Durante Mi Descanso de Primavera

Durante mi descanso de primavera, yo montaba mis caballos con mi mejor amiga mucho porque el clima fue perfecto. ¡El clima fue fantastica durante el descanso! El martes en la noche, mi mejor amiga y yo jugamos la broma de su hermano. Nosotros “TP” carro de su hermano (Steven) y nosotros culpamos en el mejor amigo de Steven. Mi mejor amiga y yo reímos mucho! Nosotros engañamos a Steven.

Durante la semana pasada, yo visité Missouri State University con mis padres. Missouri State donde Springfield, Missouri. Me facina la universidad mucho. La universidad es muy grande y muy bonita. Los edificios son muy hermoso y los personas en Springfield son muy simpatico. Yo aprendido sobre la universidad mucho. Espero que yo asisto MSU en el otoño. Me gusta MSU y me gusta Springfield mucho.

Yo tuve buena descanso de primavera. Yo recuerdo esta descansa para siempre.

 

Boz

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One more thing checked off my list

Last time I blogged about my Senior project, I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen. I was really worried because this was something I had talked about doing since freshman year. Doing this specific project was extremely important to me.

For those who couldn’t make it, I had a school wide assembly and had a special guest speaker come in and talk to everyone. She had an amazing story that taught the importance of how the choices you make are so important no matter how big or small they are. She also talked about peer pressure and traffic safety.

The special guest’s name was Cara Filler. She’s actually an old family friend who had always wanted to come to my high school and talk to my friends and peers, which made me extremely excited when I found out I could use her as my senior project.

February 4th was the day of the assembly. And it couldn’t have gone any smoother. I was extremely excited for her to share her story with everyone but extremely nervous since I had to introduce her in front of the whole student body. I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous for anything in my whole life! When I first got up on stage my whole body was trembling, but once I got the crowd’s attention and started talking my nerves had seemed to float away even though I was still shaking because of all of the eyes on me.

Listening to her speak made me both tear up and laugh my butt off. Her presentation was incredible and the feedback I got from multiple students made me confident that I had helped make an impact on my peers at HHS.

So now, all thats left is to write the final paper and present to my class and I am all done! It’s one more thing that I can check off my list, and it puts me that much closer from graduating high school and moving on to the next step in my life.

~ Boz

My last AP Worthy Book

This post is going to be very short and sweet.

So the last AP book I had in my hand was Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. And I have to say, it was pretty difficult to read at times. I’m not so sure what I thought about it.

I haven’t thought of the next book that I will read but I will definitely have it in my hand by Monday. I guess I was kind of waiting to hear more about if we will stay in the same groups. Which I hope we do because I love my group so much!

On to exploring AP Books!

~Boz

2nd Semester Goals

I am in shock that we are half way through  Senior Year. A little over 4 months and I will be a high school graduate. In August I will be heading to college, starting the vicious cycle all over again. Welcome back to freshman year! I wish I could just jump in a time machine and do High School all over again. You might say I’m a loser for wanting to redo my high school carrier but honestly, I’ve had the time of my life and made life long friends. Well I hope we stay life long friends. I’ve gone through a lot this past year and past school year but I’ve come out on top and become a stronger person all together and I couldn’t have made it through without the support of my family and friends. I am so blessed to have such wonderful and caring people supporting me along this journey that I have enjoyed so much.

At the beginning of the semester I only had two goals. They were short and sweet but definitely goals that I needed to work on.

The first was learning how to read deep literature and not get lost. Being able to actually go in depth with the book and enjoy the diction and emotions of the characters. And well, I can’t really remember the second goal…. my bad. I have gotten a lot better with reading hard literature, even though I have a long ways to go!

But for my last semester of high school english, (that makes me start to tear up just thinking about it) my goals are to get better with poetry. That is one of my weakest parts. Its so hard for me to understand sometimes. They state everything so differently and the context can be taken so many different ways that you will never know if you were actually right in what the writer was thinking. It’s really frustrating because I’d rather the author just tell me what they were thinking then guessing and then end up being totally wrong and feeling stupid.

So I plan on getting better at reading poetry and understanding it better.

As for writing I’ve been getting a lot better. Last year I really improved on my writing skills. By a lot! I didn’t think I was that great, but after last year I definitely excelled from what I used to be.

