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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With people it is a certainty that there will be problems ranging. The same is true for school whether bullying, fighting, or just plain trouble with homework problems are a main part of life at school. However, I feel that I must point out two problems/traits that I have noticed that in my opinion are not good for the future. These two problems are taking the easy way out and the motivation for community service. For the first problem, with regards to most things, humans take the easy way out, and the same apparently goes for school. When having conversations with people in my grade on their decisions for what classes they are going to take next I often get a hesitant response .This hesitation is a result, as many people profess, is the uncertainty to take a class that is of a higher skill level or an advanced class instead of class that is probably easier. People often want to take easier classes in order to preserve their grade/GPA. Some feel that if they take certain classes the chances of making an A in the said class are much lower compared to other classes, and thus they want to take the classes in which they have a much higher chance of getting an A and preserving their good school record. I personally feel that despite the fact that a college might not look at the level of class that you take and rather just your grades one should always take the class that will challenge them for the simple reasons that it is more respectable and just good in general. In regards to other problem of the motivation for community service or just any volunteer service in general. (What I am going to say is probably a huge assumption, but I feel that is at least sometimes true nonetheless). In general, I would say that a good portion of high school kids do not take part in volunteer services for the simple reason of serving others and trying to better the world, but rather they use this "volunteer service" for their own personal needs. In other words, I feel that many high school kids only do nice actions for the purpose of putting whatever thing they did on a resume. In my opinion, this should be condemned as a sick twisted version of the purpose of service, but nonetheless it exists. I will admit that I have thought of serving or doing something for this specific purpose. Thus I must conclude that unfortunately I and many others are corrupt. What to do, yo no sé.
As a graduation requirement, students at my high school must do community service at least one time a year for a fourth a credit for four years in the end adding up to one credit. For this year's community service my junior class is going send a different homeroom, junior class to a nursing home every Thursday, although I could be mistaken on that fact. Regardless, this past Thursday my homeroom loaded onto a bus and went to the rehabilitation center that is out by the Hospital whose name I do not know. However, before going we were given instructions last Friday, which was a half day, during the mentoring period about proper manners/action and what do expect. Thus when should go to the nursing home we would not just be "thrown to the wolves". When my class got to the nursing a man who was the husband of the social activity director or something along those lines. He stated that he was employed by the nursing home or rehabilitation center as a handy man in basic terms and gave us some basic information about the place. He then proceeded to give us a tour of the facilities and occasionally stopping in an area to explain something. Along the way we stopped at a physical therapy room and the nurses' station where the nurses there explained their job description and some background information like where they went to college to how long they had been working at this specific place. The last thing that we did before we left was play a game with some residents in a different groups. In my group we were paired with this lovely older couple, and we tried playing a variety of games from go-fish to the eventual Yahtzee. I personally had a blast because the couple were actually very funny (not because of the state of their condition) and did things like shake the die and blow on them before rolling and when the man jokingly accused someone of cheating the wife gently scolded him. I also felt like the couple were having a good time and enjoying the company. Thus I would say that this community service project was very fun and successful and hopefully it continues to brighten the lives of the elderly.
This week in Spanish class we had the experience of being introduced to Spanish poetry, how to write it, and then writing it. To start, I would like to say that Spanish poetry is similar to English poetry in the sense that in Spanish, hoy rhymes with soy, and in English boy rhymes with toy. However, Spanish has a very different way of rhyming as well. In Spanish you are able to rhyme words based on if the last vowel sound that the word makes is the same for both words. For example, dinero, making its o sound thus rhymes with perro which also had the o sound. As a result many words in Spanish that look like they don't rhyme with a traditional English method actually do using the Spanish method and so many people in my Spanish class including me, have trouble rhyming in Spanish. In addition, our teacher is assigning us different types of poems to write ranging from a haiku to a ballad. This process of making Spanish poems is even hardened when certain types of poems that we right have to have a certain number of syllables per line. Overall, the process is very hard and difficult. To make matters worse, my Spanish class, that has a long history of being subordinated in small measures and overall resistant to Spanish has been hit in the face as our teacher has treated us harsher. These efforts are not unfounded, but overall makes the mood of the class worse. I personally still find the class enjoying, but now it is just a lot hard. In the end, however much I dislike doing Spanish poetry because of how hard it is, is overcome by the fact that by being able to create Spanish poetry helps me better understand the language as well as improve my vocabulary. Also, our teacher mentioned that she doesn't want us to hate poetry because of this despite that challenge, she wants us to be able to use it in a way that will positively affect our lives. Hopefully, Spanish poetry does both, and my class's conflict is resolved.
This past Wednesday on the 27 I was called out of my composition class to go and make my schedule for next year. Mr. Thomas, one of the guidance counselors, had already come in earlier this year to discuss with my mostly junior composition class about scheduling and requirements and new classes/new number of periods in a day. Mr. Thomas also gave everyone in the class a sheet of paper with all the classes being offered and the number of slots in a day for classes per person and told us to fill it out. Regardless of this gesture and attempt by guidance to be proactive, I did not fill out the schedule partly because I didn't know what I want to do and partly because I am lazy. Nonetheless, my lack of preparation did not seem to matter as I was able to easily choose what I wanted to take as classes in about ten minutes. I also learned that I had all of my requirements met thus far and didn't have to go back and take a class that is mainly for a different grade level. In the end I am taking Spanish 4, Honors Comp, P.E., AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Calculus, and Econ for one semester and Java for the other semester. All in all, I am pretty satisfied with my class choices just because I feel that they will give me an advantage going into college as well as deciding what career I want to go into. I am taking several classes that are either dual credit or AP which helps, if all goes well, give me college credits. Also, I took classes such as Physics and Java to see if I would enjoy and possibly consider going into either field. I took Spanish for the simple fact that some colleges require 4 years of high school foreign language as well as because I enjoy Spanish. And Econ should be a helpful life skills class and is a graduation requirement. In the end, I am excited for next year, regardless of the fact that it will probably be hard.
