Do what you love…

Hi everyone!

Today marks the day of my last blog. I cannot believe that the semester is nearing its end and that I will be walking for graduation on May 16th. I say walking because I am taking one more class this summer and then I will officially have my MS in Community and School Health. WOW! I feel old.

I just wanted to offer some advice to those of you exploring different Master’s programs in Buffalo or in other parts of the country. Do what you love! Find a subject area that interests you and pursue higher education in that area. There is nothing worse than waking up and dreading going to a job every day. You don’t just want a paycheck; you deserve other fulfillment (that money cannot provide). (more…)

Time is precious…

Hello everyone!!!

In the words of my boyfriend, I would like to “switch up” the previous topics of my blogs and instead focus on the convenience of online classes. On Friday the 13th, I left Buffalo after work to spend some time in Horseheads, NY (outside of Elmira) with my family for my paternal grandfather’s 90th birthday. With the ease of online classes, I was able to really enjoy myself and spend time with family that I am only able to see at most once or twice a year.

Literally, as long as I have a computer, I can “go to school”. Everything that I need to be successful is there. Fortunately, the hotel that we were staying at had a hotel and free computer access, so I just hopped on there and took care of making a couple of posts for a class. Also, I did not have to worry about making it back for a particular class, so the stress was definitely alleviated and I could enjoy the time with my family.

There are few things more precious than time. The flexibility of being able to attend school and pursue a Master’s degree online is incredible! It gives me the feeling that I control my time and (more…)

Issues of our kids…

Issues of our kids…

Hi again everyone!

It is clear to me that time really does fly by. I cannot believe that we are almost through April and graduation will be here before I even realize it! These eight-week classes really expedite the time!

In Health Impacts on Academic Success K-12, we learned about the acute and chronic issues affecting children. We discussed everything from asthma to oral health and it was quite fascinating. There are so many physical issues that children have to deal with all of the time that literally shock me. As mentioned by my professor, there are young children, with Type 1 diabetes, who are experts in administering insulin shots because they understand the importance of it to their overall health status.

The most interesting topic this week was on oral health. Surprisingly, oral health is the biggest health issue facing children and adolescents. In fact, in 2007 in California, there were 874,000 missed schools days due to dental issues. (Hassey, 2011) Maintaining oral health is so simple, yet parents are either not educated in good oral hygiene or children are refusing to brush at (more…)

Introduction to Spring II!

Hello readers,

I am sitting here writing on March 22nd and can you believe it, it is 78 degrees and sunny.  Who said that Buffalo is ALWAYS freezing? I can’t believe that March is almost over.  As cliché as it sounds, time is really going by so fast.

Like usual, this week has been busy so far.  On Monday, we came back from Spring Break, one that was restful for me because my two first session classes ended and my second session classes had not begun.  Therefore, it was really a true break, at least from school!  Also, it was well worth it because I found out that I got A’s in both of my classes.  Despite the fact that working full-time and going to school in difficult, I proved that I could do it successfully once again.

For this session, I am taking Health Impacts on Academic Success K-12 and I am doing an Independent Study based on another class that is being offered, State of the Nation’s Child.  Kathy Hassey, the same professor that co-taught Leadership Initiatives is teaching Health Impacts and I am LOVING it.  The focus of this week is to introduce us to the vital role of school nurses in every school system. Kathy required us to post on VoiceThread to introduce (more…)

Weekend trip

Weekend trip

Hello again,

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

These past few weeks have been kind of crazy, but in a good way. A couple weeks ago, my boyfriend and I met his parents down in Orlando. His family was celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of an aunt and uncle. Since it was a pretty big event, his mother wanted all of the kids to come down, even if it was only for the weekend.

For the first time in about 5 years, I was able to really think about picking up and leaving during the semester, not to mention the week before Thanksgiving, when traditionally many (more…)