CLE Thematic Statements

  1. General Skills learned in university stick with you throughout your lifetime and being able to apply them to larger, out of context situations is a very useful skill to acquire.
  2. It’s crucial to know, understand and accept your limits; recognizing how far you can go, and how much (work) you can achieve before you’re too overwhelmed is very important to do in university, as the workload will be heavy.
  3. Differentiating the two branches of psychology and recognizing which you’re most interested in studying and focusing on.

Isadora Duncan Introductory Blogpost

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“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.”

Isadora Duncan was a revolutionary French and American dancer who affected many individuals throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century. I am drawn to research more about her for I find it fascinating how she strayed away from the societal standards of her generation when it came to how females were expected to act, dress, and express themselves. Isadora Duncan is known as the “Mother of Modern Dance,” as she sparked the start of an amazing and elaborate genre of dance. 

Both Isadora Duncan and I love to express ourselves through dancing. I have never preferred dances such as ballet, where there is a lot of rule following and structure to the classes and techniques. Whereas dance genres such as hip hop, modern and jazz are freer, in terms of style and your interpretation of the movements. I love to express myself while dancing in these styles. Isadora Duncan also preferred modern dance opposed ballet. Isadora believed dance should be viewed as an art, not simply entertainment for others. Ballet to her was “ugly and against nature,” which I believe is a little extreme, though I understand her reasons for preferring freer dance styles.

Isadora Duncan was an independent, determined, and creative individual who I aspire to be like. Throughout her lifetime, she vowed herself to never marry, so she would not have to tend to a man. Though, she did have her first child, Deirdre out of wedlock. I am relatively sure I’d like to marry, though I don’t want my life to revolve around my marriage. Isadora showed great determination throughout her lifetime. At first, it was difficult for her to get shows booked, as her style of dance was unique and different compared to other dancers at the time. Though, she never gave up, and was finally able to grow her popularity.  

Isadora Duncan had a very broad outlook on life. Instead of focusing on the little things, she decided that in her life the big picture is most important.Image result for isadora duncan feminism Isadora also appreciated people who had the same views as her, as she found broader outlooks on life are best for people to have. Though she lived for majority in the late 1800’s, Isadora Duncan did not accept social biases of people. From this, I can infer that Isadora was very ahead of her time and a proactive individual. In TALONS I believe that having a broader outlook on situations will help me greatly. Instead of my focusing on a bad grade I may receive on one quiz, I will step back and take a look at the big picture. Did I try my best? Will this quiz affect me in the long run? Most likely I would have tried my best, and the quiz won’t affect my grade for the future. By doing this, my stress will decrease, and my happiness will have increased. 

Both Isadora and I are females. Because she was living in the 1800s and 1900’s, she faced quite a lot of gender discrimination. Since Isadora was an independent and unique dancer, she surprised and offended certain people of her generation. Women were not expected to act as freely as she chose to. Though, what’s different for me is that I am a living as a female in the 21st century where I will still face discrimination because of my gender, but not nearly as much as Isadora faced. Since Isadora was quite poor growing up, and I am privileged to be living in a stable, wealthier environment, I will make sure to address these topics in a respectful and appropriate manner if I decide to talk about her childhood in my speech.

Not only did Isadora Duncan spark the revolution of modern dancing, but she helped give Image result for isadora duncanwomen more freedom to express themselves in non-conventional ways. Isadora Duncan brought “a vocabulary of basic movements to heroic and expressive standards.” In her performances, she wore loose, flowy dresses, that almost resembled tunics. During her time, corsets, high collars, and heavy skirts were expected to be worn by women during dance performances. Her arms and legs were bare, which some found appalling, and others began to grow appreciation for. Isadora believed women should be allowed to express themselves in the manner they choose; she was an anarchic socialist who had the belief that emphasizing community and individual’s thoughts were a crucial part of living. Her controversial ideas stood out to her community, then grew more significant to people across the country, then the world. Isadora Duncan sparked the beginning of a new and unique dance style, extremely well known today.  

Isadora was a toddler when her parents split up, and she lived full time with her mother. Unfortunately, her mother’s income was small, for she was a piano teacher. Isadora grew up loving the arts, and so did her family. She loved dance so much, that at age 10, she dropped out of school, as it ‘wasn’t for her.’

