These were our dormitories.
This is a picture of the Boston skyline. Beautiful is it not?
This picture is of a really tiny bit of Providence.
This is a picture of my instructor and I. I learned so much from her class.
Last but not least this is a picture of the waterfire show.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Kisa, Kim and Charnise are so terrific! I will truely remember what they have taught us this summer, and all the hard work they put forth. They just know how to make us engaged in a discussion, no matter what the topic is. I feel that they put all their heart into this program, and I really appreciate it! I really cannot believe that we are leaving! Rhode island seems like a second home now. I will definately consider Brown as a choice for college, although I will miss home a lot. Before coming to this program I would have never wanted to go so far for college, but by getting this chance I got to see the environment of the campus and familiarize myself with the area. I like it here and it doesn't hurt the fact that Brown is a great school!
Time flies by quickly when your having fun! Now thinking back, we've learned so much in so little time that it's amazing I survived! This course really challenged me time wise because I wanted to explore the area, but I had to do my homework. The readings that we did really made me think about my perspective of women, and if I was right to have thought that way. I know I already said it a million times, but I really enjoyed these two weeks!The learning experience was great! Everyone thought at the same level and wanted to get something out of this. I will miss everyone, it's so hard to say good-bye! But as for now I have no other choice.
So now I want to say that it has been FUN! We had our good-bye class session and basically everyone signed a card for one another. We all got in a circle and talked about the past 2 weeks. It was very touching I must say. It was like saying good-bye to my family because these people were my inspiration everyday. I looked up to them, learned from them, and shared my ideas with them; and they listened. I will never forget anyone! I truly hope to see them again!
The capstone project speech was not flawless, but I can say that after 3 practice runs, this one was the best! I surely felt more confident, more organized, and more self aware of what I was doing. The lessons I learned will defiantly follow me back to El Cerrito!
So a BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Ramsey, Ms. Kronenburg, Kisa, the RA's, Robin Rose, Mr. Gosney, Mr. Sanchez, and the list would probably go on and on! Thanks for helping me become more confident! Thanks for helping me have a better understanding of the world! Thanks for the support! I just feel so grateful and happy! It really feels like a dream come true. Though this chapter of my life is ending, I have a good feeling it is just the beginning back at home.
I am a bit happy to return to California and see my family but I am sad that I won't be able to see the girls anymore.
My capstone project presentation was okay, I was a bit nervous but I conquered my nerves and gave my presentation. I noticed that the other students were just as nervous as I was and that I did not have anything to worry about.
My bags are packed and ready for tomorrow!
I want to thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to be here. This was a great learning experience and I am surely going to encourage all my friends to go to college. I feel that I can go back to my community with the confidence necessary to create change. You guys have really changed my life. You guys are an inspiration. Words can't describe my gratitude.
Special thanks to Ms. Kronenberg and Mr. Ramsey, thank you for everything.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Today, we had class where we had a self-defense workshop! It was awesome, now I think I can probably defend myself if I need to, I think this workshop is going to be really useful just as the other workshops.
Lunch with Robin Rose was great, I love how personable she is. We conversed about how there are classes for seniors (rising college freshmans).
Well tomorrow we all have our big presentation, we all have to give our presentation on our capstone.
In the afternoon though, now there we had a lot of action! We had a self-defence workshop and we also got some information on tribal leadership. This was presented by Michelle Nuey, manager of special services and also a member of Mashpee Wampanoag. Within their tribe group, Michelle leads their traditional dance and she basically tells us about how a leader has to guide the whole pack in one direction or else it would be chaos!
Then came the fun part! We leaned the basic self defence posture and also a couple of self defence moves! The fact that you should not panic and aim for the vulnerable spots was stressed. Also, for every time we "strike" we had to cry out "NO!" This is a basic thing to do because it can cause confusion to the opposing person, or it can aware others of your presence. It was truly so fun and I am super happy to have been able to learn from Michelle. This is definitely something I will never forget and I will make sure to teach my siblings too!
Then we had our last community time. Everyone made a circle and we praised someone for why they were a leader. Then the next activity was everyone stood in a circle facing away from each other with their eyes closed. The RA's picked out a couple of people each time and then asked questions. If the question applied to someone they knew in the circle, they would tap them. The feeling of being tapped was truly uplifting. It gave you a very warm feeling and it made me smile a lot. I think I will leave very happy!
