Luiz Rosa Nanini
ISM- Weekly Report
16 October 2016
Working on my Weaknesses
Weekly Report 10/10 to 10/16
This week was drastically different from the last, which focused on social skills and networking (ie Business Symposium). It focused, rather, on writing. I had my first Interview Assessment and the-oh-so-famous Research Assessment. I also worked on the digital and physical portfolio, which was interesting as it provided me with a sense of what I have accomplished throughout the year.
My struggle with essays have become evident throughout this course, and I am happy to work on improving my faults. To keep in line with that “school of thought,” I tried to keep an open mind about this week. Rather than see it as a struggle or burden, I took it as a challenge, an opportunity. I worked slowly and methodically to make sure I could work on mending my weaknesses. Although admittedly I did turn in the Interview late, partly because I did not manage my time as well as I needed to, and partly because I wanted to make sure it was well done. I definitely can work on improving my time management and writing, but I also believe I have made some progress in making my writing.
When working on my Research Assessment I tried focusing on having a sort of logical reasoning throughout the essay and worked on applying the knowledge into a sort of plan. I wanted to show the reader what my thought process was and make them see how my thoughts changed in result of the research. Once I finished that I made a sort of rough outline for my Interview Assessment. It was something new to me, so I wanted to take it slow. Admittedly I took it too slow, but I am content with the result. In the essay I tried basing it off the questions in the rubric. I believe it worked fairly well, although the last paragraph is a bit rough. I know I have a lot of room for improvement, but I believe it is always necessary to look for the progress that has already been made. It sort of makes the journey seem more tangible. In all, I want to continue improving my writing and I am excited to see how I progress throughout the year.
I also worked on my Portfolios, both digital and physical. I am actually quite happy to look back on all the assignments I have completed; I never thought I would write this much in such a small amount of time. To be frank, I am nervous about the portfolios. I have not touched the digital portfolio in a long time, and I know I need to quickly set up something that looks both creative and professional. It seems like a harrowing task, but I believe once I finish it, uploading the information will not be too difficult. The Physical portfolio is much easier to fill out; all that needs to be done is print what I have done.
This past week has been more of an experimental week than anything else. I am attempting to write in different ways that will hopefully help me become a better writer. My goal is to improve, so that is what i will strive to achieve. Most importantly I will work on keeping an open mind and accepting criticism because that is the best way to improve.
Luiz Rosa Nanini
ISM- Weekly Report
10 October 2016
Weekly Report 10/3 to 10/9
This past week has ignited in me a new fervor to continue trying my absolute best in this course. In past Weekly Reports I have mentioned how I have struggled in ISM, but this week, to me, showed my strengths for the course. That was mainly due to my second interview and the Business Symposium. Besides that, I scheduled another interview and completed my Smart Goals worksheet.
The Business Symposium was by far my best experience in ISM. There I was able to explore being in a professional environment in a way I had never before explored. Being interviewed and sharing my resume did not feel difficult, and I felt no pressure what so ever. I, in all honesty, just had a conversation with the interviewers. I was genuine in my responses, revealing both my strengths and weaknesses.
The feedback I received was incredibly reassuring. I was told I sold myself well, my resume was good, and most interestingly, that by revealing my doubts I humanized myself. All interviewers mentioned how I told them about my indecision when it came to deciding my future. I simply told them, “I want to follow my passions and see where they lead me.” To that the interviewers responded well. They told me it was a unique response. That it gave me flexibility, and it humanized me, “in a way that will an employer would be willing to give [me] a chance.” This insight in how I portrayed myself to the interviewers increased my self-confidence. Admittedly, after talking to Mr. Speice, I should have asked for some criticism as well. Though overall, I had a great time in the Symposium and learned a lot about how I portray myself to others.
