Sunday, April 27, 2008

For next year.....

Business writing this year was very interesting and informative. I have learned a lot of things this semester that will hopefully help me in the future. To the classes next year, I have a few pointers that should help you succeed in Business Writing:

1. Keep up with the blogs!!! They can really boost your grades.

2. Come to class, the daily assignments are a big part of your grade.

3. When doing group projects or collaborative writing, choose your group members wisely. This can make assignments really easy or really hard.

4. Don't be afraid to get help. Mrs. Rodgers is very understanding and I'm sure she we do all she can to help.

The list above are just a few things to help you out in Bussiness writing next year. Just know that as long as you do what you are suppose to you will do well in the class.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ethics Research

Since I'm a psychology major, I have some knowledge on the history of ethics in research. A couple weeks ago I was reading an article on the Syphilis and how it led to the review of research which eventually led to the Belmont Report (Established guidelines for research and the IRB).

I have also read the book on the Stanford Prison Experiment (The example you mentioned in class). It was really interesting to seek the links that the "guards" would go through to make prisoners obey them and the links that the "prisoners" would do to obey the guards. I think that it is Ironic that the lead experimenter is one of the most famous modern psychologist. He actually thinks that because the findings of the experiment "outweigh" the harm done to the participants which makes the experiment ethical. He even admits to getting caught up in the experiment and failed to stop it before it went on too long, then he goes into a long spill about being in the right (or wrong) situation can make anyone "evil". I personally don't buy that explanation, at least to the extent that he speaks of.

He does point out another interesting incident involving the military. This incident happen in Abu Grad, where the military grossly mistreated prisoners during the war on terrorism. The incident is well-known, some pictures that soliders were shown all over the media. The things that were done to those people are some of the most dehuminizing things I have ever heard of. I'm having a little trouble finding vague language, but there are plenty of examples of denials, cover-ups, and mistreatment.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ethical Lapses

I knew that having ethical lapses were common, but I never thought about just how often it happens and how much it affects employees. This article contained a lot of statistics, I wish the author would have included examples of ethical lapses so readers could see how broadly this topic it is and I wish the author would have specified what "minor ethical lapses" are.

Never the less the article was informative. I know that some people experience ethical lapses on a daily basis because of the demands of there jobs, I'm not saying that is justified but I do understand how it could happen. I also see how this could have an effect on someone's performance at work as well as their morale. Many people feel like they have to go on with these ethical lapses because they feel like thats how they have to keep their jobs, but in many cases it is true.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Writing on paper vs. Writing on the Web

Writing on paper and writng on the web are a like in many ways. For one, both are mediums of communication. Both involve an intense thought process sometimes and they both involve editing.

But it seems as though they are more different than they are a like. Things written on the web are easier to access by others and more people can have access to it. Things written on the web are also easier to edit than written on paper. Things written on paper are easier to keep record of (hard copy)if you don't have a large collection of writings. Some people find it easier to read things written on paper than on the web.

When transferring things from paper to the web is to first make sure that the web is an approbiate place for the document. Make sure that the document is readible on the web and that the document can be easily accessed on the web.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Free write #2

Since it is not quite my birthday again, what to talk about this time?

To begin with, I am swamped this weekend and the following week. I have the portfolio, prosposal, and homework due for this class. I have my proposal due for psychology due also tomorrow. I have a test in Biology this week that I really, really need to do well on, which is probably why I'm writing this blog at 11:45pm on a Saturday night. School work + job+campus job = no sleep for Amy this week.

On a similiar note, I am so anxious about getting out for summer. I plan on attending a program called Leadershape for a week, taking Chemistry, studying for the GRE, and working all summer long. I know it sounds like a lot of fun, maybe I'll have time for one raodtrip. I think I'm already experiencing "senioritis". I'm not looking forward to all of the work, but definitely looking forward to the rewards.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Lying on resumes

First I want to say that I'm sorry for the late blog, I thought it was due this week, not last week.

I found the article to be really interesting and informative. When you really want a job it is so tempting to "embellish" the truth sometimes. This article informed that even the smallest of lies is not worth losing the job you wanted so badly or living with the fear of your lies being outed some day. My resume may not be the best, it is quite bare actually, but after reading this article there is no way that I would even consider adding something that is not true to it. I don't care how much I want the job, I would rather just give it the best I got with the truth.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


I think that everyone did very well with their presentations. All of the presentations were interesting with a wide range of topics, My favorites were:

1. I liked Josh's presentation about the NFL Combine. I'm not really into football but I found it interesting to find out what exactly the athletes do and who made it from Clemson to the NFL .

2. I also liked Jacki's presentation about Chicago. I never been to Chicago, and really never had an intentions of going (way too cold for me), but after seeing all the attractions and the pizza, I really wanted to visit.

3. Lindsey's presentation on hard boiled eggs was good (even though I'm not a fan) it was something different and very creative.