March 26, 2018

My individual learning has not really been affected by class, at least not anything too significant for me to remember. When I was younger, I often felt “lower” than someone else because of the material items, such as high brand clothing or technology. I had a friend that was an only child and her parents would let her buy whatever she wanted, when she wanted. This was not the same for me. Although my parents provide me with everything I need and try to give me things I desire (and I am so appreciative of this), I would always feel like I needed to compensate in order to hang out with her. As I grew up, I realized that these things did not matter and I am happy with what I have. And I am so glad that I have realized this because it has allowed me to be happier and save more money!

My individual learning has been affected by culture and race in that sometimes stereotypical expectations are hard to be met realistically. There is a stereotype that all Asians are smart or really good at math. Well, I am not the best at math and when people realize this, the stereotype is brought up. It is not so much prevalent today, but when I was younger, it was a thing that people referred to quite often. It made me feel discouraged when being in the classroom because sometimes I would be too scared to ask questions, I’d be too scared to even ask for help, which as you can imagine worsened my math grades even more so. It also impacted my self-esteem in that I thought I was not good enough and I was not intelligent because of one weakness. But again, as I grew up I realized that stereotypes are not accurate and are irrelevant. Yes they can be fun jokes at times, but they should not be taken seriously. We cannot box people into having certain traits or characteristics based on background. This also made me realize that it is okay to not be good at everything, it is okay to have weaknesses because with weaknesses come strengths.

March 5, 2018

According to, their way of efficiently ranking universities relies on a number of variables that represent a certain percentage. These numbers are then added up (to equal any number from 0-100) and are compared to other schools. They are put in order and the schools that have the same number, they are tied and will be put in alphabetical order. The variables that I mentioned before are referred to as “Ranking Model Indicators.” Some examples of these would be graduation and retention rates (22.5), undergraduate academic reputation (22.5%), family resources (20%), student selectivity (12.5%), financial resources (10%), graduation rate performance (7.5%), and alumni giving rate (5%). All of these components that essentially make up a school are used to determine which schools are considered “top-ranked” and those that are “unranked.” Unranked schools are schools that do not meet certain requirements, such as they do not require ACTs or SATs, they are in a Carnegie Classification (meaning they are highly specialized schools), they enroll a large number of untraditional students, there were not enough assessment surveys completed about them, or they had 200 or fewer undergraduate and graduate students. What stood out to me the most was that there was no demographic that included diversity or some sort of racial statistic that was included to this assessment of schools. I know that some people really take under consideration the demographics of the student population. The demographics of a school can really sway whether a student would like to go there or not. I am not sure if it should be included when determining the ranks of a school, but it was just something that I wanted to point out.

March 2, 2018

Michael, Amanda, Nicole

In-Class Writing

Which portrait most closely resembles your typical Thanksgiving experience? Least resembles?

Michael: Michael says that the picture on page 229; he relates to this picture the most because it looks like the people in the picture are praying. He says that his family always prays before their meal. The picture that least resembles his Thanksgiving experience is the picture on page 228. This is because there are not enough females in his family to relate to the picture and his mom just cooks the food and they eat it.

Amanda: Amanda says that the cartoon on page 229 resembles her Thanksgiving dinner the most because it looks like in the picture they are afraid “bird flu,” signifying an issue at the table. She says that at her Thanksgiving dinners, there always seems to be some sort of an issue. The least likely to resemble her Thanksgiving is the picture on page 229 (the picture Michael chose to resemble his family). She says that it does not resemble her family because the picture looks peaceful and happy and the family seems to be praying, which is not something her Thanksgiving consists of.

Nicole: I agree with Michael; the picture on page 229 resembles my Thanksgiving dinner the most because it seems uneventful and quiet. My Thanksgivings are usually quiet because we only have my immediate family there. I also relate to this picture because I also pray before our meal. The picture that least resembles my Thanksgiving would be page 230 because I do not have any close relatives that are soldiers or any affiliations to troops in that way. Also, there seems to be a lot of people at this gathering which is something that I do not relate to. To be honest, none of these pictures really resemble what my Thanksgiving looks like, but my Thanksgiving really looks nothing like this picture.