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Blog #10 Recap

May 8, 2019 in Writing

At the beginning of WRT 102, I was very relucted. I didn’t like that Stony Brook forced us to take a writing class to graduate. English was always a hard topic for me since English is my second language, sometimes in my head, Korean and English collate with each other and disrupt the sentences I try to write. I expected WRT 102 to be a lot like my high school writing class in which, I write an essay and get almost a failing grade for my sentence structure and grammar. But I was happy to see that I was about to talk about the problems I knew I had and see how I could fix them with my professor. I was able to write going that I could talk about it with my professor and get it fixed and clarify things. Overall WRT 102 helped me write better and learn to write with confidence knowing that drafts are supposed to be drafts.

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Blog #9 Researched Immigration Effects

April 22, 2019 in Writing

While researching the positive effects of immigration, I was amazed by how little research there is. Only a few trusted and reliable sources covered the topic. But even still, within the research papers itself, they state that their studies of taking a group of immigrants and challenging them against a group of native to see who performs better are unethical and would end up giving large varies of data. But I was still able to find research papers that show the growth benefits of immigration. They compared similar countries with the only key differences being the number of immigrants allowed a year. the country with more of an open-door policy tends to make more growth in the economy and innovation in technology and health. I was amazed to see that immigrants are really important yearly to companies and universities. International workers and students actually drive university research and innovation by companies. Due to the short comings of the United States education system, companies and universities are pretty much forced to find more talented individuals from foreign countries. I wish there were more research done on this topic.

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Blog #8 Immigration

April 10, 2019 in Writing

Based on what I learned in my I-Search essay and based on everything in the news about immigrants taking US jobs away. I wanted to do research on immigration in flow and see if there is a correlation of the amount of H1 visas allowed and the unemployment rate in the U.S. In certain media and in some people’s views, they believe that if there was no immigration in the U.S. then unemployment would be zero percent. But while doing research on how to legally immigrate into the U.S., I got out that most people entering into the U.S. for a job offer is not to work at a McDonalds or normal day office jobs but they must be highly skilled and specialized in certain areas of your field that are considered to be rare. What I’m trying to say is that most H1 visa granted are because they are unavailable in the states so are required to be found outside of the country. Usually how it works is that the specialized areas require a second master’s degrees in their field. I want to debunk this false truth about immigration.

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Blog #7 How to use Quotes

April 4, 2019 in Writing

In Kyle D. Stedman’s “Annoying Ways People Use Sources”, He points out the way people tend to use sources in annoying ways. While reading this, I was thinking about the ways I usually use sources and I noticed that I do a lot of what Stedman finds annoying. One of them is that we should provide at least some sort of background information or context clues to make sure you don’t lose the reader in sources. Sometimes I forget that in writing you should show your reader everything involved in your writing. Without the context of your source, the amount of impact your source has becomes less. If I was to randomly drop a fact in out of nowhere it causes the reader to be confused and sometimes forget the purpose of our paper. Also, Stedman said that once we create an introduction for the quote and state the quote, we need to explain the reason for the quote. Explain the reasoning for the quote, why is it important. Without knowing why it is important, then we won’t know the reason for the quote.

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Blog #6 What is a “Research Essay”

April 1, 2019 in Writing

“The Research Paper” by Steven D. Krause breaks down step by step the process of a research paper. Krause begins by stating that we should think of a “Research Paper” as a “Research Essay” or “Research Project”. He continues to state that, the word “paper” suggests something static, concrete, routine, and uninteresting and has a negative connotation. On the other hand, the word “Essay” has a more positive connotation and suggests an attempt at a paper.

Out of all the points made by Krause, the point of calling the “Research Paper” a “Research Essay” or “Research Project” stayed in my mind the most. Unlike a lot of students, I haven’t written a lot of research papers before and the I-search essay felt very daunting to me. I have read a lot of scientific papers before for projects and they are always so perfect in the way they statement their research and material. Knowing my writing ability, I felt nervous to even start writing about my process of research for my I-Search Essay. I think the way that Krause approaches research papers as research essays makes my mind feel more comfortable about my writing and feels easier to write what I learned.

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Blog #5 I-Search Topics

March 7, 2019 in Writing

There were many topics that I was interested in as a kid from how to become the president to how does time work. As a kid, I wrote them on in a journal so that one day in the future, I could do research about it. I think for this I-search essay, I want to do something that affects me daily or something that will have a strong impact on my life. I considered doing research on Christianity, I wanted to see the history of the bible or the effects religion has on society in general. I also considered as a computer science major if I really need a college degree to find employment. I remember I heard some CEO of a technology company say that they don’t look for college degrees when hiring someone. I wanted to see if there is research done behind this statement. Lastly, I consider if pulling an all-nighter will be beneficial or will actually make you worse at processing and studying. I heard that there were negatives to pulling an all-nighter but I want to see if the pros overcome the cons or if it is the opposite.

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Blog #4 Education

February 27, 2019 in Writing

The US education system has been getting worse and worse with every generation since the end of the cold war. In Tal’s “Back to School” and William Zinsser’s “College Pressures”, they share the problems with current real-life situations. In “College Pressures”, there are notes from students to the Yale University’s residential college dean, Carlos Hortas. All these notes show the stress and struggle students go through. In “Back to School”, James Heckman realized that the GEB test does not determine the success of the student based on their score. They continue to say that standardized testing does not reflect if the student is smart or a good student.

