I just love that this is a blog post topic. I just recently was telling my mom how my Father who art in Heaven, God, is my inspiration. I think we all don’t give God enough credit for all that He does for us every day. I know that several people will read this blog, and think to themselves, “Why didn’t I think to say Him?” The fact is that so many of us are drawn to name earthly people . Although my mom does inspire me to one day be as good as a mom to my children as she is to my brother and me, my Heavenly Father inspires me so much more to do the impossible. I know that I talk about about it a lot, but my car accident in September 2010 really has turned me into such a new woman. There is medically no explanation why I’m even alive today, but there is a powerful spiritual one. I got back on my feet in less than a year after being paralyzed from the neck down. Some of my therapists just want me to accept where I am now, walking with a cane, but I won’t accept that when I know that I’m capable of so much more. Most people stop making progress after their year mark, but I passed my year mark last September, 26 2011, and I get better every day. It’s going on two years for me, but I’m going to keep pushing until I get my life back. I am inspired by God because of this-He spared my life for a reason. He sees so much in me that I don’t always see in myself. If my Heavenly Father knows that I can do it, who would I be to quit? Don’t get me wrong, almost every day I think that maybe I have reached my potential, but then God sends me a confirmation telling me that I haven’t reached it quite yet.
People tell me all the time that I’m an inspiration. My fight is an inspiration. My strength is an inspiration. My courage is an inspiration. My great faith is an inspiration. My positive outlook on what happened to me is an inspiration. My life changed forever at just the young age of 22, but it changed forever for the best. I realize that I am probably the only person to say God. I also realize that there are some who can’t believe in a man who they have never seen. For so many of us, seeing is believing. But if people really knew my story from start to finish, and how I am doing things that man say are impossible, there is a serious problem if they still can’t believe. I am living proof that God is the same amazing Man from the bible days, and He still indeed does miracles today!
I personally didn’t like the definition that dictionary.com gave. Their definition only speaks to people who are already in the workplace, but what about the students like me, who don’t have jobs yet, but still need time management to succeed? I searched the web, and I found Wikipedia’s definition to be much better. According to them, time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.
So the question then becomes, how am I managing my time? I believe that I am doing alright with managing my time. I need to improve it though before I enter into the working world. I have a lot going on this semester. I’m commuting three hours from home for one class, undergoing therapy treatments, and doing a full load of online classes. To me online classes are way harder than taking classes in the classroom, but they’re my best option right now. I’m known to forget about things, so I have to set a reminder for everything. I just set an alarm to go off in my phone every Monday to remind me about the weekly blog. If you’re like me, so busy that you tend to forget things, then you should try setting an alarm in your phone. I believe that a person needs to be very good when it comes to prioritizing their tasks. That is the best way to manage your time better. Realize what is important. I guarantee things that you think are important really have no importance at all. I also believe that good time management comes with maturity. The more mature a person is, the better they will be able to prioritize in their life.
I’ve recently stopped dedicating so much of my day to social media. This was completely a personal decision I chose to make in my life, and others should feel free to explore social media. For health reasons strictly, I wanted to take myself from off the scene for a while, and the best way to do that is to get off social media period. I deactivated my facebook account for all of the summer, and I rarely ever went on twitter. I did summer school, and a typical thing I noticed was just the addiction to social media accounts. Students would sit down, and immediately go check their facebook notifications. After they checked their facebook, they would go check twitter. It made me realize that my generation is a bunch of facebook/twitter junkies. Lord forbid something happens to take facebook or twitter away from us. What would we do then? Truth is, I don’t know how to use social media, and I currently only use it for entertainment purposes.
I would say that companies use social media in a very effective way. My client for this semester is McDonalds and they use social media to promote items; the dollar menu especially, entertain the public, and encourage the public for a variety of different things; ranging from encouraging them to vote in this year’s presidential election to trying to persuade buying a food item off the dollar menu. However, I do not feel like the everyday public is in touch with how to correctly use social media I’m speaking for my generation especially. I feel that we abuse it. I see irrelevant tweets all the time on my timeline on twitter. Facebook is a little better. I don’t see nearly as many extraneous status updates as I used to. I’m hoping that I will be able to know how to use social media after taking this class.
It’s that time of the semester. This week I ask that you reflect on the semester. What were the highs and the lows? What would you want to change & why? What have you learned that you will take with you into the next semester?
This semester was by far my best semester yet. I was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after my car accident last September. My argument is that I never had a so-called “brain injury”. I just had a lot of swelling on my brain. I say this because, all of the things that do happen to TBI patients; never did happen to me. I’m just blessed no matter how you look at it. I did most of my recovery at the Shepherd center in Atlanta; a Rehabilitation hospital. .My speech therapist urged me to not go back to school for at least two years. However of course I didn’t listen, and I went back to school not even after a year; and I am doing great. Who was she to tell me what I can and cannot do? Unless you’re God, then please don’t try to give me instructions. I’m taking two classes, and I have A+’s in both.
