Document of learning; The Dreaded Speech

Good day.

Sorry I haven’t gotten the chance to use you lately. I’ve just been super busy recently with all the things I need to do. School, cadets, Talons, Talons, TALONS. But besides that, I think I’m doing pretty well, at least the year and semester is almost over.


But besides the mountain of homework, everything else seems to be running smooth.

What I am going to post here is my rough draft for my eminent speech. It is still a very rough draft for my speech so please don’t tear me down too hard. I just want your opinions on how I am doing and if you liked what I have done. Incase you did not know already, my person is John Nash Jr., who is a famous mathematician but is also known for his severe schizophrenia. He went under several insulin shock therapy (the method back then that they thought was the most effective). So I decided to share my speech from the moments where he receives his very first shock therapy. the reason I chose this moment because of the amount of emotions he must have been going through when this happened. He is a very arrogant individual that thinks he is above everyone else. So I wanted to be selfish for parts of the speech and really put myself above everyone (something I do not usually do). Near the end, my tone started to change because he would have been smart enough to realize what they (the people who are in charge) wanted to hear. He might be mad, but he’s cunning.

So please, have fun reading!



[Nurse] Be ready Mr. Nash, we’ll be coming for you soon. (Leaves stage)

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN TO ME?! I’M A GENIUS! Have I not contributed my share to the world that we live in? Have I not done my part?!

(Struggles in his straight jacket, chained to the ground)

It is not my fault that they want me! (Struggles more) they’re all out to get me! Those bastards with red ties, trying whatever they can! They’re forming their own government! If only the White house would listen!

(Calms down and relaxes) I just really want to get out of here. I don’t deserve to be in here. I know I see things that I’m not suppose to but does that really make me crazy?

I created a crucial concept in non-cooperative games. I am the one who taught at Princeton University, and at MIT.

Am I not the one who has done groundbreaking work in the area of real algebraic geometry?

Do I not provide a fair contribution to mathematic concepts that still cannot be solved by the world’s greatest mathematicians? (Raises voice near the end)

I am not to blame for this gift. There are many other things we should be worrying about. Martians are planning to invade earth, I’ve communicated with them!

And I demand to be released so I can take my rightful place as emperor of Antarctica, it needs me!

 I’ve helped the government, I am an American! Please, you need to let me go!

[Nurse walks in and starts to unhook me from the chair]

Please nurse, you need to let me go, I’m all better, see? (smiles)

 There is no such thing as Martians; I am not the emperor of Antarctica, there is no one out there to get me. Please nurse, you need to trust me.

[Nurse walks in] Let’s go Professor, it is time. (starts to drag Nash off the stage)

(Raises voice again, angry) They’re just mad I’m better than them! All of you! Just because I’m above you makes you think you can put me away?!


Thanks for reading everyone! And don’t forget!:


SFU; The Place Dreams Come True

On last Thursday we went on a field trip to the burnaby SFU campus. And oh man that was challenging.

It wasn’t challenging to walk around campus or anything, or eating at a all you can eat buffet, (that was most likely my favourite relaxed-cat_o_2224485part) but it was challenging to make sure everything didn’t fall apart. What you didn’t know is that I had to plan the SFU trip because last year I failed to complete a leadership 11 project and I needed to get back on track. It was a challenging trip and I did run into obstacles, but in the end, everything turned out a-okay. So no one died, and I didn’t get sued.

So before the trips, I had a variety of goals for myself. One of the major one, was to have fun. There aren’t a lot of opportunities where I can go to SFU so I had to make the best out of any situation. Another thing I wanted to grow was my friendship with other people. Because there was no retreat, it’s been difficult to become better friends with grade nines, and because they have their own friend groups and everything, it makes life a tad more challenging. But when I had the chance, I would talk to people I don’t usually talk to. When there were grade nines who were walking alone, I would come behind and have some small talk. It isn’t the biggest step into friendship, but every good relationship starts with small steps. But I’ll be honest, I personally wasn’t focused on gathering information about my eminent person. I knew I could find his book at the local library and there were a lot of personal information online, so using my time at SFU researching information didn’t seem like the most important thing.

I used my cellular device to capture my moments at SFU. Because it was so portable and was always with me, it proved to be the key to capturing everything that needed to be captured. There were a lot of different ways to capture experiences, but I think photos present those experiences the best way.

During the trip, we started off by going to a museum. The museum was really interesting, visiting cultural around the world and briefly learning things I have never seen before. After that, we did a solo walk where we would spend a few minutes on our own time, reflecting ourselves and our day. After that, we went for lunch, WHICH WAS WONDERFUL, and after we took a group orientation with Jamie’s wonderful sisters. We ended our day at the library where we needed to find information on out eminent person.

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After the long adventurous trip, I really enjoyed my time up at SFU. It was super fun, relaxing, and enjoyable to talk to people I don’t usually talk to. Lunch was a great time to walk around and talk to the grade nines. I even had a arm wrestling competition with one of the grade nines. (Oliver might think he won, but he cheated because I was being a good student and was listening) What I learned on the trip was that I really need to be more open with people. When I was talking to people who I don’t usually talk to, and even people I usually talk to, I don’t share enough about myself. I would hear their stories, and listen, and respond and actually care about what they’re talking about. But what I realized that I didn’t share my story. I wasn’t open about myself or really let people get to know me. What if I just let myself listen to everyone without sharing anything about myself? Then people might see me to be that creep that knows everything but shares nothing. That’s weird.

I think the theme of the trip was uniqueness (if that’s a word). Mr. Jackson spent a lot of time describing the uniqueness of the building, and how it was build by a man who didn’t like people (like me! Just kidding). A lot of institutes are based on conservative styles and are based on traditions, while SFU seems to go out of the norm and goes its own way. And with the TALONS students being unique in their own ways, I think unique was the key word on this trip.

Now that the SFU trip is over, and I do not need to plan the next field trip (hopefully), I am really excited and open-minded to go anywhere. One of the things about TALONS that I enjoy is going to places I wouldn’t go to in my normal life. So being in the program, I am eager to go to places I didn’t know exists and learn new things with new friends and a new mind. Maybe going to a shack in Surrey where a underground library has been for 50 years would suit me just fine.