Interview with a friend: Courtney 

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to try something different. I thought I would give you a bit of insight from someone else. 

Today I will be interviewing my friend Courtney! She is a great friend that I met through a page on Facebook. 

We were both considering the same college at one point and she messaged me since she saw me on the page. She decided on a different path in the end but we kept talking anyways and became pen pals! As well as great friends!

She has some great insight to share, so I will be posting some of what she shared with me when I interviewed her. 

What I say will be Bolded 

And her words italicized

Give us some insight on you Courtney. What are the most important things for us to know about you?

Insight on me? 

This may be harder than I thought. 

There are many things to know about me. Where to begin? 

I whole heartedly support the police (and that doesn’t mean I’m okay with police brutality) and i can’t get along with people who don’t. I spend my nights listening to a police scanner instead of partying like people do my age.

 I’m also a Winnie The Pooh fanatic. While I may be 18 I have Winnie the Pooh things all over my room. 

I’m also that weird person who watched Christmas movies all year around. I watch Home Alone 3 every Saturday (yes I can quote it). 

And I love to write. I carry a notebook where ever I go because you never know when inspiration will come along.

What do you want to do now that you’re finished with high school?

I want to graduate college.

 My parents and grandparents never went to college so doing this will be something special. 

I also want to turn 21 so I can put in my application to work for the 911 disbatch center in my town. 

But most importantly I want to spend as much time as possible with the ones I love. Since graduating high school I’ve spent so much more time with my grandma and I want to continue that. 

Those are great goals! For the next question, describe what you are passionate about. 

(This may offend someone and if it does I’m sorry)

I am VERY passionate about law enforcement and the men and women who protect us. Nothing bugs me more when the media tries to paint every cop dirty and a murderer. And that’s not me saying that police brutality is okay. ITS NOT. 

But it’s also not okay to call me a racist because I support the police!

I had an experience in a airport where I was wearing a memorial shirt for a friend who was a cop and who was sadly killed doing his job. This lady gave me the nastiest look and mumbles racist under her breath. She wouldn’t let me explain myself. 

And if for some reason she’s reading this I’m sorry if you or someone you love has been hurt by a member of law enforcement but that doesn’t mean you can say every law enforcement member is like that. 

Just like not every teacher is a bad one, not every lawyer is dirty and so on.

I agree, I don’t see why issues like these have to cause division among everyone. In the end that does way more harm than good. 

So for the next question-who is someone that has changed your life and why?

There are two people. 

His name is Deputy Carl Koontz. He was my one of my school recourse officers and a Deputy in my town. He started working for my old highschool at a time in my life where I was lost.

I didn’t know what I wanted, I was unhappy and at times not making the best or safest decisions. The school resource officers stand in the lunch room every day incase of fights or other emergencies. 

One day I got scared (it’s a long story) and I went and I started talking to him. That was the best decision I ever made.

 If I needed him he’d stop what he was doing and listen. He’d let me spend how ever long I needed with him if I was having a bad day. I felt safe for the first time in a while. 

He is the reason I’m not afraid of public speaking. This man did more than his job required him to do. 

Even when we weren’t in school I’d listen to him on the police scanner and it kept me out of trouble. It also helped me fall in love with becoming a 911 dispatcher. 

Sadly on March 20, 2016 while serving a warrant he along with another deputy were shot. His partner survived and he lost his life. The man who killed him killed himself. 

Carl wasn’t even suppose to be working that night but it was Carl. He went beyond what he needed to do to help others. 

After he was killed my world fell apart. I felt alone and lost and no one around me (at least in my age group) understood me. 

There was also only so much grief and guidance councilors could say before it became the same thing over and over again. And I didn’t feel like I could go to our other school cops. I didn’t want to bother them. I knew they were hurting just as bad if not worse and it wouldn’t be right. 

I struggled for a while untill something I will never forget happened. An email was set up for his son. It was to share stories about his dad that you maybe didn’t want others to see. 

One night I sent him an email. I was struggling and I wanted to look back on some happy memories with his dad. What happened next changed where I was going. Carl’s wife contacted me. She has been so kind and caring to me and at times I don’t think I deserve it. She’s given me someone to talk to and she cares. 

