Commonplace Entry #5

“When someone really hears you without passing judgement on you, without taking responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels good. When I have been listened to, when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and go on. It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens. How confusions that seem irremediable become relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.” -Carl Rogers, Intentional Interviewing and Counseling

I found this quote interesting because I found myself asking, when someone tells you what to do or gives you advice, does that help a person or not really? Is it better to listen to someone in the time of need and have them find their own way to explore and express themselves? I also felt this quote related to what we are learning in class. This sentence, “. . . without passing judgement on you, without taking responsibility for you, without trying to mold you . . .” is an example of parallelism because it contains grammatically equivalent items in a coordinated series. It is also an example of anaphora because it has repeating items at the beginning of each phrase. This sentence, “How confusions that seem irremediable become relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard” is an example of an anastrophe because the order of the sentence is inverted.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S5. How much better is it?

I am not your typical “know-it-all” about cellular devices. I am just an average college student who is curious and interested in learning more about the Samsung Galaxy S5. This review will be just that, a comparison of the extent of difference between this upgraded device and the Samsung Galaxy S4. I currently own a Samsung Galaxy S4. And I love it. I used to a be a part of the Apple I-Phone family. I made the switch into the Samsung Galaxy family because its larger, I can read the screen more clearly. It is more durable; I dropped my I-Phone once and the screen shattered, I have already dropped the galaxy 4 times and it still has not cracked. I also wanted a change from Apple devices. Now, I do not plan on switching cellular product companies. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has several new features: it is dust and water resistant, has fingerprint and heart-rate touch sensors, and better camera quality. Now the question is: Is it worth paying the extra bucks when your phone is not due for an upgrade yet?

xl_samsung galaxy s5 copyThis phone is not waterproof. It is, however, dust and water resistant. You are probably thinking well shouldn’t that be the same thing? Well, the S5 has an IP67 certification, meaning that the phone will still function only if it went underwater within 3.3 feet for no longer than 30 minutes. Recently, Tech Smartt tested this account but left the phone in water for 1 hour and the phone still worked as usual. How is this possible? The S5 contains a rubber-sealed covering around the USB port and battery to prevent the phone from getting damaged. The S4 does not have this. So do not try placing your S4 phone in water at all.

Next, as a generation moving towards acquiring a healthier lifestyle it was a smart advancement to add a heart-rate monitor sensor to the Galaxy S5. All one has to do is place one’s index finger just below the rear camera. When the phone senses the finger, a red light will flash and the device will count the number of beats per minute. How convenient! The Galaxy S5 also has a fingerprint scanner. It differs slightly from that of the I-Phone 5S. Instead of placing and holding the index finger on the home button, one has to slide one’s finger across the sensor beneath the home button. This mechanism can be used to not only unlock the phone, but make payments as well. Is it safe and reliable? Society is continually making fast advances just to try and make our lives “easier.” At the same time we are competing with witty hackers. This idea is a pretty cool one, but it seems to take away the privacy of a fingerprint.

xl_samsung galaxy s5The Galaxy S5 has a 16-megapixel camera. The Galaxy S4 has a 13-megapixel camera.Images taken from theS5 appear a little bit sharper, but if the lighting were better, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The Galaxy S5 also has a faster auto-focus than the Galaxy S4. This is satisfying to hear because with the Galaxy S4 I struggle to get the camera to focus very fast. It takes a long time to focus and when others use my camera they have trouble understanding that they have to wait and let the camera focus in before they take a picture or move the camera to a different shot.

As a current owner of the Galaxy S4 and with a year and half remaining on my contract, I am not willing to pay the extra money to upgrade my phone before the set upgrade date. Sure, it is awesome to have a dust and water resistant phone, but one can just buy a worthy durable case. But, its understandable accidents happen. The heart rate monitor feature is a smart and efficient one. This will attract many people who are striving to live a healthier lifestyle. Lastly, the camera megapixels and resolutions are quite different. But with slight light changes the pictures can appear very similar. Now, would you go out and pay the extra bucks to buy this phone?



