Jen + Mel Productions

est. 2008



mostly life updates

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,
Your talent and love for what you do is amazing. The kids you will inspire are going to be very lucky.
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.
I know how much you’ve wanted to leave high school, and now is your chance! Congrats and good luck!
You’re the first person I saw when I first walked into the school for my audition. Stay sassy and true to you!
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!
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.
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.
You’re actual sunshine on a cloudy day. It’s great knowing your beauty isn’t just on the outside.
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).
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.
You and me vs. the rain, all the way. I’m going to miss you so much.
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!
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!
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.

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

Mayim Bialik
Meziee B

TED Talks:
Ericka Alston
Lizzie Velasquez
Billy Ward

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

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

The Girl Without a Phone – A Cinderella Story (short film)

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

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

April 2017 Favorites

Yay! Second favorites post! April flew by so quickly, by the time I get to May favorites, I’m already graduating (oh boy). Without further ado, here’s my favorite things for the month of April!

Dead Mall Series by Dan Bell
Jenn Goes To Indonesia (clothesncounters)

TED Talks:
Caroline Paul
Laurence Lewars

Giant Blindfolded Slime Challenge (andreaxandrea)
how to make a zine (Jordan Clark)

Bridgit Mendler- Atlantis
Dodie Clark – Intertwined
Bruno Mars- That’s What I Like
Paramore- Hard Times

Your Lie in April (anime, also I just realized the title and the month and lol)
Andi Mack (Disney)

April consisted of studying for AP exams and some DIY projects in between *shrugs* I need sleep

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso


What I Actually Want to Do

I recently watched a TED Talk (link: Questions Every Teenager Needs to be Asked) where the speaker had asked his peers questions about what their plans for the future were and all of that deep self-reflecting stuff us teens absolutely cringe at the thought of. It got me thinking, what do I want to do in 10-15 years? Don’t worry, I still plan on building and improving schools throughout the world (insert self-promo here lol: I want to build schools) but in my childlike wonder, I wish to travel the world in a different way as well.

That’s right, my dream is to be on the Travel Channel.

I’ve lived in the same city my entire life and have only been outside the country to go to Canada. And yet, I’ve been graced with the privilege to meet people from all over the world during my summer volunteer work. I grew up watching people explore places outside of my familiar surroundings and it’s just so COOL.

During my scholarship seminars, I met students that wanted to travel to help bring peace and prosperity to other countries, which isn’t bad at all. ((If anything, I hope to do that with my schools.)) But I also just want to want tohatoravel travel for the history. Go to every tourist sport and back alley and local hot spots and urban exploration treasures. All while documenting my experiences to impart the things I learn to the kids like me that can only go so far physically.

There’s so much of the world to see and I intend to see as much as I can and share it with as many as I can.

In the comments below, tell me: What’s something amazing about where you live?

See you guys later!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

I haven’t watched 13 reasons yet but I did read the book in 8th grade and it has left such a huge impact on my life so I really hope the series lives up to my expectations. I’m not usually analytical when it comes to tv or film, but this covers a super important topic that I don’t want to see discredited as just another Netflix fad.

I’m planning a more in depth post about my thoughts before, during, and after watching it, so stay tuned!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

March 2017 Favorites

Hello friends! Since I am terrible at making videos on schedule, I decided I’d rather do a monthly favorites post on this blog. Here it goes!

Drake Bell in Disney Land
Krist Yu in Japan (pt. 2)
Exploring w/ Josh (not) Abandoned Hotel
Markiplier “I Am Lost”

TED Talks:
Luke Fox (This is one of my all time favorites)

Conan Gray’s JP Stationary Haul

Markiplier plays The Pedestrian

Bridgit Mendler- Temperamental Love
Miami Slice- Without You
Flash/Supergirl Crossover- Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Siren’s Lament OST- Unspoken

Orange (Anime)
Supergirl (TV Show)

I’ve been reading a lot of my childhood chapter books (library tour coming soon!) because I donated about half of my library and had time to reminisce 😊 Some series: Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, The Missing Series, Wishbone Classics, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (#notmyrodrick)

I hope to continue this type of monthly favorites post from now on, so give a like if you found anything on my list interesting or helpful! Later my friends!

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