April 30, 2018

When thinking of a certain career, it os often stereotypical to place an ethnicity or a gender as the brand for the job. For example: doctors are male, nurses are women and so on. That being said, it does not mean that when a female becomes a doctor they will get paid the same amount as a male doctor. Being a woman in any job is a fatal quality to pay and prestige of the job. For example, society will try to keep them gendered and divided so they don’t lose a sort of prestige and Helen Lewis explains “Women aren’t innately attracted to less prestigious jobs: jobs become less prestigious when their workforce is majority female… If women’s jobs pay less partly because they are women’s jobs, no wonder it’s so difficult to bridge the pay gap.” Therefore, even if women get the education they need and overcome the male population in a career, it will diminish its prestige, be concluded as a woman’s job and the pay would decrease.


Lewis, H. (2016). Getting women to enter male fields won’t close the gender pay gap–those jobs just lose their prestige. New Statesman, (5329). 9.


April 27

Free Write

Jobs mean money. We’re all thinking it. We want to accomplish the career goal that will keep us the most financially stable. White collar jobs and manual labor remind me of my grandpa because when her first got here to america he worked the field and tried his hardest to level up from there to where he is now. Society sees these white collar workers in a negative aspect and it doesn’t seem to change .these jobs usually consist of harder labor yet they go unappreciated and underpaid if people didn’t do some of these jobs then the basic things in our lifestyle we expect to have will disappear. In my paper I want to establish the stereotypes and try to diminish them by talking about lower class workers in a new light. In a way that shows how necessary they are


March 26, 2018

CLASS: I started going to private school at the beginning of third grade, but before then, my mom took me to my designated public elementary and I was doing so well my mom felt I wasn’t even being challenged. I would get a homework packet each week meant to be done steadily more and more each day and I would end up finishing it as soon as I got home with it on Monday afternoon. When my mom noticed, she didn’t want this to be the case throughout the rest of the year so she asked for harder work for me from my teacher, but that was apparently against school policy and the teacher could get in trouble for giving me “special treatment.”  Being a single mom, my mom didn’t have the funds to put me in private school so I continued to go unchallenged through my classes up until second grade. My uncle, an entrepreneur with a restaurant chain, decided to step in and took me to an interview to meet what could possibly be my new teacher next year. I remember walking through those elaborate gates at the private, catholic elementary and realizing why my grandma had dressed me so nicely for this meeting. I was wearing my fancy clothes and as I got older I realized it was to make an impression and make it so I could fit in with the sophisticated air of the school and its student body. I went on to a private high school as well because of the elementary school I went to. Now, as I take pre-med classes and try my hardest to keep my eye on the goal of medical school, I guess the way my class influences my education is by making me want to reach a higher class and not financially struggle so much in the future.

CULTURE: The only way my culture has really impacted my schooling is by influencing my choice in USF and also the classes I chose to take in high school and even now at USF. I am always interested in the history of Mexico and choose classes that allow me to learn more about it. USF is known for being diverse in culture and accepting so thats why I chose to come here.

RACE: I guess the way race affected my schooling is when I walked into the new school on my first day of third grade and realized I was the only Mexican kid in the class and I felt really different. It has also affected the way I now find that people think I’m white-washed because of the school I went to and because I don’t have an accent and so on.



March 5, 2018

Reimagining Educational Practices

There are many different categories that universities are ranked in and its not a clear distinct scale that applies to all of them. They are categorized into different groups and ranked from there. Their missions and locations are often most observed, but also allows you to look at the quality of education. The universities have their academic quality based off of graduation rates, faculty information, and admissions requirements.

Personally, I have experienced that just because you go to a private school or university, people make assumptions about my social class or how much money I have incorrectly. I have always been labeled as being wealthy due to the fact I went to a private catholic school, but that was far from the case. The school you go to attaches title to you as well and that is something discussed in my group. Another thing I found was that students with more resources and money tend to travel farther from home that those with less.

Reference list

US News & World Report, USN, 11 Sept. 2017, 10:00pm, www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/rankings-faq.


