Saturday, April 28, 2012

Service Learning Project Reflection

Service Learning Project Reflection

When I first started this project, I was torn between two subjects; bullying and pregnancy prevention. I have great knowledge of both subjects and have been through both, so they are subjects I have personal experience in. I could not make up my mind for a little while, so I made a ‘pros and cons’ list of each subject to determine what I wanted to do my research on. After looking over both lists a few times, I realized that I wanted to research pregnancy prevention.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to impact the community.  I was pretty excited to research information about pregnancy prevention techniques and the history behind how far doctors’ offices and clinics have come with research on birth controls. Pregnancy prevention is a topic that I believe to be much ignored more and more recently, especially between teenagers and their parents. There are so many teenage pregnancies going on throughout, not only, our communities, but also throughout the world. Where this matter might only start as a community problem for us personally, it’s a global problem that needs to be noticed and resolved.

When first starting the research for this project, I filled out the KWL sheet (which is a sheet to organize what I know, what I want to know, and what I learned from what I’ve read) to compare with other peers’ thoughts and so I could realize what I wanted to do with this project. I knew about the different birth controls, and various methods that are more convenient than others. I later learned just how hard people fought for birth controls in America and it made me respect birth control that much more.

Unplanned pregnancies are increasing by great numbers which is having a toll on our economy; as well as the economy in other countries. In the past, our government had a population control method, which limited families to have only two children, which helped to prevent many unplanned pregnancies; China also had this population control of families, limiting them to having only two children. As the years grew on, pregnancies decreased, and the population control was dropped; but since 2008, the government has been trying to push for population control once again, but no bill has passed.

            With this project, we were “Group B”, also known as “Prevention Awareness”; this group consisted of Eugene, Jessica, Jasmine, Samantha, Jeremy, and me. My role in this group was the spokesperson; I helped keep the group on task, helped set chat times that could be flexible for my peers daily schedules, and my own, and I helped to make sure we got everything done when we needed to. After researching information that we needed to figure out for the mock project, we decided that as a group, we would educate parents and teenagers about prevention techniques, the pros and cons of every method, and the percentage of how effective the birth control is. We would educate the community by holding community meetings, posting signs over town to make people aware of the groups, and even by voluntarily visiting clinics, doctors’ offices, and schools to make teenagers aware of how challenging life can be with a baby.

            Some of the problems that we could face, while attempting to resolve this community problem, could be the difficulties parents and teenagers have sharing the knowledge of appropriate ways to talk about sex and relationships; and even just about pregnancy preventions. One main thing our group came to the conclusion of, was that a lot of parents don’t feel comfortable talking to their teenagers about sex or pregnancy prevention due to schools having sexual education classes, where the parents feel the teenagers will learn everything they need to know. We talked over this common problem and had agreed that a community discussion could help parents feel more comfortable talking to their teenagers about relationships and sex; we also agreed that those having this discussion could help the parents and teenagers trust each other because the discussion alone could show willingness to understand and talk things over.

            From this group, I not only learned about birth control and pregnancy preventions; but I learned to have confidence in myself as a group leader. I started in the group, as someone who just wanted to help keep everyone together and ready for the final piece, but after the first conversation Prevention Awareness had in the Wiki, I was nominated as the group spokesperson for being on top of everything since the start, I also offered because I felt comfortable offering. As the weeks progressed I grew more and more confident with being the spokesperson and helping the group succeed.

            This class helped me with this group by helping me manage my time (Pod 2, Time Management Worksheet) more efficiently for myself and for my grade. It has also helped me to set goals (Pod 1; Pod 5, P.O.W.E.R. Goals; P.O.W.E.R. Goals Evaluation), and by knowing how to set appropriate goals, I was able to list what we, as a group, should accomplish and by when. By doing this the group was able to correspond and converse with each other about our outcomes of our research.

            Prevention Awareness was our mock Learning Service Project. By doing this assignment, we were able to take all of our skills as individuals and combine them to take notes and put together a presentation. Overall, if this mock project was an actual Learning Service Project that we could have done to help our community, I believe that it wouldn’t just give information to individuals, but truly help parents and their teenage children to connect and communicate. Even if at first it was only a couple of families with their teenagers, a small start can go a long way.

