Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Images of Greatness Reflection

Well this sure was a good look. Also I promise I'm not normally this ugly, I had just gotten done crying and having a panic attack.

My image of greatness was Joan of Arc, as anyone who cares to look past my red blotchy face can probably read. She was great because she stood for what she believed in, even if no one else believed in her.

My part of this work that made me the most proud was honestly the essay I had to write. Sounds weird, but I love writing. I'm not very good at it, but I still love it.

The part of the unit that was the most challenging for me was the speaking portion. I got on stage, and I started crying. I finished, but not before embarrassing myself and everyone else. I feel bad for doing it, I tried not to but eventually I couldn't. I'm sorry for crying and having a panic attack.

I grew as a student during this unit because I learned that if I actually take time out of my day to work on my school work, I can actually be decently happy with my work.

I could've improved by doing my board better, and I wish I would've put more work into my board.

The best part of the whole thing was listening to others do theres. Everyone was nervous, but everyone did amazing (minus me.) Even though some were shaky and nervous, everyone did so good.

I don't regret going to Images of Greatness. I loved it even if I hated speaking out in front of everyone. I have stage fright and seeing so many people really freaked me out. But thank you to everyone who talked to me, tried to calm me down or even hugged me. Sometimes I act like I don't care, but it really does mean a lot. I'm going to miss this class. I don't want to leave.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Des Moines Trip Reflection

1. What was your favorite part of the trip, and why?

Honestly, my favorite part of this whole thing was going to Zombie Burger with everyone. I'm not sure why maybe it was the fact that all of us were together and laughing and just genuinely having good times. It was comforting, and plus with the additional add-on of food, what could make it better? Taking pictures with Danielle and continuously buying more and more food was a major plus. I'm glad we went here, plus it gave me something to eat.

2. At the art museum, you had to find 4 things: your favorite piece, the best example of "art," celebrity award, and an example of Why is it "art?"  

At first, the art museum kind of bored me, but then as soon as we split off I had a lot of fun. My favorite piece ended up being by a guy named Francis Bacon (insert giggling at bacon). It had a name that seemed out of place until I looked closer at the painting and realized what it actually was. "Study after Velasquez's portrait of pope innocent x). 
I looked at it after Ethan was going on excitingly about how cool it was, and I agreed with him. It has a gorey vibe and it just has a certain feeling to it like I liked for no good reason.

3. What was the most educational part of the trip, and why?  What is something specific that you learned?

If you mean educational as in we learned something like how we would at school normally, I'd say the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Only I won't because I didn't like going there and never will again. I know some people like to stand around listening to someone at a museum talk for hours on end about agriculture, and I know its important but its just not for me and honestly never will be. I got bored and at times I just wanted to sit down and not have to listen to him speak so much. I know I know its important that we learn about Iowas history and all that jazz but cant we do it in a way that doesn't make me feel like an old rich lady walking into a museum for hearing aids? But that's just my opinion and I can't exactly change that because I don't exactly want to either. Now if we're talking if I actually learned something then I would 100% say the science center because we learned things and we had fun, or at least I did. I loved the Fire and Ice thing and it was educational but also very exciting if that makes any sense? We got to walk around even if it was with an adult for some unknown reason, and we even got to pretend to be crime scene analysists. I would definitely go again, and who knows maybe someday I will. Also, I want to go milk that cow again... I learned how people find out who's head a piece of hair goes to, and I learned stuff about how to use microscopes. There's more but everything just kind of jumbled up in my mind and I don't know why. 

4. What was the most fun part of the trip, and why? 

The most fun part would honestly have to be just staying in a hotel and going to breakfast with everybody. I know it sounds lame and stupid but It just felt really nice to have the whole "Goal Family" together eating you know? And I ate a lot of fruitloops, which might have contributed to this part being the most fun. And seeing Hailey practically drink her syrup, and just other fun things. Plus, they had lots of tea. I want tea. 

5.How does this trip fit the theme "Images of Greatness"?

I remember Mrs. Edlin talking about this the day before we left. We're going to visit greatness in the arts, greatness in education, and greatness in agriculture. While I think that the above-mentioned statement is true entirely, I think that it means more than that. It's giving us something to see, something to work towards in our lives. Some things for us to do to make our short-lived lives something more meaningful, so we don't regret not doing things at an earlier age. Probably not right at all, but that's what this trip meant to me. 

6. If you could improve this trip in any way for the group next year, what would you change?

Honestly, everything felt really rushed at times. Sometimes it was nice, like when Mrs. Edlin had to tell the guy that we only got 5 minutes downstairs to look at the pictures. Other times, however, I wish we had gotten way longer to just kind of enjoy what we were doing like hang out at the science center for just a bit more. But then again, we don't have an insane amount of time, and we could only stay in the hotel for one night. Just don't make those poor children suffer through the food musuem. I've been there, you don't want to be.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Independent Project Reflection

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My project was about the human brain, as well the nervous system as a whole. The format I chose was one that I felt gave off a more professional vibe. I wanted it to be like this because of the the topic I was choosing to cover.

I like my project as a whole, but I think my favorite part about it had to of been the way in which I presented all of my information. I didn't want to put much information on the screen because I felt like then it took away from the presentation aspect of it. I think the only thing I was kind of iffy about what people getting bored, which they did.

The hardest part of this project was without a doubt the researching aspect of it all. Having to spend hours learning different words that hurt your mind just thinking about was not fun in the slightest. But  at the end of this all I do feel like I gained a lot from learning so much about a topic that I genuinely do enjoy. So even though researching was the hardest part of this whole project, it was also the most important.

