Tag Archive: Reflection


Project 5 was the last project of the semester. It was a project shared between our Eng 1101 teacher and our Adv 1100 teacher.¬†I¬†feel like I’ve learned a lot this past semester. I learned how to write proper essays and we even touched a little on public speaking.¬†We learned the different formats we could use for an essay, along with how to summarize a piece properly. This project was very challenging because we had to do a 50 word post that explained our piece. That was hard because I kept going over the amount. I liked writing the catalog because of using the word I to describe myself , I had to put it in third person. ¬†It was something that I never usually do. I felt like I was writing a short story. I feel like my writing has improved, because my vocabulary has improved. The glossary entries we needed to post really helped expand it.

Reaching the end of the semester, I feel like I accomplished something. My perspective has greatly improved. The many field trips we had really helped. If I were to compare my writing now to when I just started class , I’d see a great difference. I know that I still need more¬†work on my writing, but I’m still happy I improved. I’d like to thank my awesome professor, Ms.Rosen for the patience she’s had with me and my late works. I know that its not a good habit to have in college but I’m still working on it. She was not only patient she also encouraged us to visit during her office hours to help with our essays. That really helped and I’m sure if she didn’t offer, I probably would not have gone. The idea of posting our homeworks online was awesome. At first it didn’t really make sense, but I got the hang of it. I really thought my first year of college would be really dreadful, but the way Professor Rosen taught, just blew the dread into the air. I feel like I could handle college a little better now. THANK YOU VERY MUCH PROFESSOR ROSEN!!!!!

Upon doing project 4, I found myself having fun while doing my walk. I never would’ve believed that I would end up doing something like this. First of all I had to pick a route that I thought would have interesting things to see. Then I had to pretend to sell my route to others. I had to be as descriptive as my vocabulary would let me. I even had to do a presentation in front the class, explaining what I saw and how it felt to take my walk. This mean that I had to be very attentive as I took my walk because if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be able to describe it well.

The project really helped me improve the way see and perceive the world. I also got to know my surroundings better. When I was first going to do my walk, it was pouring. This discouraged me a little. Then when I finally did my walk,it was freezing cold outside. I really couldn’t catch a break with the weather. Even though I’m complaining a lot, I really did enjoy my walk. I got to walk through a nice quiet park and saw many shades of color. I got to see the different monuments and buildings. I even got a couple ideas of where I would go to shop for my Christmas gifts.

I spent a lot of time doing this project. It took hours figuring out what words I would use to help describe the scenery. Then I had to make sure it made sense and that I wasn’t babbling. I think I need to work on my vocabulary, because knowing a wide variety of descriptive words would’ve really helped with this project. If I could change anything about this project it would probably be how I presented during the presentation. I believe it would’ve helped me a lot if I had pictures to help describe my route. I did my best to explain what my route was about, now its up to you to take it.

This article really piqued my interest because it discusses whether people prefer to take the fastest route or the most beautiful route to your destination. It also explained people points on what they though were beautiful. It talks about how they want to make an app that would help people choose between the fastest or beautiful route. I would definitely buy an app like this because the ones we use now only tell us the fastest routes. These routes usually tend to be boring. They conducted a survey through flickr to find out answers to their questions. The people chose from the quietest routes to the prettiest routes. Through flickr the survey got sent to Boston.

I believe the answer to their question¬†depends on the situation. If I‚Äôm running late then I would definitely choose the fastest route, but if I have time to waste then I wouldn’t mind enjoying the scenery. My definition of a beautiful route would be a nice place with trees or nice buildings and it would have to be clean. I wouldn’t mind the loud noises, but if its a place with no noise then that place would be heaven.

For Project#2, I wrote¬†about a location that is close to CityTech. ¬†My location started from¬†Court Street and ended on State Street. I walked along the court houses and through the park. Then I made my way down toward¬†the construction and onto State Street. The juxtaposition I found was the busy ”New York” compared to the laid back ”New York”.

Reflection:

This project helped me explore the different areas around¬†Citytech. I don‚Äôt live around the area or in Brooklyn and I’ve barely ever been in Brooklyn. This project gave me the opportunity to better acquaint myself with the Brooklyn atmosphere. It was fun and interesting to discover all the stores and future hang out spots. The area I chose as an example, to find the overlapping in this area was sort of difficult but I think I found one. As I kept looking I found some similarities to where I live in Queens. Also by¬†reading Whitehead‚Äôs excerpt I started to think more. I started to look beyond what I’d normally see.¬†His ideas really helped me broaden the way I think. I think I got a juxtaposition because I had discovered that the people look like they were all in a different world. I think I did a good job on explaining how their ”New Yorks” differ.

The Animated GIF

The Animated GIF

GIF with Sound

Reflection:

I’ve always wanted to make my own GIF. I usually just edit them, like add words to them using Photoshop. This was my first time actually make one from scratch. It was a lot of work but the end result was awesome. I can see how people could spend days on editing these things to make them perfect. I really liked how we could add music to them. It got real tedious when popcorn maker wasn’t working well, but I eventually pulled through. All in all it was a project I really enjoyed.

