What is Focused Inquiry?

This week I had to present a speech about what focused inquiry was. So as we are coming to the very end of this unit I feel as though it’s only right to reflect on my time this semester and last and talk about what focused inquiry and how it has helped me. I used to think that focused inquiry just an in depth look at specific or serious topics. Although this is a part of it, it isn’t everything that focused inquiry is.

Focused inquiry is being able to look at things, no matter how simple, and being able to understand that there is a deeper meaning to it. Focused inquiry is learning about being able to communicate your ideas effectively, whether it be on paper or orally. We were taught the important of volume, articulation, pace and emphasis in speaking. We were taught to get out of our comfort zone, when it came to speaking and in collaborative learning. My professor would put us in different groups for assignments so we could learn to interact well with others and be comfortable sharing our writing with others. Focused inquiry is being aware of ethical and quantitative reasoning and being able to demonstrate information fluency Focused inquiry is critical thinking. We are always asked to reflect deeper than our initial thought or response. Critical thinking skills were especially tested in this last unit. Having talks about ethics and being presented with different ethical scenarios tested all of our critical skills. The thing about focused inquiry is that it forces you to think. You can’t do any of the assignments and expect to good a good grade if you aren’t thinking. It also gives you a level of confidence that other classes don’t five you.

I made some great friends in this class and I am very grateful for each of them. Specifically to the three girls at my table. We become so close between this semester and I’m going to miss them so much. I’m also very grateful to have Professor Galligan. He is always able to help with anything that I needed and always had a positive attitude. He definitely made my focused inquiry experience 100 times better and I wish I could have him for UNIV 200, but I am still looking forward to applying the skills that I learned from him, my peers, and this class in general to the next focused inquiry class.

Summer Plans

This summer will be the busiest summer I’ve had in a while and I am already stressing about it. I had to register for summer classes at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. I have to take anatomy and physiology part one and two as a pre-requisite for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program that I am trying to get into next semester. Finding out about the registration date and how exactly to register for this class was hard enough because my advisor didn’t know anything about it. So my friend and I had to find out the information for ourselves because we have the same advisor. It turns out that there is an online and offline form that you have to submit so that it can go through their system before you are able to register. Once you got the confirmation email, then you are able to add the classes. So of course, I didn’t get the email until two days after the registration date and I didn’t get the professor that I wanted, but at least I was able to register for the classes so it’s alright.

If taking summer classes isn’t enough, I’ve also agreed to sing at a few different events like weddings, graduations, and church services during the summer to make some extra money. A few of them are out of the country or a few hours away, so practicing the music for these events and traveling should be interesting to say the least. I’ve also been asked to decorate a few weddings. Now that I think about it, I don’t know how I was asked to do that because I’m not a wedding decorator and it’s not anything that I’ve shown interest in before, but a little extra money won’t hurt. Plus I have to get a part-time job to help pay for tuition and other things that I’ll be needing for next semester.

I’m also planning on attending an event that Seventh-Day Adventist churches in all different conferences go to every 4 years in Wisconsin called Oshkosh. This trip is from August 12-17th and over 80,0000 people are going to be headed there this summer. It should be a really fun experience considering so many different people from different countries are going to be there and I’m very excited to go because this will be my first time attending. However I know it will be stressful with packing and being on this huge camp site in tents the whole time and then having to come back to the first day of class on the 20th. As you can see, my summer will not be restful at all but I am looking forward to all of these possible opportunities, people I’m going to meet, and all of the memories I’m going to make!

Global Communication

This semester I have an online class called global communication. In this class, as you can probably guess, it talks about globalization, global communication, or international affairs from different regions. There are lectures, videos, and readings that we have to complete each week to complete the discussion board assignments, news reflections, or quizzes. Since the beginning of the semester, I’ve explained matters involving different countries and regions such as Africa, North and South America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. I also have a global media project that is due in the next couple of weeks.

I had an assignment that’s due today and it was on the disappearance and death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He was one of the most influential Saudi and Arab political commentators of his generation and had a career that lasted about 30 years. Jamal was known to be judgmental of the Saudi government and how it was run. He was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. For weeks, none of the Saudi officials wanted to speak up on what had happened and kept denying that he had been killed at the consulate. They even went as far saying that he had left but his fiancé confirmed that she never saw him even though she was waiting outside for him. He only went into the consulate to get the papers that were needed to marry her.

A few incidents led to the cause of his disappearance and death. Jamal Khashoggi interviewed Osama bin Laden in the 80s which made him one of the top journalists in his country which in turn gave him a lot of attention. Some of it positive and some of it negative. Also, The Saudi Royal family didn’t want him to write at all because he was critical of Donald Trump. This made him leave Saudi Arabia altogether and come to the US in 2017. During the investigation, it was found that the murder was pre-meditated because he continuously spoke out against the Saudi government. There were audio recordings of the murder that were found but were not made to the public. However, officials say that Khashoggi was being tortured and dismembered by a saw.

After the murder was finally confirmed, people are starting to wonder if this will lead to other deaths of citizens that are conducting free press because what ultimately led to his death was how he was brave enough to speak out against the Saudi government. It is a really sad situation for his everyone that was affected by his death.

Sinking Ship

The ship is sinking and the seas are rough. All but one lifeboat has been destroyed. All but one lifeboat has been destroyed. The lifeboat holds a maximum of five people. There are ten people that want to board the lifeboat. The five individuals who do not board the boat will certainly die.

  • Woman who thinks she is six weeks pregnant
  • Lifeguard
  • Two young adults who recently married
  • Senior citizen who has fifteen grandchildren
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Thirteen-year-old twins
  • Veteran nurse
  • Captain of the ship

We were asked this ethical dilemma in our last class and were told to think about the five people that we would let board the lifeboat. After taking some time to think about it, I chose the two young adults who recently got married, thirteen-year-old twins, and the veteran nurse. Take some time to think about it. Which five people would you let board the lifeboat? I’ll explain the reasonings for my decisions and the reasons why I didn’t pick the others.

I chose the two young adults who just got married because they are just starting an important part of your life and will probably plan on bringing other lives into this world. The possible future of their lives has just started, and it wouldn’t be fair to keep just one and wouldn’t be right to choose neither of them. I chose the thirteen-year-old twins because in a way they are like the married couple. It wouldn’t be right to break them up and only choose one and being thirteen you are moving onto a new chapter in your life. Their life has just started in a way because they are about to experience high school, driving, relationships, etc. I also chose the veteran nurse simply because I thought it would be a good idea to have someone with medical experience on the lifeboat to help in a possible medical scenario.

It’s never our decision to choose who deserves to live and who doesn’t. Which is why I find these types of ethical questions so difficult; but with that being said, this is just my reasonings as to why I didn’t choose any of the other five. I didn’t choose the woman who thinks she is pregnant solely because of the word “thinks”. Had it said she was six weeks pregnant, my answer would’ve changed. I didn’t choose the lifeguard of the captain of the ship because I feel that they are kind of incompetent. I didn’t choose the elementary school teacher because I didn’t feel as though they were urgent enough. Maybe if they taught disabled students it would’ve been different. I also didn’t choose the grandmother because although she has fifteen grandchildren, I feel as though she lived her life when there are more people on the list that are kind of just starting theirs.