Spring Break…we are officially two days away from spring break. I am so excited I do not know what to do! Spring Break came at the perfect time. But I must say, this semester is simply flying by. I cannot wait until I go home. I plan to go to church, get my hair done, hang with friends, and maybe work for a few hours (although I really do not want to). I am looking forward to seeing my sister and our parents. The only thing I do not like about breaks is that some teacher still assign work over break. Don’t get me wrong I am grateful for Spring Break, however, we should not be assigned work over a break because if I am doing the same thing that I would be doing if I was in school, that is not a break. But nonetheless, very excited for where spring break will take me 🙂 and I pray it goes by superrrrr slowwww. At one time in college, over spring break, I would like to go on a trip with my friends maybe to Daytona Beach or Miami. Maybe I will do that next year :). Sometimes I wish all colleges had the same break so that way all of my friends could hang out together as one big happy family, rather than all of us coming home at different times. I really hope my parents have chill attitudes over this break rather than getting irritated when I do certain stuff. But one of the most things I am excited about over spring break is the fact that I get to shadow a detective (my future job) and I get to be on a live crime scene actually looking at and picking up evidence. It will be a long day though, I am shadowing the detective from 5:30 AM-1:30 PM on the street and then we go into the office from 1:30 PM-4:30 PM. I hope I won’t get tired so I have to make sure I go to bed really early the day before, and trust me my mom will make sure of that. I wonder what it feels like to actually be on a crime scene for so many hours. Is it exciting? Is it thrilling? Is it scary? Is it boring after you do it so many times? I guess we will have to wait and see. But I really wonder what type of crime scene I will be looking at.
The Tuskegee study began in 1929. A request was made from the Julius Rosenwald fund and the United States Public Health Services (USPHS) determined that in Macon County, Alabama had the highest syphilis rate over six other countries at that time. With these findings, they wanted to test the prevalence of syphilis among blacks and explore the amount of syphilis among African Americans. The Tuskegee Study began in 1932 going through the 1970s by the USPHS. The test included 400 syphilitic men, as well as 200 uninfected men who served as controls in rural Macon County, Alabama. They were told that they were being tested for “bad blood”, however, they were left untreated, eventually dying. Because of the exposing of the study, this study is now a perfect example of unethical conduct in medical research because in 1942, when penicillin was known as a treatment of syphilis, they still did not give the patients penicillin to cure their syphilis. This also turns the study from a “study” to an “experiment” because they are basically testing waiting to see when the syphilis patients to die. Not only is this unethical but it is also cruel because the patients are thinking that they are receiving treatment for their illness, however, it is going untreated. This is not only unfortunate for the patients but also for their family members. The infected men pass it onto their wives and the pregnant wives pass it onto their children, which causes more people to be infected with syphilis. This makes it more challenging because it is harder for babies to fight off infections because their immune system is still growing and developing. If penicillin was never introduced to treat syphilis, there would be an even larger syphilis outbreak and countless people, especially babies and young children would have died.
New illnesses have been found due to untreated syphilis. In the Tuskegee study it was found that if there is syphilitic involvement in the cardiovascular system or the central nervous system, it turned out to be the leading cause of death in 30% of the infected patients. It has also been revealed that this study was also racist. Notice how it was only African Americans involved in the study, they were also lied to because they were initially told that they were being treated for their syphilis, but they never received treatment and even after medication (penicillin) was known to treat syphilis, they still do not receive treatment. If you are involved in medical research, your job is to help those with illnesses, not just sit there and watch their health deteriorate. With patients finding out about this hateful experiment, people are more careful and skeptical of certain doctors they go to, receive medication from, and allow to perform procedures on them. Since this and other studies and experiments have been exposed, hopefully the medical profession will continue to improve, not just through better technology, medications, and machinery but also through trustworthy medical staff.
How many times have you made a New Years resolution and actually stuck with it throughout the whole year? Probably not a lot. But, that is okay. I am guilty of it as well, making resolutions like “I’m going to get fit this year” “I’m going to stop cursing” “I’m going to stop procrastinating” and the list goes on and on. I think sometimes we can get so consumed with setting a goal and not actually mapping out how we are going to achieve it, and what we must do in order to avoid distractions along the way. The issue is not setting a goal but the fault is that we lose motivation in reaching success. No matter what comes our way, we must have motivation and perseverance. Motivation is your intent, purpose, or drive in acting or behaving a certain way in order to reach a goal. Perseverance is the determination to keep going in reaching your goals no matter what comes your way. Some ways to stick with your original plan and not lose motivation include but are not limited to:
Make a schedule. Usually when you write things down and make a checklist, you tend to focus on those things more than if it was just in your head. And as you reach those goals, check them off. This way you will see what you have accomplished and this will also motivate you further to keep going by looking at what you have actually accomplished.
Remind yourself of why you want to complete this goal and go for it! Put steps into place in order to reach your goal.
Imagine how happy and joyous you would be if you were to reach your goal tomorrow. Think of this everyday and push yourself forward.
Have an accountability partner. When you find someone you can trust to keep you on track, or someone that you can achieve that goal with, there is a higher chance that you will reach that goal
Find joy in the trials and tribulations you may face along the way. Always look at the glass as half-full not half-empty. Remind yourself that there would not be true victories without obstacles in the road.
Have the right, persistent mindset
Take small steps, reward yourself with each progress step that you take. Never force too much at once because you will probably burn yourself out.
Practice some relaxation tips and destress methods for bed (taking deep breaths, stretching, exercising, etc).
How many times have you seen a celebrity or one of your other followers and wish you looked like them? Maybe a lot of times, maybe a little, or maybe not at all. Either way society has a way of knocking us down by telling us we should look or dress a certain way in order to be beautiful. The easiest way to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others is through social media. Parents, family members, and friends can also compare us to our siblings or others knowingly and unknowingly. A recent incident happened with myself and my aunt. I told her that I was possibly thinking about transferring to another school and she told me “And you know you not gon’ get any money” about how my friend did not receive any money for the school that I am looking at and I responded with “Well, that’s her.” Then she proceeded to tell me that my friend’s sister did not receive any money from Spelman (mind you that’s not even the school that I am considering) then I responded with “Well, that’s them”. My biggest issue was not what she said it, it was how she said it. But honestly, if you ask me, it was wrong from the beginning for her to compare me to other people. I am sure she did not realize it but my feelings were still hurt by how she said it. Now yes, if that is how she felt she is entitled to her own opinion but at the same time, please watch what you say to everyone especially how you say it. I am glad that I am the way that I am with a go-getter mindset because if I did not have that mindset, I could have gave up on even applying to that school.
Moral of the story: We need to stop comparing people to others and others to ourselves. This creates major insecurities and can lead to depression (if the problem is not addressed and fixed). Make sure that you are not comparing yourself to others on social media because a picture only shows a quick second of their life. You can look at a celebrity and wish you had their life and looked like them but in all honesty you have no idea of what they could be going through personally, dealing with all of the cameras in their face, limited amounts of sleep, and not having enough time for their children. Be careful what you wish for :).