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5 Study Tips To ACE Finals | Senior Photographer | Geneva Illinois

5 Tips To Help ACE Your Finals

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Here we go! Like it or not finals are coming up before we get to relax for Christmas break.

  1. Listen to music WITHOUT lyrics. There’s actually a study that proves listening to music without lyrics can improve your concentration and memory. I would personally recommend Lindsey Stirling or other violinists/cellists. Piano covers are good, too.
  2. Make sure there aren’t any electronics (e.g. TV, Xbox, laptop, PHONE) to distract you. Take it from me, if it’s between studying for your upcoming math test or checking your Tumblr account, you’ll always want to choose Tumblr, because it’s much more fun looking at fanfiction/fan art than trying to memorize the quadratic formula.
  3. Take breaks. It’s not only taxing to stare at your study guide for three hours straight, it’s unhelpful. You start to zone out, and you might find that you totally blanked those last two pages and need to go back, which sucks. When you take breaks, though, make sure they’re regulated. Don’t just leave your studying at one and remember around seven. Give yourself thirty minutes to an hour to eat something, play on your phone for a little while, text friends, socialize, then get back to studying.
  4. SOS. If you really don’t understand a concept, don’t just sit there and stare at it and pray that you’ll suddenly get it. You won’t. Talk to a teacher that really gets it and can explain it to you. Most of them are available before or after school.
  5. Make sure not to multitask. If you’re at play rehearsal, don’t skim your science study guide while simultaneously trying to memorize lines. That’ll just leave you with a headache, no knowledge of science, and a bunch of unlearned lines. Make sure you’ve got nothing going on (or, for busy people, LESS going on). Study games help too, if you’ve got a Quizlet or a Kahoot or something like that.

Meet the Writer: Emma is a sophomore, and interested in studying Education and English Studies with an emphasis in Digital Film + Screenwriting.  She has a passion for creative writing, reading, traveling, performing, and singing. When she isn’t practicing for musicals or choir, she is hanging with friends or just relaxing at home with a good book.

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10 Teen Bucket List Ideas to Try | Geneva Senior Photographer

Bucket lists are really popular, as you probably know.

Before I die, I want to…go to one of so-and-so’s concerts, meet a celebrity I like, travel to someplace really cool, etc. But some of those are admittedly, far-fetched. Not to say you won’t be able to complete them, but it might take a little more out of your (or your parents’) pocketbook than you want.

So for right now, how about we focus on a four-year high school bucket list – something that requires little-to-no money, and is very easy to complete?

#1: Learn what clubs and sports are available at your school. Even if you’re not interested, maybe you’ll find something to try, and end up liking it! (That was theatre for me 🙂 If you decide you’d like to join a club, but your school doesn’t offer it, ask a teacher to help you start one!

#2: Attend at least one event – whether it’s a sports game, musical/play, or dance competition – in which your school is competing. It boosts competitors’ morale when they see their friends or classmates coming out to support them in their event,  you know that feeling when your friends come to your event. If you want to go the extra mile, show some school spirit – dress up in your colors or game night theme!

#3: Mentor an underclassman. It may not sound like a lot of fun, but you’re helping a younger student with something they may be struggling to accomplish, and you might learn some things yourself! Besides, tutoring looks good on your résumé. If you excel at a subject, share your talent!

#4: Attend a school dance.  I went to Homecoming my freshman year, and it was pretty fun (when I could hear my friends over the pounding bass). It’s an excuse to get dressed up, hang out with friends, dance, and, of course, the afterparty! (Note on that: Try not to stay up until 2AM with all your friends singing karaoke and watching YouTube videos.)

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#5: Take a Foreign Language class. Bonjour! Hola! Salve! Foreign language classes are essential to our learning, especially because you’ll have a basic understanding if you ever travel outside the United States – and even if you don’t, there’s still a sizable chunk of the population that speaks other languages. Pro-tip: It also looks really good on your college application.

