Thursday, April 21, 2016

Antonio - Reading, Writing, Wild Dreams

Part One:
My future reading goals are to actually keep reading, I used to read a lot but fell away from it over time. I also want to get back into reading and read books to my daughter in the hopes that she will take a liking to it. Writing goals would have to be getting my thoughts onto paper (or electronic document most likely). I have some ideas that I do not remember sometimes or would do better if recorded in order to be fleshed out. In order to continue education, even outside of college I continue to listen to podcasts, especially Dan Carlin's, but also do some research on my own about topics that resonate wit me.

For the two books that I want to read, one is titled Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock. This book goes deep into pre-history and suggests that even older civilizations than what we currently acknowledge could have existed. Ultimately we are unable to answer questions about the past, but creating theories with such a small amount of evidence to work with is a fascinating part of history, and even if this book is proved false, it is good to postulate new ways of thinking about our past. My other choice is to read Plato's Republic. I want to read this book because I have had it in my mind to read it for 2 years but never got around to it. It interests me because it is a book written so long ago but still holds value today.

Part Two:
My career goal, outside of a normal career, would be to create video games. I have played video games most of my life and recently got into game design and what makes a game "fun". This is something that I want to explore further to create my own game, or several, and would be rewarding. It requires creativity along with logical thinking if how to make it make sense in terms of rules. To do this just requires some more reading and dedication though!

Reading, Writing and Wild Dreams from Alli

Reading, Writing, and Wild Dreams

Part One:

For me, my future reading and writing goals is to always get better at it, to read more books and to better my writing. I always say that there is never a time that you can't improve and better yourself, there will always be lessons to learn. For me to improve and further my education I feel like it would be very beneficial to read more, when I was younger I would read all the time, to the point where if I had a book I would read it every single waking minute I had until I finished. I'm even the type of person to re-read books that I have read before, until recently. Once I started at Ohio State, I have only been reading course assigned material, and even though there are some good books assigned, I wasn't reading for myself and I feel like this hurt my want to read books at home or in my personal time. So my goal would be make myself read over the time, for me and not for any other reason. I also want to not limit myself to the typical fiction book, but to expand into other genres. So therefore, I would be reading some poetry or even non-fiction, that would be an adequate way to expand my reading abilities and thought process. So with that said the two books that I want to read over the summer are: 

1.)  Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)
For me, I have always understood the importance of reading the classics, and this is one of them that I have yet to read. I have kept myself up to the classics with reading two of Shakespeare's (Romeo & Juliet, and Merchant of Venice), To Kill A Mockingbird, and A Tale of Two Cities. I feel like there is not enough stress to read these books that made such a big impact on our society!  
2.) The American Night: Volume Two by Jim Morrison
As I said before, I really want to be able to read and understand poetry, it was something that I always struggled with in high school and really want to improve on it. I feel like the best way to do this would be starting off with poetry that I'm interested in, and since I have a love for the Doors, Jim Morrison's poetry would be an awesome start. Coincidentally, I happened to buy this book out of curiously at Half Priced Books the other day, so it would be a perfect time to add this book to my summer reading!

Part Two: 

My wildest dream is something that I've wanted to do ever since my dad passed away and ever since that I've decided to be a teacher. My dream is to start a foundation for kids who have lost a parent, in this place I would provide them with support and healthy ways to express their grief. In this place I would love to offer services that will pay for families to go places that will help them with their grief, for example me and my dad and his side of the family would go to the Outer Banks every year, so my foundation would pay for the trip for a family to go and remember their loved one in a happy time. I feel like the best thing that I can do with the horrible and sudden loss of my dad is to make it as positive as possible and help people who have gone through the same thing as I did. It really helps to know that you're not the only one going through it, and it always helped me to remember my dad in many of ways that reminded me of him, whether it be creatively or verbally. This helped my grieving process more than I could imagine. This would be accomplishing something for myself and something for other people. 

Reading, Writing, and Wild Dreams: Last Blog Rebecca Aleshire

Part one:

My future reading and writing goals is that I want to become a better writer than I am. I also want to challenge myself to read more books than I do. Two books that I really want to read is Across the Universe and A Million Suns. The reason I want to read these books is because not only do they have romance in them but its about trying to get to another planet before running out of resources to survive.

Part Two:
I would love to be a model but it isn't something I would want to do for the rest of my life but if I
could I would definitely  think about going into the Air Force. I love heights and I would be something that I could be dedicated to.

Scott Price - Final Blog

My future reading and writing goals are not too incredibly wild, but they are pretty well defined. I want to be able to write a short story that is well written and enjoying to read. I have always loved reading science fiction and fantasy books, and although we did not cover anything in those genres this year, I think that the skills that I have learned this year will still help me to achieve that goal.

One book that I have planned to read for a long time now, but have not yet gotten to is 1984 by George Orwell. I have seen this book listed as an inspiration for many of the bands that I enjoy, and I have seen it used as a model of what technology and the growth of big government could lead to. I also enjoyed reading the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, which shares several similarities to this book.

