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One question that I have been thinking about is what is the difference between a lawyer and an attorney. I am really excited about the trial, but I am also very nervous. I know that I want to be a lawyer when I grow up, but if I do poorly in the trial, will that mean that maybe I am not cut out for this profession? I am also nervous that people will expect me to do well since I like debate and want to be a lawyer, and I really want to do well since this means so much to me. I don't really know what we will be discussing in court, but I hope that I am on a side that I agree with. I know from experience that it is very hard to fight for something that you don't believe in.

I think I need to stop expecting to see a document that just perfectly answers my question. Throughout the past few class periods, I've begun to make more connections rather than looking for an easy answer which has significantly helped the research process. I never found a source that expressly says how Green Sea Turtles help maintain the health of coral reefs, but I have found how they help sea grasses, which, in turn, help corals. Making connections has been
quite helpful and honestly, more fun. I will continue to do this.

Throughout the paper, I have places where I make a claim and don't really support it with any evidence or I have evidence but don't really connect it directly enough to what I'm trying to argue. I often assume that the reader is always thinking the same way that I am, which can get me into trouble sometimes as I forget to state some necessary parts to the paper because the complete picture is already there in my mind. I think the best way to get past this sort of obstacle is to kind of back-trace my train of thought for each of my key points and make sure that my paper corresponds with how I got to my conclusion.

I’m reading about how this group has been looting and destroying historical sites to help fund their expansion and erase history. Hearing that they are destroying artifacts enrages me even more. However, I don't believe that this is a topic where I can "explore alternate points of view." What they’re doing is wrong and must be stopped. However, now that I mention it... I guess I could try and understand why Middle Eastern countries are having such a hard time stopping them from destroying sites and selling antiquities.

I am not focusing on the types of sources but more the amount of sources I have. This is because the more the sources I have the more information I feel I receive. If one source has different information than two other sources, I guess I will trust the two sources or maybe I should check with our librarian?

When I get home from school I am usually exhausted and watch TV until I have to go to my basketball practice. But this is greatly inconvenient because it leaves me trying to write late at night. But this continues the cycle of being exhausted during and after school. So, for the benefit of this project and my high school study habits, I am going to have to make a change in this cycle. I should make bedtime fixed and a rule of no late-night writing after that time. This would ultimately make my refreshed in the morning and still have energy in the afternoon. So as cheesy as a bedtime sounds it is going to be what saves me in this project and in high school.

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