Monday, December 10, 2007

FreeWrite, probably the last post

This week I have a free topic. This is the last required post that I have for English 304. I have no clue what to write about. I have no clue about a lot of things in life. How in the world will I ever manage to wake up for 8 o'clock classes everyday next semester? I have trouble waking up for 10:10 classes. What will I do after graduation? I want to do many things and go many places, but where does God want me to go? Should I go to New Orleans and work at a camp? Should I go to Uganda? Should I go to discipleship training school in Ghana? Should I try to go to China, I would love to go there one day, or should I try to go to a Spanish speaking country. Or should I work with an organization that will travel to several countries between the 10 and 40 degree latitudes? These are all places I want to go, plus South Africa for the next World Cup in 2010. Where should I go first and how long should I go. I want to go for at least 3 months or the travel cost is too high for the time I would spend there. These are some things that I will be trying to figure out during the break. It will take more prayer and more listening. God has already shut one door it seems, will he shut more?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Personalities, employers

Sounds smart and expensive to hold all these interview processes. However, in the end the effort put into the process probably pays off. Happier employees work better. If turnover is lower there is less training costs and more continuity short-term costs could be higher but long-term costs look to be lower.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

dual coding

Well I'm not sure I completely understand this theory, but I do know that many advertisements use this technique very effectively. Blue squares make us think of Nationwide insurance. Bobble hula girls that go on the dashboard of your car make me think of Hardee's commercials. The Postal Service songs remind me of UPS. Some of these ads are very effective and some are not. Some of the dual coding comes off obnoxious and annoying. This can accomplish the opposite of what the commercial is meant to do.

Working with a group

What have I learned about working with a group so far this semester? Well, this is not the first group I have worked with before. I have worked with many groups. Some work well, some do not. This group project was unique and challenging. We were dealing with a topic that none of us were familiar with. We did a great job communicating and being flexible. We each used unique talents. I would like to see us getting more work done during group projects instead of just assigning things to be done between meetings. We did most of our work like this and during our last meeting.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I am incapable

I am unable to do anything. Everything I strive for goes wrong. I am helpless, useless and utterly full of shame. The things I want to do I do not do and the things I do not want to do I do. Lucky for me there is one who came to save me. He saves me from my inadequacies. In him, I can accomplish anything no matter the impossibility. He has made me who I am today. He has challenge me nurtured me and taught me all I know. He protects me and guides me. It is when I obey him that life goes right and when I disobey and turn my back on him that I fall on my face.
Despite all he does for me I spit in his face and break his heart daily. I disappoint him and sometimes make him angry. But he forgives me every time as soon as I ask. His name is Yahweh.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

An interesting interview

This was my first face to face interview. I have had several interviews over the phone but never face to face, at least none that I can remember. It was very different being in the same room as the interviewer. I had to be conscious of my actions. I have a habit of fidgeting, so I had to make sure that I did not distract my interviewer. I also had to make sure of eye contact. I didn't want to be a psycho billy ninja and have a death stare but I wanted to show confidence, trust, attentiveness and interest. I feel that I did a good job with both these things. I think that this was a great learning experience that will prepare me for future interviews.


I thought the presentations a couple weeks ago were very good. I definitely learned some interesting things. I particularly enjoyed the one on Water polo and the one on Rock Climbing. I really liked the presentation on Water polo because I know some of the players on the team. I thought Nathan did a good job of using the ball to demonstrate techniques. I have a much better understanding now of a sport that I get to talk to Nathan about quite often.
I thought the Rock Climbing Presentation was interesting because I have done some recreational climbing. I learned a lot more details about the sport and I also thought the video was very cool. I also liked that I got a lolly pop at the end for answering a question correctly. The candy made it a very memorable presentation for me.