The End of The E.N.D.

For the final assignment of DS 106, Elaina and I decided to team up and revisit our storyline from the audio weeks. We wanted to delve deeper into our stories. During our original planning, we thought we would do another podcast, but as we continued to plan and discuss, we landed on the idea of creating a Google My Map, with other media mixed in.

First, we mapped out our four main plot points to tell our story. Next, we added descriptions for each location to give the viewer background knowledge of what was happening, and why. I enjoyed working with Elaina on this to give ourselves another opportunity to be more creative and go into more depth on our stories.

For our other forms of media, we used design and audio. I created a poster for the Spring Break at Sea Study Abroad program that Tala went on. I spent the most time making my own version of the UMW Study Abroad logo, which is a stamped globe. I think it has a clean look to it, and if it were hanging up around campus, some students might even sign up for the trip (that would lead to their impending doom…). For the audio portion, Elaina recorded herself playing guitar to use as Winston’s audition tape to perform on the cruise. We also added in a DIY video I had made as Tala, which was placed in Puerto Rico. And to round out the whole final project, we linked our radio show, Survivors at Sunrise to complete the Google My Maps journey through The E.N.D. 

7 Daily Creates

My first of 7 daily creates was this lovely gif of Dwight Schrute to describe how I was feeling that day. And honestly, I still relate.

My following daily create was naming a horse. I decided a fitting name for him was Eachan, because, after a long search of names that mean horse, Eachan seemed to fit him best.

For my next daily create, I was tasked with drawing the most important person in my life. I chose to draw my mother…I do not think the drawing turned out too well. And considering she follows me on Twitter and did not like the tweet, she did not think it turned out too well either.

The fourth daily create I completed required me to choose a gif that represented my time in DS 106. I spent a lot of my day thinking about what to choose, and after a while searching through gifs, I found the perfect one.

I drew an orange elephant for my next daily create because those are my favorite color and animal respectively. I believe this drawing turned out better than the one of my mother.

For the next daily create, I had to mix two animals together. Once I found the mix of animals I was interested to create, I began drawing the Rhinocepine – a rhino mixed with a porcupine. Probably not the friendliest animal, but its kinda cute!

And my last daily create of the semester, I had to recall my first memory. I chose a cute gif of a puppy stealing another puppy’s toy because I thought it went along well with my memory, despite my sister and me not being puppies.

Brief Reflection on DS 106

Honestly, I have really enjoyed being a part of DS 106. Although it was a lot of work, and at times I was extremely overwhelmed, I learned a lot and had fun! The other day, I was talking with my friends about which class this semester was our favorite, and hands down, DS 106 was mine. I really appreciated having the ability to be creative with my work. Also, I was able to meet such amazing and knowledgeable people through this course, despite it being online. Not only did this course give me the opportunity to be creative and meet inspiring people, but it opened me up to the opportunity of working at the Digital Knowledge Center! Because of this class, and the skills I have gained through it, I will be working as a tutor at the DKC next semester. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the digital world as I continue my college career!








Stranger Things Could Have Happened in Week 11

Oh boy, what a week. After week 10 of videos, I did not think I would be so stressed about another week of videos, but I was wrong. This week required a little more video action than the last, I was even busier than last week! I had BellaCappella rehearsal every day this past week in preparation for our concert, and then my mom visited me over the weekend. So, maybe I could have been more strategic in my timing of assignments, but they did pile up a bit.

Assignment: Watch a Movie/Make a Movie

I started out the week strong by attending the movie watching meet-up, that only I went to…And I later completed the Mash a Movie assignment. I really enjoyed testing out new techniques to create my DS 106-ified scene. It definitely took the most time out of all my assignments for the week, but it was worth it because I enjoyed the process and I learned a lot!

Creating Assignments

I had already created a design assignment in a previous week, so I only needed to make one assignment. I decided to make a daily create, and I thought up designing your own coloring page. Unfortunately, I discovered a few days later that that idea was already used for a daily create, but I still put thought and effort into completing the daily create proposal and making an example.

