CPR Training

I have always aspired to obtain my CPR certification, because I have worried that I will one day be placed in a situation where knowing this information will be vital to keeping someone alive.  Because my future profession is health-care related, I am required to have my certification going into my grad school program.

I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the 3 hour class I took with a few of my friends, who are also Occupational Therapy majors.  When we arrived to the class I was intrigued by the many large and small dummies that were evenly placed around the room.  After watching a few informational videos, we were able to start our hands-on learning.

The instructor gave us short demonstrations of how to actually perform CPR.  We learned how to do 30 quick compressions, followed by 2 breaths into the mouth.  We also learned how to use AED kits, which are located around hospitals, schools, etc. in order to keep a person alive during the wait of an ambulance arriving.  The AED kits include tags/cords that can be stuck onto a person’s skin.  This machine then verbally tells a person what to do next.  If the heartbeat is irregular, the machine will say “shock is needed,” and all of the surrounded helpers should clear the area.  Following this, the shock will be enacted and manual CPR should start again.

I couldn’t believe how exhausting performing CPR was.  I couldn’t last more than 2-3 minutes, because the compressions were so difficult to keep even and on-going.  I really enjoyed the experience, though, because I now feel that I could potentially save a person’s life in a time of crisis.

Special Education Observation

I know I talk a lot about how amazing the education program is, but it is, so I will continue the trend of talking about education because how could anyone even get to college without teachers? Teachers are the driving force of our nation, but I digress. For the education program, students have to get observation hours in different classroom settings for some of the classes, so I did my special education observation this week while on Spring break. I went to a school in Michigan (because that is where I am from) and observed a special education teacher at Lakeview High School. While most people would probably not enjoy going to a high school for fifteen hours during Spring break (not that this is the only time to get observations), it was still a very interesting and educational experience, as I have almost no experience with public schools or special education. more “Special Education Observation”

Cutting It Open

I’ve not been a huge fan of the ocean ever since I can remember. I think it’s a dark, scary place. There are places where, yes, it is absolutely beautiful and bountiful with life and color, but most of it is just deep and dark and unknown and scary. Sharks are one of my biggest fears, so it was interesting for me today that I was actually able to dissect one in Oceanography today. I’m not a science major, so Oceanography is only a class I have to take in order to graduate, so I’m not all too informed when it comes to dissecting, anatomy, body parts, or anything like that. With that being said, I am still very intrigued. more “Cutting It Open”

Sociology of Aging

Last weekend, I was able to participate in one of the most meaningful conversations I have had in quite awhile.  For my sociology of aging class, my professor assigned the students to interview a person 65 years or older.  At first, the task did not seem very intriguing because I knew I would have to write an eight page reflection on it afterward.  To my surprise, I enjoyed the whole thing.

I decided to interview one of my great aunts.  To my surprise once again, the conversation was seemingly effortless for over an hour and a half.  Because I had prepared plenty of questions ahead of time, and due to the fact that my aunt was ecstatic to share her life story, we had absolutely no problem talking about everything and anything.

Even though it was a very enjoyable exchange, I had to bring up some pretty difficult questions.  For example, because I was writing my reflection for my sociology of aging class, I needed to ask her about some of the hardships she has faced during her aging process.  Unfortunately, this included the death of her spouse and one of her sons.  I found it difficult to make sure I was staying respectful of her feelings towards these events, while still realistically learning about the challenges of getting older.

I couldn’t believe the responses that I was getting from my aunt.  She told me about how she and my uncle met, and I could sense the free and happy spirit she had about all of it.  She told me she has no idea what would have happened to her if my family (whom she married into and absolutely loved) wouldn’t have become part of her life.

Assignments like these happen once in a lifetime, and I will always appreciate the fact that I was able to have such a deep and meaningful conversation with a family member that I likely never would have otherwise.

Scripts and Obstructions

As a Multimedia Communications major, I have quite a few classes that teach me about video production and multimedia design. This semester, I continued my studies with film and video production by adding the advanced course. The first assignment for this class was an interesting one and was due just today. more “Scripts and Obstructions”


Netflix can be used as such a wonderful tool to get away from the craziness of life, but it can also be a dangerous way to slack on our studies.