The lows are that it was hard trying to balance my school with therapy, but both of my professors were extremely understanding with me recovering. The only thing I would change is to be able to be back down there at school to get to know all of my classmates. There were times that I felt left out:( But I know that me not being down there made it very difficult to know that I exist.
I’m down to only one section of therapy, and I started out with five. I know that it will be much easier to balance school and therapy next semester. I’ve learned that I need to manage my time better. I’m back taking a full load of classes Spring semester, and so I have to stay on it. There is no room for me to slack.
With Thanksgiving approaching next week, let us all take a moment (or two) to give thanks for the people, places, things, etc. were are grateful for (minimum of 10).
Well, the very first person on my list is my Heavenly Father. I don’t feel worthy of His unconditional and everlasting love. I can’t stop testifying about the miracle that He worked in my life last September 26th. The miracles just keep coming and coming. Next, I am thankful for my family. Although what happened to me was very traumatic, devastating, and horrible; it taught my family a very valuable lesson of appreciation. It also taught them to always be humble and remain thankful. I had to relearn how to do everything over, and it showed me that I took way too much for granted before. It brought us even closer together, and I call my big brother every day. I am also thankful for the university I attend; particularly, Mrs. Groover and Dr. Debonis. Georgia Southern just keeps on blessing me. I know that I made the right choice to transfer here, and that God has me here for a reason. I’m thankful for the house that I live in, the clothes on my back, the shoes on my feet, the food I eat, and even my hair. I know it sounds fickle to say hair, but I have a very good reason. They shaved my head bald to do brain surgery, and they shaved a part where hair typically doesn’t grow back in. However, I did grow hair in that spot. I now have a head full of hair. I am thankful to be in a position where I can give back to others. So much has been given to me, and it means so much for me to be able to give back and bless people. Over all, I am just thankful, thankful, thankful!
Well, for starters, I don’t think that my fellow classmates like me very much. I know for them to not actually be able to see me, really makes it hard for them to know that I even exist. Not a single person replied back to any of my tweets, three people blocked their account and never accepted my follower request to follow them, and I couldn’t find their names when I typed it in the search bar at the top before Mrs. Groover provided a twitter name list. I was beginning to feel hopeless; then finally, eleven of the classmates started following me, but not a single one replied to anything I tweeted. The assignment clearly states to reply to at least five classmates, so following me was only a small part of it.
I was able to use twitter, not only for my own entertainment, but for the PR world as well. I followed all ten PR professionals on Mrs. Groover’s list, and I added several people in the PR world . I followed the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PR news, Marsha Friedman, Sarah Evans, Barbara B. Nixon, the AP style book, and CNN just to stay updated on my current events. I was able to learn so much! The AP stylestylebook tweeted that it has a new rule concerning the apostrophe, PRSA tweeted about the steps one would take if they wanted to become a member, Marsha Friedman linked an article in her tweet that explained the best way to do good PR on a budget, and CNN broadcasted about a 60-year-old coach raping little boys in the locker room. His only consequence was that the university took his keys away. Yet, he was still allowed access to the on campus to keep his boys program updated.
I will definitely continue to use twitter. I will still keep the most random tweets that never directly say how I’m feeling. If I’m feeling over-worked, I’ll just find a song’s lyrics that express that instead of for verbatum saying, “I feel over-worked.” However, being a Public Relations major makes me realize that I really should incorporate more news worthy twets. I noticed that all of the PR professionals we were instructed to follow never tweet about what they’re doing or how they’re feeling. Afterall, NO ONE CARES! I enjoyed getting graded over something that I use daily. This assignment helped me realize that I have been abusing twitter. If your not doing so already, follow me @kenchelle
I transferred to Ga. Southern from Kennesaw State. For those who don’t know Kennesaw is in a ritzy area surrounded by a mall, restaurants, shopping centers, and just things to do to avoid boredom. I chose to transfer because Kennesaw didn’t have my specific major, Public Relations. You had to major in mass communications with a concentration in Public Relations. It was a big step to go from a place that has literally almost everything to a place that has basically nothing. Statesboro got the name Statesboring because number one, the mall is the “small”. You literally walk in and walk out at the same time. Number two, it appeals to a certain target audience, and not a diversified group of young adults. Sure it has bars, but what are students who are like me, supposed to do for fun? I’m sorry, but my idea of fun does not involve alcohol.
I chose to promote Target to come to the ‘Boro because that chain has everything one could think of. It’s basically an upgraded, fancy Wal-Mart. Students are forced to go to Savannah to shop because Statesboring doesn’t have a variety of stores. Along with the town and also two colleges, Statesboro has the population large enough for a Target. Wal-mart would be Target’s only competition, but I know this wouldn’t be a problem. Wal-Mart has become so over-crowded that the check-out lines are just ridiculous. ‘The ‘Boro could use another store similar to it such as Target. When students get out of class, they normally go home and pretty much prepare for the next day. I see why GSU has the common misconception of a party school, because all there is to do out here appeals to partying and mainly night life. I don’t see why it didn’t come across the chamber of commerce’s mind to campaign for a Target in a college town to begin with. It’s so frustrating that Statesboring’s idea of fun revolves around partying.