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Isadora, Deirdre, and Patrick

As Isadora got older, it was a challenge for her to keep persevering and show GRIT when she received a lot of criticism on her beliefs and dance style. Though, the criticism eventually passed, and the fame arose.
Later, in 1913, two of Isadora’s children named Deirdre and Patrick, along with their Nanny, drowned in a river when the brakes on their car would not work. Isadora took their deaths very hard, and as you would expect was devastated. Her two dances ‘Mother’ and ‘Marche
Funebre were inspired by the heartbreak and loss she felt at after losing her children. 

Isadora Duncan grew up knowing she wanted to dance, but little did she know that she’s now considered one of the most influential and impactful dancers of all time. 

For my next steps in my research, I am going to delve deeper to grasp a better understanding of Isadora Duncan’s life story, wants, fears, and achievements.

Thank you.


Michelangelo Introductory Blogpost

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”


Michelangelo was an accomplished and driven artist who shaped our art world into what it is today. The artist was born in Florence, Italy and lived there until he passed away at age 88 on February 18, 1564 in his hometown.

I am drawn to learning more about Michelangelo because he changed the world of the arts immensely. I believe that artists don’t get enough recognition for their work especially in schoolwork and assignments. Being an artist does not just require simply having artistic talent, but it requires innovation, patience, creativity, ambition and many more valuable attributes.

As a learner, I share in common having supportive parents with Michelangelo. From a young age, Michelangelo knew that he wanted to keep pursuing the arts; sculpting, drawing, painting and poetry. When Michelangelo was quite young, his mother had died, and his father did not believe he should pursue art because it was below their family’s social status. Fortunately, by age 13, Michelangelo’s father realized how much talent and potential his son had in him and arranged for Michelangelo to be apprenticed by Domenico Ghirlandaio, the leading fresco painter in Florence at the time. Both my mom and dad have always urged me to follow whatever passions and interests I felt I enjoyed pursuing the best. They do not limit me to jobs which simply pay well or the job that both my mom and grandmother have always had. Both Michelangelo and I also enjoy more of the creative side of school such as the humanity classes, rather than the technical, analytical side of school.

Michelangelo and I both get carried away with our new ideas and passions. Michelangelo was an extremely focused and persistent person who would not get distracted easily

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David; one of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures


if he found something he loved to work on. Because of his pure ambition, “he would often forget to take his boots off […] for weeks at a time.” Michelangelo worked hard every single day to pursue his passions in art. This is just like tumbling and me. Especially during the past two summers, every single day I would go into my backyard and practice my tumbling skills for hours. Just as Michelangelo would forget to take off his boots, I would forget to eat lunch or dinner without even noticing my hunger since I was so busy perfecting and learning my tumbling skills. This can be a positive or a negative trait depending on how you look at it; we both are great at focusing on something we love, but it can also make us oblivious to other important tasks we should be focusing on also.

In TALONS, one of my biggest goals now is to work on procrastinating my assignments less.  Michelangelo did not procrastinate one bit. Every day he would work on perfecting his skills and I admire him for that. Not only would he practice his skills on his own time, but the jobs of making sculptures and paintings for people were not procrastinated on either. He put in his all into every single piece he did. This is how he became the accomplished and talent filled person he was throughout his lifetime. Some may interpret his dedication as an addiction, but to an extent, I believe that it is a great attribute in a person.

Michelangelo has contributed to the art field in a positive way by creating meaningful and memorable pieces of art, influencing others, and starting the movement of mannerisms. His most famous piece of art is the work he did on the celling of the Sistine

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The Creation of Adam; Sistine Chapel

chapel, a Chapel located in Vatican City state. This is one of the most impactful and famous artworks done of all time; the ceiling depicts key scenes from the book of Genesis. Michelangelo also influenced a ton of different artists throughout his lifetime and introduced a style of art to the world called Mannerism. Mannerism is a certain style of European art that Michelangelo sparked the use of, along with other artists such as Leonardo da Vinci.

Michelangelo’s approach to aesthetic, techniques and his own beliefs were implemented into a number of his artworks and were frequently the complete opposite of Leonardo Davinci’s; this was very surprising to most people since Leonardo da Vinci was a world class intellect and an exceedingly influential and famous artist. Though, both artists were very significant in Florence in the 1500’s.

Michelangelo has had to persevere through a variety of situations and hardships to become the person he was. At age six, his mother passed away, which negatively affected him and his family greatly as he grew up. He lived with his father. Michelangelo knew from a young age that he loved the arts, but his father thought that artists were below their social status and urged Michelangelo not to pursue it. Michelangelo didn’t listen to his father and kept practicing what he loved daily. Thankfully, his father realized his son’s potential and apprenticed him with a respected artist in their city named Ghirlandaio. 

