Socializing Areas at City Tech (Diana, Wesley, Fenfang)

The research question of this project is  What is the relationship between the socializing areas and happiness at City Tech.” These areas include the atrium, lounges, and cafeteria, etc. This topic that is about the socializing areas might be interesting because social interaction and socialization are important to people. These are the on-campus places that allow people to interact with one another in order to make connections and get to know more about each other.  This topic might interest  the current students because they may feel the need of improving some curtain socializing areas since they might already have their own ideas in  mind. For the future students, this topic might be one of the elements that can affect their decisions of choosing which college to attend. They might wonder what socializing areas does City Tech have that can boost their happiness and have a good experience at City Tech. Also, the faculties and staffs at administration might be thinking of how to improve the school in order to build a better learning environment and socializing areas for all the students at City Tech.  Therefore, this topic is really a important aspect that need to be improved to increase the well-being and happiness for the City Tech community. 

There are many kinds of sources can be used in the project. Using the internet sources, such as looking for some information online is useful. However, for this particular project, it is important to gather the ideas, thoughts, and opinions from  the  staffs, faculties, and students at City Tech. This would be so helpful to help on creating a effective proposal for this project. Thus, besides of using the internet research method, it would be a good idea to conduct surveys, too. It is a important issue to know about how they think about the socializing areas in City Tech. It would be great if they can provide some suggestions of improving the socializing areas in City Tech. There are some questions that will address through this project. Some of these questions are: Do the students and staffs think that there is the need of making changes and improvements to the socializing areas? If so, where are the areas that need to improve? Do people like the socializing areas at City Tech? How often do they go to these areas? Do the socializing areas make them feel comfortable? Are the socializing area environments clean? Do the students feel that it is easy to find a seat at these socializing areas? What do they usually do at these socializing areas? Do they think that there is enough socializing areas? By finding out these questions, people can learn about how the socializing areas affect the sense of well-being for the City Tech community. The proposal of this project would be argumentative, and not just a statement of fact because everyone has different opinions and ideas toward these socializing areas, many interesting points will be generated through the research project in the end. 

Two Happy Places– Central Park and Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the happiest places in NYC is Central Park, its one of the most famous 

park in NYC or even in the world. It is located in the center of Manhattan.  

I think Central Park promotes happiness so much. There  are many reasons 

that I like about Central ParkOne of the reasons that the I like the park is that 

it make me feel so comfortable and have a sense that I am surrounded 

by the nature. This is where a place that can give people the feeling of 

relaxation. Other than that, people can also get fresh air.It is so beautiful, 

the scenery is such a fabulous, splendid picture to me. There are plenty of trees, 

lakes, ponds, statues and different facilities as well. The park boasts several 

lakes, theaters, ice rinks, fountains, tennis courts, baseball fields, many 

playgrounds and other facilities. (http://www.aviewoncities.com/nyc/centralpark.htm) As we can see, this is not only a park, it also like 

a recreation center for people in the city and even for the visitors in the 

world to have fun. They can have many activities there or they can just 

spend the time to take some nice pictures with the beautiful scenery 

for memories. Another reason that I think Central Park is a place that 

promotes happiness a lot is that it is near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 

which this is another place that is good to visit. We can learn many historical 

things from this big museum. Because of this, people can visit that area for 

not only the relaxation in the park, but also can learn about history at the 

same area if they want to go to the museum. I think these are some of 

the reasons why these two of the New York City Attractions can be 

considered as happy places in NYC.

Source from: http://www.centralpark.com/photos/show/12094/another-afternoon-in-summer

Source from: http://www.centralpark.com/photos/show/12094/another-afternoon-in-summer

http://www.metmuseum.org

http://www.metmuseum.org

 

My experience at City Tech

My experience at City Tech is pretty good so far.  In my opinion, I like schools that have lawns and many trees because I think that it would look so nice and make me feel comfortable. So the first time I came here and stood in front of the Namm Main building,  I thought : This school really fits the word “ technology“. But at the same time, I think that City Tech is reasonable to look like this because this school is more about technology professional studies and it is located at the MetroTech Center area, which is the business and educational center in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City according to Wikipedia. 