Works Cited Page

Reed, James W., Robert Y. Eng, Sanjam Ahluwalia, R. Murray Thomas, and Caryn E. Neumann. “Birth Control.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern World. Oxford University Press, 2008. Web. 24 Mar. 2012

Vanderburg, Nina. “POWER Goals.” Power Goals. GNED111-ONL1 First Term Seminar, 6 Mar. 2012. Web. 26. 2012. <http://hesseronline.mrooms3.net/mod/assignment/view.php?id=31819>.

Vanderburg, Nina. “Finalizing Your Time.” GNED111-ONL1 First Semester Seminar. 25 Mar. 2012. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. <http://hesseronline.mrooms3.net/mod/assignment/view.php?id=31854>.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Service Learning Project Presentation: Group B

https://docs.google.com/a/hesser.edu/presentation/d/1Kds-M6NJd6-Z3FQ48vvjBmJ0M7mpSCK0f-fujPLjqBA/edit

Group B: "Prevention Awareness"

Group Members:
Gene
Jessy
Jasmine
Jeremy
Samantha
Terry

Group Leader:
Terry

About The Group:
Prevention Awareness is solely based on pregnancy prevention and helping people in the community to feel comfortable with talking about pregnancy and ways to prevent it. We hope our presentation provides information on how our group would be helpful to the community, and also things you can think about when you hear, or think, about pregnancies. This group was absolutely wonderful to work with, on top of working hard, we've all been communicative since the start of the project and have been open and flexible about one-anothers schedules. I personally hope everyone enjoys the presentation we've all worked so hard on.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What's Your Stress Relief?

Being a teen mother and a student can be very stressful, but thankfully I had learned stress-coping skills through out all of high school. Some stress relievers that work for me, can range from talking to my friends, to taking walks; and much more. It all depends on what's stressing me out and how stressed I already am. If I'm not very stressed then sometimes just sitting down and meditating helps; and it helps because it gives me time to clear my mind and gather my thoughts. If I'm somewhat stressed out, I write, draw, read, or even clean; I do basically anything to distract my mind from what's stressing me out until I can find a way to face that stress. But, the one thing that almost always helps, is talking. When I talk about what's bothering me or what has me feeling stressed, it's almost like it all goes away. Talking to someone I trust and can rely on helps me feel more at ease.
A lot of the stressors in my life are personal stressors. (According chapter 10 in P.O.W.E.R. Learning)
When I compare what I do for coping with my stresses to chapter 10 in P.O.W.E.R. Learning, pages 240 to 241, I see that there are a lot of things that are mentioned that I already do. On a daily basis, I'm taking charge of the situation, I'm not wasting my energy trying to change the unchangeable, I relax, I keep in mind that wimping out doesn't work and that I need to keep my commitments, and I'm always talking to friends and family because I am so lucky to have the wonderful social support.
Last week in fact, I was very stressed out with doing homework, being a mom, and I was also planning a baby shower last minute. My friends' friend backed out from doing her baby shower so I took the responsibility and commitment of picking it up and doing everything I possibly could to make it wonderful for her. I got stressed out with a lot of the objectives that were expected from me when nearing the end of the week. When I faced this stress, I took charge of the situation by not backing down and made a to-do list of what needed to be done by when, I didn't waste my energy trying to change the fact that I had a low budget that I couldn't change and that I couldn't change the day it was on, I talked to my fiance and he helped me through planning the baby shower and even watched our son so I wouldn't feel so overwhelmed trying to keep him happy while doing what I committed to doing, I took breaks in between objectives so that I could relax and not feel completely overwhelmed, and I stayed committed to what I was going to do and it actually came out wonderful.
Because of the stress relievers I used, I was able to fulfill completing the baby shower, and also fulfilled being a mother and a student.
 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Advisor Meeting Review

Upon meeting with my Advisor, I feel that the meeting went amazingly. We went over what I needed for graduation, and what my next classes would be. I have to admit that the only thing this meeting taught me was that I can go to my Academic Advisor with any questions I have now, and in the future. I didn't have questions when going into the meeting because the very first time I met my Academic Advisor she explained everything I needed for graduation and what classes I needed; so I already had a great understanding of what was expected from me. I still have absolutely no questions and feel like my choice of attending Hesser College as the perfect choice for me.

