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Things I’m posting for my class.

Voting

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I don’t care who you vote for, that is for you to decide. Just read about the amendment changes from both sides, read what the candidates are offering, read what others say about the candidates. An uneducated voter is the biggest threat to OUR country because they do not truly care about what is going on. Voting shouldn’t be about race, age, or gender.  If you appreciate the freedom living in the United States offers, I believe it is important to know the facts and go out to vote today!

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Module 2 Assessment (Part Two)

“Teamwork. Teamwork is what brings us together today.” – Princess Bride.

Okay, the high priest says marriage but teamwork is what makes a marriage work. Teamwork is what makes everything work. I know I struggle with letting others take charge because I feel as though I am the only one who can get things done. Yet, this semester I have been sitting back slightly and letting my group members do what they are supposed to – and life is so much easier. “People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another” (the Goose Story). In the group where we share a common goal, it is much easier to fly in our formation and take turns being in charge. It also allows group members to sleep soundly, knowing that everything is getting taken care of.

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Module 2 Assessment (Part One)

Writing was never a difficult task for me until I decided this fun activity would be my career. Then writing became a chore. Professors are constantly asking for 1000 word essays, 5-8 page essays, and 10-15 page essays – why do I have to superfluously write what I can explain in a page or two of straightforward writing? Do the professors really care about these research papers in which I determine “William Congreve states that the ideal woman is educated, witty and beautiful, while drawing attention to the hypocritical ideals of the behavior and education of gentlemen in The Way of the World”(actual quote from a paper I am writing)?

I would rather just write for myself, but that raises more questions. Who am I? What is my tone? What is my inner voice? Where will I write? Who will read it? Will it make an impact? What will I write?

In this class, I am given free reign over my writing (as long as I am mindful of grammar and spelling), and I have been at a loss. My mind is completely empty because, for the first time in a long time, I am not being told what to write or how long it has to be. In “How to Find Your Inner Writing Voice”, I realized I am not the only one who struggles with this. I have found myself writing how I think I should, not how I want to write. I am terrified of not being good enough, of not being funny or smart enough. I appreciate being given this ability to string words together and sound incredibly smart at times, but I worry that I sound arrogant and superficial on paper. This article has helped me realize that it is okay to be myself when I am writing and I enjoyed it – even though there is a spelling error on #8. Image

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November 4, 2012 · 8:16 pm

Etiquette

When you finish reading the following, close your eyes and imagine: Children screaming and laughing, the pitter of small feet running around, a crash of toys – where are you?

If you imagined a serene park, a toy store, a children’s shoe store… you are way off. More often than not, that is the sound of a restaurant. While I do not want to go this far, there are certain points that I feel are correct.

If you cannot keep your child under control, maybe they are not ready for a restaurant? I agree with this North Carolina restaurant sign,

Unruly kids

I think I’d misbehave for that though…

although a free puppy and an espresso sound pretty tempting to me.

There also needs to be a focus on what type of restaurant you are dining at and what time of day. Lunch tends to be fairly busy, but dinner is even more hectic. Fast food restaurants – no one really cares; sit down areas – you better keep an eye on all children under the age of 13. It gets annoying to have children bumping into your seat, squeezing past you in a game of tag, and (almost) knocking over a waiter carrying a few meals.

What I am noticing now, however, is the complete lack of etiquette amongst adults! At a restaurant today, this man continued to extend his arm across the narrow ridge connecting our booths.  His arm kept bumping into the back of my head, and he never once apologized- even when I turned to give him the look.

Technology is also creeping into restaurants in a highly annoying manner. DO NOT PLAY HOME VIDEOS ON YOUR PHONE or tablet, at full blast, when the restaurant is still fairly quiet. Not only does the sound come with the creepy, horror movie static, but not everyone wants to hear the raucous laughter from your table when your family member does something stupid and you happened to record it.

To summarize what I would like to tell the people I experienced dining with today:

Bon Qui Qui, Rude

 

 

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The Future

When we think about our futures, we tend to imagine what we are going to be doing in them – life wise. Will I have a family? Will I have the job of my dreams? Will I be broke, hiding out in my parents’ basement as I contemplate what my major should have been?

Rarely, if ever, do I think about the technology of the future. It is absolutely insane to me to think that a few hundred years ago the light bulb was this mind-blowing invention that allowed people to have longer days. No need for the previous invention – the candle. Fast forward a few years and we can start recording sounds and images. In the last ten years, we have moved from cassette tapes to CDs (and the ever skipping Walkman) to the iPod generation. I don’t want to go into more extreme details – if you are reading this, chances are you already know the history I’m going through.

This is all an elaborate introduction to my main point: What is technology going to be like ten years from now? As far as it [technology] goes now, things are getting thinner, smaller, wider, and larger all at the same time. What brought on all these questions? My dad told me to look up this video: A Day Made of Glass.

My mind is officially blown at the things I saw and the rest of the things I began thinking about. It would be so cool, yet so creepy. Talk about walls having ears… and eyes, and sensitivity. As cool as it would be to put your glass phone down and see everything on a bigger screen, the fact that the person on the other side can see you too is slightly unnerving. I would be terrified of somebody hacking into my system and seeing me, whenever. Maybe this future will grow on me? Not like I have a choice.

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My Meme

Panicked Kid

That moment when you have 5 minutes to finish your essay

 

For Studio 3880, we were told to create a meme. Lately, life feels like it’s down to the last five minutes (especially when I think about everything I have to read and write). This, however, was a fun way to express the panic one feels when a teacher announces there are five minutes left to finish… anything really. I picked an essay because those tend to be harder to conclude in five minutes.

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Apologies

I think I have finally realized why I’m not ready to be an adult (even though it’s a little too late and I can’t stop time). In the past few weeks I have severely been slacking in school and now my grades are starting to show it. It’s hard though. To make matters a little more difficult, my dad flew to Colorado for two weeks because of work. I have to get up earlier than normal to help my mother get her day going – a task they share. It would be easier if it was just the two of us, but we have to get my little brother up and dressed, fed, and make sure he has everything he needs for school. I’ve already had to stop by to drop off something they left (an easier task since he goes to the same school my mother teaches at). I missed classes on Monday because of his early release schedule, only showing up to take a midterm… it’s hard to be a grown up. And I don’t want to share this with my mother because then she’ll feel like I’m taking a harder load than I should be. So I’ll share with everyone else 😀

As for my blog updates, I haven’t felt like I have anything worth saying. I’m just a stressed out 21 year old, and really… why I have to say about my feelings isn’t that important. But I’ll try a little harder to impress everyone. Pinky swear.

 

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