Why Math isn't a Dry, Boring Subject

I know I've heard this all through high school, and I guess I did kind of understand the reasoning behind it.

"God math is so hard, kill me before I get to Algebra", "Please give me last night's Geometry homework, I couldn't even deal with it", "Honestly not surprised that I'm failing Algebra 2, how do you do it Rachel?".

I'd say 95% of my friends hate math and are always dreading going to the class. I never really felt this way because math always clicked for me and I always understood it and didn't feel very stressed over it. But I feel as if math is accumulating somewhat of a bad reputation, and I'm here to defend it.

 Math is in Everything we do

I know this is totally a typical math teacher response when kids whine to them saying "why do we have to do this? When will I ever use this in real life". Sometimes I've totally been there, questioning my life over whether or not to really study for a statistics quiz since it's only a small part of the regents, but then I just suck it up and power through.

But what's really cool about math is that it comes up in many everyday things, and if you're like me, you actively search for the math in your life. Like for example, in nature.

Since I live in a very rural and small town, there's a lot of trees and plants in my area, including pines.   Fun fact: all the patterns and number trends in agriculture stem from Fibonacci numbers/series/ Fibonacci series is a sequence of numbers where every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones. So it goes:

1+1= 2
1+2= 3
2+3= 5
3+5= 8
5+8= 13
8+13= 21

Examples of nature that follows this pattern would be strawberries, pine cones or flowers. You can even actively see the spiral in their DNA and seeds. Personally, I think it's really cool, and it comes up in so many objects, not just plants.

So basically, the limits of math aren't restricted to the classroom, and it's not all Pythagorean theorems and quadratic formulas. If you really are interested and into learning about math that isn't constricted to academic purposes check out khanacademy's Math for fun and glory lesson set because it's honestly really cool and insightful.

June Word List 2017

Having a go again at my word list. I found some new ones in my new SAT book, so it's really important to know those ones.

acumenthe ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain
lupine - a plant of the pea family, with deeply divided leaves and tall, colorful, tapering spikes of flowers.
adumbrated - report or represent in outline; indicate faintly; foreshadow/symbolize
Phoebus - a personification of the sun
phaetons - a light, open, four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage
lyre - a stringed instrument like a small U-shaped harp with strings fixed to a crossbar, used especially in ancient Greece.
Polyhymnia - the Greek Muse of sacred song.
savant - a learned person, especially a distinguished scientist.
quoit - a ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg.
decant - gradually pour (liquid, typically wine or a solution) from one container into another, especially without disturbing the sediment
espy - to catch sight of
abhorrent - inspiring disgust and loathing
alacrity - brisk and cheerful readiness
elocution - the skill of clear and expressive speech, especially of distinct pronunciation and articulation.
boisterous - noisy, energetic, and cheerful
constable - a peace officer with limited policing authority
resplendent - attractive and impressive through being richly colorful or sumptuous
destitute - without the basic necessities of life; poor
incongruous - not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something
affronted - offend the modesty or values of
defiance - open resistance; bold disobedience

derivative - imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason.
senile - having or showing the weaknesses or diseases of old age, especially a loss of mental faculties; decrepit
veneration - great respect; reverence
contemptuous - scornful
deference - humble submission and respect
reverence - deep respect for someone or something
proliferate - increase rapidly in numbers; multiply
ubiquitous - present, appearing, or found everywhere; universal, omnipresent
intuition - the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning; instinct
inexorably - in a way that is impossible to stop or prevent
bolster - support or strengthen
epiphany - a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being
divergence - the process or state of diverging
dexterity - skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands
elemental - primary or basic
skirmishes - an episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting
reticence - disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; restraint
acquiesced - accept something reluctantly but without protest
vociferous - vehement or clamorous
camaraderie - mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together
assimilating - take in and understand fully
glom - to steal
transcendental - relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm
necrotic - death of cells or tissues from severe injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body
contagion - the communication of disease from one person to another by close contact
tangential - relating to or along a tangent
orthogonal - statistically independent
apiarists - a beekeeper
incursions - an invasion or attack, especially a sudden or brief one
marauding - going about in search of things to steal or people to attack.
scruple - a feeling of doubt or hesitation with regard to the morality or propriety of a course of action
inarticulate - unable to speak distinctly or express oneself clearly
accrued - accumulate or receive
rigmarole - a lengthy and complicated procedure
cupidity - greed for money or possessions.
contemptible - deserving contempt
amelioration - the act of making something better
inconstancy - changeability, not sticking to a predetermined course.
extirpate - root out and destroy completely
opprobrium - harsh criticism or censure
caprice - a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior
phalanx - a body of troops or police officers
japanned - to cover with a hard black varnish.
malignant - malevolent; spiteful/unkind
behoove - it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; incumbent

Mr. Incredible and Mr. Fox

Since school is about to end I’ve been doing my fair share of bingeing on nostalgic old animated movies from childhood. Last week I saw The Incredibles (in anticipation for the second installment after 10 years, gonna be LIT), and this weekend I finished watching Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was a big favorite of mine in elementary school. Rewatching both of these made me re-appreciate their stories and animation styles. But while looking at them closer, I saw that these two movies have a lot more in common than I realized before, that are pretty unique.

