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4th of July: America

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

For America born in 1776,

Red, White, Blue

United States of America

USA! USA!

Where freedom is the rule

For the people to having these alienable rights,

“Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness”

This is where the heroes/braves are born & living

Wars have broke out but we manage to move on

Lives were lost, but will be remembered

Sacrifices came and go but we are still on our mission

We never have lost our hopes

To pursue our own American Dreams

To work hard and refused to back down

That’s what called our American pride

To prove the whole world that America is the best country in the world!

To the whole world, Americans say, “I am proud to be American!”

Happy 236th Birthday to awesome country in the world, USA!

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Portfolio:Relfective Letter, Writing Barrier

I have a writing barrier. I noticed this when I was in speech session, my speech teacher Ms. Heuser asked me for my writing assignments that I was working in class. When I gave her my paper, she wrote all over the paper with red ink. She told me there were words that needed to be use as past tense, and there were some missing words. She looked at me with a dramatic look giving a message I could have found all these ‘silly mistakes’ if I just read it. I gave her the look that I don’t want to. To be honest, I don’t really like to read my work. I rather listen to it, than reading it. I catch my mistakes a lot faster than reading out loud to myself. I asked Ms. Heuser, “Why do I have a writing problems compare to math when I can get it quickly?” Ms. Heuser told me that my brain and hand aren’t connecting. She explained that I have a quick thought process and it hard for my hands to catch up with my ideas. Writing is an enemy to my rapid thought process. However, I have strengths in my writing that I don’t even realize about it to having areas of improvement that I still need working on. So far I need to improve on using my time more wisely, and loosen my strategies while making myself proof read aloud out in order to catch my or others’ silly mistakes. However, I do have some writing strengths like adding the “they say” part which is adding the starting conversation before I talk about it. I also have learned that I use the “I say” part really well in my writing. Which is adding what I say about the conversation, but overall my organization in my paragraphs has good structures to follow up on.

Although I also think my two languages, Spanish and English may be the cause of my writing barrier. It’s hard for me to communicate in writing correctly for my readers to understand my ideas or points. Spanish’s sentences stature is different compare to an English writing stature. I can verbally communicate well in English, but there are times when my listener doesn’t understand me. I notice it right away in a face-to-face conversation then fix it by using other methods of translating the same meaning. Since I was little, I had to help my mom understand English speakers and teach her English at the same time. Now days if I ever saw a person having trouble with English I come over and explain it to them what the English words meant or say the words they meant to say. If they still don’t understand, I use other ways in making them understand. However, with writing it’s a whole different level since you can never see the readers’ expressions. When I’m writing I have a sudden urge to pause in every sentence because I want to make sure it understandable and not let it be discriminating in anyway. The problem is that I always go over the top. So I always look at other writings in a way to improve my own writing. When I see my mom’s writing it now the best source since she writes a horrible way of English writing structure; for example, in her note she wrote, “this are for lalo cookies”, when it’s suppose to be “This money is for Lalo’s cookie order.” Having my languages really causes problem not only for me, but also my family. Also, I know writing is not my best subject since I was little with two languages holding me back. I just don’t want to give up because I really want to improve my writing.

Furthermore I really want to improve in my areas of improvement by loosening my thought process and by using my time wisely, but mainly to make myself read out aloud. You may think these areas of improvement seem easy to do, but for me it’s not easy because of my rapid thoughts are too fast to catch up. I constantly fight myself in order to improve my sentences in English, instead of writing it in Spanish sentence structure. I noticed in every essay I write the sentence structure always came out to be a few English and more Spanish sentences. I could fix it with ease. Yet, I can’t catch all of them if I read it in my mind or out aloud to myself. I always had known that reading in my head is not good compare to hearing my voice. While, I have a voice that goes loud to soft, so it isn’t easy for me to read my paper when I have a loud or quiet environment. A quiet environment and you still can’t speak out? Well I am witty person when to read my paper out loud because I don’t want anyone to be bothered by it, and I hate silence for a long period of time. I always turn on music when it quiet. I do have times that I need silence in order to work on something, but only for a while.

Indeed it’s really hard to have my mind focus to fix sentence, but that’s why I give my brain enough time to cool off and write again later. In my diversity essay, I made a lot of time to make sentences with inspirational thoughts, but compare to my birth order essay. Where I lost my train of thought with time eating away, it was really hard to get back in the game. I took long time to get my thoughts back on track, but then I lost my thoughts right in the middle of my essay. It cause me to lose my “they say” part in my birth order essay, but I revised it to hopeful make it stronger like my diversity essay.

