Finding a Focal Topic: Passion and Research

Meow.

It’s a simple word that gains recognition worldwide.

This past summer, I was introduced to an organization called The Paw Project. It promotes declawing alternatives for cats (of all shapes and sizes).

During the previous summer, I had an attitude of “I don’t want to do anything so I’m just going to watch Netflix documentaries all day.” This is when I came across the documentary, The Paw Project. It educated me about the crippling and painful effects of feline declawing. After pondering in my own thoughts for a while, I realized that my own two cats that I have loved and adored for the past thirteen years have also undergone this operation, and I felt incredibly guilty.

Angel Skittles

I remember the day that Angel and Skittles (my two kitties) had come home from the veterinarian’s office lacking their own claws. They were angry. I distinctly remember both of them refusing to properly use their litter box, as they had jointly decided to openly poop right out side of it. Needless to say, they did not forgive me for quite a while. Of course, I was only five years old at the time.

I would really like to follow in the footsteps of this organization to help inform the public of alternative options for their own cats. My favorite alternative option for this ongoing problem is a product called Soft Paws. They are nail clips for animals that are attached over their existing claws (with adhesive glue). This way, cats can have full control and access of their claws, but they just can’t scratch anything!

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Digital Design Jedi Apprentice – Where It All Began

The stickiness of my sweaty palms made me clench the side of my legs with sufficient unease. As I stood in front of my high school classmates, the only thing running through my mind was, “When will this be over?” The sentences and phrases that spewed from my mouth didn’t even make sense to me anymore, and I could only vaguely comprehend what my own mind was trying to spit out as I dreaded every second that rounded the clock. Can you guess the situation I was partaking in? A dual-enrollment, college credited, Speech course.

Now, prior to this experience, I knew absolutely nothing about any sort of digital design or persuasion techniques. If the teacher would have asked me if I had any insight into the three common rhetorical appeals originally introduced by Aristotle, I would have “politely scoffed” and turned to the unfortunate bloke sitting nearest to me and posed the question to him or her.

This class was certainty a learning experience, to say the least. Not only did it delve into the basics of design concerning websites, blogs, social media, and presentations, but it also taught me the facts of oratorical influences and persuasion. Not to brag or anything, but I would definitely consider myself “internet savvy” due to my extensive knowledge of the web.

In regards to the recent Buzzfeed Quiz, “Are You Mastering The Force Of Digital Persuasion,” I was the slightest bit offended that I did not rank as the ultimate Jedi Master. In reality, my result was as a mere Jedi Apprentice. I suppose this is understandable, and my pride is simply getting in the way of the rational perception of my true talent. On a side note, I probably acquired the majority of my knowledge on this subject by simply sitting in front of a computer screen, eating a box of Cheez-Its, and watching YouTube videos and scrolling through Tumblr.