For this weeks classmate conversation, I had a classmate conversation with Garrett and Nestor! I decided to join these guys and have a classmate conversation since we were all in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East looking at the art pieces together! I actually already had a classmate conversation with Garrett not too long ago which you can read here…
…but I haven’t talked to Nestor yet so I decided to join them 🙂
I first talked with Garrett, just asked him some of the same ol question on how he was doing and pretty much nothing has changed since the last time I spoke with him haha. With Nestor, I found out he was currently majoring in Biology as a Junior. Nestor was bong in Norwalk, CA but he was raised in Cypress, CA where he currently lives at the moment while attending CSULB. At the moment, he is just living the single life, concentrating in school and working out whenever he has the time available. All in all, it was fun talking to these guys, we cracked a few jokes while we waited to show and explain our ID cards and I look forward to more classmate conversations like this one 🙂
Nestor Peralta WordPress: https://nestorperaltablog.wordpress.com/
Garrett Ramirez WordPress: https://garrett4ever.wordpress.com/
Any CSULB Alumni, staff, or student can tell you one thing about “The Wedge”, you wish it wasn’t there, yet we are all guilty at some point in our life’s to have passed through it. Yes it does save a few seconds of your day (if you get through without any disruption) but is it really worth it in the end? Especially given how crowded it usually ends up getting around the USU and the chances of bumping into someone are pretty high, it just makes no sense to continuously pass by that “wedge”. Well the solution is a simple one.
By inserting a simple metal bar (not drawn to scale) we will effectively cut down on people getting across the wedge to 0%. The way the bar will be set up is high enough so an average person will have difficulties getting over it, but low enough so it would look silly if you were to go under it. Given the fact that college students really don’t want to be put in an awkward position either, it just wouldn’t be worth the hassle to try to go over or underneath the metal pole, putting a stop to the trespassing of people through “the wedge”. There wouldn’t really be any tradeoffs other than you have to go around the structure, as it was intended, and CSULB students that will be attending the future will become accustomed to walking in the correct path as the senior students that once knew about the “wedge” slowly start to graduate and the problem will cease to exist 🙂 And believe me when I say this is for the better, I have observed many students last week trying to pass on through and it really is an embarrassing site to look at, so why not just make it the norm to walk around the wedge?
For this week’s classmate conversation, I struck up a conversation with Garrett Ramirez! Garrett is currently on his 5th and final year here at CSULB as a communications major. Garrett lives pretty close by to CSULB as he was born and raised here in California and lives in the city of Wellington. Some of the hobbies that Garrett likes to accomplish in his spare time is creating fantastic art pieces, skateboarding around his city, as well as attending music festivals like Coachella. Garrett currently works as a pool technician while attending his final year here at CSULB. He actually has been working there for 3 whole years, so practically the entire time he has been going to school 😮 Garrett is currently not with anybody at the moment (single ready to mingle haha) and he told me that he has a tattoo in a very special place that I will not be disclosing on here 😂
Garrett Ramirez Wordpress: https://garrett4ever.wordpress.com/
For this week’s art activity, I decided to do the finger painting activity with my girlfriend 🙂 This experience was a new one for me because I have never done finger painting in my life before. It was very relaxing and I was able to work with a lot of paint colors with my girlfriend. It was pretty easy to start off; we split the 8 paint colors between us and I got to work with orange, yellow, baby blue, and dark blue. We just started dipping our fingers in each of the individual paints and just started doing streaks across the paper. We weren’t aiming for any sort of goal, just to fill the entire paper with colorful paint and to make it as pretty as possible. After working our way across the paper for 5 minutes, we decided to stop and examine our work and we were pretty happy with the results!
The experience of working with finger paint with no real subject was a blast for me. I liked having to paint with no real objective or having to worry about messing up the painting itself. It was very soothing and relaxing to just dip my hands into paint and have my way with the paper; I almost felt like I was in elementary school playing with colors. In terms of comparing this piece of art with other works of art, I would consider it on average. I say average because having gone to the LACMA museum before, I was really impressed with a lot of paintings that were on display. To be honest; however, I did see some that were very “basic” and I did not feel like they belonged at LACMA. All in all, this art activity was pretty cool to do with somebody that I love and to just have our way with creating art 🙂