My Last Blog Post

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Dear fellow readers that I will miss,

I truly loved this Rhetoric class. I am so glad I decided to take my English class at STC instead of in high school. I have learned so much in this class. I grew so much as a writer. I got to put my mind in a perspective I had never thought in, a persuasive way. Yes, I have written persuasive essays before, but those essays were about simple and nonintellectual. Once I got into this class, I feel like my mind opened to new thoughts and ideas. My writing changed for the better. I was able to really go into depth with my essays. I would like to continue more with my beginning and ending sentences. I still feel that I could make my intro and outro better. I feel like understanding the theme or feel a essay. I really like the books we read and how we used then for essays.

I will truly miss everyone in this class. I have decided that this class will be the last in-college class I will take until I graduate. I will greatly miss STC. I have one request from my teacher, Daniel. Will you please inform me when you publish your book! Thank you for all that you have taught me. I have learned so much from you. You are the best, Daniel. I hope life will always be great to you. My fellow classmates, you were all amazing. Good job everybody. Continue to do great throughout the rest of your college journey. I bid you farewell.

Sincerely,

Angela

The Final Project

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Dear readers,

I have my final project coming up. I am still quite unsure what I am doing, but I have two ideas in mind.

Idea #1- I would do an advertising campaign for the new UTRGV medical school opening up. My audience would be college students planning to live and work in the Valley. The purpose would be to encourage the students to get a degree in medicine in order to grow the health care in the Rio Grande Valley. It will appeal to this audience because these people would be planning for their future. During their senior year of college they would have to take the MCAT and apply to medical school if they are a perspective health care professional.

Idea #2- I would do visual art, such as a poster, to make awareness of different ethnicities and races. My audience would be children in elementary schools where there is not a lot of racial and ethnical differences. The purpose would be to stop and prevent bullying of cultural and physical differences. It will appeal to them because it will portray children and camaraderie.

Although I am still undecided of which idea to go with, I will try hard to succeed in this project.

Sincerely,

Angela

 

Essay #3 Rough Draft

Dear Readers,

This last essay was tricky! I had no idea what to write about at first. I was conflicted because my topic in the beginning seemed to vague, but lucky while I started it finally hit me what the essay was going to be about. It probably took be longer to finally decide on a topic than to actually type my essay. I think I personally had a lot of facts and works cited in this essay. I think that is one of the strengths in my essay. A weakness I think would be that its not very flowing. It seems choppy to me. For my final draft I plan to input The Color of Water as one of my citing’s so the essay can connect more with the book. I think by adding that I can also talk about the affects of actually people because of discrimination.

Sincerely,

Angela

The Color of Water

Dear readers,

I truley loved this book. It was a wonderful read. I think James’ desire to learn more about his mothers past and making a book of it showed how much he loves his mom. I think it was necessary for him to write this book because he got to learn about his moms struggles and how she overcomed those obstacles. I learned that James and his mom are very similar people. They both were strong people that overcome obstacles, James with his behavior and his mom with her family problems. At the end, they both helped eachother out emotionally. This book kind of inspires me to learn more about my own family and maybe learn important life lessons through that. I think the way we were brought up is how we will in turn be like in the future. You will either go two ways, follow the morals of your family or completely change your morals to be a better person. You learn the right and wrong things to do from your family. Your families literally shape who you become.

Sincerely,

Angela

P.S. That part about their time at church with his mom singing was hilarious. This book was emotional. I even cried when both of Ruth’s husbands died.

The Color of Water: Part 1

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Hello my wonderful readers,

The Color of Water is probably one of the most captivating non-fiction book I have ever read. I love this book so much! I love the way that he switches form his mothers story and his own. I love that he adds humor and tries to make you feel as if you are there with him. I was quite surprised to find out that there was so much racism back in the day. I know racism is still very much alive today, but I’ve never actually really thought about racism and how other people view it. For example, when James stated that he was embarrassed of his mother and wished she was black as well, I was taken aback. I couldn’t imagined that people actually thought that way. This book really opened my eyes to the real world of racism and how it effects the criticized and the people around them. This book is extremely powerful and gives many examples on how he was raised differently compared to most all-black families. Surprisingly, I found myself somehow relating to his family background. I myself have lived a life where God and education were the main things my parents instilled in me just like James’ family did. As well as personality wise, I am quiet, shy, curious, and the younger one of my family just like James is. Even though our lives are completely different, there was a sense of camaraderie between me and the author. All in all, this is an AMAZING book and I’m looking forward to finishing the book!

Sincerely,

Angela

Rough Draft #2!

Dear Readers,

I just finished writing my second rough draft for my English 1302 class. The issue I chose to right about is the problems people face in the Rio Grande Valley involving healthcare.I have never done APA style before. I had to research how to do it, but almost every website I went to gave me different information! I had writers block after I wrote the first sentence of my essay! It was horrible.  I had to start my body paragraphs first before I could do my introduction. First, I looked at my references and picked out quotes and ideas I was going to input into my essay. After that, I tried to just write whatever come first to me and then revised the paragraphs. I truly liked the sources I found. It gave a lot of truth to my essay. I think it would have been useful to find a source about extreme malpractice cases in the Rio Grande Valley. I think the argument in my rough draft was ok. I think I could have done better. It seemed sort of jumbled, like I should move some stuff around and revise it! I think I need to work on flowing everything so it won’t seem so choppy. Well, wish me luck on my next venture, the final draft!

Sincerely, Angela

1st Annotated Bibliography

Dear amazing readers,

I did my first annotated bibliography. Yay! It was interesting. My bibliography is for an essay I am doing on reasons why people go out of South Texas to get medical care. I personally got interested in this topic because I want to get into the medical field and really was interested in what people think about the valley medical services. I have learned that I shouldn’t become a doctor in South Texas. People think so lowly of the doctors in South Texas. It really surprised me. I do still wonder why doctors in South Texas give the impression that they are not very educated because in reality these doctors more than likely went through years and years of learning and training to get where they are, yet where they are is not making then seem like they have gained so much knowledge and common sense that all doctors should have. It really makes no sense.

Sincerely, Angela