Monday, August 29, 2011

Helen Keller narrative

After reading the Helen Keller narrative, it is easier for me to understand the struggles she went through. I can not imagine the strength and patience someone would have to have to handle being blind and deaf. Losing one sense would be tramatic, but to lose two, words cannot describe how difficult it would be. I admire her for not giving up and continuing her search for knowledge and to understand the things that are around us. She is someone to look up to and also a reminder that life could be a lot more challenging than it already is.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Use of Language

To inform..
There have been plenty of times in life where  I have informed people about a certain subject. However, I do recall a time where I informed a group of people about a specific person. For the final project in my speech class my sophomore year of high school, we were required to write a tribute speech. In this speech I informed my class that my sister is my best friend and I would like to pay a tribute to her. She is one of the the strongest people I know and I admire her for everything she does and has been through.

To convince..
My little brother has a radio for is ipod that he keeps in his room. The other week he accused my sisters and I that one of us brought it to the basement and left it down there. He was rather upset with us but we all knew that none of us had taken it from his room and brought it to the basement. I explained to him that I already have a stereo in my room and there would be no reason for me to take his ipod radio down to the basement. I also told him that I rarely ever go in the basement so it would not have been possible for me to take the radio down there. I did the best I could to convince him and I think it paid off.

To explore..
My great grandparents own a cabin at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. For the past couple of years the water has been down 40-50 feet due to work on the near by dam.While my family and I were vacationing there, we came upon an island that was sticking out of the water. My older sister was scared to swim over to the island and walk on it to see what was there, but she followed me and we explored the island. It was made of many rocks and there was some plant life on it. It was pretty fascinating.

Make Decisions..
My sister recently completed her first year of college at the University of Cincinnati. Although she enjoyed her time there, she did decide to transfer to The Ohio State University. Along with the transfer, she is also changed her major. She was in early childhood education but she realized it was not for her. I remind her that she must make her decisions based on what she wants to do and not to rush them.

Meditate, pray...
My dad is close to 50 and he knows it. He has been running recently because he wants to be in shape and feel good about himself. However, he does have a lot of stress in his life like every other parent in the world. I suggested to him that maybe yoga would be a beneficial thing for him to start. The meditating would calm his nerves and release the stress from this body.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Who are you?

At the beginning of the school year, many teachers require students to do an activity that allows them to explain who they are as a person. I usually say that I am outgoing, friendly and smart. These are very simple ways of describing myself but there is much more to me than that. I am seventeen years old but I feel as if I am thirty. The events that have occured in my life have required me to mature a lot faster that my peers. My mom died when I was thirteen and a new student in the Worthington School District. Although it was very very tramatic time in my life, I do not want you to feel bad for me or pitty me. I have learned so much about life and I am still so young. I have gained the best of friends from switching schools and I am so thankful I did. When my parents first told my siblings and I that we would be transfering to Worthington  Schools I was not very happy. I had gone to the same school for seven years and it was a very hard move for me. However, I made friends at my new school quickly and I seem to fit right in.
Now that you have some of my background I can begin to describe myself as a person. I am definelty an extrovert. I  love making new friends and talking to new people. Of course I enjoy alone time but with four other siblings, I don't get much of it. I am outgoing and funny. I usually end up laughing at my own jokes but I don't really care. I am really sarcastic too. Sometimes it can be a bad thing when people don't understand my sense of humor but they usually catch on. I am athletic, I love to run. I run cross country and track and field. My friends sometimes say I am like a mother to my younger siblings which is true but I love being with them. They are the loves my my life. I love enjoying life and trying to be a positive person. I have high expectations for myself in the future however I am not in any rush to get there. I love being a teenager and experiencing high school life. I hope you were able to learn a little about me through this piece of writing.