eminent intro

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, also known as “the Iron Lady” was the first female prime minister in Great Britain (1979-1990). She changed society in many ways, which is why I am interested in having her as my eminent person. I look up to her as a strong role model with lots of leader440px-Margaret_Thatcher.pngship. Margaret is eminent in many ways, not only because she ran for prime minister as a female, but also because she influenced many women after being elected. She was nicknamed “the Iron Lady” because of her strong leadership style and headstrong personality. Before she was elected, Thatcher failed twice while trying to earn respect from her fellow political parties; that only made her work harder, ending with a successful result, becoming the first female prime minister. Throughout her time as prime minister of Great Britain, Thatcher was able to overcome all the obstacles thrown in her way, big or small. She was also “extraordinarily patient, provided [she] gets [her] own way in the end.” One of Thatcher’s strongest influencers during her early life was her father, Alfred Roberts. Roberts was a religious man who was also highly political. Margaret Thatcher and the Thatcher policy was influenced by Milton Friedman, an American free market economist, to raise interests to balance and control inflation. Although not an influence, Thatcher made some strong allies, for example U.S president Ronald Reagan. I think that Thatcher really tore down a big obstacle when she ran for prime minister, because society would believe the common stereotype that women aren’t cut out and strong enough for a job like that. Although Thatcher’s strongest strength was her strong leadership skills and her way of being “the Iron Lady”, they were also her weakness. Thatcher never really took account of what her advisors thought, and always went her way, meaning she never really accepted others’ opinions. I am similar to Thatcher in some ways, because she has a lot of leadership, and my goal is to have be like her, having lots of leadership, but I also have my differences from her. Thatcher is extremely brave and takes many risks, but I am a person who likes to stay in my comfort zone more than taking risks. I truly think that Margaret Thatcher was one of the best role models that Great Britain’s ever had, and a strong, political leader and a great influence on all.


Citations (MLA format):

“Margaret Thatcher.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 27 Feb. 2018, http://www.biography.com/people/margaret-thatcher-9504796.

Editor, George Jones Political. “Thatcher Praises Friedman, Her Freedom Fighter.” The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 17 Nov. 2006, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1534387/Thatcher-praises-Friedman-her-freedom-fighter.html.

Jones, Sam, and Andrew Sparrow. “Lady Thatcher ‘Defined and Overcame Challenges of the Age’, Says Cameron.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 10 Apr. 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/10/thatcher-defined-challenges-age-cameron.

“Margaret Thatcher Obituary: Her Early Life.” The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 8 Apr. 2013, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret-thatcher/8093504/Margaret-Thatcher-obituary-Her-early-life.html.







#1 novel study response – english

Part 1: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

During the first scene, Harry is in his room waiting for the Dursley’s meeting with the Masons. Harry is stuck in his room but finds Dobby the house elf, who is extremely stubborn but also loyal to Harry. Dobby warns Harry that something terrible will happen to Hogwarts, and tries persuading Harry to stay with the Dursleys. In this scene, Harry does not want to listen to Dobby, and tries reasoning with him, which is also Harry’s external conflict in this scene. His fears are having to listen to Dobby and stay with the Dursleys, where his life is terrible, instead of returning to Hogwarts, his true home. Dobby then reveals the letters from Harry’s friends that he had collected, not knowing that he was about to be questioned by Harry. “How do you  know my friends haven’t been writing to me?”, but Dobby trys to reason with Harry that if he thought his friends didn’t care about him, he wouldn’t want to go back to Hogwarts. During this scene, Harry wants to get the letters from Dobby, and starts chasing him out of his room, which Harry is not supposed to do. This scene is relatable to me since Harry is fighting for what he wants, and when I have a goal that I want to work towards, I will work towards it. Something that impressed me during this scene, is that after Harry runs after Dobby, Dobby threatens to drop a cake on Ms. Mason’s head, unless Harry agrees to not return to Hogwarts. What impressed me is that Harry was brave, took risks, and didn’t agree to “vow” to not go back to Hogwarts, resulting in Dobby splatting the cake on Ms. Mason, and Harry getting in humongous trouble. “Then Dobby must do it, sir, for Harry Potter’s own good.” I think the internal conflict that Harry has is debating whether or not, he should listen to Dobby, and save himself from being in trouble with Mr. Dursley.

