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Rude behavior

          In the article, “Can we Curb Rude Cell phone Manners” written by Al Neuharth, a founder of USA TODAY, states, “Many public places have put in rules against incoming cell phone calls”. For public places to make a rule about the use of cell phones, shows how frequent people become involved with their cell phones. I believe this quote is true, because many people walk in any public place and use their cell phone while they are trying to get service from the public place. These are adapted by many restaurants because it slows down serice and adds frustration for many. This behavior I believe can causes rude behavior when entering a public places.

In the article, “Our Cell Phones, ourselves” written by Christine Rose. In this article it compare how cell phones use to be in the 1990s to present. Reading this gave me an insight of how it has changesd the society tremendously. “Today, more pople have cell phones than fixed telephone lines, both in the United States and internationally.” In the 90s, cell phones weren’t very popular and they were hardly used to most people. “In the 1990s cell phones were cheaper, smaller, and more readily available .” Cell phones are currently being used more than ever before, “There are more than one billion cell phones users worldwide.”
Finally last article, “Should Cell Phiones Be Banned while Driving” written by LiveScience Staff. In this article states how driving when using a cell phone is highly dangerous. “Studies show that driving while talking on a cell phone is extremely dangerous and puts drivers at a four times greater risk of a crash, said Janet Froetscher., president and CEO of the National Safety Council. I believe that many people that get into accidents are because of the use of cell phones, they could really be avoided when they are behinfd the wheel driving. I know when I’m in a vehicle I keep my passengers safe by not using my cell phones because I wil be accountable for their lives. 

Reflection: What I have Learned in 104

Throughout this semester, I want to look back and reflect on how have my writing and my focus have developed during this semester in English 104. In this class, we have touched on many topics and read many articles and reading weekly. Analyzing many pieces has helped me become a better writing for the world today.

    Writing multiple drafts was very helpful to me, knowing sometimes I didn’t want to do it but it helped me get familiar with my work for class. After meeting up with my teacher I got a better understanding on what was expected for the final draft. Different changes I made was the title, adding follow ups after a quote, inserting my own opinions about my topic and answering any questions that my instructor wanted me do. Also, I wanted to make it interesting so I added a story so it just won’t be a plain paper. I added a story to make my paper more interesting for my readers. “Where is it? I’m really about to freak out if I don’t find it before I leave this house!” Amanda screams at the walls of her bedroom.” In my rough draft I kept on relating my topic which was on cell phones to society. Society has changed because of cell phone usage and I wanted to tell how it has shaped us and pretty much effected into putting our time into cell phones. Something I used in my paper, “while working on this project for this class I learned many valuable lessons that can be helpful to me when I am using my cell phone. I feel that cell phones are making it hard to use anything else, because its so addicting to me and other cell phone users.” Doing all the practicing drafts, I changed my paper every time to make it better so it could benefit me. When it was time to revise I took many comments from my peers and my teacher on the drafts so that I can have some feedback on what I need to change in my writing. This was a good experience for me to learn and grow into; it did take me awhile to adjust to all the writing. Revising my work made me stronger as a writer to help me prepare myself for my future writing.    

    However, as a member of an on line and in class writing community, I was able to help my classmates by expressing my opinion of their writing. Using some criticism helps the revision for their paper into being a better paper in the future. Revising a paper is not always easy to come across but by giving my feedback to my peers, I feel that it made it easier to revise. I gave many of my classmates a strong and weakness of their paper they could be revised and more helpful to them in their writing. Aiding them with my positive and negative comments made my peers look back at their writing to see what as needed to be fixed. Being apart this community helps me and my peers be better writers of this society because we all helped each other out with many revisions and opportunities to learn about our writer. It also helped us get familiar with others writing and what was needed to make their paper better.

While doing many papers in class this semester, I grew to learn my strengths and weaknesses through the semester from either my peers or from my instructor. I feel that I have the potential to become a better writer in the future if I make my strengths stronger and work on my weaknesses.

