Cracking The Cyberbullying Code

With technology vastly expanding and improving day by day, many people of all ages have access to the Internet and almost every social media platform.  With its mass commercial use, some people might not have foreseen the issue of cyberbullying and how harmful it can really be. A cyberbully usually posts offensive photos and videos, misleading information, or expose secrets about someone on different media platforms. Cyberbullying activities are not only harmful, but it sometimes pressures the victim to commit dreadful actions such as suicide. Throughout the past decade, there have been a number of cases involving teenagers committing suicide because of mistreatment or humiliation by others on the internet. When living in a world where everybody has a cell phone and technology is in constant use, conflicts are bound to occur. Cyberbullying is taking over all social media platforms and diminishing the value of life for the Millennial generation and more needs to be done to prevent future tragedies from occurring.

Cyberbullying hit its stride when smartphones became the newest must-have technological advance. With many teens starting to buy them, it became quite popular where everyone should have a cell phone to fit into society. Internet use tied with the formation of various platforms, allows many young people to connect and share their thoughts, opinions, and moments of their lives with others. Teens are able to send and share text messages, like or respond to photos, develop their social media platforms, and become their best figure online. Cyberbullying, however, thrived due to a combination of these factors.

Many kids today get judged on the way they look, what type of phone they own, their social media pages, their popularity, or even their lifestyle and income. Our world today tends to bring down users of social media rather than provide support, which forces others to feel inferior and look or act in a more socially desirable way. However, these actions are more commonly expressed behind a screen. According to the article, What is Cyberbullying, a cyberbully’s “most common social media platforms include Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, SMS is also known as Text Message, Instant Message, and Email.” These tools are popular platforms where many people of all ages connect. They utilize these platforms as tools to exercise their eager need to torment and humiliate others. There are cases explaining the reasoning behind cyberbullies and their actions. Cyberbullies might be experiencing problems or going through difficult times in their own lives. It could be parental/teen abuse, psychological disorders, hard living conditions, or loss of a loved one. While technology allows young people to connect in meaningful ways, such as the opportunity to share ideas, photos, videos, and more, the unsupervised nature of the cyber world demands the need for guidance, guidelines, and social responsibility.

In modern day society, violent video games and social media platforms are in the hands of many young people. Although video games can have positive benefits, such as making new friends, socializing, and learning how to strategize and increase problem-solving skills, it could be another safe haven where cyberbullying takes place. The strong language and sexual content displayed in video games expose this side of the world to many young boys and girls affecting their mindset and decision-making processes. For example, if someone is not performing as well as their peers, the better-performing children may curse, make negative remarks, harras, or exclude the person from a group environment. This could potentially turn into a hostile cyberbullying environment. This shows how young people are easily influenced and encouraged to act a certain way or portray their idols or favorite gamer despite this person being a bad influence. According to the article Cyber-bullying and video games, “63% of female gamers have been sexually harassed, such as being asked to perform “virtual sex behaviors” in return for in-game currencies.” Due to many players being anonymous, they cannot necessarily be held accountable for their behavior and their harassment to other, especially girls in this case. Some anonymous users can use the game as a means to harass strangers or even get their personal information, such as usernames and passwords, which later causes trouble for the victim.

Abusing social media at a young age shows teenagers’ lack of experience and judgment. Their decisions of posting offensive posts and humiliating others might be considered “ not a big deal” or “a joke.” However, this is not an issue to be taken lightly. An example of how cyberbullying can spiral out of hand is the case of  Amanda Todd. She was a 15-year-old girl, who underwent self-harm and painful cyberbullying experiences, which led to her tragic death. Before Amanda took her life away, she posted a video on YouTube, explaining her experiences of cyberbullying from beginning to end and her thoughts about it. In the video, Amanda explained two horrific experiences, which caused many people to assault her on various platforms. Amanda and her friends were in the 7th grade when they utilized a website called Webcam, which allows users to meet and connect with new people. Amanda did not make a wise decision and decided to expose her breasts to one of the users. He took advantage of the photo and posted it online for her friends and family to see. This circumstance led to many girls calling her names online and the loss of many friends. She even sat and ate lunch by herself in the library. Another conflict Amanda faced was a physical fight with her friend’s girlfriend. Amanda claimed in the video that “I made…. a huge mistake… he hooked up with me.”  The girlfriend decided to fight Amanda. Amanda then went home and drank bleach as a method of killing herself.  She stated she felt like “a joke in this world.” Instead of finding support and guidance from people, Amanda received major backlash. One comment said “She deserved it, did you wash the mud out of your hair? – I hope she dies” Amanda came to a point where she was “constantly cutting, depressed, on antidepressants, and was in counseling.” She tried many times to take her life away by cutting herself and overdosing on drugs and alcohol. Amanda was saved many times but she was not saved the last time, which led to her death. Amanda Todd was a fairly young girl with so much ahead of her and a life full of adventure. However, due to cyberbullying, lack of support, and a poor decision led to Amanda Todd’s unfortunate death.

