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Positivity Post #10

I think that a short post should suffice for tonight. If the truth be told, I’m extremely tired, and I don’t want to be late for my first day back at school. I’m somewhat excited to be going back, if only for the reason that I was extremely bored over the break, and I now want something to do. Some classes should be interesting given the occurrence some recent, unnamed, events. Oh well, nothing to do but look into the future with a smile on my face =].

Positivity Post #4

Spending time with your loved ones is never a bad thing. In fact, I believe that we don’t spend enough time with our families, especially as teenagers. We wake up (grudgingly) early in the morning to go to school. We have limited contact with our parents at this time, because everyone is in a rush to get to school or to go to work. We don’t see them throughout the day, and when we get home, we sit in our rooms, studying or chatting on Facebook and MSN. We, as teenagers, need to take the time out of our busy schedules and utilize that time with our parents. They have dedicated their lives into making us who we are today, and we should reciprocate that love in any way we can. Spending a little time with my parents really brightened up my day today =].

Here We Go.

Well, that time of the year is here once again. No, I’m not talking about Christmas (although that IS coming up pretty soon). I’m talking about the last two weeks of school before Winter Break! Now for normal students, this would be a time of immense joy. However, being in IB gives you a more, shall we say, pessimistic view of holidays, for they are nothing more than extra time which teachers can use to force homework upon us. Fortunately, or unfortunately for most people (myself included), our Internal Assessments and World Literature papers are all due on the 16th of December.I have to do some serious work on these papers, as I have to hand in my rough draft tomorrow… I’ve started on two out of the three papers, but I know that I’ll soon be scrambling to get them done. Add to that 104 report cards that need to be completed for my swim classes, and homework from Physics online, and we have ourselves a recipe for disaster.  Funnily enough, I’m looking forward to this challenge. Let’s see if I can handle it without totally breaking down =].

As a side note, for anyone in my school who is reading this, come to room 209 at lunchtime this week in order to sign up to donate blood this weekend. Visit www.bloodservices.ca for more information, and be sure to go to the FAQ section to answer all of your burning questions =D. Give the ultimate gift this winter. Give someone the gift of life.

Parents.

As a teenager in my last year of high school, I have wondered many times about the influence of parents on our lives. Every so often I get into an argument with my mom about my studies, or with my dad about many different life topics (last time it was spiritual self-realization). I know that both of them are extremely knowledgeable, but some days I feel, as I am sure most teenagers do, that I know more about some things than they do.

For example, have you ever had your parents come up to you and get angry at you for not doing homework? This happens to me almost every day, and each day I try in vain to explain to my parents that just because they did not see me doing my homework does not mean that I did not do it (that sounds confusing, I know). They always tell me that I am lazy and that I procrastinate, even when I point out that I hand most, if not all, of my work in on time. I also frequently mention to them that I’m in IB, and that I have an immense workload from the get-go. However, this usually reinforces their point about not seeing me do any homework, and once again leads to an argument about my after-school productivity.

For my next trick, I will call upon the well-known fact which states that most teenagers believe they know more than their parents, and by extension, everything there is to know. Too often we get into arguments with the figures of authority in our lives, trying to prove them wrong. The funny part is that we continue to argue even when we know we are wrong. There are very few teens who can stop an argument and admit to their parents that they are wrong. Even so, is it true that we, as teenagers, know more about some areas of life than our parents do? Or is age the determining factor in terms of life experience?

Post your thoughts below! All comments are welcome…except for spam and rude or vulgar posts. Those are never welcome.

Good Days.

We finally finished renovating our basement, about a week ago. It’s all painted and carpeted and kind of furnished, but it still needs some electrical work done. For the past few days, my family and I have been extremely busy trying to shift all of our furniture and miscellaneous items down there. We managed to make a pretty large dent in our brand new wall (x.x) while getting our sofas downstairs, but that was the only hitch. So far. We still need to bring down the TV and all of its satellite appliances (that’s a pun, by the way =D), as well as our recently dismantled Ping-Pong table.

School is progressing very well for me, except in History, as I stated in my last post. Theory of Knowledge classes remain as interesting as ever, and I’m glad we don’t have any homework for it over this long weekend. That being said, I have to do some Chemistry projects, a Chemistry lab, and start on an English project as well. But it’s OK, I have three days to do it (this means that there will probably be a post on Monday night about my unstarted projects ^^). Anyway, busy weekend ahead for me, so I’ll keep this post short.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

More School.

Our Chemistry class went on a field trip yesterday, to a seismic surveying site (like the alliteration there?). It’s close to Cochrane, and the scientists there do demonstrations for groups of people of all ages, ranging from children to adults. The main reason for going there, that I found, was to try to recruit us into the oil and gas industry. Geophysics seems very interesting, especially when you realize that there could be mountain ranges, valleys, and caves under the very ground that you tread on to go to school every single day. The use of explosives to map the subterranean struck me as being very innovative, as well as practical. The explosives, usually dynamite, create a wave of energy underground, which creates vibrations, which in turn are read by sensory equipment called geophones. Another way of transferring energy into the ground is through vibroseis trucks; these trucks slam the ground with large plates, creating the same effect as dynamite, only on a smaller scale. These techniques are used to determine the location of buried natural resources, such as oil, natural gas, and more recently, water. Personally, I found the demonstrations and explanations somewhat tedious and boring. I believe that there should have been more hands-on experience with the equipment. The most interesting part of the day came at the end, when the crew at the station set off some dynamite in order to show us how the energy (in the form of p waves and sheer waves) is transferred through the ground. They staged an air rescue as well, using a helicopter to rescue a mock victim. A machine that I found interesting was the mulcher, a machine which grinds trees into mulch during the laying down of survey lines. What struck me as ironic about this machine is that it was advertised in a video as being “economically friendly,” while it was ripping down enormous, old trees.

In the end, I found the trip worthwhile, though a bit lengthy. Thankfully, it was a nice day, unlike last year’s class, who faced a sudden snow storm (alliteration again =D). Even though walking between stations was exhausting, it was entertaining talking to some of my friends. The stories one tells in a classroom are radically different than the stories told in an outdoor setting, in the middle of a forest. I have always loved hiking and being outdoors, so I found the whole day that much more enjoyable than the, shall we say, gamers of IB.

My school marks aren’t doing so great as of now, but I hope they improve sometime in the very near future. The best way to increase my History mark is to get a hundred percent on my essay on Tuesday. This weekend will be spent in reading my History textbook, because I really want to be able to get a perfect score for the first time in high school History.