If I receive some land…?

May 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm (Free Topic)

Ever since I was young, I’ve been dreaming of becoming rich. I always wished about winning the lottery and becoming rich in an instant. However, as a grew older, I’ve realized that the possibility was very unlikely. As a famous person said, “it takes a person who is wide awake to make his dream come true” I learned that I have to earn the wealth rather than receive it. But what if I was freely given some land to use it as I desire? I would use the land to fulfill my dreams and make it come true; I would build an enormous shopping center, which will make me rich.

One of the most crucial factor in building a successful shopping center is its exterior design. As the design of the building gives the customers a first impression, it needs to be impressive and as unique design as possible. The main goal of the mall is to make customers come and come again the next time. The mall will be built in a modernized look, which attracts customers even more so that they would want to come to the mall. It will be five stories high, each floor consisting of numerous shops and other facilities. Comfort is also important in any shopping malls. For example, the customers should be able to come to the mall with ease using the public transportation systems. In order to do that, the building will be connected to a subway station, so that people can enter the mall right away after they get off from the subway. As a result, these factors would attract many customers.

The mall will have one major theme: fun. It will have many fun facilities and shops such as a big movie theatre, sponsored by CGV, a big arcade, a casino, karaoke, many different varieties of shops, food court as well as high quality restaurants and so many more that will satisfy the customers. Our customers are going to be mainly based on teenagers, 20s people, couples and families who seek for fun. Thousands of people are going to visit the mall every day, and I will have a lot of profit left.

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Should we accept who we are?

April 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm (Free Topic)

All organisms have a natural tendency to perfection. That is, humans also. Everyone wants to be beyond who they are and therefore make great effort to be it. By doing so, they are able to socialize and be accepted to the public. Society has become so obsessed with putting efforts to be pretty and perfect, people started to exclude those who do not. When everyone is trying to be beyond who they really are in terms of physical appearance and economic status, it is natural that they exclude those who just accept who they are and not do anything about being better.

Sometimes people have unfavorable physical appearance or have poor, opinionated characteristics – or both. For these people, it is especially hard to socialize because they are often ignored or avoided by other people. If they try to accept who they are and be themselves, it is very likely that they will be living a lonesome life. In order for them to be able to socialize effectively they should always try to strive to better themselves. As far as my personal experience tells, these type of people are mostly a loner. In my school for example, there is a kid in my own age who dresses like a 5th grader and behaves like a 3rd grader. This kid, in my opinion, is just trying to be himself; however, since who he is is not what other kids are favorable of, he doesn’t have a lot of friends. Unless he changes his style and behaviors to those of his same age, it will forever be difficult for him to socialize and make friends.

Why is there so many fabrication to luxury brands? The answer is to the fact that people always strive to make better of themselves. When people are not in their economic status to afford an expensive product from a luxury brand, they purchase a fake version of it, which looks just like the real one but at the same time extremely cheaper, to trick other people to pretend that they are richer than they really are. This idea has become so big and widespread that there are millions of fake products all around the world and it’s becoming a problem to these brands. Despite these problems many people are still purchasing these fake products. However, it has to be understood that they are just trying to strive to better themselves so that they can be accepted by society and people.

Pretending to be beyond who they really are is not easy. However, I believe that it is the beauty of putting countless effort to be one step closer to perfection that people and society respect, not just the overall look of it. Thus those people who just be themselves and accept who they are don’t deserve these kinds of respect because they don’t put all these hard efforts. Therefore, it is important that people always strive to better themselves.

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Should all students be required to study arts and music in HighSchool?

April 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm (Free Topic)

School is a place where students can experience many different skills necessary in life. These skills include subjects like math, science, history, language as well as social skills. These subjects are mandatory, where all students in a school must learn. The reason is because they are important in providing students with useful knowledge in the future, and also in deciding their profession. However, it is also an important point that students must be required to study arts and music.

First of all, requiring students gives the students an opportunity to exercise their artificial skills rather than just learning the core subjects. If arts and music were a choice, not a requirement, then most students would not choose it due to the fact that high school students have many other core subjects to take. As a high schooler who takes a music class myself, it was beneficial for me to take this class in several ways. One, it allowed me to be able to read musical notes and play it in the violin. I would have never been able to do it if music were a choice instead; because I wasn’t willing to learn any instruments when I was young. In addition, it was good to have a class in which it wasn’t as stressful as those core subjects. I didn’t have to worry about anything and just relax and play the violin. These are the benefits that I would never have had, if art and music were a choice, because I would never choose them. Students are often not interested in these subjects, so there are no place for them to learn them besides school.