Before I talk about my experience at City Tech, let me talk a little bit about my feeling of going to college.  Many people think that college is so different from high school. I definitely agree with this. The way of going to school is already different. It is not like a regular pattern in high school any more. Many of us will need to work part time. And other things in our daily lives. Therefore, it is so important for me to learn how to plan for my time and set my schedule. I need to manage my own things well. It’s like feeling  a sense of coming to an adulthood. I admit that I am still adjusting to the new experience and the environment of the transition of going into college. But I would like to try my best to adjust to this change.

I think that City Tech is actually a pretty good school. In calculation, I have been City Tech 2 months and a few days. Although this is not a long time, but I think that my experience in City Tech is pretty good so far. There are many different resources available to the students of city tech. Library is a good example. We can access to the computers, print our papers, make copies, use the scanners, and borrow the textbooks to read in the library, etc. Learning center is another good resource. This is a place that we can get tutoring assistance for problems regarding the assignments on different class subjects. There are also many computers, so we can access to the internet and print papers in the Learning center as well. There are also different clubs for students to join. Other than that, City Tech also has a Student Wellness Center, which is a place that offers many programs and services that are designed to help the students’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Another thing that I notice is that whenever there is a new event, there are many flyers that are posted at many places around the school. That way we can know about the latest information and events that are happening in the school. There are many other resources in City Tech, and the professors are always there to help their students too. 

I appreciate all of those resources that are offered by City Tech. However, there are still things that need improvement. One of the main things is the elevator system. All of the elevators are always slow and crowded. Many people would have at least one experience of waiting for four elevators passed, but still could not get in. There are some big classrooms, but the light in some of those classrooms is dim. Another thing is that the library should have more computers for the students to use because there are many students, but sometimes the computers are not enough for the students. I know that sometimes we dream big , but we are all happy to see improvements. 🙂

 

 

Happiness App and Data

Do you think that a H(app)athon App can make you happy? 

In the article  An app for happiness? Somerville to test it out”

Jarret Bencks tells us that the city of Somerville is trying to work together with an organization to develop a smartphone 

app that can increase the happiness of the people in the community. 

This app is called The H(app)athon Project. The mayor 

of the city of Somerville, Jososeph Curtatone, said  I 

know that the data will help us run the City as much as 

it will help residents find resources that they might not 

know about otherwise. The officials of the city attempt 

to use this app to maximize the happiness of the people 

and increase their happiness. Even though this app may 

bring people joy, but there are some problems that might 

make this app be not that efficient to everyone in the 

Somerville city. For instance, there are people that still 

dont have the smartphones. So those people might not be 

able to obtain the services that this app provides. 

 

Do you know where are the happiest and the saddest places in 

the New York City ? Brian Merchant tells the audiences about 

this in his article  The Happiest ad Saddest Places in New York 

City, According to Twitter. According to the article, the researchers 

at the New England Complex Systems Institute are using the Twitter 

to analyze and know about the emotional content of the people in the 

five boroughs by mapping the peoples tweets. The author states that 

“ NECSI believes it can achieve a reasonably accurate portrait of where people are 

happy and where they’re miserable, from the minority of people who are actively 

tweeting about their surroundings. This shows that the researchers are 

going to use the tweets that are from the people who are active on 

tweeting about the things that are going on around them. So this way 

it will portray a more reasonable analysis of the peoples happiness 

or rage about their surroundings. For the result, they find out that 

the tweets show that the people who are at the transportation stations, 

cemeteries, medical centers, jails, and sewage facility, etc tend to 

have worse mood. Also, the report shows that people tend to be happier 

at the parks because the tweets that sent out at parks are positive. 

