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Journal Reflection 15 (Chapter 14) May 17, 2011

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College Drinking Experiences

  1. Why do you think people use alcohol?

Some people use it just for having a good time and with friends. Others are addicted to it. Also there are some who drink to forget the sorrow, or regret from things they did in past.

  1. What do you think the minimum age to legally drink alcohol should be, and why?

In my opinion drinking alcohol is not a good action. It shouldn’t be allowed by authorities. However, the minimum age should be 20 because teenagers are most likely interested in drinking.

  1. Do you know people who drink only to get drunk?

Yes there are some people who just make their selves drunk. They are not addicted, but they like to drink. One of them is my friend, who just drinks for fun

  1. Have you ever suspected any of your friends or acquaintances of being alcoholics? Why? Did you do anything about it?

One of my friends also drinks, but he drinks alcoholic beverages like beer. He just drinks occasionally at parties. We avoid him from drinking every time we see him. Now, he knows, whenever we are with him, he doesn’t drink

  1. Efforts to alter one’s states of consciousness through the use of alcohol or other drugs are found in almost every culture. Why do you think this is the case?

Day by day, people are becoming aware of the disaster and side effects of using alcohol and other drugs. They are trying to prevent using these addictive drugs. That’s why every culture is going throw their own culture to avoid people using alcohol and other addictive drugs.

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Journal Reflection 14 (Chapter 13) May 10, 2011

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My Sense of Cents

  1. How much money do you have in your pockets and wallet? (Guess first, then look.) How did you come?

Oh, right now 2000 Afs. I always check my wallet before going out from home. It is a good because I can understand how much money I have, and what things can I buy.

  1. Do you know how much money typically spend in a month, including money spent on food, lodging, and other items?

I approximately spend 12000 Afghanis in a month, including eating, transport, and shopping. I haven’t focused on spending money when I pay them out, but it spends if I want or not. Because of going for shopping with friends, and eating more than need, I spend too more money, and it is hard to take control of it.

  1. How good a sense of your finances do you think you have? How secure do you feel in your understanding of where your money goes?

I think I lose most of my money aimlessly. When my friends are with me I do not buy anything only for myself, but I buy for each friend who is with me. Moreover, my friends do the same; they also buy for us whatever that he buy for their selves, and that is the only reason that I waist a huge amount of money on friends.

  1. How important is money to you? Why?

Nowadays, money is everything for everyone. There is no one who doesn’t like money. Money is important for me too, because by money I can major in my favorite faculty, I can study in one of the best universities in Kabul, AUAF. When I can do everything by money, why shouldn’t money be important for me?

  1. Research shows that winning the lottery or other large sums of money brings an initial surge in happiness, a year later the winners’ level of happiness returns to what it was before. Why do you think this is true in general, and would it be true of you?

There are two things to be mentioned. First, when people earn a bulk amount of money, they spend it day by day for their social needs and they remain with the same amount of money as they had before winning lottery and their happiness vanishes. Second, people who do not spend the won money they just get used to of having more money. They cannot differ the life they had before winning lottery and the current one.

 

Journal Reflection 13 (Chapter 12)

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Thinking about Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

  1. Were race and ethnicity discussed in your family as you were growing up? In what ways?

I really appreciate my family because they are note discussing the issue of ethnicity. They don’t like it. Talking about ethnicity and race is something which is not appropriate to be discussed.

  1. Do you demonstrate-through you behavior, attitudes, and/or beliefs-you own ethnic background? How?

Yeah, sometimes when someone talks negative or bad stuff about my behavior, attitude or ethnic, I can’t tolerate it. I will talk to him negative about his attitude, because I am proud of whatever am I.  Everyone hates hearing bad stuff his/her race.

