First I want to make sure everyone understands the difference between conventional farming and organic farming. Conventional farming is the process of using chemicals while farming to help the rate of the produce grow faster. Organic farming is the process of farming foods with no chemicals or pesticides.

Da’Nyia, Sterling, and I were proposing the resolution: Conventional farming helps with the expansion of the global population. We debated against Jose, Evelyn, and Tyrone. Evelyn opened with argument that organic farming is “healthier” for the global population. Sterling proposed that conventional farming is better to feed the global population because organic and conventional farming produce the exact same product, but organic farming takes longer. Da’Nyia and Tyrone were the second speakers for their respective groups. They presented additional information for both sides. I was last to speak, and I had to come up with a rebuttal and summarize all facts given during the debate. My best rebuttal was arguing that organic farming is indirectly killing children. I said this because the amount of time it takes to actually grow organic food is much longer, so kids around the world are starving while they wait for the production of organic fruits and vegetables.


There were four different workshops: sewing, embroidery, clay painting, and woodwork. I did three of the activities. First, I made a bag. I chose my fabric, which was blue. I selected black and white striped fabric for the pocket. I chose light brown straps to go with the bag because it had a modern look to it. They showed me how to use the sewing machine. I practiced with a smaller piece of fabric first, and I was perfectly good at it. Then they showed me how to put the thread into the machine, and I DID THAT! I was really good at it. The fabric had lines where we were supposed to fold it, so I followed the directions and then sewed it on the lines so it wouldn’t look tacky. The clay sculptures were some ugly looking mythical creatures. The glaze wasn’t like the glaze we use in ceramics class in America, so it was weird to me. It was really cool seeing them take the sculptures out of the kennel. When the professor took the sculptures out, they caught on fire, and we had to throw shredded material onto the flames to put it out. With all these tiny workshops, it really taught us how to be more creative and a little bit independent because they guided us but didn’t do the work for us. *snaps fingers*


My time at my homestay really taught me a lot about myself. I feel as though I have grown as a person and realized the real me as a man. I might not have the mentality of a grown man yet, but I know I’m almost there. I have realized it’s not about the money or the shine; it’s about the people around you and things that make you happy in life. People always look at the materialistic things in life and not the things that actually matter. My homestay has taught me to stay down until you come up and not let the challenges in life get you down. Let them teach you from your mistakes and gain more knowledge. Also to put yourself around a small group of people that you know got your back in the long run and don’t let bs get in your way. Whatever you want to do with your life do it because at the end of the day you have yourself!

Love more live more -Jerrell Ahmod Lewis