Second, art and music enhances a student’s creativity. Especially in art, where creativity is a very important factor, students will be more creative and their thinking quality would increase. This will also give a positive affect in other core subjects with improved creativity and thinking quality, it’ll be helpful in many different aspects. Art and music is also a great chance for the students to express themselves. For example, in art, one can express their feelings or their characteristics through their art pieces. Moreover, arts and music might give students whose weaknesses are among the core classes some kind of self comfort in the thought that they might find other hidden talents in arts and music. As a result, arts and music helps students in improving their creativity and thinking quality, which also gives a positive affect to other core classes, as well as providing with self confidence.

There are some people who opposes this argument. They say that there is no point of taking arts and music unless students take this course as their profession. They also say that students in high school have many other subjects to take such as APs, and subjects relating to their profession so taking arts and music is just a waste of time. However, this is not necessarily true because schools do not require students to take arts and music every year. They only require to take at least one year, to receive the credit needed for college applications. Further more, speaking of professions, not every student is going to master history or science, but despite the fact, they must take those courses every year. Therefore, it is illogical to say that art and music is a waste of time since it is not what students are going to be mastering.

As a conclusion, learning arts and music in high school gives the students a chance to learn skills other than their core subjects. Also, it allows them to be released from the stressful core subjects and relax in the class. It gives students to actually learn these artistic skills at school where they would never get an opportunity other wise. In addition, it enhances a student’s creativity and thinking quality and provide them with sense of self comfort. Therefore, all students should be required to take arts and music in high school.

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Dracula Movie

April 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm (Dracula)

Friday was the snow makeup day so we watched two different versions of Dracula the movie. Honestly, the first version was a very poorly made. Also, in the first version of the movie, Mr. Reinfield was the main character who does all the things that Jonathan Harker does. So I thought that was quite weird. I understand that it was made a long time ago, therefore, I won’t compare the first version with the book. The second version of the movie was quite good. It was very identical to the book with some exceptions. Dracula was older than I thought in the movie, but it was a good experience to visualize the characters in a movie so vividly. Although the quality of the computer graphics and special effects were a little poor, it was still tolerable knowing that this was made about 18 years ago. The movie did a good job of following the context and the story of the book, nevertheless, no matter how identical the movie is to the book, it is the director’s point of view of the book that is visualized in the movie. As a result, the movie ‘stole’ my original imagination and visualization of the book.

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Weakness…….

April 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm (My Weakness)

What’s my weakness? Well, it’s hard to find a weakness from a person who is so perfect as me. HAHA. Joking. I have many weaknesses. Everyone does.

Thinking about it, I think my weakness is something that I’ve always thought was my strength: time management and organization. I’ve always thought that I was very good at managing time and organizing my things. I don’t know if that’s true anymore. I think it’s just a temporary effect because I have so many things these days. Things are out of place in my life. Not everything is going smooth. I think that’s why my time management and organization abilities are out of place. I used to be a very organized child. All the papers from each classes were organized in a file neatly. My room was very neat and organized. However, these days, my room is not as clean as before. My bag isn’t as organized as before. Also, time management is a big problem. It became a habit to take a nap after I come back from school. I feel so tired these days and feel like a need a rest. Thus, when I wake up, it is usually 8 PM. I start my homework around 9 o’clock because I eat dinner, wash myself etc. When I finish homework, usually it is around 1 o’clock in the morning. I sleep for about 5 to 6 hours. That is definitely not enough time for me to fully function at school. This routine repeats itself daily and thus my time management skills fail. As a result, these two are my weaknesses.

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Christopher Columbus, not the first discoverer of the Americas?

April 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm (Free Topic)

China during the Ming Dynasty was once one of the world’s super powers. That is with massive military forces, prosperous natural resources and advanced naval technology. Zheng He, a great Chinese mariner, took advantage of China’s naval technology and sailed great distances around the world. However, that Zheng He discovered the Americas prior to Christopher Columbus is questionable and is constantly debated by historians today. In the work of Gavin Menzies, 1421: The Year China Discovered America, where he claims that the Chinese were the first ones to discover the New World, lacks direct proof and hard evidence to justify them. As a result, the claims made dby Gavin Menzies should be accepted to a certain and a very limited extent.

