Sunday, May 5, 2013
It is a beautiful feeling!!!!!!!
AP Chem has literally(not literally) consumed my soul and it is about to be over!!!! (except for one lesson and a test on organic chem but psssshhhhh who cares about those)
although also FREAKING OUT because the AP test is tomorrow. Like whoa.
The test has an extremely lax curve, 65% is a safe 5 and 50% is a safe four. Aiming for one of those.
Also I took the SAT yesterday! I think I did pretty well, can't wait to get the scores back!
Got to go study now!
Posted by Amaranthine at 1:04 PM
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
It's around 8:30, and I"m sitting here typing this with hairspray in my hair and both my desks piled with books and papers.
I haven't had time to blog or write, because school has got me so busy with writing. AP US History isn't really reading about history, it's just writing about it. AP English has essays almost every week and """discussions"""(basically forum posting) every day. Even in Spanish, I have to compose my essays before I put them down.
It's 4/5. Already more than a fourth through the not-so-new year. Sometimes I feel like the world is getting old around me and I'm the same. More often, I sink under the sea in a blur of activity and emerge again to find that it's a week, three months, several years later, and everything has slowly changed without me realizing it, and I look back and barely recognize who I used to be.
At dance, I land double pirouettes on both sides. I do my front and back walkover every week at acro class. I no longer do the piano certificate of merit Some people that were my best friends, who I talked to multiple times a day, I don't even know them anymore. It's a long way to go from talking to someone nonstop to when you think about them, a blank appears in your mind. Like even if you worked up the courage to send them an email, you wouldn't even know what to say.
I started this blog in 8th grade. Before I even could dance. Before I liked Ender's Game or Artemis Fowl or anime. When I had no friends and short hair.
Other things haven't changed so much. I still write on this blog and it still has the same blog design.
I like to think that life will stop being blurry when I get to college. I'll stop wandering-half asleep through life and start living. In a year from now, I will know where I'm going to college. This summer, this Christmas, will be my last summer/Christmas at a high school student. That's unbelievable. I feel like I have this huge mountain to climb of SAT tests, AP tests, college apps.
Hopefully, some things will stay the same. I'll still stubbornly type on this blog even when it's lost deep within the interwebs and not a soul reads it. I'll still hopefully have The Lakehouse even if the people on there that I talk to has changed.
And now I'll write about my day, because even though it's boring for you to read now and even more boring for me to write it, when I look back on my blog those are the posts I like the most. Because an astonishingly amount of days go by and you can't remember what happened. Do you remember what you had for dinner yesterday? Remember anything at all you did last week?
Last night, I had one of those recurring dreams that I was flying, but bogged down by a heavy weight so it took a lot of effort to stay in the air. And I was being chased by something. I was flying under some trees and the thing climbed up the tree, ran out onto the branches, and jumped on top of me. I woke up in a fright and extremely drowsy.
I had been planning to get up and run, but since I was tired, I decided against it. In the morning, I spent a lot of time scanning in work, and going to a test review session. At my Chemistry online class( the only one I go to, although I have to option to go to others), the only other people that are usually there are the teacher, and my friends Jessica and Nathaniel. I love them both although I feel guilty that it's always usually them helping me with their homework.
Anyways, we talked a little bit, and then I...I can't even remember what I did today. Wrote stuff, did math problems, took tests. At four, I went to teach my
Zion is run by a bunch of Koreans who look down on non-Koreans. They speak to you in Korean, and if you don't respond, they hide the free samples. I've mastered the art of hiding in a crowd of Koreans so they have no choice but to hand you the sample along with the Koreans. I don't really like Zion anymore because of a bad experience I had with them.(Long story short, I accidentally left a bag of onions behind, the lady tried to tell me but I misunderstood because she kept messing up the checkout, and when I tried to go back for them she was really rude to me and kept rolling her eyes and sighing.)
At dance, nothing much happened except I had really bad pirouettes in the first class so I spent the second class improving them. A sub was in the advanced ballet class and so all the girls in that class ditched and came to the intermediate class, which I guess wasn't very nice of them.
And then I biked home and now I'm sitting here typing waiting for my dad to come home so we can eat dinner. I'm still working on my app for another summer program at University of Michigan. I'm also submitting one for a program at USC. I really really really hope I get into one of these programs or I don't know what I'll be doing this summer.