  1. Are there cultural differences between you and members of other races or ethnicities? What are they?

Yes, Afghanistan is a country where people from different ethnicities live like: Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbak, Turcoman and so on. They live together in one country, and do not differ their ethnicity from others. However, there are some Afghans from different region that talk against others’ race, nationalism and other stuffs. Their problem is that they are untalented and they live in countryside areas, and they haven’t seen life in cities where multiple region, people from different region and race, live to gether. The good point is that such misunderstandings do not affect in other peoples’ behavior who live in cities.

  1. Are you proud of your ethnicity? Why?

Yes, I have to. I am really proud of my ethnicity because it is the fact that whatever I am. I am me and I don’t want to change my ethnicity to anyone. In fact, ethnicity is not important for a wise person. A wise person values education, morality, goodness, honesty more than ethnicity.

  1. Think what it would be like to be a member of a racial group or ethnicity other than your own. In what ways would your childhood and adolescence have been different? How would you view the world differently?

It belongs to the environment in which we live, and learn. If my parents were making differ between culture, and ethnicity, I would do that too because I lived with them and I have learned from them. This all belongs to the circumstances of life in which we live, if the people of society were good, we would be good, unless opposite of it.

 

Journal Reflection 12 (Chapter 11)

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My Decision Crossroads

  1. What was an important decision that you made that had significant effects on your life?

Not studying Agriculture faculty in Nangarhar, a province in east of Kabul, was my best decision that I made. I was passed to Agriculture faculty of Nangarhar province in Concor exam. I didn’t want it to study because it was not my major, and also I didn’t want to go there. Coming to AUAF was my best decision, and now I can understand the changes that have happened to my life.

  1. What have been the main benefits and disadvantages that derived from the decisions?

If I chose studying in Nangarhar, I would be far from my family. I don’t know how would be my life there in dorm, what kind of people would be there, and when I am not interested in Agriculture faculty, how could I study it with pleasure? I don’t see any disadvantage in my decision. Whatever I decided was good for both me.

  1. Every decision to do something is also a decision not to do other things. What did you decision keep you from doing?

My decision prevented me from doing many things like: being far from family, living with different people (good stuff and bad stuff), doing laundry, cooking, shopping, and cleaning all by myself.  It would be challenging to live alone.

  1. Considering both the benefits and disadvantages of the decision, would you say that you made a good decision?

Yeah, for me it’s the best decision I have made. It changed my life. Now I realize what I have done is for my benefit.

  1. Thinking critically about the approach you used to make the decision, what alternative approaches might you have used to make it? Could these alternatives have produced a different decision? How?

I just thought with myself that how much it would be harder to live alone for about 4 years.  I just felt myself stranger for my family, and I couldn’t bear it. That’s why I decided to stay with my family.

 

Journal Reflection 11 (Chapter 10)

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Focusing on Your Interest

  1. Do you think you would enjoy being told precisely what to do and how to do it, or would you rather work things out by yourself, without extensive instructions or supervision? What implications might your answer have for a choice of major?

If I hear instructions or advice from someone, I would feel like I am a prisoner. I would like to do whatever my heart says. It is surprising for me to face sudden challenges. I chose my major by myself. No one told me that why am I choosing it, and I felt free. It was just my decision, and I didn’t get anyone’s advice.

  1. Are you ambitious and success-oriented and not ashamed to admit that you’d like to earn a lot of money, or are success and money secondary important to you? What implications might your answer have for a choice of majors?

My success is very important for me, even more than earning money. Success leads me to a bright future. Money can be earned anytime, but it is impossible to be successful forever. Now it is time for me to study hard and succeed. After my graduation I can earn as much money as I want, but right now I have to study and succeed.

  1. Are you the artistic type and do you enjoy performing, creating and viewing/listening to artistic works, or is art of relatively little interest to you? What implications might your answer have for a choice of majors?

No I am not one of those, and I don’t think it relates to my major.

  1. Do you enjoy working with others, or do you prefer to work on your own? What implications might your answer have for a choice?

