Journal 20

In Atul Gawande: Want to get great as something? Get a coach, mainly talks about coaching. Gawande Explains how having a coach can lead to better choices. He also explains how when people learn something and it doesn’t require them to have a coach anymore they have to start relying on self teaching. According to Gawande in order to be better at what you do you need a coach to observe and critique your work. Out of the three Ted talks that I experience I feel as though Gawande is the best choice for my response. Before I even became a college student I was only doing one of these things that Gawande brings up, which was self teaching. For example when I started to get interested into YouTube I wanted to make a YouTube channel. However, I knew nothing about YouTube and how to become YouTuber so I went out my way and looked up a lot of videos and did a lot of research on how to be a YouTuber. That was just one of those concepts that I had already in the books before I got to college. I never really did good in english and this semester I decided for that to change. Luckily I was assign an english coach who turns out to be very helpful in making me a better english student. He does exactly what Gawande talks about and observer and critique me. “Turns out there are numerous problems in making it on your own. You don’t recognize the issues that are standing in your way or if you do, you don’t necessarily know how to fix them.And the result is that somewhere along the way, you stop improving. And I thought about that, and I realized that was exactly what had happened to me as a surgeon.” “But it’s the small things that matter. “Did you notice that the light had swung out of the wound during the case? You spent about half an hour just operating off the light from reflected surfaces.”

Journal 19

If I were to respond to these questions they would be pretty similar to everyone else’s but slightly different. The reason for that is because I like UNE a lot which is surprising considering that I didn’t want to go to college. I thought that the whole college thing was overrated. I was clearly wrong considering that I’m still here. As much as I like UNE the only challenge that I been facing is whether or not I should continue being a student at UNE because of my major. I think UNE is a great school but to be honest with you they’re not the best when it comes to being a business major. Now when the end of the school year approaches I have to make a tuff decision on whether or not if I should come back.

It’s hard for me to choose just one person who prepared me for college. All my life I was lucky enough to have my family around teaching me and building me up for scenarios like college itself. However since I am to choose one person it would be my father. My pops showed me a lot of things and the most important one was how to be a man. I feel as though if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t know how to be on my own away from home and be strong for my family. I’m very grateful to have my pops in my life and for that I’ll make him very proud.

Journal 18

One moment this semester where I felt that I was pretending to fit in was just being a college student alone. I had never been a college student until now and the best way that I thought to go about it was to pretend that I was one. So far I think I’m doing a pretty good job because I been getting a lot of questions about if I was a sophomore or a junior in college. Another moment where I faked knowing what to do in order to succeed was my macroeconomics class. I would come prepared and always look as if I knew what was going on when I really didn’t, and I’m going to keep doing that until I start to catch on to what’s really going on. I feel as though that I’m really good at pretending to know what’s going on or faking that I know because I always find myself in new situations that I know nothing about and the only way to fix that is to just go with the flow until I understand it.

Journal 17

Can body language really dictate what kind of person you are and if so is this the reason why when growing up as a kid people would emphasize on posture and manners?

Why is it that when human or animal feel powerless they they tend to make themselves small and vice versa why is it that when we win we tend to throw our hands up feeling very powerful?

I tend to find myself faking it until I make it all the time why do you think humans do this and is it okay that we do so, as long as we get ahead in life?

Journal 16

Throughout my writing career I was never the best writer, however I always thought that the work that I have done was somewhat decent. Before I met Eric Drown whenever I got writing prompts I would just read the paper and then go into writing about what the prompt had ask. What Eric Drown made me realize was that just simply reading the prompt is not going to help me write a good paper. He showed me that I have to write on the prompt as well pointing out and seeing the important parts that the prompt had asked of. Which I really never thought of; now whenever I look at at prompt I always make underlined marks or writing some type a text to better understand what I am going to write about. Another skill that he thought I should work on was my the ability to type. Eric Drown had realize that I was a slow typer and he explained to me that in order for me to make my paper that much better I have to keep up with my ideas. Otherwise my brain will be moving too fast my fingers which defeats the whole purpose. So he suggested one of two things to speed my writing process which is to learn how to start typing faster or to start using speech dictation which is very helpful and I now find it very efficient and effective whenever I’m writing. Lastly he told me to start really understanding what I was reading. One time when I was with Eric Drown we were reading this piece and he told me to explain it. After I had got done explaining what I have interpreted he pointed out just simple words in the passage that change my thoughts on the piece, now whenever I read I look for just those simple words that can change the whole meaning of the piece.

Journal 15

If all students were to have a growth mindset it is more than likely they will have a successful school career. According to Dweck “They understood that their abilities could be developed. They had what I called a growth mindset.” This quote fit perfectly with the first sentence because it explains how student who are willing to accept their failures and progress has a growth mindset.

In my journal reflections you can see the growth of my mind from my first journal to now. “I was always the one who wrote in steps and thought that would be okay, but the approach that Habits of the Creative Mind shows feels way better than just being a monotoned writer.” This quote ties in with the claim stated before because it explains how I use to write which is no longer accepted and how I was willing to adopt a new style of writing. This is a prime example of a growth mindset.

