Just the End of the Beginning

I have grown quite a bit this semester. I’ve changed in ways I did not expect and remained the same in ways I had hoped I could. It was hard to find friends since I stuck with my new friends too early and too much, but once I made sure to branch out I’ve met a ton of new people that I absolutely love. And the best part about college is that if I find people I don’t get along with, I don’t have to see them again if I don’t want to. Ever. Which is completely different from living in a town with 2,000 people in it. Academically I expected college to be fairly harder than high school, but I’ve found it to be about easier but more time consuming. I also feel like I’m not challenged in a few of my classes, but I’ve also gotten my butt kicked by Elementary Statistics. ELEMENTARY STATISTICS.

This class has taught me so many valuable skills that I will need for the rest of my college career and probably my life. I know how I should talk to people, I know how to interview someone, I know how to find anything I need on campus, and I know how to survive college with all it’s dauntingly crazy aspects and expectations. Most importantly I came into a class that grew into a little family. It made it easier to approach fellow UGhhhSTers in other classes and settings because I already knew them. UGST has been a safe environment to ask questions in and to learn in. I really loved that.

I’ve learned so much about myself and what I could choose for my future through this class. We all were pretty lost in the beginning and I can say that I definitely am much less so now thanks to all the reflection and personality exploration. I keep narrowing down that major list, and I know I’ll definitely have it picked out by the end of next semester.

I cannot say enough about how much this class helped me and I am sad to see it end. But this class was just all our beginnings, really, and we’ve had an especially unique and advantageous beginning because of it.

Thank you Laura, Erin, and Adrienne. I know our class also is special compared to the others, and your effort and creativity really made all the difference to me. 

Thank you, UGST kids, for being so accepting and so fun to grow with. I’ll be seeing you guys.



I thought this guest speaker was really interesting. I’ve never really thought about what drives me in particular, I just have known I have always had values and stuck to them. I was also surprised to realize that I’m actually a pretty spiritual person for not being so keen on religion. I never knew there were so many different organizations focusing on these sorts of things. It was all very interesting! I was also glad to realize that for being so set in my opinions that I do the whole “holy envy” thing. If I could believe in religion and put faith like that in some sort of being, I would. It’s just never been in me, even as a kid. I always admire the people who can so steadfastly hold to their beliefs and not need to really “know” anything or be “proved” anything to believe so wholly in their God or religion. I think it’s simply an attribute I don’t possess, and I don’t think I ever will. I also found it interesting that I’m kind of starting to think that maybe I’m okay with that, and that that guy’s silly presentation made me think of it in forty minutes in ways I have never thought about it in days.

Extra Response

What do you currently do to protect yourself? 

I worry about online and on campus safety constantly! I’m a pretty independent person, and I like to eat a meal by myself every once in a while and I like to walk around campus by myself or run around the park in my neighborhood alone. But in this time period, those things are often not possible to do safely, especially as a female. I don’t walk alone at night, but I do ride my bike alone. I have no choice with college assignments and meeting up to finish projects with it getting so late at night. I also keep my Facebook very protected.

Was there any part of this presentation that surprised or alarmed you? 

I never knew that there is HP address protector software, so that was interesting and I think I’ll look into it. I really need to also change more of my passwords and such so they aren’t all the same. I typically keep them different, but not different enough. Hahaha I feel like it’s unsafe even putting that up there!

 What can you do in your everyday life to better prevent the above mentioned crimes from happening to you?

I’ll definitely try to keep myself from walking alone too much, I’ll watch what I do on the internet, and I’ll definitely try to do things that are necessary to keep other from being unsafe too. I know too many of my friends who just walk around campus at night, or all the way down fry street and to the City Parc apartments at eleven at night. It’s just not safe. It’s unfair that it has to be this way, but that’s just what life is like now.

Hyperlink: http://melodyhere.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/teaching/

Power poses

Amy Cuddy’s Power Poses presentation was very intriguing. The fact that simple poses, minimal changes in stature, drastically affect the way someone presents themselves to others is mind blowing. 

The only qualm I have with this video is that they could have chosen naturally more dominant people to hold the powerful pose for two minutes and naturally more passive people to hold the powerless pose for two minutes, skewing the results. I think to effectively perform this type of experiment you’d have to use the same people in both poses, but spread them out over a couple weeks or a longer period of time.

But besides that, the lady had a pretty decent point: what other minimalistic changes in body language could change someone’s impressions on others? Could someone find the ultimate power pose and just be virtually unfaze-able? 

I also thought it was really interesting that you could see the change not only in the assessors’ opinions, but in hormone levels. Testosterone is the dominance hormone, which was not very surprising, and cortisol was the powerless hormone, which I am pretty sure has to deal with gaining weight along with stress. So interesting!

I personally do more powerful poses than powerless ones. I cross my arms a lot, but I put my hands on my hips and keep my shoulders open. I did, however, just have to roll my shoulders back from hunching them over.

I think body language does mean a lot and does certainly convey a lot. I would be interested in learning more about this topic.

Did You Know?

The Did You Know? video honestly scared the bejeezus out of me.

China speaks more English than the US?

Computers will be about to outthink us in a few years?

What the heck?!?!?!

I feel like the human race is becoming insignificant, and that intelligence won’t be worth anything once computers can think faster and more efficiently than we can.

Is creativity enough to keep us important?

Can a computer be taught to be creative?

Are certain jobs going to be taken over BY FREAKING ROBOTS?!

Lol, I don’t know! 

And the unknown is the scariest thing ever to me. 

