A5 - I have decided to do more research about the topic of scientology. I have not ever really understood what this type of religion is. There is a lot of talk about it in the media and most of what I hear about is negative. I want to dig into the history about the religion of scientology and why people are attracted and not attracted to it. Some questions: What is the broad definition of scientology? Why are so many celebrities attracted to it? What types of things to they believe in?

Meagan -- I think this could be an interesting topic. Remember to focus on an angle that is debatable, such as why people are so divided on it or why it is attractive/unattractive to individuals. Your other two questions are more general and could be answered in the introduction to your paper, which is where you will give a general introduction to the topic and the issues surrounding it. -- Leah




Wealth: The definition of wealth that was provided online is: Happiness and prosperity in abundance of possessions or riches. This word was derived in the 13th century from the Old English word “weal” which means well-being, and “th” which means condition. These two words together create “the condition of well-being”. The word, wealth, has not necessarily evolved since the 13th century, but as the word grew stronger, more people were educated on its different meanings.
Most of us associate the word “wealth” with financial status, power, and riches. These are all true, and correctly associate with the word, although there are many other meanings to wealth. Since the word has been originated, wealth has been used in many different ways. The definition itself is very vague, and when read, can be interpreted differently by each person who reads it. Many people only think of wealth as a economical term and instantly begin thinking about money. This type of definition is the most talked about in this century, considering almost everything we do revolves around money and how much we have of it. Another form of wealth could be connected with family. I feel that I have a form of wealth by having a large, happy, healthy family. Another way to think of the word is its associating with “abundance”. A farmer may refer to his crops as wealthy because of the large amount of growth during the season.


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Analysis of "Freedom from Choice" by Brian A. Courtney

The essay "Freedom from Choice" by Brian A. Courtney is about Brian, a biracial student expressing his everyday struggles with being half white and half black. He grew up in a family "as colorful as a box of crayons" he claims. While he feels like being biracial can be a blessing, he also feels being biracial is more of a curse. Brian talks about how difficult it is to feel pressured to express one side of his race more than the other. His white friends want him to act white--His black friends want him to act black. There is also specific detail about what small steps need to be taken to begin the recognition of biracial as its own specific race. Brian feels that if things like putting a biracial box on job applications, survey forms and college entrance exams, it will help stop the added pressure of biracial people to conform to only one half of who they truly are. He thinks being biracial is something that should be embraced. It shouldn't make you feel uncomfortable in your skin, but special because you can have "the best of both worlds".
I really enjoyed reading this essay because I had never experienced feeling pressure to conform to a specific race. It was interesting to look at life from someone else's point of view. Brian was very lucky to grow up half black and half white. He has made so many different types of friends. Growing up white, some of the black students in my high school wouldn't talk to me just because I was white. His family has helped him to embrace his culture and to accept everyone for who they are. I thought the essay was very persuasive because it was something that made a lot of sense and was also put me in someone else's shoes. I thought the most persuasive part of the essay was when he cringed when his black friends made insulting comments about white people. It was very emotional for Brian to say that those comments are insulting to him because he not only has white friends but his mother and maternal grandmother are also white. That comment was very powerful because he does a good job of bringing his family life into the picture on an emotional level. Any reader would be able to relate to that comment and to picture how it would feel for someone to insult their friends, mother, or grandmother.
I think that Brian is speaking to a general audience with this essay. While it was probably other college students that were the main target, I think any person can read this essay and be able to think critically about it. This can have an effect on anyone from a high school student to an older adult. This essay would probably really hit home for any other biracial student suffering from the same situation as Brian. It could really open up a lot of eyes to the people who put the added pressure to conform to their specific race, whether it be a black or white person.
One weakness of the article is I thought that Brian jumped very quickly into talking about his past, growing up being biracial, right to the changes that need to be made in the community to help diminish the pressure of conforming. Although this was a very short essay, it still felt like there was too fast of a jump and had trouble moving on from one big topic to the next. One strength of the article was when Brian talked about America being obsessed with labeling. While I am a white American, and might not be able to completely compare myself to the essay, I was able to agree with the labeling statement. Brian made a valid argument that not all Americans fit into the mold of being white, black, republican, democrat, pro-life, or pro-choice. We have the ability to choose to represent some of those things, like being a democrat. Deciding not to conform to one specific race should be the same way. As Americans, we need to be comfortable with that.