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MC in NYC PART TWO

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Well friends it’s been a remarkable Manhattan week for this MC Student!  


As many of you already know I came up to attend the première of Sally Kirkland’s new film “Archaeology of a Woman". Kirkland didn’t fail to deliver and it was a most powerful and galvanizing performance.

I had a chance to meet and greet many beloved fellow actors I had never met before such as Rutanya Alda (Deer Hunter/Mommie Dearest) - Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of The Opera) - Angelica Page (Anna Christie, Edge, Sideman) not to mention many other theatrical and film people. After the screening we repaired to an East Village Italian place, John’s on 12th Street and enjoyed much copious laughter and good fraternal fun.  It was a sparkling evening all in all.

But not two days before as all Americans know and can never forget, was the anniversary of the September 11th tragedy here in New York City.  After many sunny days, it was the first to be glum and dark and gray from the earliest light. I opted to flee Manhattan and repaired to Brooklyn where a buddy had suggested I come to ride bicycles. I went. The day was languid and cool, breezy actually, if gray throughout. Also I had just heard very painful personal news. A man I dearly love, my brother-in-law, was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the liver. The prognosis couldn’t be worse. So I spent the day in quietude with a very heavy heart and allowed myself to cry over him, the lost on September 11th, and all the pain currently swallowing up our world in war, discord, bloodbaths and enmity between nations and peoples.

But we must all endure wasn’t we? So I put on my best Broadway “show must go on” face and went on my long bike ride to the river’s edge where I saw the final rays of lovely sunset that at the end broke free from the miserable darkness, and there was our Freedom Tower shining its memorial beacon up into heaven.  I stood there, awash suddenly in my profound sadness. Why? Why must our race of creatures be forever enslaved by violence? Why do we kill off humankind’s best hopes for a world of peace? Ghandi. Lennon. JFK. MLK. Bobby. Why would anyone choose world dominance over world peace? 

On the bright side, I was able to attend my Art & Reason Honors course due to my professor’s kindness in accepting my offer to invite me into the class vis Skype due to my absence. It was beyond cool! Professor David Carter arranged it with IT over at Germantown and I was able to be broadcast to my class who could see me and I my class and professor with a cam.  I was able to listen to my student colleagues chime in about their feelings regarding the book we are dissecting: Art and The Zen of Motorcycle Maintenance. So I was never far from campus. And the truth is…I miss it. 

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Public Transport

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I am one of the MC students without a car. This semester and in previous semesters I’ve taken classes at both Takoma Park and Rockville campuses, so I can fit my classes into my schedule. I would prefer to take all my classes at Takoma Park because I live within a 15 minute walk to the campus. It’s a nice, easy walk that gets me in the mood for class. But it is great that there is the option at MC to take classes at the 3 campuses. If there wasn’t then I wouldn’t have been able to complete as many credits as I have done in my first year. Taking classes at Rockville for me means just one thing though…. Public transport.

If you are in the same situation as me, you know the drill. 9am classes at Rockville means catching the 7:50am bus at the latest from Silver Spring to get to class on time. Just getting to the bus stop on time is the first challenge. The next challenge is to get a seat. More often than not at that time, all seats are taken by the time the bus gets to my stop, so standing is my only option. The hour or so journey on the bus could be a perfect time to catch up on some reading for class, read through notes, flipping through flash cards and to be as prepared as possible for the next upcoming exam. Hanging on for dear life as the bus makes countless stops and starts driving through peak hour traffic becomes my number one mission though. It became apparent on the first bus ride to Rockville that my thoughts of holding on to a cumbersome text book is too difficult during the journey. So the only way to pass the time is to tune into my iPod and contemplate the day ahead.

This semester it looks like there is another option to traveling between the Takoma Park and Rockville campuses by way of a shuttle. Unfortunately for me I’m not taking any early morning classes at Rockville this semester to use the service. But from what I have read it is on a trial basis, so I hope that students get on board and the trial becomes a full time, integral part of travel between campuses in coming years.

Have you had a chance to ride on the shuttle? Let me know what your thoughts on it are.

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Have a great weekend!

Matt.

