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Saturday, October 18, 2003

well, about my latest topic, an evaluation of multicultural education in elementary schools, i really didn't give it much of a thought until i started doing my prospectus. to be honest, i first picked it merely because it fits into our class theme well, and i happen to have some info about the program that is promoting. but when i began to read through articles on the original purpose and goal of ME, i realized that I was brought up in that exact education system and the exact multicultural environment!! ok, since i have brieftly explained my background here in the blog, and i am gonna include it in my paper, so i don't want to repeat it. but there's something all of you guys and clancy can help me out. i want to know the right-out-of-mind answer to it, alrite! is there a difference between china and hong kong? and which is superior? you can tell me that you don't know or you don't know where the heck hong kong is. cus i just want to know some of the americans' point of view. please comment on it!!!




Friday, October 17, 2003

i kinda liked the peer review this time. reading eva's paper was really fun... she ended up picking a really neat topic (ill let her tell yall what it is though) adn ashleys review of my paper really helped me to look at it in a different light and see things that may need to be clarified or elaborated on. also by requiring us to do a peer review it forces my lazy procrastinating bum to get a paper done and revised before the due date (knock on wood).

in regards to amandas post... i know where youre coming from. ive been doing part time/ taking tim off the past few years and it is so hard to get back into school. i could easily work 40 hours a week and not be tired at all. now, with school and work i have no free time. if i can spend six hours a week with my friends i consider it an accomplishment. and i still cant get all the homework done. i know that one of the things college is supposed to teach is how to prioritize but i need to do really good in all my classes and all my classes are somehow related to what i wanna do when (if) i grow up so i need to know this info but theres just not enough time. ggggrrrrr!!!! ok im done rantign now.... back to the daily grind.




so. the peer review was kinda fun, i like playing professor for a bit. It's so wonderfully beautiful outside, why am i inside? i think im gonna go run around in the leaves for awhile. or maybe not.
A bit about my research prospectus, it was pretty fun to write. Once i started i just wrote for 2 hours straight and got it done, and was pretty happy with the results. It's gonna be fun writing a research paper on something that you actually want to do research on, and answering one of the questions i care about by doing research. Plus i wont have to go to the library too much, just pay attention in my architecture lectures.
But for now, im going outside.
Later kids -




It sounds like everyone was like me and did there papers last night which i'm glad to hear because its means I'm not the only one that procrastinates in this class. Anyway my paper is on the RIAA and if its just in its actions against people who download music off of file sharing networks such as kazaa. People have lawsuits against them for up to $150,000 per song and most of the people have downloaded more than 1,000 songs. The RIAA just finished a settlement with a 12 year old girl who lives in public housing for 'illegally' downloading music like Maria Carey and Britney Spears. Well I can understand that lawsuit, because anyone that downloads Maria or Britney really should be sued, but shes 12 so I guess I can give her a break, but in other cases I personally think its immoral of them to do, especially to the extent to which they have been. What do you guys think?




Well I changed my topic again. I first changed my topic to "the alienation of Asian immigrants in their home country". I thought that this was a good topic to write on but I had one problem, I couldn't find any sources. So I had to change my topic again. I changed it to "Is physical discipline the right way to discipline our childen?" and I found plenty sources to use. I even called my mother and she gave me some suggestions on what I should include in my paper. My Mom can go on and on about this topic for days. But I found that this Topic is easier for me to write on because I have a lot to say.




The Research Prospectus!!! Now that is an assignment that I really didn't like. First off I have nerer liked writing. But to know that I have to do a research paper doesnt make things any easier. WhenIi was in grammer school I had to a do a science fair project every year along with a research paper. when I got to high school I did a science project every other year along with the research paper. The one thing that I hated the most about writing the research paper to go along with your science project was the fact that you had to write an abstract. The research prospectus reminds me of an abstract. It really makes me mad because I can just do the entire paper insead of this abridged version of it. But I did the assignment any way because I am a good student and I srtive for excellencce.




has anyone elses week been going by extremely fast? well, mine has. and im sure you all care about that. I dont know whats up for this weekend, maybe hang out with some kids i havent seen in awhile. I saw some girl i havent seen since orientation on the bus here today. She's still the same sweet girl, but shes changed so much. College has changed or will change everyone i think. I dont know if i have yet, but we'll see.
time to do work, be back later.





