Who am I…

College is a difficult and stressful time in a student’s life. In this great journey students are faced with many papers, projects and presentations they must fulfill in order to graduate. As a students you must learn to grow and adapt to the college life and expectations teachers have. Throughout this semester I was no different. I had to learn and grow not only as a writer but, as a person. I needed improve my work ethic and, skills in order to earn passing grades in all of my classes. I no longer could get away with procrastinating till the last minute and turning in assignments with many grammatical mistakes. As this semester is coming to a close I feel that I not only adapted but, evolved to become a better student because I no longer make easy grammatical mistakes, I am a master at time management and, I learned what works best for me as a student.

The first reason why I evolved is because I no longer make easy grammatical mistakes. When I started in this english class I never really payed attention to details in my papers. I always thought that teachers would let the easy grammatical mistakes slide and mainly look at the main ideas I wrote. I thought that if I was able to get my point across in my papers that would suffice and, I would receive an A for the assignment. I was greatly mistaken, as when turned in my first and, second essay I for english twenty-two received a poor grade because of those grammatical mistakes. I had to learn quickly learned the importance of looking over my work and, double checking my sentences. Looking back on my first paper I realized that if I weren’t so careless I would have received a better grade. If you look at this paragraph from my first essay you will see what I mean.

“In High School, I was a very hardworking and talented student. I was taking AP classes, Iin student government, and a four sport letterman. As a student, I would classify myself as an independent hands-on learner. If a teacher would lecture the whole class, . Mmy mind would tend to wander until it was time to do the assignment or test. If I was given the assignment before hand, however, I would be much more attentive and be able to concentrate on the teachers. That is why I think I tend to gravitate toward Mmath. You are able to learn the subject on your own with a little research and trial and error.”

As you can see I was carless with my sentences and because of these point deductions I received what I deserved at the time a poor grade.

My second point on how I evolved is I have become a master at time management. Throughout this semester I was faced with many difficulties and challenges. From working on my golf game, to working a part time job and dealing with the workload of my classes. I found that juggling all of these many important things in my life did overwhelm me at times. I was forced to become a master at time management. I had to be productive with all the spare time I had. In the past, I would just lay around the house on my off days and just wait until the last minute to finish my assignments. As time went on this semester Ms. Cara taught us how importance of making use of our time in order to not be so stressed when assignments were due. In a lecture she had with our class she explained we needed to be devoting 3-6 hours a week in her class in order to pass. She explained her current situation with not only going to grad school but, teaching four other classes. This really resonated with me. If I thought I had it difficult imagine how she must feel?

My final point on how I evolved is that I learned what works best for me as a student. In the beginning of the semester we were able to take a survey to determine what kind of learner we were. I found out that I was a visual learner. I needed see how things were done in order to replicate the actions. This new knowledge helped immensely as I was learning new material. I was able to look at examples of the material we were learning and immediately catch on to the subject. In the past, I would have just tried to learn the material by trial and error. This would have taken much longer for me to catch on to the new material.

Overall this semester I was able to learn so much about myself and who I am as a student. With this new found knowledge I have I will be able to take what I have learned in this class and use it in my future classes. I will now be more careful in my writing and be sure to look over it multiple times before submitting it to my professors. I am now very good at managing my time. I am now able to learn a lot quicker because I know how I learn. This is all because I was forced to evolve from my english class this semester

Round of a ifetime

When I first committed to play for Briar Cliff University golf, I never imagined how hard the journey would be. I was faced with many obstacles in both school and among my teammates. Halfway through the school year, I decided I needed a change.  I tried to find another school to take my talents, too. As I was looking, however, I couldn’t find any coach interested due to my lack of experience in college tournaments. I was told I needed to “show I wanted it.” Well that all happened in the last tournament of the fall semester.

It started out  just like any other tournament. I arrived to the course an hour early to warm up and get loose. I immediately hit the range to see how I was hitting the ball. I started with my sand wedge aiming for a target 50 yards away. The first couple stayed on line and hit the target. After, I proceeded to hit different clubs in my bag aiming for various targets. I couldn’t miss.  With each swing, my confidence started to grow. By the end of my warm up, I knew today was the day.

