Last semester I was able to reach a large majority of my goals. This year, the Independent Seminar is not built into my schedule. I added it on top of 6 other courses because of my dedication to advancing sex education in this country. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m tight with time, but still have a long list of goals. This semester I’m focusing on financial planning, team expansion, and event planning. Continue reading
The start of my independent project goes all the way back to my 7th grade English class. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that class would become my inspiration to pursue education as my interest of study. I was so enthralled in that teacher’s style that it never left my mind. He made that class hands on, which is not something I thought was possible in an English class. Continue reading
For many students, the summer is a time primarily to relax and binge watch the latest Netflix shows. Don’t get me wrong, I did do my fair share of relaxing in St. Croix and plowing through episodes of Shameless. But most of my time was spent working. Both on my nonprofit and full-time job at Jaco Taco. Continue reading
Prompt: Recently the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has brought the precarity of Black lives to the forefront of public discourse, particularly as it pertains to policing and the law. Their activism is animated by the acknowledgment of the centrality of the carceral/ criminal justice system to contemporary racial inequalities. Continue reading
This week has been a lot of tedious work. I have been editing my first draft of the Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act 2017, fixing my citations, and adding to my annotated bibliography. I touched base with the lawyer who is helping me fill out the paperwork for incorporation and finally have a reliable graphic designer. Hopefully by mid-may the design aspect, including the logo and coloring, of Keystone CASE will be complete. Another goal of mine is to have all the filing paperwork complete by the end of the year. Continue reading
Prompt: Given what your own experience, what are common misconceptions of affirmative action?
Our reading last week was all about education. The reading focused in on the issue of affirmative action. The major points relating to defining affirmative action as any preferred admissions statues. This would include athletes, students of color, and legacies. The biggest winners in terms of scholarship dollars and acceptances are athletes and legacies. Continue reading
A friend of mine and a regular reader of this blog recently requested that I write a tutorial on setting up a web server. To honor his request, I will devote this week’s blog post to the subject of web hosting. I will not, however, cover the programming aspect of web development as I assume that the readers of this tutorial already know how to write a website in HTML, CSS, PHP, Java, etc. I will also not be writing about the all-in-one website builders such as Squarespace and Wix for the same reason.
Below is a sneak peak of the very first rough draft of the Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act.
Amending the Public School Code of March, 10th 1949 (P.L. 30, No.14), entitled an act “relating to the public school system, including certain provisions applicable as well to private and parochial schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the laws relating thereto.” Continue reading
We live in a digital age that relies on social media for business and social outreach. The internet has allowed for a regular conglomeration of millions of people per day on the same platform connecting and engaging with friends, advertisements, businesses, and public figures alike. For anyone creating a nonprofit, business, or awareness campaign, Facebook is a key tool that should be utilized to the fullest. Here are my top tips and tricks for using Facebook’s various features to the fullest. These tips will allow you to increase engagement and reach more people. Continue reading
This semester during my Junior year, I am enrolled in the Independent Study Program and having the time of my life diving deep into material that specifically interests me in a subject I excel. After hearing about this unique offer during my Sophomore year, I seized the opportunity. After a proposal, I was accepted into the History Independent Seminar where I’ve been study legislation and sex education in Pennsylvania.
Upon first impression, I thought this class would simply be a time to learn all about the history of legislation and sex education in Pennsylvania and continue my learning in my favorite subject — but it is far more than that.
Westtown’s Independent Study has challenged my writing, reading, researching and critical thinking skills. I’ve noticed considerable improvements in many disciplines as a result of my deep study of sex education and legislation. I’ve worked with the Chair of the History Department, English Teachers, and Health Experts.
This is a unique program I would recommend to all students who are pursuing a unique discipline. Current students should seize this opportunity for next year. Few schools allow for students to explore their interest in a particular subject the way Westtown allows. Not only have I been able to learn more through research, but I also have a plethora of resources and faculty who have been incredibly supportive and helpful.
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The Independent Study Program is one of the hidden gems on our campus that needs more recognition. I hope prospective students have a chance to hear about how students are excelling in different disciplines through this program.
This week I wanted to hear from all my fellow peers about unexpected ways they’ve improved their academic and research skills through Independent Seminar. What skills have you improved?
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