I decided to document my service project that took place in Baltimore City. For this service, a group of people from my parish gathered together and made breakfast and hot chocolate for the homeless. A couple of people brought old coats, gloves, scarves, and blankets to hand out once we got into the city. When we got there we set up a stand and handed out all that we had brought. I made many new friends and I’m so thankful for all that I learned from this project. Here are a few photos:
How to…Survive High School
Tips on how to survive the everyday struggles of high school.
Always manage your time wisely.
You have to balance and prioritize the different aspects in your life, especially if you have a lot of extracurricular coupled with rigorous academics. This is especially important on the weekend it’s important to give yourself enough time to get your work done. While it is important that your homework comes first, always remember that you should not allow your school work to consume you. Make sure you give yourself time to enjoy yourself, friends, and family.
Discover study tips that help you the most.
Maybe it’s notecards, filling out a study guide, or maybe it’s even finding a study buddy. Find a comfortable and quiet place to study with good lighting and little distractions (try avoiding your own bed; it is very tempting to just lie down and take a nap).Do whatever it takes to learn the material in the best way that fits your learning style.
High school’s biggest stress causer. If you learn to manage your time well, procrastination will not be an issue for you. Do not allow yourself to get distracted while working. The faster you get it done, the more time you have to relax and enjoy life. Make a list and schedule of the work you need to get done that day and cross it off as you go. To do lists are also great, especially if you need to prioritize assignments.
You are more likely to fall into the horrible habits of procrastination if you do not stay organized. Make a system that works for you. As suggested in tip 3, make a list and stick to it or use a planner. It doesn’t hurt to practice school organization by staying organized in your everyday activities. If you stay organized then you will minimize the stresses that come with high school.
High school is a time to discover yourself and to branch out. Push yourself to be more active in your school and to take new classes that spark your interest. Getting involved at school is a great way to meet new people, and joining certain clubs and activities you’re interested in will also help you gain leadership opportunities. When it comes to challenging yourself it’s important to remember don’t feel pressured to take higher level classes just because your friends are. Do what’s best for you!
Lastly, and most importantly:
Enjoy the time you have in high school
Time flies and before you know it you’re saying goodbye to the friends you made freshman year. Slow down, live in the now, and make memories that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life.
A (Sailor’s)-Eye View
THE EVERYDAY BREATH-TAKING VIEW FROM MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY
When asked about the numerous captivating sites of Mount
de Sales Academy most students, faculty, and staff
immediately name the most prominent places such as the
chapel or the convent. One of the most alluring sites of
Mount de Sales that is overlooked by many is the view from
the inside overlooking the city of Baltimore and the brand
new sports field. I had never really thought much of it
before this year, my final year here. Once I started to learn
to appreciate all the beauty this school radiated, I realized
that not only is the building and architecture of this school
astounding, but so is the view which is seen when looking
out from the school.
This year in my Morality class, which is on the third four, I
was placed in a seat right next to the window. I remember
on the very first day of school I walked into my first class of
the day and took my seat. I sat down and looked out upon
the 7:45 sunrise. I stared in awe of the site that had caught
my eye and as I stared a Sister I had not yet been introduced
to walked over to the window and says “Just look at God’s
work, it’s absolutely beautiful!” These words that came from
Sister Mary Brigid are nothing but the truth. As we looked
out over the city and the sunrise, Sister called the rest of the
class over to watch as the sun rose over the city right in front
of our eyes. In that moment I decided to stop taking the
little, everyday moments for granted. That morning was a
reminder of to appreciate the little things because I once
read that the little things will turn into the big things, the
things we will remember. I will definitely remember that
morning and the fact that the grace and beauty of God’s
creation can be seen every day. We need only to take the
time to stop and recognize it when we see it.
The Mount De Sales Experience
The Best of Both World’s
September 30, 2015
Then vs. now by: Theresa Sarver
Mount de Sales Academy’s very own Religion teacher, Allison George is the perfect reflection of the impact that this school and it’s traditions can have on the student’s lives. Ms.George, an alumnae from Mount de Sales, graduated in the class of ‘O6 and to this day, her experience at Mount de Sales has left an indelible mark on her heart which she shall treasure always. During the interview with Ms.George, she shared fond memories from her time as a student here. Her most memorable moment shared at Mount de Sales was her senior year Twisted Tune. Though her class typically lost every school competition, for their final Twisted Tune her class went all out. Ms.George went into detail of her classes victorious day, describing their interpretive dance and black-out outfits with colorful scarves worn in rebellion of Spirit Day Tradition.
As she discussed her past memories, Ms.George talked about the changes she’s seen at Mount de Sales over the year’s. The changes vary from the shoes she was required to wear, to the new renovations. When she was in school, all the girls were required to wear Bucks but now students are permitted to wear Sperry’s. Another difference that she mentioned was the fact that she was taught by Mrs.Lanciotti, the school’s current disciplinary, who was an art teacher at the time and who also happened to be Ms.George’s favorite teacher. Even though Ms.George mentioned a few differences, she also talked about the many ongoing traditions of Mount de Sales. Ms.George shared about how she treasures even the smallest of traditions such as genuflecting in the chapel. She explained how “just those three seconds of peace always seem to get me through the day.” Just watching the present students experience all traditions that she once experienced, still brings joy to her heart because it evokes flashbacks of some of the greatest times from her high school experience.
Now that she is a teacher, Ms.George describes her perspective of Mount de Sales when she states, “I’ve come to appreciate everything so much more because when I was a student I took many of the things the school had to offer me for granted.” When looking back at her time spent here as a student and comparing that experience to her life as teacher, Ms.George realizes that, “there is absolutely no other place like Mount de Sales.” She is now grateful for all the lessons, experiences, and memories Mount de Sales has given her that she will keep for the rest of her life.
The picture above (to the left) is an illustration of the mansion of the main character Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. The photo to the right is a portrayal of the famous parties Jay Gatsby hosted in his mansion. Both pictures accurately depict the setting and time (Roaring 20’s) at which the story took place.
This photo, in my opinion, perfectly captures the interaction between the couple. The photographer did in fact capture a moment that was so genuine. The way the couple gazes into eachother’s eyes with pure joy on both of their faces. Only a picture could describe that moment and do it justice.
Though this isn’t a dramatic reaction, it caught my eye because of the endearing look in the grooms eyes. His expression reflects his feelings in that exact moment and it depicts his real, true, authentic reaction at the first sight of his wife to be.
The action shot of the young children captures the energy that was in the room at that moment. Even though it is merely a photograph, the viewer can look at the picture and know the caos and joy during the time the picture was taken.
This lamentable photo is the perfect reflection of emotion. Not only does the photo capture the heart break and loss that the little boy is feeling, but it also shows the viewer what is causing the emotion.