November 27th, 2017


  • for essay 4, i’m writing about the idea of society enforcing (reinforcing) gender roles through development. what i mean by that is child development. i’m starting off with child development in my first body paragraph
  • paragraph one would use my psychology textbook which would talk about how parents giving certain toys to their children potentially enforce their gender roles. like giving a girl a doll and a boy a car would follow their roles, but if parents gave both toys to their child, it allows them to choose what they want to do, whatever toy they want to play with. it would be gender neutral as all toys should be that way. and honestly, it may also have other things included in the chapter that i cannot remember, but the main idea i wanna talk about is toys and clothes that are given to children at a young age. it shouldn’t define them, but society says it does. it sucks that many people believe their gender roles, but it’s taught to us from the start. it isn’t until later in life where we learn to disobey or go against gender roles if we’d like.
  • paragraph two would be about certain words used which could cause one to feel uncomfortable. i read a journal article yesterday about how physical education teachers (some) use the term “you guys” which is excluding girls in a way. it is possibly dissing their pronouns, not caring about their pronouns. although they may not know that it’s causing one to feel uncomfortable, they should be able to know one’s pronouns. that sounded weird. scratch that. i think that these gender biased terms “you guys” causes ones mentality to feel like they don’t belong. you could argue that it doesn’t, but let’s say you’re a mtf person who doesn’t like he/him pronouns. what could you do? what if the teacher doesn’t care? it shouldn’t be forced onto them, if it causes them to feel left out. even terms like “you throw like a girl” causes one to feel bad about themselves, messing with their mentality.
  • paragraph three is about the effect that it leads to being something you’re not and conforming to gender roles/society expectations. using the textbook, i want a wife talks about the typical housewife in which they care for the husband that doesn’t take care of them or take care of the children.

  • learning influences on gender development (psych textbook)
    • “clothes don’t matter to the infant, of course, but they are signals to adults about how to treat the child.”
    • “adults often respond to the same baby differently, depending on whether the child is dressed as a boy or a girl (Shakin, Shakin, & Sternglanz, 1985).”
  • gender-biased terms
    • “you guys” — implying that

Parents do not allow their child to discover their own gender. In Development over the Lifespan, Wade and Tavris (2017) believe that, “clothes don’t matter to the infant, of course, but they are signals to adults about how to treat the child….adults often respond to the same baby differently, depending on whether the child is dressed as a boy or a girl (Shakin, Shakin, & Sternglanz, 1985).” [fix quoting] At a young age (infant), parents choose the clothes that we wear, not knowing how it would potentially affect the child in the future. We aren’t given a choice, since we don’t know what we like, once we’re born. This isn’t only seen through clothing, but toys as well. Parents typically give girls dolls while they give boys cars. The toy doesn’t define the person, as all toys are gender-neutral, or were gender-neutral at one point. Society causes us to believe that girls play with dolls and boys play with toy cars, but what about children who don’t know their gender, or what if they don’t like playing with a certain gender-biased toy?

November 22nd, 2017

I’ve never met a boomerang kid, and I don’t think many children move back with their parents after they’ve [the children] have already moved out. I feel like it’s not very common for children to stay with their parents for a long time, however it depends on the situation. Children will most likely stay with their parents until they are around 35 years old. My second cousins are around 25 years old and they still live with their parents. Some families may have financial problems, which may cause a child to continue to live with their parents, to support the family. In this country, it’s become a norm to stick with their parents, since it helps save money and maintains a close connection.

Within my family, it’s just me, my parents, and my younger sister. As a college student, I think it’s fair to live with your parents. I can’t predict how long I’d live with my parents, but even so, they give me support by helping me pay for college and giving me money to buy lunch. I try to help my parents around the house by doing chores, so they don’t have to stress out about them after work.

November 20th, 2017

Tavon Tanner tears up before surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital on Oct. 17 to remove the bullet that ripped through his pancreas, stomach, spleen, a kidney and his left lung before becoming lodged just below his shoulder. (10/17/2016)

This image was taken by E. Jason Wambsgans, a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune since 2002. This work revolves around a 10-year old boy who survived a shooting in Chicago. In the image on the left, Tavon Tanner, the 10-year old boy, is about to go through surgery to remove the bullet that’s in his body. This image was taken on October 17, 2016. For more information about the image, read the caption.

It seems to make the argument that although this 10-year boy has survived a shooting, there are still dangers out there that could potentially kill someone. It’s luck that this boy survived, as we still see deaths every single day. The argument wants to say that they should watch out for the dangers for they could hurt children like this. It’s trying to appeal to the readers through pathos. Seeing a little boy who survived a shooting, the reader would most likely feel relieved and they may want to do change aspects of the environment/community to prevent this from happening again.

