Posts Tagged High School

Ranting About Technology and the Modern Public Education System

Reflecting on the role of phones in society, I’m appalled at the importance this little device has in all aspects of life for the typical American.

In fact, it’s even reasonable to consider that in most cases
No phone=No friends
No phone=No job
No phone=Alienation

What are the consequences of wanting to “unplug” per se? Read the rest of this entry »


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The Pursuit of Perfection

This is an essay I wrote last year about my State Golf Tournament experience with a team I’ll never forget.

The Pursuit of Perfection
By Jordan Bates

An Iowa State Golf tournament is a remarkably overwhelming stage. The nerves and pressure that come with competition seem to be amplified tenfold in this exclusive arena. A surplus of ingredients combines to generate an atmosphere of the utmost intensity. When I stepped up to the first tee, the announcer bellowed, “Jordan Bates! Spencer!” As I grabbed my driver and paced to the designated teeing ground, I tried to look and feel composed, despite the noticeable trembling of my hands. As I gazed at the fairway stretched in front of me, I attempted to envision the ideal shot. When I began to take the club back, it felt as though it were made of cast iron. I managed to muster enough power to complete the swing and hit the ball. I heaved a sigh of relief and began my march down the fairway, already wondering what the day would bring and how my other teammates were faring. Read the rest of this entry »

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