Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Brochure

By making your brochure you are first and foremost applying persuasive techniques and descriptive writing. This means that you will both address a specific audience with the purpose of convincing them to choose your vacation resport, and you will also use descriptive language to accentuate all the characteristics of the place, and the things you would encounter there.
Secondly, you are applying technology, art, and creativity to a project that is already packed with literary techniques.
Third, all brochures require organized thinking, which is a problem solving skill that can be used throughout the curriculum. This is a healthy way to retain and analyze information as well.
Making a brochure is a good exercise in the elements of advertising.  Assignments such as the brochure force students to place themselves in the position of having to convince outsiders why.  In this process, students learn some of the fundamental precepts of advertising. The idea of being able to communicate desirable elements in a small location or with a fixed number of words is quite powerful.  At the same time, students are able to learn about natural and human created elements of a certain place that are distinctive.  Finally, I would submit that the assignment itself is quite valuable because it allows students to choose in what arena upon which they wish to focus their energies.  The result is a form of learning that enhances student autonomy, making them stronger in a particular aspect or multiple aspects of an area of study

Monday, February 14, 2011

“Feeling Like a Freshman Again”

Becoming a transfer student almost really makes you feel like a freshman again. Upon reading this article “Feeling Like a Freshman Again”: The Transfer Student Transition” basically made me realize that I am an experienced college goer. I have already gone through the process of college applications and all the other things required for me to attend college. I have been to two other junior colleges and I still felt like a freshman when I started the university.

It’s the process of getting use of the campus and learning where all the classes are. The adjustment time was shorter than the first-year students because I have done it before. In the article talks about the two parts of the transfer transition which are: the Transfer Process and Adjustment once at the Receiving Institution. The Transfer Process encompasses the steps students take to move from their current or sending Institution received one. For instance, deciding on what school to attend and starting the application process. In the application process that where you have to worry about your GPA and what degree you already hold.

The Adjustment once at the Receiving Institution maybe the most challenged one. Because once you get accepted to the college the process now begins on learning the campus and getting adjusted to the new institution. The disadvantage of making you feel like a freshman again is the lack of knowledge about how the new school works like parking on campus and finding classes. It’s a big differences transferring from this small college to a big university.

As a student and over looker, I always wanted to know the differences in attending a junior college versus a major university. Having first experience is always the best way to learn. Having to attend two junior colleges as well as a university, I can now weigh the options of going to either one. Being a student at USM is a lot different than other schools. It is more of a fast pace, yet energetic place to be. There are many activities going on every day. They have activities such as basketball games, campus celebration, and Greek life. I have to keep track of everything by writing things down in a calendar. Deadlines come so fast that I have to balance out party time with class time. The most interesting topic in “Feeling Like a Freshman” is how they have this group called TRIG (transfer student interest group) and it focus on the transfer process and about being a transfer student. The group can help you balance out the things and make you feel like you have a small support group to rely on.

Townsend, Barbara K. "“Feeling like a Freshman Again”: The Transfer Student Transition." New Directions for Higher Education 2008.144 (2008): 69-77. Print.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

ENG:333 "Sex Among Black and White Americans" Blog 2

This is piece of a project that I had to work on in my CHS class.

Among Black and White Americans as well as many other nationalities believe sex to be natural. Sex is generally taught in some point in everyone’s life whether its in the early or late stages of life. Regarding to who you are you might have different norms and morals about sex. It could be your orientation, religion, gender, or race. As you will learn that everything possible is natural, which makes it normal and if its normal it must be morally right.

What IsSex? Sex is well sex can be broken down into many forms. Some forms are vaginal, oral, anal, and masturbation sex. Vaginal sex is what most people think of as sex, which specially means when a male inserts his penis inside of a female vagina. It is the only form of sex that can lead to pregnancy and also transmitted diseases. Vagina sex is only preformed among heterosexual couples. Heterosexual is what most people consider as straight, it is when people are attracted to someone of the opposite gender. Oral sex is where the mouth is in contact with the male or female genitals. Oral sex can cause the spread of sexual transmitted diseases but it can not cause pregnancy. Anal sex involves penetration to the anus it carries the same affect on diseases as vaginal and oral sex. There is no chance of pregnancy from this style. The most safest style of sex is masturbation it cause no pregnancy or spread of transmitted disease. Masturbation is the process of you touching on yourself. You can also have what they call mutual masturbation. Mutual masturbation is when you masturbate with or in front of your partner. Since there is no genital contact the is no pregnancy, down fall there could possible be transmission of diseases if done improperly. Oral, anal, and masturbation all can be performed between heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, and lesbian.

People have different sexual orientation toward who they maybe romantically and sexually attracted to. Heterosexual which has already been explain is straight people. Bisexual people are ones that tends to have sexual attractions with males and females. There are two orientations that are called gay which is homosexual and lesbian. Homosexual is where males have an interest in the same sex. Homosexual pertains to the males where as lesbian pertains to the females. A lesbian would be a female who are attracted to another female. There is another style of orientation that is much safe and a person is not sexually attracted to another person, but may enjoy close and intimate relationships as well called asexual. Many people believe that sexuality is a moral and some think it is a norm. In American culture, heterosexuality is the only sexual orientation that is considered fully social and legally validated and some cultures view orientation differently and more acceptable. I believe it would just be who you are and what you believe in regarding sex. Most people do not define there orientation and some may think that they do not fit into any category. Researches are using different approaches on orientation and not focusing just on one. They are still creating models such as the Kinsey model regards to sex and many other revenues under the topic. But according to all my reading they like to refer to the Kinsey model.

Religion could also be a major effect of how sex is viewed. I think this is where people focus on “What is moral and what is normal?” I could spend a significantly amount of time discussing the religion aspect of sex. People have different beliefs and values. Therefore, I decided not to go into great debt about it because that is something that you learn from your heritage or background culture. But, there may be some religion references within this research. Gender as well is limited but can be an issue about sexuality. General you think of gender as male or female but, in today society we have people who are transsexuals or has gender exchanged. Regarding race it has low effect too. Race come differently between Black, White Americans and many more. In this research I would like to discuss the race issues and a little on gender between males and females of Black and White Americans.

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