Week 15: Designing the Life I Want

As the semester is coming to a close, I am getting ready to walk at this years commencement ceremony. I will be back in the Fall to finish my last three classes and then be finished with my B.S. in Health Science. My degree is geared to public health which can encompass jobs like working for the FDA, being an epidemiologist, or environmental health. I can develop health programs to target specific health problems and get grants from the federal government to put them into place. A part of me would love to do these jobs and a part of me would like to go to the medical route. The three me’s that I have in mind for myself are as follows:

Keeping my current job as an instructional aide and go to a community college after I graduate to finish my prerequisites to attend P.A. school or Medical School.
I would love to be a physician’s assistant because it is very similar to being a doctor without all the time money that goes into becoming a doctor like medical school and long-hour residencies. I could make a decent amount of money finish within two years. I also like that it would be easier for me to start a family with this degree because there wouldn’t be as much as a time investment if I went to medical school. I would also love to pursue a career in medicine because I would hate to look back on my life and think “Why didn’t I just go to Medical School?” seeing that I would have the time and the energy to do so. I would hate to let myself down on such an amazing opportunity that few women, and Latina women at that get to have.

2. Moving to New York to pursue a Health Scientist job starting off at 80K a year, gain some experience and then come back to LA. and go to graduate school for epidemiology.

I think this job opportunity would be amazing because it would allow to make what I think is great money especially for a new college graduate to have. Very few people get to make this in a year throughout their lives so if Im able to have this chance I would definitely take it. I would get to experience a new city, a popular city at that but I do not see myself living there or raising a family there. I would want to come back to my home town here in L.A. and be within close proximity to my family. I would gain amazing experience and hopefully it would make me stand out when looking for a new job.

3. Join the Peace Corps which can help defer a few dollars off my loans and gain experience, then come back and get a job. Depending on how well of a job Im able to get with this experience Ill make a decision on going to graduate school.

Joining the Peace Corps is something that I have always wanted to do. I always thought it would be a great life experience that would allow me to get cultured and create memories from. This is something that would be hard because I would necessarily be getting paid, only to cover basic necessities where I am living, which would not allow me to come home and see my family nor will it give me money to make payments on my student loans. It would also be a time commitment of about 2 years. This would give me public health experience which I think is priceless. I would not be getting paid and I would be away from home which sounds terrifying, but I think 2 years is a good amount of time to learn a lot and Im sure this time would fly by. I think the Peace Corps would also help me grow up a little bit because I would be there alone and would meet amazing new people who are in the same position as me.

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Week 15 Classmate Conversation: Vicki Wu

For my last classmate conversation I paired up with Vicki Wu. She is someone that I have talked to before but in another class that I shared with her this semester, Biology. While talking to Vicki I learned that she is a first year student here at CSULB. She is a Health Care Administration major. When I asked what kind of career she wanted to pursue with that degree she said she felt a little unsure and was still working on figuring out what she wants to do. Some of her favorite foods include Korean BBQ and Hot Pot. I thought this was interesting because I had never heard of Hot Pot but she explained to me that it was a large pots simmering and you get to add your favorite ingredients to it as it cooks. This sounded delicious to me and is something I am considering trying. Vicki is Chinese and she told me that she speaks mandarin. I asked her if she knew how to write in Mandarin and she told me that she had learned when she was younger but she forgot most of it. She said it is really hard to write the characters and remembering all of them.

I really enjoyed talking to Vicki and learning more about her. It was a great last classmate conversation. IMG_2643

Week 14 Classmate Conversation: Annie Chung

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This week I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Chung. She is from Temple City and went to Temple City High. She is a first year student at CSULB. I found out that Annie is the same major that I am, Health Science. I also found out that she is in my biology class so we have two classes together. Annie likes to watch Netflix and a few of her favorite shows include Modern Family, Riverdale, Reign, Stranger Things, and Bones. While talking we found out that we both love almond milk tea and jasmine milk tea. She also enjoys sushi. Some of  her favorite movies are Kingsman, Why Him, Bad Moms, and Finding Dory which I thought were great movies. I have seen all the movies she’s mentioned except Kingsman. She is a really nice person overall and it was cool to learn that we shared the same major because I was able to offer her a little advice about the classes that she needs to take in the future.

