Unmotivated Youth

April 7th, 2013 by mataciute3loreta3s
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By Loreta Matačiūtė and Saulė Drakšaitė, Silute pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania.

Unmotivated youth is an enormous problem. It’s like a plague, and rarely anyone feels it coming. But what are the characteristics of it and how do we reduce the amount of unmotivated people?

skipping school


Skipping school – one of the bigger problems, that unmotivation might cause.  It affects school work, even social life and can make huge problems later.

procrastination #1


One of the issues, which is seen not only among unmotivated people, but basically among everyone who are acquainted with latest technologies, is the never-ending usage of computers (and we mostly use them not for school work). It makes people forget, linger and finally, feel indifferent towards everything.

procrastination #2


One of the phases, when you’re unmotivated – procrastination. And brooding, with deep thoughts and indecisions, attempts to find the meaning of life, to find the right way how to live the rest of it.

sketchy places, sketchy peopledrinkin problems


Some people find a way and are able to avoid over-thinking. But their way is not a good one either. Smoking, doing drugs, drinking – students often do those things not because they want to be grown ups, but because they can’t find any other choice.

procrastination #3


But the other part of unmotivated youth refuse to destroy their bodies – they destroy their sanity. And procrastinate even more.

make a change, yo


This issue makes the future leaders of the world become self-destructive and miserable and the only way we can help ourselves is to be more aware of this problem and try to change our mindset. Try to be positive, be friendlier with everyone, if you can, give some advice to those, who need it. Sometimes,  a few words can change everything, and you might not even know it.

Is media the “frenemy” of our generation? (6)

December 7th, 2012 by mataciute3loreta3s

By Loreta Matačiūtė (1997), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania.

Media is the concept everyone is familiar with and there’s no secret, that we all are more or less addicted to it. We have a need to fulfill our curiosity of what’s happening in the world. Our generation wants to know everything about anything, even if we will never be capable of memorizing it. And the internet, newspapers and television – it all helps us to feel more powerful, full of knowledge, no matter what kind of knowledge it actually is.

But usually there’re two different sides of any matter, two different opinions. I’ll try to express both of them in this article and my main concern and question is, if we could call media the “frenemy” (friend/enemy) of our generation?

Everyone has to agree, media gives us a lot of useful information. And there exists not only the dull and boring part of it, there’s also a world of entertainment, a windmill of gossip, fashion, various examples of other people’s lives. It’s an attraction for a lot of us, which we managed to make our own way of relaxation after days full of stress and work. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be educational, because after all, young people get enough of that in school. I made a small survey, too, just for my curiosity, though, where I asked my 20 friends (age 15-22) two simple questions:

And as you can see, the entertaining part of media is much more enjoyed by young people. So I can make a conclusion, that media is pretty much inseparable from people of this age, too.

But people tend to be suspicious of mostly everything and one can wonder if all the information they give us is true?  Jim Morrison once said, “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” and we can only wonder if there’s any truth in that. We currently live in a world were lying is such a casual thing, although it’s intolerable at the same time. As an example we can use the moon landing conspiracy theories, which are well known to the world. Also, lots of us agree, that the entertaining part of media is actually brainwashing that gives you false truth, phenomena that don’t actually exist in real world. Lots of such programs aren’t educational per se, so are they even worth watching?

So here’s my question – do you believe in everything you see on your screens, do you only use media as a way to communicate with others, to spend your free time? And is it a friend, an enemy of yours, or maybe both? Should we change something in it, because after all, it’s a huge part of our lives?

Workshops in Lithuania. Artistic installation

May 31st, 2012 by mataciute3loreta3s

By Loreta Matačiūtė, Šilutės Pirmoji gimnazija/Lithuania, and others.

In this group worked Gintare Bernotaite, Loreta Mataciute, Zivile Buivydaite, Gabriele Macijauskaite, Desiree Schreiberhuber, Marcel Knebel, Cioccoloni Deborah, Gulia Manini and Tomek Tos.

We thought about the question „What makes us happy?“ Then we drew all our imaginations in to the poster. They are all different, but they all express joy and happiness. We all worked together on different projects. Someones drew and other ones painted. Then we wrote sentenses on our languages.

People tried to write what does happiness mean to them. Many drawnings are about friends, friendship, love,… others are common things in different countries.

Diversity is what makes this work beatiful.

By Giulia Manini and Desiree Schreiberhuber

Is art underrated nowadays?

May 3rd, 2012 by mataciute3loreta3s

By Loreta Matačiūtė (1997), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

"Night Landscape" by Piet Mondriaan

We all see art in our lives, it’s surrounding us. Many forms of it, too – music, paintings, literature, theatre, dance and much more; any of us wouldn’t be able to list them all. And we only see the final forms of it, probably never in process. So of course, there must be artists to create it and finally, show it to society.

But I noticed that there’s a common opinion wandering out there that being an artist is not a respectable profession you should be paid for; it’s nothing more than a hobby. And that there are too many students, who want to create it, who want to continue their education in universities which are concentrated about them. But why do people think like that at all? Why some of us (especially the elders) have created a stereotype that ‘real’ jobs are the so called 9-to-5 ones and artists are nothing more but useless?

Art is so much more than a thing, made by a couple of lazy people who don’t know what to do with their lives. It’s inspiring and it requires a lot of time, hard work, dedication and none the less imagination. It’s a creation fulfilled with emotion which helps us to relax, to find our inner selves and to run away from boring routines, stressful lives. Art is a language understood by many people of high intelligence. And people seemed to understand the importance of art, when artists were the only bridge between the common and the noble, when illiteracy wasn’t its prime. Artists made the concept of good and bad understood to the masses in process bringing aesthetic satisfaction to people.

So what is happening now, in XXI century? Did our minds become so dull, affected by numbers and technologies that we don’t even want to understand the conception of art? Or is it just our parents’ and grandparents’ generation, so suppressed by wars and need to survive, that they can’t even see the beauty around us and the importance of it all?