Out of two essays number three had my writing strengths to use the “they say,” “I say,” and great organization to follow up on. In my diversity essay, it was the stronger compare to my essay five because I was really good at contributing the “they say” part though out the whole essay. I didn’t notice “they say” part was one of my strength because I always have a habit of adding in what people talk about before adding my ideas into it. Or else I’ll be talk to myself like an idiot. In the same essay, I love it how I added “I say” part about how the newest generations accepted change faster than the old generations. The old generations weren’t respecting the fact that the world is changing, and people are individuals not on groups’ ethics. The thing that surprised was one of Mary J. Blige’s fans read my work and told me this “I just want to say a BIG thank you because that was the BEST response I have read so far on the whole incident.” As long as I remember I never had a positive response to my essay when it came to talk about a situation. This is writing course change my view on writing about something. It made me realize my writing can make a big impression on somebody. When I saw what Blige’s fan wrote I was so happy because I didn’t feel like I an idiot in my writing. I was grateful that this course taught me that my writing does make a huge impact on someone. Also this essay, my paragraphs were also well organized to follow up by adding the both sides’ thoughts in the situation. Some people viewed the Burger King Blige’s ad as being racism and to others who didn’t saw it as racism later on. I added my personal thoughts as well as a guest speaker who taught me more about diversity. I do have two barriers holding back, but they never stop my strengths in my essays.

In short, my thought process and my languages barriers may hold me back. One day I will improve my weaknesses and continue on using my strengths. I have been thinking ways of improving my writing, but my sister, Aby, told me an interesting way. Aby’s writing teacher told her to write down stories online because it’s a way to improve your writing. After one year pass, her teacher told her that she greatly improved in her writing. I been thinking I should try writing stories online, since I came up with lots of stories myself, but actually I never wrote it down. Hopefully writing about my stories with will decrease my thought process and break my language barrier.

Portfolio: Essay of Choice,Everyone is Different

Everyone knows stereotypes even people fought against it like Martin Luther King Jr. who had a speech called “I Have a Dream.” His speech was a dream he had that the world will respect each other no matter the differences of each color. It hard to deal with being so diverse but it makes us so unique. Being diverse cause the birth of stereotypes in very day life; however, it grow more to reach into the Medias.  A number of people who have seen the Burger King’s ads have recently suggested that the Mary J. Blige commercial is consider racism others consider it being entertainment. However, there were other different Burger King Ads with Blige such as Jay Leno, David Beckham, and Selma Hayek whom has no condemn of being racism videos. Everyone describe Blige as an ideal model for an “angry women” who fights against something she believes in. In discussions of Blige’s Burger King Ads, one argues issue has been conceding if the video is racism. On the one hand, some Blige’s fans argue Blige’s Burger King Ads was racism. On the other hand, some people claims Blige’s Burger King Ads was just entertainment. My own view is about the video is just being entertainment despite how the people are overlooking what I consider an important point about judging a person by individual not by diversity.

 

Some people who saw the video as racism was mostly some of Blige’s fans. One of her fans named Renay Alize wrote a letter to Blige called, “An Open Letter to Mary J. Blige Re: Her Buffoonish Burger King Commercial,” on how she was greatly disappointed of Blige. Even if everyone does loves chicken Blige should not have sang about the chicken. The ad had ruined the song “Don’t Mind” because it reminded Alize about chicken ad. Alize claims Binger King was so desperate to getting people, so they used Blige, Alize admits Blige made a foolish mistake. The ironic thing is that Blige claims that she “agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip. I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out.” I have to say about Blige message towards her fans was quite a misunderstanding because Blige join Burger King for a fun and creative entertainment ad except some of her fans didn’t saw that.

 

However, some viewers like Aisha Harris and I saw the video as entertainment, and should have not been over exaggerating as a racism video. In Harris article, “Mary J. Blige’s Burger King Ad Is Silly, Not Racist,” Harris states how Dave Chappelle, a African American comedian, jokes about eating chicken compare to  Blige singing about the chicken. Harris mentions “The Mary J. Blige commercial seems to have prompted a similar reaction from some black observers—without Chappelle’s accompanying self-awareness. As he memorably pointed out, fried chicken is delicious, and it’s ridiculous to feel ashamed about eating it. Should Blige feel ashamed to sing about it?” Harris’s point is that we should accept Blige sings about the chicken wrap, but not judge her base on her race. I agree that Harris is right a point that needs emphasizing since so many people believe only black people are the only race that loves chicken which is totally wrong. I am a Mexican and I love eating chicken, but no one ever say Mexican loves chicken. For that reason people believe in so many stereotypes when they haven’t even explored each individual of that specific group.

