YouTube University

Our presidents haven’t always been a lost cause. Do you remember Abe Lincoln? You know, the one with the beard? He once decided that he wanted to be a lawyer, so of course he went to law school right? Wrong. He bought a bunch of law books and got to work at home. Later, he passed the bar exam. Just by studying on his own. But as we all know, Lincoln was an exceptionally gifted human being probably because of some special gene and therefore he was able to achieve this on his own while no one else did. Again, an incorrect assumption. Lincoln grew up as a poor farmer. All he possessed were some books and iron determination. No  magical genes needed.

School is limited in its teaching to a few subjects such as math and writing, but the internet, the Internet is a key to a universe of immeasurable knowledge that we can unlock by simply logging into a computer. Not only is this wealth of knowledge accessible, it doesn’t cost a single cent.

I am going to learn more than I ever did in a classroom (whose temperatures I swear dropped below freezing) through this little network called YouTube. This medium contains vastly more useful information than videos of frolicking kittens. With it, I can learn essentially everything I could possibly want to know all in the comfort of my reclining chair next to a box of Oreos.

Rather than torturing myself with videos about pre-calculus, trigonometry, and other such abominations that will never be of use in “the real world,” I’ll be venturing deeper into my interests in social sciences, cooking, photography, fitness, and more. Because I lack the constricting regulations and schedules of the public school system, I may delve into each subject as deeply and in any subtopic that I wish.

I may not be Abe Lincoln, but I can sure teach myself whatever I wish to learn, with the help of YouTube university.


The Beginning

I looked down at my adjective cluster diagram. Beautiful, intelligent, gregarious, I read. “That’s a new one,” I thought to myself. “Oh and look, there’s two ‘quiet’s on here to contradict it. Hungry (all the time). I smirked. Of course my best friend would say that I’m always hungry. I think it’s because she always hangs out with me when we have band and I can assure you that band practices have the ability to make one quite famished. T

This lovely activity was concocted by my AP Language and Composition teacher to help her write letters of recommendation for us for next year when we fill out college applications. This activity is just fine until you get to this part: Now explain what three adjective you feel best describe who you are. There’s the catch. We have to talk about ourselves. This part always gets me. So I began thinking about the usual “Who am I?” teenager junk which one can never seem to escape in an environment where the guidance counsellor’s sole purpose seems to be to make sure that you know exactly how your life will be in 10 years. 😛 

But I also started to think about who I want to be. The future me. I thought about how it would be on my first day of senior year next fall. How I wanted to walk through the doors and see expressions of “wow” and “is that the same Emily?” paralyzing everyone’s faces. I just want everyone to know, without a doubt, that I’m a senior.

Now I’m not going to dye my curly brown hair blue or anything, but I want to appear more sophisticated, more confident, and certainly more fit. And I definitely want to get rid of the “indecisive” adjective that is besmirching my adjective cluster. I hope that this blog will be a testament to my growth this summer and I can’t wait to get started 🙂

How about you? What do you want to change or do differently this summer? Please leave a comment!