November 15th, 2017

Favorite TV Show/Movie

One of my favorite tv shows is Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. I honestly haven’t finished this show, but within the episodes I’ve watched, their portrayal of women is like any other show. In the first episode, the main character was on her way home when she saw a school bus of children and an old man (the driver) being harassed by some ‘construction workers’. She walked over to them and told the construction workers to stop and they began to tease her, like, “Aww, what are you going to do? You’re just a small woman.” The majority of the women in this show are portrayed as weak. At times in the show, women are being followed, but are unable to protect themselves from that person. The women just try to run away, expecting to get away from that person. The main character was born with a secret power which was superhuman strength. I enjoy her status as it shows something outside of society expectations, but I feel like in most tv shows and movies, women are portrayed in the same ways.

November 8th, 2017

Verb Tense Activity

  1. For a long time, my stepson, Jonathan was unhappy to have me as a part of his family, for he resents (resented) that he didn’t have both biological parents at home. I try (tried) to get to know him better, but he would complain (complained) that I invade (invaded) his privacy. As a newcomer, I understood that our relationship will require (required) effort from both of us. It is not (was not) enough that I was friendly. Jonathan also has to want us to be friends, but i was not happy with the two of us being strangers, but I can wait for him to be more comfortable around me.
  2. Anne Marie collects antique bottles and loved (loves) to turn them into works of art. She will buy (buys) bottles if she liked (likes) them, but she prefers to find them in the ground. She will find (finds) bottles everywhere, but she picked (picks) them selectively. However, she has the best luck at construction sites on old farmland, where she spent (spends) most of her time. Often, bottles appeared (appear) on the surface after a good rain, but they disappear very soon. She will use (uses) special tools for excavating bottles, including a set of brushes. She did not want to break the bottles as she removes them from the ground. After finding a new bottle, Anne Marie will add (adds) it to her display case and hung (hangs) [it] on the wall as an artistic piece. (Mangelsdorf, 2013, p.411).


  • fishy
  • so long
  • horse around
  • play it by ear
  • teacher’s pet

Every day, I talked to the teacher’s pet as we walked to class. We were always partners when it came to group work or projects and we played it by ear for oral presentations. People believed that we were fishy and never enjoyed ourselves, but little did they know, we horsed around after school. We acted as if we were different people than quiet, intelligent teacher pets. We danced in the parks, and sang with the birds. In the end, we departed. So long.

November 6th, 2017

The Maslow’s concept of humanistic psychology reveals the true humanity of a single person. In The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice, Moss (2015) discuss how, “Maslow envisioned humanistic psychology as a psychology of the whole person based on the study of healthy, fully functioning, creative individuals” (p. 13). Maslow uses his hierarchy of needs as a guide for this humanistic approach. Within this hierarchy, others are trying to reach the top of the pyramid: self-actualization. In order to reach this idea of self-actualization, we have to gain the other ‘needs’ of the pyramid in this particular order: physiological needs, safety, belonging, and esteem. This pyramid shows our basic needs as a human being, things that we may need to survive. This humanistic concept helps us understand what we really need in life and guides us into being a better human being.


Moss, D. (2015). The roots and genealogy of humanistic psychology.
In K. J. Schneider, J. F. Pierson, & J. F. T. Bugental (Ed.), The handbook of humanistic psychology: Theory, research and practice (pp. 13). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

October 27th, 2017 (Alex Hasson & Celeste Yeung-Phanhdara)

Ignite Pitches

Effective Public Speaking Elements & Features

  • the slides are interesting and engaging.
  • the speaker addresses the audience, speaking slowly
    • speaking slowly can help control the amount of information that the audience intakes, unlike speaking quickly, which may cause confusion for the audience.
  • the speaker is the knowledge master whose able to make concise explanations.
    • they know all the information, so they know how to make it more concise.
    • being concise shows that you know the information and know how to explain it well.
  • passion, title/topic, knowledge, brevity, miscellaneous (ending).

October 25th, 2017

Sentence Combining

  1. The reality show follows the lives of Bruce and Kris Jenner’s combined family; most of the episodes focus on the three oldest daughters: Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé Kardashian.
  2. Bruce Jenner was famous for breaking the world record, and winning a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics.His sons from a previous marriage, Brandon and Brody, have also appeared on their own reality shows.
  3. The Kardashians’ father, the late attorney Robert Kardashian, was famous for representing O.J. Simpson, and his daughters gained recognition as American socialites.
  4. Kim came into the national spotlight in 2007, after a sex-tape scandal and resulting Playboy appearance; the Kardashian fame grew into a profitable reality series.
  5. The show depicts the daily routine of the Kardashians, while the spin-off shows features Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé’s attempts to build their line of fashion boutiques.

October 23rd, 2017

A family “joke” that I have is speaking in Cantonese. It’s not really a joke, but it’s something we do around the house. Although I am Chinese and Laos, I lost my touch and knowledge of Cantonese. The few words that I do know, I will randomly say them around the house and it’ll sound close to fluent. My father does it too, although he’s not Chinese. Sometimes, he’ll hear my mother saying words in Cantonese, and repeat them. When he says it, it’s more fluent than when I say it. In a way, I feel like this misrepresent my cultures, because people question why I don’t know much Cantonese since I am Chinese.