My First Log of the Quest


In Chapter 2 of Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard Of Earthsea, Ged finds himself traveling with Ogion to his home.  He quickly realizes how little Ogion talks and becomes accustomed to it.  Once they arrive at Ogion’s home, Ged learns how he is going to be learning more about his abilities.  After some time, Ogion gives Ged a choice to either stay with him and continue his studies this way or go to a wizarding to school to learn there.  Ged chooses the wizarding school.  Soon after, Ged finds himself on a boat heading toward the wizarding school.  After a lot of rain and rowing, Ged finally made it to the island where the wizarding school is located.


The Significance of the quote “No, sir” in Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard Of Earthsea, is how it shows how much Ged has learned from Ogion and how much he respect him (35).  Ged says that he will not to magic every time the seamaster asks him if he can to make the travel easier.  By constantly telling the seamaster that he will not use magic he is showing that he understands that Ogion on is right that you only need to use magic when it is certainly necessary.  


For me, this is like how to be a really good player on a team.  You listen to what the coach is saying and you use that advise whenever you can.  Ged is showing that he listened to Ogion’s advise and used it when he could.

3 Wise Nugs

On a totally separate note, I’m I the only one who reads this to the tune of hot cross buns.

Anyways, to get back to the interview.  I have thought of 3 wise nugs to share, about my interview.

1 – Think of a lot of questions.  You would be surprised on how quickly the interview goes bye.  I had 10 questions and the interview was done in 15 minutes.  Maybe a bit more.

2 – Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  It might sound silly but if you are afraid to ask certain questions don’t be.  The person you are interviewing, at least for me, is very understanding if you are confused.

3 – You do not need to record the interview.  If you have something to take notes on, you can take notes.  I find it better to take notes because you can put them in your own words.

Overall I really enjoyed the interview experience.  I also think it will help me for future interviews.

Eminent Take 2 – Speeches

To start this off, I am just going to say this a rough skeleton draft of my speech.  If you have read my previous blog post, you know that I am not that great at deciding things and I am always second guessing myself.  Well it’ not any different when I am thinking of how to write an eminent speech.  Anyways here is the main idea I have fore my eminent speech.

Intro/hook:  Talking to herself.  Struggling with a problem.  It might sound weird because she is/I am talking to myself

Start of rising action:  Questions why she is still doing this.

Rising Action:  Trying to answer the question, start listing the negative things that have happened to get to this point.  All the struggles she has faced.  The unfairness of it all.  Talk about going to school to be a French teacher before she was allowed in universities.

Climax:  Realising that she does love it.  It’s her passion.  Thin about all the good moment and experiences she has had.  All the things she has discovered.  All the joys

Conclusion: This is why I am still doing this.  Goes back to work on the problem.  This time with a smile.

This might not seem like much but to me it’s perfect.  I also have a couple of other speech ideas in my head so hopefully I can wright a couple of different speeches and see what I like best.  Out of all the different ideas I have gong on in my head, I definitely like this one the best so far.  I think it is because the way I formatted I; it allows be to show all the hardships she has been through and it also lets me show everyone why she this is her passion.  If I really get stuck and the speech does not turn out as great as I think it will, I can always change it.  For now I am going to stick with this outline though.

EMINENT take 2 – Intro post

It is that time of the year again, Eminent.  Which means Night of the Notables are right around the corner and interview emails are being sent out constantly.  Before all of this happens there is one thing each and every TALON student has to do.  Pick an Eminent person (insert dramatic music here).

When thinking of possible eminent people there is always an internal debate going on in my head.  It is hard for me to choose just one person. I am very scared that I will get halfway through researching my eminent person and then find someone who fits my description of an eminent person better.  Although despite everything this is what kind of happened to me.  Before going to the library trip I had though of a person: Mary Cartwright.  So of course when we got to the library that is who I researched.  During that research I found a book.  This book contained many female physicist that had done many incredible things.  This is where I found my eminent person: Lise Meitner.

When I started reading about Lise Meitner, I realised that this was my eminent person right away.  I quickly found out how amazing she is and all the things she has contributed to the world.  These things may have a contributing factor for why she is my eminent person but none of them is the main reason why I chose her.  The main reason I chose Lise Meitner as my eminent person is because she deserves to be talked about.  Everyone should know her story and I want to tell it to them.  I want to be able to portray just how incredible and brilliant she is.  I want to share every struggle she went through and to show the world just how strong she is.  This is why I chose her as my eminent person.  When I am reading about her the thought of someone that might be better as an eminent person never crosses my mind.

There isn’t that many similarities between us.  Although she was a physicist and I want to study mathematics.  She was born into a big family,  and I was born into a family that might be considered big but compared to hers in is pretty small.  When she was a child school stopped at the age of 14 for girls, so she then prepared herself to become a French teacher.  As I looked toward a future profession I would like to have teaching has crossed my mind.  I also think it would be fun to learn French as I am already in French 10 and hopefully I will continue to study it to French 12.  If you look close enough you can find similarities but you can also find differences.  She lived in a different century a different country and on a different continent.  That is what will probably be the hardest part of my eminent person study.  I have to remember that there was a lot more struggles for females in science in the early 1900’s.  I also will never know what is like to live through WW1 and WW2.  I have to take in all of these facts when I am creating a speech, making a learning center, and whenever I am researching about her.

Even with all the differences between Lise Meitner and myself I still want to have her as my eminent person with all my heart.  I hope that I can tell everybody about everything she has done and all the wonderful things she has accomplished in her life.  I am really glad that I chose her because I feel a lot more passionate about her being my eminent person then my last year eminent person. Charles Darwin.  I think it’s because I can discover a lot more things about that I don’t know yet.  Last year I has already done a project on Charles Darwin Before, but now I get to start from scratch and I couldn’t be happier about it.

I am really ready for excited for this eminent project so here goes, Eminent take 2