Don’t keep your feelings inside.

So some advice I think that will help the kids coming next year is to not keep your feelings all bundled up inside. It will help a lot if you just go talk to someone.

At this school, we have really good guidance counselors that can help you a lot. When you are feeling stressed or depressed or anything, if you go talk to someone it can really help you.

However, if you keep your feelings in, your feelings will just keep bugging you and will probably make you feel worse/more stressed. I know from experience that when you talk about your feelings and let them out, it makes you feel a lot better.

I used to keep all my feelings inside but it just made me feel worse, until one day I finally talked to someone. It helped me a lot. So instead of keeping your feelings in, I suggest that you go talk to someone, it can really help you.

I know from experience that when you talk about your feelings and let them out, it makes you feel a lot better. I used to keep all my feelings inside but it just made me feel worse, until one day I finally talked to someone. It helped me a lot. So instead of keeping your feelings in, I suggest that you go talk to someone, it can really help you.

It helped me a lot. So instead of keeping your feelings in, I suggest that you go talk to someone, it can really help you.

You can do it too!

In grade seven I really enjoyed music class. I played the clarinet and was even asked by the music teacher to join the grade seven concert band. However, I couldn’t join because I was a part of another activity outside of school which took place at the same time of one of their rehearsals during the week.

During the summer I decided I no longer wanted to do this other activity, so I started to consider joining the band in grade eight. Then on one of the first days of school, the audition music was released. I took one look at it and thought there was no way I was going to make it, but with a little practice, I realized it really wasn’t so hard.

I ended up in the grade eight concert band with one of the lead clarinet spots! Nobody even noticed I hadn’t been in the band the previous year. We performed a lot of cool shows and went on a really cool trip to Montreal at the end of the year.

I’m very glad I auditioned even with my doubts. I encourage anyone who’s interested in a certain club or activity to go for it, you’ll never know what could happen if you don’t try.

I needed some help…

At the start of grade seven, I was having a pretty tough time with my friends and my grades and even things at home were stressful. I felt like I had no one to talk to.

Grade seven was already scary enough at the start because LDH is such a big school but luckily there was a wonderful group that takes place at this school that was introduced to me. Early Intervention Program (EIP) was a group that sounded perfect for me and it was.

Through all of my tough times in grade seven, EIP helped me and so did our guidance teacher. I had lots of friend drama and the group helped me understand how to become better at dealing with school and home related issues.

I kept going to EIP all through grade eight too and I can happily say that things are looking a lot better for me from when I started grade seven and ended grade eight.

If ever you find yourself in a sticky situation you can find help here at LDH. Our guidance teacher Ms.MacDonald is always here to help you and so is the EIP group. My grades and happiness have gone up since the seventh grade and finding help here at LDH introduced me to some great strategies I can use and an amazing role model that I can always look up to.

-D

I wanted so badly to play

I played in the bands at school because I love music. I wanted so badly to play in the OCDSB All-Star Jazz Band and the auditions were in the fall, soon after school had started.

I didn’t make the band and I was devastated. Later on, I went through some tough times and I was struggling. Music helped a lot, but even then sometimes music was the problem because I’d compare myself to others and think “I’m so bad at this, why am I even trying? I’ll never be like them. I didn’t make the ASJB, so I must be bad. they thought so.”

I pushed through and I later made the OCDSB All-Star Concert Band! I made some new friends. That was a small boost of confidence, enough for me to start taking more risks in not just my music but in school. I started soloing in our school’s jazz band, I started talking to more people, I tried out for some sports teams.

At the end of the year, an opportunity came up for me to audition for the Ottawa Junior Jazz Band, which is an all-star band for juniors (grade 10 or under) in Ottawa. I thought there wasn’t a chance in the world I’d ever make it and I nearly backed out. I found that when I forgot about the audition itself and focused on the music, the part I loved, I realized I could do it. I was playing for a reason, not to make the band, but to make myself happy. I spent a month straight playing and practicing and listening. I made the band, and I am overjoyed.

Long story short, through thick and thin, I stuck with it and it was worth it. you have to believe in yourself and do what you love. Do it for you, not for anyone else. Find your passion and stand by it. It won’t always be easy and it won’t always be the best thing at times, but it’ll be a lighthouse in the stormy sea of life. Just keep swimming.

Doing what you love because you love it

Being a raven is about doing things because you are passionate about them, not because they entail a reward. In other words it is not about the medal but the race. I entered a Write for a Better World Contest.

First I read over the details on the contest form then I emailed them for follow up information not given. I started writing my story and it was originally nothing like the one I submitted. I wrote five different possible stories before deciding on one concept. After this I wrote an additional fiffteen copies all of the same idea but with variations and different outcomes. In the end I won the contest, including a $500 reward.

Yet, that is not the reason I entered the contest, nor the reason I wrote so many copies or put so much work into my story. Most of all while writing I didn’t think of my work as work to win a contest. I wrote the piece because I love writing and creating alternate worlds and realities in which anything can happen.

I won the contest because I loved writing, not because I loved winning. Yes it felt amazing to win, but it didn’t make me love my work any more, nor any less. I already loved it and I wouldn’t have loved it any less if I had come dead last. Being a raven isn’t about the rewards you can get, being a raven is about doing what you love because you love it.