Soccer Season

The Beauty of Soccer

Who do you play for? EACH OTHER!

-- Star

   

With the ringing out of the last whistle from the referee in Eaglebrook tournament. Fenn varsity soccer officially ended. At that second, I recalled the whole experience of playing soccer at Fenn…

 

 “I don’t know what the soccer season going to be like this year at Fenn.” I remembered I stared at my soccer shoes and told myself in the locker room. As a new student and senior, this is my first “soccer career” at Fenn and the last one. My teammates are all skillful and talented with no fear. As the biggest guy of the team, I noticed that the heavy responsibility that I will take. Big kicks, header, Marking the best forward of the opponent team…However, the thing that I really enjoying in is the soccer spirit and the kindness of Mr. Star, our coach at Fenn.

 

From the point of a few little detail, Fenn's sportsmanship is the best of all schools. The virtue of Fenn is incomparable. Never arguing with referees, going to congrats the goalie right after the game, saying “good luck” to the opponent team from coaches when starting, shouting out the opponent school name after the game…Those little details are all composed in my eye. On the field, we never give up the ball and play as the hardest as we can, just because our sonority slogan, “ Who do you play for, each other!” Yes, we were playing for each other. When one feels tired and can’t run anymore, we always heads up again because this phrase kept in our mind.

 

Mr. Star, probably the best soccer coach I had every seen. On the field, he is always the loudest and the person worried the most. He always think we lose the game not because we didn't play well, but not coaching well. Of course, he made us run frequently and got pissed off our practice play every single time. However, we still gave us the best respect to him. At one practice, the weather was freezing, I was trembling with my freezing body. When mr. Star saw me, he asked, “You cold?” I responded, “Yes coach.” Then, he took out his jacket right away and put it on me. He then said, “You know this is the biggest difference between me and other coaches. Stay warm!” He walked away afterward. From this little action. It embodied the demeanor of a good coach. I was extremely touched.

 

In my opinion, the spirit of a sport is always over the skill of it.

 


Adam Presentation Reflection (Culture)

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Culture is the name for people who interested in, the thoughts, the models, the book they read and the speech they hear.

—— Walter Lippmann 

Last week, our English had a special guest who introduced the importance of being familiar with a totally different culture with a class long presentation. Culture, a habit or tradition that recorded with the country’s history. It introduced the background of a country, as well as it’s image. However, it is important to learn the culture of a country before a person get on to the land of the that country. Therefore, people will act the way of the country usually act, with properly, culturally and politely. Mr. Adam, the teacher from Sudbury who studied economics in his university time gave us several examples of his traveling experience from all over the world. 

After the presentation. Mr. Adam shared an activity with us that fully express the importance of knowing the culture of the country. First, he split us with four groups with separate goals. Second, telling us another country is coming to us and giving us goods and trying to occupy our culture. Therefore, we need to defend them and refuse for the goods in order to stand the culture of our own. However, they seemed very disappointed under our strong refusal. After the activity, they thought we were stupid of not receiving the goods and help. But the key was they didn’t know our purpose, our culture. Finally, Mr. Adam told the culture and purpose of each countries, and we finally know that we didn’t know their purpose and culture as well, therefore we didn’t act of accordance. It showed the importance of knowing the culture.

Again, the importance of not knowing a culture, that is able to led to confusion, disagreement, anger and misunderstandings. Just as the kids have to know each other’s habit in order to be friend with each other. When one is trying to approach someone else, he wants the latter to feel enjoyment being together with him, and that led to the person to find the habits and likes to the person he tries to approach. Undoubtedly, when a country tries to be familiar with another country . They have to learn all the history of that country too. Coming back to the activity. The third point, one of the three takeaway for me, is that the act in front of the person that you are socializing to. In the activity, the other group seemed not really polite. Therefore, it made us feeling anxious and nervous. However, acting politely is also important. When yu are pursue somebody with polite mood. It will make that person have a sense of safety.

When I first came to America at third grade for traveling. I felt a strong of unadapted . The culture here was way different than the culture in China. The people are kinda and open. Therefore, I used  the American way to interact with them. We can see how important the culture is.

From this activity. I learned three takeaways. The importance of culture, the important of knowing a culture, and the importance of acting politely


 

Book IV Reflection

The book IV of the Odyssey mainly narrates the story of Telemachus, it starts with the feast of celebrating the separate marriage of king’s son and daughter. Then they invited the strangers to join the feast to honor the hospitality he received from strangers during his travels. The book basically is talking about the commemoration of Odysseus. From “the tears of Telemachus went down.” We can discover that how deep the Odysseus family miss him. The people narrates the story of Odysseus being cunning and smart and how shameful the suiters are. It shows that people still can’t forget him.

Later, the king told Telemachus that his father is at an island. Therefore, Telemachus tried to find him and went out with ten comrades. Then, as the suiters notices, started rage. They planned to kill Telemachus as his way back. People heard their plan, and told Penelope. The latter were worried and beg Athena for help. A day later, Athena told Penelope in her dream that she will protect him is son. But she said nothing about Odysseus. I felt this situation is kind of chaos. They tried to find the Odysseus, but the suiters are being indecorum.