    I see my strengths as being a writer is creativity, I love coming up with my own stories so I can share with others. Using my creative skills can only make me stronger and a much better writer. Growing up, I enjoyed writing sometimes I use to write just because I wanted to. Now that I’m older I can make my writing better so other people can understand me. Also, I feel that I don’t have those strengths when it comes to writing. Writing certain papers I can never get use to. I feel that I have more weakness then strengths when it comes to writing many papers. Some of my weaknesses is that its hard for me to start papers, but once I’m started it smooth on out. Sometimes its hard to focus on what I’m trying to prove in my papers. I’m currently working on so I can make it stronger in my writing skills. I want to become a better writing so I can prove to myself that I have the capabilities to be a strong writer. During this class I use my only strength which is creativity in this class a lot. Writing one of my papers, I got the best grade on this semester. This paper was an encounter and the title was named “Not My Type of Crowd”. I feel that the title spoke for itself. The paper had many points on how we use cell phones everyday and how many people feel that a cell phone can make or break you. Writing this paper did show me that I do have strength to my writing despite all the weaknesses I currently have with my writing skills.

    In many ways I struggle with my writing like how to start a paper, making my paper more focus on the topic, expanding my vocabulary in my papers and being broader with my topics. All these struggles will make me into a better writing in the future if I work hard at them. I dealt with these issues by trying to face them and practicing each one by inserting them into the papers I write for my classes. I feel the more I work at them the better I would be so I won’t struggle with them any longer. I have notice improvement when I corrected one of my papers. This paper was for an article we had to do in class. The title of my paper was “Community Impact”, in this paper I had a struggle with supporting my claims and quotes. Also, I was trying my best to focus on the topic so I can stay focus on what I trying to prove in this paper. After I revised this paper I did notice great improvement in the paper, so it was good to see my work at another angle.


Artifact 1:Not My Type of Crowd

“Where is it? I’m really about to freak out if I don’t find it before I leave this house!” Amanda screams at the walls of her bedroom.
            I just had it in my hands and now it’s nowhere to be found. Searching underneath a pile of clothes and lifting up her bed to see if it was under her mattress. Looking high and low trying to figure out where it could be in the room. Five minutes later, she hears a ringing noise that constantly keeping ringing in her ears.
“I bet this is Lizzie, she probably outside waiting on me to come down,”
“I’m going to be late for my day of classes at Bishop McNamara!” Amanda thought as she scratches her forehead.”
 She finally made it the front doors. Coming through two huge silver doors, her mind was racing, she was wondering what the inside will have in stores for her. As soon as she walks in, students were walking in all directions with the newest technology glued to their fingers.
Amanda tried to rush through so nobody would notice what she didn’t have in her hand like the other students she seen in the hallway. She tried to walk quickly past them, but she ran into some nerd with a billion books in his hand. Collapsing into the nerd, the books fell to the ground and they both followed after. She was so embarrassed; her face was as red as a tomato. Rushing into the bathroom like a racing horse to check my hair and makeup. Running into a clique of girls, one was looking down texting and the others were chatting away on their phone as Amanda walks in the bathroom.
            “Um excuse me; you can’t come in here unless you have the finest things in life like my cell phone of course,” said the tall, thick girl, with chocolate skin spoke from the corner of the room.
            Amanda gets nervous because she didn’t know exactly what she meant about her statement.
            “So I have to have a cell phone just to enter the bathroom?” said Amanda as she tosses her hair back.
 Later that day
“I hate that school with a passion; you have to have a freaking cell phone just to fit in with the cliques there. I’m glad I did leave my phone at home because now I know the truth.  I didn’t know that having a cell phone was a main priority to get an education at a school. I guess times are changing!” Amanda rambles on.  

