On Monday morning before the camping trip, I told my parents that I didn't want to even show up. I felt that the camping trip would be three days living in boredom, while everyone else, who actually all knew each other, would be having a blast together. Right when I stepped on the bus, I was proven wrong. Hal Groom, who is now a great friend of mine, asked me if I wanted to sit with him. We ended up having a striking conversation. Hal turned out to be an interesting person. He told me about his passion for cooking, and his unique experiences at cooking school. From that moment on, I started to make more friends and fit in more. I immediately developed a sense of trust for those who recided within my advisor group. Being with these people throughout this three day experience, allowed me to experience these emotions. Windsor Mountain was an immense highlight of my Fenn experience, and also an excellent prelude to the memories that I would experience over the course of my eighth grade year at Fenn.
Academically, this year was like no other school year I had experienced. My teachers were always there to support me. All of my teachers wanted me to succeed, and they did everything they could to motivate me to succeed. As the year progressed, I felt much more motivated to go the extra mile with my work. I put in more time studying, I never hesitated to ask my teachers for help, and I gave every assessment my best, regardless of its significance, and its impact on my grade. I found my learning experiences this year, much more interesting than in previous years. In English class, I cherished being able to use state of the art technology tools, as opposed to proceeding with English class the boring and old fashioned way, which way to sit at an old wooden desk and write with a pen and a paper. I like typing more than writing because it is faster and much more neatly organized than writing. In science class, I took advantage of all the wonders the class beheld. We frequently utilized various lab apparatus throughout the year , we worked with all sorts of substances, such as water, alcohol, magnesium, foods, and energy drinks. I thoroughly enjoyed combusting foods to find out how many kilocalories per gram were in them. At the end of the year, I enjoyed going outside to explore our Northern Hardwood Forest ecosystem in a lab report. Lab reports were a weakness for me, but as the year progressed, with some help from Ms. Heaton, they became a strength for me. In SS class, I was always eager and interested about what I learned. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about American Government, particularly legislation. I wrote a letter to Representative Alice Peisch about increasing low voter turnout by having a state holiday on election day. She commended me for my interest in state government, and acknowledged that voter turnout is a problem that needs to improve. Unfortunately, a solution to this problem is not easy to come by. Representative Peisch also acknowledged that, saying that the proposal of a state holiday on election day would be difficult because this state already has twelve legal holidays, and a thirteenth would have a negative economical impact on our state. I was excited to get feedback from a state representative, who further educated me on an aspect of government I was interested to know about.
I found great success in academics this year. I accomplish feats I never knew I could manage, such as earning a spot on the honor role in the winter. Academics was one of many aspects of Fenn, in which I found success.
The athletic facilities were another place at Fenn where I found great success. In the fall, I was bitterly disappointed when I didn't make Varsity soccer. I challenged myself to deal with this adversity, and I felt with it well. I ended up making JV, and rebounding from this setback with resilience instead of letting it affect me. Throughout the fall, I had been working for a goal I set back at Windsor Mountain back in the fall. I wanted to earn a spot on the Varsity hockey team. As the tryouts approached, I practiced harder on the ice. Every bit of work I put in, was every bit of performance increase that would come from my strong work ethic. After three days of hard work in tryouts, the news had been broken to me. I had made the team. I felt an excellent sense of accomplishment rush through me. Making Varsity hockey was one of the biggest accomplishments I made at Fenn. Accomplishing this feat felt rewarding because I felt that I had earned this accomplishment. Fenn challenges their students to earn what they accomplish, and I had earned my place on Varsity hockey.
As I previously mentioned, accomplishments at Fenn aren't easy to come by. They require a lot of work, but with all the work comes down time. There are plenty of times to blow off steam and feel free. I am always excited when I walk out of the classroom and onto the athletic field. I feel as though I have been unleashed from the boredom of schoolwork, and I now am offered the freedoms of the athletic field. Sports give me an excellent opportunity to blow off steam, and relieve stress. I depend upon these times to get me through the school day. Though athletics are not the only aspects of Fenn that make me feel free.
In my second and third term visual arts classes, I cherished the relaxed atmosphere, which is an desire that I have always had in an arts class. I ended up having Ms. Cobblah for painting in term two, and sculpture in term three. She was open to unique works of creativity, and accepted every artist for their style of work. It was this type of enviornment, that put me in the best possible position to succeed. I indeed composed seven exquisit pieces.
This year at Fenn, I came up with faliure in some experiences, such as not making Varsity soccer, struggling with lab reports early in the year, and ending up just short of a spot on the honor role in the fall. However, with failure comes learning from mistakes, and learning from mistakes means change in behavior, and change in behavior means another shot at success. I had plenty of chances to be successful this year, and I was indeed successful in various facets of my eighth grade year at Fenn. Academically, my grades improved in every subject. Athletically, I made Varsity hockey and Varsity tennis, and in the arts I composed various works of creativity. I have made friendships at Fenn this year, which will continue to last even when my Fenn experience concludes. Fortunately, I am sticking around at Fenn with most of my closest friends. I will be sure to cherish what I have, before it's to late.