Jocelyn N. For my Roadmap, I chose Helping People, Government, and Politics. I was first surprised that all the results were not necessarily targeting politicians. It was targeting business owners and journalists as well. The interview that was the most powerful to me was about Andy Shallal , who is the owner of Busboys and Poets, located in Washington DC and Hyattsville. It is a place I constantly go to and I never thought anything else of it than a place for poetry and great food. As i watched his interview, he talked about while him and the business seem successful, he hasn't gone through this experience without several failures. He also explained that it is a great skill to know when to quit. I disagreed with this because I was taught so often that if you don't succeed, you get up and try again. I understood in the aspect of a business, where you have to find ways to make money and ways that make people want to come back. If an idea that you implemented in your restaurant, such as adding a new dish to the menu, isn't making as much money as you hoped , then you need to find ways to either change the dish or take it out completely. Either way, you have to "completely change the design" and start off with a new idea. It can be connected towards imagination based on you constructing or destructing an idea to make it pleasing for you. After I finished watching the video, I partially began to agree with the saying in terms of politics and parliamentary procedure. If something does not work, Congress has to go back until a majority passes the vote. It can take several times to pass a bill or the bill even dies. Thats when you have to know when to quit. If society isn't ready for a big change, you should wait until there is a perfect time for that change. I also disagreed because if one quits, there might never be that perfect time for change. In terms of Invisible Man, the main character could never find the right time for a change in this time period, no matter how many times he tried to assimilate OR go against the beliefs that were once so important to him. Overall, I found the Roadmap interesting, but with some flaws. Several of the interviews were interesting ,but could have applied to many other roadmaps as well. It would have been interesting to see ones that may have been solely for one road.
Jemuel 3AI put my core as helping people and my interests as science and medicine. I ended up seeing many careers in the science and medicine field as expected which is what I wanted. I am also interested in working with animals but that choice was not one of the options for interests. I found many careers that work in hospitals and research centers. The career that interested me the most was about regenerative medicine. Being able to bring back a part of someone's body part truly sounds amazing as it can help a lot of people. It has the potential to help heroes such as firemen that get hurt while saving someone. I also watched the immigrant physician who I connected with very well. I understood his perspective as my parents also want me to have a backup plan if my dream does not work out. I initially wanted to become a veterinarian but that is a tough road so I'm going in to the medical field. The medical field will ensure me a nice stable life which is what my parents want for me. This is also something that I began to take interest in, so I can just agree with my parents whenever they tell me about it instead of telling them about what I want.
Jemuel 3ALooking back, I can see how poor my blog post was regarding the RoadTrip Nation. I mainly spoke about my opinions and why I have those opinions and did not connect. I only spoke about my normal life and did not think deeper than I should have. I did not bring up any previous topics that have been brought up in Theory of knowledge class nor did I bring up any topics from any of my other classes. I merely stated my interests and why I have those interests based on very basic information. I did not ask any deeper questions as to why I did what I did and why I got what I got. I also did not bring up any outside research that I have done in the past about my intended majors when I could have. I think that I wrote just fine for the intended audience as I did not make grammatical mistakes or made inappropriate comments. I did not contribute anything new to the discussion by only speaking about my opinions and my experiences. I should have brought up more academic experiences and my plans for the future that relate to what I am doing now. Next time, I need to make more connections to different Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge to make my post more insightful. I also need to provide more evidence to my post as I cannot only use intuition and opinion as that will not demonstrate my understanding.
LashawndaThere was a lot i was interested in but I narrowed it down to Helping People, Entrepreneurship and Fashion. The two, of which, i loved ever since I was a kid. But besides that, i was inspired because usually when i tell my mom that i want to open a fashion business or become a television host, they encourage me but they also want me to have a career path that is going to pick me up with flying colors as soon as i get out of college. So as a result, they are also rooting for the medical field and other technological field. However, i am not denying the fact that I want that as well but I also want to pursue something I love. I, personally, don't like biomedical or engineering and I believe even If i was to pursue that, if i don't like it, there isn't going to be a hope. One of the CEO's that truly influenced me was Trelise Cooper and this was because her company was international and it was in the fashion industry. That immediately made me inspired to believe in what i have and run with it because she is helping a lot of people on a wide scale. In addition, she was. An Investor. They made me want to pursue my ideas of invention and see where it takes me. One thing I also noticed about them was the fact that, they were all fearless and stuck their hand in the jar full of sharks and made it out successfully. They actually made me think twice about changing my major from business. I feel like as if i could go after what I want and all i have to do is believe and pursue
My commment had showed a lot of errors in grammar and punctuation. I believe this was the biggest problem. The quality doesn't fit the rubric to the fullest extent. This is because although I connected my reflection to one of my personal experiences, I didn't expand further by questioning the roadtripnation and its validity in terms of how I felt. I also made very poor connections because it wasn't elaborate enough and didn't relate back to the material in class. My tone was fairly polite, I wasn't rude or disregarded the test, I actually put great faith in it. As for clarity, I believe my idea was straight forward but very vague. In its entirety, I believe this blog post could have been better in terms of expanding on my ideas and sharing more of a creative insight.
Alyssa My Road is all about Being Creative while exploring the worlds of Acting & Theatre and Writing.It was actually so helpful to hear some of the things people were saying. I know, even though they weren’t talking directly toward me, they still spoke to me. I know that I’m going down a road where nothings guaranteed and I realize all fields are like that but with entertainment it can be a real hit or miss. It was just nice to hear people say that they did what they had to do in order to do what they want. For example, Even though Wanda Sykes was booed off staged at one point, she knew it was still what she wanted to do. Malcolm McDowell talked about how most actors don’t make that much and they have to work other jobs to get by, but its ok. All for the sake of doing what you love in order to be happy if your life. That’s why I also agree with this quote from Margaret Cho. She said, “To be rich is to do what you want and to be happy and to live.” My goal is not only to develop my career, you know, find a job that’s tight for me, it’s also finding out what makes me the most happiest and just doing it. I know I put up this ice wall barrier of ‘what ifs’ and doubts and even though I’m willing to do what it takes I just can’t melt the wall down sometimes. I feel like watching some of these people stories has inspired me to add more wood to the fire. I can finally start melting that ice wall.
