During my freshman year in college, I took an English course at Stony Brook and I dreaded every moment of it. In high school I had loved my English classes because I enjoyed reading, analyzing, and interpreting the books and novels I read in those classes; however, in college, it was all about the grammar and the research, it was one-dimensional writing. When I realized that I needed to take English 110 as a per-requsite for many of the courses related to my major, I was honestly very unhappy. I thought it would be a repeat of the dull and repetitive English course I had previously taken in college. I am happy to say, I was wrong. This English course was definitely different from any other English course I have ever taken before. I liked that the class (students and professor) was constantly interacting both in the classroom and outside (using the blogs). Although, the Qwriting site was honestly a bit difficult for me to get the hang of; it was definitely an interesting and environment friendly way of interacting and learning. I also enjoyed learning and discussing topics that were current and relevant to our lives. The last, and my favorite part of this course was discussing random the videos that students posted on their blogs. I loved that the videos gave us a break from the current topic that we would constantly be discussing in class, and the fact that you (Professor Salvarez) still always managed to connect them to something “English-related”. Overall I thought this was a great course that helped me learn a lot about who I am as a writer and a student.
Interview 2 – MOM (translated from Korean to English)
Yeana (me): mom, you were born in Korea right?
Yeana: and you also grew up in Korea?
Y: so…you also attended school in Korea? How far did you get in terms of your education?
M: (pause) I went from elementary….till high school
Y: and you lived with your siblings during that time? You had a lot of siblings right?
Y: umm…so mom…were you …the oldest sibling? You had 2 younger sisters and a younger brother right?
Y: so you couldn’t attend college because you had to (financially) help out your family and siblings?
Y: do you recall any particularly difficult time or hardship you faced during your life in Korea due to the sacrificed you made?
M: Do you mean physical, body related hardships? Or emotional, heart related hardships?
Y: both….or…a time when grandma….your mother, faced hardships? Any time or event that immediately comes to mind when you think back….
M: Let me think about it….go back to Korea…..(sigh)…When I was deciding on which high school to attend….I had two options. One was to attend a high school especially designed for their students to immediately enter the job market after graduating, and the other was to go to a high school designed for their students to go into college after graduating. Back then, I studied well, and was a very good student. So naturally, I wanted to go to college….but…back then…my family situation kept getting worse and worse….and your grandma was in a financially difficult situation…because of your grandfather….he couldn’t make money…and wasn’t a very good provider for the family. So….I figured that me saying that I wanted to go to college would only worsen the family situation….and I also had 3 younger siblings to think about…..so I decided to throw away any thoughts I had of going to college and just attend the high school that would send me directly to the job market.
M:…I was pretty upset…..it was very hard on me
Y: of course
M: so I went to the job school….and one of the classes there….that school was a pretty good high school at the time, out of the job schools it was one of the best. So I had to take an exam to get in, and I passed and got in…and even while in that school…I thought to myself….maybe when my family situation gets a bit better…I can attend college. And even in that school, there was one course for those who wanted to go to college…so I took that course. But, I realized that…college really wasn’t an option for me….so I dropped the class soon after.
Y: Then, instead of that class….what did you take?
M:….a class that would get me a job.
Y: so you were a good student huh? (laughs)
M: of course! You have to do well in school.
Y: Then, did you think my brother and I definitely HAD to go to college?
M: of course you guys have to study as much as you guys can…not just college…but even more if you can. It all depends on you guys though…since you have to study if you want to get in
Y: but why is college so important for you?
M: Why is college important? You don’t have to go to college if you don’t want to….but if God gave you the brain for studying…then you have to study. Then you have to take what you learned, and use it to help others. If you go to college and do well, you end up having more opportunities to help others. If you don’t study…then you can still help one or two people who are close to you, but helping A LOT of people is a bit more difficult….and if you study a lot….for example….if you were to become president…the you end up having a lot of power in your hands. And when a president uses his power intelligently, and with Gods plan in mind…he can accomplish a great deal….then when he is making decisions he can push the congress and eventually the entire country in the right direction….and when doing so….everyone in the country just ends up living a better life in a better country. Just like that. So you have to study…
Y: so, not because of money….but because of others?
M: yes, in the end, that’s the main purpose. Money is important too of course. But its not about making money and living a comfortable life by myself. You have to make a lot of money…make lots of money, and work hard…and spend a lot of money…on others.
