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Write!

Just a heads up: I hope to post a video in the near future to talk about how I’m staying productive this summer, which you can find on my youtube channel, meltqueso 😊

Now, I say “Write!” because it’s one of the best things to do when you feel strong emotions like overwhelming sadness or anger. I say this because not only does it prepare you to talk these things out later, but it’s far better than the alternative of doing things you’ll regret later.

On a small scale, my sister has broken a few tablet charogers out of anger and as silly as it feels to her now, the damage that resulted from that action is permanent. The feeling was not.

One thing I highly recommend is getting a notebook, it can be plain and small or decorative or WHAT EVER and use that specific notebook to write and negative thoughts you have. Be honest with yourself and take the time to let it all out. Nobody has to read it.

When you’re finished, I would try to still find something positive that could come from what you wrote, we ther it’s something you want to work to change or a personal growth milestone. Anything, just as long as you feel better afterwards.

And remember, you can always use codenames or shred the journal or turn it into the plot for the movie based on your autobiography (😂). Just keep in mind, this pain you feel is temporary, and you are in control of your actions.

Stay good, my friends!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

Your Turn! | Soulmates

I was having a late night conversation with a close friend about guys we know and I ended up creating a summary of what I hope for in the future. Now, I just got out of high school, I’ve been single my whole life, and I don’t plan on dating anybody until I’ve got myself all figured out.
The thing is, all the guys I knew and grew up with, yeah they’re good people, but they’re just all the same (literally saw a bunch of them together today and they all had thr same haircut and outfit). More specifically, they like the same type of girls: athletic bodies, nice eyebrows, full lips, tumblr and IG baddies. !!! There is nothing wrong with those girls!!! I actually rlly admire their sense of aesthetic and ability to slay the makeup game!!! I just can’t find myself wanting to fit into that style because I know I’m an actual nerd, and I’m proud of who I am.
I try to keep my description of a soulmate broad, yet specific to me, if that makes sense. No, I’m not going to go all “I’m not like other girls because checklists are superficial” because in essence, this is a checklist and I don’t care if I’m like or not like “other girls.” Girls rule.
But anyway, here’s my checklist:
▫ nice, intelligent homie
▫ similar values on life, family, the big things
▫ cool with my friends
▫ can teach me new things about the world or life or their interests
▫is also willing to learn from me and others
▫will support me in my decisions
▫wants to make the world even just a little better
and as a bonus:
▫will marathon Star Wars or Avatar The Last Airbender with me 😂

Of course, I’m still young and I have no idea how to relationship in the 21st century, so for now, a nice homie that can support me even as just friends is great lol

So, what qualities do you look for in a person and what advice would you give to a teen that might just want some older sibling relationship advice? Comment down below and please stay respectful!

Thank you all and I hope to get back on with some book reviews!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

Epilogue to a Graduation Speech (Final Draft)

So this is the part where I must talk about the place I called home for the past year even though I should’ve called it home for four. Salem High School is truly a special place that I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of. We are a community of individuals, and individuals about community.

I look at the Class of 2017 and I see not just America, but the world. In the ocean of identities, it wasn’t hard to find yours. Even if who you are constantly changed, somebody was willing to accept you.

This was the place where I’ve been given the world, shown in the talents that our artists and athletes and absolute academic geniuses possess. This is the place where your true self was loved and important. It was here where, “I want change, not money” means something, where a guy can wear heels and another never wears shoes and they can be friends.

This was where the hair colors of your peers created a magnificent rainbow.

Where your old school, flip-phone carrying teacher dabs in class.

Where your Spanish 1 substitute waves plastic bananas in your face for pronouncing the “h” in “hablar.”

Where you found those friends that you’ll terribly miss after they graduate and you’re stuck here for another year or two.

We come from a really special place, so underclassmen that might be here tonight, complain all you want but remember that we’re honestly so spoiled at Salem. Class of 2017, I implore you, take the things you received here, the good, the bad, and the tear-filled ugly, and use those experiences to make the best possible version of yourself. Leave this room, this city, this world better than you found it.

