Week 8 Classmate Conversation – Jazmin Mejia

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Jazmin and I at the Japanese Garden during Week 8.

Hey everybody!

We are now in Week 8 of ART 110, and I can’t believe how fast time is going by! It’s been a while since we last had a Classmate Conversation, but we’re back!

This week, we visited the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, and I got to chat with Jazmin Mejia. Jazmin is 19 years old and a second year, Pre-Psychology major here at CSULB. I learned that Jazmin’s parents are both from Guatemala and her oldest brother was born there, too. They immigrated to Los Angeles when her oldest brother was six months old, and then her older brother was born two years after settling in LA. From there, they moved about ten more times before she was born in Paramount. She lived the majority of her childhood and teen years in South LA. About eight years ago, her family bought a home in the Lynwood/Watts area. There, they adopted three stray dogs in the time they have been living in this home. Both of Jazmin’s brothers attended/attend CSULB, as well.

We had a few Questions of the Week to discuss, and these were some of things Jazmin and I talked about…

1) What is a piece of art, of any medium, that you would like to share with everyone? Why do you like it and why do you think others should experience (read, see, listen to, etc.) it?

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This is the piece of art Jazmin wanted to share with everyone. It was for an assignment for her SCED 100 class that she had taken last semester. The reason she wanted to share it was because it was the best piece of art she has ever created. She said, “It’s probably the last one cause I’m not gifted when it comes to art.” I think if she keeps trying, she can definitely create some more great pieces like this. She wanted others to experience this piece because she says it’s her “one hit wonder.”

2. Would you be supportive of your child wanting to pursue an art career? Why or why not?

Jazmin said that if she had a child, she would be supportive of them wanted to pursue an art career because if that’s their passion, then so be it. She believes it would not be fair if she didn’t allow her child to follow their dreams. I definitely agree with Jazmin, because I would be the same ways with my kids. I think life is all about doing what you love, and if that was something that my child loved to do, then I would be totally supportive of that.

Open your phones to the 1st page. What apps do you both have? What apps are different? Discuss!

When we opened our phones to the 1st page, Jazmin and I noticed that we had a lot of apps in common. We both had Camera, Calculator, Messages, YouTube, Netflix and social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. We talked about how social media is a great way for people to stay connected today. We also discovered that we both have folders for music on our phones, too. Jazmin and I both use Pandora and Spotify, but she also uses Shazam and Milk Music, which I haven’t tried yet.

If you want to check out some of the work Jazmin has done so far this semester, check out her blog here.

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