Java did things

A somewhat comprehensive history of Java's activities.


๐Ÿ‘ท Employment and Volunteering

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿซ Teaching Assistant

I am a teaching assistant for the fantastic COMMS 301 โ€“ Digital Communication and Practice course at The University of Auckland with the amazing Dr Ethan Plaut. As Teaching Assistant, I host lecture/tutorial format workshops, tutoring a large cohort of students on computer programming concepts and implementation.

๐ŸŽˆ MATES Mentoring

Working with The Great Potentials Foundation, I have helped various students from Southern Cross Campus and Auckland Girls Grammar School with creative subjects and their transition from high school to tertiary education. Additionally, I've mentored year eight students at Finlayson Park School as part of the MATES Jr. programme.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽจ Youth Arts New Zealand

The Future is Creative โ€“ Youth Arts New Zealand is a social enterprise powered by Aotearoa's creative youth. I hold a volunteer role in various Youth Arts New Zealand projects, operating in hands-on and consultation capacities. Current responsibilities include online and in-person community engagement.

๐ŸŽจ Art Jam

Art Jam I host the YANZ Art Jam every month on behalf of Youth Arts New Zealand and in collaboration with Shore Junction.

Read more about Art Jam here.

๐ŸŽ‰ VIBE Youth Arts Festival

Vibe Youth Festival โ€“ Live Music, Workshops, Activities, Exhibition, Dance, Graffiti Battles, Food Stalls Volunteered with hands-on roles for VIBE Youth Festival 2019 in Henderson, Auckland.

๐Ÿ“– Education

๐Ÿซ University of Auckland

The University of Auckland Graduating 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology and Communication. Additionally, my completion of the Arts Scholars module includes a dissertation exploring educational pedagogy in online videos. I am the first in my family to attend university. Read more.

๐Ÿ—บ Leadership

๐Ÿงญ Arts Scholars Orientation

Every year of my degree, I have assisted in orientating the new cohort of Arts Scholars. A believer in the programme, I help the new students adjust to the course and university as a whole.

๐Ÿ—ณ Representation

Throughout my degree, I've held leadership roles such as multiple class representative positions and helped form and manage student consultation processes for the university and its students.

Read more.

๐Ÿ“š Academic

๐Ÿฅ‡ Top of Class

I achieved the highest grades of my cohort in the following classes

๐Ÿ† High Grades

I have achieved distinctive grades in the following classes

Year Subject Class Grade Title
2019/1 Arts Scholars 100 A Arts Scholars 1
2019/1 Computer Science 101 A+ Principles of Programming
2019/1 Sociology 105 A Cultural Studies and Society
2019/2 Communication 204 A Social Media
2020/1 Arts Scholars 200 A Arts Scholars 2
2020/1 Communication 302 A Visual Communication
2020/1 Sociology 200 A- Sociological Theory
2020/1 Sociology 206 A+ Sociology for Auckland
2020/2 Communication 300 A+ New Media and the Future of Communication
2020/2 Communication 301 A+ Digital Communication and Practise
2020/2 Sociology 208 A- Economy and Society
2021/1 Economics 151 A+ Understanding the Global Economy
2021/1 Arts Scholars 300 N/A Arts Scholars 3
2021/1 Sociology 310 A Researching Social Problems
2021/1 Sociology 326 A+ Sociology of Violence
2021/2 Education 100 N/A The Creative Process
2021/2 Sociology 203 N/A Social Reality and Ideology
2021/2 Sociology 333 N/A Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine

๐Ÿง Arts Scholars

The Arts Scholars programme has been the defining aspect of my university experience.

โ€œThe Arts Scholars courses consider important subjects in-depth and explore alternate perspectives. Learning and curiosity are the ultimate goal. Also, the people are pretty cool.โ€ - Java.

During my final year of the programme, I'm undergoing a research project into the educational pedagogy of social science YouTube videos to understand how to effectively use videos for scalable, accessible, and engaging education.

๐Ÿซ Kerikeri High School

I completed NCEA Level 3 with excellence endorsement, university entrance and a photography scholarship.

