Wk 15 – Art Experience – Design Thinking Applied to Life

  1. My current goal is to work as a Registered Nurse in a hospital.
    1. Currently, I am a first year Pre-Nursing student. I’m still doing my general education as well as the prerequisites needed to apply to the Nursing program. I will need to take the TEAS exam and get high scores in the math and English portions. I will volunteer at my local hospital. I will go through the Nursing program. Then, I will get a job at nursing home to start. I will then get married, have a family, and get a house to live in. After, I will transfer to a hospital to work at.
    2. Ratings:
      1. Confidence: 6
      2. Resources: 9
      3. Impact: 9
      4. Satisfaction: 10
    3. Rapid Prototype
      1. Interview: I interviewed my friend who is currently in the Nursing program at CSUF. I asked her all the steps she did in order to get accepted into the program. She got all A’s in her science classes, worked as a CNA for a while, and even did an internship at her local hospital. She told me all the stories about her clinicals and nursing classes. She needs to manage her time very efficiently now. Her sleeping schedule is not the best, but she is getting through the program!
      2. Practice: I will be volunteering at my local hospital for the summer! I will volunteer in one of the Nursing units so I will be able to see what they actually do in their daily jobs as well as ask any questions I may have about their careers.
  2. If I was financially secure, I will be traveling the world, attending as many concerts as possible, and trying out all new food places while vlogging my everyday life.
    1. Get a job. I would save up as much money as I can. Then plan trips every summer. Buy tickets for concerts and music festivals that come. Try new food places every other weekend. Vlog about my daily activities or special events.
    2. Ratings:
      1. Confidence: 10
      2. Resources: 8
      3. Impact: 8
      4. Satisfaction: 10
    3. Rapid Prototyping:
      1. Interview: We got to speak with Chantae Reden in class this week, and she is basically living my dream. She gets to travel the world and blogs about it (I would want to make vlogs instead though). She talked about her life and how she lives and it was very intriguing and inspiring! She has a very brave and adventurous soul.
      2. Practice: I can start making small vlogs now once summer comes.
  3. I will open my open food shop. Not sure what kind of food, but probably an ice cream or boba shop.
    1. Get a degree in business. Get a job and save up money. Learn how to run an ice cream shop or boba shop. Find out the best flavors to make. Look for the best quality products to use. Pay lease for an empty building space. Order all the necessary food, machines, and equipments. Interview possible employees. Hire and train them. Open the shop!
    2. Ratings:
      1. Confidence: 6
      2. Resources: 5
      3. Impact: 5
      4. Satisfaction: 8
    3. Rapid Prototyping:
      1. Interview: I interviewed my uncle about the entrepreneur life because he had his own bakery years ago. He told me all the payments he had to make, the hours and dedication put into keeping the store running, and other duties. He told me about his life with the bakery versus without the bakery. Without the bakery, he is a lot less stress, however, he does miss baking goods for the people.

Overall, the possible paths we may take in our lives are endless. We all make certain decisions about what our goals are in life, but our minds and circumstances are quick to change at any given moment. It is always good to have back up plans. However, we still must plan accordingly to get those plans accomplished. There are many necessities needed if we truly want to reach our goal. There must be motivation, financial stability, and connections. It is sad to see someone miss out on an opportunity because they could not afford it or for whatever reason for that matter. We are all entitled to dreaming the biggest dreams, but the means of getting there is a challenge for almost everyone. College has still so much to teach me, who knows if I want the same things in a few months of years. Only time will tell, but I will do whatever it takes to get to where I want to be.


Wk 15 – Classmate Conversation – Grace Cha


The last classmate conversation!! Since this is the last one, I decided to do my conversation with Grace Cha. Although we already know each other, I just wanted to have my last classmate conversation with her because she was my first classmate conversation! We talked about how much we have grown as friends over this semester and how it will suck not having any classes next semester. We both did not know each other going into this class, but thanks to the classmate conversations, Grace and I have gotten the chance to get to know each other a lot better, which I am thankful for! She has made this art class a whole lot better because I did not know anyone in this class to begin with. It was nice having Grace in this class, since we are both shy. However, we ended up getting along so well and become so much more comfortable with each other! To add, we have the same gap before the class, so we would spend that time together as well. Who would have known we would be such good friends! If I didn’t meet her the first day of classmate conversations, I might of not have had a made a good friend at all. So in honor of classmate conversations, I would like to say that this activity is one of the best activities because I made a great friend.

