Week 11 – Classmate Interview – Rachel Peng



This week I interviewed Rachel Peng. I asked to interview her because she knows a mutual friend of mine. She met him because he was giving away a cat and she was supposed to get the cat but things never worked out. Rachel is a first year here at CSULB and is studying Pre-Nursing. She is from Garden Grove, CA and went to Cypress High School. Rachel likes all aspects of music and she also plays the piano. That’s pretty cool because I used to take piano lessons but it was too hard for me to learn. Props to her! Rachel doesn’t play any sports and only likes going to the beach depending on the mood, she is the complete opposite of me. She does enjoy snowboarding when winter comes around though. Rachel doesn’t watch that much TV so she didn’t have a favorite show. The thing we have in similar is that both of us aren’t particularly picky when it comes to what to eat. She also enjoys cooking, but mostly baking.

For more information on Rachel Peng:  http://raachelpeng.wordpress.com/

Week 10 – Activity – Landscapes


2014110295164028This week activity involved the production of a self portrait.  I am a very camera shy person and refuse too take self portraits so I put my own twist too it. I took a “selfie” which is a photo one takes of oneself, and surrounded it by something i like too do. I work at an electronic cigarette store also known as vaping. I enjoy my job, I get to talk to people the whole day about quitting cigarettes or just life problems in general. Customers come in and sometimes complain about their life and I try to comfort them. We treat everyone like family where I work. This is something I enjoy doing. I used too smoke heavy and now I don’t smoke anymore, and I am trying to help people who don’t want to have bad lungs do the same.

Week 10 – Artist Profile – Brianna Allen


IMG_5245 IMG_5244 IMG_5243This week I saw a very simple yet time consuming piece of art. This piece involved carefully placing pennies with each other and stacking them up too form a shape. This is a very simple piece that was in the gallery, but I admire art that takes time. This job isn’t done in five to ten minutes or even just one hour. This piece involves multiple hours too maybe days of work to do this. Concentration is a must with this piece. I didn’t get a chance to interview the artist but I believe her name is Brianna Allen. I give her props for doing such a simple piece that caught my eye more than anyone else piece this week.

Week 10 – Classmate Interview – Corinne Sampson


IMG_5247This week I met a girl named Corinne Sampson. She is from Santa Cruz, California. A cool fact about Santa Cruz is that it has a very huge surfing culture there. Corrine love being around the ocean and nature. She is a third year here at CSULB just like me and is a Dance major and to minor in a science that involves kinesiology or physical therapy. Corrine favorite type of dance is ballet. She loves too be outside and hike. On her spare time she can be seen painting and drawing or hanging out with friends. One thing i thought that was pretty cool about Corinne is that she makes jewelry, she has only sold a couple pieces but she mainly makes them to wear herself. Corinne currently resides in Long Beach and isn’t that far from our campus. Her favorite food is Italian. We both share a love for watermelon also. For halloween this year Corinne is dressing up as the tooth fairy and wants her boyfriend that goes to University of California, San Diego to dress up as a tooth.

For more information on Corrine Sampson visit her blog: http://corinnesampson.wordpress.com/

Week 9 – Classmate Interview – Kylie Hazehara

photo-3This week I met a chill girl named Kylie Hazehara. She is a first year here at CSULB and is currently undeclared. She wants to possibly go into a the physicians assistant type fields. Kylie is from the 626 area code which is known for its huge food scene mainly orientated around asian foods . Kylie is of Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino decent. She currently dorms here at beachside which is the off campus dorms.  Kylie is a huge foodie and likes to read during her spare time. Her favorite food is sushi but has never had all you can eat which is pretty unusual. She prefers salmon and hamachi which is almost everyones favorite. Everyone who either likes sushi or Korean BBQ has have to had “AYCE” at least once. In high school Kylie played volleyball which she still does here in the schools intramural competition league. A random fact about her which I thought didn’t really suit her was that she used to be really into BMX. For a female that is very rare, I thought it was pretty cool actually. Kylie is currently pledging for a cultural sorority by the name of Sigma Phi Omega. Lastly just like myself we both don’t know anything about art!


