Do I Have To..

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction

2. Rhetorical Analysis Letter to My Son

3. Cover Letter 1

4. Cover Letter 2

5. Memoir rhetorical analysis

6. Memoir Draft 1

7. Memoir Draft 2

— Memoir Questions

8. NY Times Rhetorical Analysis: The Walking Dead

9. Restaurant Review Draft 1

10. Restaurant Review Draft 2

— Restaurant Review Questions

11. Poetic idea of Heaven

12. Word of the Year

13. What am I doing after John Jay

14. This year I

15. Rhetorical Analysis on “An Open Letter to My White Friends Who Love the Kardashians”.

— 5 Possible Hot Take Ideas

16. Hot Take: Working Hard or hardly Working

— Hot Take Analysis

17. Writing Process

18. Writing Center

19. I’d Rather Be

20. Share the Love

21. I am good at things!

22. Self Assessment ENG 101 Paper

Introduction:

I want to make sure I become a stronger writer. I don’t think I am too bad of a writer but I know there is definitely some room for improvement as well. I am here to further my career and receive a higher education so I can become successful in life. I want to better myself step outside of my comfort zone and try new things, and become a stronger student for myself. I want to learn more about myself and who I am coming out of this school, and make sure I have my mind set in the right direction for where I want to be in my future. This portfolio is just the beginning, It is the beginning of my journey and bettering myself to try to become more than what I am today.

Letter to My Son Rhetorical Analysis

Coates, T. (2015, July 4). Letter to My Son. Retrieved September 11, 2015.

In letter to my son, the author Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks about what it is like to be an African-American in today’s society. He is telling his son how things will not always be fair and will not always be just. There are occurrences where innocent people will get hurt or murdered because of their race and that issue will not just fade away. Coates speaks about issues such as the Michael Brown case, and how it was never just because his killers were set free. How his body was left at on the street and how hurt his son was knowing that no one would be punished for it. Coates used this example as a lesson towards his son, he wanted to show him that not everything would be ok. Terrible things happen in world that we have no control over. He also speaks of other examples of injustices in the African-American community such as Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, John Crawford and Tamir Rice.

Coates is indirectly asking if he is afraid of the world today. The reality is African-Americans have always been afraid. He was afraid when he was younger living in Baltimore, and everything the black community has portrayed was out of fear. Everything he did, there was always a sense of fear lingering around. When he went to visit his Nana’s house and knowing his grandfather and uncles were dead due to unnatural causes. Coates has been living with this sense of fear all of his life, and he wants his son to know that he is not alone. In hopes that one day he will not have to live in the constant fear and walk around freely, without having to worry if a police officer is going to stop him.

Ta-Nehisi Coates also mentions that “The law did not protect us, and now, in your time, the law has become an excuse for stopping and frisking you, which is to say, for furthering assault on your body.” He is trying to explain, no matter what we as African-Americans have never truly achieved the full justice we deserve. No matter what we are not treated as an equal. Whether the law would like us to believe we have earned our rights, and have actually achieved freedom, everyone is not going to treat everyone as an equal.

Coates wants his son to see the world as it truly is. He does not want to false advertise that the world is as great as everyone makes it seem. He wants his son to realize he will experience injustice happening either towards him or someone else. He is making sure his son is educated and is not disappointed when he comes to realize this world isn’t what all make it out to be. Yet he still wants his son to be a part of it. He still wants his son to become a model citizen of this society and make the best he could out of a terrible situation.

Cover Letter 1:

Hello, I am applying for the Sales associate position at Ricky’s NYC. I saw your ad on Craigslist and I am very eager to apply for the position. Working at Sephora for the past couple of years helped me gain the experience of selling merchandise to customers, and become familiar of many beauty products. I am available to start work immediately, and my positivity and energy has helped me sell many products in the past. Working for a big company such as Sephora, I am used to working in a fast paced environment and working efficiently, I am looking forward to meeting you and thank you for the opportunity.

-Kiara Martinez

Cover Letter 2:

Dear RICKY’s NYC Management,

I am applying the for Sales Associate positon at RICKY’s NYC. I saw your ad on Craigslist as I was searching for available job positions with your company. I believe that I would make an ideal candidate for this position, since I already have sales experience working with Sephora.

