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option 3 - Tyler Hankinson

​What did you find most challenging about this project?
 I think that the most challenging part about this project was finding a good set of photos with a story behind them I had a huge problem with that
How did you go about collecting the images or selecting the images?
Since i started my project late I  walked around the city and took pictures of things that I thought related to the project description

Which image is your favorite? Why? Elaborate
My favorite image was of the italian market the reason why is because it has alot of histor behind it and it has all different types of ethic back round  that comes with it

How prevalent is the evidence of globalization in Philadelphia? I think philadelphia has its fair share of it but I think that it is less vident in our city than in others like Washington etc because we really arent in the media spot light 

\What did you learn? 

I learned that a picture tells 1000 words

photo essay
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Las Cazuelas

On Friday, we had an incredible lunch catered by Las Cazuelas. There were two cooks, and they brought many dishes for us to taste and to enjoy. They were extremely polite, and knew lots about the food that they had brought! My favorite part was being able to eat this food from a different culture and spend time talking with my classmates while enjoying the food.

Nombre de plato: Sopes de Maíz
Opinión: Me encanta! Es especialmente bueno con queso. Los frijoles están excelente con la tortilla de maíz.
Unos ingredientes: Maíz, frijoles (y queso si prefieres)
Comentarios: Son muy típico. Lo recomiendo porque es muy bien.

Nombre de plato: Tacos dorados
Opinión: Me encanta porque las tortillas son muy son muy dorado.
Unos ingredientes: tortillas y pollo
Comentarios: Lo recomiendo porque es muy simple pero es excelente.
Nombre de plato: Chuletas tentación
Opinión: Es uno de mis favoritos. La salsa en los chuletas es fabuloso!
Ingredientes: Chuleta y una salsa
Comentarios: pregunto qué es en la salsa...

Nombre de plato: Arroz con frijoles.
Opinión: ¡Es mi favorito! El arroz es muy dulce y la maíz y frijoles es excelente. Con queso es muy bien.
Ingredientes: Arroz, maíz, frijoles (y queso si prefieres)
Comentarios: ¿Es eso comida muy típico?
Nombre de plato: Tres leches (el postre)
Opinión: Es muy interesante, pero me gusta! También, es muy ligero.
Ingredientes: Leche y harina
Comentarios: ¡Lo recomiendo porque es muy dulce!
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Blog Post #5

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

    I talked to Marion because I wanted to see where she lived in France.

  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

    She likes a lot of music and movies, she lives in Paris and in highschool.
  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

    I wanted to see what movies she liked, and she told me.
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

    I wanted to find about about movies, and she told me .

  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)rc

    Some words I wanted to say I had to look up and sometimes I had to translate a word she said with word reference.
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Option 3: Globalization In Philadelphia

Above is a hyper link to my photos and citations. Below is my reflection 

.Although I feel as though the 4th quarter benchmark was the weakest of all my benchmarks I’ve done this year it was my favorite. I say this because I got to take photos of the world outside of SLA and interrupt them to my understanding. Even though I enjoyed this project the most it was also the most challenging because I didn’t really know how to relate the photos to globalization. I had gotten to a point where I had photos but they didn’t mean anything to me so I had to go back and find photos that had a story behind thee. The process in which I went about gathering photos was also not so great. I started the project late and as a result I was in a rush to get good photos which also made it hard for me as well. 

            My favorite photo by far out of the collection is the one I took in a park in Over Brooke, Philadelphia. The photo is of a woman wearing a turban and her son on a swing. Not only was this the best photo visually but it had the best story behind it as well. And I actually interacted with the woman in the photo. I do feel as though evidence of globalization us evident in Philadelphia everywhere from the phones we use every day to the shoe son our feet. But it’s defiantly more common in larger cities because they do more trading with other countries and import more things. After completing this project I learned two things. That procrastination is not the way to go and that globalization is everywhere  
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Globalization Benchmark- News Artical

Click here to see my project.


The most challenging thing about this project was actually coming up with what I wanted to do. I didn't know where and what I wanted to do until the example was given to us in class. I thought about how the media always reflects on the bad things that teenagers do in Philadelphia and how they never talk about all the good they do. I wanted to make a change to that and wanted to cover a story on two teenagers in Philadelphia and talk about how successful they are. Another challenging part about this project was actually having the time to find people who would be willing to get interviewed.

