Wednesday, June 22, 2016

YOU ARE LITERALLY WELCOMED!

Many of us have asked over the years this key question of our instructors with regards to their course of study:  Why is this important?  When am I ever going to use this?  OR Why do I need this in life?

I am pleased to offer you an answer.  It may not be THE answer, but it is an answer, just the same. Every course of study offers you a perspective: a glimpse into the secrets of the world and life all around you.  Every course of study is, therefore, in and of itself, a form of LANGUAGE!


Math is the language of creation and design.  Everything you see, touch, smell, taste and hear out there involves some type of calculation, proportion and energy.

We observe what these things are made of and how they interact and correspond to one another, and the conclusions we make about what we see may fall under the realms of science and/or art.



When we, ourselves speak or write about all that we see, feel and hear within the world, offering our explanations and reflections, or tell stories about our existence in this world and our relationships with one another, we are using our skills of language and literature.





Finally, as we move through our life's journey, observing, explaining, telling and reflecting, we, in turn, affect the world and those in it in a way that is unique and significant.  We are, in turn, affected by the words, actions and choices of others around us, as well as the acts of nature in our world. These interactions down through time become a study of history.

So, as you can see, the question really isn't why is any course of study important, but rather, how does this detail add to the grand picture of everything in and around me?  Why do you need these courses of study?  Because they are literally a part of you and your life:  all that is, that was, and is to be!



As we get ready to begin our year, I would love to hear about you!  What are you most looking forward to?  What are your fears?  What are your goals and hopes for this year...in ANY course of study?  What would you like me to know about you as a scholar and individual?  (You may include special talents and/or interests that you have, as well!)

Thank you, and here is to a BRILLIANT YEAR....in all of our courses of study!

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  1. This year I am most looking forward to the reading and researching of new novels and their corresponding authors. Each work of literature opens up new experiences and opportunities. I do fear the abundance of workload, but I know that I can manage. My goals for this year include excelling in my work and advancing/improving in all areas of study. As a scholar and person I feel that you, Mrs.Caraway know me pretty well, as do I to you.

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    1. :) Excellent! Analysis of literature is my FAVORITE. I hope you will not feel overwhelmed. I know you can manage, too! Cheers to a brilliant year!

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  3. This year I am most looking forward to expanding my vocabulary. I am not to excited about the papers that we have to do because my grammar is not that swell. My overall goal is to get an A in the class, but I would also like to improve my vocab.

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    1. An excellent goal. We will work on that. I recommend that when we begin close reading and interrupted text analysis (looking at small chunks of text at a time) you check out individual word choices and jot them down in your notes. This is a great way to build vocabulary in context. :)

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  4. This school year I am most looking forward to reading and analyzing the texts we have planned for this year - I have always wanted to read The Book Thief. Although I fear overwhelming myself with work from all my classes. I know that no matter how much homework I have and how difficult it might be that I can do it; as long as I don't give up and keep trying. My goal this year is to improve in all of my courses and expand my knowledge (also get straight A's). As a scholar and an individual, I would like you to know that I am a hard worker.

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    1. Hard workers always have my deepest respect. :) I am more impressed by a strong work ethic than anything else. I am glad you have those goals to improve, and I am SO excited to be with you on the journey that is The Book Thief. You will FALL IN LOVE with that book!!

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  5. This year I am looking forward to my graduation, it's finally here after all these years. It seems like just yesterday that I had my first day at Odyssey as an 8th grader. My main goal is to get better marks in my classes and have fun mainly, not meaning go out and party, but enjoy the rest of the time that I have left with my classmates to make amazing memories. As for me as a scholar, I think you should know that I'm truly excited for your class, I love the stories and novels that you have us read, they are all so different, yet connect in a way; making them more thought provoking and interesting.

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    1. Why, thank you! I am so happy you are excited because I am, too! You are going to love the literature we have this year. Honestly, it includes many of my personal favorites!

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  6. This year I am looking forward to reading and analyzing the books that we will be reading. I am also looking forward to all of the class discussions that we have on different topics in literature because they give me different views and insights on many aspects of life. I am fearful of balancing the workload of school, work, and competition shooting, but I know that I will make it and it will help develop my time management skills. Obviously, I want to finish each semester with an A in this class, but more importantly I hope to come out a better reader and as prepared for college as possible.

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    1. It is also a bit scary to take on a heavy load, but you are right--the only way we get better at it is to jump in! Let me know if you ever feel like you are drowning.

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  7. Since this year is my Senior year, my final year of high school, I have a lot of events I am looking forward to and many fears as well. For instance, I am looking forward to finish my IB courses and saying "I DID IT!!!", going to prom and homecoming, and creating a lasting impact on my school by setting the foundation in a couple of clubs in the school.

    Along with all of these exciting things, I have many fears too, like: that I won't receive my IB Diploma, I am taking on too much, not getting into college, or getting enough scholarships to go my dream school. I am also afraid of growing up. This is my last year to be a child again and I am afraid I am going to take on too much and ruin the fun experience Senior year is supposed to be.

    My goal for this year is simple: DON'T PROCRASTINATE!!!! If I can make it two weeks without procrastinating on any of my assignments, I would be ecstatic. My others goals are: graduating top 1% of my class, receiving the IB Diploma, winning the athledemics, and creating some memories with friends. I even have some hopes like, not dying from all the work I have to do!!! As well as, mentoring an underclassmen before I leave and make a personal impact on them. Finally, in all my classes I hope to do well and brighten up my teachers day or at least give them my full effort.

    There are a couple of things that everyone should know about me. 1) I am going to college to receive a Bachelor of Science in Physical Anthropology so I can help solve cold cases or other investigations involving bones. I want to do this simply because I want to give families who have lost loved ones some closer and I enjoy human physiology but NOT blood! I also enjoy acting and am a huge Disney movie buff. Finally, my "love language," the way in which I most enjoy receiving encouragement, is words of affirmation. I love getting compliments from others and returning them.

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    1. What an amazing field of study! That has always been an interest of mine, too--the only TV I watch is all about solving cases and detective work. Do you know where you would like to study?

      I would imagine you would get to travel, too--maybe work with the FBI. You have a lot on your plate, but keep moving forward, stay balanced, and will some hard work, you can definitely reach all of your goals, short and long term!

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  8. I am mostly looking forward to reading some new books in class because I do not find good books that interest me easily. My fear this year is not being able to balance all of my activities and newly found social life with other people outside of school. Obviously, school is more important, but being able to have a balance would be great! My goals for this year is to end every class in all A's because I am aiming for valedictorian. I am wanting to go to medial school to become a PA in a pediatrics office. I love every sort of movie that is out there because I think acting is so much fun and being theatrical is a huge talent. I am very active in any thing I can get involved in such as: working, school, volleyball, year round shot put and discus, homework, friends, babysitting, NHS, etc... I try my best in everything I do, some times I fail, but that just means I need to get backup and do it again!

