I think that I have experienced many positive experiences in my lifetime thus far that not many other people my age have. At least … not the exact same things. I chose five to share with you all. 🙂
Though I mostly watched movies and copied down notes in this class than read and study hardcore for tests, Psychology opened my eyes up to life around me. It amazed me. I don’t know how to explain it further. 🙁
2. Creative Writing
Mrs. Nease, my Creative Writing teacher junior year, taught me many things. She is also the teacher that helped me hold onto an escape from reality that I had always used in the past: writing. During the Winter Trimester (the only time Creative Writing was available), I learned about sentence structure, various poetry styles, dramatic monologues in theater and more. I discovered that, with writing, you can write out your own future. I also realized the more and more I wrote, the more and more I became familiar with Psychology. Psychology is an amazing thing, and I think that in order to be successful in writing you must know Psychology.
After all, in writing you need to know the different ways someone might react to a certain event or feeling. That’s Psychology.
3. Girlstart. (?)
In middle school I participated in an after school program that helped girls gain confidence and learn more. The respresentatives taught us basic HTML (I was in seventh grade!), helped us with our mathematics (We learned advanced algebra, which helped because in my Intro to Algebra class in eighth grade, I already knew what was going on!) and fun things such as learning the dance routine to various songs on a Now That’s What I Call Music! CD. We also went on field trips (one was to UT in Austin, as the middle school was Austin) and learned how fingerprints can be traced.
This was an amazing experience, and I wish that all schools had this program – or at least a similar one (GAP) – for girls to gain life skills that can and will stick with them for a lifetime.
4. Camp Allaso
I went to Allaso Ranch for Winter Retreat in January 2009 on a weekend (Saturday to Sunday). Alice received a scholarship which helped her to go as well. I am thankful, because we became closer friends there, and Alice was baptized the following Wednesday. <3
Alice and I also met new friends!
From venting to learning patience, from learning about other lifestyles to meeting new people (even if it’s just via comments, e-mail and forums) – blogging has helped me grow, no matter how odd that sounds. 🙂