Y:…then….for instance….if I were only thinking about the money…..I wouldn’t necessarily HAVE to go to college
M: Even if you didn’t go to college, if you wanted to make money…you could. But if you go to college, you have a broader perspective of the world. If you don’t go, you view can end up being a bit…narrow….but I guess if you read a lot of books, you can also develop a broad perspective of the world. And even when you’re in college….if you close off your mind…you can end up leaving without learning a thing. If you’re going to go to college…do it correctly. There is even a Korean president who only received a high school education, but he read such an incredible amount of books, and he was very smart. There was more knowledge in his brain then those who came out of college…..not even just knowledge, but the concept of how one should live their life.
Y: I shouldn’t have gone to school and just read books instead. (laughs)
M: huh?….no no you can’t just read books; you have to studiously read books, and then do what you have to do, get things done, and live your life as a good person. You only get one life, might as well live it as a good person. …..I see people at my store all the time who make lots of money, but all they do with their money is have fun on their own, waste their money spending night after night in a bar….their heads are empty…..their money, their talents are so…wasteful. If they spent just a little of their time, their money….trying to help others, or help missionaries….but they just spend and spend…don’t think twice about people who are suffering in other countries….just waste their time and money on alcohol….(sigh)
Y: When I get older…and if I become a teacher…what kind of teacher would you like me to become?
M: someone who teaches the children correctly
Y:…but teachers don’t make a lot of money.
M: even if they don’t make a lot of money, its enough to live off of so its okay….since money isn’t the only important thing in life…..If you became a teacher……these days……these rascals have so many problems…right?…..you have to teach them correctly
Y: what do you mean by correctly?
M: you have to lead down a path of studying, help them to actually want an education, so that they can do well….help pave a road for them….plus….teach them how to live a morally worthwhile life….and …although its illegal now, you should teach them, through your actions…what it means to believe in God. America has become….jaded…and now you can’t directly teach them about God…but through your actions….
Y: Do you believe it is wrong that we are not allowed to teach children about God in public schools?
M: of course its wrong
M: you have to teach children about God….A long time ago, how was America formed?….Do you remember the Mayflower? People were making life difficult for those who believed in Jesus….and because they wanted to be able to freely express their religion and praise God as much as they want….they got on a boat…and travelled to America. And it’s the people that believed in Christ that first set up this nation….and they built churches…and schools…and Americas very foundation was based on Christ. And God poured blessing after blessing on this country for that. Out of this enormous world, God made America the superpower. If he did all that for this country…we should continue to serve him faithfully….but America was blinded by its success….and now its becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah.
Y: But America has grown so large, and there are so many more people, with different religions living in America now. So…if we just kept teaching Christianity in schools, other people of other religions would…
M: That’s why the president is so important, and the other people in political power. ..Vice president, and Congress…these people have to maintain the foundation of Christianity in America, despite the other religions that try to take over America. Politics have become so corrupted, its all about money, and lies to try and take control. And these people steer the country in the wrong direction…..A long time ago, people used to hold religious services in school…and pray together….but slowly…one by one…they abolished it….and made it illegal to do these things. They took away the religious rights we worked so hard to achieve…..and it is Congress, and those in political power that are allowing these things to happen. That’s why leaders are important….being a leader is definitely very difficult….and corrupted people keep trying to take control of the power leaders have…using their money and resources to influence the leaders…or the voters who pick the leaders….and slowly…these corrupted people are starting to take over our country….this is what America has become….and one by one…they are making all the things of this country turn away from Christianity….and look at America now….its a mess….its a mess….go to Manhattan….its a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah….people are no longer in their right minds…but still…there are people who faithfully believe in Christ…and because those people pray for this country…that is why our country is still standing today….If not…God might have broken it down already.
So the point is….if you have a brain that is capable of studying…..that is a talent given to you by God….if you don’t use that talent…and become lazy…that in itself is a sin. If you have a capable brain….you should use it to study hard….study and become someone with power….so that you can move this country, and lead it in the right direction.
Yeana Kwon 3/06/12
All parents wish for their children to succeed in life. When parents give birth to their children, they envision a life of wealth and comfort for them; and during this day in age, the ideas of wealth, comfort, success, all lead back to one core belief, the belief in a college education. However, in the past, many people lived decent lives, lives that in many people’s views can be considered successful. So, in order for education to have become emphasized as a core factor of this dream called “success” in modern society, there must have been some sort of experience, or event in our parent’s lives that caused them to push their children towards a higher education, and to have made them so desperately want their children to experience this new idea of “educational success”.
