wk14- Classmate Conversation – Anthony Simeone & Devin Nelson


In this week’s classmate conversation I interviewed both Devin Nelson and Anthony Simeone. Devin is in his 3rd year here at California State University, Long Beach and so is Anthony. We all seemed to have one thing in common. All three of us love to play sports and do anything outside including snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, wakeboarding and camping. Devin’s favorite color is red, and his favorite house pet is a dog. His favorite exotic animal is quite strange as it is a Lion and Panther mixed breed. I never heard of a hybrid like this, the only one that I knew of was a Liger. I have to say, when I looked up a picture of the hybrid, I was amazed. When I asked Anthony what kind of art has impacted him the most, he responded with music because it is in his everyday life all around him and that is what gets to him and makes him happy. Devin responded with Urban art such as graffiti because he grew up in Long beach that is what he saw the most. Anthony is studying the same thing as me which is Mechanical Engineering and Devin is a double business major. Anthony would like to work in the amusement industry and Devin would one day hope to be running the Port of Long Beach. Devin’s favorite memory from a sport was in pop warner football he ran a punt back for a touchdown running sideline to sideline weaving through the opposing team in his white soccer cleats. Anthony’s favorite memory was recently when he had just joined the Rugby team and the first time he got the ball he ran over two players and scored a 50 yard try. It was awesome getting to talk to the two and I wish them well in the future.

wk13 – Classmate Conversation – Andrea Casamitjana


This week I had the pleasure of meeting my fellow classmate, Andrea Casamitjana who is in her 2nd year here at CSULB studying Film. She is from Madrid, Spain but living here in Long Beach with her family which includes her younger sister. She loves living in Spain and would much rather be there than here. In fact she just got offered am internship in Madrid and will be studying abroad next year back home where she can reunite with friends and family. Even though she lived in Madrid her favorite soccer team is Barcelona. While coming here full time, she also works at Magic Lamp as a hostess and in her free time away from work she likes to dance but hasn’t been able to in the last month because she pulled her hamstring which can be very painful. She also likes to travel, ski, travel, and play volleyball but claims she sucks at volleyball. When she graduates she would like to become an actress but she knows that will be a tough road. She plans on first becoming a producer and producing her own movie and from there being able to become an actress due to the connections she makes. It was very nice meeting Andrea and I wish her best of luck in her future plans to become an actress.

wk11- Classmate Conversation – Serina Khoury


This week, I had the opportunity to meet my fellow classmate Serina Khoury. Serina is 19 years old and is in her second year her at California State University, Long Beach. She is of Middle Eastern origin and likes to watch movies, hang out with friends, play volleyball, and go to the beach. Currently she is studying Human Development and wants to become a PA with her degree. She lives local to Long Beach in the Redondo Beach area and actually has a sister and a cousin that go to school here as well. One of her favorite animals is a dog and she actually owns a dog that she loves very much. When asked if she thought tattoos were art and if she would get one she responded that she did think they were art because it’s a way for someone to express what they love. She said she wouldn’t get a tattoo but if she had to it would be her last name. It was nice meeting Serina and I wish her well in her future endeavors.

wk10 – Classmate Conversation – Nester Plascencia


In this week’s classmate conversation I had the opportunity to meet my fellow classmate Nester Plascencia. Nester’s origin comes from Guadalajara Mexico, but grew up locally. He was born in Linwood, California but currently lives in Paramount, California. He still lives at home because Paramount is not too far and he commutes to school every day. He is in his 2nd year at California State University, Long Beach and is majoring in Business Management because he wants to run his own business one day. He doesn’t know what kind of business yet but he says there are a lot of opportunities. He currently works at an after school program where he helps kids with homework and do little engineering activities. When he isn’t at school, or working he likes to spend his free time doing anything that involves soccer. He also likes to play tennis and watch movies. His favorite movies are Adam Sandler movies. He spoke of Mr. Deed’s, Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and Anger Management. His favorite sports teams are the Cowboys, Angels, and Lakers. His favorite color is blue and his favorite animal is the Cheetah. When I asked Nester our Question of the Week: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? He responded with Dubai and I couldn’t blame him because it is an awesome place. He said his reason was so that he could ride a camel. After talking to Nester I have come to learn that he is a really cool guy and has a great sense of humor, hence the camel joke. It was great meeting Nester and I hope that we can keep in touch often.

