Odyssey Essay

 

The Greatness of the First Twelve Books of The Odyssey

Themes of Book, Lessons of Life 

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“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” 

~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

      If you’re not tough you’re weak, and Telemachus and Odysseus know this all too well. Imagine your father disappears for twenty years and you have to go find him and get him back. With help from the goddess Athena you find yourself on a ship with twenty people in your crew and a quest to complete, all the while your father struggles to find his way home. You’re not the bravest of the bunch, nor the sharpest tool in the shed, but you know your father needs a hero, would you be that hero? Telemachus would. Along Telemachus’s and Odyseuss’s separate yet connected journeys, they learn the value hospitality, the need to find determination to get through hardship, and the reality of fate in a world of gods.    

        In life, being nice and helpful to others is important because it sets up valuable moral pillars for that person to live under. A dormant man named Telemachus embarks on his journey to get his father back to his native land after his disappearance twenty years ago. Throughout Telemachus’s journey, the theme of hospitality is extremely prominent. With some help from the goddess Athena, Telemachus sets out on a ship to find his father. After being told by king Nestor to go find King Melenus, to learn of the whereabouts of his father, Telemachus and Pisistratus arrive at his palace. While at the palace, Melenus employs the two of them to dine with everyone in celebration of a wedding because King Melenus understands the value of being hospitable to others. 

“Help yourselves to food, and welcome! 

 

Once you’ve dined” we’ll ask you who you are. 

 

But your parents’ blood

 

 70  is hardly lost in you. You must be born of kings,

 

     bred by the gods to wield the royal scepter.

 No mean men could sire sons like you.”[The Odyssey BookVI lines 67-72]. The theme of hospitality is extremely important not only in The Odyssey, but life as-well. Telemachus finally discovers the true treasure of hospitality. How you treat people will determine how people will treat you. When people are not respectful of others, people won’t respect you. Also, when people treat you nicely, treat others nicely. The reason why the king wanted to help these “strangers” was so he could do just this, honor the treatment he was given throughout his travels on the high seas. Another theme that is critical throughout the first twelve books of The Odyssey is sheer will and determination.

     Determination is the driving force of action. In the first twelve books of The Odyssey, Odysseus has been held in captivity, separated from his family. He has been working vigorously to get home. At last his he gets some progression, by convincing the nymph Calypso to set him free. By book 6, It has been ten years since Odysseus has had some level of control over his life. Ten years since he has felt the glory of his greatness. Odysseus hasn’t seen a home in twenty years, and yet he keeps ongoing. His will to live, grit and determination, even when facing the wrath of the god of the sea, Poseidon. Even when most men would have sunk to their knees and given up. The old rinky-dink raft turned to a single log as Odysseus desperately swims through the salty rough ocean. The once gleaming sun now covered by black stormy clouds that were filled with the hatred and anger of Poseidon:

“I can bear that too, with a spirit tempered to endure.

244  Much have I suffered, labored long and hard by now

     in the waves and wars. Add this to the total —

     bring the trial on!”[The Odyssey Book V lines. 243-246]. Determination is what makes this story possible, as otherwise, Odysseus would be dead or trapped, doomed to a life of sorrow as the high seas wash away all of his hopes and dreams of a glorious return to his home. Throughout the whole story so far, Odysseus’s determination is tested, and soon enough his hard work pays off. Determination has gotten Odysseus this far, and will not fail him yet, the question now is how far can that take him in a world full of gods that ultimately control your fate.

            There is no power that is greater than a god’s. In Book V of The Odyssey, Odysseus tries to head back to shore after being held captive by the nymph Calypso. In Book V of The Odyssey, the god of the sea, Poseidon, almost kills Odysseus, as Odysseus tries to get through the raging waves of the ocean and back to shore. The hatred and vengeance Poseidon has for Odysseus were unleashed in all of its fury as Poseidon struck down Odysseus, almost sealing Odysseus’s fate. 

“I throw myself on your mercy, on your current now —

     I have suffered greatly. Pity me, Lord,

     your suppliant cries for help!”

      So the man prayed

     and the god stemmed his current, held his surge at once

     and smoothing out the swells before Odysseus now,

500  drew him safe to shore at the river’s mouth.”