My mother, like so many other parents living in America today, was an immigrant. She was born and raised in Korea, and she continued to live in Korea until she got married and followed her husband, my father, to America. My mother was the oldest of 4 children, with two younger sisters, and a younger brother; and up until high school, she lived with her mother, father, and 3 younger siblings in a small city called Incheon. Her family was never wealthy, but during the elementary, and middle school years of her life, her family “got by” she says. Her mother sold different types of sweets and food, and her father was a teacher, and the head “bread maker” of the family. Although teachers did not make much money at the time, it was always enough to get by, and the money income was steady and stable. However, when my grandfather met a man who poked at his pride, and led him to choose a different path in life, my mother’s family’s finances crumbled. My mother states “Back then, I studied well, and was a very good student. So naturally, I wanted to go to college….but…back then…my family situation kept getting worse and worse….and your grandma was in a financially difficult situation…because of your grandfather”. “He wasn’t a very good provider” she recalls. Her father had met a man, after 30 years of being a teacher, who had convinced him that if he went into business, rather than teaching, he would be able to make more money. Being unable to provide a comfortable life for his family had continuously hurt his pride, and the words of this man were enough to push my grandfather into quitting his job. Using all the tenure money he received from resigning from his teaching position, my grandfather invested in the business of the man, who had convinced him to quit, hoping to yield double the amount; only to realize soon after that he had been conned, and his family was now more broke then they had ever been before. Due to the family’s poor financial situation, my mother was forced to make a decision between helping out her financially struggled parents and siblings, and choosing to pursue a college education that would only deepen the financial hole they were in. At such a young age my mother was forced to give up what could have been a bright educational future, which could have led to a possible life of “success”; which probably plays a factor in her unshakable belief in a college education for me and my brother today. My mother’s face crinkles with a slight twinge of regret as she remembers the unjust decisions she was faced with, as she continues on to say ” I also had 3 younger siblings to think about…..so I decided to throw away any thoughts I had of going to college and just attend the high school that would send me directly to the job market”. She later continues to tell me about the details of her life in the job market oriented high school she attended, taking mostly math courses, a subject she had absolutely no interest in. Soon after, when I asked my mother her thoughts on college education being an essential part of mine, and my brother’s life, she un-hesitantly responds “of course you guys have to study as much as you guys can…not just college…but even more if you can”.
Not only does my mother have a deeply grounded point of view on the importance of a college education in order to live a successful life, but also on the importance of religion in order to achieve a morally correct, and meaningful life. “Money isn’t the only important thing in life” my mother says when I mention that my dream, becoming an elementary school teacher, doesn’t necessarily include a large income. When questioning my mother about what the purpose of pursuing a college education, and the purpose of becoming a teacher is if I am not going to be able to attain a financially “successful” life; my mother states “help pave a road for them….plus….teach them how to live a morally worthwhile life….and …although its illegal now, you should teach them (the students), through your actions…what it means to believe in God. America has become….jaded…and now you can’t directly teach them about God…but through your actions”, clearly stressing the important role religion and a strong moral foundation have in attaining the overall goal of “modern-day success”. My mother was not always a Christian; in fact, no one in her family was a Christian. My mother was the first ever Christian in her family lineage, and she became familiar with Christianity through the educational system in Korea. Unlike America, Korean education was based more on random-ness rather than self-choice, and a lot of times, the way one attended a certain school was based on a random, lottery-like system, where someone picks a random school name out of a bowl, and that school ends up being the school you attend. When it was time for my mother to go to middle school, that very system was used to decide which school she would be attending; and it just so happened that the school they chose for her was a Christian school. As part of her daily school schedule, she heard sermons about God, and learned about the bible during her classes. The more she learned about Christ, the more intrigued she became, and eventually, even after graduating, she attended church on a weekly basis, and faithfully became a believer in Christ, taking up Christianity as her religion. Although to most people Christianity may just be a religion, it was so much more to my mother; it was her moral foundation. Life was no longer about attaining success for yourself, but rather about becoming successful so that you could have more resources at your expense, and become a more capable person and help others. My mother recalls “I see people at my store all the time who make lots of money, but all they do with their money is have fun on their own, waste their money spending night after night in a bar….their heads are empty…..their money, their talents are so…wasteful. If they spent just a little of their time, their money….trying to help others…”. This is what my mother is trying to get at; it is not how wealthy you are that defines how successful your life was, but rather it is the way you choose to live your life that defines your “success”. However, no matter how good your heart is, if you don’t have any resources or knowledge at your expense, it is hard to help others, or even relate to others through common knowledge; that is why education is so important.
Yes, all parents want their children to be successful; and in modern society today, that success has somehow become tied in with the idea of a college education. However, for my mother, “success” is not simply defined by your level of education, or as I like to call it, “educational success”; but more about the knowledge and resources, financial and otherwise, assisting in the growth of a much deeper, righteous, and lasting success based on a strong moral foundation; and the goal living a worthwhile and memorable life. As my mother says “If you have a capable brain….you should use it to study hard….study and become someone with power….so that you can move (the people of) this country, and lead it in the right direction”. Education is important, and it is good to strive for a better education, but, education does not define success; at the end of the day, it is the way you choose to live your life that determines whether or not you are truly a “success”.
