The Writer and the Reader

The Writer and the Reader

I had seen a group of Jane Austen novels in the Kings County Library’s Hanford Branch before but didn’t check out any of the books until I had heard one of my English teachers mentioning the writer. I was in Junior High school, and we had just finished reading Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of [...]

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Why Tom Hanks And I Agree That Community College Should Be Free

Gone are the days when young adults didn’t need a high school diploma to get a great job. Many job requirements call for a diploma along with on the job training, a bachelor’s degree, some form of certification from a trade school, or an associate’s degree from their candidates. It is because of this that [...]

“W” is for Waitlisted

The Thing About These Recent Tuition and Fee Hikes For Education The estimated costs of attending college in the University Of California school system for undergraduates during the entire 2013-2014 academic school year was $36,078. With estimated costs for books and supplies at $1,500, living costs at $13,800, personal and transportation costs at $2,200, and [...]

“P” is for People and Openness

It’s funny to look back now and think about the time when we were teenagers and we assumed that we thought we knew more about the world than what we actually did. It took a few years of traveling, going to college, working or other life changes that commonly come after attending high school to [...]

“G” is for Grad School

Everyone thinks they have an idea about what grad school is going to be like. They know that they will end up writing. A Lot. They know that there is a ton of research involved, and that they will be able to focus on the academic subject that they really care about.  But what they [...]

A School in the Cloud

A School in the Cloud

As published on Examiner. Last year in February 2013, Sugata Mitra’s TED Talk titled, “Build a School in the Cloud,” ended with a wish and a standing ovation. He spoke about how we should redesign the future of learning so that it can fit with jobs in the future, and to fix the education system [...]

“O” is for Oppression

“O” is for Oppression

Writers of Kern Blogging Challenge (A-Z) I was on the phone the other day with a friend who was talking about someone who had made some abhorrently racist remarks about a style of dress that was stereotypically attributed to those of African-American decent. The words being repeated by this friend from the original source over [...]

The Environmental Benefits of Vegetarianism

The Environmental Benefits of Vegetarianism

As Published in Miss Millennia Magazine. Are you thinking about becoming a vegetarian but not sure what some of the benefits are of making the lifestyle transition? One factor actually involves the environment. Check out the info-graphic below for ways in which vegetarianism could help save the environment. Sources: http://www.wfp.org/hunger; www.smallplanet.org; http://www.vegsoc.org/environment/why%20its%20green%20final%20small.pdf; Vegetarian Society of the UK; Vegetarian Society of [...]

I’m A Feminist, But I Don’t Burn My Bra

I’m A Feminist, But I Don’t Burn My Bra

The common misconception about modern-day feminists is this outdated visual of a female middle-class flower-child with unruly long hair and no shoes setting fire to her bra on the street in protest. Society also pictures the angry radical feminist with Doc Martins and pink punk hair harassing other women about their “non-traditionally feminist” life choices, [...]

Massive Online Classes A Distraction?

Massive Online Classes A Distraction?

I keep a tab open on my laptop that tracks higher education updates on Google News. The majority of the time I become frustrated with articles about budget cuts and opinions on the infamous question of whether it’s worth it financially to get a college degree from a four year university.  The other day, however, [...]