School

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Deciding My Future

I found myself caught in the middle of two extremes. Graphic design or Biology.

I’m a senior, and with college decisions coming up I’ve started to feel increased pressure to figure out my life. I’ve been conflicted between choosing a major in graphic design or biology. Recently, I’ve had the chance to go on two different field trips that have made me reevaluate a few things.

Let me explain…

Last week, I went with my Anatomy & Physiology class to the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to witness a live surgery! The anticipation leading up to the trip had the other five people in the van ecstatic. For the last three years I have wanted to be a surgeon, so this was a big deal for me. We were able to watch the surgeon perform a gastric sleeve procedure. She cut a large portion of the stomach that left a “sleeve” connecting the esophagus to the small intestines. The procedure was about 2 hours, but it felt like 10 minutes. I was enjoying the surgery so much. Afterward, we got to play different interactive games in their hands-on exhibits. The last thing we did was watch a short film on pandas in their large 3D IMAX Theater. By the end of the day, I was inspired even more to pursue a career in Biology.

BUT, that wasn’t all.

I am in the first semester graphic design class, which is one of my favorite classes ever. When Mrs. Musselman told us we would visit the Rodale Institute Publishing Company Headquarters I was so excited. They publish lifestyle magazines like Women’s Health, Men’s Health, and Runner’s World. As I walked through the front door, I felt like I was in a completely different environment. People were exercising in the lobby! They gave us a tour, and brought us to their creative floor. There was art everywhere. I felt a strange feeling as if I already belonged there. A group of five different people talked to us about their products and how they begin their creative process. On a weekly basis I already spend about 10+ hours working on graphic design projects. The idea of pursuing it as a career intrigued me.

So here I am. Trying to decide what to do with my life. I am worried about my future, but I know God has greater plans for me. If I could hear Jesus praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a thing, yet distance makes no difference–He is praying for me.

 

Sharyl Cubero

 

 

 

 

–Sharyl Cubero, Senior
Featured Photo by Mrs. Bechtel and Mrs. Musselman, featuring Sharyl’s two field trip experiences.
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The Importance of Art

To me, art is very important. It can inspire you, uplift you and open your eyes to the beauty in everything.

When I first heard that there would be an art class available, I was really excited and hoped that I would be able to join. I love art and having a class would be really fun and a great opportunity to improve.

I was really happy to hear I was on the list, and so far I have really been enjoying this class.

One of the most stressful things about school is the strict, orderly setting that you’re in. In art class, however, the whole feel is much more relaxed and chill. I really like that because it allows me to unwind my stress from the week and just be creative. I appreciate that it is one of the few classes I have that doesn’t make me feel overwhelmed with tests and due dates.

I am so grateful that we have an art program this year, and although we’ve only done one project, I am looking forward to the rest of the year and future things to come.

Christina Mott

 

 

 

 

–Christina Mott, Junior
Featured Photo by Sharyl Cubero, senior. The photo is of Christina’s first art project.
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