I found this story by my looking into my friends and seeing how successful they are. I asked for their stories to be shared for my final project and they were honored to share their stories. I don't think these kinds of stories receive a lot of attention because the bad things that teenagers do in Philadelphia outweigh the good things that they do. I don't think the story will get more attention because teenagers have always done good things but in the news its mostly for the viewers to see all the bad things that are happening in the area. Throughout this project I learned that their are many teenagers in Philadelphia being successful and its a shame that they are no't being noticed as they should be.
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Option1 - Between Tibet and China
  • Since my topic is very well-known to many people, it's hard to find an appropriate attitude and explanation I should use for this project. So I looked over many websites and tried to find a objective attitude towards all kinds of comments.

  • It's really hard to find the actual truth of the story in Tibet, actually. After I searched all kinds of information, I don't even think that there is a truth exists. Foreign media is always not reporting the truth and exaggerating the mistakes Chinese government had, while Chinese government is always trying to hide something from the people and the media. All I can do is read articles from both sides and to analyze as best as I can. 

  • The story actually attracts far more attention than I ever thought, however, the truth is not attracting any focus at all. As if everybody are mislead to different kinds of acknowledgement, the people in China, the foreigners, the media, and even myself. Each side has its own point of view and evidence. Although I can tell parts of it are completely wrong, the rest is still bothering me because all the "truth" are in a conflict. For example, There is no way to identify whether Dalai Lama is involved in the conflict as a man with guilt, nor can I find any evidence to prove his innocence.

  • I think it will. After all the articles I went through, what I see was only one side disagree with another. Either Chinese media and government saying foreign media are all telling lies, or foreign media blaming Chinese government about freedom and human right but never speaking about the improvements. In my article, I tried to combine the two ideas together and try to find some similarities between them. 

  • I learned a lot about the ancient history between Tibet and China, and I also learned about the prejudice media have on China-Tibet conflict. What's the most important, I discovered that there might be something with no truth existing at all. What we saw is just a surface. The truth itself might already been covered up by time.
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Globalization In Philadelphia Photoessay

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(Option #3) 

The most challenging thing about this project was finding sources to back up the pictures I had taken; I started taking pictures before I found my sources, which was a bad idea. I should have looked up things in Philadelphia that were well documented and then taken pictures of them. I looked at the document on the moodle assignment page for the benchmark hyperlinked as topics and started brainstorming ideas of what pictures I could collect and what theme I wanted to portray through my pictures. I then thought about pictures would be the most convenient to retrieve after school or even during school if I had a free period. After I collected the ones that were close by the school I started thinking of other places in Center city that I could get to via trolley or short train ride and by my house that I could go and document as a sign


I took 10 pictures although there are only 9 posted because I couldn’t get the 10th picture to upload and I was running out of time for my project. My favorite picture was the mansion. Not only because the Elkins Estate is beautiful and I’ve loved the architecture and elegance that the home has but also because I had to work very hard at finding history behind it. I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to use that picture because I hadn’t found anything worth using that I could connect back to my theme or globalization. After I found information about the Nun’s that lived there I really started to dig up lots of information. So this picture became my favorite because I worked the hardest at it and because I love the house, after finishing my connections for that picture I felt more accomplished than I did for any of the other pictures. Overall, I’m not sure if it’s less or more prevalent in places other than Philly because I didn’t look for links between globalization and those cities. However, having said that I think that there is a larger amount of people immigrating to other countries like Florida and California that might have more signs of globalization because there are larger cities than Philadelphia so it makes sense that within those places that there would be more signs. I think that for a moderately sized city I think that it’s pretty evident in this Philadelphia. There are lots of examples in the businesses, neighborhoods, restaurants and shops as well as in the universities; each of them show a different portion of globalization but it is pretty evenly conveyed in each section.


