I know its bad. Feel free to completely rip apart. I'm currently writing another draft - same topic "intellectual engagement" different subject. Thanks for any and all help.
When I was in the third grade my teacher so graciously taught my peers and I the art of "brainstorming". Back then, it was a cartoon picture of a brain with lightning bolts protruding from either end with "IDEA" written in big Mr. Sketch marker at the end of each bolt. The concept of "brainstorming" is a little different to me now. It's the five minutes of pre-write time on the SAT, or the half an hour "reading time" I receive on IB tests, and lately, it has been my head hitting the kitchen table struggling with college supplements. However, the guiding principle behind the "brainstorm" has been and always be the most intellectually engaging process of learning for me – after all, it is where my intellectual journey begins.
In high school, they try to extract the fun out of your education. They give "warm-ups" funny names like "activators" and they no longer ask you to put your Popsicle stick on the bulletin board under "hot lunch", "brought lunch", "sandwich". The "brainstorm" however, has stood the test of time. The margins of all of my tattered one subject notebooks have miniscule "brainshowers" all over them – in the margins, above the headers, everywhere. And some pages, well some pages have "brainmonsoons", "braintornados" and "brainhurricanes".
In the few peaceful moments before the commencement of a paper or test, I'll always take a couple of minutes to mentally prepare – the calm before the "brainstorm".