7 Quick Takes (Vol. 42) Reasons to Consider Home Schooling

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Apparently May is Home Schooling Awareness Month. So, in honor of that I present 7 reasons to consider home schooling. I’m not a parent but I was home schooled growing up. I’m a firm believer in placing the student in the educational environment best for them. For some students, that may be at home.

Without further ado, #1:

Because why not? Just consider it. Think about it. Pray about it. It’s an option, so look at it.

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Freedom of time.
You can vacation/visit colleges/pop over to grandma’s whenever you want. You can take a day off if you just really need one. Your kids (and you) can sleep in late. Or they can get all their school work done before lunch. It’s learning on your time.

 

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You can watch and appreciate videos like this:

And this:

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Freedom of learning.
If your eighth grader wants to read the Sherlock Holmes stories, great! There’s English! Throw in some Kipling and Bronte, have them discuss the books and write papers. Suddenly bam! Your child can add “Victorian Literature” to their transcript and they get to read what they enjoy. Or maybe your sixth grader excels in science. Well then let them! Give them a challenge. Do fun experiments. Teach your kids what you want them to learn. This applies especially to values. When you’re the one doing the educating you decide what lessons your kids take away.

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Math can be fun.

homeschool homework

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Individualized learning.
I really enjoyed this part of being home schooled. In high school I was able to concentrate in the areas at which I excelled and was given more time in the areas where I didn’t. People learn differently and express their learning differently. It can be tricky, I imagine, when you’re trying to keep straight and cater to each student in a class of 25. If you home school you could maybe let your kids write short historical fiction pieces instead of reports. Or watch videos about math. Or do more hands-on work. It’s up to you. The point is  learning can be how they learn best.

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You get to be in the cool kids club.

via morguefile
via morguefile


Okay, maybe that sounds exclusive. But if anyone asks if you think home schooling actually works, you can just show them this list of world-changers and success stories. Add to the list Josh Hutcherson, Einstein, and so many others. No need to worry. It can work. So why not consider it?

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary! Go check out the other posts in the link up!

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7 Quick Takes (Vol. 41) Struggs, a Rant, the End of the Semester, and Maybe I’ll Miss School

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It’s been a while since I did a Quick Takes Post…or much blogging at all for that matter. Frankly, I’ve been lacking motivation for a lot of things lately. Including class. No, I didn’t skip. But I wanted to…oh, how I wanted to.

For an overview of my life lately see 25 Signs You’re So Over This Semester. It’s freaky accurate. No I haven’t resorted to dry shampoo or completely stopped taking notes. But microwave food? Yep. No desire to clean? Check. Massive procrastination? This blog post is evidence of that I think.

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This semester could end today and that would be totally ok. I’ll take my grades as is and leave for the Summer. Give me some time to recharge and I’ll be back in August. But please let it end. I’ve came to a breaking point this week. After staying up until 5am watching the double canonization on Saturday I stayed up until 2:30 on Monday night writing a paper. I managed to drag myself out of bed in time for 10:50am Spanish test yesterday. But promptly took a nap that afternoon. This has been…a struggs week. A massively struggs week. If you don’t know (i.e. aren’t from kansas or the surrounding area) struggs means struggles, struggling. It’s a word I’ve adopted since coming to school here, mostly because it perfectly summarizes the feelings of despair, frustration, and problems in one syllable. So yes, this week has been struggs. It’s also been crazy. I’m pretty sure every one of my suitemates is done with this semester, some more than me. There have been interesting conversations at 12:30 at night and more than one evening of Walmart adventure this week.

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Moving on to Summer…after a week at home I’ll be working with the Little Sister of the Poor. I’m getting really excited and started looking up things to do in the city I’ll be in. I know it’s going to be great! And great for me. For the record, though, I’m pretty sure that life is not what I’m called to. Don’t worry, I’ve thought about it. A lot.

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A funny thing happened today. So, to completely switch gears, I had my Spanish Oral exam today. After my professor commented on my knack for the language and said she hoped I would take more Spanish. Then, as I was leaving her office, I ran into my history professor. He randomly asked me (first thing out of his mouth) what my major was. I told him education. He went on to say “because you’re really good at history” and asked if I had considered a minor.
*sigh*
If only there were enough credits in a semester…Actually, if money was no object I would gladly stay in school an extra year, or maybe even two. I’d also study abroad. The fact is though, that I have to be realistic. (Though I might just check what would happen if I did switch my major.)