 

In fact, people who viewed this commercial as racism are showing the new generations like me that they haven’t move on. The viewers who saw the video as racist was because they were judging it by their past experiences on being diverse. Racism is everywhere even if you try to get rid of it. Racism was created from having many different races. When I first watch the ad I thought of it as being funny and interesting. I mean by interesting was how the lyrics went with the song when I don’t have skills to do that. I showed the video to my family and they also saw the video as entertainment. The funny thing that happens after watching the video was my sister, Aby; after she watched the video she wanted to eat chicken. When I was a child, I used to think that everyone should be judge as a individual not on their diversity which is groups they came from such as gender, race, class, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability, cultural and religious backgrounds. I’ve always believed that we are all equal despite being so diverse because I judge a person by whom they are not by which group they came from.

 

Along the same lines I realized more about diversity from a guest speaker at my college, Christopher Coleman, who is an African American with cerebral palsy. In Coleman’s lifetime was judge base on his appearance that he will never be educated. However, it didn’t stop Coleman at night reading to himself in bathroom with his sister’s school book. His family doubted him to go to school and a teacher told him he wouldn’t catch up in the intense class. Later on he passed the teacher expectation and made the teacher realized Coleman’s diverse was never going to hold him back. Despite Coleman’s physical ability causes everyone to think of it as a weakness to go against him, but he became the only one who graduated out of his whole family. In Coleman’s view about diversity “is the combination and recognition of strengths and weaknesses. Your strength can expand someone’s limitations. Your weaknesses are avenue for someone capabilities.” In other words, Coleman believes don’t judge on someone’s weakness because it could become a strength to overcome any obstacles.

 

Being diverse is good thing, but it does have some consequences like stereotypes even for Blige’ ad which some of Blige’s fans claim as racism. However, everyone should respect the fact that everyone is different even inside a group like me being Mexican who loves cartoons instead of opera shows. Blige’s ad is no different because she is a wonderful singer who loves to have fun which is the reason why she did the Burger King ad. It’s time for everyone to get pass the stereotypes because we will never achieve Martin Luther King Jr, “I Have a Dream” speech where everyone is equal despite being from many race. Being different is a wonderful thing because people don’t like to be the same as another person, so ‘respect the way you want to be respected’ when you come across people’ diversity because everyone is different.

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Portfolio:Essay Five: Guniea Pig Child

Being a first born was to follow everything of their parents’ expectation even in old society time where the first born inheritance everything from their parents. Decades pass, the characteristics of being a first born hasn’t die out because the first born always wanted to achieve their parents’ expectations. Everyone has been a child once, but have you ever notice your parents’ attention span is different compare to each other siblings you have. I am a first born out of four children my parents had. I been notice my parents’ attention were different to each one of my siblings. From the time my parents parented me then to the rest of my siblings. I found out parents are inexperience when comes to the first born compared to other siblings when they become professionals like writing a first draft into a final draft.

 

Parents’ attention is really different with each child that has been born. I had experience this when I was little how my parents didn’t know how to raise a child. The way every parent tries to take care of their first child is by trial and error. There were mistakes my parents did when I was being raise. On a Christmas day, my dad put me on the Christmas tree all by myself. My mom warned my dad it wasn’t a good idea and she was right. I was about to fell until my dad catch me on time. Thank god my dad was an athlete during that time. After growing up with my siblings I never saw my dad put my other siblings on the Christmas tree by themselves, so I believe he learned his lesson. My parent also chooses what I should take for school because I was a guinea pig to lead my sibling the right way through school. I took summer school at Puget Sound Skill Center (PSSC) and I earn a high school credit, so now my mom is telling my sister Abigail (Aby) to take PSSC to get a high school credit. Aby agreed with my mom, but she also like how the class can help her to become a doctor faster. Recent study shown that first-born children get about 3,000 more hours of quality time with their parents between the age of 4 and 13 than the next sibling in the same age range, conducted by Cornell University Ph.D. student, Joe Price. At the same time that I believethe research is true, and I also believe in Shawn Whiteman and the other authors about how the first born is like a first writing draft. I am a first born who experience my parents in raising me; however, they became more experts when my sister Abigail (Aby) came in and the rest of my siblings came in as well.

