Monday, October 26, 2009

Midterm Madness!

I realized today that is has been awhile since I blogged. Time fly's when you're having fun!

October has been a very busy month.....thus the reason for not doing an entry since the 11th! Midterm exams, projects, presentations and assignments have been my major activity on the computer. I can't believe I'm half way through this term already.

When I began this course I was totally jazzed about the whole returning to college thing and I still am......BUT.... although I knew it was going to be a challenge, I didn't think it was going to consume so much of my time. That's ok, I don't mind. My grades are proof that I'm spending the right amount of time studying etc.

My brain had dormant cells that are now screaming out for a time of peace and quiet....sorry guys, not happening any time soon! lol I'm still in the "getting used to it faze" and I'm sure that by the end of the whole course I'll have figured it all out.....NOT!

Don't get me wrong, I am very glad that I took this step and very curious to see what is in the future once I have completed HR Management. For now, its study study study and hope that those once dormant brain cells don't gang up on me and mutiny!

Jen :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My World's Collided!!!

One of the courses I'm taking is called "Dispute Resolution". A very interesting read, and significant to one's every day life as I found out last week. For those of you who know me, I tend to be a very emotional person and usually let everyone know how I feel. Just ask my family........they are the ones who experience it on a very regular basis.

The chapter we were studying was about emotions. We discussed how to keep them in check when dealing with conflict, what words to use, and how to diffuse a situation that is getting emotionally out of control. But, the one area that collided with my everyday life is how previous experiences, when given the opportunity, can arouse emotions so strong that they throw you for a loop. You forgot about how it affected you at the time and the simplest thing will trigger a years worth of events, thoughts and, yes, emotions.

Two of my class mates and I went into the library at the college and there he was. We had met when I was 17 at a christian retreat called Agape. He was a team leader and we clicked immediately. It was November. In February that following year he asked me to marry him, he gave me a promise ring for my 18th birthday in May and by that October I was in a tale spin. Too much way too fast!

Anyway, seeing him brought a flood of emotion into me and I told the girls who he was. Of course, like high school kids, "go over and say hi!!" was the first thing they said. Not sure what to do, as he was there working on the photo copy machine, I contemplated. After a couple of agonizing minutes, and these two chirping in my ear, I decided to go and say hello. I tapped him on the arm and he was truly shocked to see me standing there but genuinely happy. I gave him a quick hug and asked how he was doing, he is now a Grampa!!!! It was wonderful to see the gleam in his eye as he talked about his 5 week old granddaughter.

After a brief conversation we parted ways and guess what class I had to go guessed it, Dispute Resolution and we were continuing our conversation about emotions. In the short time it took to walk from the library to the class room I had gone through the major events of my relationship with him. It was a significant part of my life that will remain with me.

I always knew that emotion played a major role in life but once you have the opportunity to study it AND experience it at the same time, it puts it into a different perspective.

Thanks for the memories William, and congratulations!!

J : )

The Turkey Dump

What the heck is a Turkey Dump........sounds bathroom related to me but I really don't want to go there! lol

A couple of years ago this terminology was brought to my attention and I had no idea what it meant. Guess I was showing my age! Apparently this occurs when teens have a "significant other" when they go away to school and the relationship starts to be questioned once they are apart. The first big holiday that they usually come home for is Thanksgiving. They see eachother, they talk, and the "Turkey Dump" process begins. "I've met someone else, this isn't working with you being so far away, I don't know what I want any more, I'm too busy". Sound familiar? It probably does seeing that it doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to dump a Turkey!!!

There was a conversation I overheard while at my locker (ok I was listening in and very intently). Two guys were discussing going home and one of them was in a quandary as to how he was going to dump his girlfriend because he loved the freedom he now had being away from her. You'll never guess what words came out of his buddy's mouth...."Guess it's time for the old Turkey Dump dude!"

I couldn't help but start to think about the poor young lady who's weekend was about to be turned upside down. On the other hand, maybe she will be the one who gets to it first and lets him know that there is more to life than hanging on to something that probably won't survive the distance. I hope I'm right.....

J : )

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Can you say MIDTERMS!!!!

October is going to be one crazy month. My profs are starting to set up tests and assignments and today I can honestly say my brain hurts. It's a weird feeling actually, not like a headache but more like a muscle that hasn't been used in awhile. It gets a tremendous work out and says to the rest of your body "Um, excuse me but WHAT IN GODS NAME ARE YOU DOING TO ME!!" lol
Not to brag (ok I am a little) but I did a law assignment and scored 20/20 on it. I hope this isn't setting the bar (no pun intended)! As in the words of my law prof, "hang on, don't panic."
Today we had our first study group. Six of us went to the college student lounge and hashed out HR Planning for 3 hours. It was very productive and definitely worth sacrificing a sleep in day. This week it's HR Planning and Finance Accounting. Seeing I haven't sat a formal test in quite awhile this is going to be interesting to say the least.
The only worry I have is that my brain explodes from all the pressure and I won't be able to remember a single thing I've studied. I guess that's why they allow you to bring a "Linus Blanket" into the test. I'll save that for another blog.
J : )