On a totally separate note, I’m I the only one who reads this to the tune of hot cross buns.
Anyways, to get back to the interview. I have thought of 3 wise nugs to share, about my interview.
1 – Think of a lot of questions. You would be surprised on how quickly the interview goes bye. I had 10 questions and the interview was done in 15 minutes. Maybe a bit more.
2 – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It might sound silly but if you are afraid to ask certain questions don’t be. The person you are interviewing, at least for me, is very understanding if you are confused.
3 – You do not need to record the interview. If you have something to take notes on, you can take notes. I find it better to take notes because you can put them in your own words.
Overall I really enjoyed the interview experience. I also think it will help me for future interviews.
To start this off, I am just going to say this a rough skeleton draft of my speech. If you have read my previous blog post, you know that I am not that great at deciding things and I am always second guessing myself. Well it’ not any different when I am thinking of how to write an eminent speech. Anyways here is the main idea I have fore my eminent speech.
Intro/hook: Talking to herself. Struggling with a problem. It might sound weird because she is/I am talking to myself
Start of rising action: Questions why she is still doing this.
Rising Action: Trying to answer the question, start listing the negative things that have happened to get to this point. All the struggles she has faced. The unfairness of it all. Talk about going to school to be a French teacher before she was allowed in universities.
Climax: Realising that she does love it. It’s her passion. Thin about all the good moment and experiences she has had. All the things she has discovered. All the joys
Conclusion: This is why I am still doing this. Goes back to work on the problem. This time with a smile.
This might not seem like much but to me it’s perfect. I also have a couple of other speech ideas in my head so hopefully I can wright a couple of different speeches and see what I like best. Out of all the different ideas I have gong on in my head, I definitely like this one the best so far. I think it is because the way I formatted I; it allows be to show all the hardships she has been through and it also lets me show everyone why she this is her passion. If I really get stuck and the speech does not turn out as great as I think it will, I can always change it. For now I am going to stick with this outline though.
It is that time of the year again, Eminent. Which means Night of the Notables are right around the corner and interview emails are being sent out constantly. Before all of this happens there is one thing each and every TALON student has to do. Pick an Eminent person (insert dramatic music here).
When thinking of possible eminent people there is always an internal debate going on in my head. It is hard for me to choose just one person. I am very scared that I will get halfway through researching my eminent person and then find someone who fits my description of an eminent person better. Although despite everything this is what kind of happened to me. Before going to the library trip I had though of a person: Mary Cartwright. So of course when we got to the library that is who I researched. During that research I found a book. This book contained many female physicist that had done many incredible things. This is where I found my eminent person: Lise Meitner.
When I started reading about Lise Meitner, I realised that this was my eminent person right away. I quickly found out how amazing she is and all the things she has contributed to the world. These things may have a contributing factor for why she is my eminent person but none of them is the main reason why I chose her. The main reason I chose Lise Meitner as my eminent person is because she deserves to be talked about. Everyone should know her story and I want to tell it to them. I want to be able to portray just how incredible and brilliant she is. I want to share every struggle she went through and to show the world just how strong she is. This is why I chose her as my eminent person. When I am reading about her the thought of someone that might be better as an eminent person never crosses my mind.
There isn’t that many similarities between us. Although she was a physicist and I want to study mathematics. She was born into a big family, and I was born into a family that might be considered big but compared to hers in is pretty small. When she was a child school stopped at the age of 14 for girls, so she then prepared herself to become a French teacher. As I looked toward a future profession I would like to have teaching has crossed my mind. I also think it would be fun to learn French as I am already in French 10 and hopefully I will continue to study it to French 12. If you look close enough you can find similarities but you can also find differences. She lived in a different century a different country and on a different continent. That is what will probably be the hardest part of my eminent person study. I have to remember that there was a lot more struggles for females in science in the early 1900’s. I also will never know what is like to live through WW1 and WW2. I have to take in all of these facts when I am creating a speech, making a learning center, and whenever I am researching about her.
Even with all the differences between Lise Meitner and myself I still want to have her as my eminent person with all my heart. I hope that I can tell everybody about everything she has done and all the wonderful things she has accomplished in her life. I am really glad that I chose her because I feel a lot more passionate about her being my eminent person then my last year eminent person. Charles Darwin. I think it’s because I can discover a lot more things about that I don’t know yet. Last year I has already done a project on Charles Darwin Before, but now I get to start from scratch and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I am really ready for excited for this eminent project so here goes, Eminent take 2
There are two mediums in which Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron” is portrayed. One is Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”, the other is the film adaption “2081”. The film did an excellent job depicting the story, but reading the story you can come to a better understand of this dystopian future and the characters within it. During the film you cannot really understand what the father is thinking about. The film doesn’t quite show how challenging the handicaps are to deal with. In the story, you can obviously see how hard it is to deal with the handicaps. In the story it clearly shows how you cannot continue a thought for more than twenty seconds with a mental handicap. Also in the movie it did not feel as if everyone was equal. When watching the ballerina’s in the film they looked graceful and better than the average human. In the story it tells you that the ballerina’s weren’t better than anyone else who would have tried. With the film all the masks were the same, rather than the story where there were uglier masks than others. When comparing these two mediums, I think the story did a better job showing the struggles that people go through with handicaps on then the film.
