Waves (5th edition, 2022)
Waves, now in its 5th edition, features a sampling of short writing exercises, creative pieces, and ePortfolios from Approaches to University Writing classes.
Table of Contents
Click on the names and titles below to read each piece
In this blog post, Arriaga explores the significance of art in society.
Avila reflects on various significant spaces in this invention exercise for the Project Space paper.
In this literacy narrative, Bastidas Gonzalez uses a personal lens to explore the "insiderness" and "outsiderness" reading and writing can bring.
Bhogal argues for the artistry in this Kpop group's work.
Bhogal applies an astronomical theme to the ePortfolio.
Bola's work provides a space analysis of this quintessential street.
Cifuentes Pineda uses a floral theme to demonstrate growth throughout the semester.
Dominguez explores identity in this poem which is part of George Ella Lyon's "I Am From" project.
In this annotated bibliography, Estrada explores various resources surrounding textile manufacturing.
Ferdows demonstrates a passion for all things retro in this ePortfolio.
Galan and Witwit evaluate multiple sources relating to queer relationships on television.
In this letter, Garcia shares insights from Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele's When They Call You a Terrorist.
In this letter, Gonzalez-Cruz shares family experiences being profiled by the police and connects them to Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric.
Gorospe explores identity in this poem which is part of George Ella Lyon's "I Am From" project.
Gorospe takes a playful approach to this ePortfolio project.
In this essay, Javeed argues that Kanye "Ye" West's fashion is art.
Kheyfets incorporates a passion for crochet in this ePortfolio.
Montoya compares the classroom to a new garden in this reflective introduction.
In this essay, Petros shares the struggles and joys of nursing.
Tran uses eclectic fonts, animations, and images to personalize this ePortfolio.
In this reflective letter, Unanyan traces the journey in identity from "mathlete" to writer.
In this descriptive piece, Yau uses personification to communicate the experience of being a tennis ball.
Zahid uses Rankine's Citizen to explain the harm nonverbal cues can have on people of color.
About the Authors
Learn about our writers and click on their names to read their work
Hello, my name is Daniel Arriaga. I am currently a first-time freshman at California State University Northridge. I am majoring Kinesiology-Exercise Science to pursue my Bachelor's Degree and get my Master's after. I love music, video games, drawing, and helping people. I was born in the city of Garden Grove and lived in Westminster, California. I like to think that I'm understood, but it's alright to be misunderstood sometimes. I'll be respectful as a first impression and am finding the best of myself throughout this college year. Thank you!
My name is Jasmine Avila and I am freshman here at CSUN. I chose this exercise because I think it is one of my strongest exercises that I did this semester in English 115. I wouldn't mind to show students this as an example of how to do the exercise. I talk about some special and not so special spaces that I have gone to, to brainstorm what space I would be talking about in my Project Space essay.
My name is Jose Bastidas, I was born and raised in Palmdale, CA. I am now attending California State University: Northridge. My intended major is Computer Science, and I plan to become a Computer Forensic Specialist.
My name is Esha Bhogal and I am a first-time freshman at CSUN. I am currently in Pre-Accountancy so that I can major in Professional Accountancy. In the future, I hope to also start a small business selling my artwork.
My name is Harshvardhan Singh Bola and I am a first-year Pre-Finance major at California State University, Northridge. I’m eighteen years old and was raised in the Mid-City and Hollywood areas of Los Angeles. I attended Loyola High School before coming to CSUN. Some of my hobbies include drawing and painting. I am an amateur boxer currently fighting out of Wildcard Boxing Gym in Hollywood. Academically speaking, the most enjoyable activity for me is writing.
My name is Darlin Cifuentes, I am from Guatemala. I am currently 18 years old attending my freshman year of college.
My name is Crystal Dominguez (she/her/hers) and I went to Birmingham High School for my freshman and sophomore year ,then my junior and senior year I went to Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School and graduated. I am currently 18 years old, my birthday is May 30th, 2003 and my zodiac sign is a gemini. My major is Radiological Sciences and in a few years I see myself becoming a radiologist. I was born in Northridge, California but raised in Los Angeles, California. I was also raised by my grandparents. I have one little brother that is now 15 years old. This poem is about my childhood and what I went through. This poem reflects who I am and who I have become because of what I went through. This is my favorite assignment because I loved how it came out and it is so raw. This poem explains where I come from in little words and that is beyond powerful to me. I also enjoyed expressing my feelings while writing this poem.
