Class of 2013

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carpe Diem

I don’t really want much from life. Maybe get a nice house, a nice family, and what not. Although, the thing I want at my  most from life is to be able to say I made a difference. I want to proclaim that I made a positive change in a large community. I want to leave that lasting effect that not many people can do. Maybe I can invent something and be the next great Thomas Edison or maybe I can walk set foot on a new world and be the next Neil Armstrong. I want to be able to look back at life and say that I did what no one else could do. I want to do what everyone else thought was impossible.
Change often means doing something that we are not accustomed to doing. It is necessary because through it, we evolve and develop as a species. Change is not possible in one day. Rather, we must small steps towards the change. These small steps can be doing the change, whatever it may be, once a week, then every other day, then daily, then hourly. Change will let us learn new things, develop new skills, and become better overall.

Carpe Diem

What I want from my life is success and happiness. I want to live in peace and luxury.
I would also want to be able to repay my parents for they do for me and give back what they gave me. My parents have tried so hard to give me everything I need and want. And they try to give me good education by sending me to good schools and hiring tutors. But I don’t take advantage of that and I just don’t care. But I want to change that and repay them for everything. Change is necessary to life because change can be for the good or be for the worst but it will always happen to you eventually. Its not change that’s important but how you adapt to the changes in your life that are important. Change in my life now is necessary because with me moving from grade school to high school and graduating eighth grade a lot of change is happening in my life now. I’m also becoming older and having more responsibilities and trying to not conform with others.It is important to treat everyday like its your last because that day might be your last day.
To live life to the fullest because you never know when your going to die even if you're young and have many more years ahead. To think that one die you’ll day is hard but most older people learn to cope with it and try to make everyday count and worth living for. Sure there will be bad days but you’ll get through them and there will be good days which people always look forward to. this is the only life you have so live it to the\ best of your abilities.To live is to question and to die is to have all the answers. So when you make everyday count it will be worth it when you do die. That is way it is important to treat each day ,as if it were your last because you never know when your going to die, So just live your life.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Seize the day!

     What do you want from life? Being fourteen, and still very young I am not exactly sure. Throughout my life I find myself always asking myself this question, but could never find the answer. Life is something that is given to you, and it is your job to basically make your life a living. What I want from life, is happiness. I don't want to fortune, or the fame, because even people with all the money in the world still find themselves without happiness. I want good memories, and I want the bad memories so I can learn from them and strive. Although, my life has had some ordeals that I did not yet recover from, I realized that you cannot have a rainbow without a little rain. Pain is something that occurs to remind us that we are still living, and if there is no pain there is no gain. Henry David Thoreau once quoted “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life... and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau basically means that he regrets the decisions he has made and regrets not living his life to the fullest. 
    Change is something that I believe everybody should consider. Many people think that change is a bad thing, and it can in some situations. We should all want to change in some way but for the better, but it is not always easy. By changing myself I want to become more responsible, and to gain more integrity. Also, I would want to change the way I look at life, and my future. By changing, you become more mature, and maturity is what I would like to gain more of. 
     Most of us do not know how long we are going to live, and when your on your death bed you start to wish you knew. Life is something that we shouldn't waste, because every minute counts. You should savor every moment of life because it can go by faster then you'll ever expect. So what I mean is you should treat every day as if it was going to be your last and that you knew it was going to be your last. Don't be shy, have fun even when your doing something boring, and appreciate your life no matter how hard it gets. 

-Ava Washington

Carpe Diem

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”

This quote from Henry David Thoreau can have an infinite amount of meanings and interpretations. However, I say that Thoreau wanted to escape into a place where he could be alone with his thoughts and venture into a new area in which he could examine his mind. He wanted to discern the important things in life, so when he was ready to die he could say he has lived his life in the best way possible, instead of not  having lived at all.
I am not a greedy man. I do not wish for all the treasures and knowledge that the world possess. Instead, I would rather want to make a modest living and reside in a well-kept area so I could raise my children with my wife. I don’t need, nor do I want the most  flamboyant  of items. A nice car that could meet my needs and a moderately sized house in which my family could live comfortably is what I want. I was taught to give, never to want.  
Change is absolutely necessary. Although it may be hard, it would pay off in the long run. Everything around us is constantly changing so it is only logical to change with it. However, this does not mean that we should change for the worse. We should change to better ourselves so that we can rise above the negative. Change also helps us mature and brings opportunities.  
It is vital to live each day like there is no tomorrow because in reality, there actually might not be a tomorrow for us. There are so many possibilities that could harm us even when we take precautions. It isn’t worth not doing what you love or believe in out of fear because come tomorrow, the opportunity may be lost forever. Now I’m not say that you should run around in the streets with a chicken costume on screaming your lungs out, but you should do the things you enjoy when you are still capable of doing so. As the saying goes, “you aren’t getting any younger.” We were given life for a reason, why waste it?
Christian Reda

