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Why "Stuck On An Eyeland?"


Growing up reading Aaron Mcgruder’s The Boondocks and watching the TV show on Cartoon Network, I was inspired to voice my opinion on they was society was. Since the end of the boondocks syndication, I took it upon myself to pick up where Mcgruder left off. Although the times and event may have changed, one thing I realized is that history is bound to repeat itself in some way, shape, or form. My vision for the series is to create awareness of the injustice and ignorance of society.  We have made great feats in the areas of technology and social justice, but at the end of the day people will act the way they did 100 years ago. Taking place on a secluded island, I can push the events of the story to unimaginable feats. I would love to see this series be turned into something more mainstream, such as a web cartoon or a TV show on cable stations.

What is "Stuck On An Eyeland?"


This story takes place on the island of Taviti. It is a small island in the Pacific Ocean that lies between the islands of Hawaii and Japan. The inhabitants are like that of any other island that is occupied by a first world country. They are upset they were unjustly taken over, but fortunate to have the luxury of modern technology.  Taviti is the epitome of modern day paradise. Yet, the idea of paradise is not reality.
The story is focused on the trials and tribulations of T.J., an African American 12 year old boy, that escapes from his hometown of Sacramento, California to what he thought was paradise.  He later finds realizes that his new home is plagued with the same problems that he tried to escape from.  Instead of trying to escape a second time, he decides to suppress his anguish and deal with the problems head on.

Resume


Objective
Using my skills, training, and abilities to give back to my community.

Skills
      Tutor young students in math and various science fields, such as, chemistry and psychology.
      Perform diagnostic tests, upgrades, and repairs to broken and working computers.
      Collegiate Student-Athlete.
      Comic Book Writer and Illustrator
      Graphic Design for websites and online projects.
      Airbrush, freelance, and comic book artwork on a variety of mediums.
      Personal trainer with a focus on core, flexibility, and stability.

Education
      University of Hawaii at Manoa (2008-Present)
      Pre-Medicine and Psychology with a focus on Neuroscience

Extracurricular Activities
      Oak Ridge High School Junior Varsity Football and Track & Field Letter Winner (2004-2005)
      Christian Brothers High School Varsity Football Letter Winner (2005-2006)
      Christian Brothers High School Junior Varsity Track & Field Letterwinner (2006)
      John F. Kennedy High School Varsity Football and Track & Field Letter Winner (2007-2008)
      University of Hawaii at Manoa Football Letterwinner (2008 - 2012)
      I currently own and moderate a website and domain name entitled “www.stuckonaneyeland.com”
      I created a webcomic series entitled “Stuck On An Eyeland”

Awards and Recognition
      All-Western Athletic Conference Scholastic Athlete Award
      “Full-Ride” Athletic Scholarship to the University of Hawaii at Manoa
      The National Society of High School Scholar
      United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete
      The John T. Braxton Memorial Scholar 
      John F, Kennedy PACE Member
      John F. Kennedy MESA Member
      Jesse Owens Award recipient
      The California Alliance of African American Educators Award Recipient
      Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education Certificate of Achievement
      Alpha Phi Alpha Achiever Award
      Sacramento Links Achiever Association
      Ka Leo Newspaper Featured Comic Artist
      Sacramento Bee Featured Scholastic Athlete, “The Complete Package”
      University of Hawaii Ahahui Koa Anuenue, “One to Watch” Award

Notable Recognition
      I received recognition by the Dean of the University of Hawaii in 2009 and the Western Athletic Conference for attaining a 3.75 GPA for the spring semester of 2009.
      I received recognition for Summer Semester I of 2011 for attaining a 3.85 GPA.
      Currently the Agility (5-10-5) Test school record holder for the University of Hawaii ( 3.89 seconds). (Pending)
      Nike Football High School Combine @ Stanford 3rd Fastest 40-yard dash.

