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End of the Year: Part Two

I know you all are wondering, what do I have planned for the future? What are my plans for the summer, for senior year, for the rest of my life? Well, I will spill what I do know about my future, in case that is the last post that I ever have on this blog account.

For this summer, I plan to do a lot of things. The first thing, and most important in my opinion, that I want to do this summer is volunteer at the hospital. I really want to do something with my life that helps other people, and working in the hospital is the best way that I want to do that. I looked at the online application for volunteering and I saw that there was a section for volunteering to help infants and children, and that makes me really excited. Not excited for the sick kids that are unfortunately at the hospital, but excited for the opportunity to help them. Another thing that I plan to do this summer is visit colleges and universities I might be interested in. The college process really freaks me out, because my future really freaks me out, but it is time to start looking. I also plan to have fun this summer. I want to have a summer that I will never forget, and I think it is very important to have fun with your friends while you are young and you still can, so I plan to make the most out of this summer.

I am also planning on having the best school year that I have ever had during my senior year. I have decided that I am going to try new things and get involved in what I can. I have already taken the first steps in that, I ran for my class office, class treasurer to be more exact. I really hope that I win because I believe that I can really organize an awesome prom for my class, and I really want to get involved in as much as I can and help in any way that I can. Even if I do not win, at least I will have tried my hardest and given it my best shot. Another thing I am going to do senior year that is part of my “best year ever” initiative is go out for the track team. I need to be involved in a sport, other than bowling, and I think track is the perfect one for me.

As for the rest of my life, I am still trying to figure that part out. I don’t know what I want to study, where I want to study, or even what I want to do with my life. But hopefully I will figure that out soon.

Thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts and feeling on a creative outlet, I really appreciate everything you have done for me Dr. Ayers. I truly believe you have made be not just a better student, but a better person as well. Good luck to you, and good luck to everyone else as well.

End of the Year

As you all know, the 2015-2016 school year is coming to an end, which means so is the blog assignment I was assigned to do for my AP Lang class at the beginning of the year. For the past nine months of my life, I have been consistently (or maybe not so consistently), writing three, 400 words or more, blog posts every single week. At the beginning of this adventure into the blogging world, I thought I was going to talk about biology and science, because that is what I enjoy. But, I soon realized that that was not a viable option to write about because of the limited knowledge I had on the subject. So, I decided to write about high school, and life as a teenager. And I think by blog turned out amazing. With that being said, is this the end of my blog? Well, honestly, at this point I don’t know.

In one of my past blog posts, I talked about this movie I watched, called Ask Me Anything. In that post, I described the movie as weird and confusing, but there was something that was in that movie that made me see things differently. The main character had a blog. She used that blog as an outlet to express how she was feeling and what was going on in her life, and that seemed to help her. I think that I could benefit from that as well. There are things going on in my life, like everyone else, and I believe that having a way to express what I am feeling and not keeping it bottled up will really benefit me. I have things that I would like to say and talk about in my life, and this might be a fun way to do it. Also, I think I would benefit from constantly writing throughout the summer. I learned a lot about writing this year, and I was to keep practicing my writing skills.

The only thing that is keeping me from continuing to write on this specific blog is the fact that everyone in my class has access to it, and they know that it is my blog. I would want it to be anonymous so I feel safe behind my screen, not exposed. I think that I would really benefit from continuing to write blog posts, but that means I would have to create a new blog account, which I honestly might do.

Graduation

The end of the school year is not just a hectic time for the seniors, who are embarking of their new journey into the real world, but also for the rest of the students who are entering the next year of their high school career, like me. Graduating junior year and entering my final year of high school is a scary and intimidating thing. I don’t know if I am ready to graduate high school in the first place, but whether I am ready or not, it is going to happen. But not right now, right now, all of my senior friends are graduating and leaving me in boring old Cedar Rapids, Iowa while they go off somewhere warm and study what they want. For me, that means a lot, and I mean a lot of graduation parties.

