May 16, 2017

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-AP Students and/or students who have taken the SAT

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself.  But he can put himself into such shape that when or if opportunity comes, he is ready.” -Theodore Roosevelt

For years and years, high schools across the nation emphasize the aptitude test known as the SAT.  There are those who have the necessary funds, those who know which direction to go in life, and those who are backed with the many scholarships they have earned who may just shrug off the difficulty that comes with nothing more than another qualification for college.  For many, however, comes its blatant needlessness.  There will be those who have an interest in vocational schools, those who work straight out of high school, or those who pursued an alternate route.  Why must they receive the same emphasis if it’s not of their interest?

The SAT, in a sense, is an unnecessary test that has burrowed its way into high school life.  Perhaps it wouldn’t be needless if something like junior college was not made available as an alternate route.  Junior college, otherwise known as community college, is arguably the most efficient and helpful way to get into any four-year university.  Unlike a generalized test such as the SAT, community college can provide students with a more specific goal for when they reach any of the local Cal-States or UCs.  This is imperative to those who have yet to decide what they wish to pursue in life, what they know they’re good at, and what they’re the most comfortable with since it provides an extended two years of experience and flexibility that isn’t limited to mandatory classes in high school.

In hindsight, passing the SAT, ACT, or any form of aptitude test can prove a student’s worth in college life.  However, in today’s society, debt has become the accepted snake that crawls up and down everyone’s spine.  It almost always begins with student loan debt.  As opposed to what the SAT promotes, unless the student pursued scholarships, they are walking into the loan traps set in place by a majority of colleges.  Why must a student pay for general education classes in a four-year college?  These classes do not favor their pursuit in their occupation whatsoever, yet they are still paying the full price for courses and semesters.  Why isn’t it advertised that community college also covers general education classes?  You can complete said classes for a fraction of the cost all while figuring out what career you want to pursue.  Not to mention that transfers have a greater enrollment rate than freshmen going in straight from high school according to the statistics found on universityofcalifornia.edu.

As mentioned before, unless a student has access to adequate funds and/or scholarships, the SAT should NOT be emphasized in high school life without the consultation of alternate methods.  Students should be aware and should know what they must endure if they decide to go directly into a four-year college directly from high school.

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“V/H/S: Viral” is a 2014 anthology horror film directed by Gregg Bishop and Justin Benson. It is the sequel to 2012’s “V/H/S” and 2013’s “V/H/S/2”. The plot of the film doesn’t follow the previous film. A group of teens who are obsessed with making viral videos witness an ice cream truck being chased through their neighborhood and record the chase with cameras to hopefully make it viral and become famous.

The film consists of three short films being played through someone’s phone whenever the ice cream truck passes by that person during the police chase:

“Dante the Great”

An unsuccessful magician named Dante is trying to make ends meet when he comes across a cloak that can make his magic more interesting beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

“Parallel Monsters”

Mainly told in Spanish, this short film centers on a man who builds a machine that opens up a parallel universe very much like his own. He and his parallel self swap universes for a few minutes with some major consequences he may never forget.

“Bonestorm”

A group of skateboarders travel to the Mexican border. They soon skate over a mysterious symbol on the ground and they find themselves in a fight for their own survival against an evil that they have accidentally unleashed.

 

The film was complete trash! The film was a little too short and none of the shorts were that interesting. “Dante the Great” was mainly a short documentary instead of a found-footage short. In “Bonestorm”, the camera shots weren’t good. The boys had two GoPros on their heads, one towards their faces and the other faced away. The directors could’ve taken the cameras that were facing them and there would’ve been less camera switches. In “Parallel Monsters”, the monsters were lazily created and not scary. Don’t watch this movie, unless you enjoy bad movies. What could’ve made the movie better would be that the boys who were chasing the ice cream truck could get into the truck and watch one of the tapes.

“Dante the Great” could’ve been found-footage like it’s supposed to be instead of a documentary. “Bonestorm” could have less camera switches. “Parallel Monsters” could’ve had more scary monsters in the parallel universe. One thing that also could’ve made the movie interesting would be that the glitch monster from the first film in the short “Tuesday the 17th” could’ve been the one behind the chase and videos going viral

2/10