Pollution at the James River

Over the weekend my friends and I decided to go to Belle Isle and take a hike to enjoy the nice weather we were having in the middle of February. I had been there one time before but never walked around, only looking at it from above. Once we started walking around and traveling along the trails, I saw a problem that I had not seen from far away. I saw that there was a lot of trash. I found it sad that there was so much litter around such a beautiful nature preserve. There were bottle caps, wrappers, aluminum cans, and broken glass everywhere. I even saw plastic elating down the river which is a huge problem. I over heard some people along our hike talking about how just 5 years ago there would be people swimming in the James river without a concern. But today, due to all the pollution that is something you can not due. I then saw signs around the river warning people to not swim in the water because it is too polluted and it is not safe to be in. This is all a man made problem that continues to get worse. All of this pollution was created by humans and their unwilling ness to see the problem in littering.

This pollution by humans is destroying the natural habitat of the wild life that life in the water or near it. They depend on the river and its natural resources to provide for them and sustain their life. Since humans have come through and made it their own, we have started to destroy that for them. Making it almost a dangerous environment for them to live in. We need to become more environmentally conscious before it is too late and the damage that we have created to the earth is irreversible.

This problem is not only local to Richmonds Belle Isle however. It is a problem consuming all parts of the world. If you go to any beach, wild life preserve, or park, you will see litter and pollution all around you. It is always talked about being a major problem but barely anything gets done about it to change it on a day to day basis by everyone. There has to be solutions to fix this problem other wise the damage we have created will be out of our hands. If everyone was more aware of the problem that is infant of us, instead of being blind to the consequences in the future there may be a willingness to help out and hopefully change their way of life.

Moving away

As a person who has lived in a small town my whole life the idea of moving far from home has always intrigued me. My hometown is a very small community where I have known all the people my age since I was about 5 years old. It is a very nice place to live, its right on the water, its close to a bigger city, and it has all those cute small town feelings when you are there to visit. I do like to live in that small little town but moving away from it seemed like something I was always looking forward to since I was little. I eventually did leave when I decided to come to Virginia for school. It was something I thought long and hard about and it just seemed like the thing I wanted to do and what was right for me. People view this mind set, of so eagerly wanting to move away, as me hating the people I live with or hating where I am from. This however is not the case. I love my family and friends and the town where I live, that is not the reason I felt like I needed to leave. People will say things like, “I guess you just needed to move away from your parents” or “I didn’t k now you were that sick of the cold weather” when I tell them I moved so far away from home for school, I will joke with them and say yes, but this is far from the reality. I felt that as a young adult I needed to see what else there was in the world, aside from my small little town. I felt like I needed to take myself out of my comfort zone and meet people with different backgrounds from my own and the people I grew up with. I felt like this moving out of my state would give me a different perspective on the world and be able to view the world through many different people and their beliefs. I have found this to be the case and I am so happy I went out of my comfort zone to see what is beyond my home state. I am very grateful of all the things I learned and experiences I had in my home town but expanding on all of those was important for me and the only way I felt like I could do that would be if I left and expanded my connections in the world.

Preparing for the “real world”

In the past year and a half a big part of my life and I’m sure many other people around the age of 18 has been the topic of college. It is a big decision for a lot of people of this age. With many weighted question and concerns crowding the minds of high school seniors. Each new school year we enter into is supposed to be preparing us for the following year of school, it is supposed to prepare us for more challanging test, ideas, experiences, and changes in our lives. We are taught that if we stick to the schedules given to us by our teachers each year we are in school we will succeed and be prepared for our future endeavors. I have found that to be the case when going through all 4 years of high school, we take one required class after another until you graduate, and at that point you are supposed to know what it is that you want to do with your life. For some people this works, but for a lot of people I have talked to after graduating high school, myself included, had no idea what to study in college because of lack of experiences and opportunities from high school. We did not really get a chance to see what is out there for us to do. I feel like high schools need to get students more involved with the “real world” and people who have interesting jobs. There needs to be more connections made between high school students and what comes after their 4 years there. These students can of course research all they want on major, jobs, and other interests but when it comes down to it, reading about a job and actually experiencing it are very different. Actually seeing all the work that goes into it and  what experiences get you prepared to take it on, can be very beneficial to someone interested in a certain job, field, or someones who’s trying to get an idea of what they want to do with their life. Personally I feel like creating connections like these in high  school would really help a lot of students create a path for themselves.