Saturday, May 7, 2016

AP Test and Other Thingys

On Friday, May 6, I took my U.S. AP History class and thus end my career as a U.S. AP student, because from now on in the class we are going to be watching historical movies that we pick out, and we don't have a final. In regards to the test, I thought I did very well on the multiple choice and okay on the writing, however, we will see. I am personally happy to be done with the class, not because I hated the class, but because the class was hard and it is always nice to be done with hard things. In regards to the movies we are watching, we are starting Selma on Monday, and then after that we get to choose another movie. The only bad thing was that the test took all of the half day that we had, was mind numbing, and stressful (because of studying and the actual process). I also believe that Mayfete was on Friday, and while I personally didn't attend or help in any way I do hope that it was an enjoyable time for everyone especially, the senior girls. Now, the year is coming closer and closer to an end and to be honest it is semi-unreal that next year is my senior year. The sentiments are real. I just really don't want to take finals... but what can I do? Also, if they take away the no finals thing for seniors with a certain score on their ACT I will be heated... because I don't want to take them again. In other news, it looks like Trump has a chance for the Whitehouse... so I don't even know. At this point this is the last sentence of my blogs if I am correct and if not well... and am just rambling at this point so bye.

May your swords stay sharp, may the sun be at your back, and the wind beneath your wings.
Without Wax,
Chris S.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Things to Do

As I close out the school year, I have several major things that I have to do before starting summer. One, this weekend I have to go to an awards banquet. Two, next Friday I have to take an AP History test. The test, however much I don't want to take because of the probable high difficulty, is unfortunately something I have to do because of the fact that it would not be worth it to take a decently hard history class and not at least attempt to get something out of it. Also, I need to get a summer job. At this point in my life I have applied to Savoias and Kroger. Last year for my summer employment I worked at McDonald's Restaurant. Despite any negative reputation that McDonald's may have, it was actually not to bad. All I had to do was cook the food by pressing buttons and restocking. Sure, the environment was semi-discussing, but overall the experience wasn't too bad. Regardless of how not bad it was, I would prefer not to work there and thus am trying to get a job before college kids come how for summer and take up a lot of them. Besides that, the only things on my agenda are finals, which like my AP test, I don't want to take at all just because they are mind numbing, but they are I guess a necessary evil.
Without Wax,
Chris S.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Life in General

Well, here I sit typing this blog now for this simple fact that I don't believe I would be able to do it later. I have quite a problem doing things "later"... I often as in the case of this blog forget to do them or I just keep pushing them off. I have a very bad problem with procrastinating school work. I could make up the reason that I am just ready for school to be out (which is true), but I think the real problem is lack of motivation or self discipline. Thus I go into this weekend with a decent amount of homework and with very little time so I am quite delighted with myself. As a result of my procrastination I forgot to do the blog for last week, which was going to be about the play at the high school. The play, I must say, was very, very good and funny and I think lived up to and exceeded any expectations or hopes.Everyone in the play and in any relation to the play did a fantastic job. That pretty much would sum up last weeks blog. This week, specifically weekend is prom. This will be the first prom that I am attending so I am a bit nervous, but overall I think it will be a great experience with a lot of fun. The only downside is that my procrastination has come back to haunt me. I think I will survive though and will enjoy Saturday, but some part of me can't wait for Monday just because all of my responsibilities will be done. I hope that that does not sound negative, because I am not meaning it to, just a realistic representation.
Without Wax,
Chris S.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

ACT

Today I had the pleasure of taking the ACT. This pleasure consisted of having to go to bed at a decent time (I know such an unfortunate occurrence), waking up at 7, going to school on a Saturday to take a four hour-ish test. Was it worth the time? I personally would have preferred not to have taken the test, however considering the fact this test was very important for my future self, I suppose I will have to accept the value of the test. The test itself I thought was not too bad, albeit there were questions that I didn't know how to how to answer. Altogether in my opinion the worst part of the test was the science part because of the style of question. These questions consisted of a lot of graphs, chart, and miscellaneous information with the actual questions having you dissect the entire display of information, a task that was both time consuming and hard. However only time will tell of whether or not I did well. Personally, I do not have a goal of which to score, my only goal of taking the ACT today was to just take it, to get that off the checklists of the rites of passages to the future. Overall, I feel that the test was a decent, and relatively accurate to the topics that I have learned over my duration in school.  I know that some people find this device as inaccurate and unfair measure to people in determining  their future. However, I personally didn't find a problem with it, but I could see that a person could definitely have a problem with it. To the future, I guess, hmm... I have no idea... and this is going nowhere.
Without Wax,
Chris S.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Observances About Days Off