I just hope that years from now my future students will realize that I could have majored in many things but chose to serve them and educate them on not only reading and math but also on how to be proper humans beings. I hope they’ll recognize that what I chose to dedicate my life to was them and their education. I hope they see that with my gifts an abilities I tried to make our education system better for them and children throughout the country.

*end of rant*

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My professors are also part of the reason I love this school so much. After my Spanish oral exam I stayed and chatted with my professor for a moment. She has proved to be one of my favorite teachers. In fact, Spanish class is one of the bright spots of my day. She’s great, my classmates are great, and the subject is one I like. I didn’t like this professor at first, but she has really grown on me. I find that there’s a few teachers like that. In the end, I value the lessons they taught me (and I don’t mean the subject) and come to appreciate them.

I can only hope I’m as good a teacher someday.

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Speaking of this school…our dean wrote a blog post about her experience and how the community here has helped her as she deals with a trauma in the family. The community. That’s probably takes second place only to the faith life on my list of things I love about my school.

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So…what started out as an “I’m so done with this semester” whine-fest turned into “I really do love this school”. Welp, that’s college for you!

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary! Go check out the other posts in the link up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 40) St. Benedict, Change, Silence, and Catholic Ramblings

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Back to school…back to the old grind… It was a bit difficult the first day or so back at school. But it’s actually gotten easier. I’ve been getting up with more time to get ready in the morning. I’m trying to get back on top of classes and am trying out some new study tricks for Spanish. Philosophy is still not my thing though. And I don’t think it ever will be. But the fact that it’s difficult for me to translate what Aristotle is saying  is not something I really care about.

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Today is the Solemnity of the Passing of St. Benedict at least for benedictines. And since I go to a benedictine school and am benediction by extension it is for me too. Which means today was a solemnity. On a Friday. In Lent. I had chicken for dinner and sung alleluia unashamed.
I’m really starting to love benedictine spirituality as I learn more about it. The community is a huge part of it for me. We have a class on specifically benedictine spirituality here. I might take it some time.

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Why I like change and my roommate loves stability. My roommate and I were discussing this morning our thoughts on change. I personally love the idea of adventure, new places, and new things to do. She on the other hand loves the idea of stability. We realized that, in a way, it may be because of our childhoods. She moved around a lot while I lived in the same house my whole life. It’s incredible what effects your childhood can have on you.

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I’ve really been thinking about silence lately. The other day I was also thinking about music.It used to be you would get dressed up and go to a concert where you did nothing but listen and appreciate and analyze the music. Nowadays, it seems we often fall into the trap (myself included) of using music as a distraction, a way to block out the silence. Because let’s face it, silence, for whatever reason is scary. We don’t want to to have to think about the difficult things. We don’t want to consider what our minds will bring to us or how God will speak to us. So we block out His voice and even our own thoughts. Because that’s the thing, as someone reminded me today, God only speaks in silence.
It’s difficult but I know that I need to find and embrace silence of mind most of all. I need to let go of all the worries, the plans, the internal, eternal to do list–and be silent and still.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Is that we can only know He is God, if we are still?

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Today is National Down Syndrome Day. I loved this list on Buzzfeed of reasons why people with down syndrome are pretty awesome to have in our world.
Also, this is a great video addressed to an expectant mother:

From this article.

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The Pope and President. So, apparently President Obama will be visiting Pope Francis soon. And apparently last time Obama visited a pope that pope gave him a church document on bioethics. Just some tidbits to consider.

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Also, this just makes me sad. And angry. But mostly sad. A group of nuns has come out in support of the HHS mandate. It makes me sad to see these women who the faithful should be able to look to as spiritual mothers aren’t living up their roles but are in fact acting completely counter to the church and her teachings. These are women I should be able to look up to as women of faith and role models in the spiritual life. But, they are only human. My only recourse right now is to pray for them and ask you to do the same. Pray for all our sisters and nuns and religious. There are so many good orders and sisters and nuns out there, and yet examples like this are unfairly casting them in a poor light. The Little Sisters of the Poor are fighting against the HHS mandate in order to avoid violating their consciences and to speak up for religious freedom. I just wish all religious and all the laity would too.

