Moving Away for College?

By Daniela Morales

[Another introspective essay, this time for a class assignment – a monologue.]

I am in a place right now where I always expected I’d be, but somehow my feelings are so different from what I’d expected I’d feel. Since my sophomore year of high school, when I started traveling more often, I knew I wanted to move away for college. Then I started having fights with my mom and I really knew I wanted to move away for college. Then, I applied to college and, by random chance of the universe, my only option came to be one of the farthest colleges I could possibly attend.

The harder days at home reassure me that moving away is the right decision and the happy, calm moments make me scared for what’s to come. When people ask, the staple answers are always ‘I’m super happy. I can’t wait to start’  but how can I, at only 18 years old, move so far away and live by myself? I would say I am responsible and mature – I do my schoolwork, fulfill my extracurricular activities, work to pay my own bills, and take care of my sister when needed. In college, I will do just about the same. My responsibilities will remain – do my schoolwork, involve myself in extracurricular activities, and work to pay for my own expenses.

The process is pretty straight forward but when I realize that I’m moving away from everyone that I love, to start a life from scratch, to build relationships and stay focused in the present, not those I left behind, I get a little scared. I don’t know if I’m ready to be a part of a completely different atmosphere, climate, culture, to work to fit into a new denomination.

Maybe if plane tickets weren’t so expensive, maybe if I weren’t moving 1,526 miles north of Miami and only 90 miles south of Canada, maybe if I knew that my relationship with my mother wouldn’t suffer, that I wouldn’t miss my boyfriend, and that my sister won’t grow up.

“What is four years of your life? It’s only college.”

Well, it’s missing my sister’s first day of school, seeing her excited after making a new friend or hearing the story of how she pulled a girl’s hair for taking her toy. It’s missing home cooked meals – the few because my mom hates cooking more than anything. It’s missing the hugs, the kisses, the pep talks, the encouragement, the foot massages after working full shifts, the surprise outings, the moments when he makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

When I move I’ll be all alone, just a phone call away from hearing their voices but hundreds of miles away from seeing their faces. I know I’ll have to tough it out. I can’t cave. No matter how much I want to I can’t back out. It’s all for my future. In life everyone has to make sacrifices for a better life and I am just finding out what that’s like.

In the Fall of 2017 I will be moving to Middlebury, VT to attend college. It will definitely be different than anything else I’ve experienced.

Washington D.C. (Geometry in Architecture)

InDesign: Inserting Photos for Beginners

Hello fellow followers,

I’ve recently come across some colleagues who have yet to learn the basics of Indesign and here I am to help. One of the most basic skills of InDesign is inserting photos into boxes.

First: Make a document by going to File > New > Document. At this point you can pick out the purpose of your publication and the dimensions which best fit your needs.

Second: Go over to the Rectangle tool on the left toolbar of the program > click it > click it again and drag it over the document to form your rectangle of desired size.

Third: Open the desired photograph you wish to use (for the sake of this tutorial I will be using a photo of the Rostra which stood in the Roman Forum). Click Edit > Copy (command + C).

Refer to the photo below.

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This photo depicts step 3.

Fourth: Head back over to you InDesign document and right click inside of the rectangle you created in step 2. When the menu of options appears, you should click “Paste Into” so that your photo takes the shape of the rectangle you’ve created.

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This photo depicts step 4.

Fifth: The photograph may appear like this (refer to the photo below) or other ways that just don’t please your artistic means. There is the perfect way to fix it that does not require you to be an expert in photograph resizing (and won’t leave your photo looking like it was put in a washer and dryer – all shrunken and stretched out at the same time.)

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This photo depicts step 5.

Sixth: The magic step. Click the rectangle one > Right click inside the rectangle > Fitting > Fill Frame Proportionally OR Fit Content Proportionally (whichever best suits your means.) In my case, I will be using Fill Frame Proportionally.

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This photo depicts step 6.


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This is a properly placed photo that is not stretched out any which way.
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This is a photo that has been widened in an attempt to make it fit the frame properly.
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This photo has been lengthened in an attempt to make it fit the frame properly.

I believe that every draft of any design project needs to be made as though it were the final one. That being said, properly inserting photographs into a document is a very important skill that can be easily mastered.

From PAMM to Pincho Factory to Pembroke Lakes

Though this has been a very busy summer, it has also been kind of uneventful. By uneventful I mean not many fun adventures with friends, like every teenagers wishes their summer would be.

SIDE NOTE: Other than eventful in my own personal life, Thursday was also a very eventful day for the world. The Dallas shooting left five police officers dead and seven injured after a peaceful protest following the deaths of two black men at the hands of police officers. This impacted more than just the United States, but the world. People everywhere are responding with positive thoughts for those that feel oppressed and celebrities are pressuring law makers to finally make a move in the right direction. The events on Thursday shifted the conversation a little bit away from police brutality to overall violence. Three (very impacting, for the whole country) shootings in such  short time span should not become the norm.