Today, I had a pretty packed day. My friends and I went graduation party hopping, because we have around eight parties to attend in the span of about six hours. Sounds impossible right. Yeah. Well, we did it. It was super fun, and I met a lot of seniors who I really didn’t know, but still envied because of the fact that they are done with high school and I am still stuck in prison. All the amazing graduation food was basically the only reason I agreed to go to so many graduation parties. I was so stuffed by the end of the day, I thought I was going to explode. But, it was totally worth it.

Although it was hard to focus on anything other than the delicious food, there was something else that all the grad parties had in common. The decorations, medals, achievements, pictures, sports, and activities that that person did/achieved during their high school career. Then, I think, what will my graduation party look like? Am i satisfied with what I have done during my high school career? As I am sitting here, writing this blog post, it is hard for me to even think of five things I have accomplished, and that really scares me. I came into high school with the vision that I want to try everything and get involved in as much as I can, and I am scared that I am failing at that. I failed at tennis freshman year, I failed at debate, I haven’t been involved in any plays or musicals, and I am scared that I am wasting my time at school.

I have one more year left. Just one. And I am going to make the most of it.

Ap classes

As a student who has taken five AP classes in my high school career, and plans to take five more, I think I am pretty qualified to discuss and provide helpful tips and tricks for upcoming students who are about to take their first AP class, or even students who have taken an AP class before, but struggled the whole year and did not perform the best on the AP test. So, as a bit of an introduction, last year, my sophomore year, I took AP Psychology and AP Biology, and I got a four on both of those AP exams. This year, I took AP Seminar, which is a newly offered AP class, AP Language and Composition, and Ap United States History. All of these classes were pretty challenging in my opinion, but I got through all of them with A’s and B’s.

Compared to regular classes, I think that AP classes are definitely more challenging just because of the fact that it is more work. I have noticed that the majority of my AP classes require reading from a textbook more than relying on a teacher to teach the course material, unlike most of my normal classes where the teacher just teaches the lesson.

Also, AP classes means more homework because you have to read the textbook and take notes over it. Keep in mind it is a college class, so it is taught like a college class. There is more accountability for yourself, and teacher expects more from you, which means the teacher isn’t going to make sure you read every chapter, you have to do it yourself.

Even though AP classes are more challenging, they are weighted on a 5.0 scale instead of a 4.0 scale. This means that a C in an AP class effects your gpa like a B. And a B in an AP class is really an A. I think this really evens out the class because even though it is harder, the grade you get is really one grade higher.

The first thing I would say to people who are skeptical about taking AP classes is that if you are really interested in a particular field or subject, for example music or biology, than definitely take that AP class. Since you are interested in what you are learning about, the class will seem fun and it will be easier for you to learn. If you are trying to decide whether to take a normal or AP class that you do not enjoy, for me it was AP United States History, then I would recommend you talk to your previous teachers because they know how you are academically better than anyone else.

Am I getting Smarter Faster and Better

So, it has been about a week since I started reading my book, called Smarter Faster Better, and to be completely honest, I am not as far as I want to be. Don’t get me wrong, I am not at like page 20 or something, but I think that I would benefit from a half hour reading session every day for the next week. I think that I am far enough though to start giving my opinion on this book, so here it goes. Quick side note, I think after I read this book, I am going to read The Power of Habit, which is the other book that the author of Smarter Faster Better has written. Okay, now on to my thoughts and opinions.

When I initially began reading this book, I soon realized that it was organized in a very unusual way. Each chapter was a different category to becoming smarter faster and better. For example, chapter 4 is all about goal setting. Chapter 2 is about teams and how to have good teamwork. Chapter 8 is about absorbing data. I think you get the picture by now. And each chapter is broken up into different parts, each chapter is usually broken up into three section, but it varies. Each part talks about a different story or experience correlating to that specific chapter, and each time the author explains why we as readers can learn something from those examples. That is very different than I expected it to be like, but I think I like it. It is neat and organized and I process the information very well.

