You are better than who you think you are.

This is so important. Please remember that not only should you be kind to those around you, you need to be kind to yourself as well. Whatever flaws you think you may have, others might not even notice them at all, or even appreciate you more because of these so-called “flaws”. Accept yourself. And love yourself.

– Karen


Before I Graduate

Sometimes, we forget that high school is not all about grades.  Although they are extremely important, you still need to think about yourself and the memories you want to create in your teen years.  Consequently, for my DIY project in AP English 3, I’ve decided to do the Top Things that I want to do before I graduate.  If you have ever seen the old MTV show called “The Buried Life,”  it’s somewhat like this.  If you haven’t, The Buried Life is about a group of guys in their 20’s that are traveling across the nation to do the things off their bucket list, aka the things that they want to do before they die.  In the process, they help a person turn their life around or help them cross something off of their bucket list.

I’ve created a list of around ten things that I want to do before I graduate.  Unlike The Buried Life crew, I’m not an adult yet and I am still considered a minor.  I thus can’t do the crazy or the largest goals possible like what they did.  As a result, my list contains of practical, simple, but also meaningful things that I want to do before the last bell rings at high school.  Success or not, as long as I have fun and make memories doing it will be my ultimate goal.

1.  Street perform and make $100

2.  Surprise my old friend in Washington

3.  Make 50 free throws in a row

4.  Win a radio contest

5.  Sleep/visit a haunted house

6.  Make food for my whole family

7.  Train to run Mile Square Park

8.  Give a homeless man a makeover

9.  Throw a surprise party for my Dad

10.  Create a flash mob


Finding Nemo: Discovering Yourself in a Sea of Confusion

Surprising that no one has talked about Finding Nemo in this nautical-themed blog right?  I’ve decided to take on this topic because Finding Nemo is so similar to the topics we are learning about not only in AP English 3, but in school.  As progressing teenagers, we long for freedom and independence as we strive to identify who we are as individuals.  Our DIY (Do It Yourself) project grants us the permission to do so as we’re basically allowed to create something of our own choice.  We students are given the opportunity to show who we really are and what we are strong or weak in.

In turn, Finding Nemo is about an over-protective parent, Marlin, in search of his handicapped son, Nemo.  Along the process, Marlin discovers a lot about himself as well his colleague, Dory, as they progress in the adventures of the search for the already maturing Nemo.  Is it safe to say that we are the Nemos of high school?  And that some of us are still lost in a “sea” of confusion?  Come on down this adventure with me as we really find ourselves.

One LARGE recurring theme in Finding Nemo and in high school is that everything is NOT as it seems.  High school is what you make of it and totally depends on whether you want to make it a good experience or not.  As intimidating as it may seem, high school is as free-flowing as the East Australian Current and actually goes by extremely fast.  In Finding Nemo, Marlin encounters three large sharks who he stereo-typically categorizes into fish-eating behemoths.  As a result, Marlin’s experience with these three fish-loving sharks was deterred due to his pre-determined ideas.  In school, you must always, and I mean always, keep an open mind.  Staying open-minded stimulates your potential to be the greatest you can be academically as well as socially with the classmates surrounding you.  “Classmates are FRIENDS, not FOOD.”Finding Nemo

Sometimes we, as humans, want an exact answer.  Our hunger for information drives us to try and find a definite answer.  See that might be correct when learning Biology or Algebra.  But in English?  Fish PLEASE.  There is no direct answer in English and it is completely opened up to interpretation.  There is no direct answer to our DIY project but every student’s project is right in its own creative way.  Consequently, what we may think is the right answer, may not always be what it seems. ES-CAH-PAY.


Lastly, if you are ever lost or feel that you are going in the wrong direction, just know that there is always someone who is willing to be there for you. You’ll have a Dory.

P. Sherman

  Light will come even in the worst of times and the darkest of times.  There will always be hurdles to jump and ends to meet.  It’s all on you to be responsible.  The DIY project gives lots of freedom, but make sure to spend your time wisely.  Be patient, be kind, and be loving.  It’ll all come back to you.  Just Keep Swimming.


Just keep swimming