Besides of these, the report also shows that the happiest place in 

the New York City is Times Square (because people are feeling excited 

to be at this Monument to American consumerism), and the saddest 

place is Maspeth Creek in Brooklyn (because it is one of the most 

polluted places in the city). This is an interesting research 

that is not only showing us how the environment can affect the 

emotional content of the people, but it also helps the city 

officials to address the issues in the city in order to build a better 

environment for the residents. For example, the research expresses the 

importance of parks, instead of destructing them. 

The Happiness Project

The book The Happiness Project, is written by Gretchen Rubin. Similar to the genre of The Secret  by Rhonda Byrne, this is also a self-help book. Rubin writes about the project that she make for her own about the happiness, and so call “The Happiness Project”. One of the things this book is different from The Secret is that Rubin provides many things about her own life experiences and personal anecdotes in the writing, instead of the words from the experts. By this way, she makes the writing to be more approachable to the readers. In the excerpt of this book, the “PRAISE FOR THE HAPPINESS PROJECT” part in the beginning, it shows the different comments on this book from some readers. Many of those people describe the book by the words such as “honest” “insightful” “fascinating” and “encouraging” etc. All of those comments attempt to give the readers a message of : this is a book that can make you happy. Such Sonya Lyubomirsky once said that ” …Gretchen Rubin has written a book that readers will revisit again and again as they seek to fulfill their own dreams for happiness.”

Rubin states “This book is the story of my happiness project—what I tried, what I learned.” She narrates many of her “particular situations, values, and interests” on different aspects. In the chapter of “MARCH—Aim Higher work”, she talks about the happiness on working. She’s once in the law profession, when she realizes that she actually have the enthusiasm in writing, she then decides to become a writer. There are two sentences that really catch my attention. She states “I love writing, reading, note taking, analysis, and criticism.(Well, I don’t actually love writing, but then practically no writer actually loves the writing part.)” (page 71) This is hard for me to understand. I guess what she means is that she does not like the writing part, which is the writing process, but she likes the writing as a thing, such as she appreciates a piece of writing. In the excerpt of the book, she also spend the chapters to talk about other aspects, such as marriage, money, and happiness. There are many other parts that readers need to analyze in order to understand the deeper meaning that Rubin is trying to convey, but actually the readers may find it interesting to read.

“Despicable Me 2: McDonald’s Happy Meal Global Commercial 2013”

For this Happiness Archive 4, I chose to analyze the advertisement of the “Despicable Me 2: McDonald’s Happy Meal Global Commercial 2013”. Please click onto the following link to see the commercial video first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh1F70SD0xg

As we can see, McDonald Happy Meal commercials usually use the popular movie characters in the advertisements. For this one, the company uses the Minions, which are the little funny characters in the movie Despicable Me 2. This way, the commercial can capture the audiences’ attention first, and then make the audiences to be interested and attracted to continue to watch it since the Minions act in a cute, funny way with the Happy Meal. That is a way they try to amuse the audiences, and make them buy the Happy Meal. It’s like they are trying to say that: When you have the Happy Meal, you will be happy like the Minions. Also, the commercial says every customer will get a Minion toy of their very own if they buy the Happy Meal. Thus, they are trying to persuade the audiences to buy the Happy Meal since they attempt to make the audiences think about that: we are not just enjoying the meal, but we can also get a gift from it, so it is worthy of buying it. Besides of that, we can also notice that the Happy Meal box is like a smiley face. This will reflect to the name “Happy Meal” because it tends to make the customers be pleasant. So, this McDonald’s Happy Meal commercial is trying to promise customers the idea of : This is a meal that makes you happy. And this is also the vision of happiness it promotes in this advertisement. Actually this is a smart commercial because it can promote both the movie and the Happy Meal to the public, this is a good marketing method of the companies.

despicable-me-happy-meal

image source: http://moresay.com/2013/06/despicable-me-2-happy-meal-toys-at-mcdonalds-starting-july-2013/

 

 

