Written by Cecilia Ymaz, Sophomore at Chula Vista High School

 

“Why are we spending billions of dollars on space exploration when we could use the money for the major issues we currently experience on our home planet, such as world poverty, world hunger, and climate change?” “Why are we exploring space when we haven’t even explored every nook and cranny of Earth?” “What is the purpose of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on spaceflight when there have already been several disastrous spaceflight mission failures?” It’s possible that you have stopped to consider these questions and think that space exploration is useless. But, it is likely that you believe that exploring outside of our planet shows true value in benefitting the world and our quality of life. So, what exactly makes space exploration so significant?

Knowledge is an indispensable tool that gives us the opportunity to create better solutions to our obstacles. There are several remarkable inventions as a result of space exploration. For example, CAT scans and MRI scans are a product of NASA’s digital signal technology. This medical advancement helps individuals receive the proper care they need because illnesses can be diagnosed and treated more effectively. NASA has also contributed to the creation of prosthetics, heart and insulin pumps, surgical robots, and substantially more. Furthermore, there are currently 31 operational satellites in the GPS constellation that help us in our everyday lives and expand what we know about Earth. Not only is it highly depended on for day-to-day navigation, but without GPS technology, we would lose the opportunity to research natural disasters and how to better research meteorology. Additionally, satellites support scientists in monitoring the signs of climate change and pollution in the environment, helping us take action that is more effective. Therefore, space technology pays off in the sense that it is applied to the improvement of life on Earth.

On top of that, innovation is stimulating the economy as astronautical research continues to pave the way for the development of increasingly efficient space technology. Advances in space exploration have led to an expanding space sector, rapidly increasing the number of jobs available in the space industry. This has caused major growth in national economies, promoting breakthroughs in vital research that can make an impact on the current issues we face on Earth. As more opportunities and revenues are generated by space projects, this has resulted in higher-quality education for future generations to take advantage of. Now, more than ever, students are becoming increasingly interested in science and technology. STEM education is pushing the boundaries of innovation and encourages the quest to explore outer space. This only continues the cycle of how space exploration continues to spark breakthroughs that come down to Earth. Space exploration is an investment in abiding prosperity on Earth.   

Can the expenditures of billions of dollars on the space industry be justifiable when there is human suffering on Earth? Well, science is the basis for action, and the future is in the stars. So, before you ask, “Why should we care about outer space?”, first consider how one small step for man was a giant leap for mankind. 

Written by Cecilia Ymaz, Sophomore at CVHS

 

Thank you to all of the school counselors who have worked so hard to help students on their journey to success. I am so grateful to be in a school with a wonderful counseling center! It is inspiring to see our school superheroes make a difference in the lives of students every day. Make sure to celebrate the rest of the week by thanking a counselor for all the hard work they do!

 

I would also like to give a special shoutout to Ms. Saiki for her dedication to tirelessly helping students and supporting them throughout their high school years. She has helped me through many obstacles and new opportunities that I would not have been able to accomplish without her help. Her drive and ambition to support students in succeeding have made a difference in my life and many others.

 

The school spirit and hard work of counselors can motivate us to continue on our paths to prosperity. The gratitude we feel because of our counselors can always be used to help someone else in need. Let this week of appreciation be a reminder that you have the power to make positive changes in your life and the lives of others around you. 

 

Take this opportunity to grow an attitude of gratitude! Showing appreciation for the good things in your life is scientifically proven to improve your social skills, career goals, and physical and emotional wellbeing. Think about what your counselor has helped with you recently. Try to remember important life lessons you learned. Developing gratitude for the people and experiences in your life will support you in becoming a better version of yourself.

 

Our high school counselors truly make a difference in the world. Every day, they dedicate their time to impacting high school students with their passion to help. Once again, thank you, CVH counselors. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. 

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.