Sunday, August 31, 2008

Blog Topic 3

This blog is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 7.

This week, I would like for all of you to begin thinking about your resume and mock interview. As you look for a job description to bring me by Wednesday of next week (will explain in class), it is important that you think about your future very seriously. As a result, I'd like for you to write a post about what you would like your life to be like in ten years.

For me, ten years doesn't seem like it's as far away as it likely does for you guys. (After you have kids, the years pass by much more quickly, lol.) I want to finish my Ph.D. in 2009, so this means that my career should change quite a bit. I have set pretty lofty goals for myself, but that's what got me to this point, so I might as well continue.

I would actually like to be back at Clemson in tens years' time. I plan to go to another school to teach for a couple of years after graduation; I think I'd like to teach at UGA because they have an excellent Education program. I am hoping that my career will really take off while I'm there. My goal is to have my dissertation published as a book; additionally, I plan to write a autobiographical novel about my own experiences while writing the dissertation. (Dissertation topic: What are the resiliency mechanisms of teen mothers who go on to two and four year colleges? I think this can be used to create a program that teaches other teen moms how to do it.)

I want to be on Oprah's show to discuss the novel/dissertation. Dream big, I always say. I really want to promote the program and get federal funding to put it in place. I believe the publicity attached to appearing on the Oprah show might help me with that. I wouldn't be opposed to winning an Oscar for writing a screenplay adaption of my novel; but my primary focus will be getting the program for teen moms going.

When I return to Clemson, I'd like to have such solid funding that I could start a laboratory school (kind of like what John Dewey did in the 20s) right here at Clemson. It'd be a school for the children of teen moms. In other words, the teen moms would be getting their degrees here without having to worry about daycare for their kids. My laboratory school would use incredibly innovative instructional techniques, modeled to an extent after the Reggio Emilia program in Italy. Meanwhile, the teen moms would have mentors to help them make it through their studies.

Of course, those are merely my professional goals. Personally, I'd like to be watching my two wonderful children blossom into happy young adults, living out their own professional and personal dreams. I'd like to be the kind of mom who talks to them every single day, regardless of where they live. I want to support them in all that they endeavor to do.

I want to still be married to my wonderful husband, hopefully having convinced him that traveling is good by that point. (He's not a fan of leaving the country.) I hope we are able to travel around together, learning about different cultures and just enjoying the freedom of being able to do that.

I will want to have a closer relationship with my other family members, bringing my life full circle. Being the first person in your family to go to college is a big thing, but it can alienate you to an extent. (I write this because I know some of you may soon be going through that.) It's just because your life can be so different with an education. I want to honor my family's culture with my writing... maybe doing a novel about my grandparents raising all those kids in the mountains. I want them to know that they have been a very important part of me getting to this point in my life.

Above all, I want to keep balance in my life by keeping my faith a top priority. One's faith, is, of course, a private thing, so I will not discuss that here. But I want to live both my professional and personal lives in such a way that I keep my faith a focus. That is very important to me.

So, ten years from now, I want to be there, in this world I've just described. I wish you luck as you endeavor to figure out where you want to go during this upcoming phase of your lives.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Blog Topic for the Week of August 24

This blog is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 31.

I am enjoying all your introductory blogs! I hope that this next topic will prompt posts that are equally interesting.

For this week, I would like for you to watch this video:



Now, I'd like you to respond. What do you think the title of the video means? How does Web 2.0 affect someone who is ready to enter the workforce? How does it affect people who are already in the workforce? What do you think it means when it says that we will have to rethink everything?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Welcome to English 304!

I look forward to working with you this semester!  

I will post your weekly blog topics on this blog, so it is important for you to check here to get your writing prompt each week.  I will post your topic on Sunday nights, when I post the weekly TO DO list on your Web site.  Your response to my post is due the following Sunday night, by 11:59 pm.

This week's blog topic is to introduce yourself to your classmates.  Feel free to include photos or videos to help us get to know you better.

This post is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 24.

You also need to leave a comment for me on this post, letting me know the link for your blog.

If you need help, just let me know.

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