Sunday, September 25, 2016


"But the feeling at home was diminished by then. Gone was the desperate, urgent, intense feeling of being at home; rare was the experience of feeling myself individualized by family intimates. We remained a loving family, but one greatly changed. No longer so close; no longer bound tight by the pleasing and troubling knowledge of our public separateness."

In this quote from the text Aria, Rodriguez describes that due to process of training himself and his siblings into using the English language, the intimate relationship his family once had was now no longer. Because Spanish was Richard's language, he felt uncomfortable in the classroom setting which was taught in English. He had been observed as shy and timid, and when called on would mumble, so his teachers took it upon themselves to move the English language into Richard's Spanish-speaking home. Earlier in the text, Rodriguez states that learning the English language in his household was like a game, playing with sounds and making fun of certain pronunciations that they could not comprehend. I feel that the more they forced English to be a part of their household, the further it pushed away their heritage. For example, in the text Rodriguez explains that ever since he began to use the English language, he no longer knew how to address his parents. Before the transition to English, he referred to his parents as mamá and papá, but he felt that they would have been painful reminders of how much his life as changed. In the classroom, Richard was considered timid and shy because he was unfamiliar with the English language. Richard is now timid in his own household.

"Without question, it would have pleased me to hear my teachers address me in Spanish when I entered the classroom. I would have felt much less afraid. I would have trusted them and responded with ease."

The teachers in this text take it upon themselves to move the English language into Richard's Spanish-speaking household, but do they ever try to use the Spanish language in the classroom? Richard had felt clearly uncomfortable being in a room filled with people who only spoke English, to the point where he would mumble when asked questions due to his shyness or timidness.  If the teachers had taken the time to first make Richard more comfortable in the classroom using his own language, then his shyness and timidness would not have necessarily been a problem.

"I would have been happier about my public success had I not sometimes recalled what it had been like earlier, when my family had conveyed intimacy through a set of conveniently private sounds."

Because of the teachers actions, Richard and his family were now bilingual.  On a large scale, becoming bilingual is a success and great skill to have.  But on a smaller scale, when it comes to Richard and his family, the intimacy they had once had was no longer available. I believe that Richard realizes that becoming bilingual needed to happen, and he most likely thanks his teachers quite often for the opportunities that he has been given, but will be constantly reminded that the English language put a barrier between his old Spanish-speaking family and his new, English family.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Land of Limitations Argument- Post #2

In the article U.S.A., Land of Limitations?, Nicholas Kristof argues that the United States has turned into exactly what we hoped it would not.  Our ancestors had come to this country searching for opportunity, or more specifically, "The American Dream."  Kristof states, "Success is not a sign of virtue.  It's mostly a sign that your grandparents did well."  Therefore, if you are not born into a rich or successful family, the odds of you becoming rich and successful on your own is very slim. Kristof chooses to relate to a specific friend in order to further get his point across.  Rick was a hardworking male whose family situation was not necessarily good enough to help him capture success.  His mother died when Rick was only five years old and his father was an alcoholic, which in turn gave him no one to truly look up to.  Rick dropped out of school by tenth grade and worked in mills, machine shops, and eventually lived off disability money and odd jobs.  Kristof explains that Rick has made bad choices in his life, but those bad choices did not distinguish him.  Rick merely had a lack of opportunity.

Kristof states at the end of his article, "They (children in America) grow up not in a "land of opportunity," but in the kind of socially rigid hierarchies that our ancestors fled, the kind of society in which your outcome is largely determined by your beginning."  He then proceeds to say that is what the presidential candidates should be discussing.  In many situations, children have fathers and mothers who are unfit to have the title "parent."  What exactly can a future president do to change that? Most presidential candidates themselves are prime examples of parents' incomes correlating to their adult children's incomes. What can a president do to change the fact that some people do not have the same opportunity as others?

First post!


Once a cougar, always a cougar!
I graduated from North Providence
High School, home of the cougars, 
in 2015. I feel as though the experiences
and teaching I received throughout my four
years at NPHS have shaped me into the young
woman I am today.
This picture describes my life for the next two months: soccer
and hanging out with these awesome girls. Soccer has been a part
of my life for as long as I can remember, and I am thrilled to be
able to continue my soccer career at the collegiate level.
The Fire Brick Oven Pizza and Bar is my place of occupation! 
I began working there as a hostess my junior year of high school, but I just
recently moved up to a waitress and could not be happier. 
Not only is it a great place to work, but I have made some great
friends with whom I hangout with on a regular basis.

This is a picture of my best friend Kat and I. When I am not playing
soccer, working or at school, I am usually with this girl. She has been my best
friend since my freshmen year of high school and there is no doubt in
my mind that she will be a part of my life forever.

Bulldog in a cheeseburger costume... Cause first of all, why not? 
But my main reason for this picture is because I love puppies, especially
bulldogs! If one day I do not own a bulldog puppy, then I have basically
failed at life.