Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HIGHER EDUCATION WEEK

     The college fair was amazing. Even though UC San Diego wasn't there, I was still able to learn more about other colleges and universities. The presenters for each school were passionate about their own schools which made the experience better. Since I always focused on my dream school, I never gave other colleges a second look, but I was wrong to do that because colleges and universities like Westmont College and UC Irvine actually piqued my interest. They gave me really great information on their majors and tuition while being extremely passionate about their schools, so I became engulfed in their presentations. I actually got really interested at a UCSB table about geology because the presenter looked like she really loved what she was doing. One day, I hope I'll be able to talk for hours about my major and career like her. In the end, I left the college fair with a lot going on in my head, but I was glad that I took the time to look at other colleges and universities.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WHAT I SEE IN LITERATURE

"And I have known the eyes already, known them all—
The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,
And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,
When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,"

These lines in the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot help show the theme which is knowing the value of oneself. Throughout the poem, we get a depressing vibe from the author because he makes himself sound so insignificant. He doesn't think highly of himself, and every line talks about how even though his life goes on, he hasn't done anything with it. The author has basically hit rock bottom, and he's describing his experience with it. Because he thinks of himslef as a failure, the whole poem is really depressing and miserable.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

GATSBY TEST CHAPTERS 1-4

Chapter 1

  1. What does Daisy say that she wants her daughter to grow up to become?
  2. What advice does Nick's father give Nick at the beginning of the book?
Chapter 2
  1. How does Tom react when Myrtle repeatedly says Daisy's name?
  2. Judging from Tom's actions, is Tom happy with his life?
Chapter 3
  1. Who does Nick unexpectedly meet at Gatsby's party?
  2. How does Nick describe Jordan and himself at the end of the chapter?
Chapter 4
  1. What is the connection between Gatsby and Daisy's past?
  2. What do Nick and Gatsby talk about in the car ride? Be specific.

GATSBY NOTES 4


  • Why does F. Scott Fitzgerald list and describe the numerous people that have been to Gatsby's house?
    • Is it to show Nick's keenness and observation skills?
    • Or is it to show that no matter how many people Gatsby invites over, it will never fill the real isolation he feels?
  • Gatsby reveals his past to Nick.
    • All of Gatsby's family died, and he inherited the family fortune.
  • It is revealed to us that Gatsby is in love with Daisy.
    • Jordan tells Nick the story of Gatsby and Daisy as well as Gatsby's true intentions.
  • Nick and Gatsby meet Tom Buchanan at the restaurant, but Gatsby disappears when Nick tries to introduce him.
    • I believe this is because Gatsby knows that Tom is married to Daisy.

GATSBY NOTES 3


  • Why isn't Gatsby with his guest at his own party?
  • Superficiality - All the characters want to be seen as who they are
  • Nick's idea of Gatsby was red-faced and fat, but he was unexpectedly surprised.
  • Gatsby has two sides that he shows to people: a public Gatsby and a private Gatsby.
  • Everyone at the party becomes more drunk or depressed as the party goes on.
  • The implication is Gatsby fills his house with people because he feels isolated.
  • Nicks thoughts on Jordan, "She was incurably dishonest."
  • Nick believes that he is "one of the few honest people he has ever known."

Monday, February 6, 2017

GATSBY CHAPTER 3 REMIX

     All summer, the music was blasting from my neighbor's house. Fancy men and women from all over East Egg would enter his house except me. I wasn't jealous or anything; I just wanted peace and quiet. Anyways, one night I decided to sneak into one of his parties. What I didn't plan on doing was getting severely drunk. I remember very little from that night.
     The first thing I remember is being in a library. I was drunk in a huge library, and I would just say random things when people entered. The next thing I remember is being on stage with a woman who was playing the piano. I pretty sure she was just as drunk as I was because she started crying out of nowhere. She ended up getting off the stage and passing out. The vaguest part of that party was meeting some random guy there, but I didn't catch his name.
     "Are you okay, old sport?" the man said, "I'm..."
     I only remember pieces of that conversation. Whatever he said just flew right over my head. The last thing I remember from that night was getting into a car which was a huge mistake. It resulted in me crashing into a wall. I didn't care that a crowd had amassed around me due to my drunkenness. I ended the night by stumbling to my front doorstep and passing out right there.
The End