I learned a lot about how I work and about Philadelphia. I didn’t have a lot of trouble actually writing about the pictures connection to globalization because it was pretty evident if you understood the lessons that we were taught in class. I learned so much about Philadelphia; I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know. I’ve been to the liberty bell, constitution center, Chinatown; all of which are places that I’ve been too so many times and never even thought about the historical value of the landmarks. I always assumed that the majority of the landmarks were put there as a agreement or as a gift and most of them were but I never thought of them as globalization. Now that I do Philadelphia seems much more interesting and historically rich than ever before. 

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Option 3 - Evidence of Globalization in Philadelphia

  • What did you find most challenging about this project?

    The most challenging aspect of this project option did not lie on the photo, but rather figuring out ways to connect the picture with the larger globalization themes.

  • How did you go about collecting the images or selecting the images?

    I skim through the collections of photos that I have, as well as wandering around the city with the lens of globalization in mind. Sometimes, I had a very clear vision of the connection between what I see and globalization. However, when it became less relevant and significant once I put it down in writing.

  • Which image is your favorite? Why? Elaborate.

    My favorite was the pictures of Italian Market. I like the transformation that the place has witnessed over the years. I really wish I have the picture of the place 10, 20, 30 years ago to compare the change.

  • How prevalent is the evidence of globalization in Philadelphia? Do you think it is more or less so (evident) than in other large cities in the US? Why Why not?

    Globalization is conspicuous arguably everywhere now. However, it has a stronger presence in urban than rural, and even more so in larger urban area. In Philadelphia, it is certainly not that hard to find evidences of globalization, as it is the hub of major activities involving multinational interactions. In larger city, such as New York, it is more ubiquitous, as there are more people, and activities.

  • What did you learn?

    - That escaping globalization seems to be impossible in Philadelphia.
    - The root of Globalization is strikingly inhuman.
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Immigration Success Stories

Amaris Romero & Natasha Ashby


The most challenging part about this benchmark was trying to figure out how to layout the entire process. It was difficult for us because we were unsure on how to provide a good design. In the end we designed it in a way where we felt it was the most creative yet simple.

The story was easy for us to get because there are many students within the school who of course have a story to tell. There were many students who had similar stories and throughout the process of us finding  a topic to focus on it was simple because a friend was telling us her story and she started to mention the different people who are in similar positions as her. Her story inspired us to go outside of the box and interview multiple people in order to have a thorough general understanding of successful immigration stories. 

I believe that this story hasn't received much attention because it hasn't been revealed. I feel like it is unknown but in a way it is known because we know about it. It's unknown because no one takes the time to acknowledge or notice an immigrants story.

Yes, if our article is shared to the public and no because if this article only stays within the walls of the school how will anyone else be able to hear out their stories.

I learned so much from this assignment I've learned about how strong people are and how monstrous others are. It all depends on the way you were raised I suppose because of everything that is being taught to them. I learned to be a leader like Bach and to keep moving forward never to let anyone bring you down.

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Q4 - Globilization in Philadelphia

Slide Presentation


The most challenging thing about this project was trying to find pictures of things that really related to the point of globalization I wanted it to. Finding things around the city to takes pictures of also seemed difficult at first. I had to really go out and see what i could take pictures of and just think of some ways that the world outside of my country effected me. Picking subjects for the pictures came to me after looking at and going through some of my classmates pictures. After doing that i was able to ask them why they took certain pictures. Then ask myself the same question and how would I go about representing this topic differently.
Out of all the Images, I must say that my favorite is the recycle bin. This may seem somewhat strange but I really like that picture because its so bright and it is perfectly clear what picture is about and what topic it is related to. In all of my pictures the subject is very clear. However the picture of the recycle bin amuses me, I just smile every time I look at it. After completing this project I feel like globalization in Philadelphia is not hard to see. It is easy to miss but once you think about it you can see it almost every where.
Most likely easier to see globalization in Philadelphia than some other cities. It really depends on how large the city is, the bigger the city the harder to exactly what is effecting what. Here we are a large city but small enough to not be overwhelmed. if we stop think and look around we can think about how something outside of our city has effected what we do in our city.  

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Option #1 Benchmark

Globalization Benchmark Q4
What I found most challenging about this project was getting the quotes from the different sources. I am not in contact with these people everyday so retrieving the quotes was rather difficult.

