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Wade -English- 9
One instance of fighting with a fight or flight response I have experienced is when I get up on stage. Almost every time I get up on stage, I get a fight or flight reaction. This response raises the question should I run or should I fight with the nerve. One time this might’ve happened is when I got up on stage for my senior reflection. The day had begun, I quickly got dressed, ate my cereal and I rushed to school. I had to get to school early because I had to practice my reflection. I got to school and practiced with Mr. Smith. By the time it was time for advisor, I felt ready. The classes went on one by one, until eventually, all school meeting came around. Instead of sitting in my usual senior seat I sat in the front with Mr. Boonisar and Mr. Smith. Tom got on stage, said hello to the school and introduced me. I had that nervous fight or flight response feeling. Just like Odysseus, I was presented with a choice. “So I shouted. They snapped to each command. No mention of Scylla —how to fight that nightmare? for fear, the men would panic, desert their oars and huddle down and stow themselves away. But now I cleared my mind of Circe’s orders — cramping my style, urging me not to arm at all. I donned my heroic armor, seized long spears in both my hands and marched out on the half-deck,”-(12.678.241). This moment where Odysseus decides to fight instead of runaway is very similar to me and my situation. It is similar because I chose to get up on stage as Odysseus chooses to fight Scylla. In the end, whether you’re on the battlefield or battling stage fright deep down the decisions we make are all the same.
The cyclops in my life
One of the many challenges I have had to think my way out of in my life, is the time I fell in the ocean. One day around half way through the summer, my family and I decided to go on a cliff walk. After the long drive to the beach we slapped on some sunscreen and started the long walk to the trail. After some looking at the sea and extensive beaches we made it to the sign that said: “cliff walk ahead.” We took a swift left, started walking down the trail and past a hotel with a nice restaurant. We soon reached the staircase called 40 steps. We then traversed down the steps into the onslaught of rocks and slippery seaweed. I whipped out my phone and started taking pictures. The pictures I took, the more pictures I saw. The frames were lining up perfectly everywhere I looked. Eventually it was almost time to go, I turned around the corner and I saw a cave with a waterfall gushing out of it. “Wow, do you see that waterfall.” I asked. I started to head over the slippery rocks. Step by step I took my time until, I place one foot in the wrong spot. As I slide into the ocean like a marble, rolling down its track. My feet descended into the water and get completely soaked. I still sink, until eventually I reach the bottom and my feet grab a hold of some rocks and I was safe and half submerged in water. My dad quickly came to give me a hand and also fell in. The waves were crashing down over and over again, pushing me back and forth. My mom was worried and called an ambulance for a rope to get out. Eventually, after what seemed like hours of looking for a spot to get out we found a crevice just a few feet away, we swiftly climbed out of the water by putting our foot in the crevice.
Adam Aronovitz’s presentation
A comparison to the Odyssey
I was actually late for this activity, but I will do my best to make connections. Adam Aronovitz talked a lot about communication, specifically communication between countries because that’s what he does, but I can see a lot of places in the odyssey where communication could really help the situation. For instance when Telemachus yelled at his mother, he could have had a more mature conversation, and communicate the reason he is angry and upset, but instead he just yells. I also think some cross cultural communication skills would be very important for everyone to have in the odyssey. This is because of how much travel everyone is doing. Also appreciation of culture ties into the whole Roman custom of Xenia or hospitality. This is because when you strive for hospitality, you must respect the culture of the household that is being hospitable, this also goes two ways, the household needs to respect the guest and their culture. All of these values are very important, but there was one that stood out to me a lot for its importance.
Intelligent humility is a really important skill. This skill really stood out to me because it is a very important skill and is kind of ignored and disregarded; it means when someone really understands and appreciates that there are many ways to solve a problem and their way is one of many. Some Romans are very good at this like Odysseus, but some Romans struggle very much with this, like the suitors or Telemachus. This is partly because this skill comes with age, but it can still be taught and should be taught, for instance if it were taught to the suitors they might consider better and more peaceful options than what they did to be Penelope’s husband. Also Telemachus might have considered other options to find news about his dad than to just go out and find him. All of these skills and communication options that we talked about when Adam Aronovitz came to class are very important; not to mention that everyone in the odyssey could use a refresher course on at least one of these topics.
Adam Aronovitz's presentation
A Comparison to the Odyssey
I was actually late for this activity, but I will do my best to make connections. Adam Aronovitz talked a lot about communication, specifically communication between countries because that’s what he does, but I can see a lot of places in the odyssey where communication could really help the situation. For instance when Telemachus yelled at his mother, he could have had a more mature conversation, and communicate the reason he is angry and upset, but instead he just yells. I also think some cross cultural communication skills would be very important for everyone to have in the odyssey. This is because of how much travel everyone is doing. Also appreciation of culture ties into the whole Roman custom of Xenia or hospitality. This is because when you strive for hospitality, you must respect the culture of the household that is being hospitable, this also goes two ways, the household needs to respect the guest and their culture. There are a lot of ways we could use what we leaned in the real world and in the Odyssey.
A ninth graders point of view
by Jakob Cohen
“balance is the key to everything. What we do, think, say, eat, feel, they all require awareness and through this awareness we can grow.”- koi Fresco
I am a ninth grader at the Fenn school in Concord mass. Fenn is a great school, although sometimes Fenn likes to go all in on things. Like for instance the new Ilab, which is a great thing, but could be resized based on its current amount of use. When Fenn overshoots like this certain things could be left behind, like the arts. Somethings that Fenn could do to help solve this problem are publicize more and better, give arts some more time or take some of the funds from other things and give them to the arts; there is this same problem with a few other smaller things.
On a different note, Fenn also has a little trouble balancing its homework schedule. While some nights I have no homework, other nights I’m doing homework until ten o’clock. This problem has one main solution, the teachers should connect and design a home scechuel that’s balanced and fair. Although there are workarounds; for instance, students could get more help and work time especially in the ninth grade since most of it has been taken away or we could cut back just 15 minutes on sports for a little bit of extra study time or find some other way for more study time.
So, Fenn right now struggles with a little bit of balance, but there are a few simple ways to improve.