3 Wise Nuggs

I took a lot of “nuggs” from my interview, but these 3 really stood out to me:

  1. Be ambitious and take risks, it’s essential in getting what you really want.
  2. Be open to new opportunities and have an open mind to new ideas or paths.
  3. Working with others can provide an environment and community that working alone cannot. Being in a group can make you feel like you’re a part of something bigger than yourself.

Eminent Speech Layout

Exposition: I would start off with the subject of “notability”. Most notables are known after years of school, but Ellen only attended college for 1 semester. This is where I’m going to play off lots of jokes, to let Ellen be known to the audience. I want to make it known that this is the “monologue” Ellen has before every talk show.

Inviting incident/rising action: Ellen (or, I) starts to talk about the beginning of her comedy career. It was odd how she started off working in a comedy club and within a year, she was touring as a comedian. She was a star guest on many talk shows and was becoming known as the female comedian who we know today.

Climax: Once her fame had been set in stone (she was a star on a television show “Ellen’s Energy Adventure”) and was confident that her audience loved her for her, she came out as lesbian.

Falling action: Ellen’s audience loved her because she spread positivity and laughter, not because she was the first gay woman comedian. She believes that through love and kindness, we can all become accepting of one another.

Resolution: She believes that dancing is a way that anyone can spread happiness . The speech will end off with me quoting “Be kind to one another.” And finishing it off with her iconic audience dance.

Through this speech, I want to make Ellen’s “want” very evident. I believe that Ellen’s “want” is to spread positivity, kindness and love through comedy; that’s why she does what she does. Her “fear” is the world falling apart from hate and prejudice. Obviously, as I grow closer to Ellen as this project goes on, the speech will become more evident around these points.

Blog Response #3 – Harrison Bergeron

After watching the film and reading the story “Harrison Bergeron”, I noticed quite a few differences; some positive and some negative. Which one is “better” is completely subjective, though, I believe the movie portrayed a more thorough and climactic version of the original story.

The biggest difference I noticed that made the movie standout, was how long progressive the climax was and who Harrison Bergeron really is. In the story, Harrison is seen as (almost) a supernatural; being seven feet tall at the age of 14, able to jump as high as ceilings and defy gravity, and able to rip 300 pound handicaps. While in the film, Harrison seemed a lot more human; with less extravagant actions to prove his points. Harrison’s “want” in the written story is to start a revolution against the government, and he seems more like a rebel against the government in the film. Both these differences play a big part in the climax in the film. The climax (in the film) showed a lot more of Harrison’s human side, like picking a “volunteer” rather than an “empress” like in the film. He also makes a bigger effort to bring his message across (to rebel) by saying a speech about how corrupt the government is, while threatening to detonate a bomb.

I believe that these differences made the movie standout over the written story because it shows the realistic side. Although actually seeing and observing the characters made it easier, the climax seemed a lot more believable. Harrison was given more time to explain himself and his reasoning, which helped me sympethize and grow a deeper understanding.

Although the blankness in the written story can be seen as positive for some people, it was quite confusing and unfulfilling for me.

Eminent Introductory Post

When I was in the fifth grade, I received a science quiz mark, and I saw my greatest fear; I had earned a C+. At the time, this was the worst thing that could ever happen to me, I couldn’t possibly show my parents, for how could their gifted daughter receive a C+ on a science quiz?!

My anxiety was eating me whole, yet all I could think about was watching the latest Ellen Show clips on YouTube. Everyday after school, I would come home, flop onto my bed and watch clips of the Ellen Show on my broken iPod Touch. I couldn’t understand most of her jokes (usually being awkward, silent innuendoes) but her ‘presence’ was one I loved.

After hiding in my room for three hours, I got the courage to go show my mom the “horrific” mark. Obviously, she wasn’t happy which in turn made me frustrated with myself, so I went back to my room to wallow in my feelings of failure, but eventually got to my desk and started drawing while listening to the Ellen clips I had watched earlier. Her positivity was so strong that I never needed to pay close attention to her, her just being there while I drew, painted or even read was all I needed.

