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By Jess O.
Ok, this isn’t your typical school quiz, so relax! I’m here to help you find some quizzes that are a bit more fun as well as informational – specifically, ones that can offer entertainment while helping you learn about yourself. Personality tests consider your reactions to questions and place you into a category based on the data they assessed from your answers. The insight these tests provide often explains characteristics of who we are as people in basic categories. Some quizzes are made to guide you to a reliable answer so that the questions may be more challenging and the process could take a longer amount of time. Other tests are made for entertainment and ask questions unrelated to the topic that lead to an amusing answer. In this post, I will be reviewing 5 quizzes that range from asking deep, serious questions that make you think, to some that are random and meant for amusement, and others that will rely solely on your intuition.
1. Test Color
What if the colors you think are the most visually pleasing actually say something about your personality? Well, this test considers exactly that! The Test Color test gives you a range of colors, and then it’s your turn to decide which you like the best (and the least!) within the selection. After completion, the test will determine what percentage of an extrovert/introvert you are as well as rating your management skills, organization abilities, emotional intelligence, and intellectual performance. Although colors may not have a direct correlation with your personality, it is definitely interesting to see what this test would say about your preferences. Click here to see what your favorite shades say about who you are: http://www.testcolor.com/personalitytest/personalitytest.php
2. Myers-Brigg Test
Myers-Briggs is a test that determines which one of 16 unique personalities you fit into. The personality types are based around 5 different aspects: mind, energy, nature, tactics, and identity. The test takes about six minutes to complete and reveals your personality’s strengths and weaknesses, your connection to both platonic and romantic relationship personality types, common careers you may be more inclined to enjoy, and famous individuals who share your personality type. To find your personality type, go to https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
3. The Enneagram Personality Test
An enneagram test sorts your personality into a number from 1 to 9, as well as your strength in each of the other numbers. Each number represents a personality type that you closely align with. The enneagram test is based on revealing how emotions drive our lives and how we engage with others. This quiz takes a few minutes to complete but knowing your numbers, along with your personality type found in the Myers-Briggs Test, are considered the most commonly used tests for describing your personality type. What’s your number? Find out at: https://www.eclecticenergies.com/enneagram/test
4. The VisualDNA – Who Am I? Quiz
Discover facets of your personality by answering questions about your preferences, tastes, and interests. This quiz assigns you a personality type and explains what factors drive your personality. It rates your openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. It also gauges your outlook, character, self-control, composure, sociability, and much more based on what you answered. To find this quiz, go to https://you.visualdna.com/quiz/whoami#!/quiz#%2Fquiz
5. Statistical “What Character” Personality Quiz
Which characters from popular movies and TV shows does your personality reflect? Find the answer after taking this quiz! The questions given are different from any other quiz on this list because it is your job to place yourself within the spectrum they provided. For example, within a scale of 100 where would you place yourself between obedient and rebellious? After answering 30 questions, you will see your personality lined up besides characters from The Office, Avatar the Last Airbender, New Girl, Sherlock, Star Wars, Marvel, and so many more! So are you Chewbacca or Dwight? Find out at; https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/characters/
I hope you have found enjoyment while completing these quizzes and learned more about yourself in the process. I often find myself browsing through quizzes and have found that these are some of my favorites, and I hope you appreciate them as much as I have! Remember, with these personality tests there are no wrong answers so relax and enjoy! Happy testing!
By Kirstin M.
When it comes to mental health in today’s society, many people, including teens, tend to put it on the back burner and not pay attention to it. Being someone who has done this before, I can now say that this is not optimal. In this blog I will be going over the importance of a teen’s mental health, and offering tips on how to improve your mental health. Keep in mind everyone works differently, so what works for one person might not always work for you! You can always experiment and change it around if you need too.