Journal 14

What I liked about this article was that Terry did not originally start off as a radio host. She started of as a high school english teacher for six weeks then got fired and that’s when she discovered her passion for radio.What I learned about Terry is that she self-conscious. Terry give us an example of how if it was a room full of people she will like to be invisible and not the center of attention in that room. Which I didn’t know because you would think that someone whose on the radio wouldn’t really be self-conscious.If I can ask Terry Gross question I would ask her how do you deal with being a pretty well known person as an interviewer on the radio, where people probably heard your voice thousands of times. When she gave the example of how she rather be invisible and not the center of attention I just want to know how did she cope with that amount of attention on her.

Journal 13

  • Doing the reading what I found interesting was when the book talks about how time and place plays a big factor into having good interview it could put the interviewee at ease.
  • If the interviewee is at ease there is a better chance of having a good interview.
  • What I found helpful was that when you interview a person it should not feel like an interrogation it should feel more like a conversation. Which means you should be able to go outside of the topic and be able to connect with the interviewee and still be able to get back on topic.
  • When interviewing somebody they should feel as though this is a chance to let people know who they are.
  • Also when doing an interview you have to make it count because it may only be your own shot at interviewing them.
  • However what I am curious about is that should you have remember what you want to ask the interviewee instead of having note cards or some sort as a reminder, just seems more professional to me if you didn’t have notes.
  • Something I also found helpful is that when you have an interview you have to be curious and it may be a little hard at first but as you continue to do more interviews you will get better because practice makes progress.

Journal 12

Terry Gross interview with Ray Charles was amazing. Especially since it was my first interview I heard of Ray Charles. The way she gather information from Ray Charles is great. She got him to talk about how music made him feel and how certain song he felt attach to than others. She got Charles to talk about his skills with the piano and how he was so eager to hear music that he would write the notes first the play the piano. What make Terry so good at this is that she automatically connects the listener to the person being interview. It’s almost as if you were there yourself uncovering these answers.

Journal 11

In this passage it give a template on how tell who saying what in your own writing. This is interesting because I kind of already followed this template before reading it. However, there are different ways I can identify who’s talking in my writings now because of this useful information.(P3P70)

In this passage it talks about using “I” in your writing. The author encourages you to use “I” so you can connect with your writing more. This is interesting because I always wanted to use “I” but was told not to simply because that’s what my teacher required.(P1P71)

In this passage it talks about voice marking devices. It’s interesting because it saids “summaries of others’ views tend to become confused with their own ideas-and vice versa.” Which means that if your not clear enough on who’s talking the writer himself might confuse others ideas with his own.(P1P74)

Journal 10

My experience writing this paper was truly interesting. To come from a place where you had to writing like a robot and not be able to express yourself is a major step up in my writing career. However, it was a slight challenge for me to write this paper because it is a different style of writing that I had to incorporate in my paper but the end result feels so much better. I feel as though a piece of me is actually in this paper and not just some robot following instruction. Also the preparation for this paper was way better than my previous papers. Usually I would just write my final draft a day or two before it’s done without any peer view or any rough drafts before it.

Journal 9

In draft one I assess the writing situation in my first paragraph so I could give the reader a sense of what going on. To give the reader an insight on what the topic is on and think about how I am going to about the situation.

In draft three I tried to evaluate ideas such as the Polyface farms. In the third paragraph I wanted to explain more of what leads pollan to this answer and then why I think this is important.

In draft two I mainly focus on adding quotes. In the second, third, and last paragraphs is where I felt quotes were needed. I wanted to give my reader an understanding on why I say certain things. These quotes are just for insurance so if the reader doesn’t want to hear something from me maybe they’d rather hear it from someone else.

In draft three I try to really clarify my point of view on the topic. I do this in the second and last paragraph. In the second paragraph I wanted to clarify how I felt about the topic. In the last paragraph I clarified who I mainly agree with also there are time when I do disagree with something throughout the paper.

In draft three I try to cut out some quotes and other ideas that I thought were irrelevant to the topic. In paragraph two I should have cut out the first sentence because I feel as though that all of that quote shouldn’t have been used.

Journal 8

In this passage I find it interesting when the author mentions that many writers shy away from summarizing simply because they are to lazy to do so. They don’t want to go through the trouble of going back because they feel it will take away from their own idea. I find this interesting a lot because I can relate to this. (Pg30 P2).

In this passage I find it interesting that in order to write a good summary you have to play the believing game with yourself. The believing game is when you put yourself in someone else shoes and write from their view. As a writer you should not be able to so easily to tell that you agree or disagree with an idea. (Pg31 P1).

In this passage I find satiric summary interesting because it’s a different type of summarizing to me. In this type of summarizing “the writer deliberately gives his or her own spin to someone else’s argument in order to reveal a glaring shortcoming in it,” (Pg38 P1).

