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Posted on August 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Diversity is a wonderful thing. I come from a small suburban town where there isn't too much of that. Its too bad that it took Nora until she went to college to realize that its not everywhere. This piece gets right to the point and supplies multiple examples of her frustration and shock. But I'm curious to know how much research Nora did on the school before attending, there are websites that allow you to narrow down school choices by selecting the type of diversity. I'm also curious to know weather or not Nora regrets attending Berkeley, she doesn't mention anything about the college being the wrong choice. I wish this piece was longer.
Posted on April 27, 2010 at 08:31 PM
Being a resident of a multicultural city like Cambridge, I can understand how the narrator feels shocked when she is in a "monochromatic" racial setting. It is very clear that the narrator was feeling powerful emotions throughout her experience. That being said, I wish I had seen more of these emotions come out through her feature. The ideas are very powerful, but the entire story is told in a monotonous voice. The personality of the narrator comes out only at the end of the piece when she says, "I know, I know, how un-Berkeley of me." This piece could use more periodic bursts of sarcastic commentary like the above example. It's a good feature for generating discussion about diversity in schools, but it is not a piece that can hold a listener’s attention, due to its blandness.
Posted on October 25, 2009 at 06:13 PM
As a senior in high school, compiling my list of potential colleges was one of the most stressful things that I did. There were a couple of requirements, of course, that shaved the thousands of colleges and universities down to a nice neat Excel document with a total of 19 schools. One of the requirements, was that I get out of the Bay Area. I'm from San Francisco, the liberal-minded, the diversity; you name it, we got it. I want out as well. Nora's voice is powerful; it's clear that she's a very strong-willed and minded person. I definitely feel for her as she describes her roommate's tiny high school experience and the judging looks from her peers because of her wall of pictures. But I wanted to hear more. The experience from one roommate and stares from passerbys seem a bit weak for such a strong statement. I don't know very much about Berkeley High School. Maybe a brief description of the school would make it easier to see the huge contrast that she's talking about.
Posted on January 10, 2008 at 06:11 AM
I really enjoyed this peice. It was very intresting to hear that some people live such sheltered lives. The way everything flowed was great. It all seemed to go together. I felt as though I was really seeing this for myself. This made me think "Is this going to be the same for me when I go to college?" I like it very much.
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 05:13 AM
THIS SHORT YET INFORMITIVE STORY IS ABOUT how going from a multi cultural high school to a very "monochromatic" college. The story, though it could be expanded upon, was pretty good. The only area that needed a lot of work was editing. She could definitely use some music and sound effects, but that is the only part I could see needed work. So good job.
Posted on April 01, 2005 at 10:51 PM
Nora talks about her experience at “a small, traditional liberal arts college in the Northeast” that isn’t diverse at all. Her voice is clear and strong, and it’s obvious that she’s a great storyteller. I can see her college and dorm room with the pictures of her friends on the wall. I feel myself cringe as she describes students in her class using the word “Negro.” My reaction isn’t only to their behavior. Nora is very angry, but she doesn’t explain anything to them. I think that she is too quick to judge these people in her piece – maybe the students just didn’t know what they were doing or how they were affecting others. It’s also too easy for her to put down her school’s “monochromatic” student body and praise Berkeley’s diversity. I would like to see her go deeper into these issues.