Parents may not be aware of the apps their children use regularly or may not be aware of the risks involved in using them. There are many ways that cyberbullying can be hidden in apps, sites, and video game conversations, such as texts, videos, and web calls that disappear on the device’s call history. However, most of the time, comments, posts, and videos stay on the Internet and are in the hands of many people, accessible at any time. According to the article, Parents Can Prevent Cyberbullying, the advice is given to parents with children, who have access to the internet and could be at risk for cyberbullying. “Get to know your children’s online friends, you must help your children learn the difference between a real friend and a friendly stranger.”  This excerpt serves as a great lesson for parents and children alike. An online friend is not the equivalent of a face-to-face interaction. It is not wise to blindly trust the interactions that occur online. Another warning this site shared with parents is “Set reasonable limits to help your children learn to make responsible decisions about using technology.” Setting limits is a crucial tip when it comes to technology as a whole. At an age when a child is still developing, obsession occurs quickly and could easily result in horrible technological decisions. Both of these pieces of advice help parents get involved with their children’s cyber lives and help them maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid complications of offensive posts and mean comments.

There is a multitude of ways in which we can stop such vicious and cruel actions taking place across these social media platforms. Although I am not a parent, I acted like a parent to my younger sister who was a bully online. My sister was exposed to social media and her cell phone at the age of ten. She and her friends teamed up on a girl and called her hurtful names because she was mean to one of their friends. Although my sister did this to defend her friend, it was hurtful to the girl and the situation should’ve been handled differently. It should have been handled in a way where both parties are satisfied with no harm. According to the article, ‘I h8 u’: findings from a five-year study of text and email bullying, “25% of girls and 11% of boys had been electronically bullied at least once in the previous two months.” This shows how boys and girls tend to post opinions and thoughts without asking themselves, “is what I said hurtful to somebody.” Teenagers should be cautious with what they post or share on social media. Having a great support system such as parents, family, friends, and mentors helps recover from appalling actions. Prevention methods should be taught in order to promote wise decision-making.

Parents should not be the only people helping their kids find peace online and preventing cyberbullying. Schools should have a great impact on the matter. Many schools tend to disregard cyberbullying and fail to assist students in technological endeavors. According to the article, School Counselors and the Cyberbully: Interventions and Implications, “School counselors could suggest the use of a policy stating that all forms of cyberspace harassment either during school hours or after school hours should not be tolerated.” This statement shows how strongly cyberbullying should be stopped and prevented in schools and among students. Leaving responsibility for cyberbullying up to the parents is not enough. Schools are trusted to educate students on all of the lessons they need. Cyberbullying is no different. These issues must be addressed in classrooms.

With technology vastly expanding and changing every day, many adolescents have access to the Internet and every social media platform. The issue involves kids living in a world where everyone needs a cell phone to stay connected is utilized without supervision. While technology is in constant use, conflicts are bound to occur among children interacting with one another online. Cyberbullying has resulted in the loss of too many young innocent lives. Schools and parents should take actions to help reduce cyberbullying and take preventive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of children. It is time to make a change and all stakeholders need to become more involved in all aspects of children’s lives to prevent the tragedies that occur due to the cyberbullying epidemic.

Blog Post #7: The Impeccable Technological Advancements In The Medical Field

Technology has not only shaped our everyday lives with new and improved innovations, but it also changed the medical industry. This trend will continue without exception in the near future. The current system present in hospitals is already extremely technologically advanced compared to what they were a hundred years ago. There is no way of telling how much further technology could advance in the next hundred years. This change in the system will make it unrecognizable from what is currently in place. By combining technology and medicine, scientists and doctors have been able to overcome enormous barriers through the development of more intricate and accurate technology.