#6: Talk with your school counselor about your future goals. Yeah, it seems scary, but they’re there to help. If you have no clue what you want to major in – or what you want to do after college – then they can help. You won’t regret it in the long run, promise!

#7: Talk to an upperclassman (and thank them for their guidance!). My freshman year, I joined this group called Lil Sis, Big Sis. It was for freshman and senior girls who wanted to be more informed about high school. Seniors would take on a freshman and kind of mentor them through the year, showing them the ropes and helping them through classes and whatnot. Freshman would then have one extra person to turn to when trying to figure out the scary whirlpool that is high school. My Big Sis, Emily, gave me a huge confidence boost that first year, and I am really grateful she was there for me.

#8: Thank a teacher. Ok, so maybe it’s a little awkward to talk to your teachers, but they’ll appreciate it if you come to them after a test and say “Thank you for your help!” Everybody likes to be recognized for something they’re good at, or something they’ve accomplished. I went and thanked my Algebra teacher after the final with a huge bag of Skittles. She’s one of my favorite teachers to this day.

#9: Offer support to someone. This can be someone you know, or someone you’ve only met in passing. If you find out they need some backup – whether it be dealing with something serious, or only a little anxious – offer a helping hand. People really appreciate it when others go out of their way to help them out, and it can build a great new relationship.

And finally…

#10: Do something outside of your comfort zone. So…this one is a little harder to do. I’m going to use a personal example. My freshman year of high school, I was (and still am) more of an introvert. I didn’t like spending much time around big groups, and hated doing anything with an audience. Still, not being involved in anything outside of the regular school day looks terrible on college apps, and leaves you with a whole lot of empty time to fill. I saw some posters for auditions for the school musical: Shrek. I never really liked the movies a whole lot, but I had been doing it with Penguin Project, so I decided, Why not?  I auditioned, landed the role of Humpty Dumpty (which came with a solo – remember that whole “scared of audiences” thing? Yeah, that was scary…), and made a lot of friends, as well as getting closer to a couple of people I already knew. I just finished this year’s musical (Wizard of Oz) and I never would’ve been in it if I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone.

Those are just ten of the things you can try  in your four years of high school, and there’s so much more I haven’t even touched on! Now for numbers 11-100…I’m just kidding! I can’t write that much.????  I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post, brought to you by resident introvert Emma Doering. Write you guys later!


Meet the Writer: Emma is a sophomore, and interested in studying Education and English Studies with an emphasis in Digital Film + Screenwriting.  She has a passion for creative writing, reading, traveling, performing, and singing. When she isn’t practicing for musicals or choir, she is hanging with friends or just relaxing at home with a good book.

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Liz’s Session | Sycamore Illinois Senior Photographer

I always say people should never stop learning, and I’ve adopted that philosophy myself. I may be a mom, and yes, high school is behind me (plus a few years, wink wink), but I am a lifelong learner. Whether it’s senior photography, new books, different viewpoints, or learning a brand new skill, I dive right in. During Liz’s session, I learned lots of new things, which I’ll talk about at the end of the blog.

When I sat down with Liz and her Mom, I began thinking about her senior session, and knew it would involve nature and the great outdoors for this pretty + active gal. She is always outside, whether running, hiking, or kayaking, and there’s nothing she loves more than breathing in fresh mountain air! That’s why she is scoping out college homes in the Northwest, so she can find out everything that Washington, Oregon and Idaho have to offer. As someone who deeply misses that part of the country (hello, mountain ranges and amazing forests), I couldn’t be more thrilled for her to settle into college in one of those states.  She hopes to study bio/environmental science as well as wildlife ecology, so she’s certainly looking in the right areas. Even though we are in Illinois, we found a beautiful wooded area that really did bring the Pacific Northwest to mind, with it’s lush greenery. I hope it always helps Liz remember her senior year, her big dreams, where she was headed in her next step.

