Danny Viteri: My VU Class

26. November 2012 12:14

     I’m taking a film class. In film class I watch a movie and then I look at sounds, camera position. Then I listen to the teacher and talk about what I learned from the movie. She answers questions about the movie. I like the teacher because she is so nice and friendly. I give my homework to her and she checks it for me. Later, she is happy when she gives it back.

     I watch the movies and one of them is called Conversation. We’re learning about sounds, and how to pay attention to each of them: crashing, banging, music. I learn about the plot of the movie, what the character is doing, what’s in the background, what sounds are doing. It’s pretty fun to learn about it once you get the hang of it. After learning about film stuff, it’s easier to notice it later in other movies.

     Sometimes it’s not easy. We have to figure out what to watch next. We have to read the film class book to know about what we’re supposed to remember. You have to do this to prepare for the next film. There’s a lot of responsibility. If you forget or miss a movie, then you have to pay attention to the teacher and listen.

     My favorite thing about the class is watching movies because it’s very fun. It’s really exciting waiting to see what happens next. 



Evan Slayton- Food Forays

12. November 2012 10:06

            It’s where you go in and cook food. We do this every Friday. We sometimes cook pizza or spaghetti. My favorite thing to cook is pasta because I like it so much. We split up and go to a dorm or to the apartment.

            Before cooking we had a cooking safety lesson back during the Next Steps Summer Institute. It’s important to wear gloves while cooking. You have to watch the oven and stove to see if it’s hot or not hot.

We get the food ahead of time at the grocery store. We have a budget so we spend a certain amount of money. It keeps us from spending a ton of money.

            I like cooking. I even cook outside of the Food Forays, at home. I cook with someone else like my family. I know about the pizza and the pasta now so I cook it for my family. The food forays are important because you cook a lot of food and it teaches you to have good life skills. 



Daniel Bautista: My Internship

5. November 2012 10:37

            I work in the Munchie Mart at Branscomb. I work in Branscomb on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It’s really good. They have the food items, school objects, and everything else. They have a freezer and kitchen.

The first day went really well. They taught me how everything goes. It was pretty easy. I’ve had other jobs in the past, so this wasn’t my first. I like it better than other jobs I’ve had. After work, they let me have free food and free drinks.

My main job is being a stocker. I stock all the items to the right shelf and the right spot. Not just that, but sometimes I take out the trash, we bring in different objects, and we even get objects in and out of the freezer. It was really cold in there! It felt like an ice cave. Working in the freezer is my favorite part of my job.

I got to meet the boss and the manager. I also meet new people, such as Norwood, Carla, Ashley, and others. Those guys from my internship, they may be my employees, but they are also my friends.



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