So far, I am on chapter 3, which is all about how to stay focused. I just got done reading a story about how a junior pilot wasn’t focused on his task, and he steered the airplane right into the middle of an ocean. Everyone died. Yeah, I know, pretty tragic. But the author used this example in a very neat way buy walking the reader through everything the pilots did wrong and explaining what we can do to not make the same mistakes. It is very clear that the author spent a lot of time on this book. With all of the primary sources and individual stories that are in the book, the author must have spent years finding and interviewing everyone.

At this moment, I have no clue what I want to write my essay on. I am thinking about something along the lines of how this book is really beneficial for students to read specifically because it can help them in their high school careers and maybe even in jobs that they have.

 

 

 

What highschool is all about

Ahhhh high school. What many adults call the best times of our lives. But if that is true, and these years really are the best of my life, then I am scared as hell for the future. High school is not easy, it is not fun, and it is not carefree.

Yes I am still young and I have yet to experience half of what life has in store for me, but I sure do hope it gets better than what I am living through right now.

I can see where adults come from. Teenagers can (mostly) do what they want without big consequences or set backs in their lives. For example, teenagers can go out to a movie and have a sleepover with their friends, something adults might not be able to do because of their jobs or their families. Also, teenagers don’t have the same responsibilities that adults do. Parents have to worry about the house, their kids, their jobs, their families, whereas teenagers only have to worry about themselves. With all of this in mind, I still stand firmly on the belief that these years are not going to be the best of my life, and it only gets better from here.

Just because teenagers have different responsibilities than adults, and, for the majority, these responsibilities are only for the benefit of themselves, it is still one of the most stressful things that can happen to a person.

First of all, teenagers have their jobs that they have to worry about. In most cases, no job equals no spending money for the teen and in few cases, it means no food for themselves or even their families. Also, managing a job while still attending school and having good grades is a tricky and stressful task.

Second, teenagers have high school. The single most stressful, nerve wrecking, anxiety enduing, emotional place to ever exist. For the students who care, which is the majority, grades mean everything. Every test, quiz, homework assignment, project, and duty that high school students are tasked with are important to maintaining a perfect report card. Now realize that this is multiplied by six for the average student. It is physically impossible for students to complete all of the work they are assigned with on time, unless of course you are a student who doesn’t sleep. Finals are another aspect that adds more stress to the already mounting pile that students feel.

Lastly, maintaining a social life is one of the hardest things teenagers can do. Teens want to fit in and have friends, but when that gets in the way of school, work, and family…it is near impossible.

So that is why I hope that these are in fact, not the best years of my life.

Time to Start Thinking About College

As I slowly reach the end of my junior year in high school, there are many things that I need to start focusing on as well as completing before I can begin senior year. First of all, I have to get through the end of the year. This means finishing all of my assignments, completing projects, studying for finals, and much much more. Then, there is planning my summer. This summer is one of the most important of my life, for many reasons. It is the time where I am supposed to volunteer for different organizations, work to earn money, travel to see family, go on college visits, and the list continues. This is a very stressful and nerve wrecking task for someone who is not ready to leave what is familiar and venture out into the world, alone. But, one of the most daunting tasks that needs to be done, sooner than later, is researching, visiting, and applying to colleges.

I never thought it would be so soon, but the time has come for me to start thinking about college. In the past, whenever my parents or teachers would ask me what I wanted to study in college or where I wanted to go for college, I would run for the hills. I hate talking about this kind of stuff because I know how important it is. I mean it is the rest of my life we are talking about. But I do realize that it has become a necessity, and it is something that I have to do. Luckily, I have already taken the first steps on my college searching journey.

