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Milo Manheim from Disney Zombies – Interview Podcast

TWK speaks with Milo Manheim, who plays lead zombie Zed in Disney’s upcoming movie Zombies (slated for release in 2018). He talks about his theater background…including what happened when his scene partner went to the bathroom and left him all alone on stage in the middle of a play, his circus performer days, and of course about his new role and movie for the Disney Channel.

Photo credit: Bobby Quillard

How to Convince My Parents to Buy Me a Car

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So you’ve had your license for a while now and you’re ready to get your very first car. You ask yourself, “how do I convince my parents to buy me a car?” This is a tough question.

Having a car is a serious matter for both you and your parents regarding your safety and the financial status at home. Follow the steps below to see how you can convince your parents to buy you a car with ease and peace of mind.

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Step 1. Talk about the advantages by using persuasive language

It’s about time to have a family meeting about your parents buying you a car. You want to catch them when they’re in a good mood! Explain the benefits of having a car such as taking your siblings to school, picking up groceries, not having to nag your parents or your neighbors to drive you to school or other places and more. If you have other extracurricular activities, bring that up and show them that it will save them time and effort.

Step 2. Discuss your safety

Safety is the most important thing for you and your parents. Talk about different scenarios with your parents and how it makes you feel. Tell them it’s not safe to walk home late at night, how you never know when you will come across a crazy Uber driver and how it’s unsafe crossing the busy streets or riding a bike. Give a lot of reasoning on how much safer it is to be driving in a car.

Step 3. Negotiate politely

If you want your parents to buy you a car, you have to also understand the financial status of your home. Can they afford it? If not, are you willing to contribute some upfront cash, or work to pay off the note? Ask yourself these questions because your parents want the best for you and want to make you happy — but have to be realistic. Offer to help to pay for the car if you do work, and also offer to do things for them like running errands.

Step 4. Set up rules

Rules need to be laid out on the table. Your parents will expect you to be responsible about your choices. Set up a driving curfew, don’t disobey their general house rules, budget the gas money and limit the places you will drive to. Your parents won’t buy you a car just to take your friends out or to party.  You should not be the “Uber” to your friends. Limit these outings and use the car for its real intentions like school, work and errands. Always communicate with your parents when you’re taking the car and where you are.

Step 5. Do your research on cars and insurance

Purchasing a car is not cheap. Help your parents by comparing vehicle and insurance prices online. Be realistic with your vehicle choice — you don’t need a luxury car, you need a well-running car with great mileage and an affordable monthly payment. Show your parents that you’ve done your research and it’s in your best interest to make this a happy buying experience for all of you. Also check out discounts for auto insurances likes good student discounts. (Getting good grades has its perks.)

Step 6. Be grateful and follow through with your responsibilities

Thank your parents and follow through with the rules you discussed and be the responsible person you know you can be. Continue to do more around the house and really have this great connection with your parents. Somewhere down the road, you might forget about your parents buying you a car — but you should never forget that act of kindness nor the fact that they did it because they love you and want you to be happy.


Kristen_MarquezBy Kristen Marquez.

Kristen Marquez graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

How to Deal With the Aftermath of a Car Accident

By now your driver’s ed teacher has scared you with all the teen car accident statistics out there. You know that you are likely to experience an accident sometime before adulthood. Although the period following a traffic accident is likely to be characterized by confusion and shock, dealing with the aftermath will require that you keep a level head. This will help you to remember your responsibilities as well as to protect your rights. If you have prior knowledge of what you should do, you will be more prepared to handle the situation.

Check for Any Injuries

Immediately after a car accident, it is important to prioritize your health as well as that of other people at the scene. This means checking for any visible injuries, confusion and odd behaviors. Since it is not easy to spot internal injuries, you should ensure that everyone involved in the accidents gets checked.

Keep Yourself and Others Safe

Once you have established that no one has sustained serious injuries, you should consider moving to a safer place. In the event that you are not able to get out of your car, you should turn on the hazard lights and keep your seatbelt fastened. Whenever possible, it is advisable to move the vehicle to a position where it will not block traffic.

Take Pictures and Video

It is advisable to start video recording immediately after the accident. Document EVERYTHING. Take both pictures and video if need be. You do not need ANY permission from the other driver if you are in a public place to record anything and everything in the scene. Video is even better, because if the other party admits guilt when speaking, you can present that to the insurance company and attorneys to help win your case in the event of a lawsuit. If any witnesses took video or pictures, ask them to send them to you.

