Here is our group project where we interviewed Mr. Ray Mack who owns a Barber Shop right down E Cold Spring from Morgan State. He has been working there for 47 years. It was a pleasure to get to know him and interview him regarding the topic of being a black barber.
Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/a/morgan.edu/file/d/0B_Ypi7Msk6XpaHVCQVVDVWpOb2s/view?usp=sharing
Here is the link to my in class live speech that my professor Dr. Baruti Kopano placed on YouTube for me 🙂 :
This weekend was pretty spectacular.
Saturday night I went to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to hear the wonderful piece by Igor Stravinsky called The Firebird. It was a shorter show (only an hour as opposed to the typical two to three hour show) and it music was great. The conductor was very interactive with the audience so I wasn’t bored like I usually am when I go to shows like this.
Sunday evening I participated in the Morgan State University Choir’s annual spring concert. It was named The Tale of Two Masses containing both Schubert’s Mass in G and Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass. I enjoyed the concert and felt a lot of energy. The crowd was a lot less energetic than last December winter concert but it didn’t matter because everyone was feeling the love and energy on stage. Usually it’s hot up there because the warm bright lights, but it was pretty fine this time.
Overall, this weekend was awesome and I definitely enjoyed myself.
The three important learning outcomes of the Baltimore Oral History Project (BOHP) that I gained are 1) The importance of communication with your group members, 2) the importance of not doing things last minute, and 3) the importance of staying motivated and not giving up.
- Communication between group members IS KEY. It’s hard trying to get five different people’s schedules to line up right. This happens to be one of the most popular complaints I hear from people whenever group projects are given out. This learning outcome is important because in the real world, schedules won’t be perfect and planning meetings with other people will be hard. Nonetheless, my group member’s communication with each other was extraordinary. We all managed to figure the project out and it was such a relief when we got the project done.
- It is seriously horrible to do things last minute. Save yourself you guys. Never do anything last minute ever in your life. I’ve never usually been one to procrastinate but in this situation, our group had no choice. This learning outcome is important because, in the real world, you won’t be able to make it far doing things last minute. You will seem unreliable and irresponsible when it comes to completing your own work. Like how my group felt you’ll become severely overwhelmed and stressed out. I can vouch for my other group members when I say that my body completely shut down. I was worried all the time about the project and it was horrible feeling to have.
- Stay motivated and DON’T GIVE UP! I don’t think rationally at all under pressure. I get more easily irritated and it’s a lot easier to push my buttons. With the stress of this project on top of everything else I had to do for my other 5 classes, I was severely stressed out and almost gave up. Fortunately, even when I tried to give up my awesome group members pushed me and reassured me that things would be ok and that everything would turn out fine. This learning outcome is important because if you want to ever get anything done, you have to stay motivated and focused. It’s nice to have reassurance from others but you must also find your own internal determination as well.
In conclusion, I enjoyed going out and exploring Baltimore City with my other group members. I learned a lot about how awesome my other group members are and I also learned a lot about myself.
So guys, I hate Wednesdays. Which is actually a very funny thing as I was born on a Wednesday. Yesterday was a very difficult day for me so much so that, I cried. No seriously, I actually laid in my bed and I had a very deep genuine cry. All I can say from yesterday is that I’m happy that I got 4 hours of sleep and I’m ecstatic that this damn project is OVER. These are three of the most important learning outcomes of the Baltimore Oral History Project (BOHP):
- Even though I had the best group members any one could ask for, I still HATE group projects with people who don’t have the same major as me. My group members communication with each other was extraordinary, it was just very difficult trying to do so much with such little time. It’s hard trying to get five different people’s schedules to line up right and that happens to be one of the many things that seems to be the downfall whenever I’m given a group project in any of my classes. Yes, I know the real world isn’t perfect and not everyone’s schedules will line up, I nonetheless will still hate group projects. Fortunately, we all managed to figure it out and it was such a relief when we did figure everything out out and got the project done.
- It is seriously horrible to do things last minute. Save yourself you guys. Never do anything last minute ever in your life. I’ve never usually been one to procrastinate but in this situation, we had no choice and maaaan, I had zero idea how to function. My body completely shut down. I was just worried all the time and I was stressed out. It was horrible.
- I’ve found out that I really hate myself when I’m stressed. I don’t think rationally at all under pressure. I get more easily irritated and it’s a lot easier to push my buttons. I personally have a lot going on right now in my personal life and everything just became overwhelming and sooooo annoying. It’s also a lot easier for me to give up on things when I have a lot on my plate. Fortunately, even when I tried to give up my awesome group members pushed me and reassured me that things would be ok and that everything would turn out fine. And I just want to say thank you guys, I love you all and I hope the rest of this semester and your college career treat you well. You all deserve the best and I’m so honored to have gotten to know you all 🙂 🙂
In conclusion, I know that my time here at Morgan within this pilot English class has definitely been a wild one. I enjoyed going out and exploring Baltimore City with my other group members and I don’t regret anything. I learned a lot about how awesome my other group members are. I also learned a lot about myself and my specific stress thresholds.
May 2nd already?
The time has surely gone…. it really doesn’t seem like this semester is about to end. It barely feels like it’s been a whole 15 weeks. Surpringly, I’m not feeling too stressed out. While yes, there is a lot on my plate, I feel as though I have everything laid out nicely. Hopefully I will be ending this semester with an 4.0 again. I have my study days planned out already and have taken time of work in order to focus on these last couple of weeks.
I am very excited for what the summer has for me, and I can’t wait until then… for now, I shall keep keeping on and finish this semester strong.