What do Teachers Make?

Here is a humorous yet truthful video to enjoy this labor day weekend! Every educator should be prepared to respond this way when asked, What do you make?


Extra-Curricular Activities

 Lectures, books, class discussions and study time are the foundation of our education. Students will find participation in extracurricular activities beneficial to our lives now and in the future. Through extracurricular activities a student has the ability to acquire new interests, meet new people and gain knowledge as well as experience. This creates a well rounded college experience providing growth personally, socially and professionally.
 Undecided majors will appreciate the benefit of acquiring new interests when participating in a few extracurricular activities. With a variety of offerings in sports, focus groups and more, one is sure to find something they enjoy. This opening up opportunities in finding a new passion that can lead to a hobby or even a career.
 Freshman, transfer students and others will welcome the benefit of meeting new people when participating in an extracurricular activity or two. Often when engaging in something you enjoy and spending time with one another connections begin to grow. This can create an atmosphere for finding acquaintances, life-time friendships and professional contacts.
 Students of all majors recognize the benefit of gaining knowledge as well as experience in an extracurricular activity. Devoting time in a group similar to the student’s education path allows them to be more prepared for their future. This can lead to a fuller resume to a prospective employer when the student graduates from college.
 One’s college education experience does not need to be only lectures, books, class discussions and study time. Though these are a firm foundation of our education it is beneficial that students participate in extracurricular activities to grow personally, socially and professionally. These building blocks placed firmly in our lives now secure a greater chance of success in the future.

Psychology 101: Fact Checking Paper

Recently I took upon the task of cleaning out my social networking sites as the news feed was congested of useless information from people I actually did not know. As a full-time college student, I have not had the chance to keep up with those connections I had made when I was a freelance writer, so I eliminated those and kept people within my closer social circle of friends and family. As I remained with 132 Facebook friendships, I stand in agreement with the following statistics from our textbook, “the average number of Facebook friends is about 125 – near the 150 people with whom evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar (1992, 2010) estimates we can have meaningful, supportive relationships (p.453).

In his research, Robin Dunbar found a direct connection between the size of your brain and the size of your social group capacity. Using H. Stephan’s observations of 38 primates such as the Dwarf lemur, night monkey, gorilla, and mouse lemur, Dunbar was able to anticipate the social size for humans. Dunbar concludes that we can only handle so many social relationships before we socially break down. David G Myers in the textbook Psychology reminds us that 150, the median of Dunbar’s findings is, “a typical size of tribal villages” (2013, p. 453). I find that the quote is accurately represented in the textbook, as it is a direct quote from the article, “You’ve got to have (150) friends,” published in the New York Times written by the researcher, Robin Dunbar (2010, p. WK15).

Robin Dunbar’s research limits human’s social circles based on the grooming methods of 38 different non-human primates. This leads one to believe that humans may or may not be able to handle the said 150 connections. Could humans have the ability to connect with more individuals due to our vast differences in socializing or does our human ability to connect deeper with one another lower the amount of connections we can have at one time?  I have 132 friends on Facebook, from old friends to new friends, cousins to sorority sisters, college professors to church acquaintances these are what I want to juggle during this season of life no matter what Dunbar’s number says.

Works Cited

Dunbar, R.I.M. (1992, June). Neocortex size as a constraint on group size in primates. Journal of
Human Evolution, 22, 469-493. (p.453).

Dunbar, R.I.M. (2010, December 25). You’ve got to have (150) friends. New York Times
(www.newyorktimes.com). (p.453).

Myers, D. G. (2013). Sexual Motivation and the Need to Belong. Psychology (10th ed). New
York, NY: Worth Publishers.