On the day of my 16th birthday, I couldn’t wait to get my drivers license. I had already had my permit for 6 months so all I needed to do was apply for my behind-the-wheel driving test. On the day of my test, I was extremely nervous because I really did not want to fail. But before my test, my dad gave me good advice by telling me to “Just Drive.” The driving test was that easy, all I had to do was relax, pay attention, and just drive. I am proud to say I only missed 5 errors and passed my first try.
A months after I got my license, I was surprised to come home to a brand-new 2014 Nissan Sentra. I was very grateful because not many teens my age get a brand-new car. However, having a new car meant new responsibilities. I now have to start paying for gas, pay attention while driving, and now many lives including mine are in the palm of my hands.
However, a new car also meant many new advantages. I am now able to drive myself to school and no longer have to rely on my parents to pick me up. I also get to go anywhere I want as long as I am home by 9:00 PM. Driving also allows me to be that cool kid that gets to give people rides if they need it. Honestly, many people view driving as a chore, I have yet to feel that way. I enjoy driving because it gives me time to relax and listen to my own music and gives me a whole new freedom.
After playing basketball for my whole life, I was saddened to find out that I didn’t make the Freshman basketball team. It sucks because I knew I was good enough, but the coaches didn’t know how good I was because I didn’t attend summer camp that year. The three-day try-out they held was pointless. It wasn’t the coaches fault, it was mine. I had to struggle and stay in P.E. as I watched my friends enjoy being a part of the basketball team.
When sophomore year came by, I vowed to join a sport so I didn’t have to live in hell (P.E) again. At first I couldn’t figure out what sport I should join. I told my friend, Ibtihaj (yes, that is his name), to join throwing with me. I chose throwing because all you do is lift and throw things. throwing didn’t really work out because you have to really big to throw. As shocking as it may seem, I am not as swole as everyone may think I am. Then, Ibtihaj told me that we should join Long Jump for track. I didn’t know that there was even a sport called jumps.I came from a small school so I wasn’t really exposed to track & field much. The next day we walk to Coach Bivens and ask him if we can join jumps. Right then and there we meet coach Kim and she led us through a jump workout. At the end of practice, she noticed we had potential and decided to keep us. Honestly, after her saying that she would keep us made me feel so happy because I knew I was a part of a team again. A feeling I hadn’t felt since the eighth grade.
Track is where I had met my best friends. I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without them. It trips me out thinking that this would have never happened if I never joined track. My advice to people not on a part of a team, is to join some sort of team and create a strong friendship that will last forever. We are only in high school for a certain period of time. Might as well make the most of it. Also, remember that everything always happens for a reason. Even though there are days I wish I made the basketball team, I am glad that things worked out. Everything happens for a reason.
It is finally here, after dodging Manny’s request to fight for several years, Floyd Mayweather finally agreed to fight. This fight is expected to get $350 million off of just paper-view earnings. Even though Manny Pacquiao and Floyd are in their older stages and are on their decline this fight is going to bring boxing back after it has been on a little decline. This fight will go down in history because of how much pride is going into this fight. Manny Pacquiao is fighting not only for himself but for the country of the Philippines. Floyd Mayweather is fighting for his legacy because he has a history of dodging other prized fighters because he is afraid of tarnishing his own “undefeated record.” Continue reading
Dang…I can’t believe it’s almost time for season. We have all worked so hard for this moment. We are shooting for or fifth straight Sunset League Championship. We are looking to carry on what our last years Seniors started. No one wants to be the first team to lose the streak. Our coach (Coach Bivens) has given us moral support and told us we should be Sunset League Champions again. This year is going to be the year where the competition is at it’s closest. Fountain Valley, Edison, and Los Alamitos are all going to have a close match-up. We know Edison and Los Alamitios are hungry to win a Sunset League Championship. But, we are not ready to give up our championship belt just yet. Continue reading