This is a Drill

This is a test of my abilities to use a hyperlink, for my test I will publicize CMU 

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“The future is manifest in our children’s imagination and perfected in the games they play.”

Chris L. Andreadis

img_3001One day I walked in on my three-year-old sister in the den, by herself, teaching her imaginary friend the alphabet. She was totally oblivious to anything else going on in the world, and was fully focused on the task at hand; making sure her invisible pupil didn’t grow up to be illiterate.That scene got me thinking about how children pretend that they are adults, as a way of learning to be an adult someday.

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img_3016The result of that day is before you. A series of five simple photographs depicting life from a young child’s perspective. The series is a loose, visual description of a child’s day, from waking up and eating breakfast to stealing mom’s slippers before bed. The images are meant to capture in some small way the thoughts that go on as a child plays out scenes with adults as she views them through her dolls, and other such imaginary conversations and social interactions that happen unbeknownst to anyone else.

img_2935I have had the special privilage of being seventeen years older than my youngest sister. This has given me a certain love for young kids, and I believe strengthened my relationship with my sisters.

img_3118While I hadn’t fully realized it before now, this is the only project I could have done, and done well. It was only for me. I haven’t meet more than a handful of people who understand the kind of relationship I have with my sisters. We are best friends, all of us. I couldn’t live without a single one of them, my life is so beautifully complete, and each of my siblings, and my parants,  all fill their irreplacable part of my heart.

~ Alexandra Prewett

Ask the Question

 

My dad is a professional question-asker. He never fails to ask the right questions, whether that be at the doctor’s office or trying to make a purchase at Walmart. I can’t count the number of times we have gotten full tours of factories, and various businesses just because my dad asked. As a result he is practically an expert on 100 different topics, everything from t-shirt making to the science behind a loaf of bread, from any problem your car might have to the best way to start a fire. My dad is a life learner, someone who is interested in literally everything and puts the energy into asking questions about it.

Good question asking is still something I am trying to develop. I find that more and more, staying curious, is something that must be practiced. There are two parts to being curious and learning however, the first part is to ask a question, the second is to listen, and comprehend, the answer. If there is something in the answer that you don’t understand you must ask about it and not just assume it’s unimportant or that you’ll figure it out, ask the source! They will know what they mean.

If You Tell The Truth You Don’t Have To Remember Anything

The above quote by Mark Twain was one of the first things to pop into my head when  Teresa Hernández said in her Top Ten List “don’t lie, it only prolongs the pain.”

It is all too human to want to lie your way out of the consequences of your poor decisions. This is a trap, if I’m being really honest, that I can easily fall into. I have only appreciation for Teresa for being so candid about what students are like, it gave me the immediate impression that she doesn’t want students to try to impress her, she just wants them to be real, and in that being real they will find that hard work and integrity pay a lot higher wages than lying about work or grades.

Simply put, being put in the uncomfortable position of having to admit your faults is fantastic incentive to rid yourself of them. In this class she has given her students the opportunity to become better people. As journalists and those in public relations of many kinds, honesty and integrity are very important characteristics to have.

A Place of New Possibilities 

Starting my first semester here at CMU has many feelings attached to it. My biggest fears are in questions like “will I be able to get to my classes on time?..Will I be able to find all my classes?…will the work load be too much? … Will my professors be friendly?” However the biggest question I have is simple (yet not easy) is all encompassing: “can I do it?” 

All of these questions come from the anxiety brought on by new situations. For me this means new campus, new classes, new teachers, new environment. Through the unknowns of this new  place there are many new and wonderful experiences to be had, but these cannot be gained unless one pushes through the uncomfortable and through to the other side. 

So that is my goal, to cope with the scary by pursuing the exciting. Let’s go!