Advice to a Younger Writer

- Writing 8,000 words isn't easy and plain out boring. That's why being able to sell your story is important. This takes passion, energy, determination, and enthusiasm. If you arent passionate about your story and what you want to possibly make a movie out of or sell it just isn't going to work. In addition to that if you aren't passionate about it - what on earth are you doing? If you don't like the piece you are writing on it simply isn't going to be good and people won't want to look at it simply because you don't yourself. 

 

- The thought of 8,000 words to me was not ideal - with this I lobbied my English teacher Fitz to let me film and produce a movie instead. After many attempts and different sell points, he thankfully caved in. With this, I had less time to get possibly more work done which leads me to my next point of advice - planning, and organization. The whole process takes a lot of time, to say the least. By planning out what you are going to write section by section it helps a lot. That way you can jot down any thoughts that you have and be able to have a clear path on where the story is going.

 

 

 - My next piece of advice would be to take time out to simply just work. While at first two weeks to do an assignment seems like a long while. However, it shortly creeps up before you know it and somehow its the night before the assignment and there are still loads to do. While worth ethic is very personal to each individual, I have found that by putting a solid hour or two of work at a time without having any breaks or distractions is the best way to go by it instead of doing little chunks of time here and there.  

 

- My next piece of advice would be to go get advice and have someone hold you accountable for your work. I have found that by having friends and my parents look at my work, it not only helps me improve from the advice they give. However, it also makes me want to work harder as I know that they want to see me and my project succeed. There are only so many ideas I can only have as a person. That's why by getting others involved with my project, I get new fresh and open-minded ideas which while I might not use, definitely contribute to how I could make the project better.

 

- My final piece of advice would be to have self-love and pride. There are so many people out there that won't see the true talent and hard work that has been put into the heroic cycle project. By having self-pride it not only motivates you to work more, however it proves you know what you are doing and that you believe what you are worth. There will be so many people to "fix" things and tell you how to "improve" however by proving that you like what you have accomplished needs to come from inside of you.


A Child’s Christmas Essay

The Unexpected Becoming a Reality

C583078D-ED66-432F-B90F-6477B26C2E30“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” - Charles Dickens 

 

Throughout our lives, the unexpected somehow happens to become a reality. In A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, this happens throughout several different situations including a fire on Christmas Eve as well as fears coming to life.

In the book, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, an unexpected fire takes place on Christmas Eve at the Prothero's house. This brought an unexpected excitement towards the kids playing in the street because it gave them something to throw their snowballs at. 

 

"The snowballs in our arms, toward the house; and smoke, indeed, was pouring out of the dining-room...This was better than all the cats in Wales standing on the     wall in a row. We bounded into the house, laden with snowballs, and stopped at the open door of the smoke-filled room." A Child's Christmas

 

This unexpected excitement made the kids day and allowed them to have fun putting out. Another unexpected reality at this moment was the fact that the fire brigade wasn't working. This was an additional struggle as their house was about to burn down. However, with the fire in the house becoming an unexpected reality, it caused people to have to think quickly in order to save the Prothero's house.

 

Another example of an unexpected reality that was shown in the book A Child's Christmas was when Jim and Jack thought they encountered a ghost while exploring. They had to use their bravery while they were scared to get out of the darkness and go back home. 

 

“We stumbled up the darkness of the drive that night, each one of us afraid, each one holding a stone in his hand in case.” A Child's Christmas

 

At this moment, the unexpected really did become the expected of their fears. However, as they overcame their fears with bravery they ended up safe and sound by running home.


Another example of an unexpected reality that was shown in the book A Child's Christmas was when Jim and Jack thought they encountered a ghost while exploring. They had to use their bravery while they were scared to get out of the darkness and go back home. 

