I have never really been one to be excited when it comes to socratic seminars. I have been participating in them ever since middle school, and whenever I hear that we’re going to be having one, I get nervous. Talking in groups has always been something that makes me feel very anxious because I have this mindset that what I say might not make sense to the group, and then I just end up looking dumb. I’ve tried to get rid of this mindset, but for some reason it always sticks with me. Although for this socratic seminar, I went in with a positive mindset.
Hello! This is my first ever blog post! I am currently in the middle of my 2nd semester as junior, and boy has it been a journey. An expectation I have for the rest of the semester is that finding an internship and securing it is going to be stressful. I had an interview with an elementary school two weeks ago, so I am still waiting for a response. A goal I have this semester is to get back into the habit of completing my homework early so that I am not procrastinating. Last semester, I did a really good job of using my time effectively so that I was not procrastinating. Just recently, I have found myself slipping out of that habit, which results in me procrastinating at the very last minute which is not good. That's all for this blog post, but it is the first of many!
Campus Crawl has to be one of the most memorable moments from junior year so far. You’re probably wondering what campus crawl is, so let me explain. Every year, the junior class at my school takes a trip up to the Bay Area to look at different colleges. This year we went to four different colleges which were UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, UC Santa Cruz, and Cal Poly SLO.
To be honest, I was excited to listen to my classmates social topic presentations. The presentations were the highlight of my week because I was interested to see what my peers were passionate about since I don’t know a lot about my classmates. It was really nice seeing students let their guard down and speak up on things that are personal to them. Students social topics varied from Environmental Racism to Exploitation of Student Athletes to Teen Depression.
This week, we started off with a project launch. Our entire team went to Gathering Grounds which is the same place we are going to be having our Chula Vista Zine Fest. When you hear the word “church”, you probably think of a typical church with rows of seats and an altar at the front. But it was completely different. As you walked through the doors, it looked like a small cafe. There were tables set up and there was a counter where you could order drinks, just like a typical coffee shop. So it was basically a church with a coffee shop on the side. At the place, we met different social advocates, researched local zines to understand how social topics are important to a community, and we also learned the history of different social topics. We looked at zines from a monthly news journal called “La Voz de Esperanza” which translates to “The Voice of Hope” in English.