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“College will be the best time of your life.” Every single adult I encountered before I went away to college told me this and it took me a long time to understand why so many adults thought that college was “the best time”.

For me, coming to University of Colorado at Boulder was a fresh start. It is a place to make new friends, to excel academically , and to be whoever you wanted to be.

At the beginning of the year, as excited as I was to be in college and for this fresh start, I was struggling being away from home. I was having a hard time branching out and making new friends and on top of that I had a roommate who was the type of roommate that reminded me of the ones in horror films. She was the complete opposite of me. She was into exorcisms and quotes about killing people, while I on the other hand liked positive life quotes and am religious. Living with her taught me that I am no longer in my sheltered hometown and Catholic school. I am in the real world where people believe a million different things, from conservative to extreme radical.

Despite situations such as my old roommate one, I realized that each obstacle I have had to overcome will only make me stronger.  CU is truly that college experience that is “the best time of your life”. Through the ups and the downs, CU has given me many opportunities. From allowing me to be a part of an amazing sorority and make lifelong friends to having excellent professors who have helped me become more aware of my surroundings and helping the environment. CU has taught me how to stand on my own from doing the little things like laundry to making sure that I am always going to class and staying on top of my studies. 

Most importantly though, being here has taught me that no matter what always stand up for what you believe in. It has taught me that the best way to make new friends is just by being yourself. Don’t let one bad roommate or situation make you second guess your choice of coming here because if it happened, it happened for a reason. College has so much to offer from life lessons to opportunities and letting one bad situation get to you isn’t worth throwing away such great opportunities.  If you make college a chance  to be the best “you” and experience new things there is no way that college won’t be “the best time of your life”.

 


As I pass the sign that says, “Now leaving colorful Colorado” and see the sign that says, “Welcome to Kansas” I know that I am getting closer to home (4 hours to be exact). In just a few more hours I would get to see my family and friends and what has changed in these past 5 months I’ve been gone. 

I pulled into the driveway about 3:30pm and quickly ran inside hugging my mom with full force. Next, I ran to my dog Genevieve and hugged  her. I had definitely missed my girls! I then went to my room to put my suitcase down and as I saw my room, it strangely didn’t feel like it was mine anymore. It almost felt as if I was a guest in my own home. At that moment I realized what really felt like my room was my dorm room in Boulder. 

Over Thanksgiving break, my mom and I spent time catching up and doing some of our favorite things like watching movies. We went and saw the new Hunger Games (Catching Fire) which was very well done. We also went to dinner with my mom’s two friends and their daughters, who are a year younger than me. As the two daughters talked about their senior year of high school and plans for college I thought to myself that high school feels like a different life time ago. I was wondering had I thought this because I didn’t live in Kansas anymore? Had I thought this because I had grown up and moved on? It didn’t quite hit me till a little later in break.

The next person I saw while I was in town was my good friend Jessica who goes to a college in my hometown, Wichita. We got lunch at our favorite restaurant and caught up on what all had changed since I had been gone. My other close friend I saw was my friend Jordan. She had just gotten home from school herself and we decided to go grab coffee together. We talked for hours on end. When I saw these girls it was like we hadn’t skipped a beat. Both of these girls reminded me that true friends are those that stay close no matter how far apart you are. 

The next people I saw while I was in town was our family friends. We played this game called Left, Right, Center where you each have 5 dollars worth of quarters and use 3 quarters each round. You roll the three dice and if you get left you have to pass your quarter to the left, if you get a dot you get to keep your quarters, etc. The jackpot which is Center, is taken by whoever can roll all dots. The dad of our family friends won every single round! It started to turn into this joke that we should take him to the casino because he didn’t lose a single round. Every time he would win he would make a funny comment like “I’m back”. I have never laughed harder in my life than when we played that game. 

I realized that night that although I’m not in high school anymore and am not living at home, that this place will always be my home. That this town where I grew up in will always remind me of so many great memories and close friends I have made.  I realized that night too that Boulder is also my home. It is the place that gave me a fresh start, taught me to stand on my own, helped me branch out and make new friends, from my  sorority sisters to friends I’ve met in my dorms and classes, and most importantly has allowed me the chance to be more self confident in who I am and what I stand for. University of Colorado at Boulder is truly the best thing that ever happened to me and I can’t imagine a greater place to call my school and my home. 

 

 


You wouldn’t believe this, but the movie Fight Club is actually about the doors in Monster’s Inc. 

In the scene where the narrator’s apartment burned down, the narrator calls his alter ego even though he doesn’t know what the effects of this could be. This resembles the doors in Monster’s Inc. The narrator was opening a new door in his life without knowing the possibilities on the other side, just like when the monsters in Monster’s Inc. open random doors without knowing what the other side holds. We know that the narrator is calling his alter ego (Tyler Durden)  because his alter ego says “…Yeah I star 69ed you, I never pick up my phone..” This shows that the narrator has never tried to be this person who he thinks is the best version of himself.  Tyler Durden, just like children on the other side of the doors in Monster’s Inc. hold an affect on the person opening the door in ways they couldn’t have expected.

