Profile Final – Writing to a new View

Over the past fourteen weeks of weekly writings with the class it’s clear that consistent writing regardless of skill or level of interest will improve your ease of writing overall. Writing about yourself is either very easy for the vain or very hard for the humble. Falling closer to the humble side myself, I already find this a tricky assignment from the start.   Having both previous writing experience and many more years of life experience than most of the class, I was aware there may be a noticeable difference between my level of writing abilities and theirs.  I have taken Second City workshops, been parts of writing groups and book-clubs, taken writing courses in previous college courses and an overall obsessive view towards books in general to give me (what some would call) an unfair advantage over the rest of the class, many who are fresh out of high school and not yet legal drinking age.  Writing is a very subjective medium that some people will find easy and find a natural rhythm right away whereas others find any writing tedious and torturous.  Both are very apparent to the person reading the writing but it’s also the reader’s preference to what works for them.  I find pulp crime and detective stories fascinating to read for their simplistic style, but aren’t much for substance.   One of my peers wrote this about my writing of the importance of Saturday Night Live to pop culture.  “i found this article had a Authentic voice. you could tell that the writer was talking about something that occurred in there life.” (Shipman, M. –TIB Review) Writing from an area of truth is always easier to ramble on about, and the first rule of writing is ‘Write what you know’.

Having read over my blogs its very apparent how (un)enthusiastic I may be about an assignment. An example of this would be my article ‘Thoughts on 15 Things about Blogging’. Right away the title is pretty plain and unoriginal in regards to my later posts where I would strive for some sort of encompassing feeling of the article into the title – like “When I was a kid it was pronounced ‘Encyclopedia!’” which is one of my more well-rounded articles.  But back to ‘Thoughts on Blogging’ the one section states “I look forward to my posts and assignments in the coming weeks but will keep things in perspective with the rest of my life. I realize that as important and beneficial as blogs may be to multiple aspects of your day to day existence,  it ultimately won’t be something I plan on obsessing over, simply enjoying for what it’s worth.” And I still stand by my statement but the negativity is not as apparent or even necessary in said article.  Another student wrote this about the idea of writing.

I don’t have any anxieties about writing, I just don’t like to write. I am not putting it down or saying I don’t know how to express myself. I get that some people get anxiety from writing, worrying how they will be looked at and that is normal. I just try to not let it bother me, in the end most people’s opinions don’t matter. (Reference?)

It’s easy to notice the pattern of how each sentence is started and there is a certain start and stop feeling of structure.  This was an example of the first weeks writing where we were all pretty green to the process but I feel it serves the example I’m trying to make.  Although the flow and feeling is very different from mine it makes it no less valid as a blog or perspective writing as it’s personal and gets the writers point across with ease.  It also shows the writers view and is coming from a real place.  Writing isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone but it is an important life skill that improves with every book read or keystroke typed..  So now that this article has concluded, get out there and read! Write!  Accomplish both by leaving a comment and proofreading it!

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First Draft: Persuasion Reflection

Writing about yourself is either very easy for the vain or very hard for the humble, I fall closer to the humble side myself so already this is a tricky assignment right from the start.   Having both previous writing experience and many more years of life experience than most of the class, I was aware there may be a noticeable difference between my level of writing abilities and theirs.  Writing is a very subjective medium that some people will find easy to do and find a natural rhythm right away whereas others find any writing tedious and torturous.  Both are very apparent to a reader but its also the readers preference to what works for them.  One of my peers wrote this about my writing of the importance of Saturday Night Live to pop culture.  “i found this article had a Authentic voice. you could tell that the writer was talking about something that occurred in there life.” (Reference?) Writing from an area of truth is always easier to ramble on about, and the first rule of writing is ‘Write what you know’.  Having read other peoples writing it’s very apparent how they feel about the work, but also manage to put forth an actual effort. An example of this would be my article ‘Thoughts on 15 Things about Blogging’  Right away the title is pretty plain and unoriginal in regards to my later posts where I would strive for some sort of encompassing feeling of the article into the title – like “When I was a kid it was pronounced ‘Encyclopedia!'” which is one of my more well rounded articles.  But back to ‘Thoughts on Blogging’ the one section states  “I look forward to my posts and assignments in the coming weeks but will keep things in perspective with the rest of my life. I realize that as important and beneficial as blogs may be to multiple aspects of your day to day existence,  it ultimately won’t be something I plan on obsessing over, simply enjoying for what it’s worth.” (Brad?) And I still stand by my statement but the negativity is not as apparent.

I don’t have any anxieties about writing, I just don’t like to write. I am not putting it down or saying I don’t know how to express myself. I get that some people get anxiety from writing, worrying how they will be looked at and that is normal. I just try to not let it bother me, in the end most peoples opinions don’t matter. (Reference?)

