Privileged Complexions

Why do light skinned people in all Races and Ethnicities have more Privilege than their darker complexion counter parts? As I was growing up, I was constantly praised for my light skin and light brown hair. My classmates would tell me that they were jealous of my skin color and told me that I was prettier than them because of it. As an eight year … Continue reading Privileged Complexions

Chopstick Noises: Being Political as an Asian American

On the first day of senior year in highschool, I walked into my AP US Government class nervous and expectant; nervous because it was my first class of the day and expectant because it was an elective I chose on my own. It only took forty minutes, the duration of the class, for me to realize that the class would be difficult. For one, I … Continue reading Chopstick Noises: Being Political as an Asian American

If Not You, Who?: The Dangers of Political Indifference

Political engagement is the theme for the Writing Success Program’s developmental blog this quarter. Naturally, this context made me wonder about whether I’ve been doing my part to fulfill my civic duty as an American citizen. And in the wake of the passing new year, I’ve spent countless hours reflecting on all of the events that happened during 2017. Because of the American media’s propensity … Continue reading If Not You, Who?: The Dangers of Political Indifference

Politics? What Politics?

I feel I am not political at all. It’s almost embarrassing to say, but I am not political at all. Being raised in a household where the main religion is Jehovah Witness, politics are avoided and not talked about. I know I can educate myself on the subject since I am now an adult and can think for myself; however, I have been bounded by … Continue reading Politics? What Politics?

Let Yourself Learn

The following piece is written by Maggie Bui, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to the Winter 2018 Developmental Blog question: What makes you political?  Society has changed within the last few centuries, and naturally, the definition of education has also evolved. However, what we expect from an education has not: an education should broaden our minds, help us develop a higher level of thinking, … Continue reading Let Yourself Learn

What Makes a Person Political?

The following piece is written by Keson Chen, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to the Winter 2018 Developmental Blog question: What makes you political?  What makes a person political? Well, it’s hard to say. Anything happening in one’s life can change his perception and ideology of the world, and what we call Democrats or Republicans are merely the two typical modes of ideologies that … Continue reading What Makes a Person Political?

Music on My Mind

The following piece is written by Maggie Bui, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to a Janet Brown power question: When am I most naturally myself?  The light dims and the audience holds its breath in anticipation. The sound of rotating helicopter blades fills the theater for a good ten seconds. Then, the conductor looks to the percussion section, and with a swish of his … Continue reading Music on My Mind

When I Am Most Naturally Myself, and What to Do With It

The following piece is written by Keson Chen, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to a Janet Brown power question: When am I most naturally myself?  When am I most naturally myself? When I pose this question to myself, I somehow feel it would be better to rephrase the question as following “When does my beginner’s mind manifest itself?” Since the beginner’s mind is a … Continue reading When I Am Most Naturally Myself, and What to Do With It

“[Archive]:” Ideal Morning Routine

This is an archived post from November 17th written by Ananya Bhargava. I’m not one for layman philosophy so I consider best-selling philosophy books, like The Secret, to be simplistic and cheesy. Still, I think there is some merit to them. For instance, there is some truth to the belief advocated by The Secret—that you are capable of manifesting your own reality through conscious thought. … Continue reading “[Archive]:” Ideal Morning Routine

Valid and Deductive Argument on Monika Bartyzel’s “Girls on Film: The Real Problem with the Disney Princess Brand”

The article, Girls on Film: The Real Problem with the Disney Princess Brand by Monika Bartyzel highlights the fact that Disney princess-movie marketing strategies set many unrealistic expectations and are a harmful influence to a great majority of young people, especially to young girls. For instance, a negative influence suggested by Bartyzel is the racial stereotypes which most Disney movies have, including their princess brand. … Continue reading Valid and Deductive Argument on Monika Bartyzel’s “Girls on Film: The Real Problem with the Disney Princess Brand”

Long Term English Language Learners

Long term English Language Learners are students that are often times in grades 6-12. These are students that have attended U.S. schools for seven years or more.These are students that often times do not get the necessary resources or attention needed to improve their English in comparison to students that are in elementary school. These students may also have a grasp of English orally and … Continue reading Long Term English Language Learners

The Coffee Diaries

Home I keep my coffee grounds in an air-tight container. Every morning, I open it up and breathe it in—deep, rich, almost earthy, but not too much. Medium blend. Two tablespoons to six ounces of water. As I nudge eggs and bacon bits around in a pan, I listen to the machine gurgle and sputter. A quiet excitement flutters within me when I finally grasp … Continue reading The Coffee Diaries

My First Poetry-Sharing

*NOTE: For more information on the reading and prompt that inspired this essay please click here. I was first up. But I had asked for it. I had never been to one of these events, but I still pushed myself to go first. I was sure that other performers felt the same jitters going through their unsettled fingers that held onto little sheets of paper or … Continue reading My First Poetry-Sharing

A Song of Support

*Note: For more information on the prompt that inspired this essay please click HERE A song of support. Ashton Rosin The sterile barrier fabricated a trajectory that could never be stopped, was halted. A flash of fluorescent light illuminating in scope, stung. It stung. Frozen and flowing the tears curbed my breath and the inertia of the uncontrollable Swallowed me. I was drowning. Sheer disappointment trembled … Continue reading A Song of Support

A Woman is Born

*Note: For more information on the prompt that inspired this essay please click HERE A lonely bench stands alone like a lighthouse in a sea of grass. Tense hands grasp its worn curved edge, which softly holds the memories of those there before. Who else has come before the pair that it beholds today? The cold air clutches at the hushed uttered words of the young … Continue reading A Woman is Born

Free Speech Friday: How To Love

Although Lil Wayne may have some controversial lyrics in his music, this particular music video, “How To Love,” delivers a powerful message that deals with real life issues. In the video, we track a woman’s life from childhood to adulthood, and are given pivotal events in her life that influence her to live as a stripper. Instead of focusing on the what – the cold … Continue reading Free Speech Friday: How To Love

Wednesday Word: Is College the Right Path?

Why should I go to college? The value of a college education continues to be challenged, perhaps more so recently due to increases in tuition, lack of financial aid, and less readily available jobs to college graduates. Concerned about the heavy loans and accumulating debt, some students begin to question the worth of college. According to a recent New York Times article, “Saying No to … Continue reading Wednesday Word: Is College the Right Path?

Why do I write?: Reflections and Poetry by Ashley Bennett

Why do I write? Why do I write day after day, night after night? Why do I torture myself with the frustration of world-building, the heartache of a bad piece, the weariness of many long journeys? Why do I endure writer’s block, pushing through it, fighting it, forcing my mind to work well beyond its limits? Why do I write down the bizarrity in my … Continue reading Why do I write?: Reflections and Poetry by Ashley Bennett

Summer Intern Spotlight: Melina Melgoza

  Summary:        Education: The Great Obsession is an article regarding the present struggle over public education. The article shows concern and interest in uncovering the myths surrounding the educational institutions in 21st century America.  Grace Lee Boggs, the author of this informational article, shows particular interest in the mounting educational crisis, as well as,  the present struggle for African Americans to uncover the … Continue reading Summer Intern Spotlight: Melina Melgoza