The end of the quarter

 

Here we are at the end of yet another quarter. Amid finishing projects and final papers I felt at a loss of what to blog about. Then, the thought of being so busy with life and school work seemed to be an idea in its self. I an eagerly completing my final work in the last week of the quarter. How are all of you Antioch students doing with the week sprint to the finish?

Life seems to repeat itself, because this time last year I took a week vacation to Jamaica and then wrote a reflective blog about the trip and my experiences. Here I am a year later, and I am going back to Jamaica at the end of this quarter. This time I am writing about it before I go.

My concerns are primarily centered around school. Finishing all my coursework is at the top of the list. I have one paper left to finish, an art project for a psych class, and more team editing for my Capstone Project. Secondly, I have to plan my course load for next quarter….which will be my last quarter before graduating. Third, I have to make sure all my paperwork for completion and graduation are in order. Lastly, I have to pack and gather all my tickets, itinerary and everything I need for the trip.

All my efforts will be worthwhile. I am looking forward to two weeks of warm sun and clear water before beginning my last quarter here at Antioch. What are your plans for the student break?

A Change of Pace

As I draw near to the end of my second to last quarter here at Antioch I’ve taken this moment to reflect on my choices in classes this quarter. I am a MAOM program student, which means that I have taken primarily MGMT classes since I have begun. This quarter I chose a different path, since I have completed all the required classes for my program. I have enjoyed the classes and the students I took them with, but I felt it was time for a change. One of the truest things I’ve learned as a student here is that true growth and change is sparked by discomfort. I chose classes outside of my program in order to have some new experiences with different students. So this quarter I took a 1 unit MGMT class and 6 units of Psychology classes as electives, in addition to finishing the Capstone Project in my program…..but I’ll write about that another time.

The result was that it was truly refreshing to have classes with students outside of my program. After having the same classmates for almost two years, it’s nice hear some new view points and their personal experiences. On the other hand, the downside was that I was a fish out water in those classes. While they were taken as electives, those classes seemed to be preparing their students for clinical and therapeutic roles and positions. So, while I craved something different….it was not quite what I expected. At the end of the day, I am happy with my choices because every experience is valuable. So, I recommend that anyone that is ready to take electives in their program should keep an open mind. Perhaps, you too may need a change of pace.

A Hurricane to save the day

While many of us students are busy with classes and papers, I hope that you have not overlooked an important intersection of events recently. The two events I an speaking of are the election campaigns and hurricane Sandy. While these two events do not seem related, I assure you they are. In the news and online, many are comparing our current president’s response to Hurricane Sandy to George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina. This comparison of response is extremely important as we near election day. The current consensus is that President Obama has preformed extremely better than George Bush. While Bush is not up for election, he still represents the republicans in this comparison. President Obama has preformed so well that even the Governor Christie of New Jersey (a republican and one of his toughest critics) has applauded his response to hurricane Sandy. With such a close Presidential election on the horizon, this natural disaster has shed a new light on it for those that may be on the fence post between democratic and republican votes.