For one thing, the naval technology in China during the Ming Dynasty surpassed those of Europeans by well over multiple decades if not a century. They were well known for having a detailed map of the world, massive ships, accurate compasses and so forth. In his work, Menzies mentions that Columbus and Zheng He used similar maps to navigate the sea. This indicates that the two sailors might possibly have traveled in similar routes. In addition, according to Menzies, the scale in which Zheng He traveled the sea was enormous. The size of an average ship in which Zheng He traveled upon was at least ten times greater than that of which Columbus did. More surprisingly, Menzies claims that there were almost three hundred ships that size with twenty-eight thousand men sailing with Zheng He. Looking at the scale in which Zheng He sailed on,  adds on to the argument that Zheng He might have been the pioneer of reaching the Americas.

Nevertheless, flaws are found in Menzies’ arguments. He argues that when the Chinese were sailing, they met a storm and faced a shipwreck near Africa. According to Menzies, this started the settlement of the Chinese in Africa where they mixed their heritage the Africans. Thus Menzies points out the similarity of facial characteristics between a particular African tribe and the Chinese. He mentions that their shape of the nose is unusually similar. However, one can easily find a flaw in this assumption. In his work, the evidence or proof of similarity between the facial characteristics of Chinese with those of Native Americans are nowhere to be found. If, perhaps the Chinese were the first people to discover the Americas, where is the evidence that they were in fact truly the pioneers? Why doesn’t he mention the resemblance of facial features between the Chinese and those of Native Americans? Questions about this are still hanging unanswered. Furthermore, some people are questioning Menzies’ credibility as a scholar as well as an author. It seems very unreliable to accept the assertions of a man without any Chinese ancestry and knowledge of the Chinese culture. A scholar who lacks such knowledge and understanding cannot be regarded as a reliable source of information. Furthermore, Menzies focuses more on the words of an African tribe member and a Chinese curator instead of providing hard evidence and proof for his arguments. Much of his ideas seem somewhat opinionated rather than judging based on evidence. Such qualities of a scholar makes his assertions more unreliable.

Overall, though Gavin Menzies has some level of reliance, we should only accept his claims to only a certain extent. His lack of hard evidence and scholarly qualifications show us that he it is not completely safe for us to depend on his assertions.

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Spain Trip 2010

April 2, 2010 at 12:37 am (Free Topic)

During the spring break, I went to Spain from school in Spanish Class. All I can say is that this trip was the best experience I’ve ever had in my life. I have never had experienced something like this and it was very new to me. First of all, the fact of going to Spain with some of my closest friends was very exciting and fun.

March 19, 2010. Twenty-one members of the Español classes left the school after second block to the Incheon International Airport. From there, we departed to Paris, France after an 11 hour flight. Then, we took another plane to Madrid, Spain for 2 hours. Finally, we arrived in Madrid.

Touring Madrid was very fun. However, it was dirtier than I thought. Instead of riding buses, we walked and took the subway everywhere. When we were walking, almost everyone were staring at us just because we were Asians. Some people called us ‘Cinos’ which means Chinese in Spanish. We were very offended by it, but the teachers said that it was very common so we just let it go. The buildings in Madrid were very beautiful. Everywhere we went the buildings were just a piece of art. After two days in Madrid, it was time for us to meet our home stay hosts in a city called Valladolid.

Valladolid is a city about 2 hours away from Madrid. It was even better than Madrid. The first thing I noticed in Valladolid was that the air was so much more cleaner than Madrid.  The weather was great, the city was very, very clean. Most of all, the people were super nice. My host was very nice. His name is Rubén García and he’s 18 years old. At first I was little scared and nervous to meet them, but later, I didn’t want to leave. They made me feel like it was my house and my hometown. I loved the food. In every meal, Spanish people ate bread with them, and I loved the bread. At school, the kids treated us well. We got so much attention because we were the only Asians of the school. They kept on asking me to write their names in Korean. We also gave a presentation in English classes about Korean food, language and culture. They seemed to be very interested and they asked a lot of questions about us.

The food was excellent. The style of food are very different from Korea. I realized that Spanish people eat every mea, with ‘pan’ which means bread. I loved the bread and ham, and all other.

Overall, the Spain trip was an excellent experience for me and it was definitely worth while.

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Authority…?

March 29, 2010 at 12:04 am (Free Topic)

Throughout human history, there had been countless times where Kings and Queens abused their powers for their own benefits. In France for instance, King Luis XVI was especially well known for his fastidiousness and usage of his powers to the point where his people could no longer put up with, causing the famous French Revolution. King Louis XVI enjoyed his bon vivant lifestyle in his gigantic palace of Versailles, while the people suffered from poverty and famine. If this historic event never occurred, if people of France were not brave enough to take actions against their corrupted King, we might be struggling to survive under a corrupted King today. This points out to an inevitable question: Is it important to question the ideas and decisions of people in positions of authority? While democracy limits the decisions that the government can make, it is still important to check and question them.

