Hello! This is my last blog this year, and will be a kind of overview of what I’ve experienced.
My name is Susan, AKA Bookworm, and I am finishing grade 8 this year. As you probably know, I am a bookworm, with a goal of over 100 pages read a day, and no book should take longer than a week to finish. The only book to exceed this limit is The Swiss Family Robinson, which I read last summer, and is INCREDIBLY slow, and really weird sometimes (what are the odds you find a crystal cave on a deserted island? Also, how can flamingos and penguins live in the same place?). I focus on my academics and have ambitious goals for my grades, and this blog is one of my prides.
Some challenges I have faced this year are the general COVID struggles, including moving to a separate classroom and having to learn online for the most time. It was pretty much remote learning at school. I think the privilege of always having a laptop on hand was a temptation for me and caused me to be restless. It’s also kind of sad to listen to certain conversations in the school community filled with swears, rumours, and judgmental opinions. But I’m back in the original classroom now, which is a nice change, and some other students are getting the experience of the additional classroom for the last month.
Next year will be my first in high school. It’s something that occupies a lot of my thoughts, and I can’t believe I will be going. I’ve been in this school from K-8, which is nine years, and I’ll be gone. High school will be an adventure, and I’m excited for the academic challenges. I’ve heard some rumours that make high school seem scary, and made up a few frightening things myself, but it’ll be okay. I will be continuing French at high school, and hopefully doing drama and digital photography, as well. I wonder if my grades will change with the adjustment, but I hope not. Honour roll is something I don’t want to lose.
This year, I have learned to be quiet, and that by listening and observing you can learn a lot. I’ve picked up a lot of things by keeping my ears open. I’ve also learned that while it’s good to have high marks, to not take it too seriously, and not make them my only goal, pushing everything else aside.
This have been a very interesting year overall, but I’ve not been thinking so much about that as next year. I’ve read many great books (Story Thieves, The Trials of Apollo, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Jane Eyre), and learned a lot of fascinating things in Social Studies and Science. My friend Gayoung has stuck with me and always supported me. Next year, I am looking forward to diving into the high school library and reading a whole new trove of books, like Divergent, The Hunger Games, and The Lord of the Rings. I’m a bit worried about starting in a new school, since the last time I did that was in kindergarten, but I’ll make it through!
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Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!
Have a great summer, Susan