Love, Laughter, and Learning
As you’ve read from the past blog posts, Mrs. O’s MSEL Engineering class is obviously a favorite. Its a place for love, laughter, and learning. When I walk into class I expect to have fun, learn new things, and be productive. Luckily, all of those expectations are fulfilled every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
As a part of MarinSEL, I was given the chance to share a specific set of classes with a group of amazing people every year throughout my high school experience. And when I say people, I don’t just mean my fellow classmates, I mean my teachers as well. Good hearted, genuine, helpful teachers are very hard to find, in my opinion. But, with MarinSEL I have had little to no trouble locating these wonderful people. From seminar with Tow, to history with Robins, to engineering with Oropallo. I don’t think I am the first, or the last to say that teachers have a big impact on the life of a student, and Ms. Oropallo definitely has a positive one. Her teaching style some how fits all of her students learning styles and it makes for a very low stress and fun work period. Because I’ve spent so much time with these people, we have become just like a family. Not only is there love for each other, but there is definitely a love for this engineering class.
My favorite activity so far has been the chicken coops, of course. But, the project that I have learned the most from so far, was the spoon project. I am a perfectionist, so if there is one little thing out of place, it causes me to start all over. Unfortunately, I messed up bit and was really really bothered my mistake. Ms. O then shared her wisdom with me. “In engineering, not everything will be perfect and that’s okay, if you don’t tell them they won’t notice.” Which ended up being true, I gave the spoon to my sister and she couldn’t tell at all, she didn’t even believe that I had made it! I have used this very important lesson with my chicken coop. My group and I have made multiple mistakes but we were able to think up a solution and make our coop even better. I now understand that imperfections and mistakes can be a good thing. Especially when those mistakes come with laughter, and they usually do in my group. I am so excited to see what my chicken coop will look like when it is completely done, but so far it looks great, I think.
When I think about my future and get lectures from various counselors and teachers, I never hear them mention jobs involving wood work. Its usually things like lawyer, doctor, or teacher. It’s nice knowing that I have the experience to know whether this is something I would like to do with my future or not. I am interested in this line of work and am eager to see what I decide and where I end up. I’m extremely thankful that I have gotten the chance to be involved in this class and program. I’ve learned about different tools, different styles of roofs, and different types of wood, etc. Hopefully by the time summer comes I will be able to remember all of the names, and Ms. O’s quizizz will certainly help me do that. This class is the only thing that gets me through my long days filled with history and math. Its also great to have a place where I can get out any anger or frustration I’m feeling, even if that frustration is coming from what I’m building. My experience in this class has been nothing but great. I am looking forward to selling my coop and seeing it in someones backyard, because I know it will look amazing. Honestly, I don’t know how Ms. Oropallo does all of the these things, maybe its the coffee, but I sure am lucky that she does.