 

Despite my time with my parents was different from that of my other siblings including my sister Aby who came right after me. When my sister, Aby came into my family I was already dependent to take care of myself. Before Aby was born, my parents were so focus on me since I was an only child then; however, it change when Aby was born. Aby was born on my 5th birthday before she was born my parents left me at my friend’s house. I knew my mom was going to have a baby, but I didn’t know it was going to be right on my birthday. My dad woke me up to go see my mom and my newborn sister, Abigail. When I saw her I rubbed in my parents’ faces that I was right about the baby being a girl because they believe it was going to be boy. After my mom and Aby came home I took care of myself and helping my mom in anyway possible. According to Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychologist, “When the second [child] comes along, the oldest still gets half of all that [attention], so younger siblings never have a chance to catch up.” I agree that Zweigenhaft’s thoughts about the attention because my own personal experience with my sister, Aby confirms it.I had five years of my parents’ attention compare to my sister who has just begun to have our parents’ attention.

 

            Besides parents’ actions on rising their children does have difference in their child’s future development. Liz DeCarlo reports first-borns get more education, more money and score higher on IQ tests than the younger child because the parent spend time understand and growing with the first born. Although I agree with DeCarlo up to a point, but I cannot accept her overall conclusion that parents aren’t equal education with all the children. My parents did have quantity time to understand me and grow with me, but when it comes to education my parents are equal to all of my other siblings. The reason my parents wanted my sibling and me to achieve in school. My parents are like this because they value education when they didn’t get a chance to complete it, so they wanted their children to have a successful chance. I am glad that I have parents who care about their children compare to my cousin who is experience difficulties.

 

My cousin is a first born boy who is experience his parent breaking up. He never talks to anyone unless he was really close to them like my brother, Giovanni. My family tried to make him open up with him, but he still nods to us. He also has a problem of eating. He never eats a lot except for fast food which is not health for him in my opinion. There were times when he told his parent that he wanted them to stay together, but they never responded to him. Melissa Korn reports that decades of research have shown that children who do not spend time reading, playing or eating dinner with their parents complete fewer years of education, are arrested more and earn lower wages. Korn report makes me worried about my cousin a lot, but since my family and I understand him. We try our best to make my cousin feel right at home. My cousin changed after we took care of him for few times. He began eating a lot and opens up to us, but I still have a feel that he missed his family being together.

 

            Parent give negative attention or no attention at all will have cause serious problem for the children. Korn acknowledges that experts worldwide say that lack of positive attention can increase children’s chances of dropping out of high school or being arrested. It worries me about children who have parent who give them negative attention or no attention at all because children can come up with an idea that they aren’t accepted in the world and shouldn’t have be born. Some children tries to deal with the pain of their parents have given them. I know a friend who is an only child that had a mother who cheated on her father. She dealt with the pain of her parents. On the outside she seems happy with her friends. I feel sorry for her dealing with the pain, but instead of worrying about her. I made sure she had the funniest time even though she is in pain. There are some children who don’t deal with the pain instead they take it out on others. Those children choose to get into trouble and go to jail. Korn emphasizes that a study at Norwegian families have found that younger children earned lower wages and were more likely to become teenage parents. They became this way because of their parents not paying attention to their children. Those children become parents and later on have children of their own. Instead of treating them better they become like their parents or become different.

 

Nevertheless who we become isn’t coming from our birth order or from our parents instead is our environment. Zweigenhaft states, "I’m not sure I would say that birth order plays a strong role in who we become. Birth order contributes to who we become.” Zweigenhaft’s point is that birth order is one piece that makes us who we are. I have to agree with that because I have characteristics of a first born to some point, but my sister, Aby affected me to become a un-perfectionist. Out of all my connections with my siblings, my sister, Aby and I have a connection that we can’t explain. Normally when you team up with someone you know you talk together to go over a plans; however, it’s not the same with my sister and I. Whenever we team up in videogame, mostly in Super Smash Brother Brawl (SSBB), we are in sync that we didn’t need to talk. Aby and I just know what we will do before we have done it. Another example was a time my sister was talking to our cousin and had to leave the room to take a phone call. I took over her chat to help my cousin feel better. Aby return to see what I wrote to our cousin and she told me that I wrote down everything that she would have said if she was going to write it. Aby has affected me in a way that my parents couldn’t affect me. Aby change my personality a bit from being an over pleaser first born to my parents. Also, Allison Aubrey makes a great suggestion about how do we become who we are. In Aubrey’s view about what makes us who we are we’re all amalgams of many childhood influences, from teachers and peers to random life events, including turns of good luck and bad.”  Aubrey’s point is that our parents and birth order aren’t the only one that affects who make us who we are, but also our environment and the people we met or will meet.

