Dear future me,
If you're reading this, congratulations on making it alive to the end of Junior year!!! I don't know how you/I managed to do it, but we're finally done with the hardest year of high school (did your internship meet your expectations?). Does Dr. P still free-style? I/you still remember the first time he did it he blew all of our freaking minds. Also, Mack is awesome. Just clearing the air on that. Also, OH MA GAWD I am writing this letter after one of the best (if not the best) weekends of my life, remember? One Direction was too perfect for the human mind to be able to comprehend, and I have a new man crush on 5 Seconds of Summer now, since they were actually really good live. AND THE CHARGERS beat the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks!!! Holy $#@&! That was definitely one of the loudest crowds I have ever been a part of; my ears are still ringing and the game was 2 DAYS AGO! Oh yea, and the concert was on Niall's birthday and they said we were one of the top 3 crowds EVA!!! It is not a coincidence that every time I go to a show, they say we were one of the loudest.
Keep kicking ass,
Rafie (from the past)
"So, Native American but not proud of it. Haircuts are typically not short in the Native American Culture. Unconfident but not necessarily unsmart, based on the way you slouch; yet your heads positioning still carries some dignity. Very often abused, but not by your parents. The scars and bruise marks are too small to have come from a full grown hand. Your knuckles show no signs of use in fighting, so your parents are disconnected from that part of your life. Thus we can also derive that your father is probably a substance user, my guess is alcoholic, since there is no way a sober father, especially an Indian one from the way you describe them, would let their only son get beaten and not show them how to fight back. You have a bag of books though, so your mother is educated. No, wanted to be educated but was too poor to ever have been able to afford it, which is why you're still here, on this reservation. There is also a slight scent coming from you, rather feminine, which means you have often been in close contact with a girl. You have a girlfriend, and she's white, since everyone on the reservation either can't afford perfume or wouldn't wear it anyway. So you go to school at a white school. How else would you have met a white girl? The school is far, based on the tan lines your glasses left on your face from the days that you walked to and from there. You also play basketball, since the soles of your feet are rubber, and the distance that you walk merits buying tennis shoes. However, quite clearly you can only afford one pair of shoes, so the fact that you chose rubber soles is very telling. You're also malnourished, since the exercise you do clearly isn't translating to muscle. From the restaurants I saw on my drive here, you eat a lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonalds. You have a stutter, lisp, and uneven eyes, so you probably suffered some kind of traumatic brain damage when you were a child."
Our vey first mini project of Junior year was the IDK Project. Here is a picture of what the final product looked like:
After conducting this short, initial research, now I'm wondering if allergies can be prevented, if DNA from people with allergies has different properties when compared to people who do not, and how allergies affect other immune system functions, if at all.
In this activity, we had to write multiple six word memoirs that summarized something about us as an individual in six words exactly. Below are some of my favorite memoirs that I wrote.
Always thinking. Always working. Never satisfied
In the memoir above, I try to describe the student I am, and aspire to be. I am a firm believer that work ethic and thought process are vital to success.
Class, school, city, state, nation, world.
This memoir is reflects how I believe you have to approach a change you want to se be made. You have to start small and in a place that you feel comfortable, such as your classroom, and you gradually increase, until you have seen that change made throughout the world.
Once a story, always a reference.
You should always be learning from mistakes, whether they be yours or someone else's. This memoir reflects that others experiences can hold a lesson for you as well, even if you did not go through that experience.
Larger than life. Less than living.
This memoir is a reflection of the most metamorphic event I have experienced up to this point in my life, and in essence summarizes how I now reflect on the situation.
Limits only exist to exceed them
I do not believe that you should ever be held back by what other people say are the limits to what you can accomplish. If you are willing to dedicate yourself to the work, the limit is only as high as you make it.
There's no peak without the mountain
No accomplishment can be reached without some kind of struggle. The climb is what gets you to the mountaintop, and if you don't make the climb, you'll never reach the peak.