Tutor profile: Molly T.
Do you think that the SATS represent a high school student's ability to achieve success in college?
I do not believe that the SATs represent a student's intelligence and strengths that contribute to a successful college career. In today's society, colleges focus on curating specialized programs designed to prepare its students for specific careers following college. A standardized test that fails to allow a student to accurately represent his or her abilities to complete a narrow area of study to prepare for a chosen career should not be considered in the college admissions process.
Both movies and books aim to tell a story. What advantage does writing have over cinema production that allows it to effectively tell either a true or fictional story?
While some may prefer character-driven stories, plots often enhance the ability to convey a truth about the world. Reading a novel forces us to contribute to the character development by imagining voices and appearances, thus leaving that aspect of storytelling more subjective. However, plots sometimes emerge stronger in novels, the imagery film provides becoming a distraction to the series of events we witness. Though some visual learners may prefer to see their stories instead of read them, I believe that the written word will forever remain the preferred technique of storytelling.
Sociology is the study of patterns found in specific populations. The subject centers around the concept of "societal norms," the most prominent patterns found within these populations. Based on literature, what do you consider the two biggest problems with societal norms?
Today, though created to improve the efficiency of relationship-building through an eco-friendly form of communication, social media has created widespread anxiety within our culture to obtain a subjectively superior way of life. The ability to post photos and thoughts on apps like Instagram and Facebook allow us to cultivate an online presence that not only fails to represent reality, but instills in our viewers an idea that their happiness depends on achieving the unattainable levels of success in the professional, social and romantic aspects of their lives our social media personalities represent through the manipulation of photo curation and word choice. Without the ability to communicate the intimate details of our personal lives, members of our culture would not feel pressured to engage in the same activities and feel the same emotions our peers present to us in their online profiles. The prevalence of social media further enhances another societal norm that contradicts the anthropological need to mate freely: monogamy. Lavish weddings and posed family photos urge us to believe that a successful romantic life lies in the ability to marry at a certain age, and furthermore, that only monogamous relationships allow us to do so while maintaining our morality. When forced to remain in a relationship with one person, we become the victims of our own wrongdoings when nature takes its course and causes us to fall in love with someone other than our partners. Though monogamy may be the path to a healthy psyche for most people, it can threaten the human state of mind for others. Happiness should be the main goal of any culture, but societal norms can lower the possibility of reaching that goal. With social media-driven anxiety and forced monogamy remaining prevalent, we are in danger of orchestrating our own downfalls, simply because of the intrinsic desire to stay within the confines of the idealistic views of society.
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