The Time Has Come to Bid Adieu

Essay 3 has been revised and submitted for grading. My reflective memo written and posted. Now I come to this, my final blog entry to what at first seemed to be an endless semester.  But how that has changed!  I remember reviewing the syllabus thinking of all the work I would have to put in to this class.  And yes, there was countless hours of research, writer’s block and hair pulling.  I have made it to the end and with my head held high.  With the writing skills that I have learned, I am confident they will assist me in my future classes and the many papers yet to be written. 

Sitting at my computer, I tried to connect with some of my fellow students.  Many I have come to realize are older students like myself.  Maybe not as old but slightly seasoned.  We all are here for a reason, we have a dream and a goal before us.  We are all reaching for that degree and the doors that it will open for us.  And for those who are young and fresh or near fresh out of high school, enjoy these years and take advantage of your youthful mind.  Together we stressed over Essay 2 and panicked when the research proved challenging.  We breathed a sigh of relief with Essay 3 only to find it surprisingly not easy at all.  We toiled over what Ala Carte project to complete and juggled to find the time to complete the assignment amidst the work we had already on our plate.  But we pulled through stronger than when we started.

My plans for my immediate future, more schooling.  I will have a nice month off before I head back to the books and tackle College Algebra.  Then a short week break at the beginning of August where I will enjoy a week in Punta Cana on the Caribbean Sea with my husband in celebration of 25 years of marriage and a honeymoon we never took.  Then on to the next semester of school. 

In closing my fellow classmates, I wish each of the best of luck in your future.  Perhaps one day our paths may cross again.  Until then, I bit you all, Adieu…

Essay 3 and It’s Crunch Time!

This week is by far the busiest of the whole semester!  There is so much on my plate that if I put one more thing I think the plate will break!  Essay 3 is just about complete with revisions.  I wanted to take a few days to bounce the essay off a few people.  I hope to have it polished and presented by this Friday along with my reflection memo and final postings to the blog god.  In the meantime, I still have two discussion boards in Philosophy and final to study for; an algebra final coming up and still homework to complete and turn in.  Where does the time go? 

Back to essay 3 where I need to concentrate on punching it up a bit.  I believe I have a good thesis statement but had a tendency to drift away from my point and end up with more of a summary instead of a point.  I think that watching the movie once more helped to refocus.  I am playing with different twists and words, trying to find just the right ones to put the spark into it.  Maybe my next class should be creative writing!?!  I thought that this essay would be a breeze but given the type of resource and what we need to do, I find it just as challenging as the other two!  One cannot say we haven’t learned this semester!

Well, back to work my fellow writer’s as our end is at hand!

The Final Leg of The Semester

Here we are only a couple of weeks away from the finish of the spring semester.  All my classes seem to have doubled the work as we push to the end of the class.  Finals are in the wings and projects are due in.  This semester has been a full one academically for me.  But I do have a sense of accomplishment.  And that my friends and fellow classmates is what it is all about.  We are improving ourselves, one class/semester at a time.  I have learned critical thinking through my Philosophy class; saw Algebra in a different light and what applications it “does” have in our daily lives; and become a better writer, at least in structure and research, that will enable me to produce acceptable papers for future classes along with enhancing my writing at work.  Every class I take leads me closer to my end goal of a degree I have always yearned for. 

I know for some of my classmates it has been a difficult time.  Many of you are struggling to balance home life, work and school.  Just know this, no matter what, the end will justify the means.  Your hard work will enrich your lives in the long run.   

We are all winners here.  So my fellow classmates, let us hold our heads high as we cross the finish line of the semester!  May your future be bright and your rewards bountiful!

The finish line is around the corner!

I have just completed the draft version of Essay 3 and submitted it to Safe Assign for a quick check.  Barring any hiccups, I will be able to submit for Professor Stacy’s review by tomorrow evening.  With the end of the semester quickly approaching, I find myself scrambling to gain an advantage on all my classes.  Finals are quickly approaching and with the festivities of Derby and the Mini Marathon just around the corner I am most certainly pressed for time and getting in my last bit of training!  Maybe this is another form of Spring Fever among students!  It is hard to believe that  with only 3 weeks left I will have completed my first full year of college.  Being an older student this is definitely a significant mark in my education.  What I thought, just a few years ago impossible, I am now accomplishing!  The pride can be seen on my face and in my conversations that I have with anyone who asks about my educational goals. 