[The Odyssey Book V, Lines 493-500]. When Odysseus thought he had control of his life again and challenged the gods, Poseidon struck him down which told Odysseus that his fate is and always will be in the hands of the gods. The only reason Odysseus survived that fatal trip to Phoenicia was that Poseidon took pity on him, as Poseidon had full control of Odysseus’s life in his hands. Mortals are powerless against the hands of a god, and their fate is controlled easily by whichever God wants to take it. In almost every Greek story the gods control all mortals, their life, death, and their legacy; if a god decides they really want to kill you, they will and your will is just a mere ripple in the wake of the waves the gods have created. The god’s hands are like hands on a clock, they can speed time up, slow it down and they choose then it strikes midnight. Fate is controlled by those with power, and the gods have it all.

         The choices you make determine the direction and focus of your life. In the first twelve books of The Odyssey, both Odysseus and Telemachus make life-changing choices. At the end of book two, Telemachus has to decide if he is going to stand up to the suitors and go save his father, or be tied down by his own fear and not act as the hero that he needs to be. Finally, he made a choice.

 “But self-possessed Telemachus drew the line:

 

     “Antinous, now how could I dine with you in peace

 

     and take my pleasure? You ruffians carousing here!

 

     Isn’t it quite enough that you, my mother’s suitors,

 

     have ravaged it all, my very best, these many years,

 

     while I was still a boy? But now that I’m full-grown

 

     and can hear the truth from others, absorb it too —

 

350  now, yes, that the anger seethes inside me . . .

 

     I’ll stop at nothing to hurl destruction at your heads,

 

     whether I go to Pylos or sit tight here at home.

 

     But the trip I speak of will not end in failure.

     Go I will, as a passenger, nothing more,” [The Odyssey Book lines 344-354]. 

    “We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals” Stephen Covey. The choices you make in life are important because they shape and mold what your life is, and what it will become. If Telemachus was weak he would sit in his house and continuously be tormented by the suitors. However, he chose to stand up as a man and go find his father. This choice may lead him down a tunnel of despair, but hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Throughout the first 12 books of The Odyssey, there are many themes that are very prevalent that can be applied to life. While it may not be the most fun or interesting book to read, The Odyssey certainly gives the reader important life lessons that enlighten them about how to live their life to the fullest.

       If there something to understand from reading The Odyssey it’s as, Thomas Hobbles said, “The life of a man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”. Odysseus’s and Telemachus’s response to their lives reflects these words perfectly, almost as if it was predetermined like an odyssey already completed yet hidden by the sands of time now rediscovered to teach about life.

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Looking Back Can Hold What’s Ahead 

”Looking Back isn’t going to help because moving forward is what you have to do”

~McKayla Maroney

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Memory is the source of grief. In life, looking back at what you have done badly, will eclipse what you will do in the future and it will only cause more heartache. In book VII of The Odyessy memory is a long standing theme. I sat on my comfy bed after a cold, grooling soccer game. I just about ready to pass out until I remembered I had to read book VII of The Odyssey, I grabbed my cracked IPad out of my bag and began reading. Odysseus was siting in palace full of luxuries in Phaeacia. While in the palace, the echos of Odysseus’s pleas could be heard throughout the halls of the palace. Thinking about all he has lost was now being released in all of is depressing glory. From reading book VII of The Odyssey, I learned that when you mess up you can’t keep looking at because that means your going to miss out the beauty of your future and it will hurt you more in the end.


