UX Designer

UX stands for User Experience.  A User Experience Designer is someone who designs websites, tech products, or almost anything that needs a user.  The UX Designer focuses on the person who is going to use the item to design an item that is easy to understand, navigate, and use.  UX Designers are interested in conducting tests to see how a user uses a product and how that use could be made easier. After the UX Designers watches the designer uses that information to create the “best” user experience.

Click here to find out more of what a UX Designer does in a day!

Click below to learn about a UX Design school.

Right now, hiring managers want—need—UX designers. Programs like Center Centre are responding, training a new, modern kind of workforce.

According to Glassdoor, experienced UX Designers in Los Angeles make about $85,000 a year!

How Much Money Do You Need To Make?

Ever play the game M.A.S.H. when you were a kid? Play the grown up version to find out how much money you need to make to live the lifestyle you dream about.  Want to play M.A.S.H.?  Click here.

So what did your salary come out to be?  Mine was some crazy number like $300,000 dollars a year.  Try this site for a numbers that are a little bit more realistic.

Here is another site that gives a different opinion on what a typical budget for a person who lives in Los Angeles, California.  Click here.

How Much do you have to make to be considered rich in the United States?  Click here.

Debt means a person spends more than they earn.  Check out the top 25 reasons a person goes into debt by clicking here.  Why would you go into debt?

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Meeting Jacob Sartorius by Diamond S.

Students were asked to write a memoir based on one important experience from their lives.  Check out Diamond S.’s memoir.  It is about her getting a chance to meet Jacob Sartorius.

Meeting Jacob Sartorius

One of the most exciting days of my life was meeting, what I hope will be, my future husband.  On Halloween, my mom surprised me with tickets to see Jacob Sartorius. I was so shocked that I couldn’t even breathe. My mom bought me the tickets because I was working hard in school and trying to keep my grades up.  The day finally arrived.  There was a short line. While my mom was waiting in line I decided to get water. While I was waiting for the water, I realized that I saw Jacob’s dad. I was totally freaking out. After I got the waters, I went to my mom and I said,” I saw my future father -in-law!’’ “Huh?’’ my mom asked.  I explained to her,” I saw Jacob’s dad while I was waiting in line. “Ohhhh.’’ my mom said.

I was about to meet 4 different artists, The Bomb Digz, Johnny Orlando, Baby Ariel, and finally Jacob. Once I got inside the building, my heart started pounding really fast! I went up to The Bomb Digz, I was smiling and scared at the same time. I took a picture with them, then moved on to the next act. Johnny Orlando was next.  I was waiting in line and all of a sudden, Johnny came up, and HUGGED ME!  We took a picture together.  On to Baby Ariel I thought. She is my queen.  I was very excited to meet her.  As I walked up to her, she called me “gorgeous”. That made me so happy, I wanted to cry but I was holding it in. Finally, I was going to meet the boy of my dreams, Jacob Sartorius. As I walked up to him, he called me a cutie and then he hugged me. I was so happy.  I smiled when we took a picture.   And then I just had to hug him again. We left to go to the stage to wait for the performance to start. Five hours passed before the concert started. I didn’t care, it was the best night ever. I’ll never forget that concert or meeting the boy of my dreams, or should I say, my future husband? Even though my heart was pounding and beating fast all night it was a happy night. I hope one day I can see Jacob again without me being scared or crying.

My Poor Eye Lid by Dominic M.

Students were asked to write a memoir based on one important experience from their lives.  Check out Dominic M.’s memoir.  It is about an eye injury he received when he was seven years old.

It was not the first time I excluded myself from people while doing an activity. I was alone at a table, in my elective. I always dreamed of being in a position to go to a different school where I could start a new, but that hasn’t happened yet. I was putting beads on a string to make a necklace. I ran out of beads so I walked to the teacher to get some more.

“Can I get some beads?” I asked. I had gotten them, and while walking back to my isolated table, a girl got up and hit me with what I thought to be her necklace. I heard a sound, like a knife being sharpened, a slice, that only I seemed to hear. I suddenly felt a wave of pain fall over my eyelid, like getting blood drawn from my veins, but from my eye. I ran out of the classroom yelling, screaming in pain, thinking, I’m only 7, I’m too young. Aiming for the nurse’s office, without even thinking to tell the teacher why, I ran, and I came across the principal.

“What’s wrong?” she asked in a concerned voice. I couldn’t talk so I simply uncovered my eyelid not knowing what it looked like. She, first, looked shocked, then, she took me to her office. She called for an ice-pack and asked me a few questions. I told her who did it and what we were doing at the time. She summoned the girl who cut my eyelid, and she came. The principal asked a few questions, and soon, the girl was crying for some reason. I was annoyed by her crying because I was the one with the bleeding eyelid. She soon was allowed to leave while   the principal and I talked some more. Later, I was sent to my next class. I walked back to my class. I had learned that day, to be aware of my surroundings, so that nothing like this ever happened again. And so far it hasn’t…

Cal State Long Beach Trip! by Emma C.


Last week, on October 14th, my AVID class and I went to Cal State Long Beach. It was a fun and interesting experience. I got to learn all about college life. There were many students walking from class to class. Some of them were even riding all types of skateboards! I didn’t know a person could you even do that. There was a lot of art to see, like sculptures and ponds! The tour guide even said that Cal State Long Beach is famous for its art. Now the buildings. There were many different buildings to see. Every subject has its own building. There was a math building, art building, performance building, and much more. I couldn’t keep count because there were so many. My favorite part of the trip was seeing the big pyramid! It was huge and blue. The pyramid is a gym where the basketball players played. It was closed so we didn’t get to go inside. After that, we got to eat lunch. My partner and I got food from Ccarl’s Jr., while others ate at the classic Starbucks! Lunch was fun because we got to eat and go to the gift shop! Cal State Long Beach was fun except for the walking part. My legs were really tired when I got back to school. Overall, the trip to Cal State Long Beach was really fun!

Write Here, Write Now!

dsc_0226Sussman Middle School’s instructional learning focus is writing.  Which means that Sussman Middle School students spend a lot of time writing.  Which is a good thing for a number of reasons.  One very important reason is everyone should be able to get their message across through writing.

Students write year round in all of their classes but twice a year teachers record the scores with a number between 1-4, with 4 being the highest.  The bulletin board shows the scores of the two different types of classes Mrs. Espeseth teachers.  The left side is Social Studies 8 and the right side is AVID 7.  Both groups did very well for their first prompt.  Check in next semester to see how the students grow in their writing ability!

Pixar In a Box by Aaliyah R.

Last week, in AVID, we discovered a website that teaches computer animation. The website is called Pixar in a Box. It can be found on Khan Academy. It has everything needed to teach computer animation. It shows videos and guides it even has practice lessons. It also has quizzes so a person can fully understand what a person needs to do. If a person gets an answer wrong a person can watch the video again or practice more with the activities they have. It all starts with the lesson guides. From there, a person can practice virtual cameras, effects, patterns, rigging, animation, environment modeling, character modeling, and  crowd rendering. There’s lots of stuff to do. If a person wants to do computer animation for a living I recommend Pixar in a Box because it is very helpful. I think it would be the perfect website to help a person if a person would like to do this for a living.