Top 10 Portfolio Kelsey Someillan

"It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become." -Dr. Seuss
"Quicksand Learning" - Our 3D Printing Project, a child's learning tool. Magnets are used to find hidden objects within the sand.

Speaker Series 1

Learning to communicate through body movement and communication is important for reasons such as speaking differing languages, forming more intimate connections, and strengthening relationships. These reasons can be applied in business aspects, such as in dealing with other people who may not speak the same language as you do. Even with a translator, a connection can be formed between the two speakers with body communication. By practicing this and learning your partner’s body language, you can further strengthen your relationship and possibly even know their next move.

The second set of activities was stressful at first. Having someone who you do not know very well leading you while you could not see where you were going could be a bit frightening. Observing this process, you could see the confusion on people’s faces turn to more certainty, as they got used to strangers holding and moving them throughout the room. As a participant, I let myself be led by moving in the directions I was being suggested to.

I had no idea what to expect from this event, but ended up meeting some new people and having a good time. I wonder why I met new people and had a good time? I see myself as an open-minded individual, always open to new ideas and activities. Although in the past I was shy, I have learned to speak up more and have become very social. In working through these activities, I would speak to those around me and join groups.

“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller; Helen Keller was faced with the difficulties of being blind, deaf, and mute from an early age. With the help of a dedicated teacher, Keller learned to communicate because of a creative teaching method that taught her to understand words and their meanings. This quote basically means to live life out on the edge and to enjoy yourself. A sense of security is important, but without adventure or enjoyment, there is no point.

30-Day Challenge
For one of my 30 days, I created the improbable offspring of two animals.
Speaker Series 2 was all about motivation, and having faith in your ideas in order for them to prosper.

This last speaker series was much different than the first one. For starters, there was no movement required, and the information we learned was spoken out to us rather than us interpreting it. I believe that interactive teaching is the best way to learn, however, I was very engaged in this series and could tell by those around me that it was also a motivating and encouraging lecture. Anyone can be an inventor or business leader, especially with the right direction. Our speaker, who was a professor of business, demonstrated this by describing students he had who turned a simple idea, such as a phone case that wouldn’t slip out of your hand, into a million-dollar invention.

What I took out of this speech is that any idea could be a good idea. With enough dedication, an idea can turn into an invention or even a business. It is as easy as looking in your everyday life to see what minor improvements could be made and how you could make them. It’s important to never lose faith in your idea and to stick with it. Commitment is required in any person pursuing an invention. Whether it’s a simple or complicated one, even the pencil had to be marketed and advertised.

Another important thing I learned from this speaker series was to give credit where it’s due, and to give thanks to your mentors and supporters. One thing the main presenter said that spoke to me was that he had two students who had a multi-million-dollar idea turned it into an invention with his help. He said it jokingly, but the students thanked him and took their money. If I were to have such an idea, I would like to think I’d be extremely grateful to my mentor and thank him however I felt fit.

Finally, I learned that innovative thinking is having an already established idea or item, and fixing or improving it. This has been a common theme in my Creativity in Context class, and it has been something I’ve enjoyed learning.

One of the creative tools, abstracting, is demonstrated above. I first drew a monkey, and then repeated drawing it, only with limits to how many times I could lift my pencil.
I chose Walt Disney to create a creative resume on.
Empathy, another creative tool, was used to make observations of a chair in our classroom. After observations were made, I wrote a short paragraph about how the chair would be feeling on that day.

Fed Up Chair

It's been a long day, but I'm almost done. Everyday, new people come and just sit on me, with no regard as to what I was just doing. Yes, I'm aware of my purpose, but some of what I am put through isn't exactly in my job description. I'm no footrest, please don't sleep on me either. I'm a chair.

Another assignment done with empathy included keeping a journal in which I recorded three observations a day for a week.

Empathy Journal

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

• Getting out of bed at 2:00 PM ; A friend diminishing herself by calling herself dumb for small mistakes ; Staying up to extremely late hours in the night to finish homework, only to wake up early the next morning for class

Thursday, March 23, 2017

• Dog owners running with their dogs to keep both themselves and their pets active ; A friend spending the day “stress eating” ; Eating chips and dip for dinner

Friday, March 24, 2017

• A friend victimizing herself for every situation she is involved in ; A girl walking alone home from midtown; My mom telling me to take vitamins so I get rid of the cold I’m forming

Saturday, March 25, 2017

• A friend overexerting herself by going out on Friday nights and waking up early for volunteering ; my grandfather (grandparents came to visit today) not wanting to walk a half mile to my dorm ; People staying up and active during dance marathon

Sunday, March 26, 2017

• Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine to stay awake ; Walmart trip turning into, "How many snack foods can we get?" ; Spending the morning in the fresh air of Ichetucknee Springs

Monday, March 27, 2017

• A friend and I basically pulling an all-nighter to finish assignments ; Not eating today and forgetting that I hadn’t ;Girls talking to each other while not looking up from their cell phones walking by

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

• My friend and I beginning a gym routine (let’s see if we stick to it) ; Walking over to the library ; Not procrastinating and actually getting work done... (UPDATE: He stuck to it, I didn't)

Fresh scents Linger around the house. Often given as gifts or apologies. Whatever the reason, memories associate with them, Even after times have passed. Roses still remind me of him, Sometimes I hate them for this.
Where I'm From...

I am from big family gatherings

I am from barbecues and pool days

I am from sandy beaches and sunscreen

I am from warmth and happiness

I am from Tuesdays at Abuela's and Sunday breakfast

I am from arroz con pollo and a long table with good people

I am from sunny and 75

Credits:

Created with images by StartupStockPhotos - "children win success" • WikiImages - "africa continent aerial view" • Guwashi999 - "Skyscraper" • Pexels - "bleachers chair pattern" • kaushikchug - "holding hands happinesss together" • Stewart Black - "Rose" • Unsplash - "umbrella parasol shade"

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