Aquiver (adjective): shaking or trembling because of strong emotion; quivering (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Paragraph 5 of “The Story of an Hour”–>“She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life.”

I believe the word in this quote means that the trees that Mrs. Mallard was watching from her bedroom window were shaking (excited) to blossom with new leaves.




My Name is Jacqueline Etienne from Brooklyn, New York. This is my last semester at New York City Tech. I received my Associate degree from BMCC in 2012 in Human Services. I’m  currently getting my Bachelors degree in Human Services, I’m also the Vice President of the Human Services Club. I plan to go to Graduate school to become a Social Worker. I have two schools in mind Yeshiva and Hunter.  I’m interested in becoming a clinical Social Worker working with mental health patie

Since a young age I alway believed in giving back and helping people, I feel like that’s my purpose her on earth.  My family on the other hand are shock with my career choice. My Grandfather a doctor, my grandmother a nurse, and so is mother. The pressure was heavy for me to be in the medical field when I couldn’t even watch the sight of blood. I stayed on my own journey. My First internship at City Tech was Woodhull Hospital with Mobile Crisis. The experience with the clients were great but supervisor not so much. I recently finished my internship at (ACS) Administration of Children Services which i truly enjoyed I gain so much experience from being there over the past 5 months. I’ve with with children ages 3 month to 10 years of age and I’ve worked with young adults no Rikers Island.

In this day and time I feel there’s  a big humanity and my role has Social Worker ca benefit in this World. I’m shy in the beginning, until I get comfortable then I voice and express a lot. I’m very outgoing and I’m also a people person, respect is very important to me.Theirs an amazing little person in my life and her name is Isabel. My amazing three year old daughter. She’s the reason why I’m so determine on furthering my education. My focus is alway be a great example to her, and show her she can achieve the same or better. In the middle of being a mother, wife, student, and working I enjoy going to the movies. I enjoy a great novel when I do have time. I’m very much a hands on person o I enjoy arts and craft with my daughter and also cooking with her. This is a little insight on the life of Jacqueline.

The General Facts

My name is Valerie. Im currently in my third year at City Tech. After high school I attended St. Francis college in Brooklyn for a year before leaving to work full time. I met my husband shortly after and we opened a brick oven pizzeria, “Lucali” in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. It has been open since 2006 and is a popular restaurant and has received an number of accolades and praise among the press and foodies alike. We also have a 8 year old, Kalista, who is the apple of my eye. Though I love the restaurant business, I felt that I wanted to have my degree in what I have always had a passion for; History. I am currently matriculated in the CUNY Baccalaureate program. The discipline that I have chosen is “The History of Medicine, Women, and Ancient Civilizations”. Assuming this endeavor later on in life has most certainly been a challenge, but definitely a rewarding one. When I was a kid I aspired to become a doctor, but I always loved learning about the history of ancient civilizations, but I put that interest aside as mainly a hobby. When I decided to go back to school, I originally intended to pursue nursing. I took a Western Civilization class and realized that I truly loved History and that I wanted to pursue that road rather than nursing. With the CUNY BA Program I was able to combine both my love of medicine and history. As far as extracurricular activities are concerned I don’t have much time to pursue any between the restaurant, school and my daughter. When I do get a moment to unwind, its definitely watching good movie, listening to music, or going out to eat. I am a  huge junk food gal! I am a self professed homebody, and relish the fact whenever I get a chance just to sit and hang out.

Discussing “The Story of an Hour” and “A Jury of Her Peers”

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a great story to discuss for many reasons. It’s especially convenient because it packs so much into just two pages. After you read “The Elements of Fiction” and “The Story of an Hour,” re-read “The Story of an Hour” with pen or pencil in hand. Mark it up by identifying different elements of fiction you find in it, as well as anything else that stands out to you. When you take notes on a reading, what techniques do you use? Underlining, circling, bracketing, writing summaries, questions, observations, drawing arrows connecting similar ideas, defining words you didn’t know, among other techniques are great ways to get into a text. Try a combination of these techniques.

For our discussion, consider how we as readers think about Mrs. Mallard and the death of Mr. Mallard in comparison to how we think about Mrs. Wright and the death of Mr. Wright. Use the elements of fiction to support your ideas, and be specific with examples from the readings (including quotations is a great way to support your claims).

Since comments should be roughly 150-250 words, you might find that you can’t say everything you want to say. There are many of us to contribute ideas, so no one commenter needs to say everything. That said, come back to contribute more by engaging in a discussion with your classmates. You can either respond to my post by adding a comment, or you can reply to someone who has left a comment. Reading other classmates’ ideas can help shape your ideas, so be sure to read carefully to best engage in the discussion. We might not have the same ideas, but we can learn from each other and expand our understanding of these texts through our discussion.

If you have questions about the texts, feel free to ask those, too. When I stated that comments need to be 150-250 words, that doesn’t mean you can’t also write additional shorter comments, especially if they are questions. And everyone should feel free to answer questions as well–that will contribute to our discussion as well.

The Not so Interesting Me

There is really not a lot to say about me because I do not have a very active or adventurous lifestyle.   My life does not make people “oooo” and “ahhh,” so, I am introducing a plain/generic life to you.

