Monday, December 12, 2011
First of all, BE EXCITED for this semester.
Liz is a fantastic teacher, and I don't just say that about any teacher for insignificant reasons. I'm pretty critical of classes and teachers I suppose, but this class turned out to be one of my favorites. Most importantly I became a lot more confident in my writing and my ability to write because Liz really helped take me step through step in the writing process. I was so scared coming into college and having to write "real college papers" but Liz made that so do-able. It's not as scary as it seems, trust me. ASK questions, EMAIL Liz with any help you may need (she responds super duper fast and is always willing to help until you get it). I learned that writing a paper HAS to be done in steps; you really cannot sit down and do it all at once no matter how awesome you think you are. Quality in steps. Each step should flow into the next.
Second, don't B.S. (excuse my language) any papers just to get them done. There is a reason for writing each paper. For example, the three informal papers that I had to write REALLY helped me in writing my final paper; the prompts were similar so I was writing about similar stuff in all those papers. In fact, the three informal papers made writing the final paper 100x (seriously, no exaggeration) easier. Because I put quality work into those three informal papers, I already had a lot of writing done for my final paper by the time I started to work on it. This is what I mean by quality in steps...take a giant paper one step at a time, and you'll find that it isn't so bad at all.
One thing I would have done differently was talk more in class...(wait, maybe I already talked to much...) BUT seriously participation makes class SO much more exciting. Liz asks for a lot of feedback from you guys, and the BEST part is that she really listens and takes that feedback into consideration. Seriously, participate in class when it's called for because not only will you learn so much more by being engaged, you will also encourage others to talk more too. Don't be shy. This class is so chill, and it's so small. Take advantage of the fact that the teacher will not just know your name, but actually know stuff about you! Most college class aren't this chill, and rarely do you find professors who care this much about their student's success and are so passionate about what they do.
I wish you guys the best in this and all your classes! Hopefully I can come visit you guys sometime and see how much you all will be ENJOYING this class (:
To be honest, I would not make this progress if Liz wouldn't be my teacher. She is great, helpful, and amiable no matter if she is in class or outside of the class. The was she plans the daily lesson is amazing and something different than the writing class I had taken before. One thing I would like to advice is to have more group work so that students would be more talkative. It's just me feeling like the class would be more interesting if we would have more debate, and discussion. In overall, this class is the best class of this semester for me....!!
I was never a big fan in writing or reading, but this class makes you enjoy it. As a matter of fact, it was the most interesting class I had this semester. It was not an easy course but all the material in it, were things I did not mind doing, even the final paper. For the final paper, I was able to pick a topic I was passionate about even though it was not a direct topic spoken in class. I think that is the best part of this class. The assignments were flexible in the sense that it was easy to make a piece of writing interesting for me.
Another thing about this class that you will be able to benefit from is the organization of it. The course is structured in a way that helps you stay on top of your things. For the project, we were naturally forced to work on it earlier. It would have been really stressful if I would have left it all for last minute, which I knew I would of.
The only tip, I can give you is to not misuse your resources. Resources are available to you, so take the opportunity.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Usually, I need to brainstorm before even start my writing. In order to write something I need to brainstorm first and I do this whenever I feel like to. For example, free time, while walking, and while leaning on the bed are the best time for me to brainstorm. After brainstorm when I really started to write I need to be in a silence place like library where I couldn’t hear any noise. So usually I go to the quiet study area in library to do my writing.
The process of my writing is different than the process I use to do homework from other classes. If I have to do math homework I need loud music in my laptop. Unlike, any other homework or activities, for writing I need peace environment where my brain doesn’t interact with other distraction around. Even though I am not a good writer I always enjoyed the moment when I have to write something or when I choose to write something. Last week, I got three college essays from the senior students from high school. All three papers I spent 2 hours editing each of the paper. It would have take me more than 2 hours if I chose to edit their papers in the place where there is lot of noise and distractions. Therefore, I am a better writer in silence place like library than any other places.
I always write my introduction first because that is usually the part that comes easiest to me. I don't really do any brainstorming because I never end up using any of the brainstorming I do, so really it is a waste of time for me to sit and write out an outline. I feel like having an outline is too rigid, and when I right I like to change things as I go along. Depending on the type of writing that I am doing, I will sometimes speak the words out loud as I am writing and edit as I type if something sounds off.
The absolute hardest thing for me to do is analyze scholarly articles and interpret them so that their significance is clear. I usually end up summarizing the source rather than actually analyze it, so I like that we have already done informal papers where I have already done bits and pieces of analysis. As I write this paper, I also have all my informal papers pulled up on my computer screen so that I can refer to the analyses that I have already done. This has been SO helpful because once I get started in my analysis, it is so easy to come up with more and more ideas.
I always always take a break before writing the conclusion of any paper because that is the point when I consider my paper done. The conclusion is basically a summary of the paper, so once I have it written, I take a break to celebrate before summing the paper up in 2 or 3 sentences.
The ISO Simon I attended was a blast; I really liked how they talked about different cultures in India. I didn’t know that in India there are lots of people who believe that many things are improper in their culture which in America are just the regular thing. I kind of liked the presentations because they also talked about many things that I have experienced. For example the traffic and the foodThe most fascinating thing about japan was the trains. The supersonic trains were really faster and needed in America, also the Japanese dress and culture were very interesting
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The IOS event was very interesting and informative. I love learning about other countries and their cultures. I learned a lot about the lifestyle of people from both India and Tokyo. One thing that was interesting was learning about the different foods and desserts Indian people eat. The reason why I think it was more intriguing to me was because my Godsister is getting married to an Indian man. It was good to learn about certain things about their culture before the two cultures join together. One thing I am excited about the two cultures joining together is that I love trying different type of foods and Indian food is one I am looking forward to try. From the presentation I learned that most of the foods are spicy and that is one of my favorites.
