A Semester of Blogging

For a whole semester now, I have been blogging about several topics ranging from the Labor Movement in 1913 to E-waste production. Below, you will find a collection of all my blog posts.


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February 13, 2017 — Identity, Culture, and Future Generations

In this blog post, I responded to one of my classmates question which was based Persia On the Pacific , an article from The New Yorker. My classmate asked how future generations may be affected by our identification to a specific culture. I approached this by initially talking about how I identify myself. I mentioned that I am a first generation Mexican who was born in United States. Then then I went into answering the question asked based on some of my experiences.


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February 22, 2017 — Human Body and Mind

For this blog I was asked to reflect on my interests and write a “big question” that could potentially reflect my interests and questions I had that were also related to my interests. From a very young age I have been engrossed by the human body and mind. There are so many different bits and pieces that work together to create who we are and determine our actions. My “big question” was how can we understand human beings? However, I want to do so through looking into the psychology and science behind who we are, how we move, how we think, etc. Additionally, I have added some sources that could come in handy if one were to look further into the topic.


Elizabeth Gurley Flynn speaking in front of a crowd about the Labor Movement (image courtesy of portside.org)

March 5, 2017 — Labor Movements Matter

In class, we had a unit based on Reacting to the Past: Greenwich Village, 1913. During this unit, we had to pretend to be someone from that era. I had to take on the role of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, an activist who was a huge supporter of the Labor Movement in the early 1900’s. This blog post is written from her perspective. It is a calling to everyone to join the labor faction and support the labor movement in order to obtain safer work environments, shorter workdays, and equality in the workplace, regardless of class, gender,or ethnicity. I point out that by joining the labor faction, one would be helping create a better tomorrow for generations to come.


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April 6, 2017 —RTTP Reflection

Upon completing my role as Elizabeth G. Flynn during Reacting to the Past, unit, we had to reflect on it. Although it was a unique experience for me for I had never taken on a role where I have had to speak, act, and do as the character, I do not think I will do it again. Yes, I learned a lot about the era and about the labor movement, however, I cannot find the connection between that and the purpose of the course.


MINI LESSON HOMEWORKS

The next couple of blog posts I did were based on topics my classmates decided to do their mini lessons on. In most of them I am writing about things that interested me in the videos or articles that they assigned.

April 8, 2017 — Graphic Design and Communication

For the first mini lesson, my classmate decided to focus on graphic design and communication. She asked us to watch two videos, The Expert and How Miscommunication Happens. For the first video, we had to describe what was going on and if we could relate to it in any way. After watching the second video, we had to describe our understanding of miscommunication and communication as well as which forms of communication would be useful for me.


April 10, 2017 — Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On

The Horne and Ostberg survey is a test-type survey that, if completed, will tell an individual whether they are a night owl or an early worm. In this blog post I am reflecting on my survey results which said that I am neither a night owl nor an early bird. Although the results did not surprise me, it was interesting to have a deeper look into my daily habits and activities.


April 11, 2017 — Hakuna Matata

Stress, a natural response to our surroundings. A state of mental or physical strain. We have all experienced it, however not all of us know what it does to our bodies. For my mini lesson, I decided to talk about stress and its affect on our bodies. As homework I assigned a couple questions for them to answer as well as a Ted Talk to watch where the speaker had a different perspective on stress.


April 12, 2017 — Aesthetics of the “Hallyu Wave”

Kpop has been an increasingly popular genre of music. They are characterized by their aesthetically pleasing individuals and intricate music videos. After watching two Kpop videos, I noticed that although the songs and groups are different, there are several similarities, such as the way the video and the song correlate in mood and the detail in the videos.


April 12, 2017 — Why Does Money Run the World?

Money seems like an issue that has grown over time. People either have too much or not enough. Upon watching the Ted Talk, The Science of Greed, I was surprised to find out that individuals who have the most money are less willing to share it with others or are greedier than individuals who do not have as much.