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York with the aspiration of one day becoming a doctor. I had always set my heart to become a doctor and help others in their ailments. As I got older and tried to pursue this dream, well the dream of my parents, I volunteered at hospitals and found jobs working in the health field. I pursued something that my parents wanted me to have, however, this was not attainable for me because I was not doing well in basic biology 101. While working as a certified nurse assistant I started to learn that I did not want to work in a field that I was getting annoyed with every single day and that this field was not for me. I made up my mind that I rather make less money in a career that I love than more money in a career that I hate. I also had to make the decision to let go the definition of what was a true profession from my parent’s standpoint. Eventually, this led me to changing my major to Law and Paralegal Studies.

So, let me be honest I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I did not know anything about the law. With my own life experience, I never wanted to get involved in law. I would always say, “I do not like the police, marshals, FBI, lawyers, and anyone else involved in law enforcement.” And maybe I still have a lack of trust for them but I love the law. After getting the chance to go to the courts in my school assignments (e.g. NYS Family Court, NYS Criminal Court, NYS Civil Court, etc.), I got to experience the inner workings of the court, how the law was being used to come to the verdict, and the hard decisions that judges had to experience when deciding cases. I also got a chance to speak to a judge and realized these judges were people too. They were not piously sitting on a throne for people to bow and worship them. They had to make, sometimes, tough decisions that they could not go by their feelings alone but the law itself. Now, that I am a junior in college, I have aspirations of going to law school. I have not considered what field of law I want to work in because there are so many choices to pick from but I think when I am in law school the answer will eventually come to me.

Besides my professional goals, I also like baking. Baking is my escape from school. I can be creative and make up different flavor combinations of cakes, cookies, bars, breads, and other desserts. Law is not in my mind 24 hours a day/seven days a week, so the baking gives my mind a break from school and life. Also, my family gets to be my personal guinea pig in tasting my creations.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”



I am actually not your father..

Aside from painting a self-portrait, introducing myself is probably the hardest thing to do. In person I would probably say hi in a sweet way, try to be funny -cue the awkward laughs- and divert the attention, as quickly as possible, to someone else. I love your dress where is it from?  

To help with writing this I asked my friends to describe me… um after the jokes ended I was told I’m a hipster. Ha!  I used to do that before it was cool. *insert relevant emoji here* (Just in case you couldn’t tell that was a joke I’m not pretentious, well at least I hope I’m not) Why is it seemingly impossible to get serious answers from your friends?

After all that I realized I didn’t even mention the most important thing, my name. Although thinking about it now I think I should just keep my identity a secret and reveal it in a dramatic way like Darth Vader. Sorry I cut your hand off and all but guess what I’m actually 50% of the reason you exist.  *dun dun dun*

This is the part where I wish I could say I am a published, popular author or an astronaut that has been to Saturn but I can’t. Outside of my dreams I’m actually not as cool as Agent Peggy Carter and S.H.I.E.L.D doesn’t actually exist. And no matter how much I wish my Hogwarts letter got lost along the way (darn owls) I’m still stuck going to the same boring college as the rest of you. Even so, I’m still awaiting my letter to Hogwarts (or a ticket to the theme park). What do you mean I’m too old? I’m only 20, it’s not that far from 11… (I sincerely apologize if you don’t know a thing about Harry Potter or Marvel and don’t understand the references- use it as an excuse to read/watch)

On a serious note, I am so tragically average that telling you about myself would be cruel. Think the typical boring do-good protagonist in a contemporary novel, except nothing interesting ever happens to me. What I will tell you though is that I read way to many books, mostly sci-fi and fantasy, and dream about the weirdest things because of them. If asked to choose between my family or a chance to go to Disney world every day of the year, you best believe I am going to choose Disney world my family. I’m studying to be a legal drug dealer aka a pharmacist (my doctor’s words not mine),  and the only time I will pull ‘all-nighters’ would be to finish a book or binge watch some tv show. If there was one piece of advice I was to give someone it would be to never change yourself for anyone, be yourself and don’t give up on your dreams. Be practical about it but don’t give up. (That’s not one piece is it?)


*ba dum tss*

Food is the first, the only love of my life. (Psst. If you give me free food we can be friends 0:) ) ‘ Wanderlust’ is my favorite word and also an everlasting feeling. There you have it folks, a little something about me. Looking forward to reading about you guys as well.

“Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.” – Virginia Woolf



Now that our course is beginning, let’s take some time to get to know each other. Please write a blog post introducing yourself. Let us know what your interests are–academic, extracurricular, professional–and what makes you interesting. We’re going to start the semester with posts at approximately 350 words (approximately one typed page), so aim for that. You might consider it a draft of the bio you revise for the appropriate audience and purpose to add to your OpenLab profile or your ePortfolio, so it can do double or triple duty.

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  • Follow the blogging guidelines for the course.
  • To get credit for writing this introduction (your first homework assignment), be sure to choose the category Introductions  on the right-hand side of the screen when you write your post. Just below the category options, feel free to add any tags you think reflect your post, or to choose from the tags that others have already added.
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Feel free to comment on each others’ posts–this is a great way to connect with each other and to familiarize yourself with the features of the blog. I look forward to getting to know you through your posts!


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