If There is Significant Damage or Injuries, Call the Police

After making sure that everyone is safe, you can choose to call the police. This would be particularly important in situations where there are serious personal injuries, your car has been seriously damaged or the other driver is not willing to cooperate. The law enforcement agencies will assess the situation, make their notes as well as gather details such as pictures of the damaged vehicles and photos of the scene. The resultant police report will come in handy in case your parents decide to seek compensation.

Exchange Information With the Other Driver

You should remember to exchange information with the other driver before leaving the scene. Besides getting their name, phone number, license plate number, address and vehicle make and model, you should also exchange insurance information. All these details will be helpful during the claim process, making your parents’ lives easier. You’re in deep enough as it is; the last thing you need is annoyed parents on top of it all.
If the damage is small, you may be able to settle with the other driver and avoid involving insurance companies. Try to work out a deal for getting any damaged repaired with your parents involvement.

Call Your Parents’ Insurance Company

For anything beyond small damage, your parents should make a point of calling your insurance company as soon as they can. Often they will need to consult with a lawyer in order to negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company. By reporting immediately and giving your side of the story, this will increase the chances of the claim being successful and getting the compensation you deserve.

If you believe that the other party was at fault, you have the right to file a claim. This will ensure that you get fair compensation to cover you medical expenses as well the costs of repairing or replacing your property.

References

Teen Driver Car Accident Statistics

Car Accident Key Questions

Teens and Insurance After Accidents

How to Focus in Class When it’s so Boring!

So you’re having a hard time paying attention in class….You’re teacher is boring, the information you’re learning is boring and you just can’t stop thinking about your plans later! Staying focused in class can be difficult but you are definitely not alone! Follow these 6 helpful tips on how to focus in class when it’s so boring.

Sit in the front of the class

I know you probably don’t want to sit in front of the class and have your teacher be literally a foot away from you, but this does help. When you’re sitting in the front, you aren’t staring at anyone’s head and you’re not seeing the class as a whole like if you were to sit all the way in the back. When you’re in the front, you’ll definitely want to try to stay awake so your teacher doesn’t call you out during the lecture.

Where you sit matters! It makes a big difference on your learning! This will help you engage eye contact with your teacher and will also show him/her that you’re interested in learning. If you’re lucky, they won’t call on you for an answer…but this shouldn’t be a problem because you’ll be focused.

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Stay away from your distractions

We’re constantly distracted, and that’s okay. As human beings, anything can be a distraction — especially in a boring class! Avoid sitting next to your friends because we all know you’ll be talking, doodling, passing notes and playing tic tac toe on the sides of your assignments.

Stay away from your phone. Texting and Snapchatting can wait. Instagram will be there when you get home but the notes on the board won’t!

NOTE: Ask your teacher if you can take pictures of the whiteboard/blackboard or record his lecture. That way your phone is actually being put to good use.

Take notes/participate

Taking notes and participating is a great way to stay focused! To take good notes you need to actively listen. And to listening actively, you need to be focused. Engage yourself in the lecture by asking questions. Organize your notes and really pay attention to what your lecture is about.

Don’t look at the clock

Staring at the clock only makes time go by even slower so don’t do it! Quit counting by the second. Do your work, actively listen, participate and next thing you know, class will be over.

Find ways to be motivated

Motivation can be easy when there’s a reward for you waiting at the finish line. Find ways to motivate yourself. For example, ask your parents for something if you get an A on your next exam – maybe some extra cash or an extra hour past curfew. Not only that, but better grades in general will open doors to scholarships, recognition and more! Come on, who doesn’t want to succeed?

Practice good habits

Sometimes we lose focus because we didn’t get enough sleep last night or we didn’t eat a well-balanced breakfast. Get into the habit of making minor changes to your lifestyle. Sleep better, eat better and get ahead in your workload. Study your current class topics before you go to class. Play a game by not taking out your phone during the entire lecture and reward yourself with a sweet snack!


Kristen_MarquezBy Kristen Marquez.

Kristen Marquez graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

Party Foul: Why Underage Drinking Really Isn’t Cool

Parties are the ultimate high school gathering. You can hang with your friends and go crazy with little to no adult supervision. But sometimes this reduced supervision can lead to the presence of alcohol. Even though it is illegal, it might not seem like a big deal to drink, but you need to be careful. There aren’t many benefits to drinking and there are a lot of serious consequences that you will have to deal with.