Address Your Feelings When They Arise
Stress and anxiety are a normal part of human nature that are practically unavoidable; however, these feelings don’t need to be the end of the world. Most commonly, stress and anxiety build-up over time because teens are unsure of how to address these feelings – but this doesn’t have to be the case! While addressing your feelings is often an uncomfortable experience, it is an important step in growing and learning more about yourself. The first step in this process is simply acknowledging that these feelings are natural, and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Once you have acknowledged these feelings it may be helpful to discuss how you feel with a trusted adult or a close friend. I have found that writing my feelings down in a journal or even just venting to someone can really help. While this may help temporarily, it is also important to get to the root of the stress and brainstorm ways to improve the situation.
Don’t Overload Yourself
A common occurrence for teens in today’s society is an overloaded schedule. Whether it’s cramming classes into your schedule or balancing extracurricular activities and sports, an overloaded schedule can lead to anxiety and stress. Sometimes this is unavoidable; however, there are a few tips that can help you balance your schedule and be on top of your activities and manage stress. One of the most important things I can remind you of is that there are only so many hours in a day. Scheduling multiple big events will inevitably lead to stress. Be honest with yourself and don’t bite off more than you can chew. This step will require some self-reflection and experimentation so you can learn your limits as an individual. Just remember that it is okay to say “no”, even if there are people pressuring you into saying yes.
Stay on Top of Your Work
While it may seem self-explanatory, staying on top of your work actually helps keep your mental health in check. This step ties in with keeping a manageable workload; however, it is arguably one of the most important steps in this process. For more tips relating to this topic, feel free to check out the blog, 3 Steps to Balancing Family, Friends, and School (November 25th, 2020) (https://gocarainbow.org/category/caiorg-blog/).
What to do When You’re Behind
If you start to get behind on your work, don’t worry, here are a few steps to help you calm down and catch back up!
- Step back for a moment and collect your thoughts
- Form a plan
- Make a list of what you need to do, and how you’re going to do it
- Make sure to take small breaks every so often
- Consider exercising, meditating, or playing a game to help you relax
Keep Positive and Don’t Give Up Hope
Keeping all this in mind, the most important step is remaining positive. Combining all these tips allows for the perfect amount of work/play, thus making life a little less stressful. No matter what happens, just remember to keep calm and do the best work you can. If you need help and are feeling like there’s nowhere left to turn, don’t be afraid to reach out. Below are a few resources to consider:
- Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- School Counselor
- A trusted friend/adult
Just remember that there is nothing wrong with asking for help and you are not alone- everyone gets stressed and needs help sometimes. I hope this blog has given you some helpful tips/advice to help you go about your daily lives.
CAIORG loves our members! The CAIORG Membership Team invites you to attend our first-ever Sisterhood Social on Sunday, February 21st at 3:00 pm!
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1. Book your DMV Appointment in Advance.
You can book your DMV appointment right from your couch! It’s normally best to pick the DMV closest to where you live. If you’d like to schedule an appointment click this link: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/make-an-appointment/
2. Make Sure to Study.
Even though you’ve already passed your written exam, you should still set aside some time each day to study your driver handbook. You never know what might pop up during your Behind the Wheel exam!
Here is a link to the handbook: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/file/california-driver-handbook-pdf/
3. Practice, Practice, Practice
Put your permit to good use and make sure that you are following driving laws to the best of your ability at all times. If you are always adhering to the laws then it will be a piece of cake the day of. If the thought of an exam or test makes you squeamish, try going for a practice test with a parent or guardian.
4. Which Car Are You Taking For A Spin?
Make sure you let your parents know the date and time of your exam beforehand so that they can set the time aside. It is also vital to remember to ask to borrow someone’s car for the exam; and remember, they must have registration and insurance.
5. Keep it Cool
Remember to get a good night’s rest and eat a good meal the day of the exam. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the test but also stay focused and take deep breaths if you feel nervous.
Good luck! For more test information, you can visit: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/driver-education-and-safety/educational-materials/fast-facts/preparing-for-your-driving-test-ffdl-22/
Is your Assembly looking for fun, new ideas for Membership events to host this winter? Not sure what virtual events to host that may interest your girls and new potential members? Check out this list of fun virtual events for the season brought to you by the CAIORG State Membership Team. Unlock your Assembly’s potential for growth with one of these wonderful winter-themed events!
