“Ummmm what?” is what I constantly am asking myself every Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 3-4:45 pm. During this time, you will find me sitting in PSC 105: Introduction to Political Science.
Although I was required to take Government in high school, I am constantly confused in this class. And it doesn’t help that the professor often treats us like we are incompetent whenever we ask a question. Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe that it is important to be politically informed. But unfortunately, whenever someone brings up something political in a conversation, I’d rather avoid it than begin some intense political conversation about the varying opinions on politics and presidential nominees.
As I write this reflection, I would like to let you all know that the class is currently 5 weeks behind. 5 WEEKS. In some ways, I do believe that this class is a waste, but I also believe that it is important to take because so many people are uneducated when it comes to the government and what they are and are not allowed to do and taking this class would help to solve that issue, surface level of course.
I have not learned much during this class, but what I have l learned is very beneficial! For the last 6 weeks of classes I’m sure I will continue to ask myself, “ummmm what?” but at least I now can explain Articles 1,2 and 3 of the constitution, right?
During my first semester of my sophomore year, I took a class called Moral Problems. The class is just what it seems. We discussed moral issues that cause controversy world wide. From topics such as abortion and capital punishment, we discussed them all from top to bottom. The professor was especially good at making sure that the class discussed not only one side or argument to the issue but all sides no matter how faulty the arguments were.
I like to think of myself as a very open-minded person. But this class tested me.Even though I thought of myself as an open-minded person, this class most definitely helped me grow as a person. Topics, views, and perspectives were brought up in class that although I was aware they existed, I had never actually thought about. And finally, I did.
Some of the topics we discussed were very serious, or personal issues and although the professor made it very clear that all opinions were welcome, I did not always share what I was thinking.
Overall, I really enjoyed this class. The professor may have been somewhat scatter brained at times but it made the class interesting. I learned a lot. I feel that as leaders it is very important to be aware of moral and social issues going on and this class does a great job at exposing us to those issues and forcing us to discuss them in a respectful manner.
Being a mentor has been a great experience. However, it is a lot harder than I had expected. My mentor and I are very close, we hang out every week, and make dinner for each other all the time, he is more of a brother to me than a friend. My mentee and I however, are not as close.
Going into this experience I had a goal to not be a mentor who never talked to their mentee, and I believe I have accomplished that goal. But frankly, I do wish that I would have spent more time with my mentee during his freshmen year at college. I know how important and helpful it was to have my mentor there for me whenever I needed him, and looking back, I do have regrets about feeling like I did not make it clear to my mentee that I was there for him.
Being busy is not an excuse. EVERYONE IS BUSY. It is important to make time for those you care about. Being an LAS scholar, I have a responsibility to help those younger than me. I know for a fact I would not be where I was today if it weren’t for other LASers helping me over the course of the last two years.
Being a mentor has taught me that although being there for someone 24/7 is not easy, it sure it worth it. It means a lot to that person to have someone to go to whenever they may have a question. I know Harrison is going to be a great mentor and I cannot wait to meet the new addition to the LAS Platinum Fam! He has accomplished many great things thus far, and I couldnt be more proud of him for how much he has grown!
Today I received great news! I am writing this post because people are probably sick of me taking about how excited I am. July 24th, I will again be traveling to Neply, Haiti. Ever since the day I left, I’ve been wondering when I would be able to return. My wish is finally coming true.
My life was changed when I visited Haiti last July. The Haitian people and the village of Neply hold a special place in my heart. I continue to fund raise in order to help the people the most I can. Unfortunately, this is not enough. I need your help. Help change the lives of these students and their families. In you’re interested in donating, click here. The money you donate goes directly to Help the Youth and goes directly towards academic scholarships for the students. Any size donation would be greatly appreciated. Please consider donating.
Have a GREAT DAY!
As many of you know, I traveled to Neply, Haiti this summer and worked with an organization called Help The Youth. If you are interested in helping sponsor the students, please visit the following link and consider donating. Unfortunately, without our help, many and nearly all of the students who belong to Help The Youth would be unable to attend school. Please consider donating and help change the life these amazing students that are near and dear to my heart.
Students Help The Youth is sponsoring to attend school.
Hello my friends, this post is being written to ask you of a favor. As posted about earlier, I traveled to Haiti this summer and worked with an organization called Help the Youth that helps to send children to school. In July, the organization had raised enough money to send 100 student to school. This was HUGE for them. However, sadly, we just received a call from Ticarme, the director of Help the Youth. This phone call was not one of happiness. Unfortunately, the annual school tuition has been raised significantly and the organization can no longer afford too send all of its student to school. 10,000 dollars needs to be raised by September in order to assure that these students can receive an education this year. Please, Ticarme and her students need our help!
Please visit beautifulresponse.org to donate! Once here, click “Give” in the top right hand corner. This will bring you to a new page. From here select “HAITI” in the drop down menu as well as fill out the rest of the information asked for.
Thank you so much for any support you are willing to offer. The students I met while visiting Haiti in July touched my heart, so please help me in touching theirs by sponsoring them to attend school.
Two weeks ago my cousin and I went on a mission trip to Haiti. The trip was life changing to say the least. Check out the videos below to see what we were up to on our trip!
Possibly interested in joining us on a trip to Haiti? Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Interested in donating to the Mission and helping send students to school visit Beautiful Response and click donate to Help The Youth.
This past week I was able to be a counselor at Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine is a camp for anyone with cognitive or physical disabilities. Camper/Counselor partnerships are one on one. Each camper has their own individual gift and talent and therefore throughout the week we lived by the statement, “Label me able” and got rid of the words disabled and handicapped all together.
Throughout the week, I created an unbreakable bond with my camper. She was one of the sweetest, sassiest, and most funny people I know. By the end of the week my camper had opened up to me and told me about all the negative names and words people call her at work and how it makes her feel. This immediately broke my heart. Following her opening up to me, we sat down and had a long conversation about how wonderful she is. A sentence that she said stuck with her that I said was, “God made you and God doesn’t make mistakes.” The rest of the night she repeated this sentence I would say, hundreds of times.
Also by the end of the week we had learned to tell time and to say our alphabet. Seeing how happy this made her warmed my heart.
Going into camp all the counselors always talk about how we cant wait to make a difference in our campers life. However, by the end of the first day, we realize that the Camper/Counselor partnership is so much more. Over the course of the week Lori taught me way more than could ever have taught her. This experience was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.
When working with the population of people who have unique needs, please remember to be respectful.