 


Power of Tradition

The Power of Tradition

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“You're much better than fireworks. They're all over in a moment, and you're going to stay for a fortnight. Besides, fireworks are noisy, and they make too much smoke.” - Kate Ross

 

 

Many families have huge traditions of seeing their grandparents every Christmas or trying to see a glimpse of summer by going to the southern hemisphere. While my family has small traditions, they are the ones that have a bigger impact than any extravagant trip anywhere. Every year on New Year's Eve, my family and I go out to see the Fireworks on the Boston Common. Despite the cold, it is overall a really great time. We head out at around six pm to the T and join the crowds of people heading into Boston. One of the best parts about New Year's eve is the buzz in the air and the feeling of excitement that everyone else has. Once we get off the T into the freezing cold of Boston the real fun begins. There's usually a parade going through Boston right before the fireworks and its great to see all the different culture's represented. When the fireworks being its amazing to see all the colors in the air and how amazed and at awe people are by the different colors celebrating the start to a new year. After the fireworks, it is always a tradition for my family and I to go and eat Pizza. In Cambridge, Massachusets, there is a place called ZA Pizza where my brother and I have been celebrities since we have moved to Boston. It's always great to go and see some of the same managers, servers and chefs that have literally seen me grow up since I was a small and eight years old. While eating pizza and seeing fireworks on Boston common may seem something simple or boring to others, there is something about doing it every single year on New Years that makes it really special that never get's old.


A Week In My Life

A Week In My Life

It’s As Average As It Could Get

 

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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. - Henry David Thoreau

 

If you ask any high schooler how their week went they'd probably say "It was okay." or "It was boring." and I in some ways are just like these students. I mean how exciting does going to school for nine hours a day to going home to do homework get? However, this week had little moments that turned it from being average and boring to more bearable and kind of enjoyable.

Mondays are always the worst day of the week for me. Getting up at 6 am before the sun has risen is and always will be a cold, dark and bitter moment. I mean, sure it doesn't sound that bad at first however with the sun not risen making it feel like midnight it takes a long while to get me out of bed leading me to lay there for 20 minutes pretending to myself that five have only gone by. However, after getting up and checking my snapchat and responding to all my camp friends and their texts about their antics, I'm usually in a good enough mood to get myself ready and out the door. This week, Monday was quite uneventful and freezing cold. My favorite class of the day would probably have to have been Fitz's English as he usually goes on a tangent about something and overall he's a pretty laid back and kind teacher. While writing has never been a strong suit of mine, he's taught me a lot in the few months I have been in his class and I feel overall, I have grown more as a writer in these few months compared to all my years of being in school. He also lets us decide on when we do our homework which is super helpful because, in the week, I always have tests to study for taking up most of my time. Even though English isn't like going to Disneyland, it is a nice class to have during the day after having Global Studies where all we do is talk about Islam in 600 CE. 

 

Tuesday was one of my favorite days of the week. This is because instead of being at School till 5 PM every single day, I get to leave school at 12:45 and go home and get done what I want. I enjoy the fact that with this I can have time to get my homework done and have a few hours to myself where I can facetime friends and watch TV. However, I had piles of homework on Tuesday to the point where my calendar was completely filled which lead me to spend most of my afternoon completing all of the homework that was assigned to me by my teachers.

 

Thursday was my favorite day of the week overall, we had this assembly with a hip hop crew from Boston which I enjoyed a lot since I took dance with Gemma this past spring. I thought it was cool how they got everyone excited about it as most people aren't excited when it comes to going to assemblies. I also thought it was cool how we got up and learned choreography to Chance The Rapper. Another great part to Thursday was finding out that there would be a break the dress code day on Friday! Break the Dress Code days are my favorite days of school due to the fact you can wear whatever and be comfier than ever. The usual khakis and collard shirt seriously gets old and is seriously uncomfortable to sit in all day. This means that most people can find me in the best mood ever on break the dress code day simply because I am able to be comfortable in classes.

