Our cohort was unable to take moral problems (SOC 221) together, so it was quite different not knowing everyone in the class. At first I didn’t know what to expect of this class because I have never taken a sociology course before and the professor was fresh out of graduate school. There was something unique about this professor though. She had two little pig tails in her hair, was rather short, and wasn’t very old, maybe late twenties. Come to find out she was a great professor because she made you think about what was going on in the world today and what caused it and how it could have been prevented or what it may or may not affect.
During the hour and 15 minute class we talked about trends that were going on in the current society. We mostly talked about in her words, “Things that were fucked up.” She got every person’s mind in the room thinking every single day. Everyone in the class had something to say about the certain topic we were talking about that day. Whether that be how our society views homosexual, heterosexual, and bisexual individuals or how our Earth is being destroyed at a faster rate than ever before.
At the end of this class it got me thinking more and more about how our society is changing each and every day. We can’t resist the change because we will never grow as human beings or as a society. Without change we are lifeless. I am going to take what I have learned from this class and use it in my decision making and how I treat other people. This world is all we have so by creating problems we are only shortening its lifespan.
The Fred Factor project we were presented in LDR was a project I never experienced in a classroom before. The class was already use to making other peoples day simply by saying hello and giving them a hug, but this was different. We were told to present a project to the class on how a group of people made other peoples day expecting nothing in return called a Fred Project. We had to follow the four principles of the Fred Factor which are everyone makes a difference, everything is built on relationships, we must continually create value for others, and we can reinvent ourselves regularly. In actuality though all we had to do was be ourselves, because this is how we got here in the first place by helping others and not expecting anything in return.
The group that I was in consisted of Hannah McGoldrick, Jessica LaLone, Sam Ekstrom, Avery Manifold, Anna Prielipp, Katie Rae, and me. Our project we was that we would clip clothespins, that had inspirational sayings, on people without them noticing that we clipped their backpacks or clothing. We called this project ChipClips. We created a twitter so the people that we clipped could tweet what the clothespin said and how they felt about the inspirational saying. On the clothespin we also told them to pass it on so that they also could spread the inspiration and feel the rush when they try and clip someone else without them noticing.
What I learned from this experience is that when you do something good for other people you don’t always need to expect something in return. By just making someone else’s day makes your day as well because you know that you just made that person’s day. In the end we will get rewarded in some way we just have to wait.