April 30, 2018

Scholar Article for Essay 4

The main argument for the essay is the impact of a college degree in the employment spectrum. The idea society has implanted on the view that an individual with a diploma is better equipped and skilled as an employee than that of someone who learns on experience and manual work like a carpenter.

“Salient benefits of a college degree can be categorized by economicsocial and entrepreneurial factors and a model is set forth based on an intrinsic/extrinsic and self vs. other continuum. Education and income are related to valuing several educational outcomes.  ” ( Matherly, Amin, Al Nahyan, 2017).

– the argument by the authors is that college degrees play an important role in psychology that gives people a boost within their job fields. So it opens doors as well as giving employees the eextra confidence needed to excell in their departments.



” young adults maintained high educational aspirations, yet perceived little opportunity for their educational achievements to help them fulfil their dreams of financial prosperity and work stability” (Aronson, 2017).

– even with college degrees, people are struggling to find decent jobs. Does a colelge degree enable success?

Planning on comparing and contrasting both viewpoints and connecting them with the common view of society and a college degree . My goal is to emphasize the importance of jobs that do not require a college degree and attempt to give importance to these types of labor as well such as : plumbing, carpentering, painters, etc.


April 27, 2018

I will print out the articles and make note of important parts of it that I may be able to compare and contrast to peer reviewed articles. Maybe outline the articles and the peer reviewed ones. It would be useful to look for government based articles that may help get statistics about blue and white collar jobs. I have to brainstorm about the social and cultural views on workers to be able to construct a concrete argument while presenting the information found in the articles. I think it will be important to show a before and after implication of these types of jobs in society, to strengthen my potential argument of how society has changed over time. Compared to previous years, people were not as focused on pursuing a college degree. In the 50s it would have been the higher classes obtaining a college degree compared to the rest of the social class spectrum. I think society has become more ambitious and has the need to have a paper that says they are ready to have a job. However, the lower classes are neglected because of the absence of college degrees. I think it is also important to note that those with jobs like carpentering, mechanics, etc are definitely in jobs that are high in demand. I think our culture has neglected to accept that we need these people on the jobs. That a doctor may have a college degree and whatnot but if his or her car breaks down they will panic because they are not skilled to fix it. I think the argument is valid because it shows that skill comes with experience and intelligence in the subject. One cannot expect people to have a uniform way of been intelligent. Science has proven that there are multiple types of intelligence that are developed differently in various people. It is not something that will be the same in everyone, and I think aside from social and economic conditions, this can backup the idea that people in what society considers “illiterate jobs” are actually part of the backbone of society. A big part of this issue is how selfish our culture has made us feel when acquiring a degree. University has been romanticized so much that graduates feel like they are entitled to major jobs when they have to start from the bottom. Chances are, that an individual who works as a technician in computers knows more than an emerging-from college student. This is not just because of intelligence itself, but from dedication and experience. Ultimately, it is not a pieces of paper that ensures success. Rather, it is the effort that goes into the craft.


April 25, 2018

Both my parents are dedicated to scientific careers. This has required them to dedicate themselves fully to their jobs, often draining them so much it is hard for them to balance other aspects of their lives outside from their jobs. They love their jobs but they are often after a lot of pressure, and often have described their days as not enough hours for all they have to finish. Physically, it leaves them drained so much that the stress has gotten to them and they tend to have a low immune system. Intelligence wise, I think that their jobs require a lot of memorization because they have to combine theories and methods plus the new aspects of science. They exert a lot of intelligence in their job fields. My mom is a doctor in the field of genetic disorders and gastrointestinal matters, while my dad is an engineer.

They are often very busy and their work hours are not defined because every day there is a new case to solve on either side. Their work has made them avid problem solvers and given them insane abilities to work under pressure. As of social class, the city where I am from gives a lot of prestige socially to people who work in the sciences because there are not many dedicated to it. In comparison to the essays, they do not strain themselves to the point of breaking like the dire conditions faced by warehouse workers, but they do sacrifice a lot of their physical and emotional comfort for their careers.


April 18, 2018

Eviction crisis in Tijuana, Mexico

With the increase of commercialism and new business settings, neighborhoods are now being transformed into public sectors. One of the biggest issues in Tijuana, Mexico is that these businesses tend to be planned in lower income area because the land is cheaper, and those in power want to increase business in the city. The problem with this is that residents of these communities are being faced with homelessness and the inability to find housing for them and their families. One of the supposed governmental measures to reduce homelessness in the city was the creation of “Infonavit”, which are small, uniform, compressed houses in given communities. The problem with this is that those who need housing are given loans, but the problem with this is that prices are inflated, and almost impossible to cover the costs, given that minimum wage in Tijuana is about $4.40 and the average house costs around $100 dollars a month. The price may seem low, but it is harsh on people living under these conditions who make about 32 dlls a day or around 150 something a week and have to feed their families, pay for utilities and send their children to school. It is simply impossible to maintain such a lifestyle, plus the corrupt government taxes. These matters have led the people to unite and go against governmental measures for their lacck of justice in the country. Such has led people to form groups and even a radio station where they make the lower income communities express their problems without filter on a national level.