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    1. Being balanced is ALWAYS important, you are right! :)

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  9. So many things to look forward to this year. These things include creating final but long lasting memories with friends that will remain long after we graduate, learning more and more how the world functions through the lenses of respective courses, and all the school dances yet to come that will allow joy and love to roam freely in the air.
    Of course, there are some fears. One being finding a class boring in school and not having the interest in pursuing it as much as I am expected to do. However, my biggest fear among all of them is not getting enough sleep. Oh goals, so many this year! I plan to excel in each class and not let the distractions of my world deprive me of doing so. I also plan to not procrastinate. Outside of school, I plan on bringing my personal ideas to life! At the age of 18, a company owner has offered to fund my business idea that will help the poor and uneducated, and being part of the Governors Youth Commission this year, I plan on leaving a mark in the state level organization as well as helping all the youth throughout the state of Arizona. I also plan on exceeding in my courses at West-Mec. This year will be a great one, filled with challenges but accomplishment as well. Oh, how I look forward to L&L, language is truly an amazing thing to me. May the year slow its course and not zoom past us at it did last!

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    1. Sounds like you are in for a VERY exciting year! Many opportunities with lasting potential!

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  11. As I enter my Junior year, I am very excited to be an upperclassman! I am looking forward to diving into DP, as well as further developing as an actress in theatre. With English (being my favorite subject), I am very much looking forward to working with you, Mrs. Caraway, as my teacher and growing as a scholar. The texts we will be reading look exciting, and I also hope to better my communication skills.
    Along with these goals come fears, however, such as the fact that I am already doubting my ability to see DP through. My plan for this year is to become more balanced in my activities and life as a person, which means balancing school, friends/family, and acting. I'm scared my balance will tip, as it usually does. In concerns with theatre, my goal for this year is to expand outwards and begin auditioning at community theatres in Arizona. Auditions are always scary, but auditioning in an unknown place surrounded by unknown people sounds utterly terrifying.
    Without these fears, however, what would be driving us? Where would our goals come from if not overcoming our fears and living life to the fullest? This is what I hope to accomplish.

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    1. Exactly! The fact that things are scary can mean two things: You are pushing your boundaries outside your comfort zone (good) and what you are pursuing is very meaningful to you (also good). So...the trick is turning fear into anticipation and excitement. :) ENJOY your year as you also work hard.

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  12. This year I am most excited about the state and national cheer competitions that we will be performing for and to end my Senior year great for our team. I'm interested in the different novels that we will be reading throughout this year. Mostly I am interested in reading the novel "The Book Thief" because I had begin reading it in the past but never got to finish it. Although it wasn't because I didn't find interest in it but that I didn't have time and forgot. I'm hoping that this year I will be able to completely read the novel and get to understand it better. A fear that I have about this year is going through the DP program and keeping up with my homework and assignments. I don't want to go back to procrastinating and stressing myself out even more with the work. I suppose this is also a goal for me this year, to not procrastinate.

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    1. Always a good goal....especially with your schedule. You have many things going on, but I also think it helps to make your senior year memorable! :)

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  13. This year I am most looking forward to having fun and actually learning since last year I did not get to learn much. Except for Chemistry and Economics/Government, those were the only two classes that I learned in. And the only class I actually had fun in was spanish. But this year I’m also hoping that I get on the Spanish teacher’s good side or else I’m going to fail. My fears this year is failing or getting a B on anything. My goals for this year include being able to draw better and animate more. Studywise, however, I would like to actually understand the concept of math. And well, I like art or anything dealing with art, occasionally I draw little scribbles in my notebook whenever I’m bored or feel like doing something.

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    1. I am hoping you learn and enjoy the journey of learning, too, in all classes--those you love intrinsically and those that challenge you. :) Don't be afraid of B's- that is NOT failure--especially in an IB class. Think more on how to improve, and how you can embrace the learning. I know I sound a lot like a teacher. ;)

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  14. I'm excited to go into deeper topics. I like building on what I've already learned to have a greater understanding of the world. I have lots of field trips this year, which are always good. I'm hoping to have a balanced senior year.

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  15. I'm looking forward to improving my grammar and vocabulary while having fun. I have some fears of not being the best I can be, I fear that I wont be able to attain information. My goal is to survive Full Dp and I hope to exceed in my core classes. I love playing the piano and creating different kinds art. Ranging from photography to drawing.

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    1. Excellent! Love that you have a passion for the arts. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it...and don't be afraid of not retaining information. If you have the desire, and are able to ask for help when you need it, you will meet your goals, I have every confidence.

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  16. This year, I am looking forward to many, many things. I am mostly looking forward to grabbing that diploma, and running off the stage, and finally feel as if i am done. (please, don't remind me that I'll have to start college in the next few months!) In your class specifically, I am looking forward to reading more books, and really getting a feel for the different authors we will be learning about. I think I find myself really favoriting an author each year, and I am excited to see who that will be this year.
    I also have many, many fears. As a participant to the full DP program, I am terrified. I often feel that I have taken on too much, and that it is too overwhelming to try and handle. I am scared that I wont enjoy my senior year! I know that there will always be things that need to be done in life, but what if I cant find the time to be happy and have fun with all of it??
    My goals this year as a student, is to really finally learn how to not procrastinate. (I doubt i will actually master this, but the hope is always there). I would like to really master how to do my assignments in a timely fashion. It would truly be helpful before leaving for college!
    I would like you to know, that sometimes it all gets too much for us as students, and Im sure, it gets to be too much for you too sometimes! I want this school year to be fun for not only myself, but for my peers and for you too! Remember that!

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    1. Absolutely! Keeping the Aloha spirit from Kauai here! I do have some fears about the exams, as well--but I think most of that stems from the unknown. We will take it in day by day (not week by week or even semester by semester) and get there when we need to be there. DP is tough, but not impossible to balance. :)

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  17. For this year, I'm most excited about finishing high school knowing I did the best I could. I'm excited for all the things that come along with senior year. For this class specifically, I'm looking forward to reading new books and gaining a deeper understanding of the context. A goal of mine this year is to get all A's in every class. A fear of mine is putting my focus in things that aren't important, and not doing my best, especially because it's the last year I can. I have a feeling this is going to be a very good year.