How can we make 9th grade Better?

 

Try and fail, but never fail to try

—— Jared Leto

A successful ninth grade, an essential year of students’ future development. We, as students at Fenn, should think of a solution to make this year’s experience better. However, it is my perspective that students and faculty members collaborate together to create an excellent and warm community. In order to do that, student ourselves, giving a supportive and trusting environment to each other is necessary.

To be more specific, when somebody else are having difficulties, we should give our hand out, when somebody else are having trouble with works, we should give our hand out, when somebody else needs you, we should give our hand out as well. Sometimes, this little movement can make others feel a huge sense of “warm current”.

Ninth grade, the senior year at Fenn, the eldest grade of whole school. We need to set up examples for lower grades. They can see every moments of ours, as well as they will even imitate what we do. Therefore, in order to give them a good example, we should help others and support others in anytime, anywhere. When others get benefit from you, will have a strong sense of accomplishment.

Take myself experience as an example, when coming to Fenn at the first two weeks. A lot of things that had been struggled with me, iPad systems, different apps, school schedule...

However, it was my classmates who helped me to walk out from it gradually. They gave me help that where to go, fixing the problems,  finding resources... I had been seeing it in my eyes. Therefore I told myself that time, “Maybe I should start to help others too.” I started to carrying the bags for coaches, for lower grades, pushing the door for people. With the regards to this example, it is my classmates that gave me the lesson of helping others, and it is clear that the influence of a good example standard by somebody else is tremendous.

To conclude, a perfect ninth grade experience at Fenn required the work of everybody. When you help others a little bit, the experience will be a bit more colorful


Power of the Hard Time

 

Believe in your self and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. — Christian Larson

The power of hard time, this phrase is not new to people. It might be a mountain in front of you, or an obstacle a step away. Anyway, when you overcome it, you really become a strong person. 

I clearly remember the time at seventh grade, I first went to the international school from the Chinese school in Qingdao. That was the first time got in touch with English. New environment, new studying concepts, new inhuman teachers and Different type of students. It makes me a bit of tedious, a bit of agitated.

Sometimes I wish I could go back to my amusement park. But, this is only a dream that cannot come true. I know that I have to suffer from it. I picked up my books and my laptop. “Hue” I took a deep breath and went in the gate of the school. I told my self, “ Yes, Gerald, there is no fear in front of you. You have to adapt to it. That’s the only way in order to become a great person. You can do it!” 

Recall back, I really overcame a lot. However, it’s a good memory that I will never forget. Right now, I came to a new school. Although it’s hard for me to adapt to it, but I had no fear. Because I knew I love  this school, I will adapt to it one day. 

Again, hard time, it might be a mountain in front of you, it might also be an obstacle a steep away. Keep in mind, when you overcome it. You will step on a different level!



Have a Meal of Dumplings!

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An incomparable dish in China

Soup dumplings, sitcoms, one-night stands--good ones leave you wanting more.

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Picture this! A pot of a fragrant dumplings came out of the kitchen and put it on your table. You grab one and try to dip the dumpling in a little vinegar and mashed garlic. Then open your enormous mouth and put the dumpling in it. Now, close your eyes and feel the tasty stuffing in the dumpling as you chew it. “Ah!” the blazing dumpling is in your stomach fully right now, nothing left except a little hot gravy. Having the dinner with dumplings will be so great and all the stress of the day will disappear immediately. Additionally, if you share the dumplings with your family. That will be incomparable!

Dumplings is one of the traditional meals in China, it is also called the “Year Meal” Everyone in China will have dumplings at the New Year Eve to celebrate all the word people had done in the past year. Dumplings are kind of similar to the Chinese bread “Baozi” Their shape is similar but not the size and the way to cook them. Baozi usually cooked with steaming, but dumplings are cooked with hot water just like ramen. Therefore, the process of boiling dumplings is extremely simple and efficient. What’s more, if your family is boiling the dumplings together for dinner, how content it will be!

Dumplings are basically constituted by the different kinds of gravy, such as meat gravy, vegetable gravy... In order to make a dumpling, you have to roll the paste and hold the side of the paste. Then put the gravy inside of the paste and grab the four edges one different sides to one vertex. Using your full energy to pinch it. The dumpling will be made afterwards.

The dumplings are extremely mysterious and greasy. You may feel a dense of Chinese atmosphere if you have a meal of dumplings. Why don’t you try it now?

Picture this! A pot of a fragrant dumplings came out of the kitchen and put it on your table. You grab one and try to dip the dumpling in a little vinegar and mashed garlic. Then open your enormous mouth and put the dumpling in it. Now, close your eyes and feel the tasty stuffing in the dumpling as you chew it. “Ah!” the blazing dumpling is in your stomach fully right now, nothing left except a little hot gravy. Having the dinner with dumplings will be so great and all the stress of the day will disappear immediately. Additionally, if you share the dumplings with your family. That will be incomparable!

