Monday, September 29, 2008

Study Tip #4

When you study for a test an easy way to remember the material is to make study guides and/or study questions because when you write it out you the material gets written in your head.

Fun book recommendation

One of my favorite books that I have read was Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I like it because its a book about nothing. The main character hates society and hates everyone he knows, but he just complains and never does anything about it. If you like the show Seinfeld you will like this book. And its a fast reader.

5 new songs that I like!

1. 100 Resolutions--Lawrence Arms. This song makes me think of what I want to accomplish during my first year in college and doing things for me and no one else.
2. The Sound of Silence--Simon and Garfunkel. I like this song because it makes me relaxed and I love the movie The Graduate. Even with noise all around you can find silence within yourself.
3. Sutro (Heroin Jazz Mix)--Ee. I like this song because the lyrics are so sad but the beat and tone is so relaxing and upbeat. I think its funny.
4. A Better Place, A Better Time--Streetlight Manifesto. I love this song now because my favorite line is "And when you wake up everything is going to be fine, I guarantee that you'll wake in a better place and in a better time". It makes me know that everyday is new and I can start fresh everyday.
5. Bullion--Millencolin. I like this song because because of the fast beat.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Study Tip #3

Before you do your homework and study for a test, make a to-do list so you know exactly what to do and set time goals for yourself so that you do not waste time.

Study Tip #2

When writing an essay you always should start early, by researching your topic as soon as you figure it out. Instead of writing the essay all in one sitting, write a paragraph a day so that you do not stress about getting it done.

Elvis Blog and his influences

Elvis has paved the way for rock and roll because of his music and the way he presented himself on the stage. If it wasn't for Elvis people would not be as excited or enthusiastic about their music. Elvis started the new sound of rock and roll and changed America on many different aspects. He helped bring races together through his music, he took talent to a new level, and his look made him different from everyone else during that time. What made Elvis marketable and famous was his music and how he moved with the music. Elvis's hip movements caught every one's attention because it was different and was considered provocative to watch.

A musical artist that came after Elvis who took ideas and was inspired by Elvis was Micheal Jackson. When he first started doing music his songs were culturally different. If it wasn't for Elvis making it big from being different Micheal probably wouldn't have the courage to come out and be different with his music. What Micheal Jackson did that was similar to Elvis was his movements with his hips and his hands. If it wasn't for Elvis moves like that might still be considered provocative today. What also made Micheal Jackson similar to Elvis is that their clothing styles where different and everyone wanted to dress like them.

Exercise 4.5

Course #1 Cultural Geography
  1. How difficult is the material? Somewhat hard but not to hard that I cannot comprehend it.
  2. How well is the material presented?The material is presented pretty clearly but sometimes I get lost because we watch a lot of educational videos.
  3. How intuitive or formal is the material for me? The material is in between intuitive and formal because sometimes I can related the topic to my own life and other times it just goes right over my head.
Based on my ratings I predict I will need to use the following learning strategies:
  • participate as much as possible when learning the new information
  • regulate my study time
  • explain the information in my own terms
  • think about similar ideas or concepts

Course #2 Environmental Issues
  1. How difficult is the material? Somewhat easy, I have taken an environmental class so I understand most of the information.
  2. How well is the material presented?The material is presented mostly unclear because it is given fast and jumps topic to topic
  3. How intuitive or formal is the material for me? The material is pretty much intuitive for me because I understand the issues and I can clearly relate them to my own life.
Based on my ratings I predict I will need to use the following learning strategies:
  • Think about similar ideas and concepts
  • Link the information to prior knowledge
  • Work out problems and exercises to "over learn" the material
  • know how to regulate my study time
  • know different strategies for different academic tasks

Exercise 4.2

1. Practicing a problem using the Pythagorean theorem= Procedural Knowledge
2. Explaining the law of supply and demand=Declarative Knowledge
3. Memorizing musical symbols=Declarative Knowledge
4. Selecting a note-taking format for sociology class=Metacognitive Knowledge
5. Comparing behavioral psychology with cognitive psychology=Metacognitive Knowledge
6. Giving a persuasive speech=Procedural Knowledge
7. Creating sample test questions to study for a biology exam=Metacognitive Knowledge
8. Memorizing the state capitals of the United States=Declarative Knowledge

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Library Art

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. library at SJSU has interesting art work found throughout the whole library. The one piece of artwork that I really enjoy is that there are 4 wooden posts that hold up the library and you can see them from the inside of the building. Three of the posts are just regular wood but the one posts is made from a redwood tree that was there when the library was built; they did not remove but made it part of the building. I think this is cool because it shows how important redwood trees are to the state of California and more important to Northern California.

