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Ben Villarreal
Works at Kingsborough Community College
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  • Kingsborough Community College
    Adjunct Instructor, 2013 - present
    Teaching College English
  • Teachers College Graduate Writing Center
    Writing Consultant, 2012 - present
  • Harlem YMCA
    Lifeguard and Swim Instructor, 2012 - present
  • New Mexico Highlands University
    Assistant Coordinator of Academic Enrichment Programs and Instructor of English, 2008 - 2012
  • NMHU Natatorium
    Lifeguard, 2007 - 2012
  • Las Campanas
    On-Call Seasonal Lifeguard, 2007 - 2011
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"But You'll Never Be Strong"

I am tired of being constantly on the defense. It's something that starts at my job and continues at home and has dogged my steps as long as

Lyme Disease in Dogs

When I adopted Barley in January 2011, I knew about Frontline for preventing fleas and ticks; after all, I'd had a dog in my life since I wa


I spent all day Friday shopping for a kitchen trashcan--and that is not an exaggeration. I spent longer trying to find the right one than I

Rachel Reads Fifty Shades of Grey Masterpost

As most of my facebook and tumblr friends know, I have been cataloging my reactions to reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I've decided to go ahea

Fifty Shades of Grey Drinking Game

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Drinking Game Because at this point, booze may be the only way to get through the rest of this book. One Drink: "O

A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles ...

Conducting an extensive data mining for writing a scholarly academic paper does definitely require using online digital resources. Admittedl

Back to High School: What Do High School Students Want to Know About Col...

Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting 7 high school senior English classes with three of my colleagues from the writing center.

"Lost at Sea"

I finally got around to reading Bryan Lee O'Malley's first, solo comic book Lost at Sea. First off, if you go into it expecting a spiritual


Saw this on twitter and thought it was relevant.

Aliyah's Selfie Guide

I copied and pasted this directly from my personal blog so yeah. So while in my English class the discussion was about online identities. Bl

Sex and Vampires: A Research Vignette

This past week, my professor asked us to try writing a vignette (a short anecdote that pulls from different observations made at the site of

Pokémon and Baseball: A Research Anecdote

The first college literature course I ever taught was a sophomore level Intro. to Pop Culture class. It was tied to the program I helped coo

Visual Adaptations

As I responded to your ToonDoo projects and your in-class adaptations of Billy Collins' poems "Another Reason I don't Keep a Gun in the Hous

Sherman Alexie and Me

“'Books,' I say to them. 'Books,' I say. I throw my weight against their locked doors. The door holds. I am smart. I am arrogant. I am lucky


First, the tone... Last week a co-worker asked me to brew a beer on his homebrewing system. He wanted me to brew my favorite American style

The Cycling Tour

This weekend I decided to go on a short cycling tour to Kelheim, about 19 km along the Donau Canal, despite the terrible weather. It may or

What am I Doing?

The short answer is I'm in Germany working at a friend's small organic brewery. I'll be back in New York in May. My stay has been completely

"Imaginary" Opening Paragraph of My Dissertation Research

For my Research Paper course (the class meant to get doc. students to really narrow their dissertation interests), my professor asked us to


Photo Credit Why do we feel the need to redeem ourselves? Guilt? Satisfaction? Or is it a Sense of Duty that causes us to correct our mistak

Defining Home

What makes a place home? Photo Credit According to, home is "a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence