Autobiography – Heidy Hernandez

Chris Beecher About the Authors, New Voices

I am the first in my family to attend a four-year college. I grew up all over the San Fernando Valley. I moved a lot growing up. School has always been very important to me. My family motivates me to strive for the best. I want to make my family proud in everything I do. I enjoy learning new things …

Autobiography – Elissa Rodas

Chris Beecher About the Authors, New Voices

I am an extraordinary Belizean-American girl from Alhambra, California. I’m a first generation student majoring in Liberal Studies pursuing to become a teacher. I like to run, try new foods from different cultures, sing in the shower, and play soccer. Although I never loved writing, I soon learned that writing isn’t something that can be done over night but it is a process.

The Need to Look and Feel Beautiful

Chris Beecher Advertisement Analysis, Argument, New Voices, Previous Editions, Social Criticism

A woman with a seemingly-perfect face is staring directly at you with the phrases “crow’s feet”, “dark circles”, and “fine lines” written across the side of her cheek. These negative words are used to draw the attention of women who fear they have the same issues, so they can stop, look, and relate to the ad. Maybelline’s Instant Anti-Age, the Eraser, …

Autobiography – Claus Offersen

Chris Beecher About the Authors, New Voices

Claus Offersen is an international student from Denmark who moved to California in August, 2013. His majoring in Marketing which is one of his passions. Besides Marketing, personal development, improvements and entrepreneurship are his niche. Furthermore, Claus likes to travel and meet cultures from all around the world.

Sex in Advertising

Chris Beecher Advertisement Analysis, Argument, Film and Media, New Voices, Previous Editions, Social Criticism

A bikini model in a commercial for a car, a bikini model in an ad for watches, and bikini models on news posters. Today, sex and advertising go hand in hand. With today’s influence of media, advertisers are trying to reach their audience everywhere, from posters at bus-stops, to internet and TV commercials. Sex is often an important factor in …

Autobiography – Valentina Moreno

Chris Beecher About the Authors, New Voices

I was practically born with a pencil in my hand and with a huge imagination. At a young age I spent most of my time drawing and telling stories about the monsters underneath your bed and the realm of pixies or mermaids. I was born in the UCLA hospital in California, and I spent some of my childhood in Lancaster. …

A Writer’s Journey

Chris Beecher New Voices, Portfolio Preface, Previous Editions

  In this comic, the speaker reflects on her experience in her writing class, with an emphasis on her expectations and her use of campus resources to help her continue in her improvement. The innovative layout of this comic allows the readers to choose their own path as they follow cheerfully-drawn characters through the first semester experience. Click here to …

Autobiography – Cassandra C. Sanchez

Chris Beecher About the Authors, New Voices

Hello, my name is Cassandra C. Sanchez. I am currently a California State University, Northridge student. The theme for our Reflection Assignment was to look back on all that we learned from our English 114a class. Creating this reflection was a huge challenge at first. I found it difficult to express my experience of my first semester through words. What helped me …


Chris Beecher New Voices, Portfolio Preface, Previous Editions

This comic narrates a student’s anxiety about turning in her portfolio on time. The illustrations placed next to the text emphasize both the humor of her situation, and her peril. Her panic and eventual triumph are a cautionary tale about procrastination and a testament to the virtues of revising ahead of time. Click here to read the whole Reflection!