should dreams become jobs???

With a seemingly incurable case of writer’s block and silence from potential employers, my summer has not been as productive as I would’ve liked it to be. However I’ve been hitting the gym, crossing books off my reading list, travelling to visit family, and studying random topics to my heart’s content. Lately, though, I have been putting off a serious responsibility (and I’m not talking about my summer reading… though I haven’t done that either). No. This responsibility requires far more brain power but much less scholarly effort. This terrible task is deemed the birthday speech.

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the world is sinking… america wyd???

The school year ended a few days ago, and I’ve been reduced to a congested mess. Without stressful routines, I guess my immune system decided that now was prime time to relax as well. Drifting in and out of consciousness, I figured it’d be unwise to start a post from scratch, so here’s a modified version of one of my favorite essays I turned into my english teacher this year.

In light of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, I dedicate this post to the issue of global warming. It is a serious issue, and it is our duty to find solutions. This post will not rant on Trump’s decision, but rather a long standing competition between man and nature. On balance, the US has contributed a large bulk of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions. This is, in part, due to the nature of our economy; it focuses on the consumer. But our political decisions remain just as culpable.

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ode to music

Exam season is dragging by, and there are only so many remedies to the stress it brings. Recently, my taste in music has been revitalized and revamped, thanks to a few good friends of mine.

It still amazes me how drastically my tastes have evolved throughout my life; from Hannah Montana to One Direction to my emo middle school @$$ and now this electronic/indie/pop/R&B/Jazz conglomeration, I’ve always felt so connected to what I’ve listened to.

Music can help put you into a mood or help pull you out of one. Whether it be an upbeat song to get you ready for the day or a sad song to make the atmosphere sympathize with your emotions, music has the power to play on our heart strings in a way that speaking cannot. Language in itself holds amazing power; as Mark Pagel once said in a Ted Talk on language, it miraculously “allows you to implant a thought from your mind directly into someone else’s mind… without having to perform surgery.” Music takes that one, grand, leaping step forward by adding even more emotion and tone to the message. Continue reading “ode to music”

the problem with education

Some people loathe school, and sometimes I do too. At the end of every lesson, I am left thinking: “What’s the point? Why are we coloring? Why are we learning such trivial facts? How does this actually connect to the real world?”

We force high energy children to sit and endure a lengthy school day with only 30-minute recess breaks. We load homework onto high school students that also have to keep up with extra-curriculars and personal responsibilities. Even our “creative” classes like art and wood-shop enforce a rubric. Nowadays, school is becoming a center for stress and uniform thought.

That’s a major flaw in our “prized education system.” I love learning. I love the idea of understanding a concept and applying that knowledge to my life. But sometimes school destroys that fondness; sometimes the strict rubrics and unsympathetic teachers hinder intellectual growth by defining creativity.

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