Final Post Reflective Essay
Through out this semester I learned a lot concerning food advocacy, food learning, and food justice. First I want to talk about our class readings. I learned a lot about fast foods and food production through these readings. There were a couple of readings that really stood out to me which included: chapter 7, The Meal and Our National Eating Disorder by Pollan. The meal mostly talks about how most foods are made from corn and Our National Eating Disorder talks about America’s poor eating habits. You can find both of my post about these articles at: http://rampages.us/ellapizoli/category/readings-and-lectures/.
A quote that really stood out to me in the Eating Disorder article was: “Harvey Levenstein, a Canadian historian -guided the American way of eating since the heyday of William Sylvester Graham and John Kellogg: ” . . . that taste is not a true guide to what should be eaten; that one should not simply eat what one enjoys; that the important components of food cannot be seen or tasted, but are discernible only in scientific laboratories; and that experimental science has produced rules of nutrition that will prevent illness and encourage longevity.” This quote shows how skewed Americans view towards food really is. This article also says that Americans are obsessed with eating healthy which I don’t necessarily agree with. I believe Americans want to know how to eat healthy but don’t actually want to eat it.
From chapter 7 I learned that 6 nuggets = quarter a pound of meat. 32 oz. of soda contains 86 grams of HFCS. 3 drinks = 1 pound = 6 pounds of corn! After hearing these facts and talking about it in class made me realize how unhealthy Americans diets are.
I really enjoyed being creative with a group of my classmates. Because I have a Creative Advertising major I do this a lot and know how beneficial it is to collaborate with people to bounce off ideas. Like stated in my presentation, I believe, the groups should meet with the client more often to make sure everyone is on the same page. I also believe that the client and groups should create goals at the beginning of the semester hoping to complete at the end. I understand that some of these goals don’t always follow through due to service learning complications but going through the process of trying to make these goals happen is service learning in it self. Doing this will allow us to have better communication and understanding of what our clients want and expect from us.
I created an advertisement for the Ram Pantry, it was sent to Terrence a couple times and I personally sent it to him but he never responded. Having these monthly meeting will diminish these problems. I spend a lot of time working on this advertisement it honestly really upset me that I put in the time and got nothing out of it. Below is the advertisement that I made:
I also created the Instagram page for Ram Pantry. Attached is a link to the Instagram and the second link is to the blog post I wrote explaining why I like Instragram and how/why I use it: http://instagram.com/vcurampantry , http://rampages.us/ellapizoli/category/client-work/.
I am a commuter and I knew I wouldn’t be able to attend the actual events on Wednesdays so I believe creating this socal media platform would be a good way for me to stay active. My favorite blog post I created was the picture below:
I took this image, taken by Aster Bagtas, and added the Ram Pantry under it. I thought it would be a creative and beautiful way to show some Ram Pantry support.
At the end of the semester, as a class, we decided to create “makes” to re-motivate the class to stay on top of their service learning. I really enjoyed coming up with ideas for the midterm and ideas for makes for other classmates to do with their client. I came up with 4 easy and cheap ideas for them to do with their client. My ideas: 1. Print out simple coloring pages such as star or heart and bring in uncooked noodles. Have the kids glue the noodles to the page inside the image. 2. Make Musical Instruments with a empty milk carton and raw noodles or cereal. 3. Glue cereal onto a paper and make your own picture. 4. Make a poster. Present to the class your favorite food. Include a picture, a recipe with the food item in it and also 5 reasons why you like that food. Below is link to my blog posts about these makes. You can also find the pictures of my memes I made.
My favorite meme that I made is:
This picture is my favorite because I am such a healthy eater and know so much about healthy food I believe it is a good little inside tip for others. One of my favorite moments in this class was during Make 1. I had a blast playing with all the food everyone brought in and taking pictures of what we created. Attached are some of the pictures I took:
A also had a good time creating my video of my recipe of my Egg white, veggies, messy omelet. I had my sister video tape me while I made the omelet. I didn’t speak in this video at all because I think the video speaks for itself. Attached is the link to my video. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpAOemdVaq0 ). From this YouTube channel you can also view the other recipes my classmates made. These YouTube videos channel can be helpful inspiring other students to be creative in the future.
Lastly, I want to talk about creative my blog all together. I personally loved creating a blog. It allows me to gather all my thought and keep them organized. However, I think creating the blog at the beginning of the semester should be better organized with explained, detailed directions. There were a lot of difficulties for many students with their blogs and I believe that should have already been figured out before the class even started how to accurately create a blog. Below is the link to my blog: http://rampages.us/ellapizoli/.