Introduction

My name is Matt Slater.  This is actually the last class I need to officially graduate.  I’m a marketing major with an architecture minor (which I completed at Tulane before I transferred). I don’t have any significant program involvement, but I’ve participated in many relevant extra-curricular activities.  During my time in New Orleans I spent time working with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes, my friends and I went to the shore to help clean up the coast and I helped paint a few local elementary schools.  All of the architecture students submitted their designs for a competition to build green homes… I didn’t win.  I signed up for this class because I wanted my last class to be something that I could take with me no matter what career path I eventually choose.

I transferred here so I don’t have any GST 110 experience.  However, I did take two classes at Tulane that seem very similar.  I took a class that taught how certain languages across the world developed and evolved as a result of socioeconomic, political and cultural issues.  For example, some African colonies were not allowed to practice their native language.  This not only disconnects them from many customs, but it also breaks down communication and can devastate local religions.  Many words do not translate to other languages, so the manipulation of the words people can use was a cruel method to marginalize local culture.

The only relevant class I have taken other than those previously mentioned was a service learning class.  My professor took the class to the shore to take various measurements like sediment levels, salinity, toxicity, etc.  We compared these with all of the previous semesters’ work to get an idea of the bigger picture.  The results show that many topics we may consider local, like waste disposal, can have a much father reaching impact.  This was the first class I took that really helped me to take a step back and consider global implications in addition traditional national or local consequences.

 

 

Habitat_for_Humanity_homes-New_Orleans

Not the exact houses I helped rebuild, but this will give you an idea of what we were doing. The organizers actually miscalculated the water pipe locations so we had to dig them all out. Not fun.

 

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This may be hard to see, but this picture shows the erosion impact of hurricanes. These pictures were taken just a few years apart.

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  1. Posted June 5, 2013 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    It’s interesting to think about how language is influential in terms of controlling cultures. Along with your thoughts, that’s how Japan invaded Korea and increased their territory by taking Korean language as the language is a deep rooted part of the culture.

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