It's June 12th, the last day of Freshman year. Well, not exactly, because I still have to go back to school to get my report card on the 28th. But anyways, it was my last day of classes today! Yayyy! Reflecting on this Freshman year, I don't think it was as hard as most people say it is. That may have been because I go to a Middle school/High school so I was already comfortable with my surroundings.
I believe that sex is a priority in maintaining a population. However, I believe that there are too many people going around exposing themselves to the dangers of sex. If you are to have sex, I believe that you should have some priorities for thyself.
My class recently has been learning a lot on AIDS/HIV and the dangers that can occur. We learned about the ways you can get the disease, how you can prevent it, and much more related to the topic. I'm glad I learned about this in school and now I am more aware of it which will definitely benefit me in life.
Yesterday we finished off our HIV curriculum by playing splitting up into groups and playing Jeopardy. We answered questions on how to prevent HIV, HIV virus facts, the immune system, and transmission of HIV. Our teacher set up the game on his computer and displayed it on the projector. My team thrived on the prevention and transmission questions, but we fell back on the virus facts and immune system. The winning group received candy, unfortunately my team didn't win. I believe that this unit has been a success because I learned many things and also retained information on how to be safe.
After the sex education unit, I have not learned much that opened my eyes regarding my sexual life. I already knew all the ways of protecting myself sexually especially the most promising way. The most promising way of not getting sexually transmitted diseases is being abstenant. This year to me was just a plain review. Actually its been a review for over 2 years now. When will the sex ed class finally end? Its getting extremely annoying and irritating. Ive known most of the information given since 7th grade.
Today we're spending our first day of June in Advisory by writing yet again another post for Sex Education. As I am devouring my Hershey's chocolate bar which I won from HIV Jeopardy, the thoughts that come to my mind about HIV is how we have to learn about this... EVERY YEAR. The only enjoyable part of learning, well, reviewing the HIV unit is giggling with your friends when ever names of genitalia are said out loud. I think the basic things that a high school student should learn from this unit are the dangers of HIV and how to get it.
This week all of our advisory classes were on the topic of HIV and AIDS. We learned about the immune system as a basis of what happens when you get HIV, and then we talked about prevention and transmission. Even though I have learned about this subject every single year since I was at this school, I think that the refreshment of facts is an enforcement in every single student's memories to just be as safe as possible and make the right decisions. Making the right decisions can help you reach your full potential in life and succeed to the fullest extent.
In advisory we have been learning about HIV in detail, which includes virus facts, the immune system, prevention, and transmission. Even though we have to have relearn this curriculum every year, I don't really mind. I much rather learn about HIV, then have to read. Anyway this was the second week of learning about HIV and we covered two topics which were prevention and transmission. The only way to be 100% HIV-free is to be abstinent.
This by far has ben the most fun unit that i have ever, and because of that I was able to enjoy learning certain things. I think that the most fun that this unit gave me was when I partook in the HIV Jeopardy game. Although I came in second place, I still enjoyed testing my knowledge and seeing what I knew and what I did not know. There were four categories, which included prevention, HIV virus facts, immune system, and transmission of HIV. Although what I did not know was minimal, I still did learn some things.
We have just finished a discussion in class about abstinence during our HIV unit in advisory. My point of view on this topic is that I respect everyone's decisions to be abstinent or not, as long as they make the right choice for themselves. Being abstinent is definitely the safer way to go when it comes to making healthy decision, but I cannot deprive anyone of their right of actions, so I won't be prejudice about it either.
HIV/AIDS is a huge problem that is affecting the lives of million of people today. Teens are specially the most prone to getting it due to known teenage risky and reckless behavior. Over the years, I have been educated about how to prevent this disease and other sexually transmitted diseases. It is a very sensitive topic that many would rather not talk about, but I think it is so much better to be uncomfortable or embarrassed for a few minutes while you learn about it than make mistakes that will make you uncomfortable for the rest of your life.
So far in "Medium Raw" by Anthony Bourdain I have read up to page 109. In the last few chapters I've read, Bourdain has wrote about his opinion on the meat industry and the sudden E.Coli breakouts. He's also discussed the evolution of simple products such as a hamburger or a cup of coffee has expanded and through the years has become more and more complex and a good word to describe it, sophisticated. He gave examples such as Starbucks, taking a simple product of coffee and somehow managing to make it 10 times more fancy and also 10 times more expensive.
After a week of reading this book I am now on page 183. So far this book has been a great read. It isnt action packed, about music or Sci-Fi like I usually choose to read but so far this book was not a mistake. In the section I am currently reading about Ned and one of his friends go off to a mini mart to buy their first beer. It was only their softmore year at stuyvesant but with Ned's ID he thought he could pull it off. So goes to the back of the mini mart to get a beer and takes it to the front desk. Once putting it at the front desk he hands his ID.
I've started reading the autobiography/memoir of Anthony Bourdain titled "Medium Raw". I'm currently on page 73 and so far I've read a few collection of little stories about his life, stories including how he moved on from being a heroine addict and got his act together. He also talked about why he generally hates Food Network, what happened to food and the restaurant business after the economic crash, an illegal delicacy called Ortolan he once ate at a dinner party with other notable chefs and his advice on becoming a chef.
