A Day In Downtown

photo 1As you all know on Thursday, October 24th the TALONS class took a trip to Macleod’s Books and to the Vancouver Public Library. Not only were we searching for books about our eminent person we had the privilege to witness the beautiful city on a business day. Which I thought was very interesting because I personally don’t usually go to downtown on days where there is work, thus, making the experience that much more enjoyable. I also thought that implementing the solo was a really great idea to help us embrace the downtown core on a work day. All in all I would say that this trip was very enjoyable and good learning experience for me. Although, I was unable to find a book about Serena Williams during this research trip I learned that the city is much like a factory setting. In order for everything to function and run

photo 4 smoothly everything should be in-line and working properly. However, as soon as one element of the cycle breaks down, things don’t run as smoothly anymore. Nonetheless, I stay determined to continue to discover more new things about Serena Williams each and everyday.

On a side note, I will say that the book store was pretty jammed packed with books! Everything you touched things would just tumble right over. However, it was very interesting how there were books that were older than me! I found it to be neat how literally every single book genre was in one tiny little store on a corner of the street. The Vancouver Public Library on the other hand, was no where near small. It had six floors of books flooding you with information. Anyways, that was my little overview about the book store and library.

I hope you had just as much fun as I did! 🙂


Having such a huge love and passion for sports and competitive athletes I thought that Serena Jameka Williams would be the perfect fit for my eminent person. When I think about Serena Williams the first three words that pop into mind are determination, hard work, and passion. She was born on September 26th, 1981 in Saginaw Michigan. She grew up in the ruins of Compton, California. Williams had three half sisters until 2003 when Yetunde was fatally shot in a gang confrontation in Compton California. She also has a full sister, Venus Williams who competes with Serena in the doubles tournaments as well as plays in the singles tournaments. When Serena was 10 years old she was ranked number 1 among the u10 players in Florida, then later turned pro when she was just 14 years old. Living in such a poor environment Serena definitely had the passion and determination to keep playing and to continue to improve. With a record of 627 wins – 112 losses and a ranking of number 1 in the world for women’s tennis, Serena’s hard work definitely paid off.

When picking Serena Williams for my eminent person I knew instantly that I would be able to relate and write about her so easily. The main reason why I chose Serena was because her passion and determination towards tennis is beyond amazing. I always respect those who play with passion and love for their sport. Having such a love for the sports I play as well, I feel studying Serena will teach me a lot about always wanting to get better and never giving up because if you put in the hours and work you will get there someday. I am looking forward to going more in–depth into Serena Williams’ tennis life and personal life and learning about her as an individual. If you’d like to learn a little bit about Serena Williams check out her website: http://serenawilliams.com

During Eminent some goals that I would like to accomplish are:

1) Learn about Serena’s life on and off the court

2) Follow her foot-steps by being determined to always improve and to always have passion when competing

3) To use my blog more effectively during this in-depth study

Here are some of Serena’s greatest on court moments for anyone that is interested


For some off court action, check out Serena’s Twitter :