My basement is now completely abandoned, however eight years ago I was down there, frying my brain non-stop for eleven hours a day. Every time I walk from my garage upstairs I always wonder what would have happened if I didn’t stop playing, when I look at my basement I’m glad it’s abandoned and I’m glad I changed drastically over the years. The basement goes to show how valuable time is. I wasted five years of time in my basement playing video games the opposite of productive. During this time I could’ve explored my interest or pursue one of my passions, but instead I just wasted the time playing stupid games. My basement has taught me a valuable lesson which is not to waste time, time is sacred when you run out its game over. This lesson has changed my view on life. I am unsure what I’m going to do in the future but all I can do as of now is be productive, explore, and work hard.
The Underachievers are my favorite group currently. They are are underrated rap group with two members Issa and Ak. In brief, the group emphasises that there are so many paths in life but they come with pros and cons regardless of which way you're heading. Their viewpoint on life has inspired me to follow my dreams regardless of the harsh circumstances. I can agree with the Underachievers with their lyrics, every life has pros and cons even if you're the son of billionaire. From their music I learned what matters is the decisions you make and the people you meet, friends can either be a good or bad influence on you, by having bad friends surrounding you it brings nothing but trouble. The music from the underachievers has really motivated me to strive for greatness even if the world is falling apart. Currently I am going through a bumpy road in life, but I will never stop trying.
I was never really concerned with my physique since it was versatile in any situation. However once people started insulting my ectomorphic body I realised I was a little bit too skinny and began wearing jeans or sweatpants to cover it up, I was insecure about my body for the first time. Getting to the gym was hard to implement into my schedule since I had basketball everyday and I had to study afterwards but I managed to squeeze in the time. When I first starting going to gym with my friend, Zaid, the idea of lifting weights for only fifty minutes and getting huge sounded like a scam. I continued to lift and saw my body was actually getting skinnier but more defined which was the opposite of what I needed, I began to gorge myself with food. After five weeks of “bulking” I had gained seven pounds but was very uncomfortable. My stomach hurt all the time and it began affecting other activities I had during the day until I came to conclusion that I must accept my genetic composition and move on with my life. These days at the gym really changed my life and made me stop caring about other people's opinions, eventually I will grow, but forcing it upon myself will just result in pain. I have added this to my curation because it taught me a crucial lesson in life which is don't change yourself for other people. This is by far the most valuable lesson I’ve learned in ninth-grade.
The historical figure Chandragupta Maurya who ruled the Maurya Empire in ancient India, has helped me pass history class unironically. During “Most Important Person” a day dedicated to explaining which individuals are more significant than others, I was chosen out of the twenty eight people to be one of the eleven who present to the class, the rest of the class would create questions for those presenting. Long story short, my main competition, Gerard, a human encyclopedia lost against me. I am adding this to my curation because Gerard was my biggest competition and I had just beaten him. I was stressing about this assignment all week and then managed to win the whole pie. I decided to add this to my curation because after that presentation I felt as if I had gotten better at public speaking, beating your biggest competition doesn't happen everyday. I also believe I have improved public speaking since I did well on my art presentation, I spoke without stuttering once, my words were clear, and I was confident. Going through this experience has let me be more assertive while public speaking, hopefully this will be beneficial for me in tenth grade.
Memes are an easy way to make people laugh, however not all memes are necessarily funny to one group. Memes can be funny to a certain group of people and offensive to another, this is the idea of how new types of memes work. I decided to add memes into my curation because I believe they resembles to my humor. For example, one meme “who would win” is about two hypothetical battles between contradicting topics. Coincidentally enough, that is actually what my humor thrives on; comparing two subjects against each other in a sarcastic manner. The main reason I’ve added this meme into my curation is because it taught me a valuable lesson which is not to push boundaries. If a certain audience is sensitive to a controversial topic/issue and you proceed to go overboard it will only result in trouble. I always keep this lesson in mind while I am joking around with friends and it has helped me maintain stable friendships throughout ninth grade.
Battle is a huge event were each grade from the high school competes against each other in events created by the teachers. Although all the classes are pitted against each other for win, all the classes come together as one through spirit week. At first I felt that I would be intimidated by the the different classes because of their distinctly different colored t-shirts. But for some reason, despite the distinguishing shirts, I still felt united with everyone. I came into the battle event alone but was quickly invited into a very talkative group, I was glad to see no one was left out. We all socialized and functioned as team. What I learned from battle is that, when we all come together, we stand are our strongest. Events like battle cause everyone to want to work together and it prevents you from isolating yourself. In the short span of the day, the event allows you to deviate from the typical ninth grade conversation, which usually is about rumors and other pointless gossip. The main reason why I’ve decided to add battle to my curation is because the event allowed me to meet new people who have helped and taught me tremendously. Battle introduced me to many new people who appreciate my sarcastic humor, I am grateful for the teachers creating this event. Through these short and simple interactions with others, I have created plenty of new friendships. One of the friends I have made from battle is Jonah, not only is this guy an intellectual giant, he’s supportive and caring and I appreciate his presence.
Basketball has played a huge factor in my life. Basketball has allowed me to maintain my well being through constant works-outs, tedious lay up routines, and nonstop practice. I never figured a one-motion jumper was all I needed to satisfy myself. The simple sound of the swish and the sharp boom of the basketball on the blacktop has pushed me to play the sport. These simple features make the game more than just a sport to me. Basketball is a lifestyle for me now. I began playing basketball with my friend, Joshua. He taught me how to shoot, dribble, and get past tall defenders. For three years we played basketball for roughly six hours a day somewhere in Westbury. While I was a beginner I learned a very valuable lesson from the game. I wanted to improve and I wanted to reach my fullest potential, but I had just started playing. From my will to improve, I learned the lesson of perseverance. At first I couldn't shoot, I didn't know how to, my arms were too weak, I would airball outside the three point line, but I didn’t give up. I practiced and practiced until I was able to shoot easily. I have applied this lesson with my school work as well, when I am struggling in a topic, I do not give up I continue to struggle until I understand perfectly. I have added basketball as one of the artifacts for my curation because it has played a key component in my life. Through the common gesture of drippling a ball, I was able to learn past fancy lay ups and smooth shots. I was able to push myself to limits, expand my comfort zone, and ultimately perseverance. Basketball has taught me the real definition of pain, consistency, and success. I am currently not on a team - I will be joining back on an AAU team called Lightning.