By Kamryn M.
When applying for any kind of scholarship, I have a little checklist of items that I need to have done before I can submit my application- knowing that I have done my best work. In this blog, I will be going over tips and tricks that I always keep in mind when filling out any application. Keep in mind that what works for one person might not always work for you! If something does not work for you, you can always change it!
Start the Process Sooner:
The first tip I have is to start by looking and making a list of scholarships that interest you. It is best to begin looking before your senior year of high school; the sooner you start looking the better. That way, you are able to have an extensive list of scholarships that you can apply for. The earlier you start looking, the earlier you can begin compiling all of the needed items required for each scholarship. This will also help for items that might take a while to get to you, for instance, mailed transcripts or letters of recommendation, which are difficult to obtain at the last minute. When it is time to start applying, begin to check back to the list you have made to check if their requirements have changed; you still have time to collect any last-minute requirements before the application becomes available.
Always Have a Letter of Recommendation:
One of my biggest tips for scholarship applications is to make sure that you have multiple letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation could be from anyone: professors, employers, youth group leaders, co-workers, and even counselors. Always make sure that you have at least three recent letters of recommendation at all times- you never know when you will ever need one. It would be best to continue to gather letters of recommendation to help build your collection. The more you have, the better. Some letters work better for different things. Use letters from teachers or academia that showcase your academics when applying for a academic scholarship, and use letters from volunteer leaders when applying to a community service scholarship.
One of the most prominent struggles people have with applying for scholarships is that they are not organized. Applying for scholarships is so much easier and hassle-free if everything is kept in one safe and well-known spot. For me, I find it is the easiest to keep everything surrounding scholarships in one binder. That way, I can keep all of my letters of recommendation, transcripts, essays, and personal statements together in one safe spot where if I need it, I can grab it and go. For example, having a binder separated with categories and clear sheet protectors is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself organized and ensure everything is safe and protected. If you are more of a computer person, you could do something similar with organized folders on your laptop. Always make sure to keep items that are alike together in their categories.
Make a Schedule:
Another way to stay organized while applying for scholarships is to make yourself a schedule. List all of the deadlines for the scholarships you’re interested in the inside of a planner, notebook, or calendar. This way, you know when everything is due and when the last day to submit your applications or have them postmarked by is. These are dates that you do not want to miss- colleges will not extend the deadline just because you forgot to turn yours in. You should also make sure that you are applying often. The sooner you submit all of your scholarships, the sooner you can relax. I always say to fill out and finish at least three applications a week if possible. You don’t want to wait until the last week and have to fill out all of your applications within just a few days- it is not worth the stress.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help:
Possibly the most important tip I have when it comes to applying for scholarships is not to be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to work through this process alone. You can ask for help from teachers, councilors, youth group advisors, your parents, and your peers. There is usually someone who has already gone through the process and understands how it works, and they will help you. Whether they’re just reading your essay or helping you find the words for your statement, there is always a helping hand who can make sure that you are representing your best self.
Look Beyond Your Grades:
For many scholarship applications, they want to know about more than your grades. Colleges want to know about your extracurricular activities, jobs, and volunteer work. Scholarship boards tend to look for the most well-rounded student to give a scholarship out to. Of course, they still care about your grades, but not all scholarships are based solely on academics. While reading through applications, most readers are looking for applicants who put their whole heart into their application. They are looking for applicants who are not afraid to be themselves and talk about their life struggles, growth, and personal hardships. All in all, make sure that you are sincere and you are reflecting on yourself on a deeper and more personal level.
