Ask Evie: The Senior Who Tells It Like It Is

I need to be more involved!

Evie, I need your help. I am beginning to apply for colleges through early admission, and I’m really stressed out about it. Sure, I have been involved in activities in my community throughout my high school career, but I feel like I need to be more involved in order to get accepted to the schools I want to attend.  I have joined clubs, but I still feel like it is not enough. What else can I do to help out around the community?

Dear Concerned Clark: There are so many things you can do to get involved in your community and help others along the way! Every weekend, pet stores normally make it available to anyone to volunteer when they have adoptions. You can hangout with cute puppies and kittens as well as doing something productive. Also, along the lines of animals, the humane society offers the ability to assist around the facility on Sundays. If you are not an animal person, you can always help others by running for a charity (if you are the athletic type) or by supplying the needy with food through MUST ministries. If none of these suggestions appeal to you, you can always surf the web and find something that does. Either way, make sure it is something you enjoy, and you will receive the benefit from helping others.

My scores need to improve!

Dear Evie, I am a senior in high school and will be applying for colleges soon. I decided not to apply for early admission because I wanted to make sure my applications would be perfect. I have taken both the SAT and ACT once, but the scores are not exactly what I wanted. I want to try to take the two of these tests at least two more times before I apply. Do you have any ideas how I can improve my scores?

                Dear Determined Danny: I think it is admirable that you are so dedicated to achieving the highest score possible on your tests. Because you have that outlook, you can surely achieve the scores you want to see. Personally, when I study for these tests, I look at the subjects they both offer. Then, you can either take prep classes online or in person. If you do not want to pay a big price for a class, you can always buy an ACT/SAT book and flashcards to help you study. Along with studying vocabulary for the SAT, you have to make sure your math skills are up to date; however, with the ACT, you have to study reading, English, science, and math. The best way to learn all of this information is by doing practice problems and by continuing to review the correct answers. It may involve time and effort, but it will be worth it when you get accepted to the school of your dreams.

My exercise schedule is boring!

                Evie, I hope you can help me. The past few months I have been exercising daily and eating pretty healthy. The clean eating is going fairly well, yet I am getting bored with the workouts I do. Normally, I run on the treadmill or do the elliptical for thirty minutes a day, and it gets old. I want something new and exciting; that way I can continue working out and being active. Do you have any ideas?

                Dear Active Ashley: You have come to the right person! I was in the exact same place a few weeks ago when I was quickly learning that my exercise routine was beginning to be dull. Not only does the same schedule get boring, it also begins to become less beneficial for your body. Your body will become used to this routine and will normally not make you as toned as you want to be. You have to work different muscles every day in order to achieve the best results. For me, I started doing Insanity and P90X with a friend, and before I knew it, I was actually looking forward to working out! You can also hike mountains, go bike riding, and even run outside. Or, if you are into going to a gym, you can join a kickboxing class or even a dancing class. It does not matter what it is as long as you are enjoying the exercise as you are burning calories. There are plenty of options that can stop you from becoming too bored with your exercise routine. Just find a workout partner, buy some fitness DVDs, or join a gym. All of these ideas are equally beneficial.

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