Hi, my name is Viva Vorzimmer and I am currently taking AP Biology at Notre Dame High School. I will be using this blog to highlight various topics we have been working on in class.
Here is a video I have created! Watch to learn a little more about me and my expectations for this coming year.
May 25, 2020 – By the end of this week I will have graduated high school and started my summer vacation. I took my AP Bio and AP Stats exams last week, and my final projects are almost over as well. It is crazy to think that my high school career is already over because it flew by so quickly! I have watched many older classes and friends graduate and leave for college but it feels very weird now that my class is the one to leave, especially because we will be doing it without the rest of our Notre Dame family. I am excited to attend the University of San Diego in the fall, but also very sad to leave the high school I have fallen in love with for the past 4 years. I am especially sad that my class can’t spend our last semester together and celebrate the past four years of hard work. However, I am so glad that I created this website because I know that it is something I will look back on to remember these crazy times.
Website Reflection – May 25, 2020
Wow, I really can’t believe AP Bio is already over! AP Bio has been one of the most unique classes I have ever taken, especially because of how it is structured and the activities we do to learn. Building my website has been one of my favorite parts of bio because it lets me showcase my creativity and project my voice all in one platform. I started building my website in early June of 2019, which now feels like centuries ago. I was so excited to have my own website and I spent so much time playing with the themes and colors of my site. I had no idea what we would be writing on it, but everything we have done this year completely exceeded my expectations. I never expected to create and share so many different types of media on my site, such as sketchnotes, Google Slides, stop-motion videos, vlogs, and infographics. My favorite type of post was the sketchnotes we did on the immune system. I really liked drawing the colorful little sketches and they were also a good resource that I used in preparing for the AP test. Also, the fun little assignments like the Earth Day Vlog and the Earth Science Week photo contest helped to give my site a little more character and share more about who I am.
When we wrote our first blog post about Ben Lecomte’s Vortex Swim, my post was only a long paragraph with one link at the end. My post had a very scientific and neutral tone. As we kept writing throughout the year, I tried to make my posts less serious and more expressinve and fun, but still educational. Looking back on my site, I am proud to see how my writing voice has developed since then, and I now find it easy to write multiple paragraphs and insert my opinions and thoughts. I enjoy writing on my website because I feel like I am talking to people and keeping them updated on our bio journey. Overall, I would say that my website has been one of the most rewarding experiences of AP Bio! I am so happy that my site memorializes all of the memories and experiences that I know I will look back on later.
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