Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Birthday America!

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed July 3-4 in observance of Independence Day.

Rio Salado Top Company to Work for in AZ

Interim Dean of Enrollment Mgmt & Student Affairs
Kevin Bilder accepts award on behalf of Rio Salado.
Rio Salado College earned a spot in the 2014 CareerBuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona list. Employers were evaluated and selected based on a combination of overall satisfaction scores from an employee engagement survey and evaluation from an employer questionnaire covering topics related to HR programs, benefits and workplace culture.

Rio Salado is proud to be recognized as one of Arizona’s “Top Companies to Work for” and we encourage employment seekers to consider a career on our winning team. For details about current job opportunities with our organization, visit:

CareerBuilder and Republic Media made the announcement during a breakfast reception on Friday, June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

A complete list of the 75 Top Companies and related stories can be found at

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Found in Translation: Rio Salado ELAA

Rio Salado Southern ELAA students with instructor Ingrid Ellis.
Imagine yourself in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language. You’re not altogether familiar with the customs or laws. You’re dependent on family for just about everything-- and you have no friends.

There’s a group of students taking English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes at Rio Salado College who can tell you a thing or two about what that kind of life is like.

The group is comprised by about a half-dozen women who moved here from various parts of the globe and met by chance after enrolling in ELAA classes at the Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe. They have been practicing their skills in listening to, reading, speaking and writing the English language as a group under the guidance of Rio Salado instructors. Along the way, they have formed deep bonds of friendship and a support network that’s making it easier to adjust to life in the Valley.

Ko Young Nim is one of the youngest members of the group. She moved to Tempe nearly three years ago from Seoul, South Korea, to be with her husband who is studying at ASU.

Nim had a career as a counselor for children living with ADHT and Autism. “I have so many licenses in Korea but in the USA they are useless,” Nim said. She says she’s willing to start all over again because she and her husband want to stay in the U.S.

The English language has been challenging for Nim, who said many people have difficulty understanding her. She said the instructors at Rio Salado are “very good listeners” and help fine-tune her pronunciation.

Nim said her ELAA classes have a “healing” effect on her. “The environment is very good and comfortable to study.”

Nim decided to enroll in ELAA classes two years ago after feeling isolated and homesick. Like many of the women in the group, she had no family or friends. She beams when she talks about her new friends and what they mean to her.

The same holds true for Mesa resident Blanca Mojica, who moved here from Mexico City, Mexico. “I have friends,” she said proudly. “I think we consider ourselves here family. In my case, all of my family is in Mexico. It’s really interesting to be here because I have met people from all around the world… that maybe in Mexico I would never (have) had the chance to meet.”

Mojica has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and once enjoyed a successful career in pharmaceutical manufacturing, which she hopes to resume here when she becomes more fluent in English.

Mojica explored other schools but chose Rio Salado because of the close proximity and one-on-one instruction. “I like many things, first the teachers, they are really nice. They are always in a better disposition to help us with our questions.” The other draw now, of course, is her new family.

Rio Salado offers ELAA courses at several Valley locations. The non-credit classes are self-paced and available to legal residents who are at least 16-years of age. Registration fees are in the range of $25-70 per trimester. There are no prerequisites or placement tests and students at all levels of English comprehension are welcome.  For more details call 480-517-8110 or visit this web page.

This story can also be found in the June 28 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Limited SIS Services Beginning 6/30 at 10 p.m.

Please be aware that the SIS Student Self Service transcript request and payment processing (via TouchNet service) will not be available Monday, June 30 beginning at 10 p.m. until Tuesday morning July 1 at 6 a.m. while we complete year-end processing.

Please plan accordingly.

We appreciate your patience during this scheduled procedure.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

eMagazines at the Rio Library

Below is mere a sampling of the wide selection of popular magazines that are freely available to registered Rio Salado College students.  Use your RioLearn login credentials to access these titles:

Wait, there's more. Use the Find a Journal link to see if the Rio Library subscribes to your favorite popular magazine.

Image by wiccked under a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Job Search Strategies

When beginning a job search, often the first instinct is to run to online employment postings such as Monster or Jobing. This is not a bad idea, but it represents only a small portion of the open positions at any one time.

Some companies never post their open positions on these sites, but, instead, only post positions on their own website. It is not uncommon to waste hours combing through the endless pages of online job postings, never finding the right position.

Taking the time to go directly to various companies’ websites to check out their careers’ page may cut the process of searching for that right position in half.

