Blog Council: Ripple Effect

What We did Well: 

  • Creative posts (dancing, LGBT, volunteering, naming, political primaries)
  • Well written
  • Good use of social media


  • How do you initiate some of these ideas?
    • Daily kindness is already prevalent in society…keep thinking & get creative about your ripple ideas!
  • Shorter posts – last class so we forgive you seniors
  • Lack of comments


Happy Award – Shake it Off (Aylin)

Sustainable Lifestyle Award – Unplugging: All the Cool Kids are Doing it (Greg)

Pay it Forward Award – Small Acts Transform the World (William)

Largest Ripple Effect – Taking the Volunteer out of Volunteering (Rafi)

Honorary Awards:

Reader’s Choice Award – Opening Doors and Hearts (Max)

Sifting the Ripple – Embrace the Rainbow (Chris)

Previous Prompts:

  • Prompt 1 – Past Blogs
  • Prompt 2 – Apple Justice Global’n Tech Drama
  • Prompt 3 – Deeper into ITruth
  • Prompt 4 – Pop Culture Profundity
  • Prompt 5 – Great Places Great Things?
  • Prompt 6 – Find an Org for P2
  • Prompt 7 – Onion News
  • Prompt 8 – Musk Challenge
  • Prompt 9 – Who Would You Take To Dinner?
  • Prompt 10 – Ripple or Tipping Point Actions


  1. Feedback on semester’s blog posts (structure vs unstructured, creative writing, audience, blog as social media tool)
  2. How can we capture the creative spirit of the last blog posts and transform it to early blog posts?
  3. Reflect and write down:
    1. Most memorable blog post this semester (someone else’s)
    2. Your own favorite post

Taking the voluntary out of volunteering

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.

When is the last time you volunteered to do something? When is the last time you volunteered to do community service hours? Did you truly do it voluntarily or did you do it involuntarily to meet the service hours for your greek organization or an outstanding citation? I have a sense that most of us millennials, I know there are a lot of exceptions, are part of the group that need an outside force or motive to get us to do any sort of volunteer task. I get the sense that most of my generation does volunteering not out of the kindness of their heart, but rather out of self-interests such as meeting hour requirements for organizations or adding it to a resume to improve how people perceive them. However, I also know there are countless of examples of the opposite. These are people who do genuinely do it voluntarily and do not want any sort of personal gains. Unfortunately, this is not majority. But what if we could have these kind of people be the majority instead of the minority? What would that take? Is the only way to get people to volunteer by requiring it? Doesn’t that defeat the true nature of volunteering?

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Dream On

A few weeks ago I was sick with the flu and spent the day in bed.  As I lay there, too sick to do anything (even Netflix was out of the question), I faded in and out of sleep.  At one particular moment, I remember staring at the ceiling and drifting into unconsciousness.  The next thing I knew I was on a beach with the cast of Entourage (a favorite show of mine that I had been watching the day before), ready to board a private jet.  I remember how ecstatic and privileged I felt to be living the high life with some of my favorite television characters.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Entourage, it is a show that follows an actor from Queens who moves to Hollywood with his brother and two best friends and makes it big.  In other words, it takes the viewer into the world of a movie star, consisting of eating rich foods, meeting important and powerful people, and attending exclusive events.  The clip below provides a better glimpse into the lifestyle I am referring to: Continue reading Dream On

Shake it Off

As a person who can’t control myself from performing dance moves whenever the DJ plays my favorite song or whenever a Uptown Funk comes up on the radio, I absolutely love to dance and if the space allows, to jump up and down. Knowing that dancing always makes me happy, I went on and researched for possible explanations of why this is always the case, and found out that how you stand and how you move actually affects your mood and your emotions. Continue reading Shake it Off

Refill Your Bottle At Least Once

For many of us, bottled water is a daily staple. A case of 32 bottles of spring water can be bought for less than $5 at the local Wal-Mart. However, the environmental impact of each bottle of water is multiple factors larger than the bottle alone. Between bottle creation, transport and bottling, each liter of bottle water actually requires 3 liters of water to get it to the end user. Plastic bottles are also difficult to dispose of and have contributed to the formation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Just Put It Down

Our world has never been more connected than it is today. Our generation is blessed with the ability to instantly contact anyone, retrieve information, or share an experience with the world. With this power has come immense progress in terms of healthcare, productivity, and professional networking (to name a few). What it has taken away, however, might be far more valuable. In my opinion, Millennials are losing the art of conversation. While our online personalities have never been more groomed, our inter-personal skills are at an all time low. Too often is a great moment spoiled by someone trying to take a picture or send a tweet. Rather than rely on our phones to define our lives, I think that improving the way we relate to one another in person can solve many of the large issues we face today. Continue reading Just Put It Down