April 13, 2017 — Inequality

The United States has been nicknamed the “land of opportunity” and equality, however, recently, this has not seemed very accurate. In this blog post I talk about some statistics that I found interesting in an article by Time and a Ted Talk.


Aril 16, 2017 — What Next? Food Edition.

Healing through healthy eating and with nutrition has been a recent topic of discussion. This has led to research of foods that follow the anti-angiogenic approach. Some of the foods that have been found to be good for you includes strawberries and dark chocolate, which is something that I found surprising.


April 16, 2017 — New Perspective Art

It is not secret that art is a form of expression. Here, I am exploring different art forms — shadow puppetry, a form of theatre, and worktable art pieces. I give my opinions on them and reflect on some of the examples given for each form.


April 17, 2017 — Hero’s Journey

Every hero, both the well-known ones and the not so common ones, go through a journey that transforms them in one way or another, this “journey” is called the monomyth. My favorite hero, Katniss Everdeen, goes through it as well.


April 17, 2017 —NGOs

Nongovernmental organizations(NGOs) are those groups that go into country’s in tumultuous conditions and try to assist the citizens who are caught between the violence and/or disagreements. Something that I found interesting and that is essential for all NGOs is neutrality.


April 19, 2017 — Mind, Body, and Spirit

Ayurveda is an old, whole body healing process that serves to connect the mind, body, and spirit of an individual. Upon learning about Ayurveda and looking into my life, I came to realize that many of my day to day activities connect my mind, body, and sometimes spirit in one way or another.


April 23, 2017 — Stop Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is when one partner in a relationship seeks power and control over the other. This can be done in different forms. We must raise awareness in order to stop it and help the individuals who may suffer or have suffered from it.


April 23, 2017 — Music As A Sport

When people think of music, the majority of them do not think of it as a sport and do not believe it is a sport. Drumline is breaking this common belief. It includes the playing of an instrument as well as dancing, all in a big performance. These performances vary in style, which makes them unique. In this blog I was asked to reflect on performances done by two Southern California high school teams.


April 24, 2017 — Creation of Life: Science vs. Religion

Evolution versus creationism. It has been a lifelong controversy that has affected many, especially when you cannot solely pick one side. This is my situation, I am stuck in between both beliefs.


April 26, 2017 — Houseless vs. Homeless

In major cities around the world, one is able to see “homeless” individuals lining some of the streets. The city of Los Angeles is no different. However, many of these individuals do not fit into the “homeless stereotype” with dirty clothes, unwashed hair, and carrying plastic bags or pushing carts. There are several reasons why an individual may land on the streets. There are thousands of individuals, off all different ages and ethnicities, on the streets of Los Angeles alone, each with a unique story.


April 26, 2017 — E-Waste

Electronic waste, or e-waste as its commonly known, is all the electronic equipment that is not longer in use and has been disposed of. With the increase in electronic devices’ update, there has been an increase in e-waste production. However, this e-waste does not always properly disposed of and often times, it ends up in third world countries where the devices and/or equipment are pulled apart in unsafe conditions.


May 1, 2017 — Sustainability: Nature as Inspiration

From a young age, we have all been taught to be respectful of the Earth and how to take care of it, such as recycling. Although recycling is a good start, there are other bigger ways to improve the condition of our planet. Some individuals are trying to implement sustainability into the design of buildings around the world.


Reflection

Before this semester, I had never done any blogging or had even thought about blogging. However, upon completing a semester of blogging, I learned so much about myself as an individual, student, and writer. I have had to look into into my daily activities and reflect on my beliefs all while learning about different topics and how to write where my professors were not the only “audience”.

When I first started going over all the blog posts I had done in order to compile them into one, I noticed that as the semester went on, my blogs got lengthier and more intricate. I think this was because I got more used to the idea of others reading my writing and I learned how to use the site(i.e how to imbed urls and add images). In order to make them all pretty similar and more interesting, I went back and edited several of the first ones.

Although blogging was a new and interesting experience for me, I am unsure of whether I would continue to blog now that the semester has come to an end.

Or at least, good bye for now :) (image from shuttershock.com)
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