So as most of the probable reader of this blog knows this week is Spring Break. Now as is usual we as a school get a week off plus the two weekends and usually one other day off. In the past, at least to my recollection, this extra day off occurred on the Monday after the week. However, I realize that this is probably based on where Spring Break falls in accordance to Easter. Regardless, this brings me to my point of whether getting a 3 day weekend is better when the day off is on a Monday or Friday. In my personal opinion, I find 3 day weekends with  Mondays off much better for the simple reason that personally I find in the week before the long weekend I am excited and it gives me something to look forward too as well as seemingly shortening my week. Then I get to enjoy a long weekend.When the weekend is done with the Monday off, that day off shortens that upcoming week, starts the school week on a Tuesday, and ultimately for makes that week go seemingly faster. However, my friend disagrees with me and feels that a long weekend with Friday is better for the simple reason that it shortens one week, and if the day off was on Monday, Tuesday would soon have the "usual horrible Monday feels". For me this logic does not apply, and thus I find it personally questionable, but perhaps to him it actually works. Regardless, I think that 4 day long weekends are the best, and week off breaks trump that, and summer vacation trumps all.
Without Wax,
Chris S.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Problems with P.E.

For the majority of the time, school for me, is usually an experience where I am delighted to be done at 3:15. Often I do not want anything to do with school. I procrastinate on homework, try to waste as much time in class as possible, and often just try to go through school my school day as fast as possible just to be done with it. However, there are a few constant exceptions such as P.E. and lunch. For the latter, it is because it is a time to socialize and of course eat. However, for P.E. it is a time where I can usually have fun, socialize, play a game, and have a competition. Also, after many hours of just sitting at a desk and learning it feels good to just have a break. For the most part I enjoy P.E.. I enjoy most of the games we play and most of all I enjoy the competition between the two teams in my class. Now, this brings me to my first point of how the competition in my opinion makes games fun. However, there are several things that can ruin this competition. Things such as cheap plays. For example, in my class we only have about 14 people max, and thus when we play games like kickball or long ball over two basketball floors there is no way that one team can have people to cover all areas. Thus, when people do cheap things, and I will admit that I have done these things, such as bunting the ball it takes the fun out of the game. Another example would be in a situation like that of baseball's infield fly rule, (which to my understanding is that if a ball is a fly ball in or around the infield the in fair territory, with runners on base the batter is automatically called out so that the infielders can not purposely drop the ball and get a double or triple play on the runners that are tagging up), comes up people take advantage of it and get double plays because that rule is not enforced. Another thing that ruins the competition in general is people not trying which is annoying. Also, fitness days in general are just a pain. I understand that they are probably mandated by some state law in order to have an actual way of enforcing kids to stay in shape, however, I feel that they are completely unnecessary if people try in the games, and thus get a good work out. Also it is just a mood killer to be expecting the normal relief from school that P.E. offers to have to do a fitness day, meaning running and other body weight exercises. Not that I mind running or the exercises it is just that I would rather play a game.
Without Wax,
Chris S. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Closing Out the Year

Last Friday marked the end of the 3rd quarter for my Junior year. Honestly, I can not wait for this year to be over, just for the simple fact that I am ready for summer. It is true that when looking back upon this year I would say that it feels to have gone by very fast, yet when going day to day as is only possible things seem normally slow. This fourth quarter promises to bring things that I want and am ready for such as warmer days and just time off for vacation in general. The only things that I am not looking forward to are the long academic processes of an AP test, an ACT test, and just finals in general. I am overall generally excited to be moving on to my Senior year in high school and feel that I am ready to get high school in general over with. However when reflecting back over life in a sentimental way I feel that it will be hard. What the future holds I have a general idea but no specifics as is usually the case. It seems that life will always go on whether that is good or bad I do not know. I have made many memories over high school and miss those situations, but certainly I must be making memories now for the future. Whatever the case must be, I am ready in terms of a progress standpoint but not so much in an emotional one. My only real proposed focus is to try to think and make decisions that I will love and remember for the rest of my life. But whether or that focus remains is  yet to be determined.
Without Wax,
Chris S.