I think that a postive attitude is the key to enjoying life and to making through the hard times in life. There are many people in the world, some right here in our class, that just don't try hard enough to look for the good in every situation. Maybe I think it is something easy to do because I am naturally a happy person, however, if we all take just a second to think of the reasoning behind our actions then maybe that will be motivation to enjoy all the activities that each person partakes in. For instance, why are any of us in this class. I know that I am in this class because eventually I want to graduate and make lots of money:) Therefore, if I come to this class with the idea in mind that I will eventually reach my goal, it is motivation to enjoy the class while I'm here and learn as much as I can.

Likewise, a negative attitude is quite contagious. Unfortunately, if one person is complaining about something it can start to frusterate other people and get other around that person to focus on the negative aspects of a situation. So anyways...time for peer review so try to keep a positive attitude and enjoy all that you are involved in!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND I KNOW I WILL!!!




I am about to go insane. There is so much work to be done this semester and I don't know where to begin. Between a full load of classes and working, I have no time for myself, which is a foriegn thing to me. I took almost 2 years off of school so I was able to do anything I wanted. I could stay out late any night of the week, not have to worry about any deadlines, and I actually had a life. So you might ask yourself why in the hell would I want to come back to this. Simple answer: for me to get any where in my life, or for anyone to get any where, you need and education. So my advice for the weekend: even though you might get discouraged with school at times because you can't have fun or do what you want, STICK WITH IT! this is how you will ensure a great life, because without it, rarely do you have an opportunity to. Have a great weekend everyone, see you Monday!




The weekend is finally here! I can't wait.....it's amazing how fast the weeks go by in college compared to high school. Sometimes I wish they were longer so I could actually get something done. Tonight I'm going to see the Eagles in concert for their farewell tour at the Excel center. My parents are coming down to get me and then we're going together......I've already seen them once and it was one of the greatest concerts I've ever been too, they were so good. Anyways....time to do peer review, hope we all gets lots of good feedback.





This weekend is going to be great, on friday i am going to my friends rock concert for her brothers friends and my parents are going to be out of town, Party! not! too bad my parents have the neighbors watching my house, thats ok though because on saturday night i am going to be coming down to campus to have a fun nite at my boyfriends apartment, and walk around to different parties and have a fun time all around, right? so if i see ne of ya at a partay i will say hi and give you crap about your research paper




I don't know what to write about so i think i'll write about a speech i gave last week. My speech was on color. Sounds interesting huh. Color is visual light, or the visual part of the electromagnetic spectrum which also includes radio waves and x-rays. Cones in our eyes decipher between red, blue violet, and green light, the primaries of light and them combine these primary colored cones that are in our eyes with rods in our eyes that determine value and give us the colors we see. Color can effect your body, mind, and the safety of our lives, i can also save us time and money. Road signs, stop lights, marketing, important buttons, orientation, all deal with color. A shade of pink is known to slow the heart rate and is used to calm prisoners. Shades of yellow-green are banned from air craft interiors because they are know to cause nausea. The color of your house or roof can determine how much you will pay for your cooling bills, darker colors absorb more heat. these are just some of the points i went over. it actually was pretty interesting.




I have to be the biggest procrastinator in the world! I hd three papers do this week and so far only one of them has gotten turned in. My class for mastering skills we had three weeks if not more to go find a campus resource and write about our experience. I waited until 9:00 the night before it was do, before I even decided to start on it, which didnt give me anytime to study for the test I also had in that class that same day the paper was do. Then I had a paper due for my Freshman seminar class the next day, that I just didn't do because I didnt know what it was supposed to be about, and we had about three weeks to do that paper. Then Today of course it is 11:17am and I'm just now starting on my propectus that is due today, I am just now figuring out what it is exactly i'm trying to persude the audience of, and getting information off the internet. That is so horrible, what is wrong with me? I think i'm trying to fail!But anywho, back to my paper!




it's 2 am....i want to sleep...and all i can think about is how BAD my introduction is. i feel that i really understand the audience section and the rhetorical strategy part...but i feel the exact same way as kait...just not enough knowledge on the history of my topic! ok back to analyzing! gnight, see you all tomorrow:)




Thursday, October 16, 2003

AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!! i cannot get this prospectus to get going. im going crazy!!!! i dont know why this is so hard. i think my biggest problem is the intorduction. its supposed to be a rough rough rough run of our intro to the paper and i just dont have enough research in yet. i dont know enough about my topic to write it the way i want. ggggrrrrrr! oh well ill get through it. my apologies in advance to whoever has to peer review it tomorrow (assuming i get it done on time, heehee) ok back to the paper. see yall tomorrow.




