So far I’ve aced all of my finals. I’ve got one more and then I’m done. Here are some excerpts from 2 of my final papers:
History of the Afro-American:
Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Monroe Trotter, William Pickens, A. Philip Randolph, Jack Johnson and Marcus Garvey are all great, memorable men that contributed to the history of African Americans, though the ways and ideas in which they contributed vary greatly. Booker T. Washington is, perhaps, the best person to begin with when discussing the relationship between the influential African American community leaders aforementioned. His views on attaining equality offer beautiful contrast and emphasis to the ideas of the other men who I will discuss thereafter.
Booker T Washington’s address called the Atlanta Compromise illustrates his thoughts on equality and segregation; Washington spoke to a segregated audience and told them that the best strategy for blacks to reach equality would be for them to attain economic independence and to acquire trade skills. He encouraged the black audience to accept segregation, and he told them that fighting for equal rights was fruitless. Washington told the white audience that blacks “would be separate as fingers, but one as the hand.”
(If I had to choose one, W.E.B. Du Bois is a true American hero)
History of Renaissance Art:
The Enlightenment was about reason and rationality, the ability of humans to teach of the universe in rational, practical ways, and the innate “goodness” of humankind. Members of the French and Royal academies painted accurately what they knew of history, what they saw of form in classic sculpture, and what they found to be familiar, stable and unchanging. Romanticism was a reaction to the orderly and rational principles of the Enlightenment. Romantic art flipped the concept of the Enlightenment on its back and investigated human emotions and feelings, the strange, unfamiliar (and sometimes uncomfortable) and emphasized the uncontrollable, dark aspects of human nature.
I won’t include a boring excerpt of my research paper on Peruvian Shamanism, but I will tell you that I wrote the 10 pages the night before it was due and got a 90 on it.
Also, my friend Alex just started a blog. Her first post here! To sum it up: “Hi, I’m Erika. But my friends call me Goddess.”
These past few weeks have been insane, I can’t wait to feel liberated from school for a few weeks. I’m going up North to see my family, my Grandma, and then my sister Ashley and my cousin are flying in from the East Coast. Very exciting. Then I’ll be returning to the Central Coast, or Santa Barbara, to watch one of my very best friends in the whole world graduate from UCSB. Just to boast about her for a second, she’s graduating in 3 years on the Dean’s list with a degree in Psychology, emphasis in applied psych. One of the most intelligent people that I know, she’s very impressive. And beautiful too. Shall I keep going?…
Anyway, right after that I start summer school. I’ll be volunteering with the local art center in the mornings and then going to school from 11:30-5:30. I’m taking a swimming class too! Very excited. And when those 6 weeks are over I’ll be headed up to Humboldt County again to be a counselor at my high school cross-country camp. The following 2 weeks after are Cuesta’s training program, and then Fall semester starts.
I should be in great shape by that point, and when Fall semester begins I’ll be working out twice a day, six days a week! I’m very excited too watch my body change and my race times drop.
Now, in all seriousness, answer me this: Why do you read my blog? I demand a response, I’m dying to know, I can’t for the life of me figure it out.
Why do you read my blog?