About a week ago, my mom scheduled an appointment for me to go and talk to a “college expert” on what my options were and what I should do to get the best chances at getting into a good college. Going into this meeting, I really didn’t know a lot about what colleges were good and which ones were below average so to speak. The “expert” talked to me about a lot of different options that I had and different colleges that were somewhat near my home city, which I wanted, while still being a pretty prestige university that I would be proud to attend. The “expert” also explained different things I could do and important accomplishments I should make in order to get into these colleges. These included studying and getting a good ACT score and volunteering and getting involved in the community.

All I can say is that I am scared for the future, but also excited to see what is to come.

 

A weird movie

It all started with a phone call to one of my good friends on a casual Thursday night. Let’s call this friend Kelly. Kelly was having a hard day, so being the good friend that I am, not to brag or anything, I decided to bring over some ice cream and snacks so we can pig out while watching chic flicks and cuddling. It took us awhile to decide on the proper film that we could enjoy, but with much research and trial and error, we chose a movie. It was called Ask Me Anything and the premise of this movie was that a girl decided to take a year off between high school and college, and create a blog about her crazy life during that time. This post is relevant because the girl in the movie had a blog, and what are you reading right now? That is right! A blog. But unlike young Katie Kampenfelt who chose to write a blog and was free to write about whatever she wanted, anonymously, I have a strict guideline to follow. This guideline includes word count, upload schedule, and not to mention my posts have to all have something in common, a common theme if you will. Anyway, back to the movie. Katie has a crazy sex life, and she blogs all about it on a daily basis. Towards the end of the movie, she becomes faced with a dilemma, and what happens at the end really threw me for a loop.

About fifteen minutes into the movie, Kelly came to a realization. She had seen this movie before. I guess it had escaped her mind, but after she remembered her previous viewing of this movie, she said that this was a really weird movie and I was in for a treat. I could already tell it was a little off from the first five minutes of the movie. Katie’s character is super outgoing and spontaneous, but has little to no friends and is basically wrapped up with boys. Her crazy weird life consists of meeting a ton of new people, mainly men, and getting into a lot of trouble with them. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that this is a bad movie, it was actually pretty entertaining to watch. I think I just missed the overall message of the movie, or the point of it really.

I think you should give this movie a watch for yourself and let me know what you think the ending of the movie is all about.

 

How to become Smarter. Faster. Better

So my Ap Language and Compositions teacher, the very teacher that assigns these blogs as homework, has struck his students with another writing assignment once again. You guessed it ladies and gentledogs. Another essay. *cue the laugh track*. Oh crap that is the wrong button damn it Jimmy you had one job. *cue the crying track*. Anyway, this time around, the essay is a book review essay. But you know Dr. Ayers, this isn’t just an ordinary book review. Oh nononono. This is a special type of book review that is more like an essay about a topic that incorporates a book that you read that isn’t supposed to talk about the pros and cons of the book but just talks about the information in the book but you can’t rate the book or say your opinion or if you recommend the book, you can only write an essay about a topic semi-related to the book so you can use the information from the book into your essay so Dr. Ayers can give it the title of a Book Review Essay. Whatever, I mean it is an AP class, it is supposed to be complicated right?

For this essay, I chose to read a book called Smarter. Faster. Better, as some of you bright readers could probably guess from the title of this blog post. My first choice for books was something to do with Sherlock Holmes and how to be like Sherlock. Why? Cause Sherlock is the best human being on the entire planet and who wouldn’t want to be exactly like him? I’m SherLOCKED PEOPLE!!! Anyway, I couldn’t find a book about Sherlock that intrigued me, and passed the date requirement for this assignment, so, I chose the next best thing, a book about how to become a better person, so to speak.

So far, from what I have read, I found that this book is broken up into different chapters, and each chapter has a different subject. For example, one of the chapters is how to work better as a team. Another chapter is about goal setting and another chapter is about focusing on your work. I am really excited to learn more about how to become a better, faster, and smarter person, and I will let you guys know how that is going as I read more.

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