Coming to a Close

Since I have made it successfully to the end of my freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University. I would like to do a reflection on how this UNIV class has helped me now and in the future. When I first came into college, i was nervous because I know that a lot of professors try to use scare tactics on their students. But, when I walked into UNIV 111 with Professor Galligan it did not feel that way, it felt different but in a good way. I knew that he was not out to get us. There were some things that I had to get used to. For example, all of the assignments, deadlines, and the critical thinking. Although it was an adjustment, this class taught me to be open minded, to think critically, and to have better time management. In order to be open minded, you must be accepting that people are different from you and you must accept them for who they are. Coming into this class, I had to look at things from a different perspective and learn to be open minded because there were many people who had different opinions than me but although I did not agree, I still learned to work with them, which shows maturity. As far as thinking critically, I never truly analyzed things for what they were but being in this class has taught me how to do that. With the readings that were given semester caused me to think deeper than just looking at surface meanings and messages. For example, one of the readings that stuck out to me the most was “Black and Blue” and it talks about Garnette Cadogan. This reading talked about how everything he experienced moulded and shaped him into the person he is today. Now of course, everyone knows that but even the smallest things make a difference. For example, when Garnette Cadogan was walking down the street, the police saw him as a threat because of what he was wearing. This made me think about how I carry myself and how people view me based on how I talk, dress, and present myself. Being in this class has also taught me time management. Time management has taught me to avoid and delete distractions in order to focus on what I had to do and be successful. With the writer’s memo it showed me how much time I actually spent on the assignments. Knowing how time consuming they are, this also helped me to focus on the nitty gritty. In closing I want to thank Professor Galligan for being the best professor ever and Jessica for being the best UTA any student could ask for.

Coming to a Close

Since I have made it successfully to the end of my freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University. I would like to do a reflection on how this UNIV class has helped me now and in the future. When I first came into college, i was nervous because I know that a lot of professors try to use scare tactics on their students. But, when I walked into UNIV 111 with Professor Galligan it did not feel that way, it felt different but in a good way. I knew that he was not out to get us. There were some things that I had to get used to. For example, all of the assignments, deadlines, and the critical thinking. Although it was an adjustment, this class taught me to be open minded, to think critically, and to have better time management. In order to be open minded, you must be accepting that people are different from you and you must accept them for who they are. Coming into this class, I had to look at things from a different perspective and learn to be open minded because there were many people who had different opinions than me but although I did not agree, I still learned to work with them, which shows maturity. As far as thinking critically, I never truly analyzed things for what they were but being in this class has taught me how to do that. With the readings that were given semester caused me to think deeper than just looking at surface meanings and messages. For example, one of the readings that stuck out to me the most was “Black and Blue” and it talks about Garnette Cadogan. This reading talked about how everything he experienced moulded and shaped him into the person he is today. Now of course, everyone knows that but even the smallest things make a difference. For example, when Garnette Cadogan was walking down the street, the police saw him as a threat because of what he was wearing. This made me think about how I carry myself and how people view me based on how I talk, dress, and present myself. Being in this class has also taught me time management. Time management has taught me to avoid and delete distractions in order to focus on what I had to do and be successful. With the writer’s memo it showed me how much time I actually spent on the assignments. Knowing how time consuming they are, this also helped me to focus on the nitty gritty. In closing I want to thank Professor Galligan for being the best professor ever and Jessica for being the best UTA any student could ask for.

