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“Required Courses: Critical Thinking and Writing (CTW) I”

The moment I read this at the top of my schedule plan, I was upset. I decided on being an engineer just to escape the wrath of humanities courses, not to take even more. Most importantly, it was required. Based on my high school experiences with writing, history, and such, it was an experience that gave a horrifying, lasting experience. I have to say, the start to freshman year seemed appalling.

The painting Vertumnus  (ca. 1590) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. depicts Rudolf II . as Vertumnus.

I walked into class at my normal dinner time, 5:40 pm, hungry and tired from the rest of my classes, thinking, “Ugh… English, another one hour where I could be doing other things.” Within a few minutes, we received a welcome and an intro from our professor about the class, his background, and so forth. The normal. Then all of a sudden, we see this odd photo pop up onto the screen, a discombobulating composition of fruits and vegetables that formed a portrait. The title at the top of the page was “Food Porn.” My initial opinion wasn’t wrong, this class is going to be weird, but as a result of attending the class, I became more aware of the way I perceive the world.

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From the title, you can probably tell that this class has been all over the place. During my first year at Santa Clara University, every freshman was required to take a course called Critical Thinking and Writing (CTW), divided into two parts over two quarters. I was automatically enrolled in the 5:40 pm class, which was terrible because it conflicted with a lot of club meetings. However, I didn’t really have a choice, so I prayed this wouldn’t be the boring class I had thought from first glance.


a different way//Tania Pham

I am unlike many of the students at Santa Clara University. I graduated an all-girls high school 4 miles away from Santa Clara University, where I currently attend. For this reason, I commute to school and do not get to experience the ‘dorm’ life that many of my friends do. The first quarter of my freshman year, I was automatically enrolled into a 5:40 PM to 7:20 PM class. I had been tempted to switch out or maybe even take this English class (named Critical Thinking And Writing 1) a different quarter. However, I decided to suck it up and just stick with this – after all, it was only two quarters.

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The Domino Effect // Anne Vasquez

On September 18, 2017 I attended my first classes at Santa Clara University. After an early start to my day with an 8 a.m. chemistry lecture and 11:45 a.m. calculus lecture, I felt like my day should have been over.

Nope, a 7 hour gap before my 7:20 pm Critical Thinking and Writing English class teased me. And yes, I did say 7:20 PM! I was pre-enrolled for my CTW so was automatically opposed to the class, especially because of the super late time. I remember sitting in our class the first day thinking how unusual of a time it was to be in class. Our CTW class started off as a group of students sitting in awkward silence. The silence would last for minutes and I applaud our professor, Nicholas Leither for being persistent and making us sit through that silence. Eventually our discussions started to flow more as we grew closer as a class and awkward silence was not an issue we had to worry about.

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(Not) Eating Animals //Emma Svensson

Imagine reading one book in college and having it change your entire lifestyle. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer compelled me to return to my vegan lifestyle after reading but one brief chapter. I had adopted a vegan diet the summer before going to college, and while it was easy when I had a huge kitchen and a mother who would buy me vegan groceries, I knew it would be almost impossible in college. So I quit, even though I loved it. I ended up missing my almond milk lattes and grilled tempeh more than I ever thought I would.

Grilled tempeh- similar to tofu

At the start of the school year, I was excited about Santa Clara University’s dining hall and all the food it had to offer. I tend to gravitate towards healthy foods, and although my school’s dining hall is healthier than most universities’, the healthy options were still scarce and grew old fast. I quickly became tired of the same salad every night for dinner, and, frankly, the meat in our dining hall grossed me out. I was so bored with my meals that I started to eat unhealthy things that I never ate at home, like grilled cheese sandwiches.   Continue reading (Not) Eating Animals //Emma Svensson

Food for Thought // Caley Falcocchia

“There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, ‘What the hell is water?’”

-David Foster Wallace, “This is Water”

When I walked into my English Critical Thinking and Writing (CTW) class on the first day, I had no idea what to expect.  My professor, Nick Leither, showed the class David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech “This is Water.”  After discussing the speech, Professor Nick switched gears and flicked the screen over to the next slide.  The screen displayed the course overview, reading “Food Porn: Reading Food, Self, & Culture.”  Both intrigued and confused, I left class on that first day with two questions.  First off, how can an english class be entirely dedicated to food?  Also, what the hell is water?  I had no clue what was to come during the two quarters of this class.  

I should first explain that I did not sign up for this class.  Every freshman at Santa Clara University (SCU) is randomly placed into a mandatory CTW class before even arriving to campus.  I was honestly quite displeased when I learned that I had been assigned a 7:30-9:10 PM CTW class.  Convinced that my brain would not be capable of attending class at this time of the day, my naive-self even talked to my advisor to see if I could switch into a different CTW section at a different time.  As you can probably guess, my advisor told me to suck it up, and viola- my “Food Porn” CTW class at 7:30-9:10 PM was here to stay for two quarters.  Although I was first unhappy by my CTW course placement, the class and its material caused me to reflect on my lifestyle and personal values, which which will continue to stick with me- not only for the remainder of my college experience- but for the rest of my life.  

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Discovering Fire // Olivia DeGraca


You are a caveman.  For years, you have traveled around, eating plants, living your life the way you know how, the way you learned by watching others. You have never thought to question it or change the way you live. You take what knowledge you are given and do not search for anything outside of that. Until one day. While attempting to entertain yourself by hitting two sticks together and making them echo in your cave as you usually do, you decide to rub the sticks together instead. It makes a different noise, one you’ve never heard before. Woah. Continue reading Discovering Fire // Olivia DeGraca