Well, I don’t even know where to begin…I am sad that this will be the last time I blog for SCF. I have been blogging since the fall of 2008 and I was one of the first bloggers. It has been fun and honor to be able to do this; I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and experiences while at SCF.
I can’t believe my time here is done…what an awesome experience it has been. I have learned so much about myself and life and have made memories that I will carry with me forever. I have also come to the realization that your college experience is so much more than what is taught in the classroom. I have learned the importance of time management, building professional relationships, getting as much out of assignments as possible (this really hit home in my applied psychology class, and trust me our instructors really do have a purpose in giving us these assignments!) and the importance in being involved on campus. I can honestly say some of the assignments I have done during my time at SCF have and will have an everlasting impact on my life as well as people I have had class with and all of the instructor’s I have had the pleasure to meet.
To everyone else who is graduating this semester congratulations!!! This is a big accomplishment and I’m sure it is just one of many in your lifetime! I am excited and scared for my new beginnings in January. I will be attending USF in Tampa to start working towards my BSW (Bachelor’s in Social Work) and let me just say it is going to be a big transition, instead of driving 6 miles to school it will be over 50, I will be taking afternoon night/classes which I’ve never done before, the amount of my classmates will jump from about 30 to 300 and it might take more like a month to feel comfortable on campus compared to a week. For everyone continuing at SCF and for those who are just starting, enjoy your community college experience while it lasts. I will miss the small comfortable hometown feel!
You have chosen an awesome college! One I will greatly miss…thank you SCF for an opportunity of a lifetime! I’m sure I will shed a few tears as I walk across the stage on Friday!
If you haven’t stopped by the new library cafe on the Bradenton campus then you’re missing out! It is cute, quaint and convenient! It offers great choices like espresso, flavored coffee, cold coffee drinks, danishes & bagels, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, grab-n-go sandwiches and more! The hours are Monday-Thursday 7:45am-8pm and Friday from 7:45am-2:30pm.
I have visited a few times and all of my experiences were great! The food and drinks were tasty, the prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly! The set up is also nice, I found it to be a great place to meet friends, just take a breather and relax, or study.
Let me tell you about a couple of other pluses about the library café. They take debit cards just like the Lancer Cafe’, which I think is great because I never carry cash! So if I just need a drink and don’t have cash or change for the vending machine there are still options! The library cafe’ is also open a little later than the Lancer cafe’, which is also nice and convenient. They are going to be open during finals week so you still have time to check it out if you haven’t already done so.
Last resort…there is always next semester!
Lately I have been in a reading mood…personal reading that is. Honestly this craving couldn’t have come at a worse time being that it is the end of the semester and right now it is much more important and wise to be reading school related material than to be distracted by a good book that I just don’t want to put down!
I am reading an awesome book right now, called The Soloist by Steve Lopez, I don’t want to give away what it is about but I highly recommend it! (It is also a movie but I have enjoyed the book much more)
I have found myself trying to find any spare minute to read it and unfortunately I have had to put it aside for a few days to focus on more important things but I am desperately looking forward to picking it up again soon! Not to sound corny but I personally think reading is good for the soul and if you haven’t made time for it lately or have never really enjoyed it I encourage you to make time again or to give it a try!
Needless to say over my Christmas break I will be treating myself to a lot of reading time, I already have a few books in mind and I am also excited because my grandma will be in town for a couple of weeks and she loves to read as well so I will even have a reading buddy!
So get ready, set and go to the library or bookstore and find a good book to get lost in…
P.S. A couple of my other favorites are The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, The Shack by William P. Young and One Fry Short by Tim Passmore
In the past couple of months I have been a part of a few charity walks/runs and each one has been such an awesome experience! The first one was on October 3rd with SPARCC (Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center) it was a walk against domestic violence. It was a 3.5 mile walk in Sarasota over the John Ringling Bridge. My second was a 5k run on Halloween; it was at the MTI law enforcement academy in Lakewood Ranch. The proceeds went to help the academy students to be able to attend Skills USA. My most recent walk was on November 14th and I was able to attend with Phi Theta Kappa which was a cool experience because I was able to participate in something I love to do and be involved with an organization at school at the same time. This walk was at New College in Sarasota it was 1.25 miles around a gorgeous neighborhood near New College. The turnout was great and 13,000 dollars was raised for the AIDS community in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
I guess you can say participating in charity walks has become a new hobby for me. I have found that they are a lot of fun, a good form of exercise, a great way to support different causes in your community and a great way to spend time with friends and meet new ones! I plan to keep being involved in charity walks and I would like to encourage you to get involved as well. You might suggest a charity walk as an idea to any clubs or organizations you are involved in. The morale at the walks is amazing and you feel great about yourself for being a part of them. I’ve found the easiest ways to find out about charity walks is to Google charity walks in Manatee/Sarasota County or to look around at local businesses. Businesses often have flyers hanging up with information about charity walks they support. I’m sure there will be a few to choose from with the holidays coming up!
