Firstly, I wish to, as has nearly become my custom, apologize. The last few months have been exceedingly hurried – the S.A.T. was the first to come forth; in-school examinations occurred after the eighteenth of June. They were followed by T.O.P.S. Night, the annual celebration of all that our program has grown to be. Even amongst the logistical discord that is always present with the end of an academic year, further celebrations ensued; on one occasion, I, Neil, and several other friends engaged in playing music; later in the week, on Canada Day, we braved Woodbine Beach.
At present, though, I am once again at the cottage that my family rents yearly, and am at last ready to begin a restful two-month period of academic and interpersonal enrichment. Whilst at the cottage, I will primarily strive to venture outside and chart the varied members of Animalia, Plantae, and Fungi that I locate. When the weather doesn’t permit me entrance to the non-human world, however, I will work on a variety of projects (and tasks that mayn’t be called projects) that I’ve hoped to undertake for some time. They may seem exceedingly ambitious; some may even strike you as comical, but I hope to generate something effective, and I will update you as to how I proceed. These will purely be begun at the cottage; they may take the entirety of my summer to complete. The below is a list of them.
- Try to perfect my Hungarian in under a week in a highly methodical fashion.
- Do some so-termed “impossible” physics – try to, for example, decipher precisely how much force is being applied by each component of the human hand.
- Re-work the karyotyping exercise typically given to ninth-grade students.
- Write some longer work of fiction.
- Create an interactive dichotomous key.
- Translate fragments of GEB into Czech.
- Work towards claiming enough knowledge to write the M.C.A.T. in January (I will not actually brave the examination, but I wish to learn the required knowledge by that time).
- Publicize Top Tutors, the free online tutoring service that I founded two years ago; get our tutors and students organized.
- Prepare for the M.A.T.
- Conduct several experiments geared at transgenically modifying phytoplankton.
- Establish a group geared at caring for, rehoming, and further protecting stray cats.
- Compile a résumé for Suite101.
- Write a guide to the flora and fauna of Algonquin Provincial Park.
- Translate fragments of M.I.T. O.C.W. into Czech.
- Compile a set of lectures for Helix Club that discuss all A.P. Biology material.
- Establish an English literature help site.
- Establish a YouTube channel geared at aiding students in the areas of biology, calculus, physics, English, and S.A.T. preparation.
- Derive several equations that accurately describe the leg kinematics of D. discolor; search for the possibility of an echolation system in these beetles.
- Attempt to determine whether eidetic memory is more common in native Chinese readers than in others (I’ve a rather lengthy theory about this).
- Spend time writing and rehearsing music with several friends.
- And, of course, blog regularly!
Upon my return from the cottage, I will have some time to spend with friends, thankfully. On the twenty-fourth of July, however, I will depart for Texas to participate in an astronomy-related program. On the very day that I return home, I will proceed to Waterloo to take part in a physics-related program. I will then be free to spend my summer where I wish.
A holistically exciting time awaits, then! Reality, however, must settle in once more – when I return to school, I will effectively have to decide, for example, between taking A.P. Physics C and journeying to the Antarctic for several weeks. The aforementioned course is far too fast-paced to permit me to skip more than two weeks of instruction. I am currently leaning towards seizing the polar opportunity and simply self-studying the physics; which would you choose?
Additionally, what are your summer plans?