During my adolescent years in rural Alabama the thought of going to graduate school never crossed my mind, how could it, the only thing that was on my mind was football. So for the next several years the idea of playing college football consumed my every thought. It wasn’t until February 5th 1992 at the age of 18 that my dream was quickly becoming reality. I was about to announce to the whole state of Alabama, via sports news conference, the name of the University I was choosing to attend, or should I say the University I was going to attend in order to play football. To this point in my life football had become a marker for success. It was my perception that people seemed to judge you on how well you excelled in sports. Needless to say I was very fortunate in having received scholarship offers to several large universities. It was on that day in February that I made my decision to attend the University of Southern Mississippi. This would be a major turning point in my life.
It wasn’t until I my second year of undergraduate studies that my thought process and priorities began to change. More and more Football slowly took second place behind education. Although I continued to excel in my athletic venue, I found myself intrigued by the learning process and was becoming more interested in my academic accomplishments. (more…)
In a young man’s life, many things become confusing. Things that were always easily understood are now full of confusion. Things are especially confusing for a young boy who is fresh out of college and has no direction in life. In the movie “The Graduate” Benjamin Braddock is that boy who is lost without any direction. Confusion causes Benjamin Braddock to make poor judgement, which results in several problems with his relationships with people.
It is safe to say that some of Benjamin’s relationships with friends and family have been at very least slightly altered by the end of the movie. Ben’s relationship with Mrs. Robinson was tragically disturbed. Although Mrs. Robinson was very forward in what she wanted and extremely seductive towards Ben, there was absolutely no reason for him to go through with the relationship they had for a while. He started this relationship because he wanted to become a man. In his head he still thought of himself as a boy. Especially when Mrs. Robinson asked him if this was his first time. He was offended to the point that he wanted to prove to her that he was a man. (more…)
Education is one of the most important aspects of every society and country. A person can be changed no matter what kind of education they have because education affects one’s personality and moral character. Among common ideas, education establishes a one’s job choice, life quality and thoughts. Donna Gaines, essay “Dirtbags, Burnouts, Metalheads, and Thrashers” argues that education protects the social class in each person. In other words, education tends to determine the social class of each person.
Gaines talks about the vocational school. As we know, there are two different kinds of high schools that every youngster can attend: regular high schools and vocational schools (votec). Most people think that vocational schools exist for the student who has lower academic grades or makes trouble in a school. In other words, the vocational school is the negative alternative for troublemakers. Donna Gaines presents several examples of students who attended or have graduated from a vocational school such as Eddie, Cliff and Ann. (more…)
The discipline of Industrial Engineering has continued to contribute in numerous and important ways to Worldwide progress over the years. Industrial Engineering is both an art and science by itself, with immense potential for growth in a developing country like India. In order to attain excellence and utilize one’s potential to the maximum the right inputs are essential. The past few years of being an Industrial Engineering and Management student has effectively introduced me to the fascinating world of Industrial Engineering.
A consistent academic record coupled with the desire to explore new avenues in order to enrich my knowledge and contribution to society triggers my need to pursue Graduate Studies in the United States of America, which is my foremost option. My inclination is towards technology and the integration of various technologies in the design and implementation of engineering solutions. I am therefore led to believe that a graduate study program that is both flexible and allows one to tailor make the program so as to suit the career objectives and goals of the individual is the ideal choice for me. (more…)
This paper will discuss teenage dropouts in Canada, areas where the dropouts come from, gender of the students, age, and any other information that is viable reasons to quit school before graduation. This paper will also include several surveys and accurate findings done by Canadian schools and officials.
According to the Human Resources Development of Canada it is hard to keep up with the labor market with all the education and training required that without the completion of high school a decent job is hard to find. This is a competitive economy dominated by technology and advanced skills making it difficult for people to obtain a basic standard of living without an education.
Currently, 137,000 Canadian youth fail to complete their basic education. Males represent the greater proportion of 14% while female dropouts average 9.2%. Still, dropout rates have declined from 18 % in 1991 to 11.4 % in 1999. (more…)
The Movie The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols is a coming of age story entailing the confusions young adults go through as to whether they actually are adults or still kids. The film attempts to relay a message of innocence being pushed in an unwanted direction through a society filled with expectations and selfishness of an older generation. Nichols does this successfully through using many different symbols throughout the movie such as the use of water.
