On April 7, 2015, the Job Fair Prepare Workshop was held in Valencia College’s East Campus Building 3-113 at 1 PM. The workshop room was completely full and it as a nice presentation by a lady from the Career Center. She started off the presentation by asking if any of us have ever been to a job fair before and surprisingly, I got to share my experience of the Gamestop job fair. Afterwards, she went on to talk about a job fair opportunity happening on April 9th at Valencia College’s West Campus. Many companies will be there for students to talk to and to try to land a job at any of those locations. It will be from 11 AM to 2:30 PM in Building 8. The lady went on to talk about how to prepare for a job fair before, during, and after the event. Before a job fair, you should research all about the place or places you are looking to apply for, make at least 20 copies of your resume, and dress in business attire that is appropriate. When going to a job fair, be sure to go alone, dress appropriately, smile, shake hands with the business representative, have manners, listen intently to conversations with the interviewer, and to not be greedy about the items the company might give out. Also, make a good “Elevator Pitch”, which basically means to be able to sell yourself in a positive, educated, and professional light to the interviewer and be sure to give them a copy of your resume as well. Resumes should be kept in a binder or folder as well as a notebook and a writing utensil to take with you when attending the job fair. Piercings should be kept to a minimum, tattoos should be hidden, and grooming is a must when going to a job fair. After the job fair, you should follow up with the company by calling them and sending them a thank you email and another copy of your resume to show that you are truly interested in the job. After all that was said, she showed us the Stanford Career Center “How to Navigate a Career Fair” video that was very amusing to watch. Overall, I felt that the workshop was very informative and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in finding a job or learning something new!
On April 3, 2015, Furious 7 opened in U.S. theaters. The movie has received $60 million in the international box office so far. It is an American action film and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and the deceased Paul Walker. Furious 7 is the 7th installment in the Fast & Furious franchise.
This movie is about Derreck Shaw seeking revenge for his younger brother, Owen Shaw, by going against Dominic Toretto(Vin Diesel) and his crew. Shaw hacks into the police system and Hobbs fights him, but he ultimately escapes and kills Hans, a crew member of Toretto’s. Hobbs gives Toretto the file and Frank Perry’s help so he can go after Shaw under the condition that he helps him obtain God’s Eye, a device that hacks into any network on any global device. Toretto and his team catch the girl responsible for the hacking system and go on a mission to Abu Dhabi to get God’s Eye in a royal prince’s party. They get the device and are able to locate Shaw after many intense car scenes. It is ultimately up to you to decide to watch the movie to find out what happens to Shaw and Toretto’s team. I would definitely recommend this to any car fanatic or action movie lover because it keeps you on your feet throughout the whole movie. The explosions, the story, and the car scenes are able to invoke excitement and suspense to keep going through this Fast & Furious movie, just as the whole franchise is able to do so. It is definitely worth watching, but it is up to you to make the decision to watch Furious 7!
On October 10, 2014, Dracula Untold was released in U. S theaters. It is a dark fantasy action horror film and had $215 million in the box office worldwide. The movie is 92 minutes long and overall, it was something different to see.
Dracula Untold was based in the Middle Ages in the life of Vlad the Impaler, prince of Wallachia and Transylvania. Vlad and his soldiers went to Broke Tooth Mountain on an exploration and found a dark creature in the cave, in which Vlad stabbed the creature with his sword. After coming back from the exploration, Ottoman scouts come to his castle and accuse him of killing a battalion of scouts to do their bidding, which would be to gather the boys of the city to have them join the Sultan’s army. Vlad refuses this offer, but the Ottoman Sultan’s army threaten him with a battle. Vlad desperately goes back to Broke Tooth Mountain in seek of the vampire creature in the cave to gain the power and help he needs to defeat the opposing army. The vampire gives Vlad the offer of becoming a vampire forever or only having vampiric powers for three days, but it is up to Vlad’s actions to decide his fate. Dracula Untold has mixed reviews online and overall, I could say that there are parts that needed improvement. I would recommend this movie to anyone that is able to get into the history and enjoys horror films. Ultimately, it is up to you to watch Dracula Untold to find out what happens to Vlad and if he becomes a vampire or not!