This past Thursday my friends and I decided to make some memories and headed out to the Perez Art Museum Miami. There we saw Doris Salcedo’s exhibit and even took part in a hands-on activity (mostly for children aged 5 – 10), sewing our very own depiction of the horrors of the world.

After a nice photo session in the perfectly lighting that provided that cloudless day, we headed to Pincho Factory. Maria  saw an advertisement for their ‘Toston Burger’ and that opened everyone’s appetite so much we had to go try it out. Final verdict: it was good I was extremely full and still wanted to eat another one. Oh, that and the ranch sauce, cheese, and bacon topped fries we had.

Then onto some shopping at Pembroke Lakes mall. As part of a quite uneventful summer I have planned quite an event to attend – a wedding. The mall was not just strictly shopping though. It would not be any kind of exaggeration if I were to say that Maria, Stephanie and I played with makeup for about a whole hour at the Macy’s makeup counter.

It was a fun day filled with laughs and photos and good memories.

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By the way, don’t you just love the alliteration in that title?

ISIS Video Claims Beheading of Russian Spy

This past Wednesday, December 2, 2015, ISIS released a video of a beheading which they claimed to be of a Russian spy who had joined their terrorist organization. The beheading was accompanied by a message chastising Russian President Vladimir Putin and threatening Russia’s constituents.

As usual per ISIS beheading style, the captive, in an orange jumpsuit, kneels before the killer. The killer says – in Russian – that the airstrikes ordered by Putin against the Islamist extremist group “has made us understand that we are doing the right thing” by continuing their terrorizing fight.

The killer then addresses Russian citizens, saying their group will take revenge on them and their families by promising, “You will not find peace in your homes. We will kill your sons … for each son you killed here. And we will destroy your homes for each home you destroyed here.”

The authenticity of the video has not been studied and it has not been proved that the beheaded man was a Russian spy. If all is at it is claimed to be, Russia will surely respond to ISIL’s actions.

Paris Attacks: The Facts

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By Nathalie Mairena

At least eight terrorists attacked six different locations in the center of Paris Friday. Out of the eight attackers, seven died in apparent suicide bombings.

The attacks began almost simultaneously at 9:20 pm, with attackers detonating explosives and shooting into local restaurants and cafes. They were seen with AK-47 automatic weapons and many of the explosions were suicide bombings.

President Francois Hollande was evacuated from the Stade de France stadium where one explosion took place near the entrance and was taken to the Interior Ministry where a crisis meeting took place.

In the nearby Bataclan theater, where an American Heavy Metal band was playing, attackers went in and took everyone hostage. According to a reporter who managed to escape the concert hall, the attackers shot into the crowd for at least 10 minutes.

SWAT teams stormed the theater  at around 12:30am to find at least 90 people…

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MLEC Principal James Parker Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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By Daniela Morales

James Parker along with Jose Bueno and other Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Rosy Calvo. James Parker along with Jose Bueno and other Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Rosy Calvo.

The annual State of the Town address was held yesterday at Miami Lakes’ Town Hall. Aside from discussing the major accomplishments and occurrences of the town, Mayor Michael A. Pizzi Jr. also honored its outstanding citizens.

MLEC’s very own top Jaguar, James V. Parker – who will be retiring in 2016 – was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For Mr. Parker, a night that started out with enthusiasm and anticipation quickly became a reality.

“I rarely get nervous, I was more excited because I did know I was accepting an award,” said Mr. Parker about his special night.     

Mayor Pizzi then began introducing Mr. Parker, Miami Lakes Educational Center’s principal of 12 years, and his works.

“Seven years an A school…with not only phenomenal educational programs but also vocational programs,” said Mayor…

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Sergio Bustos Visits The Harbinger Staff Writers

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By Juanita Cardona

“To become a good journalist you need to write and read, read and write,” said Sergio Bustos.

Sergio Bustos, a political journalist for The Associated Press, is the son of Chilean immigrant parents and an immigrant himself. He attended The Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his Bachelor of Science, and Mass Communication/Media Studies, as well as attending The University of Southern California.

Being born a Hispanic has provided him with advantages in the political world but has made him been perceived as a foreigner while growing up. This, however, never held him back since he considered himself a journalist first.

Bustos started off his career as a writer for The Daily News Leader in Staunton, Virginia, where he eventually moved on to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bustos then became an editor for The Miami Herald, where he worked for 10 years. Three months ago, he was hired…

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Sunday Night’s Moon, Sun, and Earth Show

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By Daniela Morales

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This past Sunday the Sun, the Earth, and the moon lined up perfectly for about one hour and 12 minutes forming the famous Super Blood Moon. The phenomenon started off at 10:11 pm ET and peaked at 10:47 pm ET with the whole sphere showered in a reddish hue.

“You’re basically seeing all of the sunrises and sunsets across the world, all at once, being reflected off the surface of the moon,” said Dr. Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA.

The reddish tint of the moon caused by the eclipse was visible throughout most of North America as well as South America, Europe, West Asia and parts of Africa.

Coastal towns everywhere braced for the highest ‘super tides’ in 19 years because of the stronger-than-usual gravitational pull coming from the moon and the Sun’s aligning on one side of the Earth.

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