Current Novels

  • “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami
  • “Like Water For Chocolate” by Laura Esquirel
  • “After Dark” by Haruki Murakami
  • “Hard-Boiled Wonderland” by Haruki Murakami
  • “Marmalade Boy” by Wataru Yoshizumi

The Debate Scene

These past few weeks have been filled with tension, debate, and multiple opinions. My English class was set into groups to debate on questions pertaining to All Quiet On The Western Front  but also linking to life’s issues such as war, revenge, and tips on receiving happiness.

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We were more than prepared for round one. My hardworking team, JACK and the Box, skyped and discussed in our group-chat our strategies almost every night and prepared a slideshow for each question assigned even with the little time we had to prepare. We made sure everyone understood each question, for anyone of us could have gone up. I was a bit nervous because though we were prepared, I was afraid I’d go up to debate and freeze. I get extremely nervous with these sorts of things especially when other people are depending on me to do well.

The first round went smoothly. My teammates Cathy and Kelsee competed against the Sock Rockers with the question, “If one “snaps at” authority like a dog snaps at a bone, how do we determine when power is deserved (page 43)?”

They explained how power is something everyone yearns for yet it’s difficult to figure out whether it’s placed in the right hands or not. A process such as elections and campaigns most likely determines that. Presidential elections are able to demonstrate what strengths and capabilities each candidate holds, allowing the general public to analyze and elect who they feel should have authority over their country.

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Going against the Sock Rockers was interesting because they brought up examples of Hitler, Napoleon, and Animal Farm. I enjoyed listening to their opinion and viewpoint of the question.

For the second round, my other teammate, Jasmine, and I were debating against the Kung Foo Pandas. Feeling the tension around the room from the first round, we decided to add in a scene for comedic affect and also to get our point across. We answered, “In chapter 9 on page 210, Paul is paralyzed with fear after hearing a bomb land beside him and describes it as being ‘alone and almost helpless in the dark’. Why is it that fear has such an overpowering existence on everything we do? What can we do, or what are some ways to conquer or move past our fears?” My team and I thought this situation was like how we fear adults such as tough teachers, or anyone superior to us, really. Our scene demonstrated that in order to achieve your goals and aspirations, you must stand up for yourself.

My team and I were excited about making it into the final round! However, I was informed of harsh criticism about our recent B.R.A.W.L and was taken aback. Not only was I upset, but sort of angry. We spent a lot of time into making these debates more enjoyable for the class and to hear the rude comments made about our scene, I didn’t just want to think that was okay.

We prepared a slideshow as the final round came to a close and my teammates Cathy and Kelsee did a good job. Though our confidence level declined, I still believe that we did the best we could to prepare for these B.R.A.W.Ls and that’s all that matters.

The Blog Journey

I’ve had past experiences with blogs from having a tumblr, but on there, I mainly reblog things of my interest, such as pictures or quotes. I rarely post personal thoughts or share my insight on things that I feel passionately about. It just didn’t feel like it was the proper place to do so.

Everyone has an opinion. I learned this through commenting on other’s posts and vice versa. You should always respect other people’s opinions even if you don’t agree with them. Throughout my experience, it was interesting reading about how others viewed things and what they chose to blog about. This opened my mind up to new ideas and inspired me on what to write as well.

I really liked how open the topics could be. Although the tiny tasks we had to include were a bit of a struggle for me, I enjoyed how I could truly write what I was interested in and I put a lot of thought into the ones I felt for deeply.

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I’ve been posting pretty infrequently. This was due to my laptop facing water damage and being taken in to get fixed for about two months (and my lack of motivation to do them afterward). Although I had another source to update on (my parent’s computer), doing my blogposts on there felt unnatural and I felt uncomfortably immobile.

Future bloggers out there, I recommend for you to go with your gut. Blog about things that interest YOU and how YOU feel about them. To me, reading a person’s strong opinion about something is one of my favorite things. Being able to differentiate and notice a person’s writing style is cool too. As long as you’re developing your own style and writing about things you feel for passionately, I think blogging shouldn’t be difficult for you.

I think what I could have done better as a blogger is put more of my personality into each blogpost. Sure, I could be writing about something I feel for genuinely, but I think I might have been bland with the way I worded things.

Overall, this experience was a unique one. I’ve never kept up with a blog where I wrote down literally everything that was on my mind. It helped with opening my mind up to new ideas and looking through other’s perspective. Plus, it’s a nice pass time activity.

Different People, Different Feelings

“The more I get to know myself the more I’m convinced that there are two of me.”

This year has included a lot of self discovery and what really surprised me was that I don’t only have one distinct side to my personality. What I mean by that is with all the interesting and different people I’ve met this year, they have all brought out a different side to me.

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