This past spring, a history teacher in North Carolina was giving a lesson about Christopher Columbus. He covered how Columbus and his men enslaved and otherwise mistreated the native people of the island of Hispaniola.
One white student piped up: “Well, that’s what needed to happen. They were just dumb people anyways like they are today. That was the purpose, that’s why we need a wall.”
Multiple students agreed. An argument ensued. After class, two Latina students came up to the teacher and said: “He doesn’t need to be saying stuff like that in class. We are worried for our well-being. We’re worried about things not going good for us.”
The anonymous anecdote was collected as part of a new UCLA survey. In it, teachers report that in the current political climate, some of their students fear for themselves and their families. Others reported that students seem more “emboldened” to express racist and derogatory views.
“1997 or 1998… I think this was the first photo we ever took together. We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band. He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next. The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs. No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college."
Ok I planned on getting to just chapter 12 before college starts again (barely finished chapter 5 yESTERDAY and I’ll be moving back to UCLA in just about a month LOL). I really had no motivation for anything school related this summer but I guess it was a good break??
Going to start chapter six right now (LOOOL). When should I start packing hmm
My favorite subject is anatomy, specifically neuroanatomy! I love learning about all the different components that go into making the body function as we know it. A follow-up favorite subject is physiology since it is the study of the function of these anatomical components.
Book: Anatomical Atlas (Maud Jepson)
Note: the diagrams are from this book (though I wish I could draw this well!)
When I was younger my parents would always remind me to focus on myself and put others after. My parents especially stressed the absence of a boyfriend until studies are over. But I’ve come to realize that for some people, like myself, having others around is important, so long as they are respectful and enriching. Study buddy has helped me refocus and recover, and he reminds me of my long term goals. I was teasing him (this morning or last night?? I can’t remember?) by asking him “what do you want from me!!!” And he said “for you to become the doctor you want to be” and I was like aww. what a guy.
So my best advice is to find a trustworthy support network. They can actually be grounding instead of distracting.
Also don’t major in biochemistry at ucla it hard
ps. today I visited study buddy at work and his face when he saw me sitting at the cafe tables from where he was behind the counters was priceless lol ((((；ﾟДﾟ)))))))
School starts again next Thursday (technically Friday for me since I don’t have class on Thursday this quarter hehe). I’m getting nervous. Although I did a lot better on my summer courses and it’s given me a boost of confidence, I’m worried that with more upper division courses, I’m going to get overwhelmed again. My first two years of college weren’t stellar so if I want to get into med school, I need to really get it together this year and next year.
I’ve also got several things going on besides school. My research lab has me on a new immunohistochemistry project, and I am now the safety officer for club track. Not only that, I’m interviewing for a medical volunteering program next Monday and I’m also waiting on the results of my job interview (I hope I get accepted to at least one of these!). So this quarter is going to be hectic. Fingers crossed!!
Left is a picture of my desk this morning (7AM) because I woke up a little early to review for the ochem midterm and holy I have so many notes and then right is the view from my dorm this morning (it rained last night)
I’m so glad I did a lot of practice problems because some of the exam questions were literally EXACTLY the same omg so clutch
anyways now i have the physics midterm on sunday what a ruined weekend.