SAS Core: Why, Why, Why??

Hi everyone! Summer is around the corner. The sun is finally coming out and it is beginning to look a lot like spring! This also means that a new semester will soon befall us. Class registrations have begun, and everyone is out to fulfill those beloved SAS core requirements. Am I right or am I right? We are looking for the classes that hit two birds with one stone, and by that, I mean classes that can fulfill two SAS core requirements in one go! I have been looking for some classes too, and so I thought, why not compile a list and share with you all as well? So here is a list of classes that might seem interesting and fulfill those SAS core requirements! Enjoy!

  1. Looking at 21st Century World History (01:082:118) (3 credits) (21C, HST)

In this class, you will take examine the history of Western Art from antiquity to medieval period. If you like to travel and look at art, then this might be the class for you because you will be seeing a wide array of artwork spanning from Egypt to Rome. This course has two hourly exams, a final, and three to five page paper on a topic chosen by the professor.

2. Global East Asia (01:098:250) (4 credits) (21C, HST, SCL)

This course is about the world’s most influential East Asian nations including China, Korea, and Japan. You will learn about each of the nation’s economy, culture, war, gender, politics, etc. You will have clicker questions and recitation for this class.

3. Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences (01:830:123) (3 credits) (21C, HST)

This is an interesting course about what the consequences of believing in souls are. You will get to explore topics such as self, mind and body dualism, culture, evolution, death, etc. You will have weekly readings. Your grade comprises of two midterms, a take-home final, assignments, and discussion posts.

4. Latino and Caribbean Cultural Studies (01:050:295) (3 credits) (Wcr, AHp)

In this class, you will analyze the culture, politics, society, and more about the Latino and Caribbean cultures. You will examine how these two cultures connect in various aspects such as gender, ethnicity, and populism.

5. Women and Contemporary Chinese Society (01:170:245) (3 credits) (21C, HST, WCr or WCd)

You will unravel the role of Chinese women after 1949 in Chinese economy, politics, entrepreneurship, education, science, social movements, religious revival, and much more! This course is offered in the Fall semesters. Your grade will constitute two term papers (five pages each), a final paper (eight to nine pages), an oral presentation, active attendance, participation, and homework assignments.

6. Introduction to Korean Culture, History and Society (01:574:210)  (3 credits) (HST, AHo, Wcr)

I believe the title speaks for itself. Nonetheless, this course will introduce you to Korean culture and society in a historical perspective. Your grade in this class will encompass quizzes, homework, a presentation, and class participation. You will have two midterms and a final paper.

7. Development of the Labor Movement I (37:575:201) (3 credits) (HST or SCL, WCr or WCd)

This is a course that delves into labor movements throughout the history of Americas. You will see what shaped the American concepts of slavery, work, free labor, industrialization, etc. The class will require two papers, a midterm, a final and also attendance.

Well, I hope that gives you some choices to think about! Good luck on your midterms and finals!

 

March New Book Releases!

Here are few books that just got released and you should take time to read them over break!

  1. The Night Ocean

This is a fictional story of Marina Willett’s husband named Charlie. He becomes obsessed with a famous 20th century horror writer named H.P. Lovecraft. Charlie is caught in one particular story of Lovecraft. This story is about a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow who lives with an “old gent” for two months. No one knows whether they were just friends or something more. Charlie think he solves this puzzle but something terrible happens and Charlie disappears. The police keep saying that he committed suicide, but Marina, a psychiatrist, doesn’t believe this. This story is filled with suspense, scandals, and much more.

2. One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter

This is a nonfictional story of an author named Saachi Koul. She is the daughter of two Indian immigrant parents who move to Canada. This is a compilation of satiric and fierce short stories of her growing up in Canada. She talks about the challenges of being an “outsider.” Not only this, but she also addresses other crucial issues faced by a woman of color. These issues include gender stereotypes of Western and Indian culture and racial tensions. This is book is a mixture of jokes and serious content.