This story was rather simple to find because I am a member of the Track & Field community so before the season started it was brought to my attention that cuts were being made to spring sports.

I do not think this story recieves more attention because out of the many American sports, Track & Field is not at the top of the list for popular sports.

I don't think this story will get more attention over the next few months because the season is coming to a close and as people stop running others will not pay much attention to how these budget problems still exist. It will be brought back into light next year if these problems still exist then.

Throughout this project I learned that although we all come from very diverse backgrounds, if we come together to reach one common goal, we may be successful in our endeavors.
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Immigrant Success Stories - Global Benchmark 4

Here is the link to our project. 

I found that trying to find high school immigrants was the most challenging. I realized that as we were finally finding people to write about, they all turned out to be Vietnamese. However, they all had very different background stories with one central theme which was to come to the U.S. and receive an education. They all did and they took advantage of the opportunities at hand. It was also pretty challenging trying to tell the stories without being boring.

The idea actually came from one of my friends. However, pursuing the idea was fairly interesting. We contacted one of our fiends who gave us ALL the information we needed in order to create this project. Turns out a lot of her friends are immigrants as she is and so we had our interviewees already found before hand. There were quite a few students within the schools with similar stories but we really wanted to venture outside of that and lucked out with finding to very amazing and accomplished students.

I do not know if this story will get more attention over the next few months just because it has yet to get attention already. I hope it does because a lot of these kids came from nothing, they left their whole families and managed to do great things out here. From this whole process, I learned that we are really fortunate to have been born in the US surrounded by all these opportunities. However, for students who immigrated here, they weren't. They had to work extremely hard to learn our language and get used to this culture in order to make it within this society. Even in 2012, immigrants are still fighting to make their mark here. These students came from nothing and are motivated more than ever to succeed.

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Abstract + Artifact of SLA Bike Week

Sam Sirochman
Rosalind Echols/Diane Laufenberg

My capstone was hosting/organizing a ride your bike to school week.

What I did for my capstone, was decide that May 21st-25th was going to be bike  week. The main goal of bike week was to increase the number of people who ride to school, in order to get a larger turnout I created a raffle with a grand prize of a $50 gift card to Modell’s and also created 4 different posters that I plastered around school everywhere to get the word out. Over time it became more clear that some people weren’t interested in riding alone. My next step was to group people up that are from the same neighborhood, so I started email chains within the communities of people, thus giving people a safer way to ride to school. My main objective was to get 50 more people to ride to school. Also with the influx of people riding to school, we were going to need a more efficient way of getting people to store bikes, so I also had to make the bike rack we had more useful by clearing all the stuff off of it and making it more accessible.

Sticker Final
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Unspoken Story: Students Pay Too Much For Senior Dues !

Option #1

Trying to figure out what i should write about. I wasn't thinking straight because i had other benchmarks and capstone work to do so i wasn't even thinking about something i should right. Well i'm pretty sure lots of people don't know how much everything came out to be there whole senior year. Then the juniors have no clue of what they have to pay and how much everything has to be, so me telling the story on it can have them a heads up for when they hit there senior year. It doesn't receive more attention because no one really talk about it because it's the end of the year already. Yes but at the same time no because there are seniors who haven't paid there dues but then i see it as in only a teacher would mention it out of the whole school because i personally think its already the end of the school year and who is going to keep bothering a student who hasn't paid there dues when before they had to do it but never did. So it's on them now not anyone else. I learned that my parents had to pay so much for my senior year because it wasn't only just me, but it was me and my sister Amaris Romero, then my parents had other stuff they had to pay so it was hard half of the time to actually give in money on time.
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This Philadelphia Life

Benchmark Reflection

•What did you find most challenging about this project?
I really enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of this project and
didn't have many difficulties except for lack of access to reliable
highspeed internet that would allow me to make the blog post and
submit my benchmark. Besides that, everything else went smoothly.

•How did you go about finding this story?
The idea for this story developed before I was given the benchmark
description, at a poetry event where a mentor of mine expressed his
outrage at the  Philadelphia Newspaper having a frontpage newstory
about a trash-talking puppet, yet countless youth who are doing
positive things get little acknowledgement. I wanted to highlight
stories of youth who were defying the stereotypes and fill a void of
positive stories about youth.

