The Importance of Language to a New Audience

I decided to share my Google site with a coworker of mine named Bree due to the fact that this individual has expressed an interest in languages and a desire to further understand them. Similar to myself, Bree has dabbled in learning languages outside of English, but has struggled with actually maintaining them. I used to tell her that if she was learning a language just to do it she likely would continue to struggle, however, if she truly appreciated them and the art of communication as a whole, she should prosper.

I figured that for my subject matter and audience, a Google site would work best. Through the site I am able to condense and refine my points while still providing visuals to illustrate my points. Also, because my audience is on the younger side, and obviously I am a teenager myself, I felt that I knew that this option would be most palatable: just enough to spark interest, but not so much that it appears to be a bore.

While I did make changes to cater to my audience, mainly through condensation of paragraphs and rephrasing, I wanted to maintain my diction because I feel it is what drives my points and makes them clear and assertive rather than passive.

Lastly, I tried to include colorful, relevant images in correspondence with text so that my audience would want to figure out the connection. Because my coworker is open about having ADHD and how it can mess with her focus, I wanted to make sure my site wasn’t too wordy and just all around cohesive and easy to follow.

Hate Speech

Hate Speech. Should it be Regulated?

Hate speech, what is it? The definition of hate speech, according to Mari J. Matsuda, author of “Assaultive Speech and Academic Freedom, is “…(a word of group of words) of which is to wound and degrade by asserting the inherent inferiority of a group”. In my own words hate speech is a humiliation and demeaning slur of words specifically used to disgrace a person for their race, religion, or sexuality.

Right now, there is now a controversy if hate speech should be regulated. Personally I believe it should be. While freedom of speech is a constitutional right, so is the pursuit of happiness. Well, as someone who has been a life-long victim of hate speech, I can attest and say that be subjected to hate speech is a henderence on pursuing happiness.

There is nothing to lose by regulating hate speech. Additionally, if you are not participating in this verbal slander than you shouldn’t take issue.

In conclusion, hate speech is wrong in all aspects. It is unnecessary, and hurtful, and rude, and disgusting. And once you’ve been on the recieving side of it, you understand that there is no way to defend it.


I remember the first time I saw an animal cruelty video, I was 15 — almost 16– I was in my room late one night and for a reason still unknown to me, I looked it one up on YouTube. The video, only 12 minutes long, was filled with such horror and malice that I cried hysterically and uncontrollably.

I remember hot tears rushing down my face and thinking, “How do people do this: monsters!”. Then I realized that the only reason people were brutally slaughtering these innocent animals it is because people are paying for it; I was paying for it.

Because I have always been underweight, I used to get daily texts from my parents reminding me to eat meat. The morning after watching that video I responded to a text saying, “I don’t eat meat anymore”. Though I’ve never been a big meat eater, just opposite in fact, my parents were still shocked, but they respect my choice. So, about a year after being a modified lacto-vegetarian I finally became vegan.

Watching the animal cruelty video opened a whole new door for me. I ended up watching documentaries like “ What the Health “and “Cowspiracy”. I found out all this information about health and the environment and yes, even more animal cruelty. Learning this information made it impossible to eat meat, dairy, eggs, and gelatin for many reasons, but also give me such a purpose and inspiration.

I’m vegan, not because non-vegan food doesn’t taste good, but because I finally aligned my morals and ethics with my actions. I do not have to contribute to the suffering of animals or global warming or harm my personal health when there is a simple solution: I can choose to eat food made by plants. And in all honesty, I haven’t lost anything, I have gained.

Veganism is at the core of everything I am. I am kind, compassionate, and caring, not only to people, but every living sentient being. I am healthy and I am happy because I know what I am doing is right and that I’m not only making a difference in my own life, but so many others as well.

The Definition of “Success”

What does success mean to you? Whether or not you answered that question  is irrelevant as I’m positive the majority of you think of success as financial wealth and affluence. I, however, have a different definition completely: happiness is success. And, no, not happiness that stems from any sort of financial mean, but the actual joy from the way that a person is living their life.

If you were to google the definition of success right now the first answer would read: “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”, however, the second definition is listed as: “the attainment of popularity or profit”. The indocterated thought that you have to have money to be happy is honestly sad. The amount of people in this world that have next to nothing and still find joy should be proof enough that that prejudice is faulty.

The way I look at it is this: success is looking back at your life, when you are in your final moments, and possessing a great amount of pride around your creations, accomplishments, and legacy, while possessing little to no regret about what you did not do and missed opportunities. If I can die feeling this way, I believe this is success. When you think back on your life when you are 95, 100 years old and you look back over the course of your lifetime you are not going think, “I wish I had worked more to make an exorbitant amount of money that I cannot possibly come close to depleting”. I’d hope that you look back and are pleased with the success of your life in relation to the joy you obtained.

