I believe that this workshop was a very interesting because it gathered everyone’s monologue and presented the best ones. The one guy one the right was extremely funny, and presented in ways that had the whole Mason Hall laughing. At first I wasn’t really enjoying it because I came into the workshop a little late, and they made me sit by myself with no one that I know around me. However, it got really interesting as they kept presenting everyone’s monologue. Some were sad and depressed, others were really funny. I really enjoyed this work shop and this is probably the best one out of the ones we have had.
This was a pretty interesting workshop we had to attend. I think the different monologues we saw reflected the students of Baruch perfectly. Not only is Baruch a very diverse school culturally, but it is intellectually and emotionally different as well. Every student has their own way of viewing and engaging the world around them. Yes I did think this was quite a borinh thing to attend, but I understand why we have it. It is so we can come together as a school and appreciate not only the differences on the surface but the ones inside us all as well!
I thought the “voices” performance was quite entertaining. The voice actors were really good and possessed great talents. They brought the monologues to life. Apart from the voice actor’s performance of the monologues, the monologues themselves were well written and most, if not all, were interesting. When i first got wind of the performance I didn’t feel so ecstatic. I though to myself it was going to be a waste of time, but I am glad I was wrong. I first I didn’t realize that the monologues were written by Baruch students, after finding out I was amazed how many good writers attend Baruch. I hadn’t realized that people with such interesting lives attend Baruch, but I guess that’s college. The monologues were very relatable. The only complaint I have about the performance is that the person sitting right next to me was annoying and didn’t seem interested. My favorite actor was the only Asian guy, and I don’t mean than in any racist way, I just don’t know his name. His comical enactment of the monologues was really funny. Every single monologue he read made me want him to just take over the show and read all of them by himself. Before the performance of the voices I had thought monologues were boring and could not interest me but I learned that the right actors and the right words on a paper can be very pleasant to listen to.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
– Benjamin Franklin
This quote means that if one puts time in now to study, it will pay off in the long run. If I do good in college now, in the future I have a better change of being successful in life. The good life is inspired and by guided by knowledge. Knowing is not enough, we must apply it. It is the state or fact of knowing,familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study. Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes.Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.Through knowledge we can go forward, where we dream of. It is only thing which cant be destroyed and it helps us to step forward to build our better future.Our future solely depends on knowledge.Knowledge is the key to get Success and for better life. I recall a time when i had to study for an exam, but didn’t because I was being lazy. When I got the exam back the next day, I had done really bad. So for the following exam I had studied and had received a good grade, not only a good grade but I had received the highest grade on exam in the entire school. So due to that I got an award from the principle because I was the only person to get a 100 on the math regents in high school. Since that day I decided that I need to stop slacking off, get my act together and study and gain knowledge if I want to succeed in life.
My first semester at Baruch was not how I expected it to be. My prediction for the upcoming semester was that it would be similar to my high school years, turns out I was wrong, extremely wrong. Throughout high school I put in the minimum amount of work and yielded pretty good grades, I came into college with the same mindset. It turns out I really had to work hard. I probably did more work in this one semester at Baruch than my entire high school experience. Now I know what level of work is expected of me. Another defining characteristic of my first semester at Baruch is how I have adapted to the environment. Manhattan is a busy place and everything here is so fast paced, it took some adjustments to get use to it. The fast paced environment of New York has changed my outlook on life; everything I do now is all about speed and efficiency, the way most new Yorkers lead their lives. I am grateful that I have gotten very good professors my first semester, if I had gotten bad ones my semester would have been much more difficult. I have learned a lot; not just about the subjects that I too but also about life in general, Baruch has taught me a lot. Over all my first semester at Baruch was a great experience, I wouldn’t change any part of it, even the unpleasant moments, and I am glad everything happened the way it did.
A significant experience in my life was the first day of college. It was my first day and I had no idea what to expect. I woke up an hour earlier than I would normally, I got ready, made sure I didn’t smell funny and left my house. I was so caught up in the thought of being late to college on my first day, that I forgot to buy a metro card. So after I bought the card I got on the bus and later transferred on to the train. My first class of the day was art history and it started at 9:30, I got to school at 8:45. I was the first one in class, I saw the masses of students pour in as i sat in my seat. the class filled up and eventually there were more than a hundred students in class, I felt overwhelmed, excited and cluster phobic at the same time. The class was an hour and a half long. After art history was over I felt like crying: the professor told the class what he expected from each student and the amount of work we had to do. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse I realized it I had two more classes left. The next class was American history. American History was even worse in terms of the work we had to complete. After American history was political science, the expectations were similar to the rest of my classes. The thing I took away from that day was life only gets tougher and its up to me to make the best of it. All I have to do is put in a little hard work.
As I sit here attempting to write a reflection of my thoughts on the Voices performance, I realize that I don’t really remember any of the performances that well. The only one that I have a vague recollection of is of the one which was presented by the male Asian actor. His performance seperates itself from the rest because the monologue itself was funny to begin with and it was made many times funnier by the actor himself. He had an equally funny performance the first time around back in August during another Voices performance. Aside from this actor’s performance, I am not really sure whether or not I enjoyed listening to the whole performance at the time. I should have probably written this assignment right after watching Voices because in that way I might have written something more substantial and more accurate in regards to my thoughts about the whole thing. As it stands, nothing was really memorable about the performance and so I am inclined to say that I probably did not enjoy it.
My one defining moment and the thing that shapes me the most occurred before I was even born. That event is the death of an older brother. My parents were living in Mexico in a small and poor town when they had their second child. He grew sick at 3 months old. With no doctor for miles and miles away and with no way to even come up with the money to pay for a doctor’s visit, my parents could only stand by, watch, and hope that my brother recovered. He, unfortunately, did not make it. The thing that troubles me further is that my parents were not the first and surely not the last to have to go through that. This is a common incident among families living in poverty and within poor nations. I intend on building a successful business in hopes that one day I will be able to help out families living in such places. My parents have been through a lot in life and so I hope too that my success changes my parent’s life and my own in a positive way.
Thus far, hard work has helped me get closer to this goal. I surprisingly made it through Townsend Harris High School, which is one of the toughest and most demanding schools in New York City, and so I’m confident that I am ready to tackle the challenges college will present me with. I will make the best of my four years in college, learn as much as possible, and go on to put that knowledge to good use.
Voices was something that I actually enjoyed and did not have to look at my phone to check the time every two minutes. The performances were amazing and the emotions depicted seemed real. The monologues they presented were very heart touching and it was interesting to think how those people that struggled so much were actually in the same auditorium as me. Most of the blogs were about people’s struggles but some of them included comedy and the guy who presented those funny monologues was a really good actor. The monologue that I favored was one about how you do not know what the future will bring and what path you want to go on. I could relate to that and I wish there were more monologues and stories shared.
The voices performance of the monologues was interesting; it was especially interesting hearing the stories of other students. However, I personally thought the first voices that was performed was more interesting, I thought the actors in that show were much more entertaining and animated in their voices and body movement. Still yet I appreciated the work the actors of the monologue voices put into learning the monologues and expressing the intended voice of the author of each monologue.