BMHS Senior, A’Niaya Nieves, has had her driver’s license since July. As a new driver, she has experienced her fair share of accidents and near-accidents, however, one that took place at the beginning of the school year on Highland Avenue has completely changed her outlook on driving.
Late to school, stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, Nieves looked behind her and thought she could see her friend in the car there. To make sure it was him before embarrassing herself, Nieves texted her friend to put his hand out the window so she could see if he was behind her. Afterwards, she leaned over to put her phone down, easing her foot off the break and smashing into the car in front of her. Both cars pulled over. She began crying hysterically and apologizing profusely. The man she hit looked at his car, then at her car, and told Nieves that he knew it was a mistake, there was no damage, and that she should just go to school.
Nieves said of the experience, “I have never been so grateful. I think it kind of made me more aware. Now, I put my phone to the side, I don’t text anything. Things can happen and you really need to be on your A-game because if it had been someone else, they probably wouldn’t have let me go. It would’ve been much more than I bargained for.”
At first, A’Niaya Nieves didn’t see having a license as a priority. It was something that she was hesitant about because of the heavy responsibility that came with being behind the wheel. Although Nieves trusted herself, she knew other drivers weren’t as reliable and that she would have to be careful around them. However, once she got her license, she had a whole different mindset.
“I would definitely say to take it seriously. I know that when I first got my license I was like freedom! I can taste it everywhere! Now, it’s like I’ve developed an ‘oh that can’t happen to me.’ [mentality]. It’s like I’ve developed this sense of immortality where I think that nothing can happen to me, and I can tell you I’ve had quite a few accidents since I’ve got my license and I’ve only had it for a few months.”
Apart from realizing she needed to be more aware, serious, and responsible on the road, Nieves took the kind gesture from the man involved in the accident to heart. Unable to express how thankful she was, she decided to reciprocate his kindness to other drivers.
“I think it changed me, I would like to be that for someone else. People have almost hit my car, and if it’s an accident, I will be the first one to be like, you know what? I am not even upset with you, it was an accident… I feel like everyone deserves a break sometimes. I feel like I want to do the same nice things that everyone does for me.”
foods and order pizza and bake cupcakes and just have fun together.”
It’s also very possible that you just don’t celebrate Halloween at all. Or that you did as a child but now it’s just a day of the year filled with nostalgia. Regardless, as the weather sets in alongside the scent of all things fall, there’s an undeniable sense of excitement in the air that’s noticeable to anyone. It can’t be better said than by Marianna Cundari (‘20):
“My favorite thing about the season now is the air. The weather gets colder and it’s just nice eating sugary foods while having fun with friends.”
As October progresses, we should all make traditions of our own, whether they be big or small, Halloween-related or not. Spend time with your friends and eat all the candy you want. Watch your favorite horror movies and go pumpkin picking. After all, Spooky Season only lasts so long.
always knew how to make her smile, even if it meant putting her on the spot. Both Mary and Mark Jackson always had a good connection. Since she works at a different school now, she doesn't see a change in her relationship with Mark. They both see each other every day and communicate well.
Mary Jackson is a well-organized person. She stays on top of things and is very consistent when it comes to work. “I like my job because it keeps me busy and it makes me want to keep things looking nice and fresh so that people can eat better.”
Working in a cafeteria makes you very aware of always keeping your space looking clean. Maintaining a healthy social and school lifestyle has always been important to Jackson. She's friends with and respects most of the people she works with. One thing, and really the only thing that bothers her about her job, is when people are rude. “Everyone has their bad days, but being mean to someone else doesn't help your day get any better.” Jackson always tries to make the best out of her day, even if her day seems like it's going downhill. She has found that it makes the day go by so much easier.
Mary Jackson has fought through her biggest battles and continues every day for the sake of herself and the ones she loves. Her family will continue to push her to be the best she can be.
Going to school, maintaining a job, and having a social life can get super hard for a teen to focus on their commitment to working out at the gym. According to the annual report, The State of Obesity, 14.8 percent of high school students are obese. This cause can be due to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
Whether you have a car or not, Pridetime has come up with a solution to help the Brien McMahon senators stay active by doing simple at home workouts, along with getting the right healthy nutrition and prices.
The first way that you can lose weight without exercising is changing your diet by eating fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. Some of the benefits that you can get from eating fiber-rich foods are low blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Here’s a list fiber-rich food you can find at your local grocery store:
The second best way to maintain your weight is by using apple cider vinegar to its best ability. It is one of the safest ways to lose weight because it kills many harmful bacteria in your body, it can also lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
A Pridetime student has been using apple cider vinegar for four days now. She explains the difference her body has felt before and after and the results are good.
If you are wondering how to fit apple cider vinegar into your everyday diet, here are a few ways to incorporate it:
The last and most important way to stay committed to maintaining an appropriate body weight is by drinking lots of water. According to HealthLine, people should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals 2 liters, or half a gallon per day.
It may seem unbelievable to think water can help to lose weight, however, not only is it good for you but drinking water comes with a lot of other benefits as well. Studies show that drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body, and acts as an appetite suppressant.
If these 3 ways of losing weight don’t help you, Brien McMahon's Health teacher Stephanie Peckham explains, “I think to be a healthy person and to stay in shape you need to take care of your body, exercise daily, eat healthily and take care of your mental health.”
Connor Sovak ('19) is a visual artist and senior here at Brien McMahon High School. His art has been seen in Norwalk, CT, and Parsons in New York City, not to mention his art has also been recognized by artists such as Trippie Redd and SahBabii.
Sovak claims that his sense of style and taste was not always as prominent as it is now. He states, “I used to dress plain, like a nobody.”
His inspirations and development for taste took place in New York City.
“Before I was just presenting myself the way other people wanted to see me as, it was child-like. When I went to the city nothing was that serious.”
For the most part, Sovak doesn’t like to categorize his style because he claims that it takes the fun away, however, he agreed to for the sake of the interview.
“If I had to categorize my style, I guess I would say its a more vintage look, but I like to wear a lot of new stuff too.”
Sovaks favorite piece of clothing is a camo jacket he got from a thrift store in London and his favorite shoes are his white Rick Owens slip-on.
“I used to have the black leather high-top pair, but with these slip-on, I can wear them comfortably in like any season.”
He also claims that Rick Owens is his favorite designer, along with Comme des Garçons lead director Rei Kawakubo.
“Her stuff with CDG is fire, she puts a lot of emphasis on the art aspect of clothing.”
Sovak also gave Pridetime insight on what his inspirations are, “It’s a lot of weird stuff and most other people’s creativity. I think the styles of like different movie characters is super interesting because like it’s fictional. And the same thing with like comic book illustrations and old video games. Just like other people’s art.”
When asked about inspirations from specific people in today’s world, Sovak said, “Probably like my mom because she’s always been the one to teach me what generally looks good and what doesn’t. I also think Young Thug is dope because his style and music are totally in sync. Same thing with artists like Chief Keef and Ozzy Osbourne.”
Sovak gets a lot of questions about whether or not people should dress the way he does. When it comes to originality, Sovak says, “No! Don’t go out of your way to be something your not. It’s just clothes, no one cares. Just wear what you feel comfortable in."