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    1. I concur! I have that feeling, too! Let's remember that and hang on tight! :)

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  18. I am looking forward to honestly getting a feel for college classes. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to keep up with this class. I hope that this class helps me grow as a scholar. I want you to know that I do work hard but only if I'm properly motivated also I’m a pretty cool student, veeeery chill! Also I love movies and Canada...

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    1. It will definitely stretch you as a scholar, and that's good! We all need to be pulled on out of our comfort zones...even if we go kicking and screaming. That's the only way to grow! :)

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  19. In this school year I am most looking forward to all of my last high school experiences! Such as the homecoming game, prom, going to as many competitions and games as I can, and most of all graduating. I fear the testing for Ib classes at the end of the year and I hope that I can prepare myself and stay focused. Yet overall, I have hopes that my final year of high school will be memorable and that the many life lessons I have learned so far can continue to be used many years after I graduate.

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    1. Totally understand the fears about the DP exams. We teachers are also nervous--mostly because this is the first year we have had them. We will get through it together. I remember being SO nervous before the AP exams my senior year, but I did very well on them, and was thrilled to save so much money in college! :) We will march towards them courageously!

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  20. If we're being completely honest here I'm REALLY looking forward to graduating. Now obviously this isn't an escape from school because I'm going to end up in a university (hopefully) next year. My goal is to procrastinate less and get my homework done as soon as I can. Last year I waited until almost 11 PM to start my work and never got any sleep. Another goal I have is to improve my balance because I now have a job as well as school. I'd say I'm most scared of the DP exams. I have 3 DP classes this year and while I know there are others taking the full program, I'm still scared to death.

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    1. It's okay to be scared--we as instructors are, too! But really it is a fear of the unknown. You will be ready and prepared as you can be. :) And we have time.

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  21. This year I am looking forward to psychology and anatomy the most just because they are completely new classes that I’ve never taken, and they both seem interesting. My other three courses (Spanish, math, and Language & Literature) I have already taken the first year of, so I know what to expect, though that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to them still. I am also looking forward to the senior trip to Six Flags, homecoming, and prom. My goals are to keep straight A’s, come out of my shell a little more, be more prepared for college, and join clubs/extracurriculars.

    My fears are probably the same as everyone else’s: the end of the year big DP exams and what comes after graduation. Though I’m excited (about the latter, trust me, I’m not a bit excited about the former), it still scares me that I will become an adult and have new responsibilities along with an unfamiliar situation/environment. I mean, I’ve been going to this school since 5th grade, so I’m not used to change. Plus, the future is always so uncertain, and I loathe uncertainty. However, as I stated as one of my goals, I hope to become more prepared for that so it won’t be so frightening.

    I plan to go into interior designing as a career. I have always loved decorating and organizing, and one of my absolute favorite things to do is look at model homes and all the cool furniture, layouts, colors, and decor in them. I was excited there was going to be an interior design class this year, but unfortunately it couldn’t fit into my schedule :( Now you know a bit more about me! *I like blog responses when we get to talk about ourselves*

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    1. Growing up is a mixture of feeling afraid and excited--sometimes at the same time. You have the whole world open to you right now, and the sky is your limit. :) Embrace and enjoy each moment of your senior year and be fully present--even the scary days--it will FLY by so fast!

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  22. Having just begun my first year of DP, I'm still have some self doubt about being able to succeed. I'm afraid I wont meet the expectations because it is so rigorous. Then again I am a stubborn person, too stubborn to fail. I'm excited about our Language and Literature course this year and all the readings we're doing. Particularly the Edgar Allan Poe unit! I'm also excited to create a strong relationship with my peers in the Diploma Program because this way I can place myself in a positive situation with people just as committed as me. I have confidence in myself to stay strong and work hard this year and hopefully pass I'll pass. Something you should know about me... uhm I know you pretty well and vise versa so I guess just remember I'm sarcastic.

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    1. Being stubborn is good in terms of DP! You have a great group of kids in your class and I can already tell you will all grow closer through the experience, stress and process. :) Try to enjoy each day as it comes. You will ABSOLUTELY be successful. You have all the gifts and perseverance you need to make it happen!

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  23. Molting out of the sweet, sweet cocoon of Summer, there is plenty on everyone's plate for Senior Year. As all the responsibilities I've pushed into the back of my mind resurface, I am both nervous and excited. I'm definitely looking forward to the year, from the new classes like Math Studies and Psychology to receiving my IB diploma. From the rigor of the Summer assignments and the ever-looming CAS and Extended Essay, this year is looking to be the toughest year academically. I've been a Senior for 2 days, and can already tell my old habits won't fly. No longer can I afford playing video games after school or staying up until 1am. I have to commit and stay true to my academics and studies. I say the feeling of a completed essay in my hand trumps the satisfaction of a slain zombie any day. Anyways, I'm looking forward to the challenging year ahead and cannot wait to merge victorious as a high school graduate and the bearer of an IB Diploma.

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    1. I Love this post, Jackson. It makes me so happy for so many reasons--mostly for the gorgeous language, but also for the commitment and resolve I hear. Good for you! You are sure to emerge victorious with this attitude! :)

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  24. This year I am looking forward to really challenging myself academically to see what my limits are. I want to be able to push myself to exceed my previous achievements because I am here to grow. I believe that DP is going to give me the confidence I need in my knowledge and my ability to learn even more. I want to exceed at staying on top of my work this year and making it a habit that will be second nature to me in my second year of DP. Being a full DP scholar I am slightly nervous about the workload but I also believe that my years at Odyssey have more than prepared me for the next two rigorous years of my high school career. I also look forward to having you as a teacher again! Sixth grade english was such a wonderful experience for me and I hope the next two years of this journey will be as well!

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    1. I love your attitude about DP giving you confidence. You are so right--facing and overcoming challenges makes you stronger and more confident. You will look back and say, "Wow, I cannot believe I did that!" and it will push you forward to try to take on more and to risk a little. I am so happy to have you as a scholar again, too! This will be a great class and a great year!

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  25. This year I'm looking forward to graduating with high grades and a new start as a young adult. It frightens me a bit when I think of all of the experiences ahead of me that I will have to do ALONE! One day I'm completely clueless as to what I want to pursue as a career but then the next day I'm 100% sure I want be a nurse or engineer or whatever I can think of. That uncertainty scares me but also excites me with all of these possibilities in the future.
    This year I hope to finally make up my mind on what I want to pursue as a career if I get into a college. My current main goal is to pass all of my classes with straight A's so that I can graduate and earn my IB credits along the way.
    As a scholar I'm pretty quite when it comes to sharing my ideas or work because I might think it's not good enough or I did something wrong. I like to take my time and not feel rushed but also gets things done in a reasonable amount of time. Honestly, some days I won't feel good or excited about anything so my attention span is very short and my work might show a bit of that. I apologize in advance for when this does happen.
    As an individual I'm ready to learn new things everyday. What interests me the most is when I learn something that I can relate to and it's something I can teach someone else.I can multitask pretty well if I'm really focused.
    I hope this year will be interesting and fun, a good way to end high school!

