Monday, December 5, 2016

Resume Virtues Vs Eulogy Virtues
There are two opposite types of virtues that let the human brain make a decision in life, they are resume virtues and eulogy virtues. Resume virtues are the virtues people bring to the marketplace while eulogy virtues connect to relationships and personality. However, people especially the young generation allows any perspectives, which are certainly from parents and society to decide for their life instead of themselves. Responsibility and success are two destinations that parents want their children reach before the children think about their individual value, which is a life that they could lead to be good in a community. In contrast, currently, the effects of society might influence young people in a different way which would blow their mind off the traditional road that they used to be on.

The first thing that parents want young people to understand about resume virtues is responsibility. On the other hand, the society makes the young generation want to stand up for themselves and make a good mark for a community. The value of parents is very relevant which is good enough so young people can rely on what parents teach. Parents educate children by saying that responsibility and success are the only keys to open the door to life. Many young people chose their future job because of interesting in money not their passion. I chose a nursing career instead of my athletic training dream job because of how much more successful I could be as a nurse compared to the little salary that I could get as an athletic trainer. However, the society is doing a good job at changing young people’s mind so far. The perspective from some famous student  on blogger, vlogger, YouTube logger, might affect to the rest of students. Some famous vloggers shift their perspective to teenagers and spread the idea of becoming successful without an education. Apparently, society makes young people get ahead of themselves wanting satisfaction while parents want their children to start from the beginning at school.

 At the age of eighteen or nineteen years old, young people always struggle over defining their characteristics. Growing up in extremely traditional family, my parents eventually had success making my mind lean toward resume virtues. However, I used to want so badly make a good impression with the community, particularly with my friendships and relationships. Some young teenagers make a lot of money because they know what they are good at so that they can develop themselves without an education at school. For instance, An Nguy is one of the most famous Vietnamese vloggers. She expresses her thoughts with humorous sayings about mostly personal relationships and friendship, and she became a precious mark for young Vietnamese people. Balancing two selves resume and eulogy is trickier and more confusing. Young people wonder that if going to school is the only way to become a success as parents always claim. Obviously it was rare that young people could make a lot of money without an education in the past. However, now, if people clarify their talents, even kids can open their own bank.

Balancing resume and eulogy virtues is the destination of life for everybody not only young generation. Perhaps, dealing with responsibility for school and wanting to be good for the community is harder for young people’s delicate minds. Both virtues are confused by parents and the environment around young minds. Hopefully, the decision of taking side is not going to depend on parents or surroundings anymore, and the young generation will figure out their own perspective and make it work effectively for their lives.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Recall: The most important part of this article is that Ali chose to keep fighting regardless his age. He is old at that time and diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The most difficult point is that he did doing so well in the last fight.

Summary: The article “Unretiring” by David Reminck talks about the last fight of the Muhammad Ali, a famous boxer. He introduced Ali by his glories. He stated the reason of Ali keep fighting even he is suffered from sickness. In the end, he briefly tells the readers how Ali lose the fight and the thought from others.

Question: Why did the author choose to write about this topic? What did he want to tell us?

Connect 1: The author is attempting to show the readers that Ali keep fighting for his glory even he is sick. I think what Ali did is wrong, because from the time he is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he is a patient. He shouldn’t go to another fight which is going to lose absolutely.

Connect 2: I think this article is about if we should give up our glory. “You have to be humble when you're trapped in an inferior situation.” I think it is right. First, Ali have fought with Larry for many times. He did not win a lot. Second, he is old at that time and he should be retired. He keeps losing after the break. Therefore, I think the best way is to retire instead of fighting.

