Week of January 23rd - 27th
A. Appease (verb) - Relieve or satisfy.
B. In order to appease my parents, I have to get a scholarship for my academics.
C. It will satisfy your parents if you do your chores.
A. Reciprocal (adjective) - Given, felt, or done in return.
B. The man felt appeased that the boy helped him, and the reciprocal was he would donate money to the boy's club.
C. The boy did something good for the man, and the man did something good in return.
A. Tedious (Adjective) - Too long, slow, or dull: tiresome or monotonous.
B. Even though the lecture was very tedious, the students had to pay attention in order to pass the class.
C. The school day seems long and tiresome on exam days.
A. Waver (verb) - Become unsteady or unreliable.
B. The man was known for wavering, so no one trusted him.
C. The man could not make up his mind on who he wanted to be elected as president.
A. Adversity (noun) - Difficulties; Misfortune.
B. When the young boy's mother died, he felt great adversity.
C. The boy had many difficulties in his life when both his parents died.
A. Resolution (noun) - A firm decision to do or not to do something.
B. When I was young, I made a resolution to not do drugs in my future.
C. A resolution is usually a decision to do the right thing.
A. Conventional (adjective) - Based on or in accordance with what is generally done or believed.
B. The man was taught to be kind to everyone and it was conventional for him to always say please and thank you.
C. Many of the things we do today is based on what was generally done or believed.
A. Mediate (verb) - Intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement.
B. I had to mediate between the two people who were fighting about politics.
C. The two girls were in a argument, so I had to settle the dispute.
A. Ensue (verb) - Happen or occur afterward or as a result.
B. The women worked hard everyday, and it ensued when they won the game.
C. The result of the women trying their hardest was that they won the game.
Many people dream of becoming famous, but is the celebrity lifestyle as great as it seems? Many people think the celebrity lifestyle would be glamorous, but in reality it brings an enormous amount of stress and pressure. Celebrities can’t make true friends because they have to wonder if they like them for who they are, or for what they have. I do not believe fame and fortune can truly make you happy.
The celebrity lifestyle makes it difficult for celebrities to be truly happy. According to the article “Can Fame and Fortune Make You Happy?” the author states that "Famous people can't so much as walk their dogs or tie their shoes without being gawked at, photographed, tweeted about, or Instagrammed." Celebrities can’t have normal lives. According to a study at the University of Rochester, having close relationships, time to focus on personal growth, and connections to your community is all things that derives from true happiness. Celebrities find it very difficult to have close relationships, time to focus on personal growth, and connections to their community.
A lot of people do believe that fame and fortune can make you happy, though. Celebrities get amazing perks, like trips around the world and free clothing from top designers. Some celebrities make more money on one movie than others make in a lifetime. According to the article “Can Fame and Fortune Make You Happy?” the author states that "To outsiders, constant attention might seem glamorous. In reality, though, it brings an enormous amount of stress." Some celebrities like the constant attention, but others feel stressed out all the time. Most celebrities get criticized through the media because of their looks, eating habits, or based on the way they are acting in public. The celebrity lifestyle brings an enormous amount of stress and pressure.
Celebrities get amazing perks and they have a lot of money, but do these things really make them happy? According to the article “Can Fame and Fortune Make You Happy?” the author states that "It can be difficult for a celebrity to trust others and to make and keep true friends." True happiness derives from having close relationships, time to focus on personal growth, and connections to your community. Celebrities can’t have close relationships because they have to worry if their friends really like them for who they are or what they have. Celebrities do not have time to focus on personal growth with all of the stress and pressure they have. The media influences them, and many people tell them how they should act in public, how they should dress, and what they should eat. Some celebrities get nervous walking out of their door, so how would they have connections to their community if they don’t want to leave their house? In the article “Can Fame and Fortune Make You Happy?” the author states that “Beyoncé has said that though she likes attention when she’s onstage, she’d be happier if she could “cut it off” when she isn’t performing and just enjoy her life.” Celebrities might seem happy, but they are not truly happy. True happiness does not come from money and amazing perks, it comes from the relationships you have with others, yourself, and your community.
The celebrity lifestyle might seem glamorous to regular people, but celebrities are not truly happy. Celebrities can’t go outside without being photographed. Celebrities have to deal with a lot. If celebrities mess up, they will get criticized on the media and they will have a bad reputation. Some people criticize celebrities based on what they are eating. Some celebrities even get criticized based on who their friends are, or who they are dating. The media influences the way celebrities act. Celebrities get a lot of hate on their social media. Some celebrities even get their phones hacked. The celebrity lifestyle brings a lot of pressure and stress. True happiness does not come from having a lot of money, or having a ton of fans. True happiness comes from having close relationships, time to focus on personal growth, and connections to your community. Celebrities might seem happy, but are they truly happy?
Over Christmas break, I did many fun things with my friends and family. In the beginning of Christmas break I went shopping with my mom and my sister and I also went shopping with my dad to buy a present for my mom. On Christmas Eve, I went to my grandma’s house and we opened presents and we watched the football game. After that we went to my cousins house for another Christmas party. We ate dinner there and we opened gifts. We also play a game called White Elephant, which we play every year. Then we did the saran wrap challenge and I got the biggest prize which was $20.
On Christmas day, I spend a lot of time with my family. My family opens presents and then we go to my grandma’s for the last Christmas party. My family opens presents in the morning and I recieved Beats headphones, a speaker, and many clothes. My sister and I also bought a Keurig coffee maker for my parents. After we finish opening presents, we go to my grandma’s house for dinner. Many of my cousins are there and we usually get family pictures. I have a lot of cousins that live in different states and some are from different countries. My great grandma and grandpa have a Christmas party, and there is usually a hundred people there and everyone from different states and countries come. Many of my cousins are the same age as me, so we usually hang out with each other. My cousin got in a 4-wheeler accident before Christmas and had to get surgery, so we went and saw him on Christmas.
The rest of my break consisted of relaxing and hanging out with my family and friends. My mom, sister, and I went shopping and I used some of the gift cards that I had received for Christmas. I mostly relaxed during the rest of my break on the days that I didn’t have practice. I also watched a lot of movies on Netflix and Grey’s Anatomy. I had Lorin Walcher over and I went to my cousin’s house on New Year’s Eve and it was also her birthday. I went go-karting with her and we went out to eat on the last day of break. Over Christmas break, I did many fun things with my friends and family.