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Goal/Task Commitment Essay

10 Jun

6.)  Goals/task commitment: Articulate the goals you have established for yourself and your efforts to accomplish them. Give at least one specific example that demonstrates your work ethic/diligence.

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While holding a full-time job I took the junior-level course without having taken the prerequisites.  My pace had to be intense to catch up with the rest of my class, but my efforts paid off when I received an A in the course as well as a healthy dose of enthusiasm for speech language pathology.  My piqued interest in swallowing disorders combined with my experience using barium in companion animals, taking radiographs for the last thirteen years at veterinary hospitals, and observing endoscopies in horses, has me gravitating toward work with dysphagia patients at a skilled nursing facility or medical rehabilitation center.

Every weekend of my childhood, my father and I would have special bonding time while grocery shopping.  Checking items off the grocery list, comparing prices, and driving around to take advantage of the best deals was enjoyable, but I hated the check-out process.  My father would proudly say “This is my good helper-girl” to the tired cashiers who were unlucky enough to get scheduled on a busy Saturday or Sunday.  Then, the part I dreaded would arrive—the checker would read out the total.  I did not hate this part because we could not afford the items or even because my thrifty father fussed at the price.  Neither of those things ever occurred.  What did happen was my father’s inevitable, “What?”  The checker would repeat the number, and I would be so embarrassed, looking at the impatient faces waiting behind us.  My father still did not hear what amount he should write on his check.  My face would flush, and the cashier, desperate to get her lengthening line moving, would eventually turn the written numbers toward my father so he could see his total for himself.  It is from the mortification that I felt, that I want to help people with hearing loss.  My compassion for my beloved father motivates me to help others like him.

While holding a full-time job I took a junior-level course without having taken the prerequisites.  My pace had to be intense to catch up with the rest of my class, but my efforts paid off when I received an A in the course as well as a healthy dose of enthusiasm for speech language pathology.  Eager to commence my education in the discipline, I began preparing in May for my next course, Anatomy.  It was my self-imposed summer project to read and outline the pertinent chapters in the textbook, to attempt dysphagia recipes, and research different pathologies leading to dysphagia.  My piqued interest in swallowing disorders combined with my experience using barium in companion animals, taking radiographs for the last thirteen years at veterinary hospitals, and observing endoscopies in horses, has me contemplating attaining my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.   I envision myself gravitating toward work with dysphagia patients at a skilled nursing facility or medical rehabilitation center.

Currently, I am eager to take more classes to learn more about all realms of the Speech and Hearing Sciences before closing any doors on professional opportunities.  I know working in the field of speech and hearing sciences will be rewarding.  And I am quite certain my father will still be proud of his “good helper-girl.”

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Dealing w/Adversity Essay

18 Dec

So I hated every essay from last year.  I was going to just use them anyway, since this stupid scholarship application has spiraled out of control into a big, monstrous unconquerable task.  And I opened the application (furthest I’ve gotten in the endevor so far) and went to cut & paste last year’s work in there.  HATE!  Couldn’t do it.  I decided I would rather include 6 hastily crafted, yet more relevant pieces of writing.  And it felt good to get a somewhat fresh start on the project.  I decided not to let all my past writings go to waste though.  Why have a blog, where I’m constantly writing if I can never USE the words?  So I looked up key words and actually found some good starting points.  I did three rough drafts this morning, will do the other three tomorrow, then just edit from there.

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I feel better.

And for your entertainment–an old junk essay from last year that I’m not using:

3.)  Dealing with adversity: Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. Include whether you turned to anyone in facing that challenge, the role that person played, and what you learned about yourself..

Every little girl wants to be a veterinarian, but for me, it was not a phase.  I volunteered over 6oo hours at my hometown veterinary hospital.  Continuous employment at animal hospitals and a move halfway across the country later my hope of being admitted did not happen.  Between rejections and a dearth of funding when I was finally accepted, my veterinary dream was evasive.

