English Composition II

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Final Portfolio and Reflection


Being part of the coding community is very difficult. I first started coding when I entered High school. Going into this program I was very nervous because there was a lot of different things to take in. when I first got into the course my teacher was explaining everything that we needed to know about the course such as how to set up the computer different vocabulary and phrases, and things that you shouldn’t do. As we were learning how to code our teacher gave us an important word that we needed to memorize and how to use. The word that he taught us was function. To a person that does not take coding they might think that the word function meant an activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing, which is the dictionary definition for function. But in coding this word means something else. A function is a unit of code that is often defined by its role within a greater structure. when my teacher first said this word and definition I was extremely confused, and I knew that it was going to take some time to learn. He then went on to explain that functions contain a unit of code that works on various inputs, such as variables and procedures concrete results involving changes to variable values or actual operations. The first time I used this word was difficult, here is how it went.

when my teacher gave us our first assignment we had to use functions. Since I did not understand anything he meant I was messing up a lot. I was writing the word function out while I was typing my code thinking that it was going to make something magically happen on my computer screen. I then called my teacher over and he explained to me that functions are instructions that are used to create an out put from an input. I still wasn’t sure at this point so he gave me an example. He told me that there were many different types of functions such as built in functions, user defined functions, syntax of a function, and how to call on a function.

The first example he gave me was with a built in function. He showed me that there are some functions that you can automatically call to such as puts(), gets(), printf(), and scan(). he told me that these are all standard types of functions. These functions allow you to use basic properties of strings and numbers in your rules. next up he taught me about the user defined functions. He said these are functions that we create by ourselves. He told me that I needed a function name. A function name can be anything you want it to be however it has to be easy to remember and serve a purpose. next up was the argument list in creating my own function, which were variable names that went with something called data types. next he taught me about a C statement which I picked up pretty quick.

After he was done showing me everything I needed to know, it was my time to put what I learned into good use. When he left I got to coding. while I was coding everything was running smoothly I was using each function to its potential and my code was successful. I accomplished something that I didn’t think that I could accomplish, i was so happy. The word function has definitely changed for me. I went from the regular definition that I knew to the coding one which became so simple for me after a few tries.

As I was going on with coding for a couple of weeks it was time for our first test. I was nervous because i didn’t think that i was fully prepared for it. When the teacher handed out the test I noticed that the test was on vocabulary and function coding. I was telling myself that I was going to do fine because I had gotten good at doing functions. We were running out of time for our test and I was on the last question, it was a question telling us to create a code that made us use each of the types of functions we learned. I was determined that I could answer the question because I had been practicing for a long time. so I got to coding and finished my test. A week later we got our test back and got 100 percent on my test I was so Happy.

As I learned more and more about functions it became a very special word to me and the community that I am in. The reason why this word is important to me is because as I learned it more I became more confident as a student and my ability to do good on tasks that are presented to me. I also spoke with some of my peers that were in the same community and they agreed, also It was easier to speak to them about the work that we had to submit. I wouldn’t say using this word correctly indicated membership in the community because everyone understands how much goes into understanding the word so we all try to help each other out. I think that everyone should get into coding and try to learn some stuff about it because it is pretty cool, everyone in the community tries to help each other and the word function can be used by anyone outside the community trying to learn. This word does change depending on who I speak to, if I approach a student that is into coding i am most likely using the code definition of function. But when i use this word outside of the coding community i will be having conversation about an activity that i am trying to do. overall the coding community is a great community and the word function will always be special to me.


What is global warming and how is it effecting earth? Global warming is when the climate changes in temperatures and weather patterns. The shifts in weather patterns and temperature are common however, since the 1800s human activities have been the main cause of climate change. You might be asking yourself how are we as humans contributing to climate change. There are many ways that we contribute to weather change such as the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas which produces heat, because these things produce heat earth is getting warmer. someone once asked me why is the earth getting warmer a problem? I found it crazy that they asked me this but I went on to tell them that the warmer the world gets the more problems it creates for us and animals. I came across some New York Times articles that go into further explanation of why global warming is not safe and why we should be doing everything in our power to try limit unnatural climate changes. The articles that I came across are “five takeaways from the U.N report on limiting global warming”, ” who’s most responsible for global warming”, and the final article that I came across was ” Scientist predicted widespread extinction by global warming” All these articles helped me understand global warming better so lets walk through each of them.

