Feb 23

Identifying Plagiarism

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  1. Yes, this is the case of plagiarism. When getting a info from someone else, author has to give credit to the source. At the end of essays, one has to create a work cited page. (NO)
  2. Yes, it is the case of plagiarism. Even if the whole class read the same book, one still has to refer to the book in the work cited page. (NO)
  3. No, this is not the case of plagiarism. Since the paper he is referring to is his work, he does not have to give credit to himself. (YES)
  4. Yes, this is the case of plagiarism. If one uses internet for the resources, he/she has to have a proper citation. (YES)
  5. No, this is not the case of plagiarism. She is paraphrasing the information she found on the environment. (YES)

Feb 21

American Idioms

The first idiom that caught my attention on the website is “wet blanket”. Calling someone wet blanket means that  the person spoils other people’s fun. The slang can be used in a simple sentences like “He is such a wet blanket”, so it is easy to use in daily life, especially in college, where people meet all kinds of different people. The second term I liked is “eating someone”, this one means to bother someone. I thought this could be used often, because everyone gets bothered by someone, and saying “who’s eating you?” would be funny. The next idiom is a term that I actually have known, which is “call it a day”, this slang means to stop whatever one is doing. I have been using this idiom and it is pretty useful. One of the idioms I found odd is “going under the knife”, because it means to get medical operation. I thought it is kind of weird, because going under the knife sounds like someone is about to get injured or killed, but it really means to help someone survive. The last one I chose is “walking encyclopedia. This term could easily used in the United States. One of the things I noticed living in the States is people here has so much more knowledge whether if it is relevant or irrelevant.

 

2/12/2018

Audio Essay Pitch

I am basically going to be talking about my high school decision in my audio essay. The story starts off back when I was in middle school. The first year in middle school, I was really in good shape. My academic record was above my parents’ expectation, and my advisor was telling me I would be able to attend one of the best high schools in Tokyo. I was also somewhat popular among the people in school. I thought I was cool, but I started to hang out with my new friends in school to keep up my reputation, and I began to slack off gradually. The second year in middle school, my academic record showed that I placed 60th out of 125 people in my grade in final exam. My parents hired a tutor for me to at least spend some time studying, but at the time I was not conscious of how these grades matter when deciding which high school to attend to, so I was putting the very minimum effort to satisfy my parents’ desire. By the time everyone start to think about their decision of high school, my academic record was nothing compared to one from first year. My GPA was 3 (equivalent to 2.5 gpa in the U.S), and I was hanging out with my friends everyday until the sun goes down. I kept on having meeting with my advisor and my parents , and my advisor told us that I would not be able to get into the school I wanted to go to. This is when I realized how much of a mess I was. When thinking about my potential new school, my parents thought it was their fault I was slacking off, because they took it too easy on me, so they were like we have to send him to a boarding school, and the first idea that came up is an all boys boarding school in Chiba.” (about two hours away from my house) I immediately said no to this idea, because I was not going to spend my precious high school life in all boys school. Then my parents gave me another option, which is to study abroad in the U.S.

 

first year middle school ( how I was good all around)

time when I was slacking (Kept on hanging out with my friends and not putting in work)

High School Decision( How I got told I can not make it to school I wanted to go)

My parents’ suggestion(Chiba or U.S)

summer school (Wyoming seminary)

high school

 

2/9/2018

Audio essay free writing

One of the potential topics for essay one is the story about the time when I decided to study abroad. The story takes us back to when I was in middle school. First year of middle school, I was really really in good shape. My academic record was above my parents’ expectation, and my advisor was telling me I would be able to attend one of the best high school in Tokyo. I was also popular among people in school. I thought I was cool, and I started to slack off gradually. By the time everyone start to think about their decision of high school, my record was nothing compared to one from first year. My GPA was 3 (equivalent to 2.5 gpa in the U.S), and I was hanging out with my friends everyday until the sun goes down. I kept on having meeting with my advisor with my parents , and my advisor told us that I would not be able to get into the school I wanted to go to. This is when I realized how much of a mess I was. When thinking about my potential new school, my parents thought it was their fault I was slacking off, because they took it too easy on me, so they were like “oh let’s put him in an all boys boarding school in Chiba.” (about two hours away from my house) My reaction to this suggestion was “Hell nooo. I am not going to all boys school.” Then my parents asked me if I wanna study abroad in the U.S, I was like oh that actually sounds good. At the time I was all about catching attention, so this suggestion really fitted my aspiration. Therefore, I decided to study abroad, but my parents did not let me pick where I want to go, so basically they sent me to Maine, where nothing fun exists. Now that I think about that time, I am pretty proud of myself having guts to go in the new environment. I should have been scared, but I was brave and outgoing.