๐Ÿ—บ Leadership

๐Ÿคต Prefect

As a KKHS prefect I worked with career building and pathway discovery for year twelve students. I also represented the school at community and cultural events.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Peer Support

As a KKHS peer support mentor, I introduced the year seven cohort to the school and made them comfortable in the new learning environment.

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kiwi Buddy Programme

One of my most rewarding roles was that of Kiwi Buddy. Tasked with making international students welcome in their new school and culture, I befriended 50+ incredible people from all over the world. Directly I was assigned to students from Switzerland, Japan, and the United States.

This programme hugely influenced my life and led me to travel the world in 2018. Read more.

โฑ Debating Coach

Just as kind students before me tutored my cohort, I assisted in developing the abilities of younger debaters throughout my time debating at Kerikeri High School.

๐Ÿคบ Debating

As a part of the KKHS debating team, we were champions in the Russell McVey Debating tournament in 2013, 2014, 2015. We achieved a second placement in Northland for the Russell McVey Debating Tournament in 2014.

๐Ÿ˜€ Attitude

I have received WAKA Excellence in Attitude awards every year offered at Kerikeri High School across multiple subjects.

๐Ÿ“š Academic

๐Ÿ“ƒ ICAS Achievement Awards

Throughout high school, I achieved some notable results in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools.

Year Subject Award Percentile
2013 Computer Skills Distinction 3%
2013 English Distinction 7%
2014 Computer Skills Distinction 5%
2014 English Distinction 11%
2015 Digital Technologies Distinction 4%
2016 English Distinction 5%

๐Ÿ“ธ Scholarship โ€” NZQA Photography

NZQA recognised my efforts in Art Photography with an NZQA scholarship for university.

"Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding, and ideas to complex situations." โ€” NZQA

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ผ Idea Bootcamp

I have completed The University of Auckland Business Schoolโ€™s Idea Bootcamp, where teams identify problems and create viable solutionsโ€“honing creative problem-solving skills, business model utilisation, data collection and analysis.

๐Ÿ—ณ Student Representation

I have presented the interests of students to the university on multiple occasssions, in various formats, including through the creation of feedback sessions between students and faculty.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Social Sciences Funding Cuts

I successfully ran a campaign to garnish student awareness and engage with faculty reguarding funding cuts to the Social Sciences, despite an increase in enrollments. I handed off this social momentum to the Arts Students Organisation at the university.

๐Ÿ“œ Student Consultations

Involvement in the organisation, participation and management of various forms of student consultation at The University of Auckland, working with AUSA, the Arts faculty, and the Arts Scholars programme.

Issues covered include mechanisms of communication, universityโ€“student relations, and the responsibilities of the university in creating a safe and effective educational space for all students.

๐Ÿ“ฃ AUSA Class Representation

I've represented many classes for student-lecturer engagement, staff-student consultations and student-university communications.

I have also represented the department of Social Sciences in the Arts Faculty consultation meetings twice, and the Arts Scholars module once.

๐Ÿ—ณ University Student Representative Campaign

Although I didn't make student representative, I ran an otherwise successful campaign as a first-year student, gathering 7% of votes and placing 4th.

๐Ÿ”จ Skills

๐ŸŽ– Achievements

๐ŸŒ Overseas Experience

My most significant achievement to date has been my overseas experience. In 2018 I worked for eight months to travel for four months across ten countries. The experience both challenged my worldview and was incredibly fun.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ First in Family

Beginning my degree, I was surprised by many aspects of the academic system. I was unfamiliar with even simple elements, for example, correctly referencing sources in my essays. While I may not have had access to experienced family members, I substituted for another resource โ€” my friends. Iโ€™m proud of my success at university, much of it due to my ability to engage with students and faculty to problem-solve and overcome difficulties in the new environment.

โš™๏ธ Projects

๐ŸŽจ Art Jam

Young Creatives at Shore Junction I host the YANZ Art Jam every month on behalf of Youth Arts NZ and in collaboration with Shore Junction. The event is a three-hour social and artistic meet-up for local creatives to develop and collaborate on personal projects in a supportive environment.

โœ๏ธ Illustrations

I enjoy illustrating things in my downtime. I use Procreate on an iPad to make them happen.

๐Ÿฆ‰ New Zealand Birds

I'm proud of my New Zealand birds! I might make them into prints someday.