wk9 – Classmate Conversation – Miguel Lopez


In this week’s classmate conversation, I was able to meet fellow classmate, Miguel Lopez. Miguel is 20 years old, and is from Carson, California. Carson is about 20 minutes from Long Beach, which allows him to still live at home. His parents are both from Mexico, and live in Carson as well. He is currently in his 2nd year and is studying Mechanical Engineering. Him and I both have that in common. Before declaring his intentions as a mechanical engineer, he thought about being an electrical or a civil engineer. In his free time away from his busy schedule, Miguel likes to play soccer, go to the gym, and hang out with his friends. When he isn’t doing any extracurricular’s or studying, he is delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut. In 5 years, after all of his hard work, he would like to be done with school and working some where as a mechanical engineer somewhere, but he isn’t quite sure where yet.Some interesting facts about Miguel are his favorite animal is a dog, specifically his own dog which is a German Shepherd and Husky mix. His favorite type of art that he has seen in the galleries is the paintings because he can find more meaning in them than anything else. It was really nice to meet you Miguel and hopefully we will keep in touch!

wk8 – Classmate Conversation – Daniel Guerrero


In this week’s classmate conversation, I had the opportunity to meet fellow classmate, Daniel Guerrero. Daniel is 20 years old and is currently in his 3rd year here at CSULB and is focusing on Bio-medical Engineering. In his field he would like to work with medical devices and prosthetics. When asked where he sees himself in 5 years he said Grad school, definitely. He works in the student recreation and wellness center here on campus while still maintaining a full-time student status. Daniel is mostly Hispanic and comes from Santa Barbara, Ca. Daniel and I are alike in many ways because in his free time he says he will do just about anything outdoors like hiking, camping, action sports, etc. On his breaks he likes to travel and currently he is planning on going to Europe and studying abroad in Spain. He has been to about 10 different U.S states and also Mexico, and Baja California. His favorite animals are Bears and turtles, specifically the Galapagos Tortoise. He thinks that it’s hilarious when a Galapagos Tortoise tries to eat a pumpkin. An interesting fact about Daniel is that he likes to read a lot of comics. Lastly, his favorite kind of art are pencil drawings because he likes looking at intricate detail.

wk8 – Activity – Writing About Art

In this week’s activity I chose to write about classmate’s Meghan Arce’s previous blog post on her artist conversation with Norax Ayala. Pasted below is her blog post and below that I will be making 9 total corrections. 3 of those are technical problems that I will correct, and 3 more will be conceptual things wrong and the other 3 will be conceptual things that are good. The objective of this activity is to give our classmate’s some feedback because our professor, Glenn doesn’t have enough time on Mondays to go through each one thoroughly.

This week I spoke to Norax Ayala who’s work was displayed in the Merlino Gallery. She is currently finishing up her last year in the masters program for print making. She decided that she wanted to major in art right after high school. She had always had an interest in art, which her mother had some influence in. She is from Southern California and came to Long Beach for grad school. She has just recently moved to Anaheim as well. Norax likes her art to be abstract and figurative. To make her art pieces, she used screen printing. She feels that it is quick and efficient. The screen printing is pixilated. This symbolized long distance relationships relying on phone communication. She worked on the pieces for two weeks for about 18 hours a day. For these pieces, Norax used repetition in color landscapes. To make the imprints, she used paper and ink. She used silver in her work because of its metallic look. It gives the viewers a different view at different angles. In a sense, there is something always coming and going. Norax’s partner had helped her in creating the center piece of her gallery. Her partner is the person she cares about most. For this piece, she used lipstick because it was nontoxic. Lipstick goes on the lips in which they go on other body parts. They put lipstick on the “lips” of their vaginas to make this print. This represents the intimacy of their relationship. Norax does a lot of feminist work and is into gender politics. She is also an advocate for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Unfortunately, Norax does not have a website at the moment. However, she does have an Instagram. Her user name is norax_darko.