The first article ” Five takeaways from the U.N report on limiting global warming” helped me understand why this topic is so important. The opening of this article states that “nations are not doing enough to prevent global warming from increasing to dangerous levels within the lifetimes of most people on earth today”, according to new report by the international panel on climate change, a group of researchers conveyed by the United nations. They go on to explain that limiting the devastation won’t be easy, however it is possible. One of the topics of this article that really stood out to me was when they spoke about how much trouble we are heading towards if we do not take action quickly. As I was reading this there were some interesting facts about the increasing temperature. They stated that ” Nations current pledges to curb greenhouse-gas  emissions most likely will not stop global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, within the next few decades.” Even through they started trying to limit global warming it is still spreading fast, 2.7 degrees may not seem like a lot but think about that number increasing every few decades, eventually that number will add up. Going forward I read that there are multiple ways that we can limit global warming without spending a lot of money, even though I think the government should spend money to protect our planet. Some ways we can limit global warming are more recycling and more white collar work going remote and virtual, Better public transit and more walk able urban areas have benefits for air pollution and overall well being according to Joyashree Roy who is an economist at the Asian Institute of Technology.  Based on the ways Joyashree explained there is no excuse why we can’t help limit global warming, it does not cause a lot of money its literally just doing the right thing.

The second article I came across was ” Who’s Most Responsible for Global Warming” This was my favorite article because I wanted to know what places in the world barely attempt to limit global warming and my findings were shocking. The article stated that todays highly industrialized economies the United States and Europe got a big head start on burning fossil fuels. The United Stated pumped more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other nation between 1850 and 2014. The European Union, including Britain, was the second largest source of fossil fuel emissions over that period. The United States did not surprise me as I was reading this data. what surprised me most was the last place that they brought up. The last place they brought up was China. The article stated that China is the biggest emitter of today by a mile. In 2014, China released 10.3 billion metric tons of  carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and industry, The United States burned more than 5.2 billion metric tons that year. Which means that China managed to double that number. Although China does most of the damage today, the United States still caused the most damage overall. In 2014 the average American was responsible for more than twice as much carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Imagine how much people would help the world if this statistic was cut in half. I did some further research and found out that the United States was responsible for twenty-seven percent of the worlds carbon dioxide emissions. That much carbon pollution over the course of 150 –  160 years is sill with us today and is still determining our future.

The final article that I read about was ” Scientist Predict Widespread Extinction by Global Warming” I think this is the most important topic yet since it is concerning the well being of animals. A group of international scientist that analyze research around the world, have concluded that a warming climate will rival habitat destruction in prompting widespread  extinctions in the century. By the year 2050, scientist say that if the current global warming trend continues 15 to 37 percent of the 1,103 species they studied will be doomed. Even though the scientist did not predict the extinction of species worldwide the sample they had showed that climate change could be disastrous. Researchers used predictions of increased temperature ranging from mild to extreme and applied three different methods for predicting extinction, all based on the relationship of species disappearance to the loss of a livable habitat. They also considered two different possibilities for gauging how well the different species would be able to disperse as temperatures at home became uncomfortable. Scientist attribute to emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases  in the burning of fossil fuels presents a ” very serious risk to huge number of species and at least ranks alongside habitat destruction” as a threat. This just goes to show that not only can contributing to global warming hurt us, but it hurts the living conditions of animals in their natural habitat. We should not only think of ourselves when it comes to this topic but we should think about the earth and animals.

In conclusion Global Warming is a topic that everyone should take serious and try to limit. Do not contribute to the destruction of the planet. There are many ways that we can help limit global warming such as driving less, recycling more, lesser burning of fossil fuels, and one of the most important ones planting more trees instead of trying to destroy them. Help save our environment.


This semester was by far my favorite semester in City Tech. I came into this class not expecting what I was getting myself into. At first I thought that I was going to be horrible writer. Based on my previous English classes, I went into English two with a mindset that I wasn’t going to be a great writer. I used to struggle with vocabulary, finding ideas, procrastinating while trying to write, and even finding motivation to write in the first place, But with professor Edelson’s help I was able to overcome all the task that were weighing me down. I am definitely not the same that I was at the beginning of the semester. I am very proud of what I was able to achieve as a writer. I would even say this course helped me Grow as a person. Whit this being said I would like to reflect on the work that I have done this semester.