Apply for Any and All Scholarships:
My final tip is to apply for any and all scholarships; even if you think you will not qualify – apply anyway. Even if you might not be eligible, it’s possible that you could still get the scholarship. Occasionally there are scholarships that no one who applied actually qualifies for, so the scholarship committee will give them out to the next best applicant. Just because you might not qualify, according to an application’s qualifications list, does not always mean that you will not get the scholarship. Apply for as many scholarships as possible, whether it is a $100 scholarship or even a $10,000. Apply, apply, apply! You can never succeed if you do not ever try. The worst thing that could happen is being told no. And even then, you still got your foot in the door for many other scholarships and materials ready to go.
These are all tips and tricks that I use while filling out scholarship applications. Following these steps helps ensure that I have done everything to the best of my ability and that I will be able to apply for as many scholarships as possible before their deadlines.
Happy Applying and Good Luck! 🙂
By: Abigail R., Chico Assembly
The girls of Chico-Paradise Assembly stayed active during the shutdown. Our Worthy Advisor planned different themes for virtual business meetings such as pajamas, Disney©, Hawaiian, and camping. We also did fun activities each month. A few of the activities included All About Me collages, and a Netflix© Party where we watched Chicken Little and ate popcorn/snacks.
We had the opportunity to work with the girls of Red Bluff Assembly to plan our virtual Official Visit. Our theme was “Welcome to Jumanji” which included costumes, music, a video skit, and a Kahoot game. Over 200 people attended our Official Visit! Chico-Paradise made a Grand Service donation to The Painted Turtle.
We welcomed our newest member, London Victorino, on August 15th at the state Virtual Initiation. She loved her yard sign and welcome gifts from our Assembly. The shutdown gave us a chance to get to know Alyssa Kiffer, Grand Representative to California, Washington, and Idaho and Grand Christian Flag Bearer in Virginia. She participated in our meetings and
activities and our assembly participated in her virtual 5K fundraiser.
Our largest Grand Service project fundraiser is the Paradise Chocolate Fest. This year, it was held virtually on September 12th. Our Worthy Associate Advisor created a Facebook© post about our organization and how we support the Paradise community. The post was shared with hundreds of people on social media. We were honored to receive a grant as a youth beneficiary. The grant money will go towards the Grand Service Project.
We look forward to a Beauty and the Beast© themed virtual Installation on October 4th. We enjoy seeing each other online, but can’t wait to get back together in person soon!
By: Elise S.
Being a teenager can be challenging, especially when it comes to balancing your life. Finding a proper balance between school, friends, and family takes practice and time while adding extracurricular activities, personal well-being, and possibly a part-time job can seem monumental. Here are a few things you can do to help you not only survive, but thrive as you attempt to balance your life as a teen:
1. Prioritize. One of the first things to do is to set your priorities. This not only gets you started on the right path, but once you have a solid sense of your priorities, making decisions about how you spend your time will be easier, and everything will fall into place.
Make a list of the commitments in your life and group them into categories. For example: work, school (classes, SAT Prep), extracurricular (sports, IORG, student council), family, faith (youth group, church, daily devotionals), friends (social activities, book club).
Next put them in order of importance. This is one of the most difficult steps because it feels like you’re saying some things don’t matter. That’s not what prioritizing does; it’s really all about putting things in order of importance. While that might sound like an easy task, it is something that should be done with intentionality and probably some help from a wise family member or friend.
There are some critical questions to ask yourself when taking on this task. When you are looking at what you want your future to be, who and what will get you there? Will your family help and encourage you? Will your education be important to your career? Will your friends contribute to getting you to where you want to go? Will the extracurricular club or group help further you as a person or look good on a resume? Should you take on an internship or job so you have some experience in your field? By looking at what you want to do in the future and analyzing what is going to get you there, you can prioritize and balance the things that are going on in your life.