Athletic Experence

The Athletic Experience that Was Sporting 

“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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I put the W in my last name (Wesel) because I don’t lose. The bright gleaming sun shone in Lake George New York at the 2019 Lake George lacrosse tournament. Teams from across the country convene at this one place and battle in which only one can me crowned champion (for their age group). The heat waves could be seen as my team and I walked on the the boiling turf. Were playing this team from Connecticut, as we got into we realized they were mediocre at best. Like a human to a bug we squashed them and they were no more. After our victory we retreated to our tent to replenish our energy. We looked at who we were playing next, the Phoenix lacrosse club. A team stationed in Massachusetts, and we, we wanted to crush them just like before, but it didn’t pan out like that. With helmets on and energy restored we headed off for our next game. This next game would be played on grass, perfect, we play on this all the time. After getting through our warm ups, the whistle blew and the game began. The sound of slashing with sticks echoed with the screaming of our coach. Despite our efforts they put in a goal, which turned into two, which turned to five, which finally stopped at eight. After eight though we had put in one there was little hope. Like Telemachus we were beaten and with little hope. I looked around to see the frowning faces of my teammates holding their heads low with shame. The score of the game by the second half was a piercing sword that was ready to finish us with a stab through our disappointed hearts. At this point I was pissed filled with rage after seeing my team humiliated like this. I would do myself if I had to, but I was determined to turn this game around all I needed was one shift. “Hudson” my coach yelled, “yes coach”. “Your going to sub in for Owen and for god sake please make something happen.” It was a like Athena answering Telemachus’s prayers. I was given a chance to instill fire into my teammates again. I took the ball at the top of box, “pass, pass” my teammates screamed. However, I knew that we didn’t need to pass we needed goals and I was gonna give them one. With one hardy breathe I began sprinting toward the goal. A quick spilt throw off my defender and the net was open and I took the shot. The sailed pass the goalie and landed in the bottom left corner giving off a dinging sound as it grazed the orange pipe. My teammates screamed in joy as they ran over to me. I had given them not just a goal, but life. Just like the other team two goals turned into seven with a almost a minute to go in the second half. They had the ball and we were man up. They took a lousy shot right into the goalies pocket who passed it to the neighboring defenders. We quickly moved the ball up the field and setup our attack. Nerves got to us and we dropped a pass. Chaos broke out we quickly got it back to take on final shot. The ball hit off the goalie and rolled out of the crease. My teammate on the outside rushed in an hockey shot it, and it jumped into the net. We had done it, we had pulled off  the 28-3 the Indianapolis miracle and it all started with a player who doesn’t know what it means, to lose.


The Odyssey Paragraph

The Values Of Determination and Fate

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Here I am at your mercy, princess —

     are you a goddess or a mortal? If one of the gods

     who rule the skies up there, you’re Artemis to the life”

-Odysseus

Determination is the driving force of action. In the story, The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus has been separated from his family for over twenty years, and has been hard at work trying to get back home for ten of those years, and the fruits of his determination start to show as he finally makes progress on his journey home. By book 6, It has been ten years since Odysseus has had some level of control over his life. Ten years since he has felt the glory of his greatness. Odysseus hasn’t seen home in twenty years, and yet he keeps on going. His will to live, his grit and determination, even when facing the wrath of the god of the sea, is what has allowed him to keep going. Even when most men would have sank to their knees and given up. The old rinky dink raft turned to a single log as Odysseus tried to swim through the the salty rough ocean. The once gleaming sun now covered by black stormy clouds that were filled with the hatred and anger of Poseidon:

I can bear that too, with a spirit tempered to endure.

244  Much have I suffered, labored long and hard by now

     in the waves and wars. Add this to the total —

     bring the trial on!”(The Odyssey Book V lines. 243-246)

His strong determination is what has allowed him to keep going, even when most men would have sank to their knees and given up. Determination is what makes this story possible, as otherwise Odysseus would be dead or trapped, the gods not noticing him as he would not be worth their time. Throughout the whole story so far Odysseus’s determination is tested, and we will see the results of his hard work soon enough. Determination has gotten Odysseus this far, and will not fail him yet.

 

    There is no power that is greater than a god’s. In Book V of The Odyssey,Odysseus tries to head back to shore after being held captive by the nymph Calypso. In Book V of The Odyssey, the god of the sea, Poseidon, almost kills Odysseus, as Odysseus tries to get through the raging waves of the ocean and back to shore. The Hatred and Vengeance Poseidon had for Odysseus was unleashed in all of its fury as Poseidon struck down Odysseus, almost sealing Odysseus’s fate. 

“I throw myself on your mercy, on your current now —

     I have suffered greatly. Pity me, lord,

     your suppliant cries for help!”

                                       So the man prayed

     and the god stemmed his current, held his surge at once

     and smoothing out the swells before Odysseus now,

500  drew him safe to shore at the river’s mouth.”