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    1. I really love that you pointed out that all the uncertainty is both scary and exciting. Very well put. I also loved what you shared about yourself as a learner. You obviously know yourself quite well and how you learn and what engages you best. I appreciate your sharing that!

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  26. This year I am most looking forward to learning new things everyday in all of my new classes. I am also looking forward to graduation, Prom, and the senior trip to Six Flags. After I graduate my biggest fear will be beginning a new chapter in my life and having to do it without my parents, soon I will have to college and face all these challenges that I've never faced before and I will most likely do it by myself unless I don't stay in a dorm.

    This year I hope to apply to as many colleges I can and finally pick what I want to do as a career because right now it's between interior design and some type of nurse. As an individual I am sometimes quite in the class just because I am a very shy person, but once I am out of the class room I am a very outgoing person and love to joke around with my friends, I will try my last year of high school to become more social inside the class room.

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    1. Beginning that new chapter will also be an adventure! :) Yes, going out on your own can be a bit daunting, but this year should in many ways prepare you for that independence.

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  27. I am looking forward too all the knowledge I will be getting, and also teachers have a greater respect for DP kids. I'm looking forward to getting more respect. I am most worried about how official IB makes everything and all the assignments that I will have to do.

    My goal is get good grades in this program and successfully complete the diplomacy program. I am the type of person that will work hard and likes to get good grades.

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  28. I appreciate your commitment to working hard, and the importance you place on respect. It is always nice to feel valued for your hard work and willingness to take a risk in the DP program! Remember that everything happens one day at a time. We will get through it! :)

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  30. This year I'm mostly looking forward to excelling in my academic, sport, and gaming life. My biggest fear is having too big of a workload that keeps me from enjoying life to the fullest like what has happened in the past. My goals for this year is to get no lower than an A in all my classes, meaning no A-'s. I also plan on managing my time to the best of my ability in order to help myself from getting swamped by all the homework that's given. Some things that I do is make videos for my YouTube Channel, do Cheer, Soccer, and Track as sports, and play a game called "Call of Duty" competitively. I'm looking forwards to this year in learning, but not in homework. Homework is my enemy.

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    1. Wow! Some very heavy goals, but admirable, too! Unfortunately, homework is part of excelling and growing (practice skills, show your growth) but we won't have busy work in this class, that much I can promise! :)

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  31. This year I am looking forward to getting to know new people and bettering myself for future situations such as college, a future career, and everyday life as well! I love Literature so I am also looking forward to seeing words more in depth and seeing all different sides of them. Also, I am hoping to become more confident and make good friends that I can be myself around. I am most worried about not being able to understand what the teachers expect of me and doing it all wrong. One of my goals is to see if English or Journalism is something I would like to pursue. Also, I hope to become a better actress and get some new perspective on how to make my acting even better. Really, there is not much to know about me. I am a bit awkward but I strive to become more outgoing every day. I try as hard as I possibly can in class and I do have a problem with forcing myself to get straight A's and put a lot of pressure on myself. Other than that I am pretty predictable! I am so excited for this year!

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  32. One of the main things that I am looking forward to this year is being able to have more of a say in what classes I get to take so I can learn more about the subjects that really interest me, I also look forward to hanging out with my friends and experiencing a lot of new things. This year one of my fears is not being able to handle the DP classes, though I hope managing them all will help me become more balanced and improve my time management.
    This year my goal it to get better at managing my time so that I can handle my DP classes as well as getting good grades in all of my classes. My goals outside of school include getting my driver's license and narrowing down my list of colleges that I would like to attend. I hope that I will become a better person over the course of the year and that I will manage not to procrastinate to the point of no return. I would like you to know that I am willing to work to achieve my goals and that I am looking forward to seeing what you have planned for us this year.

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    1. You have the perfect attitude and outlook to get you where you need to go, Mable. I am not worried at all. Just take one day at a time, and allow yourself to get immersed in the courses and enjoy the experience of learning in courses you have chosen. :)

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  33. I am looking forward to the challenges and new courses that I will be presented with this year! I'm looking forward also to seeing the new relationships and improvements that will come out of DP and life in general. I was very excited to see I was in Psychology, and World History is quickly becoming one of my favorite subjects.
    My fear going into the full diploma program is not being able to keep up, or being overwhelmed in work with no balance, but I am striving to not fall into this.
    Throughout this year, my goal is to keep up with everything that I'll be doing. I want to balance out my life with my friends, my schoolwork, and my volunteering. I would also love to get my drivers license, and really start looking into fields of work I'd be interested in.
    Personally, I love art and music. I'm very active in my drawing and doodling, and I sing on stage for my church. I'm trying to be more active on my longboard, and I'm currently learning how to play the ukulele.

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    1. Hello, phantom student! :) Yes, balance is KEY, and perhaps the greatest strength you will gain from full DP is figuring out how to give time to ALL of your interests and passions, along with rest, too!

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  34. One of the things I look forward to this year is taking the next step in my education by taking the full DP program. I am also excited to meet new people and develop relationships with all of my teachers. I will say that I am very nervous to take on the full DP program as it is very intimidating. As a student I, personally, am trying my hardest to keep my motivation up and stay focused in all of my classes. I am excited to be challenged academically as well as become better prepared for college (while hopefully earning credits). I am most intimidated by my Biology class because I have heard horror stories from last year's DP kids. I think I will be able to fight through it because it is a subject I am passionate about. My goal for this class is to expand my literary knowledge as well as improve my writing. I have always had more of a math/science brain so I hope to develop my a passion for literature. I have always had a passion for old literature. My personal favorite are the stories written by Jane Austen. I also love novels such as The Count of Monte Cristo, Great Expectations, and The Other Boelyn Girl. I am excited for the upcoming novels this year as well!

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    1. Oooooh! You have some GREAT choices here! The fact that you enjoy the classics tells me you will have not problem developing a passion for literature in this class! I can tell you that I have a passion for it, so hopefully with will be engaging. :) Don't buy the horror stories of others. Create your own bio story...through your lens. You've got this.

