Comp 250, 17 February 2015

This Tuesday’s class period was very informative. We set up our desks in the new and improved “conference table” arrangement and William Mangrum led us in a conversation about personal interviews and different ways we can approach them. I assume this is in conjunction with the upcoming project we will have assigned tomorrow on Thursday. We went over both feminist interviews and oral histories, but the subject we spent the most time on was the phenomenological interview style. This style of interview focuses on a single event in the interviewee’s life, with an emphasis on gathering lots of data. As soon as we talked about interviews, I started thinking about the upcoming project and who I might want to interview for it. Images of steamworks barflies pop into my head, along with different student groups. Without much info on the project, I decided to curb the brainstorming and focus on learning more about the interview style. During the demonstration in which Mangrum gathered information on Gino Poli’s first kiss, I became exited about finding an interesting topic or event to interview people on. I feel I would be decent at it, if I can get past the social awkwardness part. It was very interesting to watch Poli be interviewed. Mangrum picked up on all the words he said and made sure their meanings were plain and clear, so he could get a better view of the story Poli was telling. Eventually, when the interview was over, the class came across the idea of your experiences having deeper influence on your life that you think. The only way to uncover and control that influence is to interrogate yourself and familiarize yourself with how an event changed you and the way you think and act. Overall, I learned quite a bit, and am looking forward to applying that knowledge to out upcoming project.

Geology Major?!

Geology! Yes, geology. Currently, according to Fort Lewis College (and myself) I am undeclared. However, recently, i have taken a very strong interest in my geology lab class. Learning the ways that the earth’s processes shape landscapes, create wind currents and ocean currents is very interesting to me at the moment. Before geology, I was trying to decide between a sociology or history major. After some thought, I figured that a hard science would provide me with a somewhat useful degree. This hard science being of such interest to me is quite the perk. I plan to follow my intellectual inclination and really feel out the geology major.

I’ve always been interested in this kind of science. Physics is much too math-related for me, biology never really hit home with me, and astronomy was complete gibberish when i tried to take it. I figure that if i do have to take a math class for geology that i will be able to pull through (it would be nice if that math class was in the afternoon) . Regardless of the math class’ difficulty, I think will be able to pass. While math has always been a struggle for me, i also see it as a challenge to overcome, and i thrive on challenge.

Another reason I think I’m drawn to geology is that it’s a heavily visual science. For me, this makes it much easier to learn. The endless illustrations and table in the textbooks help quite a bit. Graphing and mapping are what makes up most of the field. Gathering data and putting it in a readable, clean format is something that I generally enjoy doing, at least for the finished product if for nothing else. In fact, we just got our second graphing assignment for my geology lab class, and its the first one where we have to familiarize ourselves with Microsoft Exel. I’m exited to learn how to use this program, as I’ve seen the clean and neat graphs and data sets that it can produce.

All in all, I’m exited to start down the path of the geology major. I do, however plan on keeping an open mind when it comes to my future, I don’t want to pigeonhole myself into one profession! Who knows, I may end up a musician, or and artist, or even a programmer!


-Gage Norris