Ellen DeGeneres has been in my life since I was 10 (maybe it was a bit too early in my life, but I wouldn’t have it any either way) so studying and portraying her at Night of the Notables is a dream come true. Ellen has a spirit full of positivity and laughter, and she makes it a strong point in everything she does to “be kind to one another”. She is a face for all women in comedy (being an area where men seem to be highly recognized), along with being a face for the LGBTQ+ community. Coming out in the late 1990’s on live television and in Time magazine, must’ve been extremely tough, especially as one of the very few women recognized in comedy. Although I identify as a straight/heterosexual female, and will most likely never go through her struggles, I can learn a lot from her. Her love and acceptance for everyone is so bright, and through this project I hope to grow as a person under her influence (well, more than I already have). Our personal struggles are different, our journeys/starting points/support systems are very different, but we share a mutual goal; to share love and positivity through laughter.

Portraying my childhood role model (seriously, I had a poster of her and ‘signed’ it to myself from myself. I wanted my friends to think I met the coolest person ever) is going to be tough, I hope I’ll be able to educate others of her brilliance and glow.


David Suzuki – Racism Response

DIn David Suzuki’s “Letters to my Grandchildren – Racism”, I took away many examples as to why hate is not something one is born with, it’s something one grows up learning. “Scientists reversed themselves and proclaimed that most of the traits deemed by eugenics to have been hereditary were shaped by the environment, not heredity.” (pg. 21) shows that during the Second World War, no one thought that the hate for Jews was growing by influence, people just believed that the hatred was natural and should be “dealt with” in terrible, inhumane ways. This put things into perspective while reading the rest of the letter, especially when Suzuki’s elementary school friend used a racial slur to describe David’s father. Suzuki’s friend was so young and didn’t know any better than to repeat what (probably) his parents had taught him, but he never thought of Suzuki as this racial slur because he only knew Suzuki as “a friend from school”. This point is definitely very prominent right now as public racism and influence is growing around the world, especially with social media. Racism and hate is seen as something you “can’t control” when in reality, it’s one of the few things you can control that could make this world a much better place. In Suzuki’s piece, he talks about how a police officer let Suzuki’s father off the hook after fishing, which was rare with the war measures act being very prominent. This shows that even though the police officer was influenced to take advantage of authority, he remained humane and stayed away from hate. Even under the highest influence, we make our own choices.

Emil Response

Through reading Stuart McLean’s story “Emil”, we follow Morley; as she learns that happiness does not need to be materialistic. Emil is a underprivileged, homeless man who is well known in the neighbourhood for being a “crazy old man”. However, Morley knows he is a man with many special abilities, like spreading happiness amongst others. When Emil goes to Morley’s husband (Dave) with a free library, Dave seems quite confused that Emil wouldn’t charge Dave for taking out two books. “Don’t be crazy, Dave. Everyone knows libraries are free” (pg 113). Dave assumed that Emil would want to make some money off of his library to earn some money, but Emil was doing it to simply spread happiness amongst his community. Morley sees Emil’s efforts through his garden. He loves to take care of his garden in hopes of bringing some life and happiness to the streets and anyone who walks past him. As his goal is to spread happiness amongst his community, he only takes what he needs and is never greedy. When Morley offers his money, Emil responds with: “That’s too much” (pg 111) and gives her back two dollars, Morley truly sees how in even the poorest life, one can be giving and accepting. Emil is an odd character to most. Most would see him as a crazy man who would take your money and use it to buy cigarettes or would prowl around you in hopes for pity, but Morley learns and shows others in this story that you do not need money to be happy or share happiness, you only need your selfless spirit.