And before I leave, I want to say thank you. Thank you to the teachers and family and friends that supported us, even when we didn’t deserve it. Thank you for being our role models and a light to guide us when the power goes out and we’re stuck in a windowless classroom.

Thank you to the students for being patient, insightful, ambitious, radiant, courageous, bold, talented, hilarious, beautiful, generous, motivated, relatable. Thank you for being alive.

Thank you all for believing in us and helping us do amazing things in this world.

With that said, stay hydrated, stay wholesome, and I’ll see you, my friends, later.

an open letter to the vocal strand

I know you’ve heard this plenty of times, but one more shouldn’t hurt.

We made it. Four years of hard work and we made it. I know I won’t get to sign all your yearbooks, so I want to take this time to congratulate you all and show my appreciation. Here it goes:

Dear friends who were once on stage with us,
Some of you stayed for one year, some of you stayed for all four and graduated. Regardless, thank you for spending time with us. I hope you were able to move on to better things and that everything is working out for you.

Dear Maraiah, Tyler, and Tyree,
You weren’t with us freshmen year, but it was a pleasure to perform alongside of you guys. Your voices are so important to our choir and I hope we were as amazing as your primary art strands.

Dear friends that have stuck it out since ACE,
Shayna,
Your talent and love for what you do is amazing. The kids you will inspire are going to be very lucky.
Hannah,
I’m so glad I got to experience the academy with you, from music comp to class piano, and senior production. Keep spreading our love for cool music.
Jelani,
I know how much you’ve wanted to leave high school, and now is your chance! Congrats and good luck!
Brit,
You’re the first person I saw when I first walked into the school for my audition. Stay sassy and true to you!
Beck,
I’ll be honest, I envied your One Direction merch in freshman year (I still kinda do lol). I’m so glad we started talking this year, you’re so cool!
Momo,
When you called me funny in sixth grade, I almost cried because that was the nicest thing anybody had said to me since middle school started. You’re an absolute joy to be around and it’s great to know you’ll stand up for our friends.
Mia,
YOU ARE GOING TO GO PLACES IN LIFE and I’m so proud of you! Keep that head up, you have all of us by your side.
Kait,
You’re actual sunshine on a cloudy day. It’s great knowing your beauty isn’t just on the outside.
Joanna,
You were the first person to actually talk to me when I walked into ACE on that first day of school. I will admit that I was the one who came up with “Most Likely to be All 3 Powerpuff Girls at Once” and I hope you found it amusing (after confusing lol).
Chase,
You’re smart and super talented at piano, but those are not the only things that define you. You’re also a really sweet friend and I hope you go really far in life.
Tristan,
You and me vs. the rain, all the way. I’m going to miss you so much.
Alana,
I’m still working on that letter, don’t worry! You represented us very well throughout this year and I loved working with you in all our different classes. Stay sweet!
Mo,
Everything I hear you say is funny and almost charming lol. You’re probably going to start some viral trend before me, but I’m okay this that. Hope you reach success!
Jazz,
Please don’t forget us when your name is in lights. I truly hope and feel that you’re going to go far. Shine on!

Dear Dr. K,
Thank you for all that you taught us these past four years. Not only did you care for us as students, but as your own children. I wish you the best in everything and know that your influence will span over decades and generations of music students.

and last but not least,

Dear future Vocal Strand Graduates,
Go above and beyond. All the drama, leave it at the door. You have great mentors and peers to guide you. The vocal strand has had its moments of grief, disappointment, anger, but don’t let those drag you down. Don’t let anything drag you down. Not everybody will pursue music in the future, but like Abraham Lincoln supposedly said,

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

I wish you all a great life.

Thank you.

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

May 2017 Favorites

Third month of favorites! I definitely had to keep myself occupied with youtube and music. School has been crazy! Not that June is upon us, I’m probably going to include more physical items or places in these favorites posts.