As my dream unraveled, I had two choices:  I could give up and become bitter, or I could analyze what I liked about veterinary medicine along with my own strengths and weaknesses to find a novel career.  I searched for a more suitable vocation.  After much self-analysis, I figured out that the main aspect of veterinary medicine that drew me in was helping the helpless.  At a young age, I assigned myself position of animal advocate so I could provide a voice to those who could not speak for themselves.  I have always been interested in making a difference in the lives of those unable to communicate their own pain, needs, and desires, and I realized the fielddeer 3 of Speech and Hearing Sciences still allows me to do that.

Veterinary medicine readily becomes a childhood dream career, because most children grow up with animals or read about cute critters.  I was able to dig deeper and find a profession where I can utilize my assets and still share my compassion.  It is not in spite of my trajectory through pre-veterinary studies that I have arrived at this new career juncture.  My failures revealed a better option for my aptitudes, provided me with diverse background experiences, and generated the resolve which will allow me to excel in the speech and hearing sciences.

 

No! I Will Not Have that Mindset

16 Dec

Of drugery, negativity, guilt, and fear.  I know what I need to do to overcome the stumbling block of procrastination.

Make a list.  Prioritize what is most to least important.  Submitting my school’s thing, just to have a chance is the most important.  Writing in the logistic info will be necessary.  The essays are last.  Finding outside scholarships is last.

Break the task into more managable parts.  Instead of thinking about re-crafting SIX essays plus the regular application info, I’ll rewrite ONE from scratch and see what kind of time I have left.  I do have last year’s essays if I need them.  But maybe there’s time to write the one.

Just start for 10 minutes.  If that’s all I’ve got, I will take a break/re-evaluate.  Most times it’s the starting that’s the hardest part, and I get in the zone and have no trouble.

Knowing I can do this!  I’ve written a thousand essays, and know how to make a good one.  And I’ll either get the money or not, but that’s out of my control.  Trying is the important thing–and sometimes just showing up is enough.  All my burned out classmates are probably going through the same thing, so the applicant pool may just be small enough to get me $$$$$.  My current GPA doesn’t hurt either.

I will do it!

Procrastination List

16 Dec

I don’t know how some things end up there.  Phone calls, especially, tend to end up on things I should have done but didn’t yet do.  I hate making calls for whatever reason!  And sometimes when I finally DO whatever I’ve been putting off for days and days, weeks, or a semester as the case may be.  I needed a new student ID (to get free bus access for just in case) and this went on my to-do list in August.  I literally moved the item to every next school day because I never felt like I looked the same or better then my original picture on the card.  Finally, on FINALS week, in December I went in to get a new ID–only because next semester they charge you for it.  And I didn’t even have to take a new picture. . .  So I had put off the task, had to think about it, and stressed about it–really for nothing.  See what I did there–I procrastinated finishing that sentence above and told you an example story.  The point?  Sometimes when the task is done, it was so much shorter and easier then I thought, and there was no reason to put it off at all.  Procrastination is stupid.  It just makes the task that much bigger, scarier, take up more thought and time.

I know this, and yet.  For some reason I’ve really been putting off my scholarship application.  You remember how unlucky I’ve been with this in the past–maybe that’s part of it.  I know just how important it is–how could I throw away FREE money?!  I need it.  And it shouldn’t be that hard.  I think it will be fine to just edit my 6 essays of last year and re-submit them.  I guess that’s where my concern comes from.  Those essays didn’t get me money last year, so I feel I should have totally started over and written new ones.  But during the semeter I didn’t have take the time, and now I want to wade through NEXT semester’s class things instead of writing 6 new essays that may or may not garner me funding.  So I guess it’s out of guilt that I’m not finishing this scholarship app like I should.

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And that guilt sucks.  I also had really wanted to volunteer over the year–that’s what gets you the real scholarship money.  But school and work just took over and that didn’t happen 😦  So I’m sort of stuck, knowing it’s too late this year, but feeling like maybe with enough effort I could salvage something.  I suppose I should just turn in what I have, and look to next year–set myself up more for success next time.

Giving up.  It’s a bad feeling.

SLP back-up Goal Essay [+ a little randomness]

13 Dec

My day was OK.  I suppose I’m never happy satisfied at the end because there is always so much I want to accomplish and only so many hours (and energy) in which to do it.  I made it to work by 5:30AM and cheerfully hustled around until 10AM.  Though going in early like that makes me tired, I think of it as relatively easy money.  It’s time that I can clean, restock, care for the clinic cats, participate in patient care–and not have the social aspect that can drag me down.  Today, the social aspect was agreeable, but it’s the thing that has the potential to upset me most.

