March 9, 2017

Controversial Topics and the Pros and Cons of Wikipedia

  I chose to research gun violence on Wikipedia. This particular page does use some outside sources and does cite them which makes it more reliable in my eyes. Wikipedia is done anonymously and can be changed at any time by anybody. The page did say that it needed updating, and that the last time someone wrote on it was 2014. The pros of using wikipedia would be that it has a lot of different information about the topic compiled into one page with links and definitions. The cons are that the information you are receiving may be completely false, but we have no way of knowing this. A more traditional research source comes from someone who maybe works for the NSA or a leader of an anti-gun violence movement. These people are credible and may even have tested statistics to add even more reliability.

March 5, 2018

Many different aspects go into ranking universities, and each website has its own method to compare school’s across the world. According to QS World University Rankings, “universities continue to be evaluated according to the following six metrics: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per faculty, International Faculty Ratio, and International Student Ratio”. They state that this methodology effectively captures a universities performance. “The highest weighting of any metric is allotted to an institution’s Academic Reputation score. Based on our Academic Survey, it collates the expert opinions of over 70,000 individuals in the higher education space regarding teaching and research quality at the world’s universities,” (QS). On the other hand, On the other hand, US News uses indicators to capture academic quality. “The rankings allow you to compare at a glance the relative quality of U.S. institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as first-year student retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty,” (US News). The different indicators they use are; graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate. I believe that the different methods these websites use give us an insight into what people think colleges should be achieving. This is very biased towards the people writing it, because what they believe is only their opinion. I think that issues such as; international student acceptance, student/teacher performance, financial aid, and diversity are all extremely important to the success of a college.



Morse, R., Brooks, E., & Mason, M. (n.d.). How U.S. News Calculated the 2018 Best Colleges Rankings. Retrieved March 05, 2018, from

QS World University Rankings – Methodology. (2017, June 21). Retrieved March 05, 2018, from

March 2, 2018

In-Class Writing  –  Natalie, Nate, Hector
Nates Point of View: When skimming through all of the portraits, the portrait that closely represents my family Thanksgiving is the one where all the family members are holding hands and praying. Before every Thanksgiving dinner on both sides of my family we say a prayer and share what we are thankful for each year. We do this because all of our family is very Catholic and we like to share what we believe God has blessed us with for the year. It brings a sense of unity to the family and allows other family members to think about all the blessings we have been granted and especially the ones we take for granted. The portrait that least represents my family Thanksgiving experience is the image with the young ladies being “greedy,” because no one in my family is greedy we all like to share and support each other. Most of the people within my family think about others first before themselves.

Natalie: The image that most closely represents my family’s Thanksgiving is the very first image. We all get together and eat the food traditional to us. The only difference is that for the last several years, I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my family. Because I love to cook the different jobs on the day before and on Thanksgiving have slowly been handed down to me. My mom always tells my sisters that they will have to come to me for our Thanksgiving in the future because I am the only one who knows the recipes. I feel like I can relate to most of these images but we do not pray before we eat, so the third image isn’t as comparable to my family’s Thanksgiving. I think that everyone has their own way of doing Thanksgiving and even though most of us have turkey, everything else differs. Nobody has the exact same Thanksgiving menu and even if they do, the recipes will differ. This holiday is one of the more tradition based in my opinion, and the way we have Thanksgiving is usually the way our parents did.

Hector: The portrait that best resembles my typical Thanksgiving Dinner is the last image. It pictures volunteers serving Thanksgiving dinner to homeless people. I remember my sophomore year in high school, my community service organization volunteered at the Salvation Army and helped serve Thanksgiving dinner. It was something I had never done before and it was definitely one of my most memorable Thanksgiving experiences. From that experience, I became even more involved within my community and began volunteering at soup kitchens when I had the chance. The image that least resembles my Thanksgiving experience is the one that pictures troops having dinner together on Thanksgiving. No one in my family has served for the army or any other branch, so I have no real connection with anyone in the army.


February 26, 2018

In-Class Writing

My family is very diverse and we eat a lot of different types of food. My mom is originally from the midwest and my father was born and raised in Israel. We could eat steak and potatoes, or a moroccan dish that comes from my grandmothers recipes. I am very fortunate that me and my mom can cook very well, and so usually whatever recipe appeals to us online, we can make it. This gives our family opportunities to eat food from cultures outside of our own. We have made Indian food, Chinese food, and even Thai food. My family and I all love to try new things and be able to taste different flavors from around the world. I feel that food can be very influential towards the formation of social norms and identities, especially when we are younger. I remember in elementary school, when it would be recess or lunch, everyone would admire the few kids whose parents gave them fruit rollups or any other snack that everyone liked. On the other hand, if you had something that everyone disliked you would pretty much be verbally assaulted into throwing it away, forced to go home and tell your mom you don’t want that in your lunch anymore. My mom was always the one to put fun snacks in my lunch so I was never in that position, but there were always kids around me I’d see it happening too.

