April 30, 2018

In-Class Writing

After doing research I found an article that is relevant to my topic for essay 4. White-collar work and blue-collar work is reshaping the way we think about their specific skills. According to the article “Managing White-Collar Work: An Operations-Oriented Survey,” by Hopp in 2009, he defines white-collar work as “salaried office workers” or “non-manual laborers”(Hopp, 2009, p. 2). They characterize white collar work as the “management” type and blue-collar work as “machining”(Hopp, 2009, p. 2). “White-collar tasks involve significant use of knowledge in generating ideas, process, and solutions, while blue-collar tasks consist primarily of physical transformation”(Hopp, 2009, p. 2). This article characterizes the stereotypes given to being a white-collar worker and a blue-collar worker.


Hopp, W. J., Iravani, S. R., & Liu, F. (2009). Managing White-Collar Work: An Operations-Oriented Survey. Production & Operations Management, 18(1), 1-32. doi:10.1111/j.1937-5956.2009.01002.x

April 27 – Free writing

I will write about the stereotypes between the white-collar work and manual work. First talking about the definition of each then comparing the stereotypes. The providing counterexamples by giving facts and stats about people who work in these types of works. Talk about the social scripts about each type of work and where it came from. The different attitudes and discuss if they are accurate. Provide images of what white-collar work and manual work is characterized as. Then talk about the relationship between work and social class by pulling information from the readings. Also, talk about the relationship between work and education. Use examples from “The Case for Working with Your Hands” by Crawford and some of my personal experience. For example, talking about how high schools are taking away the shop classes and added more college readiness classes. Provide facts about how this affects students. talk about the skills you learn for trade work. compare the skills of trade school and college.  Give facts about the statistics of people with their masters and what job they have compared to trade work people? what are the educational scripts: Parents and teachers telling students that the only way to prove your academic credentials is to go to college and get a degree? Then talk about how these educational scripts can be rewritten: bring back shop classes, have students try out trade internships, provide trade school options to students? Talk about how each type of work is important

  • Intro:
    • There are different types of work including manual work and white-collar work
    • each type of work is equally important; however, manual work is looked down at because of the stereotypes that characterize them
    • however, you can learn a lot through trade work that you sometimes cant learn in college
  • Body:
    • People in manual work are victims of cultural stereotypes
      • the stereotypes include not being well educated
    •  There are pros to working in a trade work
      • include the skills and experience you learn
    • there is a relationship between work and education
      • for example, high schools are eliminating their shop classes and adding more college readiness classes.
  • Conclusion:
    • there are ways these social scripts and cultural norms can be rewritten
      • for example by bringing back shop classes and giving more options for students.

April 25, 2018

After reflecting on my family’s experiences of work, I understand that there is a relationship between work and intelligence or social class. For example, my parent works at a store that sells fresh produces. At the storefront you see the fresh fruits and vegetables laid out, but how they got there was through many workers going out to the field to pick the foods. This is a demanding job because the store delivers to consumers and so certain food items must be correctly placed in certain boxes. There may be some issues such as working out in the sun picking foods, but from what I notice, the workers are treated equally. Most of the workers there are older and some come from families with low-income, but it doesn’t affect how they are treated.  They are treated equally because their work environment is near the storefront. So the public is able to see them work and the customers are encouraged to come out to the field to help pick the fruits and vegetables. Because the customers see the work environment, the business provides the workers with a decent work condition.

April 18, 2018

After doing research on issues of eviction and homelessness in my hometown, I found little information on the town I live in. Instead, I did research on the city as a whole. Hawaii is among the states with the highest rates of homelessness.  More than 50 out of every 10,000 Hawaii residents are homeless. The growing number of homelessness is causing officials to evict them off sidewalks and streets, which is a problem because they move and group to other places around the city. Hawaii has also a high percentage of people that rent their homes. This is a problem because Hawaii’s rent is increasing and it is the 11-highest among cities across the nation. The median rent for a one-bedroom in Honolulu is now $1,750.  That’s up about 2.9 percent since 2015. The research I found is similar to the ideas in “Home and Hope” because the people who live in neighborhoods who spend more of their income on rent had higher eviction rates than those who don’t.

April 9, 2018

Vanessa & Sonja

Video Essay Timeline

April 11 – Research Marketing major and Design major, gather brochures and other materials

April 13 – Finish conducting interviews/ Finish the first draft of the video essay

April 16 – Finish collecting the video footages/ Start editing the video essay

April 20 – Finish and submit video

  • Intro:
    • 5 sec- “Welcome to USF” Video of walking on campus,
      • Voice over introduce USF (Sonja)
    • 5 sec- Video of campus at a different angle
    • 5 sec- Video of campus at a different angle
  • Body:
    • 10 sec – shot of Malloy Hall and go into the building
      • Voice over introduce Malloy for marketing (Vanessa)
    • 10 sec- video of marketing classrooms, using split screen effect
    • 10 sec – video of a Marketing professor interview
    • 10 sec- video of design classrooms and students working
      • Transition
    • 10 sec – shot of Xarts building and go into the building
      • Voice over introduce Xarts for design major (Sonja)
    • 10 sec- video of design classrooms, using split screen effect
    • 10 sec – video of a design professor interview
    • 10 sec- video of design classrooms and students working
  • Conclusion:
    • Products and accomplishments of student work
    • alumnus that graduated with these majors

April 4, 2018

Vanessa Gomez

Sonja Angst

Anything Could Happen at Harvard video: Why this video is considered effective:

  • Provides enough information without overwhelming you
  • Personal with different perspectives
  • different shot angles form close up to far away, playing with the blur effect
  • short interviews to voice overs
  • music changes
  • different people speaking
  • candid shots
  • text matches the theme of the school, very consistent
  • always know who is talking
  • smooth transitions
  • video effects such as slow motion
  • the logo is always on the bottom
  • video effects such as changing saturation
  • the text is minimal, readable and bold
  • call of action at the end of each section

March 28, 2018

Rocio, Patricia, Sonja

 Successful High schools in the U.S. 

