EJANG2019: My New Academic Blog

I’m starting a new academic blog come September! Technically I’ve already started it, but that’s beside the point. You can read my first blog post over there over here!: https://ejang2019.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/hello-world/

The reason why I created this academic blog is because I want to keep a separate record of everything I learn at school. I used to have an academic blog on Weebly when I was in seventh grade, where I posted notes and study guides and things like that. It helped me so so so so much when exam time came. It was very time consuming to keep such a blog, but it was really useful so I want to give this academic blog thing another try.

I’m probably going to be very confused about what goes in my personal blog (the one you’re reading now) and what goes in my academic blog (https://ejang2019.wordpress.com/). For example, if I wanted to describe a fun activity I participated in in class, where would that go? Obviously I’d write down everything that happened in class in my academic blog, but then even if I didn’t have an academic blog I’d write about the fun stuff that happened in class in my personal blog. Gah, this is already giving me a headache. I promise that I’m going to try and do my best, though. And I try my best to keep my promises.

Once again, thank you for reading my blog.

EJANG2019: My New Academic Blog

Nothing Happens To Me

It’s only been a few days since I’ve watched Episode 1 of Season 1 of Sherlock. You know, the TV show that I’ve recently become obsessed about. All my desktop wallpapers have Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on them now. Anyway, there’s something I remember very distinctly from that  first episode. It’s this piece of dialogue here:
John’s psychotherapist: John, you’re a soldier, and it’s gonna take you a while to adjust to civilian life; and writing a blog about everything that happens to you will honestly help you.
John: Nothing happens to me.
Obviously, that statement proves to be very, very wrong. Right after he says that, music blasts and there’s that opening credits thing and then stuff starts happening to John (aka meeting Sherlock Holmes and solving crimes together)! I’m really happy for him (because everyone needs excitement in their lives), but at the same time I’m jealous.

Nothing happens to me.

There we go! I hope I stumble into my own version of Sherlock now and get pulled into a whirlwind of danger and excitement. But then again, I’m not some super talented doctor like John. I’m not a character in a TV show. I’m an ordinary 14 year old girl with an ordinary life. Ordinary is a nicer word for boring. Normal is an even nicer word for it.

I guess I’ll go do my summer homework now. Bye.

Nothing Happens To Me

Appreciation

I don’t think I’ve ever really, properly appreciated my one and only non-bleeding yellow highlighter. It ran out of ink today. Now I’m left with a bunch of highlighters that bleed here and there and everywhere. I think I’ll take the time now to fully appreciate that one non-bleeding yellow highlighter. That highlighter deserved, and still deserves, my appreciation. Even in its death, that is.

Appreciation

Online Study Tool: Quizlet

Quizlet (https://quizlet.com/) is an amazing study tool. Most of you probably know all about it, but I’m going to describe it anyway. Briefly.

Quizlet is an online flashcard-making-device-but-much-cooler-thingy-thingy. On Quizlet, you can access “study sets” made by people all around the world. You can do all sorts of things with these study sets. You can study them (obviously) by flipping through them virtually, and you can also play games with them to help you remember the stuff. You can also make your own study sets there and share your knowledge/vocabulary/etc. with everyone else! It’s free, by the way.

There’s really no point in me describing Quizlet in detail, because it’s better to just go on it and see for yourself. Try it out! The website is self-explanatory and really easy to use.

Also, you can find ME on Quizlet! My username is elsie01px2019 (https://quizlet.com/elsie01px2019). I have study sets for AP Psychology and Latin Roots (English class freshman year :D) on there, and I plan to create many more sets in the future. And if you give my sets some high fives, I’ll be super duper happy.

So you should make an account on Quizlet if you don’t have one already! It’ll make your life as a student so much easier.

Online Study Tool: Quizlet

AP World History Summer HW

I am really looking forward to my AP World History course next year! It’s a four-block course, which means I’ll be spending 100 days/20 weeks learning the story of the world. I’m so excited because this is going to be my first AP course ever! If I were to stay at my old school (I love my old school, especially my friends there and the great teachers), I would be taking AP Seminar, which is another super cool AP course. Kudos to everyone taking an AP course this coming school year!

Anyway, yeah. AP World History. There’s summer homework. I was worried sick for a long long time because I need the AP World History textbook (Ways of the World with Sources for AP*, 3rd Edition) in order to complete it. I ordered the textbook from Classbook when it was made available (July 1-ish), but then I’ve been experiencing all sorts of trouble. FedEx got my address wrong, Classbook’s customer service is pretty bad, I live in China, etc. And I still don’t have the book in my hands. Right now, it’s at my school for some reason. Hopefully I’ll get it mid-August or earlier. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I’m not worried anymore, though. Ms. Barnett, my AP World History teacher, recently sent an email to all her students with a link to the LaunchPad eBook edition of the textbook. Yay! Problem solving! Apparently I wasn’t the only frustrated AP World student. So I’m on LaunchPad right now, copy-pasting everything I need for the summer homework. I can’t wait to get started on the homework, although it looks long and hard. But high school’s all about challenging ourselves, right?

This is the webpage my new school has for summer work, if anyone’s interested: https://haiku.madeira.org/kmcgroarty/summerwork2016-17/cms_page/view
Thankfully, only 3 of the courses I’m taking next year has summer work: English II, Algebra II, and AP World History. Have a great summer, everyone!

AP World History Summer HW

Summer Update!

Today’s the 26th of July, at least where I live. I live in Shanghai. I have a month or so left of summer. I’m flying to the States on the 26th of August, which is exactly one month from now. That’s crazy! I won’t be coming back to Shanghai for a long time, which is super weird for me because I’ve practically lived here my entire life (for all intents and purposes).

So, summer. I’ve been staying indoors for the most part because it is super hot and humid outside. Staying indoors means a lot of time on the computer, a lot of time on the computer means a lot of time on the Internet. I’ve been using my Youku (the Chinese Youtube) app to watch Sherlock, this super awesome TV show, and now I’m obsessed! I’ve watched all the episodes except for The Abominable Bride. Plus, a friend told me that the new season is coming out January 2017! I watched the trailer and I’m so excited. My favourite characters are Sherlock Holmes (obviously), John Watson (I just really like his personality!), and Mycroft Holmes. I hope that together they’ll be able to bring Moriarty down. Ugh, I really hate Moriarty. Why does he of all people have to return?

I’m looking for more material on Sherlock to read, and I’ve found both Sherlock’s and John’s blogs online! BBC probably made up the blogs, but still, both are pretty cool. Sorry Sherlock, but I like John’s blog better. Below are the links to the two blogs!

The Science of Deduction: http://www.thescienceofdeduction.co.uk

The Personal Blog of Dr. John H. Watson: http://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk

There is a commenter on both Sherlock’s and John’s blog–his/her alias is theimprobableone. Who is he? I think he’s Anderson, but I’m not sure.

And on this page you can find a whole bunch of Sherlock related blogs!: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4yTrVL4srk48mKs8bhK4TvM/other-sherlock-related-websites

I’m also going to read The Adventures and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I thought I would have to order it from Amazon or something, but then I was surprised to find that the book was in my house. I think my dad bought it when we went on a family trip to Italy a few years ago. I’m disappointed in myself that I watched the TV show before I read the book. Usually I read the book before I watch the movie, you know? Because books are just so much better. The Sherlock TV show is amazing, and the book has to be even more amazing than that, so I’ll have to start reading… NOW!

So yeah, that’s my summer so far. I think I’ll write more posts on this blog in the future. Maybe I’ll write book reviews and talk about my new school, too. Thanks for reading this blog, everyone. 🙂

Summer Update!