Original sentence: I was exhausted

Every adjective had been poured onto me in hopes of a flicker of light but the constant ring in my ears from sleepless nights made “comprehend” into cannot pretend. My skin began to rot as I slouched in front of the same problem for three nights in a row, yet I still nod my head. My body was stuck at sea, drinking salt water as the sun hit me using a metal baseball bat. The thought of another smile and nod was unbearable. I began to rot in my 60 x 60 cm confined space. I accepted defeat as my brain began to melt as I stared at the page coloured in red pen.


Talon Talk – Nicole Dziekciowski

My Ted Talk is called “Why You’re Body Size is Natural” and it’s all about how metabolism works around fat. I have been very interested in this topic for a while, and I’m very excited to share it with you.

A quick warning:

The information in this video can be sensitive to people who might be struggling or have struggled with eating disorders.

Ted Talk – YouTube Video

The best resource on the planet: crash course.

Metabolism and Nutrition 1

Metabolism and Nutrition 2

Starvation – ASAP science


Ecological Footprint Journey

Before calculating my ecological footprint, I knew it was going to be a lot more than necessary. My approximate ecological footprint was 6.95 hectares. I was quite shocked by my results, however when I started to compare mine to others, it wasn’t very miraculous. I saved a lot of points in the food section because I don’t eat meat. Even so, I noticed that I do things that can have a very easy fix. Some of my flaws were:
– Showering for a lot longer than necessary
– Flushing the toilet after every use (even when it’s “yellow”)
– Buying most of my clothes completely new
– Wearing only about three quarters of the clothes I own
– My family owns more than two cars
– I usually spend more than an hour on screen time
– Only some of the the food I eat is grown in BC
– Usually food I eat is not organic
– Dairy products are a part of my diet
– My family washes our car and waters the garden every second week

I knew that changing these some habits would be super easy, just getting used to them would be tough. Therefore, the habits I wanted to fix were:
– Showering for 5 minutes or less
– Wearing clothes that I usually wouldn’t
– Try my best to limit my dairy intake
– Go grocery shopping with my parents to buy some organic products
– Try my best to spend less time in front of a screen

My plan to help shower for shorter periods of time, was to use music. A song lasts about 3 minutes, therefore I’d try to start and finish my shower in the period of 1 ½ songs. I dug through my closet and found some clothes that still fit my size that I could wear out. The back of my closet is filled with clothes that I haven’t worn in months, so I tried to reach out (literally) to those. My dairy intake was way more than I needed, so I tried to limit my dairy intake to just breakfast. I cut out ice cream and cheese throughout the day, but kept my regular yogurt/granola for breakfast. My parents usually go shopping without me, therefore I decided to go shopping with them and ask them to buy organic fruit instead of the regular. Finally, the biggest challenge: spending less time in front of a screen. I do a lot of my homework online, which I had to except. However, I usually spend some time on my phone before bed, so my plan was to substitute social media time for music. Music is very therapeutic, so I was hoping it would work well.

Through out these two weeks, I learned that the small changes I made were not only beneficial to the environment, but also to me. Shortening my shower time gave me a lot more time to listen to music or read before bed. Using music as a timer in the shower was also really helpful and it was also made showering a lot more interesting. Another change that was easy was wearing clothes that I usually don’t. The clothes that I usually don’t wear are at the back of my closet, so I had to reach out (literally) and try out new things. I ended up wearing a shirt that I hadn’t worn in forever and remembered how great it is. Limiting my dairy intake was a super fun experience. I’ve always liked the idea of going vegan, so I finally got to get an idea of it. My usual breakfast consists of yogurt and granola, so some days I just ate oatmeal and fruits. I also had a habit of eating lots of cheese for lunch, therefore I cut it out for more fruits and veggies. This change was super experimental, yet very easy.

