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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Opinions on opinion questions

— The author makes the argument that “the compulsion to strive, the talent to prosper and the ability to overcome failure are strongly inherited.” Do you think you inherited these qualities? Or do you think you had to develop them on your own? I don't think these qualities are inherited I defiantly believe that it's something you develop. For example plenty of people fail and let that be the end of it, while others take this failure and turn it into something positive. I believe that it's things that happen to you in your life that make you feel these things. — Do you feel your fate is already predetermined by your lineage — your parents and ancestors? Or do you feel you are in the driver’s seat in determining your own success? I definitely don't think my fate is determined by my lineage. I mean maybe if I was going to be king of England than yeah I'd think that, but I'm not. Instead I have my whole life to decided on what I'm going to do. If this wasn't true and everyone already had a predetermined fate then what would be the point of schooling or going for others jobs? I think my success is shaped by how hard I'm willing to work not because my last name is Brobst. — Do you think you will be better or worse off than your parents? In what ways? Why? I think my parents are happy were they are and will be happy with that for the rest of their lives. And I think that when it's all said and done I'll be happy with where I'm at. I don't think you can compare the two because I'll have lived a different life from my parents.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Questions on editorials

A Pulitzer Prize is an achievement award given to someone who is gifted in Journalism, literature, or music. There are only thirteen made each year. The writer is Mark Mahoney and he works for the Post-Star in New York. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his editorials that brought to light government secrecy and encouraged the common man to do the same. In order to gain such information he interviewed those around him to try and uncover the truth! There is defiantly a bias in it it's and editorial. The tone is more harsh and persuasive and it's a lot longer with a lot more detail to it.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Creatively being creative for creativity's sake

I firmly believe everyone one is creative. I think that if this wasn't the case there would be no need for new toys or those fancy action play sets that I never had because my parents never loved me. But there would be no need for these if kids weren't creative or had no imagination. I also believe that some people are naturally more creative than others, just like some people are smarter than others, and others more athletic. However I feel like creativity is the same as being smarter or more athletic. If you're lacking in that area but are willing to put in work to make it better you can be better. I hate when bathroom locks haven been smashed because someone thought it would be super cool to kick the door in like our bathrooms. I also hate when fun stuff closes early like many thing do in Maine and then you run out of things to do. And I hate when I drop my phone on my face it is probably the single most irritating pain I get. The problems in my school is that it is ether too hot or well below freezing there is no middle ground. It's also a very boring high school with not much to do in it that isn't some how related to school work. There also is nothing to do outside of school. Like unless I'm willing to spend upwards of $100 dollars on a tee shirt I can't go shopping in Freeport and should I get the urge to shop or eat past nine in the evening well that's too bad for me because the sidewalks have already been rolled up. Well I think to creatively fix my first problem, I'd bring in a huge wrecking ball and demolish this school. From there I'd install some heat because we live in Maine and it'd be a good idea. And then I'd put in some ac and windows that open all the way, and not make the place out of brick so it's not an oven. Also I'd just use the iPads as Frisbees. I think we should have creative class so my life wouldn't be so boring.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Questions on interviews

Sawatzki's three rules of interviewing are: Don't ask yes or no questions Don't use charged words Keep your question short and succinct When interviewing the most important thing you want to do is make sure the interview is not about you, make it about the person you're interviewing. Also with that let the person speak for themselves don't try and make emotions or try and get them to answer they way you want them to, let them tell their story. For me some of the challenges I've encountered with interviewing is coming up with a long list of good questions. I've also found it difficult sometimes to get good answers out of people but it think that's also due to my lack of good questioning. Also this is more of a personal thing but getting the timing down and setting up a time to interview someone is also a difficult process. I think that in order to get better answers for my questions I have to a start generating better questions and b make it more conversational rather than reading off a long list of questions and boring my interviewee to death.