There are several job opportunities with Rio Salado College, including Federal Work Study positions. Please visit for more details

Another major source of open positions comes from networking. Networking does not have to be a formal event where professionals are gathered for the sole purpose of connecting with other professionals. This is an important aspect of networking, but just making sure that peers and family members are aware of the type of position needed can go an incredibly long way.

It is difficult to know who may know about a position coming open so getting the word out to everyone is best. An uncle who works at a large company may not be aware of any upcoming openings, while a friend of a friend of a friend may be connected to that same company and does know that the perfect position will be opening up in a few weeks.

Also, because it is impossible to know who is connected to whom, it is best to consider every interaction and opportunity for networking. When one puts her best foot forward at all times, a positive reputation is developed. That positive reputation can go a long way when one is in need of employment!

The Rio Salado Counseling department can help with other job search tips; visit us at Finally, be sure to check out the Maricopa Career Network by heading to 

Contributed by Rio Salado Northern Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown on behalf of Rio's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

APS Foundation $300K Fund for Rio i2Teach

Arizona Public Service Foundation awards Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation $300,000 to support student success.
Funds will support i2Teach Program at Rio Salado College. 

The Arizona Public Service Foundation will create a fund at the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation to support a new i2Teach program at Rio Salado College. The intensive program, which will launch this fall, will establish mentor relationships for Rio Salado Teacher-in-Residence interns, who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-teacher education area, to achieve teacher certification while being employed as a pre-K-12 teacher statewide.

Preliminary research of this model has proven to increase job retention within the first two years of pre-K-12 classroom teaching. The Arizona Public Service Foundation funds will give priority preference to those teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The Foundation and the Maricopa Community Colleges District are engaged in a $50 million student success campaign. The contribution from Arizona Public Service is an example of corporations recognizing the significant role that the District and its colleges have in training the workforce.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Maricopa Community Colleges, ensures access and opportunity to a quality education to students throughout Maricopa County. This is just one example of how they work with organizations to do just that.

“We support students and programs at the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges,” said Dr. Steve Helfgot, CEO of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. “With the generosity from supporters like Arizona Public Service, we are truly able to offer more resources and opportunities to our students.”

“Developing well-trained teachers in the STEM area is an important part of the future of our workforce and our community,” said Julie Coleman, Foundation Executive Director.

Information about the i2Teach program will be available in the coming weeks. To learn more about Rio Salado’s Teacher-in-Residence program, visit

About the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation:
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, with its donors and partners, supports the Maricopa County Community College District, its students, faculty and staff, through scholarships, programs, equipment, and financial and human capital.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Transcripts 101: Electronic Filing
Did you know that Rio Salado can send student transcripts electronically to some Arizona colleges?

Here is a list of partners:
University of Phoenix
Grand Canyon University
MCCCD sister colleges

For more information on how to request and send transcripts, visit:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Student Group Facilitates Civic Involvement

Rio Salado student Gabriel Sanchez completed the SPPF
program. His final project focused on the growing crisis
that student loans play in the economy.
Choosing to attend classes at an online college does not mean students miss out on connecting with other students and getting involved with their school and community.

Three Rio Salado College students recently completed the Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF), a program that offers students a way to network while also fostering civic involvement.

Student Public Policy Forum
SPPF is a 2-semester academic program that provides an overview of local, state, and national public policy making, and promotes citizen influence and involvement.  SPPF gives students an up-close experience of how government works and culminates in travel to Washington, D.C. in the spring semester.

Rio Salado student Gabriel Sanchez completed the SPPF program en route to earning an associate degree in public administration.

“I returned to college to complete an associate degree to compliment my position with the federal government,” said Sanchez. “SPPF was an amazing experience that helped to focus my intentions towards a future career in politics.”

As part of the program requirements, students select a policy issue on which they conduct research, create an advocacy plan, and develop a final poster presentation.

Sanchez’s final project focused on the growing crisis that student loans play in the economy and for the individuals that take them.

“Financial issues are one of the major problems that impact people today and can only get better through education and proper measures to pass important information to the people for informed decisions,” Sanchez said.

Student Jaye Grismer originally decided to participate in SPPF to better understand how change happens in the community.

“The year that I spent in the SPPF program has helped me to build and enhance my professional skill-set,” Grismer said. “The program assignments and interactions boosted my personal confidence and helped me to identify how I can most effectively assist a team to facilitate change.”

Grismer’s final project centered on the cost of getting an education.

“Federal Social Impact Bonds, or ‘Pay for Success’ financing, is a little known resource that I wanted to educate my classmates and community about,” Grismer said. “I focused my final project on these innovative funding mechanisms and how they could help expand Arizona’s early education programs while also decreasing taxpayer costs and government spending.”

