Inspiration and Failure

Yes the title is very vague, but I was watching this video of J.K. Rowling giving the commencement speech at Harvard from 2008. She had a really good message and shared knowledge with the graduates of Harvard. I have the video linked below its kind of long but feel free to check it out.

If you don’t watch the video there is one quote from it that I will leave you all with.

“It is impossible to live without failing something. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case you’ve failed by default.” –J.K. Rowling

This quote says a lot. You cannot be so afraid to make a mistake in life that you never live. Failing something is a part of life. When you fail, you’re supposed to learn from it; pick yourself off the ground, brush off the dirt, and keep going. It might sound a little harsh, but if people never failed there would be no incentive to try new things or work harder to achieve goals. Being afraid to fail is like being afraid to drink water. It’s inevitable. You will have to drink water to survive and you will fail at some point in your life at something.

I find it absolutely ridiculous when people refuse to try new things because they are afraid to be bad at it. So what? You might find out you’re really good at it, or if you’re not at least you tried and maybe it can be something you can work on. Living life without trying new things or making changes is a sad way to live. You will never grow as a person without gaining new experiences from trying new things. Sticking with what is familiar is like living in a bubble, you won’t ge tout much and it gets stuffy. Like your life will be if you stay in the bubble.

Okay that got off track. Enjoy the video and have a nice day!

Veteran Video Finally Done!

Yes we finally finished the video of Jack White the Vietnam veteran that I interviewed a long time ago. It took forever to edit and my friend and I tried our best at editing it so please don’t be too critical of it. We are so glad it finally got done it only took a few months, oh well. From filming and editing this video I learned what to do and what not to do when interviewing people:

1. And the most important, DO NOT talk or mhmmm or wow or oh or yeah in between what the other person says. I understand it is polite to look and sound interested in what they are saying, but editing out all of those yeahs and ohs was the biggest, most frustrating pain. Head nods and smiles is all it takes.

2. Try not to get in the way of the shot. My hand ended up being in one whole take and we couldn’t use that footage.

3. Organize the separate clips in order to make life easier as you go along editing it

And yes that was the first time I have edited a video, it was not the best experience but we got it done and now have the final product. Thanks again to Jack White for talking with us! Enjoy and have a great day!

Creativity in the Classroom

I don’t feel like I have given enough credit to one of my teachers. I always seem to be complaining about how terrible homework is and how teachers don’t understand the meaning of a break or no sleep and all that. But in class we have been sorrydoing assignments that I haven’t even realized are useful and actually fun until now. I guess I didn’t even realize it was the work for the book we are reading…if that makes sense. Currently we are finishing up the book 1984 and we did two activities for this book that really stuck with me.

First we did this thing where we made groups of three and analyzed a section or paragraph of the book. Then each group would look for any interesting analytics or pieces within the paragraph that relate to the book as a whole or draw outside references that relate to the book. It was a fun and interactive way to get the whole class involved with the book, and it was kind of like AP test prep because it showed how much each group could analyze and talk about in one small paragraph. Which made me feel better knowing that there should be so much I will be able to write about on my three AP test essays

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