  1. In the first sentence, “This week I spoke to Norax Ayala who’s work was displayed in the Merlino Gallery.” after ‘Ayala’ there should be a comma.
  2. Along with the first sentence still when she writes “I spoke to” it feels awkward to me. I feel like saying “I had the opportunity to speak to” would sound better and give the artist more respect. So the sentence should look like “This week, I had the opportunity to speak  to Norax Ayala, who’s work was….”
  3. Underlined in red, centerpiece is actually one word and not two.
  4. There was quite a bit of adjectives like: a lot, because, make, most, go, look, well, some, does, going, is, was, about. These can hurt your post because they are only emphasizing what you are already saying and do not need to be there, causing confusing sentences and poor word choice.
  5. “She worked on the pieces for two weeks for about 18 hours a day” In this sentence for is used twice making it confusing to read, instead try another word in place of for.
  6. “Lipstick goes on the lips in which they go on other body parts.” Lipstick does not go on other body parts unless you put it there, but what I think she meant was that, lipstick goes on your lips and your lips go on other body parts.
  7. Her use of sophisticated words worked well in this paper and was above average. These words include: abstract, figurative, politics, and advocate.
  8. I like how she explained why she used lipstick because it was nontoxic.
  9. She also went into depth and detail on the intimacy of the relationship between her and her partner.

“In summary, Meghan wrote a really good blog and made the artist look good which she is supposed to do, because if the artist were to stop by her page one day, she would want to see what was written about her.

Next, I will be thoroughly grading my artist conversation from last week.

Hello everyone, this week I would like to include you all in an interesting conversation with an artist I just met by the name of Norax Ayala. Norax does feminist work her at California State University, Long Beach and she is also a graduate student. She grew up in the Inland Empire and went to undergraduate school there before coming to Long beach. She has always been interested in art and decided that she wanted to major in art coming out of high school. She started doing a lot of coloring when she was younger and then transitioned to water color painting. Norax now does small work like the one I saw today in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery which is inspired by feminism. Her piece “She and I” represents everything she stand for as she is very inspired by gender politics and what she cares about most, her partner. Her inspiration for her work comes from well-known artist Fransisco De Goya who does etchings.

The objective of “She and I” is to “Represent relationships, of any kind”. She says that relationships are essential to humans because we need to have emotional experiences “emotionally, physically, mentally, and sometimes even spiritually” Her body of work is to investigate aesthetics of sensuality and intimacy. Her paintings show two becoming one through the use of transparent layers. She also likes the use of lipstick, since lipstick goes on lips and lips go on other body parts, she felt it was appropriate to use lipstick as a material. Lipstick was also a good material for her to use because it is nontoxic.

Her pieces all took about 2 weeks to make which includes 18 small pieces. The red and pink ink and the lipstick create patterns on the paper that range from curved lines to full circles and blank spaces. Her focus when creating her peace was on her partner and using their experience. Norax says that the rubbing motion to transfer the ink is like the motion of what people do with their partners or with themselves.

Least to say, I was not very comfortable in my conversation with Norax because our point of views are millions of miles apart. I grew up with a very different background from her but I was easily able to identify what her piece was saying. It was interesting watching the piece slowly mix together like two partners do and watch the piece become one. Her piece easily got her point across of what she was trying to accomplish. if you all would like to see more of her work you can follow her on instagram- @norax_darko. In the pictures below you can see her two paintings become one.”

  1. The first spelling mistake I see is I spelled watercolor as two words and it is one.
  2. In the last paragraph the sentence “I grew up with a very different background from her but I was easily” there should be a comma after but.
  3. “Her body of work is to investigate aesthetics” there should be a ‘the’ before aesthetics.
  4. “Norax now does small work like the one I saw today in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery which is inspired by feminism.” I should have used ‘make’ instead of ‘does’ because she makes the work, she doesn’t do it.
  5. “represents everything she stand for a” instead of stand use stands.
  6. “The red and pink ink and the lipstick” the sentence needs to be fixed because it doesn’t make sense.
  7. The use of vocabulary was nice, including the words: graduate, politics, objective, aesthetics, transparent, and appropriate.
  8. Some of the transitional phrases were average but they weren’t confusing or misleading.
  9. Understanding her point of view for the professionalism of the paper.