I took my phone out of my pocket and looked at the clock. It was now ten minutes to my tee time. I decided to go through my phone, scrolled through my contacts, and called my father.

“Hello?” he answered.

“Hey Dad, I’m just about to tee off.”

“Okay, how are you feeling?” he asked with a nervous tone.

“I feel good. I’m hitting the ball great,” I replied confidently.

“Good, well just be calm, and play your game,” he said.

“Okay, well I gotta go. I’ll call you later.”  I hung up the phone and put it into my pocket. I could hear a loud voice saying, “Next on the tee from Briar Cliff University, Nickolas Rivera.” I started my walk to the first tee. With each step, I could feel my heart beating faster and faster.

Finally, I arrived to a tall gentleman in a blue shirt. He handed me a piece of paper that read, “Rules for today’s tournament” and my scorecard. “You’re up,” the gentleman told me. I proceeded to grab my driver from my bag and began to tee my ball up. My heart was still beating fast, and I took the club back and hit the ball. *Bang! I looked up and saw a little white speck in the air land and hit the middle of the fairway 285 yards away.  Seeing the result, I heard applause from the spectators. I could finally take a breath, and my heartbeat finally went back to normal. The next shot I had was 105 yards to a pin straight in the middle. I looked in my bag for my gap wedge. I lined up straight in line with the flag and made a great swing. Hitting the ball two feet from the hole making a birdie. After that shot, I felt like a god. Throughout the rest of the round, I did much of the same thing. Hitting almost every drive straight and my second shots extremely close to the pin.

Fast forward, I am standing on 18th tee. I looked at my scorecard and saw at the bottom I was -3 on the day. Wow! This is the best I’ve ever played,  I thought. Then, the fast heartbeat I got rid of on the first tee began to come back. “Oh no! Just be cool,” I tried to tell myself. It didn’t help. I had to tee up my ball and make a swing. When I took the club back, I mishit the ball, and it went way right into the trees. Seeing the result, I shouted, “Dang it!” and threw my driver straight into my bag. Negative thoughts then raced into my head. You will never be good enough. I began to walk to my ball, engulfed by grass and dirt. I lined up and made contact with the ball letting it fly straight into the greenside bunker. Any golfer knows that’s the last place you want be! However, I had to play the ball as it lay. I walked straight up to the ball, lined up, and closed my eyes.

At the very moment, something amazing happened. It felt as if time stopped. Calmness filled my whole body, and I could just visualize the ball going in the hole. I took the club back with confidence and hit the sand pushing the ball out onto the green. The ball then hit the grass and rolled into the hole! Seeing the all happen in slow motion almost like in the movies! With my smile ear to ear, I walked up and picked up the little white ball from the hole. Finally, I wrote my last hole score down and gave it to the scoring table. After a couple of minutes, I heard on the speakers, “Shooting a round of -4, the winner of the Briar Cliff Invitational, Nickolas Rivera!” At that moment, my heart skipped a beat, and I knew that all my hard work paid off. Smiling ear to ear, I walked up to the podium and received my medal.

That special round was able to get me noticed by Hawaii Pacific University, and I was able to receive another scholarship to help pay for school. Since that day, I’ve been able to be confident in my ability to play well. This life changing round gave me the confidence that I deserved to play with the highest level of golfers, no matter the size. This round also has driven me to work harder than I ever have. I learned with hard work and determination, I will be able to accomplish anything I set my mind to. You just have to keep working and never look back from your goal no matter what.  It has given me the drive to replicate the same magical round that won me a college tournament.


Why student Athletes should be paid.