Artifact 2:Seeing Eye to Eye

  Edward O. Wilson is a biologist who graduated from Harvard and a winner of many awards such as National Medal of Science. Wilson wrote a personal letter to an imagined Southern Baptist pastor untitled “Apocalypse Now”. Throughout the reading, “Apocalypse Now,” Wilson explains how everyone had different views as a result of their belief religiously. My brief understanding of this passage is mainly Wilson stating the differences in one reason for religion, or just upbringing, and personal beliefs. He wants to establish a relationship with the pastor. “We have not met, yet I feel I know you well enough to call you a friend” (Wilson). In the letter, he not only speaks to the pastor, but also to the larger evangelical community.
First, he lets the pastor know that there is no difference between him and the pastor. They both are humans and American Southerners. By stating the similarities they both share, Wilson establishes a relationship with pastor to get closer to him. He desire for them to put there differences aside and become neutral towards each other. Wilson wants the pastors help to take heed in his concerns and to tell how their beliefs so different. He compares and contrasts both beliefs to figure out the differences in the two. “You believe that each person’s soul is immortal, making this planet a way station to a second, eternal life; I think heaven and hell are what we create for answers, on this planets” (Wilson). Wilson man reasoning for not having the same views on certain things is that he’s a person with deep concern for human values and dignity but isnt religious but worldly. So he doesn’t necessarily think someone who is religious would or understand  completely as they would. He states certain rules Christianity practices and believes that he doesnt, such as believing immortality and that there’s an afterlife that goes on forever. Heaven and hell in the Christan religion are places you deserve to be in after life once leaving earth, but Wilson’s eyes these are places we create for ourselves on earth.

 Wilson has great respect for the pastor because he wants to know why he believes without a doubt. Edward O. Wilson successfully manifests his true beliefs to the pastor and to the readers. In the argument, “I write to you now for your counsel and help. Of course in doing so, I see no way to avoid the fundamental differences in our worldviews” (Wilson). These sentences expresses how he’s aware of the different principles people have on forming their opinions and beliefs.
 In conclusion, different worldviews do not divide humans in anything is a point Wilson is trying to prove and assert as a fact. He backs his claim up by saying, “you and I and every other human being strive for the same imperatives of sercurity, freedom of choice, personal dignity, and cause to believe in that is larger than ourselves” (Wilson). He explains in his letter that no matter what they both believe in they could individually be wrong or right. There are many ways to prove their strong opinions on their view points. “You may be wrong; I may be wrong. We both may be partly right” (Wilson). As he writes, he explains that he could be wrong on how he looks towards the situation. He also tells that they both could be wrong in their beliefs. This letter expresses his feelings to gain respect from the pastor. Which was earned because he wasn’t afraid to voice his opinoins to the people. 

Seeing Eye to Eye

  Edward O. Wilson is a biologist who graduated from Harvard and a winner of many awards such as National Medal of Science. Wilson wrote a personal letter to an imagined Southern Baptist pastor untitled “Apocalypse Now”. Throughout the reading, “Apocalypse Now,” Wilson explains how everyone had different views as a result of their belief religiously. My brief understanding of this passage is mainly Wilson stating the differences in one reason for religion, or just upbringing, and personal beliefs. He wants to establish a relationship with the pastor. “We have not met, yet I feel I know you well enough to call you a friend” (Wilson). In the letter, he not only speaks to the pastor, but also to the larger evangelical community.
First, he lets the pastor know that there is no difference between him and the pastor. They both are humans and American Southerners. By stating the similarities they both share, Wilson establishes a relationship with pastor to get closer to him. He desire for them to put there differences aside and become neutral towards each other. Wilson wants the pastors help to take heed in his concerns and to tell how their beliefs so different. He compares and contrasts both beliefs to figure out the differences in the two. “You believe that each person’s soul is immortal, making this planet a way station to a second, eternal life; I think heaven and hell are what we create for answers, on this planets” (Wilson). Wilson man reasoning for not having the same views on certain things is that he’s a person with deep concern for human values and dignity but isnt religious but worldly. So he doesn’t necessarily think someone who is religious would or understand  completely as they would. He states certain rules Christianity practices and believes that he doesnt, such as believing immortality and that there’s an afterlife that goes on forever. Heaven and hell in the Christan religion are places you deserve to be in after life once leaving earth, but Wilson’s eyes these are places we create for ourselves on earth.

 Wilson has great respect for the pastor because he wants to know why he believes without a doubt. Edward O. Wilson successfully manifests his true beliefs to the pastor and to the readers. In the argument, “I write to you now for your counsel and help. Of course in doing so, I see no way to avoid the fundamental differences in our worldviews” (Wilson). These sentences expresses how he’s aware of the different principles people have on forming their opinions and beliefs.
 In conclusion, different worldviews do not divide humans in anything is a point Wilson is trying to prove and assert as a fact. He backs his claim up by saying, “you and I and every other human being strive for the same imperatives of sercurity, freedom of choice, personal dignity, and cause to believe in that is larger than ourselves” (Wilson). He explains in his letter that no matter what they both believe in they could individually be wrong or right. There are many ways to prove their strong opinions on their view points. “You may be wrong; I may be wrong. We both may be partly right” (Wilson). As he writes, he explains that he could be wrong on how he looks towards the situation. He also tells that they both could be wrong in their beliefs. This letter expresses his feelings to gain respect from the pastor. Which was earned because he wasn’t afraid to voice his opinoins to the people.  

