Hello my readers and bloggers! Unfortunately, this is my last blog post for the year. As a senior graduating very soon, all good things must come to an end. I will miss blogging about sociological topics and organizations that help the population but I’m sure the web can provide more than enough information for you when I leave. Maybe a student in journalism next year will take over this blog and will find sociology just as interesting as I do. I thought I would end this last post with looking into the meaning of goodbyes. I don’t mean to blog on depression and sadness but I think it brings what we have to a close. Goodbyes are certainly experienced and felt in everyone’s lifetime at some point or another. It could be a farewell to leaving high school or some other big milestone. It could be a goodbye to a loved one or a pet. A pondering question some may have is, does every single goodbye have to be labeled as bad and final? Absolutely not is my answer. In my opinion, some goodbyes lead to new beginnings. They lead to what lies soon ahead and next to come. Yes, the future is scary and I can’t explain to you all how much it scares me but what else am I to do? Wait for the world to change in the way that I want it to? No. You live life the way it flows. You accept what is, and learn about yourself in the process. You develop your character more from the scars you take in. I believe deep within me that goodbyes can really either be a lesson or a blessing. Why should we label a goodbye as something of bad nature? The word literally says “good” in it! Isn’t it just the next chapter and the spark of something new? I hope that’s something we can all take away from tonight’s final blog. Thank you all so much for putting up with me this year. It’s been a quick journey through senior year but there’s a paved path up ahead for me at Central Washington University. Maybe I’ll create my own personal blog in college and keep up with everyone. I wish you all the best, Sociogal.
Hello all bloggers! I thought we could explore another organization today called Lifelong. Lifelong delivers food, housing, and health services to people living with chronic illnesses, including HIV and AIDS. They say on their website, “Lifelong’s team of skilled staff partner with clients to overcome obstacles like poverty and food insecurity that stand between them and their best possible health. Each person arrives with their own set of strengths and challenges, and needs care that is just as unique. We are here to help and serve individuals in King, Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan, Whatcom, Cowlitz, Wahklalkum and Island counties. What makes our organization unique is not our services, but how we deliver them. We discovered that for someone to overcome barriers to health, our staff needs to meet them where they are in life. Instead of just checking boxes on an intake form, we truly listen. Case managers identify what basic needs aren’t being met, whether that’s safe housing or reliable transportation to doctor’s appointments, or access to healthy food. Our kitchen cooks nutritious meals that cater to someone’s specific illness, and then hand deliver them to doorstep with a smile. We understand that successfully battling an illness or recovering from a hospital stay is near impossible when you are medically fragile, low-income, and lacking a support system. For 30 years we’ve worked to fill that gap of individualized care so that people can achieve their best health – their best possible life.” Lifelong has customized care for all who need a little help during life. You can get involved and volunteer with this organization like my friend Izzy is or you can donate. Lifelong’s volunteers have played a vital role in helping the organization provide quality care and services to their clients. I would suggest checking out their website to discover more about them and ways you can help out. Thanks everyone, see you next week.
Howdy everyone! I know everybody in the State of Washington enjoyed the weather brought before us today. I walked a fantastic hike in PE and then after school went running with my older brother around the neighborhood. I have to say, if you truly live in the Pacific Northwest then you know what it means to take advantage of bright sunny days. I’m glad I had the time today to stop and enjoy nature and also simply be outside. Speaking about involvement outside, this weekend I’m participating in Relay For Life again for my second year in a row! I had so much fun with my group of friends from last year that we decided to turn out again and raise money for a cause! Our high school holds the event every year on the track field and we just walk for hours and hang out. Before the event, you raise money as a team and set a goal for yourself of how much you want to fundraise. Relay For Life is not only a fun event to attend with friends but also meaningful. The American Cancer Society runs Relay For Life and the event is life changing in the sense that we fundraise for cancer patients and survivors. It helps communities across the globe fight back against all types of cancer. On their website they mention, “1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. One of those people could be you or someone you love. When you join a Relay For Life event, you’re helping the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs, and education and prevention information. When you Relay, you help save lives.” My group of friends and I find this event by far one of the most meaningful times to give back to all those suffering or all who have suffered from some sort of cancer in their lifetime. I would suggest anybody and everybody to get involved with a Relay For Life event near you because we all want to find a cure to end cancer permanently. Have an awesome weekend everybody and enjoy the sun while it lasts! I know I certainly will!