My first ever serious writing piece in this class was my unit one piece. The purpose of the unit one assignment was to create a portrait of a word. This assignment allowed us to think of community that we were in, and what word in that community that really stuck out to us. This was my first step to becoming a better writer. At first I was thinking to myself, I was never in a community. what does professor mean by community? I kept thinking about this topic for a few days, then it came to me. I was part of a coding community. Before I get into my writing about the coding community I would just like to say that this was my first step to becoming a more advanced writer. The assignment that professor gave us allowed us to think deeply about the things we were part of in life. It made us think about how we can teach others about our community. My brainstorming abilities definitely increased after unit one. The community that I chose was the coding community. With this assignment I realized that community does not just have to be like all other communities such as cultures. It can literally be anything. As I was reading over my unit one assignment I felt that I did a decent job explaining what the coding community was and how anyone can join it. I also feel like I did a good job explaining the word that was important to me. That word was “function”. However there were definitely some things that I could have done better, and professor Edelson helped me find them. After she read my work she pointed out multiple thing I could have done to give my essay life. She told me that she wanted me to embrace using capital letters the way I would embrace using precise keystrokes when coding. She told me that it makes a big difference to processors if we can clearly tell when a sentence is beginning or ending, or know that the “I” isn’t just a stray mark on the page, but indicates something about your humanity and standing tall. she gave me more advice saying that I should use advanced vocabulary so it can add life and vibrancy to my language and essay. I really appreciate Professor Edelson for giving me these tips. Going back and reading my unit one essay I realized that she was completely correct. When I was writing this piece I noticed that when I was writing the letter “I” it was almost always lowercase. So when professor told me that I should always make my “I” stand tall, I never messed it up ever again. Actually don’t quote me on that I might have, just kidding. After this assignment I went into my unit two project with the mindset that this was going to be my best writing ever.

Our unit two project is finally here. I was very excited to do this project because I wanted to see how much i have grown as a writer. This project was about finding our own beat. What exactly does finding your own beat mean? Finding your own beat is being able to find a specific subject where you can showcase your unique experience and knowledge. The reason why I think this was our most challenging assignment was because you had to go into complete detail about your topic and find research articles about our topics. I wasn’t going to let the pressure of this assignment hold me down. The topic that I chose was global warming. This topic was very important to me because humans are contributing to global warming instead of trying to end it. when I went into this project there was a lot of emotion. I was happy, angry, sad, confused, but having all these emotions helped me as a writer because I am able to help people feel what I am feeling through my writing. Professor Edelson even realized the emotion that I was putting into my writing. I took her advice and started using words that could enhance my writing. Going back and reading my project it was way better than my first one. No feeling is better than the feeling of improvement.

As I stated previously this class really helped me grow as a person. Going back and reading each assignment I completed helped me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to. I went into this course not being confident to having all the confidence in the world. Even my reading became better. Professor was able to help us out with our reading by providing difficult text that you had to think about. My favorite text that read in this course was “Learning my Name” by Mohamed Hassan. This text was very inspirational. I would also like to thank my classmates for the feedback that they gave me on my writing pieces. Having another perspective on my writing helped me out a lot. This was my favorite semester and I just want to say thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Final Portfolio Revisions

  Essay 2 revised 

  Electric cars, also referred to as electric vehicles, are designed to be fully electric, and they rely on power batteries to function. These battery-powered cars’ sales were higher than the fossil fuel-dependent vehicles in the US, China, and Europe in the recent past years. Fully electric vehicles have no emissions; hence cleaner, greener, and better for the environment compared to fuel cars. The car has a motor and an electric battery and has a range of 300miles. Reduced emissions mean fewer greenhouse gasses, enabling the nations to get closer to sustainable renewable energy sources. The demand is currently going high due to the spiking of the fuel prices resulting from the war in Ukraine. This has resulted in a shortage in fuel being imported majorly from Russia. Also, the war has resulted in the disruption of production in European countries. These companies that usually send their cars to the United and the US-based companies, for instance, Ford, are blinded by the fact that many people need their vehicles. They can’t produce their products faster. But the demand for these is so high that buyers have to pay deposits months early (Nytimes.Com). The electric cars market is having a breakthrough period. It is approaching the mainstream this year as the manufacturers have started selling America’s favorite types of these electric cars, and this is the pick-up truck.