John Field, a student pursuing a paralegal studies degree, said SPPF gave him the opportunity for real-life participation in civic leadership.

“By taking a hands-on approach to education, I now feel more experienced and able to speak with lawmakers, school boards, and the media,” Field said.

Field’s final project was about improving the Violence Against Women Act. 

“This act does very little to protect victims, and often discourages victims from reporting acts of violence or assisting in the prosecution,” Field said. “My proposal would help remedy these limitations in Arizona by obligating judges to convict violent abusers of felonies, mandating sentences and restricting gun ownership.”

All three students agree that SPPF benefited them through more than academics.

“I am much less intimidated of the legislative process and a more productive student and engaged citizen because of my SPPF program experiences,” Grismer said. 
For more details about SPPF, contact Rio Salado Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at or 480-517-8656.

By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Student Fed Work Study Jobs Post 6/25

Rio Salado College will post information about several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities beginning June 25. Interested?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • Complete a verification process (if required) 
  • Complete all “to do” items in your Student Center section 
  • Demonstrate financial need (Awards are based on the student need and can vary. Maximum award for 2014-15 is $2,500/semester)
  • Have U.S. citizenship, U.S. national residency or permanent residence with an Alien Registration card 
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Work a maximum of 20-hours per week while school is in session
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enroll as a degree-seeker at Rio Salado College

Federal Work Study opportunities are based on student need and do not have to be repaid.

For a list of job openings, visit as early as Wednesday, June 25, 2014 and look for postings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

For more information, contact Jose Robles at

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity and joining Rio Salado’s workforce.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It Pays to Go to School

Stephanie Whitfield, Ezra Borquez and Melissa Mejia attend
HSE classes at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.
According to an Arizona Department of Education report, a person with a high school diploma or equivalency earns approximately $8,500 more than someone without a diploma, which works out to nearly $350,000 in a person’s lifetime.

The pay increases significantly with higher learning. A Pew Research Center study published in February 2014 shows 25-32 year-old college graduates make about $17,500 more than individuals who only have a high school diploma.

Chandler resident Melissa Mejia is realizing what that could mean for her and her family. Mejia, one of approximately 750,000 Arizona residents who do not have a high school diploma, worked as a server for nearly seven years making minimum wage. “There was no chance for advancement especially without an education and it was just a dead end job.”

As a working, single mom, Mejia found it difficult to pursue an education. She tried for years to attain her high school equivalency (HSE) but time and circumstances kept getting in the way—until January, when she enrolled in Rio Salado College’s HSE prep program, which provides in-person and online classes and other services for students preparing for the GED® test.

A key draw for Mejia was flexibility and access. “I can come in the morning, the afternoon or the evening. I can choose to do four days a week or two-- or take classes online.”

Mejia chooses in-person classes because the engagement has become of great importance. “I like a lot of the one on one… it not only helps me attain my education but it’s also helping me with my people skills. I’m a little more closed in and shy. Here I’m doing more things, there’s a lot more interaction. I made friends right away.”

Mejia was trying to complete all four of her GED® tests in time to take part in the May 13, 2014 HSE Graduation. “I was hoping to graduate by now, but of course life happens. I'm not letting it get to me; however, it just means I'll get to walk with my friends and fellow classmates next year.” The goal now is to complete her GED® tests this summer and look into an educational and professional career in early childhood and development.

Mejia attends classes at the Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe, one of several Rio Salado sites offering HSE program services throughout the Valley.

The HSE prep program is part of Rio Salado’s College Bridge Pathways initiatives, designed to help adult learners transition back into the classroom, strengthen academic skills, build confidence and begin a college career. Services include personalized advisement; start-up scholarships; assistance with financial aid registration as well as orientation to college life and online learning.

HSE Students pay a registration fee in the range of $25-70 per trimester, based on a sliding scale, which is determined by a student’s household income and the number of family members in the household.

Rio Salado College is one of the largest providers of adult basic education in Arizona. Nearly 600 students have already completed Rio’s HSE prep program and passed their GED® tests during the 2013-14 academic year.

For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED® testing services and other college bridge pathway programs and services, visit or call 480-517-8110.

This story can also be found in the June 7 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rio Salado Library June Additions

Curl up with a good book or DVD.  The Rio Salado College Library has plenty of options for you, including these new additions.

copy of the Time Traveler's AlmanacFiction



This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete
list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Communiversity at QC Open House 6/17

Join the Communiversity at Queen Creek tonight for an open house with Chandler-Gilbert, NAU and Rio Salado to learn about dual-enrollment options for high school students, in-person general education classes, certificate and degree programs and other educational opportunities available to East Valley residents. The conversation begins at 6 p.m.