AlyssaI think the quality of my post was done well. It was thoughtful and provided multiple examples from the assignment. To improve the quality I could have expanded on more ideas and maybe ask some questions in order to develop more meaningful thought about what I was talking about.I made connections with the people who were telling their stories and my personal life. I could improve in this area by making connections with, or referencing other materials and/or sources. I think that overall there is a good tone present in my response, however there were some areas that could use some slight improvement to create a more academic tone. I clear with what I was trying to say. I think the use of example from the peoples stories helps reading develop a better understanding of what I was trying to say. Also, I completed the assignment on time.
Kelly My road is all about accomplishing goals while exploring the worlds of fashion and food. I feel as if this specific road map is leaning towards a hobby and not a career. I was stuck between a couple of choices for the first question. They were accomplishing goals, helping people, and working independently. I think it would have been better if there was an option to choose more than one. The interests were also broad, but I honestly do not even know what interests me fully within those categories. I tell myself and others that I would like to become a neonatal nurse, but I honestly do not know exactly why. I have yet to find a inspiring motive. Maybe I just want to be a nurse just to be a nurse. "Tests" like this make me question whether or not I want to be one though. There was an option for medicine in the interests. I did not select that probably because I am not interested in that right now. I felt obligated to choose it because I want to be a nurse, but I did not feel passionate about it. I like fashion and food, but when I think of fashion I think of designers which mean drawing and I cannot draw. When I think of food, I think of food critic. I would love to be one, but never really invested in it. Most of the leaders with similar roads are top affiliated with a company. I never seen myself as a CEO or President of a company. Another thing about these "tests" are I do not like my results. I feel closed minded to even say that, but career tests do not seem to help me. I feel as if They are helping me, but I just cannot see it yet. I changed up my road map and selected helping people, medicine, and fashion. I came across two leaders that are Registered Nurses (RN), Lupita G and Tamara Diaz. I found Lupita G's most interesting. This is mainly because she is working with mothers and babies and I would like to do the same. After reading her profile, I feel a little more motivated to become one, but I am still not sure! Also, it seems everyone in general has an inspirational story that motivated them. When I see this, I think to myself "what would mine say?" and I do not know. Nursing involves science and I am still trying to find a passion for it or at least cope with the subject. I know not everyone will be academicly strong/personally interested in all of their major's courses, but it would be easier if there was a connection. Tamara Diaz said "Please don't go into the profession if you are not a perople person." under her helpful first steps for someone in high school. This is an example of a hurtful truth. I am not a people person, but a statement like that honestly shoots someone down. I do not think you have to start off as a people person to go into the profession. Someone can grow to love people by becoming a nurse. Some people go into it for the salary. I am still finding my ways and reading things like that does not help. It is okay though because everyone has their own opinion. Life is overwhelming! I hope to find my passion soon.
Kelly, CritiqueMy blog post's quality met a few of the expectations. My comments demonstrate thoughtful reflections, but they do not build upon previous ideas and advance the discussion on the topic. They are more personal rather academic. I incorportated question that I asked myself. I do not offer supporting resource. I somewhat lead the conversation to a higher level of engagement by reading the leaders' profiles. As for my connections, I did not use references to course material. I did connect to personal items that may have supported. My post is written respectfully, but the word choice needs improvement. I need to use more of an academic tone. My comment is clear, formatted in an easy to read style that is mostly free of grammatical or spelling errors. I should reread more than once before I post. I spent a decent amount of time reflecting on my road map. The length of the reflection was acceptable.
Jazmine 3A: The website said my road is all about being creative while exploring the worlds of non-profit organizations and journalism. I mostly agree with this road but some of the occupations that the website suggested were not at all what I wanted to do for a future career. The future job that I felt was the best fit for me was the public relations specialist. My reasoning behind this was that the characteristics that a public relations specialist has, are ones that I already posess and just need to strengthen to become better suited. Also, I liked the fact that it requires communicating with different types of people and interacting with them in some way that is beneficial. I noticed the leadership aspect to this job and that attracted me more to it. I like having to be in charge of some decisions, even if it's not everything that has to be decided on. A public relations specialist uses creative skills as well by having to produce various types of communication media for organizations, individuals, etc. I believe the road map should have had more options for what interests a person has and stuff like that, because I wanted to choose something more centered towards communication/psychology, but it wasn't there. Overall, the road map was fairly successful in determining my road in life.
Jazmine 3A: I completed my assignment on time, so my timeliness is a 'A.' My clarity in this post is good as well. My comments are concise, clear, easy to read, and mostly free of grammatical or spelling errors. My tone in the post is written respectfully and positively. My connections are weak because I did not reference to course materials, course concepts, or to my personal experience. My quality is below average because I did not advance my discussion on this topic, nor did I ask questions, or expand it to deeper thinking. I could have written some implications based on my road map. Overall, my blog response is a 'C.'
Tunji 3AFor the Roadtrip Nation “What’s your Road?” I chose being creative for my foundation, engineering for an area that I am interested in, and technology for the second area I am interested in. I am interested in going into the field of computer engineering for my future. I wish to develop my own hardware and software using my own ideas in the future. From the videos and stories I recieved for my Road Map, I learned that you have to be passionate about something in order for you to enjoy what you are doing. I also learned that the transition from high school to college can be tough at first, but you have to keep a positive mindset to achieve the goals you have set out for yourself. The two videos that stuck out me the most was the video about Byron Williams who is a Process Integration Engineer for Texas Instrument and Graeme Rae who is the Chief Scientist for Surfline. The story I that stuck out to me the most was the story about Arlen Thurber who is a Senior Systems Engineer for Hobsons. What I found interesting about Byron Williams is that he had science and mah interest in science. He went on to go to MIT but he was afraid because he thought he was not going to be good enough. He was challenged, but he was able to overcome the challenges by focusing on his goals to get his Physics Degrees and by also having people around him with similar goals. I sometimes wonder what if I do not do good in college? What if I can not overcome challenges? After hearing Byron Williams, I still believe that college will be a tough challenge, but it will be a challenge that can be beaten with focusing on goals and having people around you that will help you along the way. I also found the video about Graeme Rae interesting because of the positivity and the passion he had about making maps about the way waves move. He specifically makes the maps for surfers so that they can know when it is a good or bad day for surfing. He left his work with the Navy so that he could bring a smile to people’s faces when they find out it is a great day for surfing. In the future, I want to be able to bring smiles to people’s faces with the hardware and software I hopefully get to develop. The article about Arlen Thurber was interesting because of the things he stated such as staying in school even if you are not sure what you want to be and to take risk. He stayed in school even though it took him a while to find out he was interested in Graphic Design and he took a risk by transferring to a different college for his undergraduate degree. I feel like just in case I am no longer interested in engineering, I should take risk and enroll in other courses I may find interesting when I get to college. I believe that college is about exploring. I found this Road Map something to give me hope about my future. A future in which I want to be creative and design my own technological items. I feel like I can reach my goals, I just need to continue to have a positive mindset. Being positive and being around people that have similar goals as me will help me throughout college and my future career. I feel like I am prepared for whatever obstacles hits me in my future because I will know how to get over them. I feel like I will do great things in the future.
