Monthly Archives: January 2014

What is a Poet?

A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words. This may sound easy. It isn’t. A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. and poetry is feeling — not knowing believing or thinking. Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other  people; but the moment you feel, you’re  NOBODY-BUT-YOURSELF!

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Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

I should start off by saying that this book is a classic. As I read through this book, (haven’t finished yet,)I realized just how of an amazing Ms. Bronte is as writing. The feelings that the main character, Jane Eyre felt were so vivid that I began to blush when Jane blushed, and felt anger when Jane felt angry. Even though some of the words are old english, I began to find it extremely easy to read by the first few chapters. I would give this book an 8/10 mostly because of the writing style. Every book is different for each and every person. I usually like action and adventure but this book was the exactly the opposite. If you’re out on your lawn on a beautiful sunny day or even a dull evening, take out this book. It’s certainly relaxing and won’t have you on the edge of your chair, gripping the arms, but it’s window back in time to see how life was back in the olden days.

 

The book is about Jane Eyre who recounts her childhood, becoming a lady, and the transition into adulthood. Jane Eyre lost both of her parents at a young age, and was under the care of her Uncle. However when her Uncle died, she was taken poorly by her aunt. She was often scolded and mistreated by her cousins.Eventually she was able to go to go get education at an all girl school and was disciplined into a Renaissance Woman ( a woman who could do everything.) She is later hired as a governess for Mr. Rochester a man who is known famously for his riches. She teaches his niece Adele all the things she needs to know. It is during this period of time that she starts to find herself being attracted to Mr. Rochester, a man she knows who will never her love her back because of her status (being poor.)

 

I will stop there as if I recount too much then there will be no point in reading. I am at the climax of the book which is after the part of her realization of loving Mr. Rochester, her master. Definitely check it out!

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

“When you’re on a road trip life is all about detours……”

This book is about adventure and finding love where you never thought you would find it. It follows the main character Amy after losing her father to a car accident recently. She feels that every thing is her fault as she was driving the night of the car crash but the other car was the one who hit her car. After all the guilt and her brother Charlie’s bad behaviour, her mother puts her brother in rehab from all the partying and drugs he has been taking. She’s not only lost her father and brother, but also her mother. Her mother is planning on selling their house in California and has her take a road trip with a childhood friend aka Roger she doesn’t remember to Connecticut. Throughout the book she meets new people and realizes that perhaps that the people you least expected are the ones you many need the most- and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.

 

My thoughts:

This book was incredible. Rarely do I give books a 10/10 but for this one I do. At first I thought it was a love -cliche book where girl meets boy, they both fall in love, and the guy is the most perfect being in the whole world and you wish you had him as a boyfriend thing. Even though there is love involved, it’s nothing like what you expect. Just like the book itself, it has a love thing with a detour involved. The plot moves perfectly, not too slow or not too quick. You understand things as they roll around and experience what Amy experiences with all the little souvenirs she collects from the states she travels through. The thing that got me the most in this book is the character development and how love can heal anything. The character at the beginning of the book is nothing like the character at the end of the book. Sometimes you realize that the choices you make affect your whole outcome and that’s extremely true in this book. If it wasn’t for the choice that Amy agreed to Roger’s detour then none of this would have happened. The detour changed Amy’s attitude towards life, her father’s death, her mother, brought her a lot closer to the brother she felt she didn’t have, made true friends who cared about her, and found love.

Themes that stood up to me: Time heals all wounds: Girl struggling to cope with father’s death, and as story progresses, character develops to accept it.

 

Inside cover:

Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move across the country and needs Amy to get their car from California to Connecticut. There’s just one small problem: Since her dad died this past spring, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the 19yr old son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute….and dealing with some baggage of his own.

Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father’s death were not what Amy had planned on this trip. And traveling the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado mountains, crossing the Kansas plains, and visiting diners, dingy motels, and Graceland were definitely not on the itinerary. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you may need the most-and that sometime you have to get lost in order to find your way home.

 

I hope you check this book out, definitely something you might enjoy! I gave it a 10 mostly because of the beautiful character development that takes place, and the relatable feelings and experiences!

