As I was recently cleaning my bookshelves in preparation for moving, I came across an Algebra II notebook from high school. Leafing through it, I discovered why I had saved it for all these years. It was not for the details of matrix multiplication. It was for my doodles in the margins that I did when I was bored in class.
Among other things, I apparently spent the better part of my sophomore year writing out the Longfellow poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” which I had memorized and can still recite the majority of.
You can read the full poem here. While it certainly a white man’s version of history, and not an entirely accurate one at that, it is a lovely poem that is such fun to recite.
I did throw away the algebra notebook after I took these pictures. I don’t think I need to know about the Binomial Theorem anymore.