In the past technology was minimal and not advanced. Hospitals didn’t have the informational technology that secured and pulled up patients’ information quickly and easily. According to the article, How Technology is Changing the World of Medicine, Hunimed Web Team stated: “multiple medical issues such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, medication noncompliance, and stressful isolation are researched and resolved with remarkable new technologies.” Heart failure is a prevalent issue experienced by many in the United States. From minimal chest pain to surgeries at stake, its mortality rate is quite close to cancer.  The invention of wristbands, necklaces, and watches are attached to the person for testing their heartbeat and their nervous system. Hunimed Web Team emphasized how such diagnosis “gives both patients and doctors continuous and gainful information on how a compromised heart is functioning.” It alerts nurses and doctors of any unusual symptoms take place where quick and precise actions can be taken to save the person’s life. Another astonishing advancement Hunimed Web Team shared was 3D printing and how it is used to recreate multidimensional models of troublesome areas inside patients. This allows Surgeons to handle the models and “simulate operation replicas before performing the actual surgery.” 3D printing also helps with the reproduction of bones and other organs in the human body.

The continuous advances in technology have led to the appearance of numerous new medical innovations. Another interesting article was Artificial ovary could help young cancer patients preserve fertility by Susan Scutti where it discusses the technological advancement of Artificial ovaries. Women who are fearful of being infertile that underwent chemotherapy have two options to choose from. Scutti stated the first option is to “remove and freeze some of the eggs so that they could be used by in-Virto-fertilization after cancer has been treated and she is ready for a child.” The second option Scutti stated was “ovarian tissue transfer which involves the removal of ovarian tissue before treatment, freezing it and reimplanting after treatment.” This research provides Scientists working with healthcare technology aiming to grow ovarian follicles on an engineered section of tissue. This engineering would only contain protein and collagen for the best success results.  This medical advantage helped provide hope for women who believed there was none.

It is quite fascinating how far technology impacts us day by day regarding medicine. Recently, technological advances in medicine impacted me personally through my SmileDirectclub appointment. Two couple weeks ago, I made a dentist appointment with Smile Direct Club whose goal is to fix your smile and ensure satisfaction after treatment. Throughout the procedure, I was sitting on a chair where I had a television screen in front of me showing me what is going on inside my mouth. The doctor used a camera to capture every tooth of mine to scan my top and bottom teeth for a full picture of my mouth. This would be the only physical appointment that I would have to go to while they send me the smile kit. Later on, I would need to follow up my progress with them through email and month progress pictures. I think it is very fascinating and mind-blowing how technology can develop to where I don’t need to physically be at my dentist anymore but to stay in touch online tracking my smile journey. As technology advances, the limitations that humans face in the medical field are decreasing. It is a time of growth and prosperity for medicine.


Listen to Oceans by Hillsong United PLZ

Word clouds are a great tool allowing a person to think deeply in a different yet interesting way about a certain topic. Although it could be hard to discover the main idea of a topic, Word Cloud helps to show a specific word that is important to appear bigger and bolder. In classrooms, Word clouds are a great way to help students develop a carefully considered vocabulary. For example, using words and providing its synonyms and antonyms help visualize which word is most fit and useful for what I am writing about. Not only that but it could be a great brainstorming tool to help write about a topic. Putting a bunch of words together allows seeing which words connect with the topic and which ones don’t.  Word Clouds is a tool that helps students understand how to frame the material or the topic they are writing about. This visual emphasis allows for a better understanding and will give students a quick preview of their topic.

In my World Cloud, I chose to put together words from my favorite song. This song is by Hillsong United, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).  As a Christian, I grew up to this song not really knowing what it meant. However, when I grew up, I understood its lyrics and I’ve been connected to it ever since. Using Word Cloud allowed me to see and realize certain words that I didn’t fully pay attention to in the song. For example, bigger and bolded words such as name, rest, eyes, oceans, waves, will, above, and, your, and upon are just normal words but seeing them through Word Cloud allowed me to see a deeper meaning to them in the song. Not only that, but I had an option to change the shape of the Word Cloud which I chose a cross because I saw it best fit the theme of the song. Word Clouds is a great tool which helped me further understand one of my favorite and inspiring songs in a visual way.