Hey everybody, it’s sociogal back with some interesting information related to sociology. I thought today would be a good day to talk about the Seattle Humane Society for pets helped by the hands of humans. Yes, sociology is mostly based and discovered by humans and how they behave but in fact, animals impact humans lives all the time… more than we think. They help us cope when we go through hardships, they can give us warmth and cuddling, and they can assist people who have disabilities. In my opinion, I favor dogs more than cats but I do believe all animals are unique and have their own personality traits. If you love pets just as much as I do, I would suggest checking out local pet shelters to offer help or you can volunteer with the Seattle Humane Society! The Seattle Humane Society promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance or geography. On their website they explain what sets them apart from other shelters and the care they provide. It says, “we are an open-door shelter with no time limits. That means we accept every animal in need of our help regardless of age, breed, or physical condition. We provide them with the care they deserve for as long as it takes us to find them a loving home. When pets are brought to us requiring medical attention, our veterinary team performs life-saving medical procedures. If a pet requires training to thrive in his or her new home, we provide it.” Their overall mission is to save pets in need and find them loving homes. As a result of their efforts, year 2015/16 they placed nearly 7,000 pets in loving homes. Looking for some volunteering hours? They can help! You can sign up on their website to join their teen club for ages 13-17. This club is for animal-loving teens interested in animal welfare, helping on campus, meeting other teens who love animals, exploring animal related careers, and developing public speaking and leadership skills. This interactive program focuses on preparing teens to become responsible volunteers of Seattle Humane. However, there’s an application to become part of this club. You can find their application on their website with tons of other interesting information. I hope you check it out guys because we are not the only one’s who walk the earth. See you all next week!
Hey bloggers! I trust that everyone had an alright week. Weather in Washington has been currently very unusual. There will be complete sun for one hour with no clouds in the sky and then it quickly changes to heavy down pour with lightning. I don’t know why the weather is having such crazy mood swings. Tonight I looked up organizations that run in Seattle Washington on google and I came to Youth in Focus. Youth in Focus is based on youth development photography. They are the people who put cameras in the hands of at-risk youth and teach them how to develop negatives into positives. Their impact is empowering youth to find their voice and gain self-confidence, as they learn life skills and discover who they are, and what matters to them. Their website explains their mission as, ” Empowering urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives. We put cameras in the hands of youth and place them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers, nurturing adult mentors, and create a strong community of support. Through photography our students find their voice, identity, creativity, and gain new confidence in their worth and abilities.” Youth in Focus began working with the Raikes Foundation in 2010 to participate in the Youth Program Quality Initiative. Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) scores for Youth in Focus, in the Spring of 2013 and 2014, were consistently higher than comparison scores for 1,262 other National Youth programs offer youth development photography classes in both Digital Photography and traditional Black and White Darkroom Photography throughout the year. Youth in Focus wants to work with youth who face a variety of challenges in their lives on a daily basis, and who struggle with a combination of racial or ethnic discrimination, poverty or homophobia. There are ways you can help this company out by donating photography equipment that’s gently used or contributing funds. There’s plenty more ways you can volunteer and get involved if you just check their website. Goodnight everyone, sleep well and see you next week.
Hello my bloggers and readers! I hope everyone is ready to kick start the weekend. I had a terrible and miserable Friday because I had three tests in three separate classes. They were almost back to back and I think my brain exploded. After school was much better because I had my last tennis practice in the sun. I’m sad the season is over but I need to focus on bigger things such as prom and graduation. There’s a lot to be aware of when you’re a senior. Big events are to come soon. I wanted to focus this week’s blog post on the American Sociological Association. I can’t believe I didn’t blog about this sooner. Anyways, the ASA is the national organization for sociologists. On their website it says, “The ASA is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, the Association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.” The ASA is a non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC. They are dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. ASA was founded in 1905 and has over 13,000 members today. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations. Additionally, this association is also a publisher of nine professional journals and magazines. ASA has the overall mission of serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and use of sociology to society.
Check the website out people if you’re interested. Goodnight, see you all next week!
Hey bloggers! Sociogal is back from spring break and ready to share some facts with some interesting information. I would first like to share a little bit about my trip to Las Vegas. I’ll start by saying it was very sunny and my best friend Alyssa got burned like a tomato. Both of us got a lot of walking in by discovering the strip. The nights in Vegas were the most beautiful because of the bright glittering lights in all the stores, hotels, and casinos. Nights in Vegas were definitely the highlight of my trip and I would go to bed at two in the morning every time. Laying out by the huge pool at my hotel was also great because I can’t get tan with Washington’s weather. I was very depressed to come back home after four days of sun and I of course came back to rain. I can’t wait for summer here that’s for sure.
