February 21, 2018

People tend to assume I am of Latin decent because all of my friends are Latin and speak Spanish. When I meet people for the first time they ask if I am some type of Spanish, which I am however, it is a very small amount. I do not take this as an offense, I think it’s cool how people assume I am a certain race because of the way I look, dark hair and dark eyes. When people come up to me speaking Spanish I respectfully say I don’t speak Spanish and they respectfully apologize. I have no problem with this.

Other than that, people tend to think I am stuck up and are intimidated by me and my friends. My friends and I are always together in a group of four and we are always in our own world. We tend to laugh a lot and joke around a lot. Because of this, people tend to avoid us because they feel intimidated. I understand where the intimidation comes from, I myself would be intimidated too. When people actually get to know me, I am super friendly and easy to get along with.

February 16, 2018

APA Refrences:

Gebhard, J. G. (2010). What Do International Students Think and Feel? Adapting to U.S. College Life and Culture, 23. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.

Mack, T. (1997, May). Culture Shock. Forbes, pp. 188-190.

** not needed in APA ** Mar, H. (2011, June 30). Telephone interview.

Simpson, J. C. (2006, May 8). Chronicle of Culture Shock. Time. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier.

Wright, R. (2005, March). Going to Teach in Prisons: Culture Shock. Journal of Correctional Education, 556(1), 19-38. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier

February 14, 2018

Link to Audio File:

Background Music (Copyright Free):

Audio Script:

Growing up with 4 sisters, a single mom, and attending an all-girls catholic high school, there has always been powerful women in my life to support and encourage me. My mom, being one of these women, is very wise, intelligent, and protective of her children. Many mom’s in today’s society fear for their daughter’s safety every waking day. Being a woman in today’s society is a dangerous thing. There are unspoken rules a woman must follow in order to stay safe. My mom would never let me go out past midnight unless I was with a group of 3 or more friends and there must not be any guys with us for the reason that they could sexually assault or sexually harass us. I was not allowed to wear revealing tops or shorts, skirts, and dresses that were considered too short. I had to always be aware of my surroundings and carry my keys in my hand in case someone decides to attack me. Other rules are an unspoken topic in our society that only women hear about. They tell us to act like a lady but think like a man. Be a boss but don’t be bossy. Wear something sexy but if it’s too sexy you’re a slut. Wear makeup but don’t wear too much makeup. Have curves but don’t be fat. There must not be a single unshaved hair on your body. Don’t have sex on the first date but give him what he wants or he won’t like you. Don’t get pregnant and don’t have an abortion. Get married but don’t get divorced. Out of all these unwritten rules, the worst rule of all is that if he rapes you, it’s your fault. They said you were asking for it, you made it up, you didn’t say no. All these rules were written for the approval of men. Our lives should not be based off of what men want and think. We as women shouldn’t have to learn how to be respected through our appearance. Men should be taught how to respect women. Men should be taught not to objectify women. Men should be taught not to rape. Society deals with this problem by blaming women for not doing enough to protect themselves when in reality we should be educating men how to respect others.

February 12, 2018

My story is about how I grew up in a very noisy household and now that I am a legal adult and on my own, it’s strange to hear silence. I begin by telling my story, and how I ended up in a bustling city yet there’s still a big cloud of silence present. I am going to elaborate on the topic of silence vs. noise. I think it’s best to speak you mind rather than to be silent. Silence has some benefits and is useful in some situations, however, silence does more bad than good, in my opinion. The topic of silence is a very common problem in today’s society where we see people not speaking up for others when they should.

The topic of silence indicates some tension where people are afraid to speak up for others. People should not be afraid of using their voice, they should want to break the silence. Learning experience involving silence would be learning when to break the silence and learning when to embrace the silence. Silence is present in many, if not all cultures. Many things are silenced such as those who are afraid to “come out”, children who are married off at such a young age, etc. While it may not be easy to break silence, it must be done. Silence prevents those from using their voice and stating their opinion.