Today was a great day in class. In the moring we practiced our capstone speeches in front of our classmates. It was very nerve wreaking, but I could tell that I improved from the last time we did it. Everyone had a different topic which makes it even better. I learned so much from everyone's speeches, it was incredible to know that we all are very common. Today we had lunch with Robin Rose at Joshiah's. It was great because we got to talk and she really got to know us better. The lunch was a great way to bond, and we also gave her her card. I could tell that it really touched her!
After lunch, Michelle Nuey came to talk to us about her indiginous background, and also self defense. She was half Native American and half African American, and she told us about how she does dances for her tribe. She comes form the Wampanog Tribe in South Eastern MA. After describing her background she taught us a lot about how we should defend ourselves. We learned different techniques of attacking our predators. Hopefully I won't ever have to use these new skills, but it is helpful to have learned them.
When we first arrived here, I was a bit intimidated. I knew that the people I was to meet would be of different economic status but I realized that friendship is not determined by how much money their family have; it is what they have brought to the plate that counts. Coming here at first, I did not think that I would make a bonding friendship in two weeks and then watch us seperate. I do not the feeling of drifting away but I know that this is not the end of us all. As much as I love Brown, and Providence in general, I have a family to go back to in Richmond. However, because of all these new technology such as internet, cell phones, and others, I know for sure that we will keep in close contact with each other. I have already added many friends on Facebook and MySpace. Somehow, I have a feeling that we will continue to support one another even after class has ended; the distance cannot stop the power of a group of young women leaders!
Overall, this experience was absolutely amazing! The class was not just a normal class about women history but it helped me find myself and my passion. Not to mention that I have learned a lot about other diversity of people. Now, I will be cautious when I judge people because there is so much more to a person that what they show on the outside. I have learned this through meeting people from all over the United States such as Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and even a girl from Toronto, Canada. We have all developed a bond that will stretch across the country and even more.
Lastly, I want to thank ALL of you who have made this possible for me and the rest of us for this experience. I would of never gotten this opportunity if it was not for you all. I appreciate what you are all doing and I hope you continue to do so because you are bringing so much joy and happiness to the students you are sponsoring to send to the East Coast. The feeling of this whole experience brings so much warmness to my heart and now I can go back to Richmond and share this warmness with my family and friends. And again, from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you all.
Well we have two more days and half of me is so ready to leave and go home, but the other part of wants to stay back behind to enjoy Rhode Island. Thayer street was awesome with all the wonderful options of food and stores. I know I really enjoyed the water fire show that I saw.Even though its hot and humid out here, I've enjoyed the rain that we have had these past few days. The atmosphere makes me feel comfortable and at home. I like how Brown is not to city like, but if you walk a couple blocks further you get the city with its huge mall, with plenty of stores.
I'm going to miss Brown, but I have to move on. I know I have other work waiting for me at home.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Today in class we discussed the movie that we watched last night. We all agreed that the movie was really inspiring, and just motivated us to persevere and never give up. After our movie discussion, we had some speakers. They were Myrth York and Marcia Rivas, they talked about women and politics. They both work for Women's Fund of Rhode Island. This is basically a place where they give out grants for social change, and they have programs where they train women to become leaders. In the afternoon, we grouped up and did different scenarios on a dilemma. most situations called for an immediate answer because it dealt with someone's life at risk. A lot of them had to do with honesty, and just testing how trustworthy you were.
I'm now working on my capstone project and paper that is due on Friday. Everyone is basically in homework mode right now. I forgot to mention that we are having lunch with Robin Rose tomorrow. Well, I better get back to my paper now!
Today we explored the boundaries of our morals and were presented with internal dilemma scenarios. Dean Kisa gave us different stories about kids whose consciences were being tested. The example that my group shared to the class was of a student who mistakenly received a better grade than she deserved as her semester grade. She debates on what to do. On one hand, she knows that she'll have a guilty conscience but on the other hand she is very aware of the competitiveness of college admissions. Our class debated our personal opinions and what we would do in that situation. For the most part, the class agreed that they would point the error out to the teacher and accept the lower grade rather than feel guilty for accepting a grade that they didn't deserve.
Mr. Ramsey asked me what I thought about the class being all female and he wondered what I thought would change in a mixed gender environment. I like having such an open place to voice my opinions. I'm usually always willing to answer questions in school but for this particular subject, “women in leadership,“ I think that if there were guys in the classroom, things would change without us even realizing that they were changing. Everyone in our class seems more open and honest about what they really think. We still have the quiet ones and the ones who like to take charge just like in any other classroom but the dynamics change in a class of all girls.
A fun activity that I like was the values auction. We wrote out a list of values such as perseverance, humor, caring, etc. Then we broke up into groups and had a small auction on which value we wanted most. It was really fun!