My math class since the beginning of the year was different than any other math class that I have taken. For one, it was a duel credit math class meaning that I could receive college credit for successfully completing the class. However, another major change was the fact that the homework that my math teach assigns, you don't have to complete because he doesn't take a grade on the homework or check it. In order to find a way to give credit in the class is through a daily five point quiz over the subject that he just taught. The only problem is that many people cheat on the quiz and in general the quizzes aren't very hard because a lot of the subjects that we go over are semi-review. But as a result of not assigning homework many people don't pay attention in class, talk to each other, or just plain sleep. Now the subjects that we are learning are becoming more difficult, yet the attitudes of the people in my math class haven't changed. They are still not paying attention in class, and not even looking at the assigned homework because it is not checked. As a result many people are struggling in the class and are starting to hate our teacher as a result. They blame him and the class for their problems. Personally, I feel bad for our teacher as he is very nice, a good teacher, and is treated horribly. But again the real problem is that people blame our teacher for their problems on a regular basis. I am personally losing hope in humanity.
Before I attended Paris High School and was in Mayo creating my schedule in terms of requirements and electives, it came highly recommended that I take a foreign language class. They recommended this because most colleges, for entry requirements, like for a person to have at least two years of a foreign language. Thus I choose Spanish as my foreign language partly because it was the only foreign language being offered at that time and because I would have chosen Spanish over French anyway. Throughout my now two and one half years of taking Spanish I have notice several things that will be talked about throughout several blogs, however, this blog's topic is about people taking Spanish class. I have noticed many times and continue to notice that Spanish is not a very easy class to take at any point because literally almost everything is a new concept ranging from memorizing words to the conjugation of verbs and sentence structure to name a few. This lack of easiness I think makes people quick to drop Spanish or to get very frustrated. People, I feel, can't stand Spanish just for the simple fact that they have to work hard almost all the time in order to just have a basic understanding of what is going on. Then a cycle of hardship hits a person because of the fact that if they didn't work hard at one point, that area of Spanish where they didn't work hard will often be used in the next area of study. This means that a person will thus be farther behind, often confused, and frustrated. Another possibly reason that people drop Spanish is because they are dead set from the moment they walk into Spanish class that Spanish is stupid or unnecessary (to name a few possible reasons). Thus, these people are unwilling to even try to learn Spanish. I will note that sometimes Mrs. Rigdon does sometimes make things a little harder than necessary and can be confusing on some occasions which can add to frustrations. Regardless the reasons, I believe there is a larger problem than just dropping Spanish, and that is the problem of people's attitudes. (It is important to note that I am assuming an awful lot about people's reasons to quite, however, I feel most of these reasons are correct). I feel that it is a major problem is that people would drop a class just because it is hard and often confusing and frustrating because of the fact that people might do the same in their life later on if something is hard. Another problem is that people whether because of built up frustration or some other reason are often very mean to Mrs. Rigdon. Mean in a way that seems like hate for a very petty issue. This hate is often portrayed in other classes when something doesn't go a person's way. In conclusion, over my years at the high school I have seen improvements in people's attitudes and outlook on Spanish or any class as well as less conflict between student and teacher because of work on both ends, but nevertheless people can always do better.
On Friday, January 8, 2015, I attended the boys basketball game against Casey in which Paris came from behind to win the game. The game, which was entertaining to watch in the first place because of the tight game, was also very enjoyable for several other reasons. One reason is the irony that the Paris student section often faced in their attempts to annoy/distract the other team. Several occasions occurred where the student section would shout something only to "eat their words" as the Casey team would answer to the section's cry. One example of this is that at a point in the game a Casey player had a put-back-midair dunk taken away because of some infraction on the Casey team. The student section then proceeded to chant, "You can't do that!", in an attempt to "rub salt in the wound". However when Casey went down to play defense they took the ball away from Paris, and on a fast break that same Casey player dunked the ball, with authority. The student section, despite having to be the victim of irony had a major success in terms of comedic value other than irony. For a large majority of the second half the student section had someone imitate the Casey coach's movements in every aspect which I personally found very funny. Another reason why I found the game very enjoyable was because of the fact that the Casey fans that I say by (since I don't usually sit in the student section) were very enjoyable and not complete jerks. Regardless, one thing that I do want to talk about that seems to be very important in any competitive setting of sports or anything else that played a huge role in the Paris vs. Casey game was momentum. I feel that often the team that had momentum last, especially in a close game, will usually win. This momentum often is just a cycle that keeps on going that affects both teams. The team with the momentum is often unstoppable with everything going their way, from the officiating calls (despite attempt of objectiveness in officiating) to every shot going in. The team without the momentum often has bad luck in a sense that none of their shots fall and no matter how good the defense is they can't stop the other team. This was present in the Paris vs. Casey game because Paris started to chain together some points to mount a comeback, when down by at least 9 points, the Paris team started playing better and couldn't be stopped. The momentum continued even through some made baskets by Casey and eventually in my opinion won Paris the game. Thus, I will say that a team that doesn't have momentum at one point in the game and can survive against the team that does will often win the game, despite who has momentum last, because the momentum will eventually switch teams. Paris again was an example of this as they played through momentum that was caused by the dunk that was previously mentioned and then huge momentum boost of Casey defense plays such as taking a charge. Regardless, the game was fun to watch and good games to both teams.