Monday, November 21, 2016

One Child

        One Child
A child means good luck in China. If a family has a lot of children, that symbolizes they will be a big happy family. Unfortunately, all Chinese families could only have one baby  starting in 1980 because of the One Child Policy. There was a baby boom after World War II ended in 1945. My parents both born during that baby boom, so they both have five siblings. As a result, the Chinese government decided to control the birth rate. They introduced the One Child Policy, which is  also called “family planning”. Obviously, this law means all families can only have one baby,  and it was a serious law. If people were going to have the second child, they had to get the abortion by the law. If they insisted on keeping the second baby, they would incur twenty to fifty thousand penalty. This was a huge amount for an ordinary family in the 1980s. Moreover, the people who were working for the government such as at the education department, medical department, or the big companies owned by the government, would get fired if their family decided to keep the second baby. For this reason, the children who were born from the 1980s to 1990s, become the lonely generation, and I am one of them. I always wished I had siblings to play with me when I was younger, and to share the stress and responsibility with me.
I had a lonely childhood before I went to school at age six. I lived with my parents and my grandma until she passed away. My father is the last son that my grandma had, he had all the love from my grandma. My grandpa passed before I was born, and taking care of my grandma and living with her was the responsibility automatically put on my father. My grandma was diabetic, and her eyes were influenced by her high blood sugar level, so she could barely see. Due to this situation, she couldn’t play with me, couldn’t read my favorite Snow White story to me, and couldn’t take me to the park, which is only five minutes away from home. Also, I was not allowed to go out and play with other children, because I was too young, and my parents were afraid somebody would kidnap me. Furthermore, my parents always needed to work, and I always asleep before they come back home. All I could do, was just play with my dolls, Lego, and watch TV by myself. Once in awhile, the little girl from next door would come in front of my home, but I was not tall enough to reach the lock of the gate, and I didn’t want to disturb my grandma’s a nap, so we played across the gate. It was a very boring childhood.
Most people put their hope on their offspring, but I am the only one that my parents have. My parents always think their lives are not going to have some big change, even when they were younger, because they weren’t  very educated, so now they are waiting for me to change their life. After I went to school, my parents always told me “you have to study very hard. Knowledge could change your life, make your future better, and then you won’t have to work as hard as I do.” My father was a cook, and he had enough of the poor work environment--hot, wet, busy, long hours, so he always admires people who work in an office. He wants me go to a good college and find a decent job, with a high wage, nice working condition. He used to care about my score very much, so he would get super angry when I got a “C” on a  math test. I am bad at math, physics, and chemistry, and there was a test every month at my middle school in China. It was a big pressure to me, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe sometime.
Furthermore, I realized that taking care of my parents is going to be a big responsibility for me when they grow older. My father is a diabetic, too. I guess it is inherited from my grandma. Therefore, I need to take him to the hospital for a regular check up. Because he doesn’t speak English at all, I need to stay with him all the time. On another side, another grandma, my mother’s mother, had Alzheimer’s when she alive. She went outside and got lost a few times. Therefore, my mom and her siblings decided to take turns to watching her 24 hours a day. She was lucky, because she had six children to take care of her when she was old and sick. I always worry about my mother will get the same illness from her mother, because I realized that she has poor memory just like my grandma. Sometimes I jokingly told my mother “Try to activating your brain little bit more, so you won’t get the same illness as grandma. You don’t have six children as grandma, so if you got the illness like that, that will kill me”. Taking care of my parents would be a responsibility like a big rock on my back, and I am sure the rock will become heavier and heavier as my parents getting older.  

Somebody who have many siblings told me “being the only kid in the family is so lucky, so you don’t have to fight with your sister all the time, and you can have all the love from your parents.” I don’t agree with that, because of all the stress, responsibility, and my lonely childhood. There is a maxim popular on Weibo, which is a popular Chinese social media, like a Chinese Facebook. “I afraid of getting sick, afraid of getting into accident, afraid to move far away from home, because I am the only one that my parents have.”  If I create my own family in the future, I hope I will have more than one child, so that will make their life easier if I am lucky.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A child Thief