Internships, Job Experience, and References
      Dr. Letitia Bradford, M.D.
      Medical Physician
      Dr. Brian Richardson, M.D.
      Neurology
      The James A. Watson Wellness Center (July 2011)
      Dr. H.Geoffrey Watson, M.D.
      Psychology 100 TA
      3 Sections of the course
      Student Teaching Assistant
      Dr. Dale Fryxell
                                          University of Hawaii at Manoa
      Psychology Department Quiz Center
      10 hours per week
      University of Hawaii at Manoa
      Tutoring possible Psychology majors and running the quiz center
      Dr. Dale Fryxell
                                          University of Hawaii at Manoa
      Ka Leo Newspaper
      University of Hawaii at Manoa
      Comic Artist position
      http://www.kaleo.org/
      April J. Ford
      Intel Corporation
      Author: “Chase the Challenge and Conquer”
      http://www.authorapriljford.com/
      Damon J. Smith
      Intel Corporation
      Professional Athlete
      Author: “Don’t Stop the Swagger.”
      http://www.damonjsmith.com

Volunteer Experience
      Sacramento Food Bank (2005-2008)
      Athletic/Personal Trainer for Youth (2007-Present)
      Math Tutor (2008-Present)
      American Cancer Society Relay 4 Life
      Participant/Donator
      Completed 15 Miles (60 Laps)
      University of Hawaii Student Athlete Community Service
      Cindy Rote
      Director of Student-Athlete Development
      University of Hawaii at Manoa
      (808) - 956 - 4325

About the Author


My name is Steven Christian, and I am a 21 year old, African American, Division 1 Student-Athlete. I am the eldest of 3 siblings (two younger sisters) and the son of two loving parents. I grew up in Sacramento, California, and I currently go to school in Hawaii. I see myself as a very unique individual. I draw cartoon, study psychology with an emphasis on neuroscience and intent to go to medical school, and play football at the highest possible collegiate level. Not many people can say those three things in that same sentence and still relate it to themselves.
My passions are described by what I call the “Three A’s.” Those include: Academics, Athletics, and Arts.  They are all of equal importance to me. I developed this philosophy because I had to find some way to overcome the adversity in my life. In the end it proved to be beneficial because it worked for me and my situation specifically.
“Athletics” represents my competitive nature. Athletics has aided me in many areas of life. It has allowed me to gain acceptance and popularity. More importantly, it has taught me self-determination, persistence, the value of teamwork, and the discipline to stay focused on a goal.
“Academics” represents my passion for knowledge. No matter what it is, I yearn to learn about it. It allows me to become more independent because I can rely on myself to do things and do them the way I envision them, instead of paying someone else to do it for me. Being so immersed in the academic aspect of life has mentally prepared me to think critically in every possible situation.  I can approach life differently because I know how to analyze situations effectively and come up with solutions and reasoning to justify it.
“Arts” represents my creative side. All great minds are creative minds. Steve Jobs is a prime example. They are problem solvers. When traditional problem-solving techniques fail, the average person doesn’t know what to do. They will usually ask someone else for help. Yet, for great minds, when problem-solving fails their creativity fosters, and they come up with unrelated ideas that end up working.  Every aspect of life is full of problems. Therefore it is necessary to have someone who can think outside of the box.
Following the “Three A’s” allows me to combine all my talents into everything I do. I pride myself on being a creative person. I have good mental imagery, knowledge on a wide range of topics, not afraid to be different, value my independence, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. So having all three of these aspects in my life, I not only stay physically active and in tip top shape, but I also am mentally prepared for whatever come my way. It allows me to be a great problem-solver because I have the knowledge to approach a task, the discipline to follow the necessary step to complete it, the determination to finish it, and the creativity to make it look nice and feel unique. 
                         
My qualities have allowed me to gain experience in many areas. I have business experience from starting my own website, and charging customers for services based on the skills that I have. I am currently writing my first graphic novel to promote my website. I have worked with professional athletes all over the country. Working with professional athletes has increased my drive to take my athletic aspirations even further because I know that I can compete on that level. I have done internships and volunteer work for research studies and hospitals. One specific internship I did was in Oakland California. I have a passion for helping people, whether they are physically sick or distressed. I want to learn as much as I can to help people live the happiest lives they can in their respective situations. I have also worked with writers, animators, and illustrators both on line and in person. Being able to see artists at work and analyzing the ideas, time, and energy that they put into it is a very surreal experience. I have worked with animator a who did work for DreamWorks pictures on movies, such as A Shark’s Tale and Hidalgo.  She has helped me create short films, which served as public service announcements to create awareness about social injustice in American media. I have also taught three Psychology 100 classes at the University of Hawaii. I have also run a tutoring center at John F. Kennedy High School for students to get help with math and science, free of charge.  It has given me a whole new perspective in life because I can see the impact I have on the way students learn material and pass tests.  I can relate to all these professions on a personal level because of the time and energy I invest in them on a daily basis.

