Farewell #ugstSTORY

I guess it is time to say goodbye to everyone and this class as our first semester of college is coming to an end. It is crazy that this semester is already over, i feel like it was just yesterday that we started school. I learned a lot from this class and from the work we had to complete. I do not regret taking UGST 1000 one bit because I feel like it taught me a lot about myself and what I might want to pursue, or what i definitely do not want to do. 

What I am taking away from this class is how to better manage my time on projects and papers. The final paper that we wrote definitely taught me that I never want to put off what can be done today. It would have been much more easier if I had started a week or so before I did. I can take this information learned to my next classes this upcoming semester and hopefully I will stay ahead of due dates more efficiently. 

I feel like I have grown a lot throughout this semester and got some good experience in different fields of work in a couple of my classes. My art class taught me a lot about what UNT has to offer in getting a major in the arts program. I do not know the major I want to pursue, but I plan on figuring it out soon. I have some good classes lined up that I am taking next semester to help me figure out further what I want to accomplish. 

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Spirituality and Me

On Tuesday I definitely learned a lot from what Jon talked to the class about. I was really amazed how our school takes and respects so many different beliefs. There are so many organizations to choose from about spirituality and even groups that don’t discuss there being a higher power. I think that is totally awesome. I am a Christian but I love to see that other accept beliefs other than their own.
Something that definitely made me think was the interfaith dialogue. It is really something everyone should go by when talking to someone with a different belief than their own. You don’t have to believe what they believe, but you should still respect it and listen to what they have to say. I found that the concept of “Holy Envy” was a very awesome way of looking at things. Taking good aspects from others beliefs and putting them in yours is not a bad idea at all.
Overall, Jon taught me a lot about being more open minded and all the opportunities on campus to look deeper into me faith. Also, I would like to talk to people with different beliefs so I can try the Interfaith Dialogue and maybe get some Holy Envy out of the conversation. Talking to others could help me discover my faith more and make it stronger. I was very impressed with this guest speaker!

Ps I know I’m a little past midnight. I apologize I got off work late.

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Diversity to Me and My Life

Diversity to me means that there is a lot of variety around the world and even in your own town. Everyone has their own background and I think that puts them in a cultural group. Based on where they come from, their beliefs, or what they like to do can be their cultural group. “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together” -Malcolm Forbes. I love this quote because I think it is the best way to describe diversity in our world. We are think differently, but at the same time our ideas come together.

I am definitely guilty of judging a book by its cover. Especially when I am walking to my car in the dark. I think everyone subconsciously judges without even thinking about it. It is human nature to look at people’s appearances before we get to know them. I am currently working on how to be more open and not do this, but it is definitely a hard transition to make.

I think that identify with various cultural groups based on how I grew up, my religion, my values, and what I think is important in life. The cultural group that I most identify with is being a Christian. God is the most important thing in my life and I put him first, and being a Christian is very important to me. This also ties with the values I believe in as well. This is because growing up I was taught the ten commandments and how to treat others through church. But it was not always smooth sailing. My cultural group was challenged in my junior year when I was sexually and physically abused and i didn’t understand why God would put me through something like that. But everything happens for a reason and I am glad of the person I am today and having this culture growing up.

I think anything can influence my opinions or viewpoints. I really enjoy talking to people that disagree with what I believe because it gives me the chance to learn their point of view and I think that sometimes changes my opinions or viewpoints. Being open is definitely very important to me because you learn so much more. I would love to learn more by traveling the world. I have already been to Italy and I absolutely loved the experience and the culture, I learned so much. It also made me appreciate my home a lot more too (but it ruined American cappuccinos forever.) I plan on going to Ireland with my mom during summer break and hopefully planning a trip to Australia for next year as well. Study abroad is definitely something I am think about, but I want to get settled with what I want to do before I start planning studying in another country.Image

 

This picture is from my mission trip to Hawaii a few years ago.  

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Student Money Management

In the student money management class today I learned how important it is to always save money. We did an exercise about the zombie apocalypse and what we would buy with seven hundred dollars. My team decided that we would save sixty dollars and not use all the money. This was a good idea because near the end of the game we had to buy a map or everyone in our group “died.” So I thought they were trying to get across how important it is to put some money back.

Also, they talked about the statistics of how much of students spent their money on each year. It was a really big surprise to me because on average students spend forty percent of 13,000 on entertainment and “fun money.” I thought that tuition and school stuff would be the biggest chunk out of that. This definitely gave a different perspective on how I should start watching what I spend my money on.

After this class today I am going to start watching how much money I spend on what stuff. I am not going to exactly stick to their recommendation on how to do that, but I am going to definitely be better about it. Starting with possibly getting an app on my phone to start keeping track. 

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Groups: the love hate relationship

Groups are something that most every student has encountered and will keep encountering throughout their life. Whether it be in school, or once they get into their career. I for example use groups in my church, school, work, and sometimes even family events. Groups will forever be apart of my life. Why I think they are a love/hate relationship is because they are very beneficial but they can be a pain in the butt sometimes.
I think they are a very beneficial tool because they allow you to get other opinions and ideas while working on a unified project. In road trip nation we were all doing separate things but working towards the same goals and helping each other out in the process. My group members helped me on understanding what exactly we were doing on the project and reminded me of what needed to be done. Also, my group members had good, creative ideas or outlooks that made me view stuff differently. I think that is one of the most important things in group projects, getting to see something from a new perspective. It will always be beneficial to work in groups for those reasons.
That being stated, there is always a down side to things. Just like the side effects on a prescription that’s going to make you feel better. For me this project was the first true time where I was thrown into a project without knowing my other group members that well. I have groups in my other classes, but not on big projects outside of the classroom. So this was a huge transition for me. Everyone in my group was totally different and we all had different obligations throughout the week. This was one of the most challenging things with the group project, or groups in general based on working outside of the classroom. Getting four schedules to match up on four different occasions was a bit more of an obstacle than I thought it would be. In addition, everyone has a different work ethic and way that they get stuff done. This can also be a big part of the “hate” in group projects. Sometimes you and your group member are just not on the same page. Especially when you don’t know the people on a personal level. It makes it hard for people to say how they really feel about how the work is being done. I found myself being polite when I was actually very frustrated when if it had been my friends I was working with it would have been a different story. But in the end it was a great learning process, at least for me, and it all worked out for the best.
I’m not exactly sure what my role in my group was. I wish I would’ve had a distinguished role at the beginning of the project. I went to the interviews and recorded the event (taking pictures, notes, and audio recording,etc.) I wish I would’ve had a bigger role in the group, but like I said, it’s all a learning process and I know for next time when I’m in a group like this. Overall, I think my group overcame the obstacles that came up and worked well with each other. There were kinks, but we worked through them and turned in a good project which is all that matters. In conclusion, I appreciate the love and hate in groups solely because all that I learn from being in them. Can’t live with them and you can’t live without them!

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