I’m not sure why but ever since I was young I have always been interested in tornadoes, to tell you the truth I’m not sure why. They have always been a very formed, very visual power and can almost be beautiful, destructive storm that can be seen almost anywhere mostly in the United States. So I decided to do my presentation on tornadoes, above is the link to my slide show. You can learn about how tornadoes form to everything down to what to do if you are in a tornado. Enjoy!
These assignments show the overall tone of this class and demonstrate what we are learning with our opinions towards the topics. When you read them you can see the diversity and what this class has been contributing to our objectives and real lives. They show the progress to becoming well rounded students, that is the goal for me and I’m sure the goal for SLCC.
It’s amazing how many classes overlap and connect into each other, they really show you how it can be applied in our lives. For instance I took a criminal justice class and a sociology class that each talked about human behaviors that are common in both fields, I had to many times remind me which class I was doing the assignment for because they were in a lot of ways relatable. This class connects them all together, because they all in some way deal with relationships. I’m glad that I took this class last, it really summed it all up in what they all only touched on a little bit.
The class assignments showed that with any of the topics that there was a pro or con to either problem. Everything is not always black and white so we were able to explore both sides, but still decide what was best. Many times I assumed that I knew the answer to questions and I was wrong, I’m sure that ignorance is something we all struggle with and can always work on.
Most of the time I would decide what topic I wanted to talk about and then I would research it in the textbook. Then I would answer the questions that she had given us and tried to make a paper that made sense to read. I was able to pretty much do this process for all the assignments.
The assignments are the highlight of what we learned and especially what I learned. It shows our growth in that topic, whether what we learned about that topic, or see how I related it into my everyday life. This is probably the most important part, taking what we learn so that we can change our attitudes in society to make it better.
When you read them you will see that they illustrate the change in my opinions or attitude. I hope that you can see that its progression for the better. We all are different people and have different opinions, religions, and values, but its important for us to explore all the options before we judge or set up prejudices. That was the ultimate goal of this class and I think opened the eyes of many people.
Something I’ve already had an interested since I was young was tornadoes. I know its a topic a lot of people will probably already gravitate to but I would really like to know more about them and study more.
I wrote a paper about the group that’s extremely important to me and my life, that’s my family. This class was very interesting in disscussing personal relationships and why we do the things we do. This paper shows this and the social norms that comes with all relationships.
This is a paper I wrote for a Criminal Justice class about PTSD. Here’s the link to read it: PTSD. This a really common problem among law enforcement and military, but also just a growing problem in general.
This class has really been eye opening in so many ways. I wouldn’t say that I’m naive, but it has really helped to see all the effects of drugs and the people behind it. I’m a med tech and a CNA in the medical field, it has really added an interesting side to all these drugs that I give everyday or take for granted that are sitting at home in my cupboard. The discussions have been fascinating to broaden my understanding of concepts we’ve been talking about. I enjoyed reading what my peers think about these topics, we had in general similar opinions and all found something that we didn’t know before that shocked us, even in today’s world.
One discussion that caught my interest was the one about marijuana. The topic was to examine and discuss whether or not marijuana should still be considered a Schedule I drug. I learned that no death has ever been reported or overdosed on marijuana, which of all the other drugs is not the case. Marijuana is a Schedule I, which is the top of the scale for being the most dangerous class of drug. For some reason I thought cocaine was a Schedule I, but it’s not. This bothers me even more now that I know cocaine is considered to be LESS dangerous than marijuana. Of course this doesn’t give anybody the excuse to abuse the drug, but this discussion changed my opinion of how drugs are classified and that there is a lot more to consider about the legalization of marijuana.
Another discussion about Cocaine had something that jumped out to me, with repeated use, stimulants can disrupt how the brain’s dopamine system works, reducing a person’s ability to feel any pleasure at all. People may try to make up for it by taking more and more of the drug to feel the same pleasure. It can completely alter someone’s brain permanently. I was completely shocked about how many young kids in high school use this and I thought this was a drug that most people work up to. This is the problem with most addictive drugs, a bigger resistance to the drugs.
We did a project on one of our topics we’ve been discussing and I did mine on Meth. It has a similar addictive behavior that makes the user need to use more and more to get the high. I did more research on this and couldn’t believe how fascinating it was. Just the physical changes alone was something I couldn’t believe, the physical effects in the body is crazy that someone can have a high up to 12 hours! This drug is so inexpensive and easy to make that it is becoming a growing problem, not in just the lower classes of society. I watched a documentary about a couple of college kids that tried Meth once at a party then tried to drive home. Their judgment was so off because the effects were lasting so long that they wandered from their warm car out into a blizzard and froze to death. This just amazed me that even just one bad decision can kill someone that easily.
This class has been interesting and very informative, it has made me think twice about judging any drug for good or bad. It has changed me to be a lot more cautious about what my kids are doing and how I protect them. Why are we not getting rid of old medications or locking them up? I think the biggest key is trying to be better aware and open with our kids. I know I will definitely try to do more research so that I can be more informed about the facts to better teach them. I want to have an increased understanding so I can better educate and prepare my children, in hope that they will be better prepared to make the choices that they need to in this scary world of so many harmful options.
I’ve really enjoyed this class and learned a lot from the assignments. Communicating and working with others is very difficult to do and this class has really helped me discover a better patience. Making sure the other person understands and the point across has something i’ve been working on. Changing what I do when I listen to others has really helped my communication skills improve and help me see how others are feeling.