Dear Readers, We hope you enjoy the special edition of The Orbiter. Contained in the pages are three fundemental issues of teenage life explained in game format. The paper will return to its usual format next issue. Have a safe and relaxing spring Break. Sincirely, The Orbiter Staff
“I love you”: It is common for high school students to say the words “I love you” before they realize what love really is. It is said after very short periods of time, such as a month or two, and then after the break up they say how they really never loved that other person.
Body Image: Teenagers fall under the pressure of looking a certain way to attract a partner. For example, in the movie “Not Another Teen Movie,” the “nerd” undergoes a makeover. The girl does not receive attention from the male she has feelings for, until she meets the certain “standards” society puts on people for the perfect image.
Jealousy: Scenario: Your boyfriend/girlfriend wants to hang out with his/her best friend who is the opposite sex. Junior Chris Ashburn’s Opinion: “No, not happening, because he has a penis and penis leads to sex.” Sophomore Amanda Barile’s Opinion: “I would feel good as long as I knew she didn’t like him.”
In a relationship, it is expected to spend time with a partner... until it becomes a daily routine. It is necessary to spend time apart from the person to ensure that time is made for other people, such as family and friends.
5 Signs it’s time to move on:
1. You fight more than once a week. 2. You have absolutely no trust in your partner. 3. The relationship feels more required than desired. 4. You have feelings someone else. 5. You were involved for the wrong reasons in the first place.
Interpretations: Males and females often interpret text messages from each other in different ways. Text Message One: “Hey There. =]” Senior Alison Schuster’s Interpretation: “I would think he was like into me kinda” Sophomore Jesse Unger’s Interpretation: “[The girl would be} kinda excited to talk to me.” Text Message Two: “You’re Cute.” Female Interpretation: “I would say it’s flirty and complementary at the same time.”- Schuster said. Male Interpretation: “I would take it more meaningful/ sarcastic. It really depends who the person is.”
While in a relationship, or after it ended you should not tell everyone personal conversations or information you shared with one another. Even though you aren’t together any longer, or fighting, a relationship is something between two people, and telling multiple people your problems will not help the situation.
Adults are continously telling teenagers to wait on having sexual intercourse, but it is a fact that a large percentage of high school students engage in it. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the median age a male loses their virginity is 16 and 17 for females. Parents and teachers should not pretend this doesn’t happen. Talking to teens, or even understanding and allowing them to form their own judgements is necessary. Teenagers need to feel like they are in charge of themselves, not being persuaded either way. They will then be able to make the decision upon what is correct for themselves.
Support: You spend four years of your life building an education to be able to make anything possible. Your partner should support you and push you to accomplish your goals and to make something of yourself. Look at it this way, if the relationship is meant to be, it will make a full circle in the end. Compiled by Shay Colescott and Breanna Komara Photo Illustration by Gaby Ryzcek
42 Early decision
Those who already know where they want to attend college can apply for early decision.
Apply to college Apply to college as soon as the applications becomes available.
43 Make sure to know when deadlines are so you do not miss one.
Take both tests multiple times junior and senior year. The higher the score, the better your eligibility for scholarships and grants.
Start Freshman Year
Pay school fees as soon as possible. If they are not paid before graduation, you cannot walk at graduation.
Colleges look at senior year grades too, so make sure you do not go easy when scheduling your classes.
College visit days
Letters of recommendation
Apply for NHS
Visit the colleges that interest you to see if the campus life, location and academics fit your preferences.
Start asking teachers now for letters of recommendation so you have them in advance.
It does not hurt to fill out an application even if you do not think you will get in.
Take Take the the ACT ACT and and SAT SAT
Fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible. The earlier it is turned in, the more money available.
Have not done anything to help prepare yourself for your future.
Narrow down your list of colleges to the top two or three favorites.
Look for different colleges with your intended major.
Finalize college list
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Missed a scholarship deadline.
Visit colleges again
After picking a school, schedule orientation and your first year of classes.
Apply for any and all local scholarships that pertain to you.
Visit the top two to three colleges you are interested in attending again to get a feel of which college makes you feel at home.
Plan your graduation party Relax, senior year is almost over. Keep your grades up while having fun, too.
Make a resume
•Log all community service hours •Ask teachers and coaches if you can list them as a reference •List all job responsibilities
Scholarships and grants
Try to have fun junior year while still taking school seriously and getting things done on time.
29 Did not pass the OGT tests
Search for scholarships from schools you are looking to attend. Every college offers general and major-specific scholarships and grants.
Take the PSAT
Take more practice tests and attend the study sessions available at the high school.
High scores on the PSAT can mean scholarships.
Take your OGTs Prepare yourself by getting a good nights sleep and stay calm during the test.
Aim for an Honors Diploma Some of the Criteria: •Three foreign language credits or two of Spanish and two of French • Maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout high school
Get involved by joining clubs •Student Council •Science Club •Chess Club •Beta Club •Art Club •Spanish Club
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