Posted by Amaranthine at 8:47 PM
Monday, March 25, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
One thing that's had me a bit busy is reading/reviewing he first three books of the Playlist Fiction collection. Here's the first one: It's Complicated, by Laura Smith, the first of a series, is set to release on April 1st.
There’s a reason Facebook has the relationship status, “It’s Complicated.” Follow four college roommates, Claire, Palmer, Hannah and Kat as they maneuver crushes, confusion, and the crisis when pushy boys go too far. Complicated as it is, these four friends will pull through, guided by the strength of their friendship and the power of God’s love.
Now, I admit this kind of YA fiction is not the kind of story I have the most experience reading. As I know from the number of you who read my posts, we'd like to be more familiar with fire-breathing dragons, magic islands, and dark adventures than the unpredictable throes of Real Life or dramaful relationships.
But like it or not, Smith's novel still has a lot to teach every girl, and may be more relatable in some ways than we'd wish.
Claire is a dancer from a single-parent family. Her stressed-out mom has finally found a man she may stay with, and he's even flying them out on a fabulous vacation to Paris! Does this mean good news for Claire, or is it too good to be true?
Hannah is a cheerful, outgoing friend who hides deep frustration at her difficulty relating to the opposite sex. Will she ever fins a guy she can connect with, or is she forever doomed to watching her friends' relationships like a kid through a candy-store window?
Palmer is a beautiful, bright, popular homecoming queen with an amazing boyfriend. But when he starts pressuring her to go too far, is that destined to change?
Kat is a soft-spoken athlete with a Southern accent. How will her relationships and friendships fit into her friends' lives?
With the myriad of plots running through the book, each of It's Complicated's individual story lines is relatively simple. For much of the book, the stories follow each character in a simple narration, showing the reader pleasant and not-so-pleasant snippets of the characters' lives. However, when things get Complicated, they complicate fast, and the plot held my attention easily throughout most of the book.
Smith's novel follows the controversial four-character narration method, with each chapter rotating through each character's point of view. Complicated was the first novel I've read with more than three characters narrating in this stye. This kind of switching point of view has pros(getting to skip around to the interesting parts in characters lives, keeping suspense) and cons(confusion). If the characters are even somewhat similar and there are many of them, as is the case here, it can be hard at first to keep each story straight.
However, Smith does an excellent job at avoiding tangling her story lines. Each character develops an individual enough voice to separate them from each other, and Smith drops clues into the chapters(other characters, references to previous scenes), that savvy readers will be able to navigate.
I connected most with Palmer, Claire, and Hannah in a familiar sort of way. They instantly felt like old friends I'd known for a while, and it wasn't difficult at all to root for them. Each fills the typical YA archetypes and cast of characters(athelete, dancer, popular girl) but had twists and turns that kept them from being cliche.
I would also like to note that at times I had trouble keeping track of the secondary characters that accompany each girl.
Each story follows several settings, but I really appreciated how the story opened on a familiar and instantly relatable setting for high school seniors/juniors--a college orientation. I wasn't sure about the story at first, but the opening instantly grabbed someone as college-obsessed as me. I love hearing about dorm rooms, dining halls, majors, etc. ( I read college blogs for fun) so it was great.
This story isn't your typical YA fluff. It explores several serious and urgent themes in today's culture, mainly sexual and relational pressure. From several events that have happened in my personal life, I know that good Christian girls deal with this pressure as often as anybody else. Now more than ever, I'm glad stories like It's Complicated exist. The story has not been resolved, so the fates of the characters are still unclear. But I pray that Smith takes advantage of the attention of girls across the country to resolve the story in a way that will most help girls struggling in their own lives.
When I got the the end of the story, I kept looking for more pages! I couldn't believe it was over and cannot wait for the resolution to these girls stories. With certain elements like brand-name-dropping and transcripts of text messages, It's Complicated starts off like many other YA novels, but it delves into serious territory in a completely natural and non-preachy way.
I know many girls who could benefit from It's Complicated and hope you will give it a try!
It's Complicated, by Laura Smith, releases April 1st, 2013.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
One down, two more to go :(.
There are some other programs which I'm considering though! Wish me luck!
This weekend I'm going to be helping at the Girl Scout Brownie Luau campout we organize for younger kids! I'm excited but nervous, since I hope it all goes well.
Posted by Amaranthine at 9:17 AM