If you are considering visiting Disneyland anytime this month and prefer for it not to be filled with a chaotic mass of people, do not go after May 31st. That is unless you are a Star Wars fan.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California is counting down the days until the opening of Star Wars Land also known as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. This new 14 acre attraction cost around 1 billion dollars and is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of die-hard Star Wars fans this summer. In fact, those who would like to visit the new addition must make reservations and as of right now, they are booked - for the entire summer. Many of the Disney cast members are blocked from visiting the park all summer to reduce the chaos. An employee for Disney's Mandara Salon, Dorothy Beth, is not too happy about the new addition stating, "Disney is just being greedy. They are going to make even more money and the people that work in the park will still make the same amount... doesn't seem fair," revealing the negative perspective of those within the park. The only way for people to gain access to the exclusive, new area now would be through booking a night with any one of the three Disney hotels located in the area: Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, and The Grand Californian which can exceed 500 dollars a night.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is expected to include a Savi's Workshop where visitors can build their own light sabers, Droid Depot to construct a droid to your liking, and Don-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, holding rare items - all of which inspired and from the Star Wars movies. In a quote by Chris Beatty, a Walt Disney Imagineer and one of the brains behind the park states, "You will see spaceships and domes and canopies billowing in the wind. Just like in a film, we've framed that establishing the shot," revealing how it is meant to really resemble the movie. The architecture of the space is meant to really resemble the movie and was looked at with fine detail using ideas from locations as far as Morrocco. Overall, making promising statements that might actually make the chaos that is coming actually worth it - for die hard Star Wars fans that is.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is expected to create 10 hour lines and 200,000 guests in the park on its opening day. This is outrageous for Disney and could possibly even pose safety concerns. It is time to say goodbye to the previously hated 55 minute lines and say hello to the new up to 10 hour waits. Disney will never be the same - at least until all the Star Wars hype calms down.
The countdown to AP Exams has officially started. The first AP tests start off on Monday at 8 AM and will continue for two weeks. This means it's cramming time. However, there are plenty of ways to prepare yourself for this stressful time. Luckily, this will be my fourth year of taking AP tests, so I have mastered the top preparation tips for this busy season. As a student that has taken multiple AP Tests, and passed, I want to share with you my top tips to prepare yourself for a stress-free AP season.
1. Adjust Your Sleeping Schedule
Preparing for the AP Test doesn't always mean studying. In fact, AP Test preparation can be done mentally. Have you ever gone to sleep late and woken up early? If so, you know the effect it as on the body. Not only are you exhausted throughout the day, but it is also very difficult to sleep straight. According to Healthline.com, "Good sleep can improve concentration and productivity," proving how getting a good amount of sleep not only makes you feel better, but also can help when it comes to thinking and focusing. Trust me when I say, you will need all the concentration help you can get when it comes to taking a three hour long test. So, to prepare yourself for this, start adjusting your sleeping schedule now in order to be fully adjusted by the time your test comes around. Try going to sleep at 9 and waking up around 7 - by doing this you are getting a full 10 hours of sleep. Along with this, turn your phone off at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep in order to slow down your brain so that you can sleep easier.
2. Make Flashcards A Week Ahead
One thing I do every year is make flashcards about a week before my test. By doing this, I have the entire week to review the information I need and I can go back and test myself if I forget a certain concept. The reason why I suggest making the flashcards in advance is because you will be able to relearn concepts moderately during the week and can review them if you don't quite get them. If you were to cram and try to learn all the flashcards the day before, you would most likely forget a lot of information and you will not feel prepared. I also recommend that you write your flashcards rather than make an online flashcard as you will retain more information when you write it down.
3. Watch One Review Video A Day
Something else I enjoy doing to prepare for AP Tests is watch one review video a day. This way I can relearn different topics I have learned. My personal favorites for history/government AP Tests are the Crash Course YouTube videos.