In the afternoon we basically talked about ethics and leadership. We read many articles that held very difficult answers and it contained a lot of ethical dilemmas! It really questioned what one would do under those circumstances. I really did not know how to respond! The right thing to do always seemed bad, but the selfish one seemed more plausible. Truly a very interesting subject to touch on. Now I must finish my report!
After that, we talked about ethics in leadership. We broke up into groups to read different scenarios and we had to answer the questions on the back. Basically they were ethical dilemmas and we had to decide what to do if we were in that position. After reading different scenarios in a group, the class got back together to basically debrief the whole situation and how we would react. There were many different opinions because different people have different beliefs and I respect that. One of the situation that I thought was interesting is when a boy got in trouble for cheating on his test and later on his dad cheated to get into the movie theater. Later on, the boy asked his father why it was okay for him to cheat at the movie theater but not okay for him to cheat on his test. The father answered saying that cheating at the movie theater doesn't count because it is not hurting anybody. I believe that cheating at the movie theater is worse than cheaitng on a test because whent he boy cheated on his test, he was only hurting himself. The father was hurting the business. I can relate to that because parents often do that for example my father. He was not the best of the best because there were many aspects of him that were considered unfatherly. However, he always tried to teach us right from wrong. Whenever he did do anything wrong, he always lectured siblings and I that it is not the right thing to do so don't be like him. Well I guess by seeing his experiences have made me a better person in general. Well that is all for now. Gina, Mercedes, and I will be going to the Brown Bookstore. Toodles!
In class we debriefed a little about what we thought about the movie and one of the main questions asked was "what issue would you go to jail for?" I still haven't found out what issue I would really fight for and even go to jail for but I have an idea of human rights issues, maybe I WOULD go to jail for that. I have noticed that I get really frustrated when someone is mistreated, and one way I would fight that would be with civil disobedience.
Well I have to get ahead with some of my homework and I will update you with more on the class afterwords.
p.s. The ILC girls will have lunch with Robin Rose tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
At night for community time we watched the movie Iron Jawed Angels. It was an inspiring movie about the fight for women suffrage. I was not excited to see it going in because I had never heard about it before but I quickly began to enjoy it. Taking APUSH in school skimmed the topic of the fight for women suffrage but because we had to cover so much history in so little time, we were not able to really study it in depth. This movie which was based on true facts put together the history of women suffrage in an entertaining and engaging way.
In response to Don Gosney's reference to the haves and have nots, I agree that "sometimes it's being one of the "have nots" that can teach us things that the "haves" can never learn." I believe that this goes both ways as well which is why this program is such a valuable experience for everyone involved. For instance, a few days ago, a group of us went to Providence Place, a nearby shopping center. With Brown ID's, public transportation is free so we decided to take the bus. One girl said that she catches the bus at home so we let her take charge. It turned out that it was a school bus that doesn't require the skill of understanding a bus schedule so twice we almost got on the wrong bus. Finally I got the right bus schedule and we caught the correct bus to Providence Place. Obviously this isn't a huge deal and if we had gotten on the wrong bus, we could have simply gotten off. Despite this fact, I've learned from experience that this is an example of an useful everyday skill that is simple to learn and that saves you tons of time in the long run.
That is why this morning the class went to the CIT, Center for Information Technology. For the whole morning everyone spent time researching and gathering their thoughts about the speech they will have to make. It was all very independent work, and I swear you could hear all the clicking of the keyboards going off at once! It seemed to resonate through the room! Many know that I work with the Interact club, so I decided to base my project on Heifer International, which I slightly worked with before. I had a lot of background reading to do, but it was all very interesting, so time passed by a bit too fast. This is really exciting to me, just thinking about actually getting to put thoughts into action; I hope things will turn out for the best!
In the afternoon part of the class, we started off by understand the role of a facilitator. There were small discussions, and then we had a presentation about Gender and Classroom, presented by Professor Debbie Rivas-Drake. Here we basically discussed about the treatment of students within a classroom or how the teachers and administrations act towards female/male students. There was a kind of debate created by splitting the class in half, one side for co-ed schools, while the other was agreeing to single sexed schools. There was a lot of really good reasoning to each side, and in the end I am not still not sure which side is best. I was supporting the co-ed side, but the opposing view seemed pretty persuasive. We even had Avni, who came from an all girl school describe the benefits of going to a school consisting of only females. Definitely a hard decision.