I am just starting my research prospectus, (the queen of procrastinating =) ) and I think that it is goi ng to turn out great my topic is on the availability of birth control in high schools and around different areas, and that the lack of it leaves countless girls confused and unaware of what is going on. In high school there is no education on what teenage girls and boys are going through, I don't know about any of you but I had a health class and they conveniently avoided the topic and went strait to drugs and alcohol, which are also prominent issues but does not pertain to what teenagers are experiencing while they are in high school. You all attended high school, and the main things that were going on is gossip about guys and who did what to each other and who all is hooking up, and half of the people who do this hooking up are u unaware of the consequences of getting pregnant, or obtaining diseases from the other person, the issue is simply ignored and I want there to be more attention on the issue and bring awareness to today's youth.




hey everybody hows it going i am so excited for it to start snowing. i just completed my set up for my snowboard, i used up christmas and my parents bought me the boots and the bindings to go with my snowboard and it feels so good to have the entire set up! overall the whole setup goes like this, board: $400, boots: $50, and the bindings: $150, but i am really excited to go out and catch some air and just be out there having fun and hang out with my bf and all of my other snowboarding friends.




Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Hello, everyone, I just re-took the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory after taking it a few years ago and found out that my personality has changed! I used to be an ENFP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving), which is also called a "idealist/champion" in this test's terms Now I am an ESFJ (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging), also called "guardian/provider." You can find another description of ESFJ here.

The test said that I am a:
* distinctively expressed extrovert
* slightly expressed sensing personality
* moderately expressed feeling personality
* slightly expressed judging personality
If you'd like to take the test, here it is.






Well, I am just about finished with my prospectus, I've done it all except the introduction, which is kind of odd, you'd think one would start with an introduction.....but it seems to work for me so oh well. I hate that I wait until it's almost due to finish something up instead of doing it right away. Being done two days before it's due is pretty good for me though, usually I wait until the very last minute to do something, and I actually think I do better work that way, under a lot of pressure. I like that we get to have our papers reviewed before we hand them in, it helps a lot to see how others view your paper. And it's nice to have it sort of proof read before it's handed in because after looking over my paper a billion times, I miss obvious mistakes that someone else will pick up on right away. so......good luck to everyone on your paper!




Halloween is right around the corner, which happens to be my favorite holidays of the year, It's a dream come true. On what other day can you wear a costume and pretend to be somebody else and when you were younger, candy for it.
Kait, that course sounds interesting. I was just thinking about those kind of issues. One of my family friends has one month to live and I don't know how to handle that. How can a person just say that they have a month to live. I don't get it. Shouldn't they be able to do something. Life is so weird like that. I hope when we die we don't just die, that we cease to exist, because that's true what would be the point. You know what, when I was watching Gilmore Girls last night, surprisingly a very good show, Lorelei, the mom, was talking about how everyone thinks that where they are, their surroundings is a part of their life, but in actuality, maybe we are a part of its life. We come and go, but the places we have been stay. We have briefly touched the history of that time and place. I thought that was a really neat way of looking at it. Kinda saying that we should take care of it because it will be here a lot longer than any of us. Now I'm getting too philosophical. Maybe we are here to better society, but that is pretty bleak outlook. I think we are here to experience the little things about life, like a sunset, or the sand between your toes, or the unconditional love between a parent and child, between friends, between man and wife. These experiences teach us valuable lessons that we take on the after life, in my opinion, where none of that occurs, That's what I believe, but if that is so, what awaits us in the after life, what do we do once we get there?




Tuesday, October 14, 2003

ok so im finally back on the puter... my dad was tryign to fix it all last week. hopefully it worked. so anyhoo, im gonna jump on sarah's bandwagon here and ask for some audience feedback on my topic. im plannign on sayting that fetal genetic screening is a bad thing because it has the proven potential to increase miscarriage of the fetus and it also may influence a woman to abort her fetus because it has a chance of being genetically "abnormal". i think that if people have kids they need to accept the consequences of their actions and deal with what nature gives them... that sounds way harsher than i mean it to but oh well. also, if people have a familial history of a disease and are worried about their children having it they should test themselves before beginning the pregnancy. also just because a child is genetically "abnormal" doesnt mean that they cant have a great life or that their life is worth less than a genetically "normal" person. the arguments for fetal screening is that people can then prepare for a baby that may be sick.also some people may say that it is impractical for me to say that people should test themselves before having kids because the parents may not have access to testing facilities but these people will most likely not have access to fetal testing facilities either, any input would be fantabulous.




