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Spring Semester Final

Throughout this whole entire year in AP Language and Composition, I have learned so many things, improved myself, and created lasting memories.

One of the assignments that I felt best represented my learning and growth this year was the LegiSchools essay. The prompt was “Should the school day start later?” Even though I do not consider myself a good writer, the experience of being one of the top 10 and having the opportunity to go to the state capitol and talk to lawmakers really affected me. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and though I don’t exactly know how I won this contest, I was able to learn from the other winners about what they wrote in their essays and their questions to the lawmakers. At the beginning of the school year, I had no confidence in my essay-writing skills at all but after winning this contest, I started to realize that maybe I’m not too bad at essays.

The picture above is the top 10 talking to school board representatives.


The picture above is Senator Janet Nguyen and I.
Throughout the all the essays that I’ve written throughout the year, I’ve come to realize some of my strengths and weaknesses. Some of my strengths are my organization and transitions. However, my weaknesses are that I need to work on concrete details, analysis, and grammar. The class lessons that have helped me the most in my development as a writer are analyzing passages that we read in class and the books that we read. The things that I have learned from the readings as a writer are how different authors use different ways to express their story and emotions, and how they show a use certain language and words to show their tone.
Throughout this year, what I wish I had done differently is spend more time on my essays to make sure I’m able to express my message well instead of just rushing through it to get the assignment done. I collaborated with my classmates by having the workshops to read each other’s essays and help each other improve in their essay-writing. I plan to apply my learning by using what I have learned in this class to write future essays, just as college essays. Going onto the college topic, in addition to the LegiSchools essay, another assignment that really helped me was the college project. I didn’t know as much about colleges before but after doing the project, I know exactly what the colleges I want to get into require, what GPA and test scores I have to get, and the costs of dorming and textbooks. I also wrote my resume which allowed me to know where I’m at and how much I need to volunteer more.

I shared my learning and questions by making SQUID posts on this blog. Whenever I watched an interesting video or read an article that I found to be fascinating, I would make my SQUID post about it. What happened as a result was people actually went on my blog and read what I wrote. I actually got some followers from my SQUID posts, which surprises me since my posts aren’t all the interesting and I didn’t expect anyone to read it. I know now that whenever I learn something and want to share it, people would end up reading it.
My Catcher in the Rye question was “How do language connect other people?” After reading the book, I have come to realize that the topics and the way you speak to other people allows for people to connect. In the book, when Holden talks to girls and other people, he tends to talk about many topics at once and often talks about adult things, which disables him from being able to connect with people. However, when he talks to his sister Phoebe, they’re able to connect well because it is obvious that Holden loves his sister by the way he describes her and talks to her. This is similar to real-life situations. In life, whenever you talk about many topics at once and don’t stick to one topic, it’s really hard to be able to understand and connect with a person as there’s too many things going on at once. But when there’s only one topic, two people are better able to connect and it’s even better if they have similar interests.
Now that the year is ending, I’ve realized that I’ve really improved myself in many aspects all thanks to this class. As I grow older, I will definitely use what I have learned to be able to be successful in the future.

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Spoiled Food? 


In class, we watched a video called “Expired? Food waste in America” which talks about milk expiration dates and how that doesn’t determine whether you can still drink it or not. The video discusses how you can still drink milk after its expiration and even though it tastes bad, it does not make you sick. I found this interesting because this relates to what I do, since I always follow expiration dates because I’m scared of getting food poisoning if I drink milk after its expiration date. Because I now this useful fact now, I won’t throw away milk after its expiration date anymore and maybe have it for another week after that date because every year, the US throws away so much food when there’s so many countries in the world that don’t have food nor water to eat.

Farms

In “Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job” by Natalie Kitroeff and Geoffrey Mohan, the authors discuss about how there are many job openings on farms, but no one wants it. This is most likely because these kinds of jobs are looked down upon by Americans; they think they’re too good for it. Even though President Trump says that deporting Mexicans will provide more jobs for Americans, this is true but no one is willing to take them. And because no one wants to take them, there is no one to care for the fruits and vegetables that the country will eat. Lots of Mexican immigrants take these kinds of jobs because they don’t have much money, so it would have been better if they were allowed to keep these jobs instead of getting kicked out of the country. 

What is a zine? 


In “I read sines to escape surveillance and clickbait. It’s the new teen rebellion” by Jonno Revanche, the writer discusses zines and his experience with them. In my class, our teach instructed us to make a zine regarding a world issue that we chose. At first I had no idea what a zine was and thought that it was something super boring and nerdy, but after collecting pictures for my zine, I realized that it’s actually pretty fun to make. I would flip through magazines, trying to find pictures to cut out that would fit my topic. Finding the right pictures took a long time, but it was actually really fun and relaxing to do, since these days the only things that teenagers do is scroll through their phones. 

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

This Wednesday, LegiSchools flew four other students and I up to the state capitol to talk to state legislatures about the issue of whether school should start later or not. I was very excited but also nervous for the trip, because I would be able to talk to senators who are intimidating since they’re such important figures in the government. We talked to Senator Janet Nguyen who is the representative of our district, some representatives from the Assembly and Senate , and school board representatives. The whole day was fun throughout the whole time since we were able to have a VIP tour of the building and eat fancy sandwiches, one in which I would never be able to experience again. 

He Will Not Divide Us

In the article “Shia LaBeouf and the Pitfalls of Celebrity Activism” by Ginia Bellafante, the writer describes Shia LaBeouf’s exhibit where people would stand in front of a camera and say the words “He will not divide us” for as many times as they want. I would think that this exhibit was anti-Trump since it happened on the day of Trump’s inauguration, but in an interview, LaBeouf said that it actually wasn’t. I’m curious about what his actual goal was then. If the project is not anti-Trump when it happened on Trump’s inauguration, then what else would it be? 

Spelling Mistakes 


I find it interesting how the president of the United States does not know how to spell. The president has to keep as best of an appearance as possible in order for the people to trust in him, but spelling mistakes on his tweets only makes him seem less credible. In the article “Spelling’s not for eveyrone, Mr. Precedent”, the writer Allan Fallow discusses about the president’s spelling mistakes on Twitter and how he should have an intern check his phone screen before clicking “Tweet”. The fact that he would need an intern to check his phone screen as the president of the United States makes me curious about how he would make such mistakes if he’s the national leader. It’s obvious that he is educated, but spelling words incorrectly like “honored” as “honered” and “instincts” as “insticts” shows otherwise. Trump has made countless of spelling mistakes on his Twitter, so I wonder why he hasn’t fixed that problem yet.