When class was over, Erica led me to see the Museum of Art: Rhode Island School of Design. We only had an hour so it was slightly a speed through view of everything. However it was so beautiful! The colors and all the details! The pictures seemed to come to life! From Romans, to Egyptian, to the Chinese and Japanese; all the pottery, statues, engravings, and paintings are just amazing. I hope to be able to upload some pictures that I was able to take later!
*Just something I learned! You cannot use flash while taking the pictures and it is not allowed to take any pictures dating from the early 1900's to present.
After a few hours of the museum, the women and leadership class watched the movie, "Iron Jawed Angels." A very powerful movie showing women standing up for their rights! I was definitely moved by the struggle and perseverance! It is a very good watch!
After lunch, we discussed facilitation skills. We each split up into different groups and got a chance to facilitate a discussion on the reading. After that we had a guest speaker, and her is Deborah Rivas. She talked about gender in classrooms. She told us all about how teachers kind of seperate the students by gender, and also are very bias. We also had a debate on weather haiving a public all girls school was good or not.
We had community time today, where we watched a movie called Iron Jawed Angels. It was really good and inspirational. To think that all these women went through so much trouble just to get what was supposedly theirs. This movie really motivates me to persevere and never give up!
All of the students are required to do a Capstone Project and I was debating about my project for some time. However, I concluded that I want my Capstone Project to be feasible but also help my community. Therefore, I thought about my younger sister and what she will have to go through when she enter middle school this Fall. I thought about all the peer pressure and violence that she will have to witness/endure and I want to do something about it; not just for my younger sister but for all the other youths entering middle school. I am aiming for middle schoolers because that is where the change starts. So my Capstone Project will be about change in our community and basically fundraising money to send these students to productive programs such as "College for Kids." You see, kids get involve in gang and violence for many different reasons be it because they have nothing else to do, or lack of support/motivation to do something better. Also, many of these kids come from low-income family so their parents do not have the money to send them to summer programs and other things that will be of positive use. What I am trying to do is raise enough money to send these kids there and just be someone they can go to for help. Violence is not the answer and they need to get it through their head that there are other alternatives. This was my main focus although I wish to contribute so much more but this is just a Capstone Project so I need to focus on ONE main idea for now. When I gain more leadership skills, I will continue to contribute more to building a better and stronger community.
Today in class, we had a speaker named Deborah Rivas. She came to speak to us about the difference between single-sex schools and co-ed schools. She also spoke about how males and females are treated differently inside the classrooms. For example, she mentioned that males tend to get away with things than females and females tend to feel uncomfortable speaking their mind in front of males. Afterwards, we had a debate where Deborah splitted up the class and one side had to be pro-single sex public schools and the other side against it. I was in the side against it and I have many reasons to be against it. Our argument was that in order to feel comfortable in a society where men and women are mixed, we have to be put in that position such as co-ed schools instead of later on trying to adapt to it because you were in a single sex school. They argued back that females seem to feel more comfortable in a class where all the students are female. It went on like that for a while and although I had many opinions, I did not speak up which I kind of regret.
Personally, I believe that co-ed schools are much better because us females are always talking about how we want equal rights and if we are seperated by gender, how are we to get those rights? That is something that a lot of people are not considering and for that reason I believe the best choice is to continue to keep public schools co-ed. Also, by segregating students based on gender will make them more aware of their gender. I believe that people should not view others based on their gender. It is more important to view a person for their personality and traits beyond their physical appearance. Well, that is my belief and even though not everyone will agree with me, I will continue to believe so. It is what I believe and I have my own voice although it may not want to be heard by others, I WILL make it want to be heard.
That is all for now since I have a 4 page research paper. I will continue to update you on what is happening and the ways in which I am evolving more. Thank you all!
We also had a debate about what is better single sex schools or co-ed schools. I personally think that co-ed schools are way better. I have been to a lot of schools (both religious and public) and being around both males and females has given me lots of confidence to express my opinions and not be afraid to talk or defend myself when I'm around males and females.
This past week I have been having some problems with the class, not with anyone in particular but my definition of leadership is way different than most of the girls in my class.
I define a LEADER as someone who changes someone's life for better. The community has to be the one to consider YOU a leader not yourself. I feel that there is a big difference between having a leadership role for example being president of a club and being a leader. Just because you are in a Leadership class that does not give you the right to call yourself a leader. I hope I am explaining my thoughts well.
The first day of class was almost like a cultural shock to me when Dean Kisa asked us "do you think you are a leader?" Many of the girls said yes and some said they didn't know or that they weren't. I personally do not consider myself a leader, or at least I feel that modesty is virtue. I have always learned that you have to be modest and not brag about yourself unless it's necessary for example in a job interview or so, and even then it is hard for me to talk about myself. I now have learned and have came to the conclusion that everyone interprets things different and that not everyone is as modest about what they have accomplished as I would want them to be.