•Why do you think this story does not receive more attention?
As the subject in my interview said, stories like these just don't
sell. It isn't 100% the media's fault because I do think we as a
people have been conditioned to only get excited over the most extreme
stories instead of ordinary people doing good things. I also think,
many people want to tell this story but they're afraid that if they do
maybe no one will listen because there isn't a high demand for these
kind of stories.

•Do you think this story will get more attention over the next few
months?  Why?  Why not?

Honestly, I don't think that this story will get much attention
because it's just the way the world works. Our attencion spans are so
short when it comes to stories in the media that I doub't something as
positive as this will last long.

•What did you learn?

Through interviewing people I learned that most people do care about
their neighborhoods, the declining state of communities, want to do
something about it and have been for a while. Yet these ordinary
common heroes usually get under reported in the midst of violence,
school closings and celebrity scandals.


1) Chicago Public Media and Ira Glass.1995-2012. This American
Life.'Mr.Daisey goes to the Apple Factory.'April 16 2012 .Accessed
- I used this podcast of the radio show This American Life as research
on how to structure my own podcast and an example of what good story
telling looks like. I found this resource to be very helpful and I
tried to incorporate some of the storytelling methods in my own
podcast and transitions.

2)Chicago Public Media and Ira Glass.1995-2012. This American
Life.What happened at Dos Eres' May 25 2012 Accessed 5/25/2012
- I used this podcast as further research on effective storytelling in
radio. I especially found this resource to be helpful and relevant
because I had previously learned about the conflict in Guatemala in my
Spanish class, so I was able to understand the information with my
background knowledge.

3)Chicago Public Media and Ira Glass.1995-2012. This American
Life.'Mortal Vs.Venial' April 27 2012 Accessed May 25 2012

I used this podcast of another edition of This American Life, the NPR
regular show, as an example of how to effectively do transitions.
Throughout my podcast there are many times in which I had to
transition from one story or statement to another with the use of
music and I did that with this podcast as one of my guides.

4)Chicago Public Media and Ira Glass.1995-2012. This American
Life.'What I did for Love' February 10 2010 Accessed May 25 2012
-I used this podcast as yet another example of how to tell a story
with interviews. This podcast was a very good example of what I was
looking for because it featured many different perspectives, stories
and had good transitions yet they were all tied together with the same
theme. I also used this as a guide for how to keep the listener
actively entertained.

5)Chicago Public Media and Ira Glass.1995-2012. This American
Life.'Reap What you Sow'January 27 2012 Accessed May 25 2012

I decided to use this podcast to help me understand how to present new
ideas through storytelling in a way that others would be able to
easily grasp and understand them. I particularly enjoyed listening to
this podcast because I felt that the topic of immigration laws in
Alabama was very interesting and insightful yet the information wasn't
laid on too thick because the story helped balance it out. This was
also very helpful in deciding which portions of the interviews were
necessary for the story and what had to be edited.
This Philadelphia Life(1)
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Globalization - Photos - Yadi Angeles

Here is my benchmark:

Global Photo BM


What I found most challenging in this project is surprisingly writing down the connections. I had a clear connection in my mind when I took the pictures, but it became very difficult to explain while I was actually typing it. I was actually expecting the finding pictures part more challenging, but I found myself quite easily finding connections through taking the pictures. 
I took pictures by walking around my neighborhood and thinking about the main themes. If I made a connection between a theme and something I saw, I'd take a picture. I selected the images that I saw the connections more strongly in. 
My favorite image is of the foreign Yu-Gi-Oh cards because I have recently become more open minded about a different card game. So when I learned a bit about these cards, it fascinated me how the exact same card in a different language could be worth more. In Germany, an english card is more valuable. That put something in perspective to me. How something not valuable at all to me, could be worth much more somewhere else.
I think globalization is pretty much the same everywhere. People just have to pause and actually look for it. 
I learned how important it is to keep an eye out for things in my day to day life. Sometimes it all just becomes a blur, and it's difficult to distinguish small things. I also learned how globalization is everywhere, especially now in this age where communicating with someone across the world isn't as difficult. 
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Globalization in Philadelphia

The most challenging part about this project was how open it was. What my final product would become was totally up to what pictures I took. Basically no matter how many examples I tried to look up my project would take on the form of whatever work I did personally. That made it very hard for me to move forward quickly. 

