How Physics Taught Me How To Communicate
by Archie Smith
A wise man once said, “You are only as smart as you can convince people you are.” In a world where anyone can make their thoughts and opinions known to countless people in a matter of seconds courtesy of the internet, the intelligent people of the world face an important dilemma. How can they, the people who know best, make people listen to them and hear their evidence based rationales over the roaring din of every teenager on the internet with a blog? To each their own solution must be found, I for one found my answer in the physics classroom. My AP Physics teacher taught me that everything in our world can be quantified and measured. In other words: there is an equation for everything. This in mind I was able to teach myself a neat little parlor trick: I know exactly how high to hold an object to make it take one second to hit the ground. So now when I need to convince someone that I am an individual of scientific knowledge instead of just telling them I can show them. I just ask them to take a nearby item, hold it at the right height and time how long it takes for it to fall when they drop it. Then of course I tell them it will take exactly one second before they drop it. Sure enough every time the clock proves me right after the fact and my audience is immediately amused and more inclined to listen to me.
This is just the surface. Making people hear what you have to say requires constant proving and reproving of your validity as a source of information. Physics taught me everything I ever needed to prove myself time and time again. Do you want to know how many protons are in the sun? I can talk you through my three page calculation on it. Did you know if we replaced the entire continent of Africa with a solar panel we could produce our world’s energy needs ten times over? Because I did. People love fun facts, and physics has given me every fun fact I could ever need. This power to communicate my knowledge is just as valuable if not more so than any of my knowledge itself, and now this “wise man,” can quote himself whenever he wants. Which has made every homework packet worthwhile.
The class that I learned the most from in high school was without a doubt ASL. I learned a new language and a different grammar system, that I can use to effectively communicate with deaf people. It truly shaped my life because it fueled my desire to serve a LDS full time mission (an 18 month, unpaid service mission) because I realized that I really like communicating with people who aren’t like me. I like sharing knowledge with other people. It also helped me decide what my major is: Speech Pathology. I found a passion in ASL and I’m grateful I know what I want to do for the rest of my life.
However, my ASL class has also taught me important life skills. There was a girl in that class that had been on my color guard team several years before that I never got along with very well. In this class, we became great friends and I really learned how to reconnect with people I’d made previously negative judgements towards.
I’ve also learned communication skills. Obviously I learned to communicate with ASL, but just as importantly, I learned to communicate my feelings with other people. My teacher is a very caring man who always asked how I was doing. One day, I was having the worst day ever and I told him about it. This was difficult for me because I have always internalized my feelings but in this class I was able to take the first step in telling people how I really feel. That will be an invaluable skill in years to come.
A class that has the most educational value is not necessarily the ones that have the most educational content. A gifted educator not only teaches his or her subject material, but is also able to teach life lessons. They’re able to instill a passion for that subject in the hearts of their students, and once we discover that passion, our life is going to be shaped according to it forever.
A Beautiful Mind
by Sarah Patterson
In high school I was introduced to a wide variety of topics. From in depth history lectures on communists leaders in South America, engaging discussion on ethics in literature to math equations that might as well have been my foreign language requirements. As much as these helped me develop into a well rounded, and well read high school student lots of them were just facts and figures. Just information to pass a test then forget quickly after. One class however changed not just what I learned but who I am.
My psychology class was different form most, it was a college level International Baccalaureate class taught by Mrs. Sunny Dee Allen, or as I called her my second mom. She integrated psychological [principles like short and long term memory, stress-reliving techniques, stereotype schemas and many more part of life we as student faced into the classroom and taught us how to deal with them in the real world. As we learned about stress management, we also practice meditation in class, took naps, sat on bouncy balls for stress relief and have talk therapy sessions. This class was not just a “learn to forget setting”; it was as “learn for life”.
This is what set me down the path to not just want to know why we should learn things, but how we learn them. I became interested in things like functions of the brain, why its easier for some people to memorize than others, how to overcome and work with stress even down to interpersonal skills. The skills acquired in this class were not only important for graduation, but more so for the friends and connections that have lasted a lifetime.
With that, I approach every subject in college (including my psychology minor) with a passion to understand the systems behind the topic, and not just what the professor has on the slide. This has set me apart from my peers not so much in that I get the best grade or am the best student, but in that I engage with the topic and the professors and am seen as a student who wants to learn and is willing to go the distance to get to know a topic. And this has made all the difference.
How science has influence my life Essay Content
by Tanashi Chopra
I have learnt the science most in the high school and most importantly the Biology and even it is one of my favorite subject. Biology is actually the study of our surroundings as we learn about plants,animals and humans beings. The things we eat,drink and where we live its all part of biology. Biology has greatly affected my life as it teach me alot alot of things about that and how much it is important in my life. Biology helps me to understand our bodies about the nutrition and diet which is necessary for our body. For example: the amount of nutrients our body need and of how many types of nutrients we need as protein,carbohydrates,fats,vitamin and mineral. I have learnt how much we should eat,what should we eat and in what amount we should eat so that I could keep my body fit and fine. Biology has make me understand about number of disease which could greatly affect the life of a human being. Biology has great impact on my life so that’s why I want to do major in Biology and do bachelor’s degree and I want to research alot about our surroundings as well as our body. I want to do medicine so that I could use my knowledge in this field and use my understanding of biology to figure out the problems of human bodies and disease which are affecting our life. Biology even help me to know about different species of flowers and plants and how could I try to save our environment. Plants are the most important part of our life as they give us oxygen to breathe. I come to know about different plants and what things they provide us which we really need in our life. So at last, I could say that biology has great Influence on my life and I’m considering it as my major subject of my further studies and my life.