Saturday, April 16, 2016

My Thoughts On A Monster Calls

In LA class we are reading a book called A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book is about a boy named Conor living with his mother who was diagnosed with cancer, though the specific type is not mentioned. He is struggling with a bully at the moment and his family situations are not getting much better. His father moved away to America when he was just a little boy, and ever since his mother has been getting worse and worse, his grandmother has been visiting more often. This is unfortunate for Conor considering him and his grandmother do not have the best relationship.

Throughout the classes we have been reading this book, we have also been doing activities so we can better understand the meaning if the book and its characters. My favorite activity that we have been doing is we have been writing down quotes that we believe are important to the plot of the story. We have been doing this often and it has helped connected the dots for as to what is going on in the story.

I have very much enjoyed this book. I like the genre of mystery that the author brings into every chapter. It is like there's a surprise around every corner. I also liked how well the author develops the characters throughout the story. We get to learn more about each character and what their perspective is, on what is going on throughout the story. I loved this book very much and hope I can read it again soon!
(The audio book is AMAZING as well!)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Day Of Silence

On Friday, April 15 our schools GSA (gay straight alliance) is participating in the annual Day of Silence. 

The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT. Those who choose to participate are therefore supporting of the cause and wanted something to be changed.

I participate in Day of Silence to encourage other young people to open up to others about their sexual orientation and gender identity instead of having to hide or be ashamed of themselves.

On the Day of Silence, I remain silent to notice and honor all those who have felt powerless in the face of bullying in our society. I remain silent to memorialize those who have not been able to handle the burden of being bullied because they are different.

For our school we are taking the vow of silence by picking up a talking card for our teachers room at the beginning of the day. The talking card will insure that when someone expects us to speak, they are informed as to what we are participating in. I am happy to participate and hoping me and my peers can make a change.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Is It Fun Being A Nerd?

Hi. I am a nerd. And no, be nerd I do not mean I wear big glasses and snort when I laugh. (Although I may or may not do both of those things, but that's besides the point) I am considered a nerd by my friends, because of my interests. My interests are what define me, and mine happen to be extremely "nerdy".

Now here is what I mean by "nerdy". I see myself as a superhero-loving math and science enthusiast. Yes I realize that that may be peoples definition of a nerd, but I don't really want to see myself as a nerd. I just am myself. I may have different interests then a "stereotypical girl", and I am 100% okay with that.

Being in seventh grade, I have most definitely seen a lot of girls try out makeup. When I think of makeup, I thing of trying to cover up who I really am. I am NOT hating on girls who enjoy makeup. You have to do what makes you happy, and if experimenting with makeup makes you happy, then go for it!

As I said before, some of my interest include but are not limited to; Superheroes, Math, Science, Books in general, art, and much, much, more. One of my favorite interests is Superheroes. Marvel, DC, Flash, Hulk. You name it. I love superheroes, and it may sound weird, but I love to argue about them. I sit with a group of amazing friends, but sadly only like two of them are remotely interested in those kinds of things. There are two main boys at my table who I "discuss" these things with. Our conversations are mostly about battles, and who would beat who. Normal things. Although I love a good argument, come on. Who doesn't want to win?

This is the last interest I am going to talk about. I promise. One of my other favorite interests is MATH. I absolutely love math and it always makes my day. I love the rush of solving a complex equation, or being the first one to know the answer to a problem in class. Either way, even though I do get made fun of for my odd love of math, I really don't care what people think, as long as it makes me happy.

Okay I'm sorry. I had to mention my love for reading. The rush of a good ending, or an unexpected plot twist. You never know and that is the fun of it. (short paragraph, I just could not leave it out.)

Overall, I don't know how everyone sees me, or even how I see myself. But all I know is that I like what I like, and I do not need to fit anyone's standards to be myself.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Beauty- A Slam Poem

     What defines beauty for you? When you think of beauty do you think of skinny girls with long legs, and luscious hair. Because that's what beauty is, right? When you think of beauty you don't think of people like me. People who don't want to just live in this world, they want to change it. So because I'm not your image of beauty, does that make me ugly?
      I'm ugly because I want a voice and I want to use it and be proud of that voice. I don't believe that there is a definition of beauty. Beauty is a self definable word. There can't be a definition of beauty because you yourself have to decide what beauty is to you. For some people beauty could be everything. And that is not a bad thing. For others beauty could just be a word. They don't care what people think about them. They want to make a difference step by step, and your beauty standards are not going to stop them.
     You wake up in the morning to look in the mirror, To say "This is me". To Compare yourself to what you think you should be. "I'm fat.", "I'm ugly.", "Who did this to me?" , You put on some make-up or some acne-cream, To cover what others can see. But it doesn't mater what others see, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, And the beholder is you. So stop criticizing, And start complimenting, Not on what should be, But on what is. In that mirror is not, "I'm fat.", "I'm ugly.", But an amazing person that is deserving of love. And what's inside is something so unique, So special, Because no one else has it, It's you. You are the most amazing thing to walk on this Earth. With the ability to wake up and show who you are and what you are worth. So why wake up and talk negative? When you could wake up and smile. Why not be happy for a while? Why try to please everyone else, When all you have to do is be yourself?