On March 24, 2015, the Serve Your Community: Earn College Credits Workshop was held in Valencia College’s East Campus. This workshop was presented by Mr. Douglas Taylor and it was all about Service Learning. All the workshop attendees were given the evaluation survey, a Service Learning brochure, and a BayCare bookmark. The assistant also informed us of a Wellness Fair that will take place on Valencia’s East Campus on April 7th, which will consist of depression screenings and many hands on activities to learn more about the mind. Mr. Taylor explained that Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich students academically, civically, pre-professionally and personally while strengthening their community. He told us of class SLS2940 Service Learning, which involves 20 service hours for every 1 credit hour, meetings with your faculty mentor, finding an agency to volunteer, and 7 reflection papers on your volunteer experience. The benefits of Service Learning include networking with people in your future career field, gaining experience in the field, gaining new skills in the field, giving back to the community, exploring your career options, and earning recognition. SLS2940 Service Learning can be taken for up to 4 credit hours and you can earn a medallion and a pin as part of your graduation cap and gown outfit. The medallion system works like this:
For 40 service hours, you receive a Bronze Medallion.
For 60 service hours, you receive a Silver Medallion.
For 80-100 service hours, you receive a Gold Medallion.
The steps to taking this class include:
1. Determining the semester and how many service hours you want to do.
2. Completing an online application at:
3. Waiting for acceptance and assignment to a faculty mentor if you meet the requirements to take the class.
4. Choosing a location and getting consent to complete service hours in the location.
5. Starting your service hours and meeting with your faculty mentor often and completing your reflection papers throughout the term.
6. Completing the service hours and receiving the college credits on your transcript for graduation.
Mr. Taylor also mentioned that the Bridges to Success program community service hour requirement does NOT qualify for the hours in this class, meaning that Bridges to Success hours and SLS2940 Service Learning class hours are two separate entities. The Service Learning staff is willing to pair you with a mentor and overall, Bridges to Success students could possibly use this as a summer class elective. He told us of his story and how he took this class to strengthen his idea of what he really wanted to do in life as a career. Finally, I felt that this workshop was pretty enlightening to how you can journey into your field and gain more skills while having it count toward your college degree because colleges nationwide are starting to look more for service learning or any type of community service in applications for prospective students. I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone interested in gaining experience in their future career field during the summer term or trying to fit it in with any other term at Valencia.
For any questions about Service Learning, Robyn Brighton can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 20, 2015, Insurgent was released in theaters. It topped the box office this past weekend with $54 million. Insurgent is the sequel to Divergent and features famous starts such as Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Ansel Elgort. The movie is based on the second book of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and is considered as a science fiction adventure film.
Insurgent continues with the ending of the last movie, where Tris, Four, Peter, and Caleb are fugitives that are being hunted down by Erudite to pay for their crimes. Eric leads his Dauntless platoon to search for them and end up finding that they were hiding amongst the Amity faction. Peter joins Eric in hopes of becoming a Dauntless leader, while Tris, Four, and Caleb end up going into factionless territory. In contrast to the book, they do not find the one-eyed escort that was kicked out of Dauntless and the Amity leader was not really represented as much. Once in factionless territory, they find Four’s mom, Evelyn, who tries to get them to join forces, but it isn’t until Tris and Four go into Candor territory that this unification is possible. As Tris and Four go into Candor, Caleb goes back to Erudite in hopes of learning more government information. Tris and Four are subjected to a truth serum trial, in which many secrets are revealed. Meanwhile, Erudite leader, Jeanine, learns of the boxes to reveal secret information about the government, but learns that the only way this information can be gathered is if all the boxes are opened. To open all the boxes, they need someone that is 100% Divergent, which is Tris. In contrast to the book, Tris is okay with using guns and machines are able to tell how Divergent citizens are. The government seeks her even more now and learns that if they start to kill people in front of her, she will bring herself in. Tris undergoes the simulations to unlock the box and learns even more startling truths. After a day, rebel Dauntless, led by Four, come in to save her with the help of Peter and ultimately, the secrets of the box come out into the open.
