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the “c” word

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That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. College.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about whether or not I want to go. Obviously my parents want me to. The hard part is trying to factor in whether or not that really matters to me. You see, I want to be a dancer, there’s no mistake about that. The question is, how do I get there? I don’t want to be a ballerina. Contemporary and commercial dance are where my heart’s at. I don’t necessarily need to go to college to be able to do those, I just think my parents believe that all successful roads in life start with university.

The problem, part two: I don’t want to waste the first four years of my adulthood, when I could be joining a company/agency or getting better training and seeing the world (London, specifically), trapped taking jazz and working towards a useless bachelor’s degree. I wanna do exciting things and meet exciting people. I want to dance.

Some of my friends’ life goals look like this: graduate high school, go to college and get a meaningless degree, and maybe work a little bit before marrying a dude and raising his family. I’d rather not. I have ambitions. Every day college starts to seem less like an achievement to aspire towards and more like a roadblock on the path to what I really want to do. I’m in the eleventh grade and the reason for everything I do nowadays has been reduced to “It’ll look good on your transcript.”

I overheard a conversation between a friend and his mother when they were the car yesterday. He told her that he didn’t want to go to uni because voice acting was the career he was after, which made college somewhat unnecessary. His mother said to him, “Will you feel the same way when you can’t feed your own family?” and that swiftly ended the conversation. Tense silence in the car.

Our parents just want the best for us. But I’m not ready to dedicate more anxiety, time, and money thinking about something that will determine the course of my adulthood. It’s too big for sixteen. I just want to dance honestly.

— Bethany.

we like archaic kinds of fun

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Hello, everyone, it’s Bethany. Been a while, hasn’t it?

Me and the girls haven’t been on the blog too much lately, I know. Sorry about that. I just wanted to get on here and give some updates on what we’ve been doing this winter. It’s been quite eventful for us, and I’m really excited to see how the rest of 2014 plays out.

Maddie started college this term. Hopefully she’ll be on here within the next couple of weeks to talk about that. She’s decided she wants to study to become an engineer, which I think is very fitting for her. She has started going to TNCC to study all her necessary intro college classes and, this is my opinion, I think she’s enjoying it. For the longest time she had no idea what, exactly she wanted to do with her life, so I’m glad that she’s found something to study.

Krysta is working as per usual. She’s the only one out of the three of us who has a steady job, go figure. We see each other more now that the new year has started; which is great considering we’re both so busy.

As for me? Dancing, dancing, dancing. My time is split somewhat equally between ballet, theatre, schoolwork, and writing. My music is becoming more important to me now as well. All my energy is geared towards finishing high school and muting the stress with my outlets. To be honest I think chaos is the nicest way to occupy oneself.

So that’s what we’ve been up to lately, I hope you’ve all had amazing winter breaks.

— Bethany.

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A week of playgrounds, musicals, and injuries.

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{bethany} elevating the sprained ankle

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{maddie} found the best reference ever in her textbook

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{krysta} the park she takes her girls to (and the rules that they ignore)

snapshots [week 1/52]

The first in a year-long series, where we’ll be posting weekly galleries of our various happenings.

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{krysta} the adorable girls she gets to nanny

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{maddie} preparing to take the SAT on Saturday morning

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{bethany} posing (far left) at her informal birthday gathering on Tuesday with Maddie (far right)

My (Perfect) SAT Essay

Hello, my fellow homo sapiens! It’s nice to meet you, I’m Maddie: a homeschooled nerd. In June I took the SAT, and did so badly that I’m proud of the fact that I didn’t cut myself, or kill myself. So I’ve been studying two hours every day, sometimes with fail. But I think that I’ve been doing really well with the online course. I’ve found that when writing an essay what they really want is the longest, wordiest thing that you can create in 25 minutes and still stay on topic.  I finally got a perfect six on the essay recently (and yes I did celebrate, I had celebratory ramen). I thought you guys would like to know what perfection looked like; so here it is, pure perfection.

The prompt question: “Can you judge someone on their sacrifices?”

 “The sacrifices a person makes can define them for better or for worse; and sometimes they come to no cognizable consequence, through their sacrifice!  A sacrifice can be seen in many different lights. Can we trust someone purely through their sacrifices? What are these people forfeiting? Can people be trusted?  How do you come to trust someone? People are not always what they seem.

                What is this person sacrificing? Who or what is this sacrifice for, is it for their children, is it for their morals? What are they sacrificing, money, time, friendship?  Are they sacrificing friendship for money?  Not everyone has the same view when it comes to these things. Many people over exaggerate their sacrifices so that people will trust them; this is probably the number one way that people manipulate others. Some people can see straight though these lies and exaggerations and others can’t.  A lot of people are able to commit major crimes and get away with them from telling people about all of the sacrifices that they have made. What you really have to do to know if you can trust someone is really get to know them.

                People cannot be trusted through their “sacrifices” mainly because it is hard to tell what really happened. People will and can always lie about their sacrifices to try and get you to trust them.  You cannot trust or judge someone by what happened to, half the time they had no choice in what they could do. People can be judged by their decisions in life. I do suggest that you don’t judge someone on their past decision but on the decisions on how they interact while around and in current time. If you were not there at the time odds are you don’t have the full story. Some people mature as they get older and learn from their mistake, while others go rotten.

The only way to know if you can trust someone is by getting to know them. It is more a practice of figuring out what you can trust them with, than anything else. Some people you can trust to turn on the coffee machine in the morning and not much else. While other people you can trust to help you bury a body. There are different levels of trust; we trust all people to a certain extent.  It’s just a matter of finding out how much we trust them. So how do you find out how much you can trust someone? You spend time with them. Don’t judge them on their past judge them on what they have learned from their past.

                A sacrifice is not always for the better, and sometime a person has no choice when they have to make that sacrifice. Some people exaggerate about the sacrifices that they have made in the past; this makes it very hard to judge someone. Sacrifices are usually something that a person has done in the past; a majority of the time a person changes in the period of time from that sacrifice to the day that they meet you. Sacrifices while they do say something about a person don’t tell the whole truth.”

Ahhh! The beauty of perfection. Well, ’till the next informative blog post my dear homo sapiens.

— Maddie.