 

In short, first born are like first writing drafts we don’t know what to do until do done it for parents is like trial and error. To parents who may or may not realize about their actions will cause the child’s future development to become good or bad. Parents and birth order isn’t the only cause of us to become who we are, but also our environment and the relationships with people we meet. I have to say being a first born is rough when parents treat you like a guinea pig when they have no clued what to do with you. The parents expect a lot from the first born to be a perfect role model for the rest of the siblings, but to me I suggest teens should learn how to take care of babies earlier than later. It’s not only to save the first born children, but also the rest of the birth order children.

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Portfolio: Final Exam,Technology Thieves

Before technology was started to come into our lifestyles it took society a lot of time to get used to it. In today society, we can use the internet so fast since we understood technology faster than older generations especially the new generations get use to technology faster. While we rarely admit as much, Clifford Stoll, author of “Isolated by the Internet,” suggests we often take for granted that technology has not only changed our lives, but also stealing our lives.  Indeed, it is highly likely that our lives have been stole from computer, but you may or may not realize the amount of time you have spent on the computer is greater than the amount of time spent physically with your relationships. Stoll mentions the cost of our time on the computer is more expensive than the computer meaning the time we spent is wasted on the computer. Stoll emphasizes that the computers are “digital time bandits” who did not only steal our lives, but also force us to lose was important in our physical lives. I had some experience between how different it is online and offline with my relationships. So I agree that Stoll makes a great point about how technology has change our lifestyle into making technology necessary for living because my experiencewith my parents as well as myself confirms it.

 

In fact, the more people become an addicted to internet causes everyone to lose our humanity to communicate outside the internet. Stoll acknowledges that as more people become infested into the internet it causes us to lose sight of the people who are right next to us. Stoll statesFor the effect of instant electronic communications is to isolate us from our colleagues next door….The price of computing at home—as in school and at work—is far more than the cost of the hardware. Basically, Stoll is saying our time spent wasted on the computer was a waste a time that could never be brought back. Our time we spent was more valuable in our relationships with people than the amount we brought for the computer and internet to use. Just like Stoll said we have lost our relationships with people. I only go on Facebook only for a while then logged off because I lost the interest of talking to my friends online. I rather have a face to face conversation with my friends than talking online because I have a better understanding with them if something goes wrong. People can greatly misunderstand words when it has no emotions with in. To a Stoll’s point that need empathizing is that enjoy your time with your relationships physically instead of using the hardware to control over your life.

 

In addition, I had seen where the internet causes us to lose sight of our relationships especially when it came to my parents. My parents, my sister, Aby and I got new phones. The new phones were an android phones, phones that could go on the internet. At the beginning, my parents weren’t addict to the phones as much as my sister and I were. When we going to eat lunch, our parents would tell my sister and me to get off the internet, but it had token us a while to get off. Stoll was right when he mentions, “the time you spend behind the monitor could be spent facing another person across a table or across a tennis course.” His point was just like how my parents were telling us get off the internet and enjoy time you have with family. Now these days, my parents will be using their phone to go online. I called my parents the “internet fanatics” because they would be on Facebook or on craigslist. The funny thing another time we were about to eat lunch. Before my dad started to eat, he took out his phone and went online to craigslist. My sister responded with telling him to get off the internet or simple just take his phone away from him. I told my sister she became the parent while our dad became the kid, and my sister would respond by telling our dad it’s his fault. 

 

In short, society is becoming over addicted with the internet compare to the old generations who couldn’t grasp the concept of technology quick enough. Technology was created as a tool not as accessibility for life. The communication with people online and offline has chance our perspective on how we communicate and the amount of time we have talk. Including the lost of sight in our relationship to some extend right in front of us. These computers are very hided to be called it “digital time bandits,” but for me technologies are thieves eating away peoples’ lives.