I improved both as a learner and a student during the process of this project because  I had to put time and effort in and out of class into every aspect of this, and I also had to use my time well. Now of course this doesn't mean I'm a perfect student, one look at my missing assignments report could tell you that much. But it does mean that maybe eventually I'll get better. Maybe.

If I could do this whole thing over again I would change/improve my script that I did not have. I just wish that I would've written down some examples and such in order to give the audience something to actually listen to. I also wish I would have shown more visual things like diagrams or videos or such.

I'm actually really sad that this is the last year for us as an 8th grade to do independent projects with Mrs. Edlin. Maybe because just looking at her makes me more comfortable when I'm forced to speak out loud in front of people.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Word

 Everyone was given a task to do, something that we think fits us best.We needed to pick one word. One word to describe how we want ourselves, our life, and our year to be. Instead of a resolution, we needed to choose a word. 

   Having to choose one word to describe what you want everything to be like this year seems nearly impossible. It's hard to choose just one string of letters to explain why you want this year to be different than the last, to explain how you feel. But I did choose just one word. And that word is survivor. It's a simple word, only made up of 8 letters, but the meaning behind it is different entirely.  The reasons why I chose this word instead of any others is because of the stories that are hidden beneath the surface of this simple looking word. I chose this word because of the memories and the thoughts behind it.

     My word might not seem like much at first, but once you learn the story behind it, it has a lot more meaning than what it first seems like. This word represents the fact that I am alive. I doubt anyone cares, but it is a really big achievement, for me at least.
     Last year was quite honestly the worst time of my life, so far at least. There was some wonderful moments, but last year I gave up, not just in ways such as doing my homework or studying every night. My life was essentially becoming a chore. It was getting increasing harder to do the simplest of tasks such as getting out of bed or even getting dressed. Life became so boring to the point that I almost didn't care what happened anymore, because I knew that if I let myself get absorbed in a moment that it would quickly be taken away from me. After all, what was the point of being happy if it wasn't going to last forever?
     I want this year to be better in every single way. I don't want to get that low again, because I know how horrible it is. I don't want to go back to the hospital, not in the way I did last year anyway.   This might sound stupid or silly, but I don't want to end going back there. Being so close to something really brings into perspective what it's really like. And I know no one cares, but I don't want to die.

     Thank you so much if you've helped me or even talked to me this year, it sounds dumb but it is how I feel. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

To Kill A Mockingbird Blog Post

The storyline that is for To Kill A Mockingbird is undoubtedly one of my favorites. But there is no denying the differences between the book and the movie. All movies that were adapted from books MUST cut some things out, or have a different feel. Books have a different way of portraying stories than movies do.
     That being said, I believe personally that the book is FAR better than the movie. This is a completely personal preference, but I like being able to read peoples minds, something you cannot get in a movie.  I think my biggest problem with the movie was how much of the story line they left out. They left out a house being burned down, as well as changing the entirety of the timeline in which all of the events occurred. I understand that in a movie you simply can't have everything that was mentioned in the book in the way the book describes it, but I would have at least liked to have seen more of the story than what was given.
     I know some people didn't like the fact that the movie was made in a time where black and white television was all that was available. But I feel like the time frame in which it was made makes it feel more realistic, the reason being the fact that in that time, the actions of the characters in this book made complete sense. I'm not sure why, but I just liked the overall feel of the movie.
     I would only recommend this movie to someone who has read the book and fallen in love with it. I don't think you should watch this movie unless you've already read the book because of the differences stated above. I did enjoy this movie despite the complaints I have about it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

              The biggest thing that tends to get on my nerves without fail, is people who can't admit that they are in fact, wrong. If you say something, and then continue to lie to my face about said something, I am very close to going around and having people sign a petition if you did, in fact, say said something. I cannot stand liars or people who are only concerned with being perfect in everyone else's eyes. No human being is perfect, we all include flaws and dislikes and likes and traits that are good and bad, among other things. I guess I just think it's not okay for someone to not be able to admit that they did something wrong is all. If you can't admit that you did, in fact, say/do something and then try and defend yourself without being able to admit that whatever you did was not okay, I am obviously going to get upset. I think that it is a sign of a good person if you can admit to yourself and others that sometimes you're going to make mistakes and that you shouldn't argue or get mad when others point out said mistakes. So people, admit to something when you know whatever that something may be, is wrong. Please and thank you, from everyone else in life.

               I think people should never be... hateful. Biased towards a certain demographic to be specific. History is full of people being hateful towards others for things such as their skin color being different from their own. Hate causes war, genocide, and discrimination, among other things. Something as simple as your race has zero correlation in determining someone's character. People claim that these individuals are "dangerous", simply because they don't look like themselves in terms of things as unimportant as skin color. World-War 2, The Civil War etc. What do both of these wars have in common? They caused thousands of deaths simply because of hatred. HAtred should never be the cause of the end of anyone's life. Skin color, race, religion etc. have nothing to do with what someone is like, their personality or anything. Basically just don't be hateful towards other people different from your own, and remember that they didn't choose to be like that just like you didn't choose to be like you.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Words Of Wisdom Projects

This project really taught me what others thought. Everyone you see faces their own problems, and all of us just pass through crowded school hallways without even thinking of others. I found it so interesting to hear what these regular people told me, what they thought was important. I just genuinely like knowing how peoples minds work I think. This project was really important and I truly am glad we had the chance to do this.