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To Whom This May Concern: A Random Post

Hello, reader.

     I haven't been posting very much on my blog lately. There are two reasons for that and they both relate to each other. The first reason is I haven't been feeling well at all lately (by lately, I mean the past few months). I almost can't recall a time when I've been perfectly fine. Both physically and mentally. The mental part is something I will keep private. As for the physical part... I have been feeling very sick for the past 4 months now. I don't really know what started it. Seasonal allergies are something I get all the time, but my parents and I feel like I'm dealing with something beyond that now. My dad thinks that my asthma is fucking me up again (I say again because I've had asthma problems since I was a baby. That's a story for another day) and as a result of that, he thinks I'll have to start using my good ol' nebulizer again. It's not a hassle to use, really, and it's not as scary as it may sound; I'v…

I'm a (Sick) Self-Reliant Author in Progress

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Greetings earthlings! Here are my Self-Reliance notes. It's very late at night right now, and I REALLY should be sleeping, but I told myself that I'd have this up in time. What I did was I read through everything and picked quotes and phrases that interested me or that showed Emerson's main idea. I added my own little commentary on each phrase as well. Hopefully my notes will help you understand this complicated ass essay :)))))))

SELF-RELIANCE NOTES:

1. "Ne te quaeseveris extra" - Do not look for yourself outside
     - Do not try to conform to what society wants you to be. Be yourself

2. "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide..."
     - Imitation is suicide because, in a way, a person is killing his/her opinions about something.
     - conviction = a firmly held belief or opinion
     - Envy is ignorance because if someone envies someone else, he/she is blind to…

Killing Two Birds With One Post: The PSAT Shiz and the Literature Analysis Shiz

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I just sneezed and got granola all over my tablet :))))))))))))) (Yes, I am still sick; I've been sick for over than three months now)

ANYWAY, HI! I feel like I haven't posted anything in ages. It's been less than a week... but still. I'm back at it again, dudes and dudettes :p

Let me start with what's been on all of our minds: the PSAT. Most of us took it last year. Honestly, I feel like I paid way more attention this year than last year. I was scribbling furiously and making little notes on everything. The reading section was the part I dreaded the most, but thankfully, it wasn't too hard. I didn't have to use a calculator! :D I was also dreading the math portions. I'm pretty okay when it comes to math, but I always panic when it comes time to do the problems that aren't multiple choice. Those questions had me like:


Other than that, everything was pretty straightforward. As soon as I walked out of the Ethel Pope, I went on Instagram just to see al…

Your American Voice: An Open Letter

Hey!
     Right now, I don't know what is going on through your mind. You're probably wondering, "Hmm.. what will she blabber on about?" I'm asking myself that too, in a way. I'm kind of like a driver on a long road trip without a map; I know where I want to go with this topic, but I don't really know how to... get there? We'll see how many paragraphs it takes for me to get there :)))      I'll start off with a simple fact: YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT. There are approximately 7 billion people on this planet, and though we may not all share similar physical features or personalities, the one thing that truly differentiates us from one another is our voice and our opinions. No two people will have the exact same ideas and opinions on a matter. The world is just a melting pot of different ideas and stuff, and what aggravates me at times is the fact that many of us don't contribute our ideas or express our thoughts.       Have you ever been in a situa…

Vocabulary #6

1. meme: an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation
     Some of the most popular memes this year include the crying Michael Jordan meme, the Spongegar meme, and the blurry Mr. Krab meme.

2. virus: a type of malicious software program ("malware") that, when executed, replicates by reproducing itself (copying its own source code) or infecting other computer programs
     My tablet got a virus the other day as I was downloading a game, which caused my tablet to stop working for a week.

3. viral: relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another
     The Damn Daniel video went viral at the start of the year, but I haven't heard of it recently.

4. blog: web log
     There isn't anything I can really say about blogs... you're all reading one right now.

5. wiki: a webs…

Team Vocab

This presidential election has transformed into a battle, with venomous attacks from both aggravating parties. Hillary has remained stolid, and I personally wanna punch Trump in the proboscis. His supporters have slowly dissolved and the ones who have remained are hypnotized into believing America will be great again. This is a melancholy moment in American history because soon one of these candidates will be president. I earnestly believe that neither candidate should be eligible for office.

Boom.

Today, I'm a Good Human: Stuff to Make School Easier

School is hard. Especially when we lack the resources we need to succeed or do better in class. I personally struggle quite a bit in class and I'm always looking for things to make my life a wee bit easier. I don't want my colleagues to struggle too, so here are some websites and stuff that I personally use on a near-daily basis. I think they're pretty useful and they save me a whole lotta time when studying for tests and finishing assignments.

I'll split everything up by subjects. I'll include things that have helped me with my current classes plus some other little things that I think would help any struggling student.