   The advent of these cars will be the most significant change in the vehicle industry since the unveiling of the Model T in 1908, with far-reaching implications for industrial employee corporations and the environment (Nytimes.Com). Tailpipe emissions are one of the most significant causes of global warming. Electric cars made a small contribution to the market in 2021, and electric car sales accounted for approximately 9 percent of the new vehicles sold. According to the Energy Agency, the rapid correct result of the sale of the electric cars is unstoppable, thus putting to rest any doubts that it’s the end of the combustion engine.

The car industry is about to make an investment of $5 billion in the following five years and therefore transitioning from fossil fuel to electric vehicles. A report given out by Wed bush securities says that this investment will be used in building factories, writing software, training workers, upgrading dealerships, and many more. The Volkswagen chief executive, in an interview, said that this would be the most significant transformation in the capitalism industry since the investments will be massive and so is the mission. As they account for a small percentage of the market of new cars in the United States, the market of electric vehicles led by the top-selling company Tesla is steadily on the rise. Following several new models that are set to hit the market in the next few months and more off-lease electric cars that are on their way, this year might be the year you take a plunge and purchase an electric vehicle. Buying an electric vehicle is slightly different from purchasing a fossil fuel car.  

     Ensuring the range of the car lies within your needs, this is the most important concern when it comes to buying an electric car. The current electric automobiles cover several driving ranges, and this range from approximately 100miles to more than 300 miles. Purchasing these ranges is entirely dependent on your needs. Statistics given by the ABC news indicate that the commute in the United States is 32 miles round trip, with people who live in far-flung suburbs and rural regions logging more miles every day on the national average (Nytimes.Com). It pays to choose a model with a more excellent working range than you anticipate for the following reasons; the ranges given in electric cars are just estimates, and it varies depending on several factors. For beginners, the battery is likely to drain quicker while commuting on a highway than within town since propelling at high speeds takes more energy, and more kilowatts will burn power driving at high temperatures. According to research by AAA, it was realized that when it dips to 20F while the heat of the electric vehicle is in use, the range will be 41% shorter than the anticipated range compared to when mercury is at 70F. At 90F, the capacity of the electric car drops to less than 20% with the air conditioning running. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering that an at home charger comes with the electric vehchile. Charging your electric vehicle at home is easy and cost-effective, and quick. You only will be liable for a small government subsidy if you install a small all-weather home charging device at your home. Once installed, you can charge your car from 5 to 10 hours, and rapid chargers can charge up to 80% in less than one hour (Nytimes.Com). Less any applicable incentive, consider the price apart from the electric car’s range, the other significant factor is the price of the car. By 2020 the least expensive vehicle was priced at around $30000 range, and some luxuries went up to $70000 to $100000. It is advisable to research the prices of the cars you would like to study, and this will help you find the type of electric automobile you can afford (Nytimes.Com). Also, it is essential to consider the delivery charges by the manufacturer, cost of registration, state, and taxes that can be locally tracked into the transaction cost of the car.

     Besides focusing on the electric automobile’s price and range, you would also like to pick a model that you can use regularly. A subcompact, for example, is too tight for taller motorists. Some cars can be easy to enter and exit for drivers compared to others. And if you regularly carry more than one person, then the headroom and back leg seat would be a concern too. And if you have kids, it is also significant to look at how easy it is to get them in and out of the car, and also the cargo room can carry a good number of pieces of baggage (Nytimes.Com). Ensure that the battery car driving experience meets your requirements; it is critical to ensure the car is acceptable in terms of comfort and that all the attachments are operable and in excellent functioning condition. Significantly individuals who have never used an electric vehicle will perceive a distinct difference in the driving experience, operating one is substantially lower, especially over the vehicle’s whole lifespan. You may spend significantly less on electric automobiles compared to fuel cars. This is due to the tax benefits, improved fuel economy, cheaper electric costs, and low maintenance needs (Nytimes.Com). The design of the electric cars makes them efficient; three primary components power them: onboard charger, inverter, and motor. And therefore, they are susceptible to minor wear and tear and less stress on the engine. And lastly, the car is quiet. This is easily noticeable, especially when switching to an electric vehicle which is a relaxing and more comfortable experience. Electric vehicle batteries are located at the bottom of the car and thus giving the car better balance and weight distribution.

