UW Passport Assingment- Social

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Yesterday, November 2nd, I attended a lecture by Juan de Marcos. This lecture, which is part of a series, was titled “European Influence on Cuban Popular Music.”

This was an interesting lecture to say the least. He discussed the different types of music in Spain, how they sounded (which instruments, what beats, what tempo, what stanzas, what vocals, etc) and how they compared with traditional and modern Cuban music.

This assignment was completely different than the other two events that I had attended. Both the Org Fair and the Majors Fair were a similar setup- many stands with many students in a relaxed but crowded atmosphere. This lecture, which took place in Memorial Union, was almost the opposite. Only 15 or so other people were in the stands. Most of the people looked to be upwards of 40 years old, and were probably full residents of Madison. The atmosphere was relaxed, but extremely quiet and adult-like. I would compare it to the atmosphere at a film festival critique. It was so strong that I couldn’t muster up the will to take a selfie!

One of the strongest vibes that I got from the crowd and the lecture was the general liberal college-y feel. The people attending were so into, excited, and interested on what Juan was saying. I was intrigued, but not to the level the other people were. Some were nodding their heads in agreeance, some clapped along with the music he would play, and others scribbled down notes. The only free lecture in my hometown that would get the audience so involved would be a lecture on Paul Ryan.

As you can see, I really got more out of the crowd than I did from the actual lecture. But the crowd of this event showed me a whole other side to Madison and the campus- the artsy, casually liberal side. I would never see this in my hometown, and I barely notice it on my day-to-day college routine. This crowd, I think, is defiantly part of the Wisconsin Experience; you have to see and experience different cultures and people, even within your own state. And I liked it a lot, actually! I came in with an open mind (much like Kevin in the book), and the experience ended up being fun, educational, and very enjoyable.

UW Passport Grading Rubric

(Excellent)= A

(Good)= B

(Fair)= C

(Inadequate)= D

Content

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Student describes, in detail, how the experience influences their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Gives some details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a basic reflection of the experience/activity. Provides few details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a very little reflection and focuses on a summary of the experience/activity. Provides few details or no details about the impact that the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Clarity & Organization

Ideas are clearly communicated.  Paragraph is logical, and organization is effective.

Minor problems with clarity. There are a few minor organizational problems that do not take away from the flow of the paragraphs . 

Paragraphs are unclear. Fairly significant organizational problems.  

Paragraphs are unclear and lack organization.

Formatting

Paragraphs follow the formatting requirements (font, size, margins, length, & title) and includes a picture.

Paragraphs follow most of the requirements.

Paragraphs follow some of the requirements.

Paragraphs do not follow the requirements.

Effort

Student clearly selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and somewhat describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that fulfills the category requirements, but student does not describe how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an event that does not meet the requirements of the category and does not describe how the event is outside of their comfort zone.

Grammar & Spelling

Paragraph is polished. No grammar or spelling errors.

A few minor grammar and spelling errors.

Many grammar and spelling errors.

Significant problems with grammar and spelling.

UW Passport Assignment- Academic Sucess

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Look who I ran into- Angela at the Wildlife Ecology desk!

On Tuesday, October 20th, I attended the Majors Fair. There were several things that surprised me when I walked into Varsity Hall where it was held. First, I couldn’t believe how many major stands there were. The entire room was filled with over 90 desks from an astounding amount of majors. Second, I was surprised at how many people were there. There were students lined up at several desks and at points it was difficult to walk around the aisles of desks.

Starting my exploration, I looked for my majors of interest: Geography and Landscape Architecture. However, on my way to the intended goals, I strolled past other desks that perked my interest. I saw Dairy Science, and that perked my intrest enough to stop by. I love Babcock Ice Cream, so maybe I could take an into class to see what that would be all about. Next I stopped by Wildlife Ecology (this is where I ran into Angela- she was running the stand!). She explained what the major focuses on what the possible jobs are with the Wildlife Ecology major. Nearby was the Environmental Studies desk. Here I learned that the department is specifically designed to be a double major or a minor program- it requires that the student is majoring in another field. Afterwards, I finally got to my intended destination of Landscape Architecture. The man at the desk gave me info on their spring classes, which will be very helpful. I eventually worked my way to Geography, where I meant my TA! I asked about jobs that geography can lead to, which was a lot more that I had expected.

After this event, I left with much more information about majors I initially never would have thought about. I came in thinking I’d only visit Landscape Architecture and Geography, but I also came in with an open mind, much like Kevin’s mentality in “The Unlikely Disciple.” Because of this, I left with a host of pamphlets on other majors. This is definitely beneficial for me. I have academic advising with the CCAS next week, so by having an idea about other majors, I can talk with my adviser about them and which classes I should take. Since many of these classes were science related, I may have to sadly take chemistry next semester. But by helping me see more options than I would have thought about, this event helped shape my own personal Wisconsin Experience. Who knows, my final major may be completely different now that I went to the Majors Fair.

UW Passport Grading Rubric

(Excellent)= A

(Good)= B

(Fair)= C

(Inadequate)= D

Content

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Student describes, in detail, how the experience influences their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Gives some details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a basic reflection of the experience/activity. Provides few details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a very little reflection and focuses on a summary of the experience/activity. Provides few details or no details about the impact that the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Clarity & Organization

Ideas are clearly communicated.  Paragraph is logical, and organization is effective.

Minor problems with clarity. There are a few minor organizational problems that do not take away from the flow of the paragraphs . 

Paragraphs are unclear. Fairly significant organizational problems.  

Paragraphs are unclear and lack organization.

Formatting

Paragraphs follow the formatting requirements (font, size, margins, length, & title) and includes a picture.

Paragraphs follow most of the requirements.

Paragraphs follow some of the requirements.

Paragraphs do not follow the requirements.

Effort

Student clearly selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and somewhat describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that fulfills the category requirements, but student does not describe how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an event that does not meet the requirements of the category and does not describe how the event is outside of their comfort zone.

Grammar & Spelling

Paragraph is polished. No grammar or spelling errors.

A few minor grammar and spelling errors.

Many grammar and spelling errors.

Significant problems with grammar and spelling.

Sutdent Org. Fair

Here are the five selfies that I took at the Org Fair. From top down, the clubs are the student radio (WSUM), the Triathlon Club, Circle K, the Swim Club, and the Daily Cardinal. I was intent on stopping by WSUM and the Swim Club and my friend had talked me into signing up for Circle K. All of these clubs I had planned on joining before going to the fair, but the Daily Cardinal and the Triathlon Club were the ones that perked my interest and I stopped by. So far, I’ve already attended a couple of swim club practices and signed up for a swim meet, and I’m currently doing DJ training for WSUM.

The student org fair was a very exciting and social experience. Nearly every club there was yelling out to students and trying to bring student to the club with free candy (which worked for me a couple times). Every group that I had asked to take a selfie with were wholeheartedly happy to do so. They were also very approachable and easy to talk to. I left the fair not only signed up for new clubs (and therefore new experiences), but I left with a more outgoing and social outlook on college- if the kids behind the counters can be so nice, so can I.
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