Another thing of note that happened this week was my second interview. I had the interview two hours after the Business Symposium, so I was in an incredibly good mood. I think that was contagious because Mrs. Greenoe, the painter I interview, was incredibly forthcoming in her responses to my questions. It was a call interview, but it felt more personal than my first interview. Mrs. Greenoe shared her story with me and everything to do with art that impacted her life, differently than Mr. Kelley did in my first interview. Which did not necessarily make the interview better, it only made it feel like a conversation, rather than an interview. What was great about Mrs. Greenoe, is that she is coming back to art after years of being away from it, so she had a unique perspective of how to get into the art scene. In all, it was an incredible experience to learn from such a talented artist.
This week highlighted my strengths and it gave me new purpose to the course. It has given me the encouragement to try harder and to really improve upon the course. I want to use my strengths more and keep trying to get more interviews and work on talking with others. That does not mean I have forgotten to work on my weaknesses though. I know I need to work on my writing and work ethic in class. I will definitely work on improving those skills while I work on highlighting my strengths.
Luiz Rosa Nanini
ISM- Weekly Report
2 October 2016
My First Interview
Weekly Report 9/26 to 10/2
Throughout this course I have been wondering if I am enjoying the course enough to continue being in it. The amount of work and grade in this class seems to compare to AP classes and most of what I have done has not necessarily enjoyable. Most of this week involved correcting my Correspondence Log and making my portfolio. This weekend, though, has made me solidify my thoughts in a way because something I truly enjoyed did happen, my first interview.
The first half of this week involved fixing my Correspondence Log. I misunderstood the instructions (I believe through my own doing). I thought most of it was supposed to be filled out after interviews, so I had most of it missing. Mr. Speice explained the situation to me, and I did my best to work on fixing it. I asked a few of my classmates and my sister to show me what they did. With that I was able to reorganize my Correspondence Logs into something more coherent. After that was complete I moved towards making my portfolio.
My sister and I left on Tuesday to grab supplies. We went to Staples and Office Depot and picked out what we needed. We only missed out on getting the padfolio. In class, I was able to set up my binder into something I was fairly pleased at. During that day we also talked about the Business Symposium. I am extremely excited for it. One of the things I looked forward to most in ISM was being in a professional environment. I want the glimpse of what professional life is. But that is not what most excites me the most. What does are the interviews.
This saturday i had my first interview, and it was incredible. I spoke to Howard Kelley, a storyboarder, who has been in the field in over 20 years. He had incredible insight and taught me about freelance work. Its dangers, and rewards. He also spoke about the community surrounding all fields of art, from movies to paintings, he told me networking was one of the most powerful tools an artist can have. He then proceeded to explain how storyboarding works. The connection between director and storyboard artist, who talk and work together to create an outline of what the shots and actors will be doing. All weeks before production even starts. Yet what impressed me most was his story, Mr. Kelley sacrificed finding opportune places to work, to raise his daughter, and then managed to fight off cancer. To be quite honest, it was inspiring. I cannot wait for my next interview. This first one got me excited about ISM like nothing else.
I have only been told this class will be getting harder from now on, but I feel like if I get to be more active and out there I will com to enjoy the class more, despite all the work. I find that talking to professionals much more insightful than reading an article, but I do think i need some background information before talking in my interviews. I want to dedicate more of my time to this class and hopefully learn more through interviews and more social interactions because without them, this class is not nearly as enjoyable or exciting.
Luiz Rosa Nanini
ISM- Weekly Report
14 September 2016
Weekly Report 9/19 to 9/25
This was a fairly calmer, but successful week. In class we worked on our resumes, and getting some interviews scheduled. In my other courses I had a few tests, quizzes, which usually happens a week or two before report cards are due. I “creatively” dubbed them, “Test Weeks.” Outside of school, I finally got my license and a testimony night in my church group.
When it came to completing ISM, I had to complete my resume; I was not too excited. I am not confident in it, but I really cannot find too much to add. I guess I could go more in depth with what I do have, and could also work in making it more pleasing to the reader. The person I worked with, graded me just fine though, so I felt discouraged to change anything. In hindsight, I should have asked other people. I am extremely thrilled about my interviews though. I got one with Gail Greenoe; she seems to be a talented and insightful artist. She seemed just as excited for the interview as I. There was no need to convince her, or even my other contact. His name is Howard Kelley. He is a passionate storyboard artist who was willing to have the interview just as I called him. This was what I was looking forward to in the class, and it seems to be all coming together.