I have experience selling merchandise with Sephora. I use my positive attitude and energy to sell as many products as I can. My spirit has gotten me very far with Sephora, I have been awarded as the top sales person and have received bonuses, and praise for my work ethics. I believe I can bring the same work ethics to this position as well.

I am available Monday through Friday, I am looking forward to this opportunity and hope to meet with you soon. Please feel free to contact me about any further questions you may have and thank you for your time.

-Kiara Martinez

My second cover letter is definitely stronger than the first. I am stating what I have what it takes to be a sales associate, and my experience would be great for the company. I would call myself back for an interview for the position because I seem very experienced a professional and I seem to know what I am talking about which is always a great thing.

Memoir Rhetorical Analysis

Devore, J. (2014, November 5). Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell. Retrieved September 24, 2015.

Rhetorical Analysis of: Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell by John Devore

The Memoir begins with an explanation of Taco Bell and how much he loves it because it tastes great and it is also inexpensive. The author uses humor to convey his feelings about Taco Bell because he knows it is not the fanciest restaurant in the world. The author starts to speak about his family and how he is a Mexican — American from Texas currently living in New York City. He speaks about his mother and how he has always been ashamed of her since she looked more Mexican than he did. The author used a back story about his heritage in order to relate it to Taco Bell and why the restaurant means so much to him. The author came across a Taco Bell-KFC hybrid and he felt like he was at home. Being so far away from his parents back in Texas, this was the place he could come to and feel like his parents were sitting there right beside him. With his mother being Mexican she represented to Taco Bell side of the franchise because of her heritage and the food she used to cook for him when he was little. The KFC side of the franchise represented his father in a way since his favorite meals were southern meals. The author speaks about a place that is special to him because it reminds him so much of home and where he comes from.

The author switches perspective from past and present tense, in the introduction he is living in New York City and is currently trying to scavenge for affordable food such as pizza, and hot dogs. In the body paragraphs of the memoir the author is a young kid again back in Texas with his parents reliving his old life. Missing explaining what it is like to be a Mexican — American in Texas. Even though Taco Bell is not the most authentic Mexican restaurant in the world, the author still loved it because his mom loved it, and it was something that did remind himself of home, where his parents weren’t aging and were still alive. Everything was still perfect.

Memoir Draft:

In summer 2015 my best friend Leslie wanted to surprise me in the best way possible for my 18th birthday. It came to my surprise that she got us tickets to go skydiving in Georgia when I turn 18. All I remember was the feeling of being petrified because I was going to be jumping out of a plane within the next month. For the whole months of August I was mentally preparing myself for what was about to happen at the end of the month. A big part of me wished she told me last minute, and I wish it was a “spur of the moment” type of thing so I wasn’t so anxious.

The month of August had to be the longest month of my life, it felt like I was just sitting around waiting for my death. I couldn’t believe I even agreed to this, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was get on a roller coaster and even that is terrifying. All the overthinking made me want to back out, but then it made me want to face my fear so much more. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, I don’t want to be that Debby Downer that is afraid to do everything. I finally built up the courage and accepted my fate because I knew this was happening whether I liked it or not.

It was finally the last weekend of August, the time has come and I was feeling strangely calm the whole ride there. It wasn’t until we made it to the skydiving center where I started to actually feel nervous. Leslie and I were waiting for what felt like hours, and hours, to come in was pure torture. Our instructor made us speak to a camera on how we felt about the whole experience, and I was too nervous to speak I don’t even think my sentences were clear. After we got dressed and strapped up it was finally time to go up into the plane.

There were about four other people jumping out of the plane with us, and of course the instructors as well. After we got high enough in the plane it was time to jump, I wasn’t the first but I wasn’t the last either. Watching the first person jump out the plane did not help me mentally prepare for my turn. As much as I didn’t want to go I knew how strong the regret would be if I didn’t do it. It was finally my turn to jump with my instructor, and I was literally shaking.

The experience was like no other, I just kept falling and falling and all I remember feeling was the worst pain I’ve felt in my ears from the air pressure. Other than that it was sensational and I wish I could relive that one moment over and over again, everything felt free and I felt like I was actually living. I am trying to stop fear from getting in the way of the best things in life.

Memoir Draft 2:

In summer 2015 my best friend Leslie wanted to surprise me in the best way possible for my 18th birthday. It came to my surprise that she got us tickets to go skydiving in Georgia when I turn 18. All I remember was the feeling of being petrified because I was going to be jumping out of a plane within the next month. For the whole months of August I was mentally preparing myself for what was about to happen at the end of the month. A big part of me wished she told me last minute, and I wish it was a “spur of the moment” type of thing so I wasn’t so anxious.