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary! Go check out the other posts in the link up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 39) The Travel Bug, Reading, and an Unproductive Spring Break

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Spring Break has not been productive, at least not as productive as I was hoping. I’ve done pretty much no homework. Honestly, school seems like a dream. Tonight and tomorrow though, I will have to do some work before I head back on Sunday. But I really don’t have any motivation to do so. I did however, observe in a school yesterday morning. First grade. It was great. It reminded me why I want to be a teacher. Past all the red tape, and the political correctness, and all my notions, there’s teaching. That’s why I chose this major and this career: to help children.

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Am I an introvert? I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I need quiet time. And by that I mean time for my mind to be quiet–no computer shining in my eyes, no worries pressing on me. Just me and something simple (prayer, doing dishes). There comes a point when I’m sick of all the noise. And I just want to get away from it and recharge. But does that make me an introvert? Or just an extrovert who like, everyone, need quiet time? Maybe I’m just somewhere in between. Regardless of how I label it though, I appreciate that I’ve done at least one thing productive this week and made this realization. It’s important for me to recharge and how I do that is in the quiet.

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That being said, the travel bug is back. I have an adventurous streak which I’m just learning to recognize. Particularly, I want to travel. I have for years. When I realized I couldn’t study abroad I thought I’d set that dream aside for now or at least put it in the back of my mind. But then I was reminded why I want to go recently, and so yeah, it’s back, or I guess it never went away. I realize that I won’t be going abroad any time soon, but someday I hope to.

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The fact that I liked the King and I at age 12 should have given me a hint about a lot of things actually. The movie was one I enjoyed when I was younger. It was one of my first experiences with musicals. I found a cassette (yes a cassette) of the soundtrack first and listened to it on repeat. It maybe wasn’t my favorite, but I liked it. The themes that connect to my own life I noticed later. First, there’s the travel and adventure part of it: a proper English woman moves to a foreign country where she knows no one to start a new chapter in her life. Sound like an adventurous streak? Then there’s the fact that she’s a teacher. Because, well, I’m going to be a teacher, she was a teacher. Also, Anna loved her students. That’s why she stayed (twice!), because she loved those kids. Last, Anna, though a softy, was also a woman with determination or perhaps stubbornness. That another thing I can see in myself.

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Lent! It’s been almost 10 days since Ash Wednesday. I’ve broken at least one of my lenten resolutions so far, maybe two. And the third is one I would have to set out to break. I have been home for most of Lent though. My days flow differently at home. We’ll see what happens when I get back to school next week.

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Pope Francis was elected a year ago yesterday. Where was I a year ago? Check out my admittedly enthusiastic post from that day. It’s cool to have a blog to look back on my thoughts and feelings and memories. Sitting in that auditorium my whole body was filled with adrenaline. It was a definitely an exciting day. I also wrote a post the other day about my thoughts on what Pope Francis has done in just one year.

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Reading. I finished Insurgent yesterday. And of course, it ended on a cliffhanger. I’ve got a number of things on my reading list beside Allegiant too. I came by a copy of Four Signs of the Dynamic Catholic the other day. And I have Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey to reread. I could also borrow a copy of Tale of Two Cities from my mom’s library to reread. Still, I kind of want to read something new and exciting. I may add all these great books on Christianity and life alongside the classics on my list of books I want to read. But in the end I have a soft spot for the popular, contemporary, dystopian, fight-the-evil-government YA books. At least right now. …said the English literature minor. 😛

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 38) Packing for Spring Break

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So, because I leave tomorrow for Spring Break and today was crazy (I still haven’t finished packing and doing my dishes before I go to bed) I present to you a picture montage of my packing experience.

Now, normally I’m a beast a packing, ahem, if I do say so myself. This break though I opted for the-slightly-bigger-than-carry-on suitcase and didn’t roll and squeeze my clothes and sit on my suitcase like I normally do.

Suitcase
Look at how not-squished that looks!

