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  1. Sep 2019
    1. At SF State, diversity and pluralism form the conditions of intellectual advancement, creativity and innovation. As we work with students to prepare for life and work in a complex and increasingly transnational society, and seek to expand the boundaries of human understanding through our scholarly work, SF State is well positioned for the educational challenges of the 21st century.

      I like how much they focus on the diversity of SFSU, and they focus on the values of educational challenges in the 21st century, and how SF helps with overcoming the challenges.

    1. With the unwavering commitment to social justice that is central to the work of the university, SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.

      I also believe that SFSU, will forever be known as a school for social justice, because of the history of the school, and the birth of ethnic studies here. Their main focus relies on social justice, and continuing the history of the school, and preserving that social justice culture.

    1. The biggest difference I noticed between people who learned easily and those who struggled wasn’t being organized, study location or any of the common advice given to struggling students. It was how they learned the material.

      I understand this, and can even relate to this. There are some subjects or certain lessons that if I understand them right away, I have to do very little to no studying and still do well on the tests. However, there are also some subjects or lessons that no matter how hard I study, I never do well on the test or quizzes, maybe not until I am taught differently. Which is why I agree completely that it all depends on how the material is learned that it'll affect whether or not the material actually stays with me.

    1. “This whole thing was your idea, remember?” she said. Then she told me she had to go, that she needed to get back to work.

      This felt so close to home, I've been having the same experiences, and its just crazy to think that I'm not alone. and the comfort as latinos that we feel in our families, and the trust we have with them, and never wanting to leave the nest. College is terrifying especially when you don't understand so many things, or English isn't even your first language and you have your families support, but they can't like support you with other things like academic related. Only emotional support, but its true at the end of the day we decided to go to college, whether it was for them and making them proud it was our idea.

    2. We thought we all needed to be there for freshman orientation — the whole family, for the entirety of it. My dad had booked their hotel through the day after my classes officially began. They’d used all their vacation days from work and had been saving for months to get me to school and go through our orientation.

      the fact that this happened in 1999 and still this year 2019, when my whole latino family came to drop me off they too did not know when they would leave me, or how long they would be able to stay. and how my mom did literally the exact same things show how colleges needs to find a better way of communicating with all students, I mean they don't know everyones background so by now they should learn to be more specific.

    1. Filling out financial aid forms can be a nightmare, especially when parents don’t speak English, Ms. Weingarten said.

      I feel like financial aid is almost impossible to understand and apply for, each year it becomes harder and harder and they ask more detailed questions and it almost scary for some kids to apply for it because they have to ask their parents about very personal things, or like social security numbers which some parents may not even have. Also, some of the documents are complicated and unclear. I understand financial aid is a privilege but it shouldn't be that difficult, and I agree with Ms. Weingarten, because its hard for even students who already went through college or apply for it every year.

    2. students who could be called first gen in a 7,300 sample ranged from 22 percent to 77 percent.

      I feel like first generation student is very subjective in the sense that under many circumstances some kids can have both parents attend college but if they don't have connection to them then they are first generation, if their parents did university in another country, then they should be first generation. First generation is subjective and unique to each individual and I don't think laws can define that for everyone.

    1. The share of lower-income students at many public colleges has fallen somewhat over the last 15 years.

      It is so hard for anyone to go to college if they are low income, whether they have family who attended college or not, whether they receive financial aid or not. There are so many factors that play into it, but a main one being money. Money makes the world go round, and thats the sad reality. Low income families cannot afford to send their children to college because they can barely even afford to pay rent most of the time, they live day by day a lot of the time, a college savings account is almost unheard of for low income families. And college is at an all time high, it is ridiculously expensive even for PUBLIC schools, most US families cannot afford it, and the government does not fund public universities enough. Which only then leads for lower income families to continue the cycle of no education and poverty, and continue the middle/upper classes on top. The cycle repeats.

    2. Most Baruch graduates, he added, are making more money than their parents as soon as they start their first post-college job.

      This to is very impressive, but I would also understand why those in the lower class would be more successful than those who were already coming into ivy schools from middle/upper classes. Those who are in the lower class have already endured so much emotionally, physically and mentally to let alone be going to college, then to get into an Ivy League, whether it be on scholarship or taking out massive amounts of loans to even attend both are crucial. Attending on scholarship, they must remain at the top of the top on their A game, or they won't be able to afford school, and if they took out loans, obviously the massive amount of loans will have to be paid off, and worth it somehow. Therefore those of lower income families will obviously work 100X harder in college because it was already100x harder for them to even be there, and they want to break the cycle of poverty, they want to "make it."

  2. Aug 2019
    1. Husmann thinks the students had fallen into certain study habits, which, once formed, were too hard to break. Students seemed to be interested in their learning styles, but not enough to actually change their studying behavior based on them. And even if they had, it wouldn’t have mattered.

      This appeals to me because I think as a whole their is much research showing on more effective ways to study, and there is still more research being done, however what confuses me, and this article also connects to it is that as students and learners we are already accustomed and indoctronated more so out of habit the way we study, the way we take notes, knowing subconsciously that it may not be the most helpful for us. I can personally relate to trying, and wanting to make study groups with my friends but we all learn differently, and sometimes although can seem like a good idea, it is not always for the benefit of all of us since we may all learn differently. However, I think what the author is ultimately trying to get to is saying as a whole we must change the social norm of studying and how we learn, in order to normalize other study habits, and develop other behaviors of learning.

    2. Experts aren’t sure how the concept spread, but it might have had something to do with the self-esteem movement of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Everyone was special—so everyone must have a special learning style, too.

      This to me is very interesting and it stood out to me that they make a connection with a movement to learning styles. Personally, I believe that there was always this concept that everyone learns differently. And a movement would not change that, I more so think the movement changed and allowed it for it to be socially acceptable for others to learn differently. But for instance, this movement allowed for others to be open to the way other people learn, and wouldn't dismiss as those who didn't learn "traditionally" as stupid. Personally, I do like that this movement was able to be more open to other learning styles because I am more so of a visual learner too, and sometimes even in high school when I was in class I would feel stupid during only lectures, and I would not capture the information like others as the way I would when I had a visual handout, or notes, or examples, etc.