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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

So it's here again. I'll be doing NaNoWriMo for my third year and (hopefully!) emerge victorious. Tired, fatigued, exhausted, but victorious. And this year I'm going for the ultimate challenge - to publish my second book. That's right. The first passed by in a whirlwind of color. I'll admit, compared to the first and only published work of Harper Lee, I'm a bit discouraged, but that's more past than anything. I'm setting my eyes forward and hoping for a great November!

As far as school goes, I've been pretty well off this year. Our middle school recently ended the much coveted (at least by the Asian-American and overachieverist community) Honors Geometry program. Technically, students can still skip, but now we're treated like any other grade-skippers - forced into a class of upperclassmen, tortured with heinous piles of work, and whipped until we run as fast as we can on our stubby legs up the staircase halfway across the building and into the room. That might sound like an exaggeration, and I certainly don't want to berate the school administration too much, but it's a bit unfair how they make us go to class almost two minutes before the bell. We're lucky we can still catch up - me especially, since John Hopkins had so kindly offered me a discount price on their CTY Geometry course last summer semester, allowing me to take an extra sneak peek at their course offerings. Now if only I had known about such fickle matters at an earlier time...

Anyway, I have the feeling that things are about to go up a notch. That's right, I've got high school admissions. See, most teens (apart from preppy and private school kids who have to attend endless interviews and campus tours before they even hit puberty) are probably lounging away, thinking about how little time left for fun they have. Here in our town, we have a vocational school district. It's not your typical mechanic/farmer/carpenter/marine biologist vocational academy either. These, my friends, are offerings of state-of-the-art research labs, award winning curriculum, internationally recognized standards, and a host of some of the brightest kids in the nation. If you still don't know what I mean, here's a hint - just last year, one of the schools hit the #1 in the nation for math and science. It's driving the school board insane, since they recently spent all that money on educating the gifted and talented, only to see them whisk off to vocational schools, leaving the normals to attend our local district. Kind of depressing, when you put it into retrospective.

Speaking of applications, my parents have gotten this idea that I need to prepare for college. If that includes taking the SAT II, AP courses, and other acronym happy whatnot years before I need to, I'll comply like the good little Asian I'm not. But recently I've stopped getting stressed out. Loads of homework reaching past Mauna Lua and tests scheduled iotas within each other have stopped making my heart beat fast. I've read in some places that for some people, stress gives them an adrenaline rush. Translation: work makes you high. What do you think of that idea?


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