April 30

April 30th, 2018

Week 15: Day 1

Find a research article or any scholarly source that becomes relevant to your topic for Essay 4 on university library page. Then read a couple of pages by selecting a section that you like better and quote an idea that supports your point by following APA text citation format.  Also, create a References entry for the source.


Trade school vs. College. We live in a time where students are pushed to go to college straight out of high school and get their degree no matter what. Often leaving many students in insurmountable amounts of debt with the national average cost of attending a private university for the 2017-18 school year was $34,740, at a public school (as in-state), $9,970, and public school (as out-of-state), $25,620 according to College Data. With tuition costs this high, students have started looking into trade schools which offer a more focused course work in order to focus on one type of work. In an article from the Wall Street Journal, Douglas Belkin wrote about a girl named Raelee Nicholson who wishes to attend a two-year college to become certified to work as a diesel mechanic. According to Nicholson, many people have tried to dissuade her from doing so, claiming that, “with my potential I should really go to college” (Belkin). These words which many people use as a compliment  while it’s nice to know that you have the potential to go to college, trade schools have often been correlated with not having another choice to continue your education. In short, trade schools are seen as less than college. That’s not true.







Belkin, D. (2018, March 05). Why an honors student wants to skip college and go to trade school. Retrieved April 30, 2018, from https://www.wsj.com/articles/college-or-trade-school-its-a-tough-call-for-many-teens-1520245800

What’s the price tag for a college education? (n.d.). Retrieved April 30, 2018, from https://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064

April 27

April 27th, 2018

Week 13: Day 3 –> Free Writing

There are different types of jobs available when entering the work force, categorized mainly into blue and white collar jobs. White collar jobs are essentially the types of jobs that involve administrative, managerial, more corporate positions. I relate it to being the types of jobs that you’d do in an office. Blue collar jobs are the working class types of jobs. In relation to social class white collar jobs tend to correlate to a higher socio-economic status whereas blue collar jobs can be anywhere from a low socio-economic status to mid socio-economic status. While there are many other types of specifications and collar jobs, for example: the above mentioned, blue and white collar, there are also green, pink, gold, orange, black, etc. Each of these relate to a section of jobs. Green relates to the environmental jobs which help in the environmental development. Pink jobs relate to jobs like waitressing, retail, etc. From there the jobs get more specific and less common. Gold, for example, are Doctors and Lawyers.




Could develop further:

Briefly discuss the discuss the difference between blue and white collar jobs, and instead of listing all the other collar jobs just talk about how they are categorized.

Develop the salary amounts and the working conditions for the different job sectors

Trade school vs. College vs. No further education



I. Introduction

A. Personal anecdote

a. Mom and job

B. Thesis

b. Trade school vs. College

II. Difference between collar jobs

A. Briefly describe

III. Trade School

IV. College



April 18

April 18th, 2018

Week 13: Day 2 –>

Do some research on issues of eviction and homelessness in your hometown, and see how these issues relate to or differ from the ideas in the essay “Home and Hope” by Matthew Desmond


The homeless population in Denver is an issue that has been around for a long time. In a Denver Post article it talks about how the homeless population increased in Colorado but decreased in Denver for the year 2017. Colorado has seen a huge influx of people moving to various parts, in 2017 Colorado added 77,000 people to their population, this is important because the development in Denver can’t keep up with the amount of people moving in. This means that there aren’t enough places for people to live in when they move. Although the population growth has slowed down there are still a lot of new people who need housing. What does this mean for Denver and Denver’s neighborhoods? Developers have purchased empty lots and buildings and renovated them in neighborhoods that can’t afford the rent increase. Gentrification has been one of the biggest issues in Colorado because since lots of communities are being built on and older buildings are being torn down the history of communities and the people who have lived in their communities for decades can’t afford to live in their communities anymore. This creates a sense of communities being torn away because their history is being forgotten and unacknowledged.

Homelessness rises in Colorado in 2017, but Denver’s count dropped

Colorado grows faster than all but seven states, adding 77,000 residents in past year

April 9

April 9th, 2018

Week 12: Day 1 –>

Brainstorm, generate, and outline your ideas about essay 3; also. outline your work division plan as to who will be responsible for what section of research or editing, and indicate what the tentative timeline for accomplishing the project is like. 

