Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Life in 357 Words

I love helping people. Every single person on this planet goes through some type of struggle. Physical struggles, mental and emotional struggles. Struggles with work, school, friends family, everything. There is always going to be struggles in the world. With that being said, everyone could use a little help at one point. And who wouldn't want help? Not everyone does, but for the most part, when people are at their lowest, when people just cannot keep going without the support of another person. They want help. And that is me. I love being that help. The gratitude I feel for someone who has done something for me, that has helped me through my toughest times, or even just filled me in on what homework was due today. Whether its the biggest task in the world or the littlest gesture, that help that was given to me is important. That person changed my life. Now, you are probably wondering why someone who filled me in on the homework I just missed, how could that change my life? And my answer is simple, even though it may seem like it should be deeper. If they didn't fill me in, my life would be different. Drastically different? No. But, a different set of events would of taken place if I was not filled in on that smaller detail. Now, this is minor and probably will not make or break my life. But I am always still grateful for it. I want to help people. It is almost like a way of giving back to those who helped me in the past. They do not know it, but they have inspired me to keep doing good things. Seeing how grateful people are for the things I do for them will always be the best gift anyone could have. If I can make a difference in at least one person's life I will feel like I have fulfilled my purpose in life. Everyday I try to help at least one person, make someone smile, make someone's day just that much better. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most to someone. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My Research Question

My research question is going to be, should parents be required to vaccinate their children or not. I have chosen this topic because I am interested in the medical field due to being a nursing major and I find this important lately because of all of the talk about viruses and bacteria becoming immune to our medications and antibacterial soaps. Some things I would like to answer are the what are the benefits of vaccines and what are some of the problems with vaccinations, so we can get a clear view of both sides and find out what would be better to do in the future. This will hopefully clear up some of the confusion that people have about vaccines. A lot of people hear things that may not be true, so we are going to clear up what is fact and what is fiction so people know exactly what they would be getting into if they were or to not vaccinate. To answer this I obviously need to learn what are the benefits and what are the negatives to getting vaccinated and why. I think knowing why is a big part of it because that is where the sources will come from and it will help me and people have a better understanding. It is one thing to know something but it is another thing to know why and have confidence in the information you are receiving. I would need to research from people in the medical field. More so the people who work in the labs and study bacteria and viruses and all the different medications. The people who are studying to search for cures and treatments for disease and sickness. I believe those people would know the most about this topic. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

WP2: Explanatory Synthesis Reflection

When this paper was first introduced to me I had no problem picking my topic. The Universe. The universe has been something that always interested even as a child. It is also something that a lot of people really do not know much about. So, between my interest in this topic and the fact that it could be educational to many people, I thought this would be a perfect topic for me to do this paper.  It started off being kind of intimidating because my topic is so broad and there is so much information out there. But with my previous knowledge of the universe, I was able to break down the essay and topic into sections that made the paper easy to follow and an easy way present the information. My design plan and outline pretty much stayed the same throughout the entirety of the paper. I wanted to educate readers about the origin of the universe and all the steps that were taken to bring us to where we are today. And I think my essay did a very good job of doing that. I went through all of the steps and explained them and how they led into the following step. The outline changed very slightly. All of the main points stayed the same, but I may have added or taken away a few details from within. Still keeping the essay following the outline. Doing the research was really fun during this essay, I always enjoy learning about this topic and re watching and reading the videos and articles always keep me interested and wanting to know more. The only negative thing about this essay personally is that it took up a lot of my time. I wanted it to be a well written essay so I spent a lot of time on it. But, I still also had to make room for my anatomy and nursing studies. I got through it though and I am proud of the essay that came out of it. Many hours were put into writing and editing this and I am happy with the way it turned out. 

WP2: Revision Reflection

The revision process for this paper was very helpful. By using our text book for the review, it allowed us to answer specific questions that related exactly to the paper we were writing. This gave us a better feel for what we were supposed to do within the paper bu telling us what we need to have, and how the paper should flow. While reviewing other students' papers, that also allowed us to look for things within the paper, that will then allow us to easier be able to find those things in our paper because we have already found them. It was also helpful to get feedback from multiple different students in the class. Second opinions are always a great thing to have and can really give some good feedback on where you stand. I really enjoyed reading other peoples essays, they gave me a lot of new information that I really appreciated. The peer reviews definitely helped in the revision process and helped me better understand what I needed to accomplish. It never hurts to have someone else look at your essay. The more feedback you get, the better you can make it. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Explanatory Synthesis Notes

What I would like to explain in my essay is the history of the universe starting at the big bang, all the way up to society today. The universe is over 13.8 billion years old and not a lot of people know exactly how we got to where we are now. What is commonly known is that there is a big bang, we have stars and planets and solar systems and galaxies and so much more. We know what is out there, but why are those things there? How did those things get there? All of this makes sense when it comes to science. If we look at the timeline of time itself, we will be able to explain exactly how those stars formed, how the other planets formed. And how life formed on earth, then ending with how life evolved and brought us to the society we live in today. 

