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Increasing Diversity in Wilmette Real Estate

Today in class we discussed the debate over the addition of affordable living in Wilmette, IL. As a resident of Wilmette, I took it upon mys...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cosmetic Surgery On the Rise

Why has there been a 274% increase in the number of cosmetic surgeries since 1997?

Studies have shown that over recent years more and more people have been turning to cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic Surgery is focused on enhancing an individuals appearances and there are a broad spectrum of the different types of cosmetic surgeries offered. 87% of women are unhappy with at least one aspect of their appearance and this is what makes cosmetic surgery more desirable. I found this increase intriguing and decided to further my knowledge on the topic.

There are several things that may impact the decision to undergo a cosmetic surgery. Many turn to cosmetic surgeries to fix what they believe to be imperfect. One of the biggest impacts on the cosmetic surgery increase is the media. To begin, models are portrayed in an unrealistic way and many desire to look like those that they see in magazines. In addition, television shows that promote cosmetic surgery impact peoples decisions to undergo a cosmetic procedure. Examples of shows that promote cosmetic surgery are: The Swan, Extreme Makeover, Miami Slice, Dr. 90210, I Want a Famous Face, and Plastic Wives. These shows make cosmetic surgery seem as a positive experiences that will enhance a persons life when in reality it may be the opposite. 57% of first time cosmetic surgery seekers report watching one of these shows on a regular basis.

What people don't always understand are the negative impacts a cosmetic surgery can have on an individual. Cosmetic surgery can be psychologically very difficult on a person. Believing that something about yourself needs to be altered is ultimately what compels people to turn to cosmetic surgery. Body image is ultimately low in those who decided to undergo cosmetic surgeries. Not only are the surgeries physical damaging and draining, but they can emotionally be very difficult. It is common for those who undergo cosmetic surgeries to have Body Dysmorphic Disorder. These surgeries can ultimately lead to depression, lower self-esteem, and an increased risk of suicide. Although there are many negative impacts, positive outcomes can also come out of undergoing a surgery. Many see an increase in confidence and body image once they have altered their appearance with a cosmetic surgery.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nickel and Dimed : Power and Class

In Nickel and Dimed, Ehrenreich struggles with finding the right balance to expressing her feelings. She notices injustices in the workplace and wants to take a stand but isn't always able to. In each of her jobs she has a different amount of voice. For example, when working as a maid Ehrenreich was able to express her feelings to her co-workers and even stand up to her boss, Ted. One day, her co-worker Holly injured her ankle, following the injury Holly was in evident pain but continued to work and attempt to conceal her injury from her boss. Ehrenreich takes it upon herself to talk to Ted, "In the office Ted thanks me for my 'concern' and says he's taken my advice about Holly and sent her home" (Page 114). If she had attempted to give advice to her managers while working as a waitress, the advice would have been taken differently and overall frowned upon.

As an employee at Walmart, they do not have a union. During her days there, Ehrenreich works to build up alliances among the employees and attempt to start a union. She is outraged by the amount of wok that is done for such little pay and wants to do whatever she can to be given fair treatment. On page 185, Ehrenreich describes her efforts to form a union as "amusing" and explains that she has "nothing to lose." Having a say in your workplace is important and she makes an effort to give a say to the workers of Walmart.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Nickel and Dimed : Privelege

Throughout Barbara Ehrenreich's, Nickel and Dimed, advantages and dis-advantages of certain characteristics are very clear. Ehrenreich explains that she has "the best case scenario" when it comes to finding a job. Several times throughout the book she is looked at in a different way then those of a different ethnicity. For example, when looking for a job in housekeeping she was "steered instead into waitressing, no doubt because of my ethnicity and my English skills," (Page 7). If Ehrenreich had been of a different ethnicity, finding her desired job in housekeeping may have been easier for her and she would have been considered differentlt when applying. Ethnicity should not be a determining factor in life and should not prevent those from doing what they desire. For a waitress position the need of English is logical but ethnicity should not play a role and everyone should be given equal consideration and opportunity.

In addition to the struggles different groups experience finding a job, certain setbacks exist outside of the work place. When wearing her Maids uniform, Ehrenreich notices that she is treated differently. An example of this is the poor treatment she received at the supermarket, she describes, "Maybe, it occurs to me, I'm getting a tiny glimpse of what it would be like to be black," (Page 100). A simple appearance can cause for someone to receive treatment that they do not deserve. She compares other viewing her in the low-class as similar to the treatment received by certain races. The experiences in this book are eye-opening and truly show the advantages and privileges that certain types of people are gifted with.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Final: Trump Towering Over Competitors

In the presidential campaign, the candidate who has received the most attention is Donald Trump. Trump is definitely a nonconformist when it comes to politics. A standard politician will say what the people want to hear and portray themselves in a way to increase the number of votes that they will receive. In contrast, Donald Trump seems to have no filter and says whatever he wants. Trump does not conform to the model of a typical politician. He has a different approach to the campaign, gaining as much publicity as possible even if it is negative. Is this the right way to approach a presidential campaign?