Water, is the most common symbol in the movie, signifying his overwhelming confusion and being sub-merged in it. This happens when he is leaning against the fish tank in his room during the party when he attempts to think about his future. Then again, on his birthday in his scuba gear when his parents push him into the water, indicating his unwillingness to comply with their demands. The movie also contrasts the two worlds which Benjamin is torn between, a tainted “adult life” which includes the affair with an older woman or her daughter a young and innocent girl. A symbolic image of this is when Benjamin is at the hotel about to enter into the lobby. He opens the door as a group of elderly people walk in but, as he’s about to pass through a group of teenagers who are obviously at their prom walk through too. This displays Benjamin’s questions of belonging very well. As for the editing of the movie, the cross cutting between the two settings of Benjamin’s house and the hotel room where he meets Mrs. Robinson helps us understand and sympathize with Benjamin’s struggle. (more…)
In medieval England, people were divided not by race or sex, but rather class. From the noble men and women at the top to the peasants at the bottom, each was bound to the class in which they were born into. To change your fate was something unheard of in those times. The founding fathers of the United States of America saw a vision of a nation where all men are created equal. This vision saw a constant interchanging class system. Today, the US sticks by this ability to break free from the mold and to become something greater than you were.
In Gilber and Kohl’s writings on social classes, they state that definite groups or classes are determined according to their financial and everyday lifestyles(434-438). Yes, I definitely agree with the fact that social classes are prevalent in our nation, and I also see the truth in their points on how to move from class to class. Their main point, and mine/ comes from the fact that education leads to great things. There are absolute specific factors that aid in moving up the hierarchy ladder in the US, and the main ones are education, and pursuing every chance to better your knowledge of the world. (more…)
In a sense of speaking, doing the job one has been trained to do, does not necessarily mean the person is experienced and does a great job. To be experienced is to do extra outside the specialized workplace to which comes the ability to do things that are not necessarily required to be done. This is why we as school children are required to take general education in college. School children keep whining about the fact of having to take general education in college and say that they hardly help them in their future careers. General education does help a lot; we just don’t see it in ourselves but through other. General education might not seem as an important component of our schooling, but if a deep look is taken into its effect on school children, it does have a lot of importance, and the more reason it needs to stay in the university curriculum.
There are many discussions I hear around campus about students doing classes that totally have nothing to do with what they are majoring in, such as, majoring in nursing and having to do freshman composition or American history. Having taken a religion class has no direct relationship to becoming a psychologist whatsoever, but once a big picture is seen, a great career starts with a well-matured mind and stable background. (more…)
Project Get Going was developed to help incoming graduate students enhance their computer skills. The project used a multimedia package that incorporated music and culturally appropriate vignettes and exercises in the hope that the incoming graduate students would have their computer skills enhanced.
The sample was divided by teams. Each team attended daily hour-long, lab-based instructions using the Project Get Going multimedia package for 25 days before they started their graduate studies.
All students were given pre and posttest to measure their level of comprehension and mastery of computer concepts and skills prior to, and upon completion of Project Get Going.
Analysis of the findings of the pre and posttest scores will be used to determine the validity of Project Get Going and help determine if the project is succeeding in enhancing graduate students’ computer skills (Raw data is presented in Appendix A). It intends to answer questions such as: Did participation in Project Get Going increase students’ comprehension and mastery of computer concepts and skills? Is there a significant relationship between pre and posttest scores for the entire group? For males? For females? For each of the teams? Is there a significant difference between pre and posttest scores for the entire group? For males? For females? For each of the team? Did the males and females perform differently? (more…)
When the United States decided to fight the Iraqis in Kuwait in the Desert Storm operation of 1991 or intervene in the violence in Somalia in the mid-nineties, the Marine Corps was called upon to execute the missions. While The Marines Corps is the branch of the Navy specializing in amphibious tactics, meaning that it combines land and water maneuvers. With the help of an air support division, Marines are a rapid-response force, able to deploy troops to anywhere on the globe on short notice. The Marines are intended for short-term strikes, leaving the longer missions to the larger and slower-moving Army. Five thousand Marines are stationed on Navy ships around the world, and along with major bases in Camp Pendleton, California, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 20,000 Marines live and work in Okinawa, Japan.
Broadly speaking, anyone who wants to be one of “the few, the proud” needs to choose between two career paths: that of an enlisted Marine and that of a commissioned officer. Enlistees make up the majority of the active-duty force of 178,000 men and women, but contrary to common belief, only 15% of them are infantrymen-those who do the sloshing, on-the-ground, in-the-line-of-fire work. The rest work in communications, electronics, intelligence, supply, armor, or other duties. Being one of the Marines’ 18,000 officers requires a higher level of education, training, and commitment, but offers greater responsibility and career potential in return. (more…)