Summer!!!

Hello to all! Hope you are doing well.

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Well I officially have 12 days left to school and I am so excited! I can’t wait to get out and not have to stress about everything going on, every single day. It will be so nice to be able to sleep in the first day of summer, and the day after that, and the day after that… I have some big plans for this summer. I will be going to England to study at Oxford for a month. They have a program where you get to stay in the dorms and you take two classes of your choice there, and just basically get to live like a Briton for a month. I am taking creative writing and psychology. I can not wait to go!

What plans do you guys have for the summer? I bet their great!

-Navy Blue Dress

 

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What APs Really Mean

Hello everybody! I hope you are all doing well!

So AP exams are fast approaching, and I am scared out of my mind. I’ve spent all year preparing for these and all I can keep thinking is that I should have started studying sooner. As I am consumed with stress, I looked back at this year. When I signed up for my AP classes I knew they were going to be a lot of work, but I didn’t think I was signing up for THIS much. I mean there are good things that came with being in an AP class, but sometimes it is hard to see that through the piles of homework I have. I love learning these facts and other things and being able to use them and talk to others about them. I enjoy learning…to a degree. AP classes sometimes take learning over that degree. At the point where you are up until midnight doing homework because you have APs coming, homework from your AP classes, and homework form everything else, I can’t seem to see the light at the end of the AP tunnel. Aren’t AP classes supposed to teach us things more in depth so we can go out in the world and use them? Well with all of the work I have, I don’t see much of the world. I always looked at people who stay in all the time to do homework as weird and nerdy, but it looks like I have become one of those people.

With all that being said, I am still taking AP classes next more…I am even taking one more than this year. Sound masochistic? It probably is, but I am looking at all the benefits that I will get from taking these classes. I won’t have to take them college, so that frees my time there. And then there is the fact, that like I said before, I do like to learn. I also love the people in my AP classes. Sometimes people that are in regular classes don’t want to learn and it is distracting to those who do.

I can proudly say that I am an AP student. I like others being proud of me because of the things I am doing. Like anything, APs have their ups and downs, I guess it is just up to each person on what to do.

-Navy Blue Dress

Just Around the Corner

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I know that this doesn’t seem like it’ll be about banana bread or anything happy for that matter but just trust me for a moment.  Recently I have been more quiet, exhausted, and anxiety ridden because my schedule is so busy that I have to try to figure out how to fit sleep in.  So I am naturally enjoying the things I wouldn’t get excited about and they are what get me from day to day.  I have had a few people ask me if anything was wrong or if I was mad at them and I assured them that they were not the problem.  But!  I cannot wait for this weekend because me and Navy Blue Dress are going to make banana bread again this weekend and even though I enjoyed it a lot before, I am incredibly excited about it and am looking forward to doing it with my best friend.  Especially since it will be her birthday in 12 days!  I would also really like to tell every single one of you that even though it sounds redundant and cliché, I believe in you and more importantly, believe in yourself because I know you can do it and when you believe you can do it you’re already half way there.  I am also glad to say that I will have my bestie there to also make sure I don’t eat all of the banana bread before we even sell it!

Have an amazing day and got do something you love with someone you love. ❤

 

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Check That Off the List

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Hello everybody! I hope your weekend was amazing! Mine was, I just wish it was longer.

Recently, I have had so much to do. I barely have any free time because I have so much to do. This all makes me stress out a lot and I don’t like to feel stressed out. And if I take a break one day then I am just going to feel more stressed out the next day because I didn’t do anything. Now no, this isn’t just a post to rant about all the stress in my life, its about how I know have one fewer thing to do.

Every week in English class for the past 21 weeks(not including breaks) we have been doing something called morphemes. They are basically a part of a word (i.e. lud, ad, uni, etc.) and when they are in words it can help you figure out the definitions of these words. Every week we would have ten of these and we would have to find a word with one of the morphemes in it and give the definition to that word (you did one of these for each morph). Then you would write ten sentences, one for each word you just looked up. Or later in this whole process we started writing paragraphs, and you had to use at least six of the words. Every three weeks we had a quest (no worth as much as a test, but more than a quiz), so each one would be on thirty morphs; but sometimes old morphs would come up in the quiz.

Like I said, we have done this for the past 21 weeks, and we are finally finished with them and I am so excited about that. Its not that these were hard or anything, but on top of everything else that I have to do, it was just one more thing for me to stress about. It probably doesn’t help that I left all the stuff to do for each of them and studying up until the day before it was due; but most of that wasn’t on purpose. I would either forget about them, or be extremely busy with other stuff that I just had no time. Now this doesn’t mean that I suddenly have a ton of spare time-I wish- but it was nice to hear that we aren’t doing them anymore and it was one less thing for me to stress over.

I’m not sure if teachers, especially AP teachers, understand that we can’t just work all the time. One, its not healthy and two, most kids (and for the most part adults too) don’t want to have to work that long. When teachers go home, they might have to grade some papers or due a few lesson plans, but even those aren’t everyday things. Why do they think that we must have a ton of homework and no free time when they get a ton of free time? Can someone please explain this to me?

-Navy Blue Dress

Teachers and Passing Notes

No, no, I did not get in trouble in class recently for passing notes or anything like that.  For once, it was the teacher who gave me a note and it wasn’t to be sent up to the office or another form of punishment.  It was an odd but considerate and thoughtful note.  It’s also a bit mysterious because I don’t quite understand my English teacher and I am not quite sure on what he meant.

