Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I just wanted to quickly reflect on our group presentations. I think everybody did a really great job, and it was nice to see the amount of commitment and effort that everyone put into their projects. I especially liked the group who made the music video it was really amazing. The production and editing were outstanding. If I were to guess, I would say those girls definitely had a shot in the entertainment business. Todays class was fun, I'm really going to miss it.
I wanted to make a post discussing my course project and the circumstances behind it. I was never able to get the solid research that would have been necessary to develop a proper and complete proposal to President Bradshaw. My previous Professor was never able to return my emails and has been out of the country this entire semester. Instead, I have taken on a project at work as an act of charity. The Brotherhood Ride gets their t-shirts and promotional material from us each year. We usually give it to them for our material and labor cost without markup for profit, but when they approached us this year, I decided I would cover the cost of materials and I would do all of the labor.
I have really started to make friends with my classmates. Caitlin, Valerie, and Kai just to name a few have been extremely hospitable. I worked with them on their final projects, which is the Plastic Bag Recycling. I did my own and will explain that in a later post. I felt like I wanted to do something with my classmates as well. I did not put in all the time and effort into the Plastic Bag Recycling that they did, but I did help with table hours. I made myself available the last couple days when I knew they would need me.
Well, the semester is starting to wind down and I am excited but I will really appreciate Colloquium for a few different reasons. Originally I did not think I would like Colloquium very much. thought it would be over-the-top, but now I realize how ignorant I truly was. I do think that this class should be required for all FGCU Graduates. However, I do feel like they should make it mandatory within the first two years or enrollment. Only because it's a Gordon Rule class.
I don't have much to write about Colloquium today. I wasn't able to present last week and I am bummed about that. I heard they had a good time and that the class participated well. I have started to research things for my Service Learning Project. I haven't heard from my Professor who I know could help me with my project. Caitlin Poor and I have decided to do the best we can at making FGCU and E-Waste recycling facility.
Once again, I'm feeling very sick. I'm supposed to be presenting my chapter to our Colloquium class in about eight hours and I feel like I wont be able to make it. It's really difficult to accept considering the amount of preparation the three of us have put into the project in the past few days. We're doing a Who's Line Is It Anyway type improve skit. I think it will be fun to witness the participation of our class and hopefully Dr. Otto as well.
Original Date: 3-26-10
I forgot to mention, that I watched my group assignments yesterday, and that mine is coming up next week. I learned a lot in our group training sessions. I especially thought it was cool to go outside. The first few chapters really had some interesting information.
Original Date: 3-25-10
Since my previous entry, I have made a conscious effort to improve my duties as a citizen of Earth. Now, whenever I go to grocery stores I save to plastic bags to bring back and recycle on my next visit. I learned that the cloth bags are actually not as sustainable of a solution as recycling plastic bags because once the fabric becomes unusable, it cannot be recycled and goes to a landfill. I think that is quite contradictory. I have been looking up and learning facts lately and I think it is because of this class. It's funny how just by learning the information, it makes me want to spread the knowledge and make sure all my family and friends are doing their part as well.
Original Date: 3-13
Today, although we do not have class this week, I am still thinking of colloquium. I am thinking about some of the issues we have learned in class. I am starting to realize that I am not as conservation friendly as I thought I was. I turn off lights behind myself and I try to do my part when it comes to recycling. There is much more that I can do to improve our planets current dire need to sustainability. By this, I mean, as a citizen of the world I have a duty to do my part. I have to go now, but I was pondering this and quickly wanted to make a journal entry.
Original Date: 3-10-10
Well, it is 4:00am and I woke up from a 12 hour nap.. I am pretty sure I have come down with some sort of the flu. I was fine on Monday, but around 10am yesterday I felt like a truck hit me. I am supposed to goto ECHO park with my colloquium class today, however, I better start to feel better or that will not be an option. I could only image the long busride, crowded, walking outside, I wouldn't be able to hold down anything lol. Speaking of, I am starting to feel really uncomfortable. If I do make it to the trip by some miraculous cure, I will be sure to post more.
Well Spring break is here and it hardly feels like it. I can't believe the semester is almost half-over. I really do not have much planned.. The weather hasn't warrented any belief that I will get to the beach. Work has really been picking up. Since we have expanded and moved the the bigger space, business has increased almost 100%. People are just getting bigger amounts and more items, but I have seen a sizeable increase in new customers as well. I know this journal is supposed to be for colloquium, but since there is not much to talk about atm. That is what is on my mind. I really hope things continue to improve. When we get back from SP we are going to some place called ECHO park. This is the only one of our trips that is at a place I have never heard of. I look forward to the trip, and seeing Otto and my classmates again.
Original Date: 2-24-10
I just finished my Florida's People & Environment Paper. It was a pretty fun book to write because I had to read. YES, I had to read.. haha. I never read anything past monthly or daily periodicals. Newpapers and Magazines (and online articles of course) have always been my reading outlet.
the book I chose, sparked my interest because it was about a guy that was from Sanibel. I'm not going to summarize the book because I did enough writing about it but basically, it is about a guy who made a living fishing on Sanibel. Since I love fishing, and I know the waters of SW FL pretty well, I decided it was the right choice for me. The book took a little over a day for me to read, but only about 6-7 hours total.
Original Date: 2-20-10
We went to Matanza's last wednesday, well.. let me rephrase that. The Class went to Matanza's. and I went to Matanza's. I missed the bus by literally seconds. I tried to call Taryn about a couple times between 1:45-2. But she didnt answer. Edit: Taryn dropped the class the week before.
Either way, I was walking to the bus and it drove away. No biggie I thought, until I realized that the other bus sitting in the lot was NOT my classes. I walked around campus, walked to the classroom, drove to the gravel lot and then decided to drive to FTM Beach myself. It took about 55 min to get there because traffic was so bad. However, once I arrived the bus driver informed me that they had only been there for a few minutes.
I walked inside an old style home that was original to the site. It was really cool seeing a house that has survived such powerful hurricanes. A simple, wooden design capable of being opened up and dried out after storms. Brilliant.
We learned a lot about the beach and the bay. Mostly about the wildife, living styles, and commercial uses of the island during earlier times.
All in all, I had a fun experience and I thought it was a good day of class.
Original Date: 2-15
This week we will be going on a class trip to Matanzas pass on ft. myers beach. I have a lot of history with that place. Matt and I used to dock the boat there whenever we would goto the beach. I think, in Feb-August of '06, Matt and I probably went there almost 3 or 4 times a week! We were always at the beac because neither of us could drive so instead of taking the bus from St. James city, we would just hop on the boat and take a ride to the beach.
It would take about 45 mins to get the boat packed, lowered, and make it to the beach from the time of decision. It took over 45 minutes just to drive off St. James city, with your own car.
Anyway, I look forward to the trip and I am sure it will be fun.