3. Strange the Dreamer

This an epic fantasy novel about how a dream chooses the dreamer. The dreamer in this case is an orphan a junior librarian named Lazlo Strange. He has always wanted to be part of a dream about a mythical, lost city of Weep. However, this dream wants someone much braver than Strange. Fortunately, an opportunity comes knocking on Strange’s door: a hero with the name Godslayer and group of warriors are after the land of Weep. Strange must uncover the mystery behind how Weep even got into this deep trouble.

4. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit 

This is a true story of a twenty-year-old man named Christopher Knight. Knight leaves his home in Massachusetts and disappears into a forest. The shocking part is that Knight actually lives in the forest for 27 years! Knight uses his wits and courage to survive the brutal winter. Discover how he manages to arrange food, clothing, and other provisions as he struggles to keep himself alive for nearly three decades. It is a riveting story of solitude, tenacity, and self-exploration.

5. The Illusionist’s Apprentice 

You must have heard of the great magician Harry Houdini, but did you know about his one-time apprentice? It was a woman full of marvelous secrets. She was named Jenny “Wren” Lockhart. She gets entangled into the murder of Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini for his phony and treacherous tricks. When one of Stapleton’s acts goes wrong and a man is murdered,  Wren must do the unthinkable: defend Stapleton by forming an alliance with the FBI to prove Stapleton’s innocence. If you like magic, mystery, and illusions, then this is the story for you!

What if I can’t get an internship?

Hi there! Spring semester is swooshing by, and before we know it, summer will be here! Many of you, including me, probably are looking for an internship. Many of the internships are very competitive. What happens when one doesn’t get an internship? Does that mean they have their whole summer free? Does it mean boredom will be their only company for four whole months? Fear not. Here are a few other things to keep you busy and your summer productive.

  1. Study Abroad

This is a great opportunity to travel and learn while earning college credit at the same time! Rutgers has amazing study abroad options that you can explore! From studying art history in Rome to wildlife ecology in Kenya, there is something for everyone! Granted, these trips can be quite expensive, but there are various National Study Abroad Scholarships students can apply to! For funding information or more financial aid options, the Office of Financial Aid is always happy to help. Now go out there and explore! Do be aware that the deadlines for most summer study abroad options are around March 3rd.

Here is the website with all the study abroad information:

http://globaleducation.rutgers.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLink&Parent_ID=0&Link_ID=D35DF441-5056-9B67-E4B89064D3BDB3A4&pID=1&lID=1

2. Undergraduate Research

Instead of applying for a formal summer research internship, maybe it will be more fun and unique if you went out and looked for research that fits just what your interests are. For example, if you are someone who has always wondered about how stem cells play a role in spinal cord injuries, then you can find a couple of professors who are conducting research in that very field. Rutgers is an excellent research hub. I am sure you will find exactly what you want! A good way to look for professors who are doing research in the area of your choosing is to go to the specific department (i.e. Life Sciences) and examine the tab they have just for research. Find a few professors whose work interests you, and then write thoughtful emails to them showing your genuine interests. It really helps if you read their research and mention points from it that really stood out and intrigued you. Be sure to ask them if they are available to meet with you to further discuss their research. Good Luck!

3. Learn New Skills

There are a plethora of useful skills that one can master over the summer! From learning how to code to learning how to sew, there are many life skills that everyone can try to learn. Here is a list of few skills that you can get started on if you’d like:

  • Writing a book
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Cooking
  • Keeping a Daily Journal
  • Fixing a Leaky Faucet
  • Inventing an app
  • Reading a Map
  • Fixing a Flat Tire
  • Performing CPR and Heimlich Maneuver

Learning new skills exercises the brain. Plus, it is so much fun! What will you learn this summer?

Well, I hope these give you few ideas on how to be busy this summer. Make this summer memorable and fun! Four months is a lot of time! Have fun!

The Weirdest and Most Fascinating Disease and Disorders!