Death and Injury Rates

Each year there are about 4,300 deaths associated with underage drinking. On average, approximately 2,000 teens die every year because of drunk driving. Drunk driving is not cool. Getting caught could mean some serious legal repercussions, such as jail time, heavy fines, and community service. Having a record can prevent you from getting into a good college or even finding a job.

Additionally, thousands of teens are injured each year while under the influence of alcohol and many of them report that they were assaulted by a peer who had been drinking. Alcohol poisoning can also occur when you binge drink. The effects of binge drinking range from a nasty hangover to death, so it is not something to mess around with.

Risky Behavior

Drinking lowers your inhibitions and impairs your judgment. When you are drinking, you may make stupid decisions or put yourself in situations that are not safe. You are more likely to hurt yourself or to get hurt while you are drinking. You are also more likely to be sexually assaulted. Thousands of teens report each year that they were sexually assaulted while under the influence of alcohol. Even if you are consenting, you may not use proper protection, which leaves you vulnerable to contracting an STD.

Impact on Your Brain

Did you know that underage drinking can result in changes to your brain? Your brain won’t finish developing until your mid- to late-twenties, meaning that anything that you do to your brain can have a permanent effect on your brain. Underage drinking has been shown to impact that development and the functions of the brain. The younger you are when you start drinking, the more likely you are to get addicted or to impair the development of your brain. Not only can this cause a problem for you now, but it can also make it easier to get addicted to other substances.

So before you take that first sip, consider what you are getting yourself into. Drinking can wait until you are older, and you can still have fun with your friends without getting drunk.

6 Ways to Make Bank While Still in High School

Many famous entrepreneurs got their start at an early age. They often cite starting a service based business or online shop as their first venture. Even if you aren’t aiming to become a CEO in the near future, earning some extra cash on the side can allow you to save for items or experiences without relying on your parents. Parents may be inclined to veto certain purchases or outings, but they are generally more likely to support their children’s choices if the student has shown discipline and maturity in earning and saving responsibly.

There aren’t as many options for high school students to earn as there are for college graduates working full-time, but don’t let that discourage you. There are also many opportunities available for high school students that aren’t readily taken on by adults.

Sales

When brainstorming business ideas, make sure you are adhering to all school rules and laws. Selling gum, candy or baked goods is a common suggestion for teens who want to make money. However, many schools have policies in place that prevent anyone besides the school from selling food on campus. In some cases, you won’t get in trouble, but your parents can be held responsible. Networking with family and friends and selling security cameras or MLM products such as doTERRA oils or Mary Kay products can be highly lucrative.

House and Property Care

High school students are very capable of doing most household tasks like cooking and cleaning. In many families, each member is expected to perform certain chores without pay. But it doesn’t hurt to ask if you can pick up more than your assigned share in order to make some extra cash. With your parents’ permission, you can also offer these services to neighbors. You can also add services like mowing lawns, helping with household technology (setting up new purchases, troubleshooting computers, etc), and driving errands (if you have a license).

Academics

You can profit from the work you do in your own classes. You can offer tutoring in classes you have already completed and done well in. You can also sell notes and study guides you have created (just make sure they don’t break any academic rules your school has). You can make multiply your business by offering these services to groups.

Use Your Skills

Think about what you enjoy and what you’re good at. This could be typing or computer activities, art, etc. Think of how you can profit from these skills and/or do a little research to see what you come up with. Many online sites will pay on a per-job basis for things like transcription (listening to an audio file and typing what you hear), translation, data entry (for example, re-typing a page of text that has been scanned from handwritten notes or a pdf), and more. You can generate sales by making a website or contributing to a blog that already exists.

Retail / Food

Part-time jobs like dishwashing and folding clothes are common for people who are still in school. These jobs tend to pay less per hour than other opportunities mentioned in this article and they can be stressful since you are working for a real company. However, the benefits are a steady paycheck without having to set-up your own client base or online shop, as well as a solid role to add to your resume.

Work for Someone You Know

Chances are, someone you know has a business they could use some help with. It could be a friend, a family member, a friend’s parent or a parent’s friend. By looking within your own social network, you may find an opportunity that no one else knows about. Working at a real company can give you great insight into what type of work you may or may not like to take on after high school.

