• Cybele Wu, EDD

It has been 8 years since my divorce. My ex-husband was so into Disney that it infiltrated every part of of our lives. Every vacation was to Disney World or Disneyland. After 18 years with him (9 where we were married), and he had asked for the divorce, I also divorced Disney. I went through a period where I hated Disney. I no longer hate Disney but I do hate what it has become. I know that Walt Disney created the parks as a place for families to be together. But it has been marketed so much it has trivialized it to the point that to call something Disney-esque or Mickey-mouse is not a positive thing. I thought of this and don't think this is what Walt Disney would have wanted. I was curious about this and so looked it up on Meriam-Webster and found this definition for Mickey Mouse:

Mickey Mouse adjective

\ ˈmi-kē-ˈmau̇s \

Definition of Mickey Mouse 1: too easy, small, ineffective, or unimportant to be taken seriouslyMickey Mouse coursesa Mickey Mouse operation 2: being or performing insipid or corny popular music 3: annoyingly pettyMickey Mouse regulations

Disneyesque adjective

Dis·​ney·​esque | \ ˌdiz-nē-ˈesk \

variants: or Disneyish \ ˈdiz-​nē-​ish \

Definition of Disneyesque : resembling or suggestive of the films, television productions, or amusement parks made by Walt Disney or his organization

First Known Use of Disneyesque 1939

Wikipedia has this definition: "Mickey Mouse" is a slang expression meaning small-time, amateurish or trivial. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it also means poor quality or counterfeit. However, in parts of Australia it can mean excellent or very good (rhyming slang for "grouse")

I found this interesting the mixture of different feeling and definition and how it is also related to the United States itself. To me this is very bothersome and disturbing. We have lived in a world where people don't respect each other in a society of greed. It makes me wonder if we weren't trivialized and took things such as the virus, other people's well-being, and the environment, would be in this predicament with the virus, racial problems, and environmental factors?

On a positive note, I am thankful for what I have, my health, my family, and friends!

  • Cybele Wu, EDD

Back in March when I first started with Sketch, I had to go through lots of tutorials. One of the tasks was to create a chat icon. I really struggled with it...and I think also cried about it. No matter how many YouTube videos, tutorials, or articles I read, I couldn't get it. Well, until now...

I just finished my wireframes for my first capstone. I thought they were fine but my mentor suggested that I needed to add more, as there was too much pixel space. I really didn't want to do them over again...but I have a friend who inspires me without even trying that makes me work hard to do my best work. So, I attempted the wireframes again and saw areas that needed more content. One of the things that I added was the chat icon. When I started with Sketch, I didn't realize that it was basically a circle and a triangle joined together. I didn't review the tutorial this time. A few units ago, I completed a sketch (as in a sketchpad) unit. I have always struggled with drawing. All of the excuses about not being an artist...I have used them all. And what was hard for me was that my older brother was the one I loved to hate (not literally) because he was super talented with natural talent, never had to work hard at academics and was athletic. All these things came hard for me...and I have had to work hard to achieve them. The unit about sketching was helpful in realizing and seeing that most is basic shapes. This time when I attempted the chat icon, I Googled chat icons so I can see the images. I saw how clear it was that it was a circle and a triangle joined together. This was a successful day. And here is my chat icon...maybe not perfect, but I am proud of it:

This morning I am getting around to reading some of the email newsletters that I get. On a daily basis, I usually don't have time to read them. But this morning, this article caught my attention. This article that was in the Chronicle of Higher Education's newsletter speaks about internships for doctorate candidates. I was conferred a year ago for my doctorate and that was something I wanted but didn't exist. After I was conferred I looked fro a job through the normal channels, linked-in, Indeed, higher-ed. I got rejection after rejection. Perhaps this was the beginning of the economy that we now know of that includes competition for certain jobs. In March I started a UX/UI bootcamp, realizing that I was over-educated and under-skilled. Since then, perhaps due to the economy, I have learned of others who have higher-education degrees (masters and doctorates) who have had needed to skill-up through coursework, bootcamps, and extra degrees. As I learned about Sketch, UI and UX design and research, I realized that I needed more hands-on experience. I searched for UX internships and found I didn't qualify because I was not in an academic educational program and didn't want to pursue another one with a bachelors, 2 masters, and a doctorate under my belt. I did find one apprenticeship and applied to it. It was looking positive, as I researched the company, reviewed the characteristics of the previous apprentices. There was a combination of interns who had doctorates and who had gone or were going through bootcamps.

What I am finding is that there is no clear definition of what an apprenticeship or an internship. Searching for those terms in lots of cases will come up with results that include bootcamps, or in some cases not true apprenticeships or internships. As I have understood it , an internship is an opportunity to build hands-on learning, while you learn through coursework. I had actually applied to one that was listed as an internship but was rejected because I didn't have a portfolio. The term apprenticeship is fine, as with silversmiths, or other trade related positions, the apprentice works alongside a senior tradesman. They learn the trade by doing. I do not believe that this term should be used for bootcamps, even though there is some of that. In an apprenticeship there should be more of it throughout the process in multiple areas.

It appears as though we might need another term and a definition for this work/learning opportunity where we are learning and building upon our skills. I would be interested in hearing or learning about possible terms and definitions to internships and apprenticeships for professionals.

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