In reading money and work, I learned that Thoreau is a selfish and arrogant writer. In this chapter, most of my class felt that he was bragging about how he could live with the bare minimum. He was bragging about how he built his own house, and he probably dug his own grave he was so proud. I think that Thoreau has some right to be proud, but not brag to the little boy in Belgium centuries later (a young boy in a foreign country who doesn't understand the cliches of the American culture). I can be in the best interests of his readers to try to set all of Thoreau's exclamations of how great he thinks he is. If there is one good thing in this chapter, it's this quote, “to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely; as the pursuits of the simpler nations are still the sports of the more artificial.” It means that we should work ourselves into the ground just to get a material possessions that we think will make us better in the long run, but money doesn't buy happiness.
I enjoyed reading these two short chapters. This passage reminded me that's quality writing need not be lengthy, to be affected. A writer often says more with less. My favorite quote from these two vignettes of chapters was “I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” What I think Thoreau is trying to say is change others perception of you, but do not change your self. This compares to changing who you are to be a part of a certain group, clique or "crew." I believe many relate to this quote even hundred after the book was written on the shores of Walden Pond. In just reading these first few chapters, I have realized how great Thoreau is at connecting with his readers, nor matter if it's across the country, or a thousand years later. His words still stay prevalent in today's world. It's an important part of why Thoreau's work is so famous, it's because every one can relate to what he writes. I think that if Hank hadn't mastered that trait, he would not have become as famous as he is. If there is one crucial idea to take away from these chapter, it's that you should change the outside of yourself, but not the inside.
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"I didn't finish college, which is really weird because they awarded me the Alumni of Distinction recently."
It's not where your going, but how you getting their. Today, after sports and band lessons (if applicable), 14 seniors embarked on the year long journey on the path of our senior project. I am really excited for this years senior project. We are going to be recording alumni on what Fenn has done for them, where they have gone with Fenn's gifts. And other questions along those lines.
One of the new pieces of equipment that we will receive in a week or so is The Padcaster. It is a multi-media recorder that is based of our iPad Airs. It has a mic, a LED light, and a improved camera. It really is the whole package. They aren't cheap, though, if one was to break it, it would be out of pocket costs.
One of the many alumni that I want to interview is either Trotsky or Steve Carrell. I know that Trot will be reluctant to partake in the interview, but I will either press him for the needed time. The only way that I would be able to interview Mr. Carrell would be if he say all of our interviews, and Fitz told me that I was able to interview him. I would be so happy if I was given that opportunity to interview our most famous alumni.
I am very excited to begin this voyage on the path to victory, or at least a good experience.
Today, we discussed how our views change as we get old, especially with our favorite tv shows as children. We went into detail about my, Ali Shiekh, and Chewy Bruni's favorite show, Tom and Jerry. It was a great podcast, I am happy about how it came out and I can't wait to another with this great group. Thanks, see you next time.
I am very excited to start reading and loving great American Literature like Walden. The Introduction was very informative on where Henry David Thoreau wants this book to go. And who he want to read it. Henry David Thoreau want this book to reach out to all of the people that aren't live their lives like the want to. He wants this book to go to all around the world ans reach out to every who has ever wanted more than what they have. My favorite quote from this first chapter is when Thoreau says that everyone that isn't doing what the want to in life, they are like machines. I think that Thoreau will be one of my favorite writes and authors that I have read in my time at Fenn. I hope that I will like this classic more than I liked The Odyssey. I like "true" writing better than I like poetry, generally.
I am ready and excited to begin this decade old trek.
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
It is great to climb out of a hole triumphantly after falling. In my seventh grade year at Fenn, we lost the New England Junior Prep School tournament, or NEJPS for short. But in my eight grade year, we won the NEJPS tournament with a strong showing in the last game against our rival, Fessy. We won the last game with goal differential of 8 goals, it was a great victory. In the regular season, we played Fessy twice. We had lost both time, by the same score, 11-5. Last year as eighth graders, we had a solid defense, a great attack line, and amazing midfielders. We went into the NEJPS Lacrosse tournament, this time at the Fay School, a little nervous. I knew that we had a chance, but it would be difficult. This was the second time that I had been to the tournament, the first when I was a seventh grader. We had lost that year in the final against hillside. But this year would be different. If we played well in the regular season, we would need to play even better in the tournament to beat the team that we lost to earlier in the spring. In the regular season, we played Fessy twice. We had lost both time, by the same score, 11-5. We had played Hillside twice as well and we lost to them once, and beat them once. We had never played one of the the teams there, so we didn't know what to expect. We one every game but one, which we tied. In the final tether was only one goal scored by Fessy, it was their goalie, while he was playing middie. It was a great tournament. Both years that I have gone to this tournament, I have had so much fun. It was been an amazing experience on the varsity lacrosse team these past two year and I am desperately looking forward to the next. I had a great time winning the NEJPS Lacrosse tournament, I cannot wait for it this year.
"In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive."
~ Lee Lacocca
Stress has affect everyone, some more than others. In our last year here at Fenn, especially in this Fall term, there can be overwhelming amount of serious stress. This year with all the homework, SSATs, and High School applications, some might say that it is hard for us ninth grade students to kids, 15 year old boys. Some of the teachers have us swamped with homework one night, and then the next three classes have a quiz or test. It can be a lot of work for us to handle. With visits and tours coming soon, we all need to focus to the highest extent that we can. Because what and how you do this fall determines where you end up next year. Us ninth graders have so much on our plates, so much that it is hard to do anything but study, homework, and finish papers. The only reason that I could see this being ok would be that Fenn is preparing us for the following steps so well, that it almost becomes the next step, workload wise. Just this fall, I have had a test, a quiz and a socratic seminar in Spanish, all in the same day. Now that is to much to study for all in one day and the following night. After lunch on Friday, we had a 15 minute discussion with Mr. Boonisar about the work load and the time that it takes to do the work we are assigned. He said that if the work and stress are getting to a higher than wanted level, then you would want to consider taking that day off from school and and activities that you would have after school. He also said that it can only take one day to climb out of any hole that you put yourself in to. I think that the amount of stress on all over us it getting somewhat high, but not so high that we need to dial back the homework dramatically. If all of the teachers made sure that the homework their giving will take 45 minutes in teenage time, not the teachers. So if the teacher thinks that reading a 15 page passage takes 45 minutes in his or her time, but it may take longer of a student to complete it. The stress that all of us ninth grades have is building, but isn't to high yet. But the worst is still to come.
"Soccer matches should be something special, something people eagerly look forward to, something that brightens life."
~P. J. O'Rourke
This past week, the varsity soccer team had two games. One on Wednesday, and then on Thursday. It was the first set of back-to-back games that we have had this year. The next, is this upcoming week, we play to tough teams. Both games will be a challenging attempt to stay on the right path to Eaglebrook Tournament. Eaglebrook is the apex of the soccer season, it is the first Saturday in November. Last year the returners were denied a shot at winning the tournament, even though they didn't lose a single game. So they will be looking to rebound from that tough day and go for the gold this year.
In our first game this week, we played Hillside. If you read my entry on the first time we played them, then you know the out come. If you didn't you can find it HERE. WE played them on our home turf this time, and we came out victorious, with the final score of 5-3.
The next day, we played Park. we hadn't played them yet this year, so we didn't know how go they would be. We cam out a little slow, but finished the game having the upper hand. They had a few good players, but the scale was uneven. We won a lot to a little.
This past week has been very busy for the Fenn Varsity Soccer Team. This upcoming week, will only be busier.