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Four countries in one week: Part. III “I made it out of Paris, France in one piece”

Four countries in one week: How I survived my impulsive solo adventure Part. III:

Despite the Protest, I made it out of Paris, France in one piece!

“Melting Pot”

The world is a huge melting pot.

Merriam Webster defines a melting pot as is “A place where different peoples, styles, theories, etc., are mixed together” and I couldn’t think of a better description to give the United States of America, London, Lisbon, Toronto, and Paris. In the short time that I’ve spent traveling throughout different parts of these countries (10 days total), that’s what I concluded from seeing so many places and so many faces (I did a lot of people watching lol).

I don’t know if it was just my ignorance but I never thought I’d carry on a conversation with an Asian man with a heavy British accent, or witness a young dark-skinned Portuguese girl playing with a white Barbie doll with Purple hair. I met a Filipino woman in a hostel in Portugal who spoke proper English (better than me). I heard so many different languages, beautiful accents from a variety of people that I would have never met if I hadn’t taken a chance and went on this awesome, crazy adventure!

As I said, it is/was just my ignorance of maybe the fact that I’ve been stuck in a small Philadelphia bubble for the past 27 years but I’m so glad that I’m finally got out in the world, way beyond my comfort zone…and now, there’s no stopping me!

There are people on the other side of the world, so many people different from me, but the same, it sounds completely crazy, absolutely mad, “utterly ridiculous” but please try and follow along.

See what I mean (I love rollerblading and I love Mary Jane!)!!!

Paris, France

Out of all of the places I visited PARIS was my favorite! Despite the violence and protests I’ve managed to avoid all of it and I had a great experience!

I took the train all around and it was so simple (compared to Portugal):

Paris❣️❣️❣️ stole my heart what a magical place❣️❣️❣️ It was definitely a great last minute addition to my itinerary & ended up being one of the highlights of my trip. I’m glad I was able to end my tour on a great note lol It didn’t rain at all (haven’t seen a blue sky in 7 whole days), the weather was warm & I finally met up with some family. Traveling solo was fun but it felt good to be around someone familiar.

I ate some tasty crepes at the BEST Creperie:

Saw the inside of an amazing Cathedral:



I took the train and you couldn’t miss the stop…

No fancy descriptions: this was an absolutely beautiful experience (1. To see it light up & 2. to stand under it and get the view while looking up!)

Next favorite:

The Palace of Versailles, King Louis XIV royal residence 😍everything about this palace from its architecture (all that gold OMG) to the gardens was just 😍😍 one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been…

(The Palace of Versailles was the official royal residence of Louis XIV & the official residence of the court of France! It was abandoned after the death King Louis in 1715..)

So yes, Paris was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited 😍 and I was lucky enough to visit #arcdetriomphe (one of Paris’ most famous monuments built in 1806)! My grandfather was in the same spot taking in all of its glory in the 1950s❣️I thank God I was able to have a wonderful experience and see its beauty, again, all without getting caught up in the protest that began just a day after I got home.


Who hates group assignments? Me! (How I survived group assignments for an online journalism class) #YLPtalk

I worked in teams throughout my previous journalism courses. In the hopes of building effective journalism practices, I was assigned to a new group in the third week of every class. The teams consisted of five people whose purpose was to gain experience collaborating with fellow journalists and to create media. Our instructors formed groups which ultimately helped build our skills in communication and teamwork.

As we developed media, shared, and collaborated ideas for our assignments, we found that our team was diverse in personality and work ethic. We went through many obstacles dealing with communication, authoritarian leadership qualities, and in some cases a complete disregard for other team members.

My top priority was to ensure the accurate completion and submission of our assignments on time. There were instances of miscommunication as our team’s primary mode of communicating was through Technology, The Internet, and the student portal. Depending on the general use of the portal to communicate made collaborating stressful, so our team decided to exchange phone numbers and availability to bridge the gap and broaden our communication. .Some members’ lack of communication, improved with the exchange of phone numbers, however, there were occasions where the exchanges, dialog, and agreements, over the phone, differed than what team members would portray in the dialog within the portal.

In one group, our obstacles were a result of ineffective communication but later evolved into issues of control. Communication got better for some people as we began to express our concerns through daily dialog through the portal. Passive aggressiveness, controlling tendencies, and other personality traits slowed down our team’s production.

While slowly achieving positive results, some members tried to take charge and assume an authoritarian leadership role; this began to divide the team. Members would contribute consistently to the required assignments, and the authoritarian leader felt some team member’s standards weren’t high enough. As a result, standards were set higher than the assignment’s requirements. High standards and control aren’t always qualities that work in diverse teams. It can hinder individual creativeness, contribution, and is inconsiderate of the diversity in different learning styles.

Starting off our first team’s assignment, we were required to submit a combined paper totaling 500 words. Four of the team members thought it would be ideal for each member to contribute at least 100 words apiece, submit through the portal, and the fifth person would be dedicated to the editorial, formatting, and responsible for the submission of the assignment.

The authoritarian leader decided that the people who did not submit beyond 200 words would have their name emitted from the assignment submission. The leadership style did not work for this team. Many members expressed their concern through the portal and eventually directly to the professor. The professor interceded after trying to settle things within the group; he ultimately agreed, understood our concerns, and switched the groups.

From this experience, I’ve learned that a leader should put their personal preferences aside and focus on the team as a whole. If the leader is a perfectionist, it is acceptable to some extent. The leader cannot obtain an authoritarian position and force the other members to contribute beyond the requirements or change the assignment requirements to fit their higher standards.

