Commonplace 5 – Wisdom from Bill Gates

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

This quote, said by Bill Gates, I stumbled upon a couple weeks ago and thought it was worth the time to reflect on. Success is a broad term, and many people might have different definitions for it, but everyone seems to be chasing success in one way or another. Personally I have always believed it is important to have both long and short term goals. This way, one can always be focused on the present, and also feel like they are working towards something greater. In this quote, it specifically says celebrating one’s own successes is important and worth doing, but what really allows people to grow are the lessons we learn from failure. I completely agree with this mindset. If one wants to continually grow at what they are doing, it is important to learn from failure and make the necessary adjustments in life.

Annotated Bibliography 1 & 2 – GWU Hospital

Annotated Bibliography – GWU Hospital

Carpanzano, Theresa. “Hospital plans face local scrutiny.” The GW Hatchet, 20 Jan. 1999,>%3B. Accessed 4 May 2017.

This recent article illustrates how there has been some local outcry due to the future steps the George Washington University hospital plans on taking. In order for GW to break ground for their new hospital facility, they will need a new zoning permit that the general public does not seem to want to give them. This article is interesting because we get to see what people living in the area think about the location of the hospital, and how it affects their everyday lives.

“Welcome To The George Washington University Hospital.” The George Washington University Hospital. N.p., 23 Jan. 2017. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.


This website explains the ins and outs of the entire George Washington University Hospital. This site is great for anyone trying to learn the layout of the hospital and where each  facility is located. The information gained from this article can help anyone figure out the basics about this well-known and historic hospital.

Archive 5 – GWU Hospital

Archive 5 – GWU Hospital

After I passed the emergency room entrance, I walked towards the back end of the hospital. This area had many ambulances and emergency vehicles ready to be used in case of any emergencies in the area. The garage holding these vehicles was impressive because of the direct access the vehicles have to the busy and crowded streets surrounding the hospital. They seem to be as prepared as possible for any type of emergency at any point of the day. The streets surrounding the hospital were extremely noisy and chaotic, so in order for these vehicles to get on the move, they must be loud and prepared for a messy situation.

Archive 4 – GWU Hospital

Archive 4 – GWU Hospital

If one walks up the side of the George Washington University Hospital, they will come to find the entrance of the emergency room. I thought this was an interesting place to put the emergency room, because not only is it somewhat hidden, but also it is hard so enter as one has to go up a large flight of stairs in order to enter the building. Someone with an injury to their lower extremities would have problems getting into the emergency room from this entrance. I have had a personal encounter with this emergency room when I broke my foot late last year. Just as I have stated, it was not the easiest place to enter when on a support system like crutches.

Archive 3 – GWU Hospital

Archive 3 – GWU Hospital

As I entered the first floor of the hospital, I noticed the cafeteria directly to my left hand side. They were serving breakfast at the time, and there were a lot of people in there starting their day. From first hand knowledge I know their food is pretty average and about what anyone would expect cafeteria food to be. There are many stations in the cafeteria. There is a deli line where one can get a sandwich, and there is also a grill where someone will grill you up a burger or make omelettes or pancakes in the morning. There is a lot of variety for people to choose from. That being said, if someone was not in the mood for any type of food the hospital has to offer, there is also a starbucks located directly across from the cafeteria.

2. Digital Archives: GWU Hospital – Metro

George Washington University Hospital seems to be extremely convenient for almost anyone to get to. Once I got to the hospital, I noticed how there is access to the D.C. Metro right next to the main entrance. The metro stop is called the “Foggy Bottom – GWU” stop and it resides on what is known as the “orange” line. The metro stop is one of the reasons why I believe this area is so crowded. There is constant people coming off and going on the big long escalators leading to the trains that take them to the various destinations they need to go.

1. Digital Archives – GWU Hospital

When spending time around the George Washington University Hospital I immediately noticed that the foot traffic is extremely heavy. The Hospital sits directly in the middle of the school’s campus where people are constantly on the move getting to class and work. The campus has more of a “city” feel to it then American University does. Just trying to get to the main entrance was difficult because of large groups of people walking past. Attending George Washington University for the last two years seemed to make me immune to the chaos that this particular morning was throwing at me, but at the same time brought back some good memories.

Commonplace – Aristotle’s Words of Wisdom

“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”  

This famous quote, known to be said by Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, has always resonated with me. It is simple and to the point, but at the same time can have the reader reflecting back on how he or she is achieving their goals. Everyone wants success, but what this quote tells us is that in order to become excellent at whatever we are trying to achieve, the hard work that comes along with it must become habit. One cannot become excellent at something without the constant work and devotion needed to achieve it. Whether it has been in regards to my academics or athletic career, this quote has always been one I can look to as I work hard,  knowing my goals are within reach.  

Reading Analysis 2 – Schindler


In Sarah Schindler’s Architectural Exclusion, Schindler argues that the built environment around us is constructed in ways to achieve certain political goals. Many people do not stop to think about why our local landscape is designed the way it is. When reading Schindler’s work it is apparent that the civil engineering in small urban communities, as well as large well-known cities, has a deeper meaning than what meets the eye. Segregation,  social exclusion, and economic isolation  are all common reasons why architecture is designed and planned in specific ways.

All throughout history people have been  afraid of change. The thought of cultures mixing in areas certain people have lived in for generations makes communities nervous. According to Schindler, it is thought to believe the construction of communities “can, and is, used to exclude.” Schindler later goes into the topic of “choice architecture” and how there is no such thing as a “neutral design.” This means that everyone who chooses to create has the power to influence what will happen in the future. In the text Schindler gives an example of a cafeteria worker. The example states that the worker might put healthier-food in more visible and accessible areas in order to try and get people to eat healthier and stay away from junk food. We see from this example that civil engineers can also have similar types of power. It is evident from Schindler’s work that the decisions going into the architectural design of our communities has more meaning to it than people think.


Schindler, Sarah. “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment.” The Yale Law Journal – Home. N.p., Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Feb. 2017. <>.

Analysis 1 – City of Rhetoric

            In David Fleming’s City of Rhetoric, Fleming refers to “republicanism” and “liberalism” more as theories than as the current political parities we know today. As we read Fleming’s work  we come to the realization that government is reflective of the time that it is in, so theories have changed throughout many generations. There are multiple ways people believe we should be governed, and each theory has its pros and cons. When reading City of Rhetoric, I have learned that the theory of republicanism states that “power” comes from the “individual”, and that the most important entity is the small government administered by each individual state. Many believe this way of government is the best suited to live civilly; however, there are potential downsides to this theory. The thought of “small” government can in many ways rely too heavily on the good of the people. The theory of republicanism is interesting, but in many ways different from that of the theory of liberalism.

            The theory of liberalism states that the “power” comes from the citizen, and that the privacy and individual lives of citizens rests above all else. Government should be there in order to keep control of anything that gets in the way of that primary focus. Although Fleming outlines these two theories, we learn from the text that his personal opinions seem to lay elsewhere. He seems to believe that as people we should not be chained down to either of these two theories. As one reads Fleming’s work they might think that the theories he refers to are the ones known in today’s political society; however, it is important that we make the distinction between these theories (republicanism and liberalism) and today’s terminology of republicans and democrats.