[The Odyssey Book V, Lines 493-500]

 

When Odysseus thought he had control of his life again and challenged the gods, Poseidon struck him down which told Odysseus that his fate is and always will be in the hands of the gods. The only reason Odysseus survived that fatal trip to Phoenicia was because Poseidon took pity on him, as Poseidon had full control of Odysseus’s life in his hands. Mortals are powerless against the hands of a god, and their fate is controlled easily by whichever god wants to take it. In almost every Greek story the gods control all for mortals, their life, death, and their legacy; if a god decides they really want to kill you, they will. Fate is controlled by those with power, and the gods have it all.


The Man or Thing Across the Lake


The Man or Thing Across the Lake

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       I've been into summer camps ever since I was a little child. I was in the Boy Scouts and went to camps pretty much every summer. It was a cold Dark Night at this one Camp I was working at. The whistle blew meaning that everyone from the Waterfront must come in. They would scramble to put their shoes on and get into their cabins for the rest hour. I wanted all the campers head up the hill and into their dorms and I was about to do the same that was until I could have sworn I saw a dark figure across the cold blue lake and inside the green woods. However, I thought it was just my mind playing tricks on me as a second later the dark figure disappeared. I didn't bother to tell any of the directors about this so-called sighting and went back to doing my routine camp day.Now I've always been sort of a risk taker, meaning that if I saw something I was going to head right in there and find out what it was. Which is partially why I got myself into such a messed up situation More on that later. Anyway, I went back to my cabin that I was assigned to go onto my bed and thought about what I thought I saw. What was that thing and why was it so close to the camp, I wondered. I thought about this, that was until my alarm clock woke me. “What the hell” I whispered. “I just layed down”.Anyway our next activity was archery so I just made sure the kids wouldn't do anything stupid and shoot an arrrow at each other, but for the most part it was me chilling out on my phone with another camp counselor. After archery finished up it was time for dinner. I sat down with my plate of food in front of me and was about to take a bite. Out of curiosity I looked through the small window and that’s when I thought I saw it again the dark figure staring straight at my soul from across the lake. This time I knew that it was something or someone trying to mess with me so I figured the next time they poke their head out I was going to make them pay. But for the most part, It was back to eating. We finished eating and doing the rest of our activities and we're getting ready for bed. “where is Shawn” one of the campers questioned. I responded “with he's not in the cabin”? The Campers all responded with the same answer no. “Alright I'll go check the bathrooms” I announced. I headed over to the bathroom door and called out to Shawn, but there was no answer I looked through the bathroom making sure that there was no sign of him. That was until I looked in one of the Stalls. I found an old walkie talkie player when I played it in a demonic voice it said “If you want your camper back Danny come meet me at the waterfront at midnight alone. “What what the hell, Who are you I asked through the walkie-talkie. Hahaha, It responded in a demonic laugh. The clock is ticking Danny better hurry up. I didn't know where Sean was, but I wasn't about to wait to find out. I grabbed a kitchen knife from the dining hall and stormed down to the waterfront preparing myself for any attacker coming out from any place. I saw Shawn tied to a chair right in front of the lake.  Then I heard a crackle in the bushes. I turned quickly and what stood above it haunts me to this day a 10-foot figure. With a face so mangled that it wasn't even human. It roared and screamed in my face that was until I stuck my knife through what I could only assume as its throat. It let out a dead gargling scream. It tried to slash at me, but I was too quick. I quickly got Sean with his chair attached and ran fast-faster than I've ever run in my life. I made it back to camp and into my cabin and I shut the door. All the campers complain about “you interrupted my sleep, what the hell”! I didn't care because I managed to escape the man or should I say thing across the lake. I’ve moved far away from that camp and I’ve settled down with my wife and two kids on a nice lake. I’m writing this now because last night as I awoke in the middle of the night I looked out my window, and for a split second I could have sworn I saw something, a figure across the dark reflective lake.


Adam Reflection

Adam Connecting two Different Cultures In My Life 

“Sometimes things seem so different because they have so much in common”

“The invisible threads make the best ties” 
~Friedrich  Nietzsche

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       In life, you are able to make connections from a variety of things that almost seem like they have nothing in common. I was able to experience this when guest speaker Adam Aronovitz came in to talk about his line of work. It was a very chilly October morning and I had English first period in the Fenn School Library. Fitz announced, “one of my good friends Adam would be returning to talk about what he does in his life”. I took a seat as Adam began. I didn’t know it yet  , but Adam was going to connect two things in my life that seem like they have nothing in common. However he was going to make them connect through the lessons of taking initiative in your life and going through obstacles that makes you a stronger person and gives you wisdom, and knowledge.