Carpe Diam

                            What I want from life is less crime in our world so that everyone would be safe because today our world is filled with anger and hate and then when it gets to serious people start running around killing each other. Life would be different without crimes in our world and maybe everyone could get along and be friends. And I also think that people would know each other more if everybody communicated in a good way.I can change by looking at things in a different way and being kind and generous to people in need. I also feel as if crimes happen today because someone in that persons family gets killed and they feel as if they need revenge on another person.

                               And I think that some people want change and some people don't because they think that the world is fine because of drugs and crimes and they are the ones who cause the crimes. We can all relate to a time when we really wanted the world to change and every child in the world can make that happen by getting envolved and standing up to what is right. One of the people that is trying to change the world right now is Obama but some people don't like Obama so they don't even cor operate with him so the world isn't really changing that much. But I also think that if I really try hard than I can change the world but it would take a lot of time and effort and facts and information. And if a lot of children would help and get envolved also than there would be a lot of change.
                               When I was doing my Research paper for eighth grade I learned that a lot of the crimes today are caused by violent video games. Some of the crimes that happen are caused by children also because of violent video games and violent movies and a way that we can stop crimes is by taking away those movies and video games. One other thing that I learned was that some children can kill other people is because their mom and dad split up when they were little so they have always been angry.

"Carpe Diem"

    Life is a gift that consists of beauty and freedom and is granted to all individuals, who are given the opportunity of performing what they highly presume is the correct way of traveling the path to success. Many might believe that life is a miserable punishment inflicted upon those unworthy of happiness. However, the fundamentals of life state that there will be unsatisfactory moments that we will eventually experience. Life provides us with the capability of transforming those dark moments into ones that are easily conformable to and pleasurable. Henry David Thoreau once quoted “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life... and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau, according to the phrase, regretted the decision he made in life because he felt as if he did not live it sufficiently. I however, aspire to live life accordingly before my final days approach. I seek a successful future by sacrificing what is required of me at a young age in order to enjoy my adulthood. I intend to live in accordance with my dreams and avoid the author’s fate.
    When viewing life from my perspective, I believe that a connection exists between one’s individuality and desires. To further elucidate my beliefs, a person will eventually experience changes in life that he/she will learn to appreciate. Once these changes are used toward your advantage, you will begin to prosper, as it allows you to state your beliefs in the presence of conformity, which will then increase your confidence and earn you respect. I desire to achieve many things in my lifetime, including: academic excellence, a respected reputation, and an auspicious career. However, in order to obtain what I want, I must either correct the flaws I currently possess by changing myself or allow fate to perform this action. This is a necessity because everyone has imperfections they must rectify. One must also treat everyday as it was their last because as humans, we cannot predict the future. Life may surprise us with death the moment we least expect it. So do not squander any opportunity you are given, as it may be limited for a short duration of time, and live life with an optimistic perspective.

Carpe Diem - Seize The Day

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life . . . and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."            
- Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived And What I Lived for

When it comes to poems, there are a numerous amount of interpretations from many all over the world. Be it correct or incorrect, I believe the phrase above from Thoreau's "Where I Lived And What I Lived For" depicts an unsuccessful individualist. In an attempt to escape the lifestyle of a city, or in this case, to break away from conformists, he was not able to live life to its fullest due to craze of individuality and conformism. I personally do not believe in individuality or conformism in themselves, rather I believe in the components that make them up. I believe in my ability to make decisions accompanied by my willpower to persevere through peer pressure and the opinions of others.
I don’t want an excessive amount from life. I don’t see myself acquiring a large amount of fame and fortune. I simply desire a satisfying area to live in, a child of my own or adopted should the opportunity to have my own child never come, possibly more than one but I’m not sure if I could handle that, a fairly sized house, and a successful career. There are other possibilities that I am considering but what I listed are my primary goals. Of course, as the Earth ages with time, change, a necessary element of existence stands as a potential opponent. For the better or worse, change is necessary. Who you are and what you believe in derives from change. Without change, which can be somewhat connected or risks, life itself could never progress and develop.
It is important to treat each day as if it were your last because our life could end at any moment without a warning. When you set your mind into thinking that you do not have much time left, you strive to live without restraints and die without regrets. In my opinion, treating each day as if it were your last could also lead to extreme paranoia. I experienced it myself. Due to the nature of my area and areas close to it, I was convinced that my family and I could fall victim to many things. A particular thought tortured me when I slept, the thought of one individual or more barging into our house and committing a robbery and murder. It’s as my father says, there is no tomorrow, only yesterday and today.