It’s easy to notice the pattern of how each sentence is started and there is a certain start and stop feeling of structure.  this was an example of the first weeks writing where we were all pretty green to the process but I feel it serves the example I’m trying to make.  Although the flow and feeling is very different from mine it makes it no less valid as a blog or perspective writing as it’s personal and gets the writers point across with ease.

Free Money, Just Work for it!

People find motivation in many different forms and ways, it could be music or a book but often there is little reason for what drives people it could be seen someone jog by that is just the thing that spurs you to get off the couch, or a cooking show that makes you want to try a new recipe. But one thing almost everyone can agree on that is highly motivating is money, financial stability, and recognition for hard work accomplished. Which helps support the compelling argument for free tuition for students who apply themselves and maintain an 80 percent average overall.  As a returning mature student what kept me from applying earlier in life and what likely keeps many people from returning to school was the looming cost of tuition plus all of the additional costs of the books and parking and so on. Knowing that a large portion of that expense would be refunded providing I worked hard enough I would have been back in school sooner. Most students are under 20 and debt often follows education not a pretty scene to face when entering the work world for the first time. Colleges should be proud to offer such options to their students (Trent University does this) and increase their validity as a post secondary education of option in the eyes of the board of colleges oversee students and other potential future alumni. For students who aren’t around 70 to 79% average it would likely make them double their efforts and better prioritize things to aim for the tuition free 80%, it would create more drive in purpose for those that may need an extra boost. The entire process of paying for post secondary education should be scrapped and restarted, following the path of Sweden with free tuition. If people are willing to take the time and energy to try and improve their lives why should they be charged absorbent amounts of money before even walking into the first class. I do realize Fleming College is a business before anything else and that businesses need to make money but the costs of inflated to boggling rates and could stand being rained in. It would be nice to see any of these suggested policies take effect before the end of my lifetime but I’m aware of realities in with a large undertaking it would be and how much some people would baulk at the idea of it,  but hard work done consistently towards improving yourself should not cost money, it should reap it.

Debating on the Debate

We were asked to examine a real life event this week rather than do an additional reading. The event being the debate held between three violent crimes based prisoners in a NY state prison against three Harvard students on the topic of public schools allowing to turn away illegal immigrants who want education. Given no further information we were asked who we think would win the debate and why I remember hearing about this debate after the fact and know that the prisoners came out as the victors, but I am imagine that many people would automatically assume the Harvard team would win easily which is an assumption on itself. This is because were led to think of how your keys in society and that Harvard is on the high end of it with good choices money and intelligence where as a New York State penal system would produce the opposite. In reality it is more an individual and situational basis or so I think.  Prisoners would arguably have less distractions and be able to focus more time and energy towards a particular project such as the debate. Having the trivialities of everyday life as we know it and the constant stream of people, phones, media, entertainment, and work all are manageable but it’s hard to focus on a singular thing without having to stop for other commitments or responsibilities. Not to say prisoners don’t have distractions or commitments but they would be more apt to apply themselves harder. It would be hard to determine who would be more likely to defend the rights of immigrants. That feels like a very loaded question, hoping to spark some potential controversy or debate amongst the class but ultimately I don’t feel overly comfortable writing about this or that there’s any validity to it, the description we were given didn’t detail which side argued for or against The issue which is a fairly relevant piece of information to not include in my opinion. Regardless I don’t want to lose marks for not answering the question so I’ll say that the prisoners would be better akin to speaking for immigrants rights as they would be more aware of the importance of second chances and the pursuit of knowledge. I’m curious to see what this blog will be prefacing for next week, and other people’s opinions on the assignment.

Interview Draft #2

I was warned well before I came over to discuss burnout cause and effect in healthcare, that Lisa Prentice, my subject in question, would likely still be in her “Jammies and bathrobe” to whichever she didn’t disappoint. Understandable – despite it being about 1030AM – as it was her one day off work out of eight. Lisa is a nurse at a local Long-Term Care (LTC) facility working with the elderly and as I found out, very insightful on the subject of burnout amidst the healthcare profession.

Healthcare is the number one profession for burnout and its effects. The work load is often increased without consideration for practicality in the everyday run of things, creating potential stresses. Burnout is that feeling of dread in your stomach, and feeling on edge and depressed all the time while you’re supposed to performing your job.  In Lisa’s words burnout is “being constantly tired, having a bad work ethic, taking things personally, and taking stress leave or giving shifts away or calling in on a regular basis to avoid work.” There are many crossovers with mental health, which is being discussed more openly with lots of focus on its importance in this day and age. So how does one avoid feeling low, and combat the effects of work-based depression and anxiety? “You don’t take your personal shit to work,” Lisa explained between sips of coffee, “and you don’t take your work shit home.” And into her sixth year of nursing, caring for a variety of residents with multiple different ailments and needs, working alongside people of varying degree of likability and professionalism, Lisa has learned what works.