dad is dying paragraph – english

There’s always pros and cons in everything, and in this case, the cons in that will impact Sam alone in Sam’s lie overweigh the pros in my opinion. But for Sam’s family, the lie’s benefits outweigh the lie itself. As soon as Sam said “My dad is dying.”, that was the beginning of lots of internal conflicts for Sam. Because the story mentions that Morley (Sam’s mom) was extremely busy with work and had no time for family, Sam’s lie ended up giving Dave and Morley a lot of attention, which I think was good for them. I think most of the attention is positive and helped the family because the neighbours gave them lots of gifts, and motivating conversations, and at the end of the story, Dave and Morley were described to be having a nice get-together with Mary and Bert Turlington, who didn’t seem to be too fond of Dave. I think this means Sam’s lie connected Morley, Dave, and the neighbourhood, which in my opinion is what the author mean by Sam “rescuing” his parents. Sam “rescued” his parents because they had internal conflicts as well, and to have some sudden support from the neighbourhood is how they were “rescued”. On the other hand, because of his lie, Sam had to go through a lot of internal conflicts because he felt awkward and guilty, and possibly vulnerable of being exposed. But, I think that the benefits of the lie actually outweigh the lie itself, because Sam “saved” his parents, and even received a lot of lasagnas.


roommate paragraph – english

            I am the type of person who gets along with people with similar hobbies and interests, I think Sam is the right roommate for me. Three days is not a long time to really get to know someone, but since we share similar interests, becoming friends is not as much of an obstacle. First of all, we would have things to talk about, because Sam’s favorite TV show is American Idol, and I really like watching America’s Got Talent, which is similar. Last year, when I was in overnight debate camp, my roommate and I would stay up past lights out, and watch videos and such. Sam points out in the information paragraph that bending the rules a bit is an interest, but it doesn’t mean breaking the rules. I can understand what Sam means, because really it just means to have a little fun. From reading Sam’s paragraph, I can make the inference that Sam is an extroverted person, I am an extrovert as well, and personally I get along with other extroverts pretty well. If I am put in a room with someone who is an introvert, I will definitely have troubles starting a conversation, let alone becoming friends. So, because of our similar interests, I think that Sam is the best choice for a roommate.

digital footprint assignment

How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

  • Since our world is moving into a digital world, it’s very important that you have a positive digital footprint. The internet never forgets, so if you posted anything bad or offensive, it is very likely that people are going to see it. Even if you delete something, it is also very possible that someone might have saved that post or downloaded it. For example, when you’re applying for a job, your employer might want to observe your digital footprint, and if they see anything bad, inappropriate or offensive, you might loose your opportunity. Another example is that when you’re making friends, you want people to think of you as a positive person. If you post bad things online no one will want to be friends with you.

Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

  • Set your accounts to private, so only people you know can see what you post and say on the internet. Especially if you post pictures of yourself or personal content. Before you post something online, you should always check and make sure you’re not posting anything offensive or mean. And you should always make sure what you’re posting is appropriate, and think about the audience that will be seeing your posts. Just because your account is private, doesn’t mean one of your friends/followers didn’t share your posts with other people you don’t know. You should always make sure nothing you post will affect you in a bad way.

If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently online? Think of what type of advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students. How could you go about explaining it to them?

  • I would tell myself that before I’m posting anything, whether it’s a post or on my story, to think about if I’m going to regret it later. Because once you post anything online lots of people are going to see it. And always make sure you’re not offending anything or anyone in your posts. In general, just make sure you don’t post anything that you know you’re going to want to delete later.