Archive | March, 2012
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It’s all over campus now!

26 Mar

It's all over campus now!

Homework #6: Grammar (Diagnostic A) Quiz

22 Mar

Based on my results, I struggle the most with homonyms? Yeah, I had no clue what that was until I Googled it. It is a silly mistake I do sometimes, when I read/write in a hurry. Another grammatical issue I have is with commas. Yes, commas can be handful because I tend to use them just because and I usually forget the “rules” of commas. I really need to stop that and start using them correctly. The last grammatical issue I have the most with is with sentence fragments.

My experience as a writer have been good because I honestly enjoy writing most of the time. Well it all depends on my mood. I think most of the time my writing is clear.  When it’s not clear, feedback always comes handy. I love feedback because it helps me define mistakes I did not find and it also improves my writing. I feel like it gives me some sort of power!

Overall the grammatical quiz was very helpful.  I look forward fixing and minimizing then grammatical mistakes I tend to make.

JUSTICE SHOULD BE SERVED.

20 Mar

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I encourage you all to sign this petition. I am signing this petition because by all means JUSTICE SHOULD BE SERVED. I find it saddenning and insulting that chargers have not been put against George Zimmerman for murdering this young man. I find it pathetic how Mr.Zimmerman found a young man with a bag of skittles threatening! On the contrary, the ONLY person that was threatening at that instance was nobody, but Mr.Zimmerman himself who was armed. All I pledge for is JUSTICE!

To those that do not know the story here it is:

On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member’s home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old.

Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community’s self appointed “neighborhood watch leader,” called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn’t been charged for murdering our son.

Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.

When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.

It’s been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer – saying he’s “a college grad” who took a class in criminal justice.

Please join us in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida’s 18th District State’s Attorney, to investigate my son’s murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.

Click the link below to sign the petition.

http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin

Rough Draft; Happiness comes from within.

8 Mar

My experience while writing this essay was a tad difficult. I struggled with the introduction because I didn’t know what perspective of happiness I was going to be writing about. Two, I ridiculously procrastinated like there was no tomorrow. Terrible, I know. I am honestly not satisfied with what I have so far.  Therefore, I am looking forward receiving feedback  and making this essay better.

(Ps – My essay is not completely developed.)

Does my tittle flow with what my essay is about?

Did my essay catch your attention? How? If not, why not and what can I do to catch your attention?

What do you think overall about my essay?

I feel like my essay is not persuasive at all. Can you advice on what I can do to make it persuasive?

Are there any points you think I should add?

Professor Menton

English 1 (Section 1982)

Happiness comes from within.

Perspectives on happiness have been presented in a variety of ways, such as, scientifically, religiously, and philosophically. Regardless of which way you look at it, people will always have different views and opinions when it comes to defining happiness. One thing we can all easily agree on is that happiness is looked at and found in many different forms, whether it is found in money, in religious beliefs, or in simple internal happiness with oneself. I believe that all forms of happiness lead to the same outcome, which can be described as a profound feeling of fulfillment that gradually spreads through every moment and endures despite the inevitable setbacks. I think the reason why there isn’t a definite answer on what happiness is, is because we were raised in different cultures, with different morals. However, I believe happiness is an internal process, and in order to strive for contentment you need to be able to understand and be aware of everything that going around within your own life.

When talking about happiness many believe that it is attained in an external form, such as, from having lots of money, when buying a new car, when having the latest technology device, when having dynamic experiences while on vacation and so forth.  When our desires and expectations are met we are happy. In contrast, what happens when the external things we place our happiness on have sudden changes? Our happiness rapidly vanishes and we recognize it really never there. In other words, the biggest factor of external happiness is expectations. We are only happy when things work out the way we expect them to. Although, our expectations are not met often, there may have been a few occasions when things went the way we expected.

In “The Geography of Bliss”, Eric Weiner, discovers in Bhutan that happiness means low expectations.  An example of how high expectations such as, can be an issue to our happiness, Karma, states, “I have achieved happiness because I don’t have unrealistic expectations.” (63) Which I agree, because I think when having “unrealistic expectations” chances are odd that you will reach that expectation that will lead to unhappiness, rather than having an expectation that you know you’re  likely to achieve.

I can compare unrealistic expectations with realistic expectations with an IPHONE. This may not happen in all cases, but it does happen.  Let’s say you’ve recently bought the latest version of the IPHONE which you’ve wanted. A few months later you come to know a newer IPHONE will be released in a couple of months. What happens? You’re happiness from the IPHONE you recently bought starts to slowly fade and your eagerness of wanting the upcoming newer version increases and increases, but you know you can’t spend money excessively because you may be laid off work and you’re trying to save as much money as you ca. You eventually get frustrated and unpleased within yourself.

Typically things go on opposite directions than the way we think they should. The only thing we can completely dominate is ourselves, yet we are allowing the exterior to take over control our happiness. I can certify that we set ourselves for our own discontentment.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” – Dalai Lama

Thus, I strongly believe true happiness is found within oneself. Internal happiness is about finding ourselves, being grateful of what we have, and most importantly being able to understand every aspect of our lives. Having an attitude of appreciation and gratitude for those good times strengthens that happiness you can experience today.  Find simple things to take pleasure in and reflect on the things you have, rather than the things you don’t have. It’s simply another way of a living happy within you.

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KONY 2012 by Invisible Children

6 Mar

Wow! I seriously feel like I’ve been living under a rock. How was I not aware of this?  Its never too late to get educated right? This is truly saddening and unbelievable…   Take action  & stop Kony! What are your thoughts on this?