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.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Problems with People

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.
Without Wax,
Chris S.