When I sent the original email I expected nothing but I got one of the greatest things ever out of it; a friend. His wife has done so much for me and I am so thankful that words can’t explain it.
From the way you talk about him I can tell that officer Koont was an amazing man. I’m glad that you decided to reach out to his family and that they reached back to you. 

What have the experiences of high school taught you?

It taught me it’s better to have a few friends that truly care for you than a bunch of friends who don’t. 

You shouldn’t care what others think. I was called a snitch a lot because I preferred to be around teachers and the school cops than I did people my age. 

Don’t fall into peer pressure. Highschool may seem like to worst time of your life but you are going to miss. 

I’d do anything to go back for a day. 

You hear that high schoolers? You really do NOT have to buy into the drama. In fact it makes school so much easier when you don’t. Real friends are the best kind. The only kind, technically, haha!

Is there anything that you have always wanted to learn?

Sign language 😊 I knew a very limited amount when I was younger because of communication issues because I couldn’t hear. After three sets of tubes I can hear amazing and my parents never continued with sign language. As of now I know how to sign ball and I love you but I’d love to learn so much more. 

What things inspire you?

Butterflies, they can’t see how beautiful they are kinda like some people in life. The darkness, it’s so quiet and mysterious and I usually write the best in the dark. The ocean; the world can be falling apart but it’s absolutely breath taking to be by the ocean 🙂

What is the best lesson you have learned?

Cherish every moment you have because you never know when it or the people you love will be gone

What is your greatest achievement?

Do you know what the D.A.R.E. Program is? If not I’ll explain it. It’s a program at least here in Indiana that you go through in 5th grade. It teaches you about drugs, alcohol, tobacco and how to resist it. A sherriffs deputy teaches it once a week for a long time. The program also helped students get close to the officers and make friends. It also got me interested in the career field as a whole. Any way at the end of the class we were required to write essay about what we learned. Writing was my favorite thing so this made me happy. The department would pick the best three essay and those people who read them in the packed autotorium on graduation day and you’d get a cool medal. I one the contest for my class and I had to read the essay. I was a very shy girl and I was on the verge of tears. I made it through the whole thing with no tears and that was an am amazing achievement for me. I still have the essay and the medal and it hangs on my wall by my bed 😊 and graduating highschool was a close second. It got rocky towards the end.

That is awesome that you were able to conquer your fear like that Court!

Is there anything else that you would like to tell the world?

Stay classy, treat others how you’d like to be treated, and get a pen pal!
Alright my readership, that was my dear friend Courtney! I hope that you enjoyed getting to know her!

Maybe I will do something like this again in the future!

-Katy



Why I am blogging

So, I’ve posted a few posts on this new blog now. 

Some of you may wonder why I even started a brand new blog instead of just continuing posting to my old one. 

Or why I ever started a blog in the first place. 

When I started blogging, I didn’t know how much I would enjoy it. But it did seem like a funny hobby to try, so I decided to try it. And I loved it!

So I continue blogging, because I enjoy it so much!

What is the most fun about it? Probably that I can write in my own “voice” and connect with people. 

But why did I switch blogs?

I’m pretty sure I’ve posted about this before. Basically my old blog I started in high school. I had a lot of fun with it. But after I started thinking about college I started thinking about what I would do with my blog then. I wanted to keep blogging but continuing with that blog didn’t seem right for a new step in life. 

So I thought about it more and eventually this blog was born! I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it in college, but I’m starting to get some ideas! I am so excited for the future and what is in store. 

That’s all for now my readership!

-Katy

Waiting 

I’m sorry I’ve gone so long without writing a post, I’ve just not been so sure which direction I wanted to go with this new blog since I’ve started it up. 

I’m nearly a college freshman so I guess this will mostly consist of adventures in college and any lessons I learn so stay tuned. Haha!

Currently I am waiting. I am waiting for many things. 

I am waiting for two really important emails I expect to receive any day now. 

I’m also waiting to be able to not gag when I smell food again after having my wisdom teeth removed, which happened on Tuesday. That’s another story though. 

These two emails will connect me to two new people. 

