A few thoughts from my peers that couldn’t be posted due to technical difficulties!
Travel is Ugly
Amy Macrae – I think that you wrote about an issue that is so much more than just travel. Social Media is a lie as most people only post the best of their days. No one is sitting posting pictures of themselves crying over a heartbreak or sitting in their room during hour eight of a study day. We are all guilty of showing only half the story and I think you gave a wonderful window into this principle with this piece. Using travel as a window into this world of false perceptions of people thanks to social media is a simple way for people to start thinking about social media. I often think about the number of young girls sitting at home watching a model’s instagram feed or snapchat story and thinking that is what society’s perception of beauty is. Social media is scary but thank you so much for being so open and honest about your experience with travel and this issue!
Natalie Balladarsch – I think the idea of that the ugliness of travel is an important part of it that is hidden is really interesting. Even more than that, I think it can be taken further and connected to life in general. With social media and our sharing culture today, we often curate our profiles to select highlights that make all of our lives look far more glamorous. We all want to have the best, most amazing, most fun experiences, but we forget that showing the uglier side of life can be beautiful too. Overcoming hardships or getting through tough times is something to be more proud of than having a seemingly smooth life.
Hamdah Salhut – This is a great read. Often times, people go places just to take a picture and show it to others. The fascination with having everyone see what you’re doing is just “in” right now. You say “Realistically, no one wants to see delays, dejection, and diarrhea when scrolling down their phone screen. But what puzzles me is how little dialogue centers around those topics.” This is so true! Everything you state about travel is true, but somehow we still see it as so glamorous.
We Must Change the Way Society Reacts to Sexual Harassment
Natalie Balladarsch – I agree that the way these issues are handled is appalling. I was (and still am) absolutely shocked that Trump could make the comments that he did on the Access Hollywood tape and still go on to become President. If a job applicant was found to have said something like that, a company would not hire him because they can find a higher quality person to fit their position. So, how did Trump make it to the White House even after proving just how he thinks about women? I think it says something about the way people still think about women who are victims of sexual harassment and abuse. It says people still don’t think it’s as serious of an issue as it is, and they’d rather turn the other way and pretend it’s fine because that’s easier than finding a new candidate or show host. It goes without saying that this is absurd and needs to be changed.
Leadership is Overrated
Amy Macrae – I think that you brought up a very interesting topic up by writing this piece. The issue of leading and following is not something new, but is something that has never really been openly addressed like this before. I think you summarized the solution perfectly by writing, “The solution lies in an immediate culture shift. It must begin with a simple adjustment of word choice on job descriptions and interview questions, followed by teaching decision-makers to look for intense dedication, integrity, and passion towards whatever the candidates do, and will bring with them to the university or job.” Students are encouraged so heavily to get leadership positions but I completely agree with you in that there is such an obvious need for people to be good at following others. Do you think that college counsellors should start telling their clients to “follow more” instead of “lead more”? I think this is sensitive material as you want to encourage students to be their best but to also understand both sides of this principle.
Audrey Blow – Your piece was interesting to read. I had never thought of whether it might be better to promote being a follower in our society, as opposed to a leader. I agree that often people mix up status for leadership. A good example is celebrities. People often look up to these people and follow their suit, because they are famous and wealthy individuals. Being part of the elite does not make one a suitable leader in our society and this is a dangerous assumption people have. The quote you incorporated brought up a good point that schools promote leadership because this is what is sought after in the corporate world. I agree that this should shift. Being a follower does not deserve the negative connotation it is often given. Being a good follower is far better than being a bad leader.
Serving the Environment and Community, One Crayon at a Time
Audrey Blow – I had not heard of the Crayon Collection before reading your post and I am glad I was introduced to the idea. I applaud people like Sheila Morovati who take the initiative to better their community and make a change in the lives of our younger generations. This story is an example of how more people, myself included, should become involved in their communities and the betterment of society. In times such as these, when the world seems like it is falling apart and there is a split down the middle of our country, we must join together in ways that will make a difference. The way they expanded the Crayon Collection into an Arts and Education Program is a great way to bring back the education that people are trying to take away from children. There is significance in art education and the way that they have worked within national standards to provide a fun and hands on curriculum for children will boost creativity in the classroom. Art brings joy and happiness to young children and the way the organization has chosen to expand and promote art is a great contribution to their communities.
Deadly Flaws: The Legality, Efficacy, and Morality of Capital Punishment
Hamdah Salhut – When you presented this in class, I defiantly saw where you were coming from. While I would not parade around and say I am for the death penalty, I feel like there are some crimes that are so tragic and just so awful that there is no real punishment for them. The justice system, some might find, is unjust. The example of the man who died for 40 minutes was really eye opening for the entire class, I think. The fact that non-registered nurses and people with no medical training delivering these injections is mind boggling, but I think the future of this is still up in the air.
To Tolerate Organized Racism is to Validate It
Audrey Blow – This post is one of the posts that most caught my eye. I had never heard of the National Democratic Party of Germany before reading your post. It is disgusting to hear of another organization that holds racism dear to its heart. The decision that the party is not a threat I believe is a mistake as well. Voicing racist beliefs in the form of an organized group is dangerous. Racism is very much still alive and I believe it to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest threat to our society today and I believe the NPD to be the same sort of threat for Germany. But how do we stop racism? We cannot take away the first amendment right to freedom of speech, which I do agree with. But, we should be able to shut down an organization that promotes violence and even acts on hateful urges toward people in the community. If Germany allows an organization like this to build and expand and continue to commit heinous acts of discrimination, then years or decades from now there will be a catastrophic event that will make them regret the decision to not act now.