Hi 7th hour!
Today at Writers Week we saw the following student presenters: Nicole Pfister; Hanna Cushing; Emily Kivland; Insiya Syed; Kristina Chen; Jayne DePaolis; Jared Swenson; Imama Khawaja.
Choose at least three of these writers and write about what you liked best about their writing/presentation. Give specific details from their presentation to clearly illustrate what you liked/admired. “She was good” is NOT enough of a response here!
Again, read what people ahead of you have already written about and see if you can come up with something new as well as responding directly to what people have already written.
I especially liked Nicole Pfister's piece about her reminiscing her childhood through her diary. It was sprinkled with humor but had a happy, heart-lightening message at the end, which was nice. I loved her energy and bubbly voice when she talked, and it was very clear that she was happy to be presenting. Her comments about her crush situation was very entertaining and provided a valuable life lesson that someone that likes you simply because of your physical appearance is not the one for you, which I found surprisingly accurate and will definitely apply this to my life. I also thought it was kind of amazing that she kept a journal from second grade to now! It makes me regret that I didn't start and that I'm missing out on valuable opinions from my 8 year old self and memories that I may have forgotten about.
I also found Imama Khawaja's performance very interesting, especially her reflections of high school. I remember her saying that "high school isn't forever" and that senior year is very emotionally taxing on her, which I thought was peculiar. So many high school students rush through high school and miss out on so many valuable opportunities, running through the motions and not taking advantage of this time, and other students take high school so seriously that they don't develop any friendships or anything outside of high school and waste these four years. Her poems were well-written and her "Love Letter to the World" really gave me the feels and was so uplifting and inspiring, which I thought was a nice change (after yesterday's speaker who spoke on death and isolation).
I appreciated Insiya Syed's piece as well, with its mild jokes and humorous tutorial of how to get a 'brown man.' I enjoyed the overall performance, but I also noticed hints of scorn and sarcastic undertones, which maybe suggested that Insiya herself rejected the system and thought the marriage policies of choosing brides based off of 'auntie' opinions on a female's appearance are silly and trivial. Especially now, with the surge of feminism the nation is undergoing and the freedom of marriage that has emerged, such customs may eventually be overwhelmed, I predict, as women and young girls gain power to be more than the roles society expects them to fill.
1. Nicole Pfister was one of my favorite speakers from today’s performances! Her diary entries from when she was in elementary school reminded me of my own entries when I used to journal about my day too. I love reliving my memories from childhood and being able to laugh at myself for being so innocent. To me, her writing was very relatable because when I think of the past, I tend to wonder how much I have grown since my younger days. When she took quotes from her different years in elementary school, I was interested in having an insight on the speaker herself. I was also impressed that she was very open towards the audience and willing for us to laugh along with her on her trip down memory lane. I especially liked her addition of an entry from her senior year. I thought it was a creative way to show how, just like in elementary school, she is simply living her life and the mistakes she makes today are future lessons that she may look back upon in many years to come.
2. Emily Kivland was another favorite because of her unique writing style! With her first piece, I was amazed on how she represented life as art. Personally I envisioned myself with a slab of clay that has been chiseled, painted, chipped, and cracked in multiple spots where my memories and experiences have molded me into who I am today. It was interesting to hear her say that sometimes others can ruin our art, how at times the paint could be removed, but the new surface is simply a blank canvas where new paintings can be drawn. It was inspiring to see life in a new perspective where brokenness is an opportunity to rebuild, and how everyone’s life is a unique, irreplaceable piece of art. I was immersed by the visuals of her writings and very impressed by her diction to capture the complexities of life into a constantly changing piece of art.
3. I also really enjoyed Insiya Syed’s performance because of her use of humor to lighten the mood in the auditorium from the previous presentations. I was also impressed by her on-stage charisma and how she seemed to be enjoying herself, as well. I thought it was great that she approached the topic similar to a tutorial and how it also educated the audience, in a way, of “brown” culture. I thought it was quite clever that she used accents to go into a character of a mother. It was obvious to me that she put a lot of preparation towards her presentation, and her jokes were spot on! Her “procedure” on how to seek a mother’s approval also prompted me to compare and contrast the different standards all of the other cultures around the world try to uphold. Since, ultimately, mothers are trying to find the best spouse for their child, her approval will be well earned if he/she can meet her own high standards. Although possibly not intended, I liked thinking in a bigger picture of the different standards people hold around the world.