Posts tagged Education
Why I Will Always Cheer For Hawai'i

The University of Hawai’i was my first choice school. It was the only college outside of the Marianas that had Chamorro language courses, it offered multiple majors I was interested, and with the Western Undergraduate Exchange at the time, I wouldn’t cost as much as some other “out of state” schools might have. I have family members that live on Oahu and really, who wouldn’t want to go to school in paradise if they could?

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What I'm Reading: Show Your Work

This is not a secret formula “how-to” for instant success for artists. It really is about the long-game. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’d say look for another book. Probably also look for another career because anyone who finds success in film/television, writing, painting, etc., finds it after years of unseen work behind it. Yeah, I entered contests and did fairly well in my first year of submissions but it was for a script on a subject I started studying about when I was a teenager. See what I mean? And I’m not even close to where I want to be in terms of my artistic goals. But what Kleon provides are tools to help you get discovered by getting your creative work out into the world.

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Contest Notes Review, Part I

Other people need to read your work in order for you to improve. You know this. But maybe you’re nervous to share your writing with someone you know personally (I’ve definitely been there) because you don't think they'll support your creative endeavors or maybe you’re nervous that someone you know personally won’t be completely honest about what they think of your writing because they love you so much. It’s not a bad thing that they love you, it’s just not exactly helpful if you’re trying to grow. You know what is? Script notes. Having submitted to several contests in the past, I’d like to share my feedback experiences with you so you can decide whether or not you’d like to add notes to your entry.

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What I'm Reading: The Element

I have watched Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity”, several times. As someone who initially started university majoring in elementary education and someone who taught English in a preschool in Korea, perhaps I was pulled in by my experiences but no matter your personal interests, we all have had experiences in schooling as a student and given that the model of education hasn’t much changed in over one hundred years in the United States and Great Britain, I think it’s safe to say there are notable similarities. It’s an industrial effort in which students are churned out to be productive members of society based on, well, production. But the Industrial Revolution has long since passed and, according to Robinson in The Element, the way we educate our children should have kept up with the times.

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Going Back to School at Twenty-Eight

This semester is the first time in six years that I am taking any post-secondary school courses after receiving my Associate of Arts in North Carolina in 2012 but with a dash of my time at the University of Hawai'i thrown in because I'm working full-time. I am fortunate in that my job pays for tuition but because of my work schedule, the number of classes I am able to take at once is rather limited. However, that may be for the best. Taking six credits should allow me to get back into the groove of being in school and since it has been several years, I will need that transition time. It has taken me a while to come to the decision to go back to school after several disheartening attempts since moving back to California - really since moving back to the mainland United States.

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