Attacks on Paris

It is a well-known fact, by this point, that many people in Paris, France suffered because of an organized attack that was linked directly to the organization most commonly referred to as ISIS. This terrorist organization was unhappy with France as it increased military support in places such as Syria, and decided to take action on the famous tourist site in order to send a clear message to the government officials in France. This topic came up in my Geography class and we had an interesting discussion on it, and what the motives for such an attack could have been and the previous statement was the best idea that we came up with. I am disheartened to know that there’s such an outcry of rage in the world that a place like Paris, full of tourists and people from various countries, has been attacked as a direct result of ISIS and those they have influence.

ISIS, as we have discovered, is able to communicate with each and every one of us through our social media accounts – I’ve had one or two encounters, myself, with people who are trying to rally and recruit others through social media. This group of religious extremists has angered a nation that ought not be messed with—in the past, when France has been enraged, they have gotten their revenge. Now, in an age where everyone is connected and you know about a battle halfway across the world with a few characters typed into a search engine, you have power to make things happen and make people more aware of what is going on.

I truly wish that those in Paris who witnessed the events are not scarred for their lifetimes, but rather take this as an experience to learn and to persuade others into being more aware of what is going on around them. I’m not saying that they should be able to predict an attack by now, but I would like to see some more coverage from young adults like me on the topic. Even the hacker group known as Anonymous has stated that they will try to eradicate ISIS. What are we going to do?


Good Advice

Fortunately for me, I have rarely received bad advice, though that partially has to do with the fact that I almost only take advice from my father. He is a man who has been around the block a time or two, having lived quite a long time and living a full life outside of raising a child. As I approach adulthood, I find myself asking for his opinions and his advice more often than not, and one thing he has always drilled into my head is that I need to get an education. I can hear him now, standing there saying, “Get all the schooling you can get. I don’t care if you don’t have a job until you’re twenty-five, you need to get an education.” I am a firm believer in that, and I appreciate him for being my drive, alongside my personal wishes. I do not want to be unsuccessful. Perhaps that is just a fear of mine.

This is some advice that I would like to pass along to anyone who is thinking about dropping out of something as easy as High School. As a person who has already experienced dropping out (albeit unwillingly), I have to say that it is much harder to get a GED than to go to high school day-in and day-out. I’ve tried. I’m a personally-motivated person, and it was still difficult for me to try, and the costs weren’t something I could afford. Returning to high school was one of the best decisions I’d ever made, along with moving to a place that had a better education than what I was previously living with. Please, if you’re thinking about dropping out, rethink your decisions and make sure that you are absolutely clear on what your life will lead to.