Sorry for the lack of updates. School's been keeping me busy and the such.
Speaking of school, we got our 1st quarter grades a while ago, but I never posted 'em, so...here they are!
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So all in all, I did all right. Certainly not my best, though. I was hoping junior year would shock me into working harder, but so far, it doesn't seem too different from any previous school year. I'm already doing better in some classes, though. I have a 91 and 97 on two tests in AP American and I received an A and A Plus on questions for The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and "Inherit the Wind". Acting out the character of Drummond in the latter was far too much fun, I must say ^^; I hate how quiet my english class is, though. Apparently my teacher's other class is constantly debating and ours is just...quiet. She'll ask a question about something we've read and there's no response. She has to keep poking and prodding us until I or somebody else finally says something. Although, the answers aren't always...intelligent. For example, there's this one guy in my class who has compared The Scarlet Letter to "One Tree Hill" and "Inherit the Wind" to the movie "You Got Served". The hell? At least he provides for amusement.
In other news, an Evangelical Christian who thinks Harry Potter is Satanic now sits with Mike and I at lunch. I have decided to refrain from revealing my atheism to her for the time being, because I think she'd tell her "spiritual mother", leading for the woman to come to my school and chase me down with a knife (I'm not even joking. From what I've heard of her, the woman's freaking scary). She's actually fairly nice, though. In an odd way.
I may be in the dilemma of having joined too many extra curricular activies, since some of them I thought were gone for good have come back. So now I'm in Anchor Club (community service), Philosophy Club, possibly the National English Honor Society (first reinstatement of it in this school for numerous years-they have to approve my application before I can join), and Mock Trial. I wasn't so sure about returning to Mock Trial since I heard the case sucked, but it's actually the first manslaughter case in a while, so everyone's a bit excited about that (only time you'll ever hear poeple going "All right, it's manslaughter! Awesome!"). I've been told there's a lot of new blood this year, but the majority of the crowd dropped out last year after they received the case, so....time will tell, I suppose.
I have too many research papers O_O For philosophy, I'm researching/comparing & contrasting the various views of the afterlife (or lack thereof) between Hinduism, Christianity, and Atheism. Honestly, I wanted to do something a bit more unique than 'the afterlife'-I had read a really interesting article regarding gender in various belief systems, including the grayer areas with transvestites, those who considered themselves androgynous, those who considered themselves to be a different gender emotionally than they were physically, etc-but I didn't give myself enough time to look further into it. For AP American, we have to create and research a thesis about the Civil War, so mine originally was how the various interpretations of the Constitution were used to justify certain actions taken during that period, but he mentioned it would be best to focus mainly on how it related to the South's succession from the North. And for AP American Language, we have to research the works of a particular author and develop a thesis regarding their style, themes, etc, and I picked Edward Albee. Should be interesting.
Outside of school, I saw both Harry Potter & The GOF and RENT* during their respective opening nights, and I'll post my reviews of them after the Hairspray trip on Friday. I'm definitely excited about the trip, since I'll get to relax and have fun for once. With all the work I've been doing lately and all the friend 'drama' going on (which I honestly feel bad for continuously spewing on you guys), I think I deserve a break.
* For any RENTHEADs on my F-list (or just RENT fans in general), if you wish to see how RENT evolved over the years, look for the NYTW script on google. It is truly appalling XD I've never been so grateful for 'One Song Glory' ('The Right Brain'? The HELL? I mean, I get the right part of the brain is the more creative side, but...) and 'Take Me or Leave Me'.
And I shall leave you with a quiz!
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