Plagiarism to me is something that is made out to be a lot harder than it actually is. In my own personal opinion it is pretty self-explanatory to not copy word for word what someone else has already said. If you do copy it, you should know to put in in quotations along with giving them credit for what they said. Rewording things, to me, is where plagiarism gets confusing. I understand switching up a word every now and then is cheating, but it was until recently that I discovered, if you take an idea from someone you still must accredit them for the idea that produced. This has always confused me, and in high school I was never taught that taking an idea from someone was plagiarism if you didn’t give them proper credit for it. Personally, plagiarism is something that is easy to do, especially if you find something you really like already said by someone else. However, you can take someone else’s idea and use it as an idea to kickstart you into something bigger. If you take your time when writing your papers, it is easy to properly learn the appropriate way to cite a source along with proper ways to avoid plagiarizing. Give proper credit to a writer where proper credit is due. Avoid plagiarizing and make the paper a paper of your own.
In the world we live in the inequality has decreased from the older times, but it still isn’t all there. Whether it be your race, religion, social class or even gender at some given point each topic is looked down upon in a particular way. To me, inequality is the most unfair ongoing subject of the world. It shouldn’t be what you like, or how much money you have, or even if you are male or female. When getting a job, why does the gender matter? The decision should be based upon the capabilities of an individual, their work ethic, and what they can do for the company. If a female applies for a quote on quote male job, and has better capabilities of succeeding at the job compared to the male, than the female is the one who should be hired. No individual should be discriminated because of who they are. If you are of a different race than a white, than so be it. If you are a female in a work place, then work hard and prove that you have a right to be there. Everyone was created in the image of God. Each individual is fearfully wonderfully made. Shouldn’t we live a life and look at each other as God does? He made each of us equal, so equality should remain here on Earth. Everyone should be given a chance, a chance to succeed and a chance to choose who they want to be.
I chose Gardner-Webb more two main reasons. One because GWU is a christian school and I wanted to attend a school to where I would be surrounded by a lot of people with the same morals and values as me. I also wanted to be able to have events on campus that were Godly church like events to keep my involved in my spiritual faith outside of my own personal doing. The second reason I chose GWU was because they have exactly what I wanted to major in which is exercise science. Many people told me about how good Gardner-Webb’s program for exercise science was so I thought what better school for me than a school that is a christian school, along with a school that has my major. Gardner-Webb felt like the perfect fit.
What is a 21st Liberal Education?
“A 21st Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change” (AACU). When taking part in a Liberal Education you increase your knowledge in areas such as math, science and even in your society/culture. It is said that people who are involved in this type of education will also be better prepared for real world scenarios and situations. “It helps students develop a sense of social responsibility; strong intellectual and practical skills that span all major fields of study, such as communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills; and the demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings” (AACU). Many people think the only way to go anymore with your education are those known as liberal educations. When given a Liberal Education you are given exactly the skills you need. Knowledge about your major along with practical and analytical skills to help you in your everyday life. This type of education is the type of education that prepares you for change.
There are in my opinion many advantages when combining the idea of liberal arts and professional training. When doing professional training you are often times only given information on exactly what you need. Nothing more, nothing less, but practical information. However with liberal arts, you are given a broad spectrum of many different topics along with many different situations. When combining the two you have an abundant amount of information in many different fields of study and what you are intending to go into. “A liberal arts education is not intended to train you for a specific job, though it does prepare you for the world of work by providing you with an invaluable set of employability skills, including the ability to think for yourself, the skills to communicate effectively, and the capacity for lifelong learning” (Sigurdson). For me, where I am majoring in exercise science to become a physical therapist, i need information about both, my specific major and skills to further my communication skills and how to take on situations when dealing with people. Therefore, combining both liberal arts and professional studies is adequate for me because I need information from both areas of education.
After reading “Serving in Florida” I found it very inspiring that one single individual took a problem, and did everything she could to fix it. This to me was something that more people, including myself need to take initiative and do. Often times people think the problems that actually need to be fixed are in big areas across the world, when really there are problems right out of our own backdoor. Where I am from, it is a very small town that has a very caring environment. However, there are many problems that go unseen. For instance, in a small town like my own, problems aren’t all that major, but they still deserve a chance to fixed. There are people that aren’t able to afford their medical expenses due to having to go through several rounds of chemo and radiation. My hometown church took initiative and took up money for that one family during the offering time to help them pay for their medical bills. It is the small things such as situations I just mentioned that make such a big difference and impact on others. Many eyes need to be open to our surroundings so we ourselves can take a stand and help fix problems going on around us.