My goals are to become a doctor; go into research on mental disorders (such as Alzheimer’s and ADHD), the way people learn, and other cognitive functions; turn my own website into a business of good standing; get the accreditation to establish myself both in the community and in the professional world; create awareness about social issues; and combine my knowledge, skills, and techniques with my passion for academics, athletics, and arts to help people live their lives better, both physically and mentally.  I feel that money will come if you are deemed as valuable to society, but there is no greater feeling than knowing that what you do and who you are can directly impact a person’s life in a positive way. In some ways, I want to be “Mister Everything.” If anybody needs help with a problem, I want them to be able to come to me. I have already taken steps towards those goals with my comic web series, website, being a Division 1 Student-Athlete, and getting my Bachelor’s Degree.

My Life's Philosophy


My passions are described by what I call the “Three A’s.” Those include: Academics, Athletics, and Arts.  They are all of equal importance to me. I developed this philosophy because I had to find some way to overcome the adversity in my life. In the end it proved to be beneficial because it worked for me and my situation specifically. 
 
Following the Three A’s allows me to combine all my talents into everything I do. I pride myself on being a creative person. I have good mental imagery, knowledge on a wide range of topics, not afraid to be different, value my independence, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. So having all three of these aspects in my life, I not only stay physically active and in tip top shape, but I also am mentally prepared for whatever come my way. It allows me to be a great problem-solver because I have the knowledge to approach a task, the discipline to follow the necessary step to complete it, the determination to finish it, and the creativity to make it look nice and feel unique. 

My Athletic Philosophy


“Athletics” represents my love for all kinds of sports: basketball, baseball, football, skateboarding, snowboarding, breakdancing, parkour, etc. I enjoy being outside and staying active. I am a Division 1 College Athlete for Football.  If I would have stayed with baseball, there was a possibility to get drafted.  Athletics has aided me in many areas of life. It has allowed me to gain acceptance and popularity. More importantly, it has taught me self-determination, persistence, the value of teamwork, and the discipline to stay focused on a goal. Every season is different from the last, but the goal is still the same: to become the best. To be able to achieve that goal in the midst of other priorities take the qualities that I described above. A person would never have those kinds of qualities or experiences, unless he or she was put in a situation where they had to develop them. I feel that they are the same competitive qualities that allow people to become successful and influential people in society. I have many friends that quite my sports teams because they did not have those qualities. So that tells me that it is something you must work at to achieve. The Sacramento Bee, my hometown newspaper, published a story about me entitled, “The Complete Package.” It described the trials I went through because of the declining participation of others in football, yet I was still able to keep everything together and get a scholarship.

AKA 2012 One to Watch Award - Winner

My Academic Philosophy


“Academics” represents my passion for knowledge. No matter what it is, I yearn to learn about it. It allows me to become more independent because I can rely on myself to do things and do them the way I envision them, instead of paying someone else to do it for me. That translates to everything in life from learning how to fix my moped when it breaks down to learning how to work out a certain way so that I see the results that I want. It was also the motivation for me attaining a cumulative GPA of 4.12 in High school. Being so immersed in the academic aspect of life has mentally prepared me to think critically in every possible situation.  I can approach life different ly because I know how to analyze situations effectively and come up with solutions and reasoning to justify it.

My Artistic Philosophy


“Arts” represents my creative side. I love art, music, comic books, pretty much everything that allows me to think “outside of the box.” I feel that being creative is a very valuable asset because it provides solutions to many problems that were never thought of before. All great minds are creative minds, such as people like Steve Jobs, who try to fix the problems that they have. When traditional problem-solving techniques fail, the average person doesn’t really know what to do and they will usually ask someone else for help. Yet, for great minds, when problem-solving fails their creativity fosters, and they come up with unrelated ideas that end up working.  This has helped me get through the problems I have because it provides an escape. I can express myself and channel all my energy into something the yields a message.  Through that message or process of creating a piece of artwork, I usually find the answer to the problem. In some ways, it is a therapeutic way to come to terms with my situation.

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