WARNING: THERE ARE IMAGES OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS BELOW.
VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Hey there folks! This post can bring about paradoxical emotions such as disgust and mesmerization. It will be about some of the weirdest and yet most interesting diseases and disorders that you cannot even fathom. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Epidermolysis 

This condition is known to be a rare birth defect in the epidermis. It is also known as the Butterfly Disease. People with this condition have extremely sensitive and fragile skin. As a result, even the slightest irritation, such as temperature change, can trigger painful blisters and open wounds. The cause of this is the body’s inability to produce collagen. This disease does not just affect the epidermis of the skin but it also could occur with the epidermis of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Yikes! What’s worse is the fact that there is absolutely no cure for it.

 

Ectopia Cordis

You won’t believe this one! One in every 100,000 babies is born with this condition in which the heart is actually outside the rib cage! Unfortunately, this presents numerous risks for the heart, so many babies do not live long. However, there was this one miracle case in which a man named Christopher Wall was born with Ectopia Cordis and survived until the age of 33! Surgery is not really possible because the heart is such a delicate organ.

 

Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome

This rare condition is when there is a build-up of uric acid in all bodily fluids. The behavior of those who are victims of this disease are quite surprising. Those with this condition have a strange proclivity to purposefully hurt themselves. They sometimes bang their heads on objects, excessively bite their fingers, nails, or lips, and even try gouging their own eyes out!

 

Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia

Vampire lovers, pay close attention to this one! This disorder is also known as the Vampire Disorder because people who suffer from this condition develop pointy vampire-like teeth. This disorder also affects their hair, skin and nails. Signs of premature aging is also prevalent. Furthermore, people with this disorder must also stay out of the sun due to their lack of sweat glands.

 

Lamellar Ichthyosis 

This condition is another rare bare defect where the baby sheds its skin like a reptile. The baby is first born with shiny smooth skin that is known to be called the “collodion membrane”. This membrane sheds and gives way to the actual skin which is scaly and cracked. The baby is in high risk for infection, dehydration, and hypothermia. They also lack the protective outer layer which has the sweat glands. The scales amass near armpits or the groins and the babies usually don’t feel any pain. Unfortunately, the bright red scales are quite visible. This condition can also lead to ectropion, which is inversion of lips and eyelids.

 

Well I hope you enjoyed these few rarities. If you would like to check out rest of the article that intrigued me, feel free to visit the following link:
http://listverse.com/2014/01/30/10-more-fascinatingly-rare-disorders-revised/!

I hope you learned something! Enjoy the rest of break even though it is sadly almost over 😦 .

Christmas Fun Facts!

Merry Christmas! Ahh finally it is winter break! I hope you all are enjoying your break so far! I have amassed some fun Christmas festive facts for you all that I thought you might enjoy as a quick, fun read. Have fun and stay warm 🙂

1. December 25th is assumed to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. However, there is apparently no mention of this date in the Bible. In fact, most historians claim that Christ was actually a spring baby! As a result, it might be that December 25th was chosen because it coincides with the ancient pagan festival called “Saturnalia.” This festival celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with parties, gambling, and exchanging of gifts.

2. What about the tradition of the pine trees that we decorate and consecrate as Christmas trees? Well, actually this tradition is also rooted in the Saturnalia festival. The pagans used the branches of the evergreen trees during winter solstices to symbolize the strength of the Sun gods during the spring season.

3. Germans are considered to be the first to bring the concept of “Christmas trees” into their homes in the holiday season.

4. Even though Christmas trees did prevail in America in the 1830’s, it wasn’t until 1846 when Queen Victoria and Germany’s Prince Albert were sketched in front of a Christmas tree that the real hype for Christmas trees started!

5. A War on Christmas? Five months into World War I, the troops took a “Christmas break” to sing carols to each other on the battlefield. German and British troops started wishing each other “Merry Christmas” and even exchanging cigarettes as gifts. This event was later known as the “Christmas Truce of 1914.”

6. Christmas in the Colonies! Did you know that Christmas was not even a big deal in the mid to late 1600’s? In fact, if you showed any Christmas spirit in Boston, you would be fined five shillings!  That’s right! Christmas used to be illegal! Congress did not even bother to give a day off! They even decided to hold their first session on Christmas in 1789!

7. The first American batch of eggnog was made in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement. The word “nog” comes from “grog” which means any drink made from rum!

