Author Archives: dcho95

About dcho95

I'm a freshman at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. I'm planning on double majoring in English and Journalism and my dream is to eventually work at the New York Times. I'm originally from Morris County in New Jersey and live with my parents, younger brother, and my dog. I love listening to music. I find music especially comforting in times of hardship, which is why I love collecting CDs. Instead of buying music off of iTunes, I find that it is more memorable to have the actual disc in my hand. Out of all the genres of music, I especially like listening to R&B because it tends to be more calming for me--it's a lot slower and more lullaby-like than, let's say, EDM (but I find any kind of genre very interesting).

Last Day of Class

We finally got through all of our classes! I just wanted to say it was really interesting and fun to be in a class with you all and I hope you guys do well on your finals! Even if you lose motivation or just don’t feel like studying, end the year with good grades!

This class was really interesting because it got me into blogging–although I enjoy writing, I’ve never really blogged before so it was definitely hard because it’s not something I’m used to doing. I hope everyone had an enjoyable time!

Influence of Music

As I said before, my final blog is on music! I found an interesting article that shows the powerful influence of music on people, mostly teenagers. When I read it, I was shocked at how music can have a huge influence on the choices we make in everyday lives.

http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/influence-pop-music-teens-17843.html

The more I thought about it, the more true it seemed–I mean, we’re influenced by our friends and family all the time, so why not something else we’re surrounded by 24/7?

Black Friday…Right after Thanksgiving?

So as usual, I was on Twitter a lot during break and a lot of my friends mentioned something important: Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving. After all, Thanksgiving is all about…giving thanks, right? Well, that’s exactly what my friends argued.

As much as I enjoy all the deals and sales that Black Friday has to offer, I feel that it destroys what Thanksgiving is all about. We’re giving thanks for everything we have because there are so many others who don’t have as much as we have…and yet the next day, we beat other people just to buy something that costs $9.99 rather than $19.99. I also feel bad for the workers who work on Black Friday because it doesn’t seem as though they can get a break either. Stores would need employees to work double shifts and overtime just to compensate for all the customers who walk into the store. It sucks because I know that I’d want to go shopping and get everything I need for a low price, but at the same time,  I’d want to give some space to the employees and give them a break as well.

Even though I feel this way, I’m still torn between who I want to do and what I should do.

Samsung vs. Apple

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/06/samsung-did-not-try-to-pay-apple-1-billion-in-nickels/

I was on Facebook, minding my own business, when I stumbled across this article. I read in ANOTHER article that Samsung paid its $1 billion debt all in coins! I was so shocked when I read this because I can’t imagine receiving 30 trucks full of coins, especially from someone who I won a lawsuit against. To be honest, I don’t really understand why Apple made such a big deal about Samsung “copying” them. I mean, it’s one thing to accuse a company of copying another company’s products, but to estimate the hypothetical losses that Samsung caused Apple? I think it’s ridiculous.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a Macbook Pro, and iPod, and and iPhone, but I just find it weird that Apple filed this huge lawsuit against Samsung. The way I see it, it can be a legitimate competition between the two companies to see which phone people like more. Maybe it’s just me, but if I were working for either company, I’d see it as a challenge.

Fantasy Football, Fantasy Basketball…What?

These days, most of my guy friends have been getting soooo into all these fantasy leagues (fantasy football and fantasy basketball). When I hang out with them, I have noooo idea what they’re talking about sometimes?

Would someone care to explain it to me?

I mean, what’s the whole point? I promise I’m not bashing on guys who do fantasy, but I don’t really understand the whole concept of it. When I’m at home, my dad and my brother just sit around the TV and watch the game without their computers (probably because they don’t do fantasy).

http://games.espn.go.com/frontpage/basketball

I just googled “fantasy basketball” and found this site, which I have no idea how to navigate. After playing flag football, I learned so much about football and how to play it, but when it comes to fantasy, I have no idea as to what is going on. I don’t know–maybe I should start paying more attention to sports? Even though I don’t do fantasy, I’d actually love to learn more about how to play certain sports.

Harry Potter Kid!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/this-kid-dressed-as-harry-potter-and-went-to-penn-station-lo

This is an article that I came across while I was on online. It’s about a young boy who actually dressed up as Harry Potter and went to Penn Station to look for the very famous “Platform 9 3/4.” While I was reading this, I first thought it was adorable and so cute. However, I also realized that movies are influencing kids so heavily that they are causing kids to dress up as the characters and do what the characters in the movie did.

It’s so cute to see kids like him these days–they dress up and actually go out to look for something they love! I would rather be more like him than a kid who’s obsessed with technology and such.

What do you guys think?