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Inhale. Saw, Drill, Hammer. Exhale.

So, as many of you know, I disappeared for the first semester of junior year. I went on a trip with a group of Canadian students and teachers to take classes and earn credits while traveling. It was nothing like regular high school and I feared that coming back to Terra Linda to sit in classrooms would (figuratively and literally) be the death of me. On the first day of...

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My Engineering Experience

Ever since I first interviewed to become a student at Marin SEL I have heard about the engineering program. I heard stories of students building everything from massive structures to detailed spoons. With all the hype from students and staff I expected the class to be a welcome break in my schedule, one that allowed me to forget the monotony of everyday high school life. Little did I know that...

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Overcoming Fears to Learn Incredible Things

Ever since freshman year I have been looking forward to engineering class. I couldn’t wait to start building things even though I had no idea where to even start. In the first week of class all I remember is Ms. Oropallo telling us how every tool would cut off our limbs if we weren’t super careful. This freaked me out because I’m super squeamish when it comes to things like...

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Yes I actually work!!

The first day of this class I walked in feeling pretty confident and thought I knew what I was doing, but then Ms. Oropallo started showing us all the tools and I decided to stand in the way back all quiet. I felt the nerves kicking in and I was hoping everyone was on the same page as I was. A couple weeks into school Ms. Oropallo hands us all...

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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...

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Spoons and chickens and (lots of)words- oh my!

I never recall much from the first day of school, everything is so chaotic! Bumping into people who seem to have grown at least 2 feet since last year, trying to find a class that simply does not want to be found, coming up with a plausible excuse as to why my summer assignment is not yet finished, its all a bit overwhelming when you’ve come from an amazing summer...

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Excitement and OCD

Many take on this class nervous and scared or entirely in opposition of the engineering class altogether, but I was ready to build something that would make me proud to say, “I built that”. The first class of engineering, I was ecstatic to begin building right away, unaware of just how much more I would further love the class and the teacher. I was so anxious to begin that I...

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

   Every Wednesday and Friday, I look forward to the same thing, engineering class. When first starting the class, I was skeptical that I would enjoy it as much as past classes. The past three classes had said nothing but amazing things about the class and I just hoped for a similar experience. Going into the first day, I was honestly a little nervous because I had minimal experience with power...

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Learning From Mistakes

I was beyond excited to finally have the class that was coveted by all MSEL’ers, Engineering. I was ready to have a class that was all hands on work, as I find this the best way to learn. When I learned we would be building chicken coops, I thought about the ones past classes had made and I just thought to myself, “How am I ever gonna figure out how...