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A moment that has changed my life

    Fitz’s Three Words

By Michael Alpers

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    Ones life is made by many moments. A moment that has made my life was when Fitz first said “Give a Damn” in 8th grade. This really got me started. It would give me the push that I needed to try my hardest and succeed in my last two years of Fenn. I am truly grateful that he said this. It was the first day of school in eighth grade. I had known that Fitz was going to be my advisor all summer and this was my first time really meeting him. He sat us down around his big round table and told us this. 

 

“Now if you want to do well in this class all you have to do is give a damn and figure it out.” We then sat in silence while thinking about what he said. After about a minuet or two we began to talk again but what Fitz had said really sat with us. It gave us some kind of drive.

 

Anything that motivates one to do something good is a good thing. No matter what it is. And this was one of those motivating things for me. I hadn’t tried a lot in middle school and suffered a lot because of it, but when Fitz said this I knew I had to step it up. I then took his saying to heart and have made myself better because of it. A pure life enhancing motivation is rare, but when you find one, you will never forget it, ever.


Through the Tunnel literary analysis

Maturity    

By Michael Alpers

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    It’s hard to overcome a fear. In the short story “Through The Tunnel”, by Doris Lessing, Jerry must mature to find the courage to get through an under water tunnel. Lessing says, “First, he thought, he must learn to control his breathing.” This shows how Jerry must use effort and show restraint before just jumping straight into this feat. He must learn how to swim before he can swim. He must also be persistent in his training and never give up no matter how hard it is. Lessing tells us that “A curious, most un childlike persistence, a controlled impatience, made him wait.” He is growing up and has learned persistence and the ability to stick with something even though it is hard. And finally he must set a final goal for himself, something that he can work towards that will drive him to get there. Lessing also states “Jerry swam out to the big barrier rock, adjusted the goggles, and dived.” This is Jerry’s first big leap towards his goal. The first step is getting to where he needs to be before he can complete his goal and diving into the rocky waters was that first step Jerry needed to assure himself that he can do this. 

 

    Jerry is at the rocky beach training to swim through the long tunnel. His mother had said that they will be there for only a few more days. He is getting close to being able to swim through the tunnel but he is still scared that he won’t be able to. 

 

“He was trembling with fear that he would not go; and he was trembling with horror at that long, long tunnel under the rock, under the sea. Even in the open sunlight, the barrier rock seemed very wide and very heavy; tons of rock pressed down on where he would go.”

 

In this moment Jerry was scared of two things. He was scared that he would not be able to attempt to go through the tunnel and he was scared of the tunnel itself. This is a maturing moment for him as he has to decide if he is going to do it or not. He has reconciled what it entails and must overcome his fear and have the courage to complete this frightful task. And Lessing finally said “He did not ask for permission, on the following day, to go to his beach. He went, before his mother could consider the complicated rights and wrongs of the matter.” This shows that Jerry has fully matured. He has gotten to the point of being his own man. 

 

    Jerry came into this story as a young boy wanting to play in the rocky beach. However, he came out of this vacation a man after conquering a daring feat and maturing to the point of overcoming a massive fear.


Mothers Day Sonnet

A Poem for my Mom

My mother is a very special person

She helps me when I think that I am through

And though our situation sometimes worsens

She shows me how that I can start anew.

I love my mother with all of my heart

She does for me the things I can not do

And she is also very very smart

But she never says to me “bad you”

I love my mom because she is forgiving

If we get mad then she is always kind

And when I’m down and sad she is giving

And then she helps me when I become unkind

And now that I have learned my hard fought lesson

She forgives me and our love never lessens


One Minuet to Get Rid of It

 A rant on Homework and Education

 

Homework, the thing that teachers give us for work outside of work. 

Half the time this work isn’t even relative to what we are doing in class.

So why should we have to do this time consuming thing that doesn’t even mean a thing. Studying should be our own initiative if we want to get good grades then we need the responsibility. 

It should be optional, you can do it if you want and get it graded or you just don’t have to do it. Homework, is really a bad habit that society created for the people who weren’t educated, now the intelligence levels of humans are rising every year. 

Colleges are harder to get into. 

The smartest people of our parents generation said if they applied to the school they went to, they wouldn’t get in. 

Technology is advancing so fast we carry supercomputers in our pockets but our teachers would still rather us do useless work on our computers. 

This needs to change, the way people were taught back in the day to go into the workforce, education was not meant for what we are going to do. 

If we don’t specialize early then how are we gonna know what we want to do if we haven’t tried it yet. 

Homework but really education, it must change if we want to change.