domingo, 29 de noviembre de 2015

Smartphones- Are they taking over the world? (Compulsory)

These days everybody has a smartphone and a large percentage of those people are unfortunately addicted to them. There are a huge amount of advantages to having a smartphone, but it seems that the more popular these phones get, the more disadvantages appear. Owners of these devices must be conscious of the limits that lie between the technological world of phones and the real world. 

One of the biggest advantages of smartphones is being able to connect to the internet nearly anywhere. It is difficult to get lost when your phone has online data and GPS to tell you exactly where you are. A further advantage is that with these types of phones  one can be constantly connected with friends and family all around the world. The possibilities are nearly endless as there are thousands of apps that offer everything from fitness, health, games, dictionaries, etc. The majority of these phones can also be used to  take  photos,  instantly uploading them to the internet, but here lies one of the biggest problems that has arisen in the last few years.

One of the biggest problems with the internet, phones and social networks is the lack of privacy. People are able to hack into phone and computer devices, not only stealing photos and information, but invading people´s privacy. Another very common problem is the amount of users that are addicted to their phones, These people tend to be addicted to social network sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This addiction often leads of communication problems with the real world. A table surrounded by youths that are paying more attention to their phones instead of chatting with their friends is a very common sight nowadays. Moreover, it is said that the constant use of these devices has a serious negative effect on a person´s health, producing cancer in the worst cases.

Despite the negative aspects of owning a smartphone, they can be extremely useful in many situations as long as people are able to control the amount of usage. 

miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015

City life

This is my first year at university and, although I have moved house several times throughout my lifetime, I have never lived in a city. I have met so many people that don´t seem to like the experience of moving into a big city and living here during most of the year, but I love it! City life is very different from anything I have ever experienced.
Maybe it is because for the majority of my life I have lived a 10 minute drive away from town. It doesn´t seem much when it is put like that, but imagine I had to ask my parents to take me everywhere, and when they couldn´t, it meant staying at home. There were definitely positive aspects of growing up surrounded by countryside, but know that I am older, the city has a lot more to offer. Everything is simply closer here. There are restaurants, cafes, and many types of shops on our doorstep, which makes life a lot easier. In addition, there are so many more things to do as we are surrounded by historic buildings, museums, gyms, theatres, plays, parks, etc., and there are many places to explore. Another novelty for me is living in a flat. I have always lived in houses surrounded by land and nature, and have never had to deal with noisy neighbors, however, this year I am surrounded by noise. We have an unfortunately rather noisy family living next door that spend most of their time shouting and fighting between themselves, playing slightly annoying instruments and slamming doors, and unlike my flatmates, I find it quite amusing.
I feel that there is a faster place of life here in the city and it is not as easy to get bored. Everything has it´s given moment and it is nicer to spend the summer time in the country side or at the beach, but at least for now, I like it here. 

miércoles, 18 de noviembre de 2015

Tabacco

In 2015, there are over one billion smokers in the world, which means that over 20% of the population smokes. It causes millions of deaths and illnesses every year and affects people that do not even smoke, via second-hand smoke. There is no reason to smoke, and although smokers may find it helps them temporally, but they do not realise what it is doing to there bodies. 

Tobacco is one of the worlds biggest threats as it kills around six million people every year. Unfortunately, 10% of those six million are not actual smokers. They are second-hand smokers, and in many cases, have no chose but to breathe in all of the toxic fumes from their friend´s and family´s cigarettes. Many children´s deaths have been caused by breathing in the smoke produced by their family members and has an extremely negative consequences on pregnant women. 
80% of smokers live in low and middle-income countries. Many have economic problems, yet they carry on spending their money on cigarettes instead of using it in a more sensible manner. Not everyone is conscious of the affects that tobacco has on their bodies. It produces all different kinds of cancer, strokes, heart diseases, etc. Many countries are not aware of the negative affects it has on our bodies due to the lack of necessary information and anti-tobacco advertisements and warnings. 
Studies have shown that by showing people the damage that it can create has significantly increased awareness and has encouraged people to quit. For example, if parents knew the kind of effects that their smoking habits had on their children, many would think twice about their the effect their addiction was having on those around them. 

