Mini Fieldwork Experience

March 6th, 2010

I had the pleasure of working with Amaru Ona on this exciting assignment. After much deliberation, we decided to conduct our study on “the quality of dining facilities on Queens College campus.”  We determined that Amaru would be the Dr. Researcher and I would fill the role as Senora Participant. That is where our journey began.

As we left Kiely Hall and headed towards the “Dairy Stop”( located in the cafeteria) , I decided that I was going to inform Amaru about the “kosher caf.” So I began to answer his questions through photography.

"Kosher Kitchen"To some this may seem just like another ordinary lunch hall, but to others this is the only place they can order food. By definition, Kosher is conforming to dietary laws that fulfill the requirements that Jewish people follow.  A Mashgiach, or overseer, remains in the area to make sure the food remains under  strict supervision and the kitchen remains “Kosher”.

As we sat down at one of the circular red tables, Amaru began to ask me several questions regarding Kashrut, to gain a deeper understanding of how this cafeteria differs from the others. I slowly realized that he was very interested on the topic and didn’t have previous knowledge of it ( like many others on campus). And so I began to answer his questions through photography

A few of his questions included:

Where do you eat on campus?

WHY do you eat there?

Do you think it is a good idea to get commercial restaurants in the cafeterias?

" Tiffany"

In this photo, a fellow student and part time employee, took a moment out of her busy routine to strike a pose in front of the Dunkin Donut’s sign.

I believe that by adding more commercial food chains to Queens College, it would positively improve the student’s outlook on typical school food.  In the past years, Starbucks had a monopoly on the Queens College campus, but after conducting many surveys, it was became a unanimous vote that Dunkin Donuts was much preferred.

Although I was more familiar with the customs and restrictions, I found it very exciting to open another individuals eyes to something new. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing a piece of my religion and traditions with Amaru. I hope I helped him understand a small piece of the dietary laws that go into keeping Kosher.

possibilities for my final project

February 27th, 2010

( Discover Magazine, 2007)

After reviewing last semester’s final project topics, many possibilities came to mind. Many groups chose to discuss some of the cultural differences between different religions. After conducting some minor research, I chose to conduct my final project on what “Beauty” means throughout different cultures, and the extreme lengths people will go, to obtain it.

Getting to Know Your Eyes

February 20th, 2010

After much deliberation on the “perfect” location to describe, I decided that my kitchen is the focal point. To some, this may seem mundane, but to me, this one of my favorite places in my apartment. As each room holds many uses, my kitchen serves as an eatery, card room, social hall, and homework area. The brightly colored yellow tulips, located on the table, give the room a vivid and positive vibe. On the wall, hang four recipe cards that once hung in my mother’s kitchen. Each one holding more memories and good times than the last. After a busy weekend of entertaining guests, the colorful pots, pans, silverware, and containers rest in the dish rack waiting to be put away.  Within the glass door pantry, lay four shelves stacked with different exotic spices, can foods, and baking goods.  This room holds such value to me, as a remembrance of all the cooking my family and I did together, before I moved to New York. 

introducing myself

February 17th, 2010

I chose this picture because it represents my feelings of being in touch with nature and my appreciation for the beautiful gifts of the world. When I am able to witness the swaying leaves of a palm tree, I am able to enter a state of relaxation which always brings smile to my face. After being raised in New Jersey, and being surrounded by maple, elm and pine trees, it is a welcomed treat to be in a tropical environment and see a change in my normal surroundings. The gifts of nature always provide a sense of inner peace.

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