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?
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
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?
The following piece is written by Kamani Portlock, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to a Janet Brown power question: What am I happy about in my life right now? What about that makes me happy? How does it make me feel? Currently, I am happy about my ability to manage my time and stress. If I were to compare myself and how I handled my … Continue reading Where Did Time Go?
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
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
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
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 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
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
*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
*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
*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
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
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? 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
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
Dear Incoming 2012-2013 WSP Staff, First I wanted to congratulate you on being selected to work for one of the finest writing programs present on UCLA’s campus. The Writing Success Program is not just a place of work; rather, it is a home, a safe place, and a location where much growth takes place. You will see growth in your students, your fellow staff members, … Continue reading Love to Live and Live to Love: My Reflection on WSP
Dear New WSP Staff Member Let me start off by saying congrats on being chosen to be a part of the Writing Success Program. You have been chosen out of hundreds of applicants (okay, I’m exaggerating it wasn’t 100s) to carry on the mission and foundational values that the founding director, Janet Brown, had for WSP. I know seems like a lot to take in, … Continue reading Jadessa’s Letter to New Staff
Welcome to the best job ever! Whether you are beaming with excitement or positively petrified, you are in the right place. There is no better/other way to start your year as a WSP counselor than knowing absolutely nothing. One universal truth about being a WSP counselor is this: you will learn far more from your students than you could ever hope to teach them. There … Continue reading A Letter to the Future of WSP