2nd Semester Final Reflection

June 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm (Uncategorized)

My sophomore year comes to a close. The passing year seems so short that it scares me. Why, I remember getting the schedule for my sophomore year as clear as day. It’s surprising really, how we’re all going to be juniors now. It really wants to make me look back at the things that I have done this year and what I’ve learned. Man, how would I start? First, I’d like to thank all of those teachers that taught me throughout the entire year. Of course, there were those certain unhappy moments when I got truckloads of homework, but I think it was an enjoyable year overall. I feel like I accomplished quite a bit this year, yet still have a lot of things I need to work on. I think that in terms of my writing and ability to think a little more on the outside, I got a little better than I was before the year started. In fact, more than just getting a bit better at those things, I learned how to think and write without actually hating them. Before, I could only look at writing as something tedious and boring to do with no fun in it at all. However, this year’s english class was so enjoyable that I would actually look forward to being in english every day that I had it. Of course, that affected my writing as well. That’s a little surprising for me because I didn’t think I would ever think that way, much less enjoy going to an ENGLISH class. Haha. Well, you can’t gain too many things without still having some faults too. In my case, I think that I’m still too lazy. Yes, I still have problems with wanting to do things and getting my behind into gear. That’s probably my biggest fault. Well. this is probably going to be the last blog entry for my sophomore. Bye.

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Learning New Things

April 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm (Uncategorized)

When it comes to finding something enjoyable about learning, it’s kind of hard to think of one. I tried real hard to think of something that I find enjoyable about when I learn something, and I think that the most enjoyable thing about learning is the wonder of learning something you think is cool. Among the many things that we learn in school, we will always find something that we will find interesting. Of course, you won’t be interested in anything boring, so you’ll start to study a bit on your own about this cool topic that you learned about. That’s when you find out that sometimes, learning isn’t so bad after all. That’s what I think is good about learning. You always find things that you like and dislike, and that makes learning such a fun thing. This could also help in finding yourself a career choice that you might want to take because you would want to get a job that’s involved in an area that you are interested in. That’s another thing I like too. As you go along a bunch of subjects that they teach you, you can find something you like. It’s like the school gives out the choices of your future careers, and you just have to choose from one of them. That’s a nice thing.

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Something I Love?

April 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm (Uncategorized)

If there’s something that I would say that I would love, it is a good book. For those who know me, it might not seem likely and will think that I’m lying. But seriously, reading a book is probably one of the most time consuming things you can do and still have a lot of fun at the same time. Of course, I have certain kinds of books that I like more than others, like fiction. Fiction may not be full of realistic things, but they allow you to go through a little adventure of your own. You’ll be so absorbed into your book that time will just fly by like it happened in five minutes. That’s why I like books. Also, you can read books in almost any position you want. You can read a book while lying down, standing up, walking, running, in almost any possible situation you can think of. It’s a lot more usable than a computer, which you would probably want to use on a hard surface of some sort. It’s just more comfortable, and you can get a lot from reading as much as you can get from a computer. Honestly, a good book to read would do us all good right now.

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My Favorite Subject in School

April 10, 2010 at 6:08 am (Uncategorized)

If there is one subject that I learned in school that I found interesting, It was psychology. The word itself sparks interest, as it contains the term “psycho” in it, which means someone who is suffering from a mental disease. When I first learned that you could take psychology, I wondered “Do we have to study crazy people there.” It seemed really interesting, so I signed up for it. I noticed that studying for psychology is a tad bit like studying for biology, since both subjects require a lot of terms to memorize. I thought it would be boring, but I was wrong. Psychology is the study of the human mind and how it works in daily life, and I learned incredible amounts of information that just blew my mind. We learned about the different parts of the brain, drugs, and mental diseases. We would be assigned certain areas within these topics and would have to make a website or powerpoint explaining these areas. The research was a but long but fun process in these projects because you learn so many interesting things about them. Our psychology teacher was a great person, so the entire class was enjoyable. However, there was one thing we learned about in psychology that just blew me away. We watched a video on subliminal messages hidden in the Disney movie Lion King, and we learned that throughout the entire footage of the movie, the word “sex” was hidden in the background all over the place! We found it incredibly disturbing that such an enjoyable movie that we have seen in our childhood actually had hidden perverted signs all over it. This kind of changed my perspective on disney movies, but it was another thing that we learned in psychology that made it worthwhile.

