Category: Abby Adams-Smith Life of an Eighth Grader

Life of an Eighth Grader: Spooky Scary Halloween Blog

One of my two favorite times of year has arrived! From late October to early February, the nights are getting longer, fall and winter colors give nature a gorgeous color palette, and of course, there are a disproportionate amount of holidays! By the time this comes out, the first of those holidays… ok, to be honest, it probably will have passed, but it’s the thought that counts, right? Anyway, for all intents and purposes, it’s National Candy Day, also known as Halloween. The only problem for me as a blogger is that there’s so much to talk about when it comes to Halloween, and almost all of it’s been discussed in one way or another. Halloween’s just a popular subject, you know? I mean, you name it, there’s an article for it. History? There’s an article for that. Baking tips? There’s an article for that. Discussion of the oversaturation of...

Life of an Eighth Grader: Hashtag Generation – Social Media’s Effect on my Life (or lack thereof)

In Mrs. Joiner’s English class the day before I started writing this article, we were reading a very interesting editorial. It was as a whole about how grammar affects how we are perceived in this day and age, but the part that caught my eye the most was how our generation’s overexposure to character limits in social media and spell/grammar check has affected our ability to use proper grammar in more formal situations. That got me thinking: how much has social media affected our lives? And, as the natural self-centered progression of thought goes, this question eventually turned to, “How much has social media affected my life?”. This is a difficult question to address, as it really depends on what you’d call social media. Is it just the places where you directly connect and interact with other people, even anonymously? Are websites like Deviantart and YouTube social media as well?...