I would definitely recommend seeing this film even though I can say, there are many differences to people who have read the book before or after watching the movie. I pointed out only a few of the differences, but it is up to you to see the movie. The ending was altered from the book as well, but any Hunger Games fans or Divergent fans will be in for a action-packed ride from watching Insurgent and waiting to the sequel Allegiant to come out!
On December 19, 2014, Annie was released in theaters. This movie was based on the 1924 comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray, but also had a Broadway adaptation released in 1977. Annie is a remade American musical comedy drama film, which grossed over $134.5 million in the box office.
Annie takes place in Harlem, New York and focuses on Annie who is a little girl in the foster care system. The foster mother, Collen Hannigan(Cameron Diaz), takes care of her and a few other girls, who accept their cruel fate. One day, Annie finds her records in which she desperately searches to find her real parents at an agency and runs after a dog with two boys after leaving. While chasing the dog, she is almost hit by a vehicle, but the cell phone mogul and New York running mayor candidate, Will Stacks(Jamie Foxx), pulls her out of the street. His popularity in the polls instantly booms by saving Annie and after convincing from his election assistants, he decides to take Annie into his house. Annie and Will bond with each other through press photos, adopting a dog, and many silly adventures with his assistants. After time passes, Hannigan and one of Will’s assistants plot to get rid of Annie by trying to find her “real” parents so Will can go back to being his normal self. Originally, I was very skeptical of watching this movie because I am not a fan of musicals, but the way it presents itself and the catchy music enticed me to where I found it enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone that enjoys movies or musicals in general because the music and the story definitely make it something you want to keep watching so you can remember and love it! Ultimately, it is up to you to decide to watch Annie and find out if she actually finds her real parents or not.
On February 12, 2015, the Sweetheart Savings Workshop was held at Valencia College’s East Campus in Building 3 at 1 PM. As soon as you entered the room, they had the sign-in sheet as usual, raffle tickets for prizes, and a bunch of pretty sugar cookies for the attendees to eat. The tables for the workshop was set up in a U Shape and the Financial Learning Ambassadors were the hosts of this workshop. The skillshop evaluation and a packet talking about what to do in certain financial situations as well as a budgeting sheet were placed on the tables for us to fill out and review later in the session. The Financial Learning Ambassadors started off the presentation by asking us what is saving and how many of us have a savings account? The majority of the attendees raised their hand for having a savings account, but did not answer what is saving? Saving is putting aside money for a rainy day and reducing the amount of money you spend. They continued the presentation by talking about how we can save money by having a savings account, using our Valencia College student discount in places by showing our student IDs, couponing, and budgeting. After that, the Financial Learning Ambassadors told us ways we can save on Valentine’s Day such as making DIY gift, enjoying free activities, celebrating on a different day, delivering gifts yourself, couponing, finding deals, spending the night with each other at home, and baking for your significant other. After they were done, a bank representative came and passed out her card and a budgeting packet that we could use to manage our finances. The representative also told us about how we can apply for scholarships in some specific banks and answered other questions as well. When she was done, the ticket raffle was started and two people were lucky enough to win little Valentine’s Day jars filled with various objects. The raffle was done and then in different groups, we went over the financial learning packet, which had to do with how to save money in certain situations such as Starbucks addiction, financial aid money saving, and book buyback profiting. Also, they mentioned the money tree they have and if you take a picture of him and tag him as well as their Instagram page in the pictures that you take of him, you could win a gift card in their next huge Financial Learning Ambassador event. The workshop was then concluded and overall, I have to say that this was probably one of the most fun workshops I have been to and it was very informative about how to save your money. I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone else and remember to save as much money as you can in any situation. Also, remember to tell the people you love Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