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Kwon, Kyu Hee. Personal Interview. 04 Mar. 2012
Y:do you have big family?
P: umm…just a normal family of four
Y: I see, so what does a normal family of four mean?
P: ummm….means….2 parents and…2 children?
Y: So I’m assuming that means a mom, a dad, you and….a sister? Brother?
P: yeah, an older brother, 4 years older.
Y: I see, so have you ever gotten into a fight?
P: with who?
Y: anyone…friends, family, strangers
P: Yes, and I got my ass kicked
Y: haha that sounds interesting, when was that? In high school?
P: yes, it was in high school? I don’t really want to re-live the moment though
Y: hmm, was there a time you almost died?
P: ummm I heard stories that when I was 2, I almost climbed off the balcony….but then my uncle caught me
Y: while you crawled off the balcony?
P: yeah, I was like…one step away from falling…but my uncle caught me by my shirt
Y: were there any other fights you got into, more recently?
Y: you never got into an argument?
P: never….umm…well yeah…I fight with my brother a lot. So, my brother and I, we share a bedroom, and we have a heater that shuts off automatically at set temperature. And, when I come into room, I would leave the door open, and he would say we are wasting energy, cause we’re letting the heat out…and the uh…thing would keep running. And then I yelled at him saying that turning…setting the temperature to turn off at 80 is wasting more energy because our room doesn’t go to a temperature of 80, so it never shuts down, it just keeps on running and maintains like a temperature of like seventy….seven? maybe…
P: so, we were arguing about that,…..and…..I called him a dumbass…and then we got into a fight……and then my mom came in and tried to…like stop it. But then my brother punched my mom by accident. And then I mad at him…
Y: oh no
P: but then we joke about it now.
Y: that’s good
Y: good family relationship?
Y: were you guys throwing punches?
Y: you punched him?
P: no…..he’s my older brother…
Y: ah good morals. haha
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Queens College is extremely diverse, and consists of may different students from many different backgrounds. However, when you walk around campus, you notice that despite the many different types of people gathered on campus; people of the same race, religion, etc. tend to stick together, forming many different cliques. While walking around campus, i noticed that most cliques tend to congregate in the dining areas in either the Student Union or Qside. One particular clique that i notice in the Qside diner often is a group of caucasian females who seem to be a part of a sorority. For this particular clique, the members seem to be determined by who went through “rush”, a process that new sorority members must go through in order to enter a certain sorority. Other then that, they all seem to share some similar interests, and partake in some sort of community service activity together. I believe cliques form whengroups of people from similar backgrounds share similar interests. They bond through these similarities and tend to stay with eachother because they feel comfortable and sccepted in that particular group.
Cardozo High School is a public school located in Bayside, Queens. It is known for their science and mathematics program, also known as Davinci program. Cardozo was a fairly decent high school that offered many different educational and after school activities. Its mission statement is ” our school is a school of excellence and a school with a heart”. I believe that Cardozo overall met its goals both educationally and spiritually. Cardozo was named “top 100 schools” by Newsday Magazine in 1998, and its is a school full of “school spirit”, just like their mission statement states.
My best educational moment was during my freshman year of high school. I loved english, and reading, and I did very well on my english exams and essays; however, being a freshman and all, I was very shy and timid, and chose to never participate in class. My english teacher at the time, Mrs Sohn, noticed my opinions in my essays and came up to me personally to encourage me to voice my opinions in class. She took the time to encourage and guide me towards becoming a better student and let me know that my opinions, which I had considered to be quite insignificant, were actually important and worth hearing. She later pushed me to take AP courses for english as well. I’m very grateful to have had her as a teacher and have loved english class ever since.
On June 3rd 1969, around 200 students walked out during Queens College’s 45th commencement ceremony as the president of Queens College, Joseph McMurray rose to give his speech. This was the students way of protesting the administrations refusal to drop charges against 38 students that had been arrested during a protest sit-in, as well as their failure to reappoint a English teacher.
Although I don’t recall any similar protests occurring in Queens College recently, I believe that Queens College students still consider themselves a community. Despite the fact that we might not know each and every one of the students attending or school, we are all still connected, and if one of us were mistreated or misrepresented in anyway, I like to believe that we would all stand together and fight the injustice our fellow student has faced.
i chose this song because it talks about how our generation just waits for the world to change itself, not because we don’t want change, but because we think there isn’t much we could do to change it. Just like the protesters in this article, if we weren’t so scared of going against what the world tells us and what the media tells us, we would be able to change the world rather then waiting for the world to change itself.