The Ubiquity

Syed Islam

Syed Islam, Staff Writer

Hello, my name is Syed Islam and I am a current sophomore attending QHHS. This is my second year in Honors Journalism, and from my experience in this class last year, I love it. I am going to continue writing for the Arts and Entertainment section of the Ubiquity this year as I had done last year. Just one year in journalism drastically improved my writing skills.  My writing is no longer bland and uninteresting as it was before I had joined Journalism. I still hope my writing will improve even with the current pandemic and major changes we are facing in school. I am also an honors student who loves to challenge themselves by taking multiple AP classes. Outside of academics, I also enjoy sports. I play tennis for the Quartz Hill High School Tennis team and I also enjoy watching basketball. My favorite article from the Ubiquity website is Brian Kim’s AP World History Review. As a former student of the class, I understand his frustrations and his point of view concerning the course, even though the hard work does pay off in the end. So, that’s only a little about me, check out the work that I will be publishing this year!

 

9.28.20 Update

Hey there! We are now six weeks into the school year and I can officially say that online learning is not the learning experience I prefer. During this school year, I can certainly say that online learning is very different from the learning experience that we are all accustomed to, but it’s also somewhat fun since it’s different. Currently, I am still loaded with tons of work from my other classes since I am taking multiple AP classes, and anyone that takes AP classes knows the pain. However, when I do have free time, I like to spend it watching shows. Currently, I am in the midst of finishing Lucifer on Netflix, and I plan on starting Cobra Kai, which was recently added on Netflix.

 

2.1.20 Update

Since half of the school year is over, I have been getting more used to distance learning. It is much easier to focus in class than last semester, and teachers have also been handling each lesson better. I was hoping we would return to in-person learning by the beginning of the second semester, but it appears that is not going to be the case. My classes’ finals went reasonably well, as I got A’s on all of them thanks to my teachers. My teachers helped me review and prepare appropriately for the finals. After school ended, I celebrated that it is finally winter break and immediately got started on a bunch of the shows from my list. I binge-watched many shows, including Dark and Sweet Home. I finished both of the shows quickly, leaving me with nothing else to do. Christmas and New Years’ was undoubtedly different from past years. Typically, we would attend or host a party. However, due to strict quarantine rules, my family decided not to go out and instead spend the day as a family, which was reasonably fun. This break was undoubtedly needed for my health as handling five AP classes took a toll on my physical and mental health, but this break solved that problem. I hope to continue doing well in my classes and start being more productive in the upcoming months due to AP exams. 

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