Hey everybody, my name is Brandon Burke. I'm from Centerburg, Ohio, which is roughly fifty minutes from Marion (depends on how I drive). I make the trek every day and am currently going for a major in either civil/mechanical engineering. My fun fact was that I went to Costa Rica on a mission trip about three summers ago. It was a real eye opener and something that I will never forget, I hope to go back some day. Some things about me is that I like to do a lot of things outdoors. I will usually be snowboarding in the winter and wake-boarding in the summer. During the summer I also enjoy riding my bike, an '08 Yamaha FZ6, for the exact reasons that Dr. Lohre explained; being able to get away from everything and just the freedom of riding. The gas mileage is also another perk, being that I use it to commute to school also. Well that's about it for my boring life, now to the class material.
The process for composing my poem was pretty straight forward. I worked on it over the weekend and finished the first half early Saturday morning. Then I had to work all day Saturday, so I woke up early again on Sunday (before working all day again) and finished the poem. I really didn't make any revisions to my poem, I just got after it and finished it relatively quickly. My poem is about my sister, pretty cheesy, I know, but I new it was something that I could easily write about. I feel like the poem met my expectations, I wrote it fairly easily with no problems, plus I got my mom and sister to cry... so thats a win in my book!
Taken straight from my journal insert on the first day....
My idea of "The American Dream" would be finishing college, getting a good job (with a good salary), raising a family and living a peaceful, healthy life. This dream is probably very similar to my family before me, other than the little detail about finishing college. When I finish college, I will be the first one in my immediate family to do so. I feel like everyone before me strived for a great life, but a college education was put on the back burner because it could be and was not as much of an essential part of life, like it is today.