The Tale of Andrew Pham

The Tale of Andrew Pham

Hello. For some who don’t know me, you’re about to. And if you know me, you know what to expect from this. I’m Andrew Pham and to be straight up, I hate school. Coming in as a junior into Terra Linda Highshool I came in pissed off the fact my time was gonna be wasted some more by this stupid system known as “school”. I came a long way from being a ignorant teenager to a less ignorant teenager. With that being said, I am not perfect but I am trying each day to progress, take in more knowledge, and this class helps me do so.

When coming into this year I talked about having my time wasted. What I mean by this of course was learning subjects I did not care about , and enduring Terra Linda’s try to teach students and test method. Once I stepped foot into Ms.O’s class, I’m not gonna lie, I was bored. Why? Because it was all talk and annoying people from class talking about futile subjects. All that being said everything changed when we actually learned how to make spoons. It seems dumb and simple but this taught me alot. Through the course of making spoons, I learned to use a plethora of tools and instruments to finness my spoon. In the end it wasn’t so great, but I’m glad it turned out bad. I’m glad because it taught me not everything I do is going to be good right away. It taught me that if I wanted something to look nice it was going to take time and rentless effort.

The playhouse project has taught me the most so far about life. It has taught me about time, effort, school,people, and communicating. During the making of my playhouse it really opened my third eye. I realized in this class that anything was possible if you could provide effort to back it up. I also realized how incredibly lucky I am to be in this class, where you can move around , be free, think outside the box insted of being trapped in a cell inside the Terra Linda building. I found out that I learn best by watching other people first and then apptempting to do something myself. This helped me discover more about myself as well as creating myself.

Before making groups for the playhouse, I was the one man crew type of person unless I met people I could relate with and work with. After being put into groups and working through the semester I came to conclusion that, that hasn’t changed. I still have my differences with people in my class and that’s not gonna change. But what I did take out of this was that it was best to stay in my own lane and stay focused.

I don’t know why, but talking to others was a problem of mine. But this class pretty much destroyed that problem when I was forced to either asked to borrow tools, how to use tools, ask for help, and as well as talk to others in my class. This class really helped me to talk to others in a nice way. This may sound un-student like or what not, but its truth and reality so there’s no easy way to sugar coat it. Everything being read here is 100% truth from Andrew Pham’s perspective. Believe it.

This class I find at times is therapeutic. It may sound odd but it really is. The fact that I’m setting my own pace and doing my own thing while people do there stuff is nice, because they don’t have to pester me. Plus this is the one of few classes that I actually like because I get to do what I want. It isn’t some forced assignment or hoop to jump through, its pure innovation. Because this class lets me do things by motavation instead of force, for once I’m humbly pleased with my creation. Here’s picture of me and my fellow comrade Everson Smith standing outside of my playhouse, and me on top of it. All photo credits to the one and only Andreas Meshcheryakov.

22 Responses

  1. sremedios says:

    Nice job not holding anything back Andrew

  2. iswallow says:

    I think you described what a lot of us feel about this class, and hit what we feel on the head. It’s been an interesting year, and I hope to continue working in projects like this one in years to come!

  3. gelias says:

    Finally someone else that talks about the third eye!!!! So proud of you Andrew, you’ve come so far! Keep it up my friend!

  4. mmcdaniel says:

    Well said! This class did require a lot of communication!

  5. hunterbiel says:

    Best blog yet. I was very impressed with your writing skills. I was also very impressed with the class and look forward to it.

  6. mjames says:

    Always telling it like it is Andrew, nice job. It was difficult at times but I enjoyed working with you.

  7. ercharlton says:

    Great blog Andrew! I think you really showed a different perspective about engineering

  8. hnorman says:

    This is the realest blog I have read yet. You say it how it is and that’s what makes it such a strong piece of work. Good work Pham.

  9. sstilson says:

    I totally agree with you about the innovation aspect of the playhouses. I was most interested in the parts of this class that I got to design myself!

  10. lukastroller says:

    Well written Andrew! I agree entirely with many of your views. Being able to build in the mornings is often both a literal and figurative breath of fresh air.
    -Lukas

  11. eschultz says:

    All the growth you talk about in your blog I can see in you and I’m glad you feel somewhat free in this class.

  12. epowers says:

    I appreciate how you kept it real and told it how you felt

  13. jgirgurina says:

    I like how honest you are about everything in your blog, and I completely relate to your disinterest in standard classes.

  14. juliana.swanson says:

    This blog is by far the most down to earth one I have read. Engineering has definitely taught us valuable skills.

  15. esmith says:

    Great reflection Andrew, it really seemed heartfelt. I definitely agree that the class is therapeutic; it gets you in the zone.

  16. Kmack Kmack says:

    Wow Andrew, I know at the beginning of the blog you said we know what to expect from you in this, but this is not what I expected. Your blog seemed really genuine which others in our class have difficulty doing. Thank you for breaking that trend and being real with the audience. Believed it.

  17. nbarrolaza says:

    Really well written. I can wholeheartedly say I was the same way at the start of the way and through this class I have really learned and grown.

  18. ameshcheryakov says:

    I loved how honest the article is and can relate to several points especially the dislike for standard classes. I think you’ve shown real growth in this class and I’m impressed with your work.

  19. kwaterbury says:

    I totally agree with you, this class has really brought out my communication skills. Your playhouse is going to look amazing!

  20. cameronch says:

    Best blog I have read so far, very honest and you added a lot of finesse to your paper.

  21. nslanec nslanec says:

    Great blog post. I’m intrigued with the Andrew Pham perspective.

  22. mkrizek says:

    This class has taught me a lot as well. I’ve learned how to use a variety of tools that I would otherwise never learn how to use. I am her thankful for that.

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