Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Rule of 10s (part one)

random thoughts (10 things I'd like to do... as I sit here)
I want to get involved in Social justice...its become more and more apparent...
I want to write a fiction book, write a nonfiction book, write a memoir, write write write
I want to find fulfillment in what God has for me, trusting him, and putting my life into his hands and not trying to run away from my problems (because I am so like Jonah... or Moses... or Peter, in that I see how big the challenges get, and I run away and hide...)
I want to actively challenge perceptions that degrade/segregate... attempt to uplift community.... be authentic to myself and others....
I want to play music with my brother in random coffee shops
I want to find what I'm looking for, and yet also allow God to change it....
I want to continue learning... Continue striving....Continue relationships
I want to apply to grad school....
I want to love more, be real, continue to reach out to those in this community to show them that they are worthy (my article is a step in that direction... appearing April 8th in the Slate)

remember all: don't lose hope... for tomorrow is uncertain... but today is within your grasp...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

...directly directed at those who think its a joke...

So I recently went through a process that required me to edit some peers research papers, and in that process I have realized something new about the educational experience.
After reviewing a quite stellar paper, I soon moved on to the next paper in my stack. I put aside any personal opinions of the last encounter that I had with this person's work, and started to "dive into" this new exposition.
Unfortunately, I was met with a disappointment and utter dis-contempt at what was revealed before me. This had to be the worst paper that I had seen in such a long time, or something, because I was simply shocked at the completely unacademic approach taken in writing a research paper. Papers, such as this, prove to me that education is simply not taken as seriously as it should at Simpson. It seems that people are consistently trying to find shortcuts, and I am guilty of this; yet I cannot conceive of getting all the way to my senior year and attempting to plagrize something as important as a research paper. Now I am not accusing this person of committing such an act, but the paper definitely raises suspicion.
I just think it is a deliberate slap in the face to those of us who have poured so much into this project: who have gathered the research, committed ourselves to the studies, and have used academic references for our research! It is ridiculous to concieve that someone would actually attempt to pass off a "research paper" with tagline sources, and cliff note explanations...
It just... grrr... it makes me so frustrated!!!!
It makes me question the academic standards at Simpson, because it seems like anyone can show up and do whatever they want... without any accountability...