I Wish I Could Say

I wish I can say I have improved a considerable amount from the beginning of this course to the now ever drawing end, however I find myself lacking the confidence to do so.  I was not a master poet before and I have certainly not become one after, though I cannot say I have not learned or improved, but it has not been considerable in my opinion.

I have learned a little about myself over this course and reconfirmed some things which I have always known but did not think ran so deep in who I was.  I have learned how important drafts are and now I know I am going to incorporate them into my own personal writing.  The importance of drafts had never occurred to use myself, I never thought I would need to use them in the methodological order that I have learned here.  Yet now that I have I know I cannot go back to the mess of a system I used beforehand, and I am confident it will improve me in the long term.

Somethings I have reconfirmed about myself and my writing capabilities the run of this semester and course is that I have difficulty conforming to the prescribed and desired writing structures.  This is something I have struggled with all my  life from when I learned to write, the teacher says to write a story about a poet, I write a poem about a story.  I just neglected to acknowledge how this affected me.

I have improved but not in any exceptional or in anyway that deserves any special review.  I can feel it in the less stress I feel when writing, how I have slowly become more aware of my own objective and how to properly express it through words, and example such as now.

In conclusion I have improve but not enough to be satisfactory, and this does not bother me because I know I shall improve with more time and effort.

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The World Is My Soul

“Hunting teaches young people to be responsible and environmentally aware.”

My generation has been raised in the most inventive, and progressive times of history, yet as we excel through the years in our advancements in technology and medicine we lose ourselves in an increasingly complex society.  By learning how to hunt, an ancient practice that many humans across the world still participate in, we can allow my generation to reconnect with a resource that as the decades have passed, has become less and less valuable to our daily lives.  Our species evolved from a natural setting and were immense impacted by our environments, in school systems most of our class and knowledge of this is hard scientific facts and not the inner balance that is provides.  Hunting develops an understanding of nature and its importance to the maintaining the lives of their prey and themselves, and with that understanding comes the knowledge to preserve so that new generations my learn the same.  Hunters learn patience, discipline and how to handle responsibility of themselves and independence.  Which are important life skills will develop as they grow, and the act of hunting is not just a passage of hunter and hunted, but a realization how much is offered to us on our beautiful and bountiful world.  A lesson that must be protected and encouraged for all to come after our generation.

Profile Final Draft “Paul Atkinson”

Paul Atkinson is a retired lawyer of Advocacy Law and currently a criminal justice professor at the Sir Stanford Fleming college, located in Peterborough Sutherland campus Ontario.  And he was my teacher, the first impression of which I did not expect, he walked in with a jersey of a team did not know and grin on his face, Law class was meant to be serious yet any person can tell from the spark of humour in his eyes that might not be our my case this time.

I began with  questions aimed at the basics of how he became involved, where he went to school and what area he practiced. “How did you become interested in Law?”   He responded ” I was initially interested in politics, I studied economy and politics and realized that many Canadian politicians are lawyers.”   I proceeded “what area of law did you practice, and how did you practice?”  “I was an on court lawyer, criminal crimes, civil law suites and administrative law.  I was a Advocacy lawyer more simply.  I studied at the University of Alberta, during which I taught social studies in elementary and high school.”  “What  was you favorite part of your practice?”.   “Mt favorite was the court action, it was stimulating, like a performance to a big audience, I enjoyed the arguments.  Or like teaching, if I go back to practice I want to go to court.”

My next series of questions were about the general culture and how certain areas attract different personalities. “Would you say there is a culture or attraction of certain personality’s to the practice?”   “Oh definitely.  In my experience there are people cutout for different areas of Law.  On court lawyers are more out going and engaged for arguing and defending.  Off court appear more introverted, more inclined to remain off court.  There are different personality’s for the criminal field, if I spoke to a criminal lawyer I can tell what area they are in.  Culture wise, you develop a mind set, as my wife gets annoyed with me “cross examining her” when I challenge her an argument.  It is that going in to Law school if you do not have the mind set, then it will be molded into you by the time you leave.”

My next question were personalized to him again “what did you find the most challenging in the practice?”  “It’s funny, people ask ‘isn’t it difficult to defend the guilty’, no that’s the easiest, the most challenging is to defend someone you believe is innocent but have insignificant evidence.  Problematic, memories are distorted, how do you convince them they are lying when they believe it is true?  Memory is not a photograph, it is difficult to challenge someone who’s memory is faulty.  I wake up late in the night in a sweat worrying about it.”  Finally I asked  him “Would  you say there is a advise for aspiring young students who want to pursue Law?”  “Do the best you can for the Client, and do your best everyday.”

I choose Paul for this profile in order to better understand the perceptive of a lawyer, and I have always had a keen interest in politics and law, and to hear the summarized life and times of one so experienced with such fields I felt enlightened.  It interested me how bright and enthusiastic he spoke of his profession, and I could see he had a true love for the practice.

“We are all humans, what right does one have over another?”

Harvard Students vs N.Y. Prison Inmates

1)

Harvard Students:

Illegal immigrants should be allowed to attend public school and obtain a basic education, we want to build the trust of these people so that when they become a legal member of our society they are prepared.  With new minds and new innovations we can continue to build our nation, there have always been immigrants to this nation.  Whether they were Irish, Chinese or Moroccan, if they can do it then why cannot them?