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Reflective Letter: Writing Barrier

I have a writing barrier. I noticed this when I was in speech session, my speech teacher Ms. Heuser asked me for my writing assignments that I was working in class. When I gave her my paper she wrote all over the paper with red ink. She told me there were words that needed to be in past tense and some missing words. She looked at me with a dramatic look saying I could have found all the silly mistake if I just read it. I gave her the look that I don’t want to. To be honest I don’t really like to read my work I rather listen to it than reading it because I catch my mistakes a lot faster than reading out loud to myself. I asked Ms. Heuser why do I have a writing problems compare to math when I can get it quickly. Ms. Heuser told me that my brain and hand aren’t connecting. She explained that I have a quick thought process and it hard for my hands to catch up with my ideas. Writing is an enemy to my rapid thought process; however, I have strengths in my writing that I don’t even realized about it to having areas of I still need working on. So far I need to improve on using my time more wisely, and loosen my strategies while making myself proof read aloud out in order to catch silly mistakes. However, I do have some writing strengths like adding the “they say” part which is adding the starting conversation before I talk about it. I also have learned that I use the “I say” part really well in my writing which is adding what I say about the conversation, but overall my organization in my paragraphs is good structures to follow up on.

Although I also think my two languages, Spanish and English may be the cause of my writing barrier. It’s hard for me to communicate in writing correctly for my readers to understand my ideas or points. Spanish’s sentences stature is different compare to an English writing stature. I can verbally communicate well in English, but there are times when my listener doesn’t understand me. I notice it right away in a face-to-face conversation then fix it by using other methods of translating the same meaning. Since I was little I had to help my mom understand English speakers and teach her English at the same time. Now days if I ever saw a person having trouble with English I come over and explain it to them what the English words meant or say the words they meant to say. If they still don’t understand then I use other ways in making them understand. However, with writing it’s a whole different level since you can never see the readers’ expressions. When I writing I have a sudden urge to pause in every sentence because I want to make sure it understandable and not let it be discriminating in anyway. The problem is that I always go over the top. So I always look at other writings in a way to improve my own writing. When I see my mom’s writing it now the best source since she writes a horrible way of English writing structure; for example, in her note she wrote, “this are for lalo cookies” when it’s suppose to be “This money is for Lalo’s cookie order.” Having my languages really causes problem not only for me, but also my family. Also I know writing is not my best subject since I was little with two languages holding me back, but I just don’t want to give up because I really want to improve my writing.

Furthermore I really want to improve in my areas of improvement by loosening my thought process and by using my time wisely, but mainly to make myself read out aloud. You may think these areas of improvement seem easy to do, but for me it’s not easy because of my rapid thoughts are too fast to catch up. I constantly fight myself in order to improve my sentences in English instead of writing it in Spanish sentence structure. I noticed in every essay I write the sentence structure always came out to be a few English and more Spanish sentences. I could fix it with ease; however, I can’t catch all of them if I read it in my mind or out aloud to myself. I always had known that reading in my head is not good compare to hearing my voice. However, I have a voice that goes loud to soft so it isn’t easy for me to read my paper when I have a loud environment or quiet environment. A quiet environment and you still can’t speak out? Well I am witty person when to read my paper out loud because I don’t want anyone to be bothered by it and I hate silence for a long period of time. I always turn on music when it quiet. I do have times that I need silence in order to work on something, but only for a while.

Indeed it’s really hard to have my mind focus to fix sentence, but that’s why I give my brain enough time to cool off and write again later. In my diversity essay, I made a lot of time to make sentences with inspirational thoughts, but compare to my essay five when I lost my train of thought with time eating away it quickly it was really hard to get back in the game. I took long time to get my thoughts back on track, but then I lost my thoughts right in the middle of my essay. It cause me to lose my “they say” part in my essay five, but I revised it to hopeful make my essay five stronger like my diversity essay.

Out of two essays number three had my writing strengths to use the “they say,” “I say,” and great organization to follow up on. In my diversity essay it was the stronger compare to my essay five because I was really good at contributing the “they say” part though out the whole essay. I didn’t notice “they say” part was one of my strength because I always have a habit of adding in what people talk about before adding my ideas into it. Or else I’ll be talk to myself like an idiot. In my diversity essay, I love it how I added my “I say” part about how the newest generations accepted change faster than the old generations. The old generations weren’t respecting the fact that the world is changing and people are individuals not based on groups. The thing that surprised was one of Mary J. Blige’s fans read my work and told me this “I just want to say a BIG thank you because that was the BEST response I have read so far on the whole incident.” As long as I remember I never had a positive response to my essay when it came to talk about a situation. This is writing course change my view on writing about something. It made me realize my writing can make a big impression on anybody. When I saw what Blige’s fan wrote I was so happy because I didn’t feel like I was an idiot in my writing. I was grateful that this course taught me that my writing does make a huge impact on someone. In the same essay, my paragraphs were also well organized to follow up by adding the both sides’ thoughts in the situation. When some people viewed the Burger King Blige’s ad as being racism and to others who didn’t saw it as racism later on I added my personal thoughts as well as a guest speaker who taught me a lesson on diversity. I do have two barriers holding back, but they never stop my strengths in my essays.

