What Classes I’m Taking Fall 2019!

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So I do this post pretty much every semester so I figured I would continue to do it! I will be a junior this year and I am majoring in Health Administration with a minor in Leadership. I will be taking a total of 15 credit hours which is what I have always taken! So here are the classes I am taking Fall 2019!

  • LDR 302: Field Experience in Leadership (3 credits)

So I honestly have no idea what to expect with this class, I know we are required to complete a certain amount of hours in an approved leadership position throughout the semester but other than that I have no idea what to expect. This class only meets once a week for fifty minutes so I am hoping it is not too hard of a class!

  • HSC 544: Biostatistics (3 credits)

I know this is going to be my hardest course this semester. I have not done any kind of math since my freshman year of college, and the last time I did statistics was my senior year of high school. I did very well in my AP stats class though to I’m hoping I will be able to remember the basics and do well in the class!

  • HSC 572: Legal Aspects of Health Service Organizations (3 credits)

I am super excited about the class because I will be able to learn more about the healthcare system and the way it runs! One struggle I have been facing is figuring out what I really want to do with my degree because I can do so many different things. So I am hoping this class will give me a little insight as to what I want to do in the future!

  • GEO 105: Physical Geography: Online (3 credits)

Unfortunately, my college requires we take core courses in order to graduate, and this is one of them. I try to do the majority of these classes online just because I don’t have any motivation to go to the class when it is in person. I am hoping this class will be an easy A and give me the credit I need but we will see!

  • SOC 323: Racism and Inequality: Online (3 credits)

While this is another core requirement I am actually super excited to take this class! With that is going on in the US right now I think it is super important that we be educated on the issue of racism and inequality. So I can’t wait to see what this class has to offer!

So those are the courses I am taking this fall, I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things!

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Becoming PR Chair for my Sorority

If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a sophomore at Central Michigan University! I post lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! Follow my blog Instagram here!

Hello guys, I know I have not posted in a couple months but I just wanted to update you guys on a recent position I took on! I ran for Public Relations Chair for my Sorority Zeta Theta Pi and won the position!

Social media has always been something I am passionate about, and my sororities social media needed to be completely revamped. It is hard not being a part of greek life, meaning we do not have premade graphics or the well-known name to recruit girls. Zeta Theta Pi is a local service sorority that was established at Central Michigan University in 2007, making us the Alpha Chapter, our other chapter being at Illinois State University.

So these past couple weeks I have been working super hard to revamp our social media to make it appealing and welcoming to potential new members and really showcase what ZTP is about.

With that being said please go and check it out! If you or anyone you know is attending Central Michigan and is looking to join a sorority without all of the stress of social recruitment please send them to the ZTP page! Twitter and Instagram are both @ztpcmich!

Here are our links to everything!

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My Alternative Break Experience!

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So if you guys follow me on Instagram then you would know that this spring break I participated in something called an Alternative Break. My college, Central Michigan University, sends out over ten groups each break to focus on an issue and work to better that issue through service! My group’s issue was Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, something I am very passionate about.

My group consisted of 11 other people, two of those people being my site leaders which are basically “in charge” of us during the break. When I found out I had gotten the issue I had really wanted I was so happy, and what made it even better was the fact that we were going to Tallahassee, Florida.

After weekly late night meetings consisting of issue education and getting to know our group, we departed Saturday, March 2nd. The program provides two vans to each group, in our case there were 6 people placed in each van and we all had to take turns driving. The car ride there was really an opportunity to bond with people and get to know them, being in a van with 5 people for 19 hours allows for a lot of different conversations.

Once we got down to Florida we met our housing partner, in our case we were staying inside a recreation center at a church. I was nervous about not being able to sleep mainly because I tend to get homesick and miss sleeping in my bed whenever I stay the night somewhere. Not to mention I was going from a spacious full-size bed to a twin size air mattress.

The first night was hectic, tornados were coursing through the south and heading right for us, so we all piled into the church bathroom in order to stay safe. The way my site leaders handled the situation really made me feel safe despite all of the chaos going on outside. Thankfully the tornado ending up going around us so besides some very heavy rain and strong winds, everything was okay. That night was our first dinner together, we all just got to sit down and relax and really begin to talk to each other and form bonds which were something I had wanted to get out of going on an Alternative Break.