Performing Prose- “Footing” Exercise

Hello Fred,

Lately, I have noticed that my food goes missing. For instance, last night I woke up and found a donut missing from the box. I have reason to suspect it was her. There were crumbs on the ground that led a path into your room. Interestingly enough, I heard your door creak open in the middle of the night and footsteps to and from the kitchen and back into your room. If you could please have her stop eating my food, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,

The social space between the reader and the writer is familiar. The way I started the letter with “hello” and ended it with a simple “thank you” implies that. I have also established a tone in this paragraph. My character is angry, upset, yet polite about her request. The physical space allows for Fred himself know exactly who Rhonda is referring to, his dog. However, the reader may have imagined it to be a person. Next, the cinematic sentence regarding the crumbs has the camera lens focus on the crumbs leading to the room. My goal is to improve my ability in creating a passage with footing. I can work on that by pointing out the footing in the next passages I come across.

Commonplace Entry #4

Don’t Go Far Off

Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because —
because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don’t leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you’ll have gone so far
I’ll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

-Pablo Neruda

I came across this poem and found it very appealing. I saw it as a very personal, sad plead. Do we all feel this way when we are in love? I noticed with each stanza his urging plea increased. It went from a day, to an hour, to a second. He seemed afraid his lover would flee. I also found this poem conversational. He uses the word “don’t” which is used more often when one is speaking rather than writing. I can assume the “little drops” refer to tears. However, I was stuck on what “the smoke” meant. Was it his breath that would be taken away? This poem is direct and easy to interpret. It also can relate to any type of love.

Commonplace Entry #3

“The study authors analyzed 2001-10 national data on ER visits for kids aged 3 to 17.”-Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

I came across this article on the YAHOO news. The other class session  we discussed how the placement of subject and verb matter in a sentence.  This sentence shows the object first, then the subject, and lastly the verb. To make the sentence  more clear and easy to read, the writer should have placed the subject first, then the verb, then the object (subject-verb-object). The sentence would make more sense like this: “The authors analyzed a 2001-10 national data study on ER visits for kids aged 3 to 17.”

Commonplace Entry #2

“Your patient is a dumb shit and I told him so in the group last night–in just those words.”- Love’s Executioner

This was the first sentence that began the chapter that  is titled “If rape were legal . . . ” Right from the beginning I found it interesting that the author decided to describe the main character through another character’s perspective. Did he want us to have a negative viewpoint on his client? His use of foul language also made  the character appear rude, insensitive, and made the readers dislike the character from the start.

Commonplace Entry #1

“What is samurai magic, you may ask? Intentional practice! Once upon a time, it was believed that giftedness was inherited.”- Intentional Interviewing and Counseling.

This quote stood out to me while I was reading because in a way it is a great simile. I never thought about how a person may think someone is special or magical when in actuality they might have just had a lot of intentional practice. Also, I liked how the author used an exclamation point to make sure his statement was heard even though it was a written claim.

A Brief History of Myself as a Writer

I used to think that I was not a writer, just a reader.

The moment I open a book it is impossible to see me put it down until I finish it. I enjoy the way the book takes me into a whole different realm. One that does not involve the stressful, active, non-stop lifestyle I am living to reach my career goal. Reading almost makes my clock slow down, its gives me time to enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures.

My journey as a reader began from the moment I knew how to read. Frankly, I remember my first book, but I hardly ever remember being able to make a connection between the words. I only knew that I loved pronouncing the words after my mom would when she would read the book to me. The name of the book was “Animals at the Zoo” by Rose Greydanus. I was attracted to all the animals and how the pages contained a little amount of words, easier for me to follow. I would trace all the letters and even colored and outlined the animals. This book taught me to read, make connections with illustrations and words, and use my imagination, but most importantly it taught me how to write.

Today I enjoy reading all types of genres, from mystery and fiction to romance and non-fiction novels. My recent favorites have been Nicholas Sparks, Stephenie Meyer, and E.L James. Unfortunately, the only available time I have now to read is during my vacations. During that time, I have read a couple of series; every time I feel like I have made some sort of connection with the characters and feel sad to finish the series. I like to make vivid accounts in my mind which draws me away from the here and now.

My journey as a writer began when my uncle noticed my passion for reading. He suggested the idea of writing my own book. For a while I brushed the idea away, thinking how I could possibly write a book; I have not attended college yet, much less had a clue of what it meant to be a writer. One vacation break, I decided to give writing a try. I sat down, started the computer, and sat staring at the screen for what felt like hours. Still, nothing came to mind. The next day, the cycle repeated. The following day, I decided to give up, mind you I was a young teenager with little patience when it came to writing. However, as I was watching one of my favorite television shows, Law and Order. I opted to write a story about a girl who went missing; sadly, I vaguely remember the details of my story. Every day from then on I was delighted to add new scenes to my storyline that I thought about the night before I went to bed.