Carpe Diem- Y.C

After reading Henry David Thoreau’s “Where I Lived and What I Lived For,” I feel that I want to accomplish many things, and to not be filled with regret for what I did not do. I enjoyed the part where Thoreau said, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” I liked this part because I want to live my life to the fullest and to live every moment as if it is the last. Also, this inspires me to look at the positive aspect of everything. I want many things in my lifetime. I want to get all I deserve and to give all I can. I also want my life to be an honest one. I want life itself to be fair and just. Even though I may run across many unjust things, life can only be fair if I make it so. Change is a necessary element of existence because even though change to some people may be painful because they fear it, others know that change provides new opportunities for them. For example, if I had never come to the United States, I may not have so many opportunities in my life right now. We, as people, need changes in our lives because we cannot feel happiness without changes. Our lives would be dull and blue without the changes that enable us to experience new things.
It is important that we treat each day as if it is our last because we never know what tomorrow may bring. Just like the flowers that come and go, our lives are similar. If we live each day of our lives as if it is our last, we can seize the day. If we live each day as our last, we can strive to do good things so that people will remember our deeds well. We will also appreciate people and things more if we treat each day as our last because how many people everyday embraces their family members and tells them that they love them? If we live each day as if it is our last, we can fully embrace life and feel how fragile and valuable every second is.

Carpe Diem

     What I want from life is complicated. I want life to be full of excitement and good memories! I don't want life to be full of depression and bad memories. I want life to be everlasting! Instead life plays tricks on some people and sadly it gets cut short. My life is a mixture of depression and excitement which is normal but, I feel more depressed than happy. I would like to conquer my goals before time is up, because you never know when you are going to die.      I am not a big fan of change. Yes, in some areas of my life I do feel that change is necessary and in others I don't. For example, my judgement towards people is not the best. I would like to change basing things off of the way people look and actually trying to hear what they have to say and seeing what their personality is like. Another thing I would like to change is my attitude. I get aggravated over the tiniest things and I am not a person who likes to lose. I would like to work on not being such a sore loser and learning to cooperate with my classmates and instead of getting upset with them maybe give them a pat on the back for at least making an effort.      Henry David Thoreau in the poem made it clear that when people are on their death bed, they usually say something about not living life to the fullest and living life alone instead of taking journeys and exploring what is out in the world! I do believe everyone should live life to the fullest and enjoy what you have while you can. Life is a beautiful gift given to us by God. So, I state this, Why waste it? Why stay in all day and be miserable by yourself? In my opinion, the only people who should be in the house and are the elderly and sick. I believe they should be in the house because, what could they do? They are old and sick , it's not much they could do. I myself need to start living life a little more than I am doing now. Live life to the fullest and remember seize the day!

Carpe Diam -khalia

I feel that I can do anything when I put my mind to it I would like to do many things with my life. When I am older I want to run a veterinarian business all by myself and I will do anything that I try because I am not a quitter . I hope anything I will achieve can make a difference in my life and in my community and make others realize life is Full of encouragement and I believe I can do anything in life today and when I am older.Change is good for the better. Change helps people go through tough situations at times, We all need to change things about ourselves whether it is emotions , attitude, getting better grades we all need to change for the better. I would like to change my study habits get good grades. My attitude when I talk back to my mom and yell at her.
I seriously need to change. Changing is good for the soul. I have a question for you what do you need to change?

Assessment 1 (T.N)

What i want from life. I want from life is that to make peace in our countries and to make things to help our world, and a new way to get energy.  To make peace in our countries is necessary because when i was doing my gun control project i read that a lot of people die from violence everyday. In the US every 100,000 residents have up too 3680 violence crimes. This is change is necessary in my life is that I have to stop disrespecting people and that to stop getting my self in to fights.  To make things to help our world. I want to make new things is because that cars and other ways of traveling are using up our gas supply. if we don't  find a new way of traveling we will burn right throw our gas supply. In 2004 the US use 140 billions gallons of gas. That number is rising every year that goes by. This change is necessary in my life is that i need to start ridding my bike more and to walk to places instead of  getting someone to drive me and that i need to start paying attentions in class ,and studding to make this change in the world. I find that in my life that if i start to study and pay attention i can make the world seem beater than now. Most people think that in there life it is not necessary to change it. but if you start to change your life you can help others and your self.. If you still young you can sill change your life around. One of the person that i can live up to today is  Duane Chapman. At a young age he got lock up and do a lot of bad stuff  in to a police officer gave him a speech. The police said to him in 30 years you will never now how your life will end up but you can make a path for your self. Today Duane Chapman is a world class bounty hunter. He hunts people down and helps them change there life around.  