4. Adjust Your Eating Habits
Have you ever eaten a whole Big Mac and Fries and felt really gross after? This is a really common feeling I get after I eat junk food. It makes me just want to be lazy and sleep. While eating junk food is okay sometimes, it is better to fuel your brain with fruits and vegetables. In the days leading up to the AP Test, start incorporating some foods that are good for your brain such as fish, blueberries, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, nuts, and even dark chocolate. Make sure to save the fatty foods for after the test as a reward! (My personal post-AP treat is Chick Fil A)
5. Move Your Body
Another way to help you prepare yourself for sitting down and writing for three hours is to move your body. Start doing some running, playing pick up games, hiking, dancing, and even yoga a couple days before the test in order to help with your thinking. According to the Harvard Business Review , "exercise — especially exercise completed during work hours -- can increase your "mental firepower" by improving skills like concentration, focus and creativity. " This is an outcome of the increased blood flow to the brain which helps improve brain cell production. If exercise is not your thing, any form of moving your body works. It's all about breaking a sweat and increasing that blood flow. One of my favorite forms of exercise is Yogalates and I will definitely be taking a class before my AP Lit Exam.
6. What To Do The Night Before
The night before the test it is important to eat a healthy dinner and sleep at a reasonable time. Make sure to take an hour to review all your flashcards and then put everything away. Understand that you have put in all the work throughout the school year and that you are very prepared for this test. Something I enjoy doing is laying all my clothes out the night before along with water, snacks, my AP Student Pack, my ID, Pencils, and a Pen so that the next morning I am not frazzled about trying to get everything together. This also helps me feel less stressed and helps me focus solely on the AP Test.
8. After The Test
After the tiring three hours are over and you have finally finished. You will feel brain dead and will need a nap. Go home, rest, treat yourself, and relax. There is nothing to worry about anymore. You cannot change anything now so there is no use in stressing about your scores. As long as you know you did everything you could do to prepare yourself, then you cannot be angry with yourself.
Regardless, if you choose any of these techniques, just know that you have been preparing all year for this. Therefore, you are bound to know something on that test. Do your best and good luck.
Over this past spring break, I decided to try something new and visit a new movie theater. I am usually a sucker for the Metro Point movie theater in Costa Mesa, but its expensive prices for food and drinks are beginning to get out of hand. This is why I decided to try a more affordable option (even though it is a little bit further).
The movie theater I decided to try is called Picture Show in the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, California. Upon researching Picture Show, I was first surprised by the prices of the tickets. I ended up paying $6.75 for my ticket to see the movie Dumbo which was a huge difference from the $11.45 I typically pay. Along with this, I noticed how Picture Show offered films that are no longer showing in other theaters such as Captain Marvel and Shazam. I thought this was pretty cool for those who missed a movie that may have been released earlier in the year.
As I entered the theater, I was immediately shocked to see how long the line to buy popcorn was. I soon found out that the line for popcorn and drinks was also the same line to purchase a movie ticket. Luckily, I had already purchased my ticket online. However, this system made me have to wait a long time to see my movie and almost be late to my movie. I stood in the line for about 15-17 minutes. While I was a bit upset about having to wait in the long line, I felt pretty good knowing that I wasn't going to spend $30-$50 on snacks. After purchasing a medium popcorn, a large coke, and a Slurpee, I spent around $15-a steal!
After I finally got my snack, I walked in the movie theater. As soon as I entered, I was absolutely amazed to see the theater had reclining chairs! I found my seat with my cousin and immediately laid back and relaxed. However, my relaxation quickly came to halt as soon as the movie started. Immediately, I was shocked to hear the amount of babies crying and people talking throughout the whole movie. This was something I have never experienced before and really ruined the whole experience for me. While it was not the theater's fault, it was really disappointing.
Overall, I would rate the Picture Show a 6/10. While it had great amenities, there was a lack of care and efficiency. The unfortunate crying and talking throughout the movie was upsetting. While the theater is not necessarily to blame and it was typically a family day at the theater, hopefully they will work to improve the establishment of their movie theater rules. If you don't mind a noisy theater and enjoy cheap prices/being able to sit in a reclining chair during a movie, then it's worth giving it a shot. Who knows, maybe if you go on a more quiet day of the week it will be a different experience. I personally think I will stick to Metro Point.
