Posting College Acceptances on Social Networks

I’m so happy for all my friends and classmates that have gotten into their dream schools, or even their second-choices.  I love seeing so many people be extremely excited because, being an AP student and seeing so much of the hard work, sweat, and tears that go into being a competitive student, my friends deserve […]

Anger Management Class in 20 Minutes

Today in my English class, we talked about anger.  Yes, anger.  You’d think in an English Literature class, we’d talk about, well, literature, right? In class, we got to spill out our emotions onto a piece of paper, guided by three simple questions: 1. What makes you angry about your family? (Boy, did I have […]

Cat Ladies Are In

For the last year or so, I’ve been known to my friends as a straight-up cat lover.  What can I say?  I love these little feline creatures.  Last July, I adopted two kittens and, being brother and sister, named them after the characters Sokka and Katara from the popular anime Avatar: The Last Airbender. Since […]

Remix the Innovation!

Recently, in my AP English 4 class, my teacher showed us a really interesting video by Kirby Ferguson called “Everything is a Remix” (part 1 – 5).  In this video, Ferguson uses a number of examples to point our the parallels between movies, songs, and behaviors that just point out that everything society creates is […]

To Apply or Not to Apply?

As the final deadlines for private school college applications rapidly approaches, I find myself relating to the indecisiveness and inclinations to contemplate as Hamlet demonstrated in one of Shakespeare’s most notable tragedies. Although I already have a list of schools I know that I’m definitely applying to, there are a couple on the list I […]

My Innovation Project’s Poison

For my innovation project, I am creating an Etsy shop!  Since last year I did a more community service based project, I thought it’d be neat to do something for me this year.  I’ve always been really interested in craft-making, so I think this will be the perfect opportunity for me to experiment and stimulate […]

Creativity Will Lead the Way!

Through the weeks my AP English class has been working on their Innovation Projects, the class has introduced some really great ideas.  REALLY great.  The projects that have been pitched so far have a colorful variety and incorporate different interests and perspectives, which in my opinion, makes the whole Innovation Project idea seem that much […]

The Brainfuel Session

In my AP English 4class, at least 2 days out of the week are labeled as “Brainfuel.”  Brainfuel, simply put, is what fuels your brain’s need for inspiration, intelligence, and innovation.  Most of class time is granted to the students to read, write, or discover anything they’re interested in.  Almost anything. For Mr. Theriault’s class, our […]

The Book Count

When the year 2013 began, I made a set of New Year’s resolutions for fun–things that I would be able to accomplish, but it wouldn’t hurt if I didn’t succeed.  Number 1 on my list was to read more books this year. It makes me sad to say this, but over the last few years, […]

The First Step

Reach Out, a network of school clubs focused toward helping the underprivileged kids of Santa Ana, began with a dream. Since my AP English 4 class has been circulating around innovation ideas, I feel like this is something worth sharing.  As of last year, this has been my self-directed, self-motivated “innovation project.”  To give a […]