(Random note: pardon my words if they do not flow well, because like I said, I just had surgery on Monday and my mind is pretty groggy still)

The one email is from my student mentor. Every incoming freshman is assigned one upon entering college at my school. I actually didn’t know to be expecting this one until some of my friends I’ve met through social media, also attending this school started receiving theirs. I’m pretty excited about this though. It will be very great to have an upperclassman to guide me and ask questions to. 

The second email I’m expecting is from student housing. Naturally I’ve been expecting this since the moment I emailed them my housing form at the end of December. When this email comes I will finally know who will be my roommate!

I am so excited to find out who she is, and in just a few days I will know. 

Yikes, I can’t believe my departure date is coming up so fast. I am so excited!

The Other Side of the Stage

Have I ever told you guys what I am afraid of?

I mean… The list is extensive, but the fear I’ll tell you about today applies a lot to my life right now. 

I think about the future a lot and all of its potential. I also like to talk about it. 

I guess with all of its potential though, it also tends to strike fear in my heart. I actually do not think it is the future that does that exactly, but the unknown. 

Why do I fear the unknown? 

Well you see, the unknown represents things that I do not know. 🙂

In just a couple of days my high school class will all be walking across a stage to take our diplomas and officially graduate. 

And honestly I am terrified.  I know, it’s just a simple ceremony. Walk across the stage, get the diploma, sit down, be happy. 

But I feel like there is so much more behind it than that. I’m nervous because the way across the stage leads directly into the unknown! What is on the other side of that stage?

I don’t know the answer to that and it terrifies me!

I guess it sort of is sounding like I am afraid to graduate. Well… I know for a fact that crossing that stage will make me pretty nervous. The anticipation of it all will be crazy. 

Maybe we all are a little bit afraid of what’s on the other side of that stage, but I don’t want to speak for everyone.

Anyways, I am sure there are others who are also anxious about the other side of the stage. 

This thought that the other side is unknown is not going to keep me from crossing the stage. 

Even though it is my fear, it will not keep me from seeing the adventures that await me on the other side of the stage. 

For the rest of you who are worrying with me: I know that crossing into something that you don’t know is scary. Trust me, I know. Every time I’m in a situation where I don’t know what’s going to happen I get anxious. 

But you cannot let the fears win. 

This applies to anyone else who has big changes coming up in your life too. 

What is your stage you have to cross?

I know it will be scary to cross the stage, but I also know that once on the other side things will not seem so bad. 

I also know that God will be with me no matter which part of the stage I am on. Even after I cross it he will not leave my side. 

There will be good times on the other side of the stage! Maybe even better than high school (hahaha, of course you will have times better than high school, do not worry about that 🙂 )

Although I am anxious about what awaits me in the future, I know that many adventures are waiting for me. I can’t turn my back on them now! It is the unknown, but also, it’s a new beginning. 

To the start of many new adventures!

A new step, a new blog!

Hello to all those reading this! Whoever you may be!

My name is Katy. I am a senior in High school and will soon go to college.

I used to have a blog called”Untainted and Odd” that I ran for several months. However, I realized that the name I picked for the old blog was not very timeless and would soon be outdated. I decided to start a new blog, which is this blog!

I blogged anonymously before, but now I am using my real (first) name. It’s Katy. I said that already. I’m Katy everybody.

Okay, so I suppose I should continue by explaining why I started a blog in the first place.

My first blog, back when people called me Owlivia, was really just a relief where I would dump my thoughts and ramble on about nonsense.

I have a different direction for this blog though. Yes, I will tell random stories on here and such, and post about different things I have learned.

What I really hope to post about however is ideas. My ideas. And… your ideas.

To change lives, to change the world, however big or small they may be.

The comments are open on the about page, and I have a contact page so that you can send me ideas.

I may post your idea on the page (With a name you provide, can be an alias and a link to your blog if you wish to provide it.)

Once I post an idea, the comments are open on that idea for you to suggest ways to improve it and develop it.

This is a way for people to connect, and form ideas. The world needs more big ideas so let’s get out there and develop them!

You can also tag #DiscussIdeas in a blog post of your own with an idea!