In school, test weeks are always a hassle. This week was especially tough because I missed a day to take my driver’s test. Working on AP English Language was especially though, we had a test over poems, speeches, authors, myths, and stories of early American history. All my other classes were not nearly as bad, in AP United States History I had an SAQ, which did not go as I hoped, but it did not go badly either, and most other classes went just fine.
Since I mentioned it, I ought to talk about getting my license. It was an interesting experience to say the least. I knew if I failed it, I would have to quit ISM because I would not be able to drive myself anywhere. But I managed to nail the test without any stress. It went great, outside of me missing a pothole, and my parallel parking was on point. So now that is out of the way, I am prepared for interviews. Another event that took place last week, was testimony night. In my church, the leadership group has a it every year. It is a day we dedicate to sharing our stories. Last Wednesday was this year’s testimony night. It was awe inspiring. My own testimony was not too bad, and everyone else’s were well developed and thoughtful. Testimony night was definitely the highlight of my week.
This class has been an uphill battle, but I seem to have finally gotten my foot planted. I have sorted out a system of doing the assignments, and the stress is slowly easing away. This year too, started out seeming difficult, but every day I get more and more enthusiastic about everything I am doing, both in and out of school.
Luiz Rosa Nanini
ISM- Weekly Report
18 September 2016
Getting a Hold on Things
Weekly Report 9/12 to 9/18
These past few days were actually much calmer than usual. At the beginning of the week I had to study for the AP United States History test, but other than that I did not feel much pressure in the workload of school. In ISM we had to finish our first rough draft of our Resume. I already had one sort of complete so I used it and quickly finished the Resume. Although I do believe I will have to work on adding more information to the Resume in an efficient way, especially after seeing some of my peer’s resumes.
A good portion of the class, this week, began their cold calls and were mostly successful. All of them were able to schedule interviews, yet I shied away from calling someone myself. This Sunday I grew sick, my throat was sore, I had a migraine all week, and I was coughing a fair amount. This discouraged me to call someone. I felt I would be unable to hold a decent conversation without having a coughing fit. This weekend though, I am feeling much better. I will begin cold calling in the next few days. Hopefully it will all go well.
The research assignment this week, was exciting. I found an article talking about different states art is in countries around the world. It was not too useful because I will probably work here in the United States, but it provided me with thought provoking information. It begged the question of what I prefered, economic stability, or creative freedom. It showed me the advantages and disadvantages of being in the United States. As I stated in the research assignment, in globalising world, it becomes useful to have that world knowledge, to improve and adapt to the world.
I believe I am reaching the point in the year where I begin to find a pattern and schedule of work. Everything becomes easier and I feel less pressured. I am delighted about that because it means I get to have more free time and get to calm down a tad. It also encourages me, especially because I struggled with this class in the beginning. I am ecstatic about where the course will lead me. After seeing my peers post-cold-call I became excited to see how my calls will go. I am also thinking about the subject I have picked. These past few articles have been stating the difficulties of the job, its dangers, and risks, yet I only become more thrilled to work with people in the field, and to learn from them.
I have not really talked about my Church group, Rebel, in these reports, but I think I will begin now. We are still introducing ourselves, as the group was reformed with plenty of new members. Next Wednesday, though, the group will share their testimonies of how God has impacted their lives. I have not thought much of mine, but I am exhilarated to begin preparing myself. It is one of my favorite events of the year. To see people completely throw themselves and their stores to everyone else, who will lovingly accept them makes me feel at peace. Hopefully next week will be more eventful when it comes to ISM, but overall I am happy about this week.
Luiz Rosa Nanini
ISM- Weekly Report
10 September 2016
Weekly Report 9/5 to 9/11
This week I had to finish the 15 Interview Questions and 25 Contacts List to prepare for interviews. They managed to surpass last week’s task. Although figuring out the questions was not too difficult, the 25 contacts list took me a lot longer than I expected.
