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Post COVID

Looks like covid is going away soon which means everything will be opening up again soon. With everything going back to normal, more traveling, booking hotel rooms, going to restaurants will the prices be going up to get the money they have lost during covid. Gas has already increased their prices since summer is coming more people are traveling and to recover from the beginning of covid. For what I know now most hotels are still the same price for booking one room and for food, but what if they change this summer. Most common places like the grocery store, clothing stores will be staying the same prices.

Will theme parks also strat increasing their prices as well? For now we haven’t seen any changes to the prices to any theme park but in California the only people allowed to buy tickets are for California residents only. No one on the internet has said anything about the food they sell inside the theme park have increased or lowered the prices, some do say that the clothing and accessories did increase a bit. Do to covid the only rides that are open are outdoor rides or rides with an outside queue but if you were planning to go on your favorite indoor ride at a Disney theme park I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Booking at a theme parks hotel already cost a whole lot of money but food probably had increased since no one went to any theme parks in a little over a year so do expect charging a little extra for a meal. People are too excited to go to a theme park where tickets are selling fast and are becoming more and more normal but still following the covid restrictions. Therefore theme parks would stay the same with the prices and rides but probably will start making things a little more expensive.

Everyone is excited to get out of work, school or whatever you have going on, they just wanna travel somewhere to make them forget last summer and just forget covid in general. Traveling seems fun and is fun just to be on the beach with your friends or family, going to a different state and more until, you guessed it right the plane is booked, the airport is packed, tickets are way too expensive and your next plane isn’t until the next day. There is so much going wrong since everyone got their vaccines, they have their mask on, some people even quarantine before going, but they want to get to the same location as you with their entire family. But think positive if you go now you have about 2 weeks at the beach and have only 1 day of going through the airport again. Will prices go higher in different states we don’t know until we see but just except your gas to be a little more expensive then has at home.

Written by Anahi

Looking Forward

One thing that I am looking forward to doing when Covid gets better is going back to school. I look forward to this because I would like to meet all of my teachers and classmates in person. I would like to do the things I couldn’t do during zoom such as play sports, make new friends, and get out the house. I would also want to get together with my friends and make plans to hang out such as going to the store and spend the night at each other’s houses.

Another thing I am looking forward to doing after Covid is over would be to spend more time with my family. Also go on our family camping trips without having to worry about catching Covid. Another thing would be telling scary stories while eating s’mores. I would also like to see and spend more time with my family during holiday. And have our Little family BBQ get together.

When COVID gets better I would like to go out on road trips and do the things I couldn’t do like going to theme parks and ride all the rides. Practice driving a car again. I would also like to watch the sunset and sunrise during our trips. Another thing that I am really looking forward to doing is spending time, making memories with my new baby sister once she is born. Something else I am really looking forward to doing when COVID gets better is getting to meet my tíos girlfriend’s kids and their new baby when she is born.

Written by Yasmine

I Can’t Wait…

I am looking forward to many things, such as….high school, driving, for COVID to go away, have fun with my friends and not be worried if I’m going to get sick. I can simply go on and on about things I’m looking forward to. Covid took away our chances of having fun last year, and now we’re going to try and get those opportunities that we didn’t have last back.

I want to be able to see my family in person, rather than through a screen. It’s funny how we a wanted a break from going to school, but now we’re a wanting to go back. Or we loved being on technology rather than doing our work, but now homework is our main priority. MOST of our grades have had a large decrease, and it’s starting to show. We’ve ALL been stressing out about things we shouldn’t. We should be able to live our lives without being scared.

I want to be able to think about my future and not wonder if I wi have one or not. I want to be able experience high school in person rather than learning through a screen. My friends and I have been waiting to join high school together, but a that can change. I want to make new friends and expand my knowledge around the world. I just want to be alive after all of this.

