January 2012 Archives
My winter break was a blast! I went back to my sweet home Guadeloupe. The weather was amazing (almost 100degrees everyday), I was happy to see my family again, and finally I played a lot of tennis to stay in shape and be ready for two big tournaments. The tournaments did not go as well as I wanted, but I definitely took positive thoughts out of it. My break was productive and I loved it. Now I am back to Boston, and ready to spend a great semester. This semester I am taking organic chemistry, a really challenging class, and an interesting honors class called Paths to Principled Leadership with Professor Betters-Reed. I chose to be part of this class, because I am a pre-med student, and I believe that often we stay really close to the scientific field because of the requirement, but we miss out on classes that build character like this one. So, I am really happy to discover how the class is going to contribute to my personal growth as a person. I am happy to be back at Simmons, close to my friends, and closer to my dream every single day! I LOVE SIMMONS! :)
Quote of the day: "Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves." (Robert Neelly Bellah)
In about a week I will begin to train with the Simmons College Volleyball (SCVB) team in agilities, cardio, and certainly more techniques during a LEAP class offered through the Simmons gym. We are all taking the LEAP class, "Train like an Athlete" and this will surely keep us in shape for our spring and fall next season.
The LEAP classes will be from 7 AM to 8 AM three days a week. My first reaction was, "aww, no sleeping in until 8:30 anymore!" but I am actually really glad that the girls have decided to do this together at this time. I think it will really make our team stronger physically, mentally, and make us closer and to be honest, waking up earlier to work out will make feel more productive.
I am also looking forward to working out and eating healthier. My coach assigned us winter workouts and I find it so hard to work out alone. I ran a few 45s (commonly known as suicides) and without my team, I felt like I was going to go crazy! My coach calls them 45s because in 45 seconds, you better be done running or else! A couple of my teammates were able to cut their sprints to 30-35 seconds by the end of the last season! I was running them at 38-39 seconds by the end of the season, which was good for me because I'm not a very fast sprinter, especially with my short legs.
All in all, I am determined to work hard with my team to not only make it to the finals, but also win the GNAC finals next season. This past season, we were ranked fourth in our GNAC conference and were GNAC semi-finalists. With the team chemistry we have, the skills on the team, and our work ethic, I am sure that we will kick some major butt next season!
At the Edge of Poverty: Empowering Women to Change their lives and their World
I returned back to Simmons three weeks before the spring semester began to take the Simmons World Challenge two-week winter course, classes from 9 AM to 5 PM. I can honestly say that this course is so rich in content and everyone in my class was amazing! During the class, we learned multiple techniques on how to work in a team effectively and were then divided into groups.One of the main goals of the course was to discuss and create a project that would potentially alleviate poverty in the Boston Area. I was in a group with Ruthy Rickenbacker, Krina Patel, and Page Allen and together we created a cookbook/health resource for SNAP and WIC recipients and a local newsletter to potentially alleviate poverty in the community, increase the availability of resources and promote healthier diets for those who are receiving assistance from the government.
When we arrived on Monday, the whole class immediately began by volunteering our services at the Pine Street Inn. Pine Street Inn was a real eye opener for many students and it was a great way to begin the course with an open mind. We were asked to serve dinners at the men's side of the inn and at first, I was sort of nervous. My parents always taught me to avoid "homeless" people on the streets because they can be dangerous, but right at that moment, I was confronted with the truth; they were no different from you or me, but I feel like it has become a social norm to view people living in poverty as a threat, and I think it's time to change that.
For me, there were many things that hit home. When reading one of the two assigned books, "The Working Poor" by David K Shipler, I found myself outraged at the content of the book. I was getting angry that the book was trying to tell me that my family was poor because of my relations to how he described the "poor people's" behavior. I was just so angry because I know that I had a rich childhood filled with love and I know that my parents did everything they could to make sure we (my siblings and I) had what we wanted. But I later realized that the author was trying to make a point. I felt like he wanted to tell his readers that it was okay to feel outraged, and in fact, he suggested that we should be upset! This of course could be a whole discussion all on its own, so I will not get into it.
Something important to remember is that we should not view "poor people" as a stereotype or as one face. Behind every face is someone's story; someone's life.
Tomorrow morning my wisdom teeth are officially leaving my mouth!!! I'm going under anesthesia, so I'm super nervous and a little bit scared about the pain involved, but hey, I'm British, we're tough right?! Yeah, not so much! So, I'll be missing a day of classes which I always hate doing, but it's not for anything exciting unfortunately!
Anyway, back to homework, wish me luck!!
Two more days until the beginning of the semester!!!!!!! It's unbelievable how fast time is flying! But these past two weeks I was in the most amazing class of my life at Simmons called World Challenge and it was to alleviate poverty and empower women in the Boston women. I love the girls that were in the class with me (including Sandy Lor!), and the teachers that facilitated it were amazing women! So classes start Thursday, and I'm really excited for things to get started, and for me to do even better this semester than last semester! I also have an amazing internship at Teen Voices that I can't wait to start! Anddd I'm in the Vagina Monologues?! Yes! I can't wait for this year to start! Enjoy your semester, oh and the snow!!!
I got back to Simmons this Monday!!! I'm taking a class over this break for empowering women in poverty, and it's been extremely draining but quite an amazing experience! The weather is absolutely bi-polar; one day it's freezing and the next it's in the 50's! Global warming much? Either way, it's really nice to be back in the dorms, back at school, and back with my close group of friends! Oh, and happy 2012!!! :)