I don’t don’t where I was going with that.  I was writing to say I wish I outlined more of my Audiometry.  I did pinna 4do a LOT.  I’m not sure how much, because this time I’m taking a more skitzophrenic approach.  I have a hard time getting through an entire textbook in 1 month, and it’s impossible to guess which chapters the syllabus will address first.  So rather then going linear, or trying to guess the most important chapters, I’m writing headings, then defining, then reading and outlining until my brain gets tired.  That way I’m hitting a lot of chapters, at least familiarizing with most of them, and never getting too fatigued over one subject area.  I like it better.  And if I don’t finish–I’ll at least have skimmed most of the things.

I’m not very pleased that this left little time for future grad school application procedures or scholarship essays.  I have the weekend, and maybe I’ll put those up front more.  The scholarship app is due in a mere 2 weeks, so I need to really get a lot more serious about it.  Below, is one of the topics I’m going to work on.  Here’s a very rough outline of what I’m thinking about (in purple):

Oh, and I ran/hiked on the treadmill today, and that feels great.  If I’m not too sore I’ll do some tomorrow too.

SLP:
-dysphagia
-include vet observation & diagnostics

Talk about watching the equine endoscopies and how interesting the diagnostic processes were to me.  Also mention how I have taken, developed, and viewed radiographs for that last 13.5 years in small animal veterinary hospitals.

-why am I interested in this?

I’m interested in dysphhagia because it blends my love of cuisine with my compassion for others.  I love food and can’t imagine the joy that is sheared away if you were not able to enjoy eating or had a fear of choking.  I would enjoy using my creativity to come up with delicious, but practical foods for people who are having difficulty eating.
-who do I want to help?

I want to help any age person that is frustrated with changing their diet, eating a limited vareity of foods, or has a fear of eating things they enjoy because of their health.  Sharing my passion for food and coming up with meals the patient not only can adjust to, but is excited to eat are my career goals.

Key vocab words:

-multifarious-having many different parts, elements, forms; numerous & varied; highly diverse

-abate-reduce in amt degree sevrity

-anodyne-  something that calms/soothes pain

-ardor-intense & passionate feeling

Writing plan options to incorporate the above:

-Tell about the best meal of my life, at Elemental and how everyone should be able to enjoy food.

Everyone knows on your birthday you get a special meal of your choice.  I knew I would only live in a real city for one year of my life, so I chose a restaurant that embodied the Seattle mentality-Elemental.  The location was right off beautiful Lake Union.  Situated in a complex of condos, the restaurant was so nondescript, without even a sign that my dining companion and I had to ask the UPS driver where to go.  We entered the stark white room and lingered by the front door, not sure of the procedure.

After being asked about allergies, our first plate came looking like it had been prepared on The Food Network.  The portions were tiny, yet elegantly garnished.  The smells emanating from the dish ensured freshness of ingredients, the colors vibrant.  The textures were a varied tapestry of deliciousness, with crunchy sweetness, smooth richness, and fluffy tartness.

-Describe a special occasion and show how many holidays and events revolve around food.

What would Independence Day be without a bar-b-que?  The smell of the hotdogs, and bubbles against my tongue from a cold beer help make the occasion special.  

ribs, brats, hot dogs; beer

-Talk about my mom’s Indian fry bread and tacos and explain that food is often foundational to retaining culture.

snake dance 4I have enjoyed fry bread sopping with honey and butter since I can remember.  Unfortunately, because of all the poverty on the Flathead Reservation that contains my people, there is not a lot of Salish pride.  As a result, many of the traditions have been lost to assimilation and survivalist mentalities.  One stronghold on the culture, that remains is our food.  Early settlers may have forced Native Americans to burn their regalia, stop dancing, and neglect their language, but they could not take away our food.  The recipes were memorized, and handed down from tribal elders, to mothers, and now to me.  It is a link to my heritage that I would not want to imagine losing.  Thinking about a life where I could not partake in the sticky, fluffiness that is Indian Fry Bread seems bleak.  That is why I want to work with dysphagia patients–to help them retain and enjoy the foods central to their culture.