Outline of the video

Start with LoScho and Harney

Classical music starts

USF intro sign

Rankings and Stats

Interview with Dr. Bach

→ Pan shot of the lab

→ Dissection video?

Textbook and other books/scholarly articles that students need

If you’re interested in learning more you can visit these resources

course outline

Bio is great but always choose the major that will make you happy!


Work Division Plan


Emailing Dr. Bach

Getting the lab pictures and anatomy video




Voice overs


We’re going to do the interview





Monday 4/9: Record B-roll

Tuesday 4/10: Andessa gets pictures of the lab

Wednesday 4/11: Interview with Dr. Bach

Monday 4/16: Meet, record voice overs, edit


April 4

April 4th, 2018

In class writing –> Video Essay

Yesenia, and Andessa

Watching a video essay on RuPaul’s Drag Race, we noticed that some of the features that make the video more effective were that the video itself was constantly engaging so it had us watching clips without audio of the show itself. However, when the narrator made an important point the screen changed to an animation following through what the narrator wanted his point to be. For example when he was explaining the list of potential drag queens being featured in the show he had a digitized copy of a drag queen roster where reddit users would track them for periods of time to see their activity and predict their participation in RuPaul’s Drag Race. Additionally, there is music in the background that is catchy but doesn’t overpower the narrator. When the video ends the video ends with a question leaving you wondering about the topic and giving you the chance to respond.



(2018, March 08). Retrieved April 04, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxORG2IPmas

March 28

March 28th, 2018

Group work –>

Hao Shen, Isaiah Jenkins, Yesenia Bonilla


Looking at the schools that we looked at we observed that what categorized a school as successful came down to whether or not the students were proficient in their subject test scores, their AP test scores and what AP classes were available for students to take and overall how prepared the students were to attend college.

The schools that were deemed as low-performing had lower test scores. Although we couldn’t find an explicit list of schools that were low-performing as we did with the more successful schools, we noted that the low-performing schools also had lower variety of advanced classes that students could take, higher student to teacher ratios, and some were in bad neighborhood which fed into the environment within the school.



  1. BASIS Scottsdale
  2. Henry M. Gunn High School


  1. Mission High


What makes a school unsuccessful?

→ The variety of classes (advanced)

→ The preparedness of teachers

→ How many students there are per teacher

→ Location, neighborhood


What makes a school successful?


→ College readiness

→ Test scores and subject proficiency

→ AP test availability and scores





Acting out Culture 4th edition



Our High Schools:

Isaiah – James Logan High School


  • Diverse
  • Huge (4,000 students)
  • We are a average school in terms of standardized tests.
  • However, there were a lot of great resources in terms of preparing for college.


Our reflection




What I was observed from the schools that we looked into in comparison to my school was that because the schools were rated based off of academic success and potential academic success (college readiness), my school offered classes that prepared the students to be ready for college and also focused on us reaching out for help to do well in our college applications. In terms of the school environment, my school was diverse but it wasn’t the most diverse school in the district but because it was so small everyone knew each other and we had the opportunity to create meaningful and productive relationships with the teachers.




I observed that when comparing high-rated schools to my school was that my school has a lot of great resources in terms of preparing students for college. Also, my school has a greater population and more diverse compared to like the best schools. I feel like if our population was cut in half, then relationships between teachers and students would be better.



Compare to two successful high school, I can find that both of them are have more students. This offered us to entouch with more kind of people in the community. We can learn more stuff from the people surround us. In addition, usf has less students percentages to one teacher. This means the teacher can more focus on the teacher. Compare to some successful school, although they have more students and teachers, they have more students for one teacher. In this case, their teachers’ attention will be more separate.


March 26

March 26th, 2018

Week 10: Day 1 –> Critiquing Education

In what ways have class, culture, and race affected your individual learning? Discuss with examples their implications in your or your family’s life?


