Monday, September 19, 2016

Reflection on Place and Culture

United States culture is varied to say the least. There are many good things and many bad things. One good thing is the opportunity. Our education system is incredible (for the most part), and something I think lots of people don't appericate. It leads us to a crazy wide range of possibilities. Our technological and industrial innovation is another great thing about the US. The Internet is a fantastic thing that lets people kilometers apart interact with each other. Of course, this is not just credited to the US, but we did play a big role. Another thing is the food. Now, I've never been to another country, and though our food is often unhealthy it is good. Something that makes me really proud is the protection of natural lands. America's national parks are indescribable. I've been to 21 out of 59 national parks, the most note-worthy, in my opinion Arches National Park in Utah and Yellowstone National Park covering parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The beauty of these places, of the US, is just awesome. Speaking of awesome, let's talk about American football. Football is probably my favorite sport to watch. It gets intense, to say the least, especially between rival teams. I've had some of the best times at Super Bowl parties, celebrating the sport and throwing food at my brother when he booed my team.

Something I think is so fantastic is the diversity of Americans. It's not even just about race. Everyone has a different way of thinking, of doing things, and it's that diversity that makes America what we are. Our capacity for change is also something that makes me proud. It's shocking how, as a whole, we've changed our mindset. In almost 50 years, we went from people having to protest for their basic rights as a citizen, and to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to electing a black president. Change is a thing, which is insane to think about.

There are many less than pleasant things about the US. I think one of the biggest is the lack of rights that people still have to face. The fact that people still have to fight for their right to marry who they love, or go to the bathroom where they feel comfortable, or not immediately be seen as a threat because of the color of their skin is appalling to me. What is also scary, is that people are being stereotyped and killed because of those stereotypes.

Again, I could write about this until I have no words to describe the thoughts in my head, so I'm going to cut myself off. Thanks for taking the time to read. Remember to be thankful for all that you have!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

About Me

Hi, my name is Taryn and I'm 15 years old. I'm at sophomore at Fortuna Union high school, which I've been going to since last year. I moved to Fortuna from Las Vegas, Nevada, and it was a huge change for me. Vegas has a population of about two million people, if you include all of the suburban areas. Fortuna however is only 11,000. Moving from such a populated city to a small town a state away was an experience to say the least. Where and the way people grow up really makes them and it's interesting to see the differences between my friends in the two cities.

Some various things about me: my favorite color is purple, my favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, my favorite animals are elephants and pandas, and I can listen to any kind of music and rock out. I have an older brother named Brandon, who is 19 and still lives in Vegas. (You never realize how much you love your annoying siblings until they leave the house.) I really love animals, and have two golden retrievers and two orange tabby cats. I want, very badly, to travel the world. I think learning about and experiencing other cultures is vital towards personal growth. Since we live in such a globalized society, everyone runs into something from another culture or country that they don't understand.

I could go on forever onto other topics which would lead me into countless other topics, so I'm going to cut myself off here. Have a great day, and remember there are so many reasons to smile!