May 30, 2011

Living in the summer sun.

My summer has been pretty good so far.

For whatever reason, the last day of school didn't feel like the last. Puja drove me home early from our exam. Then I went to Unleashed, aka this huge party put on at Aniesa's church, with my friends. We played Starburst wars and sumo wresting twister. I left, got a free smoothie and then went to go play tennis with Kyle and three other friends of mine that are back from their first year of college. It definitely reminded me of last summer.

I finished reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the other day. I'll admit, I bawled my eyes out throughout almost the entire book. Since I'm terribly behind on my 2011 Reading Challenge, I spent this past week reading The Glass Menagerie and Death of a Salesman. I think I should get in a better habit of writing reviews on my Goodreads account, but it will suffice to say neither were my favorite.

I took a trip to Barnes & Noble and bought copies of Looking for Alaska, The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird, three books I love dearly. I'm not sure what to make of the expanding teen fiction and vampire teen fiction sections I saw, though. I mean, I'm all for teens reading more, but when will they realize what they're reading -- for the most part -- is garbage and smut? Amongst the books available at B&N, I recommend City of Bones, Ender's Game and The Hunger Games trilogy to anyone who hasn't read 'em. (Disclaimer: The fourth in the City of Bones series was kind of lame, i.e. a 'filler' between the remaining two.) If you're looking for book recommendations, Natalie has written quite a few on mix tape.

Yesterday I ate Chinese buffet and went bowling with Emilia, David and Chris. We laughed at our pitiful scores and talked about Justin Bieber dolls. Yes, as scary as it sounds, they exist. I plan to add my fortune to my Moleskine, which is in the process of becoming a "hip" scrapbook of mine.

During the past week I saw Gnomeo & Juliet and Megamind on DVD. Both were endearing yet only mildly entertaining hence their rented status. I bought a copy of Atonement and The Last Station to add to my James McAvoy film shrine collection, though.

Today my older brother comes home from college. I've missed him. A lot.

Now my time should be devoted to studying for SAT and my one last remaining Cambridge exam because both are incredibly important.

I'll catch you guys on the flipside.

May 22, 2011

Studying for Spanish is overrated.

Cambridge Banquet:
Cake. Howls of laughter. Embarrassing elementary school photos of the seniors. A good hug from Kyle. Smiles. Silly awards. Thunderous applause.

Studying. Reviewing. Exams. Speculation about miscalculations. Outbreak. Cleaned out lockers. Senior last will and testaments. Yearbooks. Final classes.

Car rides with Puja and Regina. Slurpees. Dove dark chocolate. Early release. Chilling out.


Congratulations. Fireworks. Hugs. Taking photos.
1. Zack high-fiving Brittany during the processional.
2. Class of 2011 waiting to officially graduate.
3. Kimmai giving her
Salutatorian speech.
4.Lucas giving his
Valedictorian speech.
5. Caps being thrown into the air.
6. Fireworks concluding the ceremony.
7. Zack and I.

I can't wait until summer.

May 18, 2011

You wish you were one-two!

Class of 2011 graduates tomorrow.
Which means today was my last day as a junior.
And it felt absolutely amazing.
Pseudo senior status on Monday.
Then summer, summer, summer!

May 16, 2011

Guess what?

I don't have to think about AICE Math ever again. It is such a relief. While I liked the class itself, those exams were brutal. Mr. Junior Class Math Student of the Year sat next to me for both tests and after the one today he turned to me and declared, "that was hard," which immediately raises red flags in my head. Should I not have found it easy? Does this mean I did all the math wrong? I certainly hope not.

Tomorrow I have one of my hardest exams. Unlike AP, which probably everyone reading this is familiar with, there are no multiple choice questions for history! It's three hours to write four essays that answer questions about the various topics I've learned. The source based question (SBQ) is always about the Causes of the WWI and then you can pick three of the other subjects. I'd be curious to know if anyone else has studied Imperialism in the late 19th century, the Russian Revolution, Years between the Wars/Totalitarianism, Napoleon and the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.

I really should be studying...

