There are indisputable fears about going to college.These include, but are not limited to, the “Freshman 15,” getting a psycho roommate, being tempted by credit card companies and eating the dorm food. Yet one of my greatest fears is learning how to cook. People need to eat food to live, and college kids are poor. These are two obvious facts that lead to one conclusion: I will not be able to afford going out to dinner every time I get sick of dorm food. Therefore, I must learn at least the basics of preparing a decent meal. Note to self: “Decent meal” does not include Easy Mac, SpaghettiOs, Ramen Noodles or toast. It’s not that I am a terrible cook (if you count microwaveable dishes) it’s just that I don’t possess the patience required for the kitchen. To tell you the truth, I have had many episodes with even the simplest of dishes. Take Easy Mac, for example, once I forgot to add the water so I put the dry noodles in a bowl and microwaved them. Bad idea. The stench of burned macaroni was in my house for hours. Then there was the time that I left my Spaghettios on the stove for too long. They boiled and boiled until they solidified on the pan, leaving me quite hungry indeed. One time, a friend and I were baking cookies in the middle of the summer and, although the cookies turned out alright, we had overheated my house so much that we discovered my fish belly-up in his tank.Finally, in 2006, I made a resolution to learn how to cook without screwing something up. My first attempt would be vegetarian lasagna. Everything started out well (cook books are an amazing invention) until I was halfway through and realized that I did not have any ricotta cheese. Okay, no biggie, I thought. So I added cream cheese instead. Both are white and both are types of cheese, they can’t be that different. After more than an hour of slaving away in the kitchen and baking my first lasagna in the oven, my family and I sat down to test it out. My dad shuddered after the first bite and was ready to spit it out until my mom shot him one of those looks. Eyes closed, he reluctantly swallowed and gulped. “That’s … good.” He stuttered. Needless to say, my first attempt was not a success. My mom suggested that I take smaller steps before leaping to another major dish like lasagna. I agreed. The next night, I would try stir fry. Let me just say that less than 10 minutes later my fire alarm was screaming, and I couldn’t see the dining room table through all of the smoke. Although I have had bad luck lately with my resolution to learn to cook I am not giving up yet. After all, I have over seven months before I leave for college, and, if I do say so myself, I can make a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich.Life is all about taking chances, whether that be learning how to cook or doing something outrageous and daring. Ashley Kramer, the student of the month, could not agree more. Her favorite quote is by Mark Twain, stating, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Do it now. Why? Well, just because.”Ashley is a sophomore. She was nominated by her math teacher, Mr. Boland. He said that Ashley stands out by the way that she acts in class. “She always volunteers to help others, she has a positive attitude, and she frequently asks very insightful questions.”In school, Ashley is involved in Climate Committee, Impact (environmental) club, EPYCS and Project TITAN. She also plays lacrosse in the springtime through a club. Outside of school, Ashley enjoys hanging out with her friends, listening to music, and relaxing. She says something that many people may not know about her is that although she is very shy, she is a strongly opinionated person. This summer Ashley is excited about going to Ireland. One of her goals in life is to travel the world. Congratulations, Ashley!If you’re looking for something to do, the basketball games are always fun. And, of course, the X-games are up in Aspen the last weekend of this month. Enjoy the snow!Cassidy Willey is a senior at Glenwood Springs High School.
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The Glenwood Springs Fire Department is battling a small blaze on a ridgeline west of Yampah Mountain High School.