Look, June made me crumble. So much went on that I forgot I even had a TALONS blog. From the ends of projects, to trying to make lasting memories, (to my birthday!!), to finals–this month has been absolutely insane. It had its ups and downs, but these final moments will stick with me… Kind of like when a cookie’s crumbs stick to your sweaty body in the summer. (I know, I’m amazing with metaphors.)
The original concept behind this post was that it was going to be my ending to In-Depth. Did you notice all those commas at the end of my In-Depth posts? That was supposed to be an artsy and clever thing. See, the commas were supposed to signify continuation, while this post containing a period meant an end. I really had my life together back in January to figure this all out. As you can tell though, things just got super busy and I decided to leave this post for the last day of school. Which clearly is not today. When we got out two weeks ago, I’ve been to occupied playing Webkinz (yes) to do anything else. This post only came back to mind early last week. I was going to start writing until I remembered… R E P O R T . C A R D S . I decided to hold off writing this just in case I needed to change some of my final “thoughts” following my report card comments. Luckily, none of my teachers have left me fuming. Today, I finally got myself together and am ready to write this post. It has a little bit of everything in it–final thoughts on In-Depth, my box, my last words, and a bit of advice to incoming TALONS.
In-Depth night was an absolute blast. While there were some things I could do without (*cough* overpriced mediocre pizza and dripping sweat everywhere *cough*), there were so many amazing experiences to come out of the night. My learning centre was a booth where attendees could come get a couple of their nails done. It was a really cool experience to do nails on those other than the people who I’ve been comfortable with. My centre was super interactive and kept me busy the entire night. I am extremely happy with how my project turned out. I learned so much over the five months, and will continue using the skills in years to come. Although In-Depth is long over, I have continued to try new nail art weekly and am very thankful that I have the skills to pick up these new designs quickly. Additionally, I have just added nail art tutorials to I’m Hair For You, the blog I created during my Grade 9 In-Depth Project. It’s amazing to see how my two school projects have now merged together into my biggest “extra-curricular” passion. The blog has also grown into something much bigger than I ever believed. If you want to keep up with my hair and nail tutorials, follow I’m Hair For You HERE.
As soon as I walked into the TALONS room in Grade 9, all I wanted to do was make my box. Learning new things? Doing cool projects? Making friends? None of those were important. Plotting out my box, however, was. From the beginning, I had a vision of my box being a Spongebob reference. It all started with the image of Spongebob making a rainbow overlayed with text saying “Procrastination” (you know, like “imaginaaaation”). However, I learned to manage my time decent enough and found this didn’t really represent me. Also, I figured out that my artistic skill level wasn’t up to that standard. Next up was “The”. In the episode titled Procrastination, Spongebob really struggled to write his essay for Boating School. In one scene, a montage of him working really hard is seen, but in the end, he’s only written the word “the” on his page. Personally, I felt a strong emotional connection to this scene. I stuck with the idea of simply writing “the” for quite a long time until I realized that the uncultured, non-Spongebob-watching folk would just think that I forgot to finish my box. Therefore, we move to idea three: “Penny, Potato Chip, and Wadded Up Napkin”. This was going to be a really funny and three dimensional one, until I realized that the chip would probably get moldy and everything would eventually fall off. During the time when it was finally logical to be thinking about my box, I was really not sure what I would do. Until it finally came to me: EVIL KERMIT. Maybe staying in my Spongebob state of mind was holding me back. It was when I thought outside of the box (haha) that the best idea came to me. My box reads “me: make a nice box to celebrate your time in TALONS. me to me: make it a meme instead”. Underneath the text, I painted the iconic Evil Kermit image. Out of everything I’ve done in TALONS, this is definitely the thing I’m most proud of. I’ve never painted anything this nice, I’ve never been this funny, and (I believe) I’m the first meme to make it on the wall. This is my legacy and I’ve never been prouder.
This isn’t even the final section of this post, but at this point, I’m not in the mood to rearrange my thoughts. I just simply want to say thank you to everyone who’s made my TALONS experience so amazing. From my classmates, to my spectacular teachers, to the memes that got me through it all, thank you for being there and making these past two years nothing short of memorable. I’ve learned so many different things from all of you and I’m definitely going to miss the experiences we share.
((I’m also going to miss coming up with TALONS conspiracy theories.)) While this one part of our lives has ended, there is so much more ahead for all of us. Like I stated in our closing circle, we’re basically iCarly (aka the best show ever to air on Nickelodeon that deserves to get a reunion movie and is also turning 10 years old this September woah). While our own great show has ended, we each still have amazing things in front of us. Unlike the cast of iCarly though, ALL of us will have our own spinoff shows (that will actually get picked up by the network, unlike Gibby’s potential spinoff that was robbed greatness). Like Sam & Cat (which deserved more than one season), we will each make appearances in eachother’s shows as guest stars, and those episodes will definitely be the most memorable. I can’t wait to hear about each and every one of your new shows–I’m sure they’ll be fantastic. Now, at this point, I feel like I should put in some sort of inspirational quote or something. Let’s see… In the words of our queen Miranda Cosgrove: “So wake up the members of my nation / It’s your time to be / There’s no chance unless you take one / And it’s time to see / The brighter side of every situation / Some things are meant to be / So give me your best and leave the rest to me.” (Listen to this sick track right HERE. Want even better nostalgia? Indulge in Leave It All To Shine, the best song ever from the craziest crossover in existence, right HERE.)
Advice For Future TALONS
I couldn’t leave this post without pitching in a couple words of wisdom for incoming TALONS. In the months before joining TALONS, I know that I was aggressively stalking the TALONS blogs looking for any insider tips on how to survive the program. This was my first mistake as people on their blogs seemed so intelligent and in control of their lives, while I was the complete opposite. Therefore, by leaving the following three tips at the bottom of this post, I hope that at least one incoming TALONS student will go into the program with a little more confidence.
1) Take risks! Try something new, step outside of your comfort zone, and let yourself experiment in the most supportive environment possible. Let others in on your goals and use the many aspects of TALONS to grow and accomplish them. Achieving greatness out of the things that you feared the most will always pay off. They may even be your fondest memories of the program. Most importantly, these risks will set you up for greatness beyond TALONS and give you the confidence you need for the next time you need to do something initially unsettling.
2) Take care of yourself. TALONS learners are always amazing when it comes to taking care of one another, but remember to take care of yourself too. Always do your best in whatever you do, but know that your health is more important than getting 100% on an assignment. Take breaks, eat well, and most importantly SLEEP! (I know you’re thinking “Pshh, sleep? Who needs that? No big deal.” but seriously, go to bed. It’s not something you can just catch up on during the weekend. You’ll be way happier when well rested.)
3) Don’t wear ripped jeans on the first day of school. Please. It’s for your own good.
lol bye :))