Written by Cecilia Ymaz, Sophomore at CVHS

How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m not a math person”? The truth is, there is no such thing as a math or English person. In fact, we are all math people! My middle school math teacher always emphasized the idea that math is a beautiful, universal language. Everyone is equally capable of learning this wonderful language that can be seen anywhere you go. Math is what makes up this world, and I believe it should be embraced by everyone.

I will never forget the day a substitute teacher for my third-grade class told us, “Math is the only subject that can tell you the truth.” And he wasn’t wrong; math will never lie to you. While there will be many different and creative ways to solve one problem, math always remains objective. The beauty of math is that we can search for the truth using our imagination and critical-thinking skills. 

What would the world look like if we didn’t use math? What would businesses do without the use of compound interest and investments? How would proper infrastructure be built? How would we pay for products and services on a daily basis? This only proves that math is in every nook and cranny of the universe. In reality, we have relied on math our entire lives for simple things such as checking the time and cooking food. But every day, we constantly depend on math for complex ideas like the health care system and constructing strong buildings and bridges.

I love the challenges we are faced with when doing math. Instead of responding to math problems with panic, I have learned to approach them with focus and determination. Math brings me joy knowing that it truly is the purest and simplest subject there is when it is broken down. While not everyone may enjoy math or find it very interesting, everyone should have the opportunity to learn about its beauty with a growth mindset.

Written by Cecilia Ymaz, Sophomore at CVHS

Motivation is key to bringing positive changes into your life and helping yourself overcome any obstacle. It sparks creativity, determination, and persistence. But sometimes it’s a struggle to find motivation and maintain it. You may find yourself feeling overwhelmed or anxious about tasks piling up or current events happening around the world. Or, you may have goals that are unclear or unrealistic. For whatever reason it is you are feeling unmotivated, know that you are not alone. However, it is important to learn how to regain motivation and ensure that it will stay by your side. So, how can you achieve never-ending motivation?

  1. Identify what is blocking you from being motivated.

In order to change, you must reflect on what is truly stopping you from being motivated. Perhaps some of the things you do on a daily basis have started to feel more like a chore instead of something you enjoy doing. Once you have figured out what your inner obstacle is, you can plan on improving your routines.

     2. Start setting realistic, achievable goals. 

It’s extremely important that you set goals for yourself that are not too difficult to achieve, but also not too easy. Setting unrealistic goals is often the reason why we lose motivation and drive to accomplish our targets. I recommend using the SMART goal formula to help you organize your goals and make them attainable.

     3. Dream big and envision yourself there.

While it’s important to be realistic with goal-setting, it is also crucial to think about the bigger picture and your higher purpose. Where do you see yourself in ten years? While this vision may take a while to craft, reflect on your ambitions and the joy it would bring you to fulfill some of your biggest aspirations. Let it fuel your motivation and determination to work hard.

     4. Just do it!

Now that you have allowed yourself to make changes in your life by reflecting on how you can become a better version of yourself, setting goals that keep you moving forward, and creating your higher purpose, you need to act on these commitments! A lot of things are easier said than done, but taking action is essential to maintaining motivation and incorporating it into your everyday life.


Having a supportive environment, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and being kinder to yourself are also vital factors to regaining motivation. Staying motivated can truly transform your entire life, but it takes optimism and patience. With a positive mindset, anything is possible. You will find yourself trying new and exciting experiences, pushing through difficult challenges, and living a fulfilling life with a progressive drive. Be proactive and start your motivation journey today!