The next morning we had to be up bright and early to go on our first day of service. The first company we were working with was called Ability 1st, they worked with those who had disabilities and didn’t have the accessibility needed to do something we often take for granted, leave their house. That morning I volunteered to paint the back laundry room for this family, another girl came with me and we really bonded through working together in order to get the room painted to the best of our abilities. After we finished painting we were able to join the rest of our group outside to help with the bigger project, building a wheelchair ramp.

This was something a lot of us had never done before so it was a little intimidating. Our contractor was thankfully very understanding and patient and he worked with us and taught us how to use all the different power tools. During this time we had all begun to form very close bonds, we were able to have fun while still being serious about the task at hand which made it that much better and more fulfilling.

The following day we went to the second service project for our break which was volunteering at an all special education school. It was very eye-opening to work with the teachers and see the ways they run their classroom in response to their children’s needs. I requested to work with preschoolers, an age I had always loved to work with growing up. A majority of the kids in the class had no disability at all and were simply just attending preschool, but some of the children had disabilities of all types. Through working with these children, I was able to really grasp how to approach situations and what the best way to connect with children with these disabilities is.

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Wednesday came faster than we all could have thought and we returned to the same project we had worked on the first day. This time I was able to use the drill to screw in nails, use the power saw to cut wood to the correct lengths and we also did some yard work to help out the family. We didn’t end the day until around 6 at night and it was amazing to be able to look at all the progress we had made during the week and really reflect on the difference we were making in these peoples lives.

The next day followed the same as Tuesday, I returned to the same class I was in and helped out the teacher. This day was different in the sense that I really got to work and interact with the kids, one of them had a little crush on me and didn’t leave my side throughout the course of the day which was adorable. At the end of the day, I was sad, I didn’t want to leave the kids knowing I would probably never see them again. They all gave me big hugs and thanked me for coming and playing with them during the week and that in itself made what I was doing worth it.

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Friday we were tasked with building another wheelchair ramp but this time at a different location with different contractors. Now that we had known how to work all the power tools and the basics of ramp building the day seemed to go smoother. A moment I will never forget is when I was drilling screws into the boards and I looked up, an older man in a wheelchair was sitting at the door, watching all of us. Earlier that morning we had watched his family struggle to get him out of the house, having to use old wooden steep stairs in order to get them into the car. Knowing they had to do that every time he wanted to leave the house motivated all of us to get the ramp done to provide them with the accessibility they deserved. Although we didn’t get the entire thing done, we still got a good portion of it put together which was something we were all proud of ourselves for.

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Saturday was our excursion day, an opportunity to do what we wanted as a group, so naturally being in Florida, we decided to go to the beach. Our original plan was to go to Panama City Beach, but unfortunately, it had not yet been rebuilt from the devastating damaged caused by the recent Hurricanes. So instead we decided to travel to St. George Island where we spent the day on the beach, after that we went to a souvenir shop and ended the day with some much-needed ice cream. This day was amazing, it was fun to just relax and have fun with the group, I had bonded with so many people and it was fun to make memories with them.

Overall this trip had such a positive impact on me, although we had a few bumps in the road, it was still such an amazing and fulfilling trip. Every night following dinner we would have something called reflection, which really allowed for us to reflect upon the day we just had and discuss what types of things each of us was feeling. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the break and it was something I looked forward to each and every night. It made me realize just how privileged I am, to be able to go on a trip like this, to go to college, to be able-bodied, it was all things I took for granted. My site leaders really inspired me to get more involved, not only in my community but in the Alternative Breaks program. I want to be able to provide and facilitate the best possible breaks for each and every group so everyone can have an as amazing as an experience as I did on my break.

If you go to CMU, check out Alternative Breaks and sign up for one, it is an experience you will never forget and will provide a lifetime of memories and life lessons! Search your school’s website to see if they have an Alternative Breaks program, a lot of colleges do but students may not know about them! Get involved, make a difference in your community and most importantly don’t take what you have for granted, there is always someone in need and we are all privileged in our own ways.