I collected the images by first looking through my iPhoto for ideas on how simple an image could be for me to find the globalization in it. This ended up being a good idea because it actually told me most of the pictures I wanted to collect for the project. 

My favorite images are the last two, the picture of the Indian spice and the one of the blackberry. Those are the only pictures I took for reasons other than this project. They're my favorites because they were the first and best that I took. I think the paragraphs I wrote for them are also some of the best which is another plus. 

I do think there is less (positive) globalization in Philadelphia. I think because our city focuses less on the international cultural parts of our identity 365 days of the day, we lack in the knowledge and benefit of its influence. There are many places, such as 30th street station and penns landing that provide us with a lot of international culture but I feel that most of the culture lies in places like those that many people never go into.

This project taught me what globalization really was. I think it's funny that this time around I had more than enough experience with it but it was the knowledge I had trouble tapping into when usually in a project I have enough knowledge but need help applying it. The question of "What is globalization" came up a lot in this project and through completing it I finally figured out a little of what it is. 
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Public Institutions and Social Media

My benchmark can be viewed here!

I was lucky to hear about Joe Murray's Twitter from a friend of mine, and it struck me as a great topic for this benchmark.  I'd never heard of it before, but it interested me and it was quite positive.  The hardest part was then finding other examples of public institutions and social media, but I'm happy with the ones I did find because in most respects they are pretty unrelated.  They cover a wide range of topics.  I do think this topic will receive more attention as it becomes clear how important social media is to communicating in this day and age.  Overall, I learned that more institutions use social media than I'd realized, and I shouldn't assume one doesn't just because I don't already know about it.  Often they simply aren't advertised much.


Fieldler, Elizabeth, auth. "Philly Cops Bust Crime In 140 Characters Or Fewer." National Public Radio. N.p., n.d. web. 17 May 2012. <>.

Mulholland, Jessica. "Philadelphia Police Officers to Start Tweeting at Work." Government Technology. 17 April 2012: n. page. Web. 25 May. 2012. <>.

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10 Photo Essay of Globalization in Philly

  • Click here for benchmark

    What I found most challenging was writing about the connections between the image and a theme. I tried to branch out and have a varied collection to talk about so that it is not all the same things as everybody else. Plus writing in general is not something I'm best at so it was really hard to get started on the two paragraph explanations and have them be deep, meaningful, and insightful. When I first thought about this project I tried to get images that I knew I would go past on my everyday routine and try to find a deep connection to globalization with it. So for the first week I woud look very carefully at my surroundings and try to pick out stuff that nobody would really think twice at in regards to globalization then I went around having a regular camera, my phone camera and some pictures that I got from friends because I enlisted their help with gathering all the photos I needed. Personally my favorite image is the one of my dog. I love her so much that it scares my parents when I hug her because I may just squeeze to tight and pop her head off. Anybody that has seen me with my dog can guarantee that I love her the most and that she is my favorite being in the whole world. I learned a lot about the background of a lot of things and how there is a heck of a lot more globalizing going around then what I previously thought there was.

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Rotary Club

Since the begging I knew that this brenchmark will be specially challenging because our teacher give us options to select from, which was nice but at the same time scary because each option was hard in a way, wasn’t a safe choice. I chose the uncover story to find a good news in the city and show it because sometimes I feel like the people in Philadelphia underestimate the city and think that everything is bad.

For the reason that is a news article I couldn’t stay set in front of my computer and write a paper, I had to research and find people who will support my story in order to show that is real. Rotary Club is the organization that is sponsoring my exchange program and besides that they do a lot of good community service so was a pleasure for me talk about that fantastic people. 

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Capstone 2012-The High School Anthology

A Study of Thematic Evolution

By Michael Dea

Capstone Mentor: Ms. Larissa Pahomov



The goal of this capstone was to examine poetry and short stories over the course of four years to see how, if at all, the themes of the writing change over time.