     As electric automobiles become more common, their costs constantly decrease, and transitioning drivers get many perks. Electric cars can save you capital, including fuel, tax, maintenance expenses, and expenses. A fully electric vehicle might cost a quarter less per mile than a standard gasoline or diesel vehicle. And these savings soon pile up. Using a unique journey calculator can estimate how much you could save using an electric vehicle.

Electric vehicles provide tremendous long-term value and may be an excellent development for drivers searching for a more cost-effective and efficient mode of transportation. Like traditional diesel and petrol vehicles, the price of purchasing an electric vehicle changes according to features, type, and model (Nytimes.Com). And the electric automobile. Almost any budget can suit an electric vehicle, and a car selector tool is created to assist in finding a perfect car without much effort. 


Works cited

 “Why This Could Be A Critical Year For Electric Cars”. Nytimes.Com, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/08/business/energy-environment/electric-cars-vehicles.html.


 “Buying An Electric Vehicle? Here Is Some Advice.”. Nytimes.Com, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/article/electric-vehicle-ev-buying-guide.html.


“Want To Buy An Electric Car? Read This First”. Nytimes.Com, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/23/us/electric-car-buying-guide.html.


Final Reflection Paper

    My essay writing process has enabled me to understand how to structure my ideas and research papers. Besides, I incorporated different processes such as prewriting, outlining, rough drafting and revising in my two essays to ensure that the message, ideas and arguments are articulated effectively. The research and critical thinking skills I have learned after joining campus have been efficient in developing my two essays. For example, I effectively organized arguments and ideas coherently in both essays by connecting them across different perspectives. Consequently, using different materials were effective because they enabled me to establish different viewpoints, insights, and arguments in my two essays. Similarly, knowledge gained from previous reflections, blog posts, assignments and class writing exercises has boosted my writing. Therefore, the insights I gained in this class have enabled me to develop quality and clear essays because the writing process has a significant role in my experience as a writer.

     My essay writing was challenging because I struggled with developing coherent ideas and arguments. I could not effectively express my thoughts and ideas before but learning about the writing process enabled me to create better essays. For example, I used critical thinking skills in Essay 1 to articulate my thoughts and purpose. This has been more effective than before since connecting ideas coherently was challenging. Besides, working on the essay using the writing process boosted my grades, confirming that I acquired better grades. Nevertheless, the peer reviews from colleagues enabled me to confront essay writing issues that I initially had in previous assignments and essays. As a result, I learned how to organize ideas and thoughts effectively in my essays.

     I developed my essays using insights learned in weekly posts and assignments. I have learned to brainstorm and develop ideas, outlines, and research information about my writings. Also, the revising skills I learned have enabled me to correct grammatical or spelling mistakes in my two essays. For instance, in essay two, I organized the essay’s incoherent paragraphs and made sure that the information was grammatically correct for better understanding. This is crucial because I initially had challenges organizing ideas across my essay based on outlining main points and supporting information. As a result, the editing, drafting, researching, revising and critical thinking skills have boosted my writing process and essays.

     In addition, I emphasized more time in prewriting while writing essays one and two because it is a crucial process. Besides, my perspective and personal experiences regarding the essay topic reflected the choice of words and vocabulary. For example, in essay 2, I talked about how people anticipate traveling and learning new things. The topic allowed me to develop diverse ideas and connect them with personal experiences because traveling is a common experience. Moreover, I effectively developed main points on the benefits of traveling and how it helps people physically and mentally. Also, I included comparisons and diverse perspectives to highlight different opinions in my essay. Thus, the incorporation of comparison on traveling impacts presents an organized flow of ideas and skills.

     Furthermore, the writing process has enabled me to become a better writer than before I joined this class. I had issues outlining and drafting before, but when I gained insights on how to organize ideas and draft towards presenting coherent and credible essays. In my first essay, I talked about English phrases such as “hurry up and take your time” . I reflected on multiple class assignments and peer reviews to draft an organized and skillful essay. Initially, I had issues developing the main points and incorporating supporting evidence and examples in my writing. While working on the first essay, I incorporated critical thinking skills in highlighting different contexts in which the phrase is used in daily communities.

Ultimately, learning about different writing situations enabled me to acquire skills to incorporate purpose in my essays. For instance, both of my essays are informative, and I incorporated various elements meant to inform the audience. This is because reflecting on how an idea or argument is perceived by the audience or relates to them is crucial. Consequently, learning about the audience before drafting an essay has been essential in my writing process. I utilized purpose and audience in essays one and two. It was crucial in articulating aspects of value and credibility. As a result, organization skills and rhetorical appeals such as anecdotes, ethos, pathos and logos were critical to establishing the audience’s values, credibility and emotions towards given topics.