For my next step in my research, I am going to find books about Michelangelo, and grasp a deeper understanding of who Michelangelo was, and what his values and beliefs were.

Michelangelo died an accomplished, respected, and talented individual who impacted not only artists, but society greatly. 

Career Ed. 10 Table


Psychologist Lawyer Architect
  Education Once getting bachelor’s degree in psychology, you attend graduate school and obtain a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree After high school, 4 years of undergraduate study, then 3 years of law school is required at minimum. Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program, takes five years to get.

“Pre-professional bachelor’s degree programs in architectural studies or construction management” will take 4 years to finish (

  Salary $97,451: yearly average salary of a Canadian psychologist $115,621: Annual provincial median salary



The Annual provincial median salary

Is $63,003


  Tasks Their job involves talking to people and fostering positive mental health and personal growth; help people manage illnesses, disorders, and provide therapy.

“examine and assess behavior, diagnose behavioral emotional and cognitive disorders, counsel clients and provide therapy” -Workplace BC

Lawyer’s tell clients about their legal rights and “all matters related to law”-WorkBC. They also will argue clients’ cases. Lawyer’s

draft legal documents, for example, “real estate transactions, wills, divorces and contracts and prepare statements of legal opinions”-WorkBC

Typically, in an office, though you can be on the construction site.

Architects consult with clients in order to determine the style and purpose of constructing/renovating properties

oversee the preparation of drawings for use by contractors and tradespersons


  Skills The most important skills helpful to becoming a psychologist include Active listening, reading comprehension, Critical thinking, Problem solving, Judgment and decision-making Skills needed for this job is negotiating, proper public speaking skills, critical thinking, persuasion, judgement and decision making, and very complex problem solving. Speaking, critical thinking, reading comprehension, coordination, writing, decision making skills
  Hours psychologists work 35 to 40 hours a week on a nine-to-five basis usually. (This is not accounting for handling emergencies) Lawyers (usually) work full time, majority of the time, more than 40 hours per week.

If in large firm there are additional hours of research and reviewing docs

Approximately 50 hours per week at minimum.
Interpersonal Relationships You are interacting with your patients, but depending what kind of psychologist you are, you have coworkers and boss if you work in a firm. Lawyers must socialize with their co-workers, their boss, and their clients. Interacting with clients, coworkers, and boss.


  (Local) UBC  University of Waterloo  (My choice) SFU 
Prerequisites  Faculty of Arts requires at least 60 credits outside the Major for the Bachelor of Arts, and the Department of Psychology requires at least 30 upper-level Psychology credits for the Psychology Major, and at least 48 upper-level Psychology credits for the Honors program. 

Lower Level Requirements 

Students must complete: 

  • either PSYC 100; or PSYC 101 and PSYC 102 
  • Quantitative Methods courses:
    PSYC 217 and 218 

Upper Level Requirements 

Students must take a minimum of 30 credits in 300- and/or 400-level courses including:
At least 6 credits from the following two lists: 

  • Behavioral Neuroscience: PSYC 301, 304, 306, 361, 363, 460, 461, 462, 466, 472 
  • Cognitive Science: PSYC 309, 321, 333, 335, 336, 365, 367, 368, 409, 421, 463 
  • At least 6 credits from each of two of the following four lists: 
  • Clinical/Health: PSYC 300, 311, 314, 331, 350, 400, 401, 402, 469 
  • Developmental: PSYC 302, 315, 319, 320, 322, 325, 412, 413, 414 
  • Foundations/Psychometrics: PSYC 303, 312, 359 
  • Personality/Social: PSYC 305, 307, 308, 358, 403, 404, 407, 408, 415, 418 


Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%) 

Mathematics of Data Management is recommended. 

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular) 

The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis.  

  • Required to complete: 
  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3) 
  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II (3) 
  • PSYC 210 Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4) 

You must also obtain a final course grade of C (2.0) or better in PSYC 201W Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4) 

Cost  Approximately $6175.50/year  Approximate tuition and incidentals: $7,200 

Books and supplies: $2,290 



Approximately $6,436.52/year 


Branches of Psychology offered in the program  Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Clinical, Forensic, and Health Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Foundations and Psychometrics, and Personality and Social Psychology 


Clinical psychology, Cognitive neuroscience psychology, Cognitive psychology, Developmental psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology 


Cognitive & Neural Science, Developmental Psychology, Law & Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Quantitative and Theoretical Psychology, and Clinical Science are all branches of psychology you may choose to focus on. 
Timeline  Approximately 3-4 years. It is usually 4 years, but it is possible to finish the required courses and get the amount of credits in 3 years.  I cannot find a specific length for this program, though if you complete all of the required classes, you can graduate in that amount of time.  Approximately 4 years. 