        He introduced himself and after a little bit of background presentation, we discovered that he was traveling to all these different places. He did this so he could “learn about new cultures and understand them” which I thought was pretty cool. “I went on this study abroad program where you live on a boat and you travel to all these different continents and I’m really glad I went,” Adam said. At that moment I realized “wow” that is a way to take initiative about your passion. I didn’t realize it now, but that idea connected with the English book we were reading titled The Odyssey. In the book, it tells a story about a Greek teen named Telemachus whose father is stuck on an island because he angered the god Poseidon. Like Adam, Telemachus had to take the initiative of his own destiny and to try to find out what happened to his father and if he is alive how to bring him back. This is an important lesson for me to learn because it taught me that if you want something to change in your life you must take the initiative of your life and change it yourself.

    Another key takeaway I learned was the value of respect and becoming a stronger person through it. Adam, throughout his presentation talked about how he learned so much from other people across the globe. Now that he has learned the perspective of others who are associated with a very different culture from his own, he can now apply that to become a stronger more thoughtful person. This theme connects to The Odyssey because of the growth of Telemachus. After the disappearance of his father, suitors and brutes conquered his home and drained it of all of its value, all in an attempt to be the one to marry Telemachus’s mother Penelope. One day Athena (disguised) tells Telemachus to be brave and strong and go on a quest to find his father. With a passion and fire in his heart lit by Athena, Telemachus sets off on a journey (with twenty extra men) to find his father and bring him home. Along the away, he has faced many obstacles that have threatened his path to his father. However, this has only made him a stronger person in the end. By gaining wisdom and knowledge (just like Adam) Telemachus was able to overcome these challenges.

     This is an important lesson to learn for me because it taught me that in order to reach my goals and get through obstacles I will have to become a stronger person. Along the way I will gain more wisdom and knowledge than before. In life, there are things that try to hold you back and weaken you, but if you persevere through them you will become a stronger person in the end and obtain much wisdom and knowledge.


Respect Metacognition of Book IV


Hudson Wesel

9th Grade English

October 18, 2019

The Respect You Give, Given Back

”Respect is something given not taken”

“Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.”
~Roy T. Bennett

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       In life, you must respect people or they will not respect you. This lesson resonated with me as I read BookIV of The Odyssey. I was sitting in my room reading The Odyssey after grueling cold JV soccer practice. As read, I learned about how Penelope uncovered Telemachus’s plan to set sail to Pylos to gather information about his father. Penelope also discovers about the Suitors plan to ambush and kill Telemachus. Penelope after hearing about the plans began to cry in her bedroom filled with grief. That was until a shadowed figure emerges and speaks to her. The shadow comforts her by explaining that her son Telemachus is with someone that holds the power of Athena herself and that any man would pray to have her apart of their crew. After hearing this while still in distraught of her sons fate, she is assured that her son will be ok. As. I read this, I thought about how much respect Penelope has for Athena. This could be because Athena is a higher being than Penelope. However, I began to think about the people above me like my older brothers. I look up to them and I have a great deal of respect because of their status and what they have accomplished. This is very important because if I do not respect my brothers and what they have done, then they will not respect me or what I have done. I learned about the real power of respect and while reading I got a feeling of enlightenment. This experience changed my view on how classic literature is composed. There are several themes while reading The Odyssey which include leadership and becoming a stronger person through hardship, but the one that is was very prevalent to me in the book was respect. In life respecting others is an extremely important lesson to learn.


Metacognition (Book Three Odyssey)

Hudson Wesel 

October 12, 2019

Fitz 9th Grade English

Looking Back Through A Mirror

Fear is the chains that are put on by yourself

“Fears are educated into us, and can if we wish, be educated out.”

— Karl Augustus Menninger

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    In life, it is sometimes ourselves that hold us back and we don't realize it until we look back at it.  As I read The Odyssey the main character, Telemachus reminded me of a time in my life. “Read book three in class today, tell the others”, that's what Fitz said as he left his classroom. I responded with “I will” and he was gone, into the brisk cold October day. I found a spot on the comfy couch and began reading. In book three of The Odyssey, Telemachus begins to doubt himself and his strength.

