Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Violence Is Never The Answer

(http://www.energy941.com/pray-for-manchester/)

Hey guys,

I wasn't sure what to say about what happened in Manchester at Ariana Grande's concert.  I saw my friends posting about it on Facebook that night and I wasn't sure what happened, so I was googling about it and read the very sad news. The first thing that quickly came to my mind is Christina Grimmie and that we lost another young lady who had her whole life ahead of her. I found out that Ariana was confirmed safe, so that was great news to hear. But sadly there was 22 people killed and a lot of people were injured. 

 When you buy a ticket to a concert, sport event, etc. you look forward to it and are excited to have a fun time with whoever you're going with. You should not be scared that something is going to happen that is going to make your life in danger, injure you or kill you.   If more things like this start happening more, I don't know if anyone will want to go to concerts and other events because they will be scared.

I read earlier today that Ariana is paying for all of the funeral costs for her fans. That just shows how much she loves her fans and that she is a great person in general. She's probably blaming herself for what happened because it was at her concert, but she should know that what happened was not her fault at all.

I don't know if I have any readers from Manchester or near there, but if you have any friends or family that were killed or injured, but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

<3 Amanda

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Experience As An Elementary School Helper


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Hey guys,

Something that I don't think I have mentioned before on my blog is that I was a classroom/school helper at an elementary school. I was there from March 2010 to April 2016.  The way that I begun volunteering is I e-mailed the secretary and she forwarded my e-mail to all of the teachers in the building. I was lucky and a teacher e-mailed me saying that she could always use volunteers. I went in and talked with her, and started soon after helping her every afternoon(except Wednesdays). I quickly looked up to her and saw her not only as the teacher that I helped but also as one of my mentors. Throughout the school year that was left, we had some inside jokes and it was really fun helping her and helping the students.  I continued being her classroom helper for a few years after that year. I knew that I could talk to her about anything ( my parents' divorce, my mom's Parkinson's Disease, etc.). Something that really made her a great person is when I e-mailed her and told her that my uncle was in the hospital with blood on his brain, she responded and said that the family comes first and if I needed anything to let her know. 

Besides helping in her class, I also helped out in a kindergarten class helping with handwriting and recess. The teacher was also a great teacher to help!  I also briefly helped out in 2 other classes, checking students' work for the teachers. Volunteering at the school really made me feel needed and appreciated and I'm sad that I had to stop due to personal reasons/ moving/etc. Whenever I am able to go in to volunteer in the lunchroom, it's nice to see the teachers and be around students because it feels like I have never left. 

While being a classroom helper, I also assisted the PTO with their school events. I volunteered at movie nights, book fairs, Secret Santa shop, Doughnuts with dads, and much more. I have created some great friendships with members of the PTO. Even though I'm not a parent or a teacher,they have told me many times in the past that they are appreciated and thankful for my help. 

The things that I have learned from the teachers, parents and the students would make a huge list. I am so happy and blessed that I got to have the experience that I have had and use it towards my future career working with children. If you ever have the chance or want to volunteer at a school, I definitely recommend it because you will end up learning a lot. You think you will go in to help teach the students but at the end the students also end up teaching you.

<3 Amanda 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Movie Review: The Space Between Us

(https://www.cinematerial.com/movies/the-space-between-us-i3922818)


Hey guys,

I recently just saw "The Space Between Us". It is about a boy being the first person to be born on Mars and through technology he meets a girl who lives on Earth. He ends up going to Earth and seeing things on Earth through his eyes for the first time. It's interesting and funny.  I liked this movie because it shows us that if you have never been in a situation or place before, you probably will have a really different perspective then those who lived there or experienced it before.

The main actresses and actors in this movie are :Gary Oldman,Janet Montgomery, Asa Butterfield,Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson. You might recognize Asa Butterfield from "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas"; and you might recognize Britt Robertson from the TV show "Life Unexpected" and movies like "Tomorrowland" and "The Longest Ride".