Donald Trump brings new ideas into the campaign that have caught the attention of many. His honesty distinctly separates him from his opponents. A typical politician will say anything to please a crowd whether or not it is true. Trump does not refrain from voicing his opinions and this is surprisingly appealing to voters. According to NPR Politics, "Americans' level of trust in the federal government are at nearly the lowest levels on record." Because of this distrust, Trump contrasts the rest of the politicians and portrays himself in a better light. People want to place their votes towards a candidate who is true to his word and will get stuff done in office.  

People want a politician who will tell the truth and voice their opinion, but is Trump the right candidate for the role? His non-conformist ways are calling the attention of many now, but it will be interesting to see if this trend continues. Although many disagree with his statements, they stand out against the scripted responses of other candidates. He may be honest but his statements are too extreme for a Presidential role and have offended many. His statements to block all Muslims from entering the U.S. have been defined as unconstitutional but have received the support of almost two-thirds of voters in a Bloomberg poll (NPR Politics). I personally view his racial profiling statements as unjust and unnecessarily severe. President is a crucial role in government and it's important that voters take into account who they are voting for to fill the role. 

In class we discussed how nonconformist ideals tend to be more desirable. For example, we could not think of someone we admired for being a conformist. The actions and ideas of nonconformists set them apart from others make them exciting and different. I believe this is what draws the attention to Trump. Americans want to vote for change, and Trump brings this change into the campaign. The nonconformist path he has taken during his campaign is what makes people want to vote for an "outsider." 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Frazzled For Finals

With finals approaching in a few weeks, I decided to look into the effects finals week has on students. Everyone knows that the week of finals is very stressful for students and it is commonly dreaded by students. During this time, students experience loss of sleep, have bad eating habits, and may skip their usual workouts and stress relievers.  Different students have different experiences with finals, many find it very stressful while others have no problem taking these important tests. Studies show that "cramming" all of your studying in before a final is not an effective way to learn the material and will not improve the outcomes of the test.

Students need to take action to lower the stress and anxiety they feel leading up to the tests. Researchers recommend that you try to exercise and take several breaks for your brain during the study process. Accumulating daily stress can ultimately lead to anxiety attacks so it is important for students to try to remain at ease. In 2009, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, showed that 7 percent of college students misused Adderall leading up to final exams. The Journal of American College Health found that only 11 percent of college students reported being well rested and this number decreases significantly when finals come around.

It is important to take care of your body when finals come around. Take a deep breath and try to relax.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Disaster in Paris

On the 13th ISIS launched an attack on Paris that left 129 dead and 352 wounded. These terrorist attacks took place in six different locations. The bombs were released outside of the Stade de France in a game against Germany. In addition, the attackers terrorized those in a concert hall and at least two restaurants. The police are taking the attack very seriously and have taken in many suspects for serious questioning.
Terrorism has been reaching new extremes recently and something needs to be done to end the War on Terrorism. Following the attack, France is boosting their nation's security by improving their war technology and increasing their number of soldiers, similar actions should be done all around the world to prevent similar tragic events from happening. President Holland of France said, “Terrorism will not destroy France, because France will destroy it." This is a strong statement that is hopefully truthful.
ISIS has threatened the United States following what they see as a successful attack. In a video released Monday an ISIS fighter exclaimed, “I swear to God, as we struck France in its stronghold Paris, we will strike America in its stronghold, Washington." This statement has caused large amounts of stress for the United States, and the government is taking this threat very seriously. Actions are taking place in order to handle the situation and hopefully prepare for it the best we can.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Increasing Diversity in Wilmette Real Estate

Today in class we discussed the debate over the addition of affordable living in Wilmette, IL. As a resident of Wilmette, I took it upon myself to further my knowledge on the controversy. Wilmette is full of beautiful homes, that are not affordable to many.  The Wilmette Village Board recently approved a $4.1 million dollar contract with M & R Development, and as a result the developer agreed to donate $80,000 to providing living for the lower-income residents. This kind act has sparked a debate across the town of Wilmette. Could the money be put to something more beneficial to the town than affordable housing? 

The average cost of a home in the United States is $188,900,  while the average cost of a house in Wilmette is around $800,000. This statistics show that buying a house in Wilmette is about 423% higher than the US average.

Many residents believe that the addition of affordable housing is taking away from "the image" of Wilmette and could lead to higher crime rates along with many other negative impacts. The development is being urged to contain 15% low priced units. Many believe that the donations should be put to providing housing for the elderly and disabled rather then just simply those who take in low-income. It doesn't seem fair for residents to prevent anyone from living in such a great neighborhood like Wilmette. Even those with lower than average income rates should have the access to the benefits of living in a town like Wilmette. Several hearings are planning for the next 6-8 months before a decision will be made on what to do with the $80,000.