The leader of the group was authoritarian when our group called for a democratic leader. We are all students, and I don’t think our group called for that particular leadership style. Working in teams online was definitely a learning experience. I think that the team was effective because I learned many lessons from the good and bad experiences with working in the teams. The goal was to generate media and get a first-hand look into journalism, understanding the principles, and understanding the differences between journalists and everyday bloggers. This was successful as I gained more appreciation for journalists generally. After switching to a couple of members, we were able to effectively communicate and produce quality work.

Communication was imperative for the successful completion of our work. As everything is online via computers, the Internet and other modes of Technology, it was essential to find a way past the obstacles. The use of technology primarily to communicate made it difficult because some ideas were misinterpreted. As we learned in this current course, people who communicate primarily through technology miss important cues (nonverbal cues, etc.). It is hard to determine the tone of many messages through the portal at times, but we were able to apply the lessons we’ve learned through our journey and in the end progress.

As a team, we set goals to efficiently, collaborated, and ultimately completed work on time, efficiently. Though it was a rough journey, it was successful. I think many members did a great job at expressing their concerns early on and we were swift in refocusing our attention and making improvements. Many team members prioritize their goals accordingly, remained consistent, and communicated via the portal. We met deadlines, completed our required assignments, ultimately fulfilled our roles (editor, formatting,) laid ground rules (delegation, separation of assignment stuff) and norms. The various experiences helped out team determine our organization skills, prioritize, determine our strengths weaknesses, etc. This helped to determine the degree to which we could become successful. Accountability was reflected in our effectiveness in contributions and completion of work.


How can better educate people in America?

We can better educate people by making the idea of striving toward higher education possible. We can make the idea of educating people on a higher level possible once we find a way to make higher education affordable. America’s higher education system is flawed in comparison to other countries due to the lack of resources, assistance, and diversity. It is a fact that the average American cannot afford to attend most institutions to continue their education. “The average yearly cost to attend a four-year public institution is 71% of the annual income of a family in the bottom economic fifth of Americans”. (Alvis, 2011) As more opportunity becomes available to students needing financial assistance, we can find a way to bring more diversity into the higher education system. We need more diversity in the culture of existing colleges and universities.

Tuition cost

Due to the continuous rise in tuition costs, the average American cannot afford to pay for a college education. To the average American, it is unaffordable and almost impossible to attend without taking out multiple loans; leading to early debt. If we can find a way to create new programs or increase the number of programs for assistance, along with creating more resources the idea of attending a four-year university would be more ideal.

Reducing tuition costs civically is an article committed to shining a light on the US Department of education’s bias in funding. The article suggests that the lack of financing to particular primary and secondary schools can snowball into other factors limiting potential college applicants’ opportunity. A combination of a lack of funding in schools and low-income families directly affects the pool for potential college applicants. “Only 1 in 17 adolescents whose families earn $35,377 a year can expect to graduate from a college or university.” (Bittermann, 2008). In comparison, “One out of every two students in families earning more than $85,000 graduate from a college or university.” ( Bittermann, 2008). The youth in America are very diverse, and it appears that the youth (under a particular demographic and status) lack resources and opportunities compared to young people of higher socioeconomic status. The lack of resources and opportunity has a direct relationship to the decision making in seeking higher education.

Diversity in Academia

Diversity is imperative in any academic environment as it opens the door to open-mindedness, creativity, and ultimately success through collaboration. We can better educate people first by allowing the opportunity, then expand the meaning of success; broaden its meaning and making it appeal to a diverse group.

The purpose of the article Academia’s rejection of diversity was to explain how essential diversity is in an academic setting. This article refers to a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania in which professors found it evident that the present of diversity among gender and race contributed to a more successful workplace leading to a better academic environment. Results showed an increase in creative thinking, ideas, and ultimately improved performance whereas a lack of diversity displayed poor planning and problem-solving. “Many academics and intellectuals see their community as a major force for diversity and open-mindedness throughout American society and take justifiable pride in this image. Now they can be consistent and apply those values to their profession, by celebrating ideological diversity.” (Brooks, 2015)


Both articles are recent and relevant. Both support my claim that we can better educate people once we find a way to make education affordable and allow diverse populations the same opportunities. Once the opportunity is available, it is essential to create a diverse environment among students and staff.

A reliable person is trustworthy, has undoubted qualities, is consistent with providing quality work, and can be trusted. The source of the article Academia’s rejection of diversity is the New York Times, which has proven to be a reliable source for news. The article Reducing tuition costs civically came from a book with a noted author who through experience has gained credibility.

The reports are credible enough, believed, convincing, and capable of persuasion through conducted studies and collected evidence. Both articles referred to studies carried out at a professional level to determine their results. The University of Penn is a trusted source and a diverse academic institution. Both authors have successfully published articles and journals. Both articles are persuasive due to the supporting evidence.







Brooks, A. C. (2015). Academia’s rejection of diversity.

Bittermann, C. (2008). Reducing tuition costs, civically. Policy Studies Journal, 36(4), 669-670. Retrieved from

Bradbard, D. A., Robbins, D. K., & Alvis, C. (2011). BALANCING THE STATE COLLEGE BUDGET: WHY MUST TUITION INCREASE AND BY HOW MUCH? (). Arden: Jordan Whitney Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved from

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