Week 14 Art Experience: Sketching in the Garden

This week’s activity was interesting and nothing like I had done before. It was easy to  be able to draw without erasing but I found difficult was drawing without looking at the paper. When I drew my hand I tried my best to not look at the paper but I did look a few times out of habit. We rarely draw anything without looking because we always try to make things look “perfect” or as perfect as we can make them. When i finished my hand, I saw how hard it is to draw nicely without looking. My hand did not look proportionate to my actual hand and it look crooked. My thumb resembled a pinky and I tried to draw the lines on my hand as I saw them. I think the lines came out better than my hand drawing.

When it came to drawing the scene at CSULB’s Japanese Garden, I think the one where I was able to look at the scenery and my paper came out pretty decent. It resembled what I was looking at pretty well and I though it looked great for being just a sketch. I then tried to create the same picture without looking at my paper. They look similar but this one definitely looked messier. All the objects were enmeshed and drawn on top of each other and overlapping. The coy fish do not look like fish at all and they look like blobs with fishtails. My plants also look different in both sketches. In the second sketch my plants are floating around in the baby and look like spike circles rather than plants. This really made me appreciate my ability to see.

Week 13 Classmate Conversation: Diana Soriano

This week for my artist conversation I met first year student Diana Soriano. Prior to attending CSULB she graduated from Narbonne High School in Torrance. When I asked about her major she said that she started off as a Marine Biology major but wanted to switch over to Mechanical Engineering. She works at a starbucks which I thought was really cool but I also told her how when I worked in food service I hated people because they were so rude and took the slightest things personal. Some would people would even come in mad before you even say a word to them.

We also talked about shows we liked to watch on netflix and I mentioned 13 Reasons Why to her and she said she had read the book. I asked her which one she preferred and she stated the book and show are different but prefers the book. This made me want to read the book because I usually prefer the book versions of stories like this. IMG956378

Week 13 Artist Conversation: Laura Lopez

Exhibition Information

Artist: Laura Lopez

Exhibition: Selvetica

Media: Drawing and Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

About the Artist

Laura Lopez is a graduate student at CSULB. She is earning her Masters through the Drawing and Painting program. She created Selvetica inspired the connection she feels with the jungle. This is truly seen in her work with bright colors that represent the wilderness and nature of the jungle.

Formal Analysis

Selvetica consisted of large, brightly painted images of the jungle. The leaves, animals, and other plants were so vivid because they used bright colors such neon yellow, lime green, orange, and neon pink. There also colors like bright blue and purple. They were large and consisted of oil paints on canvas. There was one the appeared to one whole picture put together by two separate pieces of canvas.

Content Analysis

Laura tells about how she feels the jungle is her home and is fascinated by how things like forests are interconnected by different plants and species. I could really see this in her art because of how detailed all the plants are. I think details in imagery of nature are hard to depict because of intricate it is to include things like leaves and stems and animals because they are all virtually the same color with different depths and shades depending on the angle they are being viewed from.

Synthesis/ My Experience 

This exhibition really made me think about complex forests can be. All the different layers of plants and the different ecosystems that exist within each layer are necessary for the others survival. I also liked how all the different paintings were in colors that are not seen in these places in real life.

Week 12 Art Experience: Ethnography

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For this week’s assignment, I decided to spend my night without electricity. I chose my room because I figured I would be the most comfortable here and it wouldn’t bother me to be in my place of comfort without electricity. At first it was hard because I was tempted to be on my phone in my dark which is what I usually do when Im bed before I go to sleep. I also like to watch TV while I’m in bed and watch netflix. I realized how much of a habit it is to watch TV and be on my phone when I couldn’t do these things at my leisure. I also like to sleep with my blankets over my self with the fan blowing air on me. But I just had to sleep without the bed sheets over me and I was fine. It did make me realize tho that I could just do that every night instead of wasting energy.

I ended up falling asleep quickly and woke up great the next day. It’s something I wish I could do every night. Im usually sleep deprived and I tell myself everyday that I will be in bed by 10 PM. The closest Ive gotten to this goal time is 10:40PM. Its quite frustrating because I always end up regretting it the next day and thinking about how much more sleep I wish I could get. I always think about how much sleep I could be getting if I wasn’t on my phone all the time before bed. I realized some habits I need to get rid of and things that I need to change to get better sleep. I always hear about how important sleep is but I never do anything about it because I never really knew what to do about it. After this experience I think not being on my phone will help a lot.

