My phone, Ipod and wallet. I never leave the house without these three Items. The weigh about a pound total.
My backpack. I carry this through the halls everyday. It weighs 5-15 pounds depending on the night.
My lacrosse stick. Lacrosse is one of the biggest parts of my life, if I’m not physically using my stick chances are I’m still thinking about it. The stick weighs about 2 pounds but the game weighs much more than that on my mind.
My cross. My religion is very important to me, I carry it with me always and the cross I wear represents that. It weighs almost nothing and is not a burden on my life at all.
My report card. My report card posted on my fridge represents my parents expectations of me. I’ve always had good grades posted on the fridge and now my parents expect a lot of me academically. They believe every thing I do should be “fridge worthy”. This weighs very heavily on me when I must balance my studies and everything else I do.
My acceptance letter. This represents my own aspirations in life. Its always been my dream to go to MSU but this is proving to be very hard. This acceptance letter is my first goal in a list of many. My aspirations weigh heavier than anything else in my life but this acceptance letter is a weight off my shoulders.
My family. My family is very important to me they have helped me through every stage of my life and I carry their love, guidance and acceptance with me always. These feelings they provide me are weightless. They do not weigh me down at all; on the contrary I rely on them.
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I consider Good Morning Vietnam to be a great example of an anti-war war movie. The movie does nothing to glorify war at all. In fact it actually points out all the problems with the Vietnam war. While the movie does have entertaining action scenes and fighting montages the focus of it was to show the problems with the U.S hiding things from the soldiers and citizens, not just pure war-driven entertainment. The movie does the exact opposite of what a normal war movie would do, which would just show the “good guys” winning and glorifying all the fighting.
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In every teenage movie, new and old, you can find the same stereotyped cliques. The most common ones include the jocks, the popular girls, or the nerds. In the movie The Breakfast Club these three cliques are personified perfectly along with the “burnout” and the “basket case”, this movie shows that even though the names may be different the same cliques have always existed. These cliques are in these movies in order to relate to the audience. Even though The cliques are exaggerated they still relate to people because everybody has felt the effect of a clique at some point in there life.
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When I asked my parents what they thought of Rebel Without A Cause they agreed that it was very unrealistic and exaggerated. They said that their high school experiences were nothing like the movie. They also believed that not only was the story bad but the acting was pretty awful as well. It was incredibly cheesy and unbelievable. Overall they disliked the movie just as much as I did.
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The second movie my group watched was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The two movies were pretty similar in some respects. Such as some parts in both movies were quite exaggerated and other were the realities of high school. In both movies the adults don’t understand how and why the kids act rebellious. They dont understand the problems and challenges kids and teenagers face during the years at high school. This second movie is very unique in the fact that it has multiple speakers. First you have the directors and screenwriters; but then you also have Ferris Bueller. This is one of very few movies that the main character tells the audience exactly what he means. The audience is also two-pronged, you have the parents to show how unaware they are of their kids life and the teenagers because Ferris is trying to show how teenagers should take high school not as serious as some people take it. He wants teenagers to realize that having fun during highschool can be just as important as studying and getting good grades.
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After watching Rebel Without A Cause I realized it was very different from high school today. The actors actions and emotions in the movie were very exaggerated and unrealistic, especially the scenes with the “chickie run” and the knife fight. In today’s high school that just doesn’t happen. These actions of the characters represented the extremes of high school. The only accurate factor of this movie is the fact that Jim’s parents dont understand him. This misunderstanding between parents and their children is something that has always been around and always will be. Nicholas Ray, the speaker of the movie aimed this film towards parents who are afraid of high school. This is because he wants to show the parents how unaware they are about what goes on in high school.
It means no worries and its my problem free philosophy or as the assignment asks for, my core moral belief. Now I understand that its not possible or intelligent to live completely worry free. Sometimes you should worry about certain things but my moral belief is still no worries because you shouldn’t have to worry about every little thing. Its also true that I do not live worry free, I do worry about a lot of things all the time but its a goal of mine to stop worrying about the pointless things. It would be nice to live a life without stress and worry but that’s impossible, at least it is without completely changing my lifestyle. “Hukuna Matata” is my moral belief because I’ve been through certain things that I worried and worried about and in the end I realized that I shouldn’t have worried at all. So I’m in the process of living a more worry free life.
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Obviously, this is a picture of the five year old me being a dinosaur. Okay maybe its not that obvious but that’s the point. The thing that this, or any other picture, cant show is whats going on in the mind of the subject of the picture; or in the case the imagination of the subject. This was my Facebook profile for a while and during that time I received a number of comments asking what I was doing. That’s very understandable now because it is a strange picture but if you were to ask the five year old me, I would’ve been upset because to him its very obvious that he was being a dinosaur. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to see what the subject is thinking in a picture.
It was three years ago when I realized that nothing was going to be easy anymore. I was moving to a new school, and was disconnected from everything that I was raised by. Fitting in was obviously an issue at a new school, but what worried me the most was the lack of a lacrosse program. In the past, lacrosse had made me friends, challenged me on a daily basis, and, most importantly, gave me a sense of belonging. When I realized that all of this was going to be taken away, I didn’t know what I was going to do. Playing lacrosse at the college level had been my dream since fifth grade, and I wasn’t ready to give it up just yet.
In 9th grade, I embraced my passion for lacrosse in any way I could. I joined leagues in every offseason. I attended numerous camps, and spent countless hours shooting on the net in my backyard. I realized that if I wanted to play college lacrosse, I would have to become the best I could be on my own. The consistent guidance of Coach was difficult to attain, because I was never in the same league for more than a few months. This forced me to become my own critic, by comparing myself to the best players at the leagues I attended. The leagues would test my skills against other players with the same goal as me. It pushed me harder and harder every day. My skills continued to improve, and so did my work ethic. Lacrosse wasn’t something that I was willing to leave anytime soon.
When I first picked up a lacrosse stick, something clicked, it just felt right; and when it was almost taken away from me, I couldn’t just sit idly by. This experience has only brought me closer to the game of lacrosse, and forced me to improve myself with little to no help. I continue to improve my skills every opportunity I get, and have not forgotten about my dream of college lacrosse. When my love for the game was tested, it only made me work harder, and ultimately made me the person I am today.
Me and victor have had a similar story when it comes to lacrosse. While I did not have to deal with coming to a new school, I was lost without lacrosse just as he was. I know exactly what he means when he says lacrosse gives him a sense of belonging or purpose, and I feel the same way. So we got together with some other guys and started a team of our own. While this is great for us because we are getting to play the game we love, we are not getting to play to our full potential because our team is not experienced enough. Now that may sound full of myself but its the truth, the skill level of our team varies immensely and in a team sport you’re really only as good as your weakest link. I agree with Victor that lacrosse, or whatever sport you play, is very influential in every aspect of life.
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