Both Mr. Incredible and Mr. Fox gave up their dangerous past occupations for the wellbeing of their families. Mr. Incredible was more or less forced to do so because of the scandalous controversy on whether or not superheroes actually helped or harmed the public, but he still gave up being super. Same with Fox. When he and his wife were trapped in the cage, worried about death creeping up on them, she made him promise that if they ever got out of there alive, that he would find a new line of work, because she was pregnant and wanted to keep their cub safe. So I guess he was a little forced too. This made both of them turn to different vocational paths that they were unhappy in for long periods of time. Bob, an insurance agent, and Foxxy, a writer for the newspaper.

Eventually, Mr. Fox and Mr. Incredible are pulled back into their old jobs by mysterious opportunities. They keep their secret endeavors from their wives and children and get the rush and high they had from when they did it back in the day. They’re able to get away with it for a while and get a kick out of it before their wives find them out.

Mrs. Incredible AKA Helen finds out when she calls her husband's hotel when she found his superhero suit suspiciously patched up in his man cave. The hotel says that he never checked in, and she makes the conclusion that he is living a double life and lying to her. She feels betrayed. Mrs. Fox felt the same way when she confronted Mr. Fox about him breaking his promise from when they were in the cage years ago.

From these climax points in the movies, both protagonist’s families come together to save them. Mr. Incredible’s wife and family help save him from Syndrome and save the city. Mr. Fox’s wife and hot-headed son also play big parts in saving the community from Bogus, Bunce and Bean.

This was a bit of a random post, but it was really bothering me for a while, I couldn’t believe how similar these two movies are. I wonder if I can find another film like this… 🤔

May Word List 2017

This is really embarrassing. I've felt so busy and occupied with school that I didn't even keep track of words this month, only one:

bereavementthe action or condition of being bereaved; be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, especially due to the loved one's death

I don't even remember writing this word down, I guess it was before I took my SAT, and now I just haven't been so keen on finding new words. I guess I'll have to pick it up in June...

I Think I'm Having a Mid-Teenage Crisis

Is this even a real thing? I guess it is now.

As of now, 6 months after I've turned 16, I, Rachel, am having a mid-teenage crisis. 

You may think this is some sort of trivial, teen meltdown, but I assure you I really am having a revelation of sorts. Google defines a midlife crisis as "an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age". And I'm totally resonating with this now, except in an 'I'm a little scared for my future' and 'how the hell do I deal with all these changes'. Let me walk you through this.

This all really came crashing down on me when one of my favorite cartoon show ended in January (Regular Show) and I obviously was pretty broken up about it. That show, as I said, has been a part of my childhood for seven years and when it ended I was devastated. And then after that, it got me thinking- my childhood and youth are escaping me day by day.

For instance, Adventure Time is on it's way to their last season, and I've been watching them just as long as I have been Regular Show! Cartoons aren't the only thing. Some of my favorite game franchises have ended as well, including the Walking Dead Game and Uncharted, which were the biggest titles released for 2016, at least for me. 

There is also all those online games I used to play as a kid. Both Pixie Hollow and Bearville from Build-A-Bear workshop closed down (so did Club Penguin but I didn't really play that much, now I'm grateful). And they did it without me knowing. One afternoon with a random stroke of curiosity and found that they had shut down months before I checked up on them, how is that fair? I felt dejected and depressed, I spent hours on those sites and they couldn't even give me a fair warning?

Not to mention all the reinstallations of all my childhood shows. The Fairly Odd Parents and Spongebob have been exploited for their old school popularity to cater to their networks money hungry ambitions. It's a shame since those were some of my favorite cartoons when I was younger. There was also the Zoey101 reunion episode where Chase learned what Zoey said from 10 years ago, that was a complete abomination. It wasn't funny and didn't even spark a feeling of nostalgia from the show. Disappointing.

The other half of my mid-teenage crisis that isn't the fear of all my beloved franchises ending surreptitiously, is planning for my future. Junior year is on the brink of ending and senior year is looming ahead. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to apply to college and ready for all the college ready antics, but I am afraid of not being the best I can be and becoming mediocre and complacent. I'm afraid of my essays sucking, my grades plummeting and not being unique or special in my applications.

I know this is an irrational fear since I already have looked and drafted ideas from the common app prompts, have a good overall average and can probably list a good amount of interests I have (regardless if they're lame, they still make me unique. I'm trying to remind myself I'll get through with it and what happens happens, but it still just gives me anxiety. I need to stop being afraid of confrontation and rejection because, in the wide words of BeyoncĂ©, "We all lose. We all lose at some point and we lose when we have to".

Well, I'm only 16. maybe by the time I turn 18 this will all turn over and I'll laugh at this irrational time in my life, who knows. For now, I'll try to cope and cling to whatever I can to get through this. To Netflix I go!

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