Author Archives: Nickolas

Introductory Post

Hello everyone. My name is Nickolas Velox. As of 2017, I’m twenty-one years-old. My major is Professional and Technical Writing. I’m in the second semester of my freshman year at City Tech. This is the second course I’ve taken that requires me to use OpenLab (the first being ENG 1101).  However, this is my first time making a post on OpenLab. This initial post is the first of many to come throughout this semester. At this time, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m currently unemployed despite making countless, unsuccessful job seeking attempts since last year. I previously worked at Avant Business Services as a Time Service Courier. My job was basically to deliver mail to messengers and companies in the building where I had worked. I had that job for seven months from October 2015 to May 2016. Before that, I completed a job placement internship at OBT (Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow). I worked as an intern in the Mail and Logistics Management department at FSO Outsourcing. As an intern, I had the opportunity to work at three mailrooms/messenger centers. I worked in the mailroom at the New York Times, the mailroom at Kenneth Cole, and the messenger center at One Park Avenue.

My primary career goal is to graduate from City Tech with a bachelor’s degree. I would also be interested in getting a part-time job while in college. I would be willing to work almost any kind of job during the afternoon. It’d be really helpful if anyone knows if City Tech has any part-time, on-campus job openings that don’t require any relevant experience. I could work practically any profession as long as there’s training provided. I’m a fast learner. I always work with a sense of urgency, getting things done in a timely manner. My commitment and determination are second to none.

As a writer and reader, my strengths include being able to organize and structure similar ideas. My weakness is thinking and writing simultaneously under pressure. I’m more comfortable reading and writing at home where I have almost an unlimited amount of time. I also have better concentration while reading and writing at home. The fact that my focus can fluctuate while in class is another weakness of mine. I can’t guarantee that I’ll have the same amount of focus or energy everyday. I like that writing is a form of self expression. You can convey your inner thoughts and emotions into your writing. It could allow listeners and/or readers to identify and distinguish the author/speaker from others. Writing is like art. You have to constantly sketch, paint, and repaint rough drafts which are your works in progress. You have to keep doing this repetitious process until you have a publishable masterpiece. I dislike the fact that writing nonstop for so long leaves your fingers and hand sore. Besides that, I also don’t like that writing is time-consuming. It’s a gradual process that sees efficient results in the long term. However, not everyone has the patience to endure the steps of writing. It’s even worse when tasked to write something long within an allotted time. Besides ENG 2001, I’ve only used OpenLab in the Spring 2017 semester for ENG 1101. I’m only familiar with checking assignments posted on the site. My favorite genre of literature is fiction. My favorite texts are The Color Purple by Alice Walker, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. I think that literature is like a dimension where anyone can contribute to the continuous compilations of writing. Literature is like a realm where fact and fiction can be distinguished or combined. I see ENG 2001 connecting with my career interests in that it’ll help me become an established writer, author, or columnist in the future. I expect to learn from this course how various elements of fiction are designed to relate texts to other texts, to the world, and also to myself.

Class Notes from Tue. 8/29

BTW, I took notes on as many of my colleagues as I could. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get everyone or every bit of info about them though. I apologize in advance for leaving anyone out, misspelling the names of individuals, or leaving out/mistaking some information.


Jordan: Major- Liberal Arts in Science. Mostly Biology and some Chemistry. Fun Fact- Jordan stutters.

Patrick: Major- Mechanical Engineering Technology. Fun Fact- Patrick likes paleontology and related biology.

Kainat: Major- Liberal Arts in Science. Fun Fact- Kainat fainted on a roller coaster and the ride had to be stopped so she could get off.

Shaquina: Major- Human Services. She likes to read anime.

Timothy: Major- Liberal Arts. Timothy took this course because it’s a requirement. By taking this class, he hopes to write with more structure. Timothy likes to travel.

Melissa: Major- Fashion Marketing. She took this class in hopes of improving her writing. Melissa likes to sew.

Adrian: He likes to hang out.

Sebastian: Major- Computer Engineering. He’s from Colombia. Sebastian transferred from Queensboro. He likes to eat food.

Christopher: Game Designer. He’s a great storyteller.

Blanca: She likes Dragonball and wants to do something related to military.

Terry: Likes the rock band, Linkin Park. Likes skateboarding.

Jeffrey: Major- Liberal Arts. Jeffrey likes to play games.

Samuel: Major- Math Education. Samuel likes working with students.

Heather: Major- Computer Systems. He works at a club with a friend.

Steven: He’s a Senior and likes to build stuff, especially computers.

Paneena: Chemistry. She likes to draw.

Imani: She likes to do hair.

Chris: He likes long drives and walks on the beach.

Professor Belli: This is her 6th year at City Tech and her 13th at CUNY. She likes books and writing. The professor taught science fiction and is writing an academic book. Her favorite book is 1984.


Once again, I’m sorry if I misspelled any of your names and unintentionally left out or got some info wrong.


Due Thursday 8/29

Read papers handed out in class on Tuesday. Go over the syllabus, the grading rubric for blogging, and the English Department Learning Outcomes handout.

If you haven’t done so before, sign in to OpenLab to become a member. Join the course’s site. Become familiar with using OpenLab. Check OpenLab regularly for assignments, updates, announcements, etc.

Read and annotate the two passages given in Tuesday’s class: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov by Pam Belluck.

Remember to get a hard copy of both post-apocalyptic novels, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This is very important because the novels are meant to be brought to class.

Remember the following, which is the course’s grading policy:

Participation: 10%

Exams: 20%

Essays: 40%

Blogging/OpenLab Composing: 30%

For more info, questions, or help on anything pertaining to the course, check OpenLab’s Schedule frequently or contact Professor Belli by office hours (Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:45-4:45PM after class) or e-mail (