My senior year

I dont care i wrote a 1000 words blog post and this retarded app just deleted everything honestly i dont care about this anymore i almost broke my ipad i cant let that happen lord give me strength to go through this i cant let stuff like this make me mad i dont care i dont care i need some food this wordpress app is the WORST APP EVER WITHNO UNDO BUTTON WHO MADE THIS APP IS THE WORST DEVELOPER EVER I AM GONNA DELE IT I DONT CARE OK I NEED TO STOP THIS i dont care i am having a breakdown

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College life is waiting for me. Honestly, I can’t wait to go to college, but at the same time I feel anxious about it. I don’t know how will I fit in on the campus where everyone will know me, because basketball is the most popular sport there and I will be a part of it. Being in a small town where you don’t know almost anyone, yet being known by almost everyone may seem like a joyful scenario but it seems scary. I hope I will get used to it as quick as possible.

I will be attending Stephen F Austin State University, in Texas. I have already been there, on a visit, and I like it very much. People seem very kind, which may be the case because of the beautiful weather, which honestly, can’t make you depressed. I visited their facilities and I have no remarks. It seems like a great school for academics. 

The basketball program is absolutely unbelievable. The things those guys have done in the past couple of years made them become one of the top 10 teams in the country in many categories: number of wins, attendance of their games, points scored, they have the most assists in the country. Impressive, right? And most of it is Coach Underwood’s accomplishment. He has done great things there since him, and his coaching staff came there two years ago. I can’t wait to join them in another pursuit for the National tournament!

One of the things I like the most is the presence of girls. This year was one of the weirdest years of my life. I have never been in a situation to go for multiple months without seeing a single girl. And during the visit, oh boy, I saw enough girls to replenish shortage of them during this year. Another thing that makes me want to go there as soon as possible. 

College is supposed to be the best part of my life. And I will make sure that it will be. I can feel anxious or impatient, but one thing is sure – college life is waiting for me.
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The end is near

The end of the schoolyear is getting close. Everybody seems to be relaxed, and honestly, I am too. There are not as many obigations now as there was in the fall term, and the winter term. But I know one thing – I will finish strong. There is only a  little bit over a month left in this schoolyear, and the only thing I have to focus on now is getting my GPA as high as it can be. 

That is the one thing I am telling my friends here – they should focus on school now. I know that they will regret it during the summer if their GPA is not as high as it could be. And honestly, there is not much stuff to do here besides studying. The least me and my friends can do is use the study hall to do our homework and study for a quiz. This educational system is made for us to succeed. We just need to keep working.

Although we don’t have as much classes as I have had while I was studying in Serbia, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. I honestly think that the schol is much easier for me than it was last year, and years before that. And also my day was never busier. I am happy that we have enough time to catch up with our assignments, study hall is a very useful part of my day. 

The end of the school year is near, and there is no space for fooling around. The ultimate goal is the 4.0 GPA. 
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Difference between Serbian and American youth

I have spent almost a month in Serbia during my spring break, and I have noticed many good and bad things young Serbian people do. After spending seven months in the states, I really enjoyed a month back home. I have visited all of the schools I went to while living in Serbia, and I could see that things they are learning are on a much higher level than we are here in the USA. Some say it’s a good thing, some say it’s not. I personally believe that some of the things I had to learn while I was attending school in Serbia should also be taught here. Kids over there have much higher knowledge on such a wide variety of subjects. But I don’t agree with teaching kids some stuff they will never need in their life. So you could say that one difference between Serbian and American kids is that Serbian kids have much harder education.

Now, not everything is so great back there. The law controlling the sale of alcoholic drinks and cigarettes is not that tight. Hence, there are 15-year-olds (and even younger) who buy liquor and cigarettes. There are too many tobacco addicts in Serbia. Perhaps the reason for that is the price of one pack of cigarettes – between 1.5$ and 3$. People don’t need to waste too much money to enjoy some smoke. And get cancer. And stay drunk. And lose their livers. The problem doesn’t lie in their upbringing, it’s more of mentality. Since few centuries ago, while the turks were still present on the Balkans, people are passionate smokers. And also, during the medieval times, people were drinking beer more than water. It’s kind of part of our national tradition. But I don’t think that’s a good tradition, in fact I think that the state of the nation would be much better if the law controlling the sale of cigarettes and alcohol was tighter. That’s the second difference between these two countries’ youth. I am saying that because I know that here, in the USA, sale of those items is strictly prohibited for persons under age of 21. And that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Other minor differences are: Serbian kids don’t get cars. If you want a car YOU have to buy it, YOU have to make money for it. Serbian kids grow up faster. That is the one thing that was the most noticeable during my vacation. I could see in their eyes; they are grown-ups stuck in the bodies of teenagers. Well, most of them. Kids with rich parents are often being ridiculed by other kids because their are considered to be weak. Weak because of their dependence on their parents and their parents’ money. They remind me of american kids I have met here. But that’s OK. This is a different environment, with different values, and I am not saying it’s bad. I just don’t think that kids should be spoiled.

