Light Box Reflection

In Product Design this semester, our goal/task was to create a Light Box with a landscape that we got to choose ourselves. A landscape that we weren’t able to visit due to COVID-19 and that we missed. I chose to make a Light Box featuring Hong Kong because I haven’t been to Hong Kong in a while and I miss the urban cities.

Skills I learned include painting, masking, and lots of things to do with Adobe Illustrator. This project was the first time I have ever used Adobe Illustrator and I learned how to join shapes, create shapes, curve edges, import designs from a png, etc. I feel that this would help me a lot in the future for other design classes I may do.

I have 2 things that I would change about my Light Box Project. The first thing I would change is I would paint the top of my lake layer blue. Right now, that spot is not painted, and it kind of looks weird, I didn’t paint that part because I didn’t think it through and forgot that it would be visible from the top. Another thing I would change is I would remake the faceplate (the border layer in the front of the box) and make it thinner because it blocks the lake a little bit.

One piece of advice I would give to a future student doing this project is ALWAYS plan plan plan. Think everything through, for example, which parts of your project will show? and do you want to paint it? Also, think about how everything will fit together and if that’s how you want it.

Overall, I think this project was a success for me because it came out the way I wanted. I also learned a lot of new skills. School is meant for learning and I learned a lot of skills so I think this project was very successful.

Did The Boxers deserve a bad rap (reputation)?

The Boxers, Chinese citizens that wanted the foreigners out of China, did not deserve a bad rap. Most of the Boxers were simple-minded villagers that lived in Shandong. The villagers were mostly people that did not know how to read and write. They “[were] naturally timid and gentle, not given to making disturbances, being the most peaceable people in China.” (Fei) The Boxers did not deserve a bad rap because they were not naturally bad people that wanted to kill and slaughter. They only defended their home and their country; they also “viewed Christianity as a threat to their traditional Buddhist and Confucian beliefs.” (Szczepanski) In their minds, they believed that the increasing amount of Chinese Christians led to less praying to the Chinese gods, which caused their 2-year drought. The drought was terrible; it was slow and killed their crops, then your livestock, then their families. Foreign Powers like Japan, Russia, Britain, Germany, and France were taking over China, building Legations in the Capitol of China, and using gunboat diplomacy; to make China do what the foreigners wanted. The Boxers were being bossed around in their own country; they could not take it anymore. The Boxers did not deserve a bad rap because they were fighting for a good cause and had rightful reasons to be angry.


“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
      The Sound of Thunder is set in the future. It is about a man named Eckels going back in time on a safari tour and visiting the dinosaurs. However, he accidentally disrupts the timeline and changes the future. The main theme topic or big idea of the story is ‘Greed’.
      The story, A Sound of Thunder, by Ray Bradbury, the author believes that greed sometimes diminishes people’s care about others.
When Eckels is at the safari tour, “[He] [waves] a check for 10,000$ to the man behind the desk. ‘Does the safari guarantee that I come back alive?’
‘We guarantee nothing,’ said the official”. (Bradbury 1) The safari is very expensive so that the company can get more money. They do not have extra safety measures to guarantee the visitor’s safety. They could try to add more safety measures like add rails on the metal path in the past, but they decide not to because it costs too much.
      As the story progresses, when Eckels steps off the metal path, “[Travis] had his rifle pointed [at Eckels]. ‘You’re not coming back in the Machine. We’re leaving you here!’… ‘He ran off the Path. That ruins us! We’ll forfeit! Thousands of dollars of insurance!'” Travis, the safari guide was going to leave Eckels in the past to die because if he brought him back, he would be fined thousands of dollars. This attests that Travis values money over Eckels life and is consumed by greed. 

Being Proud of Your Culture

Conflict. The story Fish Cheeks written by Amy Tan has 2 different types of conflict including internal and external. I decided to focus on the external conflict in the story, mainly Man vs. Society. The conflict I tried to identify in my found poem is that the narrator is very embarrassed by her culture and is afraid of what other people will think of her because of her culture. For example, in paragraph 2 the text says, “When I found out that my parents had invited the minister’s family over for Christmas Eve dinner, I cried.” The narrator then follows up with, “What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas? What would he think of our noisy Chinese relatives who lacked proper American manners?…” When she found out that her crush Robert was coming over to her house for Christmas Eve Dinner, she was very worried because she was afraid of what they would think of her culture. She also describes the food her mother made, “appalling“, but at the end of the story, the narrator reveals that her mother had chosen all her favorite foods that night.




My Design for Jiwon

· My biggest success was finding a “grill” type of thing in my house for the prototype.

· A useful piece of feedback that was shared with me was too include multiple points of view in my design and my picture. This will allow my audience to understand my design better and be more clear.

· This product addresses the needs of my client by preventing too much grease/oil being on which makes it taste bad.