New Zealand fact for the week: If you are ever in New Zealand and you are invited to someone’s house, you may be asked to “bring a plate.” This doesn’t mean that your hosts haven’t got enough of their own so they want you to bring your own plate to eat off. What they are asking is to bring a dish of food, much like a pot-luck dinner. I have seen many international people arrive at parties in New Zealand with the embarrassment of an empty plate!

Thirsty Thursday: Remembrance

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9/11

This is a day that shaped a lot of lives. Today I'd like to first of all take the time to remember all of the victims of this terrible tragedy 13 years ago..

I was 11 years old and in middle school when the events took place. I didn't get it because I was so young but I knew something wasn't right. I immediately called my mom after I got home just to make sure she was ok. My mom has worked in MD all her life and hasn't been to any of the sites in which were effected but I knew something terrible had happened and I wanted to know my loves ones were safe..none of my family were directly effected by the tragedy but plenty of others were.

I understand today may not be the day to read a blog but if our readers are reading this I'd like to know where we're you 9/11/2001..& if you were or know someone who was touched by these events tell us your story if it helps. I know because sometimes sharing things with alike people help. I know this board would offer nothing but positive remarks and comments..

Please share..

- Ant

For When you're worn down

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     Hello again, my ever better friends.

     Sometimes in life things get harder, they were great, good, bad or just plain ugly and all of the sudden they took a turn for the worst. Unfortunately, more often than not, some of our worst times can be brought about by those closest to us. And just as often they can do this without even meaning to. Some of these greatest pain can come from ill chosen words that cut a person to the core. A single slip of the tongue can send someone's whole week over the edge into a spiraling plunge of doom. I've recently been thinking a lot about about how many times I've told one of my parents that I hate them. This cliche is often spewed forth from the mouths of teens in movies and although it may seem the norm I'm sure that it hurt my parents, the handful of times I said it, far  more than I intended in the long run. Likewise, anything that we let slip or that others allow themselves to spill can cause so much more pain than we intend. It's really quite sad to think about how many people have no idea the pain they're causing and if they only knew the pain that was felt they wouldn't be so quick to elicit such responses. I think of the two most pained personality types that I can think of, that of the person who will do anything to make other people happy/ feel good and the person who takes the hurt they feel and tries to make other people feel the same way. 

     I'd like to take a moment to reflect on these thoughts, have you ever hurt anyone intentionally or unintentionally? If so, have you ever thought to tell these people how you feel about what happened or that your sorry for what you've done. Likewise if you've been hurt have you ever forgiven them even if they didn't necessarily ask for forgiveness? We can allow ourselves to carry so much pain and hate over acts or words that happened so long ago and yet even though we're only hurting ourselves we hang onto the pain and hate without relenting or giving forgiveness. And yet how much forgiveness do we need ourselves for the ways that we've hurt people? It's an endless circle of pain, do you have what it takes to try and make a change? 

your friend in thought, 

Will Campbell

Truthful Tuesday #3 : Positive Self Talk

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Do you ever feel like you could be even more awesome than you already are?  Want to know a simple secret for having more success, doing better in school, getting healthier, growing richer, having stronger relationships and improving any and every aspect of your life?

In today's Truthful Tuesday video, I talk about mantras and affirmations and how you can use these to give yourself a boost toward your highest most successful and effective self.

Here are some affirmations I wrote down earlier this Summer when I decided to leave my job to pursue creating financial stability and a free flexible schedule for myself:

“Abundance flows into my life because gratitude flows from my heart.”

“I am my own authority.”

“Money flows freely and easily.”

“My skills and gifts are relevant, useful and valuable to others.”

“I provide my body with the nourishment it requires to be optimally healthy.”

“I keep calm and relaxed in any situation.”

Those are just a few- the possibilities are endless!! What are some of your favorites?

The Best Friend Spoiler

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Dear readers,

 

Most posts I wanted to talk about my team and my experience with the student athlete side of MC life. I love how sports have made me who I am, just like my teammates. But for this post I wanted to talk about my friendships. (My friendships outside of being thrown together on a team, with no known common interests but the sport you love.) This weekend was my best friends birthday. With soccer and my own distractions I hardly have time to see her. My priorities aren’t quite where I want them to be. When I heard about plans being made by her roommate, I knew I had to be there.