The Secret

In the book called The Secret, the author Rhonda Byrne tries to inform and introduce us about “the secret” in life that many popular people in the history already noticed. This secret is the Law of Attraction, which is the concept of like thought attracts to the like thoughts. There are many examples of the Law of Attraction in daily life. For instance, there is a person keeps thinking about something that is unhappy. The more that person thinks about it, then the more upset he will be. That is how the  Law of Attraction works, like attracts like. In addition to it, Rhonda Byrne also reveals that the concept of the “ Law of Attraction encourages us to change our circumstances by changing our thoughts and to think about what we want, instead of what we dont want. Thats because when we focus on something negative, then that tend to happen since the Law of Attraction does not compute any words of negation. Besides of this, Rhonda Byrne also discusses how our thoughts cause our feelings since it can make us to have either good or bad feelings. Thus, we can know about our thoughts by becoming aware of our feelings. Furthermore, Rhonda Byrne suggests that whenever we are feeling down, we can use the Secret Shifters, which are the things that can change our feelings in a quick way. Rhonda Byrne states that The Creative Process can also help us to create what we want in the steps of ask, believe, and receive. Moreover, Rhonda Byrne discusses the secrets to many other aspects and share the ideas of being optimistic and positive with the readers through the book.

Summary and analysis of the mayoral speech [ Revised version ]

 Summary of Bill De Blasio’s victory speech

 The democrat candidate, Bill De Blasio, gives his mayoral primary victory speech at Gowanus, Brooklyn. Before he starts the speech, he takes a moment to thank all the people that help him and support him along the way on the success of the campaign, including his family. Then he starts the speech by mentioning the tragedy of the 9/11 event and how the people are united to help during that time. He keeps on reflecting 9/11. And he states that it reminds him a crucially important lesson “ …the jobs of us at the positions of authority is to keep our city safe; to be constantly vigilant; and to use every tool in our disposals to protect people…”(09:56) Then he states that New York is a “tale of two cities” that consists of wealthy people and the people in poverty. So he emphasizes that he wants to make sure that all children in the city are able to gain the education to reach their potentials.

 Analysis

Bill De Blasio’s speech seems to be touching and convincing. He recalls the tragedy of 9/11 and the way how people response to that difficult time. He specifically talks about the needs of changes to make in the city, such as the economic differences of the people; equal opportunity of obtaining the education of the children and the safety of the city. So actually he tries to say that he is the right person to help out the city and make people think that he knows what he should do for the city. His daughter’s small introductory speech helps him a lot on getting the good impression from the people. She states the 3 crucial factors why her father success on the campaign, which are the awareness and collective desire for fundamental change, and the supports from the people that she considers as their family. Also, she introduces her father as “ the man with the plan.” All words of her imply that Bill De Blasio is very prepared to be the mayor for the New York City, and he aims to make the city better.

Summary of Joe Lhota’s victory speech

The republican candidate, Joe Lhota, gives his mayoral primary victory speech at Midtown, Manhattan. As he begins to speak, he thanks all of his supporters, campaign team and his family, etc. Then, Joe Lhota states “This is the first step towards continuing a strong future for our city.”(0:55) And he points out some of his own experiences. As what he says that the three things that bring them to the victory is: issue, vision, principles and experiences. He says that he is determined to improve the quality of life for the New Yorkers. He also mentions that the republican party needs to be unified in order to serve people better. Furthermore, he talks about the important role of the mayor and the issues of the city that need to change, such as education reform, taxation, and crimes, etc.

Analysis

Joe Lhota seems very confident and positive about his victory. As he states “ I want to be the mayor of all New Yorkers. I want to help the middle class and those aspiring to the middle class by making the city to be more affordable…”(10:48) He talks about some of the things about his own and his family. He may want to use these to imply and emphasize that he will win the race because of his ability. From his words, it seems that his vision of making the people in the city to be happier is by creating the “ City of Opportunities”

 Compare/contrast

Overall, the two speeches of Bill De Blasio and Joe Lhota have some differences and similarities in many ways. Bill De Blasio takes the strategy of having a more touching speech to make the people feel that he cares them. And he presents it in a humble and kind way. While Joe Lhota presents the speech in a confident and serious attitude. Bill De Blasio discusses his plans of how to improve the well-being for the people. While Joe Lhota lists all his plans and ideas straightforwardly and seems that he wants to focus on creating more different opportunities for the city. On the other hand, one of the similarities that they have in common is that both of them express their gratefulness to the supporters and their family and those who help them along the way. Another thing is that both of them wants to have the education reform, which they want every children can have an equal opportunity on gaining an education. Also, both Bill and Joe thinks that it is important to unite their political parties.