 

Career Goals Essay Brainstorm

28 Jul

I think I’ll have to write 2 essays–one for Audiology programs and the other for my back-up plan of SLP.

Audiology:
-location

I would like to help an underserved population, but other than the Sioux Reservation, I don’t know what those are right now.
-population
-age

adults or a geriatric population, for essay purposes.  In real life, I don’t know about the different patient populations to make an informed choice about working with one over another.  Maybe I’d love deaf babies. . .  Who knows.
–> it is probably easiest to tailor these specifics to the shopping w/dad essay.

SLP:
-dysphagia
-include vet observation & diagnostics

Talk about watching the equine endoscopies and how interesting the diagnostic processes were to me.  Also mention how I have taken, developed, and viewed radiographs for that last 13.5 years in small animal veterinary hospitals.
-why am I interested in this?

I’m interested in dysphhagia because it blends my love of cuisine with my compassion for others.  I love food and can’t imagine the joy that is sheared away if you were not able to enjoy eating or had a fear of choking.  I would enjoy using my creativity to come up with delicious, but practical foods for people who are having difficulty eating.
-who do I want to help?

I want to help any age person that is frustrated with changing their diet, eating a limited vareity of foods, or has a fear of eating things they enjoy because of their health.  Sharing my passion for food and coming up with meals the patient not only can adjust to, but is excited to eat would be my career goals.

Writing plan options to incorporate the above:

-Tell about the best meal of my life, at Elemental and how everyone should be able to enjoy food.

Everyone knows on your birthday you get a special meal of your choice.  I knew I would only live in a real city for one year of my life, so I chose a restaurant that embodied the Seattle mentality-Elemental.  The location was right off beautiful Lake Union, over-looking Gasworks Park.  Situated in a complex of condos, the restaurant was so nondescript, without even a sign that we had to ask the UPS driver where to go.  We entered the stark white room and lingered by the front door, not sure of the procedure.

After being asked about allergies, our first plate came looking like it had been prepared on The Food Network.  The portions were tiny, yet elegantly garnished.  The smells emanating from the dish ensured freshness of ingredients, the colors vibrant.

-Describe a special occasion and show how many holidays and events revolve around food.

New Year’s:  No traditional food?  champagne

Valentines:  I hate this one.  Cheese, chocolate strawberries, desserts; wine, champagne

St. Pattys:  Non-holiday; too drinking-focused.  Corned beef & cabbage; beer

Easter:  brunch

Memorial:  Original intent subverted.  BBQ

Independence:  This might be good, because it’s not religiously affliated.  ribs, brats, hot dogs; beer

Labor:  Original intent subverted.  BBQ

Halloween:  Maybe religious people on committee who could be offended.  Candy, caramel apples, pumpkin seeds

Thanksgiving:  Too traditional, too cliche’, over-done

Christmas:  turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes & gravy, cranberries, yams, candy canes, chocolates, everything under the sun; egg nogg,

-Talk about my mom’s Indian fry bread and tacos and explain that food is often foundational to retaining culture.

I have enjoyed fry bread sopping with honey and butter since I can remember.  My mom would make it, and it was common, yet I knew it was special.

-Describe some canned cat food in a detailed way.  Contrast that with about how no person should equate eating with sustenance only–how it should be an enjoyable event.

Sound:  the clink as the can is placed on the counter, scraping metal of the can opener, metallic peeling of the lid being pried off, the suction sound of the gelatin-like food plopping in the bowl.

Sight:  The shiny, gelatinous mass; pinkish with mottled brown coloration; the rings of the can tattooing the meat-stuff; the circular shape of the mound of food; the gravy congealed at the bottom of the food; the mashed consistency when pressed with a fork.

Smell:  pungent, fish, meaty, salt

Touch:  slimy, greasy, wet, squishy, firm

Taste:  Does anyone want to find out?  There is nothing appealing about the above description, and no person should have to resort to this food.

 

Make Manageable Goals [2013 summer plan]

18 Jun

The summer is flying by, and many most of my goals are unrealized.  As such, I am stressed and overwhelmed.  Add in work demanding me to be there extra for other people’s vacations and I’m in a panic.