My education has taken the front seat in my life.  I have raised my children and have seen to their education.  Now its my turn.  With a house that could be deemed a disaster area and a husband who is supportive  but lacks domestic abilities, I forge my way on this journey to obtain an education I dreamed of so long ago.  My promise to myself is that long-awaited degree. 

I know this class has been stressful on some of us, but it has made stronger writers of all of us.  Write on fellow students!

 

 

Movie Review: True Grit

The movie True Grit released in 1969 told the story of a young girls quest for revenge of her fathers death with the aid of a roughneck US Marshall and a wet behind the ears Texas Ranger. Kim Darby portrays Mattie Ross , a head strong young lady with a flare for business, who takes it upon herself to bring to justice her father’s murderer, Tom Chaney.  Chaney shot her father and stole the money he was to use for the purchase of horses along with his lucky gold pieces.  When she sought the assistance of the Sheriff of the town, she was told that he could not go after him since he escaped into indian territory and only US Marshalls had the jurisdiction of seeking the wanted in the territory.  She is told of the US Marshalls and sought out Rooster Cogburn, a brash alcoholic, played by John Wayne, and strikes a business deal to track, capture and bring before the judge for hanging her father’s murderer.  To complicate the matters further, a young Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, played by Glen Campbell, has also been tracking Tom Chaney for the murder of a Texas Senator.  Personalities clash among the three and sparks fly as Mattie  is insistent on accompanying the two lawmen in the capturing of Tom Chaney.  She is bound and determined to see Tom Chaney hang, but the Texas Ranger wants sole possession of the outlaw so that he might claim the rewards offered by the State of Texas and the Senators family.  Rooster Cogburn takes a liking to Mattie and looks after her as a younger sister.  Texas Ranger LeBouf bucks Roosters authority and causes trouble.  In the end, justice prevails, and Mattie obtains the revenge for her father and the lasting friendship of Rooster Cogburn.

Ahh…Rest and Relaxation, NOT!

Wonderful spring break, time to put the books away and relax.  Get back in touch with the world around you; take a vacation to a sunny spot; or use the time to do some spring cleaning.  Not on my agenda. 

 I did go and visit my daughter and grandkids for a few days.  There I enjoyed the time spent with those precious little ones and tried not to be an inconvenience to my daughter.  All the while thinking about the school work still on my desk. I did have good intentions and brought some of it with me for the long weekend.  The grandkids were my distractions (and such cute ones to boot!).

On the flight home I planned my week out, making my list of tasks that needed to be completed this week.  By the time my flight landed Monday night, I had worked myself into a crazed mad woman!  How was I going to accomplish all that needed to be done in just under a week!?!  I was so stressed out over it all that I had trouble sleeping and had to get up early for work. 

Not only did I need to still do more major revising of my essay and send it through Safe Assign for a quick check, I have two tests to study for and still have my Ala Carte project to complete!  It is times like this that I wish I could have just a few more hours in the day.  Which brings us to the time change and having to adjust to losing that hour!  Okay, some of you might not notice the small change and I really do like more daylight in the evening, but my body sure can feel that small one hour change! 

My husband always tells me that I will get it done because I always do.  But one of these days I just might not get it all done and that scares the bejesus out of me!  I am not one who takes failure or less than perfect lightly.  Typical of a Type A personality. 

So here I am, Sunday afternoon and my essay is just about done.  It still needs one last coat of polish and a humble prayer.  My Philosophy book is open and note cards are being made.  The algebra is sitting here awaiting my attention. Nothing like a deadline to keep the blood flowing or should I say the brain!

In Deep Thought

The week is flying by and there is still so much to do.  Research is still going forward and I hope to add a few more sources to my list.  A draft of my Works Cited is on the way and my thesis statement is forming, but I tend to shy away from nailing it down.  Just haven’t found the right way I want to run with my topic.  There is so much I have learned and my stance on what the Indian Removal Act of 1830 is forming.  Now to find just the right angle…. 

I decided to take a bit of a break from the research and massive reading to focus in on my Ala Carte project.  Before we know it, the 12th week will be upon us.  It’s funny how quickly the semester is going by!  I have decided to do the Jefferson Story Project.  Perhaps I can make a difference in another older persons life by telling my story.  My son has agreed to help with the interviewing process and to do the recording.  This ought to be a fun thing for us to do together and he might just learn by listening to my story.

Until the next blog entry, happy writing!