These last couple of months I have been baffled and locked into the thoughts of what Nature is and how one defines it. I have sat for days, contemplating, only to realize that a definition for Nature is nonexistent, it is not possible for a central idea. Some individuals think of green grassy settings, while others may think of vast waters. However, Nature is more than those settings. Nature is not just green, organic, water or even dirt. Nature is everything of naturally, biologically occurring events. The desert is nature, a tornado is Nature, we humans are Nature. We seem to lack the understanding that Nature is more than what is advertised from things like PBS Ideastream or documentaries. Many of these medias and publications are biased and not resourceful.
My thoughts then transition into ‘what’s’. What can we do as a society to understand Nature- in our views- as a view and as a thing. It is a philosophical way of approaching the term and the being of it. Nature lives, Nature feels, in my opinion, Nature is a pronoun. The con of this however is that all individuals have opinions. Human and opinion are almost identical words. It is our Nature to be inquisitive and opinionated. So, what can we do? I think accepting that Nature varies in idea could solve this issue in many areas.
In conclusion on tis thought about Nature, we need to be more optimistic and less prejudice towards ideas regarding Nature. Ideas towards defining Nature can be very broad and biased- leading to misinterpretation. Less try to control this.
What can you learn from a coffee date?
So what is a coffee date? Well, it depends on who you are going with and how much you like that person.
So, for me, a coffee date is connecting with my latté, macchiato, cappuccino and also the individual that some how got my attention. I believe everyone has a different blend or flavor. Normally you can tell from the drink ordered how the date will even go. Yes! There will be an example of this later.
A lot of people likes to question my decision on coffee dates over food dates, or movie dates. Well, there are many factors for why I choose coffee over food or movies, especially when a movie may be more interesting at times. Below are 3 of my opinions, reasons, or whatever term suits your intellectual capacity for what I believe are the main things you can possibly learn from a coffee date, if you take it seriously.
1) You actually get to know the individual that you are going out with. Unlike movie dates and sometimes dinner dates, a coffee date allows you and your date to understand each other. Every time I went on a coffee date I learned more than my dates birthday. I learned his interests were and were not. Going on a movie date can be very misleading because it may come off that you both have the same interests, because of the movie choice, however, most of the time that is not true. Avoiding movie dates is something I strive to do.
2) You are more engaged and learn more about your date.
Have you ever noticed that you talk a lot more when you have a coffee date rather than a movie or dinner date? Hot coffee tends to open me up- it makes me more aware, comfortable and friendly. When I hold a cup of hot coffee they aura of the drink makes me a calmer person. When I am calm, I listen. So this may work for you.
Sometimes it is better to notice early on about a potential boyfriends true intentions. Let me be honest, it is kind of hard for someone to sit for hours and have coffee listening to someone they do not have a particular interest in- so they don't. From the time span, the conversation topic, and how much they open up you can tell that what he may want from you. If he is sitting their awkwardly, not mentioning how his baby brother broke his leg because of something silly, he may be extremely shy or generally not interested. I say, more disinterested than anything else. If he is asking you questions that he has asked before, he may also be so disinterested that he forgot about you. Coffee dates allows you to have these observations.
A coffee date is a sacred, fun, enjoyable and cheap thing to do with efforts to get to know someone. These dates allows one to engage and truly understand intentions. If not for coffee dates I might have wasted alot of time.
It started when I was 12 years old. I was always very depressed and empty, life did not feel right. I never listened to Justin Bieber, or the Pussy Cat Dolls, I listened to old Hip Hop and Pop music. As a pre-teen and teen I always hid music from others because I knew it was not accepted in the environment and others were not listening to it. I was the odd one out. It was the moment I heard "Look At Me Now" by Chris Brown, when my life changed as I knew it.
Everyone has that moment when their routine as a youth gets too young and "childish". Well, that is what I hit, I hit the "I am way too old for Tinker Bell soundtracks" phase. I soon started to pay attention to the music my parents listened to, both of my parents have drastically different music tastes. For my mother: Kem, Sade, Chris Brown, The Temptations, MICHAEL JACKSON, Madonna, and many other artists. For my father: NWA, ICE CUBE, The Debarges, and also many other artists. Michael Jackson and Ice Cube are both in capital letters because they were and still my favorite of my parents music selections.
SO WHEN AND WHY DID CHRIS BROWN STICK OUT?
Well, actually it wasn’t the moment I heard Chris Brown voice that made me really love his music. It was the other artists associated with Chris's music that initially attracted me to Chris, and kept me coming back for more. For example, when I first listened to Chris on YouTube, I was recommended Bad Girl, by Usher. Yes! Usher, I never truly listened to Usher, but once I listened to Usher, I fell in love and was recommended R Kelly, and the recommendations started to get larger and more diverse.
Eventually, I found myself reaching out to the Team Breezy community and finding others to relate with, through similar music interests. I became a very strong supporter for Chris's music, even through his relationship with Rhianna, and drama with Drake.
So, we come back to the question everyone asks me, " Why Chris"?. Maybe, I love Chris's voice because I had a crush on him, or maybe it was something deeper.