A change that was pretty tough was eating fruits and vegetables that were completely organic. I went shopping with my parents a couple times and kindly asked if we could buy organic fruits rather than regular fruits. My parents were on board with it, but I didn’t want to put pressure on them to buy all these expensive fruits everyday. My family consists of five people who each love to each fruits, therefore fruits are eaten pretty fast in my house. My mom goes on quick shopping trips for food twice a week and I didn’t want her to spend more money than she already needs to. I still got to eat a lot of organic foods, but they weren’t in every single meal.
Limiting screen time was also a pretty big challenge. I knew from the beginning that it would be tough, but I still tried my hardest. I always listened to music at the end of the day instead of scrolling through social media, but sometimes I’d find myself on Twitter throughout the day. I started to limit the amount of time I was on my phone, and eventually I got to my goal.

The biggest obstacle with each of these changes was the beginning. I have had these habits for a very long time, and completely cutting them out in a short period of time can be tough. My showers used to last 10 minutes, cutting that time in half automatically was very tough, but as days progressed it got easier. Limiting screen time and dairy also has to take a couple days getting used to. Everything takes time, but eventually it becomes a new, better habit.

Making these changes was a super rewarding and exciting experience. I learned that limiting my time in small things would give me more time to enjoy activities that I truly like. The past month has been super busy for me, so allowing myself to relax at the end of the day rather than scrolling through social media, was very therapeutic. I will continue to make these changes into habits, and I will also continue to make changes that are beneficial to me and the environment.

In Depth Post #5 – Hats

It was the Wednesday before spring break, and Michelle and I were in a paint store after school.

Michelle: “Let’s go see the mis-tint paints.”

Michelle asked the manager of the store (who was on the job at the time) to lead us behind the counters to go see the miss-tint options. He left us to pick and choose paints.

Nicole: “So, I thought about painting the base colour grey, but since some parts of my mural need a white background, I was thinking that I could paint the entire wall white first, and then only paint parts I need grey. The grey sections will be for places where I need to blend paint.”

Michelle: “Yes, that makes a lot of sense.”

Michelle picked up a bucket that had was an “off” white with a grey undertone. It was a beautiful shade of white that had the lightest (almost invisible) grey tint. The only problem was, was that it was only about one quarter full.

Nicole: “Do you think that’ll be enough paint?”

Michelle: “Of course. Do you see those tiny buckets of paint over there? *she points to a shelf stacked with 900 ml buckets of paint* I’ve painted a whole wall with just one of those buckets, so if you apply the paint evenly, it’ll definitely be enough.”

Nicole: “Oh ok. I’ll also be needing some black paint, but I don’t see any in this pile.”

Michelle picked up a bucket of dark grey paint.

Michelle: “I understand, but I think that you should use this grey. It’s really dark, so it’ll bring and the right impression, but it won’t be as harsh. And if you really need black paint for details, you can use regular acrylic paint from the craft store. You’ll also save money.”

Nicole: “That actually sounds really great. It’ll be easier to create textures too. I was planning on just mixing up some black paint with a bit of white, but this will just be a whole ton easier.”

Michelle: “Also, if you mixed up the paints and ran out, there’s a big chance that you’ll get a different shade, and that wouldn’t be the best out come for your project.”

We spent some more time looking through mis-tints and picked up a small 900 ml bottle of the two accents colours I want featured in my mural; a dark, burgundy red and a navy blue. When it came time to purchase the paints, we bought six buckets of paint for twenty-five dollars, which was so great.

The beginning of this conversation relates to the Black hat (critical thinking and judgement information). I did this by making a compromise between my past idea and my current idea. I still thought that painting thin layers of paint over grey rather than white would be ideal. However, I also knew that some parts in the painting would need a white background rather than a grey. Later, I used my Red hat to question the amount of white paint in the bucket. I had a feeling that there wouldn’t be enough paint to cover the whole wall, however I asked Michelle and she assured me that if I painted correctly, everything would work out fine. Finally, I used my Yellow hat to see Michelle’s points on using the dark grey rather than buying a black. I understood that a black colour would be extremely harsh, and it would also work our better in the long run, since I won’t have to keep remixing paint and getting the wrong tones. The end price was also cheaper, so there overall was a lot of benefits!
This conversation helped progress even further into this great journey. It’ll not only benefit this project specifically, but it’ll also benefit future art projects.