Community Impact Revised

Ari LeVaux, a news reporter for The Atlantic, wrote “A Different Education: Compost and Community, Not Literacy.” In the article, LeVaux defines community as being a group of people that sticks together no matter how bad their situation might be. “As bad as Katrina was, Turner thinks worse disasters await, both natural and manmade. It’s about being prepared, figuring out where do we go from here: chaos or community” (Le Vaux)? His example of this lies in the heart of New Orleans nearly six years after the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. Before the hurricane the neighborhood was infamous for violence. However, afterwards they converted what used to be a grocery store into a school named ‘Our School at Blair Grocery’ with a mission to reconnect “create a resource-rich space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development” (LeVaux). Instead of making learning to read and write mandatory, the school persuades students to stand together in helping rebuild their home.

My definition of this an community is similar to LeVaux’s article. Communities do have a major impact on many people lives. However, a community cannot stand without its members being involved in making it better. Rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward reminds me of when I spent my voluntary time at the Salvation Army to lend a helping hand. We spend time packing food into boxes to contribute to the people that needed it the most. We were taking care of the community and uplifting people’s spirits. I know how a community can come together and get involved in a productive surroundings. Being very supportive shows that you care about what is affecting other people lives.

I am ecstatic that I have a community that cares. My neighborhood is filled with friends that used to jump on each other when we ditched class or failed a test. At first, I didn’t realize how fortunate I was to have people that cared so much. Also, we were products of our environment. Our parents for example, constantly shows us the value of community. Because of the size of the town, it was easy to stay acquainted with other adults that constantly ask about grades and dreams. They helped keep us focused on our goals and aspirations. In the article, LeVaux’s explains, “If a student wants to learn to reaeed we’ll help them learn. If a student wants to take the GED we’ll help them prepare” (LeVaux)
Although, my community at Northern Illinois University is constantly becoming involved in the many roles and activities to help make our campus improve. I brought with me to NIU those values of community and try to share it with my people that are apart of my life. The community raises up the youth along with many parents and adults. We learn on what we see others doing around us daily. Staying active throughout the ommunity help shapes us into better citizens
LeVaux’s meaning of community is teamwork or how a community is supposed to come together after a disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Spending time with one another to see how we can come up with a solution to help better our communities. In the article, LeVaux tells the readers how they restoring and rebuilding the city. “Renovations to the old grocery building have addressed core issues like sturture, water damage, and restoration of utilities, with virtually no attention to finish work” (LeVaux) As we help out our communities, we take a stand to bring positive attitudes, to focus on the importance of sticking together.

Not My Type of Crowd

“Where is it? I’m really about to freak out if I don’t find it before I leave this house!” Amanda screams at the walls of her bedroom.
            I just had it in my hands and now it’s nowhere to be found. Searching underneath a pile of clothes and lifting up her bed to see if it was under her mattress. Looking high and low trying to figure out where it could be in the room. Five minutes later, she hears a ringing noise that constantly keeping ringing in her ears.
“I bet this is Lizzie, she probably outside waiting on me to come down,”
“I’m going to be late for my day of classes at Bishop McNamara!” Amanda thought as she scratches her forehead.”
 She finally made it the front doors. Coming through two huge silver doors, her mind was racing, she was wondering what the inside will have in stores for her. As soon as she walks in, students were walking in all directions with the newest technology glued to their fingers.
Amanda tried to rush through so nobody would notice what she didn’t have in her hand like the other students she seen in the hallway. She tried to walk quickly past them, but she ran into some nerd with a billion books in his hand. Collapsing into the nerd, the books fell to the ground and they both followed after. She was so embarrassed; her face was as red as a tomato. Rushing into the bathroom like a racing horse to check my hair and makeup. Running into a clique of girls, one was looking down texting and the others were chatting away on their phone as Amanda walks in the bathroom.
            “Um excuse me; you can’t come in here unless you have the finest things in life like my cell phone of course,” said the tall, thick girl, with chocolate skin spoke from the corner of the room.
            Amanda gets nervous because she didn’t know exactly what she meant about her statement.
            “So I have to have a cell phone just to enter the bathroom?” said Amanda as she tosses her hair back.
 Later that day
“I hate that school with a passion; you have to have a freaking cell phone just to fit in with the cliques there. I’m glad I did leave my phone at home because now I know the truth.  I didn’t know that having a cell phone was a main priority to get an education at a school. I guess times are changing!” Amanda rambles on.  
 

