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April 30, 2018

In-Class Writing

Rozell, E. J., Pettijohn, C. E., & Parker, R. S. (2011). White vs. blue: does the collar color affect job attitudes and behaviors?. Academy Of Strategic Management Journal, (1), 65.

Due to the economy today, different levels of human resources have different levels of motivation because, “Social class, based on work places differences, is defined by nature of the work, which can be manual labor verse skilled one, level of remuneration, which can be wage verse salaried, access to resources like capital, education and land,” (2011 Rozell).



April 27, 2018

April 27 – Free Writing

What are some of the stereotypes about manual labor or white-collar work (which Crawford calls knowledge work)? What are the social scripts that teach us to define and evaluate this type of labor? In your view, are these attitudes accurate or fair? Why or why not? How do you apply such concepts to your own experiences with work? How much of conversation or dialogue do you encounter regarding the relationship between work and social class in general? You can talk about the ways cultural norms around work are intimately entwined with cultural norms around school by exploring how there exists (or not?) a bias within our educational system against manual labor. In what ways, do you think, such educational script needs to be rewritten?

  • stereotypes about manual labor is that the people who work there are uneducated and thats why they have to work at such a tiring job
  • even though these jobs are looked down upon, it takes a very strong individual both mentally and physically
  • nobody realizes how much we purchase and see in stores has been in a factory filled with underpaid and under appreciated workers
  • this type of labor usually doesn’t require a college degree so thats why many people think that the workers are unintelligent
  • in this day and age not going to college is very detrimental to your future
  • many people think that the only way to succeed in life is by getting a higher education
  • a lot of the smartest and most famous people dropped out of high school or never went to college
  • depending on where you work, people see you differently
  • depending on what you look like and the work you’re doing, people see you differently
  • everything bases back to stereotypes that have been engrained in our head since we began school or had a social life
  • all of my friends are getting jobs and its been hard for a lot of them to manage both responsibilities and find one to put first
  • san francisco specifically is extremely expensive so people feel the need to have a job
  • children should look up to manual labor workers
  • they usually have more family oriented time because they work so hard that when they get home all they want is family
  • it can be fulfilling to some people and its how they would like to live
  • same thing as your major or music taste or any opinion really
  • people see you as what you like or do
  • no stereotypes are fair but its a part of us that will be really hard to stop
  • first impressions naturally lead into biases because its the way our brain connects things in a sort of map we can always retrieve information from
  • many times these feelings can help us when someone intimidating is coming towards you and you become scared

Stereotypes in the Work Place

Stereotypes about manual labor is that the people who work there are uneducated and thats why they have to work at such a tiring job. Nobody realizes how much we purchase and see in stores has been in a factory filled with underpaid and under appreciated workers, but depending on where you work, people see you differently. Many people think that the only way to succeed in life is by getting a higher education. But, a lot of the smartest and most famous people dropped out of high school or never went to college.

April 25, 2018


My best friend here started a job in the beginning of the semester to make extra money, but mainly to get off campus and feel productive. She is an amazing worker and she got accepted to a couple of places but decided on a coffee place in Castro. In the beginning, she was really excited about getting a job and learning how to be a barista. I visited her a couple weeks in and it seemed like a really fun spot and she seemed to enjoy it. After a little while, she was getting extremely stressed so I asked her why. She told me that the manager was awful, everyone was quitting and that she was the only person left, and on top of all of it she still doesn’t fully know what she’s doing. This affected her schooling, and emotionally. She wanted to quit but didn’t want to leave the store with anyone, but she was working a full shift and attempting to be a competitive student. It got to be too much for her. She ended up going home for a couple of weeks to try and relax and come back stronger than ever. Thankfully it went that way. But the situation really made me think about how hard some people work the employees they hire, and just because they’re new they can be picked on. Also, I think there is a big stereotype now that at our age if you aren’t working you’re lazy. Some people can’t handle and balance the immense stress from two places in their life that they care about.


April 18, 2018

Natalie Turgeman – IN CLASS WRITING

Homelessness in Santa Monica, CA

  • went up from 489 in 2017 to 542 in 2018
  • shelters have gone down significantly; from 340 to 311
  • 58% are 22-54, and 75% are male
  • the length of homelessness is usually more than 5 years
  • many arrive by bus and are new to santa monica

  • nearly 30 percent have been living in santa monica for less than a month, 46 percent came to santa monica from other parts of LA and 32 percent are originally from out of state
  • unstable homeless population due to the warmer weather in california, particularly LA

  • population is 80,000 with 8,000 in the homeless population
  • farmers markets give out samples
  • free food programs


I think that this reflects peoples inability to gain community in this day and age. Many people move in and out of California and they don’t have any family or sense of community there.