Written by Clarissa

Ups & Downs

My life as an athlete began in first grade when I first tried out for gymnastics. I fell in love with the sport instantly and had a fun time. Imet some really good friends of mine there. I liked being able to do tricks other people couldn’t, and I always had a smile on my face during practice. Flash forward two years later to the end of 3rd grade, I stopped going to practice for a few weeks and i realized during that time that i didn’t want to do gymnastics anymore. I told my mom and we took me out. Right after that my mom was telling me about how she played volleyball, and I decided to give it a try. So the summer going into 4th grade I played volleyball for the first time and my coach realized I was good for barely starting. We ended up winning the“championship” and I just knew this is what I want to do in my future. I played for 3 years every summer until 6th grade when I played on my first school team. I was one of two 6th graders on the 7th grade team.That was one of the proudest moments I’ve had. That same year I tried out for my first club team and made it. Our team had its ups and downs, but we got through them. Our last tournament we played together was May 12, 2019. Which was in San Francisco and two days long, we played our hardest. We finished off the season in the gold brackett. Sadly on the last day of the tournament I ended up injuring my knee, but I didn’t realize it until a couple weeks later when I was practicing for a different club I had joined for the summer. I kept complaining to my mom about my knee bothering me but nothing would help, so she finally took me to a doctor. He told me that I most likely had osgood-schlatter disease and that I had to take 6 months off and it was common for kids my age who did sports to have it. He said depending on how serious it was I could possibly not play again, I cried as soon as we left. I stopped playing until august which means I didn’t listen and i played for my school team again. I was the only 7th grader on the 8th grade team and this time I took precautions while playing and after practice. In march of 2020 my mom told me she was going to take me to the doctor that they go to, because it hadn’t gotten better but worse. A couple days later I went to the other doctor and this time she said I should get an x-ray. That same day I got an x-ray. I went back a week later and she said nothing was broken and that I should try physical therapy for a month. So on march 17th 2020 I started my first day of physical therapy. I did that for a month in hopes it would work but nothing changed. So I went back to the doctor and she said this time you need to get an mri. I got my MRI and it came back like a week later and she told my mom what it said because my mom is a nurse so she knew the medical terms. I didn’t know what happened yet until a couple days later when I found the papers on the kitchen table and asked if this is what happened. On the paper it said I had two tears in my meniscus. When an athlete hears they have a tear in a muscle that means the end of the world for them. That is when my world changed, this was the first year in five years I didn’t get to play. I thought nothing would help and that I guess sports wasn’t for me. But after finding out what happened I went back to the doctor and she said another month of physical therapy, but somewhere else. So I did another month. Again it didn’t help, so guess where I went, to another doctor. This time I went to a specialist, and here is the part I wasn’t ready for. He said that from his eyes i didn’t have a torn meniscus, trust me i was happy don’t get me wrong but i was still in pain and i didnt know why. I won’t go into detail cause to some people it can be really not so pleasant to hear. Before my surgery in July. I probably went to the doctor more than 10 times and had over 16 physical therapy appointments. After my surgery, the first thing I asked the nurse that was with me “can I play again” after she said yes I broke down in tears I was so happy. I continued physical therapy until september. I still was scared to run or jump so it wasn’t till November when i ran for the first time without saying my knee hurts. I am still recovering but at least I get to practice moving instead of sitting on my bed not being able to go anywhere. I learned my lesson to not take a break when the doctor tells you to take a break.

Written by Lauren

Sports Are A Life Style

I can’t imagine what it would be like without sports. Sports are extremely relavent. Sports are a life style. Kids grow up watching sports, then wanting to play them, then actually playing them. They become a huge deal when you get to junior high, high school, college and professional level. I’m currently not playing any sports, but it’s something that I’m into and enjoy. I like watching several sports. I’m especially a fan of basketball and watching the Lakers win their games and championships. It’s been so different with COVID where people can’t attend gamesand cheer on their teams. I hope sometime soon we can get back to that and to the way things were.

Written by Kitana

Whenever I think of sports the first thing that comes to mind is my time swimming competitively, or watching basketball. I don’t mean to sound big headed but I think I’m pretty decent at swimming. I have a lot of ribbons from when I was 4 years old, up until 2020 when COVID hit the United States and my practices and swim meets were cancelled. Since then my practices have restarted.

Written by Ethan

Athletics to me means any form of physical sports, exercises, andgames. Such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, tag, yoga, Zumba, etc. I’m not the biggest fan of sports…but why lie. I do enjoy playing sometimes andwatching games with my family. Usually we watch soccer games. I enjoyplaying volleyball and soccer, but I’m not in any teams and all that. Now Iwouldn’t say I’m the apathetic type for sports but sometimes if I feel tired Ican be. Anywho back to the sports I enjoy. First of all soccer would have to be one of my favorite sports, and as a kid I enjoyed watching my brother play thinking he looked like a professional and all. I even wanted to grow upand be like him. I never joined any team though I still would like to. I even tried out for the school soccer team. I may not be the most “trained” but I’m still quite good. I also know some soccer teams like “Club America, Chivas, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, etc.” Then volleyball, this is a sport I started liking when I got older. Haven’t joined a team either but I hope I will when this pandemic is over. If you’ve watched Haikyuu, an anime series, itwas something that got me more eager in volleyball. Though I’m not the biggest fan of working out because then I’m sore the next day, playing actually gets me to do it. I watch some games here and there but I’m not a fan of any yet. I also recently taught myself my positions, the names of the hits and passes. I workout sometimes like running, pushups, jumping jacks, squats, and more. If i would have to choose between volleyball and soccer, I would leave you on read and not respond. Possibly because I love and like both exactly the same.