Today I thought would be a good day for learning about graduating high school. Since I am graduating in less than two months, I thought this would be a great topic. U.S. students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. “America’s students have achieved another record milestone by improving graduation rates for a fourth year,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “The hard work of teachers, administrators, students and their families has made these gains possible and as a result many more students will have a better chance of going to college, getting a good job, owning their own home, and supporting a family. We can take pride as a nation in knowing that we’re seeing promising gains, including for students of color.” A high school diploma is absolutely critical, absolutely attainable and key to future success in college, in the workforce and in life. It is encouraging to see our graduation rate on the rise. Too many students never get their diploma, never walk across the graduation stage and while dropout numbers are also decreasing, schools are remaining committed to urgently closing the gaps that still exist in many schools and in many communities. For four consecutive years, graduation rates have continued to climb, which reflects continued progress among America’s high school students. The Department of Education has invested more than $1.5 billion in early learning; implemented strategies that improve achievement and close opportunity gaps, and awarded billions of dollars through grant programs.
Alright everybody that’s a wrap! See you next week.
Hello bloggers, I hope everyone’s week was a good one. To keep you updated with tennis, I’ve now lost the past three games with my doubles partner. We need to get back in the game and score some points. I think since my doubles partner is one of my best friends, we act chill and have fun on the courts. We need to treat the future games a little more serious. Other than my tennis fails, I’ve been doing okay. I am very excited to go to Las Vegas at the end of this weekend for spring break. I get to travel with one of my best friends since I was little. We are going to shop like crazy and lay out by the pool every day. We’re not 21 yet so all the casinos will kick us out. I will have to tell you all about my crazy adventures in Vegas when I get back. Today, I want everyone to learn more about the Care Organization and what they do that has a huge impact on this earth. Let’s dive in!
The Care Organization works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. They are known everywhere for their commitment to the dignity of people. Their focus as said on the website explains, ” We put women and girls in the center because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities”. Their values are transformation, integrity, diversity, excellence, and equality to all. They also share on their website some very touching words saying, ” We believe in the equal value of every human being and the importance of respecting and honoring each individual; we know that change happens through people. We know that by embracing differences, actively including a variety of voices, and joining together we can solve the world’s most complex problems.” CARE works in 94 countries around the world to support more than 1000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects. They also have their offices located within the United States to raise funds and fight for policy changes that affect people all over the world. CARE helps with disaster relief, girls education, health, world hunger, and economic development. I would suggest everyone to look on their website because it’s full of helpful information of how you can help and get involved. They also share many statistics. You can help by donating or fundraising to CARE. They also have volunteer opportunities available. I think it’s very important to have a voice no matter how small. Help goes a long way into someone’s future and has a huge impact on others lives. Other countries need our help everyday so I would suggest at least learning more about this organization and checking out their website. Thanks everyone. I’m going on spring break so I’ll catch you the next week!
Hello everybody! I hope everyone enjoyed the sunny weather in Washington today! I didn’t have a match scheduled for tennis but I finally had practice on the courts with my doubles partner. The one terrible thing about tennis is that you can’t play in rain. It wrecks the bounce of the ball and the courts become slippery. What a place to live and play tennis am I right? Despite Washington’s constant clouds and rain, today was gorgeous and by far made my day. I played on the courts with my friends for three hours so I definitely made use of my time well. The reason as to why I am up so late writing this blog is because I just finished watching a movie on t.v. that I’ve always wanted to see. The movie is called The Help and it of course started off first as a book by Kathryn Stockett. I knew a few years back that the movie won some academy awards and the plot sounded interesting. After seeing the long movie, I really enjoyed the characters and shed some tears at the end. It makes me really want to buy the book and see if it’s better. Books are always better than the movies because you get to imagine everything for yourself. The scene, characters, and relationships are all created by you. I believe that this movie brought some attention to social inequalities and racism that existed in the 1960’s. The movie shares the perspective of African-American maids in Mississippi and how people can work together to take a stand against social injustice. Over five million copies of this book have been sold and it was on the New York Time’s best seller list. I hope you all have the chance one day to read or watch this story. It’s meaningful at heart. Have a good rest of your weekend everyone!
