In this project on human rights issues, we reached to out to Heartbeat Vietnam to help educate poor parents whose children are in line to receive Heart Surgery. We created a poster to display our partnership and work to parents and classmates.

We focused on improving our ability to present information on a poster. This is an important skill because in the near future, it will be necessary for us to propose ideas and conclusions in a visual way. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to reach out to the public to collect information. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

Our Group Working


One thing that we learned through visiting other exhibits was the great variety of NGOs. From heartbeat vietnam to orphan impact, there were many non-profit organization that were working hard to solve various poverty problems in Vietnam. Even though we focused on the medical part of the issue, there were education problems, housing problems, and many more. This retaught me the crucial problems that Vietnam could still improve on. 

Our Group Presenting

Time impacted our work significantly. We had a due date for every assignment and we had to rush to finish it. It wasn’t a big problem but if there was an abundant amount of time, we would be slacking off and not working to our full potential. We stayed focused by setting goals for each class and planing ahead of time. We would usually give out jobs to each person to do at home and to do in each class.

Because of my service learning, I am now able to reach out to the public to advertise and help those in need. In elementary school, it was rare for students to email outside organizations for partnership. Now however, I am able to do so, and do so in a professional manner. This skill will no doubt become useful in my future learning. 

Through our partnership with heartbeat vietnam, I learned about the existence of doctors who ventures out to rural areas to find people diagnosed with a disease. This would be an option for my career because I like exploring, and I believe medical areas provide stable income salaries. This job perfectly combines both criterias into one. 


I think my best professional quality is the my persistence and dedication. In my past, I have had a lot of hard situations. One example is my participation in swimming clubs. There have been many times when I felt like giving up. However, I used my anger and regret as a launching pad to success. In class as well, I strive do whatever is within my reach to finish what I have to and receive a satisfying grade. I think this knowledge will come in useful when trying to manipulate things to fit your needs. By being persistence and possibly annoying, individuals are able to change other's thoughts to meet your requirements and hopes.

I think one of my worst professional skills is speech. In school, there are many times when we are required to stand up in front of the class and talk. In these situations, I get really nervous and afraid. I envy those who have a natural gift to express their opinions confidently. I will continue to practice talking in front of an audience. Hopefully this will result in a higher ability to talking fluently in a nervous stand point.

Economic benefits drove Europeans to conquer Africa

         A meeting was held in 1884 by the superiors of Europe. This meeting would soon prove to be the death sentence to over 10 million African slaves. The Imperialism was a brutal time in which powerful European countries started dividing and conquering Africa. These partitions still remain as individual countries of the same continent. The driving force for Imperialism on Africa was economics. Some may argue that technology is a more significant driving force. However, some fail to consider that economic trade of resources led to these advancements.

         The primary driving force for Imperialism was economics. One reason is because Europe was able to gain many resources from Africa. Imports from the continent reached up to 8 million pounds in 1900, almost twice that of 1854 (Doc E). This passage illustrates that economics became a motivation to conquer more land, because the Europeans knew that gaining more area meant gaining more resources for trade. This driving force eventually convinced them to further conquer the natives.

         Some may argue that technology was a more powerful driving force. Many innovations such as the Maxim Gun and Locomotive helped the Europeans take over Africa (Doc C). With this evidence, one can say that the new advancements helped Europeans achieve pride and confidence. For example, by using a machine gun people are able to gain a sense of dominance and invincibility. Although this argument may appear plausible at first, one fails to notice that many of the inventions ran on African materials. One example is the Steam Engine, which helped efficiently transport goods around the vast continent. Although they were very beneficial to Europeans, these machines would not be able to run without the coal collected from Rhodesia (Doc C and D). The evidence suggests that economic trade of African resources helped Europeans create and continue production of various inventions used to further conquer the lands. In conclusion, one can say that trade is a more superior driving force over technology.

           The primary incentive for Imperialism on Africa was economics. Many people believe that technology is a more significant driving force. However, this argument overlooks the fact that these items and aids would not have been built without African resources. All in all, one can say that Europeans were able to gain many resources through overseas commerce. With the resources acquired, they were able to build many inventions such as the first machine gun and electric telegraph. It is not wrong to say that without African trade these inventions would not have become a reality, and therefore is a more worthy motive. Even over a century after this tragedy, many parts of Africa have not yet fully recovered from the Imperialism. Let us further aid the continent to help it revive into what used to be.

- What did I change (revise) in various stages and why?

I changed the hook of the essay. I believe that the hook is one of the most important parts of the essay, and it is the part that pulls the reader in. In my first version of the hook, it sounded more like I was giving a report. Therefore, I changed it to make it more dramatic and less essay-like.

- What helped me stay organized?

As always, the graphic organizers helped me stay organized. I was able to easily create cohesion and organization within my writing. In the future, I believe that graphic organizers will aid me in my writing construction.