Tunji3AI believe that I meet the expectations for the quality of my blogpost. I used background knowledge about myself such as what I am interested in and what I wish to do in my future. I also used examples from Roadtrip Nation such as people from the videos that I found either motivational or someone that I can relate to. I believe using people from the videos on Roadtrip Nation made my response stronger. I think that I somewhat meet the expectations for connections. I only connected Roadtrip Nation to myself. I should have used more connections such as things that I have been studying in school. I believe that I meet the expectations for the tone of my blogpost. I responded positively to my Roadtrip Nation and I used people from the videos on Roadtrip Nation in a respectful way. I believe that I meet the expectations for clarity because I do all of my blogpost in a document before I post it on the blog. Doing it that way makes it easier for me to make sure I have no errors in it at all. I believe that I meet the expectation for completing my Roadtrip Nation blogpost on time because I always post my blogposts before the deadline. I am good with getting things done completely and on time.
Catherine O.My road is all about accomplishing goals while exploring the worlds of Science and Engineering. After watching the videos of all of the leaders with similar roads, I learned that accomplishing goals comes with inevitable challenges and hurdles. However, you have to work through those challenges and come out stronger than how you started out. Many of the leaders had to face challenges and letdowns while striving for their goals. It is a good thing to face challenges because that means you're learning from them and growing. Many of them had curved roads where they had to face many hurdles to get to their goals; straight roads where they had a clear objective of what they were going to do and followed their plans; and roundabout roads where they went through different paths, but ultimately came back to their initial goal. Two people that really stood out to me were Randii Wessen and Zach Kaplan. They were both constantly being let down or rejected, however they never gave up on their goals, After college, Wessen got plenty of rejection letters from grad schools, companies, and even the company that he currently works at. He didn't let failure stop him and kept on trying. Kaplan got told by his own college professor that he wasn't smart. His presentations got laughed at by his classmates and he got rejected numerous times by his college's engineering program. He kept nagging the department every six weeks until they finally let him in. Now he has his own company and he's successful. They were both persistent and achieved their goal in the end. In my case, my SAT scores are not high and to get into a school's engineering program, you need to have high SAT scores. I know if I keep studying my scores can improve the next time I take the test. Also, I have to at least try and apply to an engineering department for college and risk failure than not apply at all and ensure failure. The important thing I learned is to never give up on achieving and growing. Even if you change majors or career paths, you should follow your interests, always be determined and never lose sight on what's important.
Catherine O.3AFor this blog post, I discussed and reflected on my road map. However, to improve the quality of this post I should have included some knowledge issues that would bring about critical thinking of the assignment. It would have also helped if I was more in depth with my responses. I included a personal connection to support my discussion. However, It would have helped to include references to readings that I gained similar insight from. I also could have talked about how faith plays a role in accomplishing goals and used a connection from the old man in the cave blog post. I believe that I have a good tone in this post. Although I wrote academically and respectfully, I should have written in a more of a TOK language. For the most part, this post is easy to read with few grammatical errors. After reading the post again however, I felt that I repeated myself in some areas. Therefore, the clarity could be improved. Lastly, I submitted my post on time.Overall, I did satisfactory with this post. There were other areas or knowledge issues that could have been explored to expand my discussion and the post could have been more supportive with connections from various references.
Asia3AMy road is all about accomplishing goals while exploring the worlds of travel and Environment & nature. My goal is to travel to many different countries in Europe and Russia since I am able to speak the two languages. As I travel to these different places, I can learn and gain more information about the environment and culture. While attending a university, I can travel abroad to enhance my learning in the specific language that I am majoring in. If I were to major in pre-medical school and eventually become a nurse, I could minor in linguistics, and become a nurse abroad.
Asia 3AMy road map response is vague. I did not go into detail about the results of the road map like others; I simply answered the question. My response does not show thoughtful explanations of the topic. I could have also tied in new ideas with the response of the road map. The conversation would have then been lead to more depth of the topic (if I included ideas and examples.) I have made connections with my road map response to the real world, but it was still too vague. I need to further go into detail about, for example, why I planned on doing the things that I stated I can do. There were also no connections I made with either AOK or WOK. I could have also related my response to personal experiences and/or things that I learned in class. I believe that my response is clear and straight forward. I took a stance on the question and I gave my opinions on the results. There are no spelling errors and my comments are grammatically correct. The tone of my comment is fair. Since it is vague, I did not take others' opinions into consideration. These opinions could include those that were mentioned in class recently, or in semester 1, in relation to this topic. If not applicable, then the opinions could have come from articles that were read. In other words, I am taking the author’s opinion into consideration. This is significant because this can lead to a better argument of the topic. I completed this assignment on time, but I should have spent more time completing it since I didn't include the expectations that I mentioned.
Uchechi N3A Roadtrip Nation is a great website for those who want to electronically define their road in real life. When I participated in the Roadmap self assessment, I was asked questions about my interests and personal attributes. As a result, my Roadmap was all about Helping People while exploring the worlds of Medicine and Science, which was completely relatable. However, this self-guided experience was not too fascinating because the results were quite predictable. I expected more into depth results. What I found fascinating about the website was it’s ability to match my results with diverse leaders from the Roadtrip Nation Archive Interview Highlights, with similar roads as me. The videos were not as boring as I thought they would have been but instead were valuable stories filled with success. Each successful leader talked concisely about how they got to where they are today. Their interviews greatly motivated me to bring my dreams and interests to life by working hard, in order to attain a sustainable, happy future.
