Friday, August 27, 2010

School influence

The decision to go back to school was very hard for me since I am in my 40's.  I wanted to years ago but did not get the chance.  Just this year I decided that this time would be as good as any to go back to school.  My mom kind of inspired me because she went back to school in her 40's and is still working in the area she went to school for.  I have always wanted a career that I could stand on my own two feet with.  A job that paid enough that I would not have to be dependent on someone else to take care of me all of the time.  This opportunity to attend classes at Kaplan on the online version has given me more confidence than I have had in a long time.  It has also given me something to look forward to, a new life.  It has made me realize that my fears of failure were now worth looking into.  I have always taught my children that as long as you have done the best you can at something and the grade is passing, it is acceptable.  In my classes at Kaplan I have tried to hold myself to a higher standard.  Just a passing grade is not enough for me.  This is a bit stressful, but at least I can work off the stress.  I am my worst critic, but I have such a great support system at home and through Kaplan that I feel good about the work that I do.  This satisfaction has flowed over into the job I have now.  I am satisfied with my life, job and whatever comes my way at this point.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I have learned a lot about citation, plagiarism, and APA format since I first began classes.  I realized in my English Comp 1 class just how important citation is.  Now it seems that I am going to learn the deeper side of citation.  The spacing and punctuation have to be just as important as putting the name of the author and date in the correct place.  I have printed a copy of chapter 12 and plan to read it thoroughly.  Then I will read it again.  I also have my handbook with me and I plan to keep it by my side throughout my Kaplan experience. 
I believe that giving credit where credit is due is important because if we did not, then everyone would be taking credit for the hard work a person puts into their pieces.  Whether this be an essay, discussion board, interview or book it is always someone's ideas, and if they are not yours you should be sure and cite it.  I have recently had someone take credit for someone elses idea.  The idea was not mine but all persons involved knew where the idea came from.  This person probably did not even realize that they were doing it but, in my understanding, even if you state something somebody else said as you were the one who came up with the idea, it is plagiarism.   My first feeling about the situation was shock, then a little anger, but in the end all persons involved knew where the idea originated from so we just let it go.  I could not imagine what it would be like if I had took the time to research something, do the interviews, leg work, and whatever else it took to write a book, and then have somebody come along and take credit for what I had done.  I guess I would have to talk with them first and if this did not settle the problem we would probably end up in court.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Opinions on career choice.

The topic I have chosen is my career choice.  I am going for an Associates degree in Medical Office Management.  I have experience in the past with assistant managing and did a good job with it.  I have experience with managing others and only lasted a couple of months.  I had to step down because the responsibilities were too much for me.  Not a whole lot has changed in my way of thinking since then and I would like opinions on changing careers.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Had a good day.

I have had a good day today but Anatomy and Physiology 1 is getting the better of me.  I really seem to be getting ahead in the English Comp. 2 class, or I think I am.  Hope to do better next week.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

having a good day

After Church today, me and my children went to the creek and had a good time.