Exactly what I wanted to do

Being the Multimedia Editor is exactly what I intended to be as soon as I heard about newspaper staff last semester. Video projects, while integrating specifically dance and hip-hop lifestyles, have always been my ideal subjects to work with. It’s almost surreal knowing that I’m finally getting into what I really want to do in life after college.Having the power to control what is being produced for the newspaper is a great stepping stone to where I want to be later on. I’d like to use my videos to promote student life, hip-hop life. the voice of the unspoken, and overall involve everyone who feels like they are disconnected with society. I felt like I couldn’t do much of that with simply writing.The thing is when you start doing what you love to do outside of school, inside the classroom, you obtain a sense of euphoria knowing that you are doing things out of purely wanting to.

Writing on staff for my first semester taught me so much about how impactful words can be to the general public. So taking that same idea and converting it into a video that can essentially become viral in a matter of seconds is a crazy thought. I can only imagine how many people are watching your work, the same work in which you are trying to introduce one half of the world to the other half.

With such little time in a semester, I hope to bring more attention toward the multimedia aspect of The Skyline View. I don’t imagine acquiring thousands of followers for our cause, but seeing as how our multimedia has not been a major factor for the View, but with a couple videos attracting even a hundred people, this is surely a great start. With that said, I hope I leave behind me the fact that we need to continue doing videos to keep up with society. I’m sure a lot of people prefer to watch videos and have visuals to keep them updated with what’s going on around them.

By Nico Triunfante

TSV Multimedia Editor

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The Concept of Success

People take life a little bit too seriously. They don’t realize that they should have a little fun, and find happiness in what they do. People aim their main goal to having to succeed in a great college and to receive a high paying job or career. To me this is an opinionated idea which originated from someone who felt money is the main source to happiness, yet this idea failed that person multiple times, and was picked up by people who found that person successful. I feel that peoples’ main goal SHOULD be to find happiness before they try to succeed in the public’s opinion of success; a high paying job. Too many people get great paying jobs, but many aren’t truly happy. Why? Because they haven’t found what they truly needed. They never had the time to. They focused their whole life into getting to where they felt was successful in the public’s eyes and targeted as a long-term goal not wondering whether this would make them happy.

I had this one ex-girlfriend who thought about succeeding in school so then she would go to a good college, but for what? She didn’t know what she wanted to do. She didn’t know why she wanted to go to a good college, except she didn’t want to look dumb and go to a community college like me before getting into a better college and to get a job where she would get a lot of money, because in her mind money is happiness in this country.

I gave her advice, my opinion, not enforcing her to take it, because I don’t dictate her life, and the only thing she had to say was that I didn’t know a thing because I went to college for only two weeks at the time. The advice I gave her was the whole transferring system. I told her she didn’t have to worry about her SATs if she were to go to a community college first and then transfer, hell. At the time she was just starting her senior year of high school and I was starting my freshman year of college. I guess I shouldn’t blame her for being young and arrogant, rather than her belief on how college works. This is where I believe the success in college kicks in. Believing that going to a prestigious or popular college will earn you success in a career is a fraction of the truth, but what I’ve learned now since I’ve been in college for a couple months now is that it’s all about networking, connections and internships.

I don’t understand why people believe this phenomenon where knowledge from college alone will bring you where you want to be. Yes that is partially true, but I believe that properly networking and connecting with different individuals increases that chance significantly. I mean look. Imagine going to a college, meeting the right people, working your butt off, and transferring off to a 4-year and meeting more people. Fast forward many years up, your friends may have also increased their friend base, fan base, whatever you want to call it, and is actually starting a business and offers you a job or an internship. Boom. Jumpping from college to college and being very social increases your success rate in finding a job significantly because you increase your fan base, or friend base, and they realize that you are a reliable worker.

Call me crazy, but I feel that college is a breeze. The homework is hell, but the concept of it leading you to success is a breeze. People view it as an overwhelming machine that chews you up and spits you out and turns you into either successful or unsuccessful. People don’t realize their potential as being equally qualified indiviuals of success, because people don’t realize success is an opinionated idea which can only be created by the individual themself. For example, my opinion of success is not succeeding in my major rather than meeting the right people and making people smile. Of course I want to see if I can get a doctoral degree in film and want to use those films to educated people, but that’s not success to me. Success is so much more than seven letters combined together to make a word which means completion. Success in my deffinition means, by the end of life, you are truly happy of what you accomplished.

Chris Christenson
TSV Staff Writer

Run till it hurts, then keep going

According to the famous words of legendary long-distance runner Micah “Caballo Blanco,” in order to be a successful runner one must “Think easy, light, smooth, and fast. You start with easy, because if that’s all you get, that’s not so bad.” Running has become an obsession for many because it is the most naturally liberating activity since the existence of man.