March 26,2018

I was lucky to grow up in an environment were I was able to have the top education from  an early age. I did not understand fully just how privileged I was until high school. It was during this time that I was faced with reality of things. Around sophomore year I had to say goodbye to two of my closest friends because their families could not afford private school tuition. Even with scholarship, they were not able to continue their education and had to attend another school. It was then that I saw that I was taking my uniform, books, and all the school expenses for granted like they were nothing, while my friends mourned for their inability to continue school. Culturally, going to school in the U.S. is seen as a dream back home. Not everyone has the opportunity to be in a school that teaches you different languages, or being able to live away from home in an environment of different cultures. I think the biggest shock was when I went back home in Christmas break and I saw students riding the community bus to school in hand me down uniforms, while I still had San Francisco in my brain. It is always a wake up call going back and seeing the reality of things of Mexico. Sometimes I feel like my luck is a dream when I see how harsh living conditions are in my country. Going back has made me be more humble, as compared to when I left. I think being away and living in a completely different place has truly made me look around my surroundings and realize I was living in a bubble all my life. At first I felt ashamed for not doing more, but part of my goal is returning and trying to create something that relieves people of burden. On top of all that, I think it is crucial to remember where my roots come from and that part of my mission as a student in another country is to prepare myself to have the tools necessary to give back.


March 9, 2018

Animal Testing

I chose the article based on animal testing for research purposes and scientific advancements. Wikipedia offered information on a variety of categories that evaluated the pros and cons of animal testing in humans. It took both sides of the arguments, from the benefits of doing these procedures in animals to the ethical implications of it.

I think it gives a good source of information, but it is very superficial and not as concrete as one would need when having to back up a point. Many of the claims on the website, were good and had important info but there were no links to track the information to see if the claims were valid.


March 5, 2018

According to US News and World Report, the top 3 colleges in the US are Princeton, Harvard, and U Chicago. The list goes on to report many other universities from Vanderbilt to the Northwestern, etc. However, the list has a prevailing amount of private universities being the top ones instead of public. I think this is because private institutions have more funding in terms of private benefactors and such. On the other hand, public schools are more susceptible to governmental budget cuts and to an extent depend on outside forces. Private school also have the stereotypical image of an elite society and preppy feel, people may want to attend there because they feel private universities have a greater potential than public. I think there is a tendency of private universities to be at the top of the list because if its influences among members of society. The ivy leagues have been known to be prominent among people in powerful positions. My guess is if these schools are associated with important people, so will their value as an institution because it will be ‘proof’ of their educational value. I think this hinders less advantaged communities to thrive because of the social hierarchies in private schools like Harvard, and the chances a low income person has in being in one of these schools.




  • References:
    • Compass, U.S. News College, and Read the Best Colleges Methodology. “The 10 Best Universities in America.” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities.

February 26, 2018

Food and Social Class

My family tends to have a very mixed menu. For example on Christmas, we will have tamales, pozole, paella, torta española, arepas, and Vatrushka (basically bread eaten as dessert). These examples represent my family’s background, or rather the unison of two very diverse families coming together. Most of the food we tend to eat is a passing down of recipes from generation to generation ,  and it also has a very significant historical background as to my roots. For example, one the cultures I identify most as is Mexican. Tequila is very prominent in Mexico, it is synonymous to a “carne asada” which refers to weekends with all 20 grandchildren, aunts, and uncles drinking tequila and eating homemade tacos. For example, my family has a tequila production and they send out bottles to their business partners and friends on the holidays. The glass bottle reads “Familia Flores”, which basically means our family sends them a small appreciation during the holidays. We tend to stay very traditional during the holidays, however, such a mixture of cultures has led to some weird creations. For example, I would be the weird kid at school eating a sandwich made of Vatrushka bread, instead of Wonder bread. I would feel weird sometimes because my lunchbox wouldn’t fit the norms, however, I think part of it shaped me into accepting my roots. In a way it made cooking interesting since I have so many different influences. It is very international , I would say, but then I also do eat raw pillsbury cookie dough with my brothers on a given weekend.


February 21, 2018

Seeing and Being Seen

I tend to be stereotyped as mean when people first meet me. Since I got to college, people who are now my friends tell me that the first impression I gave them was that I was not interested in being friends and that I was too uptight. This  I think is because I tend to be very shy at first, so I just stare at people and don’t really talk that much. I do not mean to be that way but I guess that is just a way of me not being too open when I first meet someone. In my friend group I tend to be the one staring at people, to which they either find me creepy or they come talk to me.

I  get annoyed at the first impressions I give given I cold stare people. Eventually, they say I’m complete opposite of the first impression I gave them. I guess it is part of being perhaps introverted at first, because I am supposedly the funniest one of the group. However, first impressions are sometimes the last impression of some people and it does limit the potential friendships or acquaintances I could make if I wasn’t so creepy, but I am guessing that’s just personality.