Once the narrator calls Tyler his life starts to drastically change. He becomes what he sees as the best version of himself, until he realizes the person he has turned into. He doesn’t want to be the person who’s opening doors to hurting people and himself, he wants to be a good person who opens positive doors in his life. This is just like when the monsters in Monster’s Inc. realize they don’t want to scare the kids/be scared of what’s behind the door, they want to be able to make the children happy and laugh. Fight Club is ultimately about the doors in Monster’s Inc. and the affect that opening new doors in our lives has on us.


In the article “Losing Bodies” by Susie Orbach media’s influence on women’s perception of weight is examined. In this article it is shown that most women retain the meaning of what it is to be “normal sized” by the visuals of “normal” that media gives us (Orbach 390). This “normal” is classified by certain body measurements, looks, makeup, etc. that is created by the fashion industry (Orbach 390). Trying to live up to being “normal” is causing women to have weight issues, social anxiety, get plastic surgery, and develop anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Women’s anxiety about gaining weight and not fitting in with society is having an effect  not only on other women, but on younger generations. Women’s social anxiety about striving to be that perfect “normal” is causing their children to develop weight issues younger and younger because of how society judges us (Orbach 393). An example is children seeing their mom whiten her teeth, or eat only certain foods, or over exercise to maintain the “normalized look” (Orbach 393-394). The way children see their parents trying to fit in is causing children to develop social anxiety and more importantly weight issues. Another example of media causing a negative affect on how women view weight is when popular TV shows from the U.S. came to Fiji. The women in Fiji, after watching shows such as Friends, were affected so heavily in regards to how they view their bodies that 11.9% of Fijian adolescent girls developed bulimia, when it had not existed there before (Orbach 388).

These affects on weight that media is causing is creating a weight issue, that had ceased to exist prior to media. Media is overall causing women to have social anxiety, develop eating disorders earlier on, causing younger children to develop eating disorders sooner,  and essentially “lose their bodies” because of the extreme measure they go to to maintain a certain weight that media deems acceptable (Orbach 390-394). The meaning of “normal” in today’s society is substantially different from previous times. “Normal” is not the average sized woman anymore, but the one who is thin and has the makeup and visual looks society sees to be “normal” (Orbach 393).

In regards to how convincing this article is, I would say there were several key points that were convincing and that people could identify with. I thought the article was very persuasive in conveying the affect that media’s view on weight is having, by the examples they used such as children looking up to mothers who have social anxiety due to weight. I also thought it was important that they clarified definitions of normal and fitting in in regards to society. Some points that I thought were not as strong is that they didn’t clarify which type of media had the greatest impact. For example, whether it was TVs, magazines, movies, newspapers, etc. that had the biggest influence in how women view weight. Also, they mentioned the example of the TV show Friends and how it caused the eating disorder bulimia, but it failed to include other examples of media besides just the TV and not only that, but what genre of specific types of shows influenced women in regards to social anxiety and weight.

Works Cited

Orbach, Susie. “Losing Bodies.” Social Research 78.2 (2011): 387-394. Academic Search Premier. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.


The exposure women face to thin models in magazines is affecting not only their self-confidence, but their health. Women’s magazines are making women feel as if they are not “thin enough” and causing eating disorders. Women’s magazines are one source of media causing these problems among women, but I am curious if movies are too; especially the movie Sydney White.

In the article “Social Risk Factors Related to Eating Disorders in Women” by Alejandro Magallares the effect of women’s magazines on women’s health is addressed. In this article, women are portrayed as constantly striving to be thin and resemble the models they see in women’s magazines. This obsession with being healthy or in other words as thin as the models, is leading to an increase in eating disorders. Women are not only developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and bing eating disorders, but are fighting to fit in with society. Society or “the norm” makes women feel as if the only way they will be accepted is by being thin. This constant pressure from the media, especially women’s magazines, is making women have social-anxiety and stress from trying to “fit in” by being thin.

Although magazines are the main source of health issues among women, scenes from the movie Sydney White also portray the struggle women face with weight. For example, in one scene in Sydney White Rachel, who is the president of a sorority and the typical “stick skinny blonde”, singles out a girl named Amy for putting on some weight over the summer. Rachel victimizes Amy in front of all the other girls in the house about her weight and says, “Excuse me Amy, don’t you remember you’ve been reassigned kitchen duty, go on…that’s what happens when you gain 27 pounds of break-up weight over the summer.” Amy immediately becomes embarrassed and turns red in the face with humiliation. Rachel also forces the girls to only eat celery, lettuce, and fruit to stay thin and “healthy”. This is an example of how much pressure there is from society to be “healthy” or thin. As the audience, I too not only found myself feeling sorry for Amy, but wondering if I was “thin enough” to society’s standards. These extremes such as hardly eating and having to be as thin as models seen in magazines is causing social-anxiety related to body-image and an increase in eating disorders (Magallares 148-149).