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The “It” Movies This Halloween

Comin’ at-ya with some Friday the 13th scare time! Some people spend their Halloween trick-or-treating, others have a bunch of friends over and get sick after eating bags of candy, and some people go to the movies. This Halloween, we’ve got some good horror movies, both in-theaters and on DVD, plus ratings, so that you can curl up with friends or family and scare the living daylights out of yourself, all the better if you watch at midnight.

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Everybody loves curling up on the couch with a bag of popcorn, pop, and a good movie, so why not enjoy that this Halloween? Here are a few movies for stay-at-home horror-lovers!


Feed – PG-13

  • Olivia (Troian Bellisario) and Matthew Grey (Tom Felton), are 18-year-old twins born into a world of privilege and high expectations. There are almost no boundaries between them; even their dreams are connected. As the twins prepare for their last year of school together, an unexpected tragedy splits them apart, leaving the one survivor to learn how to live without their other half – or test how far they are willing to go to bring them back. (WARNING: Draco Malfoy is not portraying Draco Malfoy in this film.)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – R

  • In Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy. They have a lovely child, Johanna. Lucy’s beauty attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett, who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy swallowed arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself as Johanna’s tutor. Sweeney Todd opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family. (Ingredient list for Sweeney Todd’s pies: HUMAN FLESH – and possibly organs, but those taste kinda gummy.)

Poltergeist – PG-13

  • All seems well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), his wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt), and their three children as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Soon, youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, or so the family thinks. It’s not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home, holding Maddy captive and forcing the parents to consult a team of parapsychologists who engage the supernatural entities in a battle for the girl’s freedom. (Involves creepy clowns – horrifying stereotype that shouldn’t be scary, but is. Immensely.)


IN THEATERS:

Some people are okay with spending the extra twenty bucks for a large popcorn and soda, so head on over to the movie theater for a midnight premiere (and possibly with an extra pair of underwear). Grab your boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend, and get ready to scream!


Happy Death Day – PG-13

  • Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered college student who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room, completely unharmed and extremely terrified. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her…and how to stop them from continuing to do it. (Supernatural murder…or really weird hallucination? Dunno, but it’s a heart-racer anyways.)

Flatliners – PG-13

  • Five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side. (Note to self: don’t let anyone try to resuscitate me if I die.)

It – R

  • Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise. (Jump scares and screaming and Stephen King, oh my!)

Meet the Writer: Emma is a sophomore at Sycamore High School, and interested in studying Education and English Studies with an emphasis in Digital Film + Screenwriting.  She has a passion for creative writing, reading, traveling, performing, and singing. When she isn’t practicing for musicals, Orchesis, or choir, she is hanging with friends or just relaxing at home with a good book. And yes, she loves Shining Moments Photography and has all her images taken with SMP! 😉

 

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What’s New? THIS Awesome New Design! | Sycamore Senior and Teen Photographer

Montage Wall Hangings: Perfect for Athletes and Dancers!

As if Brooke’s stunning session was not amazing enough, I’m also revealing a brand-new product today that I think you’re going to love. I am very choosy about the products and prints that I offer and hand over to my clients, because I believe they should be heirloom quality, beautiful, and useful…not to mention, inspiring! I only choose items I would be proud to display in my own home or office, and I LOVE when something is especially amazing. That’s how I feel about this new piece of art: a photo montage that is perfect for athletes or dancers. You can stay up to date about this new option by signing up for our Sparkle Notes!

Brooke’s second session happened on a another chilly day in downtown Geneva, and I was a tad worried about our session, given the drop in temperatures. But, this lovely gal handled this like a champ and a true professional, and had nothing but smiles and joy for me! She is a freshman at St. Charles East High School, and has been dancing for many years. I designed the montage (scroll to the end to view!) for her with her strength and passion in mind. I’ll be offering this piece beginning in the Fall of 2017, just in time for my 2018 seniors to get theirs ordered and designed. They can be made on an Image Block Art or a Gallery Wrap, and begin at 16” x 24”.

 

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