Feb 14, 2019
Integrating my ideas with others
Reflection is very important when it comes to seeing if you’ve learned something. If you don’t look back at the lessons you’ve had how do you know that you have learned anything? When I write a paper, I do my best to bring other people’s ideas into my papers to either counter what I am saying or prove the point I am trying to make. Here is an example from the most recent paper I wrote for class,
“When someone covers their true self, the reason fluctuates with certain circumstances. Particularly, one form of covering is about hiding a minor part of your personality, which is less impactful than the second form, which involves hiding a part of your identity. An example of the first form is a job interview when you might feel the need to tone down your use of expletives. Essentially this is an example of adapting to the circumstance, hiding a part of your personality. An example of the second form of covering might happen to someone who is gay or lesbian who lives in a very religious society or community where everyone stigmatizes same-sex intimacy. To avoid being ousted, or in an extreme case beaten you would want to or need to “Cover” the idea that you have a liking toward someone of the same sex. Yoshino uses a famous example of real-world covering to emphasize that people in the spotlight cover too because they as well were afraid of the backlash it might have caused, “Long after they came out as Lesbians, Rosie O’ Donnell and Mary Cheney still covered, keeping their same-sex partners out of the public eye.” Even though Rosie O’ Donnell and Mary Cheney came out as Lesbians they still covered the fact that they had same-sex lovers simply because it was outside of what was the societal norm.
This is a great example of integrating my ideas with others, my examples are two opposites but have a common attribute they are covering for a reason, one person is hiding a part of their personality in order to get a job and the other person is hiding a part of their personal identity in order to fit in with normal society. The examples I brought in are examples that Yoshino uses in his article, he talked about Rosie O’ Donnell and Mary Cheney and how they hid that they were lesbians for years but eventually came out but also hid that they had same-sex partners for even longer because they feared the possibility of hate or even losing their careers.
Another example of Integrating my ideas with others would be in the first paper that was assigned, this one is about the “Toast story” a woman who made a name for herself and pushed past her disability to become a successful businesswoman.
“Once she finished college she had enough of being left in the dark by her small group of friends and getting kicked out by her landlords, so she started making a network of people she could become acquainted with, once she moved to China beach California and worked at a coffee shop for a little bit before starting her network. She thought if she had a big group of friends she wouldn’t be alone if a few of her friends left her. She got the idea of opening her own coffee shop from her boss and an old man who sunbathed in the same spot on China beach every day, she had made a friendship with this old man. After she finished working for the coffee shop she started making her presence known by just walking up to people and saying hi and introducing herself, she would eventually gather enough people she could count on and would borrow money to buy what used to be a former dog groomer to turn into her coffee shop. “She called the shop Trouble, in honor of all the people who helped her when she was in trouble.” Her shop became her identity in this small area of China beach California, and it was for a good reason she made this shop her identity, she stuck to the same schedule because she wanted people in her area to be able to recognize her and help her if she was having one of her episodes. People would recognize her as the owner of Trouble coffee and coconut club.”
This is more an example of me bringing in examples from the text to better explain the reason why this woman named her coffee shop “Trouble” and why she started a coffee shop in the first place. This example isn’t as fine-tuned as the first but it was my best effort, a trial and error situation. When I was looking to better integrate my ideas with other I took into consideration what I did wrong with the first essay about the “Toast Story” and what I could improve in when integrating my ideas with other. It was easier integrating my ideas with others in the second essay with Yoshino, I feel like there was more to talk about in the “Covering” topic.