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  • Sam Fink

    Hello, this is part of my life here. So, I hope you enjoy it.

    Here I am riding my bike to school. I ride my bike to school every morning, and every afternoon. Some days it is extremely cold, and I still have to ride my bike. I enjoy riding my bike. It is extremely good exercise. I have to ride up a steep hill both ways when I ride my bike to school, and it is quite tiring. I intend to be able to bike further than I can now in the spring by assisting my bike with an electric motor. The motor will assist me when I need to go fast, such as when I am in traffic, or help me go up long hills. Biking is important to me, as I can’t drive on my own yet. It allows me to travel anywhere within a reasonable radius of my house or the high school.

    Sam: Hello
    Brian: Hello Sam. It is good to be here today.
    Sam: Yes, it is good to be here today. I’ve got some questions for you.
    Brian: I’d be happy to answer them.
    Sam: OK. What is it like to have two kids?
    Brian: *laughs* It’s full of surprises, every day all the time. You know, it’s crazy busy, and it’s lots of joy, lots of frustration, but it’s something I couldn’t do without. I really enjoy it. It keeps changing all the time. What the cross section of a day looks like from year to year as you get older, things become more interesting. You are taller than me in the last month now so that's a big surprise, and yeah so I’m looking forward to all the fun stuff that is going to happen in the future.
    Sam:OK. Why do you think education is important?
    Brian: Education is important. I graduated high school. I got a two year junior college degree. I went on to a four year school and got a Bachelor’s degree. It opens doors. It helps you obtain goals more easily than you would probably sever yourself from if you didn’t. You know, I guess in your case, you are probably much like I am, interested in technical stuff and science, chemistry or electronics. Higher education is important to pursue that and do well, and it opens up so many more job possibilities. And, of course, starting salary would be higher and the ceiling of how much you would be able to make would be much more. But yeah, education is becoming much more important as technology is integrated into business and everyday life so that requires education.
    Sam: OK. Thank you
    Brian: My pleasure.

    Some nights after school I like to mess around with various things in my room. Sometimes I’ll solder things together. Sometimes I take various substances and test them under various circumstances. Sometimes, I will take glycerin and heat it up and it creates a dense white fog. Sometimes I solder lithium batteries together. My future projects involve making a large battery pack for an electric bike. I recently opened up a drill battery pack to repair, and I replaced it with different batteries. I intend to make a small phone battery pack, and a larger battery pack in the future. I know more than most people think I do about electricity, and they are often surprised how much I know about it.

    Sam: Hello.
    Meigen: Hi.
    Sam: Yes, I'm going to ask you a couple of questions today.
    Meigen: Great.
    Sam: OK.
    Meigen: OK. *laughs*
    Sam: OK. What is it like to have two kids?
    Meigen: I think it's wonderful because my children are so different from each other. That I learn so much from each of them. One is a very cognitively, logically structured thinker, and the other one is a very artistic, I don't know-musical thinking person and their thoughts are very different and so it is interesting for me.
    Sam: OK. Why do you think education is important?
    Meigen: I think education is important because education starts as soon as you are born. Parents are children's first teachers, and so I feel like I've been your teacher since the day you were born, and I think that just continues on once children start whether they go to preschool or you know, kindergarten, or if even they are homeschooled. Um, I think that children need to learn how to become a productive member of society, not necessarily the best in math person or the best in whatever, but they need to learn how to become a part of society.

    As I worked on this project, I realized that both of my parents value education. I think education is important. I plan to continue my education through high school and get a college degree. I also realized that education is more than going to high school. I learn things through the internet and my own experimenting. But for now, I think I will ride my bike home and get back to my tinkering.
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