Blog Post #6: Revolutionary

Technology has impacted almost every daily aspect of our lives including its effective use on education. Although we might still share the standard way of professors lecturing and students listening, the materials being used to be taught varied over the years. Students today live in a very technological world who many think it reaches a positive outcome. Most students use some forms of technology such as Ipads, Laptops, or smart devices to study and write notes opposing to handwriting them or opening a book to follow along with the professor.  Are we really learning the material this way? Are we actually paying attention to what the professor says?  Or are we comfortable zoning out because of having access to the powerpoints professors are utilizing anytime?

As a college student, I didn’t utilize any but one of the really expensive books I bought for my courses. The books cost about 400 dollars,  but professors tend to utilize powerpoints and online assignments more than assigning homework from the book. So is there really any point for buying a $200 book? Or is it just to buy the book only for its online access codes for assignments and such?  Throughout my short experience at college, I tend to look anything I don’t know or didn’t quite capture or understand from the lecture online rather than looking in the book. Sources such as Chegg who provide online tutors googling information, and watching youtube videos on topics I need extra practice on, the internet is willing and happy to provide me with help. Although many could take advantage of these online sources to get answers, many utilize it correctly to only figure out how to get the answer. College students don’t fully depend on lectures or professors as much due to sources such these on the internet that provide extra help. 

Technology can for sure transform the classroom into an interactive learning environment even in a children’s classroom.  According to a recent report by Ed technology, an astonishing 96% of teachers believe technology has had a positive impact on the way children participate and learn in lessons. Technology in the classroom tend to be a significant influence on the way schools teach, and the way children learn. 49% of teachers admit tech has made them more efficient at planning and giving lessons. 54% of teachers claimed it made learning easier, interactive, and more engaging among children due to the variety and exciting websites they utilize. With the rapid growth of technology and innovations of devices, teachers and students have to be up to date to provide the best and most effective learning experience possible in today’s modern education.

Technology is a powerful tool that can support and transform education in many ways, from making it easier for teachers to create instructional materials to providing students with new ways to learn and work together. With the worldwide reach of the Internet and easy access to smart devices that require one click or a login, a revolutionary age of anytime anywhere education is emerging.


Quickie Quick reads on technology’s positive outcome

There are many ways in which technology impacts our world everyday especially college kids. Technology gives college students access to a wide variety of tools that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to or would have to pay for. For struggling college students, paying for resources could create potential financial conflicts. Not to mention the easily accessible information relevant to your requests. For example, when researching a topic, technology allows you to do a quick search as opposed to looking through tons of books to find specific information. In addition, technology diminishes the barriers of communication. It allows for constant communication between peers which enhances teamwork and classroom abilities. These two articles go in detail on many positive aspects technologies provides to students.

Digital Activity #7: Privacy is very important these days

Video: Privacy Please: As a human race, we can determine if the environment around us and the people we surround every day if it is private enough for a topic we want to discuss. However, how do we identify that on the internet? When we communicate online there is one solution that becomes very beneficial, GPG, GNU Privacy Guard. It helps users to verify authenticity by using signatures, secure environment, and two-way authentication such as key pair and fingerprint. GPG helps with Authenticity, conventionality, and trust. It is hard to use GPG among devices, operating systems, and email clients while also encryption could be illegal in other countries. Although there could be some implications, GPG targets keeping our privacy and authenticity safe, and ensuring who we are talking to.

Guide: How to Chrome: We tend to have our main search browser ready on the go with all of our previous history and searches. However, this allows trackers to intrude our privacy and steal information about us such as credit card number saved on your computer or websites frequently used. Three ways in which you could keep your information private and out of the hand of strangers are clearing your search engine, changing your default search engine, and incognito mode. By clearing your engine regularly and changing your default to DuckDuckGo, for example, allows your information to be more private as DuckDuckGo does not collect your data traces. Although incognito mode doesn’t give you anonymity on the internet, it clears all of your searches, a number of traces on your browser, downloaded histories, and cookies and temporary files. By using some of these guides, you would help prevent trackers from tracking down your personal information and stealing your identity.

