Sunday, August 21, 2016

This I Believe

I believe that Marching Band has helped me grow as a person.

2015 CHS Marching Band show "Defying Gravity"
As a freshmen, I decided to join marching band, unlike a majority of my friends. Most of them decided to do sports, or chorus, or to only focus on their academics. So when I joined and I realized most of my friends had not, I had no idea what to do. Friendships I thought would last forever in eighth grade were suddenly disappearing. At the time this felt like the end of the world, but now I realize it was a blessing in disguise. Although I lost some friends, I was able to reconnect with old friends and create new ones through marching band. Now I find friendships with everyone in the band, and these are friendships that actually may last.

This is just one way that band has helped me grow. The Marching Band is one of the largest teams on the campus, with nearly 200 members, and when you put that many people on one field, there are bound to be disagreements. Through band I have learned to understand that everyone has a different perspective and opinion and that those need to be respected. I have learned to listen to other people and to understand that because their perspective is different from mine, I may not always be right. This has helped me not only in perfecting marching drill, but also in respecting people’s opinions outside of marching band. 

Another way that marching band has helped me grow is by building my confidence. When I was only a freshmen I would get nervous before every performance or concert and those nerves would occasionally cause me to mess up. Although the nerves are not completely gone, now I have gotten more used to them and I know what I am doing. I can now go into every performance feeling confident in myself that I will do my best. This newfound confidence has also helped me grow to become a better leader. I now feel the confidence to help others and to set a good example for them. 

Marching band has also helped me grow by teaching me how to manage my time more efficiently. With three hour long practices three nights a week and a performance every Friday at each football game, it is difficult to find the time to get homework done. I struggled with this for a long time, especially due to my procrastination, but now I feel that I have figured out how to get all my work done and still give my all at practices and performances.

The most important lesson that I believe band has taught me is how to be passionate about something. Band has taught me about my love for music and my passion in playing and creating it. Music is something that has helped me through everything in my life so far and has always been a consistent factor in my life, and I am so thankful that band has helped me realize my passion for it. Marching band has done so much to help me grow into the person I am today. 
This I believe.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What does it mean to say we know something?

Finding a way to answer this question was extremely difficult for me. I can honestly say that I stared at this question for about fifteen minutes, searching every inch of my brain for a way to answer it. What does it mean to know something? In an attempt to find an answer, I thought it best to look up a dictionary definition of what knowing is. According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, there are a multitude of different ways that people can know something, but out of these definitions, there was one that stuck out to me. Merriam-Webster's second definition of knowing says that to know is to "be aware of the truth or factuality of : be convinced or certain of".

Santa Clause
Knowing can be a very personal experience. At one point in my life, I knew Santa Clause was real and that the Elf on the Shelf came from the North Pole, but as I grew up in up in public school, I was forced to face the truth. At that point in my life, I knew that Santa Clause was indeed not real and was simply a figment that my parents had told me. So in this case, to know is to believe in something. I knew that Santa Clause was real because I believed. This can also be found with religion. People believe that there is a God, therefore they know that there is a God. Religion, like knowing, is also a very personal matter. After I found out the truth about Santa Clause, I stopped knowing by believing and I started knowing by "being aware of the truth"(Merriam-Webster online dictionary) about the bearded man from the North Pole. My way of knowing changed as my knowledge expanded.

Another one of the many definitions for knowing that can be found on Merriam-Webster's online dictionary is "to recognize as being the same as something previously known". In this case, I know that when you add two and two together you get four because it was something that I had already been taught. It was something that was already in my brain, so when faced with that question, I already know the answer must be four.

To know can also be "to have experience of"(Merriam-Webster online dictionary).  An example can be found in how we drive our cars. Every person who is on the roads has experienced driving a car before and due to that experience, we know how to drive a car. Those people who have been driving for a longer span of time have more experience, and so they may know how to drive their cars better than someone who is only beginning to learn how to drive.

To conclude, I believe that people can know in many different ways. Whether they know by experience, by already knowing, by finding the truth, or by believing, these all have something in common and that is the fact that they know. People can only know that they know, not what other people know, unless they are taught.