     “If only she'd favor you, tend you with all her heart many a suitor then would lose all thought of marriage, blotted out forever.”  “Never, your majesty,” Telemachus countered gravely, “that will never come to pass, I know. What you say dumbfounds me, staggers imagination(Line 253)”. This reminded me of a time in my life when I began to doubt myself. For quite a while I thought I was not good enough to achieve my goals. However, I learned that one's fear is the only thing that holds back, people from achieving greatness. I started to put more work and passion into my life and I saw improvements and progression Just like Telemachus, through heartache and pain came greatness and made me a stronger person. It also was extremely helpful to have friends behind me encouraging me to do better. This lesson is important for me because it taught me to not doubt myself, but instead, put more heart into my goals and they will become reality. In life, different things can have special connections.




Ninth Grade, Making the Grade

Hudson Wesel

October 9, 2019

Fitz 9th Grade English

Ninth Grade, Making the Grade

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“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

~Jim Rohn

    In life, people want to help each other to make their lives better. I’m currently a ninth-grader at Fenn, and there are some things I would like to have teachers make an effort, to help make my year better. This is important to me because I want to have a better 9th Grade experience to look back on when I am older. Two things is the lack of communication between teachers and the loss of a great tradition.

It was a crisp Tuesday in October, and I sat down and opened my iPad to do see what homework I had. I was astonished to see how much homework I had which included a Global reading, take notes and do gizmo worksheet for biology, comment on people’s writing, all on top of a math test and all due the next day. Also the day after that I had a language quiz.  I was stressed about the workload, what will my teacher say if I don’t have my homework done? How will this workload affect my performance on my upcoming tests? These questions swirled around me like snowflakes in the wind. In the end, I decided to go to school early and finish my homework and study a little more.

To start, there needs to be better communication between teachers. Then they could plan their course and adjust it if need be. I'm not saying don’t have any tests, because that’s unrealistic and wouldn’t do me the student any justice. What I’m saying is that having positive and constructive communication with fellow teachers is critical especially at a high school level. Yes, I know about the meetings teachers have, however, I believe that those meetings are centered around just talking about how students are doing instead of voicing a planed overview of that teachers week. Even when plans change it’s the teacher's responsibility to notify other teachers about that so they can adjust accordingly. Through life, I have learned that better communication equals a better life. In life, it is important to have good communication especially between people who are connected.

In the fourth grade, I remember my brother Blake, (A ninth-grader) talking about Pen to Paper. “It was so great,” he said around the dinner table” every week. It was a traditional thing where every other Friday, Mrs: Ward, would get all the boys to write poems, have cookies and chill. However with the unfortunate passing of Mrs: Ward the tradition was passed aswell. What's left of Mrs’s: Wards great inventions are the committees so I’m one to ask, where did it go.

It seemed so much fun and I'm sure that even though it could never live up to what Mrs’s: Ward did, I'm sure we could do it justice. I'm sure that if we can bring this back, then it will enhance our class as a whole.  It was important for my brother and important to me to bring back. Even if I do fail in my efforts I will have learned that it is ok to aim high and miss, but there is a problem if you aim low and hit. In life, when you help someone else you help yourself as well. 


Mini Meta

Hudson Wesel

October 4, 2019

Fitz 9th Grade English

Constructive Criticism, That Built A Soccer Player

Don’t let criticism break you, but rather fix you

Being able to learn from people that are older and wiser than you is an important skill to have. This skill was important for me while practicing with the JV soccer team. I stepped was on Fenn’s turf field with my team and we were scrimmaging to get ready to play Belmont Hill, on a cold fall day. While scrimmaging without me realizing I was making a critical mistake. I was getting to close to the ball which meant that my side was not covered and we would be congested where the ball was which meant that we would most likely lose possession. After a scramble for the ball my coach, Mr:Morrison told me “you’re getting to close to the ball and it congests the middle. After hearing his input I continued to play with his words in mind. The next possession we passed it around and scored. The important thing was that when I made a mistake and my coach called me on it, I was able to correct it which resulted in better soccer. In life you can’t help people who are not willing to help themselves