Archive | June 2014

What next?

School will be finished in less than a month. A little over three weeks, actually. That’s not much time at all. In theory, then, I’ll have time to work on some projects. Lately I’ve had a rekindled desire to create something. I am grateful for this semester, because I have been able to create– in my Creative Writing class and in my Basic Writing class. I’m grateful to have that opportunity to get feedback and help from professors.

 

There are some particular achievements from this school year that I am particularly grateful for and excited about. One is my Heritage Notebook. It was an assignment from my Classical Heritage class, and what it did was help me learn skills that I later applied to creating Adin and Laura’s engagement present. I’m also proud of the video I made about creating. I was able to share it yesterday, and that was a good experience. I very much like the creative nonfiction work I wrote for my creative writing class, and it’s been exciting to work on this piece of fiction as well. I’m also proud of the opinion essay I wrote in my basic writing class.

 

I can’t help but wonder what else I can do. I’m sure there’s great work still to be done. Could I create a gift for somebody else, like I did with Adin and Laura?

 

It is still uncertain whether or not I’ll be here next semester. Wish me luck.

Completed Project

I finished the gift I was making for my roommate on the occasion of her engagement. The printer messed up the colors a little bit, but it’s decent. I might be able to see her reaction tonight.

It is strange to be done, especially since I have been planning it for so long. Like any other creative project, finishing this makes me want to do more. I wonder if there are possibilities in this– potential gifts.

At any rate, it was fun to make. I wouldn’t mind exploring more in the future.

 

Here are some samplers 🙂

 

Opinions

Coming up with the topic used to be one of the hardest parts of writing an essay. I think somehow things have changed over the years. This is particularly the case with opinion essays. I find that I have quite a few opinions, and some of them are quite strong. Our professor recommended “pet peeves” as a source to look to when searching for a topic on an opinion essay. I thought about people who text during class, people who pirate videos and music, and people who move your laundry and leave it on the dryers without your permission. I settled on talking about the sort of people and attitudes that would use the phrase “I wish I could draw as good as you.”

No, you don’t.

One day I might, perhaps, post the full essay, but for now, there are other things I wanted to talk about.

 

I volunteered for a church service project yesterday. We had a low turnout, which was disappointing. Our leaders had to leave early (they received a phone call, it might have been some sort of emergency), as did the person who gave us a ride over to the place. The rest of the people who came had rides back, but there wasn’t room for my sister and I, so we had to catch a ride with someone from a different group. Moreover, I spent a lot of the time working by myself, watching some people idle, and hearing a lot of people say things like “we’re done” when there was still a lot of work that could have been accomplished.

I was a bit cranky, and started to think somewhat less highly of people in general. This is one of my many weaknesses, it doesn’t take much to get me annoyed with people. It was hard to stay that way though when I got home and my roommate’s fiancé gave me a hug and the two of them tried to convince me to take a nap. They’re so wonderful to me. The world should thank them, because I think better of the world because of them.

 

I have a certain difficulty. I work hard all week, but as soon as the weekend nights come, I have no self-restraint left to keep me from staying up late watching movies. I lose sleep, and sleep is so very important. Perhaps if I had gotten more sleep Friday night, I wouldn’t have been as cranky last night.

 

Ah yes, I watched The Importance of Being Earnest, performed by BYU-I. Algernon was a bit of an acquired taste, he was somewhat over the top. I couldn’t help but think, as I watched, how I would have done it differently, but over all it was a good show.

 

I’m surviving school reasonably well. It was a bit difficult during the middle, I was beginning to feel overwhelmed, but I started to gain confidence near the end of it. I hope to continue to do well, and to help others do well as I do my work as a Coordinator for the Gateway Seminars. We’ll see.