A special shoutout to my group, thank you for being the best group I could have ever wanted! Thanks for putting up with me all week and contributing to some amazing memories!

Check out Central Michigans Alternative Breaks program here!

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My Sorority Experience!

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As some of you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I recently joined a sorority! It has been such an eye-opening experience and I wanted to reflect on the pros and cons of joining a sorority and share my personal experience!

So back in September, I went to the Zeta Theta Pi info night. I was so excited and nervous to join a sorority, I had never considered myself a ‘sorority girl’ so this was a big step for me. One of the main reasons I wanted to join was to make friends and get to know different people. My freshman year was very rough and it affected how outgoing I was and making friends was a scary process because I never knew if I was deserving of such amazing people.

Pushing that fear aside I went through the process of joining ZTP, which included 2 weeks of recruitment followed by 6 weeks of new member period which is basically where we got to know the ins and outs of sorority and we got to know all of the sisters. Once I made it through the 6 weeks I was officially a sister of Zeta Theta Pi, and it was such a good feeling. Now that I have made it through a semester, I have the ability to go back and reflect on my experience in hopes to provide some of you with an idea of what to expect.

Pros:

  • Meeting and making amazing friends

Of course one of the best perks of joining a sorority is making so many amazing friends. The first few weeks were hard because I didn’t really know any of the sisters so I had to force myself to get out of my comfort zone and introduce myself and talk to them. My class became very close because we were with each other all the time and we planned a retreat and sleepover which has been one of my favorite memories so far. If you are not a ‘people person’, don’t let that hold you back from joining a sorority, there is always going to be someone like you and you will always be able to make those amazing connections!

  • Getting opportunities to volunteer/give back 

So my sorority is actually a service sorority rather than a social sorority which means we do not go through the traditionally rushing process. One of the things I have fallen in love with is the service aspect, from making cards for children at St. Jude to volunteering at our universities Christmas Outreach, it has all been so fulfilling. That is one of the main things that drew me to my sorority is their focus on service, it is important to find something in a sorority you are passionate about whether that be their values, philanthropy or the things they are known for.

Cons:

  • Time commitment

Sorority has definitely taken up a large chunk of my life, which isn’t for everyone. During my new member period, I had something to do basically every day of the week for sorority, and at times it did become very overwhelming. Before joining a sorority make it a point to ask how big the time commitment is, I know some sororities it may be just a couple days a week but for others, it can be a lot more. For me, being busy is something I wanted to happen because it keeps me on my toes and on top of things, but again if that is not for you then ask what time commitment may look like for your sorority!

  • Stress/Drama 

With any sorority, there is going to be some sort of drama, it is a factor that is unavoidable. Things happen that can cause stress and it can really suck sometimes, but everything will work out and be resolved. The stress can stem also from being busy a lot more than what you are used to, I know for me that is a lot of where my stress stemmed from. It is important not to get sucked into any drama or add to it, keep in mind why you joined the sorority and focus on that rather than any type of drama. 

Overall I am so happy I joined ZTP, it has brought so many amazing people into my life and that to me makes all the stress well worth it. If you are looking for a place to be yourself or just looking for a place where you feel as though you ‘fit in’ then consider rushing or joining an academic sorority/fraternity. If you guys have any questions or want advice please feel free to comment or email me at lifewithkarla@gmail.com.

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Recruitment Week 2018: Why I Decided to Join a Sorority

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So this year I made a decision that I thought I would never make, I wanted to join a sorority. This decision is a hard one to make, not only because of how nerve-racking it can be as a whole but because I don’t look like the ‘typical’ sorority girl. All of my life I have struggled with my identity and where I fit in best, being mixed, I didn’t know if I should embrace my black side, mainly because I grew up with my white side of the family.

With that being said, I decided to put this fear aside and just go with my heart, and I am so happy I did. My best friend joined a sorority last year and I just remember how many friends she made from the whole process and how truly happy it made her, so I thought why not. The sorority I decided to go with isn’t apart of Greek life on campus, which means we don’t participate in rush week, dues are a lot less expensive, and the most appealing part to me is the fact that they are based on service instead of the social aspect commonly associate with sororities.

