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Farewell readers

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          This is finally my last blog. It has been a great experience for me to record the events in my last year at Montgomery College. I remember when I was still one of the students who will spend about two hours just reading people’s blogs and I told myself that one day I will be writing my own blog. I finally achieved this dream in addition to other things that I had planned to do at Montgomery College. My goal for doing these blogs has always been to be able to inspire other students like me, just like some of the blogs also inspired me. I hope that current students and future students will be influenced by my experiences and know that they have the possibility to achieve things they never thought they will be able to. I began at MC as the shyest foreign student who had just graduated from an all-girls Catholic school in Cameroon, to a top honors student and leader in the College. For me I think that is the goal of education: to help you find your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. Even though I received all these accolades at the end of the semester, I do not think that this is the pinnacle of my story, this is just the beginning of many more things to come. Now, I think I have an idea about what career I want to have and I am ready to work very hard and give my all to achieve it. I am so glad that I met amazing people who have similar goals like me and they have challenged me not only to work hard but to also love myself more and appreciate what I have. Some of the teachers I had have also been one of the main reasons why I was able to achieve much.

      Yesterday, I paid my enrollment deposit at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I got a huge scholarship from them and the small school feel with dedicated professors attracted me to them.  That is my decision for now, but I don’t know if it is going to change. One thing I can leave for all my current and future readers is that, the world owes us nothing but we have to work very hard so that it will not ignore us. I wish you all the best in all you do and when you see yourself moving up, do not forget about those still struggling; try to bring them along with you. photo 2014

Minuscule Monday

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Hey guys, 

This past week has been a hard one for me. I’ve beat myself up a lot. I’ve called myself stupid and ugly and unmotivated. And although for the most part I’ve been kidding. A small teensy weensy part of me was serious.

For nerds like me school is really important. In fact, it’s one of the only things we’re good at. And when someone tells you that you’re not good at it—well, it totally kills your self-esteem. Hell it throws that thing on the floor, spits on it, and squishes it slowly with a shoe covered in old chewed cinnamon flavored gum. Ugh.

I have been basically told my entire life that I’m a smart kid. Get enough positive reinforcement and eventually you start to believe it. But during my junior year of high school everything changed. I had to work harder for the grades I was used to getting easily. I wasn’t getting any positive feedback. I didn’t feel like my teachers were paying attention to me. The way that they treated me made me feel inadequate. So much so, that eventually I also started to believe that.

This feeling has continued throughout college. And although I usually just brush it off with a joke, it’s come back in full force this past week.

When my insecurity explodes like this it affects my whole life.  I stop working out and I start eating unhealthily. I snap at people who don’t deserve it. And of course those bad things just seem to make everything worse. It’s a catch 22 in the worst way.

This time around, I’ve learned a lot about myself as a consequence. Obviously, I’m a very sensitive person. And, as much as I try to deny it, the opinions of others matter to me. But I’ve also learned that I can be a positive force. A force that stops a week full of self-deprecating behavior before it gets out of hand.

There are a lot of people that go to MC. I am sure that I am not the only who feels this way. So, with this goodbye blog, let me try to give you one last piece of advice. When something goes wrong, try not to beat yourself up about it. Take a step back and look at the positive side. Remind yourself of what is really important. Are you alive? Are you happy? I can almost guarantee you that this seemingly gigantic problem will look less than minuscule ten years from now.

With that, I bid you adieu.  

Happy Monday!

Love,
tiff:)

 

Tiffany’s Magical Monday Music Selection:

Some things are just more important.

Latinoamérica by Calle 13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA2FAVRAO2Y

On Forgetfulness

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I feel like every time I post, I'm making an excuse (giving a  reason) for why I'm posting so late. And so I've decided, on this next-to-last entry, to finally say enough! I just keep...forgetting. 

I'm the type of person who enjoys planning. I love to write out plans in 100 different colors, make schedules weeks and months in advance, type up elaborate schedules, semester calenders, color-coded charts, assignment sheets, weekly plans, daily to-dos...and fail to follow them. I'll spend 3 hours making a fancy plan and after 30 minutes of doing it, I mentally grow weary of it and just toss it aside. If I make a schedule in one of those cute little planners they make for college students, I'll forget to look at it until the night before an assignment is due (or after...).

A lot of times, that's what happens with blogging here. I'll enjoy the idea of finishing a post early (before class or my other job), I'll write it down on 10 different pieces of paper, put it into my little planner thingy, etc. And then...life happens. I feel uninspired because my life is boring. Assignments are due, and then I think, "Oh, if I post tomorrow before Madonna, I'll be good."

And then errands happen. Dr. Borkman's class is over at 12:48. I have to run to volunteer. I have to teach. And then hangout with one of my bestest buddies. And then...it's 11:40 p.m.! And I haven't written a single.thing. Le sigh. 

Begrudgingly, I try in earnest to pound out something palpable. And...this happened. Not exactly the next great American novel. But with a mind like mine...c'est la vie.

Kimmie's almost weekend music:

http://youtu.be/iE-Okqna4sQ (Leo Sayer | You Make me Feel Like Dancing)

Awards and Appreciation

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         One more week to go! This week has been a good one for me and I hope it only gets better. The awards season has begun and I am glad that I get to participate in some of them. Yesterday was a very important day for me that I will likely never forget. It was the Honors Convocations Awards day on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. My mum was able to attend, so I was glad to have her there. The first award I received was one for Academic excellence in Biology. I cannot explain how happy I was to the point of tears when I was told that my name will be imprinted on the wall of the Biology department. This award is very important to me because I had a few difficulties before deciding on a major in Biology. At the beginning, I never thought I could succeed in it, but now I know my hard work and perseverance with the honors classes I took paid off. It helped me to realize that I am probably doing the right thing and on the right track. However, this was just the beginning of the night. The next four awards I received were for the Outstanding Honors Student of the year award, Honors Scholar Award for taking more than 12 credits of honors classes, Honors Scholarship Award, and the Paul Peck Humanities Award for my internship at the Library of Congress. I was almost moved to tears when one of my professors gave a speech about all my academic work and the activities I have participated in.

All of this is even more meaningful to me when I think about how young I was when I began Montgomery College and how much I have grown, learned, and done. I will definitely write more about this in my last blog, but I want to say how grateful I am to Montgomery College, the professors I met, and for opportunities presented to me. All of these have definitely placed me on the right step to continue on a journey that I now have a better idea of how to get to my dreams. This is not the end because I still have to finish other projects I am still working on, including my final classes. 

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