And for my last goal, I am going to blog post MORE! It’s been really difficult for me to post because the prompts are on nights where I have practice and am exhausted and then I forget, but that is no excuse. I really enjoy AP Lit and I really enjoy blogging I just need to remind myself to do it. Because once I get started, sometimes I just can’t stop. I can’t stop, and won’t stop. Sorry. Just had to quote Miley there… it just seemed like the perfect time. Lol.  Anyways, I will blog wayyyyy more than I did this past semester, plus it has been helping with my writing skills too.

So those are my goals for 2nd semester! I can’t wait to be done with these horrible finals and this stressful week to end and for next week to start up.

Oh and just a little surprise, my senior project is back in the works and will be happening on Tuesday! Yay!

~Boz

When I Have Fears by John Keats

My poetry analysis:
When I have fears that I may cease to be
   Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,
   Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
   Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
   Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
   That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
   Of unreflecting love—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
“When I Have Fears” by John Keats is about an old lover of his, which I believe is dead. In the first line “fears that cease to be,” his fears could be gone due to knowing who the ghost is that haunts him. And when his past lover comes back he doesn’t feel lonely anymore due to remembering the past and all of the wonderful times with her.

Lines two through four made me feel that he was sitting at his desk while he was visited by the ghost. He describes that right before he started writing with his pen in line two, and he has books that are piled high. In line five I feel like he looks out the window and looks at the clouds and remembers the romance he used to have. I took line seven like while he was looking at the clouds and remembering his romance, it was so one of a kind (like each cloud is so different) that he won’t find a love like the one he had. “I may never live to trace” I took that like what I had just mentioned. He won’t find a love like that. When he mentioned “their shadows” to me that confirmed that he was talking about ghosts, and it must’ve been a magical experience with the visitation of his deceased lover. In line nine with the use of “creature” it made me feel that he felt out of place when the ghosts appeared. He felt different. In line ten he was saying that he never took their love (which he felt had a power) for granted. In the end he feels that ones the ghost leaves him he is truly alone and will sink into a nothingness because his heart is gone with his lover and he feels he has nothing left to live for.

~Boz

Senior Project Update

So my plan for my senior project was to have a special speaker come in and do a school wide assembly in February. Mainly it would be directed at the seniors since we are the ones that are leaving and I wanted us to go out in the world with the special message. (That was kind of the meaning behind my project.) But I also wanted to include the whole school because I believe everyone should hear that message.

So I had had a 2 hour meeting with the speaker and a school counselor trying to get everything set up. And at the time everyone was on board! We set a date and everything. But then we got word of something popping up which gave Cara (the speaker) and myself a lot of confusion. Which I tried to clarify with her but seemed to make it more confusing for both of us. So I asked the counselor to call Cara and clarify with her, but apparently Cara said she never called.

Just last week, I got a message from Cara saying she hasn’t heard from the counselor and can’t wait around any longer due to having to book more schools.

This has made me a wreck because I really wanted to do this as my project. And now I’m not sure what to do. I kept wanting to talk to the counselor last week but I was just so stressed and I was only at school for 2 1/2 days so I never got a chance. I feel awful because I didn’t go talk to the counselor immediately like I should have, but these past 2 weeks have been ridiculous and now I have finals this week. So tomorrow I plan on talking to the counselor and straightening things out.

Fingers crossed it goes well.

Boz

 

Stay True To You

I have been in the process of applying to the University of Nevada: Las Vegas (UNLV) and there application process has been very easy except the questions they ask. Instead of writing an essay they ask about six questions, and each question has a maximum of 750 characters. They are kind of about your personality and morals I guess. So far they have been pretty difficult to answer, considering that you want to write something memorable and intelligent when you only have so much room. So I thought I would share one of the Q and A’s.

Their question:

“Describe your experiences facing or witnessing discrimination. Tell us how you responded and what you learned from these experiences and how they have prepared you to contribute to the UNLV community.”

My answer:

On my Mom’s side of the family I have two Aunts and two Uncles. I know them all very well except my Aunt Cheryl. Sadly I only remember meeting her once, and I never got to know her growing up like my other Aunt and Uncles. Cheryl is different from my other Aunt. Cheryl is a lesbian. Now that never kept me from seeing her, but my family has had a lot of conflicts in the past. My Aunt has faced discrimination in many different ways. When she was younger she was fired from her job for being gay. There were many more that happened but the most recent problem is that Oregon hasn’t legalized Marriage Equality. That has taken a tole on her and her Partner, (my Aunt Val). Val is from Australia, and sadly they haven’t legalized Marriage Equality there either. They do have permanent partnerships down there, but the US won’t allow Val to become a citizen. So they can only spend 6 months in the US and 6 months in Australia. They are constantly moving. After watching what my Aunt Cheryl has gone through with being a Lesbian, she has taught me something that I don’t think she is even aware of. Cheryl taught me that no matter what life throws at you, never be afraid to be yourself, even if people judge you. Because you will never be happy being someone or something that you’re not. And you will meet someone out there that loves you and accepts you just the way you are. That might be family, friends, or a significant other. So if life is tough right now, hold on because there is always light at the end of tunnel. Stay true to you.