Work hours:

Staccato/Legato Thumbnails:   10/9/14 took around 1 hour

Staccato/Legato Mashup:    10/11/14 took around 1 hour

Staccato/Legato Mashup Inked:    10/14/14 took around 3 hours

Staccato/Legato Mashup GIF :   10/15/14 took around 3 hours

In all it took 8 hours to finish this project

 

The field trip to the BRIC Art museum was awesome! There was a lot of different pieces from artists that were from Brooklyn. ¬†Everything was very uniquely made. Like there was this pixelated picture of plants. It helped show how something could be so different when you alter it. At the bottom, was the original picture. Another thing was these chains hanging from the ceiling. It looked like a chandelier. The chains went from small bicycle chains to big rusted chains. There was this other piece made out of clay. It look like a monster you’d see from a video game. It looked really cool. We also got a tour of the television studio which was one of the most interesting parts for me. We saw how they filmed people and how people work, when their editing videos. Lastly we got to see a Professor Spevack special. It was a out house that looked like it came from the back of a Texas saloon. It was so cool. It was dark inside and very relaxing. Calm, natural music was plain. This added more to its calmness. I really liked the stenciled leaves on the door, which could only be seen if you opened the door. Props to Professor Spevack, it was an awesome trip and a amazing piece. ūüėÄ

The chandelier looking piece

The chandelier looking piece

One head of the monster looking piece

One head of the monster looking piece

The monster looking piece

The monster looking piece

It looked like a mummy but was actually a singer

It looked like a mummy but was actually a singer

 

In the reading of Colson Whitehead‚Äôs ‚ÄúCity Limits‚ÄĚ we learned how our¬†own view of New York could be completely different to somebody else. We have all lived in New York for a long time. We have had all kinds of experiences. Everyone has seen different places of New York and has experienced different events. This helps build to someone’s New York.¬†In the second paragraph he talks about how people begin to build their own New York. He tells us that our New York is based on our experiences and we shouldn’t let other people tell us what our New York should be like. He tells us to not believe in things like the newspaper and history text books because if we haven’t experienced it, its not part of our New York. Reading this made you feel nostalgic because you really begin to think about those past stores that aren’t there anymore. He gives the buildings human characteristics by saying that, both us and the buildings never get a chance to say goodbye. He starts talking about how our homes will always hold memories of us and it’ll have all our different phases.

Toward the end he begins to talk about how as New Yorkers we’ll always experience change. He also says” that New York doesn’t complain when we change so we shouldn’t”. We can’t stop the changes so we might as well embrace it. According to Colson Whitehead the only thing we can do is remember the memories we had of the buildings because that is the proof that they existed.

Our¬†field trip to the Center for Book Arts was very interesting and fun! It was a good way to learn about print making. It started out with us just looking around finding interesting pieces of art. Then this guy started talking to us about print making and book¬†binding. It sounded like he was giving a lecture. He told us the history of everything and how it turned into what it is today. I saw how tedious it can be to print something. ¬†Also I learned if you made a mistake when your printing it was very hard to undo it.¬†Now it¬†takes just a press on the keyboard to undo something.¬†Overall the¬†zine exhibit was very interesting. I found this nice magazine about your relationships with the train lines. It was so funny.¬†Then there was this piece about president Bush.¬†Then there was this spinning head mannequin lady. It looked so beautiful, you could literally tell that the person spent a lot of time making it. ¬†After the Center of Book Arts we went to the Rubin Museum. We were looking at the Francesco Clemente exhibit. It was very different from the Center of Book Arts. It was quieter and cleaner. It felt more professional. At the exhibit I liked the piece called The Four Counters. It‚Äôs a picture of a hand reaching out of water with stars at the background. Also the hand had the drawings of the world map on it. The countries weren’t ¬†placed right because everything was scaled and placed wrong.¬†Francesco Clemente brought together¬†Eastern and Western traditions in his pieces.¬†I really liked the two field trips, I hope we have many more.

The picture I like from the Book Center

The picture I like from the Book Center

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The sketch of my Favorite piece from the Rubin Museum

The sketch of my Favorite piece from the Rubin Museum

 

 

Project 1¬†is¬†about a bio of¬†myself. It’s mostly about me being a¬†student and what I’m trying to become. I started out stating my interests and how it ties into me being a designer. By doing this project I learned how to organize my essay. My writing tends go all around the place. By writing it out first and having a draft my ideas were able to flow better. Also posting it an then having people comment on them also helped. It helped me choose which ideas were relevant to my bio. What I think I could improve the most on is my vocabulary.¬†I didn’t spend a lot of time on this project. I wish I did. I know my time management skills need a lot of work. I spent most of my time thinking about what would be in the project.¬†I‚Äôm hoping for future projects I can put more time into them and have a great outcome. I also hope that everyone would continue to leave comments on how I could improve my work. Thank you ūüôā

After hearing what my peers had to say about my draft, I feel that there was a lot I managed to accomplish in my draft, but their was still some things missing. I got good feedback in what was needed and what needed to be changed. The feedback helped give me ideas on how I can improve by work. Thank you everyone for the great advice.