In COMP 250 we are learning to be participant observers. Being a participant observer means actively performing tasks while also keeping track of observations. I have found that it is a very difficult task to balance active participation and observation. Specifically, I found that trying to keep observations makes me very aware of distractions. Since everyone in COMP 250 is trying to make observations, I feel constantly self conscious in class; which is a major distraction. Everyone becomes more aware when they are trying to make observations. While it causes me discomfort for others to be watching and aware of what I’m doing, it also speaks to how beneficial keeping observations is for learning. I took this participant observation technique into my pre calculus class. I found myself looking at some of my classmates for what felt like the first time. Unlike in Mangrum’s class, my math class is not very concerned with scholar collaboration. I found myself noticing that the number of males in my math class outweighs the number of females, and for the most part the males participated more. However, while the males in the class room replied to the professor more often, they did so in a much quieter tone of voice. Just like the other girls in the class, I hardly respond or answer questions. Based on my self consciousness I observed in COMP 250, I know I am quite because I am too concerned of what others might think, or observe. Through observations, I realized that I have to work hard towards overcoming my self-consciousness  and being able to participate more in class. Being a participant observer forces you to pay more attention to class and what is going on in it, but also what you are thinking during the time. Keeping record of observations helps to break bad habits and makes a better scholar. (words:306). 

What it is all about…

PaintPotsFor my first blog post I felt it fitting to give a small introduction. My name is Alexys Vidunas and I’m a freshman taking, the infamous, COMP 250. Already this course is living up to its expectation: demanding extensive time and that each scholar goes out of their comfort zone. Thus, here I am posting to my blog. This is not only my first post to this blog, but also my first blog in general. So each post will be better than the previous. My future posts will all pertain to some aspect of the field I plan to focus my graduate studies in: geochemistry.

Geochemistry is basically as it sounds, a fusion of incredibly interesting geology and ridiculously fascinating chemistry. Geochemists study the chemical composition of the rocks and materials that make up our wonderful Earth. These scientists are incredibly important in this day and age. With mining, drilling, and extensive other human impact on the world, obviously the chemical balance of Earth is being effected. With more impact every day, most humans do not fully comprehend the effect they have on the Earth. Geochemists have the ability to determine the impact humans have on Earth and how it coincides with theories such as global warming, climate change, and many others.

Our Earth and resources will not be ever present, scientists in all fields are going to be necessary in preserving our planet in the near future.

Since it is a synthesis of two very broad scientific subjects, this field is extensive. Like I said I’m only a freshman, so I honestly know little about specific careers of geochemistry and its particular disciplines. With little solid information, I may not really be as interested in this field of study as I thought. I am glad to get this opportunity to assure that isn’t the case. As I address Geochemistry topics and questions in this blog, I surely will gain much of the information I am lacking.

Hopefully, this blog will help solidify my interest in Geochemistry and even give me a direction as to what career I would pursue with this degree.