Somehow, it’s already almost May. I don’t want to dwell on that thought too much, it means that soon enough the only thing I’ll have on my brain will be the stress about final exams and year and projects. May is also going to mean the end of FSL. I don’t know what I’m going to do on Tuesdays now that FSL is over! Well actually, I do. I’ll be studying and wishing that I was at Science World instead.
This is my last blog post of the year. I decided that as a way to commemorate the year of FSL, I’d make this blog all about why FSL is incredible.
#1 The weekly sessions.
If you had told me in September that I was going to love spending 2 and a half hours every week in a windowless room, I would have laughed. Except, that turned out to be exactly the case. I love the weekly FSL sessions.
Every session was something completely brand new. It NEVER felt like being in a classroom, and every time I left at 7:00, my brain felt as if it was bursting with new information.
#2 The guest speakers.
Every guest speaker who came in was absolutely incredible. They all had so much passion for what they did, and that passion transferred to what we would do in session. I left almost every session with a different idea about what kind of science I wanted to go into, because all the guest speakers made their work sound like so much fun.
#3 The field trips.
I went on three of the four field trips with FSL: The chemistry lab, SAP and Stanley Park. The field trips allowed me to do things that I’ve never been able to do in a classroom. We isolated caffeine from tea, visited massive server rooms, and caught and identified bugs in the forest.
#4 I learned way more than I ever have in a classroom.
I’ve mentioned this a couple times, but I want to talk about it a little more in depth. At FSL, both at the regular sessions, field trips, and volunteering, I’ve learned more than I ever have at school. At FSL there are no tests or graded homework. They don’t check to make sure you’ve learned the key words or memorized any equations. I learned things at FSL because they were interesting, and felt relevant. And, I didn’t only learn from the presenters, I also learned lots from all the other students. Everyone at FSL both loves sharing and getting new knowledge. Its incredible.
#5 Everyone else at FSL.
The other students (or “scholars” if you go by what it says on our name tags) were all passionate about science and learning. One of the reasons that FSL works so well is because everyone is there because they want to be there. Unlike in my science class, where half the students don’t ever stop complaining, the students at FSL are actually happy to be there. It makes for an amazing environment.
If you are going into grade 10 or 11 and enjoy science, you should really really apply for Year 1 of FSL. You will not regret it.