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September 2018

Cadiz Spain, 6.14.18

 

Finding Myself in a Place Where I got Lost 

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“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”

-Paulo Ceolho

 

           I looked into the swirling turquoise water.  Twilight was creeping up on the old town of Cadiz. Even though I didn’t have a swim suit,  I felt desperate to jump in and metaphorically jump into my first part of the summer. I jumped onto the rocks shed my shirt and dived. The cool water met my body and covered me. My body popped out like a torpedo, my shorts stuck to my body as I wadded out. I had no towel but was warmed by the temperate weather of southern Spain. I climbed back onto the boardwalk and joined my new family, entered a new culture, and learned to be more accepting and independent. 

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Flipping into a new me

 Leaving fear behind 

 

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Just Do it

- Nike

 

      The towering trees and vast green of Camp Belknap are an excellent incubator for our grade to bond. Simply put I actually bonded with my classmates. Thinking back I have realized that when I bonded with my friends most it was in unstructured time or when we were by ourselves. Whether we were complaining or telling stories of our childhood, my classmates were always respectfully commenting and being there for each other. One place were I experienced a great bonding was General Swim or free time.

 

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Slice of Life


“Did you just roll your eyes at me?”

“no” I answer
“You better not have” she responds with sarcasm ringing through her voice.
“I didn’t” I reassure with the a smile. Interactions that like happening between me and Ms Libby all the time. She holds me to a high standard because she cares about me and really wants me to succeed. Because of this I understand that when she is stern with me it’s not out of anger but out of frustration that I’m not doing my best.

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Expections

Journal Entry 1

 

Dealing with my own high exceptions

By Peter Scheibe

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“Oh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends

- The Beatles

 

 

      I have a lot of high expectations for myself. Whether it’s good or bad, I feel pressure to do well at everything I do because of my family and siblings. To me it seems that everyone of them is amazing. I perceive them to have a truly crazy ability to focus and work hard on EVERYTHING. All of them are great athletes and students, they see their own flaws and work to make them better but at the same time aren’t self conscious . They take great pride in anything they do, and this helps them. They take as long as it takes on anything they do because they really care and want what their finish product to be something their proud of. They truly care about the people they meet and work for them, and people care about them too because of this. They symbolize their communities ideals and are seen as trusted and respected leaders.

 

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