I was uncomfortable from the minute I walked into “Critical Thinking and Writing” at 5:25pm on a Monday–the first day of my college career. I was uncomfortable being in a new state, surrounded by new people who had new interests and perceptions of what was “in” and what wasn’t. I grew even more uncomfortable when my teacher was late and one of my classmates insisted we all get in a circle and chat. That was not me. I was also very intimidated by the idea of critically thinking and thinking for myself. I had become very good at keeping quiet and reading the classroom and then reiterating exactly what I knew the teacher wanted to hear on whatever assessment came up. In fact, if I was directly asked my thoughts on something I would mutter an “I don’t know” and quickly divert my attention. Critical Thinking and Writing? This was not my cup of tea, to say the least.
I’ll always remember my brother telling me “ignorance of a law is not an excuse to break the law.” This seemed really strange to me, as I wondered how everyone could possibly know every law in every city in every part of the world. I’ve come to realize that what my brother said to me those many years ago is true, not just in judicial hearings, but in everyday life.
So often people choose to do what is easiest for them. They choose to drive a car because it is easier than walking home. They choose to go to McDonalds because it is easier than picking up groceries at the supermarket and cooking a meal. And more often than not, they choose to ignore underlying problems when dealing with intense issues, such as animal cruelty, sustainability, and violence. However, it is crucial for one to educate themselves on important issues in order to gain greater understanding of a situation and generate a clear opinion. Continue reading A-What?-Ness // Ana Maria Vidaurri
- a person who does not eat or use animal products.
Your child just knocked over a glass of milk and it spilled all over the kitchen. A neighbor drunkenly crashed their car into your mailbox. The son of a friend got poisoned by E. Coli after eating some contaminated meat. A depressed student and a mentally unstable student just fired guns and killed thirteen fellow classmates at your school. Each and every one of these events may frustrate you, anger you, and even shock you, and if you’re like most of us, you are likely to blame what’s right in front of you. You would blame the child who knocked over the milk, you would blame the drunk driver who broke your mailbox, you would blame the meat company for selling tainted meat, and you would blame the shooters for committing such a horrible crime upon your school. Now what I’ve learned about writing an academic, literary piece is that you often need an answer. Unfortunately for this essay, and for the situations described above, I don’t have an answer. In fact, when it comes to blaming people and things, I don’t have any answers at all.
Probably one of the biggest fails produced and distributed on the internet of all time and a learning lesson that not all have taken so seriously. This 30 minute video has a whopping 200 million views on YouTube and has countless shares across all social media platforms during its prime, which only lasted about a couple of weeks. The video had gone absolutely viral, and it was an absolute waste of time. Continue reading Thanks for “Caring”// Kristina Li
Many people growing up in places throughout the nation and other countries dream about coming to the Bay Area, a place where businesses are flourishing, technology is rampant, and people can make millions with their innovative ideas. However, what doesn’t pass through the minds of many is that people continue to dish out thousands of dollar to live in a place where the cost of living is artificially high, and where, despite being the headquarters of many social media companies, many people don’t even know their neighbors. The majority of the Bay Area does the same task of dressing up in a dress shirt and jeans, driving hours in stop-and-go traffic in either their “environmentally friendly car” or brand new sports car, working a 9 to 5 job, going home to cook dinner and repeat the same process the next day. My experience in Critical Writing and Thinking here at Santa Clara has taught me to have my eyes constantly open, to acknowledge the ignorance we have as a society, and to consider ways to change that.
After attending college for six and a half months and having taken my second flurry of final exams, it’s safe to say that among the nine courses I have enrolled in so far, two courses– the “Food, Self, and Culture” Critical Thinking and Writing sequence–surprised me the most. Ultimately, I learned more and more about specific social issues in America on top of the cruelties done by our food industry that seem to be swept under the carpet. Merging what I have learned from my essays together, while the concept of freedom and access to opportunities are certainly attributed to our country, our media lacks in raising awareness towards current social problems…which, unintentionally, hides them from the world. Continue reading LAND OF THE FREE, HOME OF THE HUNGRY // ROMAN LYMAN