Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Journal Two from Alli Clark

Journal Two

About Me:

Hello! My name is Allison Clark but I go by Alli. I'm from Delaware, OH and I'm a Social Studies Education major. I intend to teach high school but my mind is still open to possibly teaching middle school. One thing that I truly love is music, anything from the Doors to Of Monsters of Men. My love for music is driven by my vinyl collection (I have nearly 200 now). Another fun fact about me is that I've been to over 25 concerts in the past two years. I'm a truly busy person by nature, I'm always doing something. I keep myself busy visiting with friends and family and working at Son of Thurman, a burger restaurant that has been on Man v. Food! My family is one of the most important aspects of my life, as you learned in class my favorite thing to do with them is to visit the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The Outer Banks is my home away from home and the memories that I hold there mean the world to me. My ultimate goal in life is to experience all that I can, I want to see all that the world has to offer and learn something from every person that I encounter. Like this class is centered around, I'm a dreamer and always will be. I'm excited for that all that is to come out of this class and the rest of my college career.
             In Mirror on America, it discussed the prejudices that we create in our society and the stereotypes. This really stood out to me because of the stereotypes and prejudices that I face in society as well. Whether it be racially or culturally, I feel like it's extremely important for everyone to be aware that these are created in our society so that we can start making everyone feel accepted no matter what background that they come from. This really means something to me because all of my life I have been judged from the background that I come from. My mom had me when she was only 17 years old, not only that but my parents were only together for the first year of life. Many stereotypes come from the fact that many think that I would go on to follow in my mom's footsteps and have kids young and not go to college. All of my life, I have beat these stereotypes. I'm in college, and currently work 2 jobs. To me, that goes to prove that regardless of what has happened in your life you should be given fair opportunities to succeed and achieve all that you wish too.


  1. I understand your opinion of the subject because other than my sister none of my family ever went to college. I also agree everyone should have the chance to prove themselves instead of automatically being judged. No one deserves to feel less than what they truly are because if you work hard enough anything is possible.

  2. It is very frustrating dealing with stereotypes,no matter how ridiculous they may be. For example: I am adopted, and this lady at my church found out that I was adopted and she told my mom "well you don't treat him like he's adopted". Well excuse me if I don't sleep in the crawlspace and eat everyone's scraps for dinner. But as we walk through life we will always find people who stereotype, it is something that will very likely never change, it's up to us to change it, not to sound too after school special.

  3. In class we spoke about the essay by David Brooks, People Like Us, about how he projects the idea that we promote diversity, but then do not accept everyone's differences. I believe your situation goes a long way to prove that diversity with backgrounds can still have a positive end result. No matter the background or race or income or culture, working hard to achieve ones goals is a great thing that we all can accept and support. Its great to hear you are working to prove stereotypes wrong, keep it up!


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