Monday, August 31, 2015

Exploration Two: Our First Blog Post by Andy Pickard

          My name is Andy Pickard. I graduated from Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell. I live a mile away from the Columbus zoo originally but I am staying at the Annex this year. I played soccer from first grade until sophomore year, and also snowboard on occasion. A few fun facts about me is that I get free Dr Pepper because my dad works for the company. Also I have had four concussions three while snowboarding and one while playing soccer. I was going to header a ball but the keeper decided he wanted it so he kneed me in the face to get it. I still scored so I guess I won the challenge.

            The reading that stuck out the most to me was the story about Frederick Douglass. The resilience shown by Frederick Douglass is incredible, how he can manage to become literate despite the struggle of hatred against him and pure racism shown. He really showed that if you set your mind to a goal you can accomplish anything regardless of how hard some people may try to stop you. I saw the determination shown by Fredrick Douglass in Will Allen as well, they both had all odds against them yet managed to be successful. I learned that writing is much more than people think. Writing gives people the power to learn and to become well-spoken, so in this instance reading and writing give Frederick Douglass the capability to be seen more as property and as an actual intelligent person.


  1. I really like how you connected the reading to the common book, and I also agree that I saw the same resistant aspects of Fredrick Douglass in Will Allen.

  2. I agree that writing is more than just writing. It does give people power to learn and also gives them the ability to express themselves. That is why slave owners did not want their slaves to be able to read or write. They did not want to give them the chance to learn that there's more to life than just being a slave. They did not want them to have any power at all or think there was any other way,

  3. I agree with your idea on Federick Douglass. I had the same thoughts about his perseverance to become educated. He realizes he needs to get out of the cycle he is in and he is trying to break out.

  4. I found it very inspirational that even though all the odds were against him that he still did what he wanted to do.


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