Phew... so, this post is just going to be a quick update about my Gateway testing. I went in and took my Social Studies Gateway yesterday -- and it was actually pretty awesome! The topic ended up being the art, architecture, religion, political/legal system, and economy of the Byzantine Empire. Not only can I write pages about that... but I did! Five of them, just a bit over what I wrote on the Science Gateway. When I first opened up the testing packet and saw "BYZANTINE EMPIRE" written at the top, I may or may not have said, "Yes!! Thank you, God!" ....yeah. My testing proctor and my nurse both laughed at me -- oh, who am I kidding? I laughed at myself. So, not only did I write (type, whatever) a ton, but I also finished my essay over half an hour early! Yay me! I was just so relieved that I didn't have to write about the Latin American Revolutions (though I suppose that means I did all that last-minute studying and cramming for nothing, doesn't it?). Since I was done early, I basically just got to sit there and "color"... I don't know exactly why I put quotes on the word "color", since that is what I was doing, but for some reason the word just doesn't seem to fit. I had finished a drawing I was working on, and was using colored pencils for a finishing touch -- how's that? Haha. Maybe when it's completely done, I'll take a picture and upload it for you.
It's so weird... I feel like I might have done better on my Social Studies essay than the Science one! I never would have thought that might happen in a million years. Of course, I won't know for a while what my actual scores are, but I do feel fairly confident that I at least passed both of them. I can't wait for my scores to arrive!
I'm a bit sad, too. See, today is the last day before spring break -- we don't have school tomorrow, or all of the next week, either! I mean, it will be nice to be able to relax, read, draw, play music, etc. a bit more, but I'm going to miss my friends and my classes. Hopefully, the break won't feel too long... otherwise, I may just go insane at home with all of my family and the animals! (No offense, guys... you know I love ya!)
I know I said this post was going to be just a quick update. I lied. I've been writing more poetry lately, in a little journal my sister gave me that says "this is what LIFE looks like" on the front. Since I've got a few minutes before the bell rings for class, I'll go ahead and type one of the poems up for you! It's one of my favorites, and I wrote it just the other day.
Why do I like to read? they ask me.
It's an impossible question to answer,
Because there are so many answers that I could give.
I like to read because:
It's so easy for me, and so thrilling, to imagine myself as a character.
Because so often, I can sympathize with those in the story.
Because books are magical -- they let you escape this world and travel to another; they let you go on adventures without moving a muscle.
Because I am a writer myself. And I know that books are much, much more than the same
Twenty-six letters in a slightly different order.
Because it is quiet, and calming, and peaceful.
But also because I'll be jumping out of my seat in excitement.
Because even if I've read a book before, I will still experience that rollercoaster of emotions as I watch it all play out again.
Because the characters are my friends who will never leave me, so long as I never choose to leave them.
Because the plot, unlike life, is consistent and will never change.
Because books teach me important lessons -- about family, friendship, bravery, beauty, love, hope, strength, and so much more.
Why do I like to read? they ask me.
Do they really expect a one- or two-sentence answer?
Have a great day everyone. I'll post again soon!