The Girls in My Town: Essays discussion

 

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Meeting professor/writer Angela Morales (middle) along with my friend Lilly (right) and me (left)

 

Today I had the privilege of meeting Angela Morales, who is a professor at Glendale Community College and is also the writer of the book “The Girls in My Town: Essay”. Ms. Morales’ book includes little passages of events that have happened to her throughout her life.

Ms. Morales read a passage from her book entitled “Bloody Feathers”, which made me want to buy the book and read it for myself even more.

Bloody Feathers was the name of a student Ms. Morales had. The student was a tall, Native American male who was feared by his classmates due to the fact that he was a former inmate.

Morales went on to explain what kind of student Bloody Feathers was, how he would only move if the other students moved, the way he communicated with classmates and his efforts to do well.

Morales concludes the essay by stating that Bloody Feathers stopping going to class and then disappeared. It turns out Bloody Feathers was arrest again violating probation. He called her for a couple days at 2 in the morning until one day she picked up to hear his story on what happened.

She then told the crowd that when she looked up Bloody Feathers, she learned that he passed away and that drove her to write this story.

I enjoyed learning about Ms. Morales’ story on how she became a writer. She explained her childhood and how she was an introverted child who would lock herself in her room for hours and hours, she reminded me a lot of Richard Rodriguez, writer of Scholarship Boy.

After going to her talk through on her book, I actually went out and looked for prices to see how much the books are because I am actually very interested in reading her book.

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The End has Come!!!

In honor of this being my last post, this calls for some Ferris Bueller!

This was probably the hardest class I took this year. Not because it was a hard class or because “it’s the teacher’s fault, they suck”, but just because of the transition between high school and college.

A lot of what I was taught now, I didn’t know before about writing. I’d never used MLA format, I’d had to write summaries or summary synthesis’ before I got into Professor Brown’s class.

In high school, it was kinda like “read this book, tell me about it but try not to plagiarise, I won’t read it at all and you’ll get full points”, but here she actually reads each assignment, breaks down each thing you do wrong and want’s it done in a specific way. (Hint for future Professor Brown students!)

I personally didn’t take advantage of ALL her office hours which I totally regret. Had there been more time for me to go, I so would’ve done that but because of the way my schedule is, I didn’t even have time to eat sometimes.

Aside from missed opportunities in office hours, I missed a lot of points with not doing so well on certain assignments and by the time I started getting the hang of things it was/is basically already too late.

There were a lot of things I could’ve done differently, like asking coming on Friday’s to office hours or checking for Friday tutoring sessions, or asking others to proofread my assignments so they can suggest things to me to better my writing. Overall just use all the resources I had around me.

I do admit though, the in-class discussions were very fun and filled with memorable moments. I feel the classmates I had, in the beginning, were really fun to be around and helped make the class environment a good one to be in as well as Professor Brown.

Even though this class did challenge me a lot, it helped me become a better writer. I learned a lot from this class and I will miss coming in the mornings, even if it was at 7 AM. I’m hoping that in the end, my last paper is enough for me to come out on top, but hard work, office hours, and tutoring will help me get there.

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Final book review!

 

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It’s finally time for my last book review!

Usually, when it’s time for these I’m done with the book and have so much to say. This time, it’s only about halfway through it and I do have to say it’s a really great book.

It’s not really something that I usually read, but I can honestly say that I am very much enjoying it and a special shout-out to Professor Brown for recommending it to me.

So the book I’m reading is A Time to Kill by John Grisham and am currently on page 115 out of 515. A lot has happened in this book BUT don’t worry, this is a spoiler-free post! what I can tell you guys though it that this is hands down a suspenseful book that will make you not want to put your book down!

A quote that’s stuck out to me so far is,

“Make friends with fear, Lucien always said, because it will not go away, and it will destroy you if left uncontrolled.”

This quote stuck with me after reading it the first time. I felt like this part of the book was speaking to me. It’s basically saying that the more you try and hide your fears, the worse it becomes. It’ll eat you up inside until there is nothing left and you explode. Or, you can face it head on and control it. Make it less fearful by acknowledging your fears and doing everything possible to overcome those fears.

Even though I haven’t yet finished the book, I plan on finishing it, then watching the movie and comparing the two (I like doing that with books that turn into movies). I can tell this book is going to have a crazy ending just by where I’m at with it, so by that being said I definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes a suspenseful read. It’s got the good the bad and a little bit of everything in it. 10/10 so far!

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Weekly Check-In: New books and newer updates

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It’s been 5 days since baseball season ended and the Dodgers lost the world series at home. I have to admit, the loss hit me really hard. I cried for a couple of hours and then couldn’t stop thinking about it the rest of the week. Thinking about different ways they could’ve scored, how they could’ve won, reading conspiracies about how baseball is fake now(?) and everything in between.

I decided to get lost in my school work to get my mind off of baseball and to be very honest, it hasn’t been working. I find myself thinking about everything else but doing my work. I feel like school is getting a lot harder and it’s becoming almost impossible to keep up and I really feel like I’m losing my mind.