 

Friday this week was a boring day because I knew I was leaving early. Since that was stuck in my head all day and I was sitting in school waiting to leave for the weekend, the day seemed to go by extremely slow. My favorite part of the day would have had to have been All School Meeting where the veterans came in and spoke to us. Getting to know someone more on a personal level and their experiences instead of just by their job title is really cool and it opens my eyes even more to the world beyond me.

 

This week was overall an okay one. The highs made it amazing however, it seemed to go by slowly making me want the three day weekend I am currently on even more. However, one thing that seems crazy to me while I'm writing this is the fact we are nearly in the middle of November. This school year is going by super fast and it makes me wonder what's going to happen in my life next.

 


The Odyssey Literary Analysis Paragraph

The Odyssey Literary Analysis

The Gods, Their Actions, and The Mortals

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There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

 

Without the Gods, mortals would not have guidance. In the book, The Odyssey, by Homer, The gods direct the way for the wellbeing of the mortals. In the first six books of The Odyssey there are many events which the gods have influenced in both the positive and negative. There are many gods that have an influence on the events that occur in the book. Athena, disguised as Mentes, helps Telemachus along his journeys. Another example of a God having an influence on the events in a negative way was when Poseidon punished Odysseus by throwing a storm to make his travels hard. “And this enables Polyphemus to invoke the wrath of his father, the sea god Poseidon, and ensure that Odysseus will come home late and come a broken man —all shipmates lost, alone in a stranger’s ship, to find a world of pain at home.” [The Odyssey, Book II] In the book, Poseidon makes life hard for Odysseus by always being a road block in his journeys.  By Poseidon creating a storm to cause him to go off track of his journey, it lead Odysseus to end up on an island with Calypso, where he stays for a long time trapped on this island. Throughout the books that we’ve read so far, the Gods have greatly impacted the storyline. Telemachus is aided in his difficult journey to find his father, Odysseus. Meanwhile, Odysseus is being targeted by Poseidon, who does not want him to succeed. So far, The Odyssey has been like a play directed by the Gods, they are not the main actors, but the effect how it all plays out.

Throughout different situations, both gods and mortals show many different character traits. In the book, The Odyssey, By Homer, the characters are forced to show their true personalities as the story unfolds. All of the characters go through difficult situations throughout the book that make it hard for them to be their best selfs. That’s why through these situations we find out who they truly are. Many of the character traits shown include Telemachus showing determination. Even in the toughest of all times he keeps persevering to find his father, Odysseus. Athena disguises herself as Mentes, king of the Taphians throughout the first few books. She watches over Telemachus, guiding his way so he won’t fail. Athena shows her true personality as a caring god, although she is the god of war, she protects Telemachus and cares about his well being. “Telemachus strode in too, a bronze spear in his grip and not alone: two sleek hounds went trotting at his heels. And Athena lavished a marvelous splendor on the prince so the people all gazed in wonder as he came forward,”.  As we read more and more books in The Odyssey we build a bigger connection to the characters. We get to know each one better and we see who they really are based on the decisions they make as the story unfolds. Some gods help the mortals, such as Athena, and others do not help them, such as Poseidon. Every character we have met so far has an impact on the storyline of the book, and it depends on what their true personality is to determine wether the impact is positive or negative. With all things considered, the god’s actions, decisions and dealing of different situations were reveled throughout the story just like characters are in a movie. This not only progressed the story however, it also showed us who they truly are.


The Emotions Of Sport

Strength and Conditioning

Another Reason Why I Need a Reality Show

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"Just do it." - Nike

 

There are many reasons as to why I need a reality television show. I'm a good person at least most of the time, I'm a whole load of fun to be with and I’m the life of the party. However, one part of my life that people would see on the show that not many people know about me is sporting. While some yes, I don’t play ice hockey, and yes I don’t aim to be the number one rower at CRI in Brighton, Massachusetts. However, this summer at camp during session three of my friends and I woke up every morning and at 9 AM we would go to the camp fitness center and do all sorts of crazy things. Considering the fact it was what felt like the crack of dawn in July, it turned out to be a lot more fun than I thought it would. We went on the longest runs to our rundown sister camp Festival. We learned how to box and we got fit. 