In short, my thought process and my languages barriers may hold me back, but one day I will improve my weaknesses and continue on using my strengths. I have been thinking ways of improving my writing, but my sister, Aby, told me an interesting way. Aby’s writing teacher told her to write down stories online because it’s a way to improve your writing. After one year pass, her teacher told her she has greatly improved in her writing. I been thinking I should try writing stories online since I come up with lots of stories myself, but actually I never wrote it down. Hopefully writing about my stories with will decrease my thought process and break my language barrier.

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Diversity:Everyone is Different (Revised)

Everyone knows stereotypes even people fought against it like Martin Luther King Jr. who had a speech called “I Have a Dream.” His speech was a dream he had that the world will respect each other no matter the differences of each color. It hard to deal with being so diverse but it makes us so unique. Being diverse cause the birth of stereotypes in very day life; however, it grow more to reach into the Medias.  A number of people who have seen the Burger King’s ads have recently suggested that the Mary J. Blige commercial is consider racism others consider it being entertainment. However, there were other different Burger King Ads with Blige such as Jay Leno, David Beckham, and Selma Hayek whom has no condemn of being racism videos. Everyone describe Blige as an ideal model for an “angry women” who fights against something she believes in. In discussions of Blige’s Burger King Ads, one argues issue has been conceding if the video is racism. On the one hand, some Blige’s fans argue Blige’s Burger King Ads was racism. On the other hand, some people claims Blige’s Burger King Ads was just entertainment. My own view is about the video is just being entertainment despite how the people are overlooking what I consider an important point about judging a person by individual not by diversity. 

Some people who saw the video as racism was mostly some of Blige’s fans. One of her fans named Renay Alize wrote a letter to Blige called, “An Open Letter to Mary J. Blige Re: Her Buffoonish Burger King Commercial,” on how she was greatly disappointed of Blige. Even if everyone does loves chicken Blige should not have sang about the chicken. The ad had ruined the song “Don’t Mind” because it reminded Alize about chicken ad. Alize claims Binger King was so desperate to getting people, so they used Blige, Alize admits Blige made a foolish mistake. The ironic thing is that Blige claims that she “agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip. I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out.” I have to say about Blige message towards her fans was quite a misunderstanding because Blige join Burger King for a fun and creative entertainment ad except some of her fans didn’t saw that.

However, some viewers like Aisha Harris and I saw the video as entertainment, and should have not been over exaggerating as a racism video. In Harris article, “Mary J. Blige’s Burger King Ad Is Silly, Not Racist,” Harris states how Dave Chappelle, a African American comedian, jokes about eating chicken compare to  Blige singing about the chicken. Harris mentions “The Mary J. Blige commercial seems to have prompted a similar reaction from some black observers—without Chappelle’s accompanying self-awareness. As he memorably pointed out, fried chicken is delicious, and it’s ridiculous to feel ashamed about eating it. Should Blige feel ashamed to sing about it?” Harris’s point is that we should accept Blige sings about the chicken wrap, but not judge her base on her race. I agree that Harris is right a point that needs emphasizing since so many people believe only black people are the only race that loves chicken which is totally wrong. I am a Mexican and I love eating chicken, but no one ever say Mexican loves chicken. For that reason people believe in so many stereotypes when they haven’t even explored each individual of that specific group.

In fact, people who viewed this commercial as racism are showing the new generations like me that they haven’t move on. The viewers who saw the video as racist was because they were judging it by their past experiences on being diverse. Racism is everywhere even if you try to get rid of it. Racism was created from having many different races. When I first watch the ad I thought of it as being funny and interesting. I mean by interesting was how the lyrics went with the song when I don’t have skills to do that. I showed the video to my family and they also saw the video as entertainment. The funny thing that happens after watching the video was my sister, Aby; after she watched the video she wanted to eat chicken. When I was a child, I used to think that everyone should be judge as a individual not on their diversity which is groups they came from such as gender, race, class, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability, cultural and religious backgrounds. I’ve always believed that we are all equal despite being so diverse because I judge a person by whom they are not by which group they came from.

