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Writing a portfolio

One of the activities that I liked the most is the one we were able to write what we were tired of. Following the structure of Ali Smith´s poem, in which she expresses many of the things she is tired of, we were able to construct something similar, using the same anaphora. I really learned with this activity, I was able to truly express myself and put into words some of the many things I am tired of. I really enjoyed how we worked all together. Although the writing was individual, putting all the work in one presentation strengthened the meaning of the writing.

I think I consider this activity as one of the most enriching of the year not only because I put my best effort but because of the moment we did that activity. I was not so tired as regards school and restrictions as I am now, which is why I was able to fully concentrate and learn. Apart from my concentration I was also able to focus just on expressing myself rather than focusing on my writing, something I sometimes find difficult. If I had to do this activity all over again I think I would continue writing a little bit more, just to experience how far my thoughts and tiredness can go.

I find these kind of activities really interesting, I learn a lot. Although I find it really important to develop other abilities, I think that combining writing with expression is wonderful. Sometimes while writing we concentrate just on grammar, plot or reaching the number of words, and having this space in which the only condition was to write our feelings was great too. I believe that, for future tasks, I should work as I did with this activity. I should find a good balance between writing skills and letting my mind express itself. I think I should also organise a little bit better, because that is the way to prevent stressing myself. These are my objectives.

These types of activities are really helpful, and a great way to learn. I really enjoy them and hope to work on something similar in the future. This year was totally different in comparison to what we expected, which is why these tasks have an extra meaning. 

Responsibility task – Lang. and Lit.

  • How would you define a responsible person?

I would define a responsible person as someone committed to complete the tasks and works assigned on time and putting effort on it. Moreover, I consider that being responsible includes accepting the consequences and acknowledging when mistakes have been made. Responsible people tend to be very organised.

  • Are you a responsible person? Why or why not? Give examples of people you know in your personal life or in the public domain who are responsible. How do these individuals support your definition?

I consider myself a responsible person, as I am able to organise myself to complete tasks on time. I don’t like having anything pending, I usually try to complete my work with enough time. However, I sometimes find difficult to accept mistakes and correct them, which is why I am not totally responsible in that way. I believe my mother is an example of a responsible person. She is very organised and likes to complete tasks and work with a lot of anticipation, she never has anything pending. People always trust her when talking about work matters. 

  • How does one learn to become a responsible person? Who are the “teachers” and where do we find them in our lives?

I don’t know if there is a formula to become a responsible person. I think commitment is needed, and being able to get organised and to listen partners and teachers. In different stages of life it will be fundamental to become responsible if the objective is succeeding, which is why it depends on each person the way of learning how to become responsible. However, there are different people that can guide or help us. I think that these teachers I am talking about are not only the ones we find at school or university, but also every people in our lives which guide and push us to become more responsible and better everyday. I consider that we can find teachers in different aspects of our life, and even we can be teachers too if we are responsible and we find partners struggling to get there. 

  • Is being responsible a character trait that you value a lot?
    Why or why not?

I really value being responsible, as it is a big step needed to be successful. Being responsible involves organisation, commitment and effort, which are key characteristics for us to achieve our goals, not only in our jobs, school or career, but also in our daily life.  

  • The Golden Rule is “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” What does this statement mean? Can you think of a situation in your own life in which you used this statement as the guiding principle for the action that you took? If “yes,” explain.

The Golden Rule means that we should treat others the way we would like others to treat us. Although I cannot remember a particular situation in which I used this principle, I have known this principle since I am little, as my family and teachers always repeated it. This statement is very useful in many aspects of our lives, and definitely no matter our age. We should always respect, tolerate and treat others the way we like to be respected, tolerated and treated. We should always take this statement into consideration when we are interacting or discussing with others. It is a principle I usually remember of, and that is very important for everyone to follow. 

Connectors and linkers


I sometimes find difficult to notice when should I include connectors while writing essays or texts. Besides, I get confused where in the sentence to place contrast connectors, such as despite. I usually use the same result and conclusion connectors, so I would like to learn more variety to use in my writings.


Causes and Effects of Uncontrolled Urbanization

If you are an urban dweller, you may know the real meaning of urbanization.  1. …However…, this does not always indicate your sufficient insight in the “uncontrolled urbanization”  topic too. To form a causal chain, it is right to say that more jobs, more services in the urban side and absence of land in the countryside force people to migrate to larger cities which brings about uncontrolled urbanization. 2…As a consequence.., some problems arise such as unemployment,inadequacy of infrastructure/services and some environmentally unwanted events as well as unpleasant demographic incidents.


3…Firstly….., it is a good point to dig up the reasons for people to come to larger cities. First of all, by all accounts, cities are perceived to offer a wide variety of job opportunities on the grounds that there are very different branches of  businesses in cities. Inasmuch as unemployment level is hugely high in the rural areas and the work is only about farming in contrast to countless business sectors in chief cities, more and more people choose searching for their chances in the metropolis.


4…Then…., comes another significant reason: There are better services in cities. As a matter of fact, transportation is extremely developed so as to make use of time efficiently. Medical services are supported with the latest technological improvements, there are unbelievably modern hospitals. 5…Besides…, education is taken into account seriously. There are very high-quality schools with excellent teachers, teaching with up-to-date techniques. None of these can be found in the rural areas, at this stage.


6…Among…. factors causing migration to big cities, there is a strong push factor stemming from absence of enough land. It would be very hard and useless to cultivate the land if it is too small to make an agricultural production. One important thing triggers this incident increasingly during the last years; namely, division of land. To explain, in the rural areas when someone dies, the inheritance would usually be the land. 7…Therefore…, the land is divided into many parts due to the fact that in the countryside it is common to have lots of children and they all have rights to take one part of the inherited land. 8…However.., what they get are useless small lands rather than a gigantic land which is capable of making a great deal of agricultural production itself. The inability to do the only thing, farming, again brings about migration to big cities with the hopes of making money.


As mentioned earlier, all these facts and figures necessitate uncontrolled urbanization, in the midst of the causal chain. 9……On the other hand…, what are the side effects and drawbacks of this growth?



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