I also didn’t do laundry before break, hence the pink laundry bag underneath:

Hi mom. I'm going to do laundry. K? k.
Hi mom. I’m going to do laundry. K? k.

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Also…this is how I pack…

Yes that is my bed. Covered in junk.
Yes that is my bed. Covered in junk.

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And what’s in the shopping bag? 

Well, shoes of course! One pair of which being my snow boots (oh the joys of spending Spring Break in Wisconsin!).

Yep. Hard core.
Yep. Hard core.

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And because I’m me, I’m brining homework. 

Sometimes I wonder why I have to be so responsible. Or maybe irresponsible since I'm catching up on reading I should have done before...
Sometimes I wonder why I have to be so responsible. Or maybe irresponsible since I’m catching up on reading I should have done before…

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I’m also bringing books that aren’t for school.

Insurgent (YAY!), my Bible (almost always travel with it and it'll be good to read during Lent), and Sayings of Jeanne Jugan (founder of the Little Sister of the Poor I believe)
Insurgent (YAY!), my Bible (almost always travel with it and it’ll be good to read during Lent), and Sayings of Jeanne Jugan (founder of the Little Sister of the Poor I believe)

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I also made muffins for us car full of girls driving 9+ hours tomorrow.

Blueberrrrry muffins
Blueberrrrry muffins

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Done. (more or less)

Backpack, bag o' shoes, purse, suitcase, winter coat
Backpack, bag o’ shoes, purse, suitcase, winter coat

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 37)

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Am I really so busy? When I think about my days, I realize that I spend a lot of time doing nothing. I procrastinate. Big time. And also, I always manage to “find time” when something is important enough–at least I have recently. So, am I really so busy? Actually, probably not. And I’m certainly not as busy as I was last semester when I barely did anything fun. I guess my point is that I need to learn moderation and also self-control. Most of all, I just need to get of the internet and actually do my homework.

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Silence. Earlier in the week I had an unexpected period of silence and rest. I was doing nothing and there wasn’t a screen in front of my face. It was about 3 in the afternoon and I was finishing up my lunch before moving on to my next scheduled event. So, I sat in the student union and ate. There weren’t many people in there and I got to just sit, look around, take a deep breath. It was so good. Silence is beautiful.

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7 Posts in 7 Days. I took on Jen’s challenge to write 7 posts in 7 days. It’s been touch and go so far, but we’re not done yet. If you want to get caught up…Monday’s post was on JOY (yes I finally wrote about my new perspective/motto), Tuesday I wrote a letter to myself at age 16, Wednesday I was up late writing a philosophy paper and didn’t actually write a blog post (*guilty face*), Thursday I wrote about internet quizzes and 10 random facts about me, and then today (well, let’s pretend it’s still Friday? Ok? ok.) I’m writing this. I still have 2 more days to go. Plus I want to make up for the day I missed. So 3 more posts!

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On that note, let us observe that I am developing carpal tunnel. I’m not entirely sure why but I think  3 of the leading causes are typing, typing with my laptop so close to me, and nonstop note taking. I’ve been trying to keep my wrist bandaged and I’ll be getting a wrap soon. additionally, I’ve had a cold this week. So I basically just feel old and like my body’s falling apart. 😛

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Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Lent is sneaking up on me and I need to figure out what I’m doing this year. I’ve been tossing around ideas: looking for a different sacrifice to make every day (skipping an opportunity to complain one day, foregoing desert another day), or maybe giving up the snooze button (a big bad habit of mine). I want to incorporate daily prayer better as well. I’ve been better about prayer the last few weeks but there’s still room for improvement (as always). In general, I’m looking for something that I can improve at. But a pure, straight sacrifice is an option too. Also, I remembered something I heard in a homily within the last year or so about how fasting needs to be done for something. Now, obviously our main purpose is to prepare ourselves for Easter, make reparation to God, show Him that we love Him over other things, and reasons that me, not being a theologian can’t properly explain. But it might be nice to pick a specific thing to offer my sacrifices for. Just a thought.
Do you know what you’re doing for Lent? Have ideas?

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I was listening to this song on repeat all afternoon 🙂 It’s also currently stuck in my head.