So I attended the info night, just to get a better look at what the sorority had to offer and meet some of the sisters. I instantly fell in love, not only because my best friend was apart of the group but also all of the other sisters were so kind and inviting, it made me feel like I was already apart of their family as cheesy as that sounds.

Following info night we had 2 weeks of recruitment, which included a craft night where we made a goal-oriented craft, service night where we made cards and leis for a local children’s hospital, speed dating where we got to go around and meet all the sisters and talk to them, a potluck where we got a tour of the house and some amazing food and a couple more events.

Throughout these 2 weeks of recruitment, I got to know a couple of the sisters pretty well and just felt as though the overall vibe of the sorority fit perfect with what I was looking for. I also got to know a lot of the girls in my recruitment class who I would be going through the whole bid process with and made a good friend, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to join a sorority in the first place. Overall the recruitment process was a lot of fun and reinforced the fact that I did make the right decision to go out for this sorority.

Then came bid day, to say I was nervous was an understatement. Basically how the sorority does it is we had to all be in our rooms by 5:00pm, we had to be in a white t-shirt and jeans as well. So when 5 o’clock rolled around I began to get nervous, I had to reassure myself that even if I didn’t receive a bid I would be okay, the process was all worth it in the end. As the minutes passed I finally received a knock at my apartment door, and when I opened it I was greeted with a circle of sisters I had gotten to known over the past two weeks, with smiling faces they sang me their recruitment song and asked if I would accept my bid, I, of course, said yes.

At that moment I had reached a level of happiness I hadn’t felt in a very long time, like I was finally apart of a group of amazing girls who would accept me no matter what, as cheesy as that sounds, it was the feeling of becoming a sister. When I tell you guys I couldn’t stop smiling I mean it, I almost cried I was so happy. After we picked up a couple more girls apart of my class we went back to the house where we were greeted by the rest of the sisters, and I was able to share the happiness with my class.

If somebody would have told me last year, that in a years time I would be apart of a sorority I would have never believed it. I never thought I would be ‘that girl’, but look at me now, I’m only 3 weeks in and I’ve met so many amazing girls and feel as though I’ve finally found my place here at Central.

I encourage any girl or guy out there who is hesitant to go out for a sorority, frat or even an organization, do it. Take the chance because you will regret it if you don’t, ask yourself ‘what’s the worst thing that can happen?’. You only spend a small period of your life in college, make the most of it, make amazing memories that will last a lifetime, be happy, embrace who you are and never be ashamed to show it. I already regret not joining sooner because I know this is going to be a journey that I will remember forever, and it will provide me with memories and friendships I will carry on for my entire life.

Special note to my best friend, thank you for pushing me to join you and be a part of this amazing group of girls, I will be forever thankful for you.

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What Classes I’m Taking: Fall 2018

Hey guys! I know I have been MIA for a while but honestly, this summer was so busy with work and hanging out with family and preparing for the new school year I just really didn’t have time to even sit down and write a post! With that being said I am going to try my best to stick to a Monday Friday upload schedule to make sure I am posting and staying active! If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a sophomore at Central Michigan University! I post lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! 

If you have any questions feel free to email me- lifewithkarla@gmail.com or comment them down below! Without further ado lets get into the classes I am taking this semester!

  • HSC 333: Managing Health Populations(3 Credits)

If you don’t already know I am majoring in Health Administration with a double minor in leadership and psychology! This class is centered around the different populations we look at in healthcare and how the data is used to determine certain things! The professor I have for this class is amazing and I can already tell she is very invested in making sure we succeed in her course. I do not really have any concerns or worries about this course and am actually super excited to dive into the content!

  • HSC 507: Introduction to Health Service Organization Systems(3 Credits)

I absolutely love my professor for this course, I worked with him last year with an RSO that I was apart of centered around Health Administration! This course will detail the different organization systems that are present in healthcare and the way they run as well as a more in-depth look into the runnings of health organizations on a day-to-day basis. 

