• beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 5 years, 4 months ago

    The one thing that I would tell a journalist about the project I’ve been working on is that ex-offenders are by no means the bad people that society believes them to be.
    I would choose to tell the journalist this because I think that this is ultimately what I am learning while working at OAR and that I think it is what the public most needs to…[Read more]

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 5 years, 4 months ago

    For me personally, the most significant moment happened at our OAR Creative Expression Workshop last week. It was mostly in my head, so I doubt anyone else noticed anything happening, but I think it’s good that it happened that way. As per usual, we only had one client, but he was very friendly and seemed very happy to be there. Also as per…[Read more]

    • This is a powerful post, as I can see in your words the ways you’re beginning to be affected by your service. It is not unusual for those students who fully invest in their service to get just as much out of it as they’re giving. We are lucky to have you as a participant in this class.

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Starting our project (which is a creative expression workshop at OAR) has been a tricky and sometimes frustrating process. There are four people in my cohort and we all have different majors, interests, and schedules. I spent a long time confused about what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it because we only saw each other during class.…[Read more]

    • I can’t wait either! I expect the number of participants also will grow as the weeks go on. We do still need to firm up a time for our weekly planning meetings, though.

  • I think that the greatest challenge going into this project will be overcoming personal differences and forming connections. My group and I are young, educated, white people who have never been incarcerated and […]

    • These are all smart concerns to have early on, Beccah. I appreciate that you aren’t going into the project expecting the clients to respect you from the start, as relationships do take time to forge. I do think ice breakers will help participants to open up, though, particularly if your group shares just as much as you expect the clients to share.

  • In high school, middle school, and even elementary school, we all learned about many of the atrocities committed against indigenous peoples by Americans, or people who settled in the area of land now called […]

  • I recently saw an article from The Washington Post entitled “Is it possible for Methodists to agree to disagree on gay marriage?” As a born and raised United Methodist, and a supporter of gay rights, I felt […]

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 6 years, 5 months ago

    I saw that article too! Strange to see how the mighty have fallen, but hopefully it’ll lead to a healthier world.

  • How many of us have ever used Google Translate to work (or cheat) on an assignment for a language class? Probably most of us. Translation technology can be very useful at times, but has yet to become a completely […]

    • I think that its awesome that you are pursuing a major in that field. Communication is key and i think it would be so fascinating to learn multiple languages.

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    I think it’s really sweet that you still love a childhood toy. I still consider my childhood stuffed animals my friends. What type of animal is Cotton?

    • When I got him he was a very fluffy white bunny, but with age and love he has lost most of his stuffing and is a gray color now haha

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 6 years, 5 months ago

    I loved number six! What’s the best spontaneous adventure you’ve had so far?

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 6 years, 5 months ago

    I don’t think there were many direct accusations, but I felt similarly when I’m feeling sad, or angry, or anxious about something and someone doesn’t understand why. Again, emotions are like you said, mental and not tangible, so I’ve felt like they don’t matter because they’re not “real”.

  • I don’t know how to tell a love story.
    I don’t have a conventional definition for love either.
    But from my experience, love is…
    Being there for him even when it hurts you
    Looking out for her even though she’s […]

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 6 years, 6 months ago

    My favorite book was always Goblet of Fire.
    As for books vs. movies, that’s a tough one. I guess I liked the books better because that’s just always been my preference, however I also really enjoyed the movies as a sort of supplemental material because there are some emotions that are just much better conveyed though film.

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 6 years, 6 months ago

    It can be so hard to let go and remember that life does indeed go on. I hope you were still able to keep some good memories of that night!

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 6 years, 6 months ago

    That’s a really awesome quote to keep in mind. Are there any other times that doing hard things has paid off for you?

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 6 years, 6 months ago

    I can’t say that there are any more specific quotes that come to mind, but I always paid particular attention to what I would call the “Dumbledore explains all” scenes that usually happen towards the end of each book where Dumbledore explains the deep meaning of everything that happened.

  • I felt like a normal 14 year old, until some really not normal things started happening. I was having seizures, but no one could tell me why. After many tests, and many medications, my family and I went to […]

    • That seems like a very interesting case and you’re right, just because it is a mental situation doesn’t mean that it’s all that different from a physical situation. I like how you applied a quote from such a popular series to your life. I don’t think it’s that common for people to apply quotes from novels to their life so specifically. I think it’s awesome that you learned something from books that helped you cope. Were there any other quotes from Harry Potter that stuck out to you?

    • I can’t say that there are any more specific quotes that come to mind, but I always paid particular attention to what I would call the “Dumbledore explains all” scenes that usually happen towards the end of each book where Dumbledore explains the deep meaning of everything that happened.

    • I really enjoyed how you related this to Harry Potter. Harry Potter makes everything better! What was your favorite book?

    • Very interesting. Just curious, but do you prefer the movies or the books? I love to hear these opinions.

    • My favorite book was always Goblet of Fire.
      As for books vs. movies, that’s a tough one. I guess I liked the books better because that’s just always been my preference, however I also really enjoyed the movies as a sort of supplemental material because there are some emotions that are just much better conveyed though film.

    • I often remember that line from Harry Potter as well, when I’m struggling with something and I can’t seem to figure it out.

    • This is a great quote to keep in mind–thank you for reminding me of it! It’s so true, not just in a specific context, but it applies to life so broadly. Our world is what we see, but also what we think and how our bodies can process and cope with existence. So I don’t understand people when they claim that something ‘mental’ is not a real part of life. I’ve been told that what I’m experiencing in my mind is insignificant because it’s not something tangible or directly seen. Have there been other instances in your life in which people have made similar accusations?

    • I don’t think there were many direct accusations, but I felt similarly when I’m feeling sad, or angry, or anxious about something and someone doesn’t understand why. Again, emotions are like you said, mental and not tangible, so I’ve felt like they don’t matter because they’re not “real”.

  • beccahlewis posted a new activity comment 6 years, 6 months ago

    I wish! The acceptance letter was mine, and the question mark was me wondering what was going to happen when I moved here. I am happy to say though that we’ve been managing the distance really well and we’ll be celebrating our 1 year anniversary in about a month!

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