Last semester was a chaotic one, filled with university applications, IAs, new content, and in-class summatives; my organization and time management skills worked at their peak. In English class, we read the Odyssey, studied Mandean Oriental Celebrity fans, and solidified our analysis and speaking skills to prepare for our final IO in December. I enjoyed learning and reading varied texts. It was especially captivating to spot similarities despite being polar text-types that serve contrasting purposes. With IO’s being out of the way, I hope to further improve my writing and language skills to prepare for Paper 1 in the late spring.