Dumplings is one of the traditional meals in China, it is also called the “Year Meal” Everyone in China will have dumplings at the New Year Eve to celebrate all the word people had done in the past year. Dumplings are kind of similar to the Chinese bread “Baozi” Their shape is similar but not the size and the way to cook them. Baozi usually cooked with steaming, but dumplings are cooked with hot water just like ramen. Therefore, the process of boiling dumplings is extremely simple and efficient. What’s more, if your family is boiling the dumplings together for dinner, how content it will be!

Dumplings are basically constituted by the different kinds of gravy, such as meat gravy, vegetable gravy... In order to make a dumpling, you have to roll the paste and hold the side of the paste. Then put the gravy inside of the paste and grab the four edges one different sides to one vertex. Using your full energy to pinch it. The dumpling will be made afterwards.

The dumplings are extremely mysterious and greasy. You may feel a dense of Chinese atmosphere if you have a meal of dumplings. Why don’t you try it now?


The Power of a Place

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A small place can be the biggest in your mind

“Makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world.”

— Gustav Flaubert

A soccer field, a place allowing my little brother and me to play “home soccer” with only ten square meters big is unforgettable for me. This is the place that attracted me, this is the place that makes me threw all the stress to a mile away, this is the place that made me called it, “the biggest field in the world” and do you know why do I say the ten square meter space the biggest field? Because this is the place that hold on all my memories in my childhood.

 

This tiny space is located in my China home. I played “home soccer” with my brother here since I was in second grade. Sometimes I wonder, how can we play soccer with this tiny space and had fun with it? This place was specially designed for me and my brother. A little sponge ball, two doors each side, had attracted me and my brother to go every single night. 

 

Since the game was played by only me and my brother, it was always one on one. Although I’m way stronger than my brother and way older than him, but I have to pay full effort on it in order to win. My brother had discovered that the side wall can be an assistant for him. I remember one time, he passed the ball to the side wall and then it reflected back. Therefore, he scored the goal with one finger. 

 

With the regards to my illustration. I realized that people may create the bigger space of joy from a small space as long as they investigate it, they like it. 

 

Therefore, I believe that this is the power of the place. Whenever it’s big or small. If it means a lot to you, then it’s always the biggest in your mind!


Camp Belknap Essay

Enjoying Everything!

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Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
—Ruth Reichi 

    September 11th, a shiny day but not hot. It feels like dreaming when I crossed the gate and enter the school. Everyone’s faces became a scarlet apple suddenly. Everyone threw their stress to a mile away. No one was caring their grade, the troubles they made in Mr. Fitz class, and the homework given by their “cruel hearted”  teachers. Instead, students were cheering, giggling, and laughing. At this point, a voice cut through the sky, “Guys, let’s pack our stuffs into the car! We are leaving right now!” students jostled with each other, one after the other. Everyone was way out of patient and preserved the full energy with them. As Mr. Erwin said, “ Let’s get started!” the bus moved. Now, people might guess what we were doing. Ha, you are right, we were going on a trip to Camp Belknap! At camp, I realized that leadership happens in a time even we didn’t notice; I wondered that the key of friendship is to be unity, and I discovered that the meaning of teenager is to challenge or discover. I realized that leadership happens in a time even we didn’t notice;

     I clearly remember the first activity we did in the camp was the swim test. The swimming coach were testing our ability of swimming whether we were able to swim in deep water or the shallow water. When I heard that, I was way out of patient for it because I knew I was going to pass the test. Swimming was not a problem for me and I had confident on it. We were in a line to go to the swimming test. Nevertheless, I got nervous and nervous as it approached to me. Meanwhile, I heard the swimming coach shouted, “Shallow!” One after other and it made my leg shakes as a dancer on the stage. It was finally me and I stared at the water for ten seconds, then I held a deep breath as I jumped in. “Oh my gosh!” no one had considered the temperature of the water. It got colder and colder as the summer had passed. It freezes me body! I drilled my head into the water and started to swim. Later, I found out that the water was so cold that I could not even breath. I stopped several times and remembered what my brother had told me that he could not even breath when he was swimming in the freezing water. I was teasing him about this and now I’m in the same situation. “Shallow!” I walked back with a helpless mood. I whispered, “I will never ever swim in this freezing water again!”

Another activity that I won’t forget in my whole life was paddling with Hudson and Aeoli. It was my first time that I paddling with a board and a paddle in the ocean. I was extremely afraid and could not imagine if I slide down in the freezing water because I already had an experience of being in the water. First, I put on the life jacket and pulled out the board from the stinky shelf. Then I took a double side paddle and tried to get use to it. I imitated what Aeoli did because he seems really good at it. I stood on the board and tried to make the board move with the paddle. However, it did moved but it was not stable and it was really easy for me to fall down. I took a glance at Hudson and he fell down two times already. It made me more nervousThen, Finley told me to kneel on the board. It works! I carefully rowed out of the shore. After five minutes, I got used to it. The board was like a obedient kid, listened to my order. Probably about ten minutes, I tried to challenged my self and I stood up. At first, I was a little nervous. Whereas, the board still listened to me .   

The three days I had spent in the camp was awesome. I wish that we can go there again sometimes.