English: Typically when we think of English class, we think of reading and writing. And I think we can all agree we write a LOT on a daily basis. A lot of the things we write go online for the whole world to see. One thing that I struggle with is making my sentences make sense; English isn't my first language which makes writing a little bit dif…

To Kill A Mockingbird (Literature Analysis #2 [ft. me trying to keep things simple])

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This is a continuation of my half-finished literature analysis from a while back, where I talked about some of the characters and a little bit of the plot. I want to avoid making this literature analysis super wordy like the last one because I don't want to bore my reader :)))))

THE PLOT IN A NUTSHELL:
Told from the point of view of Jean "Scout" Louise Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee tells the story of the Finch family, who lives in Maycomb, Alabama. They live in a racist community, and this plays an important role in the story. The story begins when Jem and Scout go to school; Scout absolutely hates it because her teacher dislikes the fact that she can read. Jem Finch, Dill Harris, and Scout Finch soon become interested in Arthur "Boo" Radley, a quite creepy character who never leaves his house and was almost admitted to a mental institution. Because of this, the kids begin to creep up on his house and Boo eventually finds out and starts leaving pr…

My Mentor Letter (Draft One)

Greetings, my Yoda...
     What's up? I hope everything is okay on the Death Star (I know nothing about Star Wars...). Anyway, I need your help. I have a burning question I need the answer to, and I think you'll be able to help me out a whole lot with answering it. My question is this; why is studying performing arts in college and/or university discouraged by many adults? Why do adults try to convince students that studying performing arts won't benefit them in the future?
     You might be asking yourself why I have that question and why I feel passionate about it, and the answer is simple. Every since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be involved in music. As I grew up and got involved in band, the dreams I'd have as a little girl slowly started becoming a reality; I learned how to play multiple instruments and this past year, I've received many emails from music schools across the country. I had plans of studying music at either a private university or No…

Big Question Epiphany! (My New Big Question and Yoda 2.0)

I realized during class that I don't want to pursue my original big question. I want to pursue something that's affected me personally and I want it to be something I feel strongly about. I don't mind doing these assignments again (the Big Question post and the Yoda post) because I know that I feel more enthusiastic about my Big Question 2.0, even though to some people it may seem like this question isn't as deep as my Big Question 1.0.

My new big question is this: why is studying performing arts in college and/or university discouraged by many adults? Why do adults try to convince students that studying performing arts won't benefit them in the future?

I picked this as my big question because I've been in this situation more than once with my parents. Sometimes, when I talk to other adults about me studying music, they kinda give me a confused look. My parents have told me before that by studying music, I'd be "throwing away the genius brain I have.&q…

Essay #1 Revised

After reading my colleagues' work and sharing ideas, I realized I could improve my first essay by organizing my essay's points into paragraphs. Some of the comments on my previous essays helped guide me as well, and I realized that I should clarify whether or not I agree with E.M. Forster. I've made a few adjustments and I'm proud of the result.  Hope you enjoy reading it!


*drum roll*


     Hugs. Cuddles. Personal Relations. All of that's important for many reasons, one of them being that they're something we all share with each other. E..M. Forster, an English novelist, believes that personal relations are more important than patriotism and said this: "If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country." Personal relations are arguably one of the most essential things we as a species have with each other or have in common, and I agree with E.M. Forster; personal relations are mor…

Vocabulary #5

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1. venomous: noxious, mischievous, malignant, or spiteful
      The substitute's venomous attitude sucked the life out of me this morning.

2. stolid: (of a person) calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation
     Nobody knew the name of the stolid girl in our class until the last day of school.

3. hypnotized: capture the whole attention (of someone); fascinate
     The pianist at the mall hypnotized me and I lost track of time.

4. suspended: temporarily prevent from continuing or bring in force or effect
     Me being ill suspended me from playing well at the football game.

5. transform: make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of
     She was transformed by the makeup she used during the play and was almost unrecognizable.

6. accuse: charge someone with an offense or crime
     I was accused of setting my cousin's speakers on fire, so I had to replace them.

7. anticipate: regard as probable; expect or predict
     The 49ers antic…

Teamwork Makes the Homecoming Skit Dream Work

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WHAT'S UP JUNIORS?! (I was low key about to call you guys sophomores) The homecoming rally is only two weeks away... and we all know what that means; it'll soon be time to shake our asses in front of the student body. In other words, it'll soon be time to perform our skit for homecoming. While I don't know what ideas the main leaders have for this year's skit, I wanna give some advice; I sadly can't make it to some of the meetings, but I still would like to be a part of it somehow. Anyway, here are some pointers for coming up with a bad ass homecoming skit:


 It's essential to understand that in something like this, we can't please everyone. Something I noted from previous years is that we'd constantly make last minute changes to make people happy. While I think it's important to take everyone's thoughts and ideas into consideration, it's also important to take a step back and realize that we have two weeks to plan this out.  Speaking of m…