So happy walking!
In the past few weeks I have come to realize how important time management is, and I’ve realized I need to learn how to improve my time management skills a little bit. The semester is dwindling away, as I continue working full time while applying and preparing to transfer to USF. TIME has become a precious thing for me; not to be taken for granted or wasted. Several things are helping me stay balanced: prioritizing, making lists, using my planner, organizing, setting personal deadlines and goals, as well as staying aware of deadlines.
HELPFUL TIP!! Take advantage of “stolen” time by studying on your lunch break, or anywhere you have waiting time.
Don’t forget how important it is to fit in a little fun time with family and friends so you don’t become burnt out and out of touch. I think we all struggle with this from time to time (no pun intended) so don’t be too hard on yourself. Just take a step back to reevaluate things if needed.
Don’t ever forget why you’re doing what you’re doing, and that all of your hard work will pay off. Nothing worth having comes easy.
Well this is my last blog for this semester so with that being said I would like to leave you all with this…I hope that this is encouraging to everyone but especially to those who are graduating this semester.
At this stage of life everyone has an opinion of what it’s going to take to be a success, don’t determine your success by the accomplishments or failures of your peers or the path that they have chosen for their lives just stay focused on what you feel you are meant to do regardless of what that may be.The days, weeks and months ahead of us will fly by faster than they ever have before. As you are being faced with the crucial decisions that await you just remember that you have friends and family that love and support you and that you have already come this far so don’t stop now! Congratulations to everyone and I wish you all the best of luck, have an awesome safe summer!
I look forward to blogging again in the fall, so until then…
The end of the semester has come upon us again. This past couples of weeks have been crazy and the next couple of weeks will probably be even crazier. At the end of each semester I feel like I have senioritis all over again. I find myself just wanting to coast through towards the end and I just feel burnt out and worn out. I constantly have to remind myself to just hang in there and keep applying myself because it’s almost over! This time of year is when I also find it the hardest to keep my work/play balance in check because sometimes I would rather do anything and everything instead of what I need to do. The other night I conveniently got in a cleaning mood and started cleaning my bathroom from top to bottom… granted the bathroom needed to be cleaned… but I actually enjoyed doing it because it distracted me from doing homework. That’s when I really know I’m in danger because if I’d rather clean the bathroom then of course I would also rather just hang out with friends, etc. I know we all have times like this but again just remember we are almost done with the semester and it is only going to cause us more stress and problems if we slack off in these last couple of weeks.
I am sad to see this semester go. I can honestly say it has been one of the best semesters yet. I have learned and grown more as a person than I ever thought possible in such a short amount of time. I can contribute that mostly to volunteering at a couple of places this semester, deciding to change my major and for once actually being able to do really well in math. All of these things have made me feel better about myself as a person and gain confidence in different areas. I hope others have also had a great semester and I wish you all luck in the last couple of weeks, finishing up assignments and studying for exams.
I recently had an assignment to do for my Community Health Problems online class. I had to visit five different places in the community and interview someone there about the different services they provide to the community. Honestly at first I was somewhat overwhelmed with the thought of trying to make time to go visit five different places but I got on the phone, made my appointments and was somehow able to fit all of them in to my schedule. I chose to go to Summerfield Retirement Residence, Manatee Glens, The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Manatee and Sarasota, YMCA and Jewish Family and Children Services. All of the people I met with were very nice and helpful and it was interesting to learn about all of the different things these places do provide to the community, they provide a lot more than I thought or expected.