I put this particular picture up because first of all it is incredibly worth of an “awww” and was too adorable to resist and the note that I received from my teacher had a little sticker on it that had the letter ‘Mm’ and a tiny mouse.  I think I might even put a picture of the note up here for you guys to see.  Yes, I think I will.

It was nice to get this because lately things have been kind of dreary and stressful and I am very glad that for whatever reason that my teacher decided to give me it, he did.  Interesting quirks in a day make you feel like you are not just going through the motions of life and they revive you and wake you back up a little bit too in the sense of changing from robot to human once again.

The note also did have a funky looking crown thing on it with a smiley face and on a side note the picture above has made me want a tiny mouse pet but only the ones online are always this cute.

Here is the note from my teacher.

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– Gold Glitter Pumps

Why so many tests?

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Hello everyone! How are you all? Right now I am drowning in homework and stress and all these tests aren’t making it any easier.

My  school, for the first time in a very long time, is not taking the STAR tests. Just as I was getting excited about this, I found out that all juniors have to take at least part of it anyway. We have to do the EAP (Early Assessment Program) that is at the end of it. It consists of some English questions, an essay, and some math questions. Basically the purpose of this, is so kids going to certain colleges don’t have to take the entrance exam to determine what English and what math class they will go into. Honestly, I don’t get the point of having every junior take it. Why not just let the kids who are going to the colleges where it is required take it when the colleges serve it, instead of having all the students take it?

Then there is this other test that we are taking that I am sure has a math part and it might have a English part; I am not sure exactly what it’s name is, though I do know it is part of this whole common core thing (which I hate). This is the first year that they are having juniors take it, and we even did a practice one in math. Yeah, that sounds great, but really it just made everyone feel really dumb. Luckily though they are using this test to compare  scores by different years and since this is the first year that it is being administered they have nothing to compare us to. Sorry the juniors of next year.

Then there is the SATs (did you hear about all the changes they are doing to that test), the ACTs, APs, and college applications. To sum it all up: Junior year is not fun. When did I agree to this?

If you wanted to read about all the SAT changes here is the link: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/living/sat-test-changes-schools/index.html (to get to the specifics of how the tests will change you have to scroll down a bit)

-Navy Blue Dress

Eek! College

Hola everybody! Hope your all well.

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Recently in class, we have been prepping UC personal statement essays for UC college applications. This is my teachers way of giving us feedback on our essays this year, and us not coming back next year and asking him.While its awesome that we are getting ahead in that part of our college preparation, I am stressing out. Honestly, college scares me. Leaving home, choosing where to go, are you going to get in, deciding what you want to do with your life. I mean you are asking 18 year olds to do all of this when less than six months ago, they had to ask to go to the bathroom. Leaving home scares me because I am really close to my parents and I have never been without them for that long. They are my support and I go to them for almost anything, so going without that worries me. Choosing where to go and hoping that place is right for me?! Ugh. The wait after you send in the application is going to be the longest months ever. I am almost completely sure that I am going to be stressing out much more than normal in those months. And then there is always the part where you have to decide what you want to do once you get into college. What if I just don’t know? I mean going and trying everything costs tons of money and a lot of time. I have a few ideas about what I will do, but they aren’t definite. Now it probably seems that I think college is going to be all bad. That isn’t the case. I am excited for it too. Some of the things that scare me also excite me. Possibly moving somewhere new, meeting new people, and trying new experiences all seem like they are going to be really fun. Well hopefully this all works out for me. Thanks for listening to my thoughts on college, it feels good to write them down and express them. What are your thoughts on college?

Hope you all have a good day!

-Navy Blue Dress

That’s Enough

We still aren’t don’t with The Great Gatsby in class and I only found that out after my English teacher thought it would be a good idea to have a discussion and read an article about it.  We already had to do the BRAWL and that was enough, more than enough actually.  I would have preferred to just have taken a test on the book instead of doing this but I am in AP so what he says goes.  I would just like to politely disagree with what he says though.  At least the year is half over and I can read more AP books for the AP exam next year; fun all around me.  I think the more we talk about the book the more I don’t like it.  It’s like setting your alarm to wake you up to your favorite song because you will hate that song really quickly since that’s what drives you to get up from your pleasant dreams and comfy sleep and wake up.  I’m sure there are benefits to discussing and answering questions about The Great Gatsby in class but I think you can only analyze something so much before you don’t see any new connections or points of interests.  It’s the same reason why it’s a good idea to have someone else read your essay or whatever before you turn it in since you have read it so many times that it’s hard for you to see the grammar errors and helpful hints.

It’s important to know when to move on and when it’s worth it to try something new.

–  Gold Glitter Pumps

Starting Fresh

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Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a magnificent day!

Well, today was the first day of the new semester and everyone seemed to be in a good mood. Nobody was stressing about their grade or finals (though some were still upset about the grade they got last semester) and everybody was excited that we got a fresh start. I think that it is really great that we get to start over again in the second semester. We now know how to exceed in our classes and hopefully how not to stress for our classes (pretty sure that I don’t have this one down). Well hopefully this mood will last for awhile.

How are your fresh starts going? Any interesting ones? Do tell.

-Navy Blue Dress

The Most Stressful Week of the Year

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Hello everyone!! How are you? Well I hope its all going good.

Anywho, this week for me is finals week. So much fun(that was sarcasm in case you didn’t pick it up). I am stressing out; mostly for my two AP finals and chemistry final. I am just not good at science. I am trying so hard to study in an efficient way, but you know what, whenever its the most important to study thats when there are so many distractions. Ugh!

Well anyway I hope you all do well on your finals if you have any. Wish me luck on mine!

-Navy Blue Dress