Re-Evaluating Goals

My Goals after adjusting them the very first time:
Long-Term Goal 1: Graduate with an Associate's of Science Degree by 2014
Related Short-term Goals:
* I will complete my classes with at least B's
* I will get tutoring for any class I seem to be having troubles in
* I will ask questions when I need a further explanation
* I will keep healthy and go to bed at a reasonable time
* I will complete and pass in every homework assignment on time
* I will study every note page, quiz, test, and homework assignment

Long-Term Goal 2: Achieve a Bachelors' of Science Degree within 2 years of Graduating with my Associates' Degree
Related Short-term Goals:
* I will achieve my Associates' of Science Degree
* I will complete my necessary courses for the Bachelors' Degree
* I will work hard studying every night
* I will take appropriate, well-written notes
* I will work hard at passing every class with at least a B

Long-Term Goal 3: Successfully start a career in my major of Medical Assisting as soon as possible
Related Short-Term Goals:
* I will keep my GPA above a 3.4
* I will successfully complete my courses for my major of Medical Assisting
* I will stay on top of all new medical procedures as they progress on
* I will do well in my externship for school for references and experience
* I will actively study

Long-Term Goal 4: To help support my family
Related Short-Term Goals:
* I will successfully graduate with my Associate's of Science Degree
* I will successfully complete my required courses for my Medical Assisting Degree
* I will find a stable work environment
* I will work in a reliable office
* I will always keep learning and continue my education if need-be
* I will take care of my son and every need he has

Long-Term Goal 5: To make a difference
Related Short-term Goals:
* I will succeed in becoming a Medical Assistant
* I will volunteer as much as I can
* I will get involved in the community
* I will help with even the littlest of complications
* I will be there for others

My Re-Evaulated Goals:

Long-Term Goal 1: Graduate with an Associate's of Science Degree by 2014
Related Short-term Goals:
* I will complete my classes with at least B's
* I will get tutoring for any class I seem to be having troubles in
* I will ask questions when I need a further explanation
* I will keep healthy and go to bed at a reasonable time
* I will complete and pass in every homework assignment on time
* I will study every note page, quiz, test, and homework assignment


Long-Term Goal 2: Achieve a Bachelors' of Science Degree within 2 years of Graduating with my Associates' Degree
Related Short-term Goals:
* I will achieve my Associates' of Science Degree
* I will complete my necessary courses for the Bachelors' Degree
* I will work hard studying every night
* I will take appropriate, well-written notes
* I will work hard at passing every class with at least a B


Long-Term Goal 3: Successfully start a career in my major of Medical Assisting as soon as possible
Related Short-Term Goals:
* I will keep my GPA above a 3.4
* I will successfully complete my courses for my major of Medical Assisting
* I will succeed at completing the necessary steps for graduation
* I will do well in my externship for school for references and experience
* I will actively study


Long-Term Goal 4: To help support my family
Related Short-Term Goals:
* I will successfully graduate with my Associate's of Science Degree
* I will successfully complete my required courses for my Medical Assisting Degree
* I will find a stable work environment in a reliable office
* I will always keep learning and continue my education if need-be
* I will take care of my son and every need he has


Long-Term Goal 5: To make a difference
Related Short-term Goals:
* I will succeed in becoming a Medical Assistant
* I will volunteer as much as I can
* I will get involved in the community
* I will help with even the littlest of complications
* I will be there for others

Explanation
I noticed when looking over my P.O.W.E.R. Goals that there truly is not anything I wish to change. My goals are exactly what I want to achieve in my life. I believe everyone is here for a purpose, and I believe my purpose is to help others and make a difference in lives. My goals didn't change much even after overviewing my strengths and keeping in mind everything I had learned in this Pod. My goals are realistic and plausible to achieve; and they're what I want out of life.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What's the Real Explanation?

1. Ice cream sales and the time of shark attacks are highly related. Why?
My Answer: Well, people buy ice cream in the nice weather, and a lot of people are out as well and sometimes on boats or at the beach; even swimming. So or course nice weather is going to cause people to want to be out and about.

2. The number of cavities children have and the size of their vocabulary are closely related. Why?
My Answer: Because of their age? Younger kids tend to have less cavaties and a smaller vocabulary; whereas older children have more cavities for eating more junk food and a bigger vocabulary for being older.

3. Skirt hemlines tend to rise as stock prices rise. Why?
My Answer: Skirt hemlines go up because people feel the need to safe the fabric in case the stock prices fall.

4. Women with breast implants have a higher rate of suicide than those without breast implants. Why?
My Answer: Women with breast implants feel unhappy, they feel the need to "improve" their body; and with any unhappiness, depression can follow, and even suicide.

