“When I went to college, I eventually went back to using my real name. All was well until I graduated and started looking for a job. Even though I had graduated with honors from UC-Berkley, I couldn’t get a single interview. I was guilty of being humanities major, but I began to suspect that there was more to my problems. After three months of rejections, I added “Julie” to re-sume.
In 2002, Ontiveros mentioned in an interview with the New York Times that during auditions casting directors would say that they preferred her to play the part of an immigrant. Although Ontiveros spoke perfect english, they still prefered that she spoke with a thick heavy accent. Despite the fact that Ontiveros’ first language was English and was born and raised in the U.S., she still faced many challenges in Hollywood. Ontiveros was raised bicultural by parents who were Mexican immigrants that migrated to El Paso Texas.
In Chapter Seven: Lessons From My Year as a Freshman, Rebekah Nathan summarizes and answers questions on the knowledge she gained from becoming a freshman. The author begins the chapter with a cross-cultural conversation between professors and students. She discusses how professors are not aware of the students living conditions or the effort that goes into achieving a high GPA. Likewise, the students do not understand professor rank and advancement.
Malcolm Gladwell in chapter nine of Outliers argues that to become an outlier, one has to be given a chance and he/she has to be willing to put effort to seize it. Gladwell uses Marita, who went to KIPP Academy, as an example. Marita wakes up at “five-forty-five a.m.” to prepare for school, and “leaves school at five p.m.” (pg.264). That’s almost a half day spent at school, which leaves little time for Marita’s responsibilities. However, KIPP promised that it will give her “a chance to get out” (pg.267) of poverty, and nonetheless Marita studied day to night in hopes of a much better future.
Carla Joiner American Literature Block 4 11 January 2016 Conversion is narrated from the point of view of the main character and protagonist, Colleen. She is a student in her senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic school. As a junior student at Beaumont School, also an all-girls Catholic school, Colleen’s experience is slightly relatable. At the beginning of the school year many students had much stress. The effects started off with crying randomly in the middle of class.
High school graduates are starting to feel that they must go to college. Students are consistently being bombarded with different ideas of what to do after high school, most of which require some type of schooling or degree. Instructors and counselors commonly persuade students to think that we only have one option to be successful with a college degree. College might not be for everyone! From my research, I found many articles on reasons why people go to college, reasons they do not go to college, and statistics on going and not going to college.
Rose presents a case study about a distressed young woman named Andrea, who wants to go into premed, but her introductory chemistry course at college is really testing her fundamental educational base (Rose, 1989, p.190). Rose (1989) states, “Andrea could memorize facts and formulas but not use them to solve problems and her inability was representative of a whole class of difficulties experienced by freshmen. What young people come to define as intellectual competence what it means to know things and use them is shaped by their schooling” (p.190). I think that Andrea’s struggles with quantitative reasoning in the sciences and students who are struggling with their writing stem from the same source that Rose points out, their intellectual competence
The first time I heard about the great Frida Kahlo was in my AP Spanish class during my Sophomore year of high school. Her unibrow and enigmatic look piqued my interest before her paintings did. “The Mexican portrait painter was truly an influential artist who combined traditional themes with a contemporary style and also helped to promote the role of women in the art world” (kahlo.org). I researched about the artist and learned she lived a very painful and turbulent life. Kahlo’s works are often a reflection of her experiences as a woman.
Part A – Both “Se Habla Espanol” and “Mother Tongue” are titles that manage to grab attentions; however, each does so in its own way. “Se Habla Espanol” is about a Latina women who is attempting to learn how to speak Spanish. Throughout the story, she talks about the struggles to learn it and the judgement that she receives from others for not already having a knowledge it. I feel like the simplicity of the title is what makes it so attractive for a reader. It made me want to read so that I could attempt to understand why she chose what could be considered a basic Spanish phrase when the translation of the title is “Spanish speaking.”
It was at that moment I had to put my trust in a complete stranger, as they would take care of my child for the next seven hours. I would imagine the parents would contact the administration to seek additional information deeming the teacher as competent. As an administrator I would listen to the concerns of the parents. In addition, I would let them know that all teachers are observed/evaluated to ensure the students are receiving proper instruction.
In the book The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, most of the women are all unhappy and want to change their lives. On page 11, it states after Esperanza’s grandmother got married, “ She looked out the window her whole life.” This shows that after she had gotten married, she was unhappy with how her life was. This also shows that she loved her life much more before she had gotten married.
These words by poets Aurora and Rosario Morales, Puerto Rican Americans, reveal the struggle of the average Puerto Rican. For example, most islanders do not fully understand who they are or how to present themselves when someone asks, “What is your family’s ancestry like?” or, “Where does Puerto Rico get its unique culture?” These questions spark the idea of a questioning identity. This is because the island of Puerto Rico was formed with the help of many different cultures. Are the people of this island African?