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  1. Sep 2019
    1. I don’t know if our school has an emergency grant fund, but it does have a very compassionate professor. This professor stepped in and paid her last semester of tuition, allowing her to graduate on time with the rest of us.

      I feel like schools should figure out a way to support students like this who all of a sudden lose a big portion of what was paying for their education. Like a death in the family, sudden loss of a job, or an injury that does not allow them to work for a while could be causes for loss of income.

    2. Over a lifetime, individuals with a college degree are likely to make $1,000,000 more than high school graduates.

      This caught my attention because it reminded me of a conversation I once had with one of my mentors. We talked about how people with more money have that extra money to invest in higher education, stock, and bonds. On the other hand, people with less money do not invest. They have too many things to pay for now, making investments seem like a waste of time and money because what they are really looking for is quick cash. And even the lower income people who come up with large amounts of money choose not to invest, I know people who just simply do not believe in investments and I think it is because of the types of investments people of lower income are forced to make. Some may include buying and selling shoes/clothes for a little bit more cash, putting money in a savings account, basically things that are not long term or things that are just not worth the time being spent for that investment. I know people who would rather work a job where they get $23/hr rather than going to school to eventually get paid by salary.

    1. In the high-expectations class, students may learn much more and experience a greater sense of accomplishment, whereas students in the low-expectations class may do just enough work to get by and be comparatively uninterested in the lessons they are being taught.

      I have felt these emotions in some of the classes that I took in high school. My math classes were generally easy, so I was not super proud or excited whenever I would do well on the tests. On the otherhand, in APUSH I grinded it out for the last two weeks before the test and actually some how passed even though it was one of the hardest classes I ever took at the time. I was really excited about it.

    1. No one gets it right the first time. Even the most carefully calibrated set of study habits can quickly strain under the unexpected reality of student life. Embrace this. Constantly reevaluate and tweak your strategies. Keep what works. Throw out what doesn’t. Try something new where an answer is still lacking. After every test, every paper, every major problem set, ask yourself: what worked and what could I do to be better (and faster) the next time around?

      I think it is very important for us to read this and really take in what the author is saying. It is important that we continue to grow through the things that we have to go through in college (or life in general, p.s. i totally stole that from a tweet i just read). We gotta remember to bounce back whenever we fall, that s how we'll be successful.

    2. Those who are battered around by their workload, always jumping from one looming deadline to the next, and those who manhandle their work into smart schedules

      This caught my attention because my AP Chemistry teacher used to try and make us do the same thing. For homework he made us make a weekly schedule that we had to try and follow. Mine was basically go to school, practice, study, work, sleep. I did not strictly follow this schedule and I think my grades during my last semester of high school could reflect that.

    1. to "own one's own mind."

      In college, this is when we start to break away from what we knew and start learning new things to be our own people.

    1. SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.

      I would definitely want to grow into someone who could make change in their community and I think I have the resources to do so here at SF state.

    1. Similarly, the practice exam also works as a safety check.

      I think that practice tests are really useful when it comes to reaching for higher scores. In most of my high school classes practice tests would just be routine: weekly quizes, chair tests, and mid terms. Some of the teachers that I had even purposely made their practice tests harder than the actual tests that we had to take.

    1. “There are a lot of people who would not go to college at all, and would not get an education at all, if they had to go through some selective criteria,”

      What I got from this is that some people just prefer to work jobs and get money now. People like store managers for retail who have started families and are just living off of hourly rates. I have coworkers that chose not to go to college because they would rather work full time in retail rather than going to school to pursue a job that they dont they could even get.

    2. Those problems are real: The new study — by a team of economists led by Raj Chetty of Stanford — shows that many colleges indeed fail to serve their students well. Dropout rates are high, saddling students with debt but no degree. For-profit colleges perform the worst, and a significant number of public colleges also struggle. Even at the strong performers, too many students fall by the wayside. Improving higher education should be a national priority.

      It stands out to me how much colleges fail to serve their students especially considering how much money they pay for their education whether it is from financial aid or out of their own pockets. That is one thing I was scared of coming into college, whether I was going to do well or not because I honestly struggle with school. I was always told how ruthless college was going to be compared to high school. How much easier it is to fail a class in college compared to high school.

    1. “Everyone is able to think in words, everyone is able to think in mental images. It’s much better to think of everyone having a toolbox of ways to think, and think to yourself, which tool is best?”

      Acknowledging the fact that everyone is able to do the same things resonated with me very well. I realize that people just prefer some methods of thinking to others. In fact, the different methods of thinking aren't all used for the same thing. You use different forms of thinking for different tasks.

    2. The thing is, they’re not. Or at least, a lot of evidence suggests that people aren’t really one certain kind of learner or another.

      This comment resonates with me very well because I've tried coaching and teaching music to my peers in high school and I noticed how different everyone's speed was when it came to learning the music. I had one kid who never practiced yet always did amazingly by learning her music quicker than anyone else. On the other hand, I had a different kid who practiced for hours everyday but could still never catch up to the pace of the first kid mentioned. I then realized that part of the reason could be the fact that we subject them to learn music the format way that we learned it. Our style of teaching music rarely catered to those who learned by different methods.