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

Love to Live and Live to Love: My Reflection on WSP

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

A Letter to the Future of WSP

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

Lee’s Notes for the Future

Dear future staff member, Congratulations on entering into an experience that will very much leave a remarkable impression on your college career. Over this year, I have developed an incredible amount, in more trivial ways (better time management and communications skills) to ways that touch upon one’s cores (the real way in which writing facilitates empowerment and serves to liberate the individual). You are entering … Continue reading Lee’s Notes for the Future

Lauren’s Letter to New Staff Members of WSP

Hello New WSP Staff Member!!! I can’t believe the year is already coming to an end, and we have established who will take on the torch to carry on WSP’s awesomeness next year :] What you will experience this upcoming year will hopefully become one of the most treasured experiences of your college career.  You’ll be working with a variety of students; some you feel proud to know, some … Continue reading Lauren’s Letter to New Staff Members of WSP

Miqi’s CPO story: Building Professional Confidence

Once upon a time, I was an average student; anxiously worrying what awaits me beyond the red brick bubble of UCLA. The day I came into the Community Programs Office, everything changed. Each day that I work in CPO, I am privileged to be constantly inspired by my peers and professionals. In the two years that I have been involved, I was part of the … Continue reading Miqi’s CPO story: Building Professional Confidence

CPO History Book: Jadessa Randall

How has your involvement in CPO impacted you as a person. You may reflect upon situations that may have challenged or enhanced your personal beliefs, values, opinions, personality/characteristic development, etc. The Community Programs Office has been a tremendous influence on my personal growth. I worked in the Community Programs Office (CPO) as an Office Intern for Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters of the 2010-11 school … Continue reading CPO History Book: Jadessa Randall

CPO History Book: Lee’s Perspective

Reflect upon any revelations or thoughts you have had about life. (Examples: lessons learned, developing spirtuality, etc.) Reflect upon and write about your involvement or experience with any of the CPO projects, internship programs, etc. The Community Programs Office (CPO) has been critical in furthering my path towards cultural consciousness and humanistic compassion.  The Writing Success Program (WSP) occupies a shared, collective space — separate … Continue reading CPO History Book: Lee’s Perspective

CPO History Book: Casey O’Neill

Prompt: How has the CPO prepared you for your future career or working experience? Do you feel equipped with tangible skills to be successful in the work force? (Examples: accountability, punctuality, communication, responsibility, etc.) Back in 2010 the Writing Success Program hired me as the first ever ESL/ELL Writing Counselor. The job came with no specific description or guidelines. My boss told me I would … Continue reading CPO History Book: Casey O’Neill

CPO History Book: Lauren’s Story

As the academic year closes, everyone  on staff will be writing reflection pieces for the annual CPO History Book. We will share a different one each day this week. Enjoy! Prompt: How has your involvement in CPO impacted you as a person. You may reflect upon situations that may have challenged or enhanced your personal beliefs, values, opinions, personality/characteristic development, etc.   The Community Programs … Continue reading CPO History Book: Lauren’s Story