Uchechi NIn terms of quality, my RoadTrip Nation Blog Post somewhat demonstrates thoughtful reflections/responses that built upon previous ideas and advances the discussion of RoadTrip Nation and its aims. I offered thoughtful suggestions as to how RoadTrip Nation can make their website more effective and useful based on my experience on the website. In a sense, this is how my response reached a higher level of engagements, ad I displayed deep thinking on the pros and cons of RoadTrip Nation. I could have included a new related question to make my reflection stronger.In terms of connections, I did a pretty good job referencing the aims of RoadTrip Nation and incorporating personal experiences. I related very well with the website; it mapped out my interests and personal attributes. It's ability to match the results with diverse leaders from the archive interview highlights was another interesting connection, that motivated me. This showed I supported my comments with personal experiences, as stated before. I could have included TOKish materials and concepts. In terms of tone, I wrote respectfully and tried to stray away from being bias. I politely critiqued RoadTrip Nation and maintained a collegiate tone and attitude. I took two stances carefully, well at least that is what I think. In terms of clarity, I did well. My response was clear, concise, easy to read, and most free of grammar errors. This suggests that I took the time to proofread.In terms of timeliness, I did well. I completed the assignment on time, like always.
ObichiThis assignment was not as easy as I expected it to be. The first thing I realized when I started was that making choices can be really difficult. I could not fit my preferences and personality into one category. But, after I made my choices, I found the activity interesting. It was really motivating to hear from people who basically shared the same perspectives as me. The one person I was really excited about was Dr. Steven Rosenberg, who is the Chief of Surgery at the National Cancer Institute. He did not just summarize how I feel, he stated word-for-word my personal perspective. He said “I wanted to be the kind of person that helped other people...instead of bringing suffering I wanted to try to alleviate suffering. And what better way to try to alleviate the suffering of human beings than being a doctor…” This is exactly why I want to pursue a career in the medical field, and I have said the same thing to people before. Often times, people make this generalization that I want to study medicine just because my parents are pushing me towards it. But, on the contrary, my parents do not pressure me to go into the medical field; I choose to pursue that career field. I especially loved when Dr. Rosenberg said that at some point, we are going to have to make a choice that brings us as much inner peace and happiness as we can achieve. I completely agree with him. Yes, it is go to get a career that pays well, but we must also keep in my mind that we have to do what makes us happy. Because of this, I personally feel like people who are into subject areas that do not pay well as career should first build a foundation in a career field that pays enough to comfortably support their lifestyle. That way, they can use the profits of the base career to fund their interests and hobbies because, honestly, life is expensive in the modern world.
ObichiMy overall post is average in nature. The quality of the post was at best a B because it was more a personal commentary than an academic one. I did however use proper grammar, punctuation, and overall sentence structure. For connections, I would give the post a C because the only connections present in the post were personal connections; there were no connections to content from the TOK class. The tone would recieve an A because the tone created by the words and writing style is respectful and not bashful. The Clarity criterion would also recieve an A because of the examples used to further explain the perspectives presented in the post. Because the post was submitted before the due date and was not rushed, I would give it an A for the "timely" criterion. A further criticism of the post is that it should attempt to add more depth. One way to do so is by reflecting on the implications of the results of the RoadMap. With the aforementioned factors and justifications in mind, I believe the blog post merits a B-minus or a C-plus.
Nnedi I really enjoyed this exercise because it made me think about how life can be after high school. Before high school, my mom always told me to be whatever I want to be, but I knew she was gearing towards the medical field. It was not until I entered high school that I realized what I wanted to do in life. Many people have this dream of being happy with themselves and spreading their gifts to others. Personally, I figured the only way I could make that dream reality is if I joined the science field. I had a chance to relive my childhood experiences as a child and teach children in the Child Development program. As of now, I plan to become a pediatric nutritionist and acquire a M.D./Ph.D. in dietetics or nutrition. I want to be able to help people reach their level of satisfaction and work towards developing lifelong eating habits. Childhood obesity will only get worse with bad habits and it’s important to implant the good habits at a young age. Although this field of research will be overwhelming, I know I can pull it through with the help of others. Elise Benstein, a food scientist and nutritionist, said no one would have ever guessed why she wanted to become a doctor. She is 3’2 and she never let anyone else persuade her to not be a doctor. She followed her passion and said “Never be afraid of mistakes. You need to be open to opportunities to be able to capture those opportunities when they present themselves”. I strongly agree with her because we make mistakes and eventually learn from them. Failure will come and I hope I’ll be ready to take on that challenge. I believe my passion for medicine and science, dedication to learn about the research process, determination to overcome challenges and flexibility would make me a good asset for the science field.
Nnedi I feel like as though my blog spot was average. I did not discuss any potential issues or concerns as well as the learning objectives. I did not encourage further thinking, suggestions and new questions. I had only personal connections, rather than a mixture of personal and tok connections. I did not connect to the areas of knowledge or the ways of knowing like expected. Tok terms were not used and that really debased my reflection. In addition to the failure to give connections, I did not consider many different perspectives. I could have connected to the perception and emotions chapter and implemented the supplemental reading at the end of the chapter. I did well on maintaining a collegiate level tone and it was appropriate for my audience. I felt as though I had clarity and I stated what I had to state with a good flow in word choice and placement. There were little to no grammatical or spelling errors and it was easily understood. I posted on time and it was not rushed. Overall, I think I did okay for this blog post but there are areas that need to be stronger in terms of receiving an almost perfect score.
Jocelyn M 3AI feel as though this roadmap is partially true. I kind of want to reflect back to the test we took last year that regarded to race/ ethnicity. Just because it states certain aspects that I had chosen it does not define me in a complete sense. For instance, although I had selected a specific ethnicity last year during the test it did not mean I was racist or biased. I believe both of these survey measurements show that we have a certain preference but we are not only that kind of person. I enjoy playing my violin, helping others in my community and running hurdles but that is not the only thing I've been exposed to and learned from. Biology is another subject matter that intrigues me and I'd really like to learn more of. I was reading on one of the roadtrip maps that were similar to mine, this therapist enjoyed working with others and he was really into sports so he decided to get his doctorates however he overcame hurdles as a child when trying to decide to become a doctor or not. I feel as though this road trip map is a good way to organize your thoughts in terms of what you want to do in life and ways you can reach yours goals and interests.
