What I Learned in Excel Chapter 2

I liked chapter 2 more than chapter 1 because it felt like it was more straightforward and a lot easier. I mostly just learned about creating charts and graphs from data tables. I also learned how to edit the graphs with colors, labels, and different graph styles. It was a little confusing at first because the graph layout on the computer is so different from the instructions in the book, and it took a little while for me to figure everything out, but I managed. I liked this chapter because we didn’t really have to do much with formulas, and that made the process of completing the projects a lot quicker for me.

What I Learned in Excel Chapter 1

After chapter 1 of Excel, I already feel like I’m learning more than I did in Word. I’ve never been very good at using Excel, but I learned a lot about how it works and the things you can do with it. I mostly learned about the different formulas you can use. I didn’t even know so many existed. It was all kind of confusing at first, but I feel ok about it now. I also learned how to create schedules, invoices, and inventory sheets. The chapter taught me about filling in cells with formulas using the fill handle, working with ranges of cells, and adding charts. In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure how some of the formulas worked, but I asked Marisa for help and she was able to teach me how to do it. I’m a little nervous about chapter 2 and what it entails, but I feel like I’m definitely going to learn a lot more useful skills from it.

It’s a Girl for Blake Lively!





One of the actresses I envy most is Blake Lively because

1. She’s married to Ryan Reynolds and

2. She’s way too pretty and it’s unfair.

However, after her recent pregnancy announcement, I decided to put aside my envy and be happy for the lovely couple. In searching for updates on the pregnancy, I found an article saying that the two actors are expecting a girl!

The Gossip Girl actress comes from a big family and has always wanted one herself, and she is very excited to be having her first child. She’s especially excited to be having a daughter, because she “has some amazing shoes and bags and stories that need to be appreciated”. According to the article, her friends have even started buying her baby girl clothing already.

Though the couple themselves have not yet confirmed that they are expecting a girl, a source close to them has been quoted saying, “She’s having a girl and is very excited about it.” I personally think that it’s likely to be the truth. Either way, Lively and Reynolds are ecstatic and cannot wait to welcome their first child, whether it’s a boy or a girl. Congratulations!

Benedict Cumberbatch is Engaged, But to Who?

In this week’s celebrity news, I found an article stating that Star Trek Into Darkness and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is engaged to be married.

He proposed to actress and director Sophie Hunter, and the engagement was formally announced by Cumberbatch’s parents in The Times on Wednesday morning. The pair began dating in 2009 after working together on the film Burlesque Fairytales.

Now, many know who Cumberbatch is, and some are highly disappointed that he is officially off the market, but who exactly is Sophie Hunter?

Hunter is best known for her writing and directing. She’s been involved in many plays and stage productions, her most critically acclaimed play being The Terrific Electric, which won her a Samuel Beckett Award in 2007. She also co-founded the Lacuna Theatre Company, and is highly involved in three other theatre companies, as well.

Hunter is also impressively talented. She is an avid tennis player and horseback rider, and often participates in activities such as yoga, swimming, running, and sailing.

I, unlike a lot of girls, am not a huge fan of Cumberbatch, so I’m not disappointed about this engagement. Congrats to the happy couple!


Amanda Bynes’ Rise and Fall

In September, one of the topics I was interested in blogging about was celebrity news. Amanda Bynes, in particular, has been in the news for quite some time now.

In the article I focused on, I learned that by the young age of 7, Bynes began taking comedy classes, and interviewed with Nickelodeon’s All That producers at just 9 years old. She was hired onto the show, and quickly became one of the funniest child actors on television. When she was 13 years old, she started her own show, titled The Amanda Show. The show was basically like SNL for young children. Her show became very popular, and Bynes won the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress three years in a row. In 2002, as a 15-year-old, Bynes made her film debut in the movie Big Fat Liar, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite childhood movies. She also went on to star in other movies, such as What a Girl Wants, Easy A, and She’s the Man. People loved her, and she loved getting a laugh out of her audiences.

However, in 2012, she began to gain fame for less positive reasons. She was arrested for DUI two times in the span of three months. In 2013, she was hospitalized after setting a woman’s driveway on fire.

Eventually, after two of her roughest years, things seemed to be looking up for her. In March of 2014 she enrolled in a fashion and design school in LA, and her family had high hopes for her recovery. Unfortunately, her wild behavior returned just this fall, and she was admitted to a Los Angeles treatment center last month, where she was diagnosed as bipolar.

My Favorite Blog

Out of everyone’s blogs, my favorite would have to be Shannon Hinton’s. It wasn’t really the theme or the look of the blog that caught my eye, although those were interesting. What really drew my attention was Shannon’s posts. In looking at everyone else’s blogs, I mostly just found the required chapter reflection posts, but Shannon was the only person I found that had posted about her own interest- music. She had two posts about music. One was about Ed Sheeran and his rise to fame, and the other was about Sam Smith. I just really liked how unique her blog was, and it was kind of a refreshing change from looking at a bunch of “What I Learned in Chapter __” posts.

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What I Learned In Chapter 3

In Chapter 3, I learned a lot about inserting symbols, copying formats, using drop caps, and creating documents in a newsletter format. I knew about inserting symbols and had done it many times before chapter 3, but I didn’t realize that there was such a wide variety of symbols to choose from. There are actually a lot of cool ones that I’d really like to use in documents in the future. Another cool feature that I learned about was the “format painter” tool. Unlike the “insert symbols” tool, I had never used the format painter before this chapter. It’s actually very convenient and makes things go a lot quicker, so I’m glad I know about it now. The “drop caps” tool isn’t really as necessary and important as other tools I’ve learned to use, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do (because let’s face it, I’m kind of a nerd). Lastly, I really enjoyed creating newsletters. I’m an avid writer, and I’d really love to minor in some sort of writing course in college. A couple of courses I’m interested in are creative writing and journalism, so if I choose to go down the journalism path, I think knowing how to format a proper newsletter will be a very useful skill.

What I Learned in Chapter 2

Throughout Chapter 2, I learned a lot about tables and resumes. I already knew how to insert tables, but I learned a lot about editing them, resizing them, shading them, and giving them borders. I also learned how to insert a formula into a table as a simple way to add each amount of something in said table. Lastly, I learned about how to set up a proper resume, and I also got some experience with other file formats, like faxes.

What I’ve Learned So Far

I’ve learned quite a bit in computer literacy so far. I thought I knew how to do pretty much everything on Microsoft Word already, but apparently there are a lot of features that I never even knew about. For example, I’ve never had to use the “Create Envelope” tool before, so learning how to do that was pretty interesting. I also now know how to write a proper business letter, which I think will be a very useful skill in the future. One of the more fun things I’ve learned to do is create an eye-catching, colorful advertisement or flyer. I never really considered adding shapes or borders to flyers before. I used to mostly just use pictures or clip art. I’m also learning more about setting up my blog and how to write an interesting blog post. I’m looking forward to learning even more throughout the rest of the semester. 🙂