I tried reading books to calm my mind and found myself rereading Persepolis not just to find some quotes for the annotated bibliography but just because I actually loved the book. I found that there was a movie about it and actually started watching it. It’s very similar to the book despite missing some moments, it’s very spot on and has the same drawings. I believe the narrator is even Ms. Satrapi herself!

Along with me trying to distract my stress, I’ve decided to start on the last book for my English class. With some help from my professor, I’ve decided to read “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham

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More than anything, I honestly believe what got me more hooked to wanting to read this was the title. I’ve read the first chapter off of a free trial on iBooks and it’s actually really great read so far. I feel my favorite book of the semester hands down is Persepolis but this one could be closes second, maybe third behind A Catcher in the Rye.

That’s all I have!

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Goodbye October!

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It is finally the end of October! Halloween Day!

Honestly I was more excited for game 6 of the World Series! While trick or treating, I had the game playing on the radio while walking around with my little brother as we went door to door looking to score some good treats.

Not being able to watch the game gave me so much anxiety! It seemed as though each house we stopped at was watching the game. I’d stop by each window and watch a few plays of the game before my brother would tug on my hand to keep walking.

This Halloween felt different from the years before. I didn’t have money for a costume, I didn’t have time to make one or think of anything, and I didn’t really enjoy it as much. The place I usually go to for candy had less and less houses giving candy this year and the night went by way too fast.

This whole month went by way too fast, it was really hard for me to keep up. This whole last month we were assigned to write daily blog posts, update our readers with how our day went and what went on in it.

Truly, I believed this was going to be super easy to keep up with. I wrote a post each day in the first week and it seemed easy to keep up with. After the first week is when it all started falling apart. My time became very limited, I felt like I was saying the same thing over and over again and to be real honest I couldn’t remember about the blog posts. By the time I did, it was basically too late. I had missed the majority of the month, I couldn’t make up for the lost time and I just felt like I had already missed too much.

In the beginning, I really liked this assignment a lot. I felt that I could relieve my stressful day out on the internet and it really didn’t matter because if people din’t want to know, all they had to do was stop reading. What I didn’t like is that I kept forgetting to write the blog post. I also didn’t like the fact that I basically do the same things everyday and I felt like my words were repetitive.

I feel like if I were to have a chance to do this again, I would but I would definitely stick out with it and actually stay on top of it. I would actually write everyday and keep up with my posts and make sure I do everything on time. This was honestly a great idea and I hope I get a chance to do it again.

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BOOK REVIEW!!!

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On my last blog post I was giving a little info the book and how it was going. I finally was able to finish it and I still believe this is one of the best coming of age books I’ve ever read!

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was very powerful in the sense that it gives “outcasts” a feeling of they aren’t alone and I believe that alone helps a lot.

When reading this books, I felt the little 8th grader inside me clawing out and trying to relate to Charlie, the main character on the far right. In some ways I believe I was and could still be a lot like Charlie.

Throughout the book there are many amazing quotes, but I’ve narrowed it down to my 3 favorite.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

This quote in particular made sense to me back in 8th grade. It reminds me of the “know your worth” kind on thing and I feel like it’s so important that this is out there more. Most girls allow themselves to get hurt at such a young age and carry that around with them and ruin something that could potentially be good for them

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anyone.”

I feel like there was a point in my life in high school where I felt that this applied so much to me. There was a time where I lost all my friends over something so dumb, and found myself all alone and having to move on and not feel sorry for myself. I had to grow on my own and that’s exactly what I did.

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”

The first thought on my mind is doing the same thing with my friends. The amount of joy on our minds without a care in the world. This sensation is indescribable and it’s just pure happiness. I live for the moments like this.

Overall the book was amazing and I enjoyed reading it. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.

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Reading, reading, and more reading!

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It’s been quite a long time since my last blog post, a lot has happened since!

School has been getting crazier, softball has been going, and everything else is like a roller coaster. Sometimes I have really good days, and then sometimes it feels like the floor is being taken from right under me.

Aside from my days being super on and off, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the very little down time I do have to sort of escape the crazy, chaotic world I live in.

I recently started reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and am currently on page 82. I first heard of this as movie back in the 8th grade, I didn’t even know the book existed. When I first watched the movie, I thought it was something I could relate to because back in the 8th grade I was an awkward, kept to myself, little teenager. I lost that when I made friends in high school, but now that I;m alone in college and basically have no friends, I can come back and relate to this again.

Going back to the book, I personally feel like this book is a good “coming of age” type of book. I believe a great quote used in this book is,

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

I feel like this gave me the mentality I have today. I know my worth, I know what I deserve and I won’t accept anything less than my expectations.

It goes without saying that books can help you through tough times and help you realize you’re more than what you think you are. I hope that when I finish this book, it leaves me happier than when I saw the movie. You know what they say, books are better than movies.

