It’s hard to believe that 2008 is almost over already. Time moves inexorably forward - through good times and bad. 2008 will be remembered in history books. Gas prices rose and fell, the stock market crashed and our first African-American President was elected. What a rollercoaster!
Now the holidays are coming and it seems that the current economic crisis has forceably reminded us of one thing: Christmas is not about presents. It’s about enjoying the present… appreciating what you have now. Take a few minutes this holiday season to let others know how much you care about and appreciate them. Your love is the best gift you can give.
It’s been a lot of fun blogging this semester. I’m going to miss it.
Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Fantastic Festivus, etc.
It’s hard to believe the semester is almost over! I’ve really enjoyed my time here at MCC. I feel like a part of the family here. I’m sad to be leaving.
But I’m excited too. Next year I’ll be at USF Sarasota through the 2+2 MCC/USF program. I know I want to be a teacher but I’m still deciding whether I want to get my BA in English Literature or Education. Either way the journey will be worth it.
I’m also excited about a new online job that I’m training for. I’m going to be working for EQEnglish, helping Chinese students learn to speak English fluently. I’m so thrilled to have this opportunity. I’ve always enjoyed working with ESL students in the communications lab. Now I’ll have the chance to do it on a more permanent basis.
Changing to a new school and job is a little scary but both will be fun and well worth my time.
During this time of year, we reflect on what it is that we are thankful for. Some people are thankful for their position; they are glad to be a manager, or in school or just glad to have a job. Some are thankful for material things - like a house or a car.
I’m thankful for the people in my life. I have been so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful, inspiring people my whole life. My mom, who always made things work despite our hardships, taught me independence, discipline and the joys of teaching. My husband, who supports me and my dreams and loves me despite my many faults. My English professor, who has challenged me to strive for improvement, taught me the joys of literature and history and inspired me to become an English teacher. There are more, of course, who have shaped my life and have helped me in every conceivable way.
I’m also thankful for those who are no longer in my life. My father who taught me to think for myself. My grandfather who never had a harsh word. My friend Marsha who showed me how to laugh during hard times. I’m thankful that I had the privilege to have known them.
So tell those who have blessed you that you appreciate them. Life is so short. Love well.
The other night I had the opportunity to chat with two old friends. One of the friends I talk to every few months but the other one I haven’t talked to in about two years…as I was catching up with them and sharing old memories, I realized that we could never relive those memories. As much as we would love to you can never make the same event happen again just as it had before. As I continued to think about this I was once again reminded how truly important it is to seize every moment in every aspect of our lives because you never know when you or someone else’s life is going to change.
These next 10 years or so are going to be so exciting and busy for us as we continue to go through school, establish our careers and meet different people. I also realized as friends and acquaintances come and go in our lives it is so important to keep in touch with them as your lives take different paths. So let’s just remember everyone is put in our life for a reason and everything happens for a reason…so let’s make the most of it!
The beauty of a community college is that you can take classes without having to move to an expensive new dorm room or quitting your job. However, balancing work and school can be a lot like juggling. Personally my schedule is crazy. I have three part time jobs (because none of them can afford to hire me full time) plus classes and clubs. I sometimes feel like I live-eat-breathe school and work. My schedule consists of: MWF - go to job 1 in the morning, grab lunch and eat while driving to job 2, then go to job 3, eat dinner at 10pm, do homework, go to sleep. Tues/Thurs - go to job 1, go to class, eat, next class, homework and club stuff, then back to job 1. I work weekends too. Fortunately, one of my jobs is at MCC and allows me to do school work during the slow periods. That’s been a lifesaver for me more than once.
Thankfully my husband is very understanding of my workload. Finding the balance between work, school and marriage has been difficult for me but very rewarding. I’ll be getting my AA this semester and so far I’ve managed to keep up my GPA. I’ll be starting next semester at USF. I’m really excited about moving on to a University but I’m sad that I’ll be leaving here. I love MCC!
MCC Venice is having a thrilling event next Saturday at 2pm(Oct. 25th), sponsored by the Pop Culture club. A large group of students are gathering together, dressed as zombies, to participate in the worldwide event “Thrill the World.” The goal is to help break the current world record of 1,722 people dancing to “Thriller” at the same time. Proceeds from the event will go to the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center in Sarasota, which helps domestic violence and rape victims.
For more information, check out www.thrilltheworld.com. and http://www.sparcc.net/
This is going to be so fun! This is a great example of how club events are both fun and help people at the same time. SPARCC is a great cause. It was an organization similar to SPARCC that helped my mom and I through tough times when we were victims of domestic violence.
I encourage everyone to go out and participate in dance fest. It’s going to be a blast!
Update: The Thrill the World event was a blast!
Check out a video of it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0km6TbGk_0
I recently found out that a friend of mine from high school passed away in August. Suddenly, I am flooded with a keen awareness of my mortality. Life is so fragile. We tend to think that we still have years to do what we want in life. “Oh, I have plenty of time I can always do X later.” (Whether X is go back to college, or go skydiving, etc.) The harsh reality is that we simply don’t know how much time we have. So make every second count. Every time you see someone you love, tell them you love them.
I am also reminded of a few quotes and lessons I’ve learned from others in my life who have passed away.
“Do something, even if its wrong.” (Why?) “Because doing something is better than being nothing.” ~Grandpa Stuenkel
“You have a brain, use it!” ~Dad, encouraging me to think for myself, and not listen to the opinions of others.
“Seeing isn’t believing. Believe what you feel.” ~Chris Walker, who was physically blind, yet ‘saw’ more than I ever will.
“Love yourself unconditionally. Try to love others the same way.” ~Marsha Bevalacqua, singer
Je me souviens. I will remember
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