Friday, January 15, 2010


During the process of creating an electronic portfolio I had fun. Writing on different topics is a pleasure to me so I didn't have any trouble doing it. I actually think some of the problems and ideas I discussed in my portfolio are common to many people and are interesting.
I think the portfolios are also a nice way to get to know the other students better trough their writing and creative thinking. I know well a lot of the people in my class but still it was intriguing to look at their portfolios and see their point of view on different topics and what interests and excites them.
I also enjoyed the correspondence with the children from Kentucky. The girl I am communicating with is enthusiastic about the blog as well and we realized we had a lot in common. I am sorry that the whole idea of communication between our whole class and the one in Kentucky didn’t work out for all of the students as it did for me because my new acquaintance was interesting.
As an overall activity I think the electronic portfolio was a very good idea. It not only helped students develop our writing skills and our creative thinking but it was also a pleasant assignment that did not exhaust us: we had fun doing it instead.

The right college for me

When I was selecting the right college for me I chose Hotelschool The Hague because it offers me valuable experience and study in hospitality management. It can also help me build up my horizon and have options open to so many branches in management, business, and hospitality industry. I want to study and later work in that industry because I believe I will excel in it. I am an outgoing person who loves to communicate and be around people. That is why I want to work in a hotel where I will constantly meet new people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. On the other hand, I am also organized and punctuate and I believe these are qualities that will be valuable in managing a hotel. Actually I am aiming at the exact position of managing events and monitoring people. This is a skill I developed through the years by constantly participating in the organization of trips, excursions, and this year, the senior prom. I am content when I am dealing with the organization of events and I want to make people around me happy with the final arrangements.

Another reason, why I am attracted to The Hotelschool is the fact that it makes the education interesting, dynamic, and diverse. As I was looking at the curriculum, modules, and ways of teaching I taught how I would never get bored in that school. I also think the two internships are extremely valuable and essential in majoring and completely understanding hotel management. These work placements are also important in the sense that a person puts into action what he has been taught through his learning process. It is helpful because a person could really get an insight into the hospitality sphere and see for himself whether or not it is suitable for him even before graduation. Finally, this brings me to the idea that the Hotelschool not only offers education in hotel management but also in the basics of the business studies, which as we all know are essential knowledge these days. This is why I believe The Hotelschool is perfect for me.

I want to go to the Netherlands because I found it a fascinating country with its nature and culture. I think I would feel comforted to life and study there. I am specifically attracted by the Hotelschool of Hague because it includes the exact major I want to study and offers me diverse ways to train, learn, and practice. I am specifically impressed by the two six-month working experiences. In future I would like to focus more thoroughly on managing events in the business world and I believe the school and my personal qualities are going to provide me a good start in that field.

A common problem ... :)

When students move to a new school, they sometimes face problems. How can schools help these students with their problems?

During the process of education students sometimes have to change schools and adapt to the new environment. This is hard for some students and easy for others. I believe that schools, teachers, and staff there can help the new students get used to the methods of education, the setting, and the people there.
In order for a person to feel comfortable in a new school, the school itself must be a nice place where students are priority. A new student might feel lonely because he has no acquaintances or unsettling because he is in a new environment. The school’s job in problems like this is to make the kid feel in place: having a lot of clubs and after-school activities. That way a person has the chance to communicate with others not only in classes. The idea of the club activities is to also find people with similar interests and the more opportunities a school offers the more people can socialize.
Another problem that a student in a new school might face could be the new teachers and their methods of tutoring. This could be a huge problem for some people because the teacher is a very important figure in students’ life. The school can help in this situation by appointing very capable personnel. Teachers can also help a new kid at school by offering him help outside of class and showing that they care. That is how a student will feel more secure in his learning environment.
In conclusion, changing schools is a normal event in the life of every student. Schools can help a lot to make this process easier. Creating a comfortable environment, having sophisticated employees, and helping students socialize are only a small part of the ways to make a student feel safe and relaxed in a new school.