In conclusion, not only does exposure to thin models in women’s magazines cause eating disorders and affect women’s health, movies do too. Women’s magazines and movies can have a negative influence on women and how they view their bodies. Singling someone out because they aren’t “stick skinny” and are normal sized is wrong. Women should embrace who they are and women’s magazines and movies should make an effort to convey the message that bullying someone about their weight is never okay. Media, especially women’s magazines and movies, are causing more of a negative effect about weight than they are promoting “being healthy”.

Works Cited

Magallares, Alejandro. “Social Risk Factors Related To Eating Disorders In Women.”   Revista Latinoamericana De Psicología 45.1 (2013): 147-154. Academic Search Premier. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.


I beg to still differ the question does media influence the way people, especially women, feel about weight?

In the article “Waif Goodbye! Average-Size Female Models Promote Positive Body Image and Appeal to Consumers” by Diedrichs and Lee a survey was conducted to see the effect that women’s magazines have on women concerning weight. In the study, there were 171 women and 120 who were  between 17 ad 25 years old who participated in only looking at a certain type of magazine (Diedrichs, Lee 1277). One group looked at magazines featuring no models, another looked at magazines featuring skinny models, and the third group looked at magazines containing average-size models (Diedrichs, Lee 1278). The results of this survey showed that the women and men who looked at the average size models had the most positive ideal body image and that women and men who looked at magazines without any models had the second highest ideal body image (Diedrichs, Lee 1282). This goes to show that the women and men feel more confident about themselves in regards to their bodies when they see average-sized models instead of thin models.

In comparison, another article by Elizabeth and Jessica Boyd discusses this issue of body image in regards to women. This article “Swimsuit Issues: Promoting Positive Body Image in Young Women’s Magazines” is about looking at different magazines and seeing the effect the size of the models has on women, especially young women (Elizabeth and Jessica Boyd 102). In a survey, 10 young women’s magazines swimsuit articles including DollyGirlfriendCleoCosmopolitanMadisonShopTil You DropIn StyleMarie ClaireHarper’s Bazaar, and Australian Vogue were looked at to see the influence of using average-sized models (Elizabeth and Jessica Boyd 104). The results of this showed that girls were had a more positive and healthy body image and overall felt more confident in themselves (Elizabeth and Jessica Boyd 102-103). This goes to show that even though media, especially women’s magazines, can cause women to feel negatively about their bodies, it is trying to do more promoting of a positive body image that resembles the average person instead of a thin model.

Even though these articles had two completely different surveys and means to gathering information, they both agree that when women see average-sized models in magazines they feel more confident in themselves and in their bodies (Diedrichs, Lee 1288). The first survey/article shows that there are still magazines who put thin models in their articles, but the second survey/article shows that there are changes being made in big time women’s magazines to promote a more positive self image.

These two articles are important because they recognize that even though women’s magazines are causing weight issues in women there is efforts being made to fix it. These efforts such as using average-size models will help decrease eating disorders and bring self-confidence to women ranging from young teens to adults. Weight is an ongoing issue in today’s society due to all the comparisons we make of ourselves and others to those thin models in magazines. By women’s magazines taking a stance and promoting a healthy body image women will start to not feel as if they have to compare themselves to anyone but them-self.

Works Cited

Boyd, Elizabeth Reid, and Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd. “Swimsuit Issues: Promoting Positive Body Image In Young Women’s Magazines.” Health Promotion Journal Of Australia 22.2 (2011): 102-106. SPORTDiscus with Full Text. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.

Diedrichs, Phillippa C., and Christina Lee. “Waif Goodbye! Average-Size Female Models Promote Positive Body Image And Appeal To Consumers.” Psychology & Health 26.10 (2011): 1273-1291. SPORTDiscus with Full Text. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.


Ever wondered what really causes eating disorders? The media, especially women’s magazines cause them. In the journal article “The Pursuit of Perfection: A Narrative Analysis of How Women’s Magazines Cover Eating Disorders” by Ronald Bishop the root of eating disorders is exposed.

In this article, Bishop reveals that many young women feel the pressure of being thin due to magazines that focus on dieting and losing weight (Bishop, 222). It’s not just affecting women, but young kids who are 9 and 10 years old (Bishop, 222). These kids feel as if they need to diet or lose weight because media makes them think that seeing bones is the only thing that is “pretty”. It’s said that “[…]nearly 80% of adolescent girls harbor negative feelings about their bodies; 75% say they feel fat, and 70% are dieting” (Bishop, 222).

Harrison and Cantor found that girls and women portray the same thinness-related behavior that they see in actresses in magazines and on TV shows (Bishop, 223). This constant battle women and girls are facing is what is causing women’s self confidence to go down and insecurities to rise. This is why Bishop encourages parents monitor what their children are exposed to (Bishop, 223). If women and girls can stop judging themselves based on media then they will be self-confident in their bodies and not feel as if they can’t ever be skinny enough.

 

Works Cited

Bishop, Ronald. “The Pursuit Of Perfection: A Narrative Analysis of How Women’s Magazines Cover Eating Disorders.” Howard Journal Of Communications 12.4 (2001): 221-240. Academic Search Premier. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.