Written by Anabel

What athletics means to me is someone that works hard and practices and focuses on a sport. It also means to me that theylike that sport or just think it’s fun. When i think of sports I don’t think of myself i think about the basics like football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. I don’t necessarily watch sports but when it’s like a Dodgers game I will watch it with my dad and sometimes before the pandemic my family and I would go to the games in LA. I do find sports boring in my opinion because in ever understand and it just doesn’t get my attention to sit down and watch.

Written by Anahi

I was four when I started playing sports. I played soccer, basketball, and softball. My favorite sport has been soccer. It was fun because I got to play with my cousins and I traveled to play games. I stopped playing because I joined dance that took up most of my time and I did not have time for soccer. One thing I miss about soccer is hanging out with my friends but I love dancing.

Written by Miley

What being athletic means to me is getting out of the house to spend time with family and friends, playing some type of sports and having a good time. When I think about sports I do think of myself as an athlete who plays sports. When I play sports I can sometimes use it as a way to cope with whatever is bothering me at the time and clear my mind. I think of myself as an athlete because I like to learn how to play sports that I’ve never played before and also challenge myself to new limits. I am not a big fan of watching sports on TV because I rather be playing them, but the only sport I do watch is football. I do not believe that I am apathetic to sports because I like playing them and I have teams I prefer.

Written by Yazmine

I play volleyball! It’s really fun and I’m committed to it! I know a few people that don’t think it’s a sport! That’s crazy! It’s a game where either girls or boys can play it. There are clubs of volleyball, a lot actually. When you’re in a volleyball club you have to be fully committed, because there are girls/boys on your team that are doing club to get a scholarship to colleges! During that period your coach basically tells you what you can and can’t do, like most of thetime they say you have to be in bed by a certain time, or you can’t go out to party’s! Most of the girls/boys don’t care they still do volleyball, but also a lot of people do not like that thecoach does that! To be honest I don’t really care. I still do volleyball. It doesn’t bother me! You travel a lot to different places, like LA, and etc. You have tournaments on the weekends, very rarely you go on a week day! I definitely recommend at least trying to play volleyball! A lot of people enjoy it!

Written by Madison

Verbatim

1. Verbatim This is one of my favorite songs because it gives off cool vibes and I just like the beats and I personally love the band

2. O children This one is my favorite because it reminds me of Harry Potter the deathly hallows movie and it’s just so sentimental and a good hit

3. Wait a minute is also a good hit but mostly listen to this song because I love dancing to it and it’s a song that doesn’t make sense but that’s the whole reason

4. High enough is a song that just hits different. I love it so much I have the whole song stuck in head because of the beats and the vibe bust mostly the lyrics

5. 505 I love this song because of the beat drop in the middle of the songs and because it’s been my favorite song since I got addicted to Harry Potter and I just love the lyrics and it’s so addicting to listen to

6. …Issues yes the name sounds weird but in reality a lot of people have it and I love this song because I’m in Love with a fictional character that has daddy issues and this song reminds me of him

7. Just the Two Of Us this song is in my top 10 because like I said I’m in love with multiple fictional character but this one reminds me of Fred Weasley mostly because of the slow instrumental throughout the song

8. Why’d You Only Call Me… This song is popular right now but the song is in my top ten because it’s also so addicting and I love the Arctic monkeys they make so many good songs

9. I Can’t Decide this song might be weird but it’s also cool to me and personally I don’t really like music that’s popular or going viral I like music that just is cool to listen to which is this song and it’s addicting

10. I Can’t Handle Change this song is my top favorite of all times because I’ve been listening to this song for the longest and every time I hear it I become more in love with it from the lyrics to the spacing of the beats


Written by Anahi

Songs That Annoy My Brother

  1. I Spy by KYLE

I like this song because when I first heard it it got attention I guess.

  1. 34+35 by Ariana Grande

I like this song because when I heard it I was like “this has some good tunes” so ever since then I always listen to this song.

  1. Closer by The Chainsmokers 

I like this song because it’s a fun song to dance to.

  1. One day by Tate McRae 

I like this song because it’s about this girl who has a crush on this boy that she to scared to go up to him and finally she get the chance to go up to him.

  1. Pretty Girl by Maggie Lindemann

I like this song because it about this girl who wants to do things instead of just sitting there.

  1. I’m Gonna Show You Crazy by Bebe Rexha 

I like this song because it’s about this girl showing people crazy and crazy.