This assignment also helped me to realize that even though we might not understand why our instructors have us do different assignments there is always a reason for it. Doing this helped me to realize that it was important and beneficial to actually meet with someone face to face instead of just finding the information online. It was a good experience to dress up nice, make a good impression and meet with important people that work for these different places in the community. It was also good to learn more about all of the services provided because who knows maybe I will need to take advantage of one of the services someday or I could be a help to someone else who is looking for help in the community.
So I am glad that I was able to do this assignment and make the most out of it. I was able to learn a lot and meet some influential people in the community who might be important contacts for my future. So the next time you have an assignment and you think to yourself why do I need to do this or how is this going to benefit me in the future, go into the assignment with a positive attitude whatever it may be and make the most out of it and you might be surprised about what you learn and how it benefited you.
I’m in the MCC library racking my brain trying to think about what to blog about and unfortunately nothing is coming to mind…I’ve never had this problem before. I guess I’m having a little case of “bloggers block.” I’ve had a crazy busy week filled with a lot of homework and preparation and planning for upcoming projects. I guess it doesn’t help that I’ve also been somewhat sleep deprived this week since I have been so busy. So I’m sure all of these factors have to do with why I’m just drawing a blank, my mind is so tired and worn out yet still racing with thoughts about things I still need to get done.
I do have a couple of important reminders: Summer tuition is due on May 4th and we can already start registering for fall classes on April 20th for those of us who have 30+ credits. April 21 for students who have 0-29 credits, April 22nd for Returning students (enrolled at MCC during Summer or Fall 2008 terms but not currently registered for Spring 2009 – excluding transient students) and last but not least May 4th for NEW students (including transfer, transient, readmits and all others not previously registered for Fall 2009.)
I hope everyone has a fun safe Easter weekend. I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family and cracking confetti eggs on everyone’s heads! If you don’t know what I’m talking about…they now have them at Wal-Mart . They’re a lot of fun — my great grandmother used to make them,. I’m originally from TX… so I’m not sure if it’s a TX thing but either way Wal-Mart has jumped on the band wagon. I would suggest you pick up some confetti eggs — they make for a great time!
Sorry this blog is so random…it’s been a crazy week!
The reason why I originally decided to change my major was because an advisor from the BSW program came into two of my classes and talked about the program and as she was talking I realized this is what I should be going for not Clinical Psychology! I was a little bummed at first just because I’ve thought ever since high school that I was going to go for Clinical Psychology and I did research on what they do but it wasn’t until I heard about this program and read a description of what Clinical Psychologists do from my Applied Psychology book that I realized - ugh that doesn’t sound like what I thought I was going for all along!
This is what I read when I was like – ah that’s totally not me! “Clinical psychologists focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment procedures of mildly to severely disturbed persons. They interview clients and write case studies.”
With my degree in Social Work I still want to work in the mental health field and the description of that is: Mental health and substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with mental illness or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Such services include individual and group therapy, outreach, crisis intervention, social rehabilitation and teaching skills needed for everyday living. They also may help plan for supportive services to ease clients’ return to the community. Mental health and substance abuse social workers are likely to work in hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, individual and family services agencies or local governments. These social workers may be known as clinical social workers. Now this sounds like my dream job!
So with this new discovery of mine I’ve been doing a lot of research and this was a good week for me as far as school goes. I had a phone consult with the coordinator from USF for the Bachelor’s in Social Work program. It went very well. I was able to get all of my questions that I have about my change and the program answered and I was also able to figure out my schedule for the rest of my time at MCC. This summer I am taking Statistics and American Government. I am taking them Summer B. It will be nice to have part of the summer off — this is the least amount of classes I ever taken and the least I have ever paid in tuition which is also a bonus! Then in the Fall I will take College Algebra, History of the United States I and Macroeconomics and then I will be done at MCC. I will start at USF Spring of 2010 and should be done with my with my Bachelor’s Fall of 2011! A couple of perks I found out about during my research:
- If I have 68 or more credits from MCC I will not have to take any electives at USF - this will save more time and money and for this program
-My two years of the same foreign language from high school will fulfill my language requirements
-This program is nationally accredited.
I am happy I found all of this out now and I am looking forward to these next couple of years of school.