Mary Ann Spicer’s Creative Writing Class at Kuemper High School, Carroll, penned some insights on articles that appeared in The Catholic Globe.
“Therapist offers tips to cope with peer pressure,” Sept. 22, 2016
In today’s society, peer pressure has become the main concern amongst teenagers. In Renee Webb’s article, she writes about strategies for teenagers, tips for parents, and programs to help teenagers say “no” to peer pressure. I feel like this is a very intriguing article as peer pressure can lead teenagers, especially at a young age, down a path that they shouldn’t follow. Tips such as being confident when saying no, sounding sure of yourself can include making eye contact and using a firm, clear voice. Parents can help by developing good self-esteem through unconditional love and genuine compliments in your children. These tips to me are helpful as most teenagers struggle to handle peer pressure. Saying “no” can go far in life. A simple “no” can teach you many values in life and will help you in future situations.
Renee Webb in her article about Emily McCullough, who is a licensed therapist, presents tips and responses to cope with peer pressure. I believe that this article is very relevant to this particular generation. As stated in the article with the advances in technology, it is harder to keep a secret. With technology not only do I assume that secrets spread faster, but it is easier to try and peer pressure another person because you’re behind a screen and not face-to-face. Parents should look for changes in the attitude and behavior in their children and also offer excuses that they can use when peer pressured by another person. As a child in this generation and also in high school, I believe that a strong relationship with your parents, high self-esteem and the confidence to say no is absolutely the key to avoiding peer pressure.
“St. Vincent nurses keep connection through years,” Sept. 22, 2016
Just because St. Vincent closed its doors more than 40 years ago did not mean friendships made would also close theirs. “We made lasting friendships” said Karen Waldschmitt, a parishioner of St. Mary Church in Remsen, “We supported each other and grew up together.” To help keep connections strong, the alumni association puts out a newsletter twice a year. I think putting together a newsletter is a great idea because it will help people stay in touch and know what’s going on in others’ lives. The newsletter will help others to know what is going on in their classmates’ lives even if they haven’t seen them in many year. This article affected me because I hope that when I graduate and age, that my classmates and I stay in touch. I hope that the friends I have now will still be knowledgeable of each other’s lives when we get older and that we will still talk.
According to Renee Webb, graduates of St. Vincent School of Nursing still share a bond even though the doors of the school have been closed for more than 40 years. The nurses who graduated from this honorable school get together every four years for a coffee. In my opinion, it is very important to keep the memory of St. Vincent School of Nursing alive, and that is what these women are doing. Not only are these women respecting and honoring their school, but also the field of nursing. Today nursing is often overlooked by many young people, and like the article said, “Some people say that you were a nurse because you are not smart enough to be a doctor.” I believe that this is what many people think, but taking care of people is a huge part of healthcare. If you are in the hospital, the nurses are the ones who provide for your needs throughout your stay, and hospitals would be lost without these hands-on caregivers.
“Faith enhanced on Vietnam medical missionary trip,” Sept. 22, 2016
“I feel as Catholics, we are being called to serve others in a more concrete way, a more ‘hands on’ way,” said Colleen Sulsberger. This article explains what happened when she made a trip to Vietnam. This trip was a medical trip where participants helped approximately 300 to 400 people a day. They experienced what life is like down there, and the lack of medical treatment that the residents have. This spring, I plan on going on my first missionary trip offered by my school. It allows me to see a different side of the world that I don’t see in my everyday life. I’d love to help in as many ways as possible, through these missionary trips and through my community. This article makes me want to change the world every day, through small actions, and big, I want to help.