First semester :
Our first Essay that we had to do in English was about Immigration.I have had to write many essays throughout middle school, But when Mr.Licata first showed us how to write a proper Essay with MLA format and Footnotes, I was very shocked because I had never seen or have been taught how to do essays like this. At first is was very difficult for me to learn how to use the footnotes, But after Mr.Licata teached us and went over how to work with them I had gotten the hang of it.When we used to write Essays in middle school we were not taught what a thesis statement was or how it can be a big factor of your essay. Mr.licata has not just taught us how to use footnotes, He has also taught us many different ways of how to express how we feel and put that into our writing in a professional way. We have learned things this year that I never thought I would know, even like the simplest things, like new words or new strategies. In our Immigration essay, We were to choose from a selection of categories that were based off of different kinds of problems and hardships immigrants have to overcome on the daliy. We had to take different facts from various websites and put them in the Essay and quote them as well as site them.Overall this essay has taught us how to look at different situation for different perspectives. We also got to learn how different things are and what other things people have to go through on a daily basis.
In my english one class semester 2 e read a book called “Speak” By laurie anderson. For the book we would mostly read out loud n our class as a whole group. Sometimes we would have to read bye ourselves. The book is based on a high school problems that some teenager face. This book is valuable for our future because it shows us others perspectives and how much something can impact someone's life so negatively, and make them not wanna speak and be such a different person from how they usually are. This book show me to be more open minded to other peoples solutions because you never know what there going though and you dont know whats going on in there head and if there oky or not.In the book speak it's about a teenage girl going into her freshman year of highschool with nothing. No friends,no allies, and nobody likes her. The girls name is melinda. In the book it describes some really bad things that melinda had to go through during he summer break going into freshman year. For our book we had to fill out packets and write an essay on why speaking up is good or should people even speak out?. In the packets we would fill out thing like unusual vocabulary and questions that were about melinda's life and problems.
9th grade Passage essay:
Middle school was a fun year for me, I had good grades and got everything I was taught. I had really good friends as well and we had lots of fun during middle school, 8th grade specifically was the best year. In my class I was either someone you liked or someone you didn't. I was very kind and caring to everyone and respected everyone with what they wanted. A Lot of people were scared of me they thought I was mean or scary,but once they got to know me the whole perception of who they thought I was charged . No one really told me anything mean or had a big problem with me. I was and still am the type of person to tell you I have a problem with you and deal with it right then and there, and try to fix the problem. I was and still am the type of person who doesn't like problem and tries to avoid it as much as I can. I’ve always been very good at fixing problems.
Since middle/elementary school I felt like my weakness in school has always been Math. As a little kid I couldn't get numbers and symbols like everyone else's did. Math was always hard for me to understand. As I got older I still didn't get the math, I would have to stay for after school and get help by the teacher. I always felt bad because I was a slow learner and still kinda am. But over time my mindset on math had changed I started to understand certain things at a time and started to like math, I didn't hate it anymore. Math can be hard at times but a lot of things in life are hard, I have learned that I can't just give up on things.
As a learner, I think I am strongest in English and literature, And career skills. I’m strong in english because through english and literature you can express how you feel and have your own opinion for whatever your writing about. When I was smaller I always voiced my thoughts on anything I was thinking of having a discussion on, As im know getting older I know what i’m into and know what I love to learn and talk about. English and literature allows me to voice my thoughts and opinion in a professional and adequate way. Career skills is another one of my strongest topics because In class when we are learning all of these things about how much a car payment is or what jobs can offer you certain health care, All these things Mr.richards is teaching us about shows me how much work I need to put into my education and how much I need to work on my own skills to know what I am gonna do as an adult.Before career skills I never really thought about what I wanted to do when I got older. But coming to DTI has shown me so many opportunities and different jobs that I could potentially do.
In 9th grade I was strongest in Art 1, Because I knew what I was doing and why I was doing it. I remember a project when I had to make a collage In Mr.richards class and he asked me why I wanted my collage to be about political things, I answered with
“I don't know”, It’s not that I didn't know, its just I didn't know how to say it or how to express my thoughts to him. I wanted to make a collage with different era’s of political events in the world because it was what interested me at the time and still does. Though the collage I could show how I felt about the world know, and I could express it though using pictures and different little quotes. Art allowed me to have a voice without speaking and showing it through different creative ways. All of these things I have learned from my freshmen year have turned me into the person I am today,and hope to be later in my life.
A Lot of the things I like im kinda good at. Some of my talents are singing and playing softball. Other academic talents that I acquire are writing. I enjoy writing a lot. Writing allows me to express how im feeling. I can write whatever I want and no one can say how I have to write it. I like to write about political subjects such as immigration or women’s rights. Writing makes me feel like I have some type of small voice for those who don't have one at all.I want people to know my thoughts and opinions, and how I view certain things. These traits are important to me because they are what make me Nevaeh. At diamond tech you use a lot of technology. There is not one day where we don't not use technology. Everything that we do is always on technology, Unless we have paper handouts which is rarely. But I have learned with using technology I can have different ways I can showcase my thoughts, ideas, and projects to anyone in the world.