On February 5, 2015, the Improve Your Reading & Writing Skills with Claro Read Workshop was presented by Chris Cuevas on Valencia College’s East Campus. The workshop started off with him having individuals read the 13 rules on How We Treat Each Other. After all the rules were read aloud, he talked about how it is important to make a statement and to announce your presence in a room. We were presented with the warm-up of meeting one new person in the room and exchanging names, the reason why we came to the workshop, and what was our major. It was a pretty interesting experience, considering I met 3 people and after the greetings were shared, he went on to conducting the presentation for the workshop. The main topic of the workshop was a program called Claro Read. Claro Read is a program that is able to improve your reading, writing, and language skills by reading things to you so you are able to memorize what you have to learn. The program reads material aloud to you in various voices and can help you study in a more efficient way. You are able to save the voiced material of what it read to you so you can have it on your computer as a video, a music file, or even a file on iTunes so you can listen to your study material on the go or whenever. The program has many options such as text color changes, highlighting colors for words, reading various calculator inputs, making outlines/brain map charts for you, and changing the screen colors as well. You can have the voice read very fast or very slow in a variety of language as well. He demonstrated the program’s abilities and it really showed me how the world of technology has evolved. I would definitely recommend it for any student that wants to be successful in their education life and the other great thing about it is that it is free to Valencia College students. The only requirement is to meet with Mr. Cuevas to discuss on how to get it on your computer, but I would say Claro Read is definitely worth having for a variety of things.
Originally, To Kill a Mockingbird was released in the 1960s by author, Harper Lee, making it her first book. On February 3, 2015, Harper Lee announced that there will be a sequel for the book in July 2015 called Go Set a Watchman. The time gap between To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman will be about a 55 year difference, which is reported to be one of the largest literary writer gaps in history. The release of this sequel information has lead to excitement and controversy across the world of literary lovers. Go Set a Watchman will take place in the 1950s and will be the unrevised copy of her final manuscript, which was found decades later attached to the manuscript of To Kill a Mockingbird. The irony of this is that Go Set a Watchman was the first book she wrote and will feature the same characters in To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published before and is commonly used in school English classes. To Kill a Mockingbird took place in the South during the times of the Jim Crow laws and it shows plenty of racism in the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer of Maycomb, Alabama, defending a black man in a rape trial and dealing with his kids alone. Go Set a Watchman takes places 20 years later when Atticus’s daughter, Scout(Jean Louise Finch), goes back to Maycomb after living in New York to deal with her past, her family, and the continuing racial tension of her hometown. To Kill a Mockingbird was written after Go Set a Watchman as a flashback to Scout’s childhood. It will be a 304 page book and will have an ebook copy as well as more than a million copies to be published, according to 88 year old author, Harper Lee and her publishers. It has already one of the most pre-ordered books on the Barnes & Noble website and I am looking forward to it because I remember reading the book in high school and I would like to see how Harper Lee portrays the story of Scout later on in her life.
On January 16, 2015, the romantic comedy-drama movie, The Wedding Ringer, was released in theaters. The Wedding Ringer is about a soon-to-be husband named Doug and his wife Gretchen going through the process of planning a wedding. Doug runs into the issue of having to find a best man and 7 groomsmen to match Gretchen’s bridesmaids party. The wedding planner refers Doug to Jimmy Callahan, who is the owner of Best Man Inc. Jimmy takes the offer of pulling off a “Golden Tux” wedding in which he has never done before for $50,000 from Doug and goes under the alias of Bic Mitchum. Jimmy recruits his old friends to help pull off the “Golden Tux” wedding and they go through a lot of crazy adventures along the way. Jimmy goes to the family brunch with Doug, in which they accidentally set the grandma on fire. They also set up a football game with the future father-in-law’s college buddies and ended up winning the game. Doug meets his groomsmen, which turns out to be an interesting group of people. They take fake photoshoots, party, and spend a lot of time together before the wedding. In the whole process, Jimmy and Doug learn about themselves and their lives as the wedding comes near including how they want to live life. Overall, this movie was unbelievably hilarious to me and I would definitely recommend seeing it if you are okay with “odd” parts and hilarious scenes.