Just before I started college this past September, I discovered that embarking on a new milestone mostly meant receiving a flurry of unsolicited advice. From my sleeping schedule (a healthy mix between “you can sleep when you’re dead” and “if you don’t sleep eight hours, you’re gonna regret it”) to my yet-to-be-determined extracurriculars (but God forbid I don’t join any! That was [person A]’s biggest regret — not getting more involved. Plus, [person A] knows a [person B] who [did/didn’t] join a [fraternity/club/sport], and they [loved/regretted] it!), everybody had an opinion on everything.
“Become the best YOU can be and don’t worry about what others are doing. Accept aid from the wise, deny comments from evil, and use your experiences to guide you through the decisions you make throughout your life. Every decision won’t be the correct one, but every decision will build your character. These decisions should reflect YOURSELF, and not what others what you to be.” – Luis Urias Sr. aka Dad
In the United States of America, people are granted the freedom to chase any dream that they may wish to pursue. However, they are told what they want and not what’s truly best for them. Today, advertisements inform us on what we must have, whether it may be the thousand dollar purse made by a specific brand or the hottest sports car out on the market. Most Americans are not aware, and instead they are robots that are programmed to believe what they observe and consume the things that they see. Corporations influence the things we view and hear, in order to benefit their company’s sales. No matter the evil that is involved with using their product, the major goal for these corporations as a whole, is to make as much money that they possibly can and make the consumers believe what they wish for them to believe, fooling our nation and our people. Continue reading My Idol // Luis Urias
Coming to Santa Clara University as an international student last September was a rough experience. Different culture, new language, a ton of paper work and also classes! Classes were hard. Especially that English one, with a weird name. CTW. Critical thinking and writing. Why don’t you just call it English?
Well, now I realize why. Especially the thinking part of it. Media, sustainability, violence and all the other “This is water” stuff. But there also was the writing part to it that I never came across before. You know, when you live all your life outside the US nobody teaches you how to write in English. Or how to blog. And especially how to blog in English. After a numerous tries to write an interesting article about my SCU experience I realized I can’t. Instead, I decided to write a small guide on how not to write a blog. And here are some of the points I found particularly useful: Continue reading How NOT to write a blog // Petr Sushko
My mother’s cooking was never to amazing when I was a child, the same dishes week after week began to haunt my evening dinners. So when we had a chance to get fast food it was always the best. “What do you guys want to eat?”, were the best words my parents would say after an exhausting day. McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King all so delicious and fun, but which one shall we choose? It became harder than a judges role in the pursuit of justice to decide what we wanted. Not only thinking about the food, but the new toys and the huge playgrounds. But in the end no matter what we got or ate it was always a let down after the meal. From tired bodies to hurt stomachs there was always something that made us regret why we even wanted it in the first place. What is it that is bringing us back to these fast food restaurants? Continue reading The Fast and The Delicious?// Andres Jimenez
I. Eat. Meat.
I apologize. I’m not a vegetarian, and I’m definitely not a vegan. So am I a bad person? I might be, but my diet shouldn’t decide that. Most meat eaters, myself included, aren’t relishing the fact that their protein was slaughtered to get to their plate. Some of us savages even feel guilt, especially once we’ve seen just how gruesome the journey is from farm to fork. This post isn’t an apology to animals or a plea to people, instead I’m offering up my experiences, thoughts, and conclusions about a topic with not enough healthy discussion. Continue reading It’s Not You … It’s Meat // David Reed
The summer before coming to Santa Clara University, the school had sent an email to all the freshmen asking us to fill out a questionnaire describing our interests so that they could figure out which critical thinking and writing classes to place us in. The questionnaire read: “are you interested in philosophy? Economics? Science? The environment?” And the list went on. To be honest, when filling it out, I had no idea what I was interested in, so my answers were pretty random. So when I walked into my CTW 1 class on my first day of freshman year, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that the title of the course was “Food Porn,” which I had just discovered an hour before class by checking Camino. Once I arrived, there sat the professor with two books in hand: Slant (written by the professor himself) and Eating Animals, a book about vegetarianism and the meat industry. Oh great, I thought. I should’ve paid more attention to my responses on that questionnaire. Here I was, a meat-eating student from San Francisco who had been listening to the endless arguments for vegetarianism for years and still had no intention of giving up meat. Not only is this professor going to try to convert us all into vegetarians, but he’s also going to try to make us follow the same writing format so that our papers all look the same? Ugh, welcome to freshman English. Needless to say, I left that first day feeling a little salty about this class and wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into. Continue reading Wake Up and Smell the Roses (Even If There are Some Thorns)//Aria Berluti
People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. -Friedrich Nietzsche
CTW opened my eyes to a world that is often left hidden behind a veil of “hush hush”. The name of the course, Critical Thinking and Writing, spoke for itself when I walked into the classroom on the first day. I presumed I was going to think and write critically about subjects which were rather deep. By “deep”, I mean the subjects had great substance and meaning. It also turned out to mean “secretive”; people don’t talk about these subjects on a typical basis. Continue reading Hush Hush // David Traver