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December 2021

Exam Metacognition

Preparation is Key 

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”-John Wooden

Will O’Brien

The English exam really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I wasn’t exactly dreading this exam, but I wasn’t too excited for it. I sat down last Saturday morning, a day after the exam prep was posted, and did everything on the list that I could possibly do before the exam. I worked through the comma rule exercises, wrote my literary analysis with Gabe, and worked on my literary reflection. This was probably the worst part of the whole exam, and it wasn’t even that bad! It took me roughly two hours to do the whole thing. When I got to the exam, it was exactly what I expected, relatively easy, with some challenging parts. The worst part of what we had to do today (exam day) was probably the proofread, edit and revise at the end. I think I did alright with it, but there are probably a few things that I am missing. I thought that the sentences prior to the proofread, edit and revise exercise were very easy though.  All in all, the exam was not bad at all if you prepared and studied for it, which I did. I prepared well in advance, studied every single night, and got a good night's sleep, the night before the exam. 

Literary Analysis Reflection for The Old Man and The Sea


Will O’Brien

The Old Man and the Sea

Perseverance and the Old Man




Going on one more round when you don’t think you can, that’s what makes all the difference. -Sylvester Stallone

~Ernest Hemingway


Perseverance is the main quality of winners, winners never quit.The Old Man and the Sea challenged me to analyze the text a lot more when I read, and rethink my life goals. 

Reading The Old Man and the Sea challenged me to think much more about what I read. There were tons of times when reading this book where I didn’t understand what was being said, but by stopping to analyze it, and really think about the meaning behind it, I was able to get a sense of what was going on. It was pretty clear that the old man was persevering to me, as he was stuck out on sea for five days and didn’t give up once. This made me rethink what I wanted to be persevering about in life. I want to pick a goal and just work so hard at it that it is almost impossible to fail, just like the old man worked so hard to survive out at sea that it was nearly impossible for him to fail. I am not going to lie at all, I was not excited to read this book. When Fitz assigned it to us to read, I had heard mixed opinions on it, and when I first started reading, I thought the book was boring and hard to comprehend. After a few chapters, I realized that maybe if I read it with more effort to understand the concepts and vocabulary that it was a more enjoyable book to read.

 Reading The Old Man and the Sea taught me two main things. When in doubt, read with more analysis. After looking up vocabulary definitions and marking up the text, the book became much more understandable, which made it so much more fun to read. Also, never give up and always stay persistent. The old man could have given up multiple times, but odds are, he would be dead if he did. 

After reading the first few chapters, I was thinking that the book was horrible, and that no matter what I learned at the end, it wouldn’t be worth it. But now that I have read it, it was absolutely worth it, because I learned the important theme, never give up and always persevere.

Old Man and The Sea

Perseverance and Santiago


Perseverance is not a long race; but many short races one after another. 
-Walter Elliot

Ernest Hemingway 

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 #1, 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 flight. He always persevered and never gave in to failure. 

There are many excuses out there not to catch a fish, but Santiago does not take that bait. 

School Letter


School Letter

Dear Admissions Committee,

Being ready for change, being honest to yourself, and having drive. These to me are hugely important qualities in any person’s life. I know that I reflect every single one of these values, it may be in a different  way than you, but I do reflect all of them. If you are not ready for change, then change will knock you over like a Peterbilt Truck crashing head on with a Mini Cooper.

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