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Be Responsible for You…

       

          100_0911 Usually, I have to get up early and make it to Gesu so that I can spend time with my babies. This week they are on break so I just had to make it to class by 6:40. Well I can tell you that I knew I would be late just because I was not in the area well ahead of time for class. We had two books for Professor Farris’ class; one was a little handbook and the other was our textbook. We spent a substantial amount of time reading out of the handbook, so I waited until yesterday to go get the textbook. I wish someone would have told me that the school sends the textbooks back after a certain time. Then again, after three years of school I probably should have known that already. To make matters worse, I present today and I am supposed to have all the chapter quizzes turned in tonight.         Last night I was able to borrow the book from a group mate. I spent the day reading my chapter and creating the ten key points that I had to present in class. Unfortunately I did not have time to get the chapter quizzes done. Rain was pouring down like buckets of water and for some reason I could not establish an internet connection. Walking in class 20 minutes late, the first thing Professor Farris said was, “I had faith in you Grier.” Professor Farris let me present without making me walk in the rain and I was nervous, but I didn’t do too badly.

        It’s sad that we already have a small class and so often someone is not there or it’s always an excuse. We are grown, yet so many people act like they need their hand held. People can’t get things done and you wonder how they even make it this far in college. I’ve seen people miss almost every class for at least a month only showing up to do major projects and exams. How can you really receive effective learning if you have no dialogue with your class mates, don’t hear the teacher’s lectures and are absent all the time? I might be late, but I’m there most of the time. In some classes I’m there all the time.

        I feel bad for the girl who missed class on her day to present. It’s messed up because she could not make those points back up. Service learning kicked a lot of people in the butt because they were unable to complete it. Ironically, my teacher “went ham” a little bit because she said we knew we had service learning since the beginning of the year. So for everyone who didn’t complete it, there was no excuse. I agree to a certain extent. I almost didn’t get mine, but as soon as I went up to the facility and spoke to someone I got instant results.

        We even had a person in class who switched groups and while that is a valid excuse, if you did not switch groups until a couple weeks before everything was due than your service learning could have been done at the site you were working at before you switched groups. I’m not blaming anyone or making excuses-I’m just saying hmm…

 

**MY ADVICE FOR THE DAY**

It’s getting warmer outside, so go experience the weather. Get off of the computer and see the sights instead of just looking at websites. Take your phone, a notebook, a friend or whatever. Go read, write, take pictures, or just laugh and create memories. Every day is a gift that’s why it’s called the present. Treat it as such…

 

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Social Work

Junior

~Miss Erica Grier~

Jazzy Old Ladies…

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         Today was bead class day. I hate mornings, but I got there early to make sure I could find the volunteer coordinator. First, she sent me all around the complex taking down Easter decorations. I went through the regular parts of the building and the special units. I went in the memory unit and it was funny to me because you have to enter a pass code to get out. I didn’t know the pass code so I asked one of the people who worked there. A patient seemed to be eavesdropping on the conversation so she whispered the code to me. As I walked out of that area a man lying on a couch yelled out, “gimmie something to eat!” I giggled because I didn’t know what to say and hurriedly left the area.

        I walked around to some of the other areas and came across a lady I met on a previous date. She saw me pushing the cart and she asked me to give her some candy. I offered her a few pieces and she tried to take them all. Some of the bubbly women sat in the hallway and as I walked by, they commented on how pretty the decorations were.

        You know they give seniors these projects that will make a young person feel like an idiot. We actually sat down and made bracelets, necklaces and earrings. I was only able to make a few bracelets because I am an amateur. However, the ladies were able to get it all done. Some of them created pretty designs because they were making them for other people. Others just created something off of the top of their head because they were going to sell them later. It was funny because I sat back and listened to them ask about things such as bowling. I thought to myself how could a group of senior women in wheel chairs go bowling, but maybe they could teach me something.