For more information on Kylie Hazehara visit her blog: http://kyliehazehara.wordpress.com/

Week 9 – Artist Profile – Christine Hudson



This weeks gallery were all pretty interesting. This particular one caught my eye. Christine Hudson had a gallery in the Merlino Gallery. Her background inspiration came from a true story which i felt really connected too, not from experience though. I asked how long this project took, and she said it took about six months give or take mainly give. Six whole months or more of making these tiny teeth sculptures of which the majority of them were molars. This is hard work, all due to the depression Christine came upon because of a lost of one of her friends. Christine’s friend was a transgender person living a normal life but committed suicide. To alleviate the pain for months she made tiny little teeth sculptures. This turned out too be one of the best galleries this year in my opinion I too suffer from depression but I don’t tell anyone about this.


Week 9 – Activity – VLOGs

This week our goal was to create a “VLOG” also known as a video blog. I thought it was a cool thing, but I kept mine real short and simple because I don’t like being in front of a camera. I am extremely camera shy, I thought it was a little fun experience though. Maybe in the future I might start my own blog or something. You can check out my extremely short VLOG on the “About Me” section of this blog.

Week 8 – Classmate Interview – Vanessa Garcia


This was a hectic week for me, I had two midterms. I was searching around for about 45 minutes for someone who didn’t look like they weren’t already being interviewed. Finally Vanessa Garcia was walking by and I asked if i could interview her. She is from Long Beach, and went to Long Beach Wilson. Vanessa is similar too me in that we both don’t like to go to parties and both enjoy hanging out with our friends. Other than that we are completely different. She doesn’t play sports or anything, and doesn’t even watch them. Like how can you not like sports, its a different type of entertainment but it is so fun. I asked about her favorite movies and shows and everything that came out just happened to be about vampires…. She loves watching Vampire Diaries and the Original. I personally don’t like those type of shows because i think vampires are lame. Vanessa is a Biology Major in her second year but she wants to get more into the criminal justice part of her major in the department of forensics. I thought this was extremely cool because one of my all time favorite shows was Dexter. Her favorite color is lavender, if you don’t know what that is, its like the lighter shade if purple. I wanted to take a picture with her but she said “i look like shit” so we opted for her to send me one of her photos :).

For more information on Vanessa Garcia visit her blog: http://vanessssagrxx.wordpress.com/

Week 8 – Artist Profile – Ja’Rie Gray

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So far this week has been my favorite week I am gladly too say. I saw some really cool art that i extremely admire and think is beautiful.  The only bad part about it this week is that the artist whose work i really admired wasn’t present. Her name is Ja’Rie Gray excuse me if i spelled that wrong in anyway. Her art is focused on how she portrays herself. Ja’Rie as a child was upset by her skin color, she was a dark skinned african american. The majority of her family was of lighter skin tone. She adored her family for their color, but in the end learned to realize that she is beautiful just the way she is. Ja’Rie images portray how she saw herself as ugly, and how society puts a cloud over certain skin type. Her work is about “Empowering and glorifying every person of African descent around the world”.

For more information on Ja’Rie Gray : http://jariegrayblackface.com/Biography.html

Week 7 – Classmate Interview – Zac Ramirez


Every week for out student interviews I probably looked really confused and lost. I never ever know who to interview and I’m a big guy, but I am also really shy when it comes to meeting new classmates. I was walking around when I saw Zac Ramirez. The first thing i saw when i looked at him were his shorts. They read “Los Alamitos Football”, immediately i thought to myself I have to interview him. Zac is a second year here at CSULB and is a Physical Education major which I admire a lot. I love sports and doing anything involving exercise. It think its great that he wants to get into this department but also into the military. I found out that Zac is apart of the ROTC program here at CSULB and plans to enlist in the Army after he graduates the program. I have the most respect for everyone in the military, I have family members that used to serve. One of my best friends is currently serving in the Navy, and another two are at Westpoint which is an Army military school that is one of the best schools to attend in the world. Zac lives in Los Alamitos and commutes to school everyday like myself. The reason Los Alamitos caught my eye is because I played football at Fountain Valley High School, and Los Al is apart of the “Sunset League” with us so we play them every year. Unfortunately i didn’t get to play them my senior year because I had a concussion. Like me we both don’t have any art background but we both enjoy this class. Lastly Zac doesn’t have a job because ROTC takes up most of his time which i respect. He is going to school and trying to defend our country.

Also a quick shoutout to Professor Glenn Zucman for his photo taking abilities.

For more information on Zac Ramirez visit his blog: http://zacramirez.wordpress.com/