English as a Whole

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“You get what you work for, not what you wish for.”
- Howard A. Tullman

At the beginning of the year, I had no idea what English would be like. I had heard many many different opinions about your class. Some said it was extremely easy, while others said that it was one of the hardest classes that they had ever taken. When I found out that the class was going to be doing an assignment sheet every week, I thought it was going to be very easy. I was wrong. The weekly assignment sheet led me to always believe that I had more time than I actually did to complete an assignment and to turn it in, when in reality, I didn’t actually have that much time. I ended up not always being able to turn my work in on time and sometimes even just used fillers like this because I was bored, just like right now:

 

“Oooggaaa boogaagaabooboogag looga tooga mooga rooga tooga ooga booga loogahoopooboomoo moooooo goes the cow chicken nuggets chicken tenders chicken fingers fried chicken live chicken chickens aren’t real mooooooo” -a certain assignment that I will not identify for my own sake

 

I know guys I’m really smart. You don’t have to tell me. I think that it would have been easier for me to do work in English class if there wasn’t a weekly assignment sheet, and instead, it was just a nightly assignment. I think that this would help me stay on top of my work instead of falling behind, but once again, I am only speaking for me and not for anybody else. One strategy that I used to convince myself to actually start working was to, at least at first, only commit to something very small. For example, I would say to myself that I would work on something for 5-10 minutes, but when I got engaged in the thing I was doing, I put way more time into the thing I said I would work a little bit on, but more often then not, the thing wouldn’t engage me at all, so I had to find some way to link it to something that I liked so that I would be interested in it. One of my least favorite things to do was to comment on other peop  ***before we continue any further, I would like to please acknowledge how easy it is for me to get distracted. I just came back to writing this metacognition from just scrolling on my phone for like 20 minutes. Not only did I stop writing mid sentence, I stopped in the middle of a word. Thank you for your time.*** les videos. To be honest, I maybe commented on a couple of posts in the beginning of the year, but other than that, I didn’t really comment on anyone’s posts. I really have no idea how I passed this class. It is still a mystery to me, and it will be for a while. I had a great experience overall in your class, and would like to come back and visit sometime. 

 


My Friends

 

I am very proud of this video. I got it done fairly quickly, and I think that it was very well put together. I have seen other people’s videos, and I’m not trying to sound cocky, but I honestly believe that mine was one of the better ones. It just flows nicely. The audio, the background music, and the video all time up perfectly. This was one of the more enjoyable assignments for me. Also, because I watched the YouTube video about iMovie that you linked, I figured out some tricks to help with many different things, that I would not have learned otherwise.

 


Coping With Your Problems

Some Distractions Can Be Good

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Distractions make life seem way shorter than it is.”

-Mokokoma Mokhonoana

When you get mad, and I mean actually mad, not “oh my goodness he’s being so annoying” mad, sometimes the best thing to do is to just take a break. While it is ok to rant about it in the beginning, sooner or later you’re either going to have to fix the problem, or just put it aside for a little bit and forget about it, and sometimes there is a problem that you just can’t fix right away. When I realize that this is the case, I try to do something else instead of thinking about it, because I know that that is not going to do anything. For example, some things I do to distract myself are watch TV, do homework, or just talk to some friends about things that make me happy and don’t have anything to with what is conflicting with me. When I am in the mood for a good time, I will usually talk to friends, but if I am just plain tired, I will most likely watch a show. They both affect my moods in different ways, but they also help me forget about what is affecting my mood poorly. Not every problem can be fixed right away, so why waste your energy on it? Instead, drop it for a little bit, and come back to it when it can be fixed. You will be a lot happier, overall mood will improve. 


Empathy, Bigotry & Marginalization

Equal Respect

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Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

-Confusius

 

When someone is marginalized, they tend to feel sad and disrespected. When I am trying to talk to someone, I am being polite, and they are not listening, I tend to get upset.  It was late at night, and my parents and I were arguing in the kitchen. I knew that I was starting to get unreasonably mad. I didn’t want to dig myself into a deeper hole, so I decided to try to wrap the conversation up. I told my parents that I was very tired and that I thought it would be a good idea to continue the Everyone should be respected as long as they are being respectful and kind, and yelling at them will only make them feel marginalized. conversation at a different time, as I didn’t want to say something that I would regret; however, they told me to stop trying to get out of the situation, and I wasn’t, but they weren’t willing to see that. They started yelling when I didn’t feel that I had done anything wrong by telling them that. They made me feel disrespected when they started yelling, and respect is a very big topic for me. I think that respect should be mutual, and that one person should not always be “above” another person. 


An Experience With a Friend

The Bus to School

Waiting in the Car

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“The heart can get really cold if all you've known is winter.”
-Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Even if friends are very different, they can still support each other. I have a friend that supports me, and I support him even though we are different. When I get down on something, he is always there to bring me back up. I woke up late one day, and my parents immediately started shouting at me to get ready for school. They dropped me off at the bus stop and immediately drove off to drop off my brother. I was standing in the cold until my friend drove up and immediately invited me to sit with him in the car. I climbed into the car and talked to him and his mom until the bus arrived. This brightened my mood by a lot, and made my day a ton better. Without him there to keep me from the cold, I would not have been in a great mood that day, but he lifted my spirits past what they would normally be at if he had not reached out to me. Although we might not be the same, we are always there to support each other, make each other laugh, and make our days better.