It is, in fact, what has kept our species thriving. We literally ran our way up the food chain. An animal’s ability to run is based solely on its desire to survive. Somewhere in the vast regions of the Savannas an antelope wakes up every morning knowing that it has to run faster than a lion or else it will get eaten, and everyday a lion wakes up knowing that it has to run faster than the antelope or else it will starve.

I run in order to clear my mind, to feel the fresh sunlight in a Sunday morning, soak in the infamous Daly City fog, and most of all I run because it’s the one thing I know how to do best.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a weekend jogger, running is such a euphoric experience because it puts you up against yourself. It teaches you self-discipline, selflessness, and shows you your body’s full potential.

If you have two legs and two feet, you are already equipped with the most advanced and state-of-the-art technology that can help you become a great runner. I say “help” because I’ve seen double-amputee Oscar Pistorius win his first qualifying Olympic 400 meter race during the London Olympics. Just goes to show that all you need in order to be a runner is a whole lot of guts.

Ask anyone who’s ever put on some running shoes and took on a steep trail or the sidewalks of any city to run a marathon and ask who they’re running against and they’ll mostly say the same thing; themselves.

The greatest thing about running is that regardless of your level of physical fitness you can still do it.People who are training for marathons are no different from people who aren’t, except that they wake up in the morning with sore muscles that they didn’t even know they had and can fit the words “10 miles” and “easy run” in the same breath without flinching.

When you run your mind takes over beyond its normal self. It goes on overdrive and it allows you to do things that you didn’t know you were capable of; or maybe things you forgot you were capable of.

The Tarahumara, a Native-American tribe living in the Copper Canyons near the border of the US and Mexico have never experienced any major diseases that run rampant in the Western world. Diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure are virtually unknown to the Tarahumara. Their secret? A diet high in carbohydrates. And lots of running.

Tarahumaran children play a game called Rarajipari, which is essentially a game of kickball played through a field spanning as long as 60 miles. Tarahumaran adults enjoy a quick 100 mile ultra-marathon with friends through highly dangerous terrains with neighboring tribesmen in order to show comradeship and promote peace.

Tarahumarans as old as 80 years old are still able to run like the wind simply because no one ever told them that they couldn’t. Running is their way of life, and it was ours too. Back in the primitive era, Homo Sapiens traveled in packs. They hunted, they attacked, and they carried their poor victim home. They didn’t carpool either. Their main mode of transportation were their two feet fueled by sheer determination.

Both the Tarahumarans and the primitive Homo Sapiens have more than their natural ability of running in common, they have the truest sense of camaraderie. Not only do they run together, they also hold each other accountable for survival. This type of running brotherhood is not lost in time. We often see marathon runners cheer on their competition in order for them to make it to the finish line. In ultra-marathon running there are people called “Pacers” whose job is to help an athlete finish the race by simply running alongside of them. It is a misconception that runners live an individualistic culture, that they don’t know what team work is. In reality, no one cheers louder than those running next to you.

 

John Pablo
TSV Staff Writer

 

Doing my body a favor as well as my taste buds

My old roommate used to be a big meditative yoga enthusiast and health-nut. In the mornings while I was making my coffee, she would be blending smoothies- with all kinds of green stuff in them. What? I thought this was very bizarre, until she gave me a glass to try. It was delicious and I felt like I was really doing my body a favor as well as my taste buds.

Recently, I have been on a kick of going to the gym more often and wanting to eat healthier. I thought back to the smoothies my roommate used to make and did a bunch of research. I learned that juicing is actually considered to be more beneficial than blending. And after much consideration I went out and bought myself a juicer.

I had been reading up about juice cleanses and thought I was going to do a four day detox. I went to Costco and stocked up on massive amounts of veggies and fruit. The first hours were great. I was enjoying the process of making the juice and I already felt super healthy. I knew from my reading that I would be less satisfied than actually eating food, naturally, but by 9 o’clock at night I was getting pretty hungry despite my juices throughout the day.

I thought of this a bit more and got nervous. I had never done a super restrictive diet like this before and thought that if I didn’t eat solid food for four days, I would want to eat everything in sight on that fifth day.

I went to the kitchen and cooked some spinach. I gave in. I was hungry and I ate. Not shortly after did this I thought to myself – you know what, I listened to what my body needed and there is nothing wrong with that. I decided to take a different route. Healthy eating is the goal, so I decided to incorporate the juices into an already healthy, balanced diet instead of restricting my food intake. I have been taking this approach ever since.

I generally drink one big juice for breakfast into the afternoon and then eat a light lunch around 1 p.m. when I get out of class. This way, I am starting my day off with a big bottle of nutrients and fresh-goodness.

I see adding juices into my diet as an effective, long-term nutritional plan and I think it is a beneficial addition to anyone’s food plan. Skyline students, if you need a health boost, check it out!

Alana VanZanten
Features Editor