To top this off class was great as always we practiced on how to become better discussion facilitators. I think today's session was very helpful because at the clubs I'm involved in I run the meetings and I think what I learned today will help me be a better facilitator for my peers.
We started the class with going to the computer lab (or what they call a cluster) to do some research on the topic of our action plan.I did plenty of research on animal cruelty because I chose that to be my topic. My action plan will consist of creating a group or gathering with people to inform people on animal cruelty, like an awareness organization.
For the second part of class, after getting lunch, we got a lesson gender in the classroom specifically from a professor named Deborah Rivas. We got to debate on how a single sex school is better than a co-educational school and vice verse.
Later today we're going to meet up with our classmates, teacher, and teacher assistants to watch a movie related to women and leadership. We will be watching "Iron Jawed Angels". I've never seen it before, but I heard it is a really good movie. I hope I enjoy it.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I took two naps today after waking up at nine this morning, one during lunch and one after class. I think that the excitement of last week with new subjects to learn and new people to meet finally caught up with me. Everyone seems to be getting a little bit sick too. Living in such close quarters is not something I think about when I think of college. I guess I'm getting the real college experience. I'll make sure to take my vitamins in the future!
I spent the afternoon strolling on Thayer Street and eating frozen yogurt. When it started raining, people ran outside and started jumping in puddles. When the rain stopped, the temperature was the nicest it has been since I've been here.
Today was the official day to get started on our speeches that we will deliver on Friday. Our speeches have to describe our action plan for when we get back home.
Later in the evening it started to rain. It got really dark and it rained today about three times as far as I know.
As of today I'm getting ready for my action plan, for delivering my speech and leaving all the knew friends I've that are from all over.
The Red Line subway station or the "T"
Bunker Hill monument in the background
USS Constitution, the oldest commission ship in the Navy
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
The State House
The cruise ship that we road on with the aquarium in the background
After touring Boston we went to Harvard. We got to tour the school for a couple of inutes until it started raining cats and dogs! The rain just got harder so we left and found a place to have lunch. We lost track of time while having lunch and missed our train, and the bad thing was that we had to be at the dorms by 7 for community time. Everything turned out fine because we called and let our RAs know that we were going to be late. That was our day in Boston! Thank you Mr.Miranda for bringing us!
Afterwards we had a presentation about "Community Service and Access to College" by Rosanna Castro. She talked about how "everyone should be on the same page" and about how most first generation students feel that they cannot go to college because of their community, school, peers, and family members. She also stressed that "there should be no complaining unless you will roll up your sleeves and actually do it." I found this quote pretty interesting because it seems like you can only complain if you step up; whereas I normally go with the notion of try not to complain at all. She also gave us some ideas about how to interact with our community; to reach out and look for support in organizations.
In the afternoon, we had assertive skits, where we basically created chose a scenario and portrayed it using the passive, assertive, and aggressive presence. This was really fun and entertaining as each group could not help but laughing! Then we had a presentation from Angela Romans about College 101. I really gained a lot of information here because I had always had many questions about college admissions and how testing affects our applications. This was a very rewarding part of the day for me!
That is all for now because I am going to finish up my capstone project and maybe reflect on what I had just realize. Until next time ... bye!
Furthermore today class was great. For the weekend we were assigned into groups of four and we all had to come up with an amazing women and give a presentation about her. Our group decided to talk about "Coco" Chanel. If it would of been my decision I would of preferred to talk about Joanne D'Arc, or Frida Kahlo or even a Latina women, but I agreed with my group and I actually learned about Coco Chanel, we might all know her for her really expensive clothing or her Chanel 5 perfume but she actually revolutionized fashion by creating clothing for women that was more comfortable, and created the suit for women, something that was not done before and was considered controversial. She was also one of the main designers who contributed to the creation of the flapper era in the 1920's.
In class we also learned about how important it is to be assertive and the differences between being assertive, aggressive, and pacifist. I was able to see that there is a fine line between all of them. We also had not one but two speakers come talk to us. The first one was Rosanna Castro, program coordinator of Swearer Center at Brown University. She spoke to us about what she does and community service as well as access to college. One piece of advice I have taken from her is that we can all make a difference. The second speaker was Angela Romans who is the Associate director at the office of Admissions here at Brown. She told us about college admissions and the importance of all the requirements that colleges have.
So far I have learned a lot beyond my expectations and there is still one more week to learn so much more.
