ENG 1101 - 0341 Welcome!

Author: Muhammed Ishtiaque (Page 1 of 9)

15th December, 2021 —Final—

Prompt: Good habits can improve our physical, emotional, and/or financial health. This semester, you’ve all sought to adopt new habits that will keep you strong in college. What habit would you tell an incoming freshman to adopt that you have also cultivated this semester?



Daily actions define a habit, and people’s habits define their lifestyle. Given that, it is important to build habits that are good for our physical, mental, and financial health. Having good habits can be very beneficial at all stages in life, especially as college students. What exactly are good habits? Managing time in a disciplined manner, going to the gym, budgeting money, and setting priorities are all examples of good habits or practices.

During my Fall 2021 semester at City Tech, I faced a lot of barriers but learned how to overcome them as well. One habit that I acquired, and which proved to be very beneficial was making quality time for each item on my daily agenda. Which means, when it was time to study, I would only focus on that. When it was time to work, or sleep or eat I would focus all my energy on that. As a result, I found myself feeling less overwhelmed. Moreover, it helped me avoid feeling “burnt out”. Another habit that I tried, and still am trying to create is managing my time better. I think it is crucial to have good time management skills. Waking up and going to sleep at a fixed time, eating at a fixed time, having a steady work and study schedule are all good practices to have. It will really help a college student excel.

I would advise an incoming freshman to acquire two habits. They are good time management skill and knowing what is more important or setting priorities straight. College can be very stressful, therefore having good time management skills can help with handling heavy workloads, and balancing between work and school. Outside of school, it helps to find a balance between social and academic life. Moreover, it will help a student find time to fit other activities into their days, for example: going to the gym, or for a hobby. Setting priorities straight is as important as time management skills. This is because a college student should learn to know what is more important at the moment and what is not. Distractions are always going to be there, however being aware of priorities can help a student stay in track.

College is an important part of a student’s life. It is a place to grow as a person, get an education, plan future goals, etc. Therefore, it is very important to have good habits in college, because it helps a student get through the 4 or 6+ years smoothly. Moreover, it builds character which help in the future with careers and social life. To sum it all up, I will repeat our actions become our habits and our habits are who we are.

13th December, 2021 Free Write

To finish this semester strong, all I have left to do is the in-class essay upcoming Wednesday. All my previous assignments are completed and turned in. So I feel very confident about my performance in this class.

Taking this class definitely made me a better writer. More importantly it taught me how to write more freely. I really enjoyed the different types of classwork we did in class. For example, daily grammar, writing poems, reading different materials. The unit projects were fun to do as well, I was very passionate about my research work. Therefore it felt more of like a fun activity than an assignment.

I am glad I was a part of this class!


Learn to say no

to hangouts that drain you

Learn to say no

to people who mislead you

Learn to say no

to habits that harm you

Choose yourself

Choose yourself

Choose yourself

Unit 3 – Five paragraph Essay (Final Draft)


Global warming today is a worldwide concern, and carbon emission is the top reason behind it. What creates this unwanted and harmful emission? The answer is our cars, trucks, and buses we see around us every single day. Carbon emission from vehicles is one of the top factors of global warming. Luckily, this issue has already been addressed through the development of electric cars due its “zero carbon emission”. But how true is this statement? Are electric cars really as green as automobile industries claim them to be?


Today, the popular belief is that electric cars have zero carbon emissions, therefore it does not harm the environment. This claim isn’t entirely true. Yes, the electric vehicle itself can have zero carbon emissions, however, taking a look at the surrounding factors, switching to electric vehicles will increase the need for electricity. This means more electricity needs to be generated. This is where it gets interesting, majority of the US still depends on traditional coal and fossil burning methods to generate electricity. In the process of which a huge amount of carbon is released into the atmosphere. So, if there is a bigger need for electricity, it will result in more burning of these natural resources which will significantly increase the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. This is one of the biggest reasons why electric cars aren’t completely environmentally friendly just yet.

 BODY 2:

According to the article, How Green are Electric Vehicles? By Hiroko Tabuchi and Brad Plumer, the problem just doesn’t stop at current production. Manufacturing the raw materials that go into the making of an electric vehicle can be problematic as well. Like most other batteries, the lithium-ion batteries that are used to power electric vehicles are manufactured using raw materials like cobalt, lithium, and other rare elements. The article claims that these rare elements have been linked to environmental and human rights concerns. Extracting these materials such as cobalt, through a process called smelting gives off toxic fumes, more specifically sulfur oxide which is very harmful to the environment and people who are exposed to it. World’s 70% of cobalt is produced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where children work in the mines to dig up metals from the earth using just hands. This is serious human rights violation.

 BODY 3:

While it is true that electric cars actually have zero carbon emissions from the car itself, it still doesn’t make the whole concept of having electric cars environmentally friendly for the reasons stated above. This entire idea is brilliant but feels unfinished. However, the fix to it is not untouchable either. The solution is simply generating electricity through renewable sources. According to the article, How Does Your State Make Electricity? By Nadja Popovich and Brad Plumer, recent data shows that more than half of California’s electricity was produced from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and water. If more and more states in the United States, switch to this greener method of producing electricity and combine that with the uprising of electric vehicles, we may see a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

The issue with batteries, however, still remains a concern. Since producing the batteries are so harmful, until we find an alternate material that can switch out metals like cobalt, we can simply rely on the good ol’ recycling method. Recycling old batteries and using the same materials to produce new batteries can really change the game.


To summarize it all, this essay did not intent to tear down the idea of electric vehicles but point out ways the idea can have more integrity. Because if it isn’t achieving what it is supposed to achieve then what is the point of it at all? The idea of electric vehicles is awesome! If the automobile industry work on the areas that needs more attention, we can truly see a future with real environmental friendly vehicles.



Popovich, N., & Plumer, B. (2020, October 28). How Does Your State Make Electricity? The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/28/climate/how-electricity-generation-changed-in-your-state-election.html.

Tabuchi, H., & Plumer, B. (2021, March 2). How Green Are Electric Vehicles. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/02/climate/electric-vehicles-environment.html.

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