All they do most of the time is force the student to add pointless fluff to their essay. If you can convey your meaning in 200 words, but the requirement for the essay is 300 words, then most of the time they will just reword things to make them longer- change 'didn't' to 'did not', change 'like I said' to 'as noted in my previous paragraph', and slowly dilute the point they are trying to make with more and more words, until the point is only 1/4 of the essay, and the other 3/4 is filler to make up for the teacher's requirements. Yeah, maybe sometimes you'll get a student to elaborate, or add another viewpoint, but if the student thinks that the essay is done, then they wont add anything important, and you are just forcing them to sabotage their essay. If you can clearly make your point in 200 words, there is no reason to say it in 300. Say you were tasked to describe a ball. You'd probably say something along the lines of "A ball is a circular toy.". But if you have to describe it in a minimum of 100 words, then it would start looking like "A ball is a common three dimensional spherical toy. They can be almost any size. Balls can be bouncy or hard. It has gained popularity as a toy because of its many different ways of playing with it. Most sports use balls. They can be as small as a marble, or as large as a yoga ball. Blah blah blah etc etc" And soon you start going off on tangents and lose the point of the essay.
You might have noticed that the title sounds a bit weird- thats because I was proving my point. I was going to title it "Why Minimum Words Count Shouldn't be a Thing" but by making it longer to "Why I Think That Minimum Word Count Requirements and Minimum Page Counts Should Not Be Necessary in Essays and Assignments,". I haven't added anything important to it, only made it more laborious to read. I said the same thing in 8 words as I did in 18 words, and nothing was gained from it besides sounding more forcefully scientific.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Last week I went away Thursday and Friday for my DECA Districts competition. DECA is a club that is based off of the world of business. When you go to districts you go and compete with over 1,000 kids for awards to technically see how strong you are with your category. My parent once for my second year of DECA was Emma and last year we placed 8th in our category and this year we placed 10th which is far from bad seeing the amount of teams in Sports and Entertainment. This years competition was held at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center. It was so much fun it was something I won't forget. I got to see old friends and also meet many new friends along with doing something I love. Your day is very busy and packed but when the end of the day comes you can relax and have an amazing time and which I did. Then when Friday comes you can get up and get ready for awards. If you ever want to consider about doing DECA you should. It is an amazing experience and something everyone should try out.
The memories of Deca districts this year will always stick with me for multiple reason. It has gone from those who had doubted me to then achieving a goal they believed I had the potential to achieve, yet I never truly put in the work for. As well to now passing what they have expected and passing many others that were in my category. At the beginning of the year I had always been late for due dates as well as even not even meeting all the requirements to go for districts. Lastly changing their category last minute, so usually when you see someone doing all of these actions you typically wouldn't think they could ever compete with other who have studied. Yet in the end some how Rakeem and I did the unthinkable. So let's go to the beginning preparing for the first role-play. Surprisingly the subject came easily to us it was just marketing a amusement park that has had three injures one was a lady breaking her leg as the other two were boys slipping and hitting their heads. So we need a way to market the park not only showing the new rides that are available but as well as the safety that is offered now. So after a half an hour of preparing we were sent to the waiting area. Surprisingly we had seen Momo there, half way through trying to say her speech she had spotted both of us and ran over to give hugs. We had done so well with our role-play and decided to take a extra step to making a wavier for the park customers so they couldn't sue the park if any injures. Continuing to the next role-play it was about a library deeply needing the community to donate their books, our job was being able to spread the word that the library had this need as well as how to attract others. So in the half an hour of preparing we had decided to also take a extra step to design a flier to "post" around the community and the schools. With Rakeem he loves reading books so he had a lot to say on how to promote the library, so as we were in the role-play I had to kick his leg queue him to be quiet so I can lead more into his topic. Since this was a team category, so as the role-play came to the close the lady had told us she was very impressed with our performance. With this in our minds we had high hopes to be in tomorrow top six to go to states. At the beginning of the awards they had done top three for each role-play as well as top three for test. We had some how placed second in a role-play, luckily we were right in front of mrs. Cunha. She ended up being so proud and happy for us she started crying, after as we had gotten off stage she said "I was going on so well but when you two went you I was like I was doing so well". So as the awards continued had finished for top three they let us have breakfast before going back to see who were the top six that were going to states in each category. Again we waited for what seemed like a decade, with minor heart attacks when the speaker would call up different marketing categories it finally came to ours. When the speaker started to list off all the schools we could see the teacher chaperons crossing their fingers for us. Then as it was coming to the top nine who have been called up their was only one more spot for the stage, and finally as soon as we heard the words ware Rakeem and I shot up from out our seats. Then when it came time to go to the stage again Rakeem hands were shacking as my legs were feeling like jello. Thankfully we had ended up just barely being able to make it to states being in top sixth in the category. And this is why this Deca districts will always stick in my memories. Funny side not we had score a 91 and a 83 on our role-plays yet for the test score we had a COMBINED SCORE of 55
