The Chance to Redo Middle School:

From listing my successful and unsuccessful years as a former middle school student, I now recognize how much my mind has strengthen since then. ¬†Middle school is a time where kids transition from children to teens and go through sorts of problems that teachers are unable to control due to a baloney policy implemented from the politically correct schools called “Zero Tolerance Policy” where many innocent kids are punished because they defended themselves against someone who was creating chaos in the first place. For example, bullying.

If I had the chance to redo middle school all over again, here is what I could do differently:

  1. Recognize how some school administrators do not care about their students and it’s essential for us to stand up against those who want to tear us down mentally and physically.
  2. Do not rely on some of the teachers. Tell them your situation but they will not do anything about it because they have a bad habit of turning the other cheek and when problems arise, they will claim that you didn’t tell them about being bullied in the first place. Stand up against those who go the distance to wear and tear you down on a daily basis. Joining a club where you stand up for your rights won’t necessarily help at all.
  3. Learn how to adapt and communicate with a group of people who think differently than you do. Chances are, they can learn something from you and you can learn something from them. Do not be afraid to speak what’s on your mind.
  4. Try out for more extracurricular activities and do not be afraid of rejection because it happened to me twice: I was too late to join the yearbook staff in middle school (due to not filling out the application on time) and I did not make it on the school’s softball team because I wasn’t fast enough. But near the end of freshman year of high school, I asked my favorite geography teacher from middle school at the time, who was a yearbook adviser then, if she could send a recommendation letter to my high school yearbook adviser. Shortly afterwards, I ended up on the yearbook staff in high school. There’s always that one teacher who made a huge difference in my life and to this day, I want to thank her kindly for sending the adviser a recommendation letter because it helped me tremendously improve my writing, photography and communication skills. Despite not making the yearbook staff in middle school, something better came along in high school and for that, I am grateful for the help she gave me and will always remember her as my favorite teacher in middle school.

Middle School has some perks to it such as field trips and all, but if only there was another chance to make up for it due to my shyness which held me back for quite some time, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat and prove to our younger students that you should not be afraid to speak up when in doubt or if something serious bothers you.

If you had the chance to redo middle school all over again, what changes would you undergo?

“The Mummy” 2017 Film: Second Impression

Even though I wrote about the top five summer films to see in 2017 for MTSU Sidelines and The Mummy was the first film to be listed on there, I now take back what I say about this film for two reasons: One, it may not be a remake but it has a similar style of how the other films were introduced. For example, the narrator talking about the person who committed murder during the Ancient Egyptian times as well as being found, mummified, buried elsewhere along with a curse. Not to mention but Tom Cruise’s character Nick who kept zoning in and out of reality dozens of times throughout the movie which led to nowhere. And because I read information about the plot and wrote the review before going to the movies with my grandfather on an early, sunny Sunday afternoon with the thought of giving this film a chance to see if it would pass or fail the test. To no avail, it failed at an instant rate.

Secondly, there wasn’t a plot story to begin with. In other words, there were two guys who went from bombing Iraq when an airstrike suddenly hit one of the areas where they found the mummy’s tomb to flying with an archaeologist on a plane back to London when suddenly one of the guys from the aircraft was cursed and killed another individual and the plane crashed somewhere on the countryside of England.

Sure this isn’t a remake of the 1932 and 1999 films but it had a similar back story to it in regards to the mummy. It was disappointing in the end because there were far too many details in regards to Tom Cruise’s character seeing the mummy from ancient times and back to reality in a matter of seconds as well as Russell Crowe’s character explaining to him that he was like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The plot was extremely complex to the point where very little people had shown up to the theaters and watched the film. It failed to deliver what was promised and for that reason, the “Mummy” films should be left as is while throwing this one away in the garbage.

We Are All Narcissists: It Can Range from Mild to Severe

Although I am not a psychologist, it takes common sense to recognize that we all tend to have a case of narcissism at one point or another. We may not intend to be that way or not notice it right away but there are certain individuals who carry that narcissism luggage from mild to extremely severe which is often times, noticeable through experience.

For example, a family member who lives in denial 100% of the time, claiming that they did nothing wrong while blaming as well as verbally, mentally and physically abusing others for their own wrongdoings. This is an extreme severe case of classic narcissism at best. They are well-known to paint themselves as victims when confronted with reality.

As for moderate narcissism, these people are between arrogant and victim playing. In other words, when you compliment them, they respond with “I know” instead of using polite manners. When you give them constructive criticism, they do not take it well and claim that they could never do anything wrong without blaming someone else.

A mild case of narcissism is when we all have a habit of talking about ourselves every once in a blue moon and not mean to come across as self-absorbed. This mild case is not meant to tear anyone down. It’s about how often we talk about ourselves and our accomplishments in which we rub in other people’s faces.

In the end, we all have narcissism because it’s what helps us boost our self-image and first impression to those we surround ourselves with. Those with a severe case cannot be helped unless they seek it first and recognize how much harm they are conflicting upon those they love whereas those with moderate and mild narcissism can change at an instant rate but it takes one to admit the damage they are causing and seek for help.