The years have gone by so fast-a reflection of my years at the local state college

Hi Blog world,

Well, after a long weekend and an extra twenty-four hours of waiting I got the news I wanted I passed my math class and I am now a graduate of the local state college!  I did it!  Wow!   Where has the time gone?  I have grown so much in the last three years.  I remember my first day at the college like most freshmen I was excited to be doing something after months of summer vacation, however, I was scared about being in this new “World” and I really wanted to go home.  I have now gotten over that rush of wanting to go home right away.   I have also made many friends.  During this time, I have also met my best friend, we have grown very close in our friendship and I know that our friendship will grow ever closer as I move on with my education at the local university.

My hardest difficulty is with my math, I have had many setbacks with it, and however, I am better with it than I first started when I was a freshman. I can’t thank the teachers and the tutors in the math lab enough for working so hard with me even when I felt down about learning my hardest subject. Thank you!

My spelling and grammar has also been a struggle for me.  I had to take writing prep writing my freshmen year, and with lots of practice and the dedication of my teachers, I was able to pass my College Placement Exam and I was able to move on to college credit classes my second term.  One of the goals I had during my time at the state college was to get something published in the school newspaper, and I went over the top of that goal, I had more articles published than I ever thought I would.  I also got the chance of educating the public about what it is like to be legally blind and what it means to be safe when walking with a white cane.

During my freshmen and sophomore year, I also attended a local learning center for the blind and visually impaired where I learned how to use my computer including programs: ZoomText and Kurzweil 3000.  I also sharpen my typing skills and learned how to use my digital tape recorder.

In the kitchen, I regained confidence in my cooking and stove use. I have also learned how to manage a home, through learning organization skills, banking skills, and I even got to learn about my future job by talking to some professional reporters at the local newspaper.

I also got to meet some guide dogs and I have learned that a blind person can really be independent, and they also have a constant companion: a friend for life.

I have also started learning Braille, I still am not a fluent reader yet, but I know that in the next two years I will be getting better at it.

In my spare time I have also learned how to take care of an aquarium; and I have learned a lot about fish.

Through all these little things, I have been gaining more confidence and independence. I am not sure of what the next two years of my life will obtain or what goals I will achieve but I do know that it’s going to be an adventure!

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

Three days left of school and a crazy weekend

Hi Blog world,

I am counting down the days until the last day of school; I’m getting excited about it! I have been working very hard in the math lab, and I think by this Thursday I will be ready for my exam.

I had a crazy weekend, because I had to baby-sit. It was fun baby-sitting again and the kids and I had a fun time watching Disney movies and making Father’s day cards. Also, during this weekend, I cleaned my room, and I went to the beach too. It was a pretty good weekend.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

A blessing and an update…

Hi Blog World,

I just wanted to drop you guys a line.  First off, my grade in my math class is improving, and I think if I really study, and as I have been told, if I keep a positive outlook I may just pass my math class; if this happens I will move on to the local university

One awesome thing that happened today, and it helped a whole lot, is I got a grant that will cover my dorm.  This is a blessing, because I was so worried about making sure that things were taken care of.  I’m truly blessed.  All I need to do now is complete school and keep working towards my goals.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Sad news

Hi Blog world,

Sigh, well, as the title says, I have some sad news.  My mid-term exam didn’t come out like I wanted it to, so as a result, my overall grade has come down, I may not pass the class, or even graduate on time like I was planning too.  I am doing everything I can to make my grade better, I have been turning my work in on time; have been asking questions in class and in the math tutoring center.  I will keep you guys posted as the last three weeks of the term come closer to the final exam.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

Swimming with my best friend

Hi Blog world,

I just wanted to stop by and tell you about what I did this Saturday.  I went swimming with my best friend at her house. We had a lot of fun, and she even taught me how to float.  We also got to play with her guide dog Bristol, and one awesome thing was I got to meet a real wolf named Thunder! He is so cute.  At first I was a little afraid of Thunder but once we got used to each other we were pals. After we went swimming, we watched the movie, “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”  Then we had dinner,the hamburgers and fries where really good!During my visit, Jessica, her mom and I  also talked about the fact that one day I would like to get a guide dog of my own.  I know that having a guide dog is a big responsibility and I still need to give it some deep thought,  however, seeing Jessica and her guide dog Bristol Jessica and Bristol

working together and Jessica being so Independent with Bristol by her side, makes me feel like if I do go into the journalism field that with a guide dog I can do any beat that comes my way.  Come on!  Follow me “forward together” to Jessica’s blog Journeying through life-Life’s Journey Jessica’s blog

Jessica and Thunder
Jessica and Thunder