Monday, January 14, 2019
I encourage anyone who is one the fence about joining any club to join Key Club! I think it is the BEST club in the school. This club doesn't require any sort of grades or GPA, all you need to do is bring yourself! In Key Club, we are all about giving back to our community. We do many projects each year that do just that. On a Saturday in early December, we do the KPTI project. We go to the Tuft's Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston and we get a tour of the hospital and learn about the things sick children have to go through. Then we donate toys our Key Club collectively put together for children since Christmas would be around the corner. In April, we go to DECON. DECON stands for the District Educational Conference Of New England. It is an educational and leadership conference that is held in Springfield, MA in a fancy hotel. You stay at that hotel for the entire weekend and you dress in all business attire. It is similar to DECA Districts but without the competing. If you are not a crucial officer or running for a crucial position, DECON is a very fun and stress free experience. We go on many other trips and do so many other projects that one blog isn't enough to talk about it. Stop reading this blog and join Key Club!
This coming February I am going to Trinidad with my family to visit my mom's side of the family. Trinidad is a Caribbean dual-island right off the coast of Venezuela. I am very excited to go because it is very beautiful there and has a "paradise" feel to it. Since we are going in the dead of winter, the warm weather will be a nice change for 10 days. We are leaving on the 13th and coming back the 23rd. We will be missing a few days of school but it will definitely be worth it. I can't wait to see my grandparents because they live there and we see barely see them. It will be a lot of fun to spend time with my cousins and meet more family members on my mom's side that I might not know about. My siblings and I can't wait for the white sand and the clear blue beaches. The food there is very different and takes on a Caribbean and Indian mixed culture. I can't wait to try the food that is exclusive to Trinidad and all the seafood I will be eating. Trinidad is very unique because they have pitch lakes. Pitch lakes are all-natural fields of tar and are not man-made. They can be very dangerous but I think it is a once in a lifetime experience to have. I also can't wait to be in the presence of so many palm trees! It will be nice to remember the small details about Trinidad, given that I am older now and I will remember the experiences. I am most excited for this trip because I promised myself it would be a break and that I wouldn't bring any vacation work with me. I am going to enjoy myself to the fullest and spend time with my family.
My new dog Hooper has been with us for about a month now and he is still not yet house trained. Having a puppy is a lot of fun and it brings you happiness but don't get me wrong it can also be quite stressful. Whenever my family is gone I'm the one who has to watch Hooper and its really scary. Hooper is not yet potty trained although he is really close to being completely potty trained but its stressful because you don't know when h has to use the bathroom. He doesn't give any signs so you have to watch every move. The other day I let him outside and since we have a pond in our backyard Hooper decided to go and lay down on it. That was very stressful because he is a big dog and he could have broken through the ice. When he is bigger he will be over 200 pounds so I don't want him getting in the habit of laying down on delicate things like ice. Hooper is also teething and he chewed up a part of a chair and a corner of a coffee table. So now I have to make sure he doesn't chew on anything valuable. But when I don't have to watch him and I can just play with him its so much better and I can have more fun with him.
There is a quote on Mr. Wilson's board that reads "it is easier to keep up than to catch up", and oh how that quote is right. I know I've brought this stress upon myself, but I can't help but complain. With mid-terms coming up and trying to catch up on work I've should've kept up on, as well as key club meetings, student council meetings, and trying to run fast enough to meet my own expectations (and my coach's as well), life has never been more stressful. I agree, yes, we're all in the same boat. We all do sports and clubs and take other challenging classes, but talking about the stress helps me deal. I think that junior year, and if you're a sophomore then sophomore year of dual enrollment, are some of the hardest years of high school. Most will agree that freshman year is the easiest, considering that the classes are lower level and most freshman don't take AP or IB level courses. It might sound weird but sometimes I think back on last year and how easy it was, wishing I could go back. But then come to think of it, I'm better off as a sophomore than a freshman because I am one year closer to graduating!