21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.

Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Phone: 480-384-9000

Located at the corner of Victoria and Ellsworth Roads, right next door to the Queen Creek Branch Public Library.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Financial Aid News: Avoid Being SAP'D

Congratulations. You've qualified for financial aid. Now, to keep your financial aid, you need to do one very important thing -- you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. This video will help you understand what that means-- and the connection to pancakes. 
To learn more about SAP, the appeals process and financial aid eligibility visit

Last Chance for Grad DVDs & Broadcasts

If you missed Rio Salado’s HSE Graduation or Commencement ceremonies, tune in for encore broadcasts this week on MCTV Cox Channel 115.

HSE Graduation

• Monday, June 16, 8 p.m.
• Tuesday, June 17, 1 a.m. and Noon

• Wednesday, June 18, 8:30 p.m.
• Thursday, June 19, 1:30 a.m. and Noon

DVD Orders available until June 30
We are accepting DVD orders for 2014 Commencement and HSE Graduation ceremonies. The cost for each DVD is $20.

To place your Commencement DVD order, please submit an email request to

To place your HSE Graduation DVD order, please use

Please indicate the number of DVDs you would like to purchase and how best to contact you to process your order by phone.

Payment options: credit/debit cards only.

Please submit your orders by June 30.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Earn a Child & Family Org Certificate in QC

Lauri Rodriguez, owner and operator of Small Wonders 
Childcare in Chandler and Queen Creek, completed her 
certificate and degree programs at Rio Salado.

Early childhood care providers now have an in-person certificate option from Rio Salado College, with classes taking place at the recently-opened Communiversity at Queen Creek.

The Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration certificate is also available as an online option at the college.

“We wanted to offer an in-person opportunity to accommodate the many early childhood providers in the Southeast Valley,” said Rene Manning, assistant director for Rio Salado’s Early Childhood and Human Development program.

The 19-credit certificate was originally created to advance the quality of care and education for Arizona’s children by providing educational opportunities that improve the administration, management and leadership skills of current and/or potential early childhood program directors, administrators and supervisors.

“Courses are specifically related to the business needs and practices of early childhood directors and other management-level staff,” Manning said.

Certificate courses focus on child and family organizations management, administration, leadership, as well as grant writing, computer usage and fiscal and project management.

Lauri Rodriguez, owner and operator of Small Wonders Childcare in Chandler and Queen Creek, completed both the certificate and degree programs in early childhood administration and management at Rio Salado.

“I wanted to learn more about licensing, and to be taken seriously by constituents in early childhood, as well as the parents of the children I care for,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez first opened a child care center in her home in 1989, and became licensed in 1997.

“Since then, I have become more professional, making improvements each year,” Rodriguez said. “When I opened Small Wonders, it served a need and purpose. But it has evolved into a career, and has become like one of my own children!”

As Rodriguez continued her professional development, she became passionate about child care in Arizona, attending meetings and state forums for childcare owners.

“I got involved with writing state rules for licensing and the rules for use permits for the City of Chandler,” Rodriguez said. “With all of the transitions in my life, I have grown in ways I didn’t know I could, and now have a childcare center worthy of all the children I care for.”

Manning said Rio Salado’s early childhood programs are instrumental in the training and continuing education of Arizona’s childcare providers.

“Studies show that one of the most salient predictors of child care program quality is the background, experience and training of the program director,” Manning said. “Rio Salado’s programs are dedicated to teaching early childhood staff because, ultimately, this provides an educational and nurturing environment for children.”

In-Person Classes Begin June 24

The first in-person class scheduled for the certificate pathway is the 3-credit “Organizations and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations.” The class begins June 24 and runs through August 14. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-9 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.

For more information contact Regina Holzbaur at 480-517-8114 or

This story can also be found in the June 14, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Systems Restored After Power Outage

Due to a power outage at the Hohokam Building earlier today, Rio Salado’s website, email and RioLearn systems were down. These systems are now back online. Users may still experience a delay while the systems become fully operational. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the service disruption and thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SIS Down for Maintenance June 7-8

The Maricopa Community College District’s Information Technology department will perform maintenance on the SIS system beginning Saturday, June 7 at 6 p.m., until approximately 6 p.m., Sunday, June 8.

The system may be available by noon on Sunday, June 8 if the maintenance runs as scheduled. 