 

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One week to Spring Break! Next Saturday morning I’ll be packing my bags into my friend’s car and taking off  for home.I will have things to do over this break. But it will be nice to have a break in which to catch up on homework, re-center myself, reevaluate how things are going, and to just relax and sleep in.

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 36) on Being Crazy and Trusting God

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Another busy week! I had four tests this week. I’d say I’m not sure how I made it through, but I do. Only by God’s grace. I was terrible over the weekend and got very little homework done until Sunday when I crammed for 8am history test the next day. It went well actually. Then I had a philosophy test and a test in my PE methods class on Wednesday. Tuesdays are bulletin days followed by my night class. I had planned to get up early and go to morning prayer with my dorm at 7:20. But I slept in and got up at 8. I then went to do the bulletin. I also had my night class. So, I didn’t get to studying until after 8:30pm. Somehow though, both tests the next day went fairly well. The rest of Wednesday was a little crazy. I had adoration at 5:30, after which I was going to sit in on a lector and usher training at 6:50. I also had a ministry meeting at 9pm. Well, I wound up being in adoration for an hour rather than half an hour (the next person forgot to come to their slot) but, as it happened, I really needed that extra time with Jesus. So I did some math homework Wednesday night (it was due before my test Thursday) but not all of it. I didn’t have class until 10:50 on Thursday so I decided to get up early and do it before class. Well, something was screwy with my alarms and I wound up getting up at 10am. Somehow though, I got the homework done between the time before class and my lunch break.

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This is all to say: God is good. That’s how I got through it all. It certainly wasn’t me. It was Him. God has been leading and encouraging me to trust Him more lately. One of the ways he’s done this is by showing that yeah, He’s got this. This again, relates back to my theme for the year of JOY. (Which I still haven’t written my post about!)

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Oh, why not! Let’s do it! So, yeah, In addition to writing about JOY I haven’t written about a lot of things as I talked about in last week’s quick takes. I had hoped to write some posts before now. But at that point I hadn’t looked at my planner.

Well, this week is going to be different! Jen at Conversion Diary is hosting a 7 posts in 7 days challenge/link-up. When I heard about the link-up my initial reaction was : I should do this! It will get me to blog more. But before I committed to anything I checked my planner (although I should probably have just trusted God on this one). Looks like everything will work out fine (I hope!). So yeah, challenge accepted. I have a philosophy paper to write and another test to take but…JOY and trusting God and all that. Let’s be crazy and give it a go!

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Speaking of being crazy I re-applied to Ministry today! Ok, I don’t really think it was a crazy idea. I think it was a great decision. I love being a part of campus ministry. I mean, yes, I doubted at the beginning of the semester if I was supposed to. But I can’t see myself not doing ministry. Is it a lot of work? yes. Is it at times stressful? Yep. But it’s God’ work and I trust that He will provide. I also left my application open to whatever job they think would be best for me. The bulletin might be becoming a practicum in the Mass Com department (which would be great, don’t get me wrong). It would just mean that I would have to take on a different role if I’m invited back to ministry next year.

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This week I did find some time for fun! Friday night I went to a ladies night put on in my dorm and got my nails done by a girl in my dorm. The pattern isn’t exactly what I had asked for but I was just in awe of her patience and loved being pretty-fied (there’s really no otehr way to descibe the emusement a girl gets from doing silly thing like paintign her nails). Also, on Saturday, I kind of impulsively decided to highlight my hair. My roommate did it for me and while you can’t really tell unless you know that I highlighted it (the color is similar to my natural hair color), I like it. It’s teh first time I’ve ever died my hair. As I side not I also haven’t skyped my mom since then…
On Saturday (when I probably should have been doing homework) I also made JOY wall art. It was just paper cut outs of teh letters, colord with markers and put up on the wall to remind me. Last night I decorated more. I had  a few minutes and decided to hang my picture of Mary and Jesus and my cross above the head of my bed. These are things I’ve been meaning to do all semester, so It felt good to get them done. Especially since the semester is almost half over. (2 weeks until Spring Break!)