8. Did you know that the famous myth of Santa travelling across the skies in his reindeer sleigh was actually first inspired by Washington Irving? Yes, this is the same Irving who authored the “Headless Horseman.” In The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Irving described a dream about St.Nicholas soaring in the skies in a weightless wagon.

9. How did Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer come about? Both these festive characters were the advertising industry’s gimmicks! Rudolph was used to lure shoppers to Montgomery Ward Department store. Frosty the Snowman was used in alcohol ads!

10. NASA’s enigmatic Christmas sighting? In 1965, two astronauts spotted an unidentified object in space and frantically called Mission Control. It was actually a prank by the two astronauts who later began playing Jingle Bells on the harmonica, which is now on display at the National Museum.

11. Kissing under the mistletoe originated in the Celtic and Teutonic legend in which mistletoe is believed to have magical powers that can heal wounds, increase fertility, bring good luck, and keep away the evil spirits.

12. Christmas around the world is quite different! The Portuguese hold a feast for the living and the dead on Christmas. Meanwhile, people in Greece believe that goblins called kallikantzeri roam around during the 12 days before Christmas. Also, the Greeks don’t exchange gifts until January 1st, St. Basil’s Day.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Symbology

Hey there everyone! I hope the exams aren’t hitting you too hard! This month I thought I would write about something I have always been fascinated by throughout my life: Symbols. Sometimes, we may easily overlook symbols that are prevalent in our daily lives. Some of the symbols we use in professional settings today are derived from the ancient eras.  I have gathered a few symbols which I thought are rather interesting. I hope you learn something new, and the next time you see any of these symbols, you’ll know  what they mean and where they came from! Enjoy 🙂

  1. Caduceus

You may have seen this many times in a medical context. However, its origin is actually a symbol of the Greek god Hermes who possesses this staff with two coiled snakes. Hermes is the Greek god of merchants and tradesmen, and the messenger between the gods and the humans. To Greeks, it represents commerce, eloquence, and negotiation.  Another interesting thing is that this symbol was originally used by the US Army Medical Corps, and since then it has been used as a motif in medical settings today.

2. All Seeing Eye

This symbol has been misconstrued to mean control and surveillance by the upper class. However, this symbol actually represents spiritual insight and occult knowledge. This symbols appears on the Great Seal of the United States! Look out for it!

3. Peace Sign

This symbol has been used in countless instances and has many meanings. Did you know that the peace sign was actually created by a man named Gerald Holtom to encourage British nuclear disarmament? It is actually supposed to represent a man outstretched in despair. Do you see it?

4. Swastika

This is actually another misrepresented symbol. In Sanskrit, this symbol means good fortune and well being. However, as many of you may know, Adolf Hitler misused this symbol by making it represent hatred, which is quite the antithesis of its original meaning.

5. Yin Yang

This is a Chinese symbol which represents the balance between the dark and the light forces. In Taoism, it is commonly used to depict how two halves complete to make a whole. Everything in the universe has a complementary force to it.

6. Pentagram

This is an ancient symbol of Witchcraft. It is made of five points, and the topmost point represents the spirit of Gaia, or Mother Earth, amidst the four other points which represent fire, earth, water, and air. This symbol actually has a positive connotation: it is deemed to protect you against the evil.

7. Fleur de Lis

This is known as the Lily of France. This symbol is a modified version of the Gaulish Lily which represents the Roman Virgin Goddess  Juno. This has come to represent perfection, light, and life.

8. Trinity Knots

This is known as the Celtic Trinity Knot (or “triquetra”). It showcases faith, devotion, and the belief in God. The symbol comprises of three segments representing the Holy Trinity. Today, the Celtics use this at weddings and engagement rings. They look at it as symbolizing a lifetime of devotion for God.

I hope you enjoyed this! Good luck on your exams!

Words You Must Know!

Hey there fellow students! If you are a logophile (lover of words), then here are some words you ought to know. Feel free to comment your favorite word below.

