Congrats Class of 2021 Graduates
First of all, congrats to all 2021 graduates on completing the most historically difficult academic year in modern history 🤠
Please enjoy this summer vacation — even if the respite for some is only until Summer Quarter starts in a few weeks.
For those going into adulting life, think back to the freshmen 15. As we discussed in Health PSYC 155, the freshman 15 exists because it’s the first time many are solely responsible for their own fitness. There is no PE class in college, and if you aren’t an NCAA athlete, or playing intramural basketball (or other intramural sports), it’s on you to maintain your physical health & overall fitness. There’s no coach yelling at you anymore.
Graduating from college is similar though in the intellectual & structure of life domains. You no longer have a set of syllabi providing a reliably set structure to your life for the next 5 months of the the semester/ 3 months of the quarter. You have to make your own syllabus. …and it’s okay if that takes a moment to figure out. If you’re not heading straight to grad school this Autumn or have a career-related job immediately after graduation, any what’s next stress or I’m not sure if I’m doing what I should be doing stress you may feel is normal. If you’re determined to do so, you will gradually figure out your syllabus.
Regarding the intellectual domain, that’s something you have to maintain & grow just staying in shape after high school. By the time you graduate you have a sense of what online journals/ blogs/ content creators/ vlogs/ influencers/ media figures/ etc are most associated with your career interests, hobbies, & passions. That’s a key part of your life syllabus. You won’t have professors assigning you articles to read, but perhaps you’ll be motivated to learn more about something based on what your favorite msnbc/fox news hosts mentioned, or Trevor Noah, your favorite book author, or your favorite streaming series (e.g., Black Mirror). Whatever form it happens to take, you want to continue intellectual weight-lifting in the domains of relevance to your life. And thankfully many peer-reviewed publications are open access now so you won’t have to use your .edu email forever to read certain material.
Personal Statements & Origin Stories
Origin stories help tremendously when writing your personal statements. Let institutions you’re applying to know the ‘why’
They can see ‘what’ you can do (GPA, research, conferences, pubs)
They can see your ‘how’ (excellent writing, stats nerd)
They can see your ‘where’ (international, Texan, zip code SES)
They can see your ‘when’ (early career, middle age, recent success)
An origin story lets them know the ‘why’ behind the ‘who’
Each contributes in a weighted fashion to understanding the whole person
(and it makes it easier to write strong letters of recommendation)
Vorfreude = cautious feeling of happiness
Achtungfreude = alert and mildly concerned
A loanword is a word borrowed from one language & incorporated into another language without translation. It is distinguished from a calque, or loan translation, where a meaning or idiom from another language is translated into existing words or roots of the host language.
Red 252 — Green 104 — Blue 100 gets you in the range, and of course you can adjust from there. Regardless of where you land with your own rose, it’s easily the prettiest font color.
Millennial & iGen Courtship Evolution
Evolutionary preferences for taller husbands & younger wives may not change with GenY & GenZ
Familiality of Sexuality: Part 3
[Note: Preliminary Results]
LG subjects were more likely to have LGBTQIA+ parents than straight subjects
Inspiration — Jennifer Rocha 2021
“As a high schooler, my parents told me that the only way I was going to be able to understand how important it was to pursue a higher education was to work as a migrant field worker. My parents came from Michoacan, Mexico and were not fortunate enough to live their dreams of pursuing a higher education and obtaining the dream career they desired.
When I first started working in the fields, I would get off from school, straight to cross country practice, run miles and miles and then get picked up by my dad to go work in the fields overnight. We would plant strawberries, get off at around 2–3 am and wake up at 5am to get ready, or else I would miss the city bus. I admired the workers because they kept working despite backaches while flies, mosquitos, and bugs kept roaming their faces, getting into their eyes. Nobody thinks about nor sees what happens behind a vegetable you grab at the grocery store. But behind it is someone who breaks their backs every day working in the fields.
I continued working in the fields even after I had left for college on weekends or on breaks even though I had a job with UCPD. I wasn’t able to dorm at school because my parents couldn’t afford it, so I had to commute from far distances like Oceanside and Lakeside. Having to work two jobs, commute, and go to school at the same time was a struggle. Many times I wanted to give up, but my parents and their pieces of advice and support were the reason I kept going.
If it wasn’t for how my parents raised me I don’t know who I would be today. Coming from a field worker background has motivated me to work hard as my parents took my sisters and I to the fields in order to understand how difficult labor is.
Working in the fields builds and molds a different type of character. A character that does not give up, and one with resilience and strength to withstand the hazards that come from that job.”
— Jennifer Rocha 2021, UCSD (@jrocha_10) B.A. Sociology — Law & Society, Muir College
6.17 Update (quoting piece by Erika Johnson)
“2021 Grads begin their next journey equipped with an interdisciplinary education from UC San Diego, bolstered by new skills in resilience developed during the pandemic.” — Erika Johnson (author of piece)
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla lauded graduates for their perseverance during a historic time of tumult.
“I watched this class closely in the early days of the pandemic. I saw how you pivoted during an unimaginable situation; I saw you rise to meet every single challenge that presented itself,” he said. “And here you are today, graduates of UC San Diego. You are the personification of persistence. You have set a new bar for excellence. And you are going to do amazing things in your lives.”
Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented extraordinary challenges for everyone over the past two years, but your resilience, compassion and dedication to academic excellence paid off and supported the completion of your educational journey in ways you probably never imagined.”
Alicia Garza — co-creator of Black Lives Matter — gave the commencement address here at her alma mater, UC San Diego:
“Politics — the act of determining who gets what, where, how and why — is our collective responsibility,” explained Garza. “Don’t leave it up to someone else to figure it out. Be engaged, be informed, get activated, get inspired, get creative, but most importantly, get involved as if your life depends on it because without a doubt, it does.”
Student Commencement Speaker Francesca Hart:
“Each and every one of you has the potential to influence others and will go on to contribute to the union of the collective,” said Hart, who graduated from Muir College with a major in political science and minor in economics. “And while this year has highlighted some of life’s toughest lessons, that should never take away from the victories — big or small — that brought us here today. Don’t discredit your story; think about the thousands of times you could have given up, but you didn’t. You could’ve stayed down, but you didn’t. I hope you are as proud of yourself, as I am of you.”