Wk 15 – EC Post – Evaluating the Class

Honestly, I really did love coming to this class. I am not very good at art in general, but the fact that this class focuses on life lessons as well as art, really made this class a lot better in my opinion. It was a lot more tedious work than I thought it would be but it was okay since we had about a week to finish it all up. In my opinion, I didn’t really enjoy having a bunch of classmate conversations but I think they really helped in the beginning when I didn’t know 1 person in the class.

Activity wise, my 3 favorites were: Plaster casting, Care Package, and Sketching in the Garden. Plaster casting was so hard to figure out how to do the correct way, however once you did figure it out, it was SO COOL! I was amazed on how fast and simple it really was the achieve a replica of your hand. It was a nice way to get outside for a couple hours. The Care Package was so much fun putting together. It brought back memories that I overlook all the time. It is always nice to bring those back up into your life. The Sketching in the Garden was a really peaceful thing to do. I am not a very good drawer, but it was still pretty easy to sketch a couple of drawings here and there. Also, I had never gone to the Japanese Garden prior to that class so that probably made it a lot better.

The 3 activities I didn’t like were: Ethnography, Flip Books, and Design Thinking applied to Life. I was really a fan of Ethnography because it was pretty hard to do nothing basically. I am a person that needs to be doing things at all times, however I couldn’t do much without electricity. It was also kind of hard to find a day that worked best since I have a roommate. The flip books weren’t my favorite because I just didn’t like drawing something that would appeal to others. Like I said, I never draw so I felt like this kind of needed to look much better than a sketch making it a little bit harder for me. The Design of Thinking was hard to do because I always have had a set future in my head since I was a little girl. Going out of that box made it a little hard to try to figure something out. I don’t think I would do anything besides go into med school but thats just me! Not everyone has a set plan.

Out of all the Social Medias we used, I definitely liked Slack the most. It was very interesting to see what everyone posted as well as them seeing what I posted. I loved having little conversations with my fellow classmates and getting their insight. It was also very easy to communicate with Coach. I really hate emailing so by having Direct Message in Slack made that sooooo much easier. WordPress was a little out of the way, I believe. If everything was just put all together, that would have made this a little more easier. Also, I would love to see my fellow classmates blogs but I don’t like going out of the way to find the blogs. I rather have 1 website for everything ūüôā


Wk 15 – Classmate Conversation – Bernadette Villena

IMG_4508.JPGOur last Classmate Conversation, I got to meet Bernadette. She is a 2nd year and is currently commuting from Bellflower, CA. She is a pre-nursing major and the only word she could describe it as was “tough.” That isn’t the first time I have heard that. When she grows up, she wants to become a pediatric nurse. She actually only applied to 2 universities and ended up picking LB over Fullerton. She isn’t involved with anything through the school, however she does work in a cafe in Artesia. In her spare time, she likes hanging out with her friends and family and also hiking. It was so great meeting Bernadette ūüôā

Wk 15 – Art Activity – Design Thinking

The me I currently believe to become later in life: Doctor

The me if what I want to become disappears: Physical Therapy

The me if I was financially stable to do anything: Traveling Mom

Ever since I was a kid, I knew I want to become a doctor. To achieve this life, I would have to go through a lot of schooling. Especially if I want to specialize in something, which I probably will want to. This will put me in debt, emotional & physically drain me, and keep me busy day to night. It is going to be a hard journey but at this moment, I want  to reach my goals. In the future, my life as a doctor will have many sleepless nights. Hopefully, I will be able to raise a family with this lifestyle.

If doctors just disappeared suddenly, I would want to become a Physical Therapist. I have a profound love with the human body. Each and everything it does intrigues me in every way. Before graduating, I would have to get many many hours to put onto my application. This would be about 3 more years of school after undergrad which isn’t too shabby. Then I would have to find a job somewhere, hopefully in a hospital, working my way up to a private practice. This lifestyle will still be emotionally and physically draining but I do not think as much as becoming a doctor. It will let me have a family due to not being on call. I will have a much easier life once I do become a physical therapist.

If I had all the money in the world, I would just not work and just travel the whole time. I would have a family and travel the world with them. I would finish college and let my husband make all the money, and whenever we could, take off on our private jet somewhere around the world. I have always wanted to do that thing where you put a map on the wall and put a pin in the map where you have visited. That is my goal. I want to make a whole map completely covered in push in pins. I want to travel to the Caribbean, Fiji, Australia, Europe, Mexico, and Argentina. I want to be able to just leave and come back whenever I wanted to. That would be the dream.



