Social justice is something that I have been interested in throughout my entire high school career. At the beginning of the year, when I had first found out that we were going to be doing a social justice project, I was excited. I thought Mrs. Nuvia and Mrs. Hood-Esparza were going to be the ones assigning us a social topic, but it was the complete opposite. We got to choose our own topic. It was difficult for me to finally settle on one since I am passionate about different social issues. I went through at least 3 different topics until I was content with the one I had chosen. With our social topic, we had to create a presentation that explained why the topic we chose was personal to us, as well as what social/basic needs are not being met, and who is already advocating for our social topic. Just recently, I had realized that my little brother did a project that is very similar to mine.
When I first found out that we were going to start writing blog posts, I thought that it was going to be pretty easy. I’ve seen blog posts on the internet, and to be honest they look pretty easy to write. In order to get an understanding of what our blog was going to look like, we looked at past student blog models. Each student in the class was assigned a number, and they had to look at the student blog that corresponded with that number.
I think class this week was very interesting. Learning about how human brains are wired to minimize threats and maximize rewards was something that I was able to get a good grip on. We read this story about a high school girl who had too much to drink at a party and she got expelled. This story really helped with my understanding of why teens do risky actions because it talked about the adolescent brain. As I was reading the story, there was one quote that really stood out to me. It said, “Even though the negative consequences, the cons are fully known, we place more emphasis on the potential positive aspects, the pros.” I feel like I can personally connect to this. Sometimes before I do something, I look at the outcomes of the action. I look at both the positive and negative outcomes.