Submitted My College Apps!

Feeling pretty awesome right now.

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It’s Finally Here!

Just a couple of days ago, my favorites music station finally started playing holiday music.  I thought to myself, “The holiday season is finally here!”

It really is the most wonderful time of the year in my opinion. Everyone just seems so excited and joyous during this time of year. I don’t know about anyone else out there, but my mind feels so relaxed and at ease during the holidays. It is almost as if though life is just simply perfect during this time of year because I would hope that everyone is preparing to celebrate with their loved ones and simply have a good time.

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Even if it is for a short amount of time, I feel as though I can put away all of my troubles and sorrows during the holiday season and prepare for a time filled with love and laughter. The image of a warm room lit by the lights on the christmas tree with the smell of hot chocolate roaming around in the room while everyone bonds and spends time together is just simply divine. How can one possibly dislike the holiday season?
Actually, there are many reasons one can dislike the holiday season…
For many, it is a time of cheer and happiness… For others, it can be a time of despair and sadness.
This is one of my favorite christmas songs. Every time I listen to this song, I cannot help but cry and weep. This song reminds us that while many of us are celebrating, there are others out there that are still suffering and that we need to keep these friends in our prayers.

In the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, Hamlet has to celebrate his mother’s wedding to his uncle on the same day as his father’s funeral.  While most of the people in the play is congratulating the newly wed couple, Hamlet is mourning for his deceased father all my himself.  No one cares to even try to console Hamlet or even cheer him up.  All king Claudius does is mock Hamlet and tell him to essentially “man up”.  Even if it is a time to celebrate, everyone in the play should have kept Hamlet in mind and at least ask him if he was feeling alright.

What I am trying to say is this… The holiday season is meant to be shared and experienced with others.  It is great that we, ourselves, are having a great time but we should always keep those less fortunate than us in our prayers and minds.   For the homeless man or woman, for the family living in poverty, for countries suffering from natural disasters, for Hamlet, this holiday season can be less than joyous.  Let us all keep those in need in our hearts this holiday season. On another note, here is my all time favorite holiday song.
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do.

 

 

One Step at a Time

Today, I visited UCSD as part of a CSF field trip. I liked the campus and when the tour guide mentioned how the 6 colleges are similar to Harry Potter (with it’s different teams: Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin), I was hooked. Anything that has an ounce of Harry Potter resemblance is awesome to me.

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Gertrude

Right now, the statistics show that about 50% of marriages end in a divorce. 

Sometimes, I wonder if the divorce is caused because the couple weren’t such a good match in the first place or if they didn’t try hard enough to stay together. And after reading the first act of Hamlet, I wondered if marriages could just be a strategic move.

I was a little shocked, and to be honest, repulsed that Gertrude married Claudius, the brother of her former husband. When I was reading it, I was just thinking, “Ophelia, you’ve known Claudius for two decades as your brother-in-law. And now he’s your husband?!” I was disgusted. And apparently, so was Hamlet, Ophelia’s son, because he said Continue reading

Thank you!

photo is from Google images.

photo is from Google images.

Today is Veteran’s day and like many businesses and individuals out there I want to say THANK YOU to all of the veterans out there who have sacrificed their very own lives to protect mine. I say “mine” as in the lives of all Americans. Thank you all so much for your bravery, dedication, and generosity. Knowing how there are so many people sacrificing their lives in order for individuals such as myself to live safely and comfortable makes me want to work even harder and help others also.
Anyone can make a difference in someone’s life. One does not need to perform major acts of bravery and sacrifice their lives,(but thankfully we do have courageous individuals who we need to be thankful for that do…), to make a difference. The same goes for my AP English class’s innovation projects. The projects do not have to be grand or enormous…they can start small and gradually grow over time.
Now here’s a song that I really enjoy listening too and I hope all of you like it too.

Dedication and Perserverance

I recently watched the movie Guru of Go and was just in admiration of Hank Gathers. Hank was a phenomenal basketball player and loved playing the sport. Unfortunately, he would later develop a heart condition that would limit his basketball ability. He was prescribed medication but when Hank discovered that they made him slow and sluggish, he resisted using them. Basketball was his life and he enjoyed playing it. I was in awe of how dedicated Hank was to the sport and how he strove to persevere. Continue reading

When time is about to run out…what do you do?

photo taken during a family vacation  and edited by me.

photo taken during a family vacation and edited by me.

When life gives you lemons…you make lemonade. When life gives you a limited amount of time…what do you do?
A person can only live for so long; life can only last for so long. With these limited years that we have, how should we spend them?
The answer to that question is different for every person. Adventurous individuals may say that we should spend our lives expanding our horizons and traveling the world. Gaming addicts may say we should spend our lives behind the computer screen. Family oriented individuals may say we should spend our lives bonding and creating lasting memories with our families.
The answer to that question however does not even matter. The important thing here is that we spend every day, every hour, and every moment doing something worthwhile; something we love, something that will have an impact on others.
Recently I watched a sports documentary that featured the deceased famous basketball player Hank Gathers. Hank Gathers lived his life playing basketball; it was something that was very special and important to him. He played basketball until the moment he died. Even when his doctors told him he should rest and take medicine, he refused and kept on playing ball. During one of his basketball tournaments, he died on the court after finishing his slam dunk. Now…why am I telling you this? Hank Gathers may have lived a fairly short life, but he spent it doing something he absolutely loved. Everyday of his life was filled with passion and hard work. Everyday meant something to him, everyday was important.
I’m not a firm believer in the concept of a bucket list. To me a bucket list screams, “Hey! Life is gonna end soon so you better get all of these things done!” Why do we have to be reminded that the clock is constantly ticking and that we need to do something about it. Why not just have a good time and not even notice that the clock is ticking. When you are living your life to the fullest, you are not going to even notice that you only have another day to do something. You are going to notice that you have one extra day to do something.
So what is my main point that I am trying to state? Get off that couch and turn off that movie! Go do something that will be worthwhile! Spend time with your family and friends, pursue your life long dreams, go meet new people. Life is too short to be spent watching a two our and thirty minute film meant to just kill time. We don’t want to kill time here folks, we want to treasure it and spend every moment of it meaningfully. The end of today will not signal the disappearance of another day in our life but the start of a new day that we have.
Well, at least that’s how I see it.
-vananh