Overall, I believe I did not do poorly nor did I completely master the requirements shown on the rubric. For the quality, I honestly do not believe that I reflected on this assignment using other areas of knowledge and more in class experiences. I also did not connect it to the encounters in my other classes at Parkdale. I did not really question anything while pursuing this response, so a question I have now is to what extent is art an influence in the things that interest us today? In my response I did however make a reference to the ethnicity preference test we had taken during first semester in tok. A downside to this was that I was much surfaced with this portion to my response; I did not apply this to my history class and or geography. For the connections made I did not reflect on a previous post however I did use my personal experience and I did use some other students on the map road page to make comparisons. My tone of voice that was used I believe was appropriate to the audience I was writing to. Lastly, the clarity in my blog post was not very clear and concrete in a sense that I did not clearly state my position on how I thought this road map helped me personally. Now that I have my blog post I see that I could have explored different advocates in the community that have helped several people overcome hurdles, such as Casa de Maryland that help provide a certain level of assistance when it comes to immigration lawyers. Also having read a few of my classmate’s posts, I see that to a certain extent some used their goals and future plans in a way so that it was incorporated in their answer; I would have liked to do something a bit similar to that. I would have spoken about how in college I plan to actually create a proposal to start a group specifically for social issues, which would be an extension of my long term CAS; this shows the side where I am involved in my community as the road map shows. For the portion about sports I also would have liked to include that I would train and build up the strength in my left ankle once again so that I would be able to run fully in college. Lastly, for my interest in biology, I would go in as undecided however, I would declare my major my junior year and I would like to have a minor which would be forensic science. The road map has helped me to better understand how exactly I plan to get to my inspirations and goals.
Jocelyn M 3AOverall, I believe I did not do poorly nor did I completely master the requirements shown on the rubric. For the quality, I honestly do not believe that I reflected on this assignment using other areas of knowledge and more in class experiences. I also did not connect it to the encounters in my other classes at Parkdale. I did not really question anything while pursuing this response, so a question I have now is to what extent is art an influence in the things that interest us today? In my response I did however make a reference to the ethnicity preference test we had taken during first semester in tok. A downside to this was that I was much surfaced with this portion to my response; I did not apply this to my history class and or geography. For the connections made I did not reflect on a previous post however I did use my personal experience and I did use some other students on the map road page to make comparisons. My tone of voice that was used I believe was appropriate to the audience I was writing to. Lastly, the clarity in my blog post was not very clear and concrete in a sense that I did not clearly state my position on how I thought this road map helped me personally. Now that I have my blog post I see that I could have explored different advocates in the community that have helped several people overcome hurdles, such as Casa de Maryland that help provide a certain level of assistance when it comes to immigration lawyers. Also having read a few of my classmate’s posts, I see that to a certain extent some used their goals and future plans in a way so that it was incorporated in their answer; I would have liked to do something a bit similar to that. I would have spoken about how in college I plan to actually create a proposal to start a group specifically for social issues, which would be an extension of my long term CAS; this shows the side where I am involved in my community as the road map shows. For the portion about sports I also would have liked to include that I would train and build up the strength in my left ankle once again so that I would be able to run fully in college. Lastly, for my interest in biology, I would go in as undecided however, I would declare my major my junior year and I would like to have a minor which would be forensic science. The road map has helped me to better understand how exactly I plan to get to my inspirations and goals.
AbigailI thought that this was very helpful. After I chose my foundation (being creative) my interest (writing) and an additional interest (non profit organizations) I got a lot of new perspective from novelists, poets and humanitarians. In their video blurbs a lot of what they said echoed a lot of my own emotions and thoughts. One novelist was saying how everyone starts off at the bottom of their chosen field but if you are really passionate about what you are doing you don't mind starting off at the bottom and another author was saying that when he did something because he wanted to he was successful but when he did something to please others, that he didn't want to do himself, he failed. After the videos I looked at some of the profiles from "real stories from our community." My favorite of these was Lorena Jones who was a publishing director. I liked it because it gave me a better idea of how the process of getting a book published goes. I was grateful for this because prior to reading about what she did as a publishing director practically all I knew about getting published was that "it is hard." However I think that the most helpful and relevant part of what I learned from road trip nation was the list of "Actual majors of writers and authors," found in the occupation overview. I found this helpful because I know that I want to be a novelist but I wasn't sure exactly what my major in college should be. Now I have an entire list of different majors I could look into. I plan on taking some time and going down the list and choosing the one that would best suit me, then see what colleges that I am interested in applying in have that major, or find additional colleges that do offer the major I want.
Fitsume My Road is all about Problem-Solving while exploring the worlds of Action Sports and Business. In my roadmap the most compelling video was of Pat O’Donnell. He is the CEO of Aspen Skiing Company. He told the story of him on a mountain just North of Mount Everest with eight colleagues. The most compelling part of his story was when he told us that three of his best friends had died in a skiing accident and he was one of five survivors. When he returned home he was going through the motions at work and in life in general. At the time he was COO of the company then he decided that he couldn't take it. He decided to resign as the COO and cash out on a sailboat and live on sea off the coast of Costa Rica for a year and a half. The biggest message he was trying to convey is that “If it’s not working of you move, get out.” This message is evident in another video I watched, a video of Graeme Rae. He was on his way to getting a Phd in engineering and working for the navy. But he noticed that he was learning how to develop weapons and he didn’t like that so before he got his Phd he decided it wasn’t for him. So instead he developed a software that helped surfers find the perfect time to surf. The software was then made into a website and now it is favored among most surfers. He made the decision that what he loves is more important than what will make him the most money. From these stories I have gained on big overall message, when something is not working for you find what does.