            During the proposal stages of the capstone process, I looked at what I found interesting and what I enjoyed doing. As a result, I chose a capstone with a creative writing basis, given that I wrote as a hobby previously. Once the plans for what the end goal of the capstone were determined, the process of selecting what works would go into the end product was begun, supplementing some areas with works that were begun within the year. After this step’s completion, the selected works were analyzed for possible connections, the details of which can be seen in the process paper. Throughout this process, given that the works were written, they were reviewed by others for input on things such as themes, revisions (for newer works) etc.

Capstone Section 1: Poetry Notebook 1

Capstone Section 2: Poetry Notebook 2

Capstone Section 3: Poetry Notebook 3

Capstone Section 4: Zombie Apocalypse Novella
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Scuderi's 10 Photos of Globalization in Philly

Globalization In Philadelphia: A Small Photo Gallery 

By: Matthew Scuderi

I found this project to be very challenging in most areas. I found it really hard to think of the different themes of globalization and then when I had my themes ready, I found it hard to find a variety of pictures that represent each of these themes. I often found that the themes all intertwined in the photos that I gathered. From what pictures I collected and what themes I had thought of, my project focuses on the language issues, communication issues, marketing, adjustments that are needed for non-English speakers in America, and the indicators and facts of growing populations in certain cultures. Overall, I felt every aspect of this project was challenging, especially when trying to find photos that I could take around the city that would touch upon everything I wanted to talking about. Last, but not least, finding sources to back up my themes and the arguments that I made or points I was trying to get across was another very difficult aspect of the project. 

I collected my images by simply planning on taking pictures of things that I have seen before in my neighborhood and around the city. Once I had planned what photos I could take, I went out and took them. Some photos happen naturally as I came across certain things that represented globalization such as the picture I took of the group of Middle Eastern kids going to play cricket and the Hispanic bilingual news paper bin. For the images that I had planned to take, I based them around themes that I thought up, though I struggled to think of a wider variety of themes. My favorite image that I took is the one of the grand opening sign posted on the store that opened up across from the fruit stand. That picture holds a lot of significance to me because it represents the growing population of the particular culture in my area. The image also tells a story of how many businesses have become more ethnically diverse in Philadelphia, how much our city is changing due to diversity and the growing population of various cultures, the lack of consideration of many businesses and how they compete, and the racial tensions that are caused because of different cultures competing in business. This picture, for me, holds a lot of depth, that if I could spend more time on the project, I would probably write a whole lot more about. 

Evidence of globalization is so prevalent that it is virtually everywhere and as I found with the pictures I took, the evidence is primarily the various cultural businesses around the city. Every single place you go in Philadelphia, you come across ethnic restaurants and businesses and in some places more of the same ethnic businesses, which indicate that population of that particular ethnicity in that area. Aside from looking at businesses, there are people of all sorts of ethnicities and cultures walking around everywhere each and every day. I would say that globalization in Philadelphia is definitely more obvious than in states in the South and West. In states like Arizona, Ohio, Georgia, etc. there is a lot less diversity as I have observed in both Georgia and Arizona. Larger cities like New York, L.A., and Chicago would likely have globalization evident. In one of my sources that I used, there is mention of how urbanization and globalization tend to go hand in hand as many cultures try to populate urban areas for the resources that they have to offer. 

From this project, I learned mostly about how the various markets all over the Philadelphia area serve as an indicator of cultural diversity and the populations of each of those cultures. While compiling my photos and writing on the themes of each of them, I couldn't help but find myself going in circles with the mention of ethnic businesses and how they indicate so much about globalization. I also learned that we depend on globalization to keep the economy going as do other countries depend on it as well. I never really thought about how America benefits from cheap or less expensive trade from small countries and how they benefit from out trade as well. Another thing that I learned and found very interesting is that America has a higher percentage of exports than imports, but most of the products on the market are either from another country or made here and assembled in another country. The main thing that I learned is that globalization is all around us and affects all of us each and every day as language, marketing, cultural populations, and so on are constantly playing a role in our daily lives. 

*Bibliography included in photo gallery. 


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