 

Ted Talk : Every Kid Needs a Champion by Rita Pierson

Learning is a part of our everyday life. We learn from everything, about everything, and how to do everything. However the things we learn is not always by ourselves but learnt by many other people. Teachers are people who teach. Everyone is a teacher in a way, but the ones students associate the most with, are the people who teach the different subjects at school. Teachers are people students interact with on a daily basis, usually more than hours a day. A teacher and a student have a relationship, sometimes good and sometimes bad. But because these are frequent interactions, they affect our life a lot. Our teachers, my teachers affect me greatly? Why? They are my role models, they teach me so much more than what is in the books, but on the other hand teachers can be someone I dread to talk to or ask for help from. Teachers can be all the good and the bad and the in between. It is extremely important to build good relationships as,” a teacher never knows when his/her influences stop.” Through the course of seven minutes Rita Pierson is able to inspire me and so many others with the message she has to share: Every Kid Needs a Champion. Her talk focuses on the exact point on how to be a good teacher. It’s true, every student needs a hero to save them. And that hero can be a teacher. She talks about the connection she makes with her students so that they know that their teacher counts on them and believes that they can succeed in whatever they may want to do. Her examples of the many things she does to encourage her students is incredibly inspiring. For instance, whenever her students fail an exam, she still praises them, not for what they did wrong but for what they did right. She encourages them and tells them that she believes that they will do better next time. Students actually work better when someone is there to cheer them on rather than a teacher who reprimands them for what they may not understand. That’s the difference in a student’s success and failures. It’s when students have the assurance that there is someone who believes in them, and that they’re not fighting a battle by themselves. She brings on to talk about a colleague that isn’t such a great teacher. She quotes from her friend, “I’m hired to teach and that’s it.” Many teachers, she explains, think that the only duty they have is to teach and nothing else. She says that this shouldn’t be true, teachers need to do so much more, and they need to build relationships with their students because their success should mean more than anything. She closes off by discussing how even though there are times she doesn’t like certain students, she sucks it up and still acts nice to them, because teachers are actors/actresses and so much more. If no one’s going to support the students, then who will? She recalls one last memory of her mother who was also a teacher that passed away recently. She says that even though it’s been years since her mother retired from teaching, so many of her past students showed up at her funeral because of the relationships she built with her students. She helped her students achieve so much more than achievement at school but also success out in the real world. She gave them hope, and her faith in them. They still thank her till this day even when she has passed away. They will always be unable to pay back the debt of having a great teacher who has changed their lives. This presentation has touched me and was extremely effective. Ms. Pierson is able to connect with the audience with her loud clear voice and eye contact. She moves around comfortably and seems at ease by throwing in some jokes while telling the audience of her experiences. She also emphasizes and changes the tone of her voice to add significance to what she is saying, drawing attention to some parts, and also keeping us intrigued to what she has to say next. This presentation is extremely effective mainly because she is able to connect the audience to what she has to say. She allows us to join her journey and understand it by connecting her ideas to us. All of us have had a teacher, yes, well in the context of the presentation that is true. This is the bridge between us and her, which connects us to her speech. She also brings up memories of her interactions with her students which brings us to realize that at one time or another we have seen another fellow peer/student do the same thing. The connection and the truth to what she says, is what truly draws me in and stop to listen closely to what she has to say. In conclusion, I advise anyone to watch it. It isn’t for any specific age group or any interest topics. It’s quite general and everyone can relate to it. The message is extremely clear and draws attention to the relationships in our lives, especially the ones with our teachers. This presentation will greatly benefit teachers and students, in the fact that teachers can learn how to help their students succeed, and become a better student. Students on the other hand will benefit from the fact of nodding along to knowing exactly which teachers are good and which haven’t been so good in their life. When I, myself, was listening to this presentation I began to really nod my head at the parts where she described a good teacher. I’ve had a teacher who turned my whole life around and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. This teacher was one who really cared about building relationships with everyone in my class, and treated everyone equally. A teacher who cares about me, makes me want to work my butt off to tell them that they were not wrong in ever believing me. This presentation neatly fits with my perspective on how students should be taught, as personally having a teacher who really cares about you and wants you to succeed has drastically changed my attitudes towards subjects and how hard I work. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the fact of learning and how it goes hand in hand with building relationships.

Reasons to Live

So my friend Miranda and a friend of hers has started a project called, Make BC Smile. She asked me to write a blog about my fifteen reasons to live and I will also be editing throughout the year as I come up with more!

So without further adieu. here they are: ( they are not completed yet, but I will be adding new ones and correcting old ones, as time goes on..) Busy studying for finals;( sorry

 

1) Life is amazingly beautiful: the scents, the sights, the wonders of this earth

2) People are complex: the people around me and the people I don’t know, they can give many different types of feelings and emotions.

3)Making people smile and feel that they are loved. Just helping others and giving back things like my skills, talents, or time.

4) Meeting so many incredible people through life’s experiences!

5) The little things in life that we take for granted, like the little smile a woman gives you at a store that brightens your day, or a little post it that encourages you to keep trying.

6) Food. I hate to admit but there are so many different types of food in the world that in our lifetime we won’t experience but a little taste of something can take you to where it’s made, and into your own fantasy.

7) The experiences that I have gotten myself into, have led me to learn and explore so much about the world around me.

 

Things happen for a Reason

Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen. Sometimes we cannot rationalize why things happen no matter what. Good people get sick, and there are bad people who are extremely successful. Things happen for reasons we don’t know, things just happen. However I choose to believe that things do happen for a reason and things like trials really make me into a much stronger and better person.