  1. Hallelujah by various artists

I like this song because it’s calming.

  1. Party Girl by StaySolidRocky 

I like this song because it’s about partying and I love partying.

  1. Cheerleader by Omi

I like this song because it annoys my brother.

  1. Billionaire by Travis McCoy 

I like this song because it’s about what he’ll want to do when he becomes a billionaire, and when ever I become a billionaire I’m going to play this song🤣😂.


Written by Hailey

午夜の待ち合わせ

This is torture. I’m going to go ahead and say right now that more than half of these are going to be Japanese and maybe Korean songs because I don’t see why not. I literally have 8+ hours worth of anime music on Spotify and I guess I have to choose 10.

10. PAiNT it BLACK by: BiSH (yes it’s actually spelt like that)

This song.. idk it’s just a good song from black clover, and it kinda just gets me in a good mood and has a pretty good beat to it. Most Japanese songs have good beats though because they are all upbeat and you can tell the artist really puts in the emotion. Even though this song is amazing, I’m putting it at my 10th because.. idk I felt like it. This was actually hard to put here because the black clover openings are all really good- so this was just because I felt like it.

9. Re:Re by: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION

Another pretty good song, I feel like most people won’t like the way it sounds or something but like I said it has a good beat to it and it’s catchy. Also it’s the anime opening of Erased which is a pretty good anime lol. This song for me is like.. calming and sort of upbeat as well, I honestly like it so at least it’s on this list.

8. Fuyu no hanashi (冬のはなし) by: Given

Pretty chill song and good enough to vibe to, also Given is a good anime- I usually listen to this song quite often when I’m playing video games or something like that. This song has a pretty good guitar player I think because I find that it focuses more on the guitar.

7. 午夜の待ち合わせ (Goya No Machiawase) by: Hello Sleepwalkers

Honestly- I did find this song a tiny bit annoying in the beginning as I was watching noragami, but then I grew onto liking it because it’s a good.. rock song idk there’s something about Japanese music that hits different- but I do actually now like this song because it’s catchy and it’s pretty good. Also I have no clue why but this song always makes me wanna run.. idk why

6. Crossing Field by: LiSA

This song is great, super catchy and always gets me in a really good mood and for some reason always in the mood to play genshin impact or any other game. Also makes me wanna run or like.. explore and that’s partially due to the fact that Sword Art Online was a good show.

5. Vital by: 遠藤正明

Once again this is another song I didn’t like at first but I really grew onto liking this song a lot after watching angels of death. They really do focus on the guitar on this song and I think it’s played very well, and honestly I do like this song a lot. However the anime was kinda debatable because the ending was odd but other than that I like this song and it stays at 5.

4. Reason Living by: SCREEN mode

I love bungou stray dogs so.. I’m putting this song on there, it’s like a mix of calming and.. I wanna say.. energetic for me. I honestly love this song and I love the anime even more- I like that this song is kinda nice to just vibe to and also makes me wanna play video games and I have no idea why- also it gives me motivation to do stuff. To be honest it was a tie between this song and the first opening for bungou stray dogs which is TRASH CANDY by: GRANRODEO idk why it’s in caps but whatever. Honestly I love both songs-

3. KaiKai Kitan (廻廻奇譚) by: Eve

THIS SONG- AHEJNDM very good I like it- I like the beat and it’s very uplifting, also puts me in the mood to run.. because all Japanese songs do that- idk why but whatever it’s a good song because the vocals and the beat itself goes very well, even with the weird like.. parts in the song lol I still like this song and it made its way to the top 3, oh and I forgot to say this is from jujutsu kaisen.

2. 紅蓮の弓矢 (Guren no Yumiya) by: Linked Horizon

Okay okay, I love this song so much and Attack on titan is great and highly recommended. As much as I love this song I also love Shinzo wo Sasageyo which is also by Linked Horizon and is another great attack on titan opening, these songs are honestly so like… upbeat and I wanna say.. hype >-> and as much as I love Shinzo wo Sasageyo I ended up putting this one on here because it deserves more attention than it has but I love both songs equally.

Departure! by: 小野正利 (masatoshi Ono)

Okay this was really hard because I have over 125+ songs just on my anime/Japanese playlist on Spotify and I had to choose 10, but I love this song. Mainly because me and my best friend are obsessed with Hunter x Hunter. This song is so upbeat and iconic, and even the voice actors made their own covers for the song, and they also actually have their own character songs which is cool. Anyways this song is just so good but in my opinion any of the songs listed or that didn’t get listed out of the 100+ I left out could have also been on here because they are all good songs.


Written by Natalie