This book was about a girl that goes to a high school where everyone sees her as being unusual and weird. This book has taught me its best to be the person you truly are rather than fitting in a stereotype. I learned this because many people are attracted to real and natural people who have unique personalities. Through out the book, she does things like sing Happy Birthday to people in the lunch room for everyone to see, play her ukelele, and she even had a pet rat she took to school.
In my book Night Fall by Nelson DeMIlle I'm currently up to page 180. So far what's happened since page 128 is that the main character ATTF agent John Corey has started to gather loose information about the TWA 800 flight. He's been trying along with his wife, special agent Kate Mayfield, to track down former people that know things about the case. Down at 26 Federal Plaza, the police office where Corey works he calls he friend Dick Kearns to meet with him and talk over the case since he used to work on it.
I have recently picked up the book Teen Angst? by Ned Vizzini. This book is about a teenagers junior high and high school stories. In the first thirty pages that I read it talks about how Ned got his very first nintendo. It was one of the first nintendos that ever came out. Him and his brothers became addicted to the nintendo especially Ned. Everytime he would come home from school would play video games. He revolved his schedule and his life around video games in his younger years. Then as he got older school became more important to him especially in the 7th and 8th grade.
I have just recently begun reading the book Chicken Soup for The Teenage Soul II by various authors. It is the second edition of the first book, of which I read already some time ago and liked so much that I began reading the first. The whole idea of the book is that it is a bunch of short stories under different sections pertaining to things that teenagers go through. I think that the whole purpose of this book is to reach out to teenagers and connect to them, saying that whatever they are going through, minor or big, chances are that someone has gone through it before.
I have read the first sixty pages of the last installment of the Alex Rider series, a novel called Scorpia Rising. So far, I found the novel to be a fast paced thriller, with a hint if danger. The novel so far has been about an organization called Scorpia, who is like a form of terrorist unit. They work globally, and kill anyone who steps in their way. All except for one. Alex Rider, a teenager who was recruited by a secret organization called MI6 has thwarted two operations by Scorpia.
So I have just started this memoir called The Burn Journals which was written by Brent Runyon. It's a book about his early teen years during a time when he lost hope in himself and decided to commit suicide. Brent is one of those really smart kids, but chose to be the rocker type, listening to Motley Crue and wearing all black. People liked him, found him amusing but he mad a mistake. His attempt failed when he set himself on fire, he soon chickened out and his brother called the ambulance.
The book John Lennon: Companion was co- written by the authors David Gutman and Elizabeth Thompson. This book shows how even if it has been 32 years since he has passed away his legacy and myths still live on. Not only has he influenced many of the musicians out there to day but he and the beatles had changed the way music was written. It caused change and more variation. The beatles helped move away from the classical music of the early 1900s and make something different and unique.
Eon is a young crippled warrior in a mythical land in Ancient China vying to become the apprentice to the Dragoneye. In the culture in the book, there are 12 dragons, one for each animal in the Zodiac, and each dragon has a Dragoneye, a human counterpart through which they commune and use their magical powers to protect the land. It goes in cycles, and each dragon and Dragoneye reign for a year before it moves on to the next one.
The book " The Boy With the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne tells the tale that sets in the times of the holocaust in Germany where the son of an official officer owns a camp site where he keeps the jews for labor. His family moves in to a house that is merely a walk away, guarded by doors of a backyard. The son, Bruno, is told never to enter and because of his boredom, he one day finds himself walking and playing towards the camp site. There he encounters a young boy who is sitting by the edge of the camp site, far away and secluded from other men.
I am now abandoning Eragon by Christopher Paulini. Now I am up to page 125, but I'm still not pulled in to the book. I watched the movie and I thought it was ALRIGHT but after reading the book, at first it was interesting but then there was too much information. There was so much background information while reading this book that it just made reading it as a whole less entertaining.
One method of research that I have developed a preference towards has to do with utilizing Google Reader with my Google account. I think that to me, this has been the most effective method of searching for information in a more targeted way for my topics. Google reader has also been something that I have been following up in my spare time, as it provides me with interesting articles and news on a topic that I am always interested in learning more about: food and nutrition.
in my book Hour Game ex Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell try to hunt down a serial killer in Wrightsburg Virginia who is copying the killing style of many famous serial killers. As the agents hunt down this killer they get tied in with the prestigious Battle family. As more and more people die around the two agents the killer seems to always be one step ahead. When one person gives information to King or Michelle the next day Police chief Todd Williams calls in saying that he's found them dead.
I loved Shin, Hyunjoo’s journal, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain? And Who’ll Stop the Rain?" from Shin, Hyunjoon. "Have You Ever Seen The Rain? And Who'll Stop The Rain?: The Globalizing Project Of Korean Pop (K-Pop)." Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10.4 (2009): 507-523. Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 Mar. 2012 (preview: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14649370903166150#preview ). I’m a K-pop fan girl and I’ve always wanted to know what really happens in the Korean music industry. I think this journal answered many of the questions I had, even though it was from 2009.
I just read an article called "Romney Goes to Capitol Hill, Looking for Allies" which was about Mitt Romney's efforts to rally Republicans around his candidacy. While you are in the business of politics, you need to have allies, or people that will help support you. Having allies gets you votes, and votes are what is needed to win elections.