It's a new marking period, and there are now less than six weeks left in the trimester, so that means
Over the course of this week, we began the week off with hearing a spoken word poem on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I only know a little bit about OCD, and by that I am not referring to the many people who get upset by things like a table not being straight or something like that.
More so like certain patterns or behaviors that MUST be repeated at the exact same time only on specific days, such as flipping a switch on and off for exactly three minutes, or toasting three slices of bread in a toaster instead of just two.
I find there to be many interesting things about OCD because I've found that many of my friends do in fact exhibit some very real traits of the disorder. I'm not diagnosing any of them with it, but I suppose it's just an observation that I made.
Anyways, here is a small definition for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, for people who may be confused by it.
Basically the shortest definition, is "excessive behaviors, leading to excessive behaviors"
It's week ten of twelve, and I have learned quite a lot of new information this week. I think it's really crazy how literally there is only like a little more than a week left for this trimester. It feels like this school year just started only a week ago. It's amazing that I'll only have six months left of school. I'm pretty sad about it though, because I'm honestly not sure what I'll be doing when school is out. I'll literally be lazing around for awhile and I'll just be wondering constantly about what I want to do with myself and my future.
I think that I might want to pursue a life with my significant other. I'm very unsure about it right now though because I don't want to rush things with her, but she has said several times now that she really would want to live with me in our own apartment. It's not like I'm feeling pressure to be a certain kind of person, or that she's expecting too much of me, but as of right now I just want her to be sure that I really am the right one for her, and that we would be able to live together at some point in the future.
This week, a group of three with myself and two friends, picked out a book titled "Brave New World". It's purpose ultimately is for the idea of "Utopia vs. Dystopia".
So far, Brave New World seems to be a mix of the two, as there are definitely some positive elements of a utopian world, yet there are many other elements that correlate with that of a dystopian society.
What I mean by this, is that while the land itself, with the buildings, the sheer atmosphere, and the world itself, it all seems to be very calm and very nice.
However, the people are very much well-groomed to an extremely specific type of lifestyle, with people being divided into various different levels of social status.
Working on one's weaknesses is one of the most important things in growing as a person. A weakness that I have, is the ability to express my confidence at an even level. As a child, I had an abundance of confidence, or I guess you could say, a lot of energy. I had no problem expressing myself, but as I started to grow, I began to notice that other people saw my confidence, as an annoyance. As I was harassed repeatedly for being happy and confident, that side of myself started to drain, and at some point I can say that I might have had almost no confidence whatsoever. No desire to be expressive of how I felt, and up until this point in my life, I have found many struggles in being confident, or even just enjoying things and being myself for once.
However, in this class, we've been learning many different ways to be confident, and maybe not so many as far as being expressive, but there have been plenty of different strategies being thrown at us to just think about, and possibly give us a reason to attempt to become more confident as a whole.
One of most favorite things that we have done in this class, has been the Ted Talks. I always enjoy a solid opinion from someone else's point of view, as it gives me a look into that person's perspective on the topic being discussed. The one that I watched this week in class, was what makes a story well and good. The person going over this, had an interesting take on it, as he stated that comedy, is what truly makes a story good. I find that I can agree with him on this, as the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the kinds of stories that I enjoy, whether they are written down on paper, or shown on a theatre screen, have always been silly, and funny.
An example of one of these silly stories, would be one that the guy had mentioned in the Ted Talk, Finding Nemo. The movie, along with great aspects of comedy and humorous events, also incorporated some very dramatic scenes into the picture as well. So, despite the fact that the movie may have had me clutching my sides at some points, there were plenty of other times where I was struggling quite a lot to not cry. It really made me think, and consider that this is actually the case with a lot of good comedy novels and movies, as they almost always incorporate some sort of dramatic aspect to it as well.
I’m really hoping that we’ll continue to view Ted Talks more often, otherwise I may just have to start watching them on my own.
First off, so far I have really enjoyed this class! I love seeing some originality with the way the material is taught, and it truly feels that with every year, English class becomes even more interesting.
That being said, I do in fact have some questions, regarding the class itself. My first question would be, what is the reason we snap our fingers after finishing an activity? I find it amusing, but it’s just something I’d like to have cleared up at some point. Maybe I’ll figure it out myself anyways.
My second question is how will the one-pagers be done? I had Mr. Spence last year for English, and although he gave us one-pagers as well, I’m positive that yours would be different. I’m just curious about it, because I’d like for the one-pagers this year to hopefully be more difficult, at least in terms of challenge, because I remember that many kids last year would just look at the front and the back of a book, and would still get a good grade on theirs, despite not reading the book. I hope I’m not the only student that thinks this way.
My final statement, is not a question, but more-so a self review of how well I did at participating in class. I would definitely say that I could’ve been more actively engaged in the class discussion. My issue is that I do not usually get much sleep when going to bed the night before, so as such this usually affects my performance at school by quite a bit. So my goal is to by the end of this month, find a method that will help me get to sleep without too much trouble.