Learning about Tokyo was really interesting too. The facts were more interesting, even though the presentation was not as interesting or entertaining as the other presentation. It was fascinating to learn that the technology in Tokyo is so advanced. The technology they have, makes me feel that they are from outer space. One thing that I wished that our country would have is the trains. In the slide show it was mentioned that it would only take two hours from Rochester to New York City. If we had that type of technology here, we would be better off and happer.
This presentation was really enjoyable. It was nice to be in a class that we learned different things than the subjects we take. Also, this past two weeks have been full of exams and essays and it was nice to do a different kind of activity that would distract us from other things going on.
The ISO/Simon event that we attended was so interesting! At first i thought the presenters would be mostly focusing on the cultural background of India and Tokyo but the many different aspects they focused on like food and technology grabbed my attention. I liked the overall open attitude that the presenters had, they were actually excited about what they were telling us and their comical personality made the presentation more attention grabbing. I also liked the videos they showed, the video of the packed trains in Tokyo and traffic in India was entertaining while they showed a glimpse of the life in those countries. These places made me think of actually studying abroad there so i can learn more about the different lifestyles they live.
My favorite part was the bullet train when it showed how it can travel great distances like Rochester to NYC in a small amount of time like 2 hours it made me think how great that would be if we had that here in America!
ISO/Simon event we attended was interesting with many information and knowledge based on cultures, economics, traditions, values, and languages. I came from the eastern Nepal, which is close to North East of India so I already have some understanding about North and East part of India. I was thrilled to learned about other regions of India. Some of the cultures they mentioned was something I have never know before. What really grabbed my interest was the growing economic of the India. I have never knew India’s economic is one of the fastest growing economic in the world. Most of the cultural festivals and holidays of India are familiar to me. However, as I mentioned above the cultures and the life style of people in southern and western India really make force me to research more. In fact, I was looking at Google to learn more about these parts of India.The information presented by two Japanese students was totally new for me. Something made me sucked was the way security pushed down the crew on the train. I have never ever though that was happening in India. Soon, I thought that incident happened during the tsunami. Moreover, it was great opportunity for me to learn about Japanese life style of the people including their culture and business. In future I want to learn more about Japan.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
1) What I know:
So far I have collected lot of information about the challenges that are facing by recent immigrants in United States. I have done this by interviewing people and through online journals and articles. As of now, I know that language barrier and acculturation stress are two major difficulties for recent immigrants. Most of the senior immigrants those who are resettling in Rochester have never go to school back in Bhutan because they have limited excess to school in the place they grew up. Unlike senior Bhutanese seniors, Bhutanese youth got chance to go to the school in Bhutanese refugee camp in Eastern Nepal, where they have spent sixteen years. Bhutanese youth has mentioned that they have limited English language proficiency and they are hoping to improve it as time goes by. Therefore, language has been much more difficult issue for the Bhutanese immigrants in United States.
2) What I want to know:
I want to know more about how getting involve into different cultures has been difficult for them. While, I know few facts about this issue from two Bhutanese immigrants that I have interviewed. However, I still want to learn more about this so I have scheduled the appointments with two Bhutanese immigrants for next week. Hopefully, I will get as much information as I would like to collect.
3) Questions I have or problems I am encountering:
One problem that I am having trouble with is developing a counterargument. I am not sure if I have to develop a counterargument while I am comparing Bhutanese immigrants issues from my primary research and secondary research. In my opinion my paper would looks more strong if I include counterargument in it so I need help with how could I develop a counterarguments in my paper.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I know that food companies spend billions of dollars a year advertising to children because it does work. All the different forms of advertising (commercials, ads, colorful graphics, music, and games) are employed to get kids to buy high sugar and high fat products. It has actually been proven that kids will be more drawn to a certain product simply because they have seen it advertised; it has also been proven that kids will be more drawn to a product just because it has their favorite cartoon character on it. The incident of childhood obesity and diabetes is no coincidence as advertising is reaching more kids nowadays who are being exposed to more and more media. Going into the grocery store for a simple product is like entering a bombardement of advertisements for everything else in the store, and it is no coincidence that the advertisements that are seen more are linked to the products that are most popular. Most parents don't read the nutrition facts when their kids want a certain food, and this has been linked to unhealthy eating habits in every aspect of life.
What I want to know:
I want to find out which advertising strategy is most effective; I want to know what people remember about their favorite cereal ads 10 years ago and if that has affected their cereal choices now. My survery questions will be as follows:
1. What is your favorite cereal (now)?
2. What was your favorite cereal 10 years ago when you were a child?
3. Tell me about why it was your favorite cereal then or still is now? (or perhaps: What do you most remember it terms of cereal advertising?)
4. I may also consider asking: What made your cereal choice change?
I want to interview both males and females, and athletes and nonathletes to see if these factors have an influence on my results. I want to see if there will be a separation between people who report their favorite cereal being lucky charms because of the colorful leprechaun cartoon versus those who report their favorite cereal as being plain cheerios because of its lack of advertising.
Questions I have or problems I am encountering:
I am having difficulties with developing survey questions that I am happy with. I thought I was done with that step, but I still feel as though my survey questions contain a lot of bias because I am sort of prompting people about the advertising aspect of the question. I also am not sure if my questions are structured specifically enough that I will have data that will streamline into set categories. I feel as though my questions leave me with too many possible answers. What do you guys think of these questions?