When I entered 9th grade, I was asked to start planning my future, I had to come up with somethings I wanted to do when I was older. We took an assignment/ matchmaker on what the website thought we would enjoy or be good at doing. Making a 10 year plan in 9th grade outlined several potential careers like a bailiff,singer, and humanitarian aid worker.All of those jobs I would consider doing. But there was only one job that I really found interesting and that was a correctional officer.
In creating my 10 year plan, I was shocked and interested in being correctional officer because as a little kid I grew up around officers and other law enforcement type of people. I never personally knew anyone who worked in the field but as a kid I would go to all different types of prisons to visit my dad. And when I would go, I would see the officers and how they would treat the inmates and the families that were going to see people who were in there. Not only that I would see how different their attitudes would change when talking to certain people. Another reason I want to work as a correctional officer is because like I said before, I would be around them when I would go visit my dad, and going to a prison when you are a child is not the best way to grow up, even if I was used to it, it was still very hard for me to go. But with that said when I would go these officer who were working there made the kids and parents feel so safe and normal in a sense. The officers would play with us kids and would just make us feel like everything was okay. I want to be able to do that. I want a job where I can help people, Where I can try and help better their lives.I’ve always been the type of person to care for people and always try and wanna help someone even if they don’t want my help.Sometimes that’s my problem, I tend to care about people who don’t care for me.
I am the type of person who changes their mind a lot, for certain things. But as far as my career choices I have my mind set on being a correctional officer for right now, I would like to pursue a job in that field, But I might change my mind thought my high school years.When I was younger, I wanted to be a singer. I liked the idea of being famous and doing what I love and still be making lots of money for what I loved doing. But again as I got older my interests changed and so did my mind set. For me know its not really about money, it's about how I can help people. I’ve been coming up with different job and I’m still trying to work on different ways I can help people better their lives.
I am still working on many things. For me I feel like you can never stop learning if it's something you like doing. I am working on myself and what I want to be on the daily, I don't think I will ever be fully done with learning about who I am and what I want. Am figuring out little things that are new about me every day. It’s been hard especially since entering high school. There’s so much going on, There always seem to be something happening on the daily that I have to deal with, But that's life I guess when your getting older. High school has taught me way more responsibilities that I didn't expect on having to learn so early on. In high school I learned that If I need help with something or don't understand it, I have to use my voice and be willing to ask for help from others and the teachers.
In 9th grade, I had to learn to be more self directed learning in All my classes.I had to be more self directed because even though I had my friends and other people here to attend to, I still needed to know how to do things myself . My friends and teacher will not always be there when I need help. I had to focus on what had to be done and how I could do that by myself.The only way I could be self directed was by focusing on myself and how I can succeed in my life with just Me. nobody but Me.
As I am in 9th grade the work is obviously getting harder and, there is more of it too. When I get assigned work I tend to lose track of what I have to do and what needs to be done.Most of the time I do complete my work on time, but the little amount that I don't it's usually late or sometimes I don't do it at all. I am a very big procrastinator and that's a problem with me and my work. I will always wait till last minute and I don't know why. I am getting better on turning my work in on time and asking for when due dates are and other things like that.In my 9th grade year so far, I have changed a lot with everything as far as personality,grades and mindset.
Coming to diamond tech I have learned about so many different and new things about technology that I never new or heard of before. Some of the things I just learned this year were two new sites called edgenuity and weebly. For edgenuity it’s our online class for math, world civ, and health. Instead of having actual classes we use edgenuity to teach us with online teachers, kinda like home school.Before coming to DTI I never heard of either of the sites. But for weebly it’s basically our own site were you could post all you work from each class and everyone can see it.
In the beginning of the school year I was very unorganized and all over the place.That was very off and unusually for because i’m actually very good at organizing,and processing. Before coming all my online work was in google drive and google classroom, All that was a complete mess.Throughout this year I have learned how to be more organized and less hectic.I learned how to make folders and how to make certain things go to specific places.
Some skills that I need to work on or evaluating. My problem that I need to work on is coming up with my own ideas. I have a hard time evaluating a lot of things, I get confused and stressed about making my own adamic choices. I should be able to know how to do these simple things but again I procrastinate. When coming to diamond tech They have taught me a lot about getting things done an working hard for what I want. In all my classes my teachers are all very helpful and caring. Even though they always have to deal with me procrastinating and not doing my work a lot they never gave up on me.
Diamond technology institute has taught me so many things just in one year.They have helped me on becoming a good student and later on a great adult. All in all this year has Been one of my highest and lowest years. This year was very hard to adjust to and stay on track but I got through it and fixed my mistakes. Even though I had some lows I have very big highs as well. I got to meet new people and create new bonds with the people at DTI, I also got to create so many good memories, And more to come throughout my years at DTI