I.  Apply for scholarships

AA.  Find such scholarships

111.  http://www.theaudiologisttobe.com/p/opportunities.html

BB.  Do the app

111.  write the essay(s)

aaaa.  modify vet school essays & last years school essays

bbbb.  search blog archives

333.  send it in

II.  Start working on my school application

AA.  look up what is required (for my schools)

111.  search online

aaaa.  UNC:

Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Program

Graduate School Application Process

Deadline for Fall Semester Entry: February 1, 2013 (a class of approximately 8-10 graduate students begins each year)

  • All application materials must be received by the Graduate School by the above deadline for admission preference; however, applications will be accepted until the program is full.
  • Once the Graduate School receives all of the application materials, it will process them and forward them to the program office. This takes approximately 20 days.
  • Applications will not be processed until all information is received.
  • Although we will accept materials through February 1, please submit prior to that date. Processing will be expedited if materials are submitted before the deadline.
  • Applicants for fall entry will be notified of an admission decision between March 15 and April 15.
  • Our “student-administered” application procedure requires you to collect all the materials for admission and submit them at one time to the UNC Graduate School.

Required materials include:

  • Application for Admission to the UNC Graduate School. Click here for application information.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
  • 3 Letters of recommendation. Click here for Recommendation forms.
  • $50 Application fee
  • Resume or vita
  • Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences Statement of Professional Goals (letter of intent)

Official Transcripts: One official transcript from each college or university you have attended (including UNC) must be sent to the Graduate School. UNC currently requires a 3.0 minimum grade point average for regular admission to a graduate program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE): GRE Scores that are no more than five years old are required as a part of the application process. The GRE should be taken with sufficient lead-time. Scores must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required, two of which must be from previous academic professors. Please use therecommendation forms provided by the Graduate School.

Resume or Vita: Include a one-to-two page resume or vita with your application materials.

Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences Statement of Professional Goals:Provide a statement of professional goals (letter of intent) not to exceed 500 words.

222.  call someone in CO b/c their website is crazy-hard

BB.  confirm timing

111.  make a physical hard-copy timeline

aaaa.  hang this timeline somewhere I’ll see it often

CC.  write the resume’ (or whatever I need)

111.  look @ CV exp

aaaa.  http://www.best-cv-templates.com/formats/

222.  follow the owl’s guidelines

333.  modify my resume into a CV

DD.  collect the info in one place

EE.  write the essay(s)

111.  edit the writing portions

III.  volunteer

AA.  search for (flexible) opportunities

111.  hearing related?

222.  actually go to the VA in person–>web site unavailable

BB.  Apply/complete volunteer paperwork/req

111.  schedule it

222.  make time to do it

aaaa.  just DO this!

iiiii.  SOON.  This will also help w/scholarships.

IV.  Observe

AA.  update resume

BB.  try to call for a consult/make appt/find out good time to stop in

CC.  go to a place in person

111.  talk to someone & hand off resume/goals

CC.  make time in sched for this

DD.  take notes of what I learn

V.  Read Textbooks

AA.  Hearing & Hearing Disorders

111.  Anatomy book

222.  Netters

333.  make flashcards

444.  start drawing

BB.  Aud Rehab

111.  Fix outline so it stops making me crazy–>change to powerpoint?

222.  track down & make flashcards

CC.  Audiometry

111.  outline–but not super-detailed.

222.  on winter break skim & make a ppt of most pertinant info

Quote + Scholarship

27 Jan

Some brainstorming for the last essay on the LGBT scholarship application.  I HAVE included the length this time.  And I know the due date too:  Jan 31, 2013.  I’m on a roll with this one!

CO 11

A quote has the ability to succinctly capture thoughts and feelings that deeply resonate with us due to our life experiences and future aspirations. Please share a quote that holds special meaning for you and explain why it speaks to you so powerfully. If possible, please include the name and a brief description of the person to whom the quote is attributed.  3000 characters

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“If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical, we are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope. . .”

