Blogging. (SP 12)

I never imagined having the opportunity of taking a blogging course in university. Blogging seems like an illegitimate way to spread information due to the reputation of the internet, although it is a quick and efficient way to spread news and connect with people. Every is able to share their own opinions more truthfully, as they are not intimidated over the internet. 

Over this past semester, I have been informed of many interesting and important news stories and issues. If students spent more time on blogging sites, they would learn more and express themselves better than on social media networks. 

I am so glad to have been able to take this course. 

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So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, good[bye] (Blog 12)

So my fellow bloggers, our journey has ended. Don’t mind the Sound of Music inspired title. 
 Urban social justice, public space, and food insecurity are all faced with one similar issue: money. No matter what we discussed, money always seemed to be a problem or challenge against these topics. For social justice, socio-economic issues arose as a problem; with public space, we learned that not all public spaces were free. Food insecurity is self-explanatory. As a conclusion, everyone should be treated equally.
 Blogging itself was challenging sometimes. Answering the questions, and trying to draw inspirations for a good topic were difficult, but I learned something much more important. Everyone has different opinions and ideas. It was awesome to see how all the ideas had similarities and differences.
What I learned…
1)   Many news posts are repetitive, annoying, and not very important (eg. Justin Bieber’s daily life schedule… I really don’t care if he is or isn’t dating Selena)
2)   Even though we have the freedom of expression, some things should not be said. 
3)   Technology is evil. Make sure to save a copy of your blog because it might decide to not appear.
4)   “Skimming through articles” makes your life very difficult.
5)   Reading articles off a computer screen is not the best idea.
6)   Actually doing homework on the computer is not always the best idea. Facebook is distracting.
7)   Some people take out their birds for walks. I will honestly never forget this.
8)   Kensington market has a really good pizza place.
9)   Blogging is a great way to inform people of different issues in a non-boring and creative way.
10)  And lastly, I learned Tumblr is not the only type of blog.
 
 
 
1)   Favourite Blog Post I Wrote:
My Coldplay concert one. I like the picture, and it brought back some awesome memories.
2)   Most Challenging Blog Post:
I feel like I need to be “in a writing mood” to write decently, and sometimes I had to just go for it. Many of them were challenging. I feel commenting on blogs was more challenging.
3)   Favourite Blog That a Classmate Wrote
I cannot choose. All of them were super interesting and well written. It was great to read everyone’s secondary blog posts, and links!
 
Even though I cannot guarantee it, I hope to continue my blog. I hope to promote our topics to other students so they can also be informed of the different issues facing social justice, public space, and food insecurity.
 
So I hope to see your posts every once in a while on my reader, and good luck with your studies!

“You better cut that pizza four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six” (Blog 11)

Our Trip:

When we went on our field trip to Metro, we passed by many different food places. The store itself was filled with a variety of different delicious food choices. I got a little hungry. Then again, I’m always generally hungry. Fortunately, I have the ability to fill my hunger at any point of the day, any day.

Our field trip gave me a comparative perspective of food insecurity, which I did not fully understand prior to. Food insecurity is a really big problem, and it is not an easy one to solve.

Luckily, on our trip, Metro had a storewide sale, which allowed us to select nutritious meals for five dollars. If a person has to go through this every week, they are not granted with storewide sales everyday.

The menu of a family facing food insecurity is not very lavish. Carbs are the cheapest source of food they can survive on. Spaghetti, bread, and rice were a sufficient meal that could arise from the five dollars. These wheat products will not provide a family with the nutrition they are lacking.

This brings me to the topic of food banks. Even though our guests clearly stated they do not support them, I feel that they cannot quite judge them. Both are lucky enough to maintain a stable lifestyle financially, which leaves them no struggle with food insecurity. Although, for people who do not have the ability to purchase fresh, nutritious meals on a daily basis, a food bank provides them with plenty of nutritional value.

Food banks have fresh deliveries every day of non-perishable items, as well as fresh produce and meat, as we saw in the presentation. If you’re living off five dollars a day, there is no way you could have fresh produce and meat to give to your family. Rather than living off pasta, a food bank can fill up a person with a larger variety of food.

My Meals:

How far do you travel to get your food?

I try to grocery shop relatively close to my residence. Without a car, it is hard to carry large amounts of groceries from the supermarket, back to my room.

How much do you spend?

Honestly, I try my hardest to purchase things on sale and avoid buying expensive items, although there will be times where I have to pay for a food item.

Drink?

I drink a lot of water, although I really like juice. Water has good deals, and juice isn’t too expensive.

Who makes your food?

My parents.

What happens when you are hungry?

I eat.

How can you afford the food you purchase?

My parents both have jobs, so our income allows us to buy groceries whenever we need them. To save money, we try to price match and go to select stores to catch their sales and awesome deals.