Making A Call

There are many technology devices that are being used each and everyday. One in particular is the cellular devices that are used daily to reach or communicate with someone who is a distance from them. Why do so many people give cellular phones so much attention that are used more and more worldwide? Cellular phones are part of the newer language and also has its own language. There are several aspects showing that cellular devices is known to grab a lot of attention. Douglas Stewart exclaims, “one of the greatest disadvantages of cellular phones is the fact that we do not talk to strangers when traveling anymore.” I believe this is true, many people rather have a conversation on the phone with someone, than trying to  get to know someone who will be seating by them for hours while their traveling. Using cellular devices can be a major distraction and can ruin people lives. Many people tend to text and drive as a part of being multi-tasking, but it eventually leads to destruction as in an accident. Communication Connection magazine wrote, “people are more tuned into their digital device than into driving and even looking other individuals in the face to acknowledge their presence.”  People get distracted easily and don’t notice what they are doing until something tragically happens. This could also be a learning lesson to an individual that it is extremely dangerous. This is just a few aspects on how cellular phones has changed the world. Many people who are into cellular phones, sometimes forget why they were made.


Community Impact

Ari LeVaux, the news reporter for The Atlantic, wrote “A Different Education: Compost and Community, Not Literacy.” In the article,
LeVaux defines community as being a group of people that sticks together no matter how bad their situation might be. His example of this lies in the heart of New Orleans nearly six years after the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. Before the hurricane hit the neighborhood, it was infamous for violence. However, afterwards they converted what use to be a grocery store into a school named ‘Our School at Blair Grocery’ with a mission to “create a resource-rich space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development.”(LeVaux 2) Instead of making learning to read and write mandatory, the school persuades students to stand
together in helping rebuild their home.

My definition is similar to LeVaux’s article. I agree that communities have a major impact on many people lives. A community cannot stand without its members being involved in making it better. This experience reminds me of when I spent my voluntary time at the Salvation Army to lend a helping hand. We spent time packing food into boxes to contribute to the people that needed it the most. We was taking care of the community and uplifting several people spirits. I know how a community can come together and get involve in their surroundings. Being very supportive shows that you care about what is affecting your life.

I am ecstatic that I have a community that cares. My neighborhood is filled with friends that use to jump on each other when we ditched class or failed a test. At first, I didn’t realize how fortunate I was to have people that cared so much. Also, we were products of our environment. Our parents lead by example, and constantly showed us the value of community. Because of the size of the town, it was easy to stay acquainted with other adults that constantly ask about grades and dreams. They helped keep us focus on our goals and aspirations.

 My community at Northern Illinois University is constantly becoming involved in the many roles and activities to help make our campus improve. I brought with me to NIU those values of community and try to share it with people that are apart of my life. The community raises up the youth along with many parents and adults. We learn on what we see others doing around us daily. Staying active throughout the community help shape us into better citizens.

In conclusion, LeVaux meaning of the community is teamwork on how a community supposed to come together after a disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Spending time with one another to see how we can come up with a solution to help better our communities. As we help out our communities, we take a stand to bring positive attitudes, to focus on the importance of sticking together.


Future Scholar

I started with our course homepage and was clicking around to see what i couuld look up for this assignment. After looking, I clicked on the word about, which was one of the first words on the red bar. looking on the right I seen some related links, Research and Sevice learning caught my eyes. I never heard of this before since I been at Northen Illinois University. Looking and clicking, I clicked on Huskies Service Scholars. I don’t know what drew me to this, but I thought I can benefit from this one day.

I want to be a scholar in thenear future. Huskies Service Scholars is a program that offers tuition waivers to students for community service. By doing that, a big reward is granted $1,132. That right there amazed me.


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