     Although I learned a lot from the two essays I developed in this class, there are multiple things I could have done better, and I will work on them to ensure a better display of ideas and thoughts. For example, I will work more on different aspects such as research and critical thinking skills while writing essays. In essay two, I will involve more supporting materials and examples of how traveling is an essential experience. In contrast, in essay one, I will consider giving more examples in future writings. Furthermore, I will work more on the use of transition words between sentences and paragraphs to make my essays more coherent and more precise. However, most essay writing elements have been beneficial to me since they have enabled me to develop better research papers and assignments and made me a better writer.

     In conclusion, the essay writing process and papers have influenced my significant status as a writer. I developed better writing practices and skills such as brainstorming ideas, outlining thoughts, drafting, and researching in this class which enabled me to establish essays effectively, especially essays one and two. Also, the knowledge learned in organizing, editing, proofreading, and researching has played a significant role in my latest essay because I have incorporated these aspects into the writing process. Nevertheless, writing essays has built my self-esteem more than before because I have developed a positive attitude towards writing credible and quality essays that demonstrate the main topic or idea. It has also allowed me to rectify minimal mistakes and aspects in my essays towards developing practical research papers. As a result, this knowledge provides insights into future essays and my crucial ability to express my ideas as a writer.


Final portfolio and reflection


As an individual that is a part of many communities, the one community that I am proud and blessed to be a part of is the Haitian community. Many of the people in Haiti speak Haitian Creole. Haitian Creole is a language that shares a combination of French dialect and African languages. It was formulated based on lath 17th and early I8th century French that is combined with Spanish, English, Portuguese, countless west African languages and Taino. 

A statement that is well known and used in my community is “Wap konn jój”. This is something that is usually said to children by their parents or guardian. When translated to English Word for Word it doesn’t entirely make sense as it means “you’re going to know Jorge“. However, when this statement is said by an elder it signifies that the child that is being spoken to is in trouble and for them to get ready for punishment. In the Haitian community parents raise their child to be respectful and polite to everyone that they meet no matter their status and whether they knew them or not. Whenever a parent felt like their child was being disrespectful around another adults it would make them feel embarrassed and this is a statement that they would use as a warning.

As a little girl this is a statement that I would often find myself hearing mainly from my mother and grandmother. This wasn’t because I was a bad child but rather because I had a listening problem. I used to find myself in trouble with a mother for doing the absolutely opposite of what she would tell me to do. I was the most well behaved child in a class or any room, you would never hear a peep out of me but when it comes to me following instructions that’s when the problem would start. She would usually give me a warning by giving me a hard clear glare and by saying “fe respew tande”. Once again when translated this means “do your respect, listen”, but the real meaning is to watch yourself or to tread lightly.  A core memory of mine would be the first time that my mother would say this to me as a small child.  It would always make me laugh and I would respond back with “who is jorge mommy”, for a very long time the true meaning of the sentence would fly over my head, like many things did at that age. The first time I really felt the meaning of the statement is when my mother was sick and she was the only one taking care of my brother and I at the time and she trusted me to take care of a task on my own. Like the child that I was I didn’t fully understand how she was feeling at the time and the state that her body was in and I kept playing around and not listening to anything that she was saying to me and I kept playing around. There came a certain moment when she got tired of it and she raised her voice and said “ Map few konn jój”. This came as a shock to me because my mother was a very soft-spoken woman and that’s the moment I realized the severity of those words.

There are two forms of the statement that can be used when speaking, the direct and indirect form. “Wap konn jój” being the indirect form which means “you’ll get what’s coming for you”. While, “Map few konn jój” on the other hand is the direct form. The direct form for the most part is used to put emphasis on the person that is saying the statement. Which means that in this case it would mean “I got what you looking for”. This statement has such an incredibly wide range of definitions, depending on the individual that you’re referring to it can come out light-hearted or more aggressive. When this statement is said to children they don’t take it as hard as when an adult says it’s one other adult depending on how close the relationship is. a child I used to be around many adults listening to conversation I was not supposed to and I found that when they were giving each other advice, and one wouldn’t consider such advice, they would say this in a joking matter. In addition, this is a statement that I enjoyed hearing Because of the many different ways it can be used in a sentence.