๐Ÿ–ผ Visualiser.js

I constructed a framework for generating live audio visualisers in the browser. Using JavaScript, the HTML Audio API and HTML canvas, this framework enables anyone with even a small amount of programming knowledge to create an audio visualiser in 2d, 3d or both! The framework allows the use of customisable plugins and layers to generate graphics on the fly.

See on github.

๐Ÿ“„ Assignments

I have completed a number of assignments I am particularly proud of. In order to not overwhelm this page, I have placed them on their own part of the website here

๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ Facelist

As a submission for Comms 301, I created Facelist, a Facebook satire that you can access here.

Tip: try clocking in with "Harry" or "Frodo".

Mark: 10/10

"Amazing work. This is really biting in its critique, and your reflection as you walk through your project is really insightful. The amount of detail you have taken in altering Facebook is incredible." -Tutor

"Ahhhhh facelist is amazing!!" -Lecurer

Explore Facelist.

๐Ÿšซ Anti-bullying Programme

For Sociol 326 I designed 'Got what it takes', a violence prevention programme targeting bullying behaviours in New Zealand high schools. The assignment was grounded in role strain theory, included methods for evaluating the programme and acknowledged potential limitations of implimentation.

Mark: 39/40

"One word: Sophistication If you explicitly talked about the interconnection between the Role Strain and HM, it would be even better." โ€“Tutor.

Read the proposal.

๐Ÿ”ฎ The Past, Present and Future of Labour Facilitation

This essay looks into the shifting role of labour and capital in labour relations under the uber model of production. The obligations of labourers are increasing while their job stability, incomes and rights are all shrinking. Adittionally, labourers are now expected to front capital in order to sell their labour, while recieveing none of the traditional capitalist rewards.

Mark: 25/25

"This is a well researched and well written piece of work. While you present a wide array of technologies and businesses as examples, you manage to package them in a clearly structured and coherent essay that works to analyze technological progress through an economic determinist view. You demonstrate a wealth of knowledge and understanding when it comes to the processes of labor and the impacts caused by the systems that facilitate these processes. Also how technology and the 'Uber' model could be playing into those ideas under capitalism and the exploitation of automation. I am deeply impressed and highly commend you on your work and efforts with this assignment. Well done!" -Tutor

Read the essay.

๐Ÿ  Ethnicity & Place Stratification in Auckland

This essay uses Spatial Assimilation and Place Stratification theories to model the effects of race and ethnicity. Specifically how these factors effect actualising socio-economic status into realย attainment, for the minority Mฤori population in the Auckland region. The arguments are supported along the way by quantitative data collected from NZ.Stat.

Mark: 20/20

"Well done Java on an insightful paper. This is the type of data analysis that is important to begin conversations on discrimination and racism. Congratulations on an outstanding paper." -Lecturer

Read the essay.

๐Ÿก Autobiography โ€“ My Role in Gentrification

Mark: 30/30

"Thank you for sharing your experiences with me Java. As always, you have written a wonderfully critical paper. Your ability to weave not only the personal with theory but also Auckland city with broader national concerns is to be commended. I have enjoyed getting to know you this semester through your writing, and I look forward to having you in my classes again in the future." -Lecturer

Read the essay.

โš’๏ธ Marxist Theory for Ihumatao

Mark: 19/20

"Well done Java on an intellectually stimulating analysis of Ihumฤtao. I look forward to reading more of your work." -Lecturer

Read the essay.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Anti-Union Rhetoric and Structure: Itโ€™s time for unions to re-brand

Mark: 28.2/30

"Good use of examples, excellent work, moves a bit fast at points and could benefit from slower more methodical explanation, but otherwise a very strong essay. Well done!" -Tutor

Read the essay.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Analysis of Intimate Partner Relationships in The Tattoo

Mark: 18.5/20

"Java, excellent job. All 3 of us (Tutor1, Tutor2 and me) read your essay. Tutor2 described it as "beautiful" and although we assume you put a good deal of work into it, they said it read as if it was written effortlessly. Our only critique is you cut back on digging into one theoretical perspective. Your application of the theories are great, but a bit more describing selected theories would have helped. You do a good job with hegemonic masculinity. With coercive control, you introduce and bring out a detailed aspect of Starks' perspective with safety zones. But you don't define it thoroughly and you had some word count space to do so. Still, your application of CC and HM is great. Good job also bringing in Foucault. Overall, a very sophisticated analysis." โ€“Lecturer

Read the essay.