I went home last night and started wondering about rural areas in the scheme of all this modernization. 

Most of us don’t have cable, or fancy cars, and some still don’t even have computers, few have wi-fi.

Will America’s Good Ol’ Boy rural agriculture-esque people become insignificant before the urbanites do? 

What will such advanced technology to our economy? Foreign policies?

I really don’t want to be addicted to the past paced feel of my generation, but I love how easy everything is. We’re all teaching ourselves to be lazy. It’s disgusting. 

Will my job not even matter a year after I get into it?

Scary scary thoughts.

Financial Planning

By the end of this lesson, students will more thoroughly understand where to find help for financial planning problems and how to plan their financial spending.

At 8:15 she talking about the actual facts. Before then, she describes different situations and crises that could have been avoided by utilizing the five facts.

Financial planning is crucial to college students’ success later in life. There are many different theories regarding how one should save money, but the overall goal is just to simply save money. Even though we’re only in college, we need to focus now on good spending/saving habits, because what we do now with our money affects us in our future.
Some examples from the video above are
Follow a budget (live beneath your means)
Be debt free. Pay cards in full.
Have an emergency savings account.
Negotiate salary.
Save for retirement – now.
Some other examples come from Zac Bissonnette, a graduate form the University of Massachusetts and a financial columnist for AOL at the age of 21.
Learn to say “no” to yourself at least once a day: if you can’t afford it, you don’t deserve it.
Buy used or cheap clothes; price doesn’t ensure better quality. You can also wash your clothes in cold water to make them last longer.
Take up hobbies that don’t require a lot of spending
By groceries online or in bulk
Buy used cars and avoid monthly payments (pay in full)

Saving money is crucial to financial success in life, but even savings can be blown away by a lack of self discipline. Our generation is very focused on instant gratification, but in order to be responsible about money, we need to learn to be patient and realize that rewards come with hard work, or savings. Think about where your money goes now. What do you spend it on? Do you need the things you spend it on? How could you spend your money more responsibly? How could you start to save it?

Curtin, Stacy. “How To Be Richer And Smarter Than Your Parents: Zac Bissonnette.” Yahoo! Finance. Yahoo!, 30 Apr. 2012. Web. 09 Nov. 2012.
“TEDxWallStreet – Alexa Von Tobel – One Life-Changing Class You Never Took.” YouTube. YouTube, 12 Apr. 2012. Web. 09 Nov. 2012.

Money Management

This was BY FAR my favorite guest speaking thing, and I really didn’t understand why until I thought about it for a while. 

She’s either had leadership training, or is just a leader, or both.

Anyone could have made us do a hands on activity, but she was very involved and animated, even though most of us were groaning at the beginning. She kept her information precise, but still personable.

I really want to make an appointment with her to start planning my financial side of things, especially if I want to get apartment either next semester or year and get a job for sure next semester.

I liked that she was so enthusiastic, too – I wasn’t falling asleep!

I’ve been really worried about money and how to make everything work, and I’m hoping something like that would make me less anxious about it. 

She was just such a nice girl! 

When we went on the scavenger hunt in this class, my group had to go into the money management office. The lady at the desk was so nice and laughed at us taking pictures in the office like weirdos. She gave a card and told us to come in anytime. I really appreciated that. 

That whole place just gives me good vibes!

God, I’m so weird.

Strong Results

I really liked this test and found it to be really accurate. I picked that I was in the artist, helper, and thinker categories and got the same (I think, not sure about thinking) on the results. I was highly artistic, moderately social, and moderately realistic, as you can see from below. I really liked the combined results part of both in the back. This test makes me feel more confident about exploring journalism. 


Learning Center Workshop

Today, I went to the learning center for the Test Taking Tips workshop at 10 AM. Nothing like perfecting the art of procrastination with one’s fellow UGHHHST crew. There were about 10 of us, with only three other non UGHHHST people in the room.


It was interesting, I guess. The whole thing was basically what we just talked about it class and not much differed. They did, however, say to observe blank size in Fill In the Blank objective questions… Silly willy walnut heads!


I had signed up for a workshop a couple of weeks ago that was over time management, but I had quidditch practice and didn’t know if I’d get out of it in time so I had to skip it. I’m kind of bummed out because it would have been more interesting to me, but the test taking one wasn’t so bad. We went over objective tests, like multiple choice, true false, short answer, and fill in the blank. We really focused on subjective tests, or really just essay tests, which was kind of boring because I don’t have trouble with that kind of test. I was just trained to take my tests well in elementary school, and since I follow steps and things like that pretty closely I tried them all out as recommended, but my creative side made me kind of choose what works for me on tests. I can’t look at the whole test and make a game plan because I get overwhelmed. I take it one question, one problem to be solved at a time, making it much more manageable to me. Making a game plan was suggested, though, and I guess the reason why this workshop was “meh” to me was because I don’t think there’s any specific way to universally take tests well, I think there are things that can improve your performance, but everyone’s brains are different. 


For instance, I actually do very well with cramming. I do, like the workshop instructor said, forget some of the information because I did so, but I learn very well just reading it all and working hard for a couple of hours and sleeping on it. Sleeping on it seems to seal it into my brain. But I don’t cram for eight hours, no way. I’ve never studied that long in my life! 


I have realized more so that I have made good grades just cramming so I haven’t set my standards higher. 


It’s college now, though, and I love to learn. I really need to work to add gradually reviewing to my test preparation. I would long term learn so much more, and I want that for myself. I’m paying tons of money to be here; I should at least remember what I’m paying for.