Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Self Confidence

Welcome back to Alex's book life!! As the AP test and school are wrapping up, my motivation to read has increased. At the beginning of the year, I thought I would read like 4 books entire year because I just didn't like book that much. Surprisingly, I am finishing my seventh book. As the year has gone on, I have really taken advantage of independent reading time. I felt forced to read at first, but I'm starting to enjoy reading especially when I'm stressed about school life. I do sometimes read outside of class. I read before bed, and it is one of the best way to prepare for sleep or even fall asleep while reading. During this year, I feel like reading really helped me with all of my classes and I'm pretty sure it'll help me with SAT and classes like AP English and AP US History next year.

As I was deciding about my AP book, my tutor suggested me a book called  The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The Color Purple focuses on the life of Celie, and how the world around her affects it. Celie starts off very broken. Physical and emotional abusement made Celie's early life nearly unmanageable. Through Celie's letters to God and her sister, she transforms from a lost girl to an strong independent woman. Celie's character reminds the world that our past doesn't define your future. In the novel, Celie is not treated fairly by many people, including her husband and stepfather. "He beat me today cause he say I winked at a boy in church. I may have got somethin in my eye but I didn’t wink. I don’t even look at mens."(18) 

This book reminded me of our society. Many people stays in the past, especially us, students. It is usually age 15-24 years old that are depressed and commit suicide. Everyone makes mistakes, but only few people gets trapped into that mistake. Most students felt hopeless about their future at least once in their life.  As a high school student, there are times when I just want to give up on everything. Biggest reasons are grades and relationship. We want to be perfect human being. We might think life becomes hard because we're not perfect, but in reality, people would appreciate a kindhearted person way more than who tries to appear perfect. We are all different for a reason. Trying to deny our uniqueness isn't going to benefit anyone. I realize that keeping your confidence might be very difficult sometimes, but trying to smile daily surprisingly helps you with your confidence. Let's keep our mistakes in the past and live your life. Remember, you only live once! 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Brotherly Love

Greetings everyone! Welcome back to my book life! As of right now, I'm doing well with my reading goals. With the rate that I am going, I think I will be able to accomplish my goal of reading about 7 books by the end of the year. I have been reading a lot due to hard classes this semester. I am currently reading Fake ID by Lamar Giles. This book is about a guy named Nick Pearson who actually isn't Nick Pearson.

When Nick moved to a new town, he was surprised to find a loyal and true friend. As he and his friend were getting closer, he realized that "[he] doesn't have to know someone [his] whole life to know them" (Giles 457). Nick understands that time is just a number. A number does not define how well you know someone.

This book reminded me when I first came to the United States. Book was very entertaining for me because I felt like I was looking back of my past. Friends are truly wondrous. I believe that your friends play a big role in your life. Your friends influence your decisions in the future. Most people have a best friend. Some people have known their best friend for a long time. On the other hand, some people may have known their best friend for only a couple of days. Years or days, a best friend is a best friend. My best friend and I met about 3 years  ago at Creek Valley Middle School. During those 3 years, I have learned almost everything about him. I have learned that he enjoys playing basketball. I have learned that his favorite video game is NBA 2K because I play with him all the time. I have learned that he loves rap and how he is currently trying to make music. Most importantly, I have learned that he is a caring and lovable person. There are people I have known my entire life with only my social media. Friends come and go. Nothing in life lasts forever. Of course, I have had many fake friends in my life. Growing up, I lived very close to a guy named Heechul Cho. When we were about 8 years old we used to play soccer every weekend in Korea. When we were 10, we would meet up at the park and talk about our life. When we were 11, we drifted apart because I moved to the United States due to my father's business. After many years of hanging out with Heechul, after a few years I learned that he was not the person I thought he was through social media. Heechul made a lot of reckless and immature decisions that I had no idea about. After all those years, our friendship sadly came to an end even though I tried keep in touch with him. Because he and I were so close, I was overwhelmed to lose him. For a while, I did not have a good friend due to not being able to speak English. It was very hard at times because I didn't have anyone to talk to. As I was at a low point in life, Stanley came along. Stanely helped me realize what is like to have a true friend. Although we fight and get frustrated sometimes, I know that the bond we have is real. Iknow some of you guys are too shy to make friends and go up to them first,but after making real friends I'm pretty sure it'll be worth it for you. Trust me. I've been through that. Go out and make friends now!!!!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Road to Success

Hi everyone! I’m Alex Yoon and I’m currently a sophomore at Hebron High School. I was born in South Korea and came to United States when I was 10 years old. I’ve read many books in my life, but I was never into the concept of reading outside of class. In middle school, I read books for class and occasionally just picked random book to read for Independent reading time; however, I was never excited to read. I still remember the day my dad encouraged and forced me to read for 30 minutes and I ended up reading the Bible. That was how boring I thought books were. As I got older, I realized the importance of reading. It helped me with writing and it expanded my knowledge in many ways. Reading was never a thing that I was good at. My lack of english and vocabulary might have been one of the reasons, but I faced the reality of not reading a lot in my classes in high school and struggled when getting assignments with a great deal of reading.

My goal this semester is to read 7 books. I just finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and I’m excited to read other books Ms. Mayo has for us. I’m not really sure which AP book to read yet. I know it will be challenging for me but also interesting to read about. Reading is an important skill in life and can lead to success in any field. I hope I never forget the power of reading. 

Self Confidence

Welcome back to Alex's book life!! As the AP test and school are wrapping up, my motivation to read has increased. At the beginning of t...