๐Ÿ‘Š Essays on Violence

Mark: 37/40

No feedback given for final assignments.

Read the essays.

๐Ÿ“‹ Data Gathering Instrument

Mark: 25/25

"Kia Ora Java, I enjoyed reading your assignment as it eloquently offers a refined data gathering instrument and literature review. Your literature is insightful and offers nuance to your research question. Great incorporation of graphs. Well done!" โ€“Tutor

View the instrument.

๐Ÿ”Ž Research Proposal: The Needs and Desires of Tasmin and Southland Retail Workers

Mark: 36/40

No feedback given for final assignments.

Read the proposal.

๐ŸŽญ The Contested Definition of Culture

This was my first university essay!

Mark: 17/20

"Kia ora Java, This was an interesting and well articulated essay, which followed a clear narrative progression, however this could have been outlined more clearly in the introduction. Discussion of the conservative scholars covered some important aspects of their work, and engaged well with critiques. This is contrasted well with that of Williams, however the discussion included the perspective of so many scholars that the essay could not address these in detail. Nonetheless, as the different definition are discussed, the implications are acknowledged for most of these. Narrowing the scope of the essay to allow for more detailed analysis would have allowed for a higher mark, but nonetheless this was great work." โ€“Tutor

Read the essay.

๐Ÿ’ฟ The Right to Remix: Lessons from Pirate Cinema.

Mark: 27/30

"Kia ora Java, This was an engaging project essay, with the cultural text and essay question chosen aligning well. The discussion of the text is contextualised well within debates around copyright law, acknowledging the differing perspectives on this. While this is important contextual information, a lot of the essay was dedicated to exploring this issue, meaning that there was less opportunity for focus on the analysis of the cultural text at hand, or the work of Jenkins as the subject of the essay question. Nonetheless, when these subjects are explored in the essay they are done so well, demonstrating a good understanding of the appropriate theory. Overall, this was an excellent essay." โ€“Tutor

Read the essay.

๐ŸŽž GIF Project

Mark: 10/10

"Excellent work. Your reflection is really insightful and shows some keen consideration. Your Flappy Bird GIF is particularly charming." โ€“Tutor

๐Ÿค– Meme Twitter Bot

Mark: 15/15

"This is SO GOOD. The Tracery grammar developing the text, as you note, could be improved, expanded, developed in different directions, but even in this kind of raw dadaist version, the mashup is great! Would be curious to hear about that bug and why you chose instead of memegen? Holler!" โ€“Lecturer

See on twitter.

๐ŸŽฌ Review of In the Age of AI

Mark: 25/25

"Kia ora Java, This is a very well-written and insightful review that delves into the complexities of your text while also addressing the ways in which an audience can absorb this information. I particularly enjoyed the way in which you infused your own background in sociology to articulate how the documentary comments on the economic impacts of automation. You've also interestingly pointed out the documentary's shortcomings in how it frames its subject through the consequences of misusing technology to hard company profits, while rightly pointing out concern for those same companies to suffer no backlash under the pretense of creating jobs. I found this to be a very thought-provoking piece that explored the various facets of technological determinism and the ways in which it can lead to an increase in unemployment with the rise of automation. Well done!" โ€“Tutor

Read the review.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Postmodern Advertising: The role of brands as a cultural resource for identity signalling.

Mark: 17/20

"Java, Your essay shows a good understanding of the essay question and Holt's discussion on cultural resource versus cultural blueprint. The approach you have taken in focusing L&P as a brand is a great strength to your essay and indicates a great-level of engagement with course content. The main point of feedback I have for you is your application of concepts. While you have identified and included a number of key terms, they are needing some further unpacking in order to consider their significance and the effect upon the ad itself in taking this approach. By doing this you will be able to strengthen your argument as a whole and allow for a smoother flow of ideas. This essay is a great start and clearly shows your strong understanding of the content and ability to successfully undergo independent research. Nice work! If you have any questions or if any of my feedback needs clarifying please don't hesitate to let me know." โ€“Tutor

Read the essay.