I love learning new words. In fact, it’s an important skill to have a rich vocabulary. You could enhance your vocabulary many ways. Download the Dictionary.com app on your phone. I have it on mine. It sends me a “word of the day” every day. That’s 30 words you will learn a month and 365 words in a year! Another great way to learn new words is to read. Read. Read. Read some more. Whenever you get a chance, try to read at least a page or even a paragraph of a book, news article, or literature every day. When you come across words you don’t know, write them down. Try keeping a word journal of all the words you learn! It is quite fun.

Anyways, here are a list of words that are absolutely stunning, fun, and just beautiful. I challenge you all to use at least three words from this list today! Have fun.

  • Ailurophile (n): a cat lover.  Which cat is your favorite?

  • Bucolic (adj): in a lovely rural setting. What is your favorite place?

  • Conflate (v): to blend together
  • Cynosure (n): a focal point of admiration
  • Dalliance (n): a brief love affair (like the many dalliances of Barney from How I Met Your Mother?)

  • Desmesne (n): dominon, territory
  • Demure (adj): shy and reserved
  • Denouement (n): the resolution of a mystery (I wonder when  the directors of Pretty Little Liars will reveal the show’s denouement?)

  • Desuetude (n): disuse
  • Desultory (adj): slow, sluggish (I sure feel desultory on Sunday mornings!)
  • Diaphanous (adj): light, delicate, sheer (oh those diaphanous lace prom dresses are to die for!)
  • Dulcet (adj) sweet, sugary (the dulcet fall desserts? yum, yum, and yum!)

  • Ebullience (n): bubbling enthusiasm (do you have a friend who exudes ebullience?)
  • Efflorescence (n): flowering, blooming (spring is the season for efflorescence, right?)
  • Elision (n): dropping a sound or a syllable in a word (“I’m going to sleep” as an elision when saying “I’m.”)
  • Embrocation (n): a liquid used to rub on the body, such as a lotion (Oh, the many embrocations of Bath & Body lotions!)

  • Emollient (adj):  moisturizing, soothing
  • Erstwhile (adv): formerly
  • Evanescent (adj): short lasting, transient
  • Evocative (adj): suggestive
  • Felicity (adj): pleasantness
  • Fugacious (adj): fleeting
  • Halcyon (adj); happy, care-free
  • Imbrication (n): overlapping and forming a regular pattern
  • Imbue (v): to infuse, instill
  • Imbroglio (n): an altercation or complicated situation
  • Inglenook (n): a cozy nook by the hearth (a perfect inglenook for reading on a cold, autumn afternoon?)

  • Inure (adj): to become jaded
  • Lilt (v): to move musically or lively
  • Lissome (adj): slender and graceful (ballet dancers are very lissome)
  • Mellifluous (adj): sweet sounding
  • Moiety (n): one of two equal parts
  • Pastiche (n): an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period

  • Propinquity (n): an inclination (Do you have a propinquity to procrastinate?)
  • Pyrrhic (adj): successful with heavy losses
  • Riparian (adj): by the bank of a stream
  • Scintilla (n): a spark or very small thing
  • Susurrous (adj): full of whispering sounds
  • Wafture (adj): wave-like
  • Chatoyant (adj): (of a gem) like a cat’s eye

I hope you learned some new words today! Try to spice up your everyday texts or in-person conversations by adding these words. Have a great day! Happy Fall! Good luck on exams!

Say Cheese!

Hey everyone! Do you like to eat cheese? If so, you will definitely be salivating while reading this post. Before you start reading about the cheeses below, you should know that there are twelve families of cheese.

a. Fresh: unripened, young cheeses with short shelf life.

b. Swiss: slow-ripening, free of bacteria or washed rind cheeses

c. Cheddar: largest production in US and Canada

d. English: buttermilk, crumbly texture

e. Dutch: medium-ripening cheeses with natural rinds and are waxed

f. Port-Salut: medium-ripening cheese

g. Tilsit: cheese have small holes and release pungent odors while aging

h. Hard: well-aged, pressed, and very salted

i. Soft-Ripening: cheese sprayed with white mold, and as it ripens, it softens from outside in.

