DIVERSITY IN WARTBURG COLLEGE AND ADVANTAGES OF ATTENDING A DIVERSE SCHOOL

Wartburg college is one of the institutions that provide a variety of opportunities to learn with people of different race, age, classes, religion and sexual identities. There are students from more than 51 countries such the United States, Swaziland, Nigeria, Japan, China, Malaysia, and other countries. There are professors and some members of staff from different countries also.Though a large percentage of students and staff are from the United States. There is a relatively equal balance between males and females and the college is ranked #286 in male to female nationwide.Undergraduate students range in age of 18 to 22.

When students arrive on campuses there will be having different personalities and perspectives already fully formed and still malleable.This sense of self-knowledge is sharpened with exposure and close contact with others whose life experiences are on the opposite spectrum.Engaging with others whose opinions, customs and personal lifestyles differ sharply from your own increases one’s self-insight.This type of exposure helps students to make informed decisions about their career directions which is an advantage of attending a diverse school.

Other advantages of attending schools with more diverse enrolment are that students get exposed to people they wouldn’t meet from backgrounds they may not otherwise encounter. One can make a lot of friends with different people from different races and backgrounds. A more diverse campus also means for more interesting clubs with minority populations coming together to celebrate their uniqueness.Promoting diversity in schools helps students accept diversity and promote it in their daily lives. A school administration degree readies graduates for promoting and teaching diversity as a means of accepting it. Educators can help students better understand that while everyone is different, in the most fundamental ways, everyone is the same and should be treated with respect.

Also, diverse college experience will enhance students to think of their careers based on a global perspective.No matter what career one chooses to pursue, employers, coworkers, customers, and clients will come from different backgrounds. Exposure to a diverse environment in school lays the foundation for a global perspective and helps the student learn how to interact with different people from different backgrounds.For example in Doctor who the actors are from different backgrounds, races and their ages are different also. In the first episode, the doctor looks older than Rose and Rose is white whilst Mickey is black but they were in a relationship.  Despite all of these differences they could understand each other and work together as a team.

 

 

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Gender in society

The topic of sex and gender is different depending by the person you’re speaking to.  The dictionary definition of gender is “the state of being male or female”.  This means that there is the ability to change or choose your gender based on your emotions.  Comparatively, sex is determined when you are born, male or female.  

I also want to express that sexuality is different from sex as it is the attraction you feel towards someone.  I think in today’s society there is a large population of accepting people who don’t care or don’t mind what you consider yourself.  The idea of gender is still confused with sex throughout the nation.  This can be observed in the early stages of life when given certain objects such as the color of a blanket or style of toy the child is given.  There is a fine line though.  When does gender start to play a role?  People commonly say that the toy trucks being for boys and barbie dolls for girls can  influence gender on the children.  But? What? They’re children!  Children don’t have any sexual interactions or needs for over a decade of their lives so what does it matter if i were to give them a truck versus a doll?  You know a child’s sex the second they are born or even before if wanted.  But gender is determined by early environmental signs and your parents decisions.  Therefore, is it acceptable to insert or establish a gender for a child without their own beliefs playing a role? I don’t know how there could be interactions or gifts given without going into or playing against the norms.  I don’t know the answer I’m just not sure how to approach the question of gender for a child who has no sexual attraction.  

I think that society as a whole is more accepting in the recent decades compared to years past.  There is definitely a mental difference in the generations.  Generationally it is common to see someone that is less accepting of these gender roles.  On average, older generations find it hard to accept the gender changes that have come up in recent years.  

It really is not a big deal what you identify as and who you consider yourself attracted to.  I don’t really know why people decide to invade other people’s personal lives if it does not affect them.  At the end of the day your gender is determined by you and only you.  Although it can be affected by how you are raised and what relationships are formed early in life it is a matter of personal opinion and beliefs.  

Fanfiction ruined my free-time

This last weekend I decided to purchase a new video game to play as I basically had a free weekend (my favorite way to pass time).  It is Shadow of War, the newest sequel to a Lord of The Rings game series and I was really excited to play it for the first time.  As I was riding back from Walmart with my roommates I was telling them about our last class experience and reading fan fictions.  I learned that for some ungodly reason people decide to write about characters in sexual fantasies.  Some of the most common to find are Doctor Who and Lord of The Rings, two franchises that I thoroughly enjoy.  As the conversation went on more was brought up about these forbidden fan fictions.  My roommates started making jokes about my new game and what it might entail and I actually had to set it down and not touch it for HOURS because I was scarred for life on the previous LOTR content that was read in class.  Once i got over the hurdle of fan fictions impact for the week i think i played the game for 10 hours out of the 48:). It’s a great game but i found it funny that my classes have started to leak into my free time and impact how I spend my time.

Also, I want to mention how strange it is that some of the most popular sexual fantasies are of the two manliest and entertaining action packed characters and not the more feminine ones that seem somewhat susceptible to this type of stuff.  People are weird.

Wait… so I missed the diversity in Doctor Who previously!?

