Friday, June 28, 2013

Junior Year Reflection

I'm not gonna lie, this past school year has been tough. And for once, it hasn't been hard due to heart failure or because I caught some weird, rare virus thanks to my suppressed immune system or any hospital visits for that matter, other than my quarterly cardiology appointments.

Last summer, I thought out of all the years of high school junior year was the most important. Academically, I guess that's true since it's the last year to improve your GPA before beginning to hunt for colleges. I started off the year excited, determined to increase my GPA and overall just content with my life after one of the best summers.

But everything changed...

One of the first changes of this new year was attending EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology). I've never been to a technical school before and since I already know what I plan to do in the future; this seemed like the ideal plan for me. I'm glad I went to the EVIT orientation sophomore year because I ended up liking EVIT more than MPHS. Everyone in my Anatomy & Physiology class had at least one thing in common with me, we were all interested in the medical field and I also appreciated the fact that all the students actually cared towards their future unlike the pot heads at my high school. I think these reasons factored to why I met friends so easily there. And needless to say, we created some pretty amazing and hilarious memories.

Whether it was in the classroom,

During the dissection labs, 
(Yes, those are ventricles in my portraying heart of love)
Or competing to win the bad ass title of "Medical Terminology Winners",

And field trips to the Cadaver Lab at Grand Canyon University,

Needless to say I enjoyed EVIT much more than I enjoyed being at my regular high school. But it's not like life at Mountain Pointe wasn't bad either... well at least when I decided I was actually going to go to school. I would say my favorited days were the spirit days.

Nerd Day!
"What the Heck" Day
Western Day!
Hawaiian Day!
I won't even mention my horrid attendance for this year, besides stating that this year is my personal record for most consecutive absences and unexcused/ excused tardies. It's not something I'm proud of but  considering I ended off with good grades, I say that's more of an accomplishment.

And then there was everything in between.

An obviously very productive golf season...

The awesome parties.

Homecoming with my best buds!

Another memorable year at Camp Del Corazon...

Being crowned Miss. EVIT for the PM session!

Fangirling over the cast of Harry Potter during Spring Break...

And ending off the year with Prom!

I won't say this has been my favorite year because honestly, this year has been particularly hard on me. There is so much more that happened this year than what I can actually blog about but, I think there's less gained when just focusing on the negatives of every year that passes by. Even though the negatives are so much more easier to focus on, my goal for my next and final year of high school is to A.)

And B.)

Summer is now half way over and pretty much all I've done is focus on online school. I guess that's a good thing but it just get's so boring and after awhile, unproductive. That one word just describes how my summer has been. Boring. So next week, I believe is the last week of online summer school. As of next week is the first day of summer and I intend on making it kick ass before it ends.

Friday, June 21, 2013

I Am 16 Going on 17

The Sound of Music is one of those classic movies from my childhood along with various other movies like My Girl, The Princess Bride and pretty much every Pixar movie. I can't be the only one who used to think being sixteen and "mature" was an enchanting age in the eyes of an eight year old. At the time, my eight year old self promised my future self for this song to be my verging-on-seventeen-years-old-theme-song, so seeing as it's my seventeenth birthday in a couple days I thought I would analyze the lyrics in "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" from The Sound of Music soundtrack in honor of this promise...

You wait little girl
[activate impatience] 
on an empty stage
for fate to turn the light on 
[First off, nice metaphors.]
Your life little girl
is an empty page
that men will want to write on
[Secondly... that's what she said.]

To wriiiiiiiiite on
I think Leisl just popped Rolf's personal bubble...

You are 16 going on 17
Baby it's time to think
[I'm not a baby! I'm a young adult god damnit!]
Better beware
[of creepy dudes]
Be canny and careful
[prepare the pepper spray]
Baby you're on the brink

You are 16 going on 17
Fellows will fall in line
Eager young lads
And grueways and cads
[I've never attracted a grueway before...]
Will offer you fruit and wine
[I still can't legally drink silly!]

Totally unprepared are you
[thanks to high school for not teaching me any valuable concepts. Let me just do my taxes by figuring out the angles of these isosceles triangles]
To face a world of men
[Ouch. Sexist much?]
Timid and shy and scared are you
Of things beyond your ken
[If I didn't Google what ken means I would have assumed you meant 'beyond your kitchen']

You need someone
older and wiser
Telling you what to do
I am 17 going on 18
[Great, one year age difference and suddenly you're so"wise".]
I'll take care of you
[If you insist]

*Cue in the pouring rain and lightning storm to add to the cliche effect of singing to each other in the woods*

I am 16 going on 17
[in approximately 44 hours]
I know that I'm naive
[Naive is Evian spelled backwards, so in the end... we're all just bottles of water...]
Fellows I meet will tell me I'm sweet
[Story of my life]
And willingly I do believe
[in fairies. I do, I do!]

I am 16 going on 17 innocent as a rose
[or so you think]
Bachelor dandies
Drinkers of brandies
What do I know of those
[more than you think]

Totally unprepared am I
to face a world of men
[and crazy dance moms!]
Timid and shy and scare am I
Of things beyond my ken
[there's that word again...]

I need someone
older and wiser
[wiser by one year]
Telling my what to do
[because Leisl can't decide for herself]
You are 17 going on 18
I'll depend on you
[Well, so much for being an independent woman...] 

*End with romantic yet adorable dancing scene in a transparent green house... At least I think it was a green house*

Concluding thoughts...

Leisl likes Nazi boys and shouldn't become a woman's rights activist.