AliciaI'm not sure if the text is 100% helpful for me. My end statement was "My road is all about upholding a cause I believe in while exploring the worlds of acting & theatre and film," but that statement is only true for specific situations. For the series of red circles to choose from, if I was to choose only one, I would have started my statement by saying that my road is all about making sure that I am happy whatever I do, which was not even an option...but I was on the fence about choosing between what I chose and accomplishing goals because all three are important to me. Although the second half of the statement is precise, and describes me exactly, the fact that there were limited options meant there were limited resources that could help me in my roadmap towards making myself into the person I am meant to be. That is my only thing.
Jesus My Road is all about Working with Others while exploring the worlds of Sports and Engineering. This came out to be my road because I like to interact with people, even though I am shy and afraid to speak up, I like to work with others that share the same similarities and think relatively like me as well. The interests I have are sports and engineering, with sports I like to play soccer. It is one of my favorite sports to play and watch; as a young kid, my dad use to play soccer so I followed his steps, I am trying to make my dream come true and as well make my parents proud, especially my dad. For engineering, I like the area so I can have no problem in creating new things, I want to be creative with inventions, repair, or even upgrade many devices. I'm not so sure what type of engineering I want to be a part of but it would be cool to work with others to create something amazing that will impress many people in the world, by combining many ideas, anything would be possible to make with the knowledge each one has. My Road is still in progress, I know by working with others, I will get through to earn success and develop a great career. Both of these have been a part of my life for a long time, even though soccer started when I was little and engineering as something I want to study and use in my life to push me forward on maintaining my life, these are goals that I need to achieve. My Road includes to work with others that I will continue to do so I can go further in life and seeing I'm taking the right path to reach a higher level of success.
VaskiaMy results where that I would rather be learning or challenging myself while exploring the world of technology and engineering. I first hesitated to choose the foundation because their were quiet a few that stuck out to me. I did a process where I went through them and applied it to they things I now do, after I reread the statement under the question. "It doesn't matter what I'm doing, as long as I'm…" . This statement got me to think of why I do the things I do in my life. Learning or me challenging myself stood out the most. I feel as thought I continually challenge myself and learn new things every day. For my first interest I thought about computers and phones and saw the word technology. For the last one I chose engineer because I'm interested in it and it relates to being creative and working collaboratively with others. I think for the most part I went with my gut feeling. I then watched a few videos of other with the same interest as myself and those who had interest in both technology and engineering talked about how it was good to be challenged because being challenge brings us to new ideas. I agree with this because often time when I am pushed out of my comfort zone and challenge to do something. It allows be to think of the things I can use that would be beneficial or creative.
Vaskia, 3AI submitted the Road Trip assignment on time to the blog. For the clarity of my post, I had a few grammatical errors I my response. To avoid these errors I could of double checked my response by rereading it and making the correction I the word document before I posted it. For the most part my response is easy to read. For the tone of my response, I did not take other viewpoints into consideration. I only talked about my own opinions and how I came across the choses I personally made for My Road Trip. I am willing to take other viewpoints into consideration politely, while maintaining appropriate language. For the connections, I connected the Road Trip to my own life thus far and some of the reason why I chose the ones I chose for my road trip. I slightly mentioned my “gut feeling” which refers back to the intuition chapter. I could have gone into more depth and gave a more personal example that either related to myself or a previous text, or book that I have encountered. For the quality of the response I did not ask any question that may have sparked conflict of build new ideas and thoughts for myself and others. I did not expand upon my response, I could have gone into more detail in order to spark or build upon the discussion more thoroughly. Although he response may have been thoughtful, since the steps I took to make my decision where taken into consideration, before choosing what I did. The assignment itself allowed me to think about why I choose the Road Trip Map I did.
Sunny 3A My road trip is all about Accomplishing Goals while exploring the worlds of business and armed services. With anything I do I am very passionate especially if it deals with something I love and the fear of failure for my future. With this I relate to my thoughts to Howard Schultz the chairman of Starbucks and he says “I think sometimes the difference between winning and losing and success and failure is this gray line. Between will, passion, and self belief that I am going to do this!” And that quote really stuck out to me. I literally did my Road trip at least five different times and this one stuck out to me the most. As always relating to basketball is an easy field because I love it. And what comes with basketball is Goals and passion. And I always make sure I have a goal with whatever I do. And with basketball that is before the season start, during the season, after the season, and before practice. I always want to accomplish what I set and try everything in my will power to do so. Billy King the former president and general manger of the NBA team the 76ers shows how much work is actually put in to what he does. He said “sometimes he worked 6 to 7 days a week” the same amount I put my time into basketball. He said “it’s all about the love”. These two Men are leaders with the same road trip with many others that I had learned or heard about but didn’t know what their job actually occurred of. Watching the videos put more passion in my heart to set on a career that I can find and love doing. It helped me focus one group and each leader in my road trip had a leader’s field. And I am told multiple times that I am a born leader.
Stanley 3A My biggest fear in life is to get out f shape, this is scary to me because i am very geared towards looking and feeling good. Their are many health problems that are associated with being unhealthy, and when these problems arise man people have to live very restrictively. I have watched and witnessed people who say they are unhappy with their lives because they are unhealthy and i am not read to live an unhappy or unsatisfied life. For these reasons I am very geared towards being physically active. Like i said before, fashion is very important to me because i feel that looking good is feeling good and my ultimate goal in life is to be happy. I plan to be a Dentist so my following of medicine seems to me to be a given. Steven Rosenberg's reason for following medicine was to help people, however was is not my major reason and so it makes me feel much more selfish because all the decisions I am making about my life have to do with my own personal gain and satisfaction.
Rebeca 3AMy Harrison is an example of success brought by perseverance and determination shes also an inspiration to me because I would also like to be part of the FBI some day in the future she said something that I really liked "you got to look into yourself and ask yourself what you like and what you're good at set your goals and objectives and then head for it". Penny Brown Reynolds was also a profile that I liked because she set out to be a judge and became one but later realized that if she looked at herself every day and was not happy with what she did it was worth little to nothing. Marshawn Evans also faced difficult circumstances that she had to surpass to reach her goals where she could define herself. She realized one day that she could be everything she wanted if she believed she could do it. Overall this "Road trip" inspired me because first of all the first four people that came up were females and all of them have a success story. I can see myself be one of these success stories in the future and to whatever I set out to be that's what I will become! The related occupation that the road trip matched me up with was lawyer although that not exactly what I would like to be its something that catches my interest I know I would like to study in the criminal justice field but still figuring out exactly in what position. This Road Trip put a new perspective in mind.
