Friday, April 9, 2010
After reading Blum's analysis about Notre Dame, I realize that my experience at SFSU is so much different. I mean, we still have parties and what not, but I'm not a party girl. I'm not against them or anything, it's just that I'm not a fan of the alcohol. But either way, I feel that SFSU is more real life based. I know so many people that come to SFSU because it's cheaper and closer to home. But living near the city has its perks. I think that my priorities are more about studying and getting good grades ( nerd I know!) but I still also want to have fun. So, I do have times where I'm chilling with my friends but we do different things like play video games or make new recipes in the kitchen. Plus, we bond over certain TV shows so it's still really fun. I think at Notre Dame, the students have the luxury to party and not worry about their school work as much where SFSU, that's not a big option. Classes at SFSU are limited and it's a fight to get the best opportunity. Another huge thing is that we don't have Fraternity row or a football team. I think this would make a big difference because we would have a lot more school spirit, and more unity. But everyone on campus is more focused on getting their stuff done, so I think that students at SFSU are more responsible. It's like we're already in the real world...somewhat. Most of my friends have jobs and the workload can be a lot which means fun time would be limited as well. Overall, I don't mind. I like the chill atmosphere and the random exploration of the city for some good eats and good cheap places to have fun at. I guess that's the best perk about living so close to a major city.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Finally finished!!!! Not that I'm saying the book was a bad read. I wasn't a huge fan of the last two chapters though because I felt that Blum embellished a lot on her words and kind of went on a tangent especially in Chapter 4. But I liked that she explored the college "bubble" and the information she found about college was pretty accurate. I guess she had a chapter about the college world so that she could expand her audience. I definitely liked what she touched about how to solve the problem of plagiarism in college campuses though. I didn't expect her to be so harsh with the one girl student she had in her class but at the same time, the girl did not bother to revise her essay twice and didn't put in the effort to truly be original. It was good that she is touching on trying to bridge the gap between students and faculty. I like that Blum doesn't blame only the students and emphasizes that teachers need to do their job by comparing student quotation with citations that the student provides. It definitely makes the student feel like that they have to put more effort instead of assuming that the teacher isn't even going to spend time to read what they wrote. Blum also wants teachers to really educate students and if they make mistakes, give students a chance to redeem themselves like she did to her students. I like that approach, I think that students would eventually understand how to not make the same mistakes again.