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Philosophy Class – questioning your surroundings is good for the soul

Philosophy Class Review



Philosophy…what does this word exactly mean? Well, it’s derived from the Greek roots Filo, meaning love, and Sofia, meaning wisdom. Thus creating the word φιλοσοφία (Philosophy), the love or pursuit of wisdom. I took this class at North Seattle Community College and initially it was just for the sake of earning the credit, but as the quarter progressed I grew to love the class and its mind boggling concepts. Philosophy 101 took a general view on various ideologies but ideally philosophy can be broken down to five specific branches:


  • Metaphysics: explores outside of physicality such as ideas and question about existence,
  • Epistemology: the theory of knowledge “What is Knowledge? Can I prove I have knowledge of anything?”,
  • Logic: reasoning and inference; a majority of people tend to have something called Dysrationalia which is when you’re unable to reasonably think through a situation or problem despite being an individual with a high I.Q. (Intelligence Quotient),
  • Ethics: Moral Dilemmas,
  • Aesthetics: questioning the benefits of experiences.

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Clair de Lune: Naïve College Teacher Lives, Loves, Learns

Claire du luneTitle: Clair de Lune

Author: Jetta Carleton

Six Word Review: Naïve College Teacher Lives, Loves, Learns

Summary: Young, intellectual, attractive and single, Allen Liles is a new-on-the-job college teacher. She begins an after-school group to discuss poetry and literature with students, but the group’s numbers quickly dwindle down to just her and two boys, George and Toby. Allen and the boys start up a friendship and together they go out to eat, philosophize, watch movies and have beer and potato chips at Allen’s apartment. It’s all innocent fun and games until Allen and Toby’s relationship becomes more than just an after-school friendship. Suddenly, Allen’s entire career is jeopardized and with her reputation at stake, what is Allen to do?

I started reading because I read Jetta Carleton’s other book, The Moonflower Vine, and liked it so much that I reread it twice. I also thought it was interesting that this book was “newly discovered” and recently published, even though it was not recently written.

I kept reading because it was very engaging, I had to see what Allen would decide to do and what would happen. I read it in one day!

I would give this book  8/10 stars, because the story flowed and the writing style is unique, fluid and honest. I loved the picturesque, rural setting and the developed, individual characters. Allen’s enthusiastic and spontaneous personality was relatable and appealing. The ending felt rushed though, and the plot had a few poorly patched holes. These were minor flaws though, because the rest of the story was amazing.

I loved almost everything! The setting, the characters, the dialogue and the smooth, slightly old-fashioned word choice. The cover is very elegant too.

I hated the abrupt ending, it left me wanting to know more about Allen, and where she would go next in life.

If the lead character Allen could bring one thing to a deserted island, she would bring lots and lots of books.

Anything else we should know?  It’s a great book, go check it out at your library right now!

–Gabriella, Ballard, Teen Blogger


No-Stress Zone: Various Methods to Study!

tumblr_nc1i84GbMa1simvvzo1_500hobbithomework Hello fellow students!

Welcome to another post of The No-Stress Zone! In the previous post, you took a quiz to determine which type of learner you are: Auditory, Visual, or Kinesthetic. In this post, I will share some studying tips and techniques based on your learning type in order to help you all get the most of your studying and do better on your school assignments! Continue reading

No-Stress Zone: What type of learner are you?

attention Welcome back to The No-Stress Zone! Today, I have a quiz for you that can determine what type of learner you are. Dont worry, there are no right or wrong answers for this quiz! All you have to do is answer the questions based on your personal learning experiences and habits. The reason for taking this quiz is to help determine the best methods for studying that may help you better prepare for exams, tests, quizzes, etc.!
To take this completely free quiz that takes less than 5 minutes, simply go to this awesome website.
I hope you enjoy this quiz 🙂

Thank you for reading another post from The No-Stress Zone! Please come back again for some more tips and advice on how to reduce and even prevent stress!

–advice from Mia, West Seattle Branch

No-Stress Zone: Final Tips and Advice for Organization

studycat Hello students! Welcome back to The No-Stress Zone!

In the last couple of posts, I’ve given you all some suggestions how to organize your school papers into binders/folders, how to organize those binders/folders into your school bag or backpack, and how to organize your homework and study hub a.k.a. your desk or wherever your choose to study and do homework.

In this post, I will be signing off these organizational tips with some final tips and advice. Continue reading

No-Stress Zone: Desk Transformations

spongebobhomework Welcome back to The No-Stress Zone! In the last two posts, I’ve suggested some ways to better organize your school papers in binders and/or folders (depending on your or your teacher’s personal preferences) and how to choose the right school bag or backpack for you and how to organize to find what you need, when you need it.
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The No-Stress Zone: Organizational Methods, Tips, and Advice for Your School Bag!

waitthehomeworkWelcome back to The No-Stress Zone! Today I will be helping you organize something that is a necessity for school: your school bag.

Whether you carry a regular two-strap backpack, a messenger bag, or a tote bag, keeping your school bag organized and as clutter free as possible will help you quickly find a pencil for when your science teacher surprises you with a pop quiz, keep your money your safe for when you wanna buy a quick bagel before school, or help you find the book report you spent almost two weeks slaving over.
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