 

I spent all my extra time this weekend with my best friend.

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MC seemed like such a weird fit for me. While, all my close friends were off at school, I was living at home. This week I realized my best friends are here, thanks to MC. I was too busy worrying about missing my college experience, that I was missing my college experience!! My best friend transferred back to MC to be apart of the new nursing program. Even though we are both busy in completely different worlds, she has still been right around the corning and I never made the time.

 

I may not see her in passing. I may not have classes with her. I may not play soccer with her. But we are both apart of the Montgomery College community. I have met so many intelligent, talented, creative people here. I’m the only one stopping myself from meeting more!

 

Instead of walking around campus with my headphones in

Instead of sitting at my chair before class listening to music

I could be watching life instead of my phone

I could be talking to my classmate

 

I had the best weekend. I watched my best friend be spoiled by all the people who love and care about her. If I were not at MC I would be missing this time with my best friend. I want to take advantage of what I am being offered here. I believe we should all take the opportunity to seek out what this school is truly doing for all of us.  You’ll be surprised if you sit down and think about what would be different in our lives if we had not all come here. We each have a different story, a different experience, a different timeline, a different purpose.

 

What is yours?

 

I hope you all bask in your time here and make the most of it!

 

Enjoy your week MC Raptors.

 

Love always,

Katelynn Suzanne




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MY MC IN NYC

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I leave bright and early today to go to NYC, primarily to attend the premiere of an independent film: Archaeology of a Woman starring a dear friend and gifted actor, Sally Kirkland, a woman of many extraordinary artistic and spiritual properties beyond a long and storied personal and cinematic history. Sally won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrayal of yet another actress, Anna, a woman who unravels in midlife. In Archaeology she explores the depths of dementia. If Sally has ever really unraveled herself, you couldn’t guess it, such an indefatigable woman. Her crowning jewel was her portrayal of the titular character in the film Anna. I highly recommend you check out the trailer I’m furnishing below for Archaeology.. 

I plan to stop in at NYU and Columbia as I begin to look into transfer options. New York City is one of the primary places I am considering as I have lived there on and off and we share a strange and beautiful history. I too am an actor, director, screenwriter, editor, producer. Yes, I eat words and film. Thus, NYC only just seems a fitting segue once I have digested the rich fruit of knowledge I have bitten into at MC. But we all must outgrow our cocoons and a time comes to take a leap and fly into a larger sky lest we lose the last call for a chance at our dream.

 

Yes! I do! I feel like a kid at Christmas! Can’t help it. School has begun! I admit it, I got this thing for the smell of newly milled paper, old desks, new desks, new subjects, new professors, all of whom have excused my one week absence that I may go about gathering my gems in the city. Yet, no matter where I travel: home to Miami, back to my childhood stomping grounds in Los Angeles, wherever I go and whomsoever I meet of late, I speak proudly to them of my association to Montgomery College.

 

Wherever we go in life we will forever bear the imprint of previous associations. Too often I hear snooty kids remark with a trace of mockery, “Yeah, Montgomery College, “Harvard on the Pike!”  Yuk. Yuk. Well, I say to them, “I’ve been privileged in knowing and collaborating with educators here at Montgomery who all share something in common with me:  Passion!   Every professor may be vastly different and unique, but one assured fact is that I find I have been extraordinarily lucky to work under very committed, serious-minded and passionate educators.  I can’t remember a one that made me feel they were doing it by rote, out of mere obligation to a job; to the contrary, they have demonstrated a keen devotion to their charges, a willingness to address any concern, any query. Their professionalism is rather uniform here and I proudly take something of them with me, wherever I go, for they have furnished the fuel to keep my fire alive. I will forever have a piece of Montgomery with me.

 

The Amazing Race?

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Have you ever watched the reality TV show “The Amazing Race”? I’m not sure which TV channel it’s on. I watched the show over my summer break on HULU. I watch all my TV on demand these days, on HULU or Netflix mainly. I became quite obsessed with The Amazing Race during my break and watched nearly a couple of seasons of it. I love to travel and see new cultures and people, which probably comes from me coming from New Zealand. In New Zealand, we are so far away from anywhere else, and people dream of traveling and seeing what else the world has to offer.