Using the example above, prioritization in a teenager’s life could look something like this:
1. Faith (For strength and foundation)
2. Family (For support)
3. School (For learning & exploring)
4. Extracurricular activities (For application building and growth)
5. Friends (For fun and support)
6. Work (For experience and money)
Of course, everyone will have a different set of activities to prioritize, but the most important things to remember are to tailor it to yourself and understand why you are prioritizing it the way you are. For a great way to approach prioritizing, take a look at this video by author and educator, Steven Covey: https://tinyurl.com/y9h599c3
2. Have a Schedule. Another important step to balancing life is to keep a schedule. Not just a school schedule but also for things like family nights, work, events, and calls with friends. Making a schedule doesn’t have to be limiting and rigid. In fact, every schedule should include down-time and time for self-care. The schedule should be in writing, and in a place you can access it. There are many online tools for scheduling that you can access right from your smartphone, like ZenDay – Calendar + Reminders, Any.do, and Fantastical – Calendar & Tasks, or you could just use a simple appointment calendar.
Whatever you do, keep it close and respect it.
3. Be Flexible. Finally, you should remember to allow for flexibility in your scheduling and be willing to revisit your priorities. There will be times when family has to be your top priority, and times when school is going to take the top spot. As long as you remember priorities, your schedule will align with what’s most important.
Remember the wise person who helped you come up with your priorities in the first place? Keep in touch and meet up to discuss how everything is going. Sometimes priorities shift in importance. Don’t be afraid to change your priorities if needed.
Taking these three steps will make a big difference in balancing your life. And maybe, having broken them down into steps, this task is not as challenging as it may have seemed in the beginning. Once you go through the process of prioritizing things, making a schedule, and keeping flexibility in mind, you will be that much closer to achieving balance in your life and succeeding in whatever comes your way.
By: Sara O., Sunshine Assembly
As I think back over the past six or seven months, I am trying to remember and put into words some of my thoughts and feelings. A worldwide pandemic had hit and it seemed to be spreading fast. We are only in our teen years, but most of us understood what this meant, however, we could never have realized the effect it would have for many months to come.
In March, suddenly our schools were closed and we were finishing the school year at home. OK, so maybe this wasn’t so bad. I was just finishing my freshman year, so things like prom and graduation didn’t affect me. I know it did many of my Rainbow friends, and although I felt bad for them, it wasn’t as personal for me. We could still see and talk to our friends on social media for a little while. I’m pretty sure I thought that most of life would still go on as normal, but when even Grand Assembly was canceled, I
was shocked. At first, it was possibly just postponed, so we went on with plans for Ritual Competition, making our dresses, doing our usual things to prepare for our annual convention – but it didn’t happen.
Summer came, and that too seemed ok for a while. We could talk to our friends all night and into the morning because we could sleep all day. I don’t know about everyone else, but I was kind of ok with that. Maybe it got old after a while, but now that I’m back getting up every day for virtual school, I might want those days back.
The next thing to be canceled as an in-person event was Supreme Assembly. This one was harder since I had never been to one and was really looking forward to it. It was now July, and the pandemic was still going strong. Everything was still closed down, and going places with friends was not allowed. Wow! It had already been four months! I never could have imagined something like this could happen.
Rainbow girls were all meeting virtually – on zoom calls through our phones, tablets or computers. A zoom call? Something so many had never even heard of or realized would become a very real part of our lives – for even longer than we imagined. As we try to navigate this virtual world, and try to figure out things we could still do, to not only see our friends, but we also wanted to find ways to help others and to be of service. We have found that little things like calling people who were alone, sending cards, and writing letters, all became a part of our everyday life. Even helping siblings
with their school work, and taking on extra chores at home while our parents also struggled through a virtual world – while considered acts of service, were just part of our ‘new normal’ – at least for the time being.
Sunshine Assembly was very happy to have one of the girls who were virtually initiated during the summer as our new member. We welcome Ngaire and look forward to seeing her again in person, hopefully in the near future. We also hope we can continue to grow.
While doing everything from home, or social distancing and wearing a mask hasn’t always been easy, it has also taught us about our own strengths, creativity, and our ability to accept challenges as they come our way. Sunshine Assembly thanks you, California Rainbow for helping us to find ways to be together, to have fun, and to serve – until we meet again.