 

  • I tend to use same words over and over, so have variety.
  • Talk about summer school experience
  • Some of the struggles I faced coming to U.S
  • Some of the memorable moments

 

Outline

first year middle school ( how I was good all around)

time when I was slacking (Kept on hanging out with my friends and not putting in work)

High School Decision( How I got told I can not make it to school I wanted to go)

My parents’ suggestion(Chiba or U.S)

summer school (Wyoming seminary)

high school

 

 

2/7/2018

Audio Essay

The assignment asks students to make a short audio essay(three minutes or less) reflecting on issues of students’ identity, culture and racial stereotypes. Some of the challenges I might face completing this assignment are pronouncing word correctly and editing the audio. I have never created an audio essay, so I do not have any clue how this is going to turn out. When I write an essay, I do not need to speak, however in audio essay, I have to be pronouncing words correctly to make the audience understand. Also, editing the work is going to be difficult for me. I have never done sound editing, and I do not know what to expect. Personally, I listen to music a lot, but I am sure this is a totally different thing.

2/5/2018

Santa Takahashi

Summary Practice

After reading about Velloso’s writing strategies, Yushan thinks there are three important parts to write a fine piece of writing. The first factor is to be brave to pick a topic. There is no right or wrong to the topic, the topic does not have to be popular, but it must exist. The second part is to pick the topic, Yushan claims choosing moments that altered author’s life is the most primary. The last one is to think of stories that would illustrate the points one is trying to make. Regarding the U.S being called “The melting pot”, Yushan thinks this is truth. In Yushan’s writing class, there are kids from different countries. They all have different cultures, but there is no divisions. Yushan adds on with an example, San Francisco having China town, Japan town, and Korean town. These towns show that people in the U.S enjoy these cultures.

1/29/2018

Refugees

Ming, Yuanqi, Santa

Refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her home country. People seeking to enter the U.S as refugees are processed overseas. As part of the process, they asked a series of questions, including their religious affiliation. When their application get approved, refugees travel to the U.S to be resettled by nonprofit groups. There are also places called asylum, which is the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee. The UN decide the most vulnerable cases and refer them for resettlement. They immediately gets eliminated from the list if they have committed a violent crime. The UN only refers those whose life, liberty or health are at significant risk.

A lot of refugees choose the U.S to be the place for resettlement. This is because the U.S has a bigger number of acceptance, and the U.S already has all the ethnicities, so it is easier for refugees to fit in. In 2017, about 26,000 refugees lived in asylum.

One of the major issues refugees in the U.S face is the difficulty in learning the language. Since almost all of the refugees are from countries where people do not speak English, they have hard time adjusting to speaking English. The other problem refugees face is to raise their children. Since refugees are from other countries, it is hard for the parents to raise their children in a totally new culture. Moreover, they experience bullying and discrimination in school due to the cultural differences.

 

Work Cited

https://www.google.com/amp/www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/05/u-s-admits-record-number-of-muslim-refugees-in-2016/%3famp=1

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/01/30/politics/trump-immigration-ban-refugees-trnd/index.html

http://www.eeogroup.gr/services/public-administration/23-projects/2016/106-erasmus-blend-in-language-cultural-and-social-orientation-for-young-refugees-ka2-strategic-partnerships-for-youth

https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/refugees-and-asylees-united-states

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/the-7-biggest-challenges-facing-refugees-and-immig/

Meaning of my name

My full name is Santa Takahashi. My last name literally means high bridge in Japanese. When people started to have last name in Japan, it was pretty rare and special to have a bridge in the town. People usually picked their last name from where they live, so having my last name meant having high social status. My first name, Santa, was given to me by my parents. I received this name, because I was born on Christmas. My first name is pretty weird and rare, but I have never been embarrassed by my name. Moreover, I am actually so grateful I have this name, because I ended up coming to United States for school, and my name is one of the easiest names to remember. I have made a bunch of friends through making jokes about my name. Therefore, I have not changed my name or adopted a new name, and I would never change my name.

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