April 30, 2018

In Class Writing

In regards to pursuing a higher education for more money it has been shown that obtaining a degree does somewhat increase your salary but the money spent in college to attend the university can possibly not be worth a ton. As stated by BenefitsPRO (2016) “study says a college diploma added $17,500 to a graduate’s annual salary but the extra money that those four years of college cost just isn’t worth it to many.” This quote shows that you do not need to attend college necessarily, because it can end up putting you into a financial hole. But obviously there are some professions, such as a M.D., that can eventually pay off. But if we are looking at making money right after college it could take a while until those funds are paid off with the salary you make from your career or job.


Satter, M. Y. (2016). Millennials, priced out of college, turning to blue-collar work. Benefitspro, 1.

April 27, 2018

Free Write

The one main idea that I keep coming across is how blue collar work teaches you things that you may not necessarily learn in a textbook or if you pursue a higher education. Society seems to look down on the blue collar or working class because they believe that they are just lazy to pursue a higher education. But in reality sometimes people are forced into this labor because of their family background or even if they just do not see a purpose for college. In the article by Crawford he discusses how he received a Ph. D. and struggled to find a job within the work force so he settles down and decides to do something that still challenges him and something he has fun with.

The attitudes towards these manual working jobs in my opinion are wrong because people within society believe that college is the answer for everybody and if you do not go to college you are “stupid.” Some people who decide to work these jobs not only enjoy their job but it is something they want to do that does not require a higher education. If we did not have people to work these jobs who would be doing it? I have experience in doing manual labor and in my opinion it was not something that I loved to do but it was definitely an experience that has taught me how to be more personable and a harder worker. People who saw me at work would think that I am not doing anything with my life but little did they know that I was actually attending a four year university pursuing a better job that I actually love and want to do.


In the article by Crawford he discusses how he received a Ph. D. and struggled to find a job within the work force. Pursuing a higher education does not guarantee anything in regards to money, benefits, and even happiness. The main thing being happiness and the emotion behind work, such as working conditions, your coworkers, or even the company/people you work for.



April 25, 2018

In Class Writing

One of the most important people in my life, my dad, has gone through many things at work that are just unjust and should not have gone through and still is. First physically at work he sometimes has to lift things that are very heavy and make it happen in such a short period of time. Let me remind you that my dad is 61 so his body is not functioning as quick as it used to. When he was younger he would tell me about all the things he was able to do but now after the wear and tear from work he has never been the same. His work has called for so much physical activity that his knees and back are never going to be the same for the rest of his life. But my dad is one to never give in so he goes to work everyday despite the pain and is able to perform the duties of work. Psychologically at work many people, such as his boss, have told him that he is to old and needs to stop working. My dad has to deal with people one on one when they order things for the company he works with, so he has to deal with the problems with the people ordering product. Even though some people may consider my dads job as a merchandizer a “job that anybody can do” he is still one of the most intelligent people I know. He has learned things on the job that can not be taught in a textbook and has gained so much experience through working just not the traditional way. Sadly because my grandfather past away when my dad was 13 he had no choice but to work and was unable to continue his education but I still believe to this day he is one of the wisest people I know.

April 18, 2018

In Class Writing

Currently in my hometown the poverty, homelessness, and eviction rate are at an all time low. Steadily the rate for these three have been decreasing from the years 2007-2018. Many of the issues that still arise despite being at an all time low is the fact that landlords in Ventura County are complaining that they are being “accused/blamed” for the eviction rate. But recently had a hearing about how landlords want the real rate of eviction/homelessness because they believe that they are not the ones causing the problems.

In the essay by Desmond my county is able to relate to the fact that people within our communities are so close to each other that they will do anything to help one another when needed. Our homes are our main source of security and privacy and no one in our county wants others to be homeless. Since our county is so giving I believe thats why our rate is so small compared to before. For example when the big fire broke out in Ventura County last December, when people were losing their houses our community stood together and made sure that all of them were able to have shelter until they could get back on their feet. Despite the adversity our community became stronger because of it. The only thing that differs from the reading is that our poverty rate is really low.

April 9th, 2018

Video Essay Planning

Final Version:

Drone footage for about 15-20 seconds with music (Song: TBA for final draft)

Rough Draft:


1.) Around 20 secs of footage of the campus

2.) Include subtitles and music

Main Plot:

1.) mix in parts of the interview, quotes from the article, use the brochure, and quote info from the brochure.


1.) Finish with some drone footage of campus



Nate: Research the Major (Chemistry brochure, flyer, or information on website) (20-30 secs) and editing

Costa: Interview with Professor

-Why major is important? (20 secs)

-What can you do with this major? (20 secs)

Leo: Scholarly article pertaining to chemistry, textbook pertaining to chemistry (talk about both of these) (20-30 secs)