In no particular order, here are ten songs that I find to be influential or just nice to listen to in my life.
- Second Chance: Shinedown I love this song. Not only is it written and played beautifully it sends a powerful message. The writer of it said it was mainly just a personal experience and that’s why it was written, but I believe that it could apply to anyone, especially now that we are in college. The main point is to just throw caution to the wind and just do what you love. There’s no need in doing something that you don’t enjoy just because somebody else wants you to or because of the money. Do something you love, for you.
- Superheroes: The Script This song is undeniably uplifting. It’s about all of the unsung heroes in the world who stay positive and hopeful despite all of the hardships they might have faced. It tells about defying the odds, about fighting for what you want, about being your own superhero. This song just makes me feel so powerful and happy and I get a lot of things accomplished after listening to this song. Keep fighting because everything will end up just how you hoped it would.
- All I Want: Kodaline This one is a slightly depressing song, but sometimes that’s just what you need. It tells the story of a man who’s girlfriend went away on holiday and when she came back she had a new boyfriend. This experience was truly heartbreaking for the artist and everybody can relate at one point in their life or another, but the writer also sings of how its alright because he’ll find somebody, and that’s whats really important. Know that even if one person breaks your heart and it doesn’t feel like you’ll ever recover, there will be someone else out there for you but you have to let go of the past in order to make room for the future.
- 7 Years: Leah Guest This is a remake of the original song performed by Lukas Graham but I think I might love it even more. This version is about a girl told to be kind and brave and that her heart should be the prettiest thing about her. Its really nice to hear someone singing about being the best person they could be and how everybody matters and that it doesn’t matter what society tells you to be, be yourself, love yourself, be happy with yourself because that’s all that really matters.
- Untouched: The Veronicas I’ve loved this song since it was released in 2007, i didn’t know what it was about then just that i couldn’t stop dancing to it. Now, I know that its about a long distance relationship and how distance does make the heart grow fonder but you just miss them so much. I think that the energetic tempo of the song has to do with the intense passion shes feeling but gets no release from, sometimes you just need them there to hold you or listen to you in person. Sure they can from far away but somehow there’s just something so comforting in knowing that they are there for you physically.
- Sonata in B Minor for Solo Cello, Op. 8: Alisa Weilerstein Sometimes you just need a little classical in your life. This playing is intense and smooth and it just calms me right down. It begins immediately, there’s no transition into it and then there comes this one higher note in it that is just so beautiful, then about half way through it slows down a bit and softens up, not as intense but still as commanding and beautiful. I can’t really explain it, but I just love this piece.
- Here With Me: Susie Suh, Robert Koch This song can be taken two different ways, her lover could either have died or left her. This is so tragically beautiful. She begins caught in the riptide of life, lost in her emotions but knowing there was a reason that they met and spent life together. Then it moves on to talk about how she says their name at midnight and theres so many miles between them but yet they’ll always be with her. Even when someone is gone, they’ll leave a mark on you. Whether that mark is good or bad remains to be seen but a mark is mark no mattter how small. This song reminds me to enjoy what I have while I have it, and to remember that even when someone leaves, they’ll be there in our memories.
- Beast: Timeflies I always feel like dancing to this song too. Plus, its quite uplifting, telling of how they worked to be great, they weren’t given what they have, they worked for it and then they got it on their own. They won’t take no for an answer and that’s inspiring to me. To be able to do everything themselves, that they don’t need anyone else’s help now since it wasn’t given to them before. Be great despite the odds. Show your strength and do not be afraid to go alone.
- Mess is Mine: Vance Joy This one is about being in a relationship and accepting a person warts and all. Everyone has baggage and in a relationship you have to be willing to take on your partners baggage or their “mess” and make it your own. Relationships are messy and that’s part of the beauty of them. They are so passionate and unpredictable, its all give and take and you have to be ready to give them your all and take their all in return. That is why I love this song, it’s about having to accept a person so completely that you can’t distinguish your mess from their mess.
- Stone Cold: Demi Lovato Demi’s voice in this song is a thing of pure beauty. Not just from the flawless notes and pitches but because you are able to hear how sad she is. Its not easy being able to hit all the notes yet still be able to include the specific emotions you want. This is another slightly sad song about watching an ex love someone else. She still loves them enough to want them to be happy even if that isn’t with her anymore. Don’t be an angry and jealous ex who tries to ruin any future relationship, let it go, be happy for them, then start being happy for yourself. Its hard, but nothing in life comes easy, you got to work for them. You can do it.
I found the class we had on leadership to be very interesting. When he first said that he had seen all of his strengths lined up best to worst, I was curious what my bottom ones were. But then he said that the reason you are unable to see them all it was because that is where everyone looks first. Everyone is already so consumed with their weaknesses and on improving them even if it is not something that comes naturally. And to be 100% honest, I did not first believe him about improving something you’re already good at instead of working at something that you are less inclined in. I mean why should you? You are already good. Then eureka! Sure you may be good at it, but you’re not at your full capacity. Just imagining all the things that are possible if you just coax and work on your own strengths you could be the best.
