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To Innovate or Renovate

As you may have seen throughout this blog, I posted a few videos staring me, because i’m perfect. Just kidding.

Throughout this last year i have been recording and uploading videos onto Youtube as i saw the Youtube community as an amazing, fun place to be in and as a way to test my creative skills and how to use a computer. As it turned out, after making the first video, my ideal world where i could just sail by wasn’t going to happen. When i first started recording video, i had a hard time figuring out all the components that you don’t see on camera. For example, i had to use 3 lamps and point them directly at me and my friend because there wasn’t a spot in my house that had enough lighting without washing us out at the same time. It was kind of fun though, doing trial and error with such a silly thing like lamps.

After Christmas, i got my own digital camera, and the quality was so much better than on my phone, and people could even watch in HD on Youtube! Once, my first few videos came out, i started getting more and more comfortable being on camera, the hard part came before i went on camera when i had to come up with an idea that people could sit and enjoy watching for 5 minutes. Of course once i learned all the tricks to editing it became easier, but it really opened my eyes to how people who make a living off of this, don’t have it so easy. I’m going to Vidcon this year, which is basically the convention for Youtube, and i can honestly say it will be a totally different experience than if i hadn’t started making videos.

After this year is over, i hope to continue making videos, maybe even become a little famous! Always been a dream of mine to be stopped on the street and have someone ask me if I’m Sebastian Luna. Hopefully this can be a hobby i continue in the future, and i can help bring a smile to anyone who watches me.

And of course, the latest installment of me and my friends

-Sebastian

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Talk about it

Has there every been a moment where you have felt so accomplished for what you have done that you had the urge to share it ? It doesn’t matter how, all you ask for is the people’s attention. The many months of preparation, the myriad of flaws, the excessive planning, it never felt better getting past the hardest past and to get to where you aimed for: the end result.

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I’m proud to say that my accomplishment epitomizes it all. Before the project was launched, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything like this, nonetheless even conjuring up such an idea. It all seemed surreal to me, and just not like me. Looking back at my life and zeroing in on any accomplishments that I’m proud of, my mind would be at blank. Nothing. Zippo. Not until I was presented with this particular project, that all changed.

As a high schooler, you get presented with a certain type of criteria that your projects must follow- from the preparation to the end result. The project itself is pretty much done for you, except your teachers are the master minds behind it and you’re doing all of the dirty work (yuck). But I’ve never gotten a project like this one- a project of free expression. You are pretty much able to do anything you want (school appropriate of course), but to come up with an idea and make that specific idea happen. It’s an outlet of the future and it pretty much tells a lot about you and how well you come up with ideas, along with communicating to others. It’s the first project that I’ve done in school that actually applies to the real world. (Isn’t school supposed to prepare you for the real world??)

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My project was inspired by The Camp at Costa Mesa. For all of you Californian’s, it’s an unforgettable stop-by. You won’t regret it! As for those outside of California, when you do get the chance to go down to California make it a pit stop.  The Camp is not your typical plaza with a wooden picket signs, organic food stores, displays that capture the campfire feel, its atmosphere pretty much describes the name of the place itself. I’ve never been to a plaza like this one. http://thecampsite.com  <= Click on the link for visuals! Right when you get to The Camp there are these short, inspirational quotes that greet you before you even step foot on the place. Even better, every parking lot is filled with these quotes. For once, I wanted to park as far as possible other than the reason for  getting exercise. This gave me an idea: what better way to implant these quotes onto my school? Considering how chaotic the mornings and after-school can be, it wouldn’t hurt to give the parents, students, or even staff members something to smile about. It was a tedious process through getting the school district’s approval, planning, gathering materials. As simple as it sounds, it took a lot more work than realized. But, we finally got it done! 🙂l-1

We decided to do every other parking space, and aimed for a goal of three rows instead of the whole lot of ten. With the empty lots, we’re planning on implementing a design in between. It’s a little twist to the one at the Camp 🙂 By the end of this year, we plan on finishing the ten rows with quotes and then next year, finalize the project with the designs in between.

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Yours truly,

Angie 🙂

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Trust Tuesday

Everyone, at some point in their lives, have been hurt by someone they trust.

Now when this happens the usually response is either, “why would you do that?” Or “naw its cool man.” Polar opposites i know. I’m more of the first one, but i do seem to put myself out there more so i should be ready for more hurt than not. When someone breaks your trust it can be a really hard thing to deal with, and even harder thing to trust again. On the other hand when you break someone’s trust you usually just say “I’m sorry it won’t happen again.” but they always have a way of bringing it up when you want something. When making fiends, one of the key moments in the friendship is when you realize you can trust them, and you get that weird smile on your face because now you can say that one secret you’ve been dying to tell since you heard it.

Anyways, when trust is broken that’s a horrible thing, whether its you saying you’re going somewhere to your parents and you end up going to a different place, or its cheating on a test, you can’t just expect people to go from 0 to 100 the next time you do the same thing. So when you say you’re going to Jimmy’s house for real real this time, your parents might not let you go, and you have to accept that. Same goes for when your trust is broken. That person is no longer on the top of your list, and you’re not running to tell them all your secrets, but after time you learn to trust again and realize everyone makes mistakes. Image

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