I am so glad to have had the chance of seeing Boston, Massachusetts! Home of the Red Sox! It really reminded me of Brown except with more buildings and a lot more people. The architecture of some of those buildings were just so beautiful! The arches, and columns just really stood out to me. Though I can't remember most of the buildings names, I have a friend in my class, Emily, who is from Massachusetts, so when I show her the pictures she can give me a good "tour" of the place once more.
It was so fun to be able to ride the trolley, the train, the bus, the taxi, and the boat all in one day! There might have been more though. It was a great experience to be able to go on a boat!!! This was were I started taking a whole bunch of pictures!!! I got to see the tower I believe is a part of the battle on Bunker Hill. There was just so much history and Incorporated into everything I saw. The pictures might help me more though.
Going to the market was really fun also! I saw a lot of fun and families just relaxing! It made me really happy!
Harvard was great too, even though it started to pour down and we didn't get the full tour, I was still very blessed to be able to see the school that so many people look up to.
We had a good lunch afterwards, and overall everything was great! Thanks to Mr. Miranda for guiding us, and thanks again to everyone else who has allowed me to be here in the East Coast! I will post again later!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Even though on the way back we missed our train and were too late for the bus and had to wait and extra hour for the next bus to arrive later than we planned I had a very memorable fun day. I did things I had never experienced nor thought I'd ever do. It was a very significant day.
After our tours of Boston we took the subway to Harvard. I never thought I was ever going to ever step into Harvard. Harvard is very much like Brown with it's old style buildings, the school really had a good vibe. Our time was cut short due to bad timing and some really strong rain showers, I hope I can go back and visit the school some other time again.
P.s. I was really excited about going to Boston that I forgot to charge my camera and I wasn't able to take lots of pictures.
Today the group from WCCUSD went to Boston but because I went there for a week before I came here to visit my uncle, I spent the day exploring the Brown campus. I also caught up on all of my homework (thank goodness!) and took two naps. It was a very relaxing day. In the evening we had community time to reflect on the past week. We also were asked to give suggestions on how they can improve the Leadership Institute because it is a relatively new program. I think it's great that they want our input and really take our opinions into consideration.
After that, we went on a tour cut short of Harvard. I felt so special to walking on the grounds of such a prestigous school from where all the important people came from such as presidents, celebrities, and others. I wish I could of seen more but it started raining and thundering down on us like crazy. You can say it was raining cats and dogs. It was crazy running around to get to a safe zone to get out of the rain. Then we went to Uno to grade a bite to eat. From Uno we went to catch the next bus so we arrived late to Community Time, but we called ahead to inform our RA's and other people. Afterwards, we took a cab back to the dorms and reached our destination, finally! So today, we took the train, bus, boat, trolley, subway, and cab! Six different types of public transportation. I've had a LONG day as a tourist and now I should be finishing up my long list of homework so bye!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
When it was time to leave I was really sad, but it was a day well spent.
After we got back to the dorms, we went to eat dinner. After dinner, we went to the water fire festival! It was so cool! I really enjoyed the show and the atmosphere. We also saw a couple of moving statues. The man doing all of the fire stunts was really impressive. This is all for now! bye!
Well after we talked about body image, we saw a video of how people who are used as models aren't actually what they appear to be. The people in the video uses photo shop to alter pictures of girls to a way that she would be considered "pretty".
After lunch, Caroline Chiang came to speak to us about our strengths and the jobs that we would best suit. I found out that I'm more of the investigative type and also artistic. I think finding out that I was artistic was really eccentric because I'm very bad in the art area.
When we finally arrived, I was shown a lot of Japanese culture! From martial arts, to kimonos, to calligraphy, and especially to food, it was all a great site to see. I myself take a kind of martial arts, so the presentations really impressed and interested me. I also really enjoyed looking at the art works! One of the amazing things I saw was candy art! Miyuiki is the artist, and what she basically does is take some of her candy and dye, mix it up, put it on the stick (it looked like taffy), and then with her hands and a pair of scissors, she made it into an animal. I also bought a couple of things for me parents so that was a nice chance too. (SUSHI was the best though!)
When we returned, the main thing that we saw was "Water Fire". It is kind of hard to explain but basically the picture Adriana posted was what it looked like. I did see people dressed like statues though, and that was pretty interesting! Before going back to the dorms, I was able to see a "Capoeira", which is a kind of dance or martial arts game, originating from Brazil.
This day was really full of culture and diversity! Loved it!