My top five strengths in order from the most to least are Developer, Input, Adaptability, Arranger, and Empathy. An example of Developer would be my time as a Project TRUST counselor. Project TRUST is a camp for middle schoolers to recognize and deal with bullies. They learn the consequences of words and what can happen and they learn that the value of a person is not determined based on what they look like. My job as a counselor was to help them and point them in the right direction of actions. To do that we first separated them into a bunch of groups of people who may or may not have ever interacted with each other and we talked. About our fears and our dreams and our hopes and so on. We led by example, talking of our own personal experiences and then allowing them to share. Everyone has a fear, none less than the other.
An example of the strength Input was back in my underclassmen years of high school. I would never describe myself as shy, just as someone who is more comfortable listening and observing than talking and displaying. Because of this I gathered a lot of information about my fellow classmates and when one of my close friends got close with a former flame that had turned down a dark path, I knew that nothing good would be able to come out of this relationship. I did not want to be un-supportive and what not but I couldn’t not tell her what I knew right? So I did, I reminded her of why they broke up in the first place and what he had become of since then. (Not because of her though). He started doing not just harmless drugs but the serious, could be deadly drugs and drinking an unhealthy amount of alcohol all the time. She thanked me but then tried to “fix” him. They can’t be “fixed” though, if they are going to change it has to be for themselves and no one else, so needless to say her efforts were in vain and he got a little aggressive at her attempts to change him. So, I’m not sure if this is a good example of this strength but it is the first thing that popped in my head and I thought it was important to acknowledge that.
A last example of the trait Adaptability came senior year when I was cast into the play “Don’t Drink the Water”. First of all, my casting was a complete shock and I definitely never expected it to happen. But it happened because of the callbacks? I guess you would call them. A rather large group of us were to come back to the school later and perform in some line reading and acting. When we got there and started our reading she would start throwing things and tell us to pretend we were in a war (the setting of the play). Or she had us switch roles in the middle of the scene, or give us a certain emotion to encompass while reading. And shockingly I excelled at that. I was good enough at least that I was cast into the play and given more lines than the play actually called for. But then, show night came and the main actors had some seriously fast costume changes and sometimes would not be able to make their entrances in time so the actors already on the stage would have to improvise. The one scene I actually improvised in, I was congratulated by the director herself because 1. Nobody noticed that that was not supposed to happen, and 2. It was funny.
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This is Leia. I first met her about two weeks ago in my Art Scholars class when we were told to pick a partner to complete a photo project. For this project we needed to take a picture of our partner that captures their personality, which is very difficult to manage when you can only use a SINGLE picture. However, I found that she is one of the kindest people I have met on campus and even though we only had a single dinner together, I know that we have a lot in common and will be great friends. The photo that I took embodies how kind and sweet she really is. In this picture Leia is smiling. She is laughing and dancing and just generally enjoying her life and herself, this is amazing in itself because it’s midterms week…I see this picture as depicting her as a relaxed, carefree, confident girl who is not afraid to be herself. Just talking to her for one day I realized and noticed how incredibly kind she is and how absolutely brilliant she is (I mean she’s majoring in neuroscience!). How she puts others first without compromising herself or her own beliefs, and how she knows exactly who she is and that she is happy about it. She knew exactly what to say when the conversation started lacking and she has a way of identifying with whoever she is talking to. She has a way of making you feel comfortable even if you are essentially strangers. Just by talking about the classes she’s taking (Biology to Chemistry) or the TV shows she’s watching (One Tree Hill to Grey’s Anatomy) or the books she’s reading (Sarah Dessen to J.K. Rowling), she is able to connect with basically anyone, and it was truly amazing how easy it was to feel like we had been friends for a long time.
Hello all, my name is Hannah Lorine Putman and I am the fourth child of five of Angela Putman and Steven Putman. I have one brother and three sisters, two dogs, and a cat. Born and raised in the fantastically small Wilmington, Ohio. I was an active member in National Honor Society and an officer for two years for the Interact club at Wilmington High School. I also participated in the theater program, being in the stage crew for seven shows and a cast member for one. I have played soccer since I was around four years old, and was on the Varsity team for three years. I have also participated in the Lady Cane Track and Field team since seventh grade and have been a four year Varsity member. I am currently a freshman at The Ohio State University, and a member of the Art Scholars. And while I currently an undeclared, I plan on majoring in Health Sciences on the Pre-Medical track to become an oncologist.
I am also an avid reader and writer and sports fan. I hold season tickets for The Ohio State Buckeyes football team and have been to both the soccer games (Buckeyes and Columbus Crew) and the hockey games, enjoying every minute. I am also a visual artist meaning I basically draw and paint…a lot.
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