Reading Rhetorically

I completely agree with the consensus of the reading. Using Rheingold´s ¨method¨ of infotention is most likely the best way to read in today´s day and age with the amount of credible distraction out there. When reading, a person should do what they can to be intentional in their understanding of a given text.


I unknowingly have already implemented this into my way of reading. Whether it be for school or something else, I do my best to make sure that I am devoid of unnecessary disturbance. I turn off my phone, ipad, and or tv, make sure I am in a quiet enough space that I can concentrate, and attempt actually care about the reading. That last part probably sounded harsh but we all know that the reality is that we don´t always care about the text we are reading. Therefore, the most important part for me is to try to appreciate the work before me because odds are that someone put a decent amount of work into it and I´d like someone to do the same for me if roles were reversed

The Lack of Authority

How can a high school senior write about herself with authority? A valid question with a relatively simple answer: she can’t. Yes, though eighteen years is a long time, that girl has been told all her life that she won’t truly get to, or even begin to get to make decisions for herself until now, until eighteen. How can she then go on to write about herself with authority when for so long she had none.

Every important decision has been made for us high schoolers, for most of us even the “choice” to go to college. The “choice” to spend another probable four years in another school to isolate and hone in on a path that in all truth most of us aren’t even sure we want. We all want to be happy and healthy and in control of our own lives. On paper, it’s not much to ask, but that last part is tricky: control. Most of us have never had that. Victims of a generation doomed to be powerless until asked to weld power. Authority. Power. The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. A definition we are familiar with but have a severe lack of first hand experience with.

This post isn’t meant for me to sit here and gripe. However, when asked a question about the ability to write a paper with any sort of jurisdiction, well it’s still a valid question but the response has a few caveats.

It’s our lives, each of us, and we as individuals deserve to have control over them.

Memorable High School Object


You are more than just a medal; shiny, gold, and glorious, but so much more than that. You symbolize hope and prosperity. The year before I obtained you I received — a now seemingly lack luster– silver metal, and the year before that, nothing. You give me an optimism fort this upcoming year! Because of you I am an international semi-finalist. Because of you people know my name not only nationwide, but globally! Because I have accomplished you, I know I can accomplish so much more! You, if all goes to plan, you are just one of many milestones to greatness!

Greatness will always seem like a reach, I will admit, but that is only until you reach it. Once you’ve obtained it, it’s only instinct to clasp onto it as long as you can. However, that grip only lasts but for so long and eventually it will be pulled away from you. It becomes a game almost. Like hide and seek. You spend so much time looking for this thing and when you finally find it, in seconds you are looking for it again. And so the game continues. On and on and on, but it never get less fun. Each search is even more invigorating than the last, and in turn all the more worth it. You, glorious gold medal have started the game and believe me I plan to keep playing. So thank you, not only for all you’ve given to me but all that you are giving.


Organic Object Entry


An aloe vera plant. A green, spikey, slightly squishy thing. Are you a fruit? A vegetable? Or something else entirely? Are you a missing shark fin that is green from ailment? Are you an overgrown blade of grass? Maybe, and this is a maybe, you are an alien. Maybe you were sent here to furtively help us humans. I mean, you have medicinal properties. You have the ability to heal. That’s it: you are an alien healer in attempted disguise. You are selfless then. To allow yourself to be sliced, lacerated for the plight of others is no small task. And so maybe your spikes, thorns rather, are meant to act as a defense mechanism, but of course against the efforts of humans they are futile.

Its days later and you are dying now. Sickly and leaky and even more green than you began. You are withering and the whole of you is becoming like the goop that was once just a part of you. How do you feel? Are you weary and content with your going or are you mad that your time is up? What do you want? To grip onto whatever vitality you have left or to release and cast it away? What do you want from me? What can I do, or should I even do anything? I suppose I could thank you for being here as an palliative should I have needed one. I can thank you for giving me something to write about; for being a muse.

What else is there to say about you? You are selfless, self-sacraficing, benevolent, philanthropic even, but is there anything else to you? Is there something hidden in all that goop? Something so secretive it’s practically hidden in plain sight? Or are you just that boring? Noble and generous, yes, but boring just the same. Didn’t you know that the most interesting things in life have a “dark” or at least darker side. You, squishy and green and noble, however are simply too simple to be but so exciting . I suppose the furthest you’ll get is intriguing enough to spark curiosity.

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