Assignment: Six Stars of Video

To complete my three stars of video involving content from class storylines, I chose the DS 106-ers React assignment. For this, I created a video as my apocalypse character, Tala, reacting to her friend, Bellamy’s Dream Life video. I enjoyed looking at this video from a different perspective and thinking about what Tala would think. I also figured out how to place one video in another through this assignment!

For my other three stars of video assignments, I chose to complete the product review assignment. I wanted to choose an item that would be fun to review, so as I looked through my stuff, in a miscellaneous drawer, there was a slinky – and I became inspired. I had a LOT of fun making this video as I let my creative juices flow. I even played around while editing the video with little intro and outro bops. I also took some inspiration from videos I have seen (including some of Martha’s videos) and put the word “slinky” on repeat and then slowed down the last one and put an overlaying theme on top of it to make it more intense.

Assignment: 10 Apocalyptic Questions

This was the last assignment I completed for the week, and as I rewatched the question video, I took a mental note of which questions I wanted to answer and a brief idea of how I was going to respond. At this point in the two weeks of video, I was feeling pretty comfortable with iMovie, so I was able to split the clips from “Vanessa Locke’s” question video and from my video to create one cohesive pretty effortlessly. I hope my responses help her with her research of the apocalypse. I am very curious about what is causing The E.N.D.


For the first daily create I completed, I added a GIF to the interactive story on Twitter. It was entertaining to follow the GIF story and see everyone take part.

The other daily create I completed for the week was writing a poem about a mistake I have made. I decided to write it about tripping up the stairs because it happened to me last week and it was a wee bit awkward. But not that it is in poem form, the mistake seems more elegant.

You hear on the radio that the End has started. What do you do first?

I would probably gather my friends and family first. I would want to ensure that they are alive and safe, and if we were together as a larger group, we may have a higher chance of survival.



How to DS 106-ify a Movie

The movie I watched this week was The Quiet Earth. On Tuesday, after lunch, I decided to go to the DS 106 movie watching meet-up, but I was the only student there during the whole movie…BUT it was an entertaining movie and it was nice to watch it on a larger screen! I really enjoyed the plotline and how semi-chill this apocalypse was. The characters, for the most part, were enjoying their time as the last three survivors rather than the movie being the stereotypical zombie/ terrifying apocalyptic story. One issue that stood out to me personally was how they made the one woman seem a bit week and dependent on the men, and I think it would have been nice if she were a bit smarter and more independent. However, overall, I enjoyed this film and I would recommend it!

After watching the movie, I thought that I wanted to do the Swede a Scene assignment, but I did not really want to force my guy friend to wear a dress and spew angry sentiments on campus, even though he kindly said he would. I also thought about doing the alternate ending, and make the woman more of the hero and strong character at the end, but with my busy schedule for the week, I was not sure when I would be able to film some of my friends for this. So, after looking at the assignments again, I decided to complete the Mash a Movie Assignment.

Now, it said that you can add the DS 106 logo onto an object in the scene, but I was not sure where I would put it. However, I was inspired by all of the cardboard cutouts in the scene, so I decided to put Prof Martha’s face on Richard Nixon’s body. I do not really want to talk about how long this took, but I must accept that it is necessary. It took me two hours to do this. I took the picture from her Twitter and used pixlr to edit away the background. I watched a video on how to add overlays to iMovie, which helped me so much, but it was definitely still a painfully long process of switching between picmonkey and pixlr, but eventually, I got it and I put it into the video. I am not sure if you all will think it is funny, but I cracked up when I saw it in action for the first time, though it may be because I spent TWO HOURS making it happen.

After that, I was not even done yet. No, I still had to add the voice-overs. Fortunately, that did not take very long and I was able to easily change the pitch to sound more manly.