Leslie wanted my 18th birthday to be memorable. We wanted to have a memory together that I wouldn’t have with anyone else. It was important that I pull through and do this for her and for my sake as well. I felt obligated to my friend to go through with this promise to her.

The month of August had to be the longest month of my life, it felt like I was just sitting around waiting for my death. I couldn’t believe I even agreed to this, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was get on a roller coaster and even that is terrifying. All the overthinking made me want to back out, but then it made me want to face my fear so much more. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, I don’t want to be that Debby Downer that is afraid to do everything. I finally built up the courage and accepted my fate because I knew this was happening whether I liked it or not, it’s not like I could have any way, we were already here and it was already paid for.

It was finally the last weekend of August, the time has come and I was feeling strangely calm the whole ride there. It wasn’t until we made it to the skydiving center where I started to actually feel nervous. Leslie and I were waiting for what felt like hours, and hours, to come in was pure torture. Our instructor made us speak to a camera on how we felt about the whole experience, and I was too nervous to speak I don’t even think my sentences were clear. After we got dressed and strapped up it was finally time to go up into the plane.

There were about four other people jumping out of the plane with us, and of course the instructors as well. After we got high enough in the plane it was time to jump, I wasn’t the first but I wasn’t the last either. Watching the first person jump out the plane did not help me mentally prepare for my turn. As much as I didn’t want to go I knew how strong the regret would be if I didn’t do it. I have already passed up so many opportunities in the past that I have regretted and I would not let this be one of them. It was finally my turn to jump with my instructor, and I was literally shaking.

The experience was like no other, I just kept falling and falling and all I remember feeling was the worst pain I’ve felt in my ears from the air pressure. With the air hitting my face so hard I was not able to close my mouth for nothing in the world. All I remember feeling was drool on my face it was pretty gross. Other than that it was sensational and I wish I could relive that one moment over and over again, everything felt free and I felt like I was actually living. I am trying to stop fear from getting in the way of the best things in life. After this experience I feel more care free and open to new things. I am willing to do anything now no matter how much it might scare me I will do my best to go through with it. I feel like I shouldn’t wait around and live my life in fear, but I should go out there and experience it to the best of my ability.

I found out a lot more about myself than I thought I already knew. I gained a lot more confidence in myself, and I feel like I can be able to do anything that I set my mind to. I want to try to view the world in a different light, I want to feel like I have a new outlook on everything, and everything just feels different after the experience. Honestly in reality everything has changed, I am a much more bolder person now and I find myself doing more things that I would have never allowed myself to do a couple of years ago.

Memoir Questions

Someone in the elevator asks what your memoir is about. What do you say, in a way that would get them interesting in reading it?

My memoir is the time my best friend forced me to go skydiving, and I am not a bold person that does anything like this so it may have been a really life changing experience for me.

What is it really about? (Meaning, what’s behind the memoir? Is it therapy? Is it about making sense of childhood? Is it about revenge?)

My growth as a person, and trying to get outside of my comfort zone and try to experience new things in the world.

What do you expect a reader to FEEL afterwards? (Hungry for burritos? Glad they’re not in HS? Uplifted? Depressed?) WHY?

I expect the reader to feel courageous afterwards. Maybe try something that they would have never thought to try before and come to find out that stepping outside of your comfort zone is not so bad.

What is the most VIVIDLY described part of the memoir? Give example and explain briefly.

The most vividly described part of the memoir is probably going up inside the plane and waiting to jump out. I describe my place in line and how it felt getting inside the plane and being up so high.

What is your favorite INSIGHT or IDEA here?

My favorite insight of the memoir is to not be scared of life, and try to live life to the best of your ability because eventually we all are going to get old, and I do not want to live my life in regret with the things I should have done when I actually could.

LIST any parts that drag.

  • Waiting all summer for the actual day to come.

WHAT makes this more than a list of events, a story that you might casually tell your friends? WHAT do you think makes this worthy of being published maybe, of being read by strangers?

Maybe this story will inspire others to be courageous as well. Not like jumping out of a plane courageous but simpler things, such as asking out that guy or girl you’ve been dying to, or doing something out of routine for once. Life is too short to live in an order or a uniform, we need more freedom than that.