  • LDR 200: Introduction to Leadership(3 Credits)

This class is probably what I am looking forward to the most, mainly because it is an active learning class meaning it is not lecture based. It is activity and group work based making it more interactive and fun. This week we got put into ‘families’ which are going to be our groups for the semester and I already love my group so much! I look forward to this class and all that it has to offer and think it will truly make me a better leader!

  • PSY 220: Developmental Psychology(Online) (3 Credits)

Already this course has been interesting, it is centered around how humans develop and what different attributes can lead us to who we are. I can tell this course is going to require a lot of studying and reading mainly because it is a psychology class and in the past, I have learned that they tend to be a lot of content packed into one chapter. I am still very excited about this course and to learn more about human development!

  • HSC 520: Health Services Administration(Online) (3 Credits)

Out of all my classes, this is the one I think I will have to put in the most work for just because it is a course that I need to remember everything I learn to carry it into future classes. With that being said the content is very interesting thus far and I think I will actually want to do the work for this course because of that. This is my first semester of getting into more than one class for my major and I am very excited to learn more about the healthcare field and everything it has to offer!

Those are my classes for this semester! I hope you enjoyed reading about them and my concerns/fears involved with them! I am ready to embrace this year and am hoping to excel in my academics as I know I can!

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Spring 2018: Class Reflection

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I recently received my final grade report from my college and I am pretty happy with my grades, my classes this semester were pretty challenging due to the fact that I had just started classes for my major. I thought I would reflect back on my classes and the experiences I had in them to provide insight if you guys are taking similar courses! Here is my original post explaining what classes I took spring 2018.

COM 267: Introduction to Debate

  • Much to my surprise, this class ended up being one of my favorites, mainly because of how amazing my professor was. Basically, the class was based on teaching us the basics of debate like the different types of propositions, the structures of debate and different tactics used when debating. We learned the content the first half of the semester and then the second half we picked a debate partner and were randomly assigned different debate topics. These debated were very interesting to prepare for and I ended up getting a 100% on both of them! We also had to write a term paper describing the different things we learned and how we applied them to our everyday life which I got an A on. Overall I ended the class with a B+ which is a lot better than I thought I was going to do originally!

PSY 250: Abnormal Psychology 

  • This class was one of my harder classes, the content was very hard to learn because there was just so much of it. We had 6 exams, each covered 3 chapters which ended up being about 150 pages of reading and note-taking from a huge book which I do not do the best when it comes to studying from a book. The content was however very interesting to learn, some things we learned about were the different types of mental disorders, therapies for disorders, legal aspects of clinical psychology and much much more. I ended the class with a B, I was more than happy to get this grade because I felt as though the class was very difficult.

HSC 203: Leadership for Health Professions 

  • This was probably my easiest class mainly because the content was things like resume building, leadership skills, teamwork and different talks about how to prepare to enter the healthcare field. This was my first class that was not only required for my major but also the first look I got to the Health Administration career which was pretty interesting. I ended this class with an A which I expected to and I made some amazing friends in the class as well.

REL101WI: Introduction to World Religion 

  • I took this class online and man am I glad I did, the class was simple and kind of boring at times. It was a writing intensive meaning I had to write 3 papers throughout the course which I did pretty well on. The content of the class was easy to understand and I learned about the major 5 religions and everything about them between the origin of them and how they are in the world now. I received a B+ in this class which I did earn because I tended to slack off when it came to this class because I would forget to do some things until the day they were do because it was online and I was focused more on my other classes.

HSC 317: Community Health

  • I absolutely hated this class due to the difficulty of the online format. The content was impossible to learn and the exams were some of the hardest exams I have ever taken in my life. The teacher for this course was amazing and if it was not for her I probably would have failed the course and had to retake it. I would recommend taking this class in person just because of how important the content it to know for the future! I barely scraped by with a B- and I am so relieved that I did not get a C in the class as that would have tanked my GPA!

Overall this semester was pretty tough, tougher than my first semester which I was not expecting. Just remember that it is okay to get B’s and C’s, college is hard and it is okay to struggle here and there. Always reach out to professors and other students for help because that is the only way you are going to get help! I wish you all the best of luck in your upcoming endeavors!

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