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I’m especially excited to go home for Spring Break because I might not go home this summer. Nothing’s been established yet but I’m probably going to apply to a live-in service program with the Little Sisters of the Poor. However, the home closest to my parents’ house isn’t participating in the program. So if I do the program I’ll be at least 4 hours from home. I may even be 18 hours away. The idea of spending all summer away from my family and the hometown I know so well, is a little…daunting. And it’s the main reason I hesitate to apply.

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Well, that was a lot of text…so how about I just wish you a good week and tell you to check back in on Monday for the first installment of my 7 posts in 7 days. It will help me achieve one of my February goals and my Year of Blogging Well challenge.

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 35) About Teaching and Reading, oh, and Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentines Day! Or if you prefer, Singles Awareness Day 😉 Today I read this article from catholicsistas.com about the single life called “The Dilemma and Joy of Being Single”. It was a really good piece. One of my favorite quotes was “if you are a single woman, you are able to mother everyone”. It’s so true. In a paradoxical way it makes me see what people mean when they say that being single is being free. The vocation of being a wife and mother requires a woman to devout herself to her family. It’s a beautiful vocation. A single woman, on the other hand can devout herself to others. But as the article reads “either vocation, married life or single/virginity, entails giving up something in order to be fruitful in some way”. That’s living your vocation. While I’m always looking ahead to my vocation in life I should also remember that

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So, I didn’t write my quick takes last week…in fact I haven’t blogged since the first. That’s terrible. Last week, though, was pretty crazy. I turned in my portfolio to the education department on Friday. It was a huge weight off my shoulders. I was working down to the last hour I could. Then it was done. I spent Saturday making muffins and reading and just relaxing after that craziness.

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I then had my interview on Monday. A teacher from the education department and another woman interviewed me. I think it went well. I’ve also been doing lesson planning lately for my classes. I really liked the first one I did. The second one I found the format annoying. But it’s exciting to be doing real teacher stuff! 🙂

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I read Divergent! That’s what I was reading last weekend. I finished it last night. It was pretty good. But mostly it just feels good to reeead! And to have finished a book. It makes me happy. I’m keeping right up with my #5 year-long goal and with one of my February goals. It makes me feel less busy and so good to have found time made time to read just for fun.

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I guess the reason why is JOY. It’s my new philosophy if you will. It’s a new way of living for me. A motto. I haven’t put it into a post of its own (yet!) but essentially JOY is about not letting little things get to me and stress me out. It’s keeping on top of things. It’s not being freaked out about stuff over which I have no control.

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Speaking of goals…I still need to redefine goal #4 of my year-long goals. I have some thoughts but I think I’ll put this into its own post and discuss more reasons for wanting to have some technology-free times. In general my goals aren’t doing too hot. But it’s only February. If I had everything checked off by now those would have been really lame goals. Speaking of which, my February goals are looking good, except for the whole write 10 blog posts thing. I need to step it up on that one.

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One more take about education. (Clearly teaching is on my mind.) Another article I read this week was about Common Core and how it devalues literature. It’s true. What happened to reading for reading’s sake? What happened to literature and books as art? Literature is good for the soul and the character. Have we forgotten that? I got a happy surprise at the end of the article when I discovered it was written by Anthony Esolen who will be coming to speak on campus on Monday.

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 34)

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Life right now is a little crazy that is I mean, busy. (Joy. Joy. Must remember joy.) Today I turned in two papers for my portfolio for the Honors Program. Next week my application to the education department is due. It’s quite a project and one I’ll be working on all this weekend. I see a lot of sitting in my room, earbuds in, typing away, in my future the next few days. But even with all that I also realize that I need to be more consistent and scheduled with my blogging. Afterall, I’ve done little but Quick Takes recently. And I’d like to put out some longer posts about a particular topic.

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Applying to the education program is not as simple as it sounds…but I’m really excited. The process consists of a portfolio which includes 6 essays and it all has to be arranged a certain way. But if I am accepted into the program I will officially be an education major, one more step towards getting my degree. I’ve had some doubts lately about whether I want to major in education. But I realized that I love personally helping people. It gives me energy to see my work pay off in positive effects for those I’ve tried to help. I’m excited to teach. I’m excited to see that glint in a student’s eye when I help them make a realization or pique their curiosity. But…that’s still a while a way. And before that comes this portfolio.

