Postcard #12: The End
So I guess this marks the end of ENGL250 and I’ve to say, I’ll probably miss Nikki’s accent the most. Admittedly, I don’t talk very much in class. Probably because I don’t know a lot about the American system and I’m too afraid of looking like an idiot half the time.
If anything at all, I’m just really glad I survived the semester. With everything that’s been going on, this is probably a Christmas miracle.

Postcard #12: The End

So I guess this marks the end of ENGL250 and I’ve to say, I’ll probably miss Nikki’s accent the most. Admittedly, I don’t talk very much in class. Probably because I don’t know a lot about the American system and I’m too afraid of looking like an idiot half the time.

If anything at all, I’m just really glad I survived the semester. With everything that’s been going on, this is probably a Christmas miracle.

Postcard #11: The Interview (Finally!)
After it was long overdue, Waylon and I finally managed the time to sit down and finish up on our media fast interview. I’ve to say, for a quiet guy, he sure has a lot of things going on in his mind. The interview stretched on for over an hour with lots of small talk in between.
It’s actually amazing how a person who’s been through so much can still come out pretty strong.

Postcard #11: The Interview (Finally!)

After it was long overdue, Waylon and I finally managed the time to sit down and finish up on our media fast interview. I’ve to say, for a quiet guy, he sure has a lot of things going on in his mind. The interview stretched on for over an hour with lots of small talk in between.

It’s actually amazing how a person who’s been through so much can still come out pretty strong.

Postcard #10: The Absence
My world was shaken up a few weeks ago and for that, I missed quite a bit of classes. For a short while, it was understandable to have taken some time off to cope with things by myself. I guess eventually, I just need to get back to reality and face the world.

Postcard #10: The Absence

My world was shaken up a few weeks ago and for that, I missed quite a bit of classes. For a short while, it was understandable to have taken some time off to cope with things by myself. I guess eventually, I just need to get back to reality and face the world.

Postcard #8: Hollywood and The Pentagon

Being an international student from Malaysia, I can safely say I’m not too adept at American politics. I never knew that any Hollywood films regarding the American government needed to get approval from The Pentagon.

I grew up watching blockbuster films and I’m quite used to watching a lot of movies that circulates around the US government and sometimes, even the White House. This is pretty new information (for me). Who would’ve known?

Postcard #7: Propaganda

Propaganda is a deliberate attempt in persuading a large number of audience into believing something with inaccurate information. Funny thing is that we don’t realize that it’s happening all around us. Earlier this week, we watched a Disney feature film called ‘Education For Death’.

Disney, being a children friendly channel, attempts to paint a different picture on Nazi Germany when they released this film. Using multiple ways of conveying the message, the film even tells a story through the typical Disney story of a princess and her knight. The only kick to it is that the princess is not slim and beautiful, and the knight is not tall and handsome.

Instead, they’re both the complete opposite of how “good” is normally depicted. A clear message on how Americans should feel about the Nazis.

Postcard #6: Compassion Fatigue
The thing about photography is the fact that it tells a story. No matter where you are or what you’re photographing, the subject will always have a history or a future. One of the most powerful photographs used as an example is Dorothea Lange’s portrait of “Migrant Mother”. It showcased a sense of poverty and it moved people to do something about it.
Interestingly enough, the photo was actually staged. As a result, Flora Thompson (the migrant mother) was stereotyped for life as a poor woman, when in fact, she really wasn’t.

Postcard #6: Compassion Fatigue

The thing about photography is the fact that it tells a story. No matter where you are or what you’re photographing, the subject will always have a history or a future. One of the most powerful photographs used as an example is Dorothea Lange’s portrait of “Migrant Mother”. It showcased a sense of poverty and it moved people to do something about it.

Interestingly enough, the photo was actually staged. As a result, Flora Thompson (the migrant mother) was stereotyped for life as a poor woman, when in fact, she really wasn’t.

Postcard #5: War Photography
After relentlessly searching through Google for a proper photograph, I finally found one that really caught my eye. This photo was taken under a bridge in Vietnam by Tim Page.
What drew me into the photograph was the directional force surround the photograph and the emotion depicted on the little boy’s face. It pains me to see a child lose someone so dear to him at such a young age. Having to witness the bloody ordeal is whole other matter.

Postcard #5: War Photography

After relentlessly searching through Google for a proper photograph, I finally found one that really caught my eye. This photo was taken under a bridge in Vietnam by Tim Page.

What drew me into the photograph was the directional force surround the photograph and the emotion depicted on the little boy’s face. It pains me to see a child lose someone so dear to him at such a young age. Having to witness the bloody ordeal is whole other matter.

Postcard #4: Totally Unwired
By far, the most boring, yet dramatically entertaining day of my life. I gave up my phone, and by that, I mean any means of communication with the outside world. My friends tormented me, ignored me, teased me and to a certain extent, tricked me. I lasted up until 9PM… I know, I’m so weak.

Postcard #4: Totally Unwired

By far, the most boring, yet dramatically entertaining day of my life. I gave up my phone, and by that, I mean any means of communication with the outside world. My friends tormented me, ignored me, teased me and to a certain extent, tricked me. I lasted up until 9PM… I know, I’m so weak.

Postcard #3: The Virtual Revolution

This week’s topic consisted of both media and (a little bit) on the next assignment, war (photography). On Thursday’s session, we discussed on the power of virtual reality as a healing tool for soldiers who were scarred from their time at the war.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/virtual-worlds/health-healing/a-soldiers-therapy-session.html

I suppose, just like everything else in life, there are positive and negative effects when it comes to using virtual reality as a therapeutic tool. One way of looking at it, it could help them overcome their fears. Another way is that it might scar them even more for having to go through the experience again.

In all honesty, it’s quite numbing, isn’t it? Having to experience something until it doesn’t affect you anymore. I couldn’t imagine the trauma they’d have to live through because it all seems like a ‘make-it-or-break-it’ dilemma.

Postcard #2: Totally Wired

The first assignment is out: for that I’ve to basically jot down each and everyone of my media fast activity.

Final verdict? A whopping total of 14 hours and 37 minutes.

It’s a little unnerving to know I spend this much time on my phone and laptop. Then again, I can’t imagine spending any less. How else would I be able to keep in touch with friends and family back home? Plus, the fact that I’m in a long distance relationship somewhat requires for me to be wired all the time… right?

(I love receiving handwritten letters, but I don’t think I’ve the patience to wait for very long.)

Postcard #1: Profile Of A Colleague
In my first week of English250, my instructor had me talk to the person sitting next to me and draw their photo with my left hand. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go through the awkward small talk because I already met Caitlin the week before at the Daily.

Caitlin Deaversmall town girl; big lucid dreams
Q: If you were an animal, what would you be?A: A horse, because they’re beautiful and majestic.
Q: What TV/movie character describes you?A: Rapunzel from Tangled because I want to see the world but my parents are too protective.
Q: Where do you want to be right now?A: Exploring the UK.

Postcard #1: Profile Of A Colleague

In my first week of English250, my instructor had me talk to the person sitting next to me and draw their photo with my left hand. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go through the awkward small talk because I already met Caitlin the week before at the Daily.

Caitlin Deaver
small town girl; big lucid dreams

Q: If you were an animal, what would you be?
A: A horse, because they’re beautiful and majestic.

Q: What TV/movie character describes you?
A: Rapunzel from Tangled because I want to see the world but my parents are too protective.

Q: Where do you want to be right now?
A: Exploring the UK.