Posts by epillsbury

  1. Day 104: Aiden, Twelfth Grader

    [ By on March 05, 2013 ]

    In the end, there’s a part of us that is solely self-centered. You’d think this realization came from an ILS philosophy reading, but, in accordance with Rousseau’s theory on education, I learned this from experience. I was helping out at the language magazine bake-sale, and the time was around 1:20 in the afternoon. We had sold essentially all we could, and most people at this point go around offering discounts on the goodies, or just save them for another day. The organizer of said bake-sale recommended we just give it all away for free, because that’s the type of people we are. So, I went up to the microphone, and after a few minutes of struggling with technology only to find ...

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  2. Day 99: Olivia, Ninth Grader

    [ By on February 27, 2013 ]

    Today I learned many new things actually. We started a new topic in geometry, which relates everything he has taught us in the previous week or so back to these terms. I thought our history discussion was especially interesting, some of the topics might have been a little hard to grasp, yet I found the Iberian decline interesting. While these Iberian states were starting to become more powerful, they were becoming more economically dependant on Northwest Europe. Ironic isn’t it? After leaving the class I was still thinking about the topic we were discussing which is something I think is actually quite nice. I think your everyday life, not including school, should include pieces of your school life. I am ...

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  3. Day 94: Olivia, Eleventh Grader, Currently Living in France

    [ By on February 20, 2013 ]

    Today was my fourth Tuesday in Nantes, France. In other words, I have been attending a local lycée, living with a host family, and speaking a lot of, you guessed it, French. I’m finally settling into a bit of a routine here. Every day I realize more and more differences between France and America. I become more aware of how my worldview is being altered and widened by attending French school. Today, in my Communications class, a class which can be described as a current events and media class, I glanced at tons of articles dealing with the ever-present debate on whether to make Marriage pour tous (AKA marriage for everybody) legal. France is a Catholic country, and I attend a ...

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  4. Day 90: Khalif, Tenth Grader

    [ By on February 12, 2013 ]

    Today I was reminded that certain things never get old. We all get to a point in our lives when we no longer have the same aspirations, dreams or even means of entertainment. When I was in the first grade, Saturday morning cartoons gave me all the information I needed to create an elaborate world where I was the hero, envied by all. As years passed, history articles, textbooks and artifacts opened my imagination to a world that surpassed that provided by cartoons. People change, for better or worse. While people’ ideas and beliefs change I would make the argument that certain things remain with a person for their entire lives. These things include memories, trauma, or even the entertainment provided by a jovial snowball fight. Today I joined ...

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  5. Day 81: Carter, Ninth Grader

    [ By on January 29, 2013 ]

    Today I received the rest of my Mid-terms back. While my classmates didn't verbally announce their grades to the class, their facial expressions said it all. Disappointment, astonishment, and confusion painted our class. As I sat there, feeling as if the teacher would never make it toward my desk, I let my mind go blank. However, when I eventually did receive my test I said a little prayer and turned it over. Today, unfortunately, the tests Gods were not here. As I looked down I reminded myself that I had the rest of the year to improve. The only thing that made me more angry was the amount of people who told me not to worry because it didn’t matter. ...

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  6. Day 76: Laura, Twelfth Grader

    [ By on January 22, 2013 ]

    When I was first informed that we would have an extra day to review for midterms, I was relieved, as I would have more time to prepare. I thought it would have been a good opportunity for me to ask any last minute questions instead of flooding teachers’ inboxes. However, it proved to be more stressful. Instead of obsessing over every topic in the comfort of my own home, I had to deal with the stress of my peers as well.  Students were frantically asking questions for the sake of asking questions only to prove to themselves that they had studied. In addition, I had realized that I wasted four hours of my time studying the wrong way. One would think, ...

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  7. Day 72: Max, Ninth Grader

    [ By on January 15, 2013 ]

    I love science, so science class, especially chemistry, is one of my favorite subjects in school. I enjoyed learning about the elements and doing labs in chemistry last year, and I even memorized the periodic table. So when I heard I had made it into 10th grade chemistry, I was extremely happy. Over the summer, I decided to get a jump on preparing for my 10th grade chemistry class by borrowing a textbook for the summer. Even though I knew most of the material in the first half of the book, I decided to look ahead to some of the later material. One subject that caught my eye was the subject of moles. A mole is the SI unit for amounts. The International System of units (SI in ...

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  8. Day 67: Walter, Eleventh Grader

    [ By on January 08, 2013 ]

    In the past two years, several friends and I have started Riverdale Intellectual Disabilities Club (RID), a club centered on spreading awareness of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). IDD is characterized by two main factors: an I.Q. lower than 75, which must be eminent before the individual turns 18. Types of IDD include Down Syndrome and several forms of autism. The club focuses its time on current and past issues involving IDD, as well as forming one-to-one friendships between individuals with disabilities and individuals without disabilities. Several months ago, to further interaction with IDD individuals, several members and I signed up to be E-buddies. E-buddies is a 501c3 organization that pairs students who do not have disabilities with those who do. The students then interact with each other via email ...

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  9. Day 64: Belinda, 10th Grader

    [ By on December 19, 2012 ]

    Today during my painting class, many of us took our tentative first steps in our newest project: a landscape.  The assignment was fairly open-ended, as we could pick any image we wanted to -- a place we love, or just a Google image of which we were particularly fond.  I think everyone was a little scared … some of us more than a little. We were given 18 x 20 inch, clean white canvases to work on, and everyone had a bit of an, “Oh my god … that is a lot bigger than we’ve been working on” moment.  It just seemed so … official. We all sketched our drawings for as long as humanly possible to avoid putting paint on ...

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  10. Day 59: Dani, 12th Grader

    [ By on December 11, 2012 ]

    “And blessed are those whose blood and judgment are so well commeddled that they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger to sound what stop she please. Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, I, in my heart of heart” (Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 2).

    For most people December is a time of Christmas carols, wreaths, and holiday shopping. But for seniors December means college decisions. Understandably, this has put our grade in a frenzied state. When will X College send me their result? Will they send me an email or hard copy? How many other supplement essays do I have left?

    So…what does

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