Hello. My name is Brittney. I am a seventeen-year old student attending the Robert J. Lister Academy. When my teacher, Bryan, introduced this Costa Rica class to us I was very excited and wanted to go. Then we got to see how the class would be orientated and it looked very difficult but I still wanted to join the class. Now that I am in the class I am willing to do my hardest with the work we have to accomplish and get my fellow classmates and I to go to Costa Rica. This will be a long and challenging course but I am willing to strive to achieve this goal.

The reasons why this is such a big deal for me is because I've never been out of the United States and I think that it would give me knowledge to other cultures outside of the United States. Another reason this is such a big deal to me is because I get to enjoy the reward of success. I know what kind of hard work it's going to be and when I get on the plane to go to Costa Rica I will have been able to see how much I have accomplished. The last reason why this is such a big deal to me is because I have never had an experience like this where it was with a school that counted as class and I find that to be very appealing on a college or job application that I was able to go out of the country. When I get ready to begin the college application process I want to be seen as someone that is committed to life long learning, exciting experiences and successful future. This is what I think this trip can give me. If you would like to support me, our efforts, or our class, please send a check made payable to the Robert J. Lister Academy/ Costa Rica trip attention Bryan Mascio-35 Sherburne Rd. Portsmouth, N.H. 03801

Monday, September 6, 2010

Chapter 1 Blog Entry

The topic of this blog entry is on chapter one in the book called Walking with Wolf. This book starts off in a very interesting and suspenseful way. I can't wait to continue reading this book. In this blog entry I will discuss some questions I have on the chapter, some things I found interesting about this chapter, and the research I am going to do for my weekly project.

I found a couple things interesting in this chapter. One thing that I found interesting was that Wolf believed that "when you get into this stage of life and start slowing down physically, you have more time to dream. You have the ability to look back as well as forward." I think this is interesting because not everyone at his age slows down physically. Some people at his age are still working and don't have the time to dream. I also found interesting that it said they were following the trails that Wolf and others had cut and maintained for more than forty years. I found this interesting because it suprises me that someone or people would do that for so much time. That shows a lot of dedication.

I didn't understand a couple of things in this book. One was that it said "The mistress he had been carrying on for decades while his wife took care of their family and home in Monteverde." How can someone have a mistress and a wife? Another thing that confused me was when it said "All that rain and consistently moderate temperatures create a growing climate that never sleeps." What does it mean when this passage says "never sleeps"?

The topic I want to do my project on is the American Quakers. I want to do my project on the American Quakers because they were the developers of Monteverde, Costa Rica. Also because of the reason they moved to Costa Rica. I just think it would be a wonderful research topic since we are going to Costa Rica in March. It would be a good thing to know about the history of Costa Rica before going on a school trip.

In conclusion, there were a couple interesting things to me in this chapter. I hope to find more interesting things throughout this book. I also had some spots in the book that were a little confusing to me. I can't wait to start my research project on the American Quakers. This chapter was a good start to a book which makes me want to continue reading further.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great first post. Your practice in essay writing really shows here - the college class this summer clearly had a strong effect for you. I know that the questions you pose here have already been answered in our class discussion, and I am very glad for your role in showing how these questions demonstrate your interaction with the text.