Over these last couple of pages and chapters, Ralph has grown very much. As we know Ralph has been elected Chief. As chief he has had to make some tough decision and lead a group of children while they navigate this island. One of the challenges he has to encounter is sorting everything and everyone out. Another thing Ralph has to do is call assemblies when needed. He tries to tell them want he is going to do at every assembly, “We need an assembly. Not for fun. Not for laughing”(page 86). He starts off getting to the point right away. He makes it clear that he wants to talk about a serious matter. He continues on telling the group how serious this matter should be taken. Ralph also says “And first of all, I’m speaking”(page 86). He states that this is not a time to interrupt him, as he has been in the past. He tells the group what should be their first priorities and what should not be. He does an excellent job at discussing what he wants done without being to forceful about it. He has clearly grown into the role of leader the group has given him. He calms himself before speaking, most of the time, and he tries to listen to everyone’s point. He is trying to be as responsible as he can; socially, mentally, and physically. In my opinion this is a very hard thing to do, especially when you have a bunch of little boys running around wanting to play all the time. I do not think I could handle it as well as Ralph is. I cannot wait to see if he can keep up this great leader role or if some other twist occurs later in the book.
What I took away from this past week is how it’s hard to see the good in the world when you are looking at a single story. After listening to Stuart Mclean’s “Safe Places,” and Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story,” I could see where these two wonderful works of art related to one another. With “The Danger of a Single Story,” you notice that to really get to know something or someone you will have to hear all of their stories related to it. In that sense if you want to understand the world you will have to learn all of it’s stories. I think the reason people are afraid of the world is because the sheer vastness in the amount of stories out there is incomprehensible. There is simply too many stories in the world therefore we usually see the world with one story. People rarely see the good in the world because to learn what is happening around us we turn to the news. The news reports stories people will pay attention to. They report grief and misery, which is sadly the common single story of the world. Seeing the grief and misery in the world can make you afraid of it, yet once you look past that veil of despair, you can start to see the beauty and wonder all around us. Once you have started looking past the single story you can find the creativity and the kindness that’s all around us.
Blog Response #2
The thesis statement of David Suzuki’s “Racism,” in my opinion is, you learn your beliefs from the people around you. “It’s funny how when we are kids, we don’t see the difference that adults do. We learn what to fear or hate from our parents or others around us”(page 17). I think the reason why we learn what to fear from the people closest to us is because we have spent the most time listening to their story and their experiences. When you hear that one story over and over again you are then able to interpret it and understand their point of view more. It is hard to go against what you were told to fear, especially when that is how you were raised and no one told you a different side of the story. When you are a child you haven’t had many experiences in the world, so you base your opinions on what other people have told you. When you are a kid you haven’t experienced moments that can determine your personality and how you act. You learn how to act in social situation by learning how your parents act. So much of your personality is determined by your parents when you are a kid. When you grow up, you have to choose whether to keep that opinion you were taught or use the experiences you have to come up with a different opinion. Though when you are a kid, the way you act is just a reflection of what you were taught by the closest people around you; the producers of the story you hear the most.
How do you know when you are influenced by someone? In the story “Emil”, Stuart Mclean shows us how the smallest event can influence us the most. It is truly amazing how Morley’s life changed once she got to know Emil. “Will you show me your garden tomorrow”(116). After catching Emil in her neighbor’s garden, Morley asked Emil this. A simple conversation with Emil led her to see his garden the next day. From then on she would not only give him money and food, but she would also get him flowers for his garden. From this discovery it leads her to plant flowers in his garden without him knowing; next summer he will be surprised when they bloom. It’s amazing that from one conversation, Morley was changed forever. She will now think to buy him things for his garden. An exchange between two people, caused one to influence the other to change.
“Let’s have a vote.”(page 23) The four words that decided how everyone was going to view Ralph, yet they weren’t even said by him. This scene is a telling of Ralphs character. The boys on the island have not met each other full. They have not really discovered if he would make a good leader, yet everyone was cheering him on. “Ralph! Ralph!”(page 24) From this you can tell that Ralph looks like a trustworthy character. Especially compared to the other boy that was running against him. “I’m chief then.”(page 24) Apparently the little things he has said and done in the previous pages of the story were enough to win over the group. He even won when the other competitor already had some control over some of the group. It’s truly amazing that he could win over a group with just a few words. It also goes to show you how people do judge a book by it’s cover. They boys did not have that much time to get to know Ralph, yet he was their chief. Nothing drastic proved he could handle that position. The only thing he had was a conch shell he blew to get everyone together for meetings. The other true telling of his character is how he was willing to be chief. He was willing to lead a group of boys he did not know while they were stranded who knows where for who knows how long. The question in my mind is if this turns out to be a good idea or bad, but only time and continuing the book will tell.
I have this feeling. It is a feeling that every last bit of energy I have within my body has now disappeared. I can barely lift my arms, drag my legs and move my thoughts through my head. I can’t even complain, for that would take me opening my mouth. All I am thinking about is closing my eyes and shutting the world out of my mind. I am just waiting for the moment where I can sink into my own personal pit of silence, where a cocoon of warmth and comfort awaits me. This place is something I so desperately want and need right now. The problem is it would take moving to get me there, and moving is something I don’t want to do, I don’t even think I can.
My Ted Talk is mostly about the future of heart transplants. My main topics are the heart transplant surgery in itself, heart cell regeneration and last but not least growing hearts by using stem cells. I picked this topic because I was curious, once I started researching I couldn’t stop. There is so much amazing potential for the future and I hope this will give you a quick inside to what that potential might be.