Hello my bloggers. I hope everyone had a start of a good week. This weekend will be busy and full of homework just like the following days have been. My boyfriend’s dog, Tucker has been very weak for the past few weeks. I was told some depressing news today from my boyfriend that his family is letting go of Tucker on Sunday. His age caught up with him and the vet hospital discovered cancer within his body. Losing anybody or pets in this case can be a mournful process to individuals alike. All humans mourn and cope differently for the love and memories they shared with that specific person or pet lost. I think part of the reason why pets are so hard to say goodbye to is the fact that they have their own personality. They are part of the living and have emotions that range from sadness to complete joy. Tucker was a dog that loved many and you could feel it by not his talk but body language. He was a very cautious old buddy that would be too afraid to get on to furniture (or anything), but loved putting his face into your legs and chest. He loved to pace around the floor until food was dropped down for him. He was a heavy sleeper and enjoyed long naps on his soft bed. All the times Jeffrey and I would pet him on his bed and slightly wake him up, he didn’t care because he loved expressing a quiet hello. Tucker was an extraordinary dog for sure and had a one of a kind character. Though I did not know Tucker my whole life growing up and he wasn’t my dog, I still loved him like I love my own dogs. Through the almost two years that I have known him, I have created memories that will be forever paramount. My favorite memory was the beginning of last summer when Jeffrey and I took Tucker out to the Issaquah Highlands. We all three for the first time stood and watched the sunset go down. It was beyond beautiful for all of us. In today’s society, pets might sometimes be seen as animals that are property instead of a huge impact on a person’s life. Studies have shown that the benefits to having an animal companion are greatly beneficial emotionally and physically. Research comparing grief over the death of pets to that over the death of friends and family members has come up with different answers. A 2002 article in the journal Society & Animals that reviewed multiple studies found that the death of a companion animal can be “just as devastating as the loss of a human significant other”. There will always be a positive relationship between humans and pets. Pets can be your best friends and listen in times needed most. We all will pass at one point on this earth just like every living thing but what lasts beyond any death, is holding the love forever close to your heart. Love knows no boundaries. I won’t forget my dearest memories of you Tucker, rest softly. To Jeffrey, The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. I hope all the cherished memories that you have of Tucker brings you some light during this dark time.
I hope everyone gets a little sun this weekend. I’ll catch up with you all next week.
Hey bloggers! I decided to do my blog a little earlier this week in case I forget or become lazy on Friday night. My boyfriend finally comes back from Missouri tonight and I am really excited to see him and see the pictures he took. I know I am crazy but four days is long enough! I can’t wait to see him back at school and just hang out after tennis practice with him. He’s such a great friend. Well today on my blog I wanted to share some awesome sociological quotes. These quotes are from famous sociologists or they have a sociological context. I hope they stretch your mind a little.
- “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” -Karl Marx.
- “Man could not live if he were entirely impervious to sadness. Many sorrows can be endured only by being embraced, and the pleasure taken in them naturally has a somewhat melancholy character.” – Emile Durkheim.
- “Only he has the calling for politics who is sure that he shall not crumble when the world from his point of view is too stupid or too base for what he wants to offer.” – Max Weber.
- ” People often ask me, ‘What is sociology?’ And I tell them, ‘It’s the study of the way in which human beings are shaped by things that they don’t see.'” – Sam Richards.
- “The task for sociology is to come to the help of the individual. We have to be in service of freedom. It is something we have lost sight of”. – Zygmunt Bauman.
Alright everyone, thank you for reading and catch up with you soon! Have a good night!
