Final Blog Post Reflection

Hey guys. Welcome back. Today, I want to talk about my time at CT101 over the semester. When I signed up for this class, I didn’t know what to expect. If you had told me that this class was stress-free with no exams, then I would have said that you were crazy because I have never experienced any classes that do not have any exams whatsoever. I’m happy to say that this class has managed to prove me wrong.

I’ll start at the beginning. On my first day of class, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know whether or not the class was going to be easy or difficult. Once the professor explained to his class what the class was about, then I started to relax and enjoy my time. While taking this class, I learned some skills that I’ll hopefully be able to carry on in the future.

One of those skills was how to create memes. I saw memes several times, but I had no idea how to create them. Once I learned, then I incorporated some memes of my own that I will show below.

I was able to create those memes by using Adobe PhotoShop. What I did is I found some images on Google and I used PhotoShop to edit a text into that same image. Therefore, the images above are my memes.

I learned how to create GIFs also using Photoshop. First, I chose a photo and I used PhotoShop to alter it into different colors and filters. (Yes, I chose Sonic the Hedgehog.)

Then, I collaborated these pictures together to create a GIF which you can see down below.

Finally, I uploaded the GIF to GIPHY which you can check out by clicking on the link. I created this GIF to contribute to GIF the Portrait Project that we did in class two months ago. I really enjoyed creating this project because it helped me to test more of my skills through PhotoShop and I got to play around with the photo I have chosen to make it more unique.

As the semester continued, I learned how to create my own website. I was a little nervous at first because I had no idea how to even create a website, let alone make my own. But as the professor was giving instructions, I felt more comfortable and I created my own website, where I have continued to post blogs. On my website, I post blogs from class and random stuff. I still go back and forth with posting blogs on the CT101 website and my website.

As the semester was coming to a close, we created a ZINE project, which you can see down below.

Even though it was challenging for me to think of what to create at first, I managed to find two perfect images to add to the collaboration of the ZINE project. I worked on some of it in class using Photoshop while I did the rest of the project at home by using Pixlr.

I enjoyed being in this class this semester because it helped me to relax from one of the stressful semesters I have ever been through. It also gave me a chance to express my feelings through digital storytelling. I have been going through anxiety and depression for almost 5 years and I had trouble expressing my feelings. But I feel like this class has helped me to express my true feelings and it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don’t know whether or not I will keep this website open, but I hope the answer will be yes. The grade I expect to receive is an A because even though this semester has been rough through my other classes, I somehow managed to not fall behind.

I’m really glad I took this class and I hope to continue blogging through the future, depending on whether or not my life will be hectic because life is unpredictable. So, thanks for reading this blog post and I hope that the rest of you had a successful semester. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Here’s to 2020, everyone!

 

My Review of 2019

Hey guys. Hope everyone is doing well. As 2019 is coming to an end, I’ve decided to look back on 2019.

I think this year for me has been one of the roughest years I have ever experienced. The reason why I say that is because it has been non-stop problems after problems. For example, at the beginning of the year when I was signing up for classes for the Spring 2019 semester, financial aid was giving me a hard time because the form was not completed correctly. So, instead of taking full-time classes, I had to go part-time and I had to sign up for a payment plan. If it wasn’t for my parents, then I wouldn’t have been able to even go to school in the Spring semester.

Another issue is this semester has been the roughest semesters I have ever experienced because I was taking a lot of classes and two of them have been difficult. On top of that, I had to wake up early and deal with the rush-hour traffic each morning. Mondays and Wednesdays were the worst because I was in school from 8am to 7pm. I also started having more panic attacks because I was so stressed out and my depression was getting worse. I started missing classes because I was having those feelings and I didn’t want anyone to see me having those feelings.

On the bright side of things, outside of school, my time with my friends has gotten stronger. One of my friends (I’m not going to say who it is) is one of the sweetest person I have ever met. He is very supportive and he never judges me or anyone else. He is the first person that I told about my depression and anxiety and he doesn’t treat me any differently. He’s very funny, he’s a positive person and I admire that so much because that inspires me to become a positive person. He reminds me of me a little bit because we have similar personalities.

On the subject of depression and anxiety, I started to become more open about my struggle with it. I feel like this website and taking CT101 has helped out a lot because ever since I opened up, I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Even though I’m still struggling, I feel like every day will get better if I keep fighting.

Another bright side of things is after this semester, then I only have one more semester to accomplish. I’m finished with my major this semester (It’s Math by the way), so I just need to take some electives and hopefully if everything goes well, I should graduate by May 2020.

That’s my review of 2019. It wasn’t good for me, but it wasn’t bad either. Hopefully, 2020 will be a better year for me. What did you think of 2019? Comment down below your review of 2019. Hope everyone had a good year. If you didn’t, then hopefully next year will be better for you. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time for another blog post!

Semester Wrap-Up

Hey guys. The semester is coming to an end and I know a lot of you are stressing out over final exams. (I know I am.)

But just know that you will be OK. If you did your best throughout the whole semester, then you will do fine on the final exams. If you didn’t do your best or you were struggling this whole semester, don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world.

And look at the bright side: Once the semester is over, then you can relax for the rest of the year as we dive into 2020.

What I’m looking forward to is spending Christmas with my family. I’m going to do a wrap-up of the year 2019, so look out for that. Until then, thanks for reading, good luck on your finals, and see you next time!

Happy Holidays!

Hey guys. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. Today, since it’s the holiday season, I want to talk about one of my favorite holidays. That holiday is Christmas.

Christmas was, is, and always has been one of my favorite holidays. As a kid, I was looking forward to it not only because I was home from school (Typical, right?) but because I was looking forward to the Christmas presents and the food. (Again, typical, right?)

As I got older, I focused less on the presents and I focused more on spending time with my family because who knows how long you have them? I began to appreciate the people I love, friends and family, you name it. I also look forward to listening all of the Christmas songs and watch all of the Christmas movies all month long. As you guessed it form the image above, one of my favorite Christmas movies is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I have other favorite Christmas movies such as “The Polar Express,” “Home Alone (The first 2)”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” etc.

Comment down below what your favorite holiday is. Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays, everyone! Here’s to 2020!