Education has been a big part of my and my family’s life. Coming from parents who didn’t have the opportunity there was a big emphasis on succeeding in school because education is a privilege. My parent’s always discussed how getting an education would allow my siblings and me to spend our lives doing what we loved and not be forced to work in a job like housekeeping or construction, which are labor intensive and painstaking. As to how class, culture, and race have affected my individual learning, feeling inferior to people in my classes has always held me back and feeling like my thoughts didn’t matter as much as other students’ has always been an issue for me. I was lucky to attend two schools that were very diverse and were I was with people who I could relate to before attending college. My elementary school was a bilingual school were the school would switch off speaking Spanish one month and English the next. My middle school was a magnet school so I was there throughout high school which meant I got to stay with the same students for 6-7 years. I never felt uncomfortable in those situations because I knew everyone that I was going to school with. It wasn’t until I got to college that feelings of inferiority came because I was in a new state, city, school and with so many students. I think that the main impact that these factors have had on my own learning have been because of my predisposed attitude that I was less than someone else. This has been something that I have been working on but the feeling that “I don’t belong here” have definitely crossed my mind but at the end of the day the biggest obstacle in my education is myself.


Money –> Affects the types of opportunities I can take


March 9

March 9th, 2018

Week 7: Day 3 –>


On the topic of women’s reproductive health, Wikipedia offers a brief (very. brief.) cover of the history of women’s reproductive health. Then it covers the definition of sexual health and then just explains forms of birth control and explains the importance of the US public and how we don’t know enough about sexual health because it’s not something that is taught thoroughly which leads to misconceptions about contraceptive use and what the “correct” methods are for women to use.

Because the information did come from Wikipedia, I was more critical reading through what the author had written and I definitely noticed some forms of bias in the writing. Additionally, because the page can be added on to by anyone there were different levels of information depending on what I needed. For example, the author goes into talking about the IUD and the paragraph doesn’t necessarily focus on teaching me about how the IUD works as contraception, rather it discusses why it’s something that many women fear using. When it discusses hormonal types of contraception, the information is very surface level.

I understand why there wouldn’t be more information on the Wikipedia page, it’s a starting block. Wether or not Wikipedia is written or edited by professionals in certain topics, the fact that anyone can edit the information or add their own information gives the feel of reading someone else’s research paper. In that case, one of the pros for using Wikipedia would be that they do have their references listed at the end of every article. Therefore, if I need to talk about a topic and I’m skeptical about the information provided to me on I can always go to the author’s references and check sources that will probably be more credible and reliable.

March 5

March 5th, 2018

Week 7 –> Day 1

Reimagining Educational Practices

Looking at Niche.com it is a site specifically dedicated to ranking and reviewing schools (K-12 & Colleges), neighborhoods, etc. This site allows you to filter through rankings so if you’re not interested in looking at which schools are the best in the nation and all you want to see are the best in your major then you have that option and can filter it to those rankings. For example looking at their 2018 college rankings, I narrowed it to the 2018 Best Film and Photography schools. This then gives the rankings: the first one was University of Southern California. If you click on the school then it gives you a school report card, allowing you to see the schools “grades” on their academics, campus life, dorms, safety, etc.

Niche breaks down the schools to tell you the faculty to student ratio, student profile, and the average price of the school. The website allows students from these schools to leave their own review and it seems like it has space to collaborate with students to give a more honest review.  The student reviews shed light on the issues that affect the students attending the schools.


The insights that I get about the way that less advantaged communities get education would be that in this website at least, I didn’t get much information about resources available to students who come from less advantaged communities so it’s something that the student would have to look for elsewhere. This, in general seemed like a pattern when I was applying to college, if I wanted to find specific information about the diversity within a school, the aid available to students, or the resources available to students I had to look more into the school’s website itself because it’s not always connected to the ranking details.




 (2017, March 20). Explore University of Southern California. Retrieved March 05, 2018, from https://www.niche.com/colleges/university-of-southern-california/

March 2

March 2nd, 2018

Week 6: Day 3 –> Scenes and Un-scenes

Al, Meg C., Yesenia B.

The picture that most resembles our typical thanksgiving experience would be the picture on page 229 because for all of us we agreed that this picture shows a family coming together and holding hands. The picture represents a family giving thanks and praying which appears to be the focus of the dinner altogether. 

Top of P.229 , John Holyfield


The picture that least resembles our experience would be the picture of Tom Brady serving food at a homeless shelter on page 230. Because this image is the one that’s the furthest away from the other picture representations because to a more traditional aspect thanksgiving encompasses being with family and having the family reunion like the above picture.