Hello my bloggers and readers! I hate the constant rain this week, it’s been a mess. I haven’t had any outdoor practices for tennis except today being the first. I really shouldn’t live in Washington if I have issues with the weather. I belong somewhere more warm that allows me to be outside almost everyday like Arizona. I have had a huge homework load this week that’s been stressing me out but thank god it’s Friday. Today I thought I would blog about an interesting topic that seems to relate to sociology and how we as humans relate to each other. Think of all the people with whom you interact with during the course of a day, week, month and year. The many souls with whom you might exchange a greeting or give a warm embrace; engage in chitchat or have a deeper conversation. All those who, by some accident of fate, inhabit your world. And then ask yourself who among them are your true friends. Recent research indicates that only about half of perceived friendships are mutual. That is, someone you think is your friend might not be so keen on you. Or, vice versa, as when someone you feel you hardly know claims you as a best friend. It’s a finding that has had much discussion among psychologists, neuroscientists, organizational behavior experts, sociologists and philosophers. Some blame human beings for the disconnect between perceived and actual friendships. Social inclusion and exclusion are as easy as a swipe or a tap on a smartphone screen. It’s a concern because the authenticity of one’s relationships has an enormous impact on one’s health and well-being. “People don’t like to hear that the people they think of as friends don’t name them as friends,” said Alex Pentland, a computational social science researcher at M.I.T. “The possibility of nonreciprocal friendship challenges one’s self-image.” But the problem may have more to do with confusion over what friendship is. Some people in our universe might not be able to define friendship. It could mean one thing to someone but different to another. Well there you have it Issy. Have a good weekend and enjoy some rain!
Hello bloggers welcome back! I had a very boring mid-winter break I must say. I stayed home and went with my brother running in the pouring rain. The highlights of the week was not having to work and also going shopping one day. I also got to see my dad and put new tabs on my car which is really cool. I am so happy and in love with my Volkswagen Beetle and I just keep getting closer and closer to getting on the road. My boyfriend was very cute and brought me back a bear mug from his trip to Whistler. I didn’t really see him much but I somehow managed and spent a lot of time thinking about us. People in our lives can really change how we see the world and can help us make new discoveries. Today I would like to share some of the most important people for the subject of sociology. Let’s learn a little about them!
- Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a German philosopher who believed that material goods are at the root of the social world. According to Marx, social life is about conflict over food, land, money, and other reasons. Marx believed that the ideal government would be a communist state where resources are equally shared.
- Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) was a French sociologist who helped establish sociology by arguing that society had to be studied on its own terms. Understanding individual psychology was insufficient. Durkheim believed that societies are held together by shared values, which change over time as societies become bigger and more complex.
- Max Weber (1864-1920) was a German sociologist who agreed with Marx that people often fight to protect their own interests, but he agreed with Durkheim that what people consider their interests often are determined by socialization and shared values. He believed society is becoming more rationalized over time.
Well there you have it people! I know it wasn’t the most interesting blog post but it will just have to work for this week. Enjoy the weekend everyone!
Hello everybody. I hope everyone is keeping up well and enjoying today’s sunny weather in Issaquah. Since the weather is in a good mood, I think I’ll go running after this post with my brother around our neighborhood. I plan on running every day of my mid-winter break next week since I’m not going anywhere special. I just plan on relaxing at home after runs and possibly do some college work ewww. Gotta prepare somehow though. Anyways, I thought today we could just learn more about the different branches of sociology. Nothing big and amazing but this is, let me remind you, a sociology blog.
Sociology is a fairly broad subject of scientific study and is divided into several different types of sociology, or branches of sociology. When you choose to pursue a sociology degree, you can minor in a particular type of sociology or take a series of elective courses in various branches of sociology. Some types of sociology focus more on environmental influences while others are on groups and how people and organizations tend to self-organize. Learning about the different branches of sociology can help you decide what type of specializations you want to focus on throughout your career. Of course, this all applies if you plan on being a sociologist. If you don’t plan on being one, this information you might find boring and useless. According to Emile Durkheim, sociology is made of three main branches and then breaks down further into different types of sociology. The three main branches of sociology are:
- Social Morphology – a study of geographical data and settings.
- Social Physiology – the study of religion, law, economics, politics and other influences of society.
- General Sociology – the study of how different social laws are derived from various processes.
There are also several different areas of sociology, or types of sociology to consider when you are deciding what field you want to specialize in and what type of work you want to do.
- Social Organization – this is the study of different institutions, such as educational institutions, the institution of marriage, social stratification and the economy.
- Social Psychology – study of human nature, traits, belief systems, attitudes and morals. Social psychologists play close attention to individual groups and what drives people to do certain things. I think by far this one interests me the most.
- Social Disorganization and Social Change – looks into irregular behavior in society and sociologists in this field try to make sense of why some people are involved with crime, drug addiction and other problems. This type of sociology also sounds cool to me.
- Population or Demographic Sociology – is the study of the population and changes in the population. Sociologists in this field review statistics and data to look at population growth and trace its root causes.
Thanks everyone for reading. I’ll share next week a little about my adventures over mid-winter break!