On IMDB, it rates "The Space Between Us" 6.4/10. I personally would rate it a 9/10.  I recommend watching this movie. The movie is PG-13 and is 2 hours (The Space Between Us , 2017).

Have you seen this movie yet? What did you think of it? What would you rate it out of 10 stars? 


Reference: 
The Space Between Us (2017).Retrieved May 19, 2017, from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3922818/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

<3 Amanda

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Starting A New Term


(http://www.clas.wayne.edu/Sociology/Spotlight/New-courses-offered-in-the-Department-of-Sociology)


Hey guys,

As I start my new classes for my next term tomorrow, I decided I would tell you all my feelings towards them now and in about 10 weeks or so let you guys know how they went.  My classes are all online ( 100%), and they go for 10 weeks each. My new courses for this upcoming term are: The 1960's: Reshaping The American Dream and Genetics.  I needed to choose one last elective and after looking over all of my choices I chose to go with Genetics for a few reasons. I thought the course sounded interesting and I also didn't want to take an elective that were too similar to my required classes  

I was never that great in history or science but I needed to choose a social science requirement and I chose to take the Reshaping The American Dream course. What is different for this course is we normally have eBooks or digital books but this course we have an actual book that was sent to us and also an eBook. The only other course that I received a book was when I was in my College Algebra course. 

As I was looking over the course, the classes don't seem too bad as of right now. There will of course be a lot of vocab but that's where index cards and different colored pens come into play.  My cumulative GPA is 3.96 and I'm going to try my hardest not to make that go down! I know that there will be some hard weeks but I will succeed and be proud of myself at the end of these 10 weeks!

Wish me luck!


<3 Amanda 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017



http://www.crosscards.com/cards/holidays/mothers-day/

Hey guys,

I first just want to say Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there; whether you have children here on earth, in Heaven, expecting, step children, adoptive children or a pet mother. I hope you all have a good day.

My mom and I don't have the greatest relationship. I mean it varies. Sometimes we get along but then there are times when we don't. I would say that we pretty much have the typical mother/daughter relationship. It's sometimes hard for me because I am her only daughter and I want her to be proud of me. I don't want to blame her being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease the summer before my sophomore but it's hard because we were a lot closer before she was diagnosed. We actually went to a Martina McBride concert together when I was younger.  Although like I mentioned above, we don't have the greatest relationship but I hope she knows hat I love her and I hope she's proud of me.

<3 Amanda 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Summer Bucket List 2017

Hey guys,

Do you have a bucket list of things that you want to do/accomplish throughout your life? Here is my bucket List that I made back from last May and you can get ideas from mine. Looking over it, I do have to update it and add things to it, so stay tuned for an updated Bucket List. Thinking about bucket lists, I decided to do a bucket list containing to this summer.

  1. Get my book unit complete and out there for you guys to see.
  2. Create a shirt and donate all of proceeds to a charity (more about that later)
  3. Write a book (more about that later as well)
  4. Kiss in the rain
  5. Get more followers on my blog
  6. Go camping (never been)
  7. Cut my hair?

What is on your summer 2017 bucket list?

<3 Amanda 

Friday, May 12, 2017

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

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Hey guys,

Today is National Fibromyalgia  Awareness Day. If you aren't familiar with what Fibromyalgia  is, it  is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. On the other hand, in other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.  Some people experience tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression..   The gender that is  most likely to be diagnosed with the disorder is female. There is currently no cure (Fibromyalgia, 2017).

Some statistics about Fibromyalgia are (Prevalence, n.d.):

  • Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions.
  • It affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3-6% of the world population.
  • It is often seen in families, among siblings or mothers and their children.
  • The diagnosis is usually made between the ages of 20 to 50 years



References:
Fibromyalgia.(2017). Retrieved May 12, 2017, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/home/ovc-20317786
Prevalence. (n.d.). Retrieved May 12, 2017, from http://www.fmaware.org/about-fibromyalgia/prevalence/


<3 Amanda