I have some good news and updates!

Hello guys!

I apologize that I couldn’t catch up with you today, again!

Today, I wanted to give out a handout I made that basically discusses the topics peer mentors cover. I will be giving this handout on Monday, so that it is a reminder of some questions you might want to ask.

Thank you for those who have given me or emailed me their City Tech email. There are only a few of you who still have not provided me with your CT email. I will have your copy of the contact sheet on Monday so that you can write it down for me.

GOOD NEWS! Potluck Tuesday is around the corner! As I may have mentioned before, The National Society of Leadership and Success is hosting a Potluck starting September 29th at 11 am in the 5th floor Lounge. There will be free food provided for ALL City Tech students. First come, first serve! SGA is sponsoring the first NSLS Potluck. I will have more information on that Monday.

As new college students, you will need help creating a good resume, practicing for professional interviews and even getting an internship for later on during your college career. Luckily, we have an amazing Professional development office at City Tech. It is located in the Welcome Center, past the front desks. There, they will help you create your resume, prepare for job interviews, and get you started on your experience as a professional student. This is an amazing source that we should all look into in our first years at college.

There are many fun events and activities at City Tech, which is a great way for you to get involved. Join a club, or even create your own at Student Life and Development in G516. As I always tell my students, it is fairly important that you get involved at your college.

More updates and reminders will be announced Monday morning. Again, you can always reach me during my office hours in room N 506. Follow us on Instagram @citytechlearningcommunities.  Please make sure that you are up to date with your Openlab posts and assignments. I’ll see you all soon.


Project #1: (Revised)

Sometimes I wonder to myself, what are people’s usual first impressions about me upon meeting me? What do people assume and infer about me as an individual at a glance? I am a Freshmen here at City Tech. I am 18 years old and I am of Ecuadorian and Salvadorian descent. I live in the Bronx (6 line) and I’ve had a passion for visual arts for as long as I can remember. Ever since I could even speak, I used to always tell my parents how much I wanted to be an “art-teeest” as I used to say it. Growing up i became more and more fascinated in the way art was used to decorate the world around me, and how important it was to so many people in being able to express ideas and imagination. I began to draw and paint every single day. I used to carry my mini sketchbook with me everywhere I went. In it i would have such childish but imaginative and crazy drawings, which till this day, I still possess that free style in my work. I used to beg my parents to take me to the MOMA almost every weekend, after my first time visiting it when i was in first grade. I continued to grow more and more inspired, although when i reached high school, I had dropped my passion for it due to an unexpected tragedy in my family. However, i decided to continue to pursue what i have always known and loved, and i decided to make it my major in college and re-ignite that passion I’ve always had. I aspire to be an animator or a concept artist in the future, and pursue making a living out of what i love to do. I can imagine myself in the future creating beautiful and complex works of concept art, that can potentially be brought to life through a video game or a feature film. THAT is what I want to do, and be successful at. A few years from now, when technology advances even more than it already has, i want to see my name in the credits of the newest blockbuster film or the hottest new video game release. Some words that describe me as a person are Timid, Stubborn, and Adventurous. Though I can be hard headed over small things sometimes, I’m pretty likeable and easy to get along with. I’m always the type to be very timid to speak when I’m around new people, but once you get to know me, I could talk about just about anything for daysss. I also love to discover and travel, and get into new things. Some things I’m into are baseball, DC comic heroes, drawing/creating/writing, anime, science fiction, horror and fantasy books, and traveling. I am more specifically a huge fan of the hunger games series,the Dragonball series, and Halo. I’m also really into Music and the performing arts (more specifically Broadway musicals), as i went to a performing arts high school, where I did many amazing things like be a part of huge concerts and shows, and met many famous music artists, performers, and actors.


There are many reasons and aspects as to why I chose this Avatar for my profile. My avatar consists of a piece of concept art created by Bungie Studios, for a video game called Destiny. Its almost like a design or blueprint, so to speak. A concept artist created this character and designed him, before creating it digitally through the game. Looking at the avatar, you can see the detail and information the artist input into these “blueprints”, and the very image he had in his head for this particular character. Not only am i a vivid player of the Destiny video game, but the art and character design in the game are simply fascinating to me. The aesthetic care and imagination that went into creating this “world” is mind blowing. Every time I play i can’t help but think of how amazing it would be to one day create such vivid and fantastical worlds and characters, and have them come to life in such a way. I aspire to be the one to create such concept art, after being inspired for so many years through movies, TV shows and other entertainment media.

Though my Avatar to me is a symbol of the passion I wish to pursue, there can be all types of interpretations as to why I chose it. Knowing a lot of people who are fans of the Destiny video game, anyone of those or other individuals could simply assume i just love the game. There could also be inferences that i have a pinpointed passion for just video games, which is not the case at all. Yes, i do love the game, but my main perspective is the art and passion that went into creating every single aspect of that game. Especially the concept art, which like I mentioned before, is something I’m pursuing to do. Through my entire profile, i wish to relay and make clear what I pursue, and how i plan to get there. I aspire to be the one to create such beautiful and fantastical worlds and characters, and make them come to life. And I will pursue this goal through education in the graphic arts.



a person who is an expert on theology

  • More in detail on theology: the study of religious faith, practice, and experience : the study of God and God’s relation to the world.