Services impacted and unavailable during this time include:
·  Login to student and faculty centers
·  Class and catalog searches
·  Password reset tools
·  Student Self Service payment processing (Via TouchNet service)  

We appreciate your patience as the District ITS department performs this maintenance. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

$16.5K Stipend for STEM Teacher Program

Rio Salado College Noyce Scholar Katy Westersund
A Rio Salado fast-track teacher program, generous scholarship and help with job placement await 20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals who are ready to recareer as teachers, pass on their knowledge and inspire Arizona teens to excel in the sciences. Time is of the essence. The application deadline is July 18.

The program provides a $16,500 stipend for a 15-month online program that gives qualified candidates a chance to earn an Arizona Teaching Certificate to teach math and science in grades 7-12.

For more information about Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars program, including application requirements and testimonials from Noyce Scholars, visit or call 480-517-8066.

We also suggest you check out this RioNews blog: for more insight.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Rio Salado Library May Additions

Enjoy these new titles and more. Visit our New Titles Archive to see what's available to you.




This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

10 Student Success Strategies

Tips from a Real Student 
By Samantha Hill, Rio Salado College student and peer mentor

While every student is unique, there are common challenges many new students face. Samantha Hill understands that from the perspective of a student and peer mentor serving Rio Salado’s academic advisement team.

Hill helps new students get started on their educational pathways, find resources, stay on track and succeed.

Here are Hill’s top ten success strategies for online students.

1. Set Goals
Goal-setting is a powerful process that can turn your vision of your future into a reality. Start by creating a “big picture” of where you see yourself in the future. Then, break that down into small, manageable steps and create a plan to hit those goals.

2. Manage Your Time
Build a realistic schedule or time budget that allows you to reach your goals. Review how you spend your time now and what you will have to do to make your education a priority.

3. Live Smart
Make a to-do list and stick with it. Prioritize items from high to low importance. Break major projects into small pieces and tackle them one at a time.

4. Ask for Help
It can be hard sometimes to ask for help, but if you sit back in silence you are only hurting yourself. Instructors are there to help and want to help you. Take the time to get to know your instructor and be active in your learning.

5. Take Notes
Take notes about what you are reading and review them often. It might take some time to know what information is important and what is not. Does your instructor repeat certain facts many times? Most likely that’s something you will need to remember. Summarize important concepts in a way that makes sense to you, and if you don’t understand, ask!

6. Don’t Cram
Preparation begins with day one. Begin reviewing information daily and review old tests if available. Making flash cards is a great way to review for test ahead of time. Be sure to get enough rest before you take the exam.

7. Have a Computer Backup Plan

Prepare for the unexpected! Don’t let the first time your computer crashes leave you panicked. Ask a family member or friend to borrow their computer in a pinch. If Internet connection is the issue, several fast food restaurants and coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi access.

8. Attend Orientation
Online orientation and training sessions give you the chance to become familiar with the college and available resources. You can explore different programs, classes, and ways to get involved in student life. These courses give you the foundation to become a successful student.

9. Know your Advisor
Advisors know exactly what you need to graduate. They are a great source for information about your chosen major and university requirements. Advisors can help you set up an academic plan to keep you on track and avoid unnecessary courses.

10. Take a College Success Course
Rio Salado College has four college and career success courses to help students develop study plans, set personal and academic goals and improve job search skills.

Samantha Hill is one of four peer mentors hired last year as part of a grant funded initiative called RioAchieve, which is dedicated to increasing student completion rates.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

2014 Grad Highlights on YouTube

Watch highlights from the 2014 Commencement and HSE Graduation ceremonies on Rio Salado's YouTube channel.

Included are student speaker presentations by Patrick Valenzuela, Jr., Kaisi Balmer and Gloria Bauerle, with special remarks by MCCD Governing Board President Dana Saar, AZ Superintendent Public Instruction John Huppenthal and State Rep. District 27 Catherine Miranda.

Tune in to watch the 2014 Commencement and HSE Graduation ceremonies in their entirety on MCTV Cox Channel 115, June 6 -9.

There will be multiple broadcasts for each.  Here is the schedule:

HSE Graduation
Friday, June 6  -  8 p.m.
Saturday, June 7 - 1 a.m.
Monday June 9 – 12 p.m.
Approximately 1 hour, 43 minutes       
Saturday, June 7 -  8 p.m.
Sunday, June 8 -  2 a.m.
Sunday, June 8 - 8 p.m.
Monday, June 9 - 2 a.m.   

Approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes

“Don’t allow time to slip by with regrets and what- ifs, for tomorrow is never guaranteed and yesterday will never happen again. Make today the best that it can be. What have you got to lose?”

 --Kaisi Balmer