February 11 In Class Writing

The story that I will be talking about is when I transferring school from middle school to high school. I will be developing these ideas by walking through the entire process of my transition of going from private to public school. I will talk about the major differences and identity conflicts that I encountered during the transition. I will be talking about how my transition has let me to truly be myself instead of masking my personality. It will talk about me figuring out my true self and being comfortable in my own skin. I think that audience will learn that in life there will be many times where you will experience change and its how you act upon it that will affect how you are affected mentally and physically.

When talking about my personal experience I plan to do it in chronological order and explain my development on how I was growing thoughts that first couple months of high school then moving on to the later years of high school. I will try to compare how I was in middle school compared to high school. It will emphasizes how I really had to go through some hard change in order to be comfortable going to school. It was a growth period where I learned to be more conformable and I plan to portray that by explains my personality changes between high school and middle school.


February 6th Free Writing

Free Writing:

I think that the biggest transition for me was when I moved from a private Catholic school to a public school. This was a huge jump for me since I have always been in a small crowd. My class in my elementary consisted of 35 students and my graduating class consisted of the same people that I had in my preschool class. This small crowed that I was in didn’t prepare me for public school. It made me scared to go to high school because I feared that I wouldn’t fit in. This is exactly what had happened. During my first of high school that was no longer a private Catholic institution, I was terrified. I was nervous, shy and anxious. I had seen so many new faces because no one from my previous school was going to the same high school as me. This is where I face as huge identity crisis. Though my high school being very diverse I was unsure where I fit in. I was also accustomed to the personality that I had developed in middle school. This transitional phase is what caused me to have this identity crisis. Where did I belong in this school. No one would talk to be because I was new to the public school system where as everyone else went to the same middle school. It was hard for me because I was getting stares and I would hear people talk about me in negative ways. It was a struggle trying to fit in as the new kid. I then decided to break out of my shell as my old personality I soon realized was not true to myself. This transition was like a new beginning for me. No one knew who I was, my story, how I was like in middle school. I came to this new high school with no labels attached to me, besides being the new kid. I took this as an opportunity to explore my identity and be comfortable in my own skin. During middle school I felt like I had to fit in the popular crowd. In order for me to be friends with a lot of people I had to dress a certain way and act a certain way and that just wasn’t me. In high school I decided to change that. I wanted to find my new style and act better than before. Before I was mean and aggressive, but that was so secure my authority. In high school I didn’t need authority. I needed to make friends so I decided to be my own person. It soon led me the the epiphany of how I can be content with myself. I took this scary situation into a huge opportunity to improve myself. I no longer wanted to wear a mask in order to fit in with the popular society. I needed to remove this mask and be true to who I was. I didn’t want to be seen as mean or aggressive. I wanted to be seen as an approachable person.



Topic: Transitioning identity crisis

1. Going to catholic school

– How it was like (environment, vibes, friends)

– How I was acting (personality)

2. Transitioning

– Public institution

– How the new schools as like

– Initial feelings

– the first day of school

3. Identity

– Didn’t fit in

– People were judging me

– How I felt (What was I going through)

– Why I didn’t fit in

– How was I acting when I first switched schools

4. How did I deal with the problem

– Taking it as an opportunity

– Trying to fit in

– removing my mask

– being true to myself

– being more open

– fresh start


February 4th In-Class Writing

Expectations of Essay 1:

– Telling a non-fiction story.

– The story will be about a personal experience or an experience from a relative or friend.

– The story will revolve around the themes of culture, identity, and racial stereotypes.

– The audio essay will be 2-3 mins long.

Challenges that I may face:

– Using the software.

– Reaching the time requirement .

– Thinking of a good story.

– Choosing the right images

– Speaking clearly and having the essay sound smooth.

How will I address these issues:

– I can ask a friend.

– I can go to the Speaking and Writing Centers.

– I can ask a teacher.

– I can look up videos how to work the software.

– I can look over the assignment questions.

– Brainstorm ideas with my peers.


1. Will we be listening to these essays in class?


Racial Discrimination:

My cousin who is half African American and half Filipino American has experienced similar encounters with the public that Cadogan. Cadogan and my cousin both have had an experience with a stranger or the police where they were thought to be a criminal just based of their skin color. I’ve even had my cousin tell me how he has to act in a different way so that he doesn’t seem suspicious. He also tells me about the feels that he has when walking in public. He experiences these similar stereotypes that Cadogan had experienced. He has also encountered physical abuse due to the color of his in skin by strangers. They assume that by the clothes that he is wearing he will hurt them. Since the stranger feels in danger, they fought my cousin in order to protect themselves, when in reality, my cousin was posing no threat to them.

There are so many stereotypes that racially profile people of different ethnicities or skin colors. The dominant society has created these norm based of their personal experiences and no on the person of color’s personality. It has become a norm that if you see an African American made wearing a black hoodie and pants, that they were are a criminal. Or if a person of color turns around they are following you. Cadogan explains these experience to show that not everyone is a bad person. People are marked as dangerous just people of their ethnic background or the color of their skin. He is trying to inform his audience that these norms are oppressive and should be change. He is reaching out to his audience to hope to influence their mindsets when it comes to racially profiling or stereotyping someone based of the color of their skin.