Week 12 Artist Conversation: Alice Andreini

Exhibition Information 

Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No-Mans Land

Media: Drawing and Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East Gallery

Website: andreiniart.com

About the Artist 

Alice Andreini is a graduate student at CSULB’s school of art. She is earning her MFA through the Drawing and Painting Program. In her work she challenges the views and perspectives that we have of the world due to the way we are socialized. Some of her interests include poetry and good literature. She stated that her favorite author is Virginia Woolf.

Formal Analysis

Alice’s art exhibition consisted of large paintings that consisted of geometric lines and shapes. Some looked like they represented a golf course while others looked like landscapes like where the ocean meets the land put together through geometric lines and pastel colors that are not typically used to depict environments in nature.

Content Analysis

When speaking to Alice she mentioned that she thought landscapes are not natural. She described how even things that have natural things in them like a gold course are man made. They are maintained by man and put together by man because such a landscape would not exist in nature. This made me think about how I’ve never really seen anything in nature that hasn’t been touched by man. Even if I go on a hike the Angeles National Forest or to the Grand Canyon, all the trails and best views and have been picked and trekked by someone before me. Ive never really see n true nature that hasn’t been modified.

Synthesis/ My Experience 

I really appreciated Alice’s work because it made me think about how man has always added to things in nature and how they have been modified to make it easier for humans to add their thumbprints to things. All of these things in nature that are made for people to experience the “outdoors” are all developed my humans and made to be “safe” for them to explore in most circumstances.

 

Week 11 Artist Conversation: Sovanchan Sorn

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sovanchan Sorn

Exhibition: this is all i remember

Media: Fiber

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

About the Artist

Sovanchan Sorn is a student at CSULB in the School of Art’s Fiber program. Her art tells of her family’s experience as Cambodian refugees who escaped the regime of Pol Pot. There are excerpts of her family members telling what they went through and what they had to endure. Their experience is heart wrenching and unlike anything I had ever read before.

Formal Analysis

There were pieces in her exhibition that were hung throughout the gallery. They consisted of reflected materials that were light colors. They were white and light pink with pearlescent reflective materials. There were lights that shined upon the hanging pieces which allowed their iridescence to be seen by the audience. There were also excerpts on one wall that consisted of stories of starvation, mistreatment, and distress they endured from living in Cambodia during the time Pol Pot’s regime took over which is one of the worst times in Cambodia’s history.

Content Analysis

Even though the experiences of Sovanchan’s family were times of struggle and pain, the reflective pieces served as sort of a the light at the end of the tunnel following such horrific events. it kind of reminded me that there are things to be learned when we go through something whether they are small or big. Even though they went through thee hard things, they are now able to live better than before which is what the art work represented to me.

Synthesis

I really enjoyed this show. I think its relevance is importance today because even though Cambodia has not been under the regime for many years, it is still suffering its repercussion from that time. I also think the excerpts stuck more with me than the actual pieces that were made by Sovanchan but I think it was an overall great exhibition.

 

Week 11 Classmate Conversation: Chris Toledanes and Sydnie Santos

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This week I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Toledanes and Sydnie Santos. Sydnie is a first year student here at CSULB and she is majoring in psychology. After talking to her for a bit she told me that she was considering changing her major because she felt that psychology wasn’t the option she felt most comfortable with and she was looking at other majors to declare. She is from Cerritos and went to Cerritos High School. She also told me that she played volleyball in high school. Chris Toledanes is senior at Cal State Long Beach and said he will be graduating next year. He is majoring in Computer Engineering. He is originally from Torrance but currently lives in Long Beach.  I also found out that he enjoys playing golf.

They were both great people to work with for the triptych and contributed to the conversation with Glenn about the art that we saw. I thought it was great how Chris mentioned that gun control was a deadly cycle that was never ending because of how people who are getting guns are usually getting them to protect themselves from other people with guns. This was a perspective that I had never thought about and made me think about how it applies to other topics like nations and their weapons of mass destruction and large militaries who do this in an attempt to protect themselves from other countries with militaries and weapons.