Both of them are enjoyable for me. When I work alone with myself, I really appreciate myself for the sake of completing it. I feel responsible for everything that I am doing, and I try hard to be careful and cautious. However, I enjoy work with other too. For example, when I face a problem, I ask my crews, and I can also help them in their works. Working together is fun too.

 

Journal Reflection 10 (Chapter 9)

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Focusing on Your Interest

  1. Do you think you would enjoy being told precisely what to do and how to do it, or would you rather work things out by yourself, without extensive instructions or supervision? What implications might your answer have for a choice of major?

If I hear instructions or advice from someone, I would feel like I am a prisoner. I would like to do whatever my heart says. It is surprising for me to face sudden challenges. I chose my major by myself. No one told me that why am I choosing it, and I felt free. It was just my decision, and I didn’t get anyone’s advice.

  1. Are you ambitious and success-oriented and not ashamed to admit that you’d like to earn a lot of money, or are success and money secondary important to you? What implications might your answer have for a choice of majors?

My success is very important for me, even more than earning money. Success leads me to a bright future. Money can be earned anytime, but it is impossible to be successful forever. Now it is time for me to study hard and succeed. After my graduation I can earn as much money as I want, but right now I have to study and succeed.

  1. Are you the artistic type and do you enjoy performing, creating and viewing/listening to artistic works, or is art of relatively little interest to you? What implications might your answer have for a choice of majors?

No I am not one of those, and I don’t think it relates to my major.

  1. Do you enjoy working with others, or do you prefer to work on your own? What implications might your answer have for a choice?

Both of them are enjoyable for me. When I work alone with myself, I really appreciate myself for the sake of completing it. I feel responsible for everything that I am doing, and I try hard to be careful and cautious. However, I enjoy work with other too. For example, when I face a problem, I ask my crews, and I can also help them in their works. Working together is fun too.

 

Journal Reflection 9 (Chapter 8) April 27, 2011

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What Sort of Memory Do I have and Want?

  1. What kinds of information do you remember best: faces, shapes, colors, smells, names, dates, or facts? Why do you think this is?

Remembering the shapes, smells and facts is one of my habits. Fact is something that cannot be forgotten. As people say that fact is fact and we can’t change it. I don’t have any reason for why am I remembering smells and shapes, but it is my ability that I can recognize something well, or the thing that I have seen it for the first time in my life.

  1. What kinds of information do you have the greatest difficulty remembering? Why do you think this type of information is hard for you to remember?

Sometimes, when my parents ask me for some grocery to buy, I forget that soon. When I hear speeches which do not relate to me or are not important, in that case I forget them in brief. The reason is that I don’t concentrate and focus of unimportant words.

  1. Is there any particular source of information about which you can remember exceptional amounts, such as baseball records or movie trivia? Why do you think you remember this information so effortlessly?

Yes, remembering movies’ scenes are my habits. I remember the scenes of whatever movies I have seen before. Sometimes, I remember most of their dialogs. The reason is that movies are really interesting, and we can keep interesting dialogs and scenes in our mind. However, when some movies are not interesting for us, we cannot remember their scenes very well because that is something we don’t like to keep them in mind, and we do not show more interest in them.

  1. Do you use any memorizing technique now? Have you ever tried any in the past?

I have never used any memorizing technique, but whenever I find something that should be kept in mind, I try to notice that carefully, and repeat that speech or event in my mind, until memorizing it. It is my secret that I keep new information in my mind.

  1. Suppose scientists devised a “memory drug” that would allow you to remember everything to which you were exposed. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of such a drug? Would you be likely to use it?

No, memory drugs will be something that remembers me my past. The past times that I spent both in good and bad situations, the bitter memories that I had in the past. I want to forget whatever happened in past, and want to start a new life from this time. I know I don’t have a good past; it is good to forget everything. Past is past, I cannot go to change that, but I can bring some changes in my future. I can change my future, and don’t want to remember my past. The memory drag will give me only sad feelings, but not happiness.