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Be Excellent to Each Other

As my friends and I were carelessly enjoying the warm and breezy Santa Cruz Beach one night, little did we know that we would be in for quite the adventure. Initially making the drive for a basic summer venture, the three of us decided to give movies on the beach a shot. Choosing to make it a little more adventurous, we decided to watch a movie that none of us had never seen before -- Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Holding the classic touch of a late 80’s movie, the main characters did not fail to make one laugh with their iconic, bodacious, language and charm. Traveling through time to finish their history report, they fight hard to learn all...

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Operation Freedom Paws Dog Wash

This last weekend, the Ripple team was privileged enough to attend the Operation Freedom Paws Dog Wash. At this event we not only accomplished the goal of raising money for their services and training, but we also formed many new relationships with our new furry pals. Many times we might find ourselves discouraged to help others because we might feel restrained by economic hardships, personal struggles or outside problems. Yet, we do not have  to let these issues deter us from lending a helping hand. There are many other ways that we can help make a difference. We can donate some of our time to volunteering at soup kitchens, nursing homes or local non-profits. Going out, making ourselves present, lending...

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The Seeds of Your Actions

How can the seeds of your actions impact the world?  This question holds immense weight. It surrounds the idea of how powerful you truly are. In reality, you have the power to act and make choices that leave a person with an impression of you that may never change from that instant. It is a moral and often circumstantial situation to do wrong onto others. Yet, how can seeing the butterfly effect of our actions contribute to allowing us to treat others better? Within situations of anger and resentment, we don't see the ripple effect of harsh words or lapses in kindness. But, the impact of our actions doesn't just impact the state of whom the anger is directed but...

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Relax

First of all, congratulations to the class of 2016! As summer begins for many students, it would appear that we are no longer busy. Sadly, that isn't true for many of us. Many of us have summer jobs, volunteering, babysitting siblings, chores, sports, and other obligations that can make summer just as busy as the school year. While it's great to be busy over the summer, it's also important that we take a moment to stop and breathe. Many of us just ended one of the most stressful years of school (senior year) and will soon be entering college, another stressful time. This makes it even more important for us to relax this summer. Go have some fun. Be responsible...

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Maintaining Your Peace

As the end of the school year approaches... in come running the final projects and test. Having to scavenge for the last bits of energy and knowledge, we tough it out... even if that means completing the work the night before.  Doing our best to avoid anymore freakout and stress pimples, it still seems inevitable. But, no need to fear, I am here to give you a few pointers on how to keep your cool.  1. New Focus Many times, when we find ourselves in stress, we tend to replay what has gone wrong or what can go wrong over and over again in our mind. Instead of focusing on the bad, turn your attention to something else. Take a...

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