Sept 20 // APA Citation

Language has a key role in everyday life from you communicating when buying your groceries or taking a case to court. In this instance, Supardi (2016), a faculty of Law in Indonesia states his view point about the importance of language usage in a courtroom and uses real life cases in the past to support his case. He first touches on how the opening case is the first impression of what the whole court room’s first impression of you are, “As it becomes the first opportunity and the first impression to be made for presenting the case to the jury, legal communication scholars believe the opening statement as the most important stage of the trial” (p. 71). As your first impression to talk about your case that could decide the rest of your life for you, it is to your most advantage to create the strongest and most supported opening case during your trial. Once you have a set first impression, it can change the jury’s point of view of your trial for the rest of the way. That could either go positively for you or negatively against you.

References

Supardi S. (2016), Language Power in the Courtroom, The Use of Persuasive Features in Opening Statement, from http://eds.b.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=627e4333-fd32-43af-a88a-97266bcd3afa@pdc-v-sessmgr04&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPXNzbyZzaXRlPWVkcy1saXZlJnNjb3BlPXNpdGU=#db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.1ed89508f754e79a41e1657a325eab8

 

Sept 11 // Free Writing

I remember getting my first library card. I was able to ‘sign’ my name on the back of the card and check out my own books. It was my favorite part of the week. Every Saturday morning, my mom would take me to the closest library and I would check out 10 books tops, all ready for story time. From books like The Rainbow Fish to Goodnight Moon to Where the Wild Things Are, they were my favorite things to read as a child. I remember at bed time, before getting into bed I would walk over to the book basket and pick out my favorite book for someone to read to me. Either it being my parents or my siblings I loved to be read to. It was my favorite thing. You know how bed time stories are usually supposes to put children to sleep, yeah I did not sleep after these. It took about 3 more books for me to completely knock out.

 

Outline for Audio Essay

  • first paragraph
    • personal life story #1
      • going to the library
      • story time
      • freewrite overview
  • second paragraph
    • personal life story #2
      • preschool
      • alphabet
      • learning to write
      • communicate with others
  • third
    • how it affects me today
      • why reading is important
      • my fallouts
      • writing skills
  • fourth
    • why is it important for me learn and continue expanding on my reading and writing skills.
    • conclusion

Sept 4 // In class Writing

The expectations for this assignment is to have a full audio recording of a non- fiction writing piece that you have drafted up in order to tell more about yourself. Within the writing, you are expected to talk about your experiences with facing issues of identity, culture, and racial stereotypes. You are able to add background sounds, such as music, in order to add more depth and emotion to the digital narrative.

Physically on the application, the expectations that are held up to us the editing software to have specific techniques in order to make the audio the most suitable for the situation. Like taking out unnecessary background sound or adding background music at the right times.

Some challenges that I may face when creating this audio narrative is to make it compelling and interesting for people to hear it and use to learn to use my voice as an ‘instrument’ to show emotion and and emphasis on the story. In order to overcome these challenges to get the best grade possible, I will rehearse on my tones in my voice to show more emotions based.

August 30 // In Class Writing

In the reading, it discussed about personal hardships that people have experienced as an immigrant going into the United States.

Something in Karina’s post that stood out to me was that she said students, native or immigrant are in the same classroom and held up to the same standard but they are at different levels of proficiency. I think that because they are held up to the same standards will help push the students that are not proficient to try harder in order to show to others.

In Raha’s post, she touched on her own experience on moving to the United States and how hard it was to adjust to the new setting. In my post, I discussed about the hardships and how it actually makes them one of the stronger and more hardworking students. Because she faced these challenges, she was more motivated to work harder and reach her goals and dreams. Something else I agree with her is how people start to view each other when they find out about about certain parts of their identity.

Something that was very unique about her post was that at the end she wrote ‘no race exists in the world and we all are humans and we can change those stereotypes by our own behavior’. It is something that I never thought about and something that is really real. We are the people that create and change the view on stereotypes.

Aug 28 // In Class Writing

Karina, Romeo, Mindy

In the United States, refugees have become an important and well-known issue within the past few years. According to Pew Research Center, the top 5 nationalities of refugee admission within the past year were, Dem. Rep. Congo, Bhutan, Burma, Ukraine and Eritrea. Currently, the United States is on track to admit the lowest number of refugees since the Refugee Act in 1980.

The largest group of refugees fleding to the USA is from Dem. Rep. Congo. Most are forced to relocate because of war between their countries. Many young children who leave were forced into armed forces. Another issue for relocation is the scarcity of resources, such as having clean food and water. Many homes and settlements are being destroyed during the conflict. According to Newsweek.com, Congo, over 10 villages were wiped out due to the security forces while other militia fighters have destroyed another four settlements.

When being forced out of their home country to relocate, refugees come across multiple issues when settling down. According to Global Citizen, these are the top challenges refugees and immigrants face in the United States. One of the biggest challenges they face is the language barrier, they can not communicate with others doing everyday activities like traveling through the city or seeking medical help. Another obstacle they face is securing a job and safe shelter for their family. Another big topic is adapting to new culture and experiencing culture shock. It is hard to integrate new culture and social norms when adjusting to a new lifestyle.

A Brief Introduction

My name is Mindy and I am an Advertising Major at USF. I am from San Jose, CA. One of my most loved activities to do is dance, specifically hip-hop. I started dancing when I was 5 and I have not stopped since! Dancing is so universal where you can be any where in the world and are able to communicate with others. When I’m not in the dance studio practicing, you can find me at a computer editing videos and pictures or being involved on campus. In high school, I was involved in Student Government and the Leadership program. While I am still at USF, I hope to be involved in Student Leadership programs!

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