February 26, 2017

Food and Social Habits

In my culture, the food is primarily known for being spicy and well-seasoned. Growing up, beans and Mexican rice were always sides to the main course which would always involve meat. Now that I think about it, the vegetables were somehow either included in the rice or meat dish as I grew up and never had their own portion. I used to eat a lot of soups as a kid and leftovers were eaten as the next days dinner or until they ran out.

As long as we had beans or rice in the house we were set. We could even make whole meals out of those two things. I’m not to sure I’ve never thought of food as defining my social status though.

In the traditional Mexican household, like when my grandma was growing up, the woman handled all household duties, which included cooking. Dinner was to be ready upon my grandpas return. My family slowly became less traditional though, especially when I was being raised. In this case, learning how to cook was never forced upon me or made my duty. Nowadays, I know my friends consider me super wealthy because I order takeout a lot or go out to eat, which isn’t really true, I’m just kind of lazy to cook.


February 12, 2018

I think the most difficult thing while growing up and even now is that I cannot strictly identify with one nationality. That is what I will be discussing in my audio essay. I have found that many people I have met require me to confine myself to one title: American or Mexican, and when I tell them I am both they try to point out that there are flaws in my logic.

So, in my audio essay, I will be discussing my struggle to feel comfortable with the different connections to each of my two nationalities and present how I have learned to not let what people think affect me. It will, hopefully, give the audience some inspiration to overcome any obstacles they feel with respect to their nationality as well as. It shows how no one can define you except for you and your own opinions as well as feelings dictate your identity as well.


Essay 1 Free Writing

There are many things that have shaped my life and one is not more dominant than the other. I guess I feel that even though i was born and raised in the US i dont consider myself more american but sometimes people think so i mean i get from people that i dont look mexican and have been whitewashed but i wouldnt call that a struggle i mean ive never felt inequality or opposition bc of my race or anything so like , having troube with that aspect and to simply label myself as american isnt right either but i guess the reason im so well established and have had the priveleged life ive had falls because of the struggles of my grandpa and all that he did for his kids that now translate to me the story of my family begins with him i suppose so im gonna talk about him and explain how all his accomplishments and sacrifices got our family to where we are today



-Introduce my grandpa

-talk about his transition story


  • his story, struggles, jobs

– introduce mom and siblings

-talk about my life and how it helped and where i am now


February 5, 2018

In her overview of “Black and Blue” by Garnette Cadogan, Tori Santiago effectively and concisely conveyed the thoughts presented in the essay. She presented Cadogan’s personal views and his struggle throughout his life walking in Kingston and in New Orleans. Addressed were key events such as police brutality that Cadogan faced and his transition when he moved to the United States.

When discussing “Scenes and Un-Scenes: Class Dismissed,” the blog response Tori included her own summarized insight which told that if classes were discussed they and they’re problems could be understood.


January 26, 2018

Meaning of Name

Andessa Leilani De Santiago. The name given to me at birth of which the meaning and origin is partially unknown to me. My first name Andessa seems to have no definition, no evidence of existence on the internet, and I assume was made from a misspelling of the name Andressa. To help people remember my first name and spell it I like to tell them its a combination of the names Andrea and Vanessa and that my mum could not decide between the two. I do remember my mother telling me that when she was 7 months pregnant, she was eating dinner one time at the restaurant my grandpa was the chef at and she overheard a mother calling her daughter that. She said it appeared that they were German, but when I look it up, the name has no correlation to Germany whatsoever. My middle name, Leilani, is Hawaiian and means “a heavenly flower.” I do not quite know why she chose that one she just says it sounds pretty so there’s not much explanation there. My last name is two parts, De Santiago and that confuses some people sometimes. No, I am not from chile or chilean at all (I get that joke a lot). When I look it up, its origin appears to be from many places. It was a name that used to be given to a person or mixed cultures.

I love my name and have never been embarrassed by it. I sometimes go by the nickname Dess, but not because I’m embarrassed simply because it is easier to remember. My nickname is something my friends use and I kind of like it because it makes it a little less formal than my full name.



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