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Hump Day!

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In honor of hump day, today’s slice of life will probably be a little more lengthy (I hope).

At school it wasn’t really surprising or different. I had my usual cup of coffee from Starbucks on my way to class, walked in and sat down took notes, and did my usual participating and working in class.

I actually enjoy my English class so much because it’s really different from my other classes. My classmates actually participate, we always get off topic and start to talk about something else and it’s just always a good time in there.

After English class, I went into the study hall classroom and stayed in there doing work for roughly 3 hours. The first hour, I worked on my math packet which I got through rather quickly. It took a lot of work and actually showing my work but I feel confident I got most, if not all of the answers right.

After I finished the math, I moved onto my reading for my college 1 class. Within the first 10 pages, I felt myself falling asleep and eventually did for roughly 20 minutes. That small nap made me so tired that the rest of my time there, all I though about was sleeping as soon as I got home (which I didn’t do).

During the last hour, I spent the first 20 minutes trying to focus on the new assignment for my English class, and after I lost focus I spent the remainder of my time on my phone watching videos on paranormal and horrific events like the original exorcism, actual paranormal events caught on tape and things in that category.

When it was finally time to go home, I saw my high school friend going the same way. It turns out, hes going to the same school! He’s just taking later classes and that’s why we never see each other or get a chance to hang out.

We spent the whole ride home talking, catching up, reminiscing about high school and how we miss certain things like like hanging out after school at the mall, all the fun events leadership would put on at lunch and things like that.

When we got to my stop, we went out separate ways and as soon as I got home, I took an amazing nap. After I woke up, I spent most of my day watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix (which is an amazing show that I highly suggest).

It also so happens to be my cousins birthday so we finished the night with cupcakes, singing “Happy Birthday”, and some more Netflix shows. Today was probably one of my better days and I’m super happy I finally get to sleep!

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Halfway through Week 6!

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The gif above perfectly describes my current mood trying to keep up with all my school assignments, softball, and socializing with my family.

I feel like as the weeks go on and on, I get more used to the idea of my new time schedule and how I should be managing my time.

Today wasn’t that bad of a day. I usually feel like Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are my longer days, but today felt rather quick. My college 1 class went rather quick, we watched a Ted Talk on David Blaine and the story behind his breaking the record of longest breath held. The video was actually quite inspiring and i enjoyed watching it a lot.

After my college 1 class, I got ready for my softball conditioning class. It was nice and cloudy and windy outside so running wasn’t so bad today. Once we were all done running, we went inside the weight room and started working out. Although I sometimes dread working out, at the end of it I actually come out energized and happy. Working out makes me feel like i’m getting stronger, especially when I can feel myself getting stronger and better at things I wasn’t good at before.

Normally after workouts, I go on a lunch break or I go straight to study hall. Today I decided to get some lunch since I didn’t really have a breakfast. I went to a the Mongolian BBQ place across the street from school and man is it good! It’s a little bit on the pricey side, but I think it’s worth it because the food is great.

For my final 3 hours at school, I spend them in my math class. I’ll be very honest, my last 3 hours at school are the worst. I absolutely hate being in that class. There are no class discussions, there’s no actual lesson, it’s just watch the example, try it yourself, and do practice problems and figure it out. I feel like I’d enjoy it A LOT more it there was an actual lesson plan, or a “come to the board and solve it” to the classroom.

I ended my day like I always do, with my train ride home, a nap as soon as I get home, some homework, dinner, a shower and some Netflix. All in all, today was a pretty good day and I’m glad it went by fairly quick (especially my math class).

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No school = more sleep!

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Today was probably the fastest days I’ve ever lived. I missed my first actual day of school and it was relaxing but sadly went by too fast. I spent my day sleeping in, and taking care of my 1 year old brother.

It all started before I fell asleep, as I was laying in bed, I saw on the news about the tragedy that happened in Las Vegas. I stayed up watching to see what was happening, hoping everyone there was okay. After a while, I texted my cousin who goes to UNLV to make sure he was okay. Once he texted me back to tell me he was okay, I decided to fall asleep.

At around 1:00, one of my neighbors was yelling that someone was following him and it scared me and he continued it until the cops showed up around 2 almost 3. After he stopped, I stayed up watching the updates about the Route 91 harvest festival and finally fell asleep around 3:45.

When it was time to wake up for school, I woke up an hour late and on top of that, I still felt sick from this past weekend. So I ended up staying home, sleeping in and getting a lot of work done.

I watched my little brother, spent time with him, fed him and watched a bunch of movies with him. After a while, it was time for his nap so I put on his favorite movie (Spider-Man Homecoming), and he ended up falling asleep and so did I.

After a long nap, we woke up and started playing toys, I took him a bath and finished watching the movie we were watching before he fell asleep. My aunt made dinner so we ate one more time, and I let him play with my cousin while I did more work and when I finished, my parents got home with my sisters and that was basically the end of out night. Not really exciting slice of life today but it’s what happened.

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