Journal 7

This passage is important because it talks about how to write an effective argument. It also said that as a writer we need to not just summarize a quotation but to use its exact words to give our writing a lot of credibility. “Use arguments of others into your text” (Graff& Birkenstein 43 p1).

This passage is important because it talks about knowing what to do with your quotations. To many people “select quotations just for the sake of demonstrating that you’ve read the author’s work” (Graff& Birkenstein 44 p3). This is interesting because I use to do this a lot just to make my writing sound beefy.

This passage is important because the author talks about how when writing we need not to know what we’re writing about but to figure it out as you go on. “you may sometimes think that you’ve found the perfect quotation to support your argument, only to discover later on, as your text develop, that your focus has changed and the quotation no longer works” (Graff& Birkenstein 45p1).

Journal 6

One way that Pollan engaged with his source that surprised me was when he went to the Polyface Farm to see if it was a better way to kill animals and still not feel as bad about it. One way he used a source that I would like to match is when he talked to Salatin a farmer himself who’s been a vegetarian for 16 years and would only eat meat if he killed it himself. I like how Pollan found someone who doesn’t eat meat, would only eat meat in a certain situation. The conversation that Pollan engaged with his sources were sometime opinionated base, informative, and sometimes a conversation of just reason. The reason Pollan choose to be in some conversation more than other because he wants to talk to the person who has the most persuasive argument to help his article. One thing that I learned from these conversation with these sources is that you need others opinions,information, and reason to support your writing so it’s that much stronger when people read it.

Journal 5

In this passage I agree with the concept that any animals that feels pain deserves moral consideration.However I disagree with the fact that Pollan explains how in everyday life the choice is between eating pork or eating tofu. The part that conflicts me is that we as humans can’t figure out how to justify eating animals. (Pg6 P5)

In this passage I agree with the concept that excluding the chimp from moral consideration because he’s not human is no different from excluding the slave because he’s not white. However, I disagree with the example I feel as though another example should have been used because at the end of the day humans are humans animals are animals. Also what conflicts me the most in this passage is when Pollan explains that animals exclusion is a form of racism. (Pg4 P3)

In this passage I agree with Scully when he says that God gave man dominion over animals, just show mercy. However I disagree with how every moving thing that lives shall be meat for us, there are somethings I think that shouldn’t be eating. What conflicts me the most is the people can’t understand that animals are unequal and powerless to us. There should be no equality to a certain extent because there animals. (Pg10 P1)

Journal 4

The most unexpected event that has taken place in my life so far is coming to college. This was unexpected at the time because so much was going on and college honestly didn’t have a place in that situation to me. I felt and still feel as though that me not going to college would help out a lot especially money wise. However, since this decision was final, that I would be going to college I promise myself that I would make the most out of it no matter what happens. Far as futurewise my vision never change its stayed the same, if anything I would say vision for the future gotten stronger.

Journal 3

While watching this video I felt more open towards the world more than usual. Wallace kind of interest me with the points he was covering. Besides his very large vocabulary he did end up making a lot of sense. Especially when he touches on the topic about seeing the world from different views. I always had a sense of seeing the bigger picture in life due to just being curious. However, when Wallace brought it up it was more so him just reminding me and me basically connecting with him because I had this mindset before.

What also interest me throughout this video was when Wallace talks about value and choices. He explains how if you value money and fame more you will never feel fulfilled in life and when you value your body too much eventually over time you will feel ugly. Which I disagree with, I love my body and value it very much and I feel as though it don’t matter how old I get I will always value my body. Now far as money wise, I agree with Wallace because money only brings temporary happiness for me. Overall, in life you get choices, this topic stood out the most to me because I refused to live a life that people expect me to live unless it’s life I choose.

Journal 2

Unlearning in this context basically means what it is says. To elaborate for better understanding, this book wants us to forget about what we learned far as writing in high school. For instants, the core teaching of a five-paragraph essay, we need not to rely on that as a good system for our writings now. We need to resist the idea that writing is governed by a set of universal rules. I for sure will most definitely be forgetting the five-paragraph essay style of writing mainly because I was never really a big fan of it anyways. It always seem boring and never really made your writings feel as though they were out of the box. However, this new style of writing that I will be learning makes me curios. This unlearning concept, might have been the best news I heard out of all my academic years from a teacher.

Journal 1

Meeting halfway to me obviously means when your teacher meets you 50% of the way you have to meet your teacher with that other 50%. You can’t just expect the teacher to do the majority of the work and you do the bare minimum and hope you past. Same goes for the book there’s going to be a lot of information thrown at you and it’s your job to interpret what that information means. The philosophy behind habits is to get you to make creativity a daily habit by the time you finish the book. Expand and open your mind to become an all the round better writer. Reflection is an art, the author wants us to treat writing as a piece of mosaic. If you try to assemble your writing in steps your on the wrong path. There’s not set order to writing and once you start to add an order to it it become more monotoned and less creative. This reading is most definitely different from how I use to write. I was always the one who wrote in steps and thought that would be okay, but the approach that Habits of the Creative Mind shows feels way better than just being a monotoned writer.