· The impact of this product will be…

· If I did this again, one thing I would do differently makes the handle on the prototype cardboard or something hard so that it is stronger, but I didn’t have cardboard at my home.

· One piece of advice I would give a future student doing this project is to make sure you know exactly what your client needs and then start designing. You also have to think about how easy it is to use.

· Overall, I think this product was successful because I achieved what my “client” needed and my design works. There are still places I could have improved. Like, making multiple views, having a better explanation, and more labels.

Banning Single-Use Plastics is not an Effective Way to Save the Oceans (Humanities Essay)

An entire garbage truck of plastics is being thrown into the ocean every minute. This is a major problem that is threatening the earth’s survival. Most people would think that we should just ban single-use plastics, due to it being the most used plastic. But, banning single-use plastics won’t save the ocean because there aren’t any good alternatives, single-use plastics are convenient and helpful, and it will hurt the economy.
No substance can effectively replace single-use plastics. For example, reusable straws are very unsanitary because many people will use it. Also, paper, bamboo, and metal alternatives don’t bend. Many people think that a paper bag is better than a plastic bag, but in reality,
a paper bag requires 43 uses to be better for the environment, and it also has a much higher GWP (Global Warming Potential) than plastic bags. Some may argue that biodegradable materials are often made with plants, therefore, if we switch to this material to get rid of plastics, a lot of our cultivation will be gone, which will hurt the ecosystem.
Single-use plastics are convenient and helpful. We use it every day in our lives to keep cereals to juice fresher. In the medical industry, they use single-use plastics to prevent contamination and to keep everything clean. Single-use plastics have also made pill bottles and diagnostic equipment safer. They are strong, light, moldable which makes them the best choice.
The economy will be hurt if we ban single-use plastics because companies that make single-use plastics will be closed, and the people who work in their factories will lose their jobs. This many job losses closed companies, and factories will result in a significant disturbance in the money cycle.
In the citizens’ best interests, we shouldn’t ban single-use plastics. There is nothing that can effectively replace it, we use it every day and it greatly makes our lives easier, and it will significantly disrupt the money cycle. Our earth may be at stake, but banning single-use plastics is not the way to solve this crisis.

Percy Jackson Essay



      “Am I a troubled kid? Yeah. You could say that.”-Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson may seem like he is not the average middle schooler with being a son of a god and killing monsters, but in reality, he is just a student. Like people all over the world Percy is facing many problems in his everyday life; to make better choices for himself and his community Percy should listen to what people tell him, make more friends, and spend more time with his family.

      Percy Jackson should listen to what people tell him. In Why We Should Listen to Old People, Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. states, “Listening to the advice of older people has promoted well-being and even survival for millennia.” Also, in the book when Chiron asked Percy to tell him everything in the prophecy; Percy didn’t tell him about a friend that will betray him, and if he did, then Chiron might have found out earlier and Percy wouldn’t risk being killed by Luke. Another piece of evidence is when Percy arrived at Camp Half-Blood everyone told him not to say gods and monsters’ names, but he kept on saying it which made them stronger. Many subsequent events could have been avoided if he listened to what people told him.

      Making more friends would help Percy Jackson a lot. Why Personal Relationships Are Important implies, “The support offered by a caring friend can provide a buffer against the effects of stress.” In the book, Percy only has one friend at school so when he needs help there are not that many people to support him. If he had more friends, he would get a lot of support and do better in school, which would make him have a happier life.

      Spending more time with family would make Percy a lot happier. In Why Personal Relationships Are Important it asserts, “In a study of over 100 people, researchers found that people who completed a stressful task experienced a faster recovery when they were reminded of people with whom they had strong relationships.” If he lives with his mom, he will live longer because in Why Personal Relationships Are Important it says that people with strong relationships are 50% less likely to die prematurely. The Power of a Caring Adult can Change a Child’s life says that children and youth do better in school and life when they are connected to caring adults. Also, Percy hasn’t been living with his mom for his whole life because he was going to boarding schools, so living with his mom and building his relationship with her will make him healthier, live longer, and do better in school.

      Though Percy may be a son of a god and a killer of monsters, he is just a middle school student. Percy should listen to what people tell him, make more friends, and spend more time with his family for him and his community to be as best as they can be. Though Percy is the son of a god, he is not perfect and can improve himself just like us.


Kreitzer, Mary Jo. “Why Personal Relationships Are Important.” University of Minnesota, Accessed 23 Sept. 2019.

Lisa. “The Power of a Caring Adult can Change a Child’s Life.” AZEDNEWS, 14 Feb. 2018, Accessed 23 Sept. 2019.

Pillermer, Karl A., Ph.D. “Why Should We Listen to Old People.” Huff Post, 6 Dec. 2017, Accessed 25 Sept. 2019.

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