Marileen Estrada is from Ventura, California. She's passionate about writing and she is pursuing an education in film production at CSUN. After she graduates, Marileen plans to be a screenwriter for television and movies.
Hello. My Name is Arvin Ferdows and I am a freshman here at CSUN. I have created this Eportfolio comprised of assignments and personal traits and experiences for my English 115 class with Professor Kelan Koning to be used for my final project.
Hello, my name is Solaris Galan, I am 18 years old and my pronouns are they / them. I am part Native American and Mexican as my mom is from the Chumash tribe and my dad is from Veracruz. Along with my parents, I also live with my younger sister in a small town called Piru. I plan on graduating from CSUN in four years as a Computer Science major although I also plan on declaring a minor in photography.
My name is Sophia Witwit and I am a first-year freshman here at CSUN. I am currently majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics, and my future goal is to become a registered dietitian. I am very interested in plants, food health, and journaling, and am excited to learn more in my next years of schooling at CSUN.
Isabella Garcia is a freshman at CSUN with a major in Real Estate. Garcia graduated from Bishop Alemeny High School.
My name is Denisse Gonzalez Cruz but I usually just write my name as Denisse Gonzalez. My pronouns are she/her. I went to Polytechnic High School. I played basketball and volleyball competitively while I was in high school, now I just play it for fun. I am currently going to CSUN. My major is accounting. I want to start an accounting business of my own to file people's taxes. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and I am still living there now. I love going to the beach, whether it is swimming, doing a bonfire, or just watching the waves. I also recently started traveling.
Hi! My name is Alessandra Gorospe (she/her/hers). Growing up in the Philippines, I had no internet so I had a bunch of time for myself. I usually went outside to my 'backyard' which is just a small farm with vegetation and animals. I If you couldn't tell from my website, my passions are obsessing over fungi and playing multiple instruments. I sometimes play video games such as Sky: Cotl, Minecraft, Animal Crossing: NH, and Fallout 76. I attended W. H. Taft Charter High school and graduated with Honors! Currently, I am attending CSUN as a Freshman and majoring in Pre-Accountancy.
My name is Hala Javeed. I went to Thousand Oaks High School. I grew up in Simi Valley. I'm currently a freshman majoring in Business Marketing at CSUN. When I'm not at school, I love painting, reading, playing basketball, going to the beach, lifting, exploring new places and nature, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family.
Howdy, my name is Nicole! My pronouns are she/her/hers. I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California! I graduated from El Camino Real Charter High School (ECRCHS) in June of 2021.
My name is Valerie Danielle Montoya and I just completed my 2nd semester at CSUN. Currently, I am majoring in Liberal Studies to become a K-5 teacher!
Denis Petros is a freshman at CSUN and a Pre-Finance major. Petros graduated from Burbank High School.
My name is Quyen Tran (she/her/hers) and I am from Vietnam. I graduated from Chatsworth Charter High School and I am currently a freshman at CSUN in Pre-Accountancy major. As choosing Pre-Accountancy as my major, I would like to learn and gain my knowledge to become a professional accountant. I also enjoy traveling, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with my family.
I am an 18-year old freshman in the Exploratory major at CSUN. I grew up in Van Nuys with a deep love for the performing arts. In everything I do, I make sure to tell a story within my original songs, writing compositions, and theatrical performances. Although I am not sure what I want to be when I grow up, I know that I need music and literature in my life. Writing and music is how I express who I am and my perception of the world, and that freedom is invigorating.
Hello, my name is Paulina Yau and I am a freshman at CSUN. This will be my first semester in college, although all my classes are online. It has been a bit challenging but interesting at the same time. I really like my Hum 101 and English 115 class so far. It has been fun to do different types of writing and test my skills in writing. Currently my major is Radiologic Sciences and I’m also a first generation student in my family to go to college. It is a bit hard as I can’t ask for help at home but I’ve gotten plenty of help from my peers and professors.
My name is Mahwish Zahid and I use the pronouns She/Her/Hers. I was named by my grandfather after the beauty of the moon which is why I chose to make different phases of the moon my theme. I was born in California and grew up in Reseda. I enjoy creative writing and medicine/health studies. I started creative writing in middle school and have published a few of my stories online. In order to cultivate my passion for medicine, I am a cell and molecular biology major at CSUN and want to go to medical school. Aside from that, I enjoy swimming and going to the beach.