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  35. I am looking forward to a variety of different things this year. I'm mostly excited about being in the full DP program since it offers me many great opportunities to learn new things and think outside of the box so to say. Although at the same time, it makes me quite nervous knowing that the courses I will be taking this year will be more challenging. However, that won't keep me from doing my best as I have high expectations of myself this year. I'd like to be able to maintain very good grades and be the best that I can be. I'd like to expand my knowledge in the courses that my school has to offer and try and make the best of this year! I'd also like to push myself to procrastinate less and to get my work done in a timely fashion so I don't stress myself out too much, since that's always very frustrating for myself. I'm looking forward to this year very much!

    Some things I enjoy in my free time are drawing, either with a paper or pencil or, with my tablet on my computer at home. Drawing is a huge passion of mine and it's one of the only things I do in my free time since I don't have any other noticeable talents, or at least none that I know of, yet. In the future I hope to have some sort of occupation that has to do with me using my talents in drawing to keep myself entertained and happy! :- )

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  36. Glad that you are excited about DP! Great starting attitude! I think nerves come mostly from fears about the unknown. We will work through those day by day. Remember: one day at a time. :)

    There are many cool, high paying careers in graphic design and advertising and marketing that would be worth exploring! They combine language and art skills that I feel might keep you very entertained, ever on your toes, and happy!

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  37. I'm looking forward to a lot of things this school year. I'm hoping I can end on a good note, I mean this is my senior year. Overall I'm just looking forward to having a fun last year of high school, I want to make the most out of my final days here. When I first got my schedule I was excited to see IB Psychology on there so I'm excited to see how that goes as I have been interested in it for a while. In terms of Language and Literature, it looks like we have a lot of good topics and lessons coming up as well. Of course the end of the year can be very nerve racking too, especially being in the full DP Program. I'm a little nervous for all the tests we have coming up at the end and I'm gonna do my best and hope I won't get caught "behind" everything. Of course I am sort of excited for the feeling I get when I complete this year and finish the program, I imagine it'll be a lot of relief. There's not much really I can tell you about me as in individual that you don't know really (for obvious reasons) but I will say that the study of Language and Literature has grown a lot more interesting to me the past year. I enjoy this class more than the other English classes I've had so far (Freshman year was pretty good too). Overall, I'm really hoping I'll do great this year and will go out knowing I did everything I could!

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    1. I am very glad that you enjoy the lang/lit class (for obvious reasons!) and I am very excited for you to have the chance to explore psychology! Definitely a science you can explore in lang/lit as we analyze characters. Totally understandable to be nervous about the exams at the end. Know to focus on one day at a time, and work on achieving balance. Probably the most important attribute this year!

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  38. The class I am looking forward to the most would be DP Theater. I love acting and performing and I am excited to be learning about the art of it on a deeper level. I am also looking forward to being full DP if I can handle it ( if i can it would be of my greatest accomplishments to date) My goals would be to develop my place in my new school and maintain my GPA. What I fear the most would be being full DP and failing. One thing I have learned about myself is that I am a competitive person. Some people say never place a bet you know you can't win. I feel like that kinda rings true to me.I almost never play a game I know I cant win. You'll hardly ever see me get excited about sports because I'm not very athletic but when it comes to something academic or performance based I am usually the first person to volunteer because those are things I am good at and enjoy doing. Like at my old school i was in the top one percent and one of the most admired actors in our theater program. I worked hard to be the best or at least think I'm one of the best. And I would hate see that all wash away. If you fail at the things that you thought you were good at and you thought defined you what do you have left? But on the other hand some people also say that the best bet you can make is on yourself

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    1. So many AWESOME and honest things in this post! We are kindred spirits, I think. I am also, underneath it all, VERY competitive, but only at the things within my creative gifts. First of all, I admire your desire to get in there and go for it with the full DP. The very fact that you are concerned about doing well and not failing tells me that you have the composition to take it on. I am very glad you are excited about theater, too! It's very much like a Master's Class in that you pace yourself, and do a lot of your own research.
      I will challenge you on your final fear--it is one we all as humans struggle with, but perhaps we need to look at it differently. As we get better, and better at our craft and passion, no matter what it is, failure to some degree is inevitable. It is in the adversity--in the falling down--that we REALLY learn what we are made of, how bad we are willing to work for something, AND discover how to ultimately face and overcome our weaknesses. Don't be afraid of failing, ever. Be afraid of not engaging. :) Trust me: failing or not meeting your personal expectations is NOT the end of the world--it's the beginning of a journey to the next level of greatness. :)

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  39. With all but one of my courses not being two years long, it doesn’t really feel like new year. I haven’t had that moment of realization yet where it truly becomes clear that I really am a senior. For now, it just seems like Junior year was extended and that my best friend has graduated. I’m really looking forward to more discussions in Language and Literature about feminism and gender stereotypes because it was so intense last year and I loved having a safe place to analyze and express our opinions. However, I am extremely nervous for exams, not just in L&L, but in every class. Additionally, I’m extremely excited to do our second assessment for DP Theatre, which involves all of us working together collaboratively, as well as honing in our talents as actresses. I’m looking forward to reading The Book Thief again, however this time as a critical reader instead of just for fun. My overall goal for this school year is not to become overwhelmed with work and stress, and just try to enjoy my last year of high school.

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    1. I am SO glad to hear that you felt this was a safe place to analyze and express! Yay! Always the number one goal. Secondly, you are definitely not alone in the fear of the exams. They are tough. We will gradually work our way towards the Papers as we prep so that you have as much information as necessary to do well. Balance will be key this year!

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  40. As I enter my senior year and last year of high school my primary concern and/or hope for the year is that it will be an enjoyable, productive year. I wish to start applying for colleges and scholarships and hopefully be accepted as well as start preparing for life beyond twelve grade. If I had to choose my biggest fear for this year it would be not being prepared enough for college and the college lifestyle. In order to avoid this as best I can I hope to get all A's in the courses I'm taking and learn the material as best I can. I also hope to improve my work ethic and procrastination because I tend to procrastinate most every assignment... Looking forward to a good senior year.

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    1. Me, too! :) Do you have an idea of the colleges to which you are applying? To me, the hardest part of getting used to college life was being on my own--all the cooking, cleaning, AND studying and gathering of resources (these were pre-internet days) was up to me. You will be prepared content wise. It's those life changes that are the toughest!

