Friday, April 28, 2017


               When we read something, what is the first thing we usually think about? We can’t really visualize or fully understand something if it doesn’t include any literary devices. Reading the work of someone else is very different than reading our own. Each person has their own way of thinking; expressing themselves that leads them to write their own way, with their own choice of words.

                The authors diction is this reading is pretty straight forward.  In other words, we can’t tell right away by reading the beginning that it’s colloquial. The way the words are used makes me imagine myself having a conversation with my friend. For example, when he says, “I whipped out my IPhone and started snapping pics of my breakfast.” It’s funny to think about how I can imagine myself saying that. Now, his use of syntax is imagery. It’s an agreement due to us, or myself, being able to relate to what the writer is talking about. It just creates a big scenery inside my head.

                Just by choosing a connection between words can be wonderful. As I read along, word per word, sentence by sentence, I felt every emotion. The tone of the author helped me visualize and enjoy the reading. The authors tone can be described as humorous. He’s not really talking in a formal way from what I read. A rhetorical strategy is attitude because the author is describing his emotions towards his situation. For example, “I wish I could share the meal with her.” It shows how the person is feeling by the choice and order of the words.

                All literary devices matter when writing. Due to colloquial diction, imagery syntax/agreement, humorous tone and attitude in rhetorical strategies, I was able to visualize every word. The choice of words and structure have a meaning. We can make connections in many ways that will help us understand the reading better. The choice of tone just made me really excited and helped me enjoy the reading a lot.

                In conclusion, I can say that I can relate with the author in many ways. His way of writing helped build up to his main point with amazing details. Using the correct words and structure helped me visualize the point he was trying to get to. We can share our memories and everyday lives with the whole world with just one click!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2014 AP Prompt Essay

              When we hear the word “education,” what do we think about? We obviously think about school, either if it’s elementary, middle school, high school, or college. Going to school means us getting an education and learning new things. Most of the time, we don’t see the point of attending school or that it’s beneficial. Yes, school can be boring sometimes but we must know that we can get far in life with a higher education. Getting an education shouldn’t be taken by granted, since many people, especially children, around the world don’t have the opportunity to attend a school. Education plays an important role in our everyday lives. Due to the education, they provide us, we can get far in live and determine our future. Just keep in mind that education, no matter the level, is very important and beneficial.

                Thinking about college and everything that must do with it, we sometimes think first about money wise. Paying for college can be very stressful which is why many college students get a job during the summer or while they’re going to school. A research mentions how college student’s unemployment has increased throughout the years. Many jobs prefer a fulltime worker than a part-time worker, like a college student, which is why they unemployed them. Getting unemployed and not having money to pay for college is not an excuse for students not to attend school. Yes, it might be expensive, but all that will pay off at the end. Due to the expenses, we sometimes wonder if a college education is worth the cost. At times, we might say that it isn’t worth the cost but as we grow wiser and get more informed about that field we can say that college is definitely worth the cost. A higher education helps us develop in many ways that will benefit us. For example, source B mentions, “Being ready on DAY ONE, may have sounded nice on the campaign trail, but being able to draw on one’s education over a lifetime is much more practical (and precious). Post-secondary education should help students to discover what they love to do, to get better at it, and to develop the ability to continue learning so that they become agents of change—not victims of it.” A higher education comes in handy and can be useful later in our lives, either by helping develop our own character, skills, potentials, abilities and many more.

                College doesn’t always have to be about money and taking out loans to pay off your education. Many of us love education and don’t mind anything about it, which helps us to not worry much about what surrounds it. Like I mentioned before, education doesn’t have to only be about money, we can use it to make ourselves happy and distract us in a way. We come to think about money wise when we know what major we’re going to study. The cost of your high education depends on what major we want to study and the amount of time. Getting a higher can education doesn’t always have to affect us in a negative way, it can also affect us in a positive way. For example, source d mentions, “A new study even shows that a bachelor’s degree pays off for jobs that don’t require one: secretaries, plumbers and cashiers. And, beyond money, education seems to make people happier and healthier.” We live an experience that not many people can. In other words, everything we do in life is worth it.

                Not doing something and not taking the challenge is the easy way out to this situation. College is not only expensive but it’s also a challenge that not everyone can deal with. Keeping up with that level of education can be very hard to handle and keep up with. It’s a challenge that can change our lives for good and bad. But, we don’t always have to look at it that way, it’s an opportunity and/or challenge that can make an impact in our lives and make us better and more responsible people. When working in that level of high education, we can feel the pressure mostly every day, due to the following: homework, time-management, tests/exams, midterms and most importantly, our grades. Working under that type of pressure we sometimes don’t perform at our best, and tend to lack here and there. For example, source E mentions, “- But Thiel is convinced that the social pressure for students to pursue “lower-risk trajectories” in their career choices will lead to less innovation in the future.” In reference of the source, I can agree with it. Working under pressure isn’t easy and pleasant, it can overpower us and bring us down. Education can affect us, positively and negatively, we choose which one we want by our actions.

                In conclusion, a higher education is very worth it, even though it might seem like a challenge to deal with it for quite a long time. It might be a little pricey, but just in mind that it will pay off at the end when you have everything you have at the moment in that point of your life. An education doesn’t always have to be about learning math, science, historical details and all those classes they make you take, rather it’s more like you developing into a new person with better goals and challenges. We can grow out of comfort zone and become more of confident and self-developed person. So, in my own opinion, I do say that a higher education is worth the cost and that it prepares students for more than just a job or career.  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


  • My big question was and still is, "What happens after we die? Is there such thing as heaven or hell?" I'm really curious to know if what I have heard is really true. I know they say if you believe it then it's actually true, which I do believe that there is such thing as heaven and hell, even purgatory.
  • One thing I did over break to explore my question is when I went to church, which was like around 4 times, I paid really close attention to everything there. When I was there it was different than other times I have gone. I started to picture everything in my head and made a whole scene about it. I also paid really close attention to the readings and gospel during mass, not that I don't pay attention when I go but yeah, you get my point.
  • something I learned by exploring over break was that when you really pay close attention to something you always wonder about or are curious to know, you might think of things that you might have never thought of before. Life can be interesting sometimes.
  • A connection I see between what we've read in this course is that from the books we've read, at least one character has to die. So, I always wonder, where do they go? I know they're just imaginary characters but I still have the curiosity to know where they went.
  • What am I doing next? Hmmmmm...... I don't really know at the moment. Maybe............... get deeper into my big question and go further in to exploring.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Merced College FFA Field Day 2017

Merced College FFA Field Day was a success. I met my goals that I set for myself last year. I got second high individual, I was just 2 points away from 1st 😭. Now off to Modesto this upcoming Saturday!! Aiming for 1st high individual. 🥇

Fahrenheit 451 Notes

Sunday, March 12, 2017


I just read "The Pedestrian" and my reaction was just... WOW!! The police guy needs to chill and let the man enjoy his night walk that he has been doing for years now like he mentioned.

The Pedestrian