I know thats probably more than 750 characters, but with that question I just had to keep writing.

Thanks for reading!

Boz

Best Fans Out There...

This is only our second week in January, and I can feel a difference, in everything. Myself, friends, family, even my school.

The biggest thing I’ve come to recognize is how much closer our student body has become. It really is a beautiful thing. We have finally united and have this special respect for each other. That unity and respect is something that I’ve always wanted our school to have, and tonight really proved that we have it.

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a crazier sporting event at Hockinson. Well maybe the Camas game a couple weeks ago, but the crowd wasn’t as big as it was tonight.

Tonight we played Mark Morris, the Mighty Monarchs. I believe they are one of our biggest rivals. As the game started the student section was packed along with the parent section. By the first quarter we started chanting and screaming especially since our Hawks were slaughtering the Monarchs. But by the start of every quarter, the crowd just got louder and rowdier by every minute. The crowd started chanting like crazy! By the time the 4th quarter hit, the stands were insane! The student section was so rowdy the ground started shaking! don’t think I’ve ever seen so much spirit from everyone all together and it’s not even Color War yet. Finally at the end of the fourth quarter, the buzzer went off and the stands waited 3 minutes and then the time came, we stormed the court! Everyone ran around the players, and were yelling and cheering, the coaches were even getting in on the action! Finally all the players left and went into the locker room. And then it hit us, that was the first time in Hockinson history that HHS beat the Monarchs on our home court! Which gave us an even bigger thing to cheer about.

Way to go Hawks. I am so proud to be apart of our school and be apart of such a special student body.

There really is no place like Hockinson High School. It’s one of a kind.

Boz

*Photo Credit: Colton Pearl*

Wow…

I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away. I am really starting to freak out with how fast this year is going. But just thinking about it, these next couple of weeks are going to be great. I have so much to look forward to!

1st – Christmas break is starting! Which is really needed, for everyone. We all just need a break from the work and a break from some people.

2nd – Christmas!!! I can’t wait to spend that day with my family.

3rd – My birthday! Finally I’ll be turning the big 18 and be legal! Thats a pretty scary thought. Haha

4th – Getting to go to my first and last tolo with an awesome date!

5th –  Competing in my last first Equestrian team meet. That is probably hitting me the most.

Thats something that I’ve worked so hard at and spent all 3 years competing and devoting my life to my horses and this is my last year doing that. It’s pretty surreal. Well I guess this whole year is getting pretty real.

So far though, I’ve really learned to not take people or things for granite, because before you know it they’ll be gone. Just like this year. It will be over before we know it.

Boz

Not Just Any Ordinary Book

At the end of every school year high school students get a magical book. Why is it magical? It’s almost like a time machine. You look back and reminisce on all the great things that happened that year. Reminisce on friends, sports, classes, and teachers. Friends write thoughtful messages to you that you will remember forever. It’s not just any ordinary book. It’s the yearbook. It’s your yearbook.

Almost every student that gets a yearbook takes it for granite. I don’t think anyone really knows how much work the staff (of students) puts into that book to make it special and better than the years before. Being the Editor really isn’t easy. It’s a major pain. You have to make sure everything is just right. All of the picture boxes are aligned, the text is centered, its the right font, the picture is clear, no spelling errors, making sure everyone is in the book, but most of all making sure the book doesn’t suck.

I took on the job thinking that it would be fun! I got to make all of the major decisions right along with our Advisor! Well it’s not as fun as I thought. Don’t get me wrong, being the boss does have its perks. But it comes with way more than I am prepared for sometimes. People who don’t finish their pages? I get to stay up and scramble and finish it for them to meet the deadline, along with all the other homework I have for AP classes. People who have a problem with not being on a page? I get to talk to Mr. Lehner about it. Everything falls on me. And thats hard. When people don’t get there way and are mad at me, I get bad mouthed.

Honestly being Editor really isn’t all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. As hard as I try, I can’t please everyone. There’s always going to be a critic in every crowd. And sometimes I just have to sit back and take it in.

Boz