An Intro to Ashley

 

Hi everyone my name is Ashley and I’m in my third year at City Tech and my first semester in the PTW major. I currently work at Sesame Flyers International, which is a non-profit that provides year round activities for youth throughout Brooklyn and a mas band during the summer. When I tell people my job they automatically assume I want to work with young kids but that couldn’t be further from the truth. My goal is to teach in a high school for at least 10 years and to write several books that have a positive impact on the younger generation. Since I was about 10 years old I’ve always been drawn to helping younger kids with homework or with whatever problems they were having. Something about knowing that I made a difference, if only for a day, has always been my ultimate goal when working with anyone. Over the summer I had the opportunity to supervise 15 SYEP(summer youth employment) workers. All of the participants were freshman and sophomores in high school and by the end of the summer they all became more siblings to me. The most exciting part of the summer is the last two weeks before Labor Day when nobody at my job sleeps and we put all our effort into to making beautiful costumes for the parkway.

I’m comfortable with myself as a writer, however, I’ve noticed that procrastination is too much of my friend in my assignments. It is both my strength and weakness because when I procrastinate I produce my best work while severely depriving myself of sleep. The one positive thing I can attribute to my writing is the ability to connect with a topic and bring a sense of familiarity to any piece. I’ve actually taken a classes that required weekly posts on OpenLab, so I am very familiar and comfortable with posting my thoughts and observations on a variety of topics.

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If I’m being honest, I know nothing about science fiction. The only thing I can think of is “The Twilight Zone” and the Sci-Fi channel.

Throughout my life I’ve switched career choices about fifty times. It went from chef, to president, to actress, to writer, to singer, to lawyer and finally an educator. The only connection that stuck between all of these changes is a need to communicate efficiently and write to the best of my ability. From the time I heard about the major, PTW seemed to be my best fit. As the semester progresses, my greatest hope is that the course aids in my progression as a writer and critical thinker.

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Hey guys! So as you all know my name is Fola and I love kids so there’s nothing I won’t do for them. Aside from kids I would say my second love is fashion. I’m not big on the latest trends but definitely love to dress up when I can. My mom actually owns a Nigerian retail store and I work there from time to time. I’m even learning how to sew. I’m over shopping at retail stores and online where it’s accessible to everyone. However, my ultimate career goal is to become a pediatrician with my own practice. I intend to work for myself and not for others. I want to be able to change the way kids perceive “the doctor’s office” if you know what I mean. I actually took two summer courses, one for each summer session so this summer wasn’t so eventful other than the 14hr drive I took with my family for my cousins wedding in Atlanta.

I don’t think as a writer I am at the level I should be. I feel like I am still at the beginners level because there is always room for improvement. I definitely love to read, typically to stimulate my mind and as a thinker I lact creativity; to think outside of the box. What I dislike about writing is writer’s block. LOL. I like to write whas on my mind when I feel there’s no one to talk to. I enjoy reading just about anything but mostly romance novels.

My sense of science fiction would be creating a story that uses science as a them with some aspect of space or time.

I chose Professional and Technical Writing as my major because even though I like biology, I like English more and I excel in it better. What I hope to gain from it all is my ability to become a better writer and thinker even. That way I can be as innovative I can be in the medical field.

Just a small portion of my large family.

Just a small portion of my large family when we took the trip to Atlanta.