120 units must be completed for completing the Bachelor of Arts, and this is about 40 courses. If completed 10 courses per year, then I’ll complete 5 courses per semester.  

Structure (Co-op)  Yes, at UBC, the psychology major has an option of co-op.  It is available as a co-op or a regular program. Waterloo website states  that “By alternating school terms and paidco-opwork terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve. 


A psychology major does not include the co-op option. 


Location  UBC is located about an hour away from my house, so I can commute to school if I don’t want to live on campus. It is close to a variety of attractions, restaurants, and stores. This includes Nitobe Memorial Garden which is only 1.5km away.  Waterloo is located in Waterloo, Ontario. This means that I would have to move provinces and live on campus full time. From what I researched waterloo is in a relatively nice area; it is very close to waterloo park, only a 1.5km walk from campus   SFU is located in a relatively popular area at 8888 University Dr, Burnaby. Not only does SFU have a large number of stores on the actual campuses but it has Burnaby mountain park within a 15-minute walk! Also close to the campus are restaurants such as Horizons restaurant, and Quesada burritos that you can walk to with your friends. 


Hamilton DOL: ‘Cabinet Battle 1’

Character Development: 
‘The Cabinet Battle 1’ is where the heated debate between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton took place during their Cabinet Meeting.  
“A Cabinet is a body of high-ranking state officials, typically consisting of the top leaders of the executive branch.”

In summary, Hamilton’s “plan [was to] to assume state debt and establish a national bank.” He believed that the 54-million-dollar debt America was under should all be paid by the states by taxes. Hamilton believed a national bank was necessary in order to “to stabilize and improve the nation’s credit.” Also, having the bank would improve the start-up of, and handling of financial businesses. Hamilton also believed establishing a bank would help the 13 colonies get out of debt and create a standard form of currency used throughout America. 

In this song, Thomas Jefferson had just got back from his multiple year long stay in France, when Madison explains the situation to Jefferson, and how Hamilton wants to assume state debt and establish national bank. Jefferson heads to NY to attend the first official Cabinet meeting and urge the President, George Washington, to not sign off to Hamilton’s plans. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison persuasively argued that establishing a national bank was unconstitutional since the Constitution did not specifically give Congress the power to create the national bank. Jefferson also argued that it would deprive the common person from having their voice heard in legislation. Thomas Jefferson didn’t think it to be fair that states such as his own, Virginia, had already paid off their debt but now Virginia would have to keep paying taxes in order to remove the debt placed on all of America.


Alexander Hamilton: 

In Summary, Hamilton is an orphan born with little to no power, but his writing skills help him achieve greatness. At the time of the Cabinet Battle 1, Hamilton was the Treasury Secretary, and also pronounced one of the five founding fathers.  

  • Hamilton Wants: 
  • To assume national state debt 
  • To create a national bank 
  • For Jefferson to be open-minded, to compromise more 
  • Hamilton Fears: 
  • People will side with Jefferson
  • That he will lose his job if he doesn’t get congressional approval 

Thomas Jefferson:

Jefferson was one of the five founding fathers and was Washington’s Secretary of state during this Cabinet meeting. 

  • Jefferson Wants: 
  • Each state to pay for the own debt they have 
  • His state Virginia, to not pay for other state’s debt since they were now debt free 
  • Hamilton to have less power 
  • Jefferson fears: 
  • His state will be taken down under because of the other state’s debt 
  • That the way of thinking under the ‘Declaration of Independence’ will be put aside because of Hamilton’s new views/ideas 

George Washington (President):

  • George Washington wants: 
  • Dispute to be settled calmly 
  • Hamilton to keep his job, and most likely win the conflict or ‘to find a compromise’ 
  • Wants Hamilton to “figure it out” and step up himself without hurting himself politically (Hamilton).
  • Washington Fears: 
  • The decision made will be the wrong decision for his country 
  • (possibly) that Jefferson will win

James Madison:

  • James Madison wants: 
  • Jefferson to win against Hamilton
  • Wants Hamilton to have less power 
  • Wants to be conservative, keep America the same as how it was when it’d just declared independence 
  • Fears: 
  • Jefferson will lose 

Connections to Historical Elements:
“Cabinet Battle 1” relates to the American revolution as a whole because it clearly represents the conflicts and controversy that arose after the colonies declared independence from Britain; between the decisions of how to get rid of America’s debt, and why or why not they should establish a national bank. This song represents the uncertainty of what to do next once the revolution had ended. Should we keep establishing a secure independent country and keep evolving it, or stand by the exact proposals stated in the ‘declaration of Independence?’ 