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  41. Hi Mrs. Caraway, I am most looking forward to not only surviving in, but thriving in the Diploma Program. I also look forward to improving on my passions in life, like language-learning and playing instruments. Some of my fears would be getting overwhelmed by the DP homework load and procrastinating too much, ultimately resulting in bad grades. One of my goals is definitely to hopefully get straight A pluses, but I'll settle with a couple A's if necessary. I hope to learn as much as I can in every course of study I can without being overwhelmed at the same time.
    I guess I would like you to know about me is that I am both very competitive as well as a hard-worker and thinker. I like sharing my opinions and have strong will. Talent-wise, I guess I have a knack for memorizing things, which allows me a certain strength in language learning. And I guess I also have an inclination to play and understand music easily as well. Overall, I am excited, but also anxious but what this year as well as next year holds. I just hope I can handle it with minimal stress.

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    1. I am jealous of anyone with the gift of a great memory! :) You have some lofty goals, but more power to you! The key is definitely trying to keep a balance. I know you have a lot on your plate. Take it one day at a time!

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  42. What I’m looking forward to this year is finding out what the life of DP classes are. I’m looking forward to classroom discussions and listening to my classmates thoughts and as well as my teachers thoughts. My fears are not being able to grasp an idea trying to be discussed in class or not knowing what the teacher is talking about in class. My goals this year is to get as much knowledge as I can, to further my education for I can apply it into the real world. A little about myself I’m a scholar athlete, I love playing sports and it's my passion to play on a team with other kids from the school and as well as representing the school. I really like asking the question “why” and try to educate myself in things I’m not familiar with.

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  43. Senior year I am looking forward to graduating high school and looking forward to several other memorable activities that come along with graduating such as prom and having fun with friends before college. My main goal is to get for A’s in all of my classes, but knowing a B won't mean the end of the world for me. A personal goal that I have set aside is to improve on my drawing abilities and set aside time for me to practice something I am passionate about. Another goal of mine to find the right balance between my academic life and my social life because I am scared that with the amount of workload, babysitting, soccer practices, and managing friends is hard, but I know I could do it if I improve my time management skills . One of my biggest fears this year is wasting my time on things that are not important (a.k.a social media) or won't benefit my academic career in the future. Another fear of mine is procrastination, I have a tendency to procrastinate on certain assignments, but a goal of mine this year is to complete assignments on time and have a reflection period so I know I’m turning the best work I possibly could. I have a feeling my last year here will be my best I am anticipating an amazing senior year!

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    1. GREAT goals, and attitude! I love that you are looking for a balance--to entertain your passions and set time aside to feed that creative part of you, too!

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  44. This year I am looking forward to really diving into the art of literature. I am hoping that I will be able to better understand different perspectives and ideas in the world. As for my fears, I feel that I have to much on my plate such as cheer, pom, dance, NHS, stuco, and school in general. I hope that I will be better at time management and give myself as little stress as possible. Overall I am very excited for this year and hope that I will exceed in all of my classes! :)

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    1. You do have a lot on your plate, but I know they are all things you are very passionate about. :) I am so looking forward to working with you this year! :)

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  45. For this year, I really want to do so many things, the things I want to achieve overall in the school is to get all A's and at least B's in my IB classes, learn more about the human body, go to Ghana for Water Is Life, work on time management, and (something totally unrelated to school) figure out what is actually wrong with my body/ stomach, as it has been a long process as to find what is going on. In particular, my goal in this class is to learn how to be a better writer and papers. As well as, I would like to get the best grade out of this class and the experience, even though it isn't my favorite topic and I don't like literature that much, I still want to have a memorable and beneficial experience in the class that I can eventually use later on. I also hope with only 2 IB classes, I can at least learn more time management and no procrastination. I hope this will be a really great year and that this year will be the best year for my future. (college* and beyond) I am looking nervous and looking forward to this school year :)

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    1. I am excited ALWAYS to work with students on writing. :) It is mostly confidence, and a few tricks. Even if you don't like literature, we can work towards appreciating it and understanding it as a timeless form of expression. :)

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  46. This year, I am looking forward to taking higher level classes and possibly getting college credit for it. As for this class, I am looking forward to all of the literature that we will read. I fear that I will grow to be unorganized and not be able to keep up with the full DP workload, especially will doing volleyball, 4H, NHS, and Student Council on the side. My hopes for this year is to not only pass, but to thrive in all of my classes and to find areas of study in each subject that genuinely intrigue me. I'm *cautiously* optimistic that this will be a great year!

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    1. I am happy to hear you are looking forward to the literature! :) And I definitely understand "cautious optimism!"

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  47. This year, I am excited to challenge myself in Language as it has always been a relatively easy and somewhat boring topic for me in the past. For this class I am looking forward to getting a deeper understanding of literature as well as the texts we will be reading this year. I fear my writing skill won't live up to the DP standards so I am hoping to grow in that. My hopes for my classes us to be fantastic in all my classes and hopefully get straight A's. I look forward to a good year in your class!

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    1. My hopes for you this year is that you think of Lang/Lit as the most interesting class and that you grow in confidence in your writing. :)

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  48. In your class and all of my other classes, I am looking forward to learning and experiencing new things. I want to be able to see things in a way I have never seen them before. One of the things that I am most afraid of this school year is failing because I am not able to handle the workload because my extracurricular activities, like volleyball. I also worry that I will not be able to keep up with the class and end up falling behind. My hopes for this year are to keep up my GPA and to possibly get college credit for some of the classes that I am taking. I am super excited for this school year!

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    1. Excellent! I am glad you are excited--that is really 85% of having a successful year: a positive and passionate attitude. If you ever feel like you are falling behind, or needing assistance, always communicate with your teachers. We are here to help you--don't every be afraid to ask for help! :)

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  49. For this up and coming scholastic year, I am looking forward to see just how deeply we dive into the assigned literature this year. I've enjoyed breaking down the literature and discovering the deeper meaning which the author was trying to convey. Seeing as this is an even higher level course than the ones I've taken in the past, I am excited to see to what extent we analyze the literature.

    As for fears, I am going to be quite honest, I don't really have much of any fear for this class. I don't mean that in an overconfident or cocky manner, I just enjoy Language and Literature a lot and am anxious to get things underway.

    On the topic of goals and hopes, I would say that I would like to perform this year at a caliber beyond that of which I have ever done so before. Looking back on last year, I noticed that I became lazy in a sense. I wasn't challenging myself enough and didn't even bother to sign up for full DP. This year I've picked up as much of DP as scheduling will allow me to and I have engaged myself in projects with the Buckeye Youth Council and 'Poems4Nelly.' Not only that, but I also look forward to seeing how NHS this year fits into the mix as well. My end goal in life is to be fashion mogul, on par with greats like Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani. If I am ever going to achieve as much as they did, I have to prove to myself that I can get things done. So this year, my goal is to be the best me that I can possibly be.