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MY Thoughts on The Lightning Thief

March 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Now, this might be a very late, but I haven’t found time to blog recently. Anyways, a few weeks ago, I was able to watch the movie for The Lightning Thief. Now, in my previous blog post, I commented on how excited I was to watch this movie. I mean, although movies usually don’t live up to the book, they’re still worth watching, just to see what it’s like. I cannot convey how utterly disappointed I was with The Lightning Thief movie. I expected things too be different, but the movie was so different that it was unbearable to watch. I have three main points that I found that make it disappointing. First off is the script itself. The script seemed so stiff and everything just didn’t seem to flow right at all. In other words, the conversations just didn’t seem natural at all. Second is the fighting scenes. While there were some cool parts when they were fighting, most of the scenes looked like they needed a bit more practice. Just like the script, it just didn’t seem natural. Lastly, this point is probably the most biggest flaw that I have found in this entire movie. It’s not really disappointing, but I found it to be horrifying. In the summer, Persephone was in the Underworld with Hades. That is just completely off. It completely defies the Greek myths altogether. According to Greek myths, summer is when Persephone is living on the outside world. The winter is when she lives in the Underworld with Hades. This movie must have completely forgotten about this fact when they were making this movie. There were some good things about the movie, despite having some flaws. As far as graphics go, it was pretty great. However, I think they focused too much on the graphics and messed up the actual quality of the movie. These are several points on what I thought about this movie. Others might think it that it was a good movie, but for me, it wasn’t great.

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Friend’s OPE Recording

March 1, 2010 at 7:03 am (Uncategorized)

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

February 11, 2010 at 12:16 am (Uncategorized)

Hello everyone, this is my first time posting something outside of school material, so I didn’t really know what to talk about. However, after a lot of thinking, I thought it would be nice to talk about the new movie coming out for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I am a fan of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, so I got my top blown off when I heard a movie for the first book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, was going to be released on the 12th in South Korea. The Percy Jackson series aren’t just a bunch of fiction books to me. For me, Percy Jackson was the one who opened me up to reading more books. Reading each page was an adventure, like you would go through the quest with the characters. All the casual teenage language used in the book also gives it a charm. Reading about the monsters and things in the book was cool enough, but imagine that in motion pictures! I can’t wait for the movie to come out.


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Writing Relfection

February 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Writing. That’s really important in any class you have for school. We all work to improve our writing and create a masterpiece that will improve our grades in school. Now, in my school life, I always had a lot of common problems that I

E isn't enough Evidence

had with my writing. It was the examples and evidence that always shook me off on the road to a better grade. At first, I was confused because all my evidence seemed to work. After a few looks, however, I noticed how the problem did not lie in the number, but the overall strength of my examples. Sure, the examples were there, but some of them either did not explain anything or wasn’t strong enough. So this is one big thing I need to work on, which is gathering stronger evidence.

People also said that I always repeat things over and over again. Sure, I worded the idea differently, but the same thing can be seen throughout the entire essay. For me, this will have to change because repetition really hurts the quality of an essay. I know at least that much.

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Semester 1 Final Reflection

February 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm (Uncategorized)

It has been a week since second semester started to torture us with even harder work. But before I go into things about second semester, I guess looking back at my first semester is something I should do. Overall, I’d say that first semester passed without any major problems. I did my homework assignments, did fairly on exams, and eventually ended with a good grade in English. However, let’s look a little deeper into it than just grades. I think that I did well in analyzing the reading that we do almost everyday. I actually like reading books, so I like reading things over and over again while analyzing the text at the same time. I think I was also good in using the technology given to me effectively. I think that technology is something that can be used to express your ideas greatly, and I think that I did a job well done for using it in such a way. However, there were some things I wasn’t really good at, like expressing my ideas. At discussions, the things I want to say are always said by about three other people, and I don’t really want to say my ideas afterward because it’ll sound like I’m just copying the other people. I think that even though they say my ideas, I should just speak as well and try to find a way to elaborate and go into the topic a little more so that we have more to talk about.

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Semester 1 English Final Presentation

January 28, 2010 at 3:42 am (Uncategorized)

Hello everyone! This was the powerpoint that I used to present for my English final for semester 1. I did a presentation on how superstition led Macbeth into insanity and the path of a murdering king. What happened was that we each had to present our powerpoint in front of the teacher, several juniors that are grading us, and the entire class. I had to go dead last. What I tried to do when I tried presenting is I tried to lighten things up in my presentation since the mood seemed a little dull in my opinion. So I tried to have a bit of humor in my tone and tried to make the audience focus on me. However, the biggest problem was the time management. With my added humor came a lot of wasted time, for we each had a time limit of 5 limits. So I wasted a lot of time with my humor, so I failed a bit on my part. I don’t think I actually had the audience engaged in my presentation. So next time, for this semester, I want to learn how to manage my time carefully and to engage an audience to a greater extent.

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