Making the Most of Required Reading | Seven School Books I’ve Actually Enjoyed

Most people don’t like required reading. Not even English majors. There’s nothing that kills my motivation more than someone handing me a paperback and then telling me I will be graded on my ability to read, comprehend, and analyze the words inside. I love reading. I wish I could do it more often than I do. It’s just that I have the kind of personality where the instant someone tells me something’s required, even if I will probably enjoy that something, I’m determined to dread it.

Sorry, professors.

Actually, I’m not all that sorry, because in sprite of my bad attitude, I have enjoyed a lot of my required reading. At the very least, I’ve only hated one or two books (and generally with good reason, so I don’t feel all that bad). Since school recently started for a lot of us Americans, I thought I’d take some time to talk about the books that make me love being an English major.

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Lessons Learned from Role-Play Writing Club

Lessons Learned from Role-Play Writing Club

Let me tell you a story. When I was in high school, I had this idea to start a creative writing group. I’d been a part of one in middle school, but sadly, my high school was lacking in that area. I had spoken to other students to get their feedback, and then my English teacher gave me the go-ahead.

She also mentioned that my “Writer’s Nook” would be teaming up with another group. Each group would be led by different people and have different goals, but since we would attract a similar group of people, it made sense for us to share a digital space.

This other club called themselves the “Role-Play Writing” group (RPW), and I didn’t know much about them. They struck me as a rather… eclectic collection of students (not that I’m one to talk, but I digress). I wasn’t really sure what to make of them at first.

As it turns out, what they did wasn’t really “roleplaying” in the sense I was used to, but more of a collaborative writing project. Each writer had one or two characters (some had many, many more, but perhaps we’ll save that for another day), and using those characters, they would build a story. Once that was explained to me, I was interested. I decided to join the group, but I warned them I wasn’t sure how active I would be, since I had my own leadership responsibilities.

My warning was ultimately meaningless, because it didn’t take long for me get into RPW (some might say in too deep, but that’s a bit harsh I think). I fell in love with the challenge of writing a complete story together, especially on a time limit – the length of the school year. The people I was working with were funny, interesting, and all brought something unique to the table. We became more than just writing partners; we became friends. Even now, three or four years after we all graduated, I still keep in touch with a few of them.

All of this to say, RPW was a unique writing experience for me that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to replicate. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, so today, I invite you to do on a little nostalgia trip with me as I share a few of the things that RPW taught me about writing.

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Things I Learned From Being Cyberschooled

I’m a sophomore in college now, but before that, I was cyberschooled. Way back when I was beginning kindergarten, my parents decided that instead of attending a traditional public school or homeschooling me, I would be enrolled in an online charter school. I stuck with cyberschooling all the way through my high school graduation, and even though it’s been quite a while since I attended an online class, I still remember those days fondly.

By now, you might be wondering, what is cyberschooling? Think of it as a hybrid between a traditional brick-and-mortar school and homeschooling. Like homeschooling, it offers flexibility and allows you to work at your own pace, but like brick-and-mortar schools, you have teachers, classmates, and classes that you attend via the internet.

Now that I’m in college, I’m learning that there are a lot of important life skills I learned while I was still being cyberschooled, and these skills have helped me a lot. Since cyberschooling tends to get a bad rap (much like its cousin, homeschooling), I wanted to share just a few of the things cyberschooling taught me, and how they’ve helped me now that I’m graduated.

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Best of June

Wow, two blog posts in one weekend! Surprised?

Well, normally I would’ve given myself a few days between blog posts, but since I’ll be away all of next week, I figured I should go ahead and share my favorite things from June. A lot of exciting things happened, from new album releases to graduation to visiting family. I have a lot to talk about, so I won’t hold back any longer. Click to read on!

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5 Things I’ll Miss About High School

Today I’m graduating high school.

As you read this, I may already be walking across the stage, receiving my diploma. Either that, or I just tripped over my gown going up the steps, because I’m just graceful like that.

Anyway, today is the day I am officially done with high school. In a way, it’s weird – it’s hard for me to believe that after twelve years, it’s finally over.

It’s also bittersweet. I’m looking forward to moving on to new and exciting things, and, to be honest, high school has been pretty crazy. But at the same time, there’s a lot I’m going to miss about my high school years. With that in mind, I decided to write today’s blog post as a sort of tribute to my good high school memories. There are plenty of good ones, but I think this just about sums it up.

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