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Good Intentions Don't Always Have Good Results
To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.
Being a conservative in the most liberal state in America is tough. I have personally experienced what it’s like to be hated-on for what you believe in. I’ve been told that “You're a horrible person if you think that” and that “you shouldn't say what you think if it’s wrong”. It was statements like theose that kept me wondering if I'm a bad person for believing what I believe. For a developing teen, trying to figure out the meaning of life and who I am, it is hard to keep pushing forward.
The Flat Tax Rate
The Way Of The Future
A person doesn’t know how much he has to be thankful for until he has to pay taxes on it
Imagine you immigrated to this country as a teenager. You didn't have any money, you didn't speak the language, and you didn't have any help from anyone. You were on your own. So you get up every day of your teenage life and find work. You wash cars, mop floors, water plants, bus tables, or any job that you can find to make money. You make enough money to start a business. You lay bricks now. Once you get good, you start making some profit. Once you earn enough money, you get married, have three kids, and you become a landlord at a building that you built. Now, you are a grandfather, you are making a ton of money, and you love your life. Then you get a bill from the government asking you to pay A higher tax percentage than the next guy because you can afford it. Then you think: “why should I have worked my butt off since I was 15, without getting a penny from the government, and now that I have made my living, I need to give it up for someone who won't do the same? How is that fair at all?” So I ask you, how would you feel?
The Song of the Wandering Aengus
Recited by: Gabe Fonte
Midyear Exam Metacognition:
This past week has been very interesting. As you know, we have never had exams. In 7th grade they got canceled, and we didn't have them last year., but here we are. When I heard that the English exam was on Friday, I thought to myself “I'll just wait, it's English, it can't be that hard.” So I studied throughout the week for every class but english. I finished my analysis on Thursday during class, so that meant all I had was my reflection and comma rules to do. Last night, I got home and my mom told me, “Gabe, you are going to Nona’s to make cookies with her for her Christmas gift” I was not expecting this but I went with it. Turns out I only got my reflection done last night along with 3 comma rules. Today, I finished the rules, banged out the proofread, and now I'm writing this. I really shouldn’t have procrastinated, especially because I had all week to do it. Looking back on my time reading the book, I really enjoyed it. Like I said in my reflection, my uncle gave me the book over the summer and I absolutely loved it. It’s one of, if not my favorite book ever. I connected so well with it, I felt like I had done what he did (I was nowhere close). I truly did take lessons out of it though. I really did learn that you need to persevere in every challenge that you face everyday. Big or small, you are always persevering through challenges. In the end, I regret waiting till the last minute to do the work, and even through i was stressed, I still enjoyed my time doing this.
Don’t Give In
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.
Life comes with challenges, and you need to persevere through them. The Old Man And The Sea showed me that to overcome any challenge, big or small; you need to dig deep and persevere.
Lessons From An Old Man
Great fish do not swim in shallow waters.
You need to preserve to survive. In the book, The Old Man And The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, Santiago, the main feature, did just that. He went through rigorous pain, lots of challenges, and faced adversity. What kept him going was his ability to persevere in a life-or-death situation. On Day One, Santiago connects baseball to fishing. Joe DiMaggio, his favorite player, was idolized by Santiago. DiMaggio gave the man the drive to persevere. Even when he was fatigued, tired, and starving, he wouldn't give up.
But I must have the confidence and I must be worthy of the great DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of the bone spur in his heel.
He went through too much pain to give up. When he was fighting the fish, he had the urge to defeat the fish and persevere, "Fish, I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends." Later that day, he split his hand open on the line; when it started to cramp, he wasn't sure how much longer he could go, "God help me to have the cramp go," he said. "Because I do not know what the fish is going to do." Although he was in agonizing pain, he would never give in. He knew that even after he tied the fish to the boat, he would risk his life for the fish. He worked too hard for that fish. He went through too much pain and suffering to let it be eaten. Even when he was weak and dying, he fought those sharks until he died. "I am too old to club sharks to death. But I will try it as long as I have the oars and the short club and the tiller." Even when he was on the verge of giving up, he realized that there was no reason not to fight the sharks off. He gathered up all of his strength and called the shark back, "Come on, galano," the old man said. "Come in again." He wouldn't go down without a fight. He always persevered, and he never gave in to failure. There are many excuses out there not to catch a fish, but Santiago does not take that bait.
Dear Admissions Committee,
This is one of the questions that will never have a solid answer. I may never know the three most important qualities to have in life. In all of my 14 years on this planet, I’ve come to learn the three most important traits to have in my life. I learned that you need to have grit, you need to give a damn, and you need to be happy. These three qualities define my life every day. Without grit, you won't move forward in life. To succeed in life, you need to give a damn. You can only have a good life if you're happy.
Because brothers don't let each other wander in the dark alone
Brotherhood can form a bond between men like no other. It was my baseball team's brotherhood that allowed me to understand how vital my team was to me. When I joined my club baseball team (NOKONA), I was introduced to a group of guys that I had never seen or heard of in my life. These strangers would soon become my brothers.
Poverty, Racism, Humor
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
Do you ever go about your day not knowing that you won't have food that night? Or do you ever think about how you are discriminated against just because of your skin color? Well, for Arnold Spirit, he does, every single day. He goes through life living in poverty on a Native American reservation. He doesn't have much at all. As I said before, he doesn't know if he will have food on the table or if his dad will have enough money to drive him to school. Although he isn't the most fortunate, he deals with poverty and racism, and uses them as an excuse to work harder and make the best of his life.