 

Visions of Well-Being in NYC Mayoral Candidate Speeches

 

Summary of Bill De Blasio’s victory speech

 

The democrat candidate, Bill De Blasio, gives his mayoral primary victory speech at Gowanus, Brooklyn. He is first introduced by his daughter. After his daughter’s small speech, he comes out and go onto the stage. Before he starts the speech, he takes a moment to thank all the people that help him and support him along the way on the success of the campaign, including his family. Then he starts the speech by mentioning the tragedy of the 9/11 event and how the people are united to help during that time. He keeps on reflecting 9/11. And he states that it reminds him a crucially important lesson “ …the jobs of us at the positions of authority is to keep our city safe; to be constantly vigilant; and to use every tool in our disposals to protect people…”(09:56) Then he states that New York is a “tale of two cities” that consists of wealthy people and the people in poverty. So he emphasizes that he wants to make sure that all children in the city are able to gain the education to reach their potentials.

Analysis

Bill De Blasio’s speech seems to be touching and convincing. He recalls the tragedy of 9/11 and the way how people response to that difficult time. He specifically talks about the needs of changes to make in the city, such as the economic differences of the people; equal opportunity of obtaining the education of the children and the safety of the city. So actually he tries to say that he is the right person to help out the city and make people think that he knows what he should do for the city. His daughter’s small introductory speech helps him a lot on getting the good impression from the people. She states the 3 crucial factors why her father success on the campaign, which are the awareness and collective desire for fundamental change, and the supports from the people that she considers as their family. Also, she introduces her father as “ the man with the plan.” All words of her imply that Bill De Blasio is very prepared to be the mayor for the New York City, and he aims to make the city better. That’s why many people think that his daughter is such a “secret weapon” of his.

Summary of Joe Lhota’s victory speech

I used the link that Eunice found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHC1ZqoU5vU

The republican candidate, Joe Lhota, gives his mayoral primary victory speech at Midtown, Manhattan. First, he goes onto the stage with his family. As he begins to speak, he thanks all of his supporters, campaign team and his family, etc. Then, Joe Lhota states “This is the first step towards continuing a strong future for our city.”(0:55) And he points out some of his own experiences. As what he says that the three things that bring them to the victory is: issue, vision, principles and experiences. He says that he is determined to improve the quality of life for the New Yorkers. He also mentions that the republican party needs to be unified in order to serve people better. Furthermore, he talks about the important role of the mayor and the issues of the city that need to change, such as education reform, taxation, and crimes, etc.

Analysis

Joe Lhota seems very confident and positive about his victory. As he states “ I want to be the mayor of all New Yorkers. I want to help the middle class and those aspiring to the middle class by making the city to be more affordable…”(10:48) He talks about some of the things about his own and his family. He may want to use these to imply and emphasize that he will win the race because of his ability.

 

Compare/contrast

 

Overall, the two speeches of Bill De Blasio and Joe Lhota have some differences and similarities in many ways. Bill De Blasio takes the strategy of having a more touching speech to make the people feel that he cares them. And he presents it in a humble and kind way. While Joe Lhota presents the speech in a confident and serious attitude. Bill De Blasio discusses his plans of how to improve the well-being for the people. While Joe Lhota lists all his plans and ideas straightforwardly. On the other hand, one of the similarities that they have in common is that both of them express their gratefulness to the supporters and their family and those who help them along the way. Another thing is that both of them wants to have the education reform, which they want every children can have an equal opportunity on gaining an education. Also, Bill and Joe attempts to unite their parties and the New Yorkers.