I’ve come across this word in the reading excerpt “Univers Strikes Back”. This word can be found in the sentence “No longer satisfied by the cult of cultures, philosophers, theologians, journalists, and artists around the world are recovering the universal ideas embedded in their particular religious, national, or communal orientations…”. From learning who the theologians were, I understand that in the previous sentence they’re a group of people that have been placed in their own category of great minds. To me I think the sentence is referring to The Renaissance era. The Renaissance was an era of which these amazing thinkers came about and expressed their ideas to the world. The sentence is exclaiming that the world no longer has a great influence from these amazing thinkers.


adjective ho·mo·ge·neous

made up of the same kind of people or things.

“In a small village just twenty miles away, the population is more ethnically homogeneous, but the culture is nonetheless connected to the world.” – Universe strikes back.

Knowing the definition helped me understand what the rest of the third paragraph meant.

Project #1 (Final)

 The way I see it is we are all put in this world for significant reasons. We all have different and unique talents. What we make of it is what matters the most. Whether we had hard times or not, we can all achieve what we want if we put our mind to it. The important thing is to do it the right way. What I would like people to get from my profile is that I am hard working and enjoy doing what I have to do to achieve my goals.
Art back then was not appreciated as much as it is now since it revolves us in many ways. Therefore I feel like there is more ambition to finally have a job we will enjoy for the rest of our lives. As a child learning to draw, I found it interesting how we are able to express ourselves with just a pencil and paper. Not only in drawing but also in writing poetry. I like connecting my art work and poetry a lot, making one relate to the other. One of my personal goals is to have an art gallery with my art and poetry laid out everywhere. I would also like to work with any company or business that will allow me to make their logos with my own design and style. I might have all these years of drawing and painting experience, but I have a lot to learn. I want to learn new techniques and skills. I want to become better at what I thought I already knew.
The reason I chose a lotus flower as my avatar is because it reminds me of myself. As most humans, my road here was very rough and bumpy. I say this because a lotus flower grows through thick heavy mud, which is what my obstacles were pretty much similar to mud. I find myself much more outgoing then before, but I am still a sprouting flower because I have a lot more to learn. My avatar might give that calm and down to earth feeling to some. Which I actually wish was really the case because I find myself trying to find calm time. I live a very rushed and fast pace life, surround by my family and noise all the time. I feel like you can see this in my art work because it is abstract but in a neatly matter. It just represents me trying to control the chaos. I just use this as my unique way of being an artist.
Although it might seem my life is surrounded by just art and responsibilities, I do enjoy having my free time and having fun. I am a big food enthusiast and what I mean by that is that I enjoy trying new foods and making them as well. My current job as a barista allows me to be artistic in a way. I get to make latte art at times, and in cooking I get to experiment with new things, which are all different ways of art too. Adding your own touch to anything makes it unique, which is why I have fun with what I do at work. This is what I want to experience for the rest of my life, doing what I enjoy and having fun with my job while being able to learn new things and please people, all while getting paid.

ENG 1101 Classwork: “Univers Strikes Back”

Today in class, we reviewed our reading, “Univers Strikes Back,” and began to annotate it to reflect what we understood and didn’t understand yet. We highlighted words we wanted to understand better.

We also discussed our drafts of Project #1, taking some time to ask questions and to make a checklist for our final revisions, which are due before the start of class on 9/21.

Project #1 Draft

Hey guys, My name is Tk, is the abbreviation of my name Tsang, Ka Yee. I born in Hong Kong, which is a part of China. Has the different policy of China, “One Country, Two Systems”, is a prosperous and many kinds of culture city. I graduated from Lower East Side Prep High School. I moved to NY around 3 years, so I wanna improve my English as fast as possible, that will be more helpful for my future life. I’m a optimists and quiet person, but when you get to know more about me. You may not think I’m a quiet person, I always non-stop talking and keep to making fun with you. By the way, I’m a typical Gemini girls, because I always capable of displaying different personality traits at different points of time. It doesn’t mean I’m a “melancholy and moody” person. Also, I don’t like to be pinned down by anyone or any rules, always need to experience the world on my own. I think Change and freedom are extremely important to me, will never let anyone dictate me. Sometimes I will turn of  my phone and stay at home, try to give some time for my brain. I love to play the different types of puzzle, is will keep my brain on. My design aesthetic involves a foundation of geometric, I fall in love of the geometric figure. I focus of the relationship and distance between the lines and points, then will create the perfect proportion of geometric.


The appearance of my avatar is black&white color and I use my hair cover my face then look into the left side. My avatar could be misleading because it not really show my face and using the black&white color then it will hard to understand me. That’s like I wanna hide myself and forbid people to know more about me, because of the action and color might make my avatar more mysterious.

My complete profile will convey who I am and my personality. Even though, I know my avatar not exactly show my personality, and still hide something. By the way,  I believe time will show everything if you wanna know more about me.