        I really had to get my hours over and done with so that I would not be penalized, but I had to miss class to do it. The opportunity to experience working with such diverse age groups really shows me so much about the world. During work study I deal with children and my service learning has me assigned to working with the elderly. I must admit it is nothing like I expected. Since this is where I decided to pursue my education, then this is where I will volunteer as long as it is possible for me. Work study ends at the beginning of May, but I plan to continue to be with my babies until their school year is over. In my other spare time I will also try to go up to The Village of Redford.

        Money is not the way is used to be and I have used up all of my Pell Grants for this school year. Owing a balance from last semester will prevent me from registering for summer classes; however, I am going to try to take them at community college so that I do not have to pay for a full term. There is no summer school discount and I cannot afford the regular price. If I did not attend school in the summer I would definitely miss my goal or graduating in May of 2011 and I cannot do that.

**MY ADVICE FOR TODAY!**

Experience can be the best teacher. You don’t always know what you want or what you need. Sometimes you think you know what you want, but it’s not until you experience it that you realize it was truly what you wanted. Decisions are all around you, some are more difficult than others. Those that are not easy to make should be thought about because you have to live with the consequences.

 

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Social Work

Junior

~Miss Erica Grier~

HAPPY EASTER!!!

MyBaby This is one of my TOP STAR BABIES!!  She’s a very intelligent young lady, gets good grades and she is always nice and helpful in school. Congratulations on making First Honors!! Then again she always gets good grades. Later on in the month she will be singing and dancing in the talent show.

 

 

        Today I went and dropped off the Easter basket that I made for the lady, Miss G, whom I met at the Village of Redford when I was volunteering. It was so amazing to me. Normally, I just feel like if I can do something to make someone else smile then I will do it with no problem. Once I handed Miss G the basket I made she just looked at it then she started to cry. Since I did my make-up I hoped she didn’t make me cry too. Then she asked me to give her a hug and we talked for a while. Miss G told me she was so happy to see me because she didn’t think she would have any visitors on Easter. Her conversation was so pleasant and filled with good old memories from the past.

             Last time I talked to her I could not figure out why she was in the Village. However, talking to her today I realized her family must have thought she was not taking good care of herself. Miss G told me that her sister told her doctor she wasn’t eating like she should and she wasn’t taking her medicine all of the time. After her sister told her doctor about her behavior, the doctor recommended she be kept under supervision. From what she says, they came and picked her up a year ago and she hasn’t been back home since. It seems like such a small world because she grew up in the same neighborhood as me.

          There was something really enjoyable about the whole experience of working with the seniors. I know I will continue to go back and enjoy getting to know them and hearing their story. Imagine making someone smile just because you took the time out to listen to them talk. That’s what I call one of the little things. Listening is so simple, yet it can be so hard to do. Not everyone wants to make themself available or give up their time because its not something that will be rewarded.

        This is so off topic, but I just forgot to mention it. I don’t know where this last test came from that we took in Abnormal Psychology. The questions looked so much harder and the answers looked like atleast two fo them could be right for almost every question. When I finished with the test all I could think was that I know I have an “F”, but I will hope for a “D.” It didn’t make it anybetter that I took it the day I got MiMI so I couldn’t even concentrate. When the teacher asked us what we thought about the test everyone said it was much harder than the first one and we were all feeling unsure of our grades. I was really shocked to find out that I got a 76! Now that may not seem like a really good grade, but my first test score was a 72. So I improved and I got 100 on my first paper, which mean my average is pretty good so far. Okay I’m done talking for the day.  

**MY ADVICE FOR TODAY**

       Let your faith be your guide in life. No matter what you believe in, let it be what you build your faith, morales, principles and values upon. Ask for guidance in everything you do. When in doubt look to your faith. Never make decisions that stray away from your faith because it goes against your principles and everything that you believe in. Although it is human nature to make mistakes, the worst thing you can do is go against your own beliefs.

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Social Work

Junior

~Miss Erica Grier~

Did You Miss Part One…?

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This is the beginning of Part Two of my journey. However, if you missed  Part One and would like to catch up then feel free to follow the link below to read my introduction and the earlier entries…

http://blogs.udmercy.edu/socialwork/

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Social Work

Junior

~Miss Erica Grier~