Within the next week school was back in session and I did not have as much time to write in my book or think about new ideas. Therefore, on occasion I would return to writing whenever I had spare time. Slowly I grew distant from completing my book and shocking enough my computer broke down one day and I did not have a copy saved anywhere else.  That moment to me was traumatizing. I have never felt so hopeless; all of my hard work was just wiped away from the atmosphere. I felt as if it was a complete waste of my time and energy. That was what writing meant to me. I decided to not waste my time again on writing a book and felt timid and incompetent as a writer. I was a young girl intrigued about the idea of writing and experienced a downfall that no one, nor I, could afterwards see myself as a writer.

Present day, I only write when it is an assignment. When I was in high school, I recall not being very stellar in writing poetry. It was difficult for me to put together beautiful, short phrases that rhymed. I struggled to write creatively. In my senior year, we had to write a research paper, my first one. However, what took me the longest time was not the body of the essay, which took me a day. The hardest process for me was writing the thesis. We spent weeks going over how a thesis should be written, what it entails, how it tells the entirety of the essay in one sentence. I eventually overcame this barrier, which led to the ease of finishing my first seven page paper. My teacher gave me encouragement and reassurance that writing is a continual and growing subject matter.

In college, my professors will have us write a literature review about a novel, or write an essay about several topics on women’s health and social injustices, or about different cultures. In my ethnic women’s studies class I had to write five essays regarding a topic that related to the health and image of women in present day society. At first, I was not looking forward to writing. But, throughout the quarter I received A’s on all of my papers. I was shocked because I did not consider myself a writer, but this professor thought otherwise. This quarter I am taking an English class to fulfill a prerequisite for my graduate school, yet I have a notion that I am going to take much more out of this class as writer other than just completing a prerequisite. I have learned that everyone is a writer, we write in emails, text messages, and personal essays. It is true; I use written language to communicate.

I am both, a flourishing writer and a reader.

Time Management

876315323730920140412_154302-124 hours…that’s all we get in a day. Now, what do you do with that time?

As college students we find ourselves trying to tackle different tasks in one day. The first task being to decide whether or not to wake up and start the day the moment the alarm goes off. Next, we tackle the second task which is maybe, to drive to work, study your notes, or go to class, etc. Yet some of us may not know what that task is. We ask ourselves, I knew I had something important to do. What was it again? If you find yourself in this predicament many times over and over again, then this post will benefit you. Below are three tips that will help you better manage your time.

Tip #1: Have a calendar of some sort = Reminders
      This calendar can range from being posted on your wall, to one on your phone, to one on your computer, or a planner you can carry around at all times. However, I would say try to have one where you can write down your tasks, in the case your technology breaks down. Having a calendar where you can physically see your events, tasks, and due dates, will help you visually see what is happening tomorrow, in the next week, in the next month.

Tip #2: Write down your tasks for the next day the night before = Priorities
Do you find yourself having a hard time sleeping because you are thinking of what you have to do the next day? Well, it may help to write down those tasks that way you will go to sleep knowing you will not forget what tasks you need to complete the next day. It will also help you prioritize them as well. I would advise to not do two tasks at once, multitasking is an insufficient way of getting work done. You dedicate only 50% of your efforts to each task.

Tip #3: Take a break = Recharge
It is important to set some time aside to relax. We are constantly trying to get everything done in one day, 24 hours. We are doing all this work, but sometimes we forget that we are biological systems that need to rest up so that we can give our 100% efforts. Take this time (15-30 min) to read, exercise, play video games, meditate, any action that takes your mind off your studies to recharge and bring your stress levels down. Your mind and body work as one, when one is unhealthy so is the other.

Welcome to My Blog

I am a third year Cal Poly Pomona student majoring in psychology with a minor in physiology. I enrolled in this course to fulfill a prerequisite for my future physician assistant graduate studies. However, I feel I am going to learn a lot more about myself as a writer. With that, watch this space for further developments. Thank you.