Iago Is the Perfect Villian (Passage analysis: Act 1 Scene 3)

Thus do I ever make my fool my purse;
For I mine own gain'd knowledge should profane
If I would time expend with such a snipe
But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor;
And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets
He has done my office: I know not if't be true;
But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
Will do as if for surety. He holds me well,
The better shall my purpose work on him.
Cassio's a proper man: let me see now;
To get his place, and to plume up my will
In double knavery, — How, how? — Let's see: —
After some time, to abuse Othello's ear
That he is too familiar with his wife: —
He hath a person, and a smooth dispose,
To be suspected; fram'd to make women false.
The Moor is of a free and open nature,
That thinks men honest that but seem to be so;
And will as tenderly be led by the nose
As asses are.
I have't; — it is engender'd: — hell and night
Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light.

Throughout the play Othello Shakespeare is presenting a tragic story of many people who ruined their lives due to lies and deception. The center character in the tragedy, the one behind all the plots and mischief, Iago, is the portrayed as the perfect villain due to his cunning character and his total disregard for other people’s feelings. In his first soliloquy at the end of Act I Iago rises in front of the audience and reveals his evil plan, his hypocrisy, his anger towards Othello, and his evil personality. He is determined and certain to fulfill his monstrous plot and devastate Othello and the other characters.
During the whole play Iago is lying to his master, his wife, and his friends in order to benefit from deceiving them. He does not hide his hatred towards Othello from the audience but he skillfully pretends to respect and praise his General in front of other characters. Thus, as a seemingly honest man in the eyes of people in society, Iago intends to use his reputation to betray and ruin Othello’s life:
“He holds me well,
The better shall my purpose work on him” (I.3.390-391).
Hypocracy, as a main theme in the tragedy, is revealed by this quote. The whole play and Iago’s plans and final goal are all build on the idea of deceiving others and making them believe he is helping them. This is another proof that Iago is the perfect antagonist. He manages to figure out how to manipulate people and uses Othello’s good nature in order to deceive him. He shares with the audience that his master believes in the honesty of people and is positive that this is a mistake: “and will as tenderly be led by the nose.”(I.3.401). Like a puppet master Iago sets and uses people anyway he wants in order to execute his play. This portrays him as a person, a villain, deprived of soul and any goodness who reaches his goal regardless of the consequences and of the damages he might have caused.
Iago’s hatred and jealousy towards his master are the motifs of these actions. He, however, hides them and cunningly plots a way to hurt Othello without coming off as the villain himself. He plans to make the innocent Cassio look like the traitor:
“Cassio’s a proper man. Let me see now:
After some time, to abuse Othello's ear
That he is too familiar with his wife ” (I.3.392-395/6).
Here is introduced the theme of jealousy that is leading in the tragedy. The feeling of being betrayed by the loved one is painful and unbearable and Iago uses that in order to influence his general. That way Iago cleverly will manage to hurt both Othello and Cassio without them even realizing it. Due to this brilliantly evil character Iago is the perfect villain. Iago’s evilness, however, is often unreasonable. His character shows him to be feeling insecure and unappreciated. He hates his master because he did not promote him lieutenant and consequently Iago hates the person who got promoted: Cassio. The antagonist also believes that Othello have slept with his wife Emilia:
“He has done my office: I know not if't be true” (I.3.388).
Jealousy in this case turns out to be not only Iago’s tool in ruining Othello’s life but also the motive power that got him into creating his evil plan. That is why Iago puts all his efforts into his purpose to destroy “the Moor”. He is the absolute evil because of his devotion to his plans and desire to hurt others. His words are also foreshadowing the terrible deeds Iago is about to do because he shares his insult and his plots. He draws himself as an evil, careless person who is capable of doing everything in order to make himself feel and look good and the audience can only sit silently, wait, and fear to see his further actions.
Iago delivers his soliloquy, showing his treachery and his evil character with no regret and worry. He is indeed the perfect villain due to his desire to torture others and his cunning ways to do so. The audience sees the ugliness Iago’s character and yet none of the characters in the play does. This is essential for him because he manages to hide his true nature and fulfill his evil plots. Thus, in the first soliloquy the image of Iago is shaping to be an absolute, brilliant evil, portraying his plans and still keeping the suspense of what will happen next.