February 26th

I am of Mexican descent; therefore, the foods that are common in my family in particular are tamales and tacos. Every Christmas, it is a tradition that we make tamales as a family and eat them on Christmas Eve. This is a tradition that we have had in our family for nearly fifty years. These Mexican foods are representative of cultural status because these foods are both foods that are very easily accessible in Mexico. This is due to the fact that the ingredients are easily accessible as well.

Foods and eating habits contribute to social norms and identities in a sense that they bring certain cultures together. Those in the same culture tend to eat the same food, giving them a sense of identify with each other. Food is a big part of culture, for it is a reflection of where you are from. I feel connected to people who come from similar culture. On the contrary, other cultures really interest me, too. Food can truly bring people together.

February 21, 2018

In Class Writing – Costa Aguirre

All throughout my life, I have felt “tokenized” because of my physical/external appearance. Every time I meet someone new, I feel as if they are judging me because of the amount of natural energy I have. When I meet someone for the first time, I always feel like they are looking at me in a strange way, for they cannot tell what kind of a person I am. They tend to think that it I am just some small kid with too much energy talking to them. For a very long time this annoyed me, but I have ultimately grown to love it, for that person always winds up being a friend or acquaintance of mine.

As a male, being small can sometimes be hard. Everything you do is taken a little less seriously, and is perceived as a little more funny, and at times annoying. People always think that I am solely a crazy person; but once they get to know me, they figure out that there is much more to me than what meets the eye. I pride myself in being loyal to my friends and doing things for the betterment of other people. I also try to have intellectual conversations with people, and I am always engaged in what other people are saying. In the past, I used to judge people just as I was judged, but as time went on, I grew to realize that that is not a healthy way to live, and I try to give everyone a fair shake and not judge them when I initially meet them.

February 16th

1.) Gebhard, J. G. (2010). What Do International Students Think And Feel? Adapting to U.S. College Life and Culture. Ann Arbor, Michigan. University of Michigan Press.

2.) None.

3.) Mack, T. (1997, May). Culture Shock. Forbes, p. 188-90.

4.) Simpson, J. C. (2006, May 8). Chronicler of Culture Shock. Academic Search Premier, 156.

5.) Wright, R. (2005, March). Going to Teach in Prisons: Culture Shock. Journal of Correctional Education. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier.

February 12th

My story is about my transition from elementary school to middle school. I grew up in Silverlake, which is a relatively small town in Los Angeles. I had been living there for my entire life, and I knew nothing outside of this town. I attended preschool to fifth grade in Silverlake, but my mom wanted me to be around people with different perspectives, so she sent me to a middle school in Pasadena called Mayfield Junior School. The school that I attended in Silverlake was very liberal and laid-back, while Mayfield, the school that I would soon attend, was very strict, religious, and conservative.

This was a very hard transition for me, because I saw things differently than a lot of these people. The teachers were a lot more strict, there was a dress code, and the students were a lot more preppy. For a long time, I felt like an outsider because I could not relate to anyone in any way. I dressed different, listened to different music, and had different views on life. Although this initially bothered me and made me feel bad about myself, I got to know these people better, and got a better understanding of who they were. Everyone has a story, and there is a reason why people behave the way that they do. I learned to accept and embrace the differences we had, and eventually became friends with all these people. Still to this day, some of my closest friends are the friends that I made in middle school. The moral of my audio essay is to not judge other people, accept people’s differences, and be comfortable with who you are.

Feb. 5th, 2018

In his essay, “12:32pm”, Nathan Centeno discusses the article “Black and Blue” by Garnette Cadogan in a very fluent and descriptive manner. First, he describes the environment in which Cadogan grew up, which was Kingston, Jamaica. He then summarizes the contrast between Jamaica and the United States, and how the U.S. has a large problem with social profiling. He talks about how Cadogan also felt more comfortable in his skin tone, whereas in the U.S. he always felt like he was being judged for being a certain way. After all of this, he then describes how he felt about the article. This gave a more personal feel to the summary, for I got to read about his opinion on the matter. Overall, Nathan wrote a very good response to Cadogan’s writing.