I never knew how similar in appearance Cincinnati, Columbus, and many other cities in Ohio resembled Cleveland until I transitioned from the poverish neighborhoods to the well maintained and financially secure neighborhoods. It wasn’t the massive amounts of trash that I saw in the poverish parts of the city, or the lack of grocery markets that truly made me acknowledge this problem. It was the lack of graffiti I noticed.
All of my life I have seen graffiti, it is now a part of me. If it was between car rides to the supermarket, recreation centers, or even RTA rapid rides, I saw graffiti. So, when I did not notice the colorful diverse and rich graffiti, I knew something was off. However, within 30 minutes of a drive, I noticed the colorful, diverse, and rich group of graffiti, but, it was in a poverish neighborhood in Cincinnati. And that was when it struck me, we are truly, living in a segregated world, no matter what anyone says, because the graffiti deficiency proved to me that statistics were not right.
Most individuals who produce graffiti-art are either Latino or African American. These teens usually get together in groups to create visuals for different purposes, either it be for a loved one, lost soul, joy, anger or any other object and emotion. The art speaks its meaning and purpose through its color and paint strokes. Unlike most art, these visuals and murals are made with spray paint, one of the most challenging art tools to create very specific strokes and shades. Yes! Spray paint, these talented artists are able to create an illusion and many other murals with one of the hardest art tools, spray paint. Unfortatnely, many elementary schools, high schools, and even colleges refuse to acknowledge the talent of these individuals, or offer classes for these students, making this form of art: "uncommon", "rare", "evil", and even "dirty".
I am speaking on this topic to show that I am an advocate for this form of art. Spray painted pieces are artistically different from drawings, paintings and even charcoal pieces because of the volume of emotion, shapes, thought process, and even effort put into producing these pieces.
To be continued...
I came into
Baldwin Wallace University expecting this culturally emerging, academically challenging, and environmentally friendly community, however, I did not get that. Like most African American students, I felt disconnected and ready to change that, immediately. Not only was I expecting to be connected to the community, but, I expected myself to have the best courses and housing situation, with the perfect roommate. Unfortatnely, I did not receive that. I actually ended up changing my dorm suite and changing all of my friends. Even through all of this turmoil during the first couple of months, I still found myself eager to join many different organizations on the campus, however, I only found one that I truly loved Circle K International, CKI is an organization that is focused particularly on volunteering time to various different causes, which is something I am very passionate about. I also found myself changing my major from Marketing to Sustainability with two minors in English and Urban Studies. I truly found myself not enjoying the ease of learning the business material with little effort, I also felt like there were more topics in life to cover in Cleveland. Cleveland has many problems and I felt like they were not acknowledged because not too many students are from the ghettos of Cleveland, like I am. Currently, I am now accepting of the fact that my first semester will be worst and only bad semester I have at BW, for I have found many different solutions, friends, resources, outlets and other ways to express my concern for diversity. I am also more accepting of the fact that the Honors Program was not what I expected, especially when it came to the academics they provided.
Overall, I will be entering in this next semester with a new mindset, more relaxed, and ready to practice what I have always wanted to practice- Buddhism. Not only this, but I might even Dual-Degree and double minor. I now see many of the possibilities.
If I could give one type of advice to a Freshman, it would be, take everything patiently but with all effort you can give.
That is Mehkia and me.
Even though I am a Residents Assistant for the Pre-College program, I took a personality test with the students today. From this test, I learned that I am an ESFJ. Which means Extravert, Sensing, Feeling and Judging. Finding out my personality type sparked my interest in understanding more about these letters. The pros of being an ESFJ is that I am an energetic, “freely practical”, loyal, communicative individual. I believe that all of these are true, especially, my ability to give practical solutions. I am very practical when I have to come up with an idea that may reflect others. However, I also researched the cons of being an ESFJ, which varies. I found that I worry too much about my social status, I care too much about opinions. The affect that this has on me is very strong, I can never truly be myself around people I really want to connect with.
Besides learning about my awesome personality traits today, I learned how to execute basic theater techniques. I was able to participate with the students and actually act out many skits. I noticed the student’s involvement and honestly, I believe it bonded them more. Overall, today has served me well, and the students are all having fun. We will be going kayaking after dinner, and once we are finished, we will watch a movie at Davidson Pavilion.
My name is Donnella and I am one of four siblings who holds a significant family jewel, my name. My name has been passed down from my ancestors that are from France, almost every generation in my family has a Donnella. Besides my heritage, my immediate family and I all grew up in Cleveland, mostly in underprivileged neighborhoods. Unfortunately, I was born with two abnormalities because of my mother’s unconscious mistakes throughout her pregnancy. Even though I found myself isolated through hardships, I learned how to overcome anxiety and obstacles by becoming independent and self-motivated. It was during my freshman year when I received the nick name Ninja Turtle. My English teacher believed in my abilities to conquer all of my tasks successfully, even with three fingers. I gained self-love and I also became more comfortable with my body features.
Before my encounters with my English teacher, PBS kids and Idea stream kept me motivated by providing me with a hobby. I watched various documentaries as a child and eventually developed the love for history. From watching various programs on PBS I was able to become culturally diverse. I currently plan to pursue a degree in Egyptology. My love for history has strengthened and I believe more research is needed in Egyptology. In the fall, I will be attending the Baldwin Wallace University as a History major and a part of the Honors Program.
I am a current Undergraduate Student majoring in Sustainability at the Baldwin Wallace University.