“His plan would have the government assume state’s debts 
Now, place your bets as to who that benefits 
The very seat of government where Hamilton sits”  

Here, Jefferson is implying that Hamilton’s proposals will mainly benefit himself. He’s saying that there is no other logical reasoning why Hamilton would like to assume state’s debt if it wasn’t for the positive affects it would have on Hamilton himself. By making the government responsible for the country’s financial matters/future, and by establishing a bank, it would “vest more power in the Department of Treasury;” the department Hamilton was head of. Jefferson’s attempt to demean Hamilton’s motives stood out strongly here. 


“Look, when Britain taxed our tea, we got frisky 
(Imagine what gon’ happen when you try to tax our whisky”)

Thomas Jefferson here, is mentioning past controversial events, in order to try and justify his statement/argument. This is a reference to the ‘Boston Tea Party’ that was a big contribution to the spark of the American Revolution. In short, the British began taxing the Americans for the tea that the Americans were provided. It was called the tea tax. A group of Americans known as the Sons of Liberty dumped all of the imported tea into the Boston harbor, on the day that the tax money was due to be paid. This was one of the few huge events that introduced a whole new ideology of independence as the 13 colonies, now known as America. 

Big Idea:
Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events: 

Hamilton’s newfound ideology that establishing a bank and assuming state’s debt to better stabilize America’s economic and political platforms introduced a new idea and way of life to the American people. Hamilton influenced America greatly by establishing a national bank that very much helped America grow as a country. Also, by Hamilton proposing that each state gets taxed in order to pay off the 54 million dollars in debt America acquired, I can infer that he also brought forward the idealogy of working as one. Though, states like Virginia and Maryland had no debt needed to be payed off by them specifically, other states and America as a whole still had a ginormous debt. Proposing the states all equally contribute to the debt needed to be payed off, proposes that even though America had declared independence from Britain, the 13 colonies still needed to work together and build up their country as a team.


Guided Question:

(Look, when Britain taxed our tea, we got frisky)
Imagine what gon‘ happen when you try to tax our whisky
(Thomas Jefferson)

This line is a reference to the Whiskey Rebellion which occurred later in 1791. Hamilton’s advocacy for a whiskey tax came in part from wanting to reduce alcohol consumption in the U.S. In Summary, there was a huge uprising of farmers and distillers in Pennsylvania. They were protesting the whiskey tax enacted by the federal government, as they did not see it to be fair for them to pay taxes for it. In part of Hamilton’s plan to pay off America’s debt, he wanted to impose the Whiskey tax to raise more money for the national debt and to also “assert the power of the national government” onto the American citizens. In these lines Jefferson was singing, we can see that he is almost foreshadowing the events that will take place later.

We almost died in a trench 
While you were off getting high with the French 
(Alexander Hamilton) 

In these two sentences said by Hamilton above, he is criticizing Thomas Jefferson and referencing a period of time where Jefferson was not present and involved in parts of process of the American Revolution. In July 1784, Thomas Jefferson arrived in Paris, France, and surprisingly stayed there until September 1789; coming back a whole five years later. Because of this, Jefferson missed much of the combat among other events of the revolution. Hamilton called Jefferson out on this, and possibly implied that Jefferson’s opinion should not be of much importance concerning state debt and establishing the national bank, since he was not actually present in the 13 colonies while revolutionary acts and events occurred. 

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, We fought for these ideals we shouldn’t settle for less 
These are wise words, enterprising men quote ‘em 
Don’t act surprised, you guys, cause I wrote ‘em(ow) 
(Thomas Jefferson) 

In these lines, Thomas Jefferson is referencing the ‘Declaration of Independence’ which Jefferson contributed to writing along with four other men. “Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness”  were the three main points recognized in this declaration and still hold major value in America today (Hamilton). In the Declaration of Independence, it also states “unalienable rights” are to be given to “all humans by their creator.” The declaration justified American citizen’s rights to revolt/rebel against a leader thought to be corrupt and that did not guarantee them their natural rights. In summary, the Declaration of Independence stated ideologies and values that the colonists believed were essential for America’s success in the long run. By Jefferson mentioning his contributions in writing this declaration, he is also implying his significance and importance in shaping America; therefore, his ideology opposed to Hamilton’s, should be much more valued and respected by the President.



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