This video was definitely quite a long process, but I did enjoy myself and I learned a lot! I hope you all enjoy the scene!


Making My Own Assignments

I love how this class is not just a professor assigning specific assignments and spewing out information. Rather, we are able to have some freedom in choosing our assignments, and we can even make some of our own. Earlier in the semester, I created a design assignment called Charity Ad. I made the assignment because I wanted to make an ad for St Baldrick’s so people would be encouraged to donate to my head shaving. I was happy with how my ad turned out and I shared it on my Facebook and Instagram as well as this blog. What made me the most excited about my assignment was that another student in the class completed it too!

A couple days ago, I decided to submit a daily create. To brainstorm for a good idea, I thought about the daily creates that I enjoyed, so I decided to make something that involved drawing. It is now in the abyss of unpublished daily creates but I believe I called it, Design Your Own Coloring Book Page. As a little hint of what this could entail, below is the example I created.

If you have an idea for a daily create or assignment, I would totally recommend submitting it, because it is interesting to see both sides of the assignments.

DIY Film

The video work for this week took a lot of my energy and efforts. I chose path one, 8 stars of individual video assignments. I completed the Take Us Through Your Day assignment and the Arts and Crafts Tutorial assignment, both of which were 4 stars.

For the Take us Through Your Day, I vlogged my day with my sister in Philadelphia. It seemed a little strange filming my sister all day while we were mostly just walking around, but it is nice to now have a memory of the day in a video format. I tried my best to get some varying filming angles to take the viewer on a fun adventure with us.

I decided to connect my Arts and Crafts tutorial with my radio show, Survivors at Sunrise and tap into my character who studied ecology and lived for a time in Puerto Rico during the apocalypse. This video was more difficult to film and edit than I had anticipated. I struggled a bit to get a good angle to film and I ended up propping my phone up on two books, a tissue box and a lamp base (I also used the lamp for lighting). I had to redo some of my voice-overs in the editing process. There was a lot that I filmed that needed to be edited out or sped up because the video just dragged on. However, I think I got it down to a good length and it flows pretty decently.

I had a few hiccups trying to upload my videos, but I visited the Digital Knowledge Center and they were able to help me! 🙂


Bumper Sticker Remake

To revise an old assignment, I decided to choose the bumper sticker that I made for my radio show, Survivors at Sunrise. Even though I took a long time to design the one I submitted, I was still not completely satisfied with it. After editing it once again, I can say I would probably put this version on my car.


In my opinion, the blue text and the font for “Survivors at Sunrise” was a little tacky. So, I decided to switch to a white text with a more classy font. I changed the orange bottom to the blue color, which gives the sticker an ocean vibe. This ties in well with our radio show where we described how we met when we crashed on Puerto Rico while three of us were on a cruise. I also changed the filter on the background photo so it is flatter and to make the sun rays more visible. I decided to layer the title slightly over the ocean to tie the sky and the water together nicely. I played with changing the font of “DS 106 FM”, but ultimately, I decided what I already had as the font looked very clean.

Personally, I think the new bumper sticker is a great improvement from the first. All I have to do now is put it on Red Bubble and sell them!

The Apocalypse Killed the Radio Show

So the radio shows are over. Honestly, this makes me a little sad because it was a fun time creating, producing and listening to another group’s radio show. Bonding with my survival group as we brainstormed and recorded our show was one of my most favorite parts of this course so far. I was able to learn more about audio from more tech-abled teammates, and I really got the chance to tap into my creativity. Tuning in to Alt-F4 radio show was also a valuable and fun experience. It was interesting to see how another group of students took the prompt of an apocalyptic radio show and made it their own. I really liked how they incorporated some spooky music into there show and made it more of a story rather than a show with segments, like my group did. Tweeting along with others in the class, always makes me laugh because it is fun to see the reactions from different people, but it was also nice to get responses from the producers of the radio show.

Overall, these couple weeks of radio show adventures have been educational and exciting! Unfortunately, it must come to “the end” and we must move on to the next week of assignments.