Grace’s blog: https://graceblog21.wordpress.com/blog/

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Shannon Satterfield


This week I got to meet the lovely Shannon! She currently resides in Long Beach and commutes to school. She is a fourth year, and her major is Biology. She is leaning towards Orthodontics because her brother got bullied for having braces. Shannon is the youngest of her siblings. Both of her siblings graduated from CSULB! Her brother is a computer science major, and her sister is currently studying for the MCAT. Also, Shannon volunteers at the lab at school. Some projects she works on is growing yeast and vaccules.  For summer, she might go to Thailand to visit her aunt. I have always wanted to visit Thailand!


Wk 14 – Art Experience – Sketching in CSULB Japanese Garden


Here are some of my sketches of the Japanese Garden! This art activity was very relaxing for me. The Japanese Garden is such a peaceful place to sit, look around, and do some sketches! The activity was kind of hard especially since we can’t go back and erase any mistakes. Also, I am not the best at art so my sketches do not look that good in the first place, but it is good to try anyways. I found the contour drawings challenging to do, or maybe my hand eye coordination is just bad. I enjoyed the abstract drawings the most because it is ambiguous. You can make the art in any shape or style you want, but it will still resembles the original subject. Representational was also hard, but still doable. Although I do not have the greatest art skills, I still enjoyed this activity. It’s a good practice if you do want to become a better sketch artist. You got to start somewhere!

Week 13 – Artist Conversation – Carmina Correa




Artist: Carmina Correa

Exhibit: C12H22O11

Media: Lollipops, ramen, sugar, molds

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi

Website / Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

For this week’s artist conversation, I got to speak with Carmina Correa. She lives in Anaheim and is a senior in the at the CSULB’S School of Art’s Sculpture program. Carmina has always worked sculpturally because she finds it intuitive. Besides art, Carmina professionally plays video games and streams video games. Carmina is Type II diabetic, which is her inspiration for her exhibit.

Formal Analysis

Around the room, there are wrapped red lollipops sticking out of the wall. The red lollipops have silver strips down the middle. They are in a placed in a straight, horizontal line across the wall. On each corner, there are ramen packets. In the middle of the room, there are huge black and green masses.

Content Analysis

Carmina’s exhibit is centered around her illness of Type 2 diabetes. Everything in the exhibit contains sugar in order to condition her not to eat it. In the lollipops, there are glucose strips with Carmina’s blood. There are ramen packages at every corner because it is known to be a socio economic problem. Ramen is the epitome of convenience for college kids. Thus, this indicates that some times is it hard to afford healthier food options. For the masses in the middle, the black part is mold. Then she casted the green sugar out of it. It is a 3D scan of her entire body.

Synthesis/ My Experience

Walking into the exhibit, I found it quite simply. Lollipops organized in an orderly manner, two random masses in the middle, and ramen packages at each corner. However, when I talked to Carmina and took a look at the whole picture, I realized that each individual part is the sum of Carmina herself. Each part represents her life as a Type 2 diabetic. It is interesting to see how it all comes together. Diabetes is an extremely common illness in our world nowadays. However, it is great to see that Carmina is finding art as a way to express her life and be happy.

Week 13 – Classmate Conversation – Alicia Castro



For this week, I got to meet Alicia Castro! She is a second year at CSULB, and she is a Psych major. At first, she was Bio major, but didn’t really enjoy the courses she was taking, so she switch. Alicia took AP Psych in high school, so she had some foundation in psychology already. She is not sure what career she wants to do yet, but Alicia is interested in therapy. Alicia is originally from Temecula, so she currently dorms; however, she is trying to find an apartment for next year, which is pretty exciting! Alicia currently works as math tutor for grades 2-12 at Math Hive. Alicia likes to watch movies and shows on Netflix during her free time. She is only the youngest of 4 siblings. It was great meeting Alicia!

Alicia’s Blog : https://aliciacastrocom.wordpress.com/

Wk 12 – Art Experience – Ethnography


For this art activity, I chose to do it in my living room.

  1.  I thought this experience would be really boring because I would have nothing to do.
  2. At first I thought this experience would be easy, but then I realized that after 5 minutes it was pretty hard.
  3. After thinking about what to do, I realized that I should just go with the flow and relax. It was liberating.
  4. I slept better because I wasn’t stuck looking at my phone or laptop for so long. I am usually sleep deprived. To sleep well every night would be like being on vacation.
  5. Living without electricity makes you reflect about yourself and your environment. You think about other ways to find light or entertainment without harming the environment. With no electricity, you are by yourself with the rest of the universe.
  6. Living without electricity is more limited because there is so much you cannot do. Our world lives off of electricity. Since we are so used to having electricity to power our sources of entertainment, it was boring.
  7. I am not sure how people survived without constant stimulation. They probably meditated and did lots of physical activities.
  8. I want to be well connected with myself and nature. I do not want to be so dependent on technology that I might go crazy. I want to be at peace with nature and a good book, or maybe do yoga one day. It’s good to have electricity, but it is also nice to take a break from it all.