I wanted to write a post because it has been far too long! This week has felt far too long, yet has gone by very quickly. I guess a time change can be partially blamed for my lack of knowing what time or even what day it is. It is no longer my spring break, which is unfortunate, because not being on break means that it is paper writing time. University is funny like that. You don’t need to talk about actual seasons in the weather with students, you just need to mention the four school seasons. The four school seasons are: Start of semester, midterm season/exam season, break season (my personal favourite), and paper writing season. I am currently in the paper season of life. Exam season is looming ahead soon, and then I get to be on my most favourite season – break season!
Because it is paper writing season, I have not written much here. All of my writing energy has gone into the papers that are due next week. I have one paper due on Monday, one due on Wednesday, and then one due on Friday. I have two other papers due the week after that, but I like to take things a week at a time if I can. Writing papers can be extremely frustrating at times, so it is a good thing to make sure to take breaks and to still remember that it’s important to do fun things.
I am the type of person that gets pretty overwhelmed with my workload easily. Some things that I do to help me to stay sane are to set time limits for myself. I tell myself that I am going to work hard for an hour and then I get to have a break for twenty minutes to half an hour. This helps to keep my brain sharp and focused, as well as giving my body a chance to get up and move around. I tend to try to not work past 8:30-9:00 at night so that I can have a chance to unwind before going to sleep. Sleep is the most important when you are in the most stressful times of life. I tend to wake up around 8:00 and get up at 8:30, ready to do work. I do this on the days that I do not have morning classes. I know, I just said that sleep was important, so why do I choose to wake up that early if I don’t have to? I tend to be the most focused and have my clearest mind in the morning. I can usually get twice as much done from 8:30-9:30 in the morning than I could get done in an hour after supper.
Another way that I stay sane is by listening to music that is calming to me. Music that I can listen to while working, but I can also sing along to it if I feel like singing. It helps me to stay focused. There is one song that I have had on repeat all day while I have been working. I’ll attach the link down below so that you can take a listen. It is called “It is Well” by a group called Bethel Music. For those of you who are thinking of the hymn, this song is not the same.
Anyway, I am going to go and enjoy the rest of my night.
C’est la vie,
Ps. Here is the song link; enjoy!
I just completed an assignment for my sociology class about sociology in our everyday lives. We have to pass in four of these assignments throughout the semester, and this one was extremely interesting to me and so I thought I would share my assignment and my answer to the questions that I am about to hand in to my professor. Enjoy!
Have you ever traveled to a low-income nation? Do you think that people from high-income countries should feel guilty when seeing the daily struggles of the world’s poorest people? Why or why not?
Exactly a year ago from today, I was in Honduras on a mission trip with my church. It totally changed my thinking about how people should view the struggles that people in poor countries face daily. I do think that people should feel guilty when they are from high-income countries and they look and see what the poorest people have to go through to live. I think that guilt can turn into motivation to help these people. Something that I found especially striking to me when I was in Honduras was how many children were extremely uneducated. We met children who were sixteen years old that were only in grade seven. One of the boys that helped us on our building project while we were there was fourteen years old and did not have higher than a grade three education.
When people say that the world needs to be educated, yet they just sit back and say that someone else can be the change because I do not want to be the change, it really bothers me. I felt guilty when I was in Honduras. I saw that a lot of the people that live there were spending one third of their weekly income on Coca Cola. They do this because they do not realize that saving money is important and that if they saved money, they could own a motorbike or something that would really help them out. It makes me want to educate people that do live in higher-income countries about the importance of teaching the next generation to be a generation that cares for the people that may not have as much as they do. It also makes me want to educate people that live in higher-income countries to not be afraid to be the change. It may not mean going to another country and physically helping them out. It may just mean that they are no longer oblivious to the happenings that go on in people’s lives. Living in a place like North America, it can feel like we are detached in a way from the people that are living in the poor countries, it is easy to forget about what goes on.
It is impossible to come back from a trip like the one I took to Honduras and not feel guilty for being able to go to school, or owning my own computer, or even having more than one pair of shoes. This guilt needs to be turned into something positive. I am not saying that we should give away everything that we own, but I am saying that we need to be willing to help other people out. Whether or not it is convenient for us does not matter. I strongly believe that education is the basis and foundation of knowledge about not only the world around us, but how we can help those who are less fortunate.
Again, I hope that you enjoyed reading my assignment, and hopefully I get a good mark!
C’est la vie,
Ps. I have no music for you today as I did not listen to music while writing my assignment! Also, sorry if some of this is a repeat from the blog where I actually talked about my trip to Honduras in more detail than I am providing here!!