Walter Payton College Prep #1 Best Public High School in America (Niche)

selective enrollment public high school and an international model for global teaching and learning




  • all honors and advanced placement curriculum
  • Global destinations like France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Czech Republic, China, and South Africa have become Payton’s outdoor classrooms
  • award-winning reputation for its world-class math, science, world-language, humanities, fine arts, and adventure education programs
  • seminars ranging from horseback riding, Improv comedy, Pilates, Math Modeling, and Bridge Building, to Exploring Harry Potter, Judo, Morningstar, and Beginning Acoustic Guitar – just to name a few.



  • Walter Payton College Prep is 43.4% White, 22.3% Hispanic, 16.6% Asian, 12.2% Black, and 5.5% other. 33.0% of students are from low-income households
  • 57% female student body



  • 2014 and 2008 National Blue Ribbon Award
  • U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 High Schools
  • Newsweek Top 100 High Schools
  • Goldman-Sachs Foundation Prize in Excellence in International Education
  • #1 International High School in the United States
  • Intel School of Distinction 2010
  • Intel 2010 “Star Innovator” Award



  • Average ACT score of 29.7
  • College attendance rate of 99%
  • Over 10 million dollars of scholarship funding awarded to the class of 2014
  • Over 1,500 AP exams taken by the class of 2014
  • 89% of all students earn an AP exam score of 3 or higher
  • 11 National Merit and 1 National Achievement Semi-Finalists (Class of 2014)


In relation to Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, my school, Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego is pretty similar. At my high school, an all-girls, catholic, college preparatory, we had many seminars empowering women and had many speakers come in to speak about their success. We had trips that could be taken during the summer to explore different countries. Mainly my school was big on arts, however, towards the end they started integrating more programs for STEM. There were a good amount of clubs to join and sports programs after school. The average class size was 25 and the overall student body consisted of 800 students. Many of the students in my graduating class were accepted into ivy leagues, UC schools, and one student was accepted into Stanford.


Harvard Westlake School #1 Best Private High School in America (Niche)



  • student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1
  • 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
  • #3 STEM high school in the united states
  • 1430 Avg SAT/ 32 Avg ACT
  • Avg class size 16
  • Has continuous study abroad programs for students during the year/ abroad learning workshops for teacher


  • 224 faculty members (all hold a Bachelor degree)
  • 132 hold Masters degrees
  • 28 hold Doctoral degrees

Athletic Program

  • 27 athletic programs offered
  • 92 teams participate throughout the year
  • 60% of our students participate in the athletic program
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, Harvard-Westlake won
    • 8 Varsity league championships
    • 2 CIF Section / State Championships

The Harvard Westlake School is similar to my highschool (Academy of Our Lady of Peace) in that it was very exclusive and it focused on academic competitiveness. Our school’s focus was to empower women in STEM and the arts. It has a lot of prestige in that it is known as a tough academic school, with its students being involved in society in terms of social justice. Our classrooms were max 25 students, and AP courses were encouraged to increase competitiveness.


BASIS Scottsdale #1 in the National Rankings and earned a gold medal (U. S. News)



  • The population in East Shea is characterized as wealthy, primarily composed of the middle-aged age group and well educated.
  • BASIS Scottsdale is an elite, public, charter school located in Scottsdale, AZ. It has 754 students in grades 5-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.
  • Graduation Rate 100%
  • 30% of all students are enrolled in one or more AP courses. 94% received a passing score of 3 or higher (out of 5) on at least one exam. The median across combination schools that offer AP courses in Arizona is only 66%.
  • Number of AP Courses Offered: 17
  • Average SAT: 1470
  • Average ACT: 34
  • Low athletic participation


I would consider my high school to be successful but according to statistics, my school would be the opposite of BASIS Scottsdale.  According to state test scores, 22% of the students are at least proficient in math and 37% in reading(NICHE). However,  our students are very involved in athletics and within the communities. Molokai High School is full of diverse students with families that are in low-income. BASIS Scotsdale do not have students with free/ reduced lunch, but at my high school over 60% of the students are on free/reduced lunch. 

March 9, 2018

A  controversial topic that I researched about is the issue of genetically modified foods or GMO foods. According to Wikipedia, they state GMO foods as “foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering.” This article provided disputes over the use of foods derived from GMO crops instead of conventional crops, and other uses of genetic engineering in food production. Specific topics that Wikipedia discusses include the mixing of genetically modified and non-genetically modified products in the food supply, effects of GMOs on the environment, the rigor of the regulatory process, and consolidation of control of the food supply in companies that make and sell GMOs. The controversial issue that was brought up included the health risks that genetically engineered foods have on humans and the environment.  This article does not change the way I evaluate its contents because I understand that the public has access to these documents and can change the language to fit their opinions and bias.  However, they do provide the cited references and include their sources on the bottom, so I am able to check if the information is reliable.

March 5, 2018

Reimagining Educational Practices

After researching about university rankings and their relationship with quality education, I came across an article that discussed the role university rankings have played in our society. This article describes university rankings as an example of the social construction of reality and institutionalism(Fowles 2016). Which according to the article, includes the way the institutions interact with and affect society. I learned that the growing popularity of university rankings hide the important issues like affordability.



  • Fowles, J., Frederickson, H. G., & Koppell, J. S. (2016). University Rankings: Evidence and a Conceptual Framework. Public Administration Review, 76(5), 790-803. doi:10.1111/puar.12610