April 9, 2018

Video Essay Planning


  1. Introduction – Explain what Psychology is, and the general requirements to complete the major at USF
  2. Introduce the two Professors and incorporate the clips of them – Break up with clips of the psych department and of my personal psych class
  3. Talk about extra fun elective offers
  4. Finish with the jobs you can get with a psychology degree, and an outro


{ I have planned to take clips of my Psychology teacher asking her about her ideas about psychology and what she believes it can do to benefit people. I’ve also asked my mom to film clips of her boss, who is a Berkeley graduate double majored in Philosophy and Pre-Med. He know is a full time psychiatrist and teaches at USC and UCLA. Other than this I’m taking some clips around campus of my class and the department itself, along with a couple slides of text with voiceover. I am planning to use the psychology section of the USFCA website and also my psychology book assigned to me this year. Other than this, I will be using online articles about future jobs one could succeed at with a psychology degree. }

April 4, 2018

Natalie, August, Maddie

  • good flow
  • nice clips of family
  • good editing
  • lots of voice over
  • not much text
  • simple due to the fact that he’s showcasing old home video’s
  • good variety of activities in videos
  • stays interesting throughout the whole thing but a little bit long

March 28, 2018

August, Natalie, Aaron

#1 Pacific Collegiate Charter –

  1. Pacific Collegiate School places a strong emphasis on technology and cultural awareness”,
  2. “Completion of Advanced Placement courses is required for graduation, as is study of at least one foreign language”,
  3. “Students at the Pacific Collegiate School must also complete at least 20 hours of community service per year”,
  4. “Parents are also called on to serve, and the school asks each parent to dedicate volunteer hours to help at the school”,
  5. They only have free lunch services for 4% of the entire student body,
  6. The number of total students that are economically disadvantaged is 4%,
  7. 69% of the student body classify themselves as White

#2 Oxford Academy –

  1. “Oxford Academy runs an intensive honors curriculum that requires students to take a minimum of four Advanced Placement courses to graduate”,
  2. “At the end of their sophomore year, students choose between a business track or a health and science track to supplement their core courses”,
  3. “Oxford Academy boasts a culturally diverse student body, with many students coming from homes where English is the second language”,
  4. The minority enrollment is at 89%
  5. Economically disadvantaged students stand at 38%
  6. The majority of the student body classify themselves as Asian
  7. 26% have the free lunch program

#1 Burbank Elementary School –

  1. Teacher to student ratio is 21.7
  2. 96.9% of the student body is Latino/Hispanic
  3. Free/discounted lunch recipients is 92.8%
  4. From 3rd-5th grade, most students scored much below average on test scores
  5. In 2017, the student average score was 9.97


Palisades Charter High is ranked 94th within California. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Palisades Charter High is 63 percent. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 48 percent. Palisades Charter High is 1 of 247 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Overall, the top 10 reasons as to what makes a high school successful are challenging classes, personal attention to all students, extra help for those who need it, bringing the real world into the classroom, family and community involvement, a safe learning environment, skilled teachers, strong leaders, necessary resources and user friendly information. The top 2 public high schools in 2017 were both Basis Charter schools from Arizona. Basis Scottsdale at #1 and Basis Tucson North at #2.


BASIS Tucson North AP Placement test participation and pass rating is at 100%, Math proficiency is 82% and English proficiency is at 93%. Graduation rate is 98% and there are less than 1000 kids at the high school. BASIS Scottsdale AP Placement test participation and pass rating is at 100%, Math proficiency is at 90% and English proficiency is at 81%. Less than 800 students at the high school and the graduation rate is 100%.


Downside to both BASIS campuses is the lack of diversity on campus. The vast majority of the student body is made up of asians, and primarily caucasians.

My own high school was not as diverse as it claimed to be. We had a dominant asian student body, but within this group was a lot of diversity. The second largest group was Latinos. There were an array of AP courses to choose from as well as regular academic courses, but the average passing rate for AP testing was a 3. We had a large student body and not enough counselors, and our dance teams meant more to us than any of our sports teams. I would say that my high school was ranked around top 7 in my school district and maybe top 20-30 in the county. We were good but could have been better.


KIPP San Jose Collegiate is ranked number four in California High Schools and number twenty-three in national High Schools, while Mission High in San Francisco is unranked according to U.S. News.

  • Mission High has a 91% minority enrollment and 77% are economically disadvantaged.
  • KIPP San Jose as a 99% minority enrollment and 73% are economically disadvantaged.
  • KIPP San Jose is a much smaller school than Mission
  • KIPP is a charter school while Mission is not

Corona Del Mar High School is the high school is that I went to and it seems to be a pretty good school.

  • #71 in California High Schools
  • It has 2557 people enrolled
  • 17% minority enrollment
  • 7% economically disadvantaged


March 26, 2018

In-Class Writing

When I have outside distractions when I would go to school, I couldn’t focus on anything but what I was worried about. Class, culture, and race do have affects on an individuals learning and it can be a major setback when it comes to gaining knowledge. Growing up, I lived in a nice house in a very nice neighborhood. Even though we were middle class my dad wanted to have us grow up in a nice place, but we didn’t really fit there. Everyone at my school’s would be wearing the most expensive clothing when all I cared about were my dolls or some activity I was doing after school. It never really affected me until I got to middle school and started noticing how this difference made people view me. Everyone wants to have the rich friends with crazy birthday parties and parents that would buy their kids friends everything. I feel that all of these implications being put on me made me more aware of my appearance and reputation rather than worrying about grades and classes. I never really knew where I fit in as far as race. I’m not white, not black, and not hispanic, and when I was younger those seemed like the only three options you could be. This never got me bullied or anything but I was just very aware of the fact that I wasn’t like everyone else, even in very small ways. The way that our culture dramatizes our culture and how we live as far as class, makes us learn from a very young age that we need to watch what we do because other people will talk about it. I think that it makes us less likely to want to learn because school can be a beacon of disappointment and failure as far as being social. I am lucky that for a while now I have let those issues pass by me and I fully take on everyday of learning. Paying for education is already difficult, so I want to make that count.

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

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