Do early birds really get the worms? Teaser


(This is just a sketch, I want to make more changes still)

I have always heard the saying, “early birds get the worms”, and this saying has been the ideology my parents and teachers in China followed for years. But as I grow older, I started to think waking up early is not the only way to get the worms in our lives.

Being in school in China, I had to wake up at 5 o’clock everyday to get to school and not be able to go home until 10 at night because I had to practice math problems after school. I worked so hard everyday and now that I look back at it, I wondered if all that effort I put in was worth it. I have to admit though, being in the Chinese education system helped me get really good at mathematics and memoizing theories and definitions I needed to get high scores on tests. But after I came to US, I do not think these are the things that will help me get through life more smoothly.

When I first came to the United States, I was shocked at how creative the students were. Teachers in the US give their students a lot of room to express what the students had in mind when it came to writing and creative arts. But I on the other hand, was lacking the creative side because I was so used to obeying the rules and do exactly what my teachers in China told me to do. I was jealous how the American students can create something unique and special on que. Here is the twist: American students usually do not wake up for school until 7 o’clock.


Kaylie- Teaser

Is that late night pizza pie really a death sentence, or is an extra trip to the dining hall all part of the college experience? We’ve all been warned about the notorious “Freshman 15,” but it turns out this drastic weight gain might be a cultural myth. The term was first introduced on the August 1989 cover of Seventeen Magazine, and has since found its way into all facets of pop culture. The truth is that most college students, boys and girls alike, do gain some weight during their first year at college or university. After all, it’s hard to balance school, work, a social life, new people, and a new living situation, let alone finding time to eat balanced meals (especially when living in a dorm room, without amenities like a stove or oven). A recent study from The Ohio State University found that the “Freshman 15” should probably be called the “Freshman Five.” The study included data from 7,418 young people over four years at university, and found that, on average, men and women gained around three pounds during freshman year. Less than ten percent of freshman students gained fifteen pounds or more. Most surprising was the fact that over a quarter of the students lost weight during their freshman year.

The study did find that most students slowly gained weight while at college. On average, women gained between seven and nine pounds by graduation; for men, it was between twelve and thirteen pounds. The most common culprit behind weight gain was almost always booze: students who “drank heavily” during their four years were about a pound heavier than their friends who drank less than four days each month. The Ohio State study ultimately concluded that weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, or even in one year, and that if often has no correlation with attending a university in the first place.



Where, Why, How- Teaser

Where, Why, How- Teaser

Exercise is our companion in times of need. For many, running is a time in which the legs do the thinking and the mind is free to wander. The pain and the gain all become worth it as the final legs of the run come to a finish. As your heart pounds and you catch your breath, you find yourself accomplished and numb to all pains which may find you later on that day. The “runner’s high” is one of the many addicting reasons runner’s find themselves craving and yearning to run again and again, always in search for the final moments when their physical exertion meets the sensation of relaxation and success. Why does this happen? Is it all in our heads? In our bodies? Is it harmful? Is it helpful? Where does our mind really take us?

Where, Why, How – Teaser

Where, Why, How - Teaser

How does depression feel?

Sad. That’s an obvious one.

Alone. I do not have many friends. Well, let’s rephrase that: I do not have many friends that I trust enough to share my innermost thoughts with on a regular basis. When a good friend makes an exit, it hits me pretty hard: typically, I do not even bother looking for a replacement. It might be better that I am alone.

Unpredictable. I was sociable and happy yesterday, but today I am withdrawn and ominous. In general, my sociable self is moderately acceptable. But what I am today is, in a word, frightening. I know that I am intimidating those around me with this frown.

TEASER: Who To Bully Next?

Originally, the word bully was synonymous with the word meaning “sweetheart” either from a Dutch or German background. How did the meaning of the word “bully” completely switch and take on the opposite meaning? It has always people how words were made, and then how the meanings could always change throughout history. This could allow one to infer if maybe the original act of bullying could have been something different as well. How did one decide who to bully? Did they automatically decide the duration of bullying as well? Does it always start off with finding someone inferior to us or does it start with a need to feel superior? Generally, some risk factors indicated for being a victim of bullying include being considered different whether it is being new or acting differently from societal norm, being depressed, and being perceived as weak, etc. These types of perceptions have allowed everyone to target people who were considered those types without regards for these people’s feelings.

