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  1. Sep 2019
    1. Inspired by the diversity of our community that includes many first-generation college students, and the courage of an academic community that strives to break down traditional boundaries,

      This statement stands out to me because it shows the public what kind of students they have and how "diverse" their community is. It tries to show you that SF State is a diverse place and welcomes everyone, that it is "breaking boundaries." Sometimes I feel like institutions like to let people know they are doing these types of things to gain good impressions. Personally I feel like they use this to heir benefit, like many corporations or institutions do.

    1. The initiatives offered by the plan promise to advance these priorities. These initiatives are ambitious. They reflect a collaborative spirit that will strengthen our community while we identify new ways to think and work together. The success of the plan rests upon the talented community of people who are SF State. The plan will serve as a living document that offers direction and inspiration to our future leadership without overly proscribing the outcome of our shared decision-making.

      This paragraph reassures that SF State plans on prioritizing these things. I think this serves as a way to remind people all of what SF State is trying to do. It also reminds people that those who are at SF State will make this happen successfully and that the power is in our hands. This really reminds me of just my past in writing because usually at the end of an essay we are told to write a conclusion where you basically must summarize everything you just said and add something that sticks into your readers mind.

    1. This principle asserts that the correct time to learn something is when you first approach it, either in your readings or lectures. Waiting until the end to study results in a lot of wasted effort and poor grades.

      This is really what a lot of people need to hear. These sentences stood out to me because it is true that lots of students try to cram all the learning right before a test happens. I think it's important that Scott puts this into people's minds and so that they take the extra time to learn subjects soon after they are taught if there is still confusion. this reminds me a lot of my old classmates in high school and even of myself. The things we never got around to understanding are the things we focus on the night before an exam which also interrupts studying and reviewing other subjects of a course.

    1. Policymakers have begun to wrangle with the definition of “first generation,” which, according to Maureen Hoyler, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, entered the legislative lexicon in 1980 as a better way to identify disadvantaged students without referring to race or ethnicity.

      This stands out because it's something I never learned about, I actually think it's pretty cool that they tried to identify students that are disadvantaged without including race or ethnicity. I know that usually people of color are those that fit these categories but there is also more people who may be experiencing this disadvantage. Although I believe this to be interesting, I do have some doubts. Not all disadvantaged students are first-generation students so that might also affect other groups but I am not sure. This takes me back to people I once knew, I've met plenty of people not of color that are also first-generation students. These students also have the admission boost benefit of being first-generation students.

    2. Surely, Ms. Weingarten assumed, the boy could be counted as a first-generation college applicant, deserving of an admissions bump for being disadvantaged.

      Wow, this sentence really stands out to me because it shows just a little boost students get for being first-gem students. It is also a really interesting written sentence because of the way it is worded. "deserving of an admissions bump for being disadvantages." Getting a bump in a college admission should always be positive but in this case it is shown that the student is receiving a bump because of something that has most likely been a negative factor in their life. I am a first-generation student and when I began thinking about college, I was often told that being disadvantaged would help me into college. It makes me sad to think that I was dependent on these "disadvantages" in my life to get me to college.

    1. Lower-income students who attend elite colleges fare even better on average than low-income students elsewhere

      I think it's important to note that there is no evidence listed for this. This sentence really stood to to me because it is a claim that might not be factual but is making readers believe that only going to an elite college will make you more successful. This reminds me of high school because many counselors and educators often told students that the school you attend does not matter as much as what you make out of the school you attend. I do not think the author realized the confusion it would cause adding this line.

    2. On these more typical campuses, students often work while they’re going to college. Some are military veterans, others learned English as a second language and others are in their mid-20s or 30s.

      This stands out to me because it is listing different groups of specific people to show how they are excelling. I believe they added this to show that these are groups people might not think of often in college but are groups that are excelling. This was interesting to me because I am a first generation student so I am usually placed into a group of people as well. It also reminds me of high school and grouping different type of people who get college education.

    1. (Students, meanwhile, like to blame their scholastic failures on their teacher’s failure to align their teaching style with their learning style.)

      This stood out to me a lot because I believe it to be very very true especially throughout my time in high school. I had similar experiences from classmates and many students would rather put blame on the person teaching them instead of finding the learning style they may need in order to learn effectively. It is hard for teachers to find every single students' learning style. Students must find a way to also turn their teachers teaching style into a way that they will be able to understand more effectively.

    2. The "learning styles" idea has snowballed—as late as 2014, more than 90 percent of teachers in various countries believed it. The concept is intuitively appealing, promising to reveal secret brain processes with just a few questions.

      The author believes "learning styles" is all an idea because it has introduced educators to a "new" way of reaching students. They do not believe it is actually helpful and is something the author explicitly states throughout the rest of the article as well. I believe they do a well job of elaborating their ideas and why they think like this but they are doing so very aggressively which might offend some readers. This reminds me of a time in high school where we focused on making sure our ideas were not being expressed to aggressively based on feelings but rather on facts.