Sunday, June 8, 2014

End of the Beginning

What this senior year has taught me is that there isn't a true end for our education in life and the relationships we all have made with each other throughout the experience. There is only an end to the beginning of it all. We now have the tools for success, it is in our hands.

I find it kind of funny how no matter what the staff may say about not bringing beach balls or things like that to graduation, and students still bring them. This just goes to show that the graduating class has a mind of their own. If they want something to happen, they won't let some guy in a suit tell them they can't do that, innocent as it may be. I'm just as guilty as anyone else that brought something to toss up as my friend and I snuck in two bags of tortillas (yes in our pants) to toss up in the air. It wasn't to spite the principal or to make a mockery of the ceremony, but to just simply have fun with people I usually never would have laughed with and to celebrate a little early. Having minds of our own is more or less what makes things happen in this world, to move forward.

So to the class of 2014, it is now up to us to make these coming years truly count, lets make it our own. You can really do whatever you put your mind to, and if it is good in nature and you truly want it, it will happen.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Masterpiece Essay

Harms 1
Taylor Harms
Doctor David Preston
Expository Composition
1 June 2014
                                                Entering the Other Side
            The beginning of senior year would fill each student with excited, anticipation, and ambition for the year to come, some students more than others, but it was universal. Coming into the Expository Composition course I was under the impression that we would be doing a lot of reading of articles or books, to be responded to later on. Singing up for it the previous year, I just basically picked a class enei-minie-moe style, but I couldn’t have chosen any better as I now have learned. I had no idea of what was about to come. When Dr. Preston explained what the course would really consist of, I was shocked. Never would I have imagined a course that actually encouraged electronic usage in the classroom and the internet as a basic medium for most of our work. He would remind us still that there may be substitutes for mediums and the method of learning, but there is no substitute for raw hard work and the most basic and efficient style of learning: when it comes natural. When it is relateable and doesn’t feel like our previous connotation of the word “learning”.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Creativity: The Spice of Life

Writing is one of those things where you have to be in the mood for it. One day I can be totally into a topic and the next I fall flat, all because of the little things that made up my morning or just my overall level of motivation that day, but when I'm home I always seem to do well because I am in my own little area.

Creative writing is when an author just writes to entertain themselves or a targeted audience, using their minds as the basis for the story. It is important and fun to do this every so often because it makes you think a different way. It makes you able to generate situations and events in your head in order to achieve a theme or end result. This can help you to understand your own life, knowing what needs to happen in order to achieve an end result, or a goal. It does the mind good to analyze the order of events on paper, in order to be able to do it in your own life.

In relation to my masterpiece, creativity is what will set apart all the different projects. Everybody has their own subjects and things to present, and anybody can just slap together a slide show, but I don't believe in that. I believe that to truly understand it, and to make others understand it, everybody needs to present it in the way that enabled them to truly understand it, to bring everyone else down to their own level.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Masterpiece Interview

Here are the questions I asked three classmates in regards to their masterpieces:
1. What is your masterpiece on?
2. Why?
3. What is the significance of this project in your life/career?
4. How do you see this work helping you in life outside of school?
5. Has anything surprised you in your work?
6. What do you need to successfully complete your project and present it?
7. What have you learned that's worth teaching someone else?

Here are their responses:
Carlos Serrano
1. Boxing
2. He is passionate about it.
3. He would like to make a career out of it.
4. He would like to become a professional and to teach self-defense.
5. He was surprised about the amount of cardio involved.
6. He needs to record himself.
7. He has learned self-defense which is useful for others to learn
Alfredo Arriaga
1. Needs to find something to do.
2. Feels he needs direction right now.
3. Its significant to have a direction and purpose.
4. Collaboration to find inspiration.
5. It isn't that easy.
6. Find something to do.
7. To teach to start thinking early.
Jake Dickens
1. Becoming a wide range veterinarian.
2. He loves animals and has a passion for helping them.
3. Help him figure out his exact path to achieve this.
4. Be able to have a career in it.
5. It is MUCH harder than becoming a regular doctor.
6. He needs to finish documenting his internship.
7. If you want to learn about it, you need to go all in and go for it because there is a lot to learn.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Help Us Help You

If you haven't been keeping up with my or my colleagues blogs, we are currently doing our masterpiece on Architecture, and our project in response to our visit to Cal Poly. We will be doing what so many students have been talking about for years: a classroom made for students, by students. We will have the literal dimensions and renditions of the current classroom (Room 608) with drawings from every perspective, and we will completely destroy it and start from scratch. Now I don't want to give too much away, but our new classroom to be revealed on the day of the Masterpiece Gallery will be something revolutionary, and hopefully a precedent for the design of future learning spaces.

Now it wouldn't be completely made by students if there are only a few opinions on the project, so please feel free to comment or contact me, Matt Berumen, Alfredo Medina, or Cecelio with any ideas you would  like to see in our classroom of the future and don't worry we will still cite our source.