Sept 20th # Rhet 106 Library research practice

Female students behave differently when participating in large classes and small seminars. In large classes, female students as a group are more willing to answer questions and join in the discussion.  Rose, the author who demonstrates that ” This is particularly the case in the evening program where students tend to be more mature, self-assured, and certain of their goals. Women students in general also demonstrate greater ease and confidence when I call on them than they did a decade ago”. (Rose, para.14).  Followed by the author’s idea, when women stand individually, they may not have the courage to answer questions in class. However, as female students stay in together, they may gain confidence from each other and rely on someone who is more mature and self-assured, then the rest group will share and spread this kind of spirit to the others and get confident to answer questions in class.

Also,  students who are not likely to speak in large classes, instead they are often more engaged in small seminars where the pace is slower and the tone is informal, which students can get fair opportunities to talk frequently. According to the author that “Now it could be that only those students who enjoy a certain comfort level with public speaking or engaging in class discussion enroll in seminar classes in the first instance.” “I also have found women students to be especially active participants in online discussions carried through a Web site that I now regularly establish for use only by students enrolled in each seminar or course”.(Rose, pare.15). Rather than involve in a large class, some female students may get comfortable when they have classes in small seminars where there is not much pressure. Moreover,  female students would like to ask questions or talk to professors by one on one online.


The NEA 2015 Almanac of Higher Education2015 253 The NEA 2015 Almanac of Higher Education Washington, DC National Education Association 2015 112 pp. (2015). Reference Reviews, 29(7), 24-25. DOI: 10.1108/rr-04-2015-0096


Sept 13th Rhet 106 – Pitch ideas

The idea in my audio essay is trying to say how I see going abroad to another country also means a transition of my life as growing up. The first week of being here and I feel how hard it is to get used to the environment, and there are lots of difference between the city I come from and San Francisco.

Studying in a different country is hard as I imagined. Although people here are nice, I still feel uncomfortable and nervous when talking to someone since I don’t speak English very well and afraid of making mistakes.  Homesick is another problem as I have a video chat with my parents.

However, if I don’t overcome the problems I am facing with, there’s no other way to solve it. By the teamwork and some group discussions in different courses, I kind attempt to express my ideas more and more clearly. So I keep telling myself what am I here for.


Sept 11th # Free Writing


Life continues as time on clocks “tick and tick”. Growing from a teenager to a young adult, there are lots of transitions during the process.

As a new beiginning in the college, I study there and learn knowledge. Leave sweet home and my parents, take the flight with secure insurance. Slept on the air only three hours, keep sober but lose my powers. Imagined a lot of possible

First time to be in the US,  that I took the airplane alone to the U.S. and dealt with everything all by myself. It is not a thing to say to the others, but I am proud of what I did by going to another country to meet different culture and study there.

As I arrived at the airport, I met the Go green team, which is an organization established by juniors and seniors, with their great welcome. On the way by taking a bus to school,  I saw the view of San Francisco, a city I only see pictures online before. Before I came to the school, I did not imagine what the school will be like, however, as soon as I came here, I found out that life is hard and things never go easy. As a student who doesn’t speak English as the first language, the days to get used to the environment is quite tough.





Sep 3rd

The main expectations of the assignment are telling a story of your own with a soundtrack, providing some unexpected insights as a human being, and exploring the important roles that music in your life and trace how it shapes your experience.

Since I have never seen this kind of essay before, there must be lots of challenges for me especially for the first time that I create one. Thinking of a story and tell this story to the others can be a hard problem to solve, and add a soundtrack in that mp3 for editing can be tough to do as well.

Then, I plan to think of a plan and complete those requirements step by step which may take me a lot of time but it is the safest way to do so.

Moreover, I also need to see many examples online of this kind of audio essay and figure out what should I do later.


Aug 30th

Xianglin & Yifu


-Identity cannot be changed

-Education and discrimination are the biggest problems for children immigrants


-Interaction with people from other countries or races

Because we are all different individuals, and we all have different experiences and family backgrounds, so our opinions are somehow likely to each other’s but not quite the same.




Hi, everyone

My name is Xianglin Xu, you can also call me Leo for short. I’m a international student and freshman at USF this year, also this is my first year to be in America. It quite hard for me to get used to the life here, because everything is different where I come from, Shanghai, China.

I am 19 years old. My favorite hobbies are watching movies like Marvel fiction movies or horrible movies. I also love swimming a lot, which is the only sport that I’m really good at. I like photography and took lots of photos when I travel around. Dog lover and cat lover as well. Most of time I would like to watch Japanese anime or cook sometimes at home.


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