Watching The Amazing Race, I couldn’t help but draw parallels to my experiences at Montgomery College so far, and I now think each semester is like a season of the Amazing Race. I know this may seem pretty far-fetched but let me try and explain. On the Amazing Race, teams of two face off against other teams in a series of challenges over a series of 12 leagues of the race. Some challenges are physical, some are mental, and often they are a mixture of both. Teams build alliances with other teams to get through the race and if they finish first they have the chance of winning one million dollars. At college, we sign up for classes at the beginning of the semester, more often than not we don’t know anyone else when we sign up. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, so we tend to build alliances with others in the class. During the semester we face a series of challenges like pop quizzes, exams, essays, group presentations along the way, and we work with the friends we have made to help us through. We also may face external challenges that affect the time we have to spend on school work like family or sickness. The thing I find inspiring on the Amazing Race is at times people seem down and out, and watching the show I totally lose faith in them and their ability to complete the challenge facing them. But generally they pull through, and summon the inner strength within themselves to complete what they started. Many times in the past couple of semesters I have thought “I don’t think I can do this,” but like people competing on the Amazing Race, I have surprised myself at my ability to dig deep and complete the task at hand. This is one personal characteristic I have developed so far while attending Montgomery College, the belief in myself that I can finish what I started, no matter how hard it appears.

Ok, so at the end of the semester we don’t win a million dollars (if you have a great major though, you might be heading towards making a lot of money!) Our prize at the end of the semester is getting the grades that we set out to get. At the start of each semester I now feel like it’s a race to get to the end and complete the 18 weeks ahead of me.

It’s Friday! Have a great weekend everyone. I wish this was another long weekend!

*My New Zealand fact of the week this week is relevant to the Amazing Race! The host of the show Phil Keoghan was actually born in New Zealand started his career there. I actually used to watch him on a children’s show called “Spot On” when I was growing up and was surprised to see him on TV here!

Matt

 

Workout wednesdays... another weekday remix

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Hello my fantastic followers...all four of you WOOHOO!!!! You are all loved.

     I hope that everyone was able to enjoy a fabulous holiday weekend and is well rested for the short week at hand. I apologize to my readers for being a little off schedule again, but it seems that Safari desires my doom. And that is why I am currently rewriting to you on Thursday. 

     In any case, I'd like to share a personal passion of mine with you today. HEALTH AND FITNESS.  These may be two of your most dreaded words in the english language or they might be two of your absolute favorites. Today, I want to speak to those of you who have never seen the gym or any form of long-term exercise as anything other than a failed new years' resolution. I'll start by saying that I'm not one of those loonies that runs mile after mile after mile for pleasure *albeit I have the utmost respect for those of you who run marathons, I do not like that*. What I find most enjoyable about the gym is the continued ability to challenge myself week after week to rise to new levels through varying modes and difficulties. The gym is a therapeutic place for me where everything in life fades into the background as all of my attention and focus are driven towards making my body fall to my will. But enough about my passion for the gym. 

     The key to making anything stick is to make it something you enjoy. If you go into the gym week after week and you hate it or loathe your time there, you're doing it wrong. No matter the walk of life, the best possible outcomes will rise from your own passions. Some that you've always known you love and some that completely took you by surprise. This is the same in exercise, you must find something you enjoy. 

     For several years I worked at a rock climbing gym in Rockville called Earth Treks. It's a fantastic place for people of any age to go experience the adrenaline pumping fun of climbing in their own neighborhood. And it's not a joke, indoor climbing is a sport and there are climbs that you could train your whole lifetime and probably still not be able to climb. But that's the fun of it, challenging yourself without even thinking about it. When you begin pushing yourself more without thinking about it, you're on your way to a new favorite hobby. 

     Another personal favorite of mine is laser tag. Yes, that is something that you did when you were a child.... unless it wasn't around when you were a child. But it is not just for kids, at least not the way that I play it. You do not know the meaning of the word DEATHMATCH if it only refers to something you did in a video game. If you aren't sweating when you come out of laser tag, you are NOT DOING IT RIGHT. Laser tag is an exhilarating experience that everyone should try. 

