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Wk 15- Design Thinking applied to Life

Something I am currently on track and hoping to become is a professional ballet dancer. I have been dancing ballet since I was seven, and I have always known that it was the path for me. As I near graduation, next Spring, I am starting to put my plan into action. My plan begins this Summer with me getting Pilates certified. Many ballet companies have Pilates instructors, so this is a way I can make myself more valuable. I will also be spending the Summer training and getting coached on some variations that I will record and mail to companies. I have some connections to companies like Kansas City Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Sacramento Ballet, and Los Angeles Ballet. I will be contacting those connections to let them know that I have sent out materials for them to look over. In January of 2018 I will fly around the U.S. to take company class with companies I am interested in so they can see me in person. It’s hard to imagine what my life will be like because it depends on what company I join. My five year plan is to be an apprentice for a year, join the corps de ballet for four years, and then upgrade to a higher tier company. When I retire from professional dancing I will go back to school to receive an MFA so that I can teach at the college level. On a resource scale from 1-10, 10 being highest, I would say I am at an 8. On a confidence scale from 1-10, I’d be a 6. On a satisfaction scale, I would be a 10. On an impact scale, I would be a 6. Here is a picture of the list of companies I have made:


If I were unable to be a ballet dancer, I would want to be a Pilates teacher full time. This is a good back-up plan for me because I am getting certified this Summer. I would work maybe half the time at a physical therapists office and the other half of the time with a studio. If I were just a Pilates teacher I might consider going through the certification process to become a yoga instructor as well. I wouldn’t have a five year plan for this occupation because I would just teach Pilates for five years. On a satisfaction scale, I would be a 5. On a resource scale, I would be a 2. On a confidence scale, I would be a 10. On an impact scale, I would be a 6.

If I were financially stable I would want to be a ballet dancer. I could use all that money to train with the best teachers and schools. My five year plan would just include training with the best until I got into a top tier company. On a satisfaction scale, I would be at a 10. On a confidence scale, I would be at a 4. On an impact scale, I would be at an 8. On a resources scale, I would be at a six.

As far as rapid prototyping goes, I practice ballet dancing five days a week for 100 minutes each day. All of my teachers have danced with professional companies and have discussed it with me. Many of my friends are dancing with professional companies and I have spoken to them about it. My roommate has attained a certificate in Pilates and she has discussed it with me. I have also taken Pilates 1 on campus and received an A in the course. Unfortunately I did not make a linked in account because I don’t know how to work it and I feel that I can make connections in other ways. I feel that I am on the right track to achieving my goals, and even if I am not, I will figure it out.



Wk 15- Classmate Convo- Mathieu

This week the classmate I met was Mathieu. Mathieu is a 2nd year business major from LA. A cool fact about him is that his family is from Canada, and he speaks French! Mathieu’s favorite color is blue and likes the television show Modern Family. His favorite movie is Step Brothers and his favorite band is Kings of Leon. He loves to snowboard and play baseball. He plays baseball for our school. Mathieu chose to study business because its a major with a lot of job opportunities. His favorite food is pizza. His favorite desserts are cookies and pizookis.


Wk 14- Art Activity-Sketching in The Garden

This week we had to make sketches at the CSULB Japanese Garden. It’s funny because my first year I lived in the dorms right by the garden but never went. This experience was my first time in the garden. As soon as I got into the garden, I spied a beautiful tree that had leaves almost dripping off of it. I really enjoyed the 30 second sketches. Sketching is so relaxing. Also, I felt like the 30 second sketches gave me less of an opportunity to judge my work. The five minute sketch had me seconding guessing everything I did after the first minute. I think it was because I was afraid of ruining the work I had already done. I thought it was hysterical to see my creation after trying to draw my hand or the tree I chose without looking at the paper and without taking my pencil off the paper. The last picture on this post is my drawing of the beautiful tree I was drawn to only I didn’t look at my paper or take my pencil off the paper. You have to admit, it is pretty funny.





