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You have more in common with your smartphone than you think

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
It is only human to “reach for the stars” and share our dreams with one another, but we can’t actually make these things reality if we settle for a habitual routine of “liking” and posting.

The value of friends you don’t see very often

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
This week I’d like to share a bit about the Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC). I have a profound love for this group and there are some great reasons why. First, some background information about PCYC. It is a team of “high-schoolers” and young college students from various cities within Placer County. PCYC is led by Kara Sutter, a wonderful community leader who works to prevent substance abuse among youth across the county. Our goal, as a commission, is to come up with unique ideas to help raise awareness for youth and fight against underage drinking and address current youth issues in a healthy way.

Instagram should be a treat, not an obsession

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Your Instagram isn’t you And don’t expect people to think it is. Please, please, please, don’t define yourself with social media. Your person should not be determined by which of your pictures got the most “notes”, comments, or “likes”. Your person should be determined by the things you do for real, that have a true impact, and the way in which you treat others. I’m going to bring up again that you shouldn’t turn a blind eye on opportunity. The opportunities that you choose to take while you’re not looking at your screen, are the things that will truly define you and the path you’re meant to take. The description you think of for your profile means nothing. Neither does your URL or the people you’re with in your posts. So I advise you to take caution and if you find yourself feeling a little too close to your digital self, take a step back and spend some time on the things that matter. Take extra time to think of your favorite qualities about yourself and enhance them. Maybe improve your in-person communication skills so that people can get a better idea of who you really are.

If you want to know what someone is doing, ask them in person

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
I can’t tell you how many times I have had a conversation with someone over text about what I’m doing. And I’ve gotten and seen many more texts saying “I’m so bored” and “I have no friends”. It baffles me.

Love and sincerity don’t come from a ‘like’

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Contrary to popular belief, “likes” don’t and shouldn't mean much to people. It takes about ten seconds to see something and decide to “like” it, maybe less. Now consider this- it also takes about ten seconds for someone to give you a genuine complement in person. Too bad not many people do that anymore. And it’s because people don’t tend to give genuine compliments anymore that we are drawn to looking for that attention on social media.

Friendship is more than a connection to be ‘liked’

Monday, January 19th, 2015

“Life is bigger than the Screen” by Julia Shohbozian

A junior in high school, Julia Shohbozian left her traditional high school campus at the end of her sophomore year, and opted for an independent study program which gives her freedom to take more classes at Sierra College and engage in community work. She serves on the Placer County Youth Commission and the Leadership Committee for the Coalition for Placer Youth.  This article is the first

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Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.