January 30 In-Class Writing

As I was reading my peers responses to the reading I found some similarities in both me and a couple of my peer’s responses. I notices that me and Caitlin has some similar responses because were both talked about the environments that we live in and how we notice that’s both ourselves and the people in our neighborhood tend to hang around people of the same race, gender and cultures. I too, like Caitlin, tend to hang more around people who are the the same race as me rather than other races because I feel more comfortable around people who are similar to me. I notices that Caitlin’s perspective on this topic of culture and diversity is very unique since she lives in San Francisco. This is a very diverse location to live in and for her to witness these issue of diversity is San Francisco really emphasizes that San Francisco may not be as diverse as people claim for it to be.


From another peer, I noticed that we had some different perspectives on the reading about the “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. I have notices that Mia’s perspective on the reading was that she saw that people who were called hillbilly was seen as a norm. She realized that people who were called hillbillies repeatedly felt that there were group in that way and it meant that they were the poorest. It made them feel poor even though they may not be. On, the other hand in my response I was focusing how Vance was grouping just everyone who was buying frozen food as the lower class. I was focusing more on how Vance was having judgements on strangers just based on what they bought as the grocery store.


Cultural Bloopers:

– All Filipinos need to be in the medical field.

– Asians are smart

– Asians are typically small and scrawny

– Filipinos are short

– Asians are goods at math.

– Asians have small eyes.

– Asians can’t drive.


January 28 In Class Writing

Mariam Jebari

Caitlin Tan

Sebastien Tolentino

Who are they?

Transgender people are individuals who don’t identify with the gender they were assigned to at birth. The transgender community are made up a diverse group of people who choose to identify in many ways. In an article, Understanding the Transgender Community, by the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that fights for civil rights for people in the LGBTQ+ community, explains various aspects of what it means to be transgender.  Although some may disapprove of labels, many people who are openly transgender identify as many nouns. Stated in the Human Rights Campaign article, Understanding the Transgender Community, “Some transgender people identify as male or female, and some identify as genderqueer, nonbinary, agender, or somewhere else on or outside of the spectrum of what we understand gender to be. Some of us take hormones and have surgery as part of our transition, and some don’t. Some choose to openly identify as transgender, while others simply identify as men or women”(Human Rights Campaign). There are many ways one can identify as and many nouns can reflect a person who is transgender, but it is unique to every individual who identifies as transgender.  

What Identity Issues they Face in Society?

With being transgender, there comes a plethora of issues or obstacles that one may encounter. As stated in the same Human Rights Campaign article, Understanding the Transgender Community, they can face lack of legal protection, poverty, harassment and stigmas, anti-transgender violence, barriers to healthcare and identity documents. These are just a few of the many problems one can face if they identify as transgender. Elaborating on these ideas, people who are transgender lack legal protection as there are not many laws that can protect transgender people from discrimination. Additionally there are many stigmas or stereotypes that are formed about transgender people from popular culture that can negatively affect a person who is trans. These stereotypes also put people at risk because people who may have different beliefs may not agree with transgender people and act upon it physically. Lastly, many people of the transgender community lack inclusiveness in documents that force one to choose between options of male and female. All in all, these are just a few of the many problems a person who is transgender may encounter and it varies from person to person.  

How do they thrive in the community?

Thanks to women like Marsha P. Johnson, transgender people were able to fight for their rights and be proud of it. Johnson was an LGBTQ+ activist who was an instigator at Stonewall and role model for transgender youth in the past and today. She fought and lived a difficult but rewarding life, to make the United States a more accepting place for LGBTQ+ people. 

Many TV shows such as Orange Is the New Black, Pose, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The L Word, and more have represented trans people in a new and inspiring light. These shows have attempted to show that transgender people are just like everyone else and should have those same rights that we constantly take for granted. 

An example of a figure in the transgender community that has thrived is Caitlyn Jenner. She struggled with being seen as a figure of masculine with feelings of being in the wrong body.  She went through a few phases in the late 1900s where she did try to transition by taking hormones. At some points in her transition, she had lost facial hair and had breast growth but ultimately stopped due to pressure from society and the thought of what her kids might feel if she were to transition.  After many years of contemplation, Caitlyn Jenner would take those steps to restart her transition and go through with it. She would then proudly talk about her experience and become a figure for transgender rights. She is still rather successful despite the calls for her to be shamed. She has even appeared in what is now seen as a brave and great accomplishment where she posed for the cover of vanity fair.   





Hello! My name is Sebastien Tolentino. I am a freshman 2 nursing major here at the University of San Francisco. Prior to USF I attended a high school called James Logan High School. It is located in my hometown, Union City. It is just about a 40 minute BART ride from San Francisco. My interests include many things from photography, music production, attending raves, sciences and connecting with my culture. Some quick facts about me are that I am 18 years old, left handed,  an only child, Filipino-American and a member of the a Filipino club called Kasamahan here at USF. Kasamahan is my bridge to my culture and has really allow me to learn so much about where my family is from. It also has allowed me to meet so many great people and be apart of a very inclusive and loving community.


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