I’ve learned a lot this semester. I am not referring so much as to the content of what I’ve learned but more in line with what I have learned about myself. When I started the semester I was somewhat worried about how I would do. It had been so long since I had been in a classroom environment. As the semester went on I realized that I was going to be alright. Not only alright, but I am thinking I should receive a 4.0 GPA at the end of this semester. This is something to be proud of for me, I have never achieved this before, not even in high school. I like to help people as well, in doing well in my Comp I and II classes I have earned the chance to be an English tutor next semester. I am glad I made the decision to go back to school now. I realize, from knowing who I was when I was 18, that I would not have been able to handle college at that age. This is the right time for me.
I find that doing peer reviews helps me in my own writing. When I can identify problems within someone else’s writing it helps me to avoid those mistakes in my papers. I noticed that the major problem with my peers’ writing was improper citations. I may have an advantage due to the fact that I just finished Comp I in which we went over how to use MLA citation properly. Whenever I read something that a peer says about my writing I always take the time to study it and see if there is something I should change or not. I believe that you can learn something from everyone.
After finishing my first draft I feel I learned a lot about my subject. Having a person I personally knew as a community partner helped a great deal to offer a hands on perspective. My sentence outline was extremely helpful but I didn’t follow it to the letter. I found it better to rearrange certain things as well as add and subtract things where I needed to emphasize a new point that was clearer than a previous statement I was going to make. All together I think I ended up working on this project for about 10 hours.
My community partner is Gary LaPorte. He is my former boss of 18 years and still a good friend. I called him Sunday night and told him about my report on Agent Orange. Gary had served in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange. He currently still owns the business that I worked for at 3919 E. 18th St. in Superior, Wisconsin. I actually only have two specific questions that I plan to ask him. One is whether he had to actually prove to the military that he was in Vietnam, which is surprisingly something I found that many veterans had to do. The second question is about an anti malaria pill that was given to all ground troops in Vietnam and what he remembers being told about it compared to the facts that I have gathered on it. I will bring my sentence outline with me as a guide for discussion. I feel having known this man for 18 years a casual conversation will be the most productive approach.
In picking a subject like Agent Orange, one cannot help but become frustrated and enraged over the subject. I have found articles dated back to 1970 about the adverse effects of the defoliant. It is interesting that as recently as a couple of weeks ago the U.S. Government was announcing new ailments that they can now link to exposure to Agent Orange. I can’t say that I am completely surprised though. On Wednesday, I will be meeting with my old boss who served in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange. There were many times in the 18 years that I worked for him in which he had expressed to me his frustration with Veteran’s Affairs over the subject. It is frustrating, that after all this time; the government is still reluctant to admit its responsibility towards Vietnam Veterans on this matter.
Why has it taken so long for the U.S. Government to look into the full effects that Agent Orange had on people? What are the effects known to date about Agent Orange? These are questions that I feel are owed to not only the Veterans of the Vietnam War, but the families of the veterans who have died from the effects of this dangerous defoliant. I worked for over 18 years for a man who served two tours of duty in Vietnam. I saw the effect that it still had on him over 35 years later. I still have a good relationship with this man and will most likely ask his permission to not only include some of the stories that he has told me in the past, but to ask him tough questions about his battle with Agent Orange disease to this day.
We are half way through this class already? Being a student who just came out of Steve’s Composition I class that was 8 weeks long and then immediately starting this class for me it feels like we are farther than half way. I have become used to the work load and what is expected in this class. I didn’t realize, however, that this class was going to have a lot to do with government. My experience in my State and Local Government class does seem to give me an advantage in this class. All I really have to say is, bring on the next 4 weeks.
I believe that Rosie is the one who quit McDonald’s after 3 hours. First of all someone that is just starting to work at a place like McDonald’s is going to be given all of the menial tasks. Rosie expressed an extreme dislike of work such as taking out the garbage and cleaning the bathrooms. Rosie also seemed to have knowledge of what jobs were involved with a first day worker at McDonald’s. She used many hand gestures and was quite animated at times expressing her dislike of the jobs she was given. Vanessa, on the other hand, looked like she was uncomfortable at times. The main instance that made me think it was not Vanessa was when I asked her the question about who was the reason she quit. She immediately used my name, making me think she was making it up as she went along. I mean, how likely is it that her boss had the same name as me? It could be possible, but most likely, not probable.
Professional athletes should be required to take steroids as part of their training. Wouldn’t baseball be more fun to watch with 20-30 homeruns per game? How about a Football game in which the running back rushes for over a 1,000 yards per game? Of course in professional basketball the rim will have to be raised to at least 15 feet because of the increased vertical jump all of the players will have.
In doing peer reviews for this project I learned how many of my classmates felt about not just candidates but particular issues. In just coming out of a class that we had to do a lot of peer reviews in, I feel I did my best to be objective and fair. I also felt it necessary to explain why I said what I did, so that there would be less confusion for the person getting reviewed. The only thing that I struggled with, while doing the reviews, was to remain objective when I was reviewing someone’s paper about a candidate that I didn’t agree with. I feel that the proposals I read showed different ways of approaching a subject and relaying that subject matters to others. It will definitely give me ideas for future work as well as this current assignment.