Music Memory #1

When I was about 6 years old I did not really have a taste in music because I did not really know about music. The bands I listened to were the pop-boy bands that were on the radio: Backstreet Boys and Hanson were my all time favorite. I did not go beyond the radio much because that was all that I could get information from about bands. I listened to mostly what my parents and brother listened to because they influence me on a lot. When I got a little older, about 12 years old, I became more interested in music and started to listen to more rock bands instead of boy bands. The bands I listened to were Everclear, Matchbox 20, Smashing Pumpkins, and Weezer. Bands like these were played on the radio and were popular during that time. Now that I am 18, I still listen to the radio a lot and get my musical taste from it but I have veered off from the radio and now I am into underground punk and indie music. The bands that I like today are The Shins, Iron and Wine, Shinobu, Lifetime, and so much more. I have broadened my horizon in different music but I will always listen to the radio, mostly 104.9 or 105.3 because they play my kind of music and I love hearing new songs and bands. My taste in music has not changed much during my life just the bands that I listen to. I loved rock, punk, and indie music, I still do, and I believe that I always will.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Exercise 2.5

1. Personal Goal: I would like to loose some weight and become healthier in my new college life style.
  • My rationale for this goal is that I become stressed about homework and working on the side i will not take care of my self. I will not watch what I eat and I will become lazy about working out. School is my major priority but my health is what gears me to being a good student.
  • This goal is challenging because I have to watch what I do and make choices on what I eat and do.
  • This is realistic because being healthy and strong is what makes me feel better when I am healthy. I have always liked my body and the way I look but I would like to be healthy on the inside.
My strategies for this goal are the following:
  • Eating healthy and in moderation; not pigging out when I am stressed over work and school work.
  • Working out by riding my bike to work or school so that I am not relying on cars to take me places.
  • I will take time for myself to relax and not just while I sleep but doing things for myself so that I am taking breaks from working so much.
2. Social Goal: I want to become better friends with the people that I work with because I spend so much time with them.
  • My reason for this is because I want to be able to enjoy working with them so that the shifts will go by faster and that we can build friendships that will go beyond the working place.
  • This is a challenge because making relationships is a two way rode and if one person is not working at it then the friendship will not grow.
  • This is realistic because building friendships are what you make all through out life and friends help each other in the long run with other opportunities.
My strategies are the following:
  • Finding about what they are about and what they like to do.
  • Spend time with them outside the work place.
  • Trust them with information and building the trust with them as well.
3. Academic Goal: finishing the semester strong and with good grades.
  • My reason for this is that I want to learn as much as I can so that I can use that information in other areas of my life.
  • This is challenging because I have 5 classes that I have to spend a lot of time to each one so that I can do well on assignments and tests.
  • This is realistic because college is where I begin the rest of my life and I want to start off on a good foot so that I can succeed and the first step if to finish the first semester strong
My strategies are the following:
  • Set time every day for each class so that I am giving attention and learning from each class.
  • Pay attention in class and take notes that are important for me to know.
  • Study for test in advance so that I am not cramming the night before.

Exercise 1.2

1. 3 outcomes that I would like to accomplish in the next 6 months:
  • Pass all of my classes this first semester because then I will know that I can handle college and succeed in the rest of my classes in my college career.
  • Save money so that I can study abroad in a couple of years.
  • I paint and move into my brothers old room so that I can have a bigger room and organized.
3. One goal that I can accomplish in the next few months is moving and painting into my new room because the faster I move in the better it is for me because I will have a bigger room!
4. 3 Strategies I have to complete this goal are the following:
  • Set one weekend aside to paint the room.
  • Make a list of what I need to get from the store to fix up the room.
  • Put my things in the new room all organized and neat.
5. The behaviors that I would most likely have during this are lazy, frustrated, tired but a way I would use those behaviors and turning them into good are thinking of the outcome of what it will be like at the end. I will think of what my room will look like and how I will be more relaxed when I am finished.
6. Evaluate me progress weekly is what I need to do in order to finish quickly.
7. I will change and make adjustments along the way so that I will work better as I evaluate myself along the way.

Google Myself

When I looked my self on Google I was the first link. The one post about me was when I was in the Campbell Reporter for playing softball. It was about how I pitched a perfect game and we won two tournaments. I do not play softball now, so it isn't really my image anymore, but I like how on Google it shows my accomplishments and not my down faults. I am not ashamed of this because it shows my dedication to a team and to myself. I am glad that people see this when they look up information of me because it shows my ability to have responsibility.

!0 favorite songs

These songs I love so much i could just listen to them for hours:
1. Australia- The Shins
2. Boy With a Coin- Iron and Wine
3. Monkey Wrench- Foo Fighters
4.T-T-T-Trepanning- Shinobu
Airport Monday Morning - Lifetime
6. Undone (The Sweater Song)- Weezer
7. Carring is Creepy-The Shins
8. I Will Buy You a New Life- Everclear
9. So Much For the Afterglow- Everclear
10. Not Gonna Happen- Shinobu

Tip for Success

Set time everyday to do homework. For example everyday for 2 hours sit in your room or where ever you study for the same time everyday so it becomes a habit. Time goes faster when doing homework if you have the same time everyday.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

About Me

I am Erin and i am a freshman at SJSU. I am majoring in Hospitality Management. My first class ever is the muse class of sex, drugs, and rock n roll. I am liking all of the classes that i am taking. However, I love music and everything about it. My favorite genre's are punk rock, indie rock, and rock and roll. Fun fact is that i have over 3500 songs on my ipod.
Indie rock is my favorite genre because it is relaxing and easy to listen too. Indie music means that it is independent and it has not been signed to a record label. Now indie has turned into a genre known for the laid back style with lyrics that do not really make any sense. My favorite bands from this genre are The Shins and Iron and Wine. I have seen The Shins in concert before and it was the best concert i will ever go to. There are no words for my experience except that i was left speechless for the next day.
Punk and rock and roll are my other favorite genres i like the speed of punk rock but i also like the beat of rock. My favorite rock band has to be The Foo Fighters and my favorite punk rock band is Lifetime. I go to a lot of local punk shows and i like the underground music. Music is a passion of mine and throughout this blog ill show you why.