Adventures in Tutoring, Day One: Success!

Well, yesterday went a lot better than I expected! I started tutoring both of my little brothers, and I was terrified they would not be willing to learn from their big sister.

Both of my brothers have learning disabilities – Sean was deaf for the first three years of his life, and even though he is now twelve, he still has a few problems; Kevin most likely has severe Asperger’s Syndrome but has yet to be tested due to my parents not being able to afford the medical expenses (…or being willing to accept that he might actually have a problem…). It makes me sick when I realize that both of my brothers are highly intelligent, and the schools just don’t seem to care that they could succeed in school if they were given the right attention. Sean is an amazing artist and can read at a higher level for his age, especially considering he couldn’t even talk correctly until he was almost four, and Kevin is basically a genius in everything.

I know I’m probably not the best tutor out there, but mom and dad can’t afford to pay for somebody who may or may not be able to do the job. Considering I know how my brothers work, I can make sure to give them help in the areas they need to work on and do it in a way that they can actually be able to understand it.

This little exercise is also going to help me figure out if I want to look into a career in teaching. Of course, this is just the beginning, so I have no clue where my mindset will be further on…. I guess I just have to wait and see!

If anyone has any suggestions on how I can help my brothers (cool activities and stuff like that so I’m not boring them to tears….), please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. Any help will be appreciated!



Has It Really Been Five Months?

I can’t believe I took so long to make a new post. Seems like I’m falling into my old habit of stopping things in the middle…

In my defense, a lot of stuff has been going on lately, and it’s hard keeping my thoughts straight when I’m constantly on the go. I started back to school in August, finally settling on getting my degree in Human Services. At first I was aiming for Social Work and Child Protection, but I have since started rethinking that decision. I am entirely too emotional to deal with the stuff I would be seeing all the time and would probably lose my mind (or get fired for slapping some idiot in the face after seeing how they abused their kid….). I still want to help and work with children, but the only thing that is currently available at my school is early childhood education, and I’m not sure if being a teacher is right for me.

I seem so lost, don’t I?

My school work has slipped, unfortunately. I can’t seem to focus now between work and school, and I just got hired on at a second job, so I will be most likely working seven days a week for the next couple of months. The second job is only seasonal, but I have already told them that I would be willing to quit my first one if they could hire me on as part-time. I start this weekend (two days a week at 12 hour days…. Good thing it pays well!) I’m so ready to get out of my old job. I know it will be hard balancing two jobs and school, but I am in desperate need of money.

I’m determined to do better in school next semester. I have already registered for my classes and am working hard to get my grades back up in my classes for this semester. I still have a lot of thinking to do with how I want to use my degree and the path I need to take through school, but at least I have my foot on the ground.

Does anyone have any advice they can give me on how I could use my degree to my advantage, so I’m not wasting my time and effort going through all of this?


Moving on to the Next Step

I’ve been seriously thinking about continue my college education lately. My one measly semester at Vol State was a disaster, due to extreme procrastination and lack of responsibility. Now that I’m finally beginning to manage my finances a little better, and I am not so stressed, I feel as if I need to do something with my life other than working 9 to 5 at the local fast food restaurant.

The problem with me doing this is that there is no way that I will be able to afford it all on my own, and I’m not quite sure if I can get financial aid. Also, I have no clue what I want to go to school for, and I don’t want to waste all that time and money on a major that I’m not even going to use. My mother has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and she is instead working at a factory on the weekends and raising my little brothers. (Not that I look down on my mother for that… She got pregnant with me while in college and still managed to graduate, but life just wouldn’t let her continue on.)

I feel like I’m currently stuck in a rut, and I want (and need) to desperately get myself out. I’m currently researching information on financial aid, as well as the majors that Vol State provides to weigh my options. I’ve also talked to my good friend about what I should do, and she has given me a little perspective on the subject.

No matter what, I just have to keep telling myself that I can do whatever I set my mind to, and that I can succeed in being someone great!

“A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”

— Henry Miller
The Books In My Life (1969)

All Around the World, Statues Crumble for Me…

Hello, everyone. 🙂

Today has been a good day. I managed to get the apartment clean, finally. Well, my bedroom still needs to be worked on, but that’s just a disaster that will have to be attacked on a later date!

I spent some time with a good friend and played endless games of Mancala (which I am surprisingly bad at… Either that, or my friend is just amazing!) while chilling out on the couch with a Sonic blast. A Community marathon was also involved, which never leads to a dull moment in my opinion. (“Troy and Abed in the moooorrrnin’!”)

Now I’m jamming to some music like I always do and drinking a Pepsi, even though I should be trying to go to sleep. Tomorrow should be yet another good day. It’s pay day and then clubbing in Nashville! I can’t wait!

Talk to you later, my lovelies. In the mean time, have a good night (or day if you happen to be reading this on the other side of the world) and keep on dancing!

Matchbox Twenty – Exile On Mainstream – Rdio


Cover of "Exile on Mainstream"

Cover of Exile on Mainstream

via Matchbox Twenty – Exile On Mainstream – Rdio.

Perfect cleaning the house music. 🙂

Because it must be done. By the way, I just woke up, after not being able to fall asleep until around seven this morning. Yay for insomnia, right?