Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Your family's fate

— How much control do you think you have over your fate?
I think I have 100% of control over my fate. I think my fate is determined by what I do when faced with an obstacle. Yes there are a lot of obstacles that will come into play through out my life, but what I do when the obstacle is presented to me is entirely  up to me. Your fate is never set in stone or provided to you so you know what is actually going to happen. But by controlling what you do in life and being yourself is how you will reach your own fate.   
— Do you feel your fate is already predetermined by your lineage — your parents and ancestors? Or do you feel you are in the driver’s seat in determining your own success?
I think your family place a big part in your life. Your mother and father teach you everyday what they have learned and try to set you in the right path to succeed. Just because my parents and other ancestors where successful doesn't mean it's just going to be given to me. Everyone fails over and over again in there life, your parents have, and their parents have, and now it's time for you to do the same. There may be many similarity between you and your ancestors but in the end it's up to you to determine how you are going to live your life.
— The author makes the argument that “the compulsion to strive, the talent to prosper and the ability to overcome failure are strongly inherited.” Do you think you inherited these qualities? Or do you think you had to develop them on your own?
I think that I did in fact inherited some quality like this. But at the same time I think even though you have these qualities it's up to you to apply them in your life. Everyone has the power to strive for greatness, you just actually have to try and do it. I think my father and mother have taught me how to strive, and to be able to over come failure. But the only person that can actually apply that to my life is myself.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pulitzer Prize

  1. Who was the writer/writers and for which publication?
Joseph Rago
  1. What was the PURPOSE of their editorials? (See "citation" tab)
Was given to Joseph for his editorials for challenging Obama care.
  1. After reading a few of the articles, describe what types of resources they used and approximately how many in any given editorial.
Medical resources. 
  1. Did you detect any bias? Explain.  Cite specific passages.
Yes, everything was negative about Obama care. See first article, and first paragraphe. 
  1. How does the format, tone, and length of an editorial differ from a feature article?
It has a lot more details and points to prove the point. The more you are bias the more it helps you prove your point. They seem to be longer then most articles.

Monday, February 10, 2014


I believe that everyone is creative in there own way. Like in the article I just read some people had simple and easy ideas and other had bigger and more far fetched ideas. I don't think the question should be is or can everyone be creative, but the question should be how creative are people. I think depending on the person, one person could come up with a amazing idea and others could have this simple not so good idea. I believe everyone is creative in their own ways.

–What problems on these students’ lists also annoy you?–What problems at your school or in your home or neighborhood can you identify?
One of the posts was kinda cool and that one was the one about having a fun play to hang out after school. I find myself either just going home or to someone's house. It would be fun to have a place close that people could hang out at. And I don't mean like the community center because that place is weird.
And then stuff that annoys me is endless. School does, the weather does. Stuff that I have no control of annoy me, but it think that's why it annoys me because it's out of my control.

–Do you wish you could take a class in creative studies? Why or why not?

I think it would be a fun option, I would probably take it. I think if it was an option for students to take then people would sign up for it. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Rules of the interview

What are Sawatzki's rules of interviewing?
1. Don't ask yes or no questions
2. Keep the questions short
3. Avoid charged words

What are things not to do when interviewing?
The interviews that they went over that were bad, were bad because the person interviewing didn't ask good questions, their interview lasted around 3 minuets not because of the person they were interviewing wasnt answering questions but because the interviewer didn't ask questions to get real answers. 

What troubles or challenges have you encountered when conducting interviews?

The troubles I have had when doing my interviews where not having enough questions or questions that really helped my topic. I have only done a couple interviews and I think each time I am getting better and better at them. 

What can you do in future interviews to elicit more detailed and informative responses?

For the next interview I do I'm going to try and ask more questions about what they had answered to get deeper and deeper to the point I'm trying to prove. Ask more questions by its self would help me when I go back and write my paper.