Sometimes being realistic about life’s outcomes means seeing the darker side of things. In order to stay grounded a person has to remove the rose-colored glasses and entertain various (possibly negative) end-points to each decision.  Unfortunately, weighing options as logical beings can really paint a dire picture.  My practical nature can make me see more negative aspects in life.  I think and over-think things until success seems an impossible notion.  I like this quote, because it shows that even a realistic person, who uses thought to evaluate situations instead of blind optimism, can still have hope.  Sometimes I just have to look past my pro and con lists, past the heavy analysis, and have faith I will get there.  This quote reflects my personality, because as a thinking, rational person it is very easy to become cynical when faced with repeated obstacles, negativity, and failure, and yet there is still faith that things can improve and the hope that they will.  I never give up, instead striving to dig out of my current less-than-optimal circumstances by working harder.  No matter how heavily I entertain consequences I always know that I can achieve something greater, or learn to appreciate the outcome just as it is–even if it was not what I was originally expecting.  People have the innate ability to look up, even if their circumstances seem dreary.

“Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness is assured.”

No matter how bad the current situation feels, there will always be the future.  And the future always holds something better in my mind.  It is a quote full of realistic optimism, which is the way I try to conduct my life.  I attempt to keep well grounded by entertaining true stumbling blocks and consequences of my decisions and efforts.  I also try to always remain positive that with enough work I can fulfill my goals.  This quote shows my personality in that it brings evidence that things can always improve.  If you don’t like how something is right now, don’t worry-there is always tomorrow.  There is time to change things and work for a better, brighter life.

In order to see sunshine, you must weather the storm.

This advice given by Frank Lane, manager of several baseball teams over a twelve year period, shows that in order to enjoy the good, you have to suffer a little of the negative side of life.  And Lane would know about controversy bringing an appreciation for the smaller joys in life.  In his controversial career, he made over 400 player trades, earning him some cynical nicknames.  I agree with Lane, if things were always great and perfect that would become the norm, then nothing would feel exceptional.  Without some bad incidents or dreary times, no one could appreciate the brighter side of life.

It relates to my  struggles and goals for myself.  I have worked very hard all my life to enter into a meaningful career that I enjoy doing on a daily basis, and one that helps others.  In 2009, I lost my seat in the veterinary class I was admitted to because my loan fell through, and I had no back up funding.  I moved to Seattle, where the gray skies, matched my dreary mood, and the gray area that was now my life.  I could have given up then.  I could have called it quits, scaled down my goals and aspirations, and fallen back on my experience as a veterinary assistant.

Instead I realized that my failures and set-backs will only help me to enjoy my eventual success to the fullest rather then taking it for granted.  Because my life was tumultuous at that point in time, I knew that positive outcomes would feel even better when they were realized.  I chose a new career goal where I could still help people and applied to college to get a second degree.

Without suffering through some hard times I might not appreciate my life as much as I do right now.  Moving to sunny Spokane, helped me regain my sense of self and work toward a different lofty goal.  One day I will be a competent Doctor of Audiology and enjoy helping people with hearing loss.  Because I suffered through some cloudy days I now see how bright my future is.

Don’t just survive–strive

In life, it is easy to get situated in a day-by-day routine that does not reflect higher goals or aspirations.  You bide your time, and just do each task as it arises.  I think this quote reflects my mentality, because I know time management and organization is the real key to achieving huge aspirations.  Breaking lofty goals into small, daily tasks makes them more manageable and sets me up for success.  I try to remember each day what I really want in life, and attempt to do small things in order to head in that direction.  This quote provides motivation not to become complacent with life as it is, because the day-to-day activities become our life.  I want to live like I’m going somewhere–up.

Discontent is the source of all trouble, but also of all progress.

This quote reflects my attitudes on success and failure.  When I am happiest and content, I tend to stop struggling so vigorously to achieve.  It is when I am the most miserable that I do everything in my power to change my circumstances.  So even though being uncomfortable is not desirable, the resultant motivation to change things is a positive outcome.

Volunteerism–That’s the Ticket!

