Ryan Hartmann
Emi Smith
The Perfect Human
September 20, 2017

Taking college courses can cause a heavy workload that may, at times, feel unbearable. It is important for a student to create checkpoints for self-evaluation throughout a semester. This will ensure that the student is on track to succeed and advance in the class. In a society that is very competitive, all possible ways to maintain an above average grade are necessary. For myself, the college school year is roughly a month in; meaning a self-evaluation is well due.
My first assessment will over my seminar, The Perfect Human. The class covers eugenics, genetic engineering, and the process of modifying the human genome. This course introduces topics that are relatively new to me. On top of that, the workload is heavier than the workload I faced in high school most definitely. In order to properly assess myself, I will answer previously prepared questions.

How well do I think I am doing in this course?
– For a topic that is basically new to me and in depth, I feel as if I am doing alright. There are highs and lows that come along with the course, as expected. The foreign subjects and ideas are initially hard, but are grasped. Luckily, I came into this class with a basic idea of genetics. Although it was only high school biology, the topic was still briefed.

Am I spending enough time on this course to do quality work?
– In all honesty, I probably do not spend enough time on the course. I spend enough time on the course to get by with a decent grade. I could make an excuse and blame it on my busy schedule, but the truth is I just do not devote enough of my free time to schoolwork.

Do I ask questions when I need help?
– While in class, I tend to ask questions. If I do not completely understand a topic, I will ask for clarification. Although, I have not taken the opportunity to email my professor with questions about class.

Am I using available resources wisely?
– Unfortunately, I have not used the resources provided to my advantage. I have yet to use the writing center, and I have only used Grammarly on a few occasions. I need to use those resources more to improve my writing; which is an area I do not do well in.

Do I review and re-review my work for possible errors?
– Typically, I have only reviewed my work for larger papers. Smaller papers I tend to delay until last minute to do, giving me little time to look over my work for any errors. On the other hand, when I receive graded papers back, I look at my errors (especially reoccurring errors) to see what I can improve on in future writings and then refer to it when I am writing my next paper.

Am I proud of my performance and work in this course so far?
– Although there are some negatives to my work, I would have to say I am proud. Procrastination was a big issue I faced in high school, so maintaining a higher work load with less procrastinating (even though I procrastinate too much still) is something I can be proud of.

I have areas to improve on, most definitely. Areas that I might not have noticed if it weren’t for a self-evaluation. Self-evaluations are important for a student looking to improve. More importantly is how a student reacts to their assessment. I intend on fixing the negatives and improve my work.

X-Men Reflection

Ryan Hartmann
Emi Smith
The Perfect Human
September 11, 2017
Problems can be handled in multiple ways. Depending on the situation, how the situation is addressed directly affects the outcome. This is for most of all problems; with very few exceptions. Perspective, mindset, and background are typically strong indicators of how an individual may approach their dilemma. On top of those, the person who is facing the trouble usually has an ideal outcome. The direction in which they go to face the problem changes varying on the intended result.
The multiple approaches of dealing with a common issue are easily seen in X2: X-Men United. Characters in the movie deal with the obstacle at hand with different perspectives, mindsets, backgrounds, and goals. The main characters are trying to manage segregation within the country. The segregation is between mutants and “non-evolved” humans.
From my viewpoint, segregation between the two groups stems from the humans fearing the unknown. The discovery of mutants is still a rather fresh topic. Although there is a basic understanding that the mutants are different, humans do not know mutants to the degree of accepting them. The mutants have developed powers (which differ between individuals) through mutation. These powers come off as scary upon first associations with the mutants. Without an extensive amount of research on the mutants, the humans stay extremely cautious. This cautiousness leads to persecution of mutants upon their first hiccup.
A mutant who can teleport, Nightcrawler, is forced by a human (who happens to hate mutants) to make an assassination attempt on the president of the United States. This triggers a chain of events that works against all mutants. Instead of searching for Nightcrawler, an order to persecute all mutants is placed. The president chooses General William Stryker to lead this mutant assault. All along, General Stryker was the person who set up Nightcrawler. He did this in order to have a reason to detain all mutants. His previous background with mutants led to a hatred of the mutants; his son is a mutant who killed his mother. His ultimate goal being to execute all mutants in the world. The mutant-hating general places an assault on a mutant high school, Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. The assault of the school immediately sparked a retribution effort by the mutants. This is where the problem-solving actions differed.
Magneto, a mutant who can control all metal near him, wished to retaliate immediately. Magneto assembled a team of mutants, some who escaped the assault of the school. He then leads the team to Stryker’s base of operations. After infiltration and some cheesy fight scenes, the mutants find Stryker. They chase General Stryker to a helicopter pad where he intended on escaping. Instead of killing him, Wolverine, a mutant with claws between his knuckles and a regeneration factor, ties him to the wheel of the helicopter. This leaves Stryker abandoned with an impending doom.
They then search for Professor Xavier within the complex. Professor Xavier is a mutant with the power of telepathy. General Stryker planned on having the professor use his power to kill all mutants. Stryker was using his son, capable of manipulating thoughts to control people, to force the professor. One of Magneto’s shapeshifting peers changed into Stryker in order to control the brainwasher. Magneto wanted to turn the tables and kill all humans.
Some of the other mutants in the group find Xavier as well and break him from the Stryker’s son’s reigns. The mutants who saved Professor Xavier, along with the professor himself, immediately go to the president’s office. They reveal General Stryker’s plot to eliminate mutants to the president. Professor Xavier then exclaims to the president that mutants and humans need to work together to obtain peace. Afterwards the school is quickly reestablished.
Magneto, out of spite, responded with aggressive actions. From his perspective, all humans were out to harm mutants. His thoughts consisted of eliminating all humans to avoid having the same problem in the future. If there are no humans, then there are no unjustified persecutions of mutants. On the other hand, Professor Xavier wished to work alongside humans to combat the issue. Compromise and negotiations could solve the problem. Two very different ways of approaching the same issue. All due to differing perspectives, mindsets, and backgrounds.
With advances in technology and genetic modification, a similar situation could arise. Genetic engineering could be used to make intentional mutations within the genome. These alterations could very well alter the phenotype of the people involved. A noticeable difference in looks, physical ability, or intelligence has the opportunity to split the nation. Multiple groups with different stances on the situation. There would be groups for the genetically altered, groups against, and groups for equality between the normal and the modified.
Similar to the movie, the different groups could take action in different ways. Some could take a Magneto-like approach and lash out in downward spiral of rage and aggression. On the alternative, a Professor Xavier approach could also happen. A hope exists for a coexisting and harmonized society between the genetically modified and humans.
Even though it was not with genetically modified people, a comparable situation has occurred in U.S. history. Segregation was a massive issue within the United States, especially in the southern states. Between the 1940s and 1960s, people of race began to revolt against segregation from white people. Just like the movie, there were differing viewpoints on the subject matter. Some took to violence while others took to peaceful methods. There are even comparable movie characters to historical figures. Magneto reminds me of Malcolm X. The two both led an angry group that based their actions with the eye for eye philosophy. They combatted the social injustice with brutality. The more peaceful and Professor Xavier-like approach came from a group led by Martin Luther King Jr.. They wished to unify and love everyone. Peaceful protests and negotiations took place.
Even though the two groups, in both situations, had different responses to their injustices and segregation, a common goal was in sight. Ultimately, the peaceful side rose to become the best way to achieve the desegregation. Yet, the actions were all based on perspective, mindset, and background on the situation.