Tool: Conversations: Conversations is an instant messaging application that is only applicable to Android. The app is a similar source to other messaging apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Facebook Messenger. Conversation is an open source XMPP/Jabber client that has the OTR protocol which allows users to encrypt their instant messages to each other. It also enables users to independently verify their correspondents’ identities which is a great tool for identifying and ensuring the person you are talking to. Due to providing extensive privacy to its users, Conversations is not a free app and can be bought through Google Play store. It is also not accessible for all users, only Android users can access this app and Apple users can’t.

Blog Post #5: You Think You Skipped Through an Ad? Think Again! A Hint: You Are Kind of Benefiting…

Most people are exposed to advertisements every day about 500 times. This could be the same product or different products. The only source of way audiences back in the 1950s viewed a tremendous amount of ads was through their T.V. where wealthy and higher class income households were lucky enough to buy it.  Other sources such as magazines, newspapers, and banners reached most people. In our society today, our T.V. is in our pockets. This smartphone invention was the start of a societal revolution that no one quite expected and a chance, perhaps, to reflect on the impact of the revolutionary technologies to come.

To 1 billion users and 2.5 million apps floating around, YouTube, advertisers, and audience benefit each other through video streaming. YouTube’s main goal is to try and help advertisers buy media inventory in a way benefiting their companies’ product and profits. Companies and advertisers prefer their Ads to be watched fully and completely for the audience to understand their product. However, YouTube thinks it is not too important and therefore released an effective invention for its app users, Skip Ad. To many users, this is “the greatest invention” and a sign of relief to many who prefer not to sit through a boring Ad and have the power to skip it. But does YouTube get paid less or the same amount from the advertisers as if the full Ad was played?

With many people skipping the ads, YouTube succeeded in making more revenue charging on a cost-per-impression basis rather than failing to catch the audience’s attention to the product through a 30-second ad. Recently YouTube added advertisements throughout the video where more products can be exposed to the audience. For example, through a 20-minute video, 5 yellow squares are scattered along the video time bar which shows interruptions of ads throughout the video. This new way of advertising and going for the largest possible audience could be seen as a clever way to tap new revenue sources. Not only does YouTube benefit by making more revenue but companies and advertisers are reaching far more audience through the skip ad invention. 

Snapchat, another platform for video streaming among friends and families also took on the cost-per-impression basis. While watching and going through subscriptions and friends’ stories, 3-5 second pop up ads appears shifting our attention to the product then back to continue watching stories. Snapchat is becoming the largest video streaming platforms were 100 million people are using it daily. Therefore, it is a great way for companies and advertisers to take chances and reach these audiences to sell their products.

Without the app users or the audience for the many distinct ads, neither YouTube or companies would be making any profit. To satisfy the costumer, YouTube’s Skip Ad invention helped make video streaming far less irritating and more fun to watch the various contents YouTube offers. The audience can now get what the product is, its use, and advantages in 5 seconds rather than a long extensive 30-second ad. Today’s presentation and streaming for an ad helps a person decide whether to get Chipotle or Panera if a pop-up ad of Chipotle appears right before they grab their food.

Blog Post #4: Credit Card Number Being Stolen… No Biggie, There Are Social Security Numbers in Hands of Foreigns

As a society, we are open to sharing and posting the fun and exciting things we do in our lives to show our happiness and satisfaction. Some are private and conceal their information fearing judgment and personal lives being out there. Why did I open my digital identity argument comparing private and public people? Maybe what really defines our digital identity is us based on the information we share online where other people access. Based on many studies, public people seem to share more of their private information to their social media about their everyday lives compared to private people. Makes sense right? However, did you know even being a private person, there are personal and very confidential information are floating among frequently visited websites?

According to the Huffington Post Part 1, Chambers stated, “They weren’t forced on us. If we read the voluminous “terms of service” agreements that we check yes to in return for these free services, we’d see that the providers of “free” services were very candid about how they’d use our personal information.” Although you might think your digital identity is kept safe, your credit card number may not be based on your last target purchase online and forgetting that you clicked remember my card for subsequent purchases. How about when you click yes on remember my password on certain platforms? This undertake allows viruses and hackers to access very personal information about you that you never thought someone else has.

