About Me

6 Dec

I am not new to the blogging community because I have a tumblr that I update pretty often. I also prefer it against this, though I have found some really good ones that I’d like to follow on wordpress as well. Anyways, some things about myself are that I am a junior at NIU and am a sociology/ education major. I am going to have to attend more than four years though since I changed my major before the beginning of this semester out of art. I don’t mind though. Besides school I run, bake, work at Gander Mountain, cut my own hair, and enjoy doing people’s and my own makeup. My favorite shows are Dexter on Sho Time and Breaking Bad on AMC. I strongly recommend both, though Dexter is kind of exhausted in the current sixth season. I workout a lot besides just running since I come from an active family, I completed Insanity by Sean T earlier this year which was cool. I will be 21 in February which is exciting, and I want to snowboard this winter.


Synthesis Lesson

6 Dec

Here is yet another paper format that I have never explored before! I always heard my older cousins or siblings talk about having to write synthesis papers when they were still in school and making it sound very difficult, but I had never written one before. I learned a lot from this one because there are not many like it to my knowledge. I have never actually picked apart three plus articles and compared them in a way as if the authors were talking to one another. I would probably have summed all of them up in their own separate paragraphs, but I learned that actually contrasting their points back and forth throughout the entire paper is more effective. This is why I think synthesis papers are both effective and credible, they stick to a topic but explore different views on it from articles about it.

Rhetorical Analysis Lesson

6 Dec

Previous to this semester, I had not been familiar with a rhetorical analysis paper, so naturally I learned a few things from experiencing being assigned a new type of paper. First was that it allowed me to not only review the work of an author about a hot topic, but it let me weave in my own opinion and voice it pretty strongly. Instead of typing it in two parts by first explaining the author’s writing and then what I thought of it I was able to conduct both at once. I also learned how to use an author’s methods of writing and evidence against them and what they are arguing for in their article. I think it somewhat strengthened my strategy of argumentation.

Educational Research

14 Oct

I learned three things from the two blogs and wikipedia link I decided to observe about my research topic, the topic being education in the United States in a broad sense. I learned the model of which the educational system in America is run, why people try so hard to obtain a good college degree, and how your individual performance on a task can affect you long-term. These articles all have a central focus, that focus is that education is a very important element to sustain throughout your life and that while it is given to us in a very formulated and particular way that may not fit everyone’s learning abilities best, a lot of your own future is up to you in the choices that you make on how you absorb this education. The system can use some revisions and lots of work , but at the same time this is happening you need to take responsibility for how you decide to handle it.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: What is it?

4 Oct

Lunch with Dionysus interested me because she wrote in a way that kept my attention, while also hinting at her own opinion on the facts that she researched. She reveals the way high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has gained a bad rep over the years and explains why. She also tells us what we should and should not believe about the gossip surrounding HFCS. She basically concludes that every individual should look through all the advertising and research on the substance (that is found in many foods, sodas, granola bars, breads, etc) and use our own common sense on deciding if we want to include it in our diet or look to “regular” cane sugar instead, just as our predecessors have throughout the decades.

I really liked this post because she is revealing the corporations intents behind the information that they make public. People avoid HFCS, which may be a better choice in the long run but for all the wrong reasons. She explains how people think that they are getting into a “more natural diet” when choosing “raw cane sugar” over the chemically-altered one (HFCS), when simply nothing is really natural on the market so, either way you are eating a processed sugar that has bad side effects. The best thing about her blog is that she not only tells the dangers of HFCS, but the dangers of any unhealthy ingredient in general, basically telling the reader that there is no better alternative.

The second blog I visited was Smokin Choices. This one was insightful and kicked off her blog on a different angle. She opens with asking a question to a doctor about HFCS, and displays his answer. She then goes on to comment her views on his answer, and cites three or four different books that she has read on the matter herself. She explains why HFCS was created and why it is a booming industry. She goes a little more into America’s history tied to sugar as well, helping make connections between society, sugar, and the growing obesity epidemic.

I thought this one was fun to read because she had so many valid sources to refer to, making me feel safer in taking what she typed into consideration for my own opinions and arguments. I also like how she made connections between sugar, HFCS, and society and the health problems that they pose today.

The last blog that I observed was in.gredients. This blog differs from the previous two because it doesn’t go into any great detail about the history of HFCS or sugar, but solely focuses on both sides of the HFCS argument. Side one says to avoid it, and side two says that it is perfectly fine. The author then uses scientific evidence to explain why HFCS is factually worse for the human body, and refers to a study done by a man that studies the neuroscience of appetite. The study was performed on a lab of rats to see if HFCS induces weight gain, and concluded that it does- even more-so than fat content itself.

This article was very good because the author displayed each side of the argument in black and white, even though the main source of controversy circulating around this issue is very fuzzy and makes it hard to pick a side. The author also seemed pretty neutral on the subject, making it appear that they were studying the controversy based off of curiosity instead of a personal need to prove their point. I like that approach better because their emotions don’t fuzz their perception on the matter and they tell you their thoughts on the subject purely derived from what they have studied.

My Rhetorical Analysis Review

16 Sep

My review was helpful in that the students that read my paper pointed out things that I was missing. I didn’t realize that my paper was as hard to follow in the layout I chose to write it in, and will elaborate on my views so it’s less of a summary based paper and more about what I think. I will also make sure to use clearer word choice when explaining a quote that I picked from the text so that the reader can more easily make the connection between the piece of information and the point I am trying to make. I also need to make my thesis more of a solid statement, rather than leaving so much room for inference. I will try to work the reader less and lay everything out for them.

Diamonds are a criminals best friend

9 Sep

Diamonds are for Suckers

The above link that I posted defaces the diamond industry for what it really is behind all the glamor and romance it’s built it’s empire upon, while also touching base on the industry’s history, illegal business and false marketing that leads the general public to believe that a diamond is the stone to buy your loved one. The article delves into how the diamond business started and also how it is still thriving after becoming a part of everyday tradition. (have you seen any other stone predominantly on an engagement ring?) Authors Seth and D bring to light how tainted yet persuading the industry really is, and mention the conflict going on that is a result of its popularity.

I decided to post this link because I recently stumbled upon it myself and enjoyed reading it so much that I re-posted it another time. Seth and D break down the illusion of diamonds being the most precious stone in the world by highlighting the underbelly of these corporations (De Beers) and ridiculing their basis of marketing, which is the other element of the article that caught my attention. Not only do they focus on the conflicts the industry has to go through before the stone is set on the market, but they also focus partially on their marketing ideas. The way that De Beers, specifically, created the market for diamonds just goes to show the potent power of advertising is and how easily it plays on one’s interests and society.