NY TIMES Rhetorical Analysis: The Walking Dead

The author starts off with comparing Zombies to ‘Nazis’ and then comparing that reference to Call of Duty where they actually have Nazi Zombies. In the Walking Dead video game it is quite different because the point of the game is not to kill zombies just for the fun of killing a zombie, but to actually survive, and the zombies are not meaningless in this game, there is actual life inside of these zombies if that makes any sense. The author speaks of the structure of the game and how it has a different approach, as if you are watching the game just as much as you are playing it so it has more of a story board effect to it. Explaining the storyline of the Walking Dead video game, the format of the video game is much different from others, and it has a very interesting concept to it, because you are obviously meant to kill these zombies coming after you, but it is not an exhilarating or as much as if you were to be killing zombies in a game such as Call of Duty.

Restaurant Review Draft 1

The Taco Bell in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn New York is small and quiet. The area of Bay Ridge is kind of like the forgotten area of Brooklyn, the only thing that it has going for it is the Verrazano Bridge. The atmosphere of the restaurant is kind of relaxing, here is never too much going on and it seems pretty slow most of the time, not compared to how it would be if it was located in the middle of Manhattan.

There are never too many employees working at once either, maybe about three at a time. Because business is looking kind of slow once you step into the place you are being stared down by the cashier to hurry up and make your decision already, it is kind of intimidating. A fast food chain like Taco Bell does have its own specific taste and unique items on the menu such as the Doritos locos taco, and the quesorito, the combination of a quesadilla and a burrito. It is always interesting to see what they come up with next.

Taco Bell is like the OG Mexican fast food restaurant, compared to other restaurants such as Chipotle. Taco Bell is good but it is not authentic, which is ok because we all need Dorito taco shells in our lives. I ordered the quesadilla and soft taco while I visited and I have to say I am never disappointed, the combination of flavors go perfect together and I think that is why Taco Bell has always been so successful.

Restaurant Review Draft 2

The Taco Bell in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn New York is small and quiet. The area of Bay Ridge is kind of like the forgotten area of Brooklyn, the only thing that it has going for it is the Verrazano Bridge heading towards Staten Island. There are plenty of stores around the area, and all the different kinds of fast food spots that you can think of. The atmosphere of the restaurant is kind of relaxing it’s always empty and the music is playing at a low volume, there are students from the high school down the street coming in stealing soda from the fountain. I don’t think other Taco Bells are as chilled out as this one, especially considering it is definitely one of the few left in Brooklyn. Otherwise there is never too much going on and business seems pretty slow most of the time, not compared to how it would be if it was located in the middle of Manhattan, where there would be a line of people waiting out the door and the employees would be stressed handling so many orders at one time.

There are never too many employees working at once either, maybe about three at a time. The radio is playing in the background, and it is the same mainstream music that repeats over and over again throughout the day. I wonder if the employees ever get tired of the same routine. Because business is looking kind of slow once you step into a cashier vs customer stare down, they just want you to hurry up and make your decision already, it is kind of intimidating. The stare down between myself and the cashier caused me to panic order so I decided to just get what I knew would be best just a regular quesadilla meal with a soft taco. A fast food chain like Taco Bell does have its own specific taste and unique items on the menu such as the Doritos locos taco, and the quesorito, the combination of a quesadilla and a burrito. It is always interesting to see what they come up with next. The menu is so different from just a standard Mexican restaurant and that is what makes Taco Bell so unique and different.

Taco Bell is like the OG Mexican fast food restaurant, compared to other restaurants such as Chipotle. The ingredients in Chipotle’s food is much more fresh than anything on the menu at Taco Bell. But obviously with a much higher quality comes with a much higher price. Taco Bell is good but it is not authentic, which is ok because sometimes we all need Dorito taco shells in our lives or to just go down the street for some great $1 tacos. Taco Bell is one of the great lower end fast food restaurants, as opposed to the other higher end fast food chains such as Chipotle. I ordered the quesadilla meal with a soft taco while I visited and I have to say I am never disappointed. The quesadilla tasted like everything I imagined it to be. I believe Taco Bell has a very distinct taste to it, where even if someone was blindfolded they would be able to tell that this taco is a taco bell taco. The combination of flavors go perfect together and I think that is why Taco Bell has always been so successful.