February 09, 2018

Free Writing:

Growing up with 4 sisters, my life has always been hectic. There was never a dull moment at home, in the car, in the store, and so on. Whether fighting over clothes, arguing about who’s right and who’s wrong, or racing in Mario Kart, there was always noise in the house. There was always something to do in the house. Now that I have moved out, 520 miles from home, an 8 hour and 41 minute car ride away or a 1 and 1/2 hour plane ride away. I find myself with an ample amount of time at hand situated in a tiny dorm room full of silence. I cannot bare to hear the silence. I have to break the silence by listening to music, watching a show, or exploring the city. Silence is something I am not accustomed to and it’s not something I’d like to be accustomed to. The ability to communicate is a basic human function that is utilized on a daily basis. Noise is productivity, entertainment, enjoyment. Silence is stagnant, boring, uncomfortable. I think it’s best to use your voice, to break the silence, to speak up.

Ideas and Words That Can Be Developed Further

  • The benefits and drawbacks of silence
  • The benefits and drawbacks of noise
  • Why do we need silence?
  • Why do we need noise?
  • Example of when you need silence
  • Example of when you need noise
  • What does silence mean to me?
  • What does noise mean to me?

February 07, 2018

Audio Essay:

  • Main Expectations
    • Compose an essay that is compelling to others about some period in your life
    • Provide unexpected insight into human beings
    • Explore important roles that music plays in your life – Trace how it shapes your experience and understanding
    • Use your voice as an instrument
    • Mix and edit voice/sound tracks in skillful ways
    • Create audio essays free from distracting audio elements
    • Cite your sources
  • Strengths I have:
    • Creativity
    • Experience with technology
    • Experience with audio editing
  • Challenges I may face
    • Finding a focus for my essay
    • Choosing music
    • Communicate my message
  • Addressing these challenges
    • Brainstorming
    • Gathering my ideas on paper

February 05, 2018

In Response to Karla Nunez:

In Karla Nunez’s summary on “Black and Blue” by Garnette Cadogan, she speaks about how issues of minority groups often go ignored unless the minority group brings awareness to these issues. She explains that minority groups need more recognition and support from other communities in order to lessen racial inequality. Karla also speaks from experience to being treated differently due to her background.

On the topic of “Scenes and Un-scenes: Class Dismissed?” Karla discusses how it is very important that we pay close attention to the media because sometimes when the news is reported, either information is lacking or it isn’t reported at all. She believes that minority groups are feeling more inequality based on political issues.

January 29, 2018

Patricia Graham, Madison Martin, and Rosalie Palmisano

A transgender is defined as someone whose gender differs from the one they were given when they were born. Transgenders can identify as male or female, or they may feel that neither label fits them. Transgenders may transition or change from the gender they were given at birth in order to express their chosen gender. Many transgenders are prescribed hormones by their doctors or undergo surgery in order to bring their body better into alignment with their chosen gender. Everyone, whether transgender or not, has a gender identity.

Transgenders face a variety of concerns in today’s society. Being transgender can be very difficult because the acceptance of others is not easy to face. Their appearance can be somewhat unclear sometimes which undermines their confidence as an individual. In some cases, they feel that the label they are considered doesn’t fit who they are. Some of these individuals may identify as queer, bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual.

Because transgender people have always existed throughout history, but only recently has seen an increase in visibility in daily life and popular culture, the transgender community is a place where this denomination of people can feel accepted and support each other when they don’t get the sense of belonging they need from society. Resources online and elsewhere have been established to make this community easily accessible to people who have difficulties finding a safe place to be themselves. These resources are places where transgender people can talk to others about issues they are facing in their daily lives, seek support, or simply find friends they can be themselves around. The transgender community is becoming more important in society today as these people try to find a space they feel truly comfortable.




January 26, 2018

Meaning of Name Assignment

My name is Patricia Graham, I was named after my great-aunt because she is my mom’s favorite and only aunt. My mom also just really liked how the name sounded. The name Patricia comes Latin and Spanish origin which means “noble” and “patrician”, it has a social status attached to the name and generally meant you were nobly born. The last name Graham is an English and Scottish surname derived from Grantham, a market town, in Lincolnshire, England.  The meaning of the name Graham is “homestead”.

When I was younger I was embarrassed by my name because I thought it was a very mature name for my age and I wished that I had a more common name. Eventually, I got over this and realized that not many people are name Patricia as compared to how many people are named Katie or Jessica. Now, I am not embarrassed or ashamed by my name. I like how you don’t often hear the name Patricia.

I have never changed my name or have adopted a new name.

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