As a result, the rest of this post is just going to be a lot of photos I've taken and not shared. A massive photo dump, if you will.blouse -- Charlotte Russe, high waisted shorts -- Forever 21, shoes -- my art class, watch -- Kohl's, ring -- J.C. Penney's
tee -- Kohl's, floral skirt-- Forever 21, sandals -- madden girl, watch -- Kohl's, ring -- Forever 21, neckalce -- Forever 21
cardigan -- Forever 21, t-shirt -- J.C. Penney's, shorts -- J.C. Penney, watch -- Kohl's, shoes -- Forever 21

May 13, 2011

I am almost a senior in high school and I still play with playdough.

Today I signed my good friend Zack's yearbook. I managed to mess up twice in the first sentence and had to awkwardly correct it/pretend it did not exist. I really had to think about what to write; I've known the guy for five years and we've been through a lot. Believe it or not, he is the person I can thank for providing the name of this blog. (If you ever wondered, it's a song lyric from "Junesong Provision" by Coheed and Cambria. Yeah, fun fact to fool your friends with.) I am going to miss him oodles next year. But that's all I'm going to say because I know he doesn't like people sharing too personal of things on blogs, and I respect that.

Of course, instead of writing this entry, I should be studying diligently for my exams. I'm not trying to lull myself into a state of complacency, but I feel like I'm going to do well. I've scheduled one last math study session with Puja tomorrow.

Nine more exams, and six more days (not including weekends) until I'm a SENIOR! :D

May 09, 2011

I want to learn Russian.

This past Saturday was hectic.

I made an appearance at the Florida Solar Energy Center to cheer on the Science Bowl's hydrogen and solar cars. I bailed at 10:30 to go to the library to study math with Puja. We completed yet another practice paper (can you say extra credit?) and tried to boost our confidence about the exam we had today. I checked out two books -- Be More Chill and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close -- and am almost done with the former. I swear, there's something about exam time that makes me an avid reader. I distinctly remember this time last year I read a lot. But I'm not complaining.

Okay, back on track. From the library, Puja and I went to the tennis awards/end of year party at the school. We arrived just in time to receive our letters, pins and I was specially awarded the School Pride Coaches Award. The trophy is pretty awesome looking. You'll just have to take my word for it, though. Taking a picture and uploading it would be too much work.

I went home and rested for an hour or so and then went to baby$it.

Sunday I inevitably rested and mentally prepared for exams. I had both my AICE English Language Composition and my AICE Math Paper 1 today. The English was fine; I know I passed, but I only did okay with math. Thank goodness there's another component that should help me balance it out. I'm not a expecting an A* (the best paper in the world), but a C would be splendid. (Obviously the grading scale/rubric is not the traditional American one where C is average.)

I have a AICE Biology lab practical exam tomorrow. Is it weird to say I'm excited for it? I guess I'm just ready to beast* it.

Have an awesome week, everyone!

*I overuse this a verb way too much.

May 06, 2011

Coming to the end.

I have no homework for the rest of the school year! Sadly, everything else from here on on out is revision for my 11 AICE exams. Why yes, the next two weeks will be pure chaos and stress.

Actually, I'm trying to be chill about it all. Getting worked up over it just wastes time and instead I'll spend the time I can to study.

I am going to do my best. I am going to let everything I know pour out of my head and onto the paper. I am going to write two successful compositions (each three pages). I am going to follow all other directions. I am going to not let math scare me. I am going to check my math for stupid errors. I am going to read my biology lab carefully. I am going to check off steps in the procedure as I complete them. I am going to pass.

Sorry that turned into a self-confidence boosting speech about this coming week, but I definitely needed it.

Have a good weekend!

P.S. Lizzi and Natalie: I'm sure you both kicked the APUSH exam's butt! :D

May 01, 2011

I wish we could open our eyes.

Just when you thought my daily posting was over, I post again!* Monday and Tuesday of this next week will entail finishing final chapters (in Biology and Euro, namely) and then from then on out it's straight up revision for finals. My first two exams are in eight days. EIGHT DAYS, FOLKS.

Here's a video response I made to this.

*It's just because I'm trying to pass this off as productive while I've spent almost my entire day in front of the computer.

Have a good day/week/month!