We started this school year by looking at the end of it. In his 1961 Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy told our nation, “Ask not what America will do for you, but what you can do for your country” and we used those words as an anchor for our ideas about the citizens we are right now and the citizens we’d like to become. What will we add? What will we be known for? How will we shape our own legacies? And, maybe most importantly, what does the world really need? We created public service posters showcasing some of the societal contributions we wished to make and ones we would encourage of others.
Our current endeavor is an ongoing one: we started drafting our personal statement essays for high school, even if our Dream Schools don’t require them. An opportunity may emerge at any moment (scholarships, internships etc . . .) when we need to have a document of this nature! Some of us had already started these statements during the summer and have been able to use class time to refine them . . .
This draft explores how our experiences shape our identities . . .
Sometimes we are heavily influenced by the arts . . .
Discussing sports can show how you are literally a “team player” . . .
Thinking about values and beliefs can help us decide what we want to convey in our writing . . .
Inspirational quotes capture difficult concepts and make others’ ideas accessible . . .
If you don’t like something, change what you are complaining about . . .
Knowledge is power . . .
And, there may not be better words to live by than these . . .