Along the same lines I realized more about diversity from a guest speaker at my college, Christopher Coleman, who is an African American with cerebral palsy. In Coleman’s lifetime was judge base on his appearance that he will never be educated. However, it didn’t stop Coleman at night reading to himself in bathroom with his sister’s school book. His family doubted him to go to school and a teacher told him he wouldn’t catch up in the intense class. Later on he passed the teacher expectation and made the teacher realized Coleman’s diverse was never going to hold him back. Despite Coleman’s physical ability causes everyone to think of it as a weakness to go against him, but he became the only one who graduated out of his whole family. In Coleman’s view about diversity “is the combination and recognition of strengths and weaknesses. Your strength can expand someone’s limitations. Your weaknesses are avenue for someone capabilities.” In other words, Coleman believes don’t judge on someone’s weakness because it could become a strength to overcome any obstacles.

Being diverse is good thing, but it does have some consequences like stereotypes even for Blige’ ad which some of Blige’s fans claim as racism. However, everyone should respect the fact that everyone is different even inside a group like me being Mexican who loves cartoons instead of opera shows. Blige’s ad is no different because she is a wonderful singer who loves to have fun which is the reason why she did the Burger King ad. It’s time for everyone to get pass the stereotypes because we will never achieve Martin Luther King Jr, “I Have a Dream” speech where everyone is equal despite being from many race. Being different is a wonderful thing because people don’t like to be the same as another person, so ‘respect the way you want to be respected’ when you come across people’ diversity because everyone is different.

(If anyone can proof-read this, and give me feedback that would be awesome. Thank you for reading >.<)

English Letter: Writing Barrier (Draft still working on)

I have a writing barrier. I noticed this when I was in speech session, my speech teacher Ms. Heuser asked me for my writing assignments that I was working in class. When I gave her my paper she wrote all over the paper with red ink. She told me there were words that needed to be in past tense or I was just missing some words. She looked at me with a dramatic look saying I could have found all the silly mistake if I just read it. I gave her the look that I don’t want to. To be honest I don’t really like to read my work I rather listen to it than reading it because I catch my mistakes a lot faster than reading it. I asked Ms. Heuser why do I have a writing problems compare to math when I can get it quick. Ms. Heuser told me that my brain and hand aren’t connecting. She explained that I have a quick thought process and it hard for my hands to catch up with my ideas. So far I had to improvement my writing even today I need to use my time more wisely, loosen my strategies while making myself proof read aloud out in order to catch silly mistakes. However, I do have some writing strengths like adding the “they say” part which is adding in the starting conversation then talking about it. I have to learning what I need to improve myself on when I am self-evaluating myself, but overall my organization in my paragraphs are good structures to follow up on.

Although I also think my two languages, Spanish and English may be the cause of my writing barrier. It’s hard for me to communicate in writing correctly for my readers to understand my ideas or points. I think my Spanish’s sentences stature is different compare to an English writing stature. I can verbally communicate well in English, but there are times when my listener doesn’t understand me. I notice it right away in a face-to-face conversation then fix it by using other methods of translating the same meaning. Since I was little I had to help my mom understand English speakers and teach her English at the same time. Now days if I ever saw a person having trouble with English I come over and explain it to them what the English words meant. When I notice their expression that they still don’t understand then I use other methods in making them understand better. However, with writing it’s a whole different level since you can never see the readers’ expressions. When I writing I have a sudden urge to pause in every sentence because I want to make sure it understandable and not let it be discriminating in anyway. The problem is that I always go over the top. I know writing is not my best subject, but I just don’t want to give up on it because I want to improve my writing.

Furthermore I really want to improve my writing skills by thought process and by using my time wisely, but mainly to make myself read out aloud. You may think these areas of improvement seem easy to do, but for me it’s not easy because of my rapid thoughts I have to fight myself in order to improve my sentences in English instead of writing it in Spanish sentence structure. In my diversity essay, I gave a lot of time to make sentences with inspirational thoughts, but compare to my essay five when I lost my train of thought with less time remaining. I took long time to get my thoughts back on track, but then I lost my thought by the middle of my essay. It cause me to lose my focus on my first draft on my essay 5, but also made me lose the “they say” part.

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