27 Dec

Actually, that’s kind of the wrong word, because though I would be helping others my motivation is not purely altruistic.  And I think it’s crummy when people “volunteer” to write it down.  And no one should go around telling people they’re volunteering if they have ulterior motives or hope to gain something from it.  I guess being up front about what I’m doing is the important point.  I realize I’m not going for angel-status, here.  This is mostly for ME.  My endeavor is more like work.  Unpaid work.  Much like I do now at the vet hospital–I joke.  They do pay me a little.  So Unpaid Work–That’s the Ticket!

uphill battle

Because of THIS year’s botched scholarship attempt, I have been searching the internet at large for more opportunities.  Because of my undergrad loans, there is never enough money.  If I could get scholarship funding, that loan money that I still have to take out every semester, can be used to pay undergrad loan payments, instead of current tuition.  I hardly hope to cut back any more on employment hours, or stop working all-together.  Just make ends meet.  And maybe I could take a third class each semester–which would help this seem career entry seem less dragging.  Except, most scholarships are awarded to those who do a lot of community service.  They require a certain amount of hours (which I have) but they require them from the prior year.  Which in the last 5 or so years I do not have.  Probably not a single hour in this last 5 years has been devoted to helping others.  Sad.

Not only do I miss doing community service–I got 8 scholarships in high school, and all my volunteer hours didn’t hurt in getting those–volunteering can look great on school applications.  When it comes time to apply to the AuD and back-up plan of SLP grad school, along with the 4.0 GPA, service would look good.  I just have to remember not to let the service get in the way of the grades. Meaning, I have to do this unpaid work during breaks from school.

Which is ideal, really.  Because my program doesn’t offer any of the pre-reqs I need in the summer (or breaks from school).  And sure, I could take electives or classes through the community college, but not only would it be less effective excuse to miss work, that costs more money.  And not loan money either–not enough credits or a degree program to count as loan funding.  So volunteering could take up that time, which will still allow me to work part time.  And that saves my psyche.

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Working full-time makes me stressed, depressed, and anxious.  I don’t like what it does to me, and I want to avoid those negative feelings without making huge life changes–which getting a new job would entail.  So volunteerism is my way out.  Besides, I feel if I’m not getting, and not eligible to get full-time benefits such as vacation, health insurance, and paid holidays, then why should I kill myself working those full-time hours?  It’s just better this way.

And I can help people.  As an aside to my own personal goals, I would actually be helping.  Maybe I can get more in touch with Spokane’s community, meet new people, or whatever.  Plus, I’m looking at volunteering for the V.A. and for the Spokane Public Library.  Both organizations I believe in, and as a bonus, both organizations having something to do with the Speech and Hearing Sciences.  Though that isn’t why I picked those places, they will allow me to get a glimpse of the types of people that I might be working with in my future field.  Volunteering will give me a view of future career possibilities–and that’s great.

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So unpaid work is good, good, good from what I can see.  I can rack up some hours that will help me get the scholarships, build the application to impress, take time in the summer when I’d otherwise be working and going insane, and see my future.  Oh and help people.  I don’t see a problem with that at all.  Solutions.  This is the new me.

Try to Fix this LGBT Essay Using Syntactics

24 Dec

Oh forget it.  Here’s a thing I was working on prior to today, but now it’s irrelevant.  So here is the old essay I was going to use, but now can’t:

As part of the LGBT Coalition, I learned about the marginalization of the LGBT community through exposure and education phrasal coordination.

Provoked, by the newly acquired information, I made a power-point presentation, “Transcend Not Transition,” conveying how the transgendered community wished to be treated, from their own words.

It seemed like a simple concept to me, but (coordinating conjunction) I was surprised how useful Midwesterners found the guidelines.

I was asked to speak on the radio about transsexual issues, and (coordinating conjunction) the Columbia chapter of Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) asked me to speak to their members throughout mid-Missouri and Kansas.
As a liaison between the LGBT and Missouri populations, I realized fostering communication and education (phrasal coordination) did a lot to strengthen tenuous relations between the two groups so politically at odds.

Wanting to take my activism a step further, I sought to address a greater variety of LGBT issues by co-organizing my own educational conference, “Rainbowlicious.”

There were several presenters on multiple topics including: Partner health concerns, opposition to the gay-marriage ban that was on the state’s ballot at the time, how tobacco companies target the gay community, and faith-based outreach.

This experience was rewarding, because (subordinating conjunction) it got unlike citizens to come together and (coordinating conjunction) I felt everyone went away with information that empowered them and (additive coordination) embraced diversity.