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5 Reasons why students should have less homework

School seems to follow you all over the world. Aside from school itself, it appears at home, pops up in conversations between friends, and even interferes with your vacation. After being labored 100% at school, students are required to bring home this workload to the very small amount of freedom they possess. Some may argue that less homework would mean that they will have less time to learn. Although this may be convincing, one fails to consider that homework brings along many negative consequences. What are these negative consequences? Homework creates stress among students, it creates more work for teachers, and it separates children and their parents. Decreasing homework will ameliorate these problems.

1.Exploration Time!

Less time studying means more time exploring. Even though the world is a vast place with many possibilities, students stay locked up in their room at their desk finishing homework. These children should have the opportunity to explore the part of the world that they have been missing out on. They will be able to meet new people from other countries, and learn more about the animals that share the world with them. When I was in Japan, I received little homework due to the fact that I was in elementary school. In my extra hours, I would spend a lot of time on my bicycle exploring my neighborhood. My friends and I used to spend time together riding the buses or going into unknown areas. It was a great time to let my curiosity lead the way. The Natural Learning Initiative claims, “time with nature will result in an increase in physical activity, social relations, and self discipline.”

2.Less Stress and Increase in School Performance

The word “stress” is heard often among the conversations of teens. Professors claim that the source of stress is sleep deprivation and health issues, and it takes no genius to know that the source of those problems is homework overload. Lack of sleep and health could also have a negative impact on school performance. During class, it is not uncommon to see students resting their heads on their arms with their eyes shut. Every adult knows that lack of nutrients would result in lack of concentration. Therefore, students with more homework would have a hard time concentrating during school. All in all, one can conclude that more work at home means less work  achieved at school, which is the exact opposite that parents expect from their children.

3. More Time for After School Activities(ASA)

After School Activities are an enjoyable time that all students are able to take part in and have fun. It is a precious duration of time where students are able to do what they want, and reduce stress from school. Many students find ASA a great time to hang out with their friends and cooperate with them to complete various tasks. By decreasing the amount of homework, they will be able to take part in ASAs. The American Learning Institute shows this can have an effect on confidence and health. I have had a personal experience in which I spent time taking part in an Archery ASA with my companions because I didn't have homework that day. It was good opportunity for me to chat with my friends and have fun. Therefore, one can say that less homework will give students a break from everyday homework.

4.Less Work for Teachers

Being a teacher is a hard job. They have to dignify naughty children, and make sure each and every individual ends up as a satisfactory adult. If the teachers do not meet the requirements from their executive, they are punished or even asked to leave school. Considering the number of obstacles they hurdle over, their salary is not prosperous. Washington Post claim that teachers work up to 53 hours a week. In their service hours, they might grade tests or assign homework. Even teachers are humans, and any minute subtracted would be a grateful reward. Homework decrease is the answer. Most of the time, the number of students in a grade sum up to over 50. By assigning less homework for students, they will have to do less work. Teachers can spend their newly gained overtime watching movies, reading books, and even playing sports. Now it is a win-win situation for both teachers and their students!

5.Family Time!!

The last and most important reason to decrease homework has a lot to do with family. Families are the one thing everyone needs, but does not take advantage of. They have been with children since they day they were born. They have taught adolescents that behind every problem, a reward awaits. They have gifted their sons and daughters with safety and a prosperous life. We cannot thank these people enough. Although good grades might be a good repay of kindness, spending time with them is no doubt the best reward. Showing them how they have grown and how they will continue to grow into adulthood will help parents feel confidence and pride of the successes their children have tackled. Less homework will pry students off their desks. It will become the bond between children and their parents.

Some may argue that less homework would mean less time for students to spend studying. Although this may be true, they fail to consider that most students already go to enough academies and after school tutoring. To add to that, they still receive homework. A little less of their studying time does not mean they will stop learning. Homework is not bad. It has educated students and have helped them prove their knowledge to teachers. As many people say, everything has to come to an end sometime. This is applicable to homework as well. Although homework should not be diminished, a limit must be placed.

In conclusion, one can see that less homework will mitigate problems for students, teachers, and parents. It reduces stress, and give everyone a better experience. Many schools can incorporate these notions and create a situation that is beneficial for everyone.


What did you learned about persuasive writing?:

I had a lot written many persuasive writing pieces before, and this one was not different from the rest. We used convincing language and sometimes figurative speech to make the readers agree to your claim. Therefore, I can say I did not learn that much about this type of writing, but rather just polished up what I already obtain.

What were any challenges you may had?: 

One challenge I had was choosing a website to post my essay on. When I first heard that we were going to post our essays on the internet, only the big names came to mind. I instantly knew that names such as new york times and washington post would not be an option. So I had to really think outside the box. However, as you can see above, I was able to post it to two different websites.


What is your opinion of being a published writer?

Honestly? Not much different than being a non-published writer. I assume that if you writing was published to more famous news article areas, you would feel much more pride and accomplishment. In my case though, I just feel like I completed an ordinary school assignment.