One thing you currently think you’ll be doing with your life.
I am currently a 2nd year here at CSULB majoring in Biology. Although my classes can get a little tough, I hope to finish strong within the next few years and earn my degree in Biology. Hopefully I stay on track and graduate within the next 2-3 years. After I graduate, I want to apply to a pharmacy school, preferably somewhere closer to home (San Jose). I also hope to find an internship or apply to become a pharmacy technician sometime within this year or next year. One day, maybe you will find me working at the local CVS as a pharmacist!
The thing you would do if the current thing disappeared tomorrow.
If my goal to become a pharmacist were to disappear tomorrow, I honestly do not know what I would decide to do.. I never really saw myself studying anything else other than medicine. If that really were to happen I would have to find a whole new career that interests me just as much and that would probably take some time for me to figure out. I might even have to switch my major a few times just so I could see which path I want to take.
The thing you would do if you were financially secure, and no one would ever laugh.
If I was completely financially secure I would LOVE to travel the world. Im sure so many people also want to this this as well. I love the idea of going from country to country, admiring its beauty without a care in the world. Because I wouldn’t have to worry about money, I don’t really need to work. Maybe I will find a hobby I enjoy doing on a daily basis. With the free time I would have from not working, I could even spend my time volunteering to help others in need.
Unfortunately, we forgot to take a picture in class! But to make up for it, here is a photo of Moreen and I at the beach! Excuse the horrible photoshopping.. (I had no idea what I was doing)
This week, I had the chance to talk to Moreen! She is currently a second year at CSULB, double majoring in child development and family life education. She is also interested in studying psychology. She is originally from Elk Grove, a city near Sacramento and is also really close to where I am from! She often travels to France because that was where she was born (I am so jealous of her for that!!). She has two older brothers. She looves to eat sushi and loves going to the beach to tan. If she’s not at the beach, she’s probably at home watching netflix or hanging out with friends. She is a really down to earth and super funny girl and I wish I had the chance to talk to her more.
This class, by far, has got to be one of my favorite classes I have taken at CSULB. Being a biology major, most of the classes aren’t really as fun or laidback. Because this class had a lot of online resources (slack, beach art, wordpress), it made everything so much more convenient and easy to use. Before taking this class, I never even considered creating a blog for myself. After making one, I found it really relaxing and somewhat like a stress reliever for me. I even created a personal one to blog about my daily life. It also lets us be really creative with our own work space. I especially love how everyone’s blog is unique to their own personality. With these online resources, it was really easy to use and keep track of because it is literally at your fingertips. Like glenn mentioned in the beginning of the semester, beachboard really does boring to use and their online website is such a hassle when you’re on your mobile device.
My top three favorite activities were: Sketching in the Garden, Graffiti Writing, and Plaster Casting. My favorite out of the top 3 is definitely “Sketching in the Garden.” Who doesn’t enjoy going to a cute little Japanese garden during their free time, let alone class time! I loved just sitting their taking in the beauty of the garden. Although I am not the best at drawing, I enjoyed sketching it. I really wish we met up at the garden every week! Another activity I really liked doing was the graffiti writing! I have never picked up a spray paint can in my life before doing this activity. I have always wanted to try something like this but never really knew where to, mainly because I didn’t want to get in trouble for spray painting somewhere I shouldn’t have. It was also a fun little activity I got to do with my sister. We went out and bought the spray paint and found pieces of cardboard that we didn’t need. My sister may have even enjoyed it more than I did! Plaster casting was another activity that I had a lot of fun doing. I never really knew what it was before reading about it and was a little hesitant to complete it because I was afraid of messing everything up. But after finishing, it didn’t look too bad! It was also another excuse for me to spend the day at the beach with friends!
I really enjoyed all the activities we did every week. I got to be a little more creative with what I was turning in, unlike my other classes I was taking. I really had fun doing all the activities but if I had to choose 3 that were my least favorite, it would have to be: automatic drawing, zines and flip book, and the wedge. It’s not that I did not like doing them, I just had more fun completing the others.