Burnout seems to be a personal effect in the sense that it effects each person differently and it varies how each person deals with the stresses and how far their breaking point may be. Lisa is not immune to this so why does she stay in a job with such stressors and potential mental & physical breakdown? It has more to do with embracing the small moments of true gratification and realizing that “the smallest thing for you is the biggest thing for them.” Lisa keeps a dragonfly memento given to her years ago from a grateful and grieving family member of someone who had passed away on the unit she works, and she still has it today. She gets a reminder of past appreciations and knowing that her commitment to consistent quality care may not always get noticed – be it the families, coworkers, management, or by the resident themselves – but it is always appreciated.

And the exact cause of burnout may be the very thing that will prevent it. By giving to others you improve yourself. Having a positive attitude & outlook, respecting and helping others really does improve your own quality of living. The giving is the gift you receive, as much as that sounds like a cliché Hallmark card but I do feel that is true. And as Lisa finishes the last of her coffee and playfully scolds her energetic Husky for getting worked up, its clear that Lisa has found the balance of life and work. And as knowledgeable as she may be about burnout, she’s not likely to experience it soon or fall too deep into it if she does. Lisa has found a job she loves, the power to keep it separate from her own life, and find actual pleasure in both.

Week 9 – No reading, much learning

With no additional reading for this weeks blog we were asked to look back at a time our (my) powers of persuasion were effective.  It’s hard to think of a conversation or topic that a friend or co-worker has come to me for advice on, that they haven’t already decided what to do and is looking for further conviction. Such is the human effect. 

However a fellow student came by to study the last few days and during our bursts of work he expressed interest in my guitar. He’s 18 and had no direct experience with the instrument and sought my advice on it. I recall first telling him how is it can be, in that many songs were written with only three chords (G C D). I explained my personal experiences with the guitar, stressing many times that I was by no means an expert but my ancestors are full with musical talent far better skilled to pass things on. It toget him started, I could certainly fit the bill. To aid (or persuade) him further I wrote out crude tabulations for the finger placements on six chords and let him play around, adjusting his fingers when necessary, giving strumming tips and chord change hints. 

As I said above, he had already decided that he wanted to play guitar (or play around with a guitar) before he met or asked me about it, I just happened to provide the means for him to go that one step farther. My persuasiveness or advice in the matter was mostly logic and factual based with hands on examples and guidance. But fun was had and strides were made. 

INTERVIEW #1 Draft

I was warned well before I came over to discuss burnout cause and effect in healthcare, that Lisa Prentice, my subject in question, would likely still be in her “Jammies and bathrobe” to whichever she didn’t disappoint. Understandable – despite it being about 1030AM – as it was her one day off work out of eight. Lisa is a nurse at a local Long-Term Care (LTC) facility working with the elderly and as I found out, very insightful on the subject of burnout amidst the healthcare profession.

Healthcare is the number one profession for burnout and its effects. The work load is often increased without consideration for practicality in the everyday run of things, creating potential stresses. In Lisa’s words burnout is “being constantly tired, having a bad work ethic, taking things personally, and taking stress leave or giving shifts away or calling in on a regular basis to avoid work.” There are many crossovers with mental health, which is being discussed more openly with lots of focus on its importance in this day and age. So how does one avoid feeling low, and combat the effects of work-based depression and anxiety? “You don’t take your personal shit to work,” Lisa explained between sips of coffee, “and you don’t take your work shit home.” And into her sixth year of nursing, caring for a variety of residents with multiple different ailments and needs, working alongside people of varying degree of likability and professionalism, Lisa has learned what works.

Burnout seems to be a personal effect in the sense that it effects each person differently and it varies how each person deals with the stresses and how far their breaking point may be. So why does she stay in a job with such stressors and potential mental & physical breakdown? It has more to do with embracing the small moments of true gratification and realizing that “the smallest thing for you is the biggest thing for them.” Lisa keeps a dragonfly memento given to her years ago from a grateful and grieving family member of someone who had passed away on the unit she works, and she still has it today. She gets a reminder of past appreciations and knowing that her commitment to consistent quality care may not always get noticed – be it the families, coworkers, management, or by the resident themselves – but it is always appreciated.

And the exact cause of burnout may be the very thing that will prevent it. By giving to others you improve yourself. Having a positive attitude & outlook, respecting and helping others really does improve your own quality of living. The giving is the gift you receive, as much as that sounds like a cliché Hallmark card but I do feel that is true. And as Lisa finishes the last of her coffee and playfully scolds her energetic Husky for getting worked up, its clear that Lisa has found the balance of life and work. And as knowledgeable as she may be about burnout, she’s not likely to experience it soon or fall too deep into it if she does. Lisa has found a job she loves.