Wk 14- Classmate Convo- Nathan Moreno

This week for classmate conversation I talked with Nathan Moreno. Nathan and I have actually been friends since freshman year, but unfortunately four people said that they didn’t want to be my classmate conversation so I went to Nathan for help. Nathan was sweet enough to say yes. With that being said, I thought I would take this conversation post and turn it into a little advertisement for him. Nathan is a third year BFA dance major. He is from Newberry Park. Nathan just got cast in a parade at Disneyland and had orientation today! Nathan is a commercial dancer meaning he is best at jazz dancing, musical theater, and dance team styles. He has danced on the dance team at CSULB and performed in several shows at the dance department. He has performed in two pieces created by the chair of the department, Andy Vaca. He has performed in a guest artist, Robert Moses, piece.


Wk 13- Artist Convo- Laura López

Artist: Laura López

Exhibition: Selvática

Media: Painting

Gallery: CSULB Art Galleries Werby


López is a senior MFA in painting student at CSULB. She is a painter that is inspired by the jungle and her background. López was born and raised in Columbia. López got her undergrad while in Columbia. A fun fact about Laura López is that she is a dancer as well as a painter!

Selvática was paintings of jungle scenes. Each painting was vibrant and colorful. The paintings were very geometrical. She painted scenes of South America with angular shapes and powerful colors to grab the attention of the viewer. López discussed how her Columbian education gave her a different outlook where she began to question curriculum. This lead her to create pieces that she felt were important.

Laura López told us how she was inspired by nature, which is evident in her work. As a viewer, I was very drawn to this exhibition because of how it depicted nature. The colors in the paintings gave me a feeling of positive energy. I loved how her pieces gave nature this positive glow of energy. All the colors in the room gave the exhibit a radiant vibe. I was super fascinated by the details in the pieces. I could have admired them for hours.




WK 13- Classmate Convo- Kaylee


This week I met Kaylee. Kaylee is a 2nd year psychology major. She lives locally (in Bellflower). She chose psychology because it is very interesting to her and chose CSULB because it was a better bang for her buck! Her hobbies include reading, drawing, and softball. She has two siblings, a brother and a sister. We both love and want dogs. Also, we discussed how we both want to go to graduate school. She told me she was looking for a job  and I told her to apply to my workplace. Maybe she will be my coworker soon!

Check Kaylee’s blog out! :

Wk 11- Classmate Convo

This week my classmate conversation was with Jen, Thida, Misty, and Antonella. Jen is a third year film major, Thida is a second year pre-health major, Misty is a third year kinesiology major, and Antonella is a third year dance major. Talking to these girls was great! As a dancer I was so interested in hearing about the pre-health major and kinesiology major. And a fun fact about me is that I LOVE film. Jen and I talked about screen writing, which is her emphasis. I loved hearing her talk about how she analyzes films. Antonella and I are roommates and best friends, so I already know close to everything about her. IMG_7853.JPG

Wk 11-Artist Convo-Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA

Media: Graphic Design

Gallery: CSULB Art Gallery, Dutzi

Gun Violence

Yujia Gu is a third year graphic design MFA student. Gu attended school in China for graphic design and ended up coming to the US to finish her education. Gu’s work explores cultural differences.

Yujia Gu used photography, glass, and projection in order to show the amount of gun violence in the US. She compared the rate of gun violence in America to the rate of gun violence in other countries to show how much higher ours was, which was eye opening. I was shocked at how straight forward this exhibit was. As soon as you walk in, you see all this evidence of violence. It gives you a lot to think about, so I would like to thank Yujia Gu for this crazy wonderful exhibit.

Wk 10- Artist Convo- Brittany Waters

In the CSULB Dutzi Art Gallery, Brittany Waters presented her exhibition, #MoreThanASandBox. This exhibition involved the use of media, ceramics, sand, projectors, and photographs. You can check her out here :

Waters a California native from Citrus Heights. She got her AA degree from Sierra College before transferring to CSULB. Here at CSULB, Waters is a BFA Ceramics senior. This exhibition is her senior show.

#MoreThanASandBox had a projection of a beach on a wall in front of sand with ceramic turtles hatching and crawling towards the projection. In the sand, there was also a beach chair and umbrella. As you walk out of the exhibit, you see pictures of the ceramic turtles. Waters took inspiration from nature. She created 118 ceramic turtles because that is about how many turtles that would have been hatched in real life.

I enjoyed this exhibit because I am a nature lover. I really appreciate how she put the chair right next to the turtles. To me, that showed how people invade the homes of many animals just for fun.


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