What do you like to do for fun? What are your hobbies?
For the most part, I love hanging out with my friends and family. I really enjoy spending time and having fun with the people that are important in my life. In the summer, I like to go to the lake in my hometown and go on my boat. I love spending time outside when it’s nice out. Some of my hobbies include listening to music, making earrings, cooking, watching the Patriots, reading and photography.
What is your major, what is your minor? Why did you choose it/them? What profession do you want, what do want to become and why?
My major is Communications and my minor is Business Administration (Marketing). I had no idea what I wanted to do my Freshman year and then I finally decided I wanted to do something I could be creative with. I am concentrating in Public Relations and I can definitely see myself getting a job in that area. My dream job is to work for a magazine company some day. I know that getting a job with a magazine is extremely competitive, but I plan on working my way up and getting as much experience as I can with other jobs. I also have interest in graphic design and digital imaging, which would be great experience to have in order to work for a magazine. I want a job where I can travel and do something new every day. I believe that PR companies and magazine companies will fulfill those wants.
Thinking about the above two questions, your personal and professional goals and fun (your ‘happiness’ or ‘pleasures’ in the utilitarian sense), what choices to you have to make to be able to achieve them? How do you negotiate your time, money and overall life choices with people around you? Are you putting people into difficult situation, or causing them any ‘suffering’ in a utilitarian sense, by pursuing your goals? Do other people have to sacrifice something in order for you to be able to pursue your happiness?
The main choice I had to make in order to achieve my personal and professional goals was to decide to major in Communications. When I was little, I always wanted to be a Marine Biologist because dolphins are my favorite animal. As I got older, I realized being a Marine Biologist wasn’t very realistic, especially living in the Northeast. I knew I would have to move to somewhere like Florida, and I didn’t like the idea of moving that far away from my family. I decided that I would do something I could get a job with anywhere. I put as much time as I need to into my schoolwork and I also have a job in order to pay for the things I need. I’m not putting anyone into a difficult situation by pursuing my goals. My parents help me out a lot financially, but it is only while I’m in school. When I graduate, I will be responsible for everything. My parents obviously want me to succeed and want the best for me.
So far we’ve discussed the search for happiness in Lesson 1, and duties or principles in Lesson 2 and now ideas around maximizing utility and thinking about the happiness of other people around us as we make moral choices. What are the major similarities and differences between these three theories on how they instruct us on morality?
I think that the first two lessons had a lot of similarities. Following you’re duties and principles will make a person happy in the end. I think a lot of people would agree that making other people happy also makes them happy. Utilitarianism is all about acting to promote the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest amount of people. I think that the main difference between the three lessons is that lessons 1 and 2 focus more on personal happiness, while lesson 3 also focuses on the happiness of a great amount of people.
I chose these pictures because they are all of the lake I go to in my hometown. The name of the lake is Onota Lake and I spend a lot of time there. It’s always so beautiful. The pictures are of the lake in the summer, fall and winter. I’ve had a lot many memories with both my friends and family on this lake and going there is one of my favorite things to do.