I thought this individual conference went really well. I had done most of my powerpoint when my conference date arrived, but I was still confused as to how to conclude it and what else I should add in. Professor Hunt really help me tie my loose ends together and I was able to give a successful final presentation. I was also able to get my fifth project approved and filmed within the week. Although it was not as successful as I would have wanted it to be, I was glad I was able to talk about it and see what worked and what would not have worked.
The last class made me so sad! I really enjoyed all the presentations that were given and I was very impressed with what everyone had to say. After the presentations, I read over the class evaluations and thought back to all the times in this class. Even though I’m really bad at doing the blog right after class gets out, I really thought it was an effective way of getting my thoughts down on paper and really expressing what I thought. I enjoyed how I was able to express my creativity throughout all the projects and speeches. I will miss everyone in this class and I feel like I have an entire group of friends that I have grown closer with. I will also miss the exciting bike rides we went on. I experienced the culture of San Francisco outside of the classroom and it was an amazing experience.
I really enjoyed all of the presentations and thought everyone brought unique topics to share. I really enjoyed Aaron’s presentation on the transgender community and biking. I was so shocked when he told the story of the woman who was rejected by her peers in biking all because she was a trans. It really makes me angry to find out that adults can be so immature and cruel to people who are “different”. I also really enjoyed Jordan’s presentation and her mom was her inspiration for her topic. I really liked how she incorporated her own personal touches, like how she cut her own hair and donated it as well as held a pink out. She transitioned very well into the woman who road in an east coast bike ride which raised money for people with various types of cancer. She was well researched, well spoken, and very passionate about her slides.
I believe that the USF Learning Outcome pertaining to creating a presentation that targets the audience you are presenting for is the most important aspect to me. I try and make it my main focus for every project so I can effectively get my point across. For example, for every powerpoint presentation I have ever done, I incorporate bike related gifs in multiple slides to grab my audiences’ attention. I feel this makes my audience more interested in what I have to say. I feel that if you can’t immediately draw the audience into the presentation, your information is wasted, even if it is useful. In the presentation I just gave, I think I was interesting and drew my audience into my presentation. I added gifs, told personal and relatable stories, and talked about an area of the state where many people come from.
Topic: Bike Safety in Cities
Concept: There have been too many cases of hit and run in big cities, like New York, Los Angeles, and even my home town of Huntington Beach, where young people have been struck and killed while on their bike. In 2015, there were over 6 ghost bikes around town, and the owners of the bikes ranged in age.
Solution: widen bike lanes, allow bikers to ride on sidewalks, place reflective lights on helmets, bikes, and bike paths, bike paths adjacent highways (like in irvine
I really enjoyed the Seven Words You Can’t Say of Television. I was really curious as to how Carlin was going to make a nine minute comedy skit about seven simple words but he did it so effectively. His tone of voice made the sketch very engaging and it made me laugh out loud. He also made some very good points, but in a joking tone of voice. He stated as to why only seven on the thousands of words in the English language made the cut for the worst words to say on tv, when some of them aren’t even that bad. I found it funny how the only reason piss made it into the seven words was because women in the past found it offensive. Overall, Carlin’s act was informative in a humorous way and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
Class was a lot better than I expected. The people seemed really cool and everyone was friendly. I thought the ice breaker was a little awkward at first, but we got used to each other after a while. I remember being really confused about the blogs because it was impossible for me to get it up and running. My email wasn’t working and I was afraid I was going to fall behind. I also thought the class was going to feel really seeing as it is four hours, but it went by really fast because I was so engaged.
The Rebecca Solnit article was probably my favorite article out of the two we read. My rhet 110 professor actually suggested that I read this article on my free time because I had written about a similar topic for my essay. My favorite aspect was when she stated that a man tried to explain her own book to her and would not listen when told otherwise. I also found her examples were very interesting. She stated that a woman was murdered the day before her rape testimony because the man wanted to quiet the woman. For some reason this was very shocking to me for she stated as if people saw it as no big deal.
Justin and I watched multiple youtube video and they all had very similar qualities. They all over stressed their vowels to the max. It was incredibly peppy and somewhat smooth, but you could tell it was improvised. When we filmed our intro, we did the most basic, typical youtube intro you could think of. We were also super peppy, we stated our names (Justin even used a nickname), and we stated where we were and what we planned to do. I tried to do the sneaky extra vowel, but it was really hard to think of a word where I could do so. The one thing we did that is extremely common is ask everyone to like and subscribe whilst pointing at the bottom of the screen.
The rehearsals for this project were much easier than the first two because almost everything I was planning on saying had been typed out onto an organized powerpoint instead of having to read an entire pre-written speech. When recording the videos, I would read the blurbs I had already written, and then add onto them with more detailed information. For some reason, I kept getting tongue tied in all of my videos, so there were definitely some rough patches, but overall it was not too bad. I thought having my thoughts pre organized made it a lot easier to read through and the topic we were writing on was personal. This made it easier to improvise some detailed points.