Critical Thinking and Writing (CTW), now that sounds like a fun class, doesn’t it? When I first saw this on my schedule, that thought didn’t exactly come to mind. Writing was such a chore for me and essays were not my cup of tea. In high school, I would have rather done anything else than write an eight page paper for my English class. However, you can imagine my curiosity when I saw that the class theme for my fall quarter Critical Thinking and Writing class was “Food Porn.” And for spring quarter, “Reading Food, Self and Culture… Lies!” What kind of class was Santa Clara University getting me into? However, what I came to learn was that I would be able to take a unique topic and write about it thoroughly, ask big questions, and write in my own style all at the same time.
Don’t follow your dreams. We have all heard the same celebrities give the same speeches over and over: “Never give up!” “Follow your dreams!” “Nothing is impossible!” I am here to tell you that every famous actor, athlete, and artist that has ever told you this is dead wrong.
For the better part of my life I have wanted to major in psychology in college and it was largely for two reasons. Firstly I wanted to know what was “wrong” with me. I wanted to know why I was the way that I was. Secondly, I wanted to be able to help people who went through what I went through. I wanted to do what I could to make sure that no one ever felt as alone or awful as I did. It wasn’t easy to orchestrate topics for essays in this food and sustainability themed course that sparked my interests and focused on what mattered most to me. In my writings about societal fat shaming and media exploitation of tragedies of school and eating disorders I was able to address an aspect of my interests that I was previously unaware of. I recently declared a minor in sociology due to this interest because I now realize that a huge part of what I have gone through, why I am the way I am, and why I felt the way that I did is caused by the media and societal expectations. In my research throughout this course I was able read all sorts of articles, watch countless shows and movies, and conduct a handful of surveys regarding social expectations and how those influences create consequences that cause bullying, mental illness, and violence.
It’s 2016, and there has never in times past been more opportunity, technology, and information that is available at the click of a button. We are no longer as limited in our actions. Those of us who are lucky enough to be students at Santa Clara University and others throughout the world, are able to travel anywhere with ease, consult entire libraries of text to answer our burning questions, and initiate programs to pursue our greatest aspirations. Continue reading What You Don’t Know Can (and Will) Hurt You // Christina Kraus
Food has evolved from mere sustenance to a focal point in today’s American pop culture. It’s a source of inspiration, a creative outlet, and an instrument for social bonding. It’s transformed into a prominent art form, consistently bringing competition, conversation, and respect to those immersing themselves in the culinary world.