  1. Confidence                              90%
  2. Resources                                90%
  3. Impact                                      67%
  4. Satisfaction                              70%

Physical Therapist:

  1. Confidence                              80%
  2. Resources                                90%
  3. Impact                                      70%
  4. Satisfaction                              80%

Travel Mom:

  1. Confidence                              40%
  2. Resources                                50%
  3. Impact                                      70%
  4. Satisfaction                              90%

I actually have taken a huge step towards my future and shadowed a bunch of doctors. I also have a bunch of doctors in the family, so it isn’t hard for me to get insight on what I want to do. I also have worked with a physical therapist over summer and loved it. I love the quick, fast paced lifestyle they live. I just started an internship in a hospital so hopefully I can decided exactly what I want to do with my life. But even if I don’t, it is okay.

Wk 14 – Art Activity – Sketching in the Japanese Garden

51591760109__E85744B8-55FF-4B8F-971D-1F5DE2113A80.JPGThis week’s Art Activity was very enjoyable. It was actually my first time coming to the Japanese Garden and I absolutely loved it. I did not realize how beautiful it was. I am not very good at drawing, obviously but I did try my best. This is a picture of my 10 30-second sketch. I am going to be completely honest, I did not take 30 seconds to draw these pictures. It definitely took me a more than 30 seconds. I found it hard to just have a little sketch of something since I am a perfectionist. Even though I am not very good at drawing, I did enjoy this activity because it was a nice change of scenery. I will definitely be going back!

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Kaylee Penaloza

Prior to meeting Jennifer Vega (in my last post), I decided to talk to her friend Kaylee Penaloza as well. She is also 20 years old and a 2nd year at CSULB. She is from Bellflower, CA and commutes to school. She joined this class because her friend recommended it to her. I actually joined because my friend recommended it to me as well! Unlike me, she really enjoys drawing in her spare time. She is currently a Psychology major but isn’t quite sure on what she is planning on doing after graduating. School is her main focus and doesn’t have any prior commitments to anything else. She enjoys watching Netflix and going to the ¬†movies. I did ask her what her favorite movie was at the moment, but she told me that she has way too many to specify. Kaylee was a super down to earth person and it ¬†was easy to have a conversation with her, that I enjoyed.¬†IMG_4489.JPG

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Jennifer Vega

This week I got to know my classmate Jennifer Vega. She is 20 years old and currently a 2nd year at CSULB. Coincidentally, she is actually a Health Science major just like me! She likes it, but does not love it. She is thinking about switching to Speech Language Pathology. She wanted to become a veterinarian but as she looked into it, she didn’t think it was for her. Now, she is thinking about doing audiology. She is still deciding at the moment but that is her plan at the moment. I really enjoyed talking to her and getting to know her.¬†IMG_4486.JPG.jpeg

Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Laura Lopez

Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvatica (Wild)
Media: MFA, drawing, and painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: @artelauralopez or artlauralopez

IMG_8969.JPGLaura Lopez is currently getting her Masters in painting. She is originally from Columbia. She absolutely adores different types of colors and simply nature. It took her about 3 week to to paint each painting in the exhibit.

Most of all the paintings in Laura’s exhibit had extremely vibrant colors. That is what stuck out most to me. There were also very unique structures incorporated throughout her paintings that were very intriguing as well. The bright colors didn’t have much of an overwhelming effect, surprisingly. The strokes of her brush were very natural and relaxed, nothing crazy.

Each painting was unique in its own way. It was all based around nature. In every painting, she had incorporated a tree. The vibrant colors put together all made an amazing eye catcher somewhere in the painting, making the gallery so mesmerizing. You could really tell she took her time and hard work to create this exhibit.

I really loved how beautiful these paintings were. I really enjoyed the one painting with the multiple colored tiger. It was so amazing to look at. I definitely hope to see some more of Laura’s paintings because I definitely was taken aback.

Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Krystal Ramirez

Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida (Dinner is Served)
Media: Metal, Wood, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: www.kgrmetalcraft.com
Instagram: @kgrmetalcraft

Krystal Ramirez is currently getting her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at CSULB School of Art. She actually attended an art high school since she had a huge passion for art since she was 8 years old. Throughout her high school career, she had focused on drawing and painting until her senior year when she took a jewelry making class. That was when she found her passion.

As you can tell pretty clearly, Ramirez’s pieces are not quite straight like how it is in the modern lifestyle. She depicts where she was at at the moment with the dent in the copper vase. She also made sure to gloss the wooden table to make the exhibit look a lot more realistic and put a nice finishing touch on it.

Ramirez really thought outside the box with this exhibit. She did not want to make another art piece that could be put on a pedestal to admire. She went above and beyond and created something that was much more realistic and relatable to her audience. This piece represents the love her family and friends have given her and some of her fondest memories that have taken place at this dinner table.

I thought that art piece was beautiful. She really out did herself by making it look quite realistic. I love old school wooden things, so the fact that she used a wooden table in her art piece really intrigued me. I loved admiring her work.

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