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On Thursday, April 4, both Costa Mesa High School (3-4) and Estancia High School's (1-6) boys volleyball teams competed in their annual Battle of the Game at Estancia High School.
The game started out in Costa Mesa's favor, giving the team the lead in the first two sets. By this point, the team seemed confident that they would get a clean sweep against Estancia. However, in the third set, Estancia turned the game around completely. Junior, outside hitter, Arthur Bishop came in with many kills that ultimately helped Estancia take the third set.
In the fourth set, Estancia came in with the same fire and managed to win the set after Sophomore, Luke Hutchinson served an ace for the final 25th point. Now at a tie of 2-2, the teams fought to win the final set. After many intense rallies, junior, Arthur Bishop, got the final kill that led Estancia to win the game. Despite Costa Mesa's better record at 8-14 versus Estancia's overall record of 3-24, the two teams were matched evenly in all aspects of the game this night.
Estancia will be playing the Santa Ana Saints on Tuesday, April 16, at 4:00 PM at home.
This past Friday, I was able to watch the thriller Greta and I was not disappointed. The movie tells the story of Frances McCullen (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl living in New York City who finds a purse on the subway and returns it to its owner, Greta Hidag (Isabelle Huppert). Upon returning the bag, Greta invites Frances inside and the two really hit it off. However, over time Greta becomes very attached to Frances and will not let her go. Frances soon realizes Greta's scheme after opening her cabinet and seeing many of the same purse intended to be left throughout the city. After being cut off, Greta begins to stalk Frances and her friends leading to disaster.
After watching Greta, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a thriller and good story. Overall, I would rate in an 10/10 because I enjoyed the way there was a good story line and the scary parts that made me jump. Though it is rated R, this is most likely due to the few bloody scenes and the language. Along with this, the movie ended with an insane cliff hanger that left me wanting more. If you liked Get Out and you're looking for something fun to do with your friends this weekend, go watch Greta before it's too late.
On the 24th of February, the 2019 Oscars premiered on ABC. Stars such as Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Queen, Rami Malek, Julia Roberts, and Emma Stone all attended the event. The Oscars were opened up with Queen and Adam Lambert performing classic songs such as We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You.
Soon after, the awards were announced. The most notable awards received were by Rami Malek from Bohemian Rhapsody for best actor, Olivia Colman from The Favorite for best actress, and The Greenbook for best picture. Furthermore, the best actor in a supporting role award was received by Mahershala Ali for The Greenbook and the best actress in a supporting role was received by Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk. Along with this, a performance of Shallow from A Star is Born was performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper which brought the night to the end. Overall, there were many first time Oscar winners and a lot of happy faces in the crowd that night.
Estancia's varsity girls soccer team suffered a loss against Costa Mesa High School on Tuesday, January 8th. This game is very important to Estancia's all-sports record as other teams including volleyball, waterpolo, and basketball lost to their rivals, so the stakes were high.
The game began in Mesa's favor as they scored the first goal within the first quarter. However, the Lady Eagles did not let this discourage them. They continued to fight and giving their all. By halftime, it was obvious the girls were exhausted, but did not want to go out without a fight. Costa Mesa held the lead with a score of 1-0 going into halftime.
Third quarter play opened up with junior, center forward, Desiree Mendoza, scoring a goal for Estancia. Tying the game 1-1. This lifted the energy completely and it was clear that the eagles brought intensity to the second half.
Going into the fourth quarter there were many opportunities for Estancia to score, but unfortunately none were made. Eventually, Costa Mesa scored the last goal, ending the game at 2-1. While it was not the results that were hoped for, Estancia did fight for it and have another chance to beat Mesa at the end of January. Senior, Katelyn Chesemore said, "It wasn't the win we wanted but I really think we have a chance in a couple weeks, we just need to keep up our hard work."Estancia will play Orange on January 10th at Jim Scott Stadium and will face off against Costa Mesa on January 30th at home.
Every year, Estancia students can't wait for the long-awaited fall production. However, here we are coming into Winter Break, and still nothing. Where has Troupe 1224 been? Our beloved drama crew has been writing an original play, To Whom It May Concern, for nearly a whole semester.
