What I’ve learned so far this school year

I have come to comfortable terms with the fact that I am a ninth grader, but it STILL dumbfounds me that I’m a high schooler. And it’s been a solid three months now. Maybe it’s because my brain has been so busy doing other stuff. Like daydreaming and sleeping and oh yea: learning.

I feel when I was younger, we didn’t learn a lot. But now, it seems like we learn SO MUCH. My friend at another school finished The Scarlett Letter in two weeks. THAT’S FOURTEEN DAYS. I remember in fifth grade, it took us half the year to get through one book. Now, we go so fast. For some of my classes, I have a test every two weeks. I’ve fed my brain so much information that I feel my brain getting bigger.

In biology.

Right now in science, I’m learning about cells, and in an animal cell, there’s an organelle called the “lysosomes.” Lysosomes, nicknamed “suicide sacs,” are the reason why lizards can. Lizards have a huge amount of lysosomes at the part where their tails connect to their bodies, and when they get super stressed, the lysosomes erupt all at once. They’re hoping that they’ll be able escape as the predator goes after the detached, wiggling tail. Which is hilarious, crazy, and a bit sad.

In Spanish.

At the beginning of the year, I learned the rules of stress for Spanish. They are: 1. If the word ends in a vowel, n, or s, the stress is on second to last syllable. 2. If the words ends in a consonant that is not n or s, the stress is on the last syllable. 3. If a word has an accent, the stress is on the accent.

That got me wondering: what are the rules of stress for English? I looked it up and here they are: 1. Stress the first syllable of two-syllable nouns and two-syllable adjectives. 2. Stress the last syllable of most two-syllable verbs. 3. Stress the second-to-last syllable of words that end in -ic, -sion, and -tion. 4. Stress the third-to-last syllable of words that end in -cy, -ty, -phy-, -ghy, and -al.

Wow, the English rules are way more complicated than the Spanish ones.

In technology.

The internet was created by the US government and military to “nuke proof” the country. That way, if America was bombed, there would be a backup of the United State’s important documents. The World Wide Web (AKA www.) was developed by Sir Tim Berners Lee (he was knighted by the queen for his invention!). He created the first ever website.

P.S.

I’m reading A Darker Shade of Magic right now, and it is SO GOOD. Which surprised me because I did not like This Savage Song. The writing styles in the two books are so different, and the writing in A Darker Shade is the kind I love. For some people it’s plot and for others it’s the page-turning factor, but for me, it’s 100% writing. And characters that are likeable. But I don’t need action. I would read an entire book just about Scout’s day to day life. I can’t exactly describe the type of writing I like, but I know it when I see it. The first few sentences of A Darker Shade are a perfect example: “Kell wore a very peculiar coat. It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor, two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.” LET ME SAY, that is one bomb way to start a book. What do you need in a book?

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