Even though this statement is mostly used and said to intimidate or put a child in their place, It can also be said in other manners. It can be stated in a joking matter from a mother to a child as well as from one adult to another. On the other hand, it can also be said as a way to start a conflict. I have seen two adults start a physical altercation based on the exchange of these few words. This is a statement that holds a lot of power depending on the person that is saying it.

In conclusion, the statement “wap konn jók” is very important to my community due to the fact that it is one of the many statements that has been passed down from generation to generation. Many elders in my family that I have spoken to has told me that when they sit down and reflect on their childhood this statement is one that often pops up during their happiest time as well as their saddest time as a child. When I was younger I used to always say that I would never say “wap konn jój” because it creates too much confusion.  However, now at 20 years old I find this statement to be a part of my every day vocabulary using it with my younger siblings or during an argument to add pizzazz or to make my point. I find it to be very essential for me to continue the very confusing get well needed traditional use of the sentence.

Unit 3


My journey as a writer hasn’t been easy, honestly it has been one of the most stressful experiences of my life. Inspiration is a fickle thing and motivation is just as much so. See I love telling a story and immersing myself into a world of my own creation. But creating those passions into a form in which it is enjoyable for someone else to read has always been a bit of a hassle for me. I learned very quickly in writing that the only way to get better is to suck at it at first. No amount of literary  knowledge or subversion of expectations can make up for plain old bad writing. One thing I’ve learned about myself through writing is that expressing my feelings has never been a strong suit of mine, which is ironic. That is very counterproductive when it comes to writing because most good writing is just the feelings of the author prescribed onto the page. See, I’ve learned that I differ from most people, especially from most writers due to the lack of ability to express myself , I wouldn’t really consider myself a writer in all honesty. I always think if maybe my vocabulary was more extensive, if maybe I had more use of foreshadowing, and maybe if I just told better stories, I would be a better writer. But, my lack of writing ability stems from my lack of expression, it’s not apathy but rather inability at least in my own opinion.

I found myself dreading the thought of writing and English class. This is my third attempt at taking this class, without dropping it. As English is actually my third language, I have often found it difficult for me to put my thoughts into words. I always feel like my vocabulary is not as advanced as the other students , which in the end made me feel like my writing was subpar.  Getting through with this class has been a real obstacle of mine. Working a full time job 6 days out of the week, I found staying focused really difficult. My main goal this semester was to use my full potential and actually try and enjoy the beauty of writing. Unfortunately , I feel like I failed that goal. I have learned many things through the course of this class. The multiple exercises have shown me how to properly brainstorm and break down each part of the assignment to make a perfect rough draft. However, as an individual I always expect everything I do to be perfect, I always felt like if my words didn’t flow effortlessly on my paper it wasn’t worth being read.

My favorite unit from this semester have to be unit 1, the reason for this is because it allowed me to be my true authentic self. I am a woman of very few words and it shows a lot in my writing and that is not something I am proud of, however, this unit allowed me to look past that. Writing of my home country and experiences growing up was very nostalgic to me and it made the words flow easier. I was so excited about the topic that I put my pen to my paper and let my memories take over. I was actually very afraid that people wouldn’t be able to understand my writing but I pushed that past me and was very happy with the end results. The other two units were very difficult for me because it really challenged my brain. Research papers were always my weakness from the very start, I never really knew how to structure it for all the information to flow and because I was so focused on the research aspect of the unit, I totally forgot about the personal aspect of it.I was having a very difficult time at not only picking my topic but stating how I related to. I spent most of the writing picking and changing my topic because I wanted to write about what other wanted to hear and not what was meaningful to me, which defeated the purpose of the unit because it was about me finding my beat. When it came close to the due date, I finally picked my topic and got to researching and writing, however, the topic that I chose was a topic that hit really close to home and all the memories and experiences based on that topic were that I suppressed. Which in the end made that paper, my very least favorite writing.

All in all, I found that when it comes to writing I have so much more to learn and this class is the real start of my writing journey because every unit has shown how afraid I am to really opening up to my audience. And in order to be a successful writer, you need to be able to captivate your audience and make them feel every word on those pages. I hope to be able to really unlock my full potential in writing step by step in my college journey and out of it.

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