On college admissions, and what it means about us
I’ve resisted the urge to throw my two cents into the blogging community about college and college admissions for a long time. But as the big day of March 30 looms around the corner, I think it’s the right time for me to post. Most of us have learned by now that the process is random, subjective, and in some cases, seemingly unfair. The article posted yesterday by NPR Morning Edition...
Anonymous asked: hey, so I was wondering what made you come up with your oratory topic? it was really interesting to me. and also, what are some of the most interesting oratories/oratory topics you've seen? good luck at states!
Anonymous asked: This might be your second stalker "ask," but I was in your round for OA State Quals last year... Found this because we have mutual friends, and I'm just quite taken away by what positive leadership you have going at Arcadia. It's almost unfathomable how a single high school kid can do so much and still retain the optimism you voice in your posts. So inspiring, and I hope to see...
The theme song of the Dunbar Middle School Pirates... →
I’m reposting this for the trial of People v. Woodson that will begin this weekend at the California Mock Trial State Finals. Whenever I’m feeling down, I just click this link, and my day is instantly better. Angel Sterling should make this her homepage.
It still stings.
I know that it stings. But I have yet to figure out what “it” exactly is. So this post is going to be kind of messy and jumbled, mostly because I haven’t figured out how to articulate the raw emotions that I have been running through my mind. I’m writing this post more for myself, so read at your own discretion. Long story short, I didn’t qualify to Speech &...
Four more days...
Today was our last Sunday rehearsal. Well, maybe not. Knock on wood. I don’t remember what it was like to not have a Sunday rehearsal for Mock Trial. Even during our two-month Mock Trial break, it felt super strange to not spend the afternoon in that conference room at the Church of the Good Shepherd. And here we are. Four days away from Arcadia High’s first appearance in Mock Trial...
an unintelligible vomiting summary of the past few...
Things have been crazy as usual. There was a small lull last week before everything ramped up again leading up to Debate State Quals so I’ll kind of try to summarize the past few days in this post. Saturday was Debate State Quals. I can honestly say I had a physically dreadful day. I could barely eat breakfast and was running off of adrenaline competing in rounds. I had body aches and...
Climatique by Carpus Tin and Ray Chao Honorable Mention 2011 C-SPAN StudentCam Documentary Competition If you follow my blog, you probably know that Carpus and I decided to participate in this nationwide documentary competition about two days before it was due. Over 1,000 documentaries were submitted and we were one of 37 high school documentaries chosen and...
Day 3: What kind of person attracts you?
Sorry for being inconsistent with this Tumblr challenge but I’ll make it through! This post was reworded from a previous post: “Eight ways to win my heart” Someone who can make me genuinely laugh. Someone I can talk to for hours at a time, about both pointless/random things and deeper/meaningful things. Someone who is understanding and open-minded. Someone who I can...
Anonymous asked: Looking through the search results of "California high school mock trial" on Google, I found an LA Times article on Arcadia's LA County mock trial championship. A few searches later, I came upon your Tumblr, and as weird as this may sound, I am definitely hoping that I can meet you at the State mock trial competition in a couple of weeks; you seem like such a successful, intelligent...
Every week passes by as a blur now. It’s scary because today was another one of those days where I realize I won’t be here at home in Arcadia for much longer. People’s futures are starting to materialize as college admission decisions start coming in… So all of a sudden, it’s Friday again! I’m sitting here in my room with Patrick about ten feet away and...
having arguments about the connotations of our...
raaaaayyyyy: stop raining on my parade
raaaaayyyyy: your'e like a big black cloud of thunder
superxceleste: very obviously you are the rain cloud
superxceleste: it's even in your name
superxceleste: you know what's in my name?
superxceleste: i'm godly status
superxceleste: so you gtfo pl0x
raaaaayyyyy: im the freaking sun
raaaaayyyyy: i will burn you
superxceleste: you can't burn a goddess
superxceleste: it's impossible
superxceleste: i'm immortal
superxceleste: and omnipotent
raaaaayyyyy: i dont believe in you though....
superxceleste: i'm a miracle
superxceleste: what are you?
superxceleste: a star
superxceleste: that will eventually burn out
owned by Coach Jeff once again
Ray: Sigh, soon I'll have to resign from my position as the breaststroke king.
Coach Jeff: You might not even have to resign. Your reign has already been toppled by a coup.
Ray: How can that be??
Coach Jeff: Coups generally happen when the king is gone for long periods of time.
The work starts now.
It’s funny that the words “sixteen days” don’t seem to encourage people to start working hard. In sixteen days, this team will drive down to Riverside, California to represent Los Angeles County in the California Mock Trial State Finals. But the biggest barrier that our team will need to overcome is learning when it is appropriate to have fun and be silly, and when it is...
my friends love me
superxceleste: LOL lost two followers
raaaaayyyyy: LOLOL its ok celeste
raaaaayyyyy: im following you
superxceleste: because you're the equivalent of the world right
superxceleste: doesn't matter what others do
superxceleste: because ray is almighty
raaaaayyyyy: this is why we are friends
superxceleste: i feel used
raaaaayyyyy: im going to put htis on tumblr
superxceleste: STOP AND CALL THE PRESS
superxceleste: I'M GONNA BE ON RAY'S BLOG
Day 2: How have you changed in the last 2 years?
I was prompted by both Ivana and Celeste to be more consistent with my Tumblr Challenge, so here goes Day 2 (long overdue)… This one requires some thought. I think over the past few years, I have matured in many ways (but at the same time, I definitely have not). I have assumed more responsibilities, learned from my past mistakes, and grown as a leader and a person…. I also feel that...
…breaks to Finals. I just got home from day 2 of my last State Quals. It has been a great weekend…here is a recap of today: We all got to school at 6:30 again to drive to CSU Long Beach. We got there a bit early and everybody got in a big circle (all 70 speechies) and we did speech warmups and exercises involving tongue twisters, physical movement, and performing the intros of our...
…semifinalist breaks for Arcadia :) It was a great Day 1 for the 2011 State Qualifying Tournament in Speech & Debate. We all arrived at AHS early in the morning (6:30 AM) to head down to CSU Long Beach. On the bus, we did speech warmups as a team (for the first time!) and it was great to see the excitement buzzing. Right before round 1, we circled up and did the traditional hand...
Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief...– Robert Collier (via rosebowlnationalgroup)
The Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed
Today in AP Lit, Kristie introduced us to a beautiful poem by Jonathan Reed. I seriously almost cried. Why? I have no clue. Just read it. I am part of a lost generation and I refuse to believe that I can change the world I realize this may be a shock but “Happiness comes from within.” is a lie, and “Money will make me happy.” So in 30 years I will tell my children they are not the most...
Happy birthday, Michelle Zhu!
Today, Irene and I took Michelle out for her birthday to see her favorite musical, Avenue Q. Literally over one year ago, Michelle and I were studying for APUSH (and looking up musicals) and found that Avenue Q would be in LA for one week, coincidentally the week of her 18th birthday. It worked out perfectly! Irene, Michelle, and I have this sort of birthday tradition thing going where the...
Haven’t blogged in a few days…time for some life updates! So I have been going to swim practice much more often now, and it feels great to get back into shape (albeit being constantly sore). CIF is in mid-May so I have to get the power in my stroke back before then! Last Saturday was my last Spring Novice! I went to swim practice earlier in the morning, so I drove down to Long Beach...