Tuesday, February 25, 2014


How much control do you think you have over your fate?

I think that you have a certain extent of control over your fate, because from the time you're a teenager you choose what schools you'd like to apply to and attend for college. Then in college you go to study something you want to do after school basically for the rest of your life. But the fate of you going to those colleges is in the hands of the admission offices therefore you only have some fate. This applies to basically everything because you can try as hard as you want but someone else controls part of your fate at all times.

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?

Your fate is not predetermined by your lineage because as a kid you can decide if you truly want to succeed. No matter what happened before it doesn't matter because you're in the drivers seat in determining your own success. If you want to succeed than you can, if you don't want to than you won't, simple as that.

Do you think you will be better or worse off than your parents? In what ways? Why?

Personally I think I could be better off than my parents because neither of them attended college and I will be this fall. That's not saying that they couldn't have attended college but I feel as if I'm already one step ahead of them so I think I could be better off than them.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prize- an award for an achievement in American journalism, literature, or music. There are thirteen made each year.

1)  Joseph Rago
2)  To bring awareness of obamacare for his editorials that challenged it.
3) they're using professional medical sources.
4) yes because he slams on obamacare
Natural experiments are rare in politics, but few are as instructive as the prototype for ObamaCare that Massachusetts set in motion in 2006. The bills for "universal coverage" are now coming due, and it appears the state political class is prepared to do lasting damage to one of America's top-flight health-care systems.
5) in editorials you can be biased and have your own opinion, and they're a lot longer than most feature articles. Editorials kind of act as a persuasive essay

Monday, February 10, 2014


Is everyone creative, and can everyone learn to be more so? WHY or WHY not?

I think everyone is creative but only to a certain extent. Personally I'm not a very creative person, but others are. I don't think creativity is a thing that you can teach. In my opinion it all depends on how the person thinks, I'm sure if you think about things long enough you could be more creative. Therefore everyone is creative but only to a certain extent.

–What problems on these students’ lists also annoy you?
People constantly taking selfies and putting them on Instagram, especially the selfies that people take in mirrors.
–What problems at your school or in your home or neighborhood can you identify?
Assigned seating, lunch isn't long enough, mr sickles at sporting events, being forced to take some classes.
–How could you solve at least one of them?
I don't think you could solve any of those problems, you could possibly start a petition for a longer lunch but our school would probably just get mad at you.
–Do you wish you could take a class in creative studies? Why or why not?
No because it would be boring.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Art 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?

Don't use words that could possibly offend the person so they become defensive, don't put the focus on yourself, don't talk a lot. 

What troubles or challenges have you encountered when conducting interviews?

Getting longer responses, thinking of the right questions to ask so that I generate better answers. That's been my biggest problem because I have a hard time thinking of the right questions to ask.

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

Come up with better questions so that I get better responses, pick better people to interview so that they might give me better responses.