Final blog post!!

This semester has been a struggle for me and i’m sure it has been the same way for everyone else. One thing that made this semester a little less of a struggle was having the privilege to be around wonderful and creative thinkers.

I’ve always appreciated how much writing has influenced me. I’ve always appreciated the many mediums one can use to create something special. Writing for me was something that started in my high school. Beginning with making up inspirational quotes, to poetry, and then to short stories, it’s safe to say that writing has always and will always have a place in my heart. It’s also safe to say that deciding that I was going to minor in writing was something that was easy for me, but i still wasn’t sure of what to expect. Being in T’s class last year was great but opening up about myself in my writing was something I really wasn’t expecting to do. I think in some ways my decision to write about myself in the way that I did last year influenced a lot of what I decided to do in this project.

And I want to end this blog post with a thank you to T for always pushing me to think more of what to do with my ideas and how to make them grow in to something worth sharing.

Link to my project:

https://judeeyamba.wixsite.com/mysite

Interviewing Cristian

I’ve known Cristian since my junior year of high school and over the last couple of years in high school I’ve gotten to know Cristian as a straight forward thinker. When you ask for his advice he doesn’t hold anything back and really just tells you everything that comes to his mind. When interviewing him I saw a lot of that straight forward attitude.

A couple details that stood out to me in his interview was when Cristian said that he doesn’t feel like his language is part of his identity. Cristian’s parents are from Guatemala and he was born in the U.S. so most of his life was  spent in the U.S. and he doesn’t know much about his culture. He also doesn’t know how to speak Spanish very well and struggles to say certain things in Spanish. I think that what surprised me most was what he said about not seeing his language as a part of his identity. This surprised me because many of our conversations in high school were about our family and where we came from. I remember him even inviting me over to his house to eat tamales. I remember seeing his mom cooking the tamales in the biggest pot i’ve ever seen. I’m not sure why i’m try to connect eating tamales to language but I guess what i’m trying to say is that i’ve had many experiences with him that involved things from his culture and so because of this it was surprising to me.

Interviewing Natalia

Natalia is a professor from the Sweetland writing department. She’s originally from Russia and has lived in Russia for the first 30 years of her life and has lived in the U.S. for 18 years. T recommended for me to have this interview with her. I have to say I was really nervous coming in to her office to have this interview for my project because it was the first time I interviewed someone that wasn’t my peer.

I’m not sure if I want to include this interview in my project mainly because when I asked her about her assimilation process in the country she focused it more on her efforts in trying to pass on her native tongue to her children. She talked about how she consciously made the decision to raise her children as bilingual and went in on the details of how her daughter knows the language but not on the same level as she does. She mentioned how her son, who didn’t spend that much time in Russia, doesn’t have that much grasp on the language either. In a way I can understand how this is how she sees her assimilation process from the view of a mother, but I really wanted it to be more on her personally.

However, I still found this interview to be helpful towards my future in research. When interviewing Natalia we talked about many things within the bilingual research field. Things like different researchers that study the field and interesting studies that came out of it.

interviews…interviews…interviews

For me this project started out slow. I honestly didn’t know where I was going to go with the topic on bilingualism and at one point I didn’t think that I should stick with it Now, i’m at the interview stage of my project and I must say I’ve learned a lot about my bilingual friends. Some of their experiences of being bilingual are very synonymous to my experiences on bilingualism and some aren’t.

Recent break throughs:

  • emailed more people to interview (thanks T for asking around. You’re amazing)
  • i’m interviewing Fatima soon. Wooo!!
  • started typing up the interview transcripts
  • started outlining how my platform will look like

I think that as of now my only concern is trying to get enough people to interview. I plan on having about 6 t0 8 people to interview and so far I’ve only interviewed 3 people.

looking forward i hope to start creating my platform to present my project on. I can’t wait!!

i feel like everyone had a picture on their blog post so i think i’m going to follow suit and leave this here:     

 

 

Advise to the future minors

When coming into the minor always remember these three things:

1.) Keep an open mind to ideas that your classmates give you about your writing. It only helps you as a writer.

2.) Ask questions. This one seems really typical and can be used for any class that you take at the university, but ask your classmates questions about your writing and make sure you write down their answers so you can go back to them.

3.) Use WIX.com for your eportfolio. WordPress isn’t the easiest software to use.

 

Semester Stages

I think that every semester I go through the same stages:

1.) The I don’t want to do anything stage (usually first few weeks of school)

2.) I need to get my life situated (around middle of second semester)

3.) I need to get my life situated advanced level stage ( towards the end of second semester)

Right now i’m at the need to get my life situated stage. I’m thinking about the spring and summer classes that I might end up taking. I’m also thinking about internships related to my field. With these reoccurring stages I always know that everything will be find at the end.

How I Write

For me writing is a lot like Anne Lamott describes it to be in “Shitty first drafts”. Lamott depends a lot on a shitty first draft because it helps her figure out what the process will lead her to. I depend on my shitty first draft because I see it more as a canvas where thoughts and ideas begin to form. Writing a shitty first draft can be the difference in whether I end up with a well-polished essay or a disastrous piece of work, but either way I feel that I must put pen to paper or, fingers to keyboard, for the purpose of going through the process in order to reach the end goal of creating a descent peace of work. This is how I go through that process.

First, knowing the due date of whatever writing work I must finish and knowing that I usually struggle with the introduction to my writing, I start writing early. I open a word document and just start typing down something—anything. It doesn’t even need to make sense it just needs to be there. Sometimes it’s just words that I find interesting and could facilitate with what the topic of my essay is about and other times it’s just random ideas. Then I open another document. In this document, I try to be more focused on the topic of my essay and how to find the right way to start it. This usually takes a lot of time so I always give myself a day to think of something and I also refer to the first document to see if anything will spark a more focused idea on how to begin my writing.

When I finally get that idea, I begin to write the introduction to my paper and as I’m doing this I usually stop and reread every word repeatedly to make sure it has the right flow. I usually don’t have a problem with writing the rest of my paper and I also try to limit myself to only using two word documents, but if I find myself using an additional word document this usually means that I’m confused and need to get help on how to structure my writing.

Writing of course can be a struggle for anyone, but it’s always comforting to have a finished product knowing that you went through the right process in getting that finished product.

Writing 220 Introduction: JUDE EYAMBA

Hello Everyone!!!

My name is Jude Eyamba and I’m a sophomore majoring in BCN. I was born in Nigeria, Africa but I’ve been in Grand Rapids, Michigan for almost 13 years now. I’m extremely happy to be a part of this wonderful program.

Why MIW?

I really didn’t start loving to write until 9th grade but before that I was an avid reader. I read everything and anything that I could get my hands on. My inspiration for writing began when I read the “Book Thief” by Mark Zusak in high school and fell captivated by the way he structured his book and the meaning behind his book. I started writing poetry and soon wanted to learn how to write in other styles of writing but my high school, just like many other high schools, only focused on the five paragraph essays that was quite boring. Coming to U of M and learning about the MIW sparked my interest because I knew that MIW would be able to introduce me to the different styles of writing that I wanted to be involved in.

What inspires me to write?

I’m mostly inspired by the things around me. Sometimes even a television show inspires me to write something down or even a book. I try to always be opened minded and observant to my surrounding because I find this to be the best way to stay creative

How do I spend my time at school?

When I’m not doing anything academic related I’m either working on research at the School of Public Health or working out at the CCRB.