Saturday, April 30, 2016
THANK YOU KELLY, YOU ARE AWESOME!!!
In our last class I have never done anything like that by walking across a white line if a situation applied to you. It was nice to know that everything we did in that room was confidential and respected by all my peers. I feel like I got to know everyone on a personal level. I was shocked to see how I could relate to some people it was nice to not feel alone in situations like "being called fat". I struggled with that phrase so much as an adolescent. I still have a little trouble trying to get that phrase out of my head, and looking at my imperfections. However, we have to remind ourselves that at the end of the day our imperfections make us beautiful and human. This class was great, and I am glad I enrolled in it!
The activity we did on Wednesday was so eye opening and emotional. I was familiar with the activity where we had to "cross the line" because I've seen it on movies, but I never knew how intense it would be. I'm really going to miss this class! I feel like we became so close to one another without even trying to. When my friends tell me they're taking this class next semester, I get so excited for them. I always say "you're going to love it, I promise!" The activity on Monday revealed that I was in an unhealthy relationship, which I kind of already assumed. It's just so hard to walk away sometimes, but I know I have to do it, and I will.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Even though our last activity, I felt, was a little somber, I thought it was a really great way to end the class. I felt that it showed that we're all human, and that we're all alike and different in our own ways. It was comforting to see that a lot of us aren't alone in this big ride we're all enduring together, and feel a huge sense of respect for everyone in this class. I appreciated listening to everyone's opinions (even if i didn't agree with them all), and I like that I got to hear a bunch of different perspectives. I like that we were all able to create an environment where people felt open enough to share some of the most personal aspects of their lives, that they didn't necessarily have to share with us.
Overall, I'm really glad that I took this class, and I feel like I've learned a lot of things that I can carry with me, and can use not only in my career, but in everyday life. I feel like I've already had a very open heart, and was really accepting of everyone in the first place, but I feel like this made my heart bigger in so many different ways. All of the panels, stories, and discussions we've had, has brought a whole different meaning to what I already feel in my heart, and it reaffirmed a lot of things for me, as well as validated my feelings in a lot of ways. I feel like I was reminded that I have a voice, and an opinion, and those things matter. Everything we've done has put things into such a different light, and I'm really thankful that I had the opportunity to take this class and be enlightened!
I hope everyone has a great summer!
Wednesday was a moment for everyone to share a little bit about themselves that others might not know by looking at them. When we had to walk around the classroom and change the way we walked depending on either our ethnicity, gender, age, or disability wasn't very easy. I felt like it was hard for a lot of people to show there true colors because others were around them. For the second activity, I was very touched by seeing everyone joining in a share personal items about themselves. I was nervous to step up when professor Stone said "if you've ever been held back or had college prep step forward" because that's something I don't think to know about it. All in all I've enjoyed this class and very excited to have you again next semester for family policy.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
I was kind of offended by one word that kept being said by one word. FEMALE. I think the phrase was "Y'all females..." and I found that a little offensive. It sounds ridiculous, but depending on the tone it is said and the context, it is not a good thing to say to a woman. I just had to get that off my chest because it has been said more than once this semester and I always feel so disrespected and looked down on because of the tone and the context that it is being said in. I know a lot of people probably don't even think about it, but I am a person that picks up and pays attention to things like that, and it was not okay.
So about the class as a whole. I loved it. I came home after every class with something to share with my partner. We even had some talks that I am not sure we would have had. I really appreciate the input of my classmates and that they shared their experiences. There are a lot of things that have happened in my life that I thought I was alone in, but there are people that have been in almost the exact same situation as I was.
Thank you all! It has been a great class:)
When I first signed up for this class it was because I needed an elective and didn't think much about it. I really enjoyed this class more than any other class I took this semester, I learned so much that is actually useful and I felt safe to express feelings because it was somewhere that everybody did so too and it felt like everybody was just good listeners around. The panels were a great way of showing and giving examples of real life stories. Overall, I really would recommend this class to anybody, it was a class that I actually looked forward to.
Yesterday's activity was interesting. I had seen this activity being done before but i never actually participated. It was a good example of "don't judge a book by it's cover" as many mentioned during class. Every time I would cross the line I looked around, and thought to my self who knew?
To end the final post, I want to congratulate everyone who is graduating, myself included! And wish everyone good luck on y'alls finals!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
I was definitely one of the ones crying in the crowd.
Relationship violence is not talked about enough, I am glad I had this experience to remind me of that. I made a point to talk about the panel with important people in my life. It really is true that everyone has either experienced relationship violence themselves of knows someone that has.
Today's activity was so incredibly impacting. It is amazing to see what so many people are going through-together or alone and how we all ended up together...in college. We all have made it so far despite stereotypes, society and our environments that have tried to bring us down.
I hope everyone gets to experience this class. Maybe we would all be more kind and mindful of the way we speak to, look at or treat others.