In today’s day and age, college sports have evolved into more than just a sport. Sports are no longer fun and games; instead, it has turned into a business filled with ticket sales, television contracts, and sports-related merchandise. Athletes, however, see nothing of the money they earn everyday working for their schools. Universities are exploiting athletes, and recently, the problems that this creates have become more prominent. More and more athletes are now leaving school early to enter the professional leagues in order to make money. There have also been reports of athletes seeking outside monetary help to cover some of the daily tasks of college (cite source). This outside help is in direct violation of the NCAA rules and leads to consequences for athletes (Rpowell paragraph 2). All of these problems could be minimized, if not completely eliminated, by adopting a program for compensating student athletes. I feel this is the right action for the NCAA to adopt because athletes have it harder than regular students, universities make million of dollars from athletes, and student athletes are not finishing their degrees because they are not getting paid.

The first reason NCAA should pay athletes is because college athletes have to go through a rigorous training schedule, travel to different places to play, and still have to maintain good grades in their classes. This is an extremely difficult job for any average person. The NCAA expects college athletes to be okay with all of this when in reality, student athletes are basically professionals. Student athletes devote just as much time to their craft as professionals do. They are obligated to attend post game interviews, star in commercials and signings for the schools they attend. These are all the characteristics of being a professional athlete.  As a college athlete, myself, on the golf team, I can say from first hand experience the challenges athletes face. We were forced to be up at 4:30 a.m. for weightlifting/practice until you could hardly walk, then get ready for your classes, and finish your homework. By the time you were done with your day, it was 2 a.m. The best part about this is you did this Monday through Friday for the whole semester. Professional athletes have less on their plates than student athletes do, yet they get paid for their profession. In a recent article by CBS, division one players in baseball, football, and basketball spend more hours in their sport than in the classroom. The worst is that college baseball players spend 42.1 hours a week in the sport during their season, which is 10.4 hours more than they spend on academics (O’Shaughnessy 1 par.agraph 2). The NCAA currently has a 20 hour rule per week for student athletes, but the NCAA refuses to regulate their original rule because coaches have found loopholes in the rules. Administrative meetings, weight-lifting, conditioning, film study, and activities incidental to participation such as taping, visits to the trainer, and rehabilitation, do not count towards the 20-hour limit, nor do “voluntary” activities where no coach is present. This is usually a problem as coaches will tell players the work or activity your own choice but, if players do not show up they are punished. Game days count as three total hours, even though they often require travel and hours of pre- and post-game meetings and activities. As you can see, these untargeted hours result in stressed and sleep deprived students struggling in their college career.

My second reason college students should get paid is because universities make millions of dollars from athletes. In 2014, “the NCAA and CBS signed a $10.8 billion television agreement over 14 years.” The NCAA is supposed to be a non-profit organization (Hartnett par. 1). Also, many division one college coaches earn at least $100,000 per year. These coaches receive bonuses for getting to the playoffs, winning championships, or breaking school records. College athletes receive nothing for their achievement other than a pat on the back. College athletes put their bodies on the line everyday for their school, yet the most they get is to get their tuition paid for. This doesn’t cover the extra things such as food, books and other basic necessities students need in order to live.  The only thing stopping college students from getting paid is because they are considered “amateurs.” Amateurs are defined in the dictionary as “an athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition” (cite source). Most people will argue that the scholarship they receive is compensation enough, but when you look at the statistics, it really isn’t. The average division one out-of-state tuition is $24,930 (cite source). Over a four year period, that is less than what a college coach earns in one year. Another contributing factor is the NCAA’s ability to produce video games of players without their consent (Schooled). The NCAA is able to manufacture games with companies with college athletes without their names as a lupole. These companies keep the revenue of the sales of the video games and athletes do not get compensated.  If the NCAA is able to do these type of things to athletes, why shouldn’t they be able to receive some sort of of monetary compensation? An example  would be if student tutors are able to receive academic scholarships, as well as monetary compensation for their craft. If a tutor is able to make some sort of money on top of their scholarship they receive why shouldn’t athletes?

My third and final point that student athletes should be paid is because student athletes are not finishing their degrees because they are not getting paid.  Currently, the graduation Rates Report, among college athletes the an average the graduation rate is 59% (NCAA 1). Star student athletes have a choice after three years to declare for the professional draft or to stay in school and finish their degrees. This creates the opportunity for student athletes to get paid for their work they put in their craft. If we were able to give athletes an opportunity for monetary compensation, maybe this would lead to an increase in student athletes graduation.This is quite a problem as less than 9.2% of athletes make it to any major professional team (cite source). If we fail to come up with some type of action on this issue, more student athletes will be without degrees.

