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Here is my thoughts on the Scholarly Biography Assignment:
My getting to interview Jennifer, as well as getting to work with her briefly, was a great experience.  When I first met her, I was not sure if she was a pencil pusher that just happened to be the Sustainability Coordinator at Lane Community College, or if she had a genuine interest in helping the environment.  I soon learned that she had a unique past and career path.  From once taking a good, probably high paying job, to her decision to give up that career due to her ethical views shows her love of the environment and world around her.  From her chemistry degree, to her love of the sciences, to her passion to make a difference in the community and world, it is clear that we have a lot more in common that I had first thought.
This experience has taught me that careers can have their twists and turns, and while you might head down one path when you begin your career, you might stop, turn around, and head right back to where you started, finally taking another path that you didn’t the first time around.  I think that my group could also learn from this biography.  They could learn that career paths are not always a straight road.  They can have many curves and dead ends before one reaches the home stretch.  However, with hard work and sacrifice you can make it to that final downhill straightaway, and coast to the finish line.
Interviewing Jennifer for this biography and learning about how she reached her position has taught me a lot.  Doing so has taught me a lot about what it takes to be a scholar and what it is like to be in a community of scholars.  It has been a privilege to work with and get to know a little about Jennifer and I am thankful for the experience.
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So Friday I came home from school to some very good news.  Out of nearly 600 eligible people I was one of 80 chosen to interview for 45 Ford Re-start scholarships.  To say the least, this made my week.  All of my hard work,over the last year here at Lane Community College, has payed off.   Well, not exactly payed off as of yet, but it has at least gotten me the interview that I was pursuing.  Now I am excited, as well as nervous, because here in about two weeks I have one of the most important interviews of my life.  It is time to meet with the scholarship advisors, to find out what to expect at the interview and what I need to prepare for.

I really, really, really hope that I get this scholarship!!!!

 

Myself, at least before I had taken last terms class and this one, I was under the impression that a community of scholars was experts such as professors and scientists that specialized a certain field of study.  Now I beginning to understand that a community of scholars is not necessarily experts in a certain field of study, but a group of people who may have taken a certain interest in a subject  and have devoted time and energy to perform quality research into that subject, possibly contributing something to others understanding and knowledge of it.

I now realize that I too can be part of a community of scholars and am doing so by taking these honors courses.  My community of scholars, for the time being, is Lane’s honors students.  But, as we indulge in some of the projects that are part of the curriculum, and present some of our research and findings, we will all become a part of a larger community of scholars.

Viewing the documentary, Veins in the Gulf, has opened my eyes to some of the problems that the people of the Louisiana Gulf coast are dealing with, and it has also showed me that although our class might have not a endless list of degrees under their belts, nor titles following their names, we can possibly make a difference by contributing to the research of whatever topic we decide to pick.

So it’s back to the grindstone for the Spring Term here at LCC.  It seems like my Spring break was only a few days long, however, it was really two weeks because I didn’t have class at all during finals week.  It also was not much of a “SPRING” break at all with the crappy weather we had.  Winter term finished pretty smooth for me, and I was also rewarded for my hard work all term with three A+ and one A.  While I was a little disappointed in not achieving straight A+ grades I did make the “Presidents List” for the third straight term, so for that I gave myself a pat on the back.  Now it is back to the proverbial grindstone for three more months before I take the summer term off to fight forest fires during my summer vacation.  Haha, although it may seem like a lot of hard work to others, it will be kind of a vacation to me performing a job that I love and making a lot of money in the process.  Well I hope that this term is smooth sailing like the last three, but I know it will take a  lot of hard work and dedication to achieve the level of success that I make standard for myself.

I hope that everyone has a good Spring Term and I am looking forward to meeting and working with new people on my scholastic journey.

When I signed up for this class at the beginning of the term I was a little skeptical of the curriculum.  I was also skeptical about what I was going to get out of taking this class and that it might just be a waste of time and money.  I feel that it was a good decision to enroll in the honors program and to take this class because the way that technology is advancing and how everyone now uses blogs and networking sites these days.  I think that this class as well as the use of my blog will help me succeed in my educational and professional careers.

We were asked to make a digital story of our success here at Lane Community College using pictures and narration.  Mine is called Rising From the Flames and here is a link to the page.

http://wp.me/P27Ge9-58

My Robot Movie  March 5, 2012

In our honors personal learning environment class, we were asked to use Xtranormal.com to make a short movie on something that we have accomplished in our time here at LCC that we did not think that we could do.  I made my movie on my overcoming my fear of public speaking.  Here is a link to my Xtranormal robot movie that I made.

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/13137351/robotz-movie