Questionnaire Restaurant Review

FOR ALL REVIEWS: 1) If there are any parts that sound like an advertisement rather than a critic, list them here. (If there are no parts that sound like an ad, list your favorite lines):

Taco Bell is the OG Mexican fast food restaurant

Cashier vs. Customer stare down

For ALL REVIEWS: 2) LIST some interesting IDEAS or PHILOSOPHIES present:

Taco Bell is not the most quality or authentic place to get your Mexican food from there is definitely better, but it is cheap. For the price that the food is at Taco Bell it tastes pretty amazing.

For ALL REIVEWS: 3) NOTE an observation or two that could only have come from this author:

Panic ordering for food because of the intimidating cashier.

4) COPY a food description from the review (or a description of a scene in a game, and explain how it’s imaginative. (Go beyond tasting like “Heaven” or tingling tastebuds for food?)

The quesadilla tasted like everything I imagined it to be. I believe Taco Bell has a very distinct taste to it, where even if someone was blindfolded they would be able to tell that this taco is a taco bell taco.

This shows how the flavor of the tacos are very recognizable, and everyone is able to tell whether this taco is from taco bell, or is it from the taco food truck down the street. The author is connecting with the audience and trying to get them to remember what Taco Bell is really all about.

For store or restaurant: 5) Does it point out something vivid or interesting about the service or atmosphere? What?

The atmosphere is calm because of the location of the store, as it is compared to a Taco Bell in Manhattan where it would have definitely been more hectic and service would have not been so calm.

FOR ALL REVEIWS 6) Are there any writing issues that get in the way? Give an example.

Not going so much in depth with the review. Such as explaining the exact taste of the food.

FOR ALL REVIEWS: 6.5) Talk about an aspect of the writing itself is strong, and say. GIve an example. (For example, “The dialogue is funny and smoothly integrated into the discussion, and then SHOW us how you did this.)

The dialogue is funny and is trying to connect with the reader themselves. The author definitely has a voice and is trying to show it through this review.

For all reviews: 7) What is one specific thing that could be done to make a second draft even better? (OR, what did you do to make a second draft even better?

I tried my best to add more length and more description to the review. The first draft was really short and also did feel kind of rushed, and I feel like I did not get in every single aspect of my visit of the taco bell in the first draft.

8) What are at least two things you did you do to improve this draft?

I expanded my ideas and experience and gave more insight on what I thought about the taco bell, and also its competitors.

Poetic Idea of Heaven

Heaven is the sanctuary, the goal where most people work their whole lives just to get to. It is also the greater things in life, it is the best ice cream you have ever tasted, it is the greatest burrito in the world. The best things in life are always heaven. The people you love are with you in heaven, it is a sanctuary where everything is perfect and nothing can ever go wrong. Heaven is the best thing that could ever happen so someone, living or non-living it is beautiful. Heaven is supposed to be a perfect place, but what if everything is always perfect, for an eternity. How long will it take until everything becomes routine and boring, and heaven can just as easily turn into our own hell?

Word of the Year

My favorite word this year would have to be the word ‘lit’. I guess the definition of the word would be something around going out and having a great time, or just having a fun time in general. When I first heard the word I thought it was ridiculous and I would only say it just to make fun of it or in a joking matter, but now I seem to catch myself saying it all the time, and I have no idea how this happened. The word just became apart of my regular vocabulary and i’m not too sure if that is a good or a bad thing. I would say my biggest influence for me even using this word would have to be my cousin Wendy. She would call me at the middle of the night as ask me to hang out and the first words I would hear on the phone would be “Yo Kiara you got to come over here right now its lit” I like to use Ebonics in my vocabulary just because nobody would honestly expect me to, but I enjoy being able to switch up the way I speak, depending who I am speaking to I believe it adds a lot of character to a person, like they have plenty of personality.

What am I doing after John Jay?

After John Jay College, I want to join the NYPD and become a police officer for a couple of years and gain my experience with working in the criminal justice system, before I move on to bigger things and become a federal agent. I want to become the best police officer I could be and try to rank as high as I can. I want to rank up and be the best that I can be because im usually not good at anything, and I want to find something that I am actually good at, and I could be proud of doing. The ultimate goal is to be successful, and I want to be successful in the sense that I am happy doing what I love to do and being good at what I am doing.

