|1. Write a plan of five
actual, real things you can do in the coming semester to advance
your knowledge base about your major or intended profession and
to get closer to being the professional you want to be when you
graduate. For example, you could start reading a professional
journal in your field every week, join a student organization in
your field, take a non-credit class in the field, join an online
group in the field, etc. Be very specific (i.e., what
journal, organization or class?) Give yourself a deadline for
accomplishing these tasks.
2. What are the three most important
professional or scholarly journals in your own intended
profession or hoped-for field of work? Answer in one
paragraph: Why should you be reading these journals already?
3. Discuss in one or two paragraphs: Why has
cooking been traditionally considered "women's work?" Should
this now change, and if so, why? If it should not change,
4. Describe in detail the rules for Muslim
5. Why, in your opinion, does the Bible say
that Christians can drive out demons by "prayer and fasting?"
What does not eating have to do with exorcism? Give clear
reasons for your opinion.
6. Some people allege that America's current
obesity epidemic is connected with the fact that people eat out
more and cook at home less. Do you agree or disagree?
7. Some people allege that when Americans
prepare and change traditional recipes from other countries this
is mean and bad, because they are disrespecting, insulting and
trashing those countries' sacred traditional foods and cuisines.
Do you agree or disagree? Why?
8. Some people allege that when Americans set
up their popular fast food restaurants (McDonald's, Pizza Hut,
KFC, etc.) in other countries they are attacking, displacing and
destroying those countries' own cultures and traditions and
hurting the people of those countries. Do you agree or disagree?
9. How is border or Tex-Mex Mexican food
different from food from the Mexican interior? Give three
different factors that are different--be very specific, not
general like "Tex-Mex food is more tasty."
10. Write a two-paragraph review of the very
best (or the very worst) restaurant or food service meal you
have eaten since you entered college.
11. In some areas of some countries, eating
out at a restaurant or cafe is considered as shameful as going
to a prostitute. In one or two paragraphs, persuade a
person of that culture that going to a restaurant is OK.
12. Write a quick recipe for one of your
favorite dishes. The dish must be cooked, and must include at
least five different ingredients. Include the ingredients,
quantities, cooking and serving instructions, with total
estimated preparation time.
13. Many people say that food is basically
fuel for the body, and that paying too much attention to food,
food preparation, food taste, and eating food is actually a
grave mortal sin or seriously perverted. In your opinion, how
much attention to food is too much? Why? (Be very
specific--do not just answer "thinking about it all the time is
too much" or similar.)
14. UTEP requires many "core courses" to get a
degree, courses that are not related to one's major. In two
paragraphs, answer: A. How would college be different if
they did not require these "core courses?" B. Defend this
requirement against those who would say "I came here to become a
nurse, or a coach, or an engineer, or a law enforcement agent,
so I shouldn't have to take all these courses that have nothing
to do with my major!"
15. The Entering Student Program requires
students in UNIV 1301 to report on a student organization and on
campus events. Defend this requirement against those who would
say "I go to my classes and study and get 'A's.' That's what
college is for, so why do I have to waste my time going to
events and attending dumb student organization meetings? I don't
have time for that stuff!"
16.The U.S. and world economies are very bad
right now, the worst in generations, and it looks like there is
no prospect for radical improvement in the next three or four
years. When you graduate three or four years from now what
extra-special "plus" do you plan to offer a prospective employer
or grad school that will get you selected over all the
other hundred unemployed college graduates who are competing for
that single opening? Be very specific (do not give empty
answers like "a positive attitude," "a willingness to learn," or
similar). If you do not expect to have anything special to
offer, how do you expect to get hired for any job or to get into
grad or professional school? (Do not answer "I don't know.")
17. Do you think college professors should A.
Quietly drop any first-year students who miss too many classes
and wipe their record clean? B. Wait until the end of the
semester, fail those students, and make them take an "F" on
their permanent record? C. Not worry about student
attendance at all just as long as the student turns in all the
assignments and passes the Final? Defend your
opinion with clear reasons.
18. Name and define the three main modes of
persuasion in rhetoric. Briefly explain how each applies to food
19. Describe the major features of either
Korean or Thai cuisine (choose one). How is it different from
Chinese cuisine? How is it alike?
20. Respond in one or two paragraphs to a
student who says "I don't want my professors texting me or
messaging me on Facebook. I go to college but I don't want it to
become my entire LIFE! When I go home with my family or if I'm
having fun with my friends I don't even want to think about
21. Describe the major features of Alabama
seafood cuisine. How is it different from Texas seafood cuisine?
How is it alike?
22. Describe three of the most effective
things that professors could do to keep students from "pulling
the vanishing act" in their classes during the semester.
23. A majority of students in this class
report at least one risk factor for eating disorders. Answer in
two paragraphs: Why do you think this is? What is the best way
for students to avoid this risk?
24. Respond in one paragraph to a fellow
student who tells you "College is for FUN! I'll start
thinking about getting a career once I'm a senior. Right
now I don't even want to think about that!"
25. In one or two paragraphs, persuade a "very
picky eater" to try the cuisine that your group studied for your