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Chaparral 2019-2020: 28.2 Garfield Matters

Garfield Matters

by Krista Raimondo
Garfield Campus Steward


As Halloween approaches, noncredit ESL students of all ages are excited to partake in the festivities. Some are taken aback by the celebrations of horror and ghosts, while others delight in candy and scary movies. Since the topic of this month’s issue is fear, I asked my students what they are afraid of.

Here are their responses:

  • Earthquakes
  • Fires
  • Health issues
  • Family problems
  • Driving in the dark
  • War
  • Heights
  • Not being able to pay rent
  • Not being able to afford a house in Southern California
  • Losing a job
  • Acquiring a disability
  • Getting into a car accident on the freeway
  • The ocean
  • Nothing

This list not only reflects the worries of our noncredit student population, but also the people of Southern California and those living in disaster-prone areas. Living in an expensive housing market that is susceptible to earthquakes, commuting on chaotic freeways, and maintaining family life and personal health no doubt weighs on faculty, staff, and students alike. That being said, we then turned our discussion toward ways to manage fears, which included meditating, listening to music, spending time with loved ones, and working hard. The noncredit students of Garfield campus share similar fears, as well as hopes and goals.

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