j. Washed Rind: cheese sprayed with white bloomy mold, are orange colored, and ripen very fast

h. Goat and Sheep: milk of these two animals mixed

Now go ahead and read below! I have compiled a  list of cheeses which I think you should taste! Happy Cheesin’…. 🙂

Baladi cheese is very common in the Middle East. It is white, soft and very creamy. It is made in Lebanon from a mixture of goat, cow, and sheep’s milk. You can eat it with crackers or spread it over bread and make a sandwich. In Arabic, this cheese is known as Jibnah Khadra or Jibnah Baladi.  To locals this cheese means “local cheese made from a flock of Baladi goats.” On the other hand, some locals also call this cheese “cheese of mountains” because it is made on top of mountains by shepherds. However, keep in mind you have only three days to devour this piece of art.

2.

Appalachian cheese is made in Meadow Creek Dairy in Galax, Virginia. It is made from raw milk of Jersey cows. You have 60 days to eat this until it goes bad. It is semi-soft and firm. The taste might remind you of lemons, butter, and even a bit of mushroom!

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Mango Rebel is a seasonal cheese. It is made in Austria. It is 100% GMO free and “allergy-friendly.” It is made from the purest hay-milk of cows. These cows are fed hay, grains, and herbs, and not any industry concentrates, so it is guaranteed to be organic! It has a tint of mango and a dash of dark chocolate for a mouth-watering collision of sweetness.

4.

The Huntsman cheese is made in Southwest England. It is actually a combination of two cheeses: a soft yellow cheese and a blue cheese. It almost looks like a slice of cake, right? It has a crumbly, firm, and smooth texture, and it belongs to the family of blue cheeses. It has a strong sweet fragrance, but can taste spicy and tangy.

5.

Holiday Brie is another seasonal cheese that is  available from October through December. This cheese is made from cashews and cold pressed organic coconut oil. It is made in Canada and is considered vegetarian. Artisans may even embellish its taste further by adding cranberries, lemon zest, and crushed pistachio nuts. This is a must-have for the holidays!

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Il Boschetto al Tartufo (I know, what a mouthful) is a semi-soft cheese from Tuscany, Italy. It has a very creamy texture and is made from the milk of cows and sheep. This cheese is ingrained with shavings of rare white truffles. As a result,  its taste is a harmony between pungency and sweetness.

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Red Windsor is a cheese that originated in England. It belongs to the cheddar family. As you can see from the picture, it has almost a pink and white marble look to it. Made from cow’s milk, it tastes very creamy and fruity.

Review of Rutgers Philosophy Class

Hey everyone! I can’t believe it’s already the third week of classes! In this post, I wanted to talk to you about a rather interesting class I am taking this semester. I am a biological sciences major, so I certainly have a plethora of science to trudge through. However, I wanted to explore other realms. I, for one, have always wanted to explore philosophy. It is a subject in which one widens horizons of the mind and learns to look at the world with a new perspective. You discover who you are and what your own philosophy of living life is. As a result, I am considering minoring in philosophy. I registered for the Intro to Ethics class this semester, and let me just tell you, it is quite fascinating already!

My professor’s name is David Rose. He is really great. The class I am in meets once a week on Wednesdays from 9:50 am to 12:50 pm. Each week, a reading is assigned and students are asked to write a brief one page, double-spaced, summary. In class, Mr. Rose further elaborates on the reading to emphasize the key points and clear any doubts. Afterwards, we have discussions about the reading, like professional philosophers, which can get fairly intense.

One interesting discussion we recently had involves moral relativism. Moral relativism is a concept that states that there is no single true morality; something that is “wrong” according to one person moral standards might be right in standards of another. A very controversial question arose in this week’s reading titled, “Who’s to Judge,” by Louis Pojman: if in fact everything is relative to context and person, then can’t one say that Adolf Hitler was not wrong according to his own moral principles? Of course, then Pojman counters the following question by claiming that every society has a set of ubiquitous moral standards such as nonviolence, respect, and honesty that people are expected to abide by.