This Year I

This year I set up a lot of expectations for myself. The year of 2015 I thought was going to be the best year of my life. With closing a new chapter from graduating high school to opening a new one starting college, I thought everything was going to be smooth sailing. This year I learned what responsibility was when I least expected it. Just turning 18 and still living with my parents, I did not expect so much to change than what actually did. Now that I am 18 and I am employed and going to school I barely have time for myself, or my friends or anything at all. I work when I’m not at school, and when I’m not at work I’m at school, it’s a never ending cycle. This year I expected way more freedom, and I actually got it but it is not all cracked out as I thought it would be. This year I turned my life around completely from the girl always doing nothing, bored at home with plenty of free time on her hands, to the girl that barely has enough time in the day to remember to blink. It is crazy how this happened all so sudden but I kind of like the responsibility it keeps me busy. But there will always be those days where I want to crawl into my bed and remember when my biggest struggle in life was just high school.

Rhetorical Analysis: “An Open Letter to My White Friends Who Love the Kardashians”.

Peoples, L. (2015, July 20). An Open Letter to My White Friends Who Love the Kardashians.

Many People are obsessed with Black Culture but do not seem to have the same obsession that they have with Black Culture with black people. Lindsay Peoples is questioning the fact that why are people so obsessed with wanting to have big lips, or a big butt, or to not be too pale because that is not what we consider to be beautiful in this generation. The authour uses references from the show Keeping up with the Kardashians, and different sources such as their instagram pages. The Kardashians are known to be ‘royalty’ to everyone in this generation today. Everyone wants to know what they are doing, what are they wearing, or who are they dating. America seems to have this obsession with the family and they seem to be the standard as to what it means to be beautiful. The question is are they are beautiful because they have the features of black women but they are not black? Does a woman’s skin color define her beauty?

Woman of color are seen as not beautiful because they appear to be ‘too dark’, and also the vice versa a woman can be seen as not beautiful because their skin tone is ‘too light’ or ‘pale.’ Social media and celebrities such as the Kardashians have led people to believe that the features of a black woman are beautiful, but the woman is not beautiful herself because she is black. This family is idolized in everything they do. Articles are being published stating how North West, a 2 year old toddler is inspiring girls to wear their hair natural, but girls have been wearing their hair naturally before the baby was eve born.

It is a shame for everyone to not be able to embrace their own beauty, because it is not what the media wants. We should all be encouraged to express ourselves the way we want to and to not try to uphold a standard to what beauty really is. Growing up is hard enough and we should encourage one another instead of trying to conform young women and teach them that this is what they are ‘supposed’ to look like.

5 possible Hot take Ideas

  • Is working hard to achieve success worth it?
  • How addictive is the Internet
  • How effective is music to regulate someones mood
  • Students feel the need to cheat because passing is more important than learning
  • Should everyone forgive and forget

Hot Take: Working Hard or Hardly Working

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

In this capitalistic society, from young children we are all taught that in order to get to the top we need to work as hard as we can, and if we work hard enough then things will start coming our way and we will be successful in life and end up living happily ever after. But is working hard overrated? Is that the true key to success that if we work hard enough we will eventually achieve our dreams? How many people have slid by because of their connections and the people they know? Working hard will definitely not keep you at the bottom, but who is to say that is the only thing that will bring you to the top?

The key to success is about Networking, it is about the people you know and the people they know that will bring you closer to the world of success. Of course you have to work hard, but working hard alone will not bring you where you want to be. There are people out there who are working two maybe even three jobs just to get by, and then there are people who get paid just to exist such as Kim Kardashian.

In order to be successful a person has to want to become successful. Right now I am currently working two jobs and going to college as well, and I am still not exactly where I want to be because I am not experienced enough and I haven’t found the right kind of people to bring me to the top yet. I am working as hard as I can in both work and school and trying to balance out all three schedules is an even bigger challenge as well. If my success was based on all the hard work I do, I would be beyond successful right now, maybe even settled. The reality is I am not even close to being successful because hard work alone will not bring you to the top, and it is overrated.

Hot Take Analysis:

Coming into this I had no idea what to write about or what even makes a good hot take and I honestly still do not completely understand what a Hot take is exactly. I tried googling everything that I think I needed to know and I am not sure if I actually did the assignment correctly, but I think that it is actually somewhat there. I chose the topic about working hard because of my current situation right now, I am currently working two jobs and going to college on top of that as well, and I still do not seem to see any success meanwhile there are people my age such as Kylie Jenner or Jayden Smith who do not have to even lift a finger and they are waited on hand and foot. So overall success is all about luck and being at the right place, at the right time.

