My name is Jonathan Adams and I am always interested in learning new things. I have recently graduated from the Collaborative College of Technology and Leadership with my Associates in Fine Arts and will be entering Appalachian State University next semester. There, I plan on pursuing a double major in Psychology and Creative Writing with, if time permits, a double minor in Philosophy and Sociology.
Learning is one of my most well-developed abilities. When I take the surveys that determine whether one is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, my scores are virtually identical across the board. As much as my grades will contest to it, I genuinely love to learn all sorts of new things. I am passionate about the pursuit of knowledge even if I am not so passionate about the work involved.
Admittedly, my passion dwindles significantly in areas of mathematics or science. That is not to say that I am never interested in those areas, just that I find them harder to get into. For instance, I flail helplessly if confronted with Algebra or Calculus because they simply fail to grasp my attention. When I studied geometry and trigonometry, however, the story was much different. I remember being particularly fascinated with the unit circle and understanding the concepts of tangent, cotangent, sine, cosine, secants, and cosecants. For some reason, the visual application of mathematics made it seem much more tangible, for me.
My geometry class also had a very interesting teacher. I remember having a Socratic seminar about numbers as philosophical constructs. It made me see math in an entirely different light when he explained what it was about mathematics that he found interesting. The idea that numbers are imaginary ideas that have no physical form or value alone, yet interact with one another in specific sets of laws and patterns was quite profound. In this case, it was the teacher that made me more receptive.
Teachers, in my opinion, are people worthy of great respect and I feel that they are not receiving the recognition that they deserve, in most instances. Standardized testing seems to be sucking much of the passion out of classroom. I do not feel that teachers should be instructed on how to teach. Teaching is an art, and I feel that we would have a much more intelligent and cognizant generation if they were allowed a blank canvas to create their masterpieces on rather than a color-by-numbers approach. Professors and students both suffer when schools become factories. No one is allowed to shine and everyone becomes increasingly the same, intellectually. Luckily, I have been able to avoid such a fate.
My experiences with school, personally, have been extraordinary. My teachers have all been (or at least have tried to be) passionate about their subjects and sought new and interesting ways to present the information to students. Their personalities were apparent in their lessons as they tried to instill their pupils with their passions. My U.S. History teacher, an avid tabletop role player, organized role playing sessions in which we were to assume the identity of the people we were learning about and discuss our ideologies. I was saddened that not many of my peers were appreciative of his attempts.
I apologize for the lack of flow in this biography. I am not used to, nor do I enjoy, talking about myself too much. So, when I do decide to, it comes off as choppy when I remember certain things. I'm introverted and introspective, so I have no difficulties thinking or reflecting on myself. It is communicating it that makes it difficult for me.