Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blog Post #1

Hello everyone!!!

My name is KaShondra Rudolph, and I am 21 years of age. I am originally from Monroeville, Alabama. This is my 4th semester attending South, and so far I am enjoying it.  I started out as a nursing major, but quickly decided to change my major to elementary education. I really enjoy working with children and hope to have my own classroom soon. I want to be a passionate role model for children and set a great foundation for their learning.

I started volunteering at a daycare center back home when I was 13 years of age. When I was 17, I was given a part-time job there. I worked at this daycare until I graduated high school and later became a substitute teacher at the local middle and high schools. Along with me working at the daycare and in the school systems, I became very dependable by helping my parents look after two of my younger siblings. Family is very important to me and my family consists of more children now than adult. I feel that without Jesus and family, who can you really depend on? I am just happy to be in school and have an opportunity to gain an education and career.

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 Randy Pausch on Time Management.

 I really enjoyed watching Mr. Randy Pausch's video on Time Management. He states very interesting facts and give great tips on managing time and procrastination. He mention, at the beginning of the video, how Americans are really bad at dealing with time as a commodity but we are really good at dealing with money as a commodity. He goes on to discuss goals,priority, and planning; when there is something we want to do or plan to do, we should always ask our self, "Why am I doing this?" From experience as a child, my mother always told me, "Asking questions will get you farther in life than taking life's journey without knowledge of know why you do things. You should always know why you are doing it and what are the consequences of both doing it and not doing it." So I can relate to what Mr. Pausch is saying.

A statement that Mr. Pauch made, that I really want to elaborate on is, "Experience comes with time. It's really valuable and, there is no short cut getting it.  Many times we have assignments and decide right off the bat we do not want to do it. We may think its a waste of time, it is to long or we have a lot of other things to do. So we procrastinate and wait until the last minute to do it. Once we actually start on the assignment, we continue to think of a million reason to why we still do not want to do it. On some occasions, when trying to do last minute assignments, we are faced with technological issues or emergencies, and do not get the job done. We fail to realize that the only way we will actually learn from these assignments or learn the skills necessary we have to put in the time to do things. We can not be successful in our careers if we do not put in the necessary time needed to master the skills and knowledge. At the end of the video I was kind of surprised by Mr. Pausch's statement of doing the ugliest thing first on our to do lists. This makes a lot of sense and will avoid procrastination. Once you have the thing that seems the ugliest out of the way, everything else will seem to fall into place. This was a great video.

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