February 23, 2018

Plagiarism – Natalie, Costa, Will

  1. No, this is not an example of plagiarism because the it is a well-known fact.
  2. Tam still needs to cite the book even though her whole class is reading it as well.
  3. In some cases, this wouldn’t be allowed because some schools do not let you reuse your work for another class. But, also if the school allows this, then it is not plagiarism.
  4. This is plagiarism, they need to find the sources that Chris used in order to cite properly.
  5. This is also plagiarism because even though it is paraphrased, it is not her own ideas and words.

February 21, 2018

In Class Writing – Natalie Turgeman

I have been tokenized by my physical or external appearance for what feels like my entire life. No matter where I go, people feel the need to talk about me and the things I like to do regardless if I know them or not. Before people actually meet me, I have heard multiple times that I seem “intimidating” or “mean”. I think that this is because I post a lot on my social media so people get the idea that I am full of myself. Once people actually meet me though, they tell me that I am nothing like what they thought I would be.
The way people view me used to effect my life and the way I lived every single day. It would fill me with paranoia knowing that people are talking about me. It used to make me feel extremely insecure with myself and I would buy into whatever someone said about my appearance or what they thought was my personality.
Many of my closest friends now tell me that they didn’t think I was the way I am when they first saw me. I tend to wear headphones and cancel people out and live in my own world and I think some people take offense to that. These experiences have led me to realize that only we know who we are without the acceptance of others. I know in my own heart that I am not the person people view me as and I will continue to live my life on my own terms.

February 16, 2018

In-Text Citations

Natalie Turgeman

1. Gebhard, J. G. (2010). What do international students think and feel?  Adapting to U.S. college life and culture, page 23. University of Michigan Press. Ann Arbor, MI.


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

4. Simpson, J. C. (2006, May 8). Chronicler of culture shock. Time Magazine, p. 156. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.

5. Wright, R. (2005, March). Going to teach in prisons: culture shock. Journal of Correctional Education, vol. 56, p. 19-38. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.

February 9, 2018

Natalie Turgeman – In Class Free Writing

Growing up I always felt different because I had older parents than everyone my age. It used to make me extremely embarrassed that my parents wouldn’t go on dates or do younger activities with me like everyone else’s parents would. At the same time, my dad is very foreign and is hard to understand unless you’re used to the way he talks. The Hebrew word for dad is “Aba” and thats what I’ve always called him but it used to make me so insecure that I called him something different. I vividly remember wishing that I had an “American” dad that would understand the little inside jokes and be able to be understood by everyone else. People used to look at me weird and still do when I explain that my dad is turning 70 this year, and I can’t even count the amount of times random people working at the cash register ask me if thats my grandpa or say “thats so nice you go out with your grandfather and are so close to him.” These comments always upset me but ever since 10th grade I have learned to love and appreciate the differences my dad gave to me. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to many places, including Israel, because of his work and he loves to travel. He grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and his views on the world are amazing. I could talk to him for hours from stories of his childhood to stories of him seeing almost every band live. Whenever I talk about my dad to people now I am so prideful because he is honestly the coolest dad I could ever have. Being able to appreciate his age and know that he has seen so much makes me so proud of him and he is truly one of my biggest role models. He still has so much life even though he’s been through hell and back. But out of all of his amazing qualities, the way he cares for his kids is remarkable. He has a total of 5 children, me being the youngest, and two other “adopted” children or extremely close family friends. He continues to tell me that his only goal now is to make his kids happy and give them the world. Through reflection I can now see that the way the world makes people who aren’t the “norm” looked down upon. Just because my dad had me at an older age and moved here from a different country doesn’t mean he isn’t an amazing dad that supports his family. I am very proud that I get to call him my dad and am also proud that I have found happiness and acceptance within myself rather than letting other people dictate how I feel.

I definitely will be talking about the cultural struggles of having an older, foreign dad for a parent as well as the life I had being a first-generation. I will first begin my audio essay by explaining the normal dad in an American family and compare that with my own. Then I will go into the different things that made me insecure and embarrassed because of the outcasting nature of that aspect of my childhood. Lastly, I will end my audio narrative with the fact that I am proud of my dad and everything he has done for me and my family.

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