If you’re like me, you crave independence. Your age doesn’t need to be an obstacle to getting a head start on your financial success. Financial coach Chris Hogan says “There’s no present like time.” The sooner you can start raking in the dough, the sooner you can learn how that process works, which will set you up for decades to come.

5 Reasons Why Fighting the Bully Isn’t Worth It

Nobody should endure physical and emotional abuse from another person. Although it’s tempting to respond negatively to people that wrong you, fighting a bully might have negative consequences. While you have a right to defend yourself if attacked physically, it’s better to handle the situation in a nonviolent manner whenever possible. Learn more about the consequences of fighting a bully to discover how it can affect your life in a negative way.

It’s Dangerous

Fighting a bully can have very dangerous consequences. It’s difficult to anticipate the fighting skill of another person. Someone trained in martial arts or boxing could inflict a great deal of harm on someone else. The negative consequences of fighting a bully include bruises, broken bones, and public embarrassment. It’s also impossible to determine if a bully has a weapon that could potentially kill you.

It’s Illegal

Illegal fighting has consequences. It’s against the law to physically harm someone else unless its a clear case of self-defense, and mere name-calling doesn’t qualify. In many states, if you have the ability to walk away, you can get in trouble if you choose to engage instead. It’s possible for you to be charged with assault if the incident is reported to law enforcement, and the prevalence of cell phones with video capabilities make this very easy. Assault is usually a misdemeanor charge, but you might have to serve jail time. It’s possible to receive a felony charge of aggravated assault if you harm someone severely. Fighting a bully just isn’t worth the criminal and legal consequences that come with it.

You Could Be Sued

In addition to criminal charges, fighting a bully could cost you a large sum of money. A bully might file a civil lawsuit against you. Many people seek financial compensation for medical expenses that result from a physical confrontation. It’s also possible for a bully to seek financial compensation for emotional stress from their injuries — even if they were the ones bothering you in the first place!

Fighting Stays on Your Academic Record

Fighting a bully on school property could stay on your academic record. The minimum punishment for fighting is detention. Many students are sentenced to in-school suspension or expelled. Colleges will look at your academic record during the admissions process. Negative marks regarding your behavior record could make it difficult to attend a prestigious university.

It Might Not Change Anything

Responding to a bully in a violent manner will not always make the situation better. The bully might continue to disrespect you. The purpose of a bully is to get a negative reaction out of you, and a bully loves to see you upset. It’s important to control your emotions around a bully. Many bullies will stop their hostile behavior when you stop responding to it.

The negative consequences of fighting could include include personal injury, criminal charges, and legal trouble. Fighting on school property will stay on your permanent record and might make the situation worse. It’s important to deal with a bully in a non-violent way when possible, such as verbally standing up for yourself, simply walking away, or getting the help of an adult.

However, if you DO need to respond physically, here are some tips from a Krav Maga expert:

 

If You Haven’t Checked Off These High School Milestones are You Really a Senior?

High school often seems like a lot of hard work, boring classes, and time wasted. While it can seem long and grueling in the moment, most people look back on their high school memories fondly. While academic work is important, memories made with these milestones will last a lifetime. Have you cleared all these senior milestones?

 

College Tours

One perk of being a high school senior is that many schools will excuse absences for college tours. This as an opportunity to travel to any school you plan to apply to, visit the campus, learn about classes, and check out any extras the school offers such as recreation centers or campus organizations. These are usually offered in the fall or spring. Talk to your academic advisor to see what campuses they might recommend.

Prom

It’s in almost any movie that features high school students. Prom may be the absolute symbol of American high school. You get dressed, go to dinner, dance, take pictures, and make lifelong memories. Even for students not interested in dancing, prom is an opportunity to have a night of extravagance unlike any other in your high school career.

Getting a Driver’s License

For many teenagers, a car equals freedom. Most students are old enough to get their driver’s license during sophomore or junior year of high school. Some wait a little bit longer, but most have their driver’s license before they graduate. You’re often required to take a high school class in driver’s education and will also have to pass the exam at the DMV. Being able to drive means being able to go places without your parents, which can make high school memories even more special.

Senior Trips

Some lucky seniors get to go on a senior trip with their friends or family. This can happen over spring break of senior year or after graduation. Some of the most popular destinations are Florida, California, and New York. This is an opportunity to get away with the senior class and bond in a new environment. If an organized senior trip is not a possibility, it can be fun to get away with a small group of friends or close family as well.

