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Have you heard about the “Juno Effect”? It’s a term that mostly states that teens (mostly teen girls) are influenced by the media and its fascination with pregnancy, whether teen moms (like Jamie Lynn Spears) or pregnancy shown on popular TV shows/movies (like Lifetime’s “Fifth Teen and Pregnant”). Ever since the news broke out about the 17 teenage girls from Massachusetts who made a pact to be pregnant, people have been blaming the media, television and movies for its high level of sexual contents. Claiming that too much sex has caused teens to have sex and become parents.

According to CNN.com, a new study shows that teenagers (both male and female), who are exposed to “television shows with sexual content are twice as likely to get pregnant or impregnate someone as those who saw fewer programs of this kind over a period of three years.” Because teens and adolescents watch so much television and teen pregnancy in the U.S. is an epidemic, researched decided to see if there is a link between the two. They used 23 shows that show sexual content and surveyed teens about how often they watched them. From there, the link between television and teen pregnancy began.

Because most television shows rarely show the risk of having sex, without knowledge from their parents, teachers, guardians or peers, teens are not likely to know the pros and cons of sex and the outcome (pregnancy, becoming a parent, financially supporting the child). Studies show that teens exposed to sexual content have a higher risk of actually having sex that following year. However RAND’s research also states “content that includes negative consequences, such as sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, can be educational for teens.”

Although the study may have a point as to why teens are becoming mothers and fathers too early in life, they often leave the parents out. Those kinds of studies makes it seem like the television is the parent or that teens don’t have enough confidence and self-worth in their selves to make the right decision on whether to have sex or not. Twenty-seven year old Sandy Tomlinson, featured in the CNN article, feels that if she had more parental guidance as teen, she would not have had become a teen mom, “I feel that if my parents would have been more involved in my life that I would have made different choices” .

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington


Sometimes, all we need is a good book to get us through the day, the summer or through a semester. For our first installment of “Recommended Read” I have….

Burned by Ellen Hopkins.

I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream.

It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation.

This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers — about God, a woman’s role, sex, love — mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it?

It’s with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn’s father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn’t know.

Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both — until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Pattyn begins down a path that will lead her to a hell — a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same.

In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn’s story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.

To read the excerpt…. Read the rest of this entry »

So, school is back in session and I know for most of you that means preparation for college. Finding the right schools, studying for the SAT, preparing your application and getting them out. The process can be quite stressful and even tiring, but worry no more!

First you must know how to prepare:

– Schedule yourself for AP Courses, which gives you college credit while preparing you for the intense work of college

– Register for the SAT

– Attend college fairs, in and out of your school

– Apply for financial aid and scholarships

– Meet all deadlines and keep your GPA up!

How to choose the perfect school:

– Choose an interest, something you would like to turn into a career…. this is how you can go about choosing your major

– Small or large school? Would you rather a small school with less students or a larger school with a larger student body?

– Commute or on-campus living? Would you rather commute to school or go away?

-Out of state or in state? Would you rather stay close to home or go away for the sake of your sanity and independence?

Ask yourself all these questions to find out which college is right for you.

Top 5 majors (as reported by the Princeton Review):

1. Business Administration and Management

2. Psychology

3. Elementary Education

4. Biology

5. Nursing

Best sites to get started with your search:

College Board (the best college site on the web! Your one stop shop)


The College Portal (this site has links to other great college sites)

College Prep 101

College Answer

Education Planner (I highly recommend this one. It’s very helpful and easy to navigate)

Next Step Magazine (the best magazine to help you with the college preparation process! They should be available at your school, if not ask your counselor)


Fast Web (scholarships)

Student Scholarship Search

FAFSA (The financial aid application God!)

Whatever you do… DO NOT put anything off for last minute! Get started early, make sure your applications are in way before deadline. Don’t wait until late October to send it off if the deadline is November 3. This information is not only for seniors but for juniors as well. Your junior year of high school is the year they look at, so make it a good one! Participating in extra curricular activities at your school can also be a way to earn scholarships and even guarantee your spot in a school. There is a lot of free money out there for college students so make sure you do research and educate your self. Apply for as many scholarships as possible and put your financial aid application in as soon as you can, the sooner you apply the more money you get. Also make sure you consult with your guidance counselor and parents so they can help make the process a little easier and less overwhelming while giving you that extra push you need to keep going.

Good luck ladies and I wish you the best!