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Voices…

As I was walking back to my room after class today I kept thinking about the conversation we had about the voices in our head. The negative words that we have heard from others, or the ones we make up about ourselves that stay with us. They follow us where ever we go and they continue to evolve as we grow older. Why is it so hard to get them out of our heads, and why do they keep coming back? My answer is because we allow them to.

The mind is a very complicated object, but for a lot of us, we have control over our mind. We have the power to stop those voices or to let them continue to break us down. We have these conversations with ourselves. You are doing this to yourself. So it’s important that you don’t let the voices take control of your life. You have to find it within yourself to fight back.

Whenever I am having negative thoughts, I try to reason with myself. I question if my thoughts are rational or if I’m telling myself a bunch of bullshit. For me, it’s best when I carry on the conversation and try to work it out into a positive conversation, or at least come to terms with it. There are those recurring thoughts that don’t seem to go away, and at that point it’s time to make a change. My point is, is that being active helps. Actively thinking, or moving your body so that you don’t dwell.

I liked how in class we had this short conversation. It kept me thinking about the topic, and now I am blogging! The last week of classes are always hard weather you have one class or four classes. They are stressful because things are about to change, final assignments are almost due as well as your final grade. I think it’s easy to loose motivation and give in to those voices. Today’s class was very powerful because we discussed that we all share stressors, and we each have our ways of dealing with them.

The voices in your head

 

Globish

English language is taking over

English language is taking over

Globish is a term for 1,500 keys words that everyone can understand. This could be a good way to effectively communicate with people all over the world especially when it comes to international business. It would be a lot easier if we could communicate with each other if we all spoke the same language. But isn’t the beauty of language that we have so many different languages? In a way, it gives you an identity. It’s something that is unique to you, yet you can connect with other people who share this identity. So having a global language would take away from what makes a culture.

Why is it that English the dominant language? Henry Hitchings explains that English is symbolic of modernity, work, higher education, commerce, economics, and science and technology. Many people in other countries are learning English so that they can get a good job. To them, being able to speak English means they have opportunity for a better life.

Because of British colonialism, English first began to spread. Today, English continues to spread because it is in demand. Almost like a commodity, there is a need for people to speak and understand the English language. We want more English speakers and we will pay for them.

I think English has spread so rapidly also because we make the effort to expand our culture onto other cultures. We connect with all different parts of the world through business, volunteer work, war, and other ways that I can’t think of at the moment. There’s this notion that we want to be top dog, and that we want to have power. I believe this to be true, that we immerse our country into the affairs of other countries. We are trying to control what goes on in these other countries, so that they have to depend on us, or so they become our ally.

We could spend hours trying to piece together all of the reasons that English has become the global language. Why do you think English is so dominant? Do you think we should have a global language?

 

Learning Outcomes

Comp 250 has turned out to be very different than what I thought it was going to be like. I expected to be writing several typical research papers like in comp 1. Instead we have been blogging, having in depth class discussions, and presentations. I’ve had trouble blogging daily because I feel like I don’t know what to write about, and when I do start writing I run out of things to say or get bored of it. However, I do like that it is different, I haven’t had any other class do this and I doubt any of them will, and that is exciting.

Learning Outcomes

Rhetorical Knowledge: I understand how to read and write using rhetoric. Mainly I understand rhetoric in a social situation. This class gave me the awareness of how we use rhetoric in our daily lives, and that it doesn’t just pertain to a 5 page paper.

Critical Thinking: I made the most knowledge with this skill. Critical thinking is the most prevalent  in class and on our blogs. Every discussion takes us to another part of our brains where we make our own knowledge and form our own opinions instead of regurgitating facts. I have struggled with this the most because it is new to me. This skill will progress with me as I continue to grow as a scholar, and I think it will have a big impact when I become a teacher and hopefully a principal.

Writing Convention: The blogs have really expanded the way we write. Within the blogs we can include visual design to round out our writing.

 

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” -Rachel Zoe

I read this quote several times every week because it is posted on the bathroom wall at work. Out of all of the quotes that are on this poster, this quote speaks to me the most. I completely agree that the way you dress says a lot about you. It doesn’t say everything, but it says enough. Everyone says to look good for a first impression because we read each other by the outfit you choose, how it fits, if it coordinated…I could keep going on.

Every day when I get dressed I think about what I want to wear and the message I am trying to send with that outfit. Everyone goes through a thought process of what they want to wear and why- even the people who say they don’t care or just throw on the first thing they see. The message can be interpreted different ways depending on their knowledge of what that garment represents.

It’s funny that Durango has been voted as the worst dress city in America several times. Durango within itself has it’s own culture and I find that a lot of women struggle when choosing an outfit. I’ve had to help women pick out professional outfits, for example, for a conference in a bigger city. Professional in Durango is a nice pair of jeans, clogs, and a trendy top. In big cities, professional is slacks with a blazer, a sleek top, and heels. The social meaning of an outfit changes with the situation changes.

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