Re-watching the New Who is also interesting for looking at all the diversity that you would expect to be in a science fiction show but isn’t. So why does the BBC not have diversity? Is it that the writers don’t know how to include diversity? Are the diverse actors not available to be in the show? Could the actors be in the show but are never cast because of a director prejudice? These are all possibilities but today this shouldn’t be happening ever; the people of different nationalities and ethnicities should also be written in as some of the good people. Today in Hollywood you see a lot of British actors immigrate into the United States and they are popular villains. This is a lot like in Britain the Asian actors or black actors are often portrayed as the bad guy or villain. Having seen the show before and not been looking for diversity makes it interesting looking for the diversity in the hidden places that I don’t know.

In Classic Who there are instances when diversity could have been include and was written in which it had diversity but the diverse people were often the villains. A prime example of this was the Talons of Wang-Chiang, in this episode the Asian characters were portrayed as ‘bad guys’ because their religion called for human sacrifices and they were played by white actors. So why is having a white actor portray an Asian person bad you ask? Because they were painted to look Asian with makeup to hide that they were white. This is extremely offensive because there were Asian actors who needed jobs and the BBC was supposed to have color blind casting. In a previous episode they had incorporated diversity of all kinds which really added to the backlash for the Talons episode.

In the New Who there are two eras referred to as the Era of Davies and Era of Moffat. Davies was the executive producer and head writer up until season five. Davies did well at expanding the diversity from what it was in Classic Who by using different accents of the UK and he targeted different classes of Britain. Davies also included multiple interracial couples, but they never last as a couple. Davies included multiple characters like Captain Jack Harkness who is from the 51st century and a different planet and is very open with his pansexuality. Jack’s sexuality is obvious because he flirts with the Doctor, his companions, random people, and aliens of almost any race. With Moffat, you see less diversity when he took over but it gradually increases over his ‘reign’ as he figures out the flow of the show and how he can incorporate diversity in different ways. Most of these things I never noticed before probably due to being a white woman from a small-town Iowa as well.

It will be interesting to see how diversity is affected with a new executive producer and head writer at the helm who has also cast a female doctor.

Good Doctor Who Fan Vid

 

The fan who made this video made it to appear as if it was for a Doctor Who movie. If I were to come into watching this video never hearing or seeing anything about Doctor who than I think I would have believed this was an actual movie trailer. The sound and visuals are very high quality and were very well spliced together to give off that movie trailer feeling. On top of the high quality splicing, they choose very good background music that fed into the movie trailer feeling by making the “movie” appear to be very dramatic.

There doesn’t appear to be a very strong plot throughout the preview however from what I could gather its a drama that examines the lives and the choices of the Doctor and his companions. With his companions it seems to come up with the question of why they choose to travel with him verse living a normal life. It says that we are always told to get married, buy a house, have children, etc. and that is a great life and so why would a companion risk that and choose to travel with the Doctor. The other person that it appears to involve is the Doctor and it talks about his life. It mentions that he has been doing this his whole life and asking why he keeps doing it. It then proceeds to imply that he is running from something and that he cannot run forever and that he will and must settle down. I believe this movie preview is meant to look at both end of the spectrum of life and that one person is breaking from the norm and adventuring out and the other one is breaking away from the adventure and entering a more normal life. However, none of this is the case for the true Doctor Who since this is a fan video and this is their spin on the Doctor.

Emic vs Etic

A key topic that is commonly missed when discussing diversity and the understanding and accepting of the diverse is the topic of emic vs etic; the former relates to an approach or of studying cultures or languages from its internal elements and how they function while the latter denotes an approach that studies society from an objective, nonstructural perspective. While these two ideas, more importantly emic, are most commonly associated with the study of societies, they are important factors that should be adopted into everyday mindsets as they can serve as an adequate basis for understanding and accepting the points of views of people from different backgrounds.

The importance of an emic point of view is that if we as a naturally fearful race of the unknown sought to understand the activities, traditions and simply the lifestyles of people who differ from us by for example simply talking to them the we will gain a better, more reliable image of them and their backgrounds. By doing this, by taking the effort to learn about a society from the member of that society then room for bigotry and racism would be greatly diminished because the first step to accepting the diverse is understanding it and to understand it you have to learn about it.

Reference

Olive, James L. (2014). Reflecting on the Tensions Between Emic and Etic Perspectives in Life History Research: Lessons Learned [35 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(2), Art. 6,
http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs140268.

Are We Gridlocked Today?

 

The premise of season three, episode three of New Who was particularly interesting to me since it was based in a dystopian future on a planet called New Earth. Apparently, five billion years in the future humanity has not only survived but has moved to a planet many light years away.

Early in the episode we see the underground world that most of the people on New Earth live in. It’s like the “slums” of a bigger city and we find out there is a superhighway that people drive on for years at a time (some for their whole lives). As us viewers watching this episode here on “current” Earth, we see this New Earth scenario as ridiculous and far beyond anything conceivable in our lives today. However, are some of our lives really that different from the citizens of New Earth?

Most scenarios presented in Doctor Who should be taken for something more than their surface value. Even though it seems preposterous that anyone would drive for years on end, wasting their life, how many of us are guilty of simply going through the motions everyday and not truly seizing everyday as an opportunity for something new and exciting. Much like the people driving on the superhighway, it is all too easy to get comfortable in living the same way we have been for so long.

I think anyone can find himself or herself living this kind of life, but we, here on Current Earth, are at a disadvantage compared to the people of New Earth. We cannot wait for the arrival of the Doctor (or some other outside source) to enlighten our lives. We should all learn from the people of New Earth and break free of our own superhighways we might be stuck on.