In Summary, the paper hit all the points and represented the artist well and what she was trying to accomplish.

Here is a snapchat of a part of my dinner from tonight! A delicious bowl of mac & cheese.


wk7 – Classmate Conversation – Devin Nelson

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This week I had the chance to meet a pretty cool classmate, and his name is Devin Nelson. Devin is 20 years old and he is currently is his third year here at California State University, Long Beach. Previously Devin was in Sports Management but he told me that the connections that he had in sports management told him it would take at least 8 years to be where he wanted to be, so he then switched majors to something he already knew a lot about. He is currently a double business major focusing on Operations Supply Chain, and Management. He already knows a lot about management because he previously worked somewhere where he was running shipping and making sure things met their deadlines. His dream after he graduates is to eventually run the Port of Long Beach. He wants to stay close to here because he grew up in Cypress and went to school there. In high school Devin played a lot of sports including football, basketball, and soccer. Eventually his heart would go towards lacrosse where he found his new favorite sport. Devin did want to go to school on the east coast to achieve his dreams of playing lacrosse. He even received a few offers from schools. That dream quickly came to an end because his dad’s company that was located in Ohio was bought out and out of state tuition was just too much for Devin. Devin didn’t quite give up lacrosse as he referees lacrosse and soccer during the school year. Devin doesn’t have much free time as he is taking 18 units, refereeing, and doing homework, but in the free time that he has, he likes to do anything outdoors, including: body boarding, wake boarding, and snowboarding in the winter. He has a very busy schedule but he is making time do an internship at some logistics company like target, and eventually the Port of Long Beach. In 5 years he hopes to find himself working at the port or some other logistics company. When asked what color he would die his hair Devin said he would probably do a bright grey.

wk6 – Classmate Conversation – Aron Chek


Everyone, I would like you all to meet my classmate Aron Chek. Aron is native to Long Beach but his roots take him back to Cambodia or technically, Laotian. Aron is in his second year here at CSULB and he is currently studying Film as you can tell in the picture by the giant camera wrapped around his shoulder. He was majoring in Mechanical Engineering last semester just like me, but he changed it to film because that is what he is more passionate about. He actually works for a photography company called “Heng it Up Photography”. While working for Heng it up, he mostly does weddings and birthday parties along side his boss who was his coach in high school. In his free time off of work and school, he likes to do martial arts but hasn’t been able to since he hurt his back a while back. He also likes to snowboard and has gone to Big Bear but also wants to try out Mammoth Mountain too. When I asked Aron what his favorite colors were and what they meant to him he said that they were black and blue because they are gloomy and dark and he is a negative person. It was really nice meeting Aron and if you all would like to know more about him, just give his website a visit or follow him on periscope @Aronchek.

wk5 – Classmate Conversation – Kiro Tadros


Hello everyone, I would like you all to meet Kiro Tadros. I had the opportunity to meet this amazing young man this week doing our classmate conversation. Kiro is 19 years old and is a full-time pre-med student majoring in Bio here at California State University, Long Beach. After attending med-school, Kiro would like to be an Orthopedic Surgeon. He was born in Egypt, and moved here when he was 4 with his 2 siblings and parents. The amazing thing about Kiro was that he was born dead! The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he was not breathing. When he told me this I just said WOW! that sure is a miracle, a miracle standing right in front of me! I didn’t have the chance to ask him but I wonder if that is why he is pursuing medical school? Since his life was saved, I believe he wants to save others. Kiro had come straight to Cerritos from Egypt and he went to Cerritos high school. On his free-time Kiro loves to fish, plays basketball, and Billiards. His favorite food is Mediterranean, he could eat it every day I bet. He even got excited when he said Mediterranean. When asked the question: What are you swimming in? Kiro responded with he is swimming on the road to medical school. If you would like to learn more about Kiro you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter @Kirooo_2, or at his website linked above.