Public Transportation

I’ve been considering this a lot lately, as the time is drawing nearer for me to apply for a license. Should I learn to drive? My city does provide a fairly decent bus system and where the bus would fail, a taxi would work.

 

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In cities where public transportation systems are very well advanced, there isn’t much need for cars or drivers licenses. In New York City and Singapore for instance, most residents are not licensed drivers.

Using public transport is beneficial in a whole lot of ways. First, it’s much better for the environment. If you know me, you know I care quite a bit about my carbon footprint and what I can do to reduce it. Instead of

Second, it frees up a little bit of time. Whether your commute is ten minutes or two hours, that is time you can spend finishing up some last minute homework or working ahead on schoolwork instead of focusing on keeping your car on the road. If you’re well used to the process, you might even be able to catch up on some sleep.

If you’re underage, using public transport gives you just a little bit of independence. Having to rely on friends or parents to drive you around can be annoying. You’re forced to abide by their schedule and can only do things when they’re free to transport you. With public transport, you have to deal with nobody but the transport schedule.

Finally, public transport can actually be cheaper than driving yourself. For frequent travelers, metro/bus cards are available. In my city, using the bus costs less than a dollar no matter where you’re going. If you choose to drive yourself, you’ll have to fork out money for drivers’ tests and license fees where applicable, fuel, car maintenance, etc. In the long run, it’ll probably end up much cheaper depending on where you live.

In cities where public transportation is not readily available, carpooling works as well. Instead of five people taking five separate cars, which is terrible for the earth, there are five people in one car. If more than one person in the carpooling group is licensed, you all can take turns driving. To pay for fuel, members if the group all contribute a certain sum of money.

Learning to drive is definitely a skill one should have. It’s very useful, especially in an emergency or on the very rare occasion that public transport fails you. Whether or not you choose to use the skill, however, is completely dependent on you and the city in which you live.

 

Motivation and Mottos

In English class today, we were talking about our life mottos, sayings we live by that express our beliefs or ideals.

“No pain, no gain.”

“Life is what you make it.”

Mottos serve a lot of practical purposes in a person’s life. They can be a source of inspiration, help you keep sight of your goals, and increase your productivity, among others.

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Listening to my classmates talk about their mottos prompted me to think about my own. I know what my beliefs are, I know the principles by which I live, but I don’t have a motto.

So, where does my motivation come from? What keeps me going? Does everyone need a motto to remind them of what they stand for or can some people do without?

Admittedly, I’m not entirely sure of the answers myself. I know that I keep my goals in mind at all times. When I’ve been studying for hours and my brain actually hurts from the effort, I think about my dream university and I keep going. I think about all the things I want to accomplish and it makes it easier for me to stay up all night studying material I have no interest in.

But, I have noticed it is quite easy for me to lose my motivation. Sometimes I’m so tired, so drained, that nothing can get me to work. Would having a motto, something to push me, help me then?

Do you have a life motto? Does it help you accomplish your tasks more effectively?

Uniforms

I’ve gone to three schools since the first grade and all three required uniforms. That means that I’ve been wearing uniforms for my entire academic career, and I’ve always hated it.

Schools don’t make uniforms a requirement for no reason. To us, it might seem like uniforms are meant to burden us. Sometimes it feels as though uniforms exist solely to drain students of everything that makes them unique, to make them conform to a certain standard, to force them into a mold.

Until recently, that is exactly how I felt. I was dead set against wearing a uniform every day, but then I relooked at the situation.

First of all, having a uniform has saved me so much time in the mornings. I’m generally a very indecisive person. Pair this with my tendency to procrastinate and uniforms become a life saver for me. There’s no need to worry about choosing an outfit every single day because it’s already been decided for me.

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Having a uniform makes us feel like we’re part of a team. It fills us with a sense of unity and belonging.

Furthermore, we feel that we represent the school that we attend. Uniforms teach us how to take pride in our appearance and the organizations we’re a part of.

I do agree, though, that uniform regulations should not be as strict as they are. Students deserve some outlet to express themselves and their style. Allowing simple things, like hairstyles or shoes of the student’s choice would likely make students much more open to wearing a uniform.

Uniforms are maybe not a single bad as they seem. They may actually be helpful to our routines.

 

Handling Success

We see it every day: young people achieving success and not knowing how to handle it.
It’s a particular problem in young celebrities, but it can affect anyone. We’re used to not necessarily getting what we want or having things go our way, and so when life works in our favor we might freak out just a bit.
Faced with power or money after not having it your whole life, it’s easy to lose track of yourself and where you were hoping to go.But nobody ever talks to us about how to handle success, only failure. So how do we prevent it from taking over our lives?

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First, it’d be wise to only tell the people who deserve to know. If you don’t immediately think about texting them, they don’t deserve to know directly from you. They can hear the news through mutual friends and the like. This will prevent you from seeming like you’re bragging and make you seem a lot more mature, like past pain doesn’t bother you anymore.

Don’t ever forget where you were before you hit it big. Remember how you got here and what you had to do. This will humble you and make you appreciate your luck a lot more.

If you ever said “when I’m ___, I’ll do ___” then follow through on that. Share your success with the people you love and anyone else who could benefit from it. Don’t be selfish with something that can be taken away from you in a second.

Don’t immediately jump into a lavish lifestyle because you can afford it now. Put some money away for your future or in case something goes wrong. It’s never too early to be prepared.

Ultimately, don’t forget to be proud of yourself! You worked hard, you struggled, you failed, but now you’re where you wanted to be. It’s okay to be happy about it, to be proud of yourself, to want praise. Just don’t let it get to your head too much.

Success is what we all aim for, and I hope we all get what we wish for. And when we do, hopefully we’ll be able to handle it well enough that it doesn’t destroy us and our morals.