    As a scholar, I want you to know that the way you, Miss Caraway, are running class is already perfect. Everything has been loose (in a good sense) and strongly discussion based. Both are qualities which I value highly. As a person, I am a very outside the box person. I am energetic and can be a loose cannon, though I've learned to keep these things under control. If everyone is an ice cube, then I am water. To put things simply, I feel that as a scholar I will fit in well with the way you like to run things.

    I hope that this year turns out to be a great one,
    Haris Aziz

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    1. Excellent insights! Thank you for your reflection, and I am glad that you are not fearful, but anxious to push forward. That is actually refreshing.

      Discussion is key in our class--especially in Part 1 as we look at language and culture, and of course, as we analyze the literature. We will be practicing this on a very deep level to prepare ourselves for the type of deep thinking we will need to do on the exams.

      I thank you for your kind words, as well. I am looking forward to an amazing year of fun, deep, reflective learning!

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  50. I am most looking forward the conversations that we will have this year in IB language and literature because that was definitely my favorite thing about last year. I am really nervous abut the IB exams, and I am nervous about the rigor of my classes. I am trying to get straight A's this year, and I am nervous that I may not be able to accomplish that. My goals are to get straight A's in all of my classes, and to manage my stress so that I can enjoy my last year of high school. A few things to know about me is is that I like to keep myself busy. I am involved with NHS, STUCO and the pom team at school. I also have a job, and I dance outside of school. I also like to work out and stretch as a way to relieve stress. I absolutely LOVE science, and my goal is to go to either go to medical school or dental school to become a surgeon (or oral surgeon). I love working with kids, so I am hoping to go into pediatrics, or I want to serve my country as a field surgeon for the US military.

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  51. I am looking forward to learning about history, and completing Jane Eyre. I fear the dark and spiders. I want to read all of Jane Eyre. I hate reading to complete assignments- it ruins the book.

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  52. That would be such an exciting adventure to be a field surgeon! The important thing then is wherever you go to college, be sure to get involved into the ROTC program. That way, you will set up your military ties and connections. Plus, they may pay for your medical school! :) I can find out more for you, or Mr. Pratt is pretty knowledgeable, too. That will be key to your future as a field surgeon, not to mention, to ensure GREAT medical school education that you will not have to pay for.

    Excited to see what you do and how you grow as a scholar this year, Taylor! LOVE having you in class!

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  53. This school year, I am most looking forward to reading and analyzing literature to learn more of how it connects to society and the ways we think. I look to further develop my analytical skills in language and literature as well as in my other core classes. Any fears I may have (too much work, not performing well enough in my courses) I try to replace with as much positive thinking about this Diploma Program as I can, however we still get weary at times. That being said, I hope to maintain a positive and hopeful outlook throughout the year. I also hope to learn this year through participating in the Diploma Program a little bit more on what I would like to pursue as a career or future study. Currently the only thing I am sure about is that I would like to help people in some way.
    Overall, I aim to work hard this year and to learn new perspectives on the things I am taught in my classes. I look forward to discussing our society and the ways we think through our core subjects. Along with this, I look forward to learning new ways to approach topics. I am very excited for the new year and my literature class!

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  54. Moving into my last year of high school, I'm really savoring every moment. A lot of people are happy it's over. For me, it's bitter sweet. So I'm most looking forward to enjoying time with my friends, experiencing those Friday night lights, and enjoying high school for one last year.My fear going into this year is surrounding college. With the SAT, applications, majors, and school choices it is a lot of pressure. My biggest goal is to get accepted into USC. I absolutely loved the campus and vibe and would love to attend there. Especially, since my brother lives in LA. Another goal is to at least get an idea of what I want to be or major in through my courses of study in Senior year. Something you may not know about me is I'm colorblind! So just remember us colorblind folk when making presentations and hand outs!(Sometimes I can't see stuff)

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  55. This year i'm looking forward to having a smooth fun ride through literature. That doesn't mean I want a challenge because I do ,and I don't really push myself that much anymore ,so hopefully this class will allow me to do so. I also would like to analyze the texts we will be reading on a deeper level ,and hope to have engaging conversations. I really don't have any fears besides Adventure Time being cancelled or my internet going out ,but that's just me. This year I aim to elevate my level of thinking and improve my knowledge. Because you know what I like more than materialistic things? KNOWLEDGE. I read one book a day ,while I chill in the garage looking at pictures of a pink lamborghini. Yea i'm pretty hyped for this class to be honest.

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  56. This year I am most looking forward to graduating. I've enjoyed high school but I am so ready for it to be over and to be able to move on to a new chapter of my life to see what it has in store. I'm a bit nervous and scared about all of the huge projects, assignments and tests for IB but hopefully I'll get through it. My goal is simply to get all of my work done to the best of my ability and to stop procrastinating. Seriously, my procrastination habits are really bad. Also this year I will be preforming in my last Shakespearean play will Will Power and it's going to be very sad not to be a part of that group anymore.

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  57. This year, I am most looking forward to making the most of my final year of high school. Like the other full DP kids have said, it's been tough! But it's only going to get tougher. That's why it's time to give 120%; time to work my hardest and do my very best. In Language and Literature, that means that it's time to buckle down and enjoy the ride ~ not only do we get to read some great works for the class, but we get to work on fine-tuning the magic of words and using it to our advantage. I love learning how to write compelling essays, persuasive arguments, and insightful analyses in this class; and it often surprises me how much fun I have working on them! Also, having recently switched my extended essay topic to language, I look forward to getting to learn how to make a masterpiece with what I've learned and have yet to learn in this class.

    With all these high expectations comes my fears for the schoolyear. With the start of the new year, I've struggled a bit with the renewed workload and find myself frequently worrying. Sometimes you just get those moments where you melt into a little puddle of fear and anxiety, frozen in the shock that you should be doing something, but you just don't know where to start. This is why we have friends and family who love us and help us out. We have families to pat us on the back and give us tea during study sessions as we text on chat groups with our compatriots in the struggle to pass; complaining to one another at 12:30 in the morning as we put the finishing touches on assignments.

    As for me as an individual? I'm aiming high. I want to defend and raise my current standing in the class ranking. I want to be unique and keep doing what I love ~ making beautiful things. Heck, my CAS project is entering the Stuck at Prom scholarship and going all out! I know that school is going to be hard this year, and finding the right school to follow my dream career is going to be harder. I may be anxious about it, and I may sometimes trip up along the way, but at least I'm determined. And if anyone else ever has trouble along the way ~ homework, studying, encouragement, understanding, and advice ~ I'm here.