The second book that I plan to read in the future is Tom Sawyer. I have already read Huckleberry Finn, and although I know Tom Sawyer comes before that book, I am still interested in reading it. This book is one that i usually see listed as classic American Literature, and I enjoyed the adventureous nature of Huckleberry Finn, so I think that this book would be enjoying to read as well.

My wildest dream for life is probably that I could make something that I am recognized for. I love music and technology, and I plan to keep those two passions close throughout my entire life. I don't plan on making music my primary goal in life, but it is something that I have always enjoyed being a part of. With technology, I hope to someday create something that can improve the world in some way. This goal may sound broad, but that's because I haven't yet figured out exactly what I want to create. It could be a new software, or piece of machinery, or a game or a hardware. Whatever it is, I want to be able to make something that I can feel proud of creating.

-Scott Price

Reading, Writing, and Wild Dreams - Randi Goney

Part One) My future reading/writing goals are first, to do my best in all future courses that include reading/writing. Then, second I would like to continue reading for enjoyment outside of the classroom. Of course all classes will involve some type of reading and most will involve writing as well. I just want to be able to incorporate everything I have learned thus far into any future essays I come across, along with any books I have to read. Considering outside of the classroom, I want to be able to keep reading any book that looks interesting to me. Improvements I can make is to stop procrastinating, especially if it concerns reading/writing. Although I feel like I have mastered the art of staying up until 4 a.m. to finish a book or to complete an essay, it is definitely not the best way to get my work done. I plan to have better time management in my future, and this will help me with all aspects not just reading/writing. The first book I would like to read in the future is the whole Harry Potter series. Believe it or not, I have never read them and would love to join in with some of the popular culture. I have only seen one of the movies, and so these would be a great read for me. Then when I finish them, I can have a Harry Potter marathon! The second book I would like to read is Brave New World. Some of the English classes at my high school are reading this currently. Listening to many of the students thoughts and conversation about it has intrigued me to read for myself someday.
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Part Two) Ever since I was in elementary school I have wanted to become a veterinarian someday. As I got older and into high school, I realized how hard it was going to be and how much work I was going to need to put in to accomplish this dream. At one point during my junior year I decided to give up on my goal in fear of failing. Right now I am finishing up my senior year of high school and have changed my mind back. I have always loved animals and I am determined to work with them when I am older. I plan to major in Animal Sciences, and then hopefully go into Veterinarian Medicine as well. No matter how hard it gets, I will not give up this time.  

Last Post- Dillan

Part One:Well, I intend on finishing reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I'd like to read more fantasy books, in general. I am kind of getting into that genre at the moment. When it comes to writing, I have no real idea what my goals are yet. Currently, I am writing an ongoing fantasy story with a couple friends of mine, and it has been pretty fun doing so. My girlfriend is constantly telling me that I ought to write a short story or a novel. She thinks I should try to get myself published, but I think that my ability to write is not quite at that level to be worthy of publication. In regards to my improvement, I think that I simply need to keep writing. If I want to get better at it then I just need to devote time to becoming better at it. My two future books to read would be Storm of Swords and The Wheel of Time. 

Wheel of Time Series

Part Two: Like I've previously stated, I've had the thought of becoming a published writer rolling through my head. Honestly, I think that our ability to write down our own thoughts to have people read and understand may be one of the most important aspects of our civilization. It's like having the super powers of telepathy and time travel in one, odd package. I've always liked telling stories and jokes, so writing has agreed with my personality quite well. I am a daydreamer who is constantly making up little stories when I have nothing better to do, so I might as well attempt to put those little fantasies to paper. Who knows, maybe someone might like the little stories I make.

Reading, Writing, and Wild Dreams Blog: Kristen

Part One: My future reading goals are to try and continue to read books and actually continue to finish them. I think this year was actually the first year in a long time that I finished every book that I started. For other English classes in the past I have skimmed some chapters just to get through them, but I didn't do that this semester and I found to actually enjoy the books more this way, so I would like to continue to do that. As for my writing goals, I would really just like to improve my writing skills when it comes to language and vocabulary. I think the one thing that I need to continue to work on to continue to improve my education is time management. I think I have improved on this a bit more this semester, but I still have a long way to go. I need to try to set aside specific time to do school work versus work work. Two books that I am interested in reading is one, The Grapes of Wrath, because I have heard how great it is and I have never even attempted to sit down and read it. Another book that I would like to read is, 1984 by George Orwell. The reason I want to try to read this book is because I have already read two of his books in the past and have enjoyed them both, so I think he is an author that I would like to stick with.
Part Two: I am a pretty practical person, so I don't think that I have ever thought about a wild dream for myself until now. If I had to choose something, I would probably say my wildest dream is to just pack my bags as soon as I graduate and move somewhere down south without anything pre-planned and to just try and start a life from scratch. I feel like it would give me a different perspective on life and take me outside of my comfort zone.