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Week 5

Jade Wearing

Week 5

My experience with education can be seen as both positive and negative. I believe that education is very important and useful but I also believe that not everything a person learns or may learn is important and relevant in their lives. There were times where I have done really well in classes that I was most interested in and enjoyed being in, and there were times where I have done very poorly in the classes that I didn’t find interesting or relevant to me and what I wanted to do and didn’t take it seriously. There was also a point of time where I was getting teased a lot in school which impacted the way I was and the way I performed in school. During these tough times, I turned to something positive which helped me get through it, and it this case it was video games. With the help of video games in my life and my love for playing them, getting through school was so much easier and better for me which was and is a major factor on how I view school and education.

Week 4

Week 4

Olivarez, “Maybe I Could Save Myself by Writing”

When the author, Olivarez, was a teen, he felt like he didn’t belong anywhere and that he didn’t fit in. He felt like a teen that was just trying to make it through each day and didn’t have and feel the strength and courage to “fit in”. After a while, he decided to start writing and wrote a book of poems on his experiences as a teen. Although he decided to write a book of poems, he didn’t like poetry at first, but through certain experiences, he later found love for it.

Olivarez talks about how poorly poetry was taught and how ineffective teaching used to be back when he was in grade school. He lived and attended school in Chicago, in a working class suburb. Furthermore, he describes education as, “We were empty bank accounts, and it was our teachers’ responsibility to deposit facts.” He follows that up by saying he doesn’t remember much about his childhood as it was years ago before he wrote this article. The purpose of telling the audience about this stuff is to show how much he doesn’t know and doesn’t remember and to give people more hope about writing.

Olivarez was born and raised under a Mexican household, where both of his parents are Mexican and were born in Mexico, but lived in the U.S. to be as an American. From there, he knew he didn’t fit in and belong with the society whereas he knew he was going to be “different” from everybody else. He was even rejected from a preschool based on his heritage, and when he reached high school, he knew he needed to move to Mexico and away from the U.S. because he will be more accepted. He eventually got a chance to live in Mexico with his grandparents for a while but he was even rejected then as people in Mexico were calling him to be as an American. It was then when he turned to books to try to answer all of his questions. He read books from authors that were or went through similar experiences that him and his family went through.

In his high school, they had a poetry club in which he joined and found love for poetry. He loved and enjoyed watching his classmates perform poetry and even felt a spark inside of him. It was then when he realizes writing can come in and save him and answer all of his questions.

With a new view and attitude towards writing, Olivarez relationship with school and education has shifted. He stopped doing good in classes that didn’t really see him as a student in the classroom. Then he adapted a new view of education by just accepting all the knowledge he was taught to be a fact even if it wasn’t which made school much easier for him. With all the information given to him, he thinks about what is being left out and what stories are not being told. With this, his thinking and writing has gotten more in dept. Through his writing, he wishes to grow and learn even more and help other people out with their lives.

Olivarez, “Mexican American Disambiguation”

This is a poem talking about the author and his family and what they identify as. Olivarez and his family can be mistaken as so many identities and this poem basically tries to clear it all up. People with different races and heritages all identifies people like Olivarez differently and calls them different things. Some people might call them diverse, while others just call them to be a specific type of person in which would separate and split people a part. Things they do, are to be described as diverse like them doings things that are considered to be a culture of another race, for example, eating foods that aren’t from where you are considered to be from. Olivarez and his family are citizens of the U.S. and want to be seen and treated as that and not like someone different. This poem shows how society can treat them differently even though they shouldn’t.

Hobson, “The Cage Bird Prevails”

This is an article about how adversity has a major impact on the author’s life. It talks about how the author lives for adversity and fighting against and how their personal experiences with adversity helped shape who they are today.

When Hobson was in junior high, it was hard for them to read and it impacted on how they would do in their class. They had a hard time reading books and refused to read in out loud in class to avoid the feeling of embarrassment and disgrace. It was then when they found the love and interest in reading and writing. They were determined to better their skills so they can feel confident about doing it in public.

In the author’s life, there were a lot negative things that impacted how he acts now and his view on things. There was a point of time where the author was heavily influenced by gangs and even went to jail because of it which they found to be very challenging. As a result of this, Hobson realized they wanted more and better for themselves, so he put his mind on studies which helped turned his life in a new and better direction.

In this new direction, they first started to find a career that would maximize their intellectual capacity which was to be a paramedic. They love to help people in need and wanted to do something that involved that and didn’t want anything to get in the way of that. Even though they found a potential career they could’ve had pursued, they were still going through things which led them in a different track. They later found out that being a paramedic isn’t a career you should pursue and then went on to try to pursue a career in the medical field. One of their college professors helped them lead to the best career choice for them and it is something they will never forget. If it weren’t for the negative influences in their life, they wouldn’t even know where life would’ve taken them and if it would’ve been for the better or worse.

What the texts have in common:

These texts are all similar as where the author’s showed how their personal experiences and the negative things in their lives shaped the way they live and the way they view education. It is also similar as where both of the author’s weren’t good in school and then later on performed very well in it. No matter on what experiences a person is going through or went through, whether it is positive or negative, it can shape the way you are in the future. I think all of these texts are relatable as in school can be a very tough thing to go through and experience but with the right stuff, school can be very beneficial. The way both of these author’s communicate this message is by talking about their personal experiences like the stuff they went through and the things they did and how it later on impacted them and their lives.

Final Portfolio and Reflection

Jade Wearing

Eng 1101-OL10

Professor Edelson

Final Reflection and Portfolio

Wow, to look back at the work I did I am so very proud of myself to come a long way and doing what’s write. Even though I have completed my work, there are revisions I think that can still be made. For my Unit 1 project, I think I could’ve had went more in dept with the personal experiences I chose to represent how my view on education came to be and elaborated more on it. I don’t think I expressed my experiences clearly enough to get the best response intended from the purpose of the project. For my unit 2 project, I think I could’ve had expressed more of my opinions towards the articles and video I selected to write about and expressed more of how it made me feel and how the information and the writing, the way the information and thoughts were expressed to me, really made a huge major impact. I don’t think that my voice towards the article and the video was enough so I think I could’ve had went a little bit deeper into it.

This semester had a lot of ups and downs for me and it was kind of a bit too much to handle for me. I first came into this semester with the mindset of a person that is looking to succeed in all his classes with all A’s, then ended the semester off as a person that is just looking to pass all of his classes and to just get it over with. When it comes to my classes, this class was like the main class and I was struggling in and falling behind on. I was really stressed out, mostly towards the end of the semester because I had to worry about all my finals for all my classes and the work I had to make up because I put myself in that predicament by till waiting last minute. I learned a lot of new things such as life lessons such as to don’t wait to last minute to do things, especially school, and it order to get what you really want, you have to put your mind to it and put in the work needed to succeed. Even though I kind of waited last minute to do my assignments, I still learned a lot about me and about my writing. One major thing I learnt that, even though I have all these thoughts and ideas in my mind, I don’t really know how to express it by writing so now I know what to really work on and improve on. My favorite assignment that I worked on this semester for this class was the unit 2 project and that is because I had the chance to write about something that I really love and something that I am very passionate about. Gaming will always mean a lot to me where it was always in my life, is in my life, and will always be in my life. I also learned that my favorite types of writing are personal narratives as where I can dig deep in personal experiences that I can write and express a lot about. Overall, this semester, which was my first semester of college, was a lot for me and was really an eye opener where I really need to get my stuff together. I’ve learned a lot and the lessons I learnt are lessons I will never forget and will definitely incorporate them in my life.

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