One semester down, one more to go

Halfway there, guys!

The torture is almost over, and I can finally catch up on the months of sleep that I lost. But despite the lack of sleep, I certainly have tackled some aspects of school and AP English III worth noting.

To begin, I did all my assigned reading (eventually…). But my biggest achievement would definitely be that definition essay from the beginning of the year. I was told that my mind would be stretched, and by the time I had finished my essay, I could actually feel my mind stretching, growing, threatening to break open my skull. Or it may have just been induced by a lack of sleep. I’ve actually developed an affinity for timed writings (I’m so weird), but the fact that I can now churn out a solid essay in fifty minutes is something that I would never have dreamed of, even last year. I mean, I certainly churned out something back then… But three timed writings a six week versus three a year has finally brought the phrase “practice makes perfect” to life. As to what facilitated my success in English so far, that would be just participating in and out of class. Every single essay and book we read showed me a new perspective on life and society, and discussing ideas with my friends and class gave me the opportunity to develop and further my own ideas. This blog has been the highlight of my school year; I’ve always wanted to start one, and now I finally have the chance to do so. That it has been read by so many people around the world (even in Trinidad and Tobago!) makes me wonder just how much of an impact my writing and I can have. Thanks, English III (and Lindner) f0r giving me the opportunity to do so.

Now that’s not to say I’m perfect, because I do have my share of flaws that seemed to have exacerbated this year especially. Why did I struggle? Because I did things like writing my blog at 12:56 a.m. on Saturdays (that’s the actual time right now), starting my final draft at 9:00 p.m. the night before, or reading twenty chapters of Huck Finn in one day. P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N. What a terrible thing. The only parts of English that left me feeling partially satisfied come from that word. Barely passing an ID test because I hadn’t the last twenty pages yet. Pulling 75%-nighters to finish papers. Of course, I’m not the only one to have developed quite a serious case of senior junior-itis. (I see you, Facebook friends who are still on chat at two in the morning…) As much as I enjoy our circle discussion, it’s not hard to see that many of us are half asleep. Looking back, I would’ve liked to delve deeper into the books, and it’s certainly my fault that I, being barely awake, didn’t ask more questions.

I do have another semester to go. After all, what a shame it’ll be if I were to give up the opportunity to read, discuss and write about classic literature and rhetoric and all the wonderful things that accompany English classes for something as mundane and trivial as Seventeen magazine. Hester Prynne vs. Paris Hilton? Yeah, that shouldn’t even be a question. It’s never to late to stop procrastinating, I suppose.

AP English III has had its fair share of ups and downs. That being said, I suppose now I can give myself a round of applause and start off Part II of junior year without procrastinating quite as much. Wish me luck…:)

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