Another intriguing arena my class delved into this week was regarding meat consumption. Three scenarios were presented in a video: 1) people in Iceland have no idea that they are fed rotten shark meat in a restaurant; 2) a tribe violently abuses dogs and eat its meat; and 3) another tribe in New Guinea kills other humans for revenge and eats their meat. The question was whether it was ethical to consume these meats. After seeing the first scenario, most students said it was the peoples personal choice what meat they preferred to consume. However, after watching the following two scenarios, you can imagine how the relative morality was challenged because the question became “is it actually still personal preference if dog meat and human meat are involved?”

I discovered that the great part about philosophy is that every argument or statement you make has many facets. Your opponents can and will find a million ways to counter your points, and the strange thing is that you can also find a million ways to fight back because there is always a philosophical theory to support a point. The fun lies in finding ways to twist and turn the points for the argument. Philosophical discussions are very unpredictable and energized.

I really suggest taking at least one introductory philosophy course here at Rutgers! It’s very enlightening, and I guarantee it will play a vital role in shaping your beliefs and view of yourself and your surroundings.

 

Summer Adventure Series: Books, books, and books!

Well, hello there! Summer sure seemed to fly by. With college starting in less than two weeks, this will sadly be the last, “Summer Adventure Series.” Anyways, this summer I am more than happy that I got a chance to fall in love with books all over again. Regardless of what other activities I got a chance to do this summer, reading was my favorite. I am a major bookworm. I am a sucker for historical mysteries. Nonetheless, here are some books I would definitely recommend to everyone one to read.

  1. The Thirtheenth Tale

Set in England, this is a fictional historical mystery that is definitely a page turner. It is about twins and the enigmatic interactions they have with each other. The main character’s name is Margaret Lea. She is a bibliophile, often spending time in her father’s quaint bookstore. Margaret is very allured by books of dead authors. She finds comfort and pleasure in uncovering the lives and emotions of authors through the words they have left behind. Margaret’s life turns around when she discovers a dark family secret that her parents have been keeping from her for years. To add on to the turn of events, Margaret is forthwith requested to meet with a high profile author named Vida Winter. Vida Winter is known for great storytelling, especially when it comes to interviewers asking her about her personal life; no one knows anything about Ms. Winter except that she is a coveted author. In order to prepare to meet with Winter, Margaret reads Winter’s novels. One of them titled, “The Thirteen Tales” is rather intriguing because only twelve tales are in the book; the thirteenth tale seems to be missing. With great anticipation of uncovering the missing tale and learning about Winter’s personal tale itself, Margaret agrees to meet the author.

2. The Never List

If you love thrillers, then this is a perfect book for you. This novel is about two best friends, Jennifer and Sarah. After surviving a traumatic car crash, these two swear to do their best in avoiding the dangers of the world. They amass statistics of vehicle crashes, kidnappings, natural disasters, and every other possible misfortunes fathomable. Afterwards, Jennifer and Sarah create a, “Never List,” which lists the precarious situations that these two must, and I mean must, avoid in order not to fall prey to the cruelty in the world. Ironically, the most careful ones are often the ones who get stuck in the hands of danger. As you may have guessed, Jennifer and Sarah end up in pretty much that situation. It is their first year in college, and after being coaxed by Sarah, Jennifer agrees to attend a college party. What happens that night changes their lives forever. In fact, because of the events that occur that night, Sarah has to change her entire identity.

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This is a beautiful love story that is literally a timeless classic. It is about a girl named Clare who meets the love of her life, Henry, at only age six! What’s even more bizarre is that Henry is a time traveler. He has no control over this phenomenon. He time-travels numerous times to Clare’s childhood, which is why Clare has practically known Henry her whole life. Their love is put to the test of time many times. After Clare and Henry marry, things become even more complex. This story truly elucidates the power of love. It is a love story like no other. What is it like to love someone so dearly, and then wait for them to return from their intermittent disappearances? Clare and Henry fight time with their love. Unfortunately, sometimes love is not enough.

I hope you enjoy reading these books! Happy reading! 🙂 Happy Summer!