Volunteer

Some schools require students to log a certain number of volunteer hours during their high school careers. However, even if it’s not required, it is a good idea to put in some kind of volunteer activity to include on a college resume. Volunteering can be very rewarding and have a big impact on the local community. Local homeless shelters, animal shelters, and nursing homes are great places to start getting involved.

Not everyone will have a typical high school experience, but there are certain things every senior should do to make the most of their time and make memories that will last forever.

Want to Make a Difference? Best Charities for Teens to Make an Impact in the Community

Many teens today want to make a positive impact in their community. There are a variety of causes to choose from for people who want to make a difference. Here are some of the best charities to help you make an impact in your community, based on history, reputation, and other factors.

American Red Cross

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With all of the weather issues that the United States has had recently, working with the American Red Cross is a great option. This is a charity that truly cares about the lives of other people. Not only will this charity get supplies to your community, but they will work diligently on your behalf as well.

The American Red Cross has a strong online presence and is recognized as one of the best charities worldwide even if they are not perfect (who is?). You can learn all about the charity online and can even donate money online. If you are interested in helping others, the American Red Cross is a great solution for you.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

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One of the biggest issues in many communities is that children do not have great role models to look up to. This is a major issue that results in children acting out in order to get attention. There are various charities that work with children in order to help them in the future.

One of the best charities for many people is youth mentoring with Big Brother Big Sister. This is a company that has made a positive impact on thousands of communities around the country. When you are a youth mentor, you will spend time with children every week and work on their goals for the future. Making an impact in your community has never been easier.

Many of the children are from poor families. Many of these families only have one parent in the home who has to work to provide for the children. You can make a positive impact simply by spending time with these children and talking to them about their issues.

United Way

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The United Way is another of the best charities that does a lot of great work in local areas. This is a charity that focuses on helping children in their communities through sports activities. For many children and teens, sports are a great way to release their frustration about situations they have in life, and they also provide health benefits. The United Way is not without controversy, due to the high salaries paid to leadership, but they do good overall.

Many studies show that children who have access to community help will perform better in school and in life. Spending your time with these charities is a great investment to help others. You might also want to consider starting a fundraiser for your school, here are some school fundraising ideas to check through.

5 Ways to Protect Your Belongings in Your First College Dorm Room

Leaving home and moving into your very first dorm is a huge step in your life. Being around all kinds of new people in a new environment means new responsibilities. Throughout your childhood, your parents have always had the security in your home covered, but now it’s up to you to keep you and your meager possessions safe. Here are 5 tips to help you protect your belongings in your dorm room.

Always Lock Your Door

It’s a super basic rule, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to do it. This isn’t just about locking your door when you leave to go to classes. Any time you walk out your door, lock it. Even if it’s just a quick run down the hall, to do a load of laundry, or to hang out in the common room, lock your door.  It’s better to be safe than sorry—especially when sorry could mean someone stole your Mac and you lost most of your class notes.

Limit Access to Your Room

Even the most secure dorms are hectic at times. Residents come and go, as do their guests. While it would be nice if you could secure your dorm room with a system like ADT Pulse, that’s a little impractical for most college students, and it’s also not completely necessary. A little vigilance about who has access to your room goes a long way. If there’s no good reason for someone to be in your room, take the conversation to a common area instead.

Don’t Leave Things Out

At home, you don’t think twice about leaving your laptop, money or textbooks out in the open. In your dorm, however, it’s a little different. Many college thefts are crimes of opportunity, so don’t give anyone lingering around your space the opportunity to make off with your stuff. Put valuable items out of sight in a drawer or in your closet. Want to be even more safe? Get a footlocker and stash valuables away. Don’t forget to keep it locked.

Follow the Dorm’s Rules

They might not be very fun, but rules are there for a reason and following them can save you a lot of stress. Pay particular attention to the rules about not loaning your keys to others, not letting strangers into your dorm and not propping locked doors open for temporary convenience.

Make Sure Your Roommate Complies

None of the previous tips work if you and your roommate(s) aren’t on the same page. Make sure they lock the doors, keep their stuff put away and aren’t letting someone neither of you know well have access to your room. Open and honest communication about things like this with your roommates will enhance the relationship and lead to a positive dorm experience.

Living away from home is a new and exciting chapter. You’re experiencing life for the first time not under your parents’ roof. Don’t make it more stressful than it needs to be, though. If you remember these 5 easy tips, you’ll be on your way to having a great college experience.