Time is of the Essence

Now that we are entering the end of the semester and the end of freshman year—it is time to look back and reflect on some things. When I first came to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)  I was very excited to get into college, get into my major, meet new friends, and truly become who God has destined me to be. With coming to VCU I knew that there were going to be some major adjustments that had to be made. For example, with me coming from out of state, I truly had to get used to the fast-paced city. I mean I did not live in the country before coming down here but it was not as “open” and soooo many different people as it is in the city. I feel like VCU is in a weird area to be completely honest. For example, you look at West Franklin Street and Laurel and Grace Place and it is gorgeous but as soon as you turn the corner and keep walking down Broad street you enter the ghetto. This raises cause for safety concerns. However, VCU is still a great school with many opportunities but it is very expensive. I heard that they were raising tuition to $55,000 per year for out of state students! What?! This is unbelievable!!! I was thinking about transferring before I heard this though because I like VCU but I do not feel as connected to the school as I should. I think it’s time for me b=to broaden my horizons and look for a new experience. I am excited that I am transferring because I will be in a new state, meeting new people, and learning new things. Although, I am going to miss the amazing people that I have met here. But, I must do what is best for me wand not anyone else. At the end of the day, I have to be the one getting the degree and going into the workforce, not anyone else. So with that being said, I must be at a place where I am able to connect with my surroundings and the people around me. This is not to say that everything at my new school will be peachy clean but I am up for a challenge in order for me to come out of my comfort zone and embrace new opportunities. The best is yet to come!

For the Love of Money

I am sure you know exactly how to say this saying. “Money, money, money, money, money!” “The love of money is the root of all evil”- 1 Timothy 6:10. We are living in a world where “cash rules everything around me”(C.R.E.A.M) is so relevant. People will literally do anything and everything to get money. I understand that some people are struggling but the evil things that are done to get money is unacceptable. For example, there have been many people killed because of money. This should never happen. The first thing we tend to do when we are mad is have a terrible temper and resort to a gun. Over money?! Unacceptable. You even have rich people doing evil things for more money. When I think of the love of money, I always think of a classic song called “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays. It was written in the year of 1973 and it still relays a huge message that goes on within our society today. It talks about people will steal from their own mothers, kill their brothers just for a piece of green paper and how women will sell their precious bodies. Wow, money literally rules the world. I feel like we as a people hold money to a way higher standard than it should be. It is very sad but so true about how many people have lost their lives due to a situation with money. Now, let me make myself clear, I do not want anyone to think I am saying that money is bad because it is not. Money is a necessity in order to take of yourself and your family. Money only becomes bad when you have the wrong motives and evil intentions behind it. Money does not buy happiness. Now yes you can buy things that make you happy with money but it does not buy happiness because you can be happy without money. We must come to a point where we know what to do with our money and what not to do with it. You can do whatever you please with your money but, please use it wisely and think before you spend your money. If you are not wise with your money, you can get into debt, lose money, and struggle. In order to be wise with your money, you must save and begin to build and invest in your savings in order to get more money.

Summer Blues

A little bit over a month of school. About five weeks left of school. I can hardly wait. My freshman year was one for the books! Well, it was truly a learning experience for me and I would not trade it for the world. I learned that I not only have to manage my time better but also how to do so, which is very important in college and in life in order to be successful and have fun. I also learned that I have to choose my friends wisely. Now yes, I have always heard this saying growing up into becoming the woman that I am today but I never really had to apply it until I got to college. Everybody needs to be cautious of the people that they call their friends. Always realize your true friends. Also, coming here I have learned more about what happens in the city and different places surrounding Richmond, Virginia. I have learned a lot about myself as well, my likes and dislikes, my passions, my attitude, the moulding and shaping of Miana (myself), and how to deal with different situations in a mature way. I am grateful for every experience that I have had at VCU. It has truly allowed me to mature and grow into the woman God wants me to be. Although I am thinking about transferring in the fall, I believe that God had me here for a reason. I was here in order to show love to others and teach them about The Lord. I am ready to take a new journey in life and I look forward to keeping in contact with, encouraging, loving, and supporting my friends who are here at VCU. Just because you start off at one college, it does not mean that that is where you will get your degree from and that is okay. As long as you continue to do what you need in order to reach your goal, you will be okay. At the end of the day, you have to go to the college that best suits you and your major. Don’t ever go anywhere because your friends are there or because your family wants you to go there. You have to do what is best for you because you are the one that will have to be at the university or college taking and passing the classes not anyone else. I hope this blog inspires someone and remember to finish the semester out strong! We are almost there 🙂