More About Me

I have been a motivated student throughout all of my school years. I strive to achieve while challenging myself at the highest level. After completing middle school with a 4.0 GPA, I began my freshman year in high school with honors and AP classes and have since taken advantage of as many AP classes as possible. Currently, as a junior, I am taking 5 AP classes along with Honors Music with my current rank among my peers being 1 out of 820 students. My current ACT score is 33.

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My goal has never been to be at the very top of my class academically. It has, however, been my desire to learn as much as I can that has put me there. Although I consider myself to be an intelligent person, I feel that it is my curiosity, love of learning, and the tireless effort I have put into my studies that has brought me this far.

In addition to academics, I have participated in many clubs and have devoted many hours to volunteer service. A passion of mine is music. I have expressed this passion through being an active member in my high school marching band and through participation in Huntington Beach Union High School District Honor Band and Jazz Band.

I seek out new learning opportunities on my own. Growing up, I have had to take this approach. You see, neither of my parents have a college degree. And, although they have been supportive as well as loving parents, they know little of what it takes to get into college or how to succeed there. Being a first generation college student, I have many questions. Most of the answers will probably come with time and experience.

Throughout my high school experience, one topic that keeps coming up in my mind is whether it’s better to take it slow and mainly study one subject or if it’s smarter to do what I’m doing, and take a full course load while I still have free education. In my personal opinion, I think it would be more interesting to focus on one subject, but for the sake of college admissions and learning more about the world around me all at once, my schedule is what predominates students today.

Although it’s a bit sad and unfortunate that students are seemingly thrown into this situation, it’s also good life experience, being able to handle everything at once. Doing this type of work now will make stress easier to handle in the future.

-Bryan Clements

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AP Exams and Stress

With AP tests coming up, it’s hard not to be constantly worried. With how stressful and long the tests are, how can any student not be bogged down studying and stressing? Well, I for one am not actually too worried. Why, you might ask? There are a multitude of reasons, but when it comes down to it, there’s no point in me worrying about tests I already plan to study for. There’s no reason to stress over a test that I’ve already set aside time to study for. This brings me to my next topic: stress and planning.

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Photo ©2011 by Eamon Curry [CC BY 2.0]

As I’m sure all of us can agree, going in blind into any situation isn’t the easiest thing to do. Just as going into the wilderness without a map can be scary and dangerous, so can going into a school week without a plan. If I know I have a difficult math test coming up or anything I am nervous for, I start writing out a schedule. Not only does it give me a sort of road-map to follow that is custom-made for my schedule, but it also allows me to relax. Once I’ve realized that I have time to study and that “everything’s gonna be alright,” I can be more proactive with what I should be doing in the moment. Time and time again, it has been shown that one of the greatest fears humans have is the fear of the unknown. This is where most of our natural stress comes from. When we don’t know what we’re facing, it’s all we can think about until that moment of uncertainty passes.
Throughout my life, I’ve personally struggled to not worry so much about what the future may hold. Nowadays, though, I just think to myself the same thoughts: “I’ve been worried before, and it’s always worked out alright in the end. Just focus, plan ahead, and get the job done.” Although I still retain a little bit of that worried attitude, these thoughts do help me to focus on the now rather than the future, which is most important.

– Bryan Clements

New Semester

The first semester is over and now its time to write more blogs! We sort of started to lose focus on the blogs because of all of the Great Gatsby readings and questions, but now that’s over. I hope you all did well in the first semester. Now its time for a new one!

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I am going to discuss two of the things I felt went wrong with first semester and how they can possibly be improved. Warning, this blog features a negative tone. Continue reading

Top Tens of 2014

Over the past year, there have been many things that have had a big impact on my life. Today, I’ve put together a list of my top ten’s for 2014, whether they are hobbies or just things that are relevant to my life. I’ve had some good memories this past year, so this list took some real thinking to put together.

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Example Essay

I had a lot of fun writing this essay because I felt like I got to write with my true personality. I was able to give real life examples of what happened in my real life and give my perspective on it. I tried to be as detailed as possible when supporting each event with an example. It seemed like the easiest essay to write so far because in many of our other classes we have to get examples from the text or think about examples  that have happened in real life.

I felt that I was able to be myself when writing this essay. You’ll find, when reading it, that I have a lot of quirky explanations and definitions that seem a little odd. This is because I like to be fun and weird in life. A lot of these events seem to be somewhat stupid and unlikely, but they all did happen. Continue reading

Style Analysis

We did a style analysis essay in class for practice for the AP English test. It was very interesting and new because I haven’t done something like that ever before this class. I’m going to really try to get better at really digging deep into depth and trying to focus a lot more on analysis then summary. I’ve been struggling on multiple things, but I’ve also been doing a lot of good things. I thought I would share with you guys my thoughts and also my strengths/weaknesses. Maybe we could have a discussion in class about it or you could just help me out, that would be great. Continue reading

Break

Over the break I’ve been relaxing and trying to enjoy myself. I didn’t really want to think about school and I didn’t, so mission accomplished right? Well, with my relaxing I played a lot of games, hung out with my friends, and watched t.v. During this I witnessed and came across many different kinds of our three main interests: comedy, art, and technology. I wanted to talk about these in a blog post because they had to do with everything I did over the break pretty much. Continue reading