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An Open Letter to an Old Teacher September 22, 2012

Filed under: Editorial — heycollegesreadthis @ 10:57 am
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Confusion floods every cell in my body as my mind repeats the same phrase countlessly. I am a Junior. I have two APs, the only flute case in my hands is composed of air, and my time spread so thinly that I’ve yet to even visit “my home away from home”—the band room. My position in band has been replaced with the position of a Science Olympiad Captain while band broadcasts and messages from the director have been replaced with emails from my AP Biology teacher. Transitioning from Summer to School took practically no time whatsoever as Skype calls with no purpose got instantly replaced with study sessions; nights of supporting and helping one another with topics ranging from the difference between Carbonyls and Carboxyls to ways to stay awake during late night studying. My 1300 page Biology book is now my child while my friends consist of other Biology Baby parents and my best friends are my lab partners and anyone who offers to tutor me in Pre-Calc.
 
English Class feels recreational beyond being amist confusion. She[the teacher] recently introduced the method she wants us to write our essays; the way I’ve known about for years, but have struggled to find an outlet to improve on my own so either went against the grain of Honors teachers or saved the style for personal work. AP English has been one of those things where’s it both vaguely familiar and different; similiar methods, but with the support of the teacher—in class…not just me alone with a pen/paper or screen. As strong as I feel as I writer, I feel weak—it’s troublesome to know how much I know and much I have to know; for grades, not just me—days of writing just for myself are so far behind me, it’s foreign.
 
Write an outline…BS it in a matter of minutes; knowing I’m hurting myself in the long-run.
Spend an infinity questioning all the possiblites of the writer I can become as a result of this class—loose myself in rhetoric translations.
 
I love learning—I always have, and always will…I just need to find the strength to keep pushing myself with a greater force than I always have. Burning out isn’t an option since there’s always going to be a candle wick to light. I just have to find it.
 
The idea of college still scares me—it really does, it always will. Writing will be my ticket in. It always has, it always will—forever a constant, never a vowel.

Best wishes,

Haley

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Liebster Blog Award September 2, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — heycollegesreadthis @ 12:38 pm
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Holy crap I’ve been so busy that I almost didn’t realize the fabulous Mari over at Mari’s Notebook nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award; an award given to up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Shout-out to Mari for making my day last week 🙂

As a recipient of the Liebster Award, I have to answer some questions from Mari and award a few of my favorite fellow <200 follower blogs with the lovely award.

Going to begin with answering 10 things I’d like to achieve in the next ten years;

  1. Graduate high school and get accepted into at least one of my top three colleges
  2. Vote in two presidential elections
  3. Visit the west coast
  4. Visit Spain to see my friend Ana
  5. Run a marathon
  6. Bake perfect macarons
  7. Move out of my parents house
  8. Drivers License.
  9. Falling in love would be nice, but not neccesary
  10. Hold onto my close friends

I nominate:

  1. Kyleen at Sixteen Beans (hard to believe how long I’ve been reading her work now 🙂 )
  2. Angie at Caffeinate and Conquer
  3. Matthew at New York Times Bound

And my questions for them are:

  1. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
  2. What came first in your mind; the chicken or the egg? Why?
  3. What point are you trying to get across by having your own blog?
  4. Colgate or Crest toothpaste?
  5. Cake, cookies, or brownies?