The Power of Respect

The Power of Respect

Respecting Your Friends

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“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. 
Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” 

― Winston S. Churchill

      You should always be respectful to everyone, no matter their position. When I am having a close interaction (not just joking around) with my friends, I always try to me as respectful as possible. I try to listen to the other person when they have something important to say, and I know that they listen to me. It wasn’t that late at night, but I was pretty tired. I had just had an intense football practice, and one of the kids on the team was not being a great person towards one of my friends. I was on a FaceTime call with that friend, and we were talking about the practice. It was clear that he had some very strong opinions on this person. There were multiple times where I almost said something, but then thought to myself: “This probably won’t make him in a better mood,” so I just kept it to myself, and respected the fact that he was still speaking, and I knew that if I did say something, it should be something supportive of him. I think that if I had inputted into that conversation, then it probably would have put my friend in a worse mood than he already was. By respecting him, letting him speak, and supporting him when he was done speaking, I believe I was able to make him feel better. It is always important to respect your friends, because if you do, they are far more likely to give you the same respect, or in my case, let you rant to them.


The Power of Friendship

The Power of Friendship

Without Them Even Knowing

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“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”

– Jim Henson

      Someone is always there to make you feel better when you are down. When I am down, my friends help are there to help. They are always there to cheer me up, and sometimes, they don’t even know it. The loud bantering between the people on the bus was starting to annoy me. I had just found out that I had received a poor grade on a math test, and was not in the mood to be teased. One of my friends walked on the bus and saw my face, even though I was looking down at my phone. I’m pretty sure he could tell that I was upset. All he did was come to sit next to me, pull out his phone and show me a funny image, but I instantly felt better. I laughed, and he smiled in return, making my day. My friend didn’t have to come sit with me, he could have sat in any one of the other seats, sitting next to me made me a lot happier. Nobody can what anybody else is going through, but they can, knowingly or not, make their day a lot better. You should always try to make someone’s day when they are feeling down. And even if you can’t tell if anyone is feeling down, still be nice, caring, and friendly, because who knows, they might write a paragraph about you.


Power of Place

Power of Place

Stars in the Sky

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This is a very special place with a very special atmosphere

- Kevin Keegan

 

      Everyone has a comforting place to go when they need to relax. For about a year now, my place has been the roof of my house. It is a calming place where I go when I need to chill out or calm down. The air ran through my hair as I climbed out of my bedroom window into the night. I had just come away from a fight with my father, and needed some time to reorganize myself before I interacted with him or anyone. I stepped onto the black roof of my house, and the cold immediately hit me. It wasn’t a bitter cold though, more like a gentle chill. I could hear the cars driving by as I climbed up the slant of the roof. There was a sense of freedom being up so high, looking down at the lights from the other houses. Every bone in my body was relaxed. And with the wind rushing around me, with the cold roof below me, and the stars above, I felt at peace. Your special place doesn’t always have to be somewhere connected to you, or even be that big. What it is, is a place where you can just go to unwind, and get away from everything. It can be a public place, or a private place in which you relax, but no matter what, you are connected to it in some way.

 


Power of Family

The Power of Family

Surviving the Drama

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“Some people are worth melting for.”

–Olaf

 

family is a group of the most loving, caring, and irritating people in the world. Even if I get in a huge fight with my family, we all come together in the end. My family has taught me to be more patient and caring more than anything or anyone in the world, and they are constantly testing me on these traits. I am tested the most when my family gets in an argument where there could be uncivilized screaming, mimicking, and back-talk. Curses were flying through the air. There was screaming and shouting in our kitchen as my dad and I tried to argue our side of the story. It seemed like he was always cutting me of, as if he was greater than me. I tried to point this out to him, but he shot back “don’t give me that attitude, I am your father!” ‘How wildly unfair,’ I thought to myself. We both started to simmer down after we realized that we weren’t going to get anywhere yelling, and decided to talk through the argument calmly. Even though we all have issues, we all need to work through the best we can, as we are the only ones who can fix them. Patience isn’t something you are just born with, it is something you gain, and something you must try to always have in your daily life. 

 

 


Summer Vacation

 

Summer Vacation

My Trip to Canada

 

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“Take vacations, and go as many places as you can. You can always make money, but you can’t always make memories.”

– Unknown

 

      This summer, I had a lot of fun moments. one of the most interesting one was my trip to Canada. We woke up early in the morning, about 5:00, and got in the car to go to the airport. I tried to get some sleep in the car, but it was so bumpy that my head kept hitting the window. Once we got to the airport, I was so tired that I just had to sit down and close my eyes for a second. I nearly fell asleep, but the hustle and bustle of the airport, even that early, was rambunctious. 

 

      The plane ride to our first stop, Seattle, was almost seven hours. But by then I was so exited that I couldn’t fall asleep at all. It’s crazy how that changes. We arrived at the airport after the long flight and immediately rented a car and drove all the way to Vancouver. 

 

      Canada was very fun. We went mountain biking, and I was the only one who didn’t fall off my bike (even though we were on a green trail). Though, I did have some trouble getting my bike on the chair lift. The bike kept falling off of the rack and I ended up a couple of chairs behind my family. Walking around the town, we walked by a bunch of shops, including multiple ice cream stores. We got a whole bunch of ice cream and candy, and probably gained a few pounds while we were at it. If I could describe this trip in one word, it would be exciting. 

 

      There were many amazing activities, such as mini golf, bungee trampolining, and white water rafting. I won in mini golf against my siblings, and I did three backflips in a row on the trampoline. 

 

      The vacation was a great experience for me and my family, and even though there was some bruising, it was a fun time all together.