I had so much fun taking this class and would definitely recommend this class to my friends. I think what also made this class fun was Glenn’s unique personality! You can tell how much effort and time he puts into his classes and his students. I have yet to take a class where the professor interacts as much with their students as Glenn did. I also had the chance to meet and actually talk to most of the students in my class because of the classmate conversations we did weekly. I love the idea behind this hybrid art class!!
For this week’s Art activity, our task was to complete a drawing of the Japanese Garden. This activity has got to be my favorite activity from this whole semester! The garden was beautiful! I was so excited to have class there. If only class was there every week… hahah. I originally planned to actually stop by the garden a few times during this semester but I never really had the chance to go. I thoroughly enjoyed sketching this garden. Although I am not the best at drawing, it was really fun to sit in the sun and just relax in front of the pond. There were so many different areas to draw from-so many different perspectives. It was a really peaceful environment and I had so much fun. Instead of doing multiple drawing, I drew it all on one. I sat at the back of the garden and had the whole view of the place! I will definitely be stopping by here again in my free time!
So for this week’s classmate conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Katie! I was unable to attend my usual 2:30 section so I went to the 1pm class instead. Katie is currently a 2nd year environmental science and film major. She is originally from the East Coast, moving around a lot, but mainly from Maryland because she lived there for about 6 years! Ever since attending CSULB, Katie is one of the few people that I met who is from the East Coast so it was really interesting learning about her life there. She moved around from Texas to Arkansas to Delaware to Maryland, and finally California where she resides in Huntington Beach. At first she didn’t like living here in California but soon got used to the environment. She mentioned that it was nothing like the East Coast. She is planning on majoring/minoring in them but at the moment doesn’t know which one. Unlike me, Katie enjoys chemistry and hates biology. During her free time, Katie enjoys rock climbing and going on trips with her friends, especially trips that involve scenic hikes! I really enjoyed talking to Katie and I’m glad I attended the 1pm section this week!
Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida Dinner is Served
Media: Metals and jewelry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Krystal Ramirez is currently a senior in the BFA program at CSULB , mainly focusing on metals and jewelry. She is originally from Huntington Beach, which is not too far from Long Beach. Growing up, she has always had an interest in art. She always found herself drawing and painting. She also attended the Orange County School of Arts in Santa Ana, studying visual arts. Only until after she took a class in metals, that when she began to have a love for it. Ever since then, she has been making jewelry on her own. After graduating, she has plans on attending grad school.
Walking into her gallery, you will immediately notice all the different pieces of metal around the room: copper, brass, sterling silver. She mentioned that it took her about 3 years to complete this exhibit, which definitely paid off because I really enjoyed it. The way she laid everything out resembled a dinner table.
Krystal loves jewelry, especially making it. Her gallery was inspired by nature and the simplicity of it. She also mentioned that each piece in her exhibit was a representation of someone important in her life. The main point to this exhibit was to show her audience how important sit down dinners are to her. I support this 100%. During these sit down meals was when she actually had quality time with her family.
SYNTHESIS/ MY EXPERIENCE
Immediately, I was drawn towards Krystal’s gallery. Mainly because of the idea behind it. Just like Krystal, I really value family dinner time and it means a lot to me. To find an artist who actually incorporated that into her art really meant a lot to me. It wasn’t until I moved away from home did I realize how important dinner was to my family and I. Every time I go home to visit, I always look forward to dinner time. It is the only time my family and I are all free and actually sit down and bond. I loved every little thing about this exhibit!
Heres a photo of Alex and I! We actually ran into each other the same day after the classmate conversation at parkside dorms!!
For this week’s classmate conversation, I decided to do it with Alexandria! She is such a fun and sweet person to talk to! Alex is a kinesiology major and she loves to play soccer. She really likes mexican food and during her free time she enjoys playing her guitar. She is originally from Rancho Cucamonga. Before I had met Alex, I had never even heard about this city. I actually thought she made up that name and was messing around with me! She has 2 sisters, an older one and a younger one. Because of school and work, she rarely gets to go home. She is currently working at Round 1. Alex also has an interest in tattoos and loves drawing. I believe she is working on a piece herself that she would like to get tattooed. After talking to Alex, we found out that we have actually been taking really similar classes because of our majors. I really enjoyed talking to her and hopefully Ill run into her some day in another class!