New Module, New Excitement

Friday was the last day of Module 4! Module 4 was a crazy and awesome mod, in which I raised my math grade from a C+ to an A-, in which I analysed John Keats’s poems in depth, in which I learnt how to read and write in an ancient language, in which I represented the Palestinian territories in a debate about terrorism, and on and on and on.

The end of Module 4 means that I’m a little over halfway done with the year. I know it’s a little early, but I am excited for the school year to end. I have awesome things planned for the summer, such as spending time with friends and family in Shanghai, attending a session on Justice, Nature, and Law in Annapolis, and maybe attending another session on Self-Knowledge in Santa Fe. There are so many cool things that I don’t have time to do during the hectic school year, and I look forward to doing all of them during the summer. I’ve recently developed an interest for criminal psychology and cryptography, so I intend to spend many hours reading up on cases and solving ciphers. 🙂

Anyway, back to reality. The end of a module means the start of a new module. In Module 5, I will be taking AP World History and Shakespeare II. I am excited about AP World History because we’ll be learning about industrialisation and globalisation, two loaded, interesting topics. Shakespeare II will also be nice because I will read Macbeth for the first time. Plus, Dr. Arizmendi is teaching Shakespeare, and I really respect her as an English teacher and pianist. There are 3 academic blocks in a module, but I am only taking 2 classes. I was originally going to take Introduction to Riding as well (ponies!), but I decided that I really wanted a free block to save myself some stress. I was so overwhelmed with work for most of the school year (or most of my life, I should say), I just really want 80 minutes of free time every day for 5 weeks. I look forward to using this time to get work done, practise the piano, read things, write creatively, update this blog, etc. 😀

One more thing about AP World History–in Module 6 I will have to submit a final project on a historical topic of my choice. My research question as of now is: “How did nationalism influence the unification of Germany and how has the definition of the term changed in today’s world?” I chose nationalism as my topic because there are so many current events and people that I can link it to (*insert small wink here*). Perhaps I can do a comparison between Adolf Hitler and a current leader, I’m not sure yet. Everyone has to read a book about their topic before working on the topic, and my book of choice is The Unification of Germany and the Challenge of Nationalism, 1789-1919 by Alan Farmer and Andrina Stiles. I will read this book over Mod 5. At this point in time I don’t know much about European history, so this will be a wonderful opportunity to educate myself.

But academics aren’t everything. Module 5 will also be packed with activities, most of them musical. I will continue to take piano lessons with Mrs. Morris–literally my favourite 45 minutes of any given week. I performed Mozart’s Sonata No. 16 in C Major, Mvt. 1 in a soirée on Thursday, and I’m ready to play more Mozart. I will be learning Fantasia in D Minor next! My evening classes in Mod 5 will be Chamber Orchestra and Madeira Glee, just like in the previous four modules. In Chamber Orchestra, we are working on “Bacchanale” from “Samson & Delilah” and “España Cañi”, a Spanish Gypsy Dance. I absolutely love both pieces (especially the former!) and I am playing percussion parts for both. We’re also doing a Bruno Mars medley, which I’m playing the piano part for. I’m less crazy about that one, but overall our Springfest performance will be awesome. I’m also doing a Chamber Music duet with Joanna. We’re playing Pachelbel’s “Canon,” a piece I love to death! In Madeira Glee, we’re singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen as a choir, which is super cool. Some of my friends and I are also putting up a small group performance–a mashup of Ed Sheeran’s songs. So far we’ve been successful in combining “Lego House,” “Photograph,” and “Thinking Out Loud” together. Music makes me happy, and I’m excited to see how all these projects turn out. Oh, and I also have to fill up community service hours for the Tri-M Music Honour Society, which I have no idea how I’ll accomplish.

My non-musical activities will be Model United Nations and the Science Fair. Mod 5 will be my last module of my Model United Nations D block, so I want to finish strong. We’re going to a conference (NAIMUN) soon, and I’ll be in the Paris 2015 COP21 committee, so I’ll continue to research our country (Ukraine) and the topic (climate change). Joanna, my partner for Pachelbel’s “Canon,” is also my Model UN partner because we’re doing a double delegation. I have a feeling that we’ll be cramming on position papers and practising chamber music at the same time, haha! Science Fair projects are due in March, and I haven’t started on mine yet, but I know I want to do something related to criminology and forensic science. I’m currently reading a book on the philosophy and psychology behind serial killers, so maybe I will further research the biological motivations for murder.

So this is everything that has been happening in my life, and everything that will happen. Tonight I’ll be watching the Super Bowl instead of getting ready for Module 5. 😀 Thanks for reading, and I hope the next 5 weeks turn out to be awesome for you!

New Module, New Excitement