During this past semester I have learned how to express myself in creative ways such as drawing, photography, and through digital media. This class has definitely helped me reconnect to my creative side, which I feel I have been a bit out of touch with since I was younger. I really enjoyed the video project because I always wondered what went into making videos. It interests me because I have always had interests in starting a youtube channel. I also enjoyed being able to talk about a subject that related to what I want to study and pursue as a career. Looking back, I think a collaborative assignment would have been very beneficial and fun for the class.
My mini movie was about my time in college. It was supposed to just be little clips of my friends and I studying together, but I ended up adding clips of us just hanging out or going out to eat. It was really fun getting all the clips for it just because I found some videos that I didn’t even know I had. It was also really nice to look back on some really fun times I have had at school.Clips21-03-22_10-57 (1)
For my book alteration project, I made a pop-up book. The book is supposed to represent the journey of life. The pop-ups represent all the different things we as people have to deal with in life. These include themes on religion, old age, war, and nature. The actual book is a children’s book, which I think is fitting because it represents all the things a child can experience as they start to open their “Book of Life”.
I have two favorite films. They are SALT and Red Sparrow. I often refer to these movies as being opposite sides of the same coin because they are both about Russian spies. SALT just has a lot more action while Red Sparrow is more about the mind games. Both of these movies had me glued to the screen the whole time and they both star very powerful female leads as the main characters as Red Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence and SALT stars Angelina Jolie. SALT was supposed to come out with a sequel, but unfortunately never did. The reasons I like both of these movies is mostly due to the plot. Both movies have so many twists and turns, and that’s what makes them so amazing.
My favorite book would have to be Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder. It is about a female witch who goes through a lot of betrayal and backstabbing as a teenager. She is really just trying to figure out who she is and who to trust all while being in this rollercoaster ride of a magical story, so, of course, she goes through a lot, but she manages to get closer to finding herself than she was in the beginning. Sea Glass is the second book in a series of books called “Glass” that are also all about the teenage witch. Sea Glass was my favorite though because she grew the most as a person and it was very inspiring to ten-year-old me.
I am inspired by how my dad leaves the house at 2 AM five to six days a week to go unload a semitruck for twelve to sixteen hours. What inspires me is how my mom works three to four twelve-hour shifts a week dealing with the sickest patients in her hospital. I am inspired by how after my dad’s draining shift he has the drive to go clean carpets for four more hours. What inspires me is how my mom fills the rest of her week being the rock of her side of the family whether it be helping her family members with their financial, personal, health, or professional problems. I am inspired by how after his long week, he still offers to help the neighbors cut down trees, roof their sheds, and stain their fences. What inspires me is how my mom came from another country at the age of sixteen and put herself through college. I am inspired by how my dad grew up dirt poor in Kimball, Nebraska and now we live in one of the better neighborhoods in our area. I am inspired by hard work, perseverance, determination, discipline, and compassion. My parents are what inspire me.