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One characteristic that I am very proud of is my situational awareness. I usually can tell when it is the right time to say or do something. A perfect example of this was in our indoor soccer league last Friday. It was 6:15, and we were playing a team from Billerica. This one kid had been trash-talking me the whole game and I decided to do something about it. The indoor soccer league I play in is played with walls and boards. It is basically a hockey rink with turf. The next time the kid was running down the sideline with the ball, I checked him as hard as I could into the wall. He fell to the ground and started complaining to the ref. The ref had heard what he was saying to me, so instead of getting a penalty I just got a warning. Looking back I should not have hit him as hard as I did, but it got the message across. He was trash-talking me like nothing was going to happen. He thought he was better than everyone else and was indestructible. My situation is a little different than Odysseus’s however. They are also the same in some matters. For example, Odysseus had to choose between two bad routes. He either lost all his men, or he had to sacrifice 6 of them. I could let that kid get the best to me, or give them some payback and get a penalty. I wasn’t gonna let him get the best of me so I picked what I thought was right. I still believe that I made the right choice even though the kid has never said a word to me ever since.
October 9, 2019
What Can Fenn Do Better?
No matter what you are doing in life, there is always something that you can improve on. As a ninth-grader at The Fenn School, there are some things that the students and teachers can do to improve our experience.
Firstly, I think that the old tradition of pen to paper should return. This was a long-standing tradition that ended last year. Personally, this was something that I was looking forward to doing in my senior year. Sadly I have not had the opportunity to do so, as they took this out of the ninth grade program. Another thing that we as students can do as a class is to earn some of our privileges back. In years prior, we used to be able to eat in between classes and eat in the halls. That rule changed last year when we got so messy the teachers had to put sanctions on where and when we could eat. If we can improve in this area we might be able to earn the right to eat where we want.
Looking more inside the classroom, there are improvements that the faculty and staff can do enhance our learning experience at this school. They can do this by takes us out of the classroom and doing more hands-on work. A change of scenery is always good. For example, when we do math problems in class, we do them on the board. This is so that we can get on our feet and not sit at a desk all day.
Another thing that could help the 9th grade is more freedom. I was expecting to have more high school freedom in 9th grade. Whether that is going outside during free blocks or being able to sit where we want during lunch. As a high school student I believe that you should be able to pick where you want to sit a lunch. This is one very simple thing that would help out community greatly. Everyone wants to talk to kids that they know during lunch. And right now we cannot.
If you were to go up and ask anyone in the 9th grade, they would tell you that there are two main groups of friends. This is something that I think should change. It is a pretty even split, around 10 kids per group. If we all got to know each other a little bit more then we will get way more out of this year.
Connections Inside And Out
This was an interesting speaker. Usually when someone comes and talks to us. There is a lot of sitting around and getting talked at. This was different. He gave us a brief background of what he does and his childhood. Then we were thrown into a simulation, there were two countries. One of the countries was tasked with building a monument. The other one was tasked with helping them build it. The first country did not want any help from the outside world, however. They wanted their monument to be theirs. This made for some interesting interaction. There were a lot of chaos at the tables. One country begging at some point, to help the other. I was on the first country tasked with building. It got to a point where I wanted to give in and take there help. But my tablemates said no and we built our monument by ourselves. This was hard because the other countries had very good materials that we could have used to make our monument better.
During this exercise I learned more about restraint. We had to focus on our values to stay independent. This is a great lesson to know. Even if everyone around you wants to do something, you can still do what you want. Tho there think I learned was perseverance. Through the whole activity the representatives of the other country were constantly offering help. They never gave up no matter how many times we said we did not want their help. The last takeaway from this speaker was that we had to use collaboration. We had to work as a group not just to fight off the other country, but to design a monument. We had to hear everyone’s opinion and make sure they were heard. At the same time we were still being pestered by the other county.
When you first think about it, this activity has no connection to the odyssey. After some hard thinking however it does. He travels the world just like Odysseus does. It is also the opposite in some ways. Odysseus wants and needs help from the gods. But we as a country did not want help from anyone else. It also connects with the word “Hubris”. The rich country came in like they were the greatest. They thought very highly of themselves because they had more money than us. Overall it was a good exercise, but you really need to dig deep to find the true meaning.
November 6, 2019
Is there was one thing that would be my fatal flaw in life, it would be procrastination. Procrastination is a flaw that many people have. For me it is a little more extreme for example I'm writing this paragraph the night before it is due, and it is way too late. There are some things that I can do to counter procrastination, however. I try to do all my homework before I start anything else that could distract me. Also setting up a plan for when I'm going to do different assignments is helpful. As I get into higher grades, procrastination is getting less and less prominent in my life. I'm learning to plan better, and use my time more effectively. Instead of fooling around during study hall, I use the time to get more of my work done This just leaves more free time at the end of the day. Sometimes it is okay to procrastinate a little. For example, if I get assigned homework Monday, and that homework is not due until Wednesday, I usually am not going to do it until Tuesday because I know I have more time then. This is another step in planning that I've gotten better and better at over the course of my years at Fenn. Another positive thing about not procrastinating is when you finish a important assignment early. You feel better because you can look it over and make sure it is perfect. It is also a big weight off your chest knowing you have something done ahead of time. As my last year at Fenn is wrapping up. I would love to walk out of this school with my procrastination problem cured, and be ready for the next stage in my life.