 

Walking into the gym under the 1990 florescent lighting that blinds your eyes every morning felt amazing. To get on the machines while techno music was bumping and people were yelling was the best. While that might sound hell to most people, it felt as if I was at a rave instead of the gym. One amazing experience that I got out of it was learning the basic skills of how to box from a professional. My whole life seeing clips of it in Nike ads or just listening to people talk about it, boxing sounded as challenging as the Jafa Cake challenge. However, once I actually learned all the different hits and I got to try them on the heavy bag, it felt as amazing as blocking the haters on Instagram.

 

While strength and conditioning were amazing, one thing that sucked was the runs we went on. One of our trainers Georgia is a professional marathon runner. Because of this, she would make us go on long runs after breakfast. This was one of the last things that I wanted to do in the morning as it was still early and we had just had food, having my friends there with me as we were yelling lyric to songs made it a whole lot better. We could have been Telemachus not giving up to find Odysseus as Georgia was not giving up on us running.

 

Overall, Strength and Conditioning was an amazing experience. My whole life going to a fitness center felt more as a chore instead of something fun and this summer going and exercising was the highlight to my days during session three at camp. This taught me many things including the fact that anything and everything can be turned into something more enjoyable.


Guest Speaker Reflection

One Giant Community 

The world, traveling, communication and experiences.

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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau 


Throughout the workshop with Adam Aronovitz, there were many things I learned about how we as humans need to do several things by ourselves and together to cooperate more and to come together. 

There were several things I could connect to with Mr. Aronovitz. One of the main takeaways included traveling internationally and seeing different cultures to him is the "norm" of his summers as every summer after I go to summer camp, I travel to the UK to visit family as he does with Greece. Another takeaway and one thing that interested me during the presentation was how he takes kids from the Boston area to go to these different cultures and communities to make them even better than they originally were. One way this connects to The Odyssey is when Telemachus invited Athena disguised as Mentes to introduce herself “But come, please, tell me about yourself now, point by point.” (164, The Odyssey)

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Upgrading 9th Grade

Changing Fenn

Out With The Old and In With The New

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Be the change you wish to see - Mahatma Gandhi


Every morning at six am, I regret leaving my bed to get up, get ready, get on the bus and then go to school. That’s why if I was to make 9th grade at Fenn better, I would try and make school an enjoyable experience for all. The list of changes could go on and on and on for miles and then there would still be things that people would want to change. That’s why by changing the most common complaints that my classmates make, school would hopefully be a little more tolerable. Changes I would make include, knocking down the school house, adding more snack to the school store, playing music in the morning and finally, giving the upper schoolers to have less homework.

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The Power of Hard Times

Getting out of Hard Times

A Time To Throw Myself A Party

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Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose - Lyndon B. Johnson

Hard times feel like a never ending dark tunnel. Rather than throwing a pity party, I do all the things I know make me happy. There are many things enjoy doing and these include going on FaceTime for hours with my camp friends while sitting on the couch and eating ice cream. This is because I know my camp friends are my best friends and they always bring the best out of me. One example of this was the night before the first day of school. The last thing that I wanted was for summer to end and for school to start so I decided to call some of my closest camp friends. We were on a FaceTime call for what seemed like minuets but really it was hours talking all things from how much we dont want to go back to school to camp next year and the pranks we are going to pull. The FaceTime call got so wild to the point we were having a glow stick rave as if we would at camp. This was all amazing because not only did it seriously boost my self confidence but it brought back so many good memories. It also allowed me to appreciate the fact I have some of the most amazing friends out there. The fact that they know how to make me in such a good mood to the fact I’m a soda ready to explode from my bottle shows that they really know me and that they are always going to be there for me. Instead of letting myself be stuck in the hard times it’s important to have positive vibes and staying true to who you really are in the good times.