Writing Process

My writing process comes naturally, I do not actually put a lot of planning into what I decide I am going to write. Which is a bad thing I know. I feel like it is better if I sort out my thoughts all at once while I am typing. It is easier for me to figure out everything, and figure out what I want to write, otherwise I will just be blocked and stuck on my outline and just wasting time. Writing is not my strongest subject, but then again nothing really is. My process is just to go with the flow and let everything come out naturally I feel like that is the best way I try to express myself.

Writing Center

I have been to the writing center a couple of times this past semester and the tutor has helped me a lot throughout my writing process. A tutor has helped me write the rhetorical analysis to “A Letter to my Son” and helped me with the second draft to my cover letter. Going to the writing center was extremely helpful because the tutors helped me understand the dos and don’ts in my writing. I feel that if I keep up with the writing center then my writing skills will definitely get stronger and that is the ultimate goal here. Writing is not my best subject but I don’t feel like I am terrible at it I think that I am pretty decent. There is always room for improvement and the writing center has defiantly helped me and it will help me become a stronger writer. I will definitely be going to the writing center more often throughout the semester.

Each visit was a different experience for me and I am very grateful and I believe it helped me become a strong writer and help me express my ideas clearly and thoughtfully.

I’d Rather BE

I’d rather be sleeping than in class right now

I’d rather be mindlessly scrolling through Facebook

I’d rather be watching Breaking Bad

I’d rather be attempting to eat a whole pizza pie by myself

I’d rather be listening to J Cole

I’d rather be quiet than answering everyone’s questions

I’d rather be working in a job I love than dreading it

I’d rather be eating sushi with chopsticks

I’d rather be watching movies all night

I’d rather be anywhere else

Share the Love

I Love Snapchat! Snapchat is a social media app where you speak with your fellow snapcahatters (friends) basically through pictures. I love the idea of sending a quick snap to my friends even though the message will only last 1–10 seconds depending on your settings and then it will completely erase like done deed. If your not looking your best and you send a snap it wont matter because its going to erase forever in a few seconds anyway and that is the beauty of it! (You know unless they screenshot the picture then you know who your true friends are.) Snapchat also allows you to add pictures to ‘My Story’ where you can post photos of events that are happening throughout your day all though they will only last 24hrs then those pictures will delete forever too. I dont know what is the joy in snapchat, maybe because it is so different and some peoples snaps can be pretty hilarious. Also it may be the only form of social media that my parents have not tried to join yet which is also a bonus. Snapchat just makes me happy and i love snapping my friends more than I even text them! The only way I would not enjoy being on Snapchat is if my parents decide to join and add me, just like how they ruined Instagram and Facebook for me.

I am good at things!

I an good at never being on time

I am good at always sleeping in especially on weekdays

I am good at eyeballing the amount of ingredients I need for recipes

I am good at being extremely quiet

I am good at being really clumsy

I am good at pretending to be asleep when I should not be awake

I am good at making breakfast for dinner

I am good at memorizing credit card numbers

I am good at eating upside down

I am good at never putting my clothes away after I do my laundry

Self Assessment on 101 Paper

My English 101 paper was on childhood obesity, and I focused more on who was to blame for the cause of it. I feel like I did a great job on the research aspect of the paper, my thoughts were well organized and everything was written and well thought out. I struggled most with the introduction, and even after drafts and consultations with tutors the final product still came out a little bit choppy, and I was not satisfied with the end result at all.

“Imagine if you were to have a son named George. Every day people bully and tease George about his weight. George has suffered with obesity all his life, already weighing at 125 pounds at only 11 years old. At school all the other students bully him because of his weight, and at home his family always taught him that food was to blame, food was the enemy.”

I would have rewrote this introduction, it was supposed to be grabbing the readers attention and trying to connect with them on more of a personal level but I believe that I just did not execute the whole story about George too well. Other than the introduction being a little weird I still feel like it was a great research paper, and I am confident in my writing ability. A different way I could have gone about this topic could have been through personal experience maybe through a memoir, since I myself have been overweight and it was something that I have struggled with all of my life up until recently. Overall I still feel like this is a very strong paper.

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