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The Story of Two Quarters//Brendan Jones


After grasping the realness of the conclusion of this growth-filled two quarter course, that is the word that comes to mind when I think back on what I have, we have, accomplished.

Ten months ago, I was a scared 19-year-old boy, who basked in the fullness of my high school accomplishments. I vocalized my readiness to take on the world, but inside, I didn’t want to move. I was terrified of the change.

In fact, I was terrified of any change. I desired nothing more than to stay inside my safe, Brendan-sized bubble for as long as I could.

However, the transition to college, after a month-long battle with my inner yearnings, ended up victorious. I threw up the white flag and realized the necessity for myself not to change ineluctably, but to adapt.

With this new-found, open mentality, I was now ready to not only vocalize my readiness, but actually see, maybe, if I could be open to new ambitions, and work them to fruition, possibly.

After some time experiencing and contemplating some ideas with what I could experiment with, an idea arose.

We had just begun the book “Eating Animals,” by Jonathan Safran Foer.

I can’t tell you why I had always been interested in becoming vegetarian. And I don’t mean I won’t tell you; I mean, I don’t know what it was about the lifestyle that intrigued me. But it did.

I decided to give it a go, “at least for a little while”, and honestly, it wasn’t easy. I didn’t expect it to be, though, as I had been a meat eater my whole life. But those first two weeks were cruel. I constantly was tempted, and the fact that the sunny-side up burger was the special for those what-felt-like everlasting 14 days, made it especially cruel.

But, I kept reminding myself of the commitment I had made to this, and with that, along with the constant motivating classes of discussing the harsh realities of the factory farming industry, I kept my head high. (and my nose out of the Bronco)

It soon became easier and easier, and yes, although this probably had to do with some methodical biological-bodily function (I’m a business student), I believe it was these classes from this course that kept me disciplined to this idea ,,,scratch-that,,, to this visualized necessity.

Yes, I am downplaying the actual educational foundations we learned for which vegetarianism is built upon, but eh, we’ve already heard that right?

My point is this.

We have discussed various different topics in this course, ranging from the maltreatment of corporations, such as Enron, to the seducing powers of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, no matter the topic, I believe the foundational truth behind each can be summed up in one quote from none other than Mr. Safran Foer himself.

“Whether we change our lives or do nothing, we have responded. To do nothing is to do something. Not responding is a response – we are equally as responsible for what we don’t do.” (Foer, Jonathan Safran)

This quote has manifested in me and has helped me understand the motives behind each person, idea, organization, theory, fact, truth, and/or societal norm. Just as every iceberg is much more than appears, concepts, such as vegetarianism, have much more to them than just refraining from meat.

This discovery has evoked a sensation within me to dig past the surface level of issues and try to understand why they exist and what steps we, as a community, teammates, classmates, etc. can take in order to rid of them, not to be vague.

I came to this conclusion during my second essay of spring quarter. I decided to write on a subject in which I have an interest in, particularly due to my participation in the issue, as an athlete here at Santa Clara.

I wrote about the complexity of the injustices with the Nike sweatshop controversy and Santa Clara’s direct contribution through the up and coming aspiring winning-culture of the swoosh-endorsed athletics program, with a slight twist on the hypocrisies this creates due to the University’s Jesuit background.

In parallel, this ability has, in turn, also directly influenced my writing.

I started the quarter, not so ironically as well, a scared writer. When I researched a topic, I refrained from digging too deep into the opposition. I was scared what I would find; I didn’t want to know what the other side argued, I was okay with my ignorant argument and stuck to it.

Now, however, as I’ve attempted to up my own writing skills, I’ve noticed that my opposition takes up more of a bulk of the paper than even my own research. (for better or for worse)

So, here I am, an adapted, an influenced, and surprisingly enough, still-veggie Brendan, ten months later.

Ten months. That’s all it took.

And I can’t wait to see where I am ten months from now.

Signing off,

Brendan Jones
Foer, Jonathan Safran. Eating Animals. Access and Diversity, Crane Library, University of British Columbia, 2013.

“Change – Why Can It Be Hard?” Executive Coaching | Life Coaching | Career Coaching | Mindfulness Teacher | Mindful Self-Compassion Student. N.p., n.d. Web.







Change Where Change Feels Implausible//Zachary Flood

My journey through the CTW sequence was…. unexpectedly surprising to put it one way. I, like many other students i’m sure, walked into the class on the first day with the complete wrong notion of what these classes would be like. Continue reading Change Where Change Feels Implausible//Zachary Flood

The Think Tank//Patrick Boos

It’s August of 2017, and I finally pull up my future schedule for the first time. Everything looks great until, no that had to be a mistake. There’s no way they’d make me go to a class that met from 7:20 to 9 p.m., right? Wow, was I wrong. Fast forward to the first day of class, and I still couldn’t believe that I was walking to class, all the way on the other side of campus, while the sun was going down. To make it all worse, the teacher seemed far too happy to be teaching a bunch of freshman at this awful time on a Wednesday night. I’m not a guy who can handle over-eager optimism, and this guy was just beaming at us from the start. Didn’t he know that I was a Biology major, a science student with absolutely no interest in taking another English class? Needless to say, my first experience concerning Nick Leither and “Food Porn” was not a great one.

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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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False Perception of Reality

Authors: Robert Ota, Caley Falcocchia, Melody Nouri, Robin Johnson

        While recently attending one of the Santa Clara University’s tours, I relived my first experience of stepping foot onto the campus. I remember the beautiful surroundings striking my attention; the green grass, colorful flowers, and amazing architecture. Walking among the peach colored buildings and listening to the wonderful qualities SCU contains sparked my excitement and hopefulness to attend my soon to be college. SCU holds a strong pride for their beautiful campus shown during the recent tour I went on. Allison, my tour guide, led us around the campus with a large, welcoming smile, occasionally stopping at the more attractive and iconic parts on campus to describe certain aspects of SCU.

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Forging a Sustainable Future?

Tucked away on the corner of Sherman and Benton Street, there is the strong smell of soil. Walk inside the metal gate and a small house appears to the right, with flowers crawling up the sides. You will see a wooden awning sitting to the left, shielding picnic tables from the sun. As you walk into the garden, the stone path quickly turns to dirt where rows of soil beds lay filled with flowers, peas, and other seasonal vegetables. On the far side, you can hear the ruffle of feathers coming from an enclosure home to six chickens. One or two volunteers are bent over, sweeping the path or clipping stems, oblivious to the construction noises of the new law school a block away, or the cars driving by on the street. They are zoned in on the task at hand, in touch with the serenity that the Forge Garden provides. Once you enter the garden, all classes and obligations that were stacking up in your mind fade away. How have you gone so long without knowing about this small green space, so tranquil and so close to campus?

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Can’t Keep My Thoughts to Myself // Emma Carpenter

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.

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