I love Studying

Every high school student I know would look at me like I’m a freak if I told them that I love to study. Why is everybody appalled to this statement? If we all learned to love studying and love gaining knowledge everybody would do increasingly well in school or in any studies. It’s that simple. I can attribute all of my recent success in school to my love for studying. It’s been so much easier to get better grades and it’s made my life in school so much fun. I’ve in met many new friends! I love studying because it’s relaxing, stress-relieving, and fun.

Photo @2006 by Steven S. [CC BY 2.0]

Photo @2006 by Steven S. [CC BY 2.0]

We’ve all heard about the people in the world that love snuggling up with books and a blanket and then they read the night away. Well, that’s exactly who I am. Except not with a novel or a biography, instead I snuggle up with a textbook and notes. There’s no place like home, in Physics I use Ohms. The knowledge I’m gaining matched with the astounding scent in the room from the candles and the prepossessing lighting from the candles is my perfect setting to be in. Studying is just so relaxing. I can kick back, unknot my pains, orient myself in any way I want to in order for me to be relaxed and be gaining knowledge with my textbook and notes. I can’t even remember the last time I went outside because I’ve been locked in my room with the irradiated candles and the splendid scent filled air. Not to mention my brand new friends that have helped me gain a better social life!

I can relieve all of my stress through countless hours of memorization, tough mathematical equations, and mind-straining historical events. I believe the best way to relieve stress is through studying. After long days at school learning material at a fast pace with little to no stops for help, coming home to a nice shiny textbook to learn it some more extraordinarily reduces my tremendous amounts of stress. So grab a textbook of any kind, and you’ll be rewarded with a stress-free mind!

Studying is fun. How can anyone not agree with me when I say, “Stoichiometry of gases is the most fun I’ve ever had while living on planet Earth!” One textbook does not a happy student make (I studied that Scheme in English). One day, I was areading my new friend when suddenly the pictures on the page played perfect passages of Pomp and Circumstance. Almost as if he was congratulating my clear-cut success from my continuous acts of concentration while still having fun.

Studying is my favorite.

-Tanner

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Words and Actions

We’ve all heard the common expression, “actions speak louder than words.” This expression is somewhat of a guiding rule in our daily dialogue and how we should overcome problems that involve speech. Our class is beginning to read The Catcher and The Rye and we’ve decided to use a guiding question as class to use during our discussions. The question is, “Under what circumstances are words more effective than actions?” There are many circumstances, probably more than I know, and hopefully this question can be heavily discussed as we discuss and analyze the material in which we’re reading. In this blog, I will try to answer the question using real-life examples.

Photo @2013 by BK [CC BY 2.0]

Photo @2013 by BK [CC BY 2.0]

Some examples include when talking to people with higher positions in life than us. For example a student to a teacher or staff member, or an employee to a boss. If they’re discussing how one’s work ethic has been they want you to respond on why it’s been going so well or so bad. If they ask one to work harder or perform with better results, then actions might be a better way to go.

Usually using words over actions will depend on the situation. Generally, words are better when carrying out conversations and actions are better when you want results.

Knowing when to use words over actions is essential to one’s social success and how well off they are in life. I believe that if a person learns when to use actions and words they’ll have more friends and more people who like them. They will appreciate your sense of social well-being and how you treat them based on how you use your words versus actions. With job life, if you know when to use words effectively in the job place or during an interview, you’ll be able to either advance in a job or get hired.

The circumstances do matter and even though it might seem difficult deciding when to use words versus actions, it’s a great skill to have. I hope to see this question be answered better in our upcoming reading and how it applies to the book.

Are You Ready?

To all of my fellow AP English Language and Composition students across the United States: Are you ready for the test? I hope the answer is yes! We’ve been preparing quite a lot here in our class and I feel like everyone is prepared for anything that can come up during the test. I would say my biggest weakness right now is the multiple choice because I’ve always had trouble with reading a passage and then answering the following questions pertaining to the passage. Now with the intense vocabulary, it makes it even harder for me. With all worries aside, it’s best that we all focus on relaxing and trusting ourselves that we can and will pass the test!

Photo @2012 by Benjamin Chun [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Photo @2012 by Benjamin Chun [CC BY-SA 2.0]

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Theater

I saw FVHS theater’s rendition of Pippin and in my opinion it wasn’t good. Many plays that are performed from this group are well-performed, with little to no production issues. This play was the one exception, and it was quite surprising. I was shocked at the low quality of sound production. There were many different aspects that contributed to a poor show overall such as: acting, singing, music, and sound production.

Photo @2015 by Bahman Farzad [CC BY 2.0]

Photo @2015 by Bahman Farzad [CC BY 2.0]

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Blast from the Past

In the past, I would always be playing sports everywhere I went. In elementary school during recess I would play some sport related activity. Same goes for middle school, full of sports activities. Once I hit high school, a lot of these activities went away and I wasn’t able to play with my friends all the time. In fact, all of them went away and I haven’t been playing sports with my friends since I entered high school. However, I’ve recently been playing many sports with my friends and it’s been lots of fun. I feel like I’m in middle school again when I was able to play sports with my friends at school and when I played sports outside of school. I’ve mostly been playing basketball, but just this past weekend we also played flag football which was lots of fun.

Photo @2014 by Leo Hidalgo [CC BY 2.0]

Photo @2014 by Leo Hidalgo [CC BY 2.0]

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What I Plan to do During Break

Spring break is coming up right around the corner and I would like to talk about what I plan to do over the break. The amount of time between winter break and spring break is the longest period of school without breaks we have all year, so this is definitely a well-deserved break. I hope to see many of my friends during the break. Anything that involves my friends will make the break very fun. Some activities that I plan to do are: play basketball, relax with friends, play video games, and go to the beach.

Photo @2014 by Luke Ma [CC BY 2.0]

Photo @2014 by Luke Ma [CC BY 2.0]

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I’ve Worked Hard

This Saturday I helped my best friend and his family move. They have a history of moving to many different houses so it wasn’t new to them and it wasn’t new to my family either. They moved closer to the local high school that we both attend and now transportation will be easier for both his family and mine. Believe it or not, but I feel that my friends new location of his house will strengthen our friendship even more. Its moving days like these where true friendship can be truly showcased.

Photo @2009 by Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter [CC BY 2.0]

Photo @2009 by Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter [CC BY 2.0]

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