5. People who own washing machines are more likely to die in car accidents than those who don't. Why?
My Answer: People who own washing machines have more time to drive around and about with people, whereas people who don't own washing machines have to spend time at a laundromat.

6. Men who carry their cell phones in their front pants pockets have a lower sperm cound than those who don't carry them in front pants pockets. Why?
My Answer: Men who are needed more in their job, are stressed. Stress causes lots of strains on the body; the placement of the phone is irrelevant in this situation.

I wasn't too surprised with the answer they had when comparing our answers. I was surprised at how accurate I was with some of them. Question 3 was a complete guess because I honestly didn't know what to answer for that question. Question 4 I was not too surprised about because I have a very strong understanding about people and their feelings. I was surprised however, with the answer the question 5; I would have never made the connectiong between affording a washing machine and affording a car.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Midterm Reflection

1. Being a student has effected my life in such a fantastic way. Being a Hesser student just makes it even better. I use to sit down and read, take care of my son, clean house, and go on facebook and talk with friends; and now, my life is full of learning. Everyday I'm doing homework, or reading something new. I'm interacting with other students of Hesser College and I'm on top of everything I need. My life has a positive look on it, I won't say it's changed my outlook on life though. Because I've always been self-motivated and I will always see life the same. Life is a journey, where every day I'm learning something new and there's so much out there in life; so much in the world to see and learn about. But taking this class alone, I've learned to prioritize my goals and also find realistic ways to achieve them; And my family is everything to me. I've been able to share what I've learned with my fiance, and I know that everything I'm doing is going to end up great for myself and my family, and I'm going to be able to give my son the life that he deserves to have. As for work, I haven't been working lately; I'm hoping schooling helps provide me with a stable and reliable career.

2. I've learned, and am currently using, three new strategies from this class, to succeed in college. I've learned new ways to study, to take notes and I've also learned a lot about myself. For taking notes, I turn off all electronic devices, such as my cell phone; and I also turn off the television. I skim the notes before reading them, and read the introduction to every chapter to get a feel of what to expect in the chapter. When studying my notes, I create a test so that I have to think about my notes and what I've learned when making it, and also by practicing answering the questions, I get to make sure I've retained the information I've learned. I've learned a lot about myself by learning what my strengths are as a student and how to apply those strengths to my schoolwork, life, and future career.

3. Since becoming a college student, my life has changed for the better. My life is always full of learning; it always has been, but now I've been able to be educated in ways that can not only better my life, but better the life of my family. I knew my life style would change with becoming at college student; and I love how much it's changed. My life is feels full now, as opposed to before when I wasn't doing much during the day. My time management has been well and I use as much time to study and do homework as possible. Everything in my life consists of learning. My priorities and goals are all based around my schooling and my family; but then again, my life has always been like that. Schooling and family is number one to me because schooling will better the lives of myself and my family.

4. Thanks to college, I can see myself moving forward from Medical Assisting, and becoming a pediatrician someday. I can see myself not only being successful, but being able to support my family and not struggle as much as my family has struggled. What I want to see changed most in my life, would have to be how my son grows up and how we live our life. I'll make all of this change because I knowit's best for all of us. Me going to college is a start to this, and the fact that I plan on continuing on to become so much more, means that our lives will be better. I can't stand the thought of seeing us struggle, like I watched my father, and mother; and the rest of my family do. I'm determined to be the different one, I'm determined to be the one that does something with their life.

5. By taking the midterm reflection with no time constraints, I've gained the ability to feel less stressed, and to also think over everything without trying to think quickly about it all. This midterm reflection has also helped me realize how much I truly have learned already. I couldn't find myself taking this midterm somewhere beautiful, or somewhere less distracting. My life is my inspiration for everything I do; my daily activites help me learn new things every day; and my family helps me to fully achieve everything I do. My son, and my fiance support me and inspire me just by being around me. So I couldn't find myself taking this midterm somewhere completely quite, somewhere completely stress-free; because life is full of stresses, and as long as I maintain my stress and continue to lessen my stress; then I know I can continue on with life. I took this midterm in my livingroom, surrounded by the most loving people I could have ever met; and the people that support me through everything I do. And that there, is what helps make my life less stressful, because I was surrounded by loved ones while writing this; and I cannot be any more thankful for them being in my life as I am now.