Lianghuan Tan
Compare and contrast essay-final draft
November 15,2016
A Child Thief
Unbelievable, a child stole something in a store because he saw a TV show in which a child did the same thing. He pretended to be a thief in the TV show. When the manager of the store asked him why he stole it, he just answered: “I was copying a child in a TV show.” The manager didn’t call the police because he was just a child. The manager wanted to give the child a chance to repent. The way that the child stole in the store and the way a child stole in the TV show were same. He found a corner that the store camera couldn’t see. When nobody noticed him, he put an expensive watch into his pocket. After that, he was ready to leave. A salesperson noticed that a watch was missing, so he caught the child. I don’t think that his parents would ask him to steal. If a child’s father is a thief, the child may learn from his or her father. However, the celebrities and the parents affect the children significantly. Time and strength are two differences between the influence of celebrities and the influence of parents on children.

The first difference between the influence of celebrities and the influence of parents on children is time. After children were born, their parents would affect them every day before children grow up. Parents take care of their children when children are unable to take care of themselves. Parents talk to their children every day. Parents teach their children how to dress and how to do other things. Some parents teach their children how to make friends. My classmate’s father asked her to be a doctor when she was child. Now she has become a doctor because her father mentioned her dream all the time. In contrast, the influence of celebrities on children is occasional. Celebrities affect children when children watch TV or movies. Children generally don’t watch TV day and night, and it is hard to meet celebrities for children in their daily life. My middle school classmates bought sport clothes with the number that represented sport stars like Michael Jordan. They played basketball like Michael Jordan too. Mostly they were affected by Micheal Jordan when they watched basketball games, and it was occasional.

The second difference between the influence of celebrities and the influence of parents on children is strength. The influence of parents on children is very strong because children trust their parents. Children are usually afraid of parental authority, so they would behave like their parents hope. A child hit my cousin with a plastic bottle in a party. His father yelled at him: “What the hell? Don’t hit people.” Then he stopped hitting. Children also do things that their parents ask them to do because they love their parents. Parents take care of their children, so most children are grateful. My elementary classmate’s father asked him to study hard. Therefore, he studied hard and got into college. In contrast, the influence of celebrities on some children is weak. Children don’t do everything that celebrities do. Also, children wouldn’t follow the words that celebrities say. Children may like some celebrities, and they might hate some celebrities too. Some of my elementary school classmates disliked Micheal Jackson because they thought Micheal Jackson danced in a weird way.They haven’t behaved like that. They didn’t watch Micheal Jackson shows anymore. In the other words, the influence of Michael Jackson on them even disappeared. The influence of celebrities got weak in this case.

Celebrities and parents affect children in different ways. People shouldn’t ignore either. Parents need to educate their children to become good people, but children might get disobedient when evil celebrities affect them. In addition, people should control the TV shows that their children watch. Let children watch good celebrity shows. Delete bad celebrity shows on their computers. When children watch movies, parents should tell their children which actor is evil and which actor is kind. Parents should tell children don’t behave like evil actor. It is important to avoid their own children become thieves who stole in a store, so tell children that thieves will be caught by police and will be in jail. Thieves aren’t often forgiven by managers in stores.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The number of Saudi students who have had scholarship around the world increased from 2000 to 190,000 during King Abdullah’s scholarship program. In fact, Saudis will never forget King Abdullah because when he became a king, he started to set certain plans and goals to restructure and develop many fields of the country. One of his plans was King Abdullah’s scholarship program that provided scholarships for students from different levels. Also, KASP (King Abdullah’s scholarship program) covers the tuition fees, salary, and medical coverage. King Abdullah’s scholarship program include a lot of countries that students could choose from such as the United States, Canada, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, India, Singapore, France, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, and China. Moreover, King Abdullah’s scholarship program has improved my life because it helped me to get an education, see the world, and improve my health.

