I'm awesome. I tend to be as nerdy as possible in all situations, including serious ones. I tend to remember useless facts, but only if they're completely useless. I've been instructed to write about my hobbies, which generally include reading at very inopportune times (like during science class or while walking through a place with lots of trees to be walked into), the general act of creating art (usually sculptures or anything I can make out of paper), and remembering useless facts (which I realize isn't a hobby, but like most hobbies, it contributes to my education while detracting from my schooling)
I was the researcher for my ThinkQuest team, an assignment I have loved and loathed at different points in time. While I enjoyed greatly the task of reading articles and documents, I had a severe lack of enthusiasm for citing sources. As much as the menial tasks have pained me, I have found the learning I’ve been doing to be thought provoking in a way most things people spend their time on are not. Going forth to uncover a truth that is largely ignored is always brilliantly rewarding. Often times people avoid unwrapping themselves from their safe, comfortable lives because they do not wish to see the problems in the world around them. Problems are meant to be solved, and shying away from the truth of the world in favor of a more comfortable delusion does not lend itself to peace and happiness. The topic is not the only element of ThinkQuest that causes paradigm shifts. Usually in group project situations, I end up being the one that does all the work, both intellectually and in practice. This time around it was different, for the first time in a while I was the group slacker, not because I didn’t do enough work (which I think also may have been the case) but because I was suddenly launched into a roomful of people with great ideas and insights who both know and care about what they’re talking about. In contrast, regular school projects are usually laden with dread and indifference.
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