According to the Huffington Post Part 2, Chamber’s statement of “we as a culture have answered that nobody but YOU should own you. Digital or otherwise. It’s the “keep out of my business and stay off my lawn” principle.” As a society, we might think us and only us have access to our personal information. But did you take into consideration actions such as sharing your current location via your phone in exchange for better directions next time, or agreeing to a cookie on a search engine to track us in limited ways, in exchange for better search results?

I can be counted as a victim of this digital identity dilemma due to sharing my Instagram password to a foreign app called Followers which is linked to Instagram. This app helped identify those who follow you, unfollow you, and don’t follow you back. I was very interested so I gave it a try by plugging in my username and password and “trusting” this website with my private information. I enjoyed it but within a span of two weeks, a Rayban post on my Instagram was posted without my consent or even seeing the picture before it was posted. Therefore I went to take a look at the terms and services of this app and they stated in order for me to keep tracking my followers, my password, username, and pictures have to be shared with them. As an active social media member, I learned my lesson to not pressing yes or allowing foreign apps and cookies to control my personal information that only ME has a right to own and no one else’s.

People every day are being tricked and coerced into agreeing to things where they don’t understand the consequences. I strongly agree and give props to Chambers statement of, “each and every one of us has the right to decide for ourselves exactly when, where, how, and with whom our digital identity can be shared.”

Your Eyesight and Well Being is Important…. The Internet Doesn’t Know That

These two articles show significant mental and physical health effects caused by the internet and excessive use of technology.  Spending hours crouching, not only does it weaken your eyesight but your back and neck joints are also affected. Do you think social isolation, anxiety, and hostility could also be major effects on you due to your lavish use of technology and social media? Check out both of these articles for more details and answers.

Googling Myself: I Want my Social Platforms to Portray The Person I Want to Be

Social media has its many virtues and vices. Many people believe they are becoming less social as a result of it but others say it’s bringing them closer than ever. To me, it is more of seeing what is out there and how to connect with everybody. I like to follow pages I love. I like to get inspired whether to work out or outfits to buy and wear. I also like to connect with my family and friends back in Egypt and what they are up to. Online, I am portrayed based on my social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, vsco, and Pinterest and it would be a way for people to see who I am. I would want people to think that I am an interesting person with interesting hobbies and likes. I would like to be presented as different and not as common as everyone else where they could remember my profile based on what I post.

Five years from now, I want to be less more of a private person and allow others to see who I am and what I am like. For example, I want to make all of my social platforms public and be more active among all of them. I also want to evolve my berg domain after my FYS class is over. For example, I would want to post trips I’ve taken over the summers, researchers I’ve done, study abroad program and my experiences throughout. I could also make a guide on classes, studies, and workshops I’ve attended for anybody going to major in biology on a pre-med track in the near future.

When I googled myself on a foreign computer, I discovered that I was signed up a platform known as Sutori which I never thought I had an account on. However, platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Berg domains, and my new twitter account for my FYS class automatically came up by looking my first and last name, Suzane Girgis. Throughout every platform, I was presented differently. For example, when I clicked on Facebook, my basic Facebook profile came up with my profile and header pictures. Surprisingly, my facebook account isn’t private at all. It showed all of my friends, pictures I am tagged in, pictures I posted, people who follow me, and my personal information. I clicked on another platform such as Instagram, and this one showed up as private showing my profile picture, bio information, how many posts I have, and my following ratios. I am not surprised because I prefer setting my social platforms private and accept people I know to view it.

The coolest thing I found while googling myself was pressing on images and see how I was portrayed. One of the main things that popped up was my Pinterest pins and images I favorited on it. For example, I favorited things such as outfits, cars, a YouTuber I used to watch all the time and inspired pictures to take for my Instagram. Some of these pictures came up only by pressing photos on google along with my Pinterest profile picture. When I pressed on Pinterest, it showed my different pins, albums, and things I like.

Another cool thing that I noticed while looking through google images were my Prezi projects for my various subjects back in Highschool. For example, images such as bloom syndrome and poetry out loud appeared with all of my work on there. This shows my Prezi not being set on private and that anyone could have access to it and see my work. This brought back so many memories such as people I worked with, how long it took us, and my teacher reviewing it after school to make sure it was exactly what she wanted. Moving onto bigger education just made me realize that it won’t be as easy as high school and we couldn’t just skip through class without having our homework done and ready to go. College is always going to be a challenge but we are going to surpass it and be whoever we are meant to be.