Entries by Emmi Grooney

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Cyber-Bullying Is A Real Problem

By Emmi Grooney, Dec 16, 2009 1:18 PM

When people think of Florida, they think of sunny nice weather, a vacation spot with luxuries like Miami and the beach--not 13-year-old middle school girls committing suicide by hanging themselves. What could have caused this tragedy? is the question that arises after the initial shock. Who would have thought a case of "cyber-bulling" could have caused such a heartache in the small town of Ruskin, Florida?

Cyber-Bullying is defined as harassment or abuse that happens online, over the computer, or on the cell phone. Many have never heard of this, and luckily I couldn't find too many numbers of cyber-bullying related deaths, because of it being relatively unknown. What I did find though, is that it’s in fact is a big deal: a report from Boston news stated that legislation is currently pending to regulate bullying of school children.

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The Road to College: The Stress of Following Your Dreams

By Emmi Grooney, Dec 9, 2009 11:46 AM

Editor's note: In an ongoing series, the EthnoBlog will be following three students in their senior year of high school as they confront the challenges of applying to, selecting, and paying for college in a recession year.  Emmi Grooney is the first of these students.

My dream is to be the first person in my family to go to college, and my goal right now is to make that dream a reality for next year. I plan to major in Psychology and minor maybe in Sociology or social work because I have a passion for working with youth, and I want to be a teen counselor when I'm done with school.

I’m currently a senior in high school, and by the end of January I'm supposed to be all done with all my college applications. At the moment I've finished all my Cal State University applications to San Jose, Hayward, San Diego and Sacramento. After learning about the 30 percent fee increase for the University of California system, it reestablished that I don't really want to go to a UC school. As it is I'm probably going to have to take out loans for school, unless I get a really good financial aid package, which is what I'm praying for.