I was lucky enough to be able to experience two education systems, one in the US and the other in South Korea. Of course, I only went to elementary school in South Korea, but I can see that the education system in the US is way more accepting and an equal opportunity. I still have a friend in the Korean education system, and they start school around 8 am and end around 8 pm. In the US system, we can take the SAT and ACT multiple times but in the Korean System, they only have one chance to take the test. I’m not trying to say that the US system is perfect but I’m saying that it could be worse.

Personally, I believe that there is no true way to determine if someone is smart or if they really know the material. Everyone behaves differently and think differently in certain scenarios. I had a friend in high school who was smart but became anxious during tests and would over think the question and get it wrong. Of course, not everyone is like that, but I feel that we need to find a new way that creates an equal field for anyone.

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Blog #3 Drafts

February 11, 2019 in Writing

In Murray’s “The Maker’s Eye” and Lamott’s “Shitty First Draft”, they explain the importance of first drafts and how it can affect the overall feel and structure of your final piece. Lamott further explains that most first drafts aren’t perfect or structured or have strong support for the final piece. The first draft is like a block of marble waiting to be carved and chiseled to its final masterpiece. Murray’s continues to discuss the importance of first drafts stating that award-winning authors to beginning elementary school writers start with first drafts. She continues to explain her seven elements methods, starting with subject, audience, form, structure, development, dimensions, and lastly tone.

Subject is what your essay should focus on, make sure your essay or paper has a clear subject. Audience is what kind of audience are you writing for and how can you communicate your subject better to that audience. Form or genre is what type of paper or writing is it going to be, is it a novel or biography or a short story. Structure is the order of what you are going to explain your story or points. Development is how much description, documentation, action, dialogue, metaphor-these and many other devices are used to help the reading understand your paper. Dimensions is the pleasing proportion between all the parts of the paper, nothing is too much, and nothing is too little. Lastly, tone is the style you want to write in, how you want to sound to the reader.

When it comes to writing, I always hated starting a new essay or writing piece because it never started the way I wanted, there were so many errors and mistakes that I didn’t want to look at my paper after drafting my paper. After reading Murray’s and Lamott’s paper, I started to have a different perspective on the purpose of a first draft. I always thought first drafts should be perfect and like a final draft but after reading “Shitty First Draft” I learned that the point of first drafts is to get all your thoughts and points on an unstructured format. I shouldn’t think so hard when writing my draft and just focus on what I want to be in my paper.

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Blog #2 Sponsor

February 6, 2019 in Writing

In most cases when the word sponsor is thrown around, we think about companies sponsoring large sports events in the hopes to sell products and get more users or huge billboards all around time square drawing for your attention. In “Sponsors of Literacy” by Deborah Brandt, she shows a new type of sponsor called a literacy sponsor. She continues to explain that a sponsor is usually richer, more knowledgeable, and more entrenched than the sponsored. She further explains that sponsors lend their resources or credibility to the sponsored but also stand to gain benefits from their success, whether by direct repayment or, indirectly, by credit of association.

When I first came to America, I did not know a single word of English and it was very hard for me to fit in and interact with others. When time to enter into kindergarten came around, I was forced to join ESL (English Second Language) due to my poor grasp of the language. To me, she was my literacy sponsor, she taught me from the basics of English to the format of the 5-paragraph essay. I still remember how much impact she had in my life, she vouched for my name when other teachers considered for me to repeat the 1st grade. She would buy us snacks or take us out to eat lunch outside of school, she made learning English fun and interesting. But unlike normal sponsors, she didn’t gain anything from teaching me the English language.

Later in my elementary career, I tried to repay her by helping in her events and supporting her in any way possible. I began by helping other Korean kids struggling with English and tried to help them the way that she taught me. Eventually, I moved school districts and I lost contact with her but the way she supported me and the way she helped me through the difficult time of immigrating, keeps her on my mind when I think about my past. I owe her my whole education career in America and I wish one day I could repay her and truly thank her.

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Blog #1 Literacy

February 4, 2019 in Writing

Out of the readings about literacy, Yang Huang’s “Why I Write in English” connected with me the most. Her life story of multiple languages and immigration had many parallels with my life, I grew up in Korea and only knew Korean. When I immigrated to the US, English, and Korean have almost no similarities, from sentence structure to grammar, I wasn’t able to carry out a whole conversation until the 3rd year in the US. But since the languages were so different, like in her story, I came to realize that by knowing Korean and English, there were so many ways I could convey my words. Knowing two languages feels like I’m not trapped in one room but free to move around different rooms. Yang Huang shows that literacy is not just knowing to read and write but it is also being able to convey and form your thought and words in new ways through different languages. She mentions how in Russian, British, and American use of word choice, emotional nuisances, and close personal narratives was something she never saw in Chinese writings and how it showed her how writings can affect the way someone feels.

In “Why Blog?”, Alex Reid explains that blogging can become an incentive for students and non-writers to become interested in writing. He continues to state that when blogging, the writer is in control of what they want to write about and how they want to write it. But Reid also states that blogging takes time to perfect and understand how blogging works. Alex Reid shows that literacy by definition is the ability to read and write but literacy could be applied to anything like blog literacy.

In “Blue-Collar Brilliance”, Mike Rose talks about his mother, Rose Meraglio or Rosie. He explains that even though many consider blue collar jobs to a below intelligent job, jobs like waitress need to be smart and fast. Rose continues to about his mother and how she would create faster ways to get this done like how it takes for certain foods to be prepared or which tables ordered what to create faster and more efficient rounds around the restaurant. Mike Rose is showing us like Alex Reid literacy can be applied more than language, he is showing us the efficient literacy.

Through these articles, they changed my perspective on the term literacy, literacy is not just about the ability to read and write but the ability to be great at what you do.

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