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October 2019

Adam Aranovitz Metacognition

Jack Bretl 

English 9

Mrs. Wade

10/21/19

Reflection on Presentation by Adam Aranovitz

 

     Today the senior class was fortunate enough to enjoy a presentation and activity done by a friend of Fenn teacher. His name is Adam Aronovitz. This man is in my eyes a world traveler and advocate. He told us of his time spent abroad and how he was affected by it.

One quote he had in his presentation has really resonated with me and it is “ Travel far enough and you will find who you are”. To me, that meant that the more you travel the more you will learn about yourself. For example, when I went to Steamboat Springs Colorado last Christmas I learned how much I love skiing. He also informed us of how he has interacted with the natives of the countries he has visited. He learned about how their lifestyle is so different than the one he is used to.

It seems like Mr. Aronovitz has visited almost every country in the world, to me, that is astounding. I believe that is something that he is very fortunate to have done. After his presentation he had us take part in a group activity. We split into four groups, 2 of the groups were a very wealthy country and 2 of the groups were a very poor company. Together we collaborated on how one of our countries can help others. This activity was honestly nothing new to me, I had already participated in similar activities before. What affected me most about the activity as to how it related to The Odyssey. In the activity, the groups that were a part of the wealthy country were tasked to be hospitable to the poor country. In The Odyssey hospitality is one of the Greek values, it is called Xenia. In this activity, the wealthy countries distributed some of their own resources to the poor countries. They did this because they had enough resources to give out without hurting their own country. In The Odyssey whenever guests arrive anywhere before they are asked of who they are they are bathed, clothed, and fed. These acts of Hospitality that were used by the Greeks are in my mind similar to the way the wealthier country supported the poorer country.

Overall I really enjoyed this activity. The presentation done by Mr. Arnovitz was really interesting, and the activity was also a great experience.


The Value Of Tradition 

If You Don’t Use It You’ll lose It 

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Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.

-Harold MacMillan

 

Tradition is what keeps the departed still present. A tradition to me is something you do or take part in that happens weekly or annually. There are many different types of traditions around the world regarding culture and heritage. Fenn school is a traditional school that has lost its tradition. 

 

The tradition I’m going to be talking about is called pen to paper. Pen to Paper was something that the senior class would do with Mrs. Ward every Friday. The class would go over to her house enjoy some snacks and journal/ write about whatever was on their mind. When I was in sixth grade it seemed like a pretty cool activity to take part in. All of the senior class seemed to be quite excited whenever they were invited over to the headmaster's house to take part in Pen to Paper. 

 

Ever since Mrs. Wards devastating passing three years ago Pen to Paper has started to die out. This tradition has started to fade. For the last couple of years, this tradition has started to leave Fenn and become something of the past. This was quite annoying for me. I really looked forward to doing Pen to Paper when I became a senior. It was not only saddening to see Mrs. Ward pass away but devastating to know that this tradition will become history. 

 

This year, I believe, would be a great year to bring back the weekly Pen to Paper. I believe that Pen to Paper is a really great time to de-stress, relax, and vent your thoughts. This year is a big year for all of the senior class. We have important tests, exams, applications much more. Having a place where we can talk about all of this and relax would be really nice. Mr. Irwin has made it so we can do this once a month which is fine but I would really like to be able to do this every week. I really don’t think it’s fair that a lot of the classes before us got to take part in this tradition and now we don’t. Please take into consideration how this would help the class, and make this year a more enjoyable time.

 

Jack Bretl