There should be more awareness and information about smoking available to both developed and poorer countries to prevent so many deaths for both smokers and non-smokers. If smokers were given the correct amount of help and support, we would be able to live in a more smoke-free world.


martes, 17 de noviembre de 2015

Introduction and conclusion (Compulsory)

Introduction:
Many youths go through many phase throughout their teenage years. One minute they are wearing an all-black rather vampirey outfit, and in a blink of a eye, they are skater fans with the lastest band Tee. This obviously does not apply to everyone, but when it does happen, there is no reason to feel bad about it.

Conclusion:
People get picked on for being different and for wearing different types of clothes that might not be considered "fashionable". But does it really matter what we are wearing? If people took more time to get to know the person instead of criticizing what they are wearing, I am sure we would all get on a lot better.

It´s good to go through phases!

Many youths go through many phase throughout their teenage years. One minute they are wearing an all-black rather vampirey outfit, and in a blink of a eye, they are skater fans with the lastest band Tee. This obviously does not apply to everyone, but when it does happen, there is no reason to feel bad about it.
I was one of those teenagers that got to about thirteen and started experimenting with what I wore. Now that I look back, it was a strange that in a very short space of time, I went from wearing girly sweet clothes to rather boy-like dark clothing. Then I started wearing dark clothes and soon. After a few years, the phase passed and I began to wear the clothes that I truly felt comfortable in. I have now discovered a kind of love for fashion and clothes, but was important to have gone through different phases to finally discover myself. I think the same thing happens too many people and it is not a bad thing at all.
People get picked on for being different and for wearing different types of clothes that might not be considered "fashionable". But does it really matter what we are wearing? If people took more time to get to know the person instead of criticizing what they are wearing, I am sure we would all get on a lot better.

lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2015

An inspiring speech

The other day I watched Malala Yousafzai´s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, speech at TED. I had heard about Malala in the past, but apart from the basics, I didn´t really know that much about her. After watching the video, I was intrigued to find out more.
Her father´s speech was truly touching and toughed at my heart strings. I was astonished by his passion for his beliefs and those of his daughter, and how proud he was of his daughter. He was so confident in what he believed that he was able to transmit that to everyone that has listening.
I especially liked his final statement: "Don´t ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that´s all." I love how he wants to change the way that education works in certain countries in the world, and make it available for both boys and girls

martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015

Injustice outline and thesis statement (Compulsory)

I. The lack of places in some degrees in universities around Spain is really having a negative effect on many students,

II. People´s childhood dreams
      1.What do you want to be when you grow up?
      2.Opinions change with time

III. Working hard to accomplish your dreams
      1.Studying 
      2.Access exams

IV. Not getting in
      1.Frustration
      2.Motives and reasons

V. Solutions
      1.Increase the amount of places
      2.Create an equal system

VI. The incorrect system and the lack of places makes many people waste time and money  and if the system changed, everyone would have an equal chance. 

lunes, 2 de noviembre de 2015

Injustice


Since a very young age we are asked the very typical question: what do you want to be when you grow up? Few children at such a young age actually become what they wanted to be as a child, as their opinions change as they grow. I was the typical little girl that wanted to be a princess and as that phase faded, I wanted to be a vet. Unfortunately I then discovered my phobia of blood and that put an end to that dream job.
I grew up learning two languages which fueled my great love of learning languages and I decided a few years ago that I wanted to be a translator. But it was not as easy as that. I studied hard during six form and got good marks in the university´s access exams, but that was not enough. I was just three decimals away from accessing the degree this year and only those who have experienced this firsthand can imagine how frustrating it is. Translation has one of the lowest amount of places in Murcia University, and I do not agree. It is understandable that more students cost more money because the university has to employ more teachers, but I find it unfair that other degrees like Admin have over five hundred places. Is it not possible to take some of these places away and divide them between other degrees that have less places? It would make a more equal system whereby everyone that worked hard at school would get the chance to study what they really  wanted. This would also stop people from studying degrees just for the sake of it, occupying a place that someone else might want. I am in this situation as I am waiting for a place in translation, where someone might not actually want to be, and as I am waiting, I am occupying a place in English studies. I am certain that is somebody that wanted to study the degree that I am on and I am stupidly taking a place away from them. It ends up being a vicious circle, where very few people actually get the chance to study and work towards their dream job.