To Whom It May Concern is a play unlike any other meant to address topics that are usually overlooked and avoided by society. Concerning controversial topics such as anxiety and depression and immigration, this production speaks to these issues through the stories of students, families, peers, and citizens of Costa Mesa. While these topics can create some discomfort, Troupe 1224 believes that they need to be addressed in order to begin change, even if only within the halls of Estancia. By bringing up thought provoking affairs, the audience is made to think about these issues - something that many try to avoid doing.
The entirety of the production has been written and produced by EHS students after they began brainstorming last school year. With help from writers John Williams and Carlo Odicino, the tales written and told are completely thought up by Troupe 1224. Pauline Maranian, Estancia's Drama Teacher, reveals that the stories will be told through a series of "Movement, music, comedy, and drama." With all this blood, sweat, and tears put into the production, it has become highly anticipated around campus.
The purpose of To Whom It May Concern, Maranian says, is to make the audience think about issues that they typically avoid or rarely question. It is also to show those who can relate that they are not alone and things will get better; it all starts with using your voice and asking for help.
To Whom It May Concern plays January 17-19 in the Barbara Van Holt Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Come out and watch a show that will make you more understanding of those around you.
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It is that time of year when seniors must start applying to colleges. Try expanding horizons and consider applying outside of California. It is commonly known that about 90% of applicants to UC schools are California residents. Try something new and apply in different locations through out the USA.
It is beneficial to apply to schools on the East Coat like New York City and take a tour of the New York University campus. NYU is a college unlike any other. It is spread throughout Manhattan in various buildings through out the city. With professors that are at the top of their field; receiving Emmys, Grammys, Abel Awards, etc. the students are ensured to learn from the best.
Although NYU is a relatively difficult school to get in to with an acceptance rate of 19%, there are plenty other options through the East Coast that offer great educations. From Villanova to Johns Hopkins, the opportunities are endless.
Choosing an East Coast school is not only a chance to experience seasons, but also is a chance to be even more in touch with history. Being among what was once the original Thirteen Colonies will help students learn even more about the nation and gives a great sense of pride to Americans. Choosing an East Coast school may create a unique college experience.
It is with this being said, that Estancia seniors should step out of their comfort zones and try something new. Whether applying to NYU or any other East Coast school, there are numerous opportunities for students to create a college experience unlike any other. During this application season, I urge all Estancia seniors to consider applying East Coast.
Recently opened, Paris Baguette on 17th street in Costa Mesa was where I decided to spent my lunch this week. The first thing I noticed was the wide selection of authentic French pastries and sandwiches.
The spread of pastries included all flavors of macaroons, croissants, cakes, cookies, and along with this, there was a huge selection of sandwiches for both meat lovers and non-meat lovers. I decided to go for a chocolate croissant and a smoked sausage bread -- sweet and savory. I also chose to try their iced chai as I am a huge lover of chai. My total came to about $10.90, a pretty reasonable price.
After a couple of bites of each of my pastries, I was taken back to my winter in Paris. The croissant resembled the very same croissant I had at a small cafe next to Montmarte. The sweet chocolate chips combined with the layers of flaky pastry created the most perfect combination. Along with this, the sausage roll was delicious and satisfied my savory cravings.
Overall, I enjoyed my time at Paris Baguette. Not only is the food good, but the ambiance was very warm and inviting. I think it would be a place perfect for studying for a big test or even grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend. With all this being said, I would give Paris Baguette 9 /10 because of its variety of options and its comforting setting.
Paris Baguette is for anyone looking for a new place to simply chill out and have a sweet or savory snack. Service was very efficient and fast. The hospitality was great due to the fact that I was offered samples as soon as I arrived. Along with this, the price range was fair for the amount food I received. I will definitely be returning to Paris Baguette to satisfy my Parisian food cravings with pastry and sandwich prices varying from $2-$6 .
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Hi! My name is Cosette Terriquez and I'm a senior at Estancia High School. I love to eat, write, travel, and hang out with my friends and family. Welcome to my blog where I will be writing about school events, games, reviews, and lots more!