VLOGS/TRAVEL:
Who Am I? – Markiplier
What makes you so special? – Tessa Violet
Dyeing Short Hair – soothingsista

PEOPLE:
Mayim Bialik
Meziee B

TED Talks:
Ericka Alston
Lizzie Velasquez
Billy Ward

GAMES:
Little Nightmares – Markiplier
Hello Neighbor Alpha – 8-bit Ninja

MUSIC:
Radio – Conan Gray cover
Computer Boy – That Poppy
Computer Boy’s Play Date – That Poppy/Melanie Martinez Mashup
Malibu – Miley Cyrus
What I’ve Been Looking For – Ashley Tisdale ft. Lucas Grabeel

ANIMATION/FILM:
The Girl Without a Phone – A Cinderella Story (short film)

BOOKS:
The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever – Jeff Strand

What were your favorite things this month? Comment them down below! Also, comment any blog recommendations you might have for me or others interested! Have a great day friends!!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand | Queso’s (Spoiler-Free) Book Review 📖

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is about 15 year old Justin, aspiring big-time film director. With his two friends, Bobby and Gabe, and a cast of peers, teachers, and neighbors, Justin is set on creating the greatest zombie movie ever (roll credits 😂). However, his crew lacks a lot of proper direction and focus, but what more could you expect?

I picked up this book after reading the summary on the back cover (which was very much appreciated) and decided a break from the typical teen romance was in order. I felt a tinge of nostalgia as I read, which made the character interactions a bit more comical. See, I also wanted to film a horror movie in my younger teen years, but I was stopped by lack of direction and focus, much like the characters.

The characters themselves were a bit unbearable with their antics, but hey, they’re 15. The writing was also nothing too groundbreaking, but it did a great job of setting the tone of the story. What is the tone? For the most part, it was pretty comical. Everything that could’ve gone wrong with their filming did, and this ultimately made for an interesting middle school-teen story centered around great and not-so-great moments in the filmmaking process.

Rate: ★★★★☆

Don’t forget to share some of your favorite summertime books below!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

What are/were your plans after high school?

In less than a month, I’m graduating high school and in these past few months, the thought was a little terrifying.

It wasn’t so much the amount of independence that was scary, but the expectations others placed on me. I’ll be graduating in the top 10 of the class out of 403 (thank you God) with a few college credits from AP and dual enrollment and plenty experiences from academic and service clubs and organizations. All throughout high school, people told me I could get into any college I wanted to, with my resume and the fact I was a female minority. They didn’t believe me when I said I wanted to go to the community college down the road or the common university in the city over.

I did apply to the more prestigious, in-state schools (again, thank you God) but I knew I wouldn’t go there. First, those schools still cost too much. Even with my grades, I was just meeting average of others who were accepted. I wouldn’t receive much in scholarships.

Second, with money aside, I don’t really care about prestige. As long as the school  has the programs I need and is safe, then I’m cool with it. A degree is a degree is a degree. That’s okay.

Lastly, it makes me sad to see people rule out the possibility of community college. It’s not reserved for “dumb” people. In fact, it’s super cost-efficient and people that chose to go to community college to save money are indeed smart!

I believe you don’t need titles to change the world. You can make huge differences in your life or somebody else’s no matter where you go or what you do. Congrats to the people that have actually made it to their dream schools, your hard work and dedication is not unnoticed! But also to the ones still finding their way, nobody truly knows that their plans will go through. It’s okay to not know! Just do what you love and love what you do 😊😊

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

Thank you for your love and support 🌼

Don’t forget to thank those special people every once in a while. It could really make their day!

Stress Colds.

I think that’s what I’ve been experiencing since February. (I wish I was joking).

One of my goals for this year was to obviously make healthier decisions, and while I’m usually good at sticking to the small differences, I kept putting off my mental or emotional health as a priority. DO NOT DO THIS. It’s so important to check all aspects of your health regularly. You can do this by making a personal checklist of what you feel is important to see in yourself or writing in a journal (my personal favorite). The possibilities are endless!

I hope you find a way you can always take care of yourself because even though there are amazingly supportive arena helpful people out there, it’s you who has control over the decisions you make and the attitude you chose to posses. As always, I believe in you!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

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