This evening, we went to see the "Waterfire." It was STUNNING! It started off with music to liven up the atmosphere and it was absolutely amazing! No words to express the happiness I found there at the "Waterfire." Therefore, once I upload the pictures I took, all of you will be able to experience the happiness I felt just sitting down and watching the glow of the fire. I also loved how people here are so into the events that happens around here which makes it the more amazing.
Well, thank you all. This is not the end. There is more to come such as the pictures from Newport and the "Waterfire." From what I heard, we will be going to Boston, Massachusetts tomorrow at nine. We might even get a tour of Harvard and go on a boat along the coast. Well so far this have been such an amazing experience that I am speechless. For now, I got tons of work to get started on. BYE!
Later that afternoon after eating dinner we headed over to town to watch the famous water fire show we were hearing so much about. It was awesome. A man got int the middle of the water and did cool tricks with the fire before lighting up each set of big torch type things. Also the were people dressed up as statues. There were two Gargoyles and one oracle. Then before heading to the campus we watched a brilliant performance of Capoera.
Today was a very memory kind of day. I know i saw things I would go home and tell everyone. I HAD SO MUCH FUN!!!!
Today, a big group of the summer students went to Newport. I really liked it. A couple of us went to the beach while others went shopping or headed to the Japanese festival. I was one of the couple who went to the beach, at first we got lost but found our way. I was so excited that I got to stand right in front of the Atlantic Ocean, if you would of told me nine months ago that I was going to be with a group of really cool girls hanging out in Newport, Rhode Island, my first question or comment would of been "where is that?" and "you are kidding me!" It is really beautiful out there.
I also think we saw Rosie O'Donnell, but it was hard to tell (since she was incognito).
After Newport we all got ready to go see the Water Fire! The most beautiful and spectacular thing I've ever seen.
I was really impressed and I took lots of pictures!!
Tomorrow we will be going to Boston and I can't wait!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Today was probably the most interesting and most eye-opening day. We watched a media clip called, "Killing Me Softly 3", which Adriana posted! I saw a lot of ways to interpret magazines, pictures, and quotes. This really showed me that there is still a lot of criticism shown and that many people hardly take notice to it. The portrayal of women, of men, of kids; all these mixed modeling ideas has given me a new insight on how to perceive the world. This was proven when the class did an activity showing the negative and positive pictures of brand named magazines. I don't normally look at magazines, but when I do I never thought about anything bad. When I saw the magazines in class, I was totally shocked! The minds of many people have been shaped for so long through all these ads and commercials, which basically tell us who we are supposed to be in life. Little quotes that did not seem to be there before just popped right out of the page. Modeling pictures took on new meanings! I feel that I gained a new skill, which will really reward me later on!
During the afternoon, we had a presentation of Career Exploration with Caroline Chiang. I really liked this topic because it is something that one has to think about soon, yet not rush. To me, her advice of previously working as a manager gives me a good idea of how jobs are in the "real world". Leadership does play greatly and one must be flexible and firm all at the same time. The main activity we did was RIASEC, (R=realistic, I=investigative, A= artistic, S= social, E= enterprising, and C= conventional). Everyone filled out a survey that showed characteristics of each class. You would check the boxes that applied to you and see which one had the most checks. This would kind of be your main job position, however there were many mixes of careers since they overlapped one another. The second part was pretty short but it gave me realization that I did not know what I truly wanted in the future. We all got an envelope with a list of words and definitions, which defined an ideal job for the future. We had to put them in stacks of high priority, medium, and low priority as well. It seems easy but it turned out kind of difficult because many of the things I wanted clashed with one another; I hoped to work independently yet at the same time be interactive with the community. I wanted a secure and permanent job, yet I wanted change as well. I was really confused, but I know I will try again and then it might be a little clearer in what is to come.
Just one more week! "So much to do so little time!"
We had to make a collage of images in magazines that we thought were positive and negative towards. It was a real eye opener because I never really noticed that each picture depicted a message of women being vulnerable or having sex appeal. With these images everywhere it is giving men a reason to say that "we deserve whatever is coming to us". We all know that no one deserves to be raped, beaten, killed, or harassed. I will add more later because I have a lot more to say!
First of all, we watched a documentary called "Killing Me Softly." It is about how ads and commercial in the media affects our lives as females. It was an eye-opening experience to the shocking truth behind such media portrayals of women. It seemed as if they make the photograph more provocative to take away from the slogans and phrases which is offensive to us females. Until now, I have never fully understood the media's affect on us females until this documentary showed how they make women more like objects and figures other than human beings. I feel really guilty that I had been supporting the stereotypes of women without realizing what I have been doing to myself. Overall, I now have a different perspective about the media.
