Educating and inspiring parents and children who have Nystagmus
Author: Amanda Gene
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On Tuesday, I went to my old university. I had a meeting that I had to attend, so I decided to make a day trip. I was all over the campus. I first went to the campus bookstore because I needed to pick up a few things. Then I went to the Communication Arts building. I was able to check out the school paper. Boy, I sure do miss writing for the paper. 🙂
After I checked out the school paper; I went to the meeting that I had to go to. The meeting was long, and it was packed with information. But the main point that I took away from this meeting was I still have a lot of choices to make about my career and where I want to go with it. After my meeting, I was still feeling hot and I was feeling tired from the heat, so to slow down the pace I decided to get some lunch. It was nice to sit back and enjoy watching people in the galley. I even saw two people I knew and it brightened my spirit.
Like most writers I enjoy coffee, so I headed over to the library to get some. I got an ice coffee, yuck! I ended up adding some creamers and sugar to it but it still didn’t turn out like I wanted it to and it, sadly, ended up in the trash can a little while later.
Even with most of the day gone I still had time to kill so I went and picked up a magazine that caught my eye. I enjoyed reading it and looking over my material from my meeting until it was time to go home.
All in all, it was a great day to make new memories but this visit also gave me a chance to look back on all the happy memories of my time as a student.
On April 21, I completed a course on how to use the Iphone and the Ipad. During the course, I learned how to search with Siri, Send an Imessage, how to air drop information, and most importantly, how to check social media websites.
I would like to send out a thank you to the instructors, my fellow classmates, and staff for their support.
Because I have finished the course I now have skills that will help me in both my career and my personal life.
This is going to be a hard post to write; as many of you know I have been quiet for a while. That’s because I’ve been sad. On March 11, I had to put Noodles to sleep. In late November, of last year, she started having seizures. The vet and I tried different medicines to help get the seizures to stop, however, she was not getting any better. On March 10th, she had another seizure, and I knew it was time to let her go. It was heartbreaking to let her go, but I knew it was for the best.
When I first got Noodles, sixteen years ago, my mom and I signed a puppy contract, one part of that contract was letting my beloved Noodles go when the time came. At the time, I did not understand what “letting her go” meant but as I grew older and I understood that death was a part of life’s journey I knew that was part of the commitment to our friendship. I promised that I would not let her suffer. I cried the day I made the call knowing that once we arrived at the vet’s office that this would be our last visit together. I stayed with her until the end. I filled my part of the contract and Noodles fulfilled hers. She leaves behind so many great memories of our time together, of licks on the face, of silly tricks, and of going on life’s journey with me. From teaching me how to read better, I read out-loud to her many times as a young child, to helping me improve my writing, I used to write about her from my typewriter then as I grew older a computer, she helped me grow as a person. She taught me responsibility. She’s been through some of the happiest and saddest times of my life. I can’t thank her enough for being there for me. She leaves behind a great and lasting legacy.
Our last day together was very peaceful. We went outside, had a great photo shoot, I read, sang to her, and we cuddled and talked.
Here are some photos from our photo shoot. Photos taken by: Mrs. Karen
My final class was on February 4th, and my final exam was a mock job interview. I was nervous, since I was not sure of what types of questions that I was going to be asked. I also felt like I have a lack of confidence since my work history is so small. My teacher’s supervisor and I did the mock interview several times for different kinds of journalism related jobs. After the interview, I got feedback. It’s clear that I am anxious and I tend to talk fast. Another thing I need to work on is how to give clearer answers and examples of my work. One of the toughest questions that the supervisor asked me was: What do you want for your life? This question is very complex and its hard for me to answer, since at this time, I feel pulled in many different directions when it comes to setting goals and making those goals a reality.
Right now, I only have concepts that I believe will make me happy, however, if I do not act on these concepts I may end up not getting what I want out of life. I rather work hard and make things happen.
This past week, we had our two last lessons. The first one was on Networking and Researching. I found out that I am doing everything right when it comes to finding a job. It’s just that God hasn’t opened the door to the right job for me yet. I have been praying, and I know in time, God will provide me with what I need.
My last lesson was to help me prepare for my mock interview, and then we went over my last few assignments.
This past week I learned about how to fill out job applications and about resumes. Since I’ve been looking for a job for a year I felt like this part of the class was like a review. Even though I already have a resume, my case worker looked it over. I am glad that she did this because I found out that having an objective on my resume would help my resume look more professional. I also set up an appointment with career services and that meeting went fine, and I found it very helpful when it came to getting feedback on how to write objectives.
I also learned about important interviewing skills. One in particular was how to disclose my disability. I feel awkward talking about my disability to an employer. Sometimes its hard to answer the questions they may have about my disability or questions they may have about my equipment. Another issue that we talked about was the use of my white cane and if I should use it during my job interview. All in all, I learned that I have to do what’s best for me, and that its better to disclose your disability to an employer so that way everyone will be on the same page.
Another topic we discussed is how I feel about having a disability. Personally, I have mixed feeling about having a disability. This is because I was told, I was in late primary school, about my disability. I have also had to learn how to deal with the experiences, both negative and positive, about having a disability. To me it’s about learning how to accept my disability. This is one of the ways I can reach my goal of being happy.
This past week I learned about personal and professional skills: problem solving and what it means to be professional.
The personal and professional skills class talked about how we all communicate in different ways and how it is different among the people around us, such as our friends, family and in our professional life. I also learned about how to be enthusiastic during the job search and how to continue showing your enthusiasm while your on the job.
Our second lesson was on problem solving and professionalism. To me, I feel like I learned that problem solving can have different meaning while your on the job, for example, working on how to get something fixed on your own, or how to work with a co-worker. I feel like this skill relates back to one of our earliest lesson of being a team player and getting to certain goals. I feel like another value that had I learned about with problem solving is learning to slow down and think things through before you make a decisions.This is a goal that I would personal like to work on for myself. I also learned that having professionalism and being enthusiastic can help you do your best while on the job.
The lesson on professionalism was a long one. My teacher was using this lesson to help me understand that its important to work hard and to do the tasks that are assigned to you.
All in all, I feel like all these skills I have learned so far can also be used to better myself in my personal life.