Continuing the Sunrise Radio Show

Before meeting with my survival group to begin recording our radio show, I wrote out an outline of my segment, Suck it up with Tala. This preparation helped the process of recording go faster and smoother. However, we did have a little brainstorming and collaboration on each of our segments to make them the best we could.

The biggest struggle of recording the radio show was figuring out everyone’s schedules because we are all quite busy ladies. Unfortunately, Alyssa was unable to meet up with us this time, but she was able to record her segment without us.

Despite not having the whole survival group, Elaina, Lauren and I were able to record each of our segments, and it was enjoyable to listen in and collaborate on their segments. I think our radio show, Survivors at Sunrise is developing into a very entertaining piece and I cannot wait for the class to tune in!

The Rising Sun on Our Radio Show

Lauren, Elaina, and Alyssa and I met in the HCC/ over facetime this week to discuss our radio show. I must say it was a change to communicate with people in this class in person. It was really fun bouncing ideas around and getting inspired by each other and our unique characters to create our radio show.

We have an outline for segments that we will be including in our radio show, and I think you all as the listeners should be getting excited! We have some entertaining segments coming up with drama (possibly involving YOU) and some great apocalypse advice by yours truly, Tala.

I have been working on a bumper sticker for our radio show, Survivors @ Sunrise. To be completely honest, it caused me a lot of stress and I redid it multiple times. After a lot of struggle, I made it to this final bumper sticker and I’m not mad about it.

This week, aside from being in Alabama and working with Habitat for Humanity, I will be thinking about developing the ideas for my segment and the other portions of the radio show! I am super excited to get to the audio booth and start recording!

Week Six Survival Tricks

I spaced out my time this week much better than I usually do. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I did all three of my daily creates, and I really enjoyed them! I have been becoming more comfortable using Pxlr to create unique images.

I decided to complete the Character Design as my first design assignment, and I spent a long time looking through all the different ways to individualize my character. After working on my own character, I knew I had to take some initiative and find her a survival group, so I read a bunch of people’s character introduction posts and messaged two people to be in my group, both of whom said yes. My survival group has four strong female characters, and I believe we will do quite well in the apocalypse together.

For my six stars of design assignments, I chose to create a Word Cloud for my character and I created my own design assignment to make an ad for a charity. I knew I wanted to make my own social media post to let people know about shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s, so I decided it would be efficient to make it an assignment for this course.

Throughout the week I was watching the Ted Talk videos and completing the Canva tutorials, but it was not until towards the end of the week that I wrote my reflection on it. This really opened my eyes to design and made me feel more confident because I do not have much of a background in the subject.

Next, I completed the Design Blitz, which I enjoyed running around campus for. And I even found some The E.N.D. evidence while searching around the HCC for posters.

The last assignment I completed was the Alternative Book Cover, which took me much longer than I had hoped. I really struggled to make it look the way I wanted. I plan I making an appointment with the Digital Knowledge Center to get a tutorial on photo editing so I know which tools do what, and I can complete what I want faster and better.

This week, I made sure to leave a few comments on people’s blogs, and it made me realize it is much more interesting to read someone’s post and leave a comment rather than just reading the post and leaving the


Group dynamics can be tricky. What’s been the most successful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?Image may contain: 8 people, including Ashley Thompson, Hailey Schunke, Nora Marie Snyder and Spencer Schryver, people smiling, people standing, tree, sky and outdoor

The most successful group I have ever been a part of was my second team when I was serving in AmeriCorps NCCC. We worked together for six months, and although we often disagreed, we made sure to listen to each other’s perspectives and come to a compromise. We all had our own roles on the team, which made our projects and work run smoother. We recognized where some people excelled and others lacked prior skills, and we taught each other how to be better as individuals and as a team. Some of the most important things to do in a group are to be supportive and to listen because everyone has something valuable to offer.