There are plenty of differences between these people. And nothing makes one group superior or inferior to the other one. Both of these groups have their qualities and imperfections, but have one thing in mind – we will never be teenagers again. There is too many responsibilities lying in front of us. This is the last time we are able to fool around, either Serbians or Americans. I am glad that I’m a part of both groups.

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Brewster game

It’s the day! The day we get to play a rematch against numer one team in the country. I got out of bed happy, ready to play. The whole day I wasn’t thinking about anything else. As the game was coming closer, I started feeling my stomach working, almost like I had butterflies in it. That’s it. We are in the locker room getting ready to play. My palms become sweaty, and I start to overthink. When we stepped on that court I was trying not to think about anything besides the ball, the rim and my teammates. But I forgot to think about myself. I made two fouls in range of 30 seconds. I was unable to play till the end of first half. The team played good. We played tough on defense, they couldn’t score at all. All of the points they made came from our offensive mistakes. It’s all good. We are down in the locker room with 20 more minutes to play against national champion, and we are tied. Not many schools can say that. I started to get relaxed. We’re up on the court again. We continue to play hard, but they still manage to press us on defense, so we kept making mistakes. I got to play again. I stepped on that court and tried my best to help the team. I played hard on defense, but I didn’t finish hard on offense. I kept telling myself it’s all good, reff gave me free throws. I made 3 out of 4, I was not satisfied. Then on the other end a guy 10 inches shorter than me got a rebound over me, and then both me and coach realized it’s not my day. He benched me for the rest of the game. The team couldn’t get any closer to the win. We lost. But we learned something from that loss. It doesn’t matter if we play good defense, we must still play good and mature offense. Photo cred South Kent School.

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Simplicity of life

I have been thinking about life a lot lately. And all the advices I can remember other people gave me about life, and one of them made me think the most. Simplicity of life. Mankind has come great lengths making our lifes simple. Only in the past 50 years this world has gone through a lot of changes – human induced changes. We made cars that can get us from one city to another in matter of hours. Then we made airplanes that can take us from one continent to another in matter of hours. Then internet came and communication has changed like never before. It grants free calls, video calls between people on opposite sides of our planet. And only 50 years ago, it was a luxury being able to call a person who is 50 miles away from you. And how did our perception of life change. Do we value life as much as before? Not in a medical way, do we care about health, but in a much bigger, much more important way – how do we use our life. How do we use our life to contribute the society? The environment? How many people actually asks themself this questions? How many people care about needs of others? I don’t think a lot of people are aware of how lucky we are that we have this planet, that we live in this era, life has never been easier, and yet we refuse to do the simple things. In the age of computers we are still making excuses for not talking to our friends. People are forgetting simple manners, majority of people do not even care about meking new friends. There lies the problem with this modernday society. Everything seems to be superficial. Everything has to be done over computer. People are drafting away from each other. Life is the best when it’s simple. When you do the right thing every time, and you do all the small things that make you and everyone around you happy. Live simple. You’ll feel good.

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5 Movies you have to see before you die

This is a list of 5 movies I would recommend to everyone. These are my personal favorites, so don’t get offended if some of your favorite movies are not here. I would also like to say that I am going to exclude the Godfather movies from this list, because I consider them to be seen by everyone.

5. La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful) This Italian masterpiece from 1997 shows the life of an Italian family during the World War II. What makes this movie a masterpiece is an outstanding performance by the main actor (Roberto Benigni), and his son (Giorgio Cantarini). With a heartbraking ending, this is the one which guarantees tears. Just try to watch it without crying.

4. The Shawshank Redemption 1994 was a year of great movie releases. This one was the second best, but still manages to get onto my list. This movie left a deep impression on me. I find Tim Robbins to be the perfect guy to play Andy Dufresne, the movie’s main character. In this movie the author tried to show the prison break of a misscarriaged prisoner. This movie has a relatively ending, and makes you pleased after you watch it.

3. The Green Mile Another Frank Darabont’s movie has made my list. This 1999 movie is another prison story, showing another falsely accused prisoner, sentenced to death. Although proving his innocence to the prison guards, he still dies at the end, making this a less happy, but quite a good movie.

2. The Dark Knight If you are looking for a superhero movie, look no further than The Dark Knight. This 2008 movie is the second part of the Dark Knight triology of Batman movies. This is the best performance of Batman, but even more important, the best interpretation of the Joker ever. Christian Bale and Heath Ledger have done a terrific job by playing those two roles. It is such an enjoyable movie, by all means.

1. Pulp Fiction Hands down, best movie ever made. This 1994 Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece will forever be my favorite. With a plot that changed the whole film industry, and the cast which hardly any movie can compare with, this is a truly great movie. I wouldn’t recommend this movie, I would make everyone watch it, as a part of graduating, for example. You can’t graduate if you haven’t watched Pulp Fiction. Yes. Definitely.