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.