Where, Why, & How? — Teaser

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A piano is a strange thing. In reality, it’s just a collection of keys and strings and tiny hammers sealed in a coffin of wood and propped up on legs. In the eyes of a child, it is so much more. At first, it takes on the form of a playground: a place to explore, play, and grow; young, stubby fingers tripping over keys and plinking out melodies that are at the same time sharp and flat, forte and pianissimo, though the youth in question has no idea what these words mean just yet.

A short time later, the piano becomes a classroom. Songbooks become textbooks and the notes within them become a mathematical equation. You didn’t know music theory was really based upon mathematical principles, did you? Mathematics is the basis of all sound. Even to early philosophers, harmonics and rhythms were fundamental to physics and the understanding of ourselves as human beings and the world in general. The depths of music theory will remain unexplored for now; the youth must first teach his fingers to walk across the keys before they are able to run



That feeling you get right before a test? When you are staring down every single word that you need to memorize, reciting each sentence in your head, begging the world for a grade decent enough for you to pass? That sinking, drowning feeling, like you cannot breathe. Where you are afraid to- in fear that when you inhale, it may be your last? So you take short little breaths, because that is all you can do. In the back of your brain, you can remember advice to breathe in slow. Hold it for one. Two. Three. And then let it out. But all of your papers are in front of you, the notes that you mechanically jot down, not really paying attention. And your back begins to tense, head pounding, and you wish for anything to make it stop. Is this stress?
Or is stress when you are sitting surrounded by friends or family, and someone asks you what you plan to do after school. After? When you are just trying to make it through now? And you panic because you have been told all your life how hard it is to get a job. How competitive. Knowing that you desperately need one because student loans are piling up around you and the only work you have ever done is seating someone at a table, ringing them up, cleaning up after. There is so much out there, but would you even be qualified? Your chest aches- pain where your heart is, like a hand is clutching it tight. And you know you can plan all you want, can study your hardest, but all of this is in your head. Its just plans after all, not real, not concrete. What if you never go anywhere in life?

Where, Why, How Teaser


Anyone who has watched a child play on a playground can see how happy that child is: swinging on the swings and sliding down the big swirly slide. The child is not concerned about whether he is playing with friends he has had for years or friends he just met a minute ago on the monkey bars or in the sandbox.

When children play on a playground, they are simultaneously learning skills that will take them into adulthood. They learn how to compromise by figuring out who gets to go down the slide first. They learn how to negotiate by allotting time limits for the favorite swing. They learn how to make rules by promising to not knock down the sandcastle, and then break rules by kicking it down because they just can’t resist. Most importantly, when kids play, they learn how to get along with other people. 

I saw this picture on TV when the Miss Dior first came out, and I really like this picture because I thought it's a perfect interpretation of the perfume, that it's light and chipper, all pink and girly~

I saw this picture on TV when the Miss Dior first came out, and I really like this picture because I thought it’s a perfect interpretation of the perfume, that it’s light and chipper, all pink and girly~

In-class work for 3/27: Thinking with Images.

In a group of 3 (or 4): scroll through all of your classmates’ image posts. Select three or four to respond to. Try to respond to a few very different types of images. Each response should include:

(1) Five (or more) questions that someone might ask in conjunction with this image.

(2) A first sentence for a WWH-style piece linked to one of those questions and the image.

(3) A short paragraph or bulleted list that says something about your experience of the image. How does it make you feel? What does it remind you of? What does it make you think about? How—aesthetically—does it accomplish the work of making you feel or think those things? This paragraph should also say something about how you might make an image like this one. What tools would you need? How would you go about the making? What potential problems would you need to watch out for while making/thinking about making a thing like this one?

(4) This doesn’t need to end up in your comments, but do talk about whether or not you can imagine making a graphic like the one you’re responding to that’s relevant to your issue. What parts of your issue might work well (or interestingly) with this style?