I finished the 15 Interview Questions on Tuesday and was expecting to work on the contact list on Thursday, but we had to go over the professional dress code. To be honest I was surprised with the amount of rules guys have to worry about when being in a professional setting. The rules were pretty straight forward, so I am not worried about it too much, but I do need a new shirt and blazer.
Due to an increasing amount of AP United States History, Pre-Calculus, and AP English Language homework I struggled to find time to work on my contact list. I did manage to find some time on the last day possible. To my disappointment, finished it 40 minutes late. I have had plenty of AP classes so I know how to deal with their workload, yet I managed to procrastinate with this contact list. This taught me a valuable lesson: this course may not be focused on teaching me a subject like history, but It will teach me social skills, research skills, and that means it will give me tasks that can be more time consuming if I do not prepare myself accordingly. That means I have to work early.
Figuring contacts for arts was difficult, but I managed to find interesting sources that could lead me places. I found plenty of painters that could help me find a mentor or even be my mentor, as well as concept artist that work fairly close by. I also found some professors that could lead me to my mentor as well. I struggled to find contacts, mainly because many of these artist did not have all the information I needed to complete the form. Some only had an email, maybe a phone number, or sometimes nothing, but their name. In the end I managed to find good starting points and I have a few backup contacts that could direct me. A few art teachers and an artist I know, to be specific.
Yesterday I worked on my second research assignment. I tried a new way of writing the assignment, a bit more personal and chronological with the article. It was a thought provoking article that taught me a great deal about the art world, its dangers, and rewards. I hope it goes well, and am planning to change the way I write those according to how they are graded.
This class is quite new to me, but I already think it is helping me become more professional and setting me up for the future. To be frank, I think no matter what happens when it comes to my topic, this class will genuinely teach me valuable lessons I will be able to use when I begin working.
Luiz Rosa Nanini
ISM- Weekly Report
3 September 2016
Talking and Writing
Weekly Report 8/22 to 9/4
This might have been the toughest two weeks in any school year. I have never felt so out of my comfort zone and so challenged, yet so independent and in control. From the get go I have felt pressured and I have never wanted to do well in a class as much as this class. ISM is one of the few classes where all the assignment seem to be connected, seemingly working towards the end goal. It is truly overwhelming, and I love it.
I am excited to be working in a topic not much explored in this course. I get to explore something I adore and it is fascinating to think of the opportunities that could come from this class. Our first assignment to challenge me by far was the Introductory speech. I wanted, more that any other class, to do well in this assignment, yet I failed. I worked too on the script way too long and barely had any time to practice, and it hurt me. I had no trouble speaking in front of everyone, what I did wrong was trying to memorize my script word for word, so when I forgot a small part, I lost complete focus and derailed completely. Thankfully, I had another chance at the speech, this time, I worked on an outline rather than a speech. I practice as much as possible and the speech went great. I learned practice and work with my thought process.
Being trilingual, Spanish, Portuguese, and English, my thoughts are disconnected and sudden. I have learned to work with that by having an outline of what to say and focusing on staying topic. That way I let my brain do the work, coming up with what to say, that also relates to the topic, becomes easy. If it were not for this class I believe it would have taken much longer to learn this technique.
ISM has also challenged me to do something I have always struggled with, research. Seeking out information rather than waiting for it has always been a challenge. The fact that I have to complete many of these projects, excites me in that I will get to improve in my research skills. It is also useful, especially since my topic will be fairly broad, at the beginning.
I am still curious on what will happen throughout the year. I know this class will challenge me more than any other class, but I do not know how. I am eager to learn more and to and to adapt to this class. I am using this course as a method to narrow down on what I will want to do as a job, but it seems this class is teaching me much more than that. This course will introduce me to the business world and how to act professionally. It will bring out the best and challenge me to improve the worst in me. I honestly cannot wait for where this class will lead me to and I am thrilled to learn and better myself throughout this course.