Seize the day (d.p.)

What I want from life is to not be afraid to stand up in what I believe or if I have to say something do not be afraid to say it. Not to follow the crowd or to do what everyone else is doing and do what I want to do. I feel that it should not matter what anyone else thinks. I know I don't have to follow the crowd to be cool or have friends. I feel in life that if you are just someone who follows your not doing what you want but, you're doing what that other persons what's. I know I do not follow anyone and do what they want because really I don't care if i'm cool or not. If you are someone who all whys follows someone else you will never be able to life to the fullest.
    In life change is necessary because it might not be the best thing you are doing for yourself. Like if you are always getting in trouble for stupid reasons there's something to change. In most cases change is a good thing to do in life but there can also be bad changes that people make. A good change for example would be if you're on drugs they go to rehab and stop taking drugs that be considered a good change. If were not on drugs and started because of a friend that not a real friend and it was a bad change on your part. I feel that change is necessary in life for everyone. Everyone needs to change in some way even if a person thinks they do not have to change. It might not be a big change but, a change is a change. All people need to make changes whether they're a big change or even a small change. No matter how large the change that change will always be necessary in life. I try to change things in my life that are bad qualities but, change can be hard if you keep trying to change that bad quality you will eventually succeed.

Carpe Diem

          For me I want to do many things in my lifetime and I probably won't be able to do all of them, but you never know what could happen. In life I don't want just a simple job and have a simple life I actually want to do something like become famous or change something in the world. Whatever direction life takes me I still want to be married and have children and start a family because if I don't do that then what would life be worth living for, sure it may be true that I won't meet the expectations that I set myself, but happiness is more important than that. Change is something that everyone goes through you cannot fight it because it is irresistible since it is necessary in not just my life, but in everyone's life. Without change people would be the same throughout their life span and what fun is that because you already know how that person thinks of someone or something and they will be no different from the last time that you seen them. Depending on the person the change that they go through could be for the best or for the worst and in life you will lose things and you will gain things but if you do not change then you will still be immature and people won't take you serious and then you can't even take yourself serious because you will consider yourself a joke from people not wanting someone who is a child in an adult's body that's just not how it works. When you do change you never know what could happen, maybe when you were in elementary school you were thought of as a geek because you got good grades then high school comes and people think of you completely different and then you are a popular kid. You can't say you don't want to do something if you never actually thought about it and gave it a shot basically saying seize the day because if you don't try then you'll never know what that change could've made you. Life is short, but I'm not sure that everyone knows that because people think since your young you have plenty of time to do the things that you want to do, but in reality all of that isn't true. You have to life each day like your last because at one minute you can be ten years old playing football in the field with your friends and the next thing you know your eighty years old and your not playing in the field anymore your on your death bed.

"Carpe Diem"

In Henry David Thoreau’s passage “Where I lived and what I lived for” he says: “However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are.” I agree with Mr. Thoreau because even through times in life get ruff you should always try to live it to the fullest and not give up on it. Life has its ups and downs. Some people try to take the easy way out of problems by committing suicide but that is not always the easy way out. Yeah, everyone has stress, problems and people do go through ruff times but they just don't go kill themselves. From my life I except me to be a Doctor and for me to be a Doctor I’m going to have to make some changes in my life right now such as my grades because I need to get an good education to become a Doctor. I want to be a Doctor because I want to be able to safe people's lives and keep them healthy. I'm going to make many changes in the why my attitude is towards school and I'm going to try much harder. Changes are good for everyone to make usually when people want to change they want to change for the better and not the worst. I want to have high standers for my future life so I can become a successful person. Everyone should live everyday as if it was your last because you can be here today and be gone tomorrow. Live it to the fullest because you'll regret whatever you didn't do that you wanted to. I need to make some other changes too, such as having to speak up for what I want in school and outside of school. I also need to do what I want because I don't want to regret not doing what I want and not standing up for what I believe in. If I continue to not speak up for what I believe in, people are just going to walk all over me. I may have some of the greatest ideas sometimes but I be too scared to share them. Changes are good so make changes for the better of your future and live your life to the fullest.

Alexis Cordero 8-304