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College, a Step-down From High School?   Leave a comment

18-year-old Katie Andrews just finished her first month of her freshman year at The University of Texas at Austin. After    learning nearly nothing at her high school in San Antonio, Texas, she said that she was ecstatic to start this new era in her life. Although her older sister had warned her about the challenging workload and busy lifestyle, she knew that the years of university-level learning are known to be part of the most important and self-defining time period that a person lives through. Because of this, Katie began college with very high-expectations, which were almost immediately met and exceeded.

Thus far, she gives the following account of her experience at school, “We started class in August, and it has been a really great first month of college. It has been a relief having absolutely no homework to do. I had to read for class every so often in high school, but it sure is nice to have virtually no outside-of-class work here at UT Austin. I am grateful that I have time to do more important things than study while I’m not in class, like watch Jersey Shore.”

In high school, Katie proved to be slightly above average among her classmates. She was admitted to the university without question, as she was the last person on the school’s “Top Ten Percent List”. Her high school GPA was about a 3.6 with the substantial AP curve that the school applied. She was worried that maintaining this high GPA would be difficult at the college level, but she has once again been proven wrong. “One of the best things about college is that fact that I can pull off getting perfect scores on all of my exams and homework without studying or consistently going to class. It’s a little early to tell, but as of now, my GPA is looking like it will be a 4.0 at the end of the semester,” Katie remarked.

The time that Katie has not been devoting to textbooks and homework out-of-class, she has been spending on weeknights downtown at Sixth Street or at the university’s local frat houses. The one, and maybe only, thing that Katie has become knowledgeable about at the university, is how to party. “I’m really glad that I was introduced to the part scene so quickly here at UT. I feel like everyone is part of it, and I was genuinely worried that I wasn’t going to find it with such ease. I did not want to become the girl who gets left behind and has nothing to do on weekends and weeknights but study.”

When asked about the professors at the university, Katy gave nothing but positive feedback. “They are wonderful, they have taught me so much about UT football. I love that we do not actually discuss anything about the real subject listed in the class title “

I approached my satire by creating a fake background news article. I addressed the fact that college institutions are being blamed for students not learning what they should be, without considering other factors. I believe that students are learning more from college institutions than what Herbert’s article implies.

Posted December 1, 2011 by hannahvoss in Uncategorized

Ironic Authenticity   Leave a comment

In Amber Day’s article, she begins by discussing the skepticism of irony– particularly, by literary theorists. She then goes on to discuss the history and culture of irony by personifying it in the section entitled “Irony as a friend or foe”. I found this section very interesting, because I have never heard argumentation against the usage of irony prior to reading this essay. I have always accepted it as a common literary term without really looking into it more deeply. Day exposes the author Purdy’s arguments against the use of irony, one being that “the ironic pose as one motivated by ‘a fear of betrayal, disappointment, and humiliation, and a belief that believing, caring, or caring too much will open us up to these. “ What I got form this is that Purdy is suggesting that we downright say what we believe regarding public issues, rather than using an ironic façade. Day also uses examples from the author Jamie Warner to condemn irony. She uses an example of how The Onion’s usage of irony after the 9/11 attacks led to ambiguity, rather than a clear argument, and led the reader to even more fears than intended. Later in the chapter, Day seems to begin to argue for irony and says that she personally orients irony as “a mode of engagement rather than a cynical dismissal of politics” as Purdy seems to.

Posted November 15, 2011 by hannahvoss in Uncategorized

October 6th Episode of Colbert   Leave a comment

I watched the October 3rd episode of The Colbert Report. In this episode, Colbert first pokes fun at Rick Perry. He begins his jokes by saying that he supports “Rick Parry” with an “A”. This signifies that Colbert is joking and does not actually support Perry. He then exposes the old name of Perry’s family’s hunting ranch, which at one point bore a very racially offensive name. He plays on this by saying that the name is not that bad, even though it obviously is. He then addresses the issue of ObamaCare. He pretends to take the stance of a conservative who is against universal healthcare, and sarcastically states their arguments. He lists all of the things that the government can do that we don’t complain about, but then says, however, that they cannot give us something small (healthcare). He then brings in Jeffrey Tubrin (might have spelt this wrong), whom defends universal healthcare while Colbert interrogates him. Colbert plays an ignorant conservative, and because of this Tubrin, and also healthcare, look appealing to the audience.

Posted October 17, 2011 by hannahvoss in Uncategorized

Hannah Voss- Controversy   Leave a comment

For my controversy, I chose to address the issue of whether or not college students are learning what they should be learning at school. I found it relatively easy to find an article discussing this issue , and I’m hoping that it will be just as easy to find more articles. I thought that this controversy was appropriate, because it relates to me personally. As a college student myself, I have first-hand knowledge regarding the issue. Personally, I do not think that college students are getting as much out of school as they did in the past, and I am very curious to read other peoples’ articles who have similar opinions.

Posted September 9, 2011 by hannahvoss in Uncategorized

Link to a satire that relates to my topic- Hannah Voss   Leave a comment

As I posted previously, I have chosen to do whether or not college students are learning what they should be learning in school. For my satirical link that addresses my issue, I chose to post the lyrics of “I Love College” by Asher Roth. In the song, Roth raps about college just being about partying and meeting girls. At one point he raps, “I cant tell you what I learned from school, but I could tell you a story or two.” This follows the chorus of the song, which is repeated several times: “Man i love college, and i love drinking, I love women
I love college.” The song is fun and was very popular for a while, but if you look at it from a certain viewpoint, it seems to be making an argument about the modern view of college. These lyrics insinuate that college is a joke and only about partying. The song is kind of a wake up call to adolescents with mixed-up priorities, who should be making the education factor of college their main concern.

http://www.lyricsmania.com/i_love_college_lyrics_asher_roth.html
All about Asher Roth: http://www.musictory.com/music/Asher+Roth

Posted September 9, 2011 by hannahvoss in Uncategorized