“Humans are naturally bad” – Thomas Hobbes. As this famous philosopher stated, humans are naturally bad and they are capable of doing anything in order to benefit them. When given superior power over other people to any person or any organization, it is their natural tendency to take it for granted. It is a human’s natural instinct to abuse the power and use it as to benefit themselves. The government in our society is not an exception. Although they always try to gain people’s trust and comfort the citizens’ mind by saying all those good deeds they will accomplish as the government’s duty, we, as citizens, never know what aspiring actions they are doing or planning to fulfill their own satisfactions. An example for this can be found in top celebrities’ lives. It has happened frequently when an actor/actress becomes famous and earns a lot of money due to his/her great success in their career, many, who cannot control all the power and money that are given to them, get addicted to drugs or alcohol and ruin their career as well as their lives. It shows how people can get very spoiled when given a lot of power and money to use it for their own. It is just unavoidable human nature of greed and selfishness that come out naturally when exposed to great power and money simultaneously. Government is human too; if government gets too much power and money, justice and rights might be dominated by human greed of money and power. Thus, it is essential to question the authority to check to see if they don’t get spoiled.

This does not apply only for our government. It can be applied to any other types of authority such as headmaster of a school, president of a company, or even in a typical family. When all of these people in position of authority are given power, it is always crucial that they are made sure they do not abuse their powers in any ways. In order to do so, people should frequently question them as to prevent their natural human instinct of power from emerging out and have it control over them.

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Jay G’s OPE Bullet Points

March 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm (OPE)

– in line 2, ‘from the beginning TO THE END’ not ‘AND to the end’
– Analyze the quote more thoroughly
– the novel Dracula must be italicized not underlined.
– don’t make assumptions such as ‘usually, authors will write the small villages as being cheerful, but not in Dracula.’
– make sentence more fluent.

– nice job overall
– summarizes the point very well
– good use of various sentence patterns
– variation in vocabulary

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Should high school students be required to study art and music?

February 20, 2010 at 4:35 am (Uncategorized)

School is a place where students can experience many different skills necessary in life. These skills include subjects like math, science, history, language as well as social skills. These subjects are mandatory, where all students in a school must learn. The reason is because they are important in providing students with useful knowledge in the future, and also in deciding their profession. However, it is also an important point that students must be required to study arts and music.

First of all, requiring students gives the students an opportunity to exercise their artificial skills rather than just learning the core subjects. If arts and music were a choice, not a requirement, then most students would not choose it due to the fact that high school students have many other core subjects to take. As a high schooler who takes a music class myself, it was beneficial for me to take this class in several ways. One, it allowed me to be able to read musical notes and play it in the violin. I would have never been able to do it if music were a choice instead; because I wasn’t willing to learn any instruments when I was young. In addition, it was good to have a class in which it wasn’t as stressful as those core subjects. I didn’t have to worry about anything and just relax and play the violin. These are the benefits that I would never have had, if art and music were a choice, because I would never choose them. Students are often not interested in these subjects, so there are no place for them to learn them besides school.

Second, art and music enhances a student’s creativity. Especially in art, where creativity is a very important factor, students will be more creative and their thinking quality would increase. This will also give a positive affect in other core subjects with improved creativity and thinking quality, it’ll be helpful in many different aspects. Art and music is also a great chance for the students to express themselves. For example, in art, one can express their feelings or their characteristics through their art pieces. Moreover, arts and music might give students whose weaknesses are among the core classes some kind of self comfort in the thought that they might find other hidden talents in arts and music. As a result, arts and music helps students in improving their creativity and thinking quality, which also gives a positive affect to other core classes, as well as providing with self confidence.

There are some people who opposes this argument. They say that there is no point of taking arts and music unless students take this course as their profession. They also say that students in high school have many other subjects to take such as APs, and subjects relating to their profession so taking arts and music is just a waste of time. However, this is not necessarily true because schools do not require students to take arts and music every year. They only require to take at least one year, to receive the credit needed for college applications. Further more, speaking of professions, not every student is going to master history or science, but despite the fact, they must take those courses every year. Therefore, it is illogical to say that art and music is a waste of time since it is not what students are going to be mastering.

As a conclusion, learning arts and music in high school gives the students a chance to learn skills other than their core subjects. Also, it allows them to be released from the stressful core subjects and relax in the class. It gives students to actually learn these artistic skills at school where they would never get an opportunity other wise. In addition, it enhances a student’s creativity and thinking quality and provide them with sense of self comfort. Therefore, all students should be required to take arts and music in high school.

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