Finally, I believe that this serious issue must be addressed to you, as well as others, so something may be done. Student athletes are not just a tool to be used by the NCAA. They should be cherished and compensated somehow for all of the things they do for the school. I do not believe these athletes should be paid millions of dollars, but enough to take care of the basic needs college requires. Students should get paid because they do a lot for their schools, the universities make money from them, and if we paid athletes students would stay in school.

Essay 8


Find an article that you will use to support your ENG 100 Essay 3, 2) Write a summary of that article, and 3) Evaluate the article using the CRAAP test

I’ve chosen to do my article straight from the NCAA website. It is an article showing how many student athletes make it to the pros every year. It has very current data being from a couple of years ago. This article is able to in reality how many athletes are able to be successful at the higher level. This article plays into my essay by showing how athletes are risking their lives everyday for their universities and are not being rewarded by it. They risk career ending injuries but are only rewarded with usually partial tuition, still having to pay for college out of pocket.


Essay 7

1) who are you interviewing? Why? 2) Write a description of the person you are interviewing. Who is he/she? How do you knowhim/her? What does he/she look like?3) Write down 5-7 question you have for him/her related to your research question.

I will be interviewing my former college golf coach. He was a golf coach for Hawaii Pacific University for four years prior to resigning. Jim and I know each other as he did coach me and I was recruited by him to play for Hawaii Pacific University. He is a local born guy with a darker complexion. He is about five foot seven and has a deep voice. I will be asking him “why he thinks student athletes should be paid.” Why he thinks student athletes shouldn’t be paid. As a parent with an athlete do you think they deserve to be paid. How do you think if athletes were paid will it change college sports.

essay 6

Essay 3, what topic have you chosen to do your research on? Who

will you interview for your essay? Provide a brief description of your person, and explain why that person is qualified to provide the information you hope to gain. What questions will you ask your interviewee?


I have chosen to do my research essay on why student athletes should be paid. I will be interviewing my old college golf coach. He has been a college coach for four years. He has a vast knowledge in the rules of college sports and has seen first hand why student athletes should be paid. He is also a parent of a student athlete at another college. I will be asking his opinion on the matter as a former coach. I will be also asking his opinion as a parent.

Essay 5

What does the word “mālama” mean to you? What are some topics that you are thinking about researching? How are each of your topics related to “mālama”? Another aspect to consider when brainstorming ideas is who/what can your sources be? Do you know any experts you can consult to get more information on your topic?


Malama means to “take care” to myself. I am thinking to research on how to separate criminals by crime in hawaii. I feel that this would help the prisoners that did not commit very serious crimes. Right now they are being thrown in with criminals that have committed serious crimes like murder. They are more susceptible to commit suicide because of it. I have my dad to consult as he teaches prisoners and he has close contact with them daily.

Essay 4

which campus resource will you be writing and doing research about? What do you already know about this campus resource? What do you want to know about it? What types of sources will you consult for this essay? What are some reasons that you think other students should use your resource?

I am doing my essay two on the student resource center. I know that the center is where students are able to get help with multiple subjects. I will go in for myself to research the details about the student resource center. I feel that students should make full use of this resource to help them with classes they are struggling in.

English 3

The things that come to mind when I think of when I look at this paper are. You need to treat others with respect, and to treat others how you would like to be treated. I feel that is just the hawaiian aloha we have for others. This is just being a good person and choosing to always respect anyone as they were yourself. I think that is why everyone gives us the nickname of the “Aloha State”


I am originally from the island of Oahu. I currently reside in the little central town of Wahiawa. My home town is currently known for Dole plantation, Sunnyside Restaurant, and Dong Yang drive inn. Many people associate Wahiawa being in the “ghetto” filled with troublemakers. I am none of these things. I feel most people associate Wahiawa with these kind of things because it is the town with the most criminal activity on Oahu.