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  58. This year I am most looking forward to challenging myself with the IB courses that I will be taking this year. Although I am not taking the full diploma program, I am still proud of myself for taking all IB courses instead of taking the easy way out in normal level classes that I know I can pass without much thought or effort. I still fear that I will not make it in these intense courses. I fear that I will lack motivation and the right mindset to push myself through these classes. I am very hard on myself and I tend to give up on myself easily especially during school. This year a goal of mine is to push past my limits and have more faith in myself and my work to make it through these classes. I also hope that I do not procrastinate as much so that I can live my normal life as a kid without constantly stressing out about my school work. I also hope that I genuinely enjoy this class since I am very artistic and enjoy analyzing art whether it be a painting, photo, dance, drawing, or in this case a piece of literature(:

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  59. This year I am most looking forward to the IB classes that I have. I am ready to look at everything from an entirely different perspective that I have before. I am worried that I may not do very good in these classes but I know I made the right decision in taking them over the regular classes I could have easily passed. I wanted to push myself this year, so I decided to take the more intense classes. It is my goal to do good work, and to get good grades in these advanced classes. I think that I also need to work on staying focused in class or utilizing class time to work on my homework so that I do not have to do as much of it at home.

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  61. This year, I am looking forward to seeing how much I can improve myself mentally through the IB Diploma Program. I am afraid that I will have trouble with procrastinating work and that it will affect my grades at first, but I have a goal to improve on that and get my work done earlier rather than at the last minute. I look forward to a new school year and I hope I can improve myself through these rigorous courses.

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  62. This year i'm looking forward to all the concepts that the DP program holds. I am really looking forward to seeing things in different points of view and preparing myself mentally for the challenging courses of the DP program. As well as creating new relationships with new people. My biggest fear this year is trying to stay balanced. I am afraid that I wont have enough time do all the things I have to do. I have to balance school work, sports, choir and my social life. Although school is my first priority. My goals for this year is to push myself to be more self motivated, I am pretty hard on myself, especially when I do something and I do it wrong, I need to learn to not put myself down and to always keep trying. I hope that this year will be a start to my path of success, because I believe that being in the DP program will prepare me for college with it rigorous courses. As a scholar I am very active outside of school, I love to sing and play sports, I am a pretty timid person, but I have changed a lot as a person, and I am more open-minded than I was even a year ago. I love working in groups/partners, I feel that its a way to build new bonds with people we might not usually work with, and learn their different perspective of things and put them all together into our project. I can't wait to see what this year holds.

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  63. This year I am looking forward to learning all that I can that will help prepare me for the future; such as college and future career. As I read through some of the other blog posts that the seniors have posted I see that some say they are looking forward to graduating and moving forward, but I would have to respectfully say that they are crazy. A fear I have this year is growing up and being on my own. Knowing that I could have always done better in high school that could have gotten me to even greater colleges. A fear of leaving everyone behind and losing relationships with friends, teachers and coaches I wish to never lose. Some goals of mine is to get better in writing essays, because I know I will be writing a lot in college. Another is to enjoy life now, and learn from those who have done this all before.

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  64. In this year I am looking forward to furthering my skills at writing and rising up to the challenges you set before us. Some fears I have are that my procrastination will affect my performance throughout the year so that will be a thing that I will add to my list of things to do. My goals are to have a better year than last year and enjoy my last year of high school and prepare myself for college and even the military.

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  65. As I begin my senior year I am looking forward to a lot. I am excited that my high school career will be coming to an end, and I am excited for all of the fun times that come along with that such as graduation. I am nervous for this final year of schoolwork because it is going to be very difficult, and it is imperative to my future that I do well. I am both nervous and looking forward to college and life after high school. It will be a new level of freedom which will be both good and bad. All in all I am just going to focus on enjoying what is happening now, and doing well in school my final year.

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  66. In this year I am looking forward into seeing more into novels and learning to really enjoy them to the maximum intent. Some fears that I have are the my procrastination will affect my ability to show my true potential and love of the written word. My goals this year is to successfully complete your class with a B or higher, and bettering my GPA

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  67. Some goals I am looking forward to achieving is better time management and being able to comprehend and retain more information than I do now. A fear that I have is presenting, it is not my strong suit. My personal goal is to have straight A's or close to it.

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  68. Some goals I am looking forward to achieving is better time management and being able to comprehend and retain more information than I do now. A fear that I have is presenting, it is not my strong suit. My personal goal is to have straight A's or close to it.

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  69. This year I'm looking forward to looking at different, and deeper meanings of stories. I am the person who will look for conspiracies in stories, and maybe look on the opposite side of things. For example a really happy go lucky book will make me think of conspiracies of morbidity. My goal is improve in math. This is mostly because i'm tired of my mom telling me I'm only right brained. I want to be both so I'm going to prove myself this year. This is going to be my year.

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  71. I am most looking forward to reading Shakespeare and acting. I fear somehow hurting myself in my shenanigans or getting a bad grade. I am really hoping to get a good grade and to get honor roll. I hope that this year will be great and fun!

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  72. I am most looking forward to reading Shakespeare and acting. I fear somehow hurting myself in my shenanigans or getting a bad grade. I am really hoping to get a good grade and to get honor roll. I hope that this year will be great and fun!

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  73. I am most looking forward to the books we are going to read this year because one of them is a favorite of mine. One of my many fears is confrontation. My goals for this year is not to fail completely and to figure out how to get out of my head. As a scholar I have more than a healthy dose of procrastination and as an individual I love helping people in any way that I can.

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  74. I am most looking forward to the books we are going to read this year because one of them is a favorite of mine. One of my many fears is confrontation. My goals for this year is not to fail completely and to figure out how to get out of my head. As a scholar I have more than a healthy dose of procrastination and as an individual I love helping people in any way that I can.

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  75. I fear not making friends because of my foreign nationality and my English skills. To live in a country thousands of miles away from home - knowing nobody - is kind of scary, and to know that there is a big chance that people might laugh at your pronunciation is hard. Especially if you are used to teenagers making fun of you! Therefore my goal this year is to become more self-secure and practice - and hopefully - expand my vocabulary! In ‘’Lang and Lit’’ I would like to get an A+ somehow, to show my parents that their money isn’t spent wrong, but also to prove to myself that I can master another language other than Danish! So what about the other classes? This year I finally got my two favorite studies - besides the art of language - ‘’Interior Design’’ and ‘’Theatre.’’ It has been my passion since the day I could walk and criticize my parent’s furniture, so now school won’t be as boring as back home in cold Denmark - thank God! So what do I look forward to in general? Well, it’s hard to come up with a specific conclusion, but I will try: This year I hope to get new friends (for life) and become an independent individual (more mature) and most of all: experience the country I want to put down roots in!

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