Last First Week of High School!

Happy Saturday everyone!! Survived the first week of senior year, i.e. the last first week of high school… kind of bittersweet, now that I think about it.

Anyway, this year got off to a wonderful start. I love my classes, love my schedule, and love love love all my teachers (which is a first, lol). My typical school day looks like this:

1- AP Gov

2- AP Psych

3- Multivariable Calculus

4- AP Statistics

LUNCH

5- AP Literature

6- Human Biology

I start my morning off with AP Gov and AP Psych- two humanities classes. Initially I didn’t think I would enjoy AP Gov, simply because I’ve never been a history buff, and politics never interested me. However, after plunging into current events two days ago, I realized that this class isn’t really a “history” class, in the traditional sense. In gov, we’re actually learning things that are relevant to us, things that will help us become more informed citizens. As my teacher said, a major goal of this class is to increase our knowledge capital. This is great because, as I’m taking the steps into adulthood, it’s high time for me to (as shameful as this may sound) start CARING about what’s going on in the world. I think that’s the problem with youth today- we simply don’t care enough about issues going on around us to vote. Anyway, my teacher for gov, who is also the wife of my BC Calc teacher from last year, is wonderful. She is funny, easy-going, smart, and treats me and my peers like young adults.

Moving on to AP Psychology- OMG. I am literally in love with AP Psychology. Psych has always been a topic that’s intrigued me, especially after the injury urged me to become more self-aware and reflective. Every day I walk into D-27 SO PUMPED to learn. I really like my teacher, Ms. Davis, who is a psychology major. While most of my teachers are generally good public speakers, Ms. Davis, in my opinion, is especially eloquent and articulate. While she speaks to the class, I often find myself noting her speaking style, the way she makes direct eye contact with faces in the classroom, the calm way in which she recovers if she naturally stumbles upon words. I guess I should be paying attention to the substance of her lectures, rather than the delivery… haha. Anyway, I’m so incredibly excited for psychology this year!!!

Okay, so first and second period are over. Now onto third and fourth- THE MATH CLASSES! I’m taking two maths this year- multivariable calculus and AP statistics. Why, you may ask? Simply because I love calculus and statistics! And I couldn’t be happier with the way my schedule is arranged, with calc and stats back-to-back. So here’s the deal with multi- it’s the hardest math class at our high school, yet it is not even considered an honors class. Messed up, right? Nonetheless, I am really excited for this year in multi. The class size is quite small- only twenty-something students- which makes it easier to participate and ask questions. My teacher, Mr. Skrable, whom I had two years earlier for AG/Calc, is so passionate, so enthusiastic about math. I love it! While multi is for sure going to be my hardest class, I am really looking forward to the challenge of it.

AP Stats, on the other hand, is one of the easier math classes. The teacher is super sweet with a heavy New York accent, although she is super nitpicky with the way we complete assignments, which is annoying. So far, though, stats is really dry… Definitely not as invigorating as calculus… But it’s only the beginning, so we’ll see!

After third and fourth period is my favorite period of the day: LUNCH!! Haha, just kidding on that one…

Succeeding lunch are fifth and sixth period: AP Lit and Human Bio. Again, very enjoyable classes. I love my AP Lit teacher. Like my government teacher, she treats us like young adults. This class is discussion-based, very representative of college classes, so I will expect lots of discussions, seminars, and oral presentations. While I was initially dismayed at this expectation, my worries were quickly appeased when my teacher expressed her understanding of many students’ inhibition to speak up in class. By stressing that her classroom is a safe, non-judgmental environment, Ms. Nilsen reassured all of us that there was no need to fear voicing our ideas. I’m also super excited about AP Lit because of all the reading we will be doing! I love reading for enjoyment, but it’s always difficult to find time to read with the boatload of other things to do as a high schooler… But AP Lit requires us to read many works of literature, so it’s like built-in reading time for me! We’ll be looking at pieces like Invisible Man by Ellison and Hamlet by Shakespeare. Unfortunately, Pride and Prejudice is not in the curriculum this year, which sucks because I was looking forward to exploring the societal themes of this Jane Austen classic. On the bright side, though, we will be doing lots of poetry in lit, which is a genre of writing I know very little about, but am eager to expose myself to!

I conclude my day with an easy yet interesting class- Human Biology! Finally, a science class to balance out all the humanities and math… Human bio is known to be one of the easier classes, which is part of the reason why I enrolled in it, as opposed to AP Bio. After so many other rigorous courses, it definitely helps to have a class where you can take a breather. I’m REALLY excited for human biology, especially the dissections we will be doing in the near future! We’ll be dissecting frogs, fetal pigs, sheeps’ brain, cows’ eyeball. Fun stuff… Plus, this class is geared towards the career path I want to pursue- medicine.  Fun fact- I volunteered as the class leader during emergency evacuation situations. Sounds like an important title, but it’s really not. I just have to hold up a sign that says our classroom number and lead the class out to the field during emergencies. The important thing here is that I’m stepping outside my comfort zone by taking on a leadership position. Take that, social anxiety!!!

As I’m writing this post, I’m feeling super excited for this coming year, especially second semester, when college apps are OVER. Right now things are pretty hectic, since I’m competing in my first ballroom competition, Embassy Ball, in exactly two weeks, which means PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! More on thoughts and feelings regarding Embassy coming soon… I’m also prepping for the SAT Math II subject test in October… Speaking of which, that’s what I’ll be doing the rest of the night after I finish writing this post! And of course, the dreaded college applications. I’m trying hard to stay positive about the whole process, but it’s difficult to not feel stressed and frustrated. Despite starting early in the summer, I still find the supplemental essays- that is, college specific essays- to be torturous. It’s crazy how I can write a thousand word blog post with ease, yet feel completely blocked when it comes to a 200-word statement asking, Why College “X”? But there’s no use in complaining about it, just gotta power through!

I’ve decided to end each post with a quote that I hope you guys will find inspiring and thought-provoking. In the spirit of school and education, I leave you guys with the following wise words:

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”

Albert Einsten

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