We are all familiar with the image of a magician trying to read another person’s mind and we laugh at him and roll our eyes. Yet we try this ourselves more often than we like to admit. How often have you found yourself thinking: “She must think I am stupid!” or “My teacher doesn’t like me,” or “They can surely tell I am nervous…” or “He doesn’t love me anymore, he didn’t even look at me during out conversation.”
Trust is something vital for us as individuals and as a society. If we never developed a sense of trust with anyone, we would never be where we are today. In fact, many historic events would never have transpired without trust. For example, great empires or even close friendships would never be possible.
Grade 12 student Laurence Frenette has won the Dugie Ross MVP Trophy for varsity girls hockey for an unprecedented third year in a row. It was one of a number of athletic prizes presented by Stanstead College sports teams over four nights this week.
692,040. You may hear that and think, wow, that’s a big number. That’s how many hours the average person is alive for. 229,961. That is how many hours the average person sleeps in their lifetime. 462,079 is the number of hours left to pull up your sleeves and get to work to achieve your goals and dreams.
Have you found yourself waking up and, before you even open your eyes, some of these thoughts crossing your mind? “I should have gotten up earlier!” “Why didn’t I get up right away when the alarm sounded, I am so stupid!” “How could anyone love someone like me?” Or maybe even, “I shouldn’t get upset at this!” By the time you put your first foot on the floor, you already feel anxious, less confident, down and bad about yourself.
Seventy percent of girls, when they open their social media or when they look in the mirror, ask themselves, “Am I pretty? Why am I not skinny like that girl? Why does no one say that I am pretty? What is wrong with my body?” All these girls are gorgeous, so why do they ask themselves these questions?
Growing up as a goalie in Pickering, Ontario right across the city line from Toronto, my hockey idol outside my family was none other than Wayne Gretzky. I have vivid memories of watching #99 play for the Kings and the Rangers. (The Oilers were a little before my memory kicked in, and the Blues, well, that happened a little too fast.)
Today I would like to talk about personal development and self-responsibility. For a long time, I found myself affected by a lack of motivation and found myself procrastinating off things which I know could improve myself in the future.
I don’t always think about how important my family is, or at least I didn’t. I don’t always have it easy with them. I’m sure we have all gone through family issues, whether it’s a little argument or a considerable issue that has long-term effects. Personally, I haven’t always had it easy with my family over the past couple of years. I’m as guilty as they are, no one was worse than another, but it just made us separate a bit.
This past summer, I was contemplating on if I should apply to be a prefect or not. I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle the commitment along with being mature enough to take on such a demanding job of being a student leader.
In many ways, the beginning of 2021 has started exactly as 2020 ended. Unfortunately, the flip of a calendar was not powerful enough to end the pandemic that has its grip on us. We continue to operate our lives, both inside and outside Stanstead College, with restrictions in place. Both adults and youth have had their lives altered, but we push on and look for better days while ensuring that we still take advantage of every moment to be active and learn.
A year ago this Saturday, Level 1 of Jumanji started. We never thought that it would reach this point, where millions of people have been affected, directly and indirectly. 2020 not only taught me to appreciate things and not take anything for granted but to try to live life to the fullest no matter what.
The importance of mental health in today’s society continues to grow. When looking at mental health through the eyes of an educational institution, it has become a top priority. This is something that is even more prominent when the institution has students who reside on campus, such as Stanstead College.