One of my sources is a video on the big bang, which is the beginning of time itself and will also be how I start my paper off. The video tells us what is already known about the big bang, which is not much because scientists do not know what existed before the big bang; or even if anything existed. It takes us on the journey of what happened seconds after the big bang. Everything that exists today was created in a matter of seconds and created the universe. At first the universe was really hot, and full of just matter and energy, but once it cooled down, it opened up a door for new things to evolve. 

Another source I have is an info graphic timeline from the moment time was created up until where we are now. This timeline includes pictures and explanations of what happened at what time and even gives an accurate sense of how much time was in between events. Visuals are very helping in the understanding of how things work or came to be and will allow me to see exactly what happened at what time and give a sense for how old the universe really is. Most people don't understand how big and how old the universe really is. We all understand it is old but the amount of time that went by between the beginning and now is kind of insane.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What is Minecraft?

What is Minecraft? Minecraft is a fairly popular computer game, a lot of people have heard of it, but they do not know what it is to its full extent. Minecraft is an internet game where you are put in a world of blocks. Everything is made up of blocks. These blocks resemble the real world. As in, you have grass blocks, dirt blocks, stone blocks, coal blocks, and hundreds of other blocks that you can use inside the game. When you begin, you start out with nothing. You must then go and collect resources by mining different blocks. So for example, if you mine a wood block, you will get a piece of wood. You then can craft that wood to make tools and build things. This game is about creativity, you can build and do whatever you want in this world. Earlier I have mentioned that the worlds resemble the real world we live in; but there is also a fantasy aspect to this game as well. There are mobs that you have to fight and you can also gain resources by killing them. Certain creatures drop certain things and you can use those things to your advantage. You can make this game anything you want it to. It is fun because you can play with your friends or you can play with others online, you can get together and build or you can play mini games that are available. This is an endless game, so it can occupy someone for hours. The things you can do are endless. The more creative you are, the more fun this game becomes. This game also takes some knowledge to play. To craft certain things and access certain things, you need to know the materials you need, how to obtain them, and then the pattern you need to put them in the crafting table to be able to craft this object you desire. A crafting table is something you make out of 4 pieces of wood, and when you place it down, you can basically craft anything. When you click on it, you see a bunch of little boxes that you can place stuff in. You must place the correct materials in the correct pattern to the get exact object you desire. It might take some time to learn all this at first, but once you get the hang of it, the game becomes so fun. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Let The Emotions Roll Out

One of my all time favorite bands is Avenged Sevenfold. Now, most of their music sounds pretty angry and I would consider them a hard rock/metal band. For me they are a great band to listen to when I am in a good mood, but also when I am in an angry or upset mood as well. Most of their songs include some type of screaming that I have no idea how they achieve. These screams are something that I cannot even explain. You would just have to listen to the song to understand what I am saying. Some people find this annoying and it is not music. But I find it full of emotion. Pure emotion that they are trying to let out. Obviously it fits the words they are singing and in my opinion it would not get the point across any other way. When they put those screams in there it gives the song a whole other set of emotions and brings a new mood to the song. You can really feel and understand how they feel about these topics they put into their songs. 

Something I find interesting is that the worse mood I am in, the more "screaming" I like to listen to. I have thought about this a lot lately and I have been wondering why this is the way it is. Sometimes when people are upset they do like to scream to just get all that anger and emotion out. And like I said earlier, the screams in the songs are something I will never be able to achieve and something I don't know how they do. So, listening to this music helps you scream with that kind of emotion when you just can't. Whether it is because you are out in public and can't scream, cause you can listen with headphones, or just because the emotion you want to get out can't be achieved unless you go to the Avenged Sevenfold extreme. This music almost drains you of all these angry emotions that you let build up. It gets it all out and you honestly feel better once you are done. Of course I enjoy many more things about there music but this is just an interesting spin on this type of music.