In the beginning, King Abdullah’s scholarship program helped me to get an education. This program has given me the opportunity to continue my education in Chicago. In fact, it was hard to accept the huge number of high school graduate students and the requirements of this program were not easy, but I worked hard to make my childhood dream come true although KASP requested high grades in school and on other exams.  However, King Abdullah’s scholarship program inspired the students for what they were interested in. For example, students can receive salaries and choose where they want to study. Before I came Chicago I was confused about choosing a city which is a good place for study, and this program helped me to choose Chicago, so that why I’m here.

In addition, King Abdullah’s scholarship program has helped me to see the world. In fact, this program has enabled hundreds of thousands of young Saudis to travel overseas for higher education opportunities and experiences. I have discovered a new culture in Chicago. The United States has people from many different nationalities, and I have met a lot of friends from different countries and cultures. My life experience has  improved because I learned many things from their cultures. For example, I have a friend from India; he told me that in his country the women usually cover the costs of marriage. In addition, the United States has a lot of holidays, so students who study here have many vacations. I traveled to four cities since I came to Chicago including Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Indiana. I have visited new places that I have never visited before such as Times Square in NY that I just saw in the movies, and Beverly Hills in LA that the most famous neighborhood in the United States.

Finally, King Abdullah’s scholarship program helped me improves my health. As I mentioned in the introduction, King Abdullah’s scholarship program covers medical coverage, so it has helped me to take care for myself. In fact, I did not have medical coverage in my country. Because of that, I did not focus on my health there. My weight has increased since I came to Chicago. I have done medical examinations each month because my insurance has covers that. Also, since I started paying attention to my health, I have avoided diseases such as stomach problems, flu, and pneumonia.
In conclusion, King Abdullah’s scholarship program aimed to improve the Saudi students’ life by improving their health, helping them to discover the world, and reducing the unemployment rate back home. In fact, King Abdullah died two years ago, so the numbers of Saudi students who have had scholarship around the world has decreased. All the Saudis loved King Abdullah because he supported education. Because he gave me this opportunity, I will study hard to graduate from a university in the United States.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Turning Point

The Turning Point
A long time ago, there was a mother that made a decision that would affect her child’s life. When I was young, our family was so poor that we had to buy the cheapest foods to eat. In other words, in my homeland China it was difficult for my mother to get a decent job because of the huge population in the country. In addition, there is a big competition for the students to go to college because the university seats are limited. For this reason, my mother decides to move away to the United states in order to give me a better future and a better life. 

When I was in elementary school I was a very bad student. I used to hang out with the craziest guys in the class. I learned all kinds of bad things from another bad student. We did crazy things like making smoke bombs and putted it under the cars to prank people. Therefore, I was a disappointment in my mother’s eyes. However, as I grew up, my mother decided to move to the United States to let me have a better learning environment. With this intention, my mother kept me away from those bad kids that were a bad influence on me. If I didn’t come to the United States I might become a useless person like them. However, in the United States everything is new to me.
When I was a child, I have always wanted to learn a second language, and I told my mother about it when I was growing up. At the same time, I never had a chance to learn the most primitive English in my own country. However, now I have the chance to learn the best English from the United States because my mother made the decision to move to the United States. Therefore, if my mother didn’t decide to come to the United States, I won’t be able to learn all these new stuffs I learned in this country.
There are huge populations and competitions in the country of China. In fact, China has the biggest population in the world, and it is so hard for the people in the country to get a decent job. In order to get a satisfied job, people have to study very hard to get higher education. Important to realize that the seats in the universities are very limited, and not all the students can get in. Surprisingly, I’m very lucky that I don’t have to be one of those people in China. I am very glad that my mother brought me to the United States to avoid those huge competitions among the people.

Moving from China to the United States is the most important turning point in my life. Therefore, if I didn’t come to the United States, I might still hang around with the uneducated people on the streets. Additionally, I am living a better life in the United States, and my family don’t have to buy the dead fishes to eat again. Furthermore, I can go to college without a huge competition between the other students. I’m so thankful that my mother gives me this new life.