The quote that stuck out to me was “Everybody in Annawadi talks like this- oh, I will make my child a doctor, a lawyer, and he will make us rich. Its vanity, nothing more. Your little boat goes west, and you congratulate yourself, "What a navigator I am!” And then the wind blows you east. I think this is a quote that can be taking in many different ways. For me I took it in a way as everyone has determination to become who they want to be and often times let the influence of others push them in that direction even more. As the parent said they wanted their child to become something major to make them rich, and they child was determined to do that for their parent. However the end of the quote says and then the wind blows you east. To me I see that as someone who thought they were going to become one thing, but really they were destined to be something else. Often times, we do what we want as humans for other people for an impression, without thinking about the path we are supposed to take or the path that is best for ourself. This person was bound to go in the direction they thought they were supposed go, but once they set out they began to be pushed in the opposite direction. Sometimes I find it necessary to sit back and let God lead us in the direction we are supposed to go in rather than trying to find our appropriate destination on our own.
After doing this assignment I did find that I learned more about my classmates. I found it interesting to find out what people around us are interested in. By asking about an individuals goals they have set for themselves you can find out about that person, and honestly, what kind of person they are. It is always neat to find out about a person and what they enjoy and who they want to become. As far as the research goes, it wasn’t something bad for me to do. I was interested in finding out more information about what the person I interviewed was going into. I have never really had a broad idea as far as careers go, because I have had my mindset on becoming a physical therapist for quite sometime. Careers outside of the box of physical therapy I have never really paid much attention too because it hasn’t really involved me, but when I did research on other careers it was cool to see what they did and how they actually did it. I thought this project was fun because we got to learn more about individuals in our class as well as careers around us.
In the Chapter “One Step at a Time” in the book the Soul of the Citizen the quote “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step,” accompanied with the example of the young Jewish boy refusing to sing Christian songs, impacted me on a personal level. As it is described in this…
It is great that you stepped in to stop the bully especially since you knew the pain the person was receiving by being bullied. As you said, the one step you took to protect the boy turned into something bigger because they eventually stopped bullying in general. Small steps often times lead into something bigger and very important.
After reading One Step at a Time I realized how much this excerpt actually tied into my own life. Often times as a college student the amount of stress we have is an abundant amount. For myself I am always giving my all into my studies and trying to maintain good grades while at the same time trying to have a life outside of studying as well with family and friends. I have found it hard to balance the two because while you are doing one thing you are being pulled in another direction to do something else. As a college student, through all the studies and all the classes taken, we are expected to almost have our life laid out in front of us. What career do we want to take on, where do we want to perform this career and also as college students we wonder who are we going to marry, when am I going to get married and so on so forth. At the beginning of this excerpt there were two quotes that described this perfectly. Lao Tzu said “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” and Dorothy Day said “people say, what is the sense of small effort. They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time.” In seeing both these quotes it proves to me that the biggest things in life are obtained by the small things you complete before them. For me as a college student, live each day and each moment and learn from that day. Always do your best and take one step at a time rather than looking ahead at the bigger picture that is yet to come. Take small important steps to reach your goal of getting the job you have always dreamed of and small steps to live a life that is pleasing to you and pleasing to God. You must start small, and grow each day to reach your goals and dreams,
This chapter really made me think. I was wondering about my passions and how I was going to pursue them. Over the past couple of years my heart has grown more and more for the mentally handicapped. That is the reason I am studying ASL and then going to grad school for mental health counseling,…
This was very well stated. When I was reading this it made me think about ways I could really make my life count. I look at each day as a new day, and with it being a new day its a fresh start to make something more of myself.
After reading the text, I felt like it was telling us to discover ourselves in life, and then make something of the person you discover. Each and everyday each individual wakes up to a brand new day, a brand new day to become who they want to be or a day they can let go to waste and later regret the missed opportunities. As the story said “but self examination can also be enormously rewarding” do you want to wake up each day and look at yourself and see someone you are proud of, or someone who hasn’t allowed themselves to be who they are called out to be? When you look at yourself can you smile, or are you filled with regret and sorrow because you have let the person you are supposed to be slip away? Everyday is a chance to live, everyday is a second chance. Make tomorrow better than today, and learn from your yesterdays. If you weren’t pleased with what you did yesterday then learn from it and strive to be better and yearn to reach the goals you have set for yourself. As the title says “Make your Life Count” we should each live a life that we are proud of, and a life that we are proud for people to know about, and most importantly a life for God! Make each and every day count and live today as if it were your last. Strive to make yourself proud.