     This brings me to my last favorite. ULTIMATE FRISBEE!!!! if you've never played, imagine football without the tackling and a frisbee instead of a football. Now you're starting to get the picture. This is an epic game. As a matter of fact my friends and I are trying to start an UF club this semester so if you or your friends are interested leave me a comment!!!! 

     Well I suppose I've badgered you, who don't exercise very often, enough. Though I hope that I've changed your thoughts about whether or not it can be fun a little bit. If anyone wants to talk about anything having to do with lifting or exercise in general I'm always up for a discussion. Leave a comment!

your gym rat and laser nerd,

 Will C

Thirsty Thursday: Daily Playlist

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Hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend!


I'm probably the opposite of many students on their way to school. I have early morning classes M, W, and Fridays and I am usually using the metro to and from class so I'm big on starting and ending my school day with music. I have the tendency to "turn up" so to speak in the morning time because I feel as though that'll wake me up fully and get me ready for my learning day. Then on the way home from class I usually listen to a cool down type playlist or group of songs. After a long day of learning terms, listening to professors preach and in class participation I think my cool down list helps relax my brain after all of it.

I'm very interested in what type of student you are in the morning time whether it's going to class or going into the office for work. It's kind of weird because when you see my list it's almost like I'm two different type people but really it's how my mood is set up on the daily. Get up go out and get it..day wears on and I get whatever it is, in this case it's extended knowledge, after that  it's time for a cool out..

These are just a few examples of music I go through throughout the school day. I'm an old young soul when it comes to music

AM: TURN UP!:
Migos
King Louie
Gucci Mane
Big Sean <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xrxbcAnWYu8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
T.I.
Jeezy
Travi$ Scott
Tupac

PM: cool down:
JCole
Big KRIT
Kanye West
Jay-Z <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GVF8pnd4ETE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Maxwell
Drake
R Kelly
Aaliyah
Michael Jackson
Carl Thomas
Isley Bros.

I'm interested in getting to know some of your thoughts on my selection and some of your musical selections to start and end your school days off...

Truthful Tuesday #2 : Clear Your Mind

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Vlog for Montgomery College Student Blogger Program

Truthful Tuesday #2 : Clear Your Mind

The truth is... sometimes life gets CRAZY.  Our schedules are full and so are our minds.  It's easy to feel totally overwhelmed and unsure of how to stay on top of it all.

This video could very well be the perfect remedy to that feeling of overwhelm, scatterbrained-ness, and difficulty focusing your mind where it needs to be focused.

If this video was helpful - give it a THUMBS UP! And if you have any meditation tips to share, comment them below!

Many Thanks

Namaste

Lauren

MC SOCCER DOES: The First Week of School

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Thank goodness for this three-day weekend! It has only been a week into school and we are beat. Tuesday we traveled an hour to Stevenson for a scrimmage. Than Thursday we traveled 3 hours to Glouster for our first official game. All 28 players and 2 managers crammed into two vans.

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 You get to know a girl pretty well when you’re stuffed into her personal space for 3 hours. We talked, ate and sang the whole ride there. “All About That Base” by Meghan Trainor has become my vans theme song. It played so many times on the radio that even our coach started singing along.

 

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On top of soccer everyday we are all full time students! I asked a few of my teammates about their favorite classes.

Here are some of The Women’s Soccer Team’s favorite classes this semester:

Women’s Weight Training- “Being a soccer player it was hard to know how to lift with out stunting my speed. My teacher discussed and showed us how to improve muscle tone as well as muscular endurance.”

Controlling Stress and Tension- “After lectures we lay down on the floor and breath deeply and relax. The teacher is nice and practical!”

Sociology – “Professor Hernandez engages the class and forces her students to think outside the box.”

Psychology- “Professor Palmer makes me feel comfortable to speak up in class and he cracks me up every time! He makes learning exciting.”

I hope you all enjoyed your three-day weekend as much as we have! Please let me know about your favorite classes and professors, maybe it will help me out picking classes next semester.

 

Love always,

Katelynn Suzanne

 

 

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