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I’ve watched a few movies and TV recently. I’ve watched a lot of Once Upon a Time (almost caught up!) , saw Frozen (great movie, some small hitches; I hope to write a post about it soon…hopefully), and I watched Sherlock last Sunday. The Sign of Three was great! Probably my favorite episode thus far (we’ll see what happens on Sunday!) I never saw that surprise at the end coming either! So, I’m interested to see how that plays out in this next episode. 🙂

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Lately I’ve been realizing new things about my personality. Of course, when am I not? I’m always discovering new things about myself. Yesterday, I had a long conversation with our chaplain, partially pertaining to who I am. He’s observant and has a great gift for personalities. He shared some insights with me which opened my eyes.

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I want to travel. I’ve always wanted to travel. Just go look at all my posts tagged “studying abroad“. Over the summer I was trying to figure out how I could possibly be in my college’s Florence program until I finally realized that it wouldn’t be possible. But there may be other possibilities and in the span of an hour I had two separate conversations where travel/living abroad were topics. Maybe it’s in God’s plans. But we’ll have to see.

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I saw a baby today! Why is this not #1? Anyways, it was just for a few minutes but it made me realize (again) how much I miss having little kids in my life. My youngest sister turned 7 yesterday. I feel like it was yesterday that she turned 6. She’s getting big. By the time I graduate she’ll be 9. When I started college she was 5. That’s such a difference. I like little kids. Maybe someday I’ll be a kindergarten teacher, or first grade. 🙂

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God has also been challenging me lately. Sometimes I’m cynical or terse. I think I’m reacting against current situations and stress. This contrasts, of course, with my motto for the year: joy. I guess there’s always something to strive for.

 

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 33) My Life This Week

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary!

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It has been a good week. To start it off right, Sunday was beautiful (not weather-wise of course). I went to Mass in the morning and worked with the new sacristan (my rooomate). Then in the evening I watched Sherlock. It was good. SPOILER: it wasn’t completely satisfying. But of course, that’s Steven Moffat for you.

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Several people I know were gone on the March this week. The buses from our college left Monday afternoon and got back late last night. It was different this year staying on campus and watching so many others go. The campus ministry office was practically empty. But I certainly wasn’t idle while they were gone. As part of my work with campus ministry I organized a 24 hour period of eucharistic adoration for people to pray for those on the march. Last night I wrote a short post on my thoughts about staying back and praying rather than going out and marching.

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I’ve also been very productive this last week. I’m probably going to break that streak this weekend, but it was nice while it lasted. 😉 I actually read for fun. I started Divergent by Veronica Roth, but I haven’t gotten far enough through it to give a well-informed review. But it was so good to read, to just curl up with a good fiction book. I’ve missed this, as I said before.

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This week I also finally got my work schedule which means I can make my weekly schedule up. I talked about this goal of setting up a weekly schedule in my goals. I don’t want to be too strict and structured though, because I’m realizing that I don’t neccesarilly need to. I’ve actually had a really good system so far this semester. At night, as I go to bed, I make a list of things I need to accomplish the next day. In the morning I put the list in my clutch with my phone and keys where I can refer to it all day and check things off as I do them, circle priorities, and add things as they arise.

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Today I observed in a public elementary school as part of my art and music methods class. I think was the first time I was ever in a public elemntary school class. It was interesting watching the interaction between the teacher and his students. It was little different than what I observed in the Catholic school last year. And in general, it gave me more positive feelings towards working in a public school. I still want to work in a Catholic school ideally. But if all I can find is a small public school…I think I would be fine.

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I’ve also realized that before college I’d never been in a traditional classroom. In preschool and kindergarten I went to a montesorri school. 1st-12th grade I was homeschooled. I had a couple online classes though, and co-op classes which were like traditional classes excpet they were taught by our parents and I was often in them with at least one sibling…so maybe not quite the same. So, despite my inexperience with traditional schooling I came into college wanting to be a teacher. Huh.

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Goals review. The month is winding to a close and I need to start thinking ahead to my first goals review of the year. I only had a few goals for January but I still realize I need to get on those and finish them up before the month comes to a close. So wish me luck with those!  And check back in next weekend for my review.

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!