so ive been looking at potential scheduling of classes for next semster and i think i wanna take a class calle dthe anthropologies of death. it sounds erally interesting and fulfills one of my requirements. if anyone has taken it or knows anyone who has taken it let me know if its a neat class or not. i think itll be interesting to see how different cultures deal with death. it may help me to deal with it better in the future. luckilyt i havent had to deal with it too much but when i have had to deal with it i had w very hard time. i dont think im afraid to die. i think im just afraid of whats after. what if im wrong and there is something... what is it... how can eternity exist... etc. basically i feel safest believing that when we die, we die. we cease to exist. but if thats true whats the point... btu then i think that the point is just to do as much good for oneself and the others around oneself while we are here and its not the bettering of ourselves but the bettering of the society on this planert that is the ultimate goal. ok now im just getting philosophical and i think its past my bedtime. night night all.




ok so im finally back on the puter... my dad was tryign to fix it all last week. hopefully it worked. so anyhoo, im gonna jump on sarah's bandwagon here and ask for some audience feedback on my topic. im plannign on sayting that fetal genetic screening is a bad thing because it has the proven potential to increase miscarriage of the fetus and it also may influence a woman to abort her fetus because it has a chance of being genetically "abnormal". i think that if people have kids they need to accept the consequences of their actions and deal with what nature gives them... that sounds way harsher than i mean it to but oh well. also, if people have a familial history of a disease and are worried about their children having it they should test themselves before beginning the pregnancy. also just because a child is genetically "abnormal" doesnt mean that they cant have a great life or that their life is worth less than a genetically "normal" person. the arguments for fetal screening is that people can then prepare for a baby that may be sick.also some people may say that it is impractical for me to say that people should test themselves before having kids because the parents may not have access to testing facilities but these people will most likely not have access to fetal testing facilities either, any input would be fantabulous.




Like I said in class, the logical structure of the argument that I am going to make is going to be an evaluation argument. I will evaluate whether or not the Marriage Incentive Plan proposed by the Bush Administration will benefit mothers and/or children that are in need of welfare. I am standing by the side that says that the Plan has the potential to not be safe for mothers and their children. Some evidence I will use includes the fact that it could cause women to pre-maturely marry a man that they do not know well. If they do not know him, there could be characteristics there that would be a bad influence on the children such as alchohal abuse, violent ways or other things along those lines. Another piece of evidence I will use to evaluate the plan is the history of welfare reform. I want to show eveidence of what has worked and what hasn't. Though I would love to produce an idea of a new type of welfare reform instead of just complaining about it, I feel that a proposal argument would need to be an entire new research project!

Maybe the Blog would be a good place to ask eachother for suggestions about conditions of rebuttal. So if anyone wants to be the devil's advocate on the Marriage Incentive Plan....be my guest! :) Have a great day everyone!




Sunday, October 12, 2003

I had a great weekend. I don't know about you guys, but on a campus so huge, I have been finding it pretty hard to make the type of friends you know you'll always have. To make the transistion a little easier I decided to pledge to the newest sorority on campus called Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. It is a Jewish Sorority and I went in expecting much of the same things that I got out of my youth group while in high school. This past weekend we had a wonderful pledge retreat at camp Teko on lake Minatonka. The trees were at their fullest most beauitful stages of changing from summer to winter, the crisp smell of fall was in the air, and the lake was magnificent.

On friday night, after dinner, we didn't really know what to do next, being with people we didn't know very well. There were only 4 pledges there and 3 sisters. So, we decided to make a bondfire and sing camp songs. It was so awesome how something like music can bring people together to form a natural bond of love, friendship and happiness. It was a night I will never forget that ended in crazy amounts of Israeli dancing and singing these great camp songs on the top of our lungs! I am so glad that I did not second guess my decision to join something that would be so similar to what I did in high school and such a great connection with the Jewish community. It is wonderful to be making new friends, and I am relieved that it is finally starting to happen.




i was looking at a couple pictures that won a potoghraphic contest of some type, and they were taken in the dessert area of africa. on one of them, under the big blue sky, there was a woman dressed in muslim outfit, fighting her way through the wind and sand. the other one showed a middle-aged man sitting on the edge of a sand dome with his camel, looking into the unceasing land of sand. those pictures have excellent composition and are such great pieces of art. but what really had drawn me the paused there and think so long were questions that i cannot figure out: what do these people have to look forward in their future? is a peaceful. routine life all they want? are they ever given a chance to make a difference or to know the rest of the world better? and most of all, are they happy and content?
i don't think there will be a general answer for my questions, but i do believe there are things that you cannot describe or understand unless you have truely experienced....if the world never reach them, perhaps they never know that there is actually a future to look forward to.




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