Archive for March 8th, 2009

Don’t lose your enthusiasm…

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Have you ever been so excited about your passions only to become disappointed when people around you don’t seem to be excited for you or are not interested in helping you reach your goals?

I have had that happen to me a couple of times this week. I went to a schizophrenia seminar this past weekend and really enjoyed it, learned new things and was encouraged and inspired to learn and do more to prepare for my major which involves mental health. I became disappointed once I had made an effort to make contact with some of the people I met at the seminar and expressed interest in finding more volunteer opportunities only to be told they didn’t have opportunities and to be somewhat blown off.

At first I became a little discouraged just because I have such a passion to get involved and help out, but then I decided… you know what… I’m not going to let this get me down! So I am going to continue to look for more opportunities and continue to contact people.

So with all of that being said I just wanted to encourage everyone to not lose your enthusiasm…I’m sure some of you understand how I feel because you’re just so passionate about what it is your going to school for that you just want to get involved in the field in any way possible. Even though sometimes things don’t work out how we had hoped and planned there is a reason for everything and in the end it will all work out – even if that does mean your first experiences involve doing things that don’t exactly excite you or make you feel like you are making a difference.

Two Rules for Life

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I had the priviledge to listen to Michael McKeever speak at MCC this last week. Michael McKeever is an established playwright with a wonderful insight into the world. Although my following points could have come from someone like your grandfather, they are my new key rules for life as a college student as learned from Mr. McKeever.
Firstly, he said not to let anyone tell you that you cannot do something… Something like a college career you’ve set your mind to and are loving the results. For example, my career is based in writing journalism and according to Salary.com (a very helpful site you should visit) I won’t be bringing in the most comfortable lifestyle. Yet I’d rather be doing something I absolutely love than something that I don’t. That’s not to say that following something you enjoy won’t have its obstacles. But you cannot live with regrets.
The second key deals with the fact that you’ll be writing papers as a college student, a high school student and beyond college. The rule is that the first draft of anything you write is allowed to be absolutely terrible (in your eyes). It’s hard to just start writing a paper or anything for that matter. Once you get to the end, you have your base, and you can edit as much as you want. Most likely it is much better than you thought!

The Oldest Habit

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Weird Word of the Week: Pusillanimous: adj. lacking courage; cowardly; faint-hearted.

Wow, we are half-way through the semester and one week away from Spring Break, so I would guess the new phrase is “Time flies when you’re in college”? I don’t know about you, but I can practically smell Spring Break around the corner.

There is a pattern that occurs right before a mini break like this one: First you will receive tests in all of your classes the week before the break. Second, your procrastination level will be at an all-time high unless you do something about it.

Let’s do simple math:

Procrastination + Multiple Tests = Bad

I know how you feel… I personally have plans of traveling around Florida and possibly taking a ferry from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas… but all of this has to wait.

A teacher once told me “The hardest part of a task is starting it.” In order to focus on spring break for an entire week, you must focus on school for an entire week also. I do not feel that Spring Break would feel rightfully earned if I do not do well on my tests. My suggestion is studying one subject at a time until you have mastered what you will need.

There are however, many other methods of studying for multiple tests. I have friends who divide the subject in the categories of “Left Brained” and “Right Brained” and manage to study two subjects a day, back to back, for an hour or two each.

Perhaps the most famous procrastinator was Leonardo da Vinci. He delayed finishing the Mona Lisa for 20 years and finished The Last Supper after his patron threatened to cut off his funds. Most of his work was half-completed at the time of his death, and he felt that he could have accomplished more if he had not procrastinated. What I am trying to say is: time is all we have, use it wisely.

“Procrastination is for the pusillanimous”
-Anonymous-