Telani My road was all about helping people while exploring the worlds of film and law. For something that I get lost in was Film. Watching movies is and always will be my favorite pass time. I have seen plenty of movies that sometimes a scoff at people who havent seen or heard of them. But the other thing I'm interested in is Law, but not to become a lawyer. I enjoy the criminal justice side of the law and I wish to become a detective and then an FBI agent. It is something that I am very interested in since I really enjoy History and Government. With Film, though it is my favorite pass time, I would also enjoy to teach it to other people. I was also thinking of becoming a film teacher, so people know the history of film. Which puts my favorite subject in school and my favorite pass time together.
For my post it seemed a little boring with very little personal connection. I was responding on a surface level standpoint rather than trying to dig deeper. Though it was turned in on time, I didn't go in depth with this assignment. I feel as if my tone and attitude was polite. I did take about my passions and why I wanted to do criminal justice as a major. It may be seen that I didn't see the different viewpoints of the similar jobs given to me. But personally I feel as of every time I say I want to study criminal justice, people would automatically turn to lawyer instead of a police officer. I feel as if my comment wasn't on a high quality level as it should have been as well as lacking in personal experiences.
EphraimMy road map included accomplishing goals while being interested in sports and numbers. These are the two main things I get excited about. From the interviews and stories, it was kind was a reminder of some of the important things I need to do in order to be successful. There are many things that I need to know what the effect will be if I do not certain things. I need to get out and do what I am passionate about as long as it feels right. I should never look at the glass as half-empty, but as half-full. I need to be taking classes that will help me to achieve my goals. I need to continuously challenge myself because if I am not challenging myself, then I am not growing. I need to do what I am good at and enjoy it. Also, if I enjoy something, then I will eventually become good at it. I need to continue to follow what my passion is in life no matter if anyone tries to knock you off of that road. I need to be willing to take calculated risks. In a changing world, it is always a plus to be thinking of new ideas. I may fail many times, but I learn from the mistakes that I make. Most importantly, I need to be polite because I do not know what will happen in the future.
EphraimAfter reading my blog post, I realize that the quality was poor. All I did was just post the basic stuff that I learned from the video. I did not make a thoughtful response in the blog post. There was not any further discussion about the topic and learning objectives in my post. Also, I did not make any connections in my post. After reading my post, I realize that I could have easily made connections to a personal experience or TOK concepts. I believe that the tone of the post was polite. I did not try to verbally attack anyone in my blog post. The tone in the blog post was a positive one. Also, instead of using just one point of view about being successful, I pulled in a wide variety of viewpoints. I always feel as if there is an area where I can improve the clarity of my posts. In this particular one, I could have organized my thoughts more clearly. A lot of my sentence started with the word “I.” For some of my points, I could have expanded and made it more clear to my readers. Finally, I was able to complete the entire assignment on time.
Constance 3aMy road is all about being creative while exploring the worlds of music and engineering. None of the suggested leaders fit my road map completely. However, Elaine Kwon and Mark Johnson both share two thirds of my road map, being creative and music. Both Elaine Kwon and Mark Johnson are musicians the that started playing instruments when they were young. They both firmly believe that doing what you love important. Kwon decided to go to college for what she loved. Johnson decided he was going to do what he loved every day after he was laid off and decided that he enjoyed playing music in the streets more than any job he had before. I partially agree with them. I believe that is important to be happy and do want you love in life, but I would hate for that to be my job because that would change the nature of the reason why I am doing it. I would no longer be doing what I love just because I love it. I would be doing it because I have to. I'd rather have a job doing so what I like and doing something I love as a hobby so I'd never tire of it.
Constance 3AThe quality of my post was okay. I could have added inquiries and supporting resources other than the ones I acquired through RoadMap. I did not make any connections other than personal connections. I could have referenced other past material, or a literary example. The tone of my post was fine. It was respectful and did not include a rant of any kind. The post was very clear. There were no grammatical, or spelling errors. The way it is worded isnot confusing. The timing of the post was good; it was on time. Overall, it met most expectations.
Jennifer 3AMy Road is all about Being Creative while exploring the worlds of Fashion and Business. I had to retake the the roadmap twice in order to obtain results that matched my area of interest. At first, I chose creativity, design and business. However, I did not received the career matches that I desired until I replaced design with fashion. Once I received the results that matched my personal interests, I watched some videos of leaders with similar roads and I could relate to some of them. Once I found the results that most related to me, I began to watch videos of those who had a similar road. One of the videos that mostly stood out to me was the video of the three immigrant designers. They arrived at the United States at a very young age and they were taught that they would have to major in law, or become a doctor. However, these jobs did not meet their personal interest. They were interested in fashion design, which made their parents upset and disappointed. I can relate to this because I am also an immigrant, and I can see how the expectations of an immigrant parent are more exigent. This shows me how the jobs that are considered successful only include those in the academic field. However, there are American parents who may have the same expectations of an American child as well. There are also parents who support their child no matter what career they choose. The professions given to me due to road included professions such as a fashion designer, and art director. I felt eager when I read these results, but I felt as if it was not right for me to be satisfied. Just like the immigrants, I am expected to become a lawyer, doctor, etc. This may also apply to various teenagers, and they do not necessarily have to be immigrants. However, there are parents who supports a teenager/adult based on what they love.
JenniferQuality: it is not written poorly. However, the post does not open up to new ideas or further discussions. It explains how it relates to personal life and experience, includes other perspectives, but they are not explored and this could have led to further discussion.Connections: they were made but we're very limited. The connections were not explored in depth and only personal experience was included.Tone:was very polite and respectful. It does not disrespect other points of views. Clarity: the post was clear to a certain extent. However, some points could have been explained more and made more clear. There are few or no grammatical errors.Time: the post was turned in on time, but it was turned in the day before it was due meaning that it could have influence that quality of the comment. Comment needs to be more precise. Explore new ideas, and go beyond just personal experience.
Akorede.O9/16/14Period 3AMy Road is all about Accomplishing Goals while exploring the worlds of Food and Technology. While defining my road I chose accomplishing goals for what lights me up at my core and it doesn’t matter what I am doing as long as I’m accomplishing goals because I like to do many things. For example I like to be physically active, creative, problem solving, learning and challenging myself, helping people, upholding a cause I believe in, and I felt I could not just choose one out of these so I picked what could fit under all these which was accomplishing goals. Accomplishing goals allow me to define my own road or path I want to take because accomplishing goals to me is the foundation of everything because if you do not see a vision or have a vision in mind that you will complete an action then it will not occur because everything I do I always have a goal behind thus everything is a subunit under accomplishing goals. However the thing that interest me the most and I lose track of time when I am learning about is food since I love to eat food and I usually lose track of time when I think of food or when I am being taught how to make it. Simply I feel food is the source of my youth and it allows me to be nourished on a daily basis and I always thank the food I am eating while I am eating it. However I am also deeply interested in engineering and it is not just one specific type of engineering because all types of engineering is very interesting to me especially Biological engineering. Biological engineering is very interesting to me because it allows me to further the advancement of people and it could help and it is simply just a passion that I have in order to solve a lot of issues that I feel need more concern. This is what I want to do with my life which is engineering because it is under everything I want to do which are solving problems, understand others. However when I completed my road it says I am more towards food and business like the star bucks CEO. However I do not agree because when you create your own path you have to in vision yourself literally doing what you believe you will be doing or accomplishing. For example Jim Carrey wrote a check to himself in 1987 in a sum of 10 million dollars and he visualized himself cashing in this check for years although he did not know where he would get the money but he would get the amount. Eventually Jim Carrey receive d his 10 million dollars for his role in Dumb and Dumber in 1994. Basically this build your own road can allow you to envision yourself in whatever position you believe you want to be in however how to get there may be mysterious and tedious or your vision could lead to a new vision that could be better for you but before accomplishing any goals or making your own road one will need a vision to stretch out for. In addition one of the best motivations also come from within and that is why you visualize what you want to do in order to make your own road.
Akorede 3A: I completed my assignment on time, so my timeliness is an A. My clarity in this post is not as good as I wanted it to be after reading it again. My comments are stated however they are not clear nor easy to read, but it is mostly free of grammatical or spelling errors. My tone in the post is positive and takes other perspectives into consideration and I am polite. My connections seem to be strong however I have not referenced to course material or course concepts properly. My quality seems to be well below average since my comment did not demonstrate thoughtful reflections and I did not build upon previous ideas very well although I tried to advance my discussion on the topic and learning objective. In addition I did not ask questions nor did I expand my ideas properly. I also tried to write some implication however and analyze the road trip thus I believe my blog post may earn a C.
Ashley 3AMy road is about being selfless, and being involved in the immediate community as well as globally. I want to use the degree that I earn to make a difference in other peoples lives. I believe that we were put here on the earth to help people, others, I was not created to be selfish or please myself. I am here to put a smile on others faces, to brighten up someones day and help the helpless. I chose Helping People, + Non-profit organization and travel. I would love to study abroad or be able to work abroad in less economically developed countries. Even if I do not earn large sums of money, I just want service others. Someone who really appealed to me was Regional Recruiter, April Conway. Her achievements are fairly close to mine. She studied abroad, majored in Biology. She had a passion and went for it. She joined the Peace Corps, which is something that I really want to do in my future. She has a passion for Wildlife and people. Based off of her passion she focused on one thing and reached her goals. Now she works for the peace corps. I wanted to do the road map a second time. This time I chose Being Physically Active + Medicine + Philosophy and Religion. I really enjoyed all of the insight that I received from the Medics. I really related to me as well, especially Chief of Surgery Steven Rosenburg. I loved how he said "I want to eliminate pain and suffering, and the best way to do that was to become a doctor." That is one of my own main goals, in life is to make others feel better, that is one of the primary reasons why I want to become a doctor.
Ashley 3AQuality:Honestly I feel as though my response was very poor quality. I honestly did this assignment last minute/late, because I failed to thoroughly look through the blog to see if we had any assignments. My response does not build on any previous ideas, and does not what so ever advance discussion on these topics. I never make suggestions or any detailed examples as to where my road trip may lead me, or where I wish it would lead me. What specifics I wish to do regarding my road trip. I gave no resources, and it only touched the surface, and was very superficial of what I wish I would want to do in the surface, and the different possibilities that may arrive from this. I did not raise any type of questions, I put no inquiries, and over all the quality was very poor, and can be clearly seen that it was done last minute. If I want to improve this portion I could include give more personal perspective, and what was the origin of it all. Why do I want to help others, what stories that I have read, or have seen that influenced my road trip. Who am I as an individual. I should have made it much more personal because it is a very personal assignment.Connections:I made absolutely no connections to any other Areas of Knowledge or ways of knowing. No connections towards any other courses that I am currently taking, or have taken in the past. I could have easily connected this to my personality, the origin of it all. Connected to when we talked about emotion and reason chapters, I know I am more geared towards my emotions, than my reasoning. I could have connected the discussions and videos we watched into this assignment. Why am I so emotional, why am I so sensitive to other peoples emotions. What others feel get easily transmitted towards me, I usually feel my environment and the people around me. Why am I so sympathetic? Or I could have made a connection with my Journalism class that I took my Sophomore year. We had to read articles, and I read articles about hospitals in less economically developed countries that so not have electricity, so they can not carry out many different procedures, or have to perform procedures under a flashlight. Or even from a music video I saw with Beyonce at the Humanitarian day and her backdrop had videos of disasters and people struggling, really affected me personally, and that was a very significant time when I realized that I am truly sensitive to others emotions. There were so many connections I could have made, but did not.Tone:I do believe this is the one thing that I executed decently. I believe that my tone is appropriate for the audience I am writing to. I did consider the view points of the choices that I received, even if it was a occupation that I personally did not take an interest towards, I still watched the videos, and even mentioned some in my response. I considered and acknowledge Ms. April Conway's achievements, and ambition, which I admired, and wish to some day achieve similar things.Clarity:I believe I had clarity in my response. I stated clearly what I put and what I received. I also put my opinions and aspirations, as well as those from this assignment that I admire, and things that they have said I had taken away. There is a lot of clarity, and precise language. Timeliness:Poor timing, done last minute, as well as a day late from the due date.
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