 N.Y. Prisoners:

No.  Illegal immigrants should not be allowed, our country needs to focus on its own citizens before doing so with another’s.  Why should we be willing to educate these people when we can hardly educate ourselves?  Why should we allow our already dysfunctional and unbalanced education system become anymore flawed?

2)

I believe that the Harvard debate team will employ the option of aiding the illegal immigrants in an education, because they want to be seen as inclusive and progressive.  However I feel at the same time this is a personal matter to one of the students, as in it would not surprise me if one them was the child of two illegal immigrant parents.

The inmates will be surprising, in the fact I believe they will want the opposite, coming from people who have experienced the harder side of life, emotionally, physically or mentally they understand that the system employed by the government is flawed.

3)

Personal Opinion:

We should not be focusing on this debate, because in the end what good is going to come from it?  It is something to entertain us, not to educate us.  It is a topic that despite whatever belief you have in the American government is Not Going To Happen.  There are too many people that do not care, too many that have been scarred by the defective systems to give a shit for others.  In a country that is so Big and Great then where is the support for its legal citizens?  My stance holds with the words from The Newsroom “America is not the greatest country in the world anymore” 2012 TV show.

However I also be that things will change, perhaps in my generation.

I can only do my part to change the world and hope.

“Persuasion”

I am not the most persuasive person you will eve meet, yet when it comes to careful consideration and planning I can make a situation the most optimal for me to properly “persuade” someone to get what I want.  Perhaps this could be called manipulation, or maybe just using the resources available and my own intellect.

I was thirteen when I began to style my hair and wear makeup on a regular basis, every school morning I would applies foundation, concealer, blush, mascara, lip gloss, eyeliner and sometimes eye shadow.  That was the however only done when I got to school because I certainly could not do it at home.  As neither parent knew, and my brother did not say anything because he wanted no involvement(like always).

I realized that they would find out eventually, they were far too observant to not.  So I wrote the pros of allowing me to wear makeup, clarifying it as a progressive step in  better understanding and how to express myself.  Both of which they strongly supported before hand(in healthy personal growing ways), so when I told them I would be was makeup they were caught.  The only way to refute my option would to back track their own words and beliefs of learning your own identity.

After I had spoken and stated all my points they sat in silence until my dad started laughing and declared “i had them beat”.  Reluctantly mom agreed in so many words, but she accepted and that was enough.

 

 

 

Profile Draft #2 Law Teacher

I stood waiting patiently  in the hallway outside of his office, rocking to a beat no one but I could feel, desperately attempting to stop myself from all out air guitar.  Yet when the clock struct three I stopped, a clam settling as I announced my presence.  His office door was decorated with comedic one piece comics, a hint of who he was perhaps? We grinned pleasantly at each other, reaching our destination we settled  down for the big questions I was going to ask.

I began with asking “how did you become interested in Law?”   He responded ” I was initially interested in politics, I studied economy and politics and realized that many Canadian politicians are lawyers.”   I proceeded “what area of law did you practice, and how did you practice?”  “I was an on court lawyer, criminal crimes, civil law suites and administrative law.  I was a Advocacy lawyer more simply.  I studied at the University of Alberta, during which I taught social studies in elementary and high school.”

It interested me how bright and enthusiastic he spoke of his profession, and I could see he had a true love of the practice, which inspired my next question “what  was you favorite part of your practice?”.  He grinned bright and happy, “Mt favorite was the court action, it was stimulating, like a performance to a big audience, I enjoyed the arguments.  Or like teaching, if I go back to practice I want to go to court.”

Indeed he was happy to explain what he favored, but what of those he worked with?   I asked next “would you say there is a culture or attraction of certain personality’s to the practice?”  He did not hesitate to respond “oh definitely.  In my experience there are people cutout for different areas of Law.  On court lawyers are more out going and engaged for arguing and defending.  Off court appear more introverted, more inclined to remain off court.  There are different personality’s for the criminal field, if I spoke to a criminal lawyer I can tell what area they are in.  Culture wise, you develop a mind set, as my wife gets annoyed with me “cross examining her” when I challenge her an argument.  It is that going in to Law school if you do not have the mind set, then it will be molded into you by the time you leave.”

Following afterwards with a smirk at the information I inquired “what did you find the most challenging in the practice?”  He thought for a moment before the answer became clear to him, hesitating he responded.  “It’s funny, people ask ‘isn’t it difficult to defend the guilty’, no that’s the easiest, the most challenging is to defend someone you believe is innocent but have insignificant evidence.  Problematic, memories are distorted, how do you convince them they are lying when they believe it is true?  Memory is not a photograph, it is difficult to challenge someone who’s memory is faulty.  I wake up late in the night in a sweat worrying about it.”

It is the most depth I had from him, and it startled me.  I progressed to the next question unwilling to let him linger over it anymore then he did before then.  Quickly so as to not stagnate the interview I continued.

“Would  you say there is a philosophy to your practice?”  He paused again to assess the question before smiling and saying “Do the best you can for the Cilent, and do your best everyday.”

The interview ended on a lighter note and as we separated to head our own ways I still couldn’t get the song out of my head.