A Project for Better Journalism chapter


  1. People who don’t wash their hands.

WASH YOUR HANDS!!! I can’t stress this enough, and no matter how many exclamation points I use, people still won’t listen. If you have just used the bathroom, how do you walk out without washing all the germs off? You just head to lunch where your germ-infested hands will be touching food that is going into your mouth? Not to mention that every time you touch something, you’re spreading those disgusting bathroom germs everywhere.

I know that all bugs are part of nature and that nature should be appreciated, but I just can’t appreciate something with eight legs that crawls around and hides in my basement. If I see a spider, I run. That’s it. They crawl too fast, and they’re too creepy.

  1. Touching wet food.

I’m sure most of you have been asked by your parents at least once to do the dishes. Maybe these dishes left over from dinner, and while you’re washing them, a piece of food touches your hand. The food has already been saturated by water, so when it touches your hand, it’s all wet and mushy. It will make you never want to do dishes ever again.

Every person has one feature on their body that they consider to be their “best feature.” But nobody’s best feature is their feet. Feet are just weird all around. Even if they don’t smell or they have shiny white toenail polish on them, they just can’t be considered cute. For those who have foot fetishes, I just have one question for you. WHY?

My number one fear is and always will be throwing up. And for the people who tell me, “you’ll feel better afterwards,” I don’t care. I don’t like thinking about it, talking about it, seeing… nothing! If I feel like I’m going to throw up, I get the worst anxiety. It’s just so gross. When I have kids I will never be able to clean it up.

  1. Body Odor.

I don’t want this to come across as mean, but it only takes FIVE seconds to apply deodorant. Going to a school with over 2,000 kids, you’re very familiar with what body odor smells like. And let me tell you, it’s NOT pleasant. Bring perfume or cologne with you in your backpack if your deodorant doesn’t last all day. Just please, take care of your body – for yourself and for everyone else.

  1. Not cleaning up after your dog. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs. They’re my favorite animals. As a dog owner, I believe in taking your dog for walks regularly. I also believe in cleaning up after your dog. If your dog goes to the bathroom, in the middle of the sidewalk or on the grass, please clean it up. You don’t even have to touch it with your bare hands, just use a plastic bag. Nobody wants to be walking down the street in brand new shoes and have them ruined in two seconds because you don’t know how to be a decent person.



  1. People who chew with their mouth open. 

Food is great. But you know what’s also great? Not hearing someone chew every single bite of their crunchy chips right in your ear. It’s even worse if you’re sitting across from them because then you have to see it, too. Please, just enjoy your food on your own. I promise that nobody will feel left out if they don’t hear or see your chewing.

  1. Touching gum underneath the desk. 

Students chew gum in school every day. Once that gum loses its flavor, it is meant to go into the trash can. I guess some kids didn’t get the memo because whenever I accidentally let my hand touch the bottom of a desk, I know exactly what that sticky wad is. When a student is too lazy to get up and walk 10 feet to spit out their gum, they decide that the next best place to put it is underneath a school desk. Disgusting.