Elevator Reflection Blog

     My character started out very upset and mad at everyone because someone else in the scene was annoying me. I was a bank teller and was trying to be professional but it didn’t work. When the elevator stopped I became in charge and helped people calm down. This worked out very well because everyone else was panicking and going crazy. 

     As a bank teller I was supposed to be in charge and calm. I did not follow that stereotype at the beginning because I was very angry at Airi for ripping my very important piece of paper in half. But by the end of the scene, I had regrouped myself and became calm and in charge. For example, when the elevator stopped,  I had experienced it before so I was calm but Will (who was playing a security guard) went crazy, Ryan ( the bad guy ) started having an anxiety attack,  and Airi (playing a young girl) started crying. I was the only one who stayed calm and tried to calm things down. 

     For my character, she developed from being an angry women into a very composed, confident character. My character developed because it had to. I could have gone crazy also but that would have been to many people having a break down. It was important in the scene to have someone stay calm. I also felt that the character would feel pride knowing that everything was going to be OK because they had experienced the elevator stopping. 

     I am always very afraid to talk and act in from of people so I feel like my confidence has boosted since I started this unit because I have gotten out of my comfort zone and talked in front of people. I also feel like I can improve on this because it is important to be able to talk in front of large amounts of people. `I know that by practicing in front of other people, like friends, neighbors and family I will feel more comfortable in front of people and I will be able to perform better in front of class. 

United States and Swaziland

     The United States is very different than Swaziland. For example, the life expectancy in The United Sates is much longer than in Swaziland. As of 2012 the average human being in America lived until they were 79. At that same time, the life expectancy in Swaziland was only 49.The infant birth rate for both countries stayed about the same up until 2012.  But there was one point where the life expectancy for both countries were nearly the same. In 1817, United states claimed war and entered the first World War. 1917-1918 the life expectancy dropped down to 47 years old! That is almost the same as Swaziland in 1918 who was at 32 years average. For being a much larger and more developed country, this was a huge drop for the United States. 

     The GDP Per Capita grew for both countries, but more so for the United States. That is not very surprising since Swaziland is a much less developed country, causing the GDP per capita to be lower than the more developed country. The HDI (Human Development Index)  grew for both countries which is not surprising because the HDI measures the overall achievement of the country. Swaziland was around 5.3 out of 10 in 2008 and United States at 6.7 out of 10 in 2008. Over the years nearly every country becomes at least a bit more developed causing it to have more achievement which causes a higher HDI.

     The fertility rate for the United States was 1.9 in 2011 while Swaziland dropped down to 3.5 in 2011 starting at 5.7 in 1990. That is a huge change but is probably cause by the under development of the country. The children morality rate in Swaziland is devastating. In 1990 it was measured that about 71/1000 children under 5 died per year increasing to 85 out of 1000 children in 2011. The united states started at only 15/1000 children dying under 5 per year but as the years grew, the number dropped to only 7.5 average. They do not have the literacy rate of the United States as of now but in Swaziland it improved up to 85% of the average adults (15+) can read up to an 8th grade level. There are more and more schools being built n every country, allowing people to get an education.

     The United States had the better end of the results 99% if the time. The reason for this is because the United States is a much more developed country, causing it to have more resources and allowing it to gain money and become more developed. That way more children live, creating a larger population. Swaziland has a smaller population so they cannot earn as much money because there are not as many people to earn the money. There are health issues and no medical help because the people are undereducated ( but slowly getting better ).  The United States is an MEDC (more economically developed country) while Swaziland is a LEDC (Less Economically Developed Country). 

Les Presenta Abbey

Les presento a una amiga Abbey. Abbey tiene catorce anos. Ella es de Estados Unidos. A ella le gusta comer galletas y beber refresco. A ella le gusta a dibujar un los domingos y sábados. Pero ella le gusta practicar deportes durante la semana. Su numero de teléfono es 080 – 1925 – 5291. Su comida favorita es galletas de chocolate y leche. Le gusta montar a caballo el viernes por la tarde. Ella le gusta el baile irlandés.

 Barton '15-59 (1)

Gracias y Adiós



Field Studies Post Report

Wow. Thats all I can say. From the amazing views to the nightly games of slap jack, field studies was the best experience. The breakfast was amazing as so was lunch and dinner. But the best parts were the activities! I never thought I would ever get the opportunity to go mountain biking or canoeing in Japan. It was hard to do some of the activities such as canyoning because I had never done it, but hey, isn’t that what field studies is for? I got out of my comfort zone from the start, I have never tried to put on a wetsuit (which was the worst part of the trip) but I got to have an amazing experience by jumping of a 20 meter waterfall (the best part of the trip) The scariest part of the trip was probably mountain biking because some of the hills were VERY steep. But now I am more experienced and can go on more biking experiences. The most relaxing, yet exciting part of the trip was canoeing because I loved the view. I learned so many things at field studies, one of them being able to work with others. I had to get other’s ideas before I did anything.

Most of all, I got out of my comfort zone. I was scared to go canyoning, but I did it. I didn’t know how to river raft, or tie a double 8 not. But I did all these things and it made me feel so accomplished that I did so many things I didn’t think I would have ever been able to do.