Our tears are blessings and sometimes sleepless nights help us realize what we’ve been missing out in life for so long. Our shortcomings are what other people consider good. For instance, I’m really tall, too tall for my age and I don’t think it’s a good thing, however many other people would love to be tall. Or take for instance my thick hair or big feet, even though I may think they’re bad, other people are dying to have them, ( for what reason I don’t know.) Anyways going back to the point… everything has it’s good and bad.

 

When I was bullied and even after I was bullied, I pitied myself and always looked at the negative things that happened to me because I was bullied. But now after I have finally healed, (time heals all wounds,) I look back and see that being bullied wasn’t ‘all that’ bad. I mean it did damage me and hurt me a lot.. Even though I still have really low confidence today, I’m still climbing, that’s the point that counts. I realized that if it wasn’t for the bullies, I wouldn’t have put myself through public speaking, Model UN club, speech club, debate club, and fourteen other clubs to meet other people, and get used to myself again. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have won awards because it was through this process of healing that I learned and gained some of the most important things in life. I was hurt but I chose to be sad. I can look at bad things in a beautiful light and move on.

 

Being bullied isn’t the worst thing in the world compared to what other people go through. Sure I’ve gone through worse like almost dying three times, having painful oral surgery when I was ten, losing relatives and friends from cancer. Of course my pain is a teeny dot compared to people who actually experience much more painful things like overcoming drug addiction, drugs, abuse, losing someone they love, or experiencing bad illnesses. My heart goes out towards all of you. But sometimes in order to keep living and to keep loving and to keep being you. You really need to focus on all the blessings you have. Through the most difficult times, just think that there might be times even much more worst than that, and for that you need to be grateful.

 

It’s hard. But pain is what life is all about. Even though sadly it is. We can get through it, if other’s are just as capable then we will be able to do so as well. So just remember how bad life can get, write yourself a list of your blessings. I know it’s hard but there is always at least one blessing, yourself<3

You never know when a teacher’s influences stop

This post is about teachers. Good teachers, bad teachers, or teachers who have changed your life.  All you have had a teacher. A teacher is someone who teaches. You don’t have to go to school or even to work to have a teacher. Your parents can be your teachers, your friends can too, and even yourself. Today I will be talking about three different types of teachers that have impacted my life.

 

“You opened my eyes and you made me believe.” In Grade 5, I was beginning to have a fresh start. My best friend has just left and my outside days were over. I wouldn’t be playing soccer with the neighbourhood boys, running around the green fields playing badminton, racing my friends on bikes, and getting bruises from rollerblading. I would start to sit down and actually pay attention to my academics and think about my future, as most likely I would not be a world class athlete. I was never a straight A student and I really did not care too much about my education. However that year when I walked into the classroom, I never knew my life would change, it was the turning point and from then on, I would never be the same.

 

I had two teachers that year, Ms. Brandy Garden for three days, and Ms. Sim for the other two days. Both teachers were amazingly unique. Ms. Garden was the first teacher who really cared about me, and pushed me towards my goals and successes. She made me feel great about myself, when especially during that time, I felt insecure. She always gave me encouragement and complimented me. She didn’t favour anyone, not even me. She treated everyone equally and was always there for us when we needed help. She had a warm smile and just recently dyed her brown hair into a golden colour. I can still never picture her without blonde hair now. She was really tall and slim. If I met her now, the only difference would be, that she would be five years older. Ms. Garden mostly changed my perspective on education’s importance and how certain people can really change your life. Ms. Sim on the other hand was really strict, but very funny too. She had short reddish brown hair and was short but sturdy. She was a nurse before and she even helped Terry Fox when he found out he had lung cancer. She taught us the fascinations of science, and that’s what got me hooked. She taught us so much more then the Grade 5 science curriculum. I learned about all the body systems, except the reproduction system that is. It was amazing, even to this day, I can still remember the facts I learned in Gr.5, that some of my friends don’t even know. Both of these teachers have really affected my life for the better. And unfortunately, after that year, I had to move to a different school. I never got to say goodbye and thank them for all their mentoring and affection. Perhaps that is one my regrets. Even through Gr.6 -7 I did not recognize what they had really done, it was only till Gr.9 that I began to see  a difference in myself that I could not have done by myself.

 

Those two teachers really taught me to work hard and chase my dreams. In Gr.9 I worked so hard, and my work did pay off, (mentioned in previous posts,) I won so many awards that year, including the Firehawk Award, ( biggest award.) That award would have never been won if I had never met my Gr.5 teachers.

If you’re out there, thank you so much for changing my life Ms. Garden and Ms. Sim. You will always be remembered!

 

 

 

Okay so moving on the second type of teachers in my life are my life teachers. My parents.