Wk 16 – Art Experience – Design Thinking applied to Life

The thing you currently think you’ll be doing with your life

I think that I’ll be working in a hospital or clinic as an administration job. I would be working at a desk and hopefully build up to a better paying job from there. I am not sure specifically what I think I’ll be doing or hope that I’ll be doing, but that is my best vision for my future. I would be helping out and treating patients indirectly!

  1. Confidence: 8
  2. Resources: 10
  3. Impact: 9
  4. Satisfaction: 8

The thing you would do if the current thing disappeared tomorrow

Honestly, this question is difficult because I never had a back up plan. I don’t have a wide range or taste in various majors or careers. I wanted to become a nurse beforehand, however. I would probably achieve to be a pediatric nurse and help children. I always liked my nurses when I went to the hospital when I was a child.

  1. Confidence: 7
  2. Resources: 9
  3. Impact: 10
  4. Satisfaction: 9

The thing you would do if you were financially secure, and no one would ever laugh, go ahead, what would it be?

I wish that I can be paid to try out new dessert and food places. Basically, I would be a promoter. Social media is extremely popular nowadays, so if I can be paid to try out food then that would be amazing. If I didn’t need a career or job,  I would do nothing! I would still be happy as long as I have everything else I need in life, such as family and friends.

  1. Confidence: 9
  2. Resources: 9
  3. Impact: 8
  4. Satisfaction: 10

Wk 16 – Classmate Conversation – Danielle Banuelos

Today I met Danielle! She is a fifth year student here and she is graduating soon. She is a health science major. We actually both have the same human biology class together and we found that out a few weeks ago! We decided to do a classmate conversation to get each there more. She loves to eat Chinese food, especially dumplings. She speaks a little bit of Chinese because she works at a school where there are Asian kids. Her goal was to go to PA school but she still needs to finish her pre reqs. Danielle is currently doing an internship right now.

Wk 15 – Art Experience – Sketching Japanese Garden

This art experience was fun! I thought that it was relaxing. I never went to see the Japanese Garden until I did this activity. Even though I dorm at Parkside and the Japanese Garden is literally a minute walk, I never thought about actually going inside and taking a look. I think that this activity allowed me to appreciate nature and the beauty of the garden. People would walk around and look at this place but sitting down and actually noticing the details allows me to appreciate the Japanese Garden further. It was a beautiful sunny day. My sketching doesn’t look as great as I was hoping it to be, but I was being visual more. It’s really difficult to draw great details but the Japanese Garden is beautiful and I would love to visit it before the year ends.

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Hayley

Today I had the pleasure to meet Hayley! She was a really sweet and had a positive vibe. She is a freshman here, just like me. She is currently undeclared and is on her way to become a Business major. She is from Downey, CA. She says that it is pretty close from here. It is around 20-30 minutes away, so she commutes. Her favorite food is pizza. She says that she cannot live without it. Her favorite music is Flume and she went to go see him at the Shrine in Los Angeles. She is in love with his visuals!

Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Laura Lopez

Artist: Laura Lopez
Gallery: CSULB School of Art

About the Artist: 

Laura has a Master in Fine Arts. She is from Medellin, Columbia and moved to Long Beach a few years ago. She worked for a several years on her undergraduate degree in architecture. She then decided to study abroad in California. She was excited to explore the weather, environment and beaches of California.

Formal Analysis:

She is inspired by the jungle. She admires how nature is built and creates life forms that are interconnected and how it all comes together as a whole organism in natural ecosystems. Laura also admires the “intelligence” of nature and how it continuously formed her life through organic patterns of growth that are full of beauty and wisdom. She is inspired by the philosophy of Pantheism, because he envisioned the whole universe as full of spirit and intelligence.

Content Analysis:

Her work explores how pattern and color function as structural elements build imagery and composition. She constructs a visual narrative about the natural world. She expresses the idea of organic growth in natural ecosystems as the jungle and wild forests. She is interested in time evolving and how plants grow in space. She is also interested in the way plants work as a whole that contributes to growing towards evolution.

Synthesis/My Analysis:

I thought that Laura’s exhibit was interesting. When I first came in the room, I noticed about how colorful her art was, which I liked. She used a variety of colors for each piece. When I talked to her afterwards, I realized that she was inspired by the jungle and nature. It was different to hear her say that her inspirations come from the jungle and that the jungle was her home. She says that the jungle is where she comes from and “where my roots are planted”. The jungle brings her visualization into the world and acts as a bond of a metaphor that supports her creative life as an inner force towards her growth.

Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Maria Romo

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Maria! She is a first year here at CSULB just like me! She is a communications major and is thinking about minoring in political science. She says that she is not sure what she would do with a communications major. She is from Downey, California. Maria loves watching movies and her favorites movies are La La Land and Breakfast and Tiffany’s. She loves to also watch The Game of Thrones as well. She has a younger sister. She commutes from her house because she thought it was too close to dorm and dorming is too expensive. She does not have a favorite type of food.

Wk 12 – Art Experience – Ethnography


What did you think the experience would be like?

I knew that it was already going to be difficult because electricity and mobile devices are what we use every day. I knew that the experience would consist of fighting off the urge of picking up my phone to browse through social media.

Was it “easy” or “hard”?

It was difficult because I usually use my laptop for homework and my mobile device for social media.

“Frustrating” or “Liberating”?

It was frustrating because I had to avoid my phone/laptop, and that was my main source of communication with my peers. It was hard not knowing whether or not someone was trying to contact me.

Did you get better sleep? Are you usually sleep deprived? What would it be like to sleep well every night?

I got better sleep! I am usually sleep deprived because I am always on my phone before I go to sleep. It allowed me to not touch my phone and fall asleep peacefully. I think that it would be very beneficial because sleep is the most important factor in our lives. Better sleep will lead to better energy and grade

How is living without electricity more organic or harmonious with nature?

I think that living without electricity is more harmonious with nature because without electricity, I believe that you appreciate nature more.

How is living without electricity more limited? Is it boring?

Our everyday lives consist of electricity, whether it is mobile devices or lights in the house. Living without electricity is extremely limited to what you’re able to do when the sun sets. I believe that it is very boring too, because I am a person that is on my laptop and phone a lot.

How do you think people survived without constant stimulation?

I think that they learned and forced themselves to think of other ways to be able to survive nights without using electricity, such as using candles.

What would be your ideal level of life activity and connectivity?

I think that while I have my mobile device, I should focus on enjoying nature a bit more than just focusing on a tiny screen. I think my ideal life would always consist of regular electricity instead of other alternative options such as candles. I feel like I should connect to nature more. For example, I think hiking is a good option because it allows you to exercise and appreciate nature.