Today, we had a presentation from Caroline Chiang who helped us find our passion and interest. The first activity was called the RIASEC; realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. I associated more with "realistic" although my interests and skills focus more intently on artistic values. With this experience, I believe that we all have learned that we assocciate with more than one letter, RIASEC. After that, we had to identify which skills and leadership values were more important to us. Basically, this workshop helped shape an idea of what we want to be; anything.
A few minutes before I started blogging, I had seen a thunder flash. FINALLY! After all the hot and humid days, it is finally letting down and raining! However, I hope that it does not rain tomorrow when we are visiting Newport because I really want to go to the beach and just have a good time. Well that is all for now. I will be enjoying the rest of my time here in Rhode Island. I have a lot more to accomplish in so little time but I know that with the support of my friends and peers, I can do it!
I think that by being here in Brown we (women)are making a step up to breaking the stereotypes of women only taking up little space, not having a voice and being only admired for their looks.
I also realized that us girls from WCCUSD have also broken a stereotype of young women not having a voice, I feel that this class has given us an opportunity to speak up as loud as those from middle class communities.
Tomorrow we are all going to go to Newport to a Japanese/Pirate themed festival.
I've become friends with a girl from Canada. She knows english, french, and spanish. It's great to see everyone come here at the summer at Brown program in a big melting pot of languages and cultures. I am personally in love with other ways of life and languages and it seems like a shame that my school puts such little emphasis on it. In America, knowing four or even three languages seems like a great feat while in Europe and other developed nations, that seems to be the standard. At school, we are only required to take two years of language. This barely seems like enough time to me to learn the language much less the culture. I've really learned about my leadership style and ways to make it more effective so hopefully when I get home, this can be a problem that I can address. A main goal for me in coming to Brown was to be able to bring something back to my community to improve it, even if it's in a small way. Maybe bringing a bigger focus on languages can be a first step.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Lunch was sandwiches on the beach with a gorgeous view of the water. We spent the last minutes of lunch skipping stones and reflecting on the morning activities.
To summarize what we did today:
We broke up into groups and then did little warm up activities. The first one was the "Wind in the Willow." This game was all about trust. One at a time we had to close our eyes and free fall. The others would encircle the one in the center, who has his/her eyes closed, and they would just lightly push the person around the circle. It felt strange, but fun too. I knew these people would most likely not drop me...or at least at that time I hoped so. Afterward, we had to get over a "foreign wire" which was actually a rope. The 11 people had to link and not let go, yet at the same time we had to get over the rope. It was tricky and there were many ideas, yet we ended up compromising and it turned out alright. Then we headed to through the forest and had a "bus act." More so there was a story to each activity that this was the first true one. So what we did was we had to get a board to balance and sing a song while balancing it. It was harder than it looked! Some people had to close their eyes and some could not talk. For the first task, it was a bit of a failure. Moving on though we got better. There was one activity that was pretty easy. We had to swing across from one side to another from a string and also not spill the cup of water which we had to get to the other side also. This was not quite hard so moving on. The single log. The 11 of us stood on the log and had to get in order of birthday without falling off. If you fell you were considered "blind" and then you must continue with eyes closed! A bit tricky but we did very well! There was a "pink elephant" activity where we had to lift, crawl, and push people through a set of holes. This is a bit hard to describe, but it really gave us some thoughts about when people where a bit disabled due to the RA's announcement of some people being blind, mute or both. It showed me that even though you can't be much help, you should still try to be included or not neglected, (this is what happened when we did it). Last but not least the tight rope!!! This really made us all depend on the help of one another. We could not have done this at all without a lot of teamwork and conversations. First splitting into 2 groups, we had different courses to pass. With 6 others, we had to get across a tight rope with a stick and a long rope for support; plus each other. If we fell, we had to start over!!! My feet were shaken when we finally finished, but it was such a wonderful experience! The second part was the whole group had to get across a smaller obstacle, which we did very nicely. The discussion held after was to summarize everything. Strategy, teamwork, and perseverance helped up make it though these activities! I feel a lot more comfortable now, but time seems to pass by slowly. I guess that is a good thing though, for there is a lot more of Brown, Providence, and Rhode Island to see!
We also played a lot of trust games. These games made us more confortable with eachother, where we felt no need of being conservative. I learned a lot about each girl and their way of leadership, and my own personal way of leadership. I found out that I can actually say something and have people listen to me.
The reading that we have tonight should be really interesting. It's about Disney and how certain people react to the stories. There is a lady who didn't like the way the doctor called her daughter princess because she felt it was a way of stereotyping. Well back to my homework now!