Monday, January 23, 2012

Blog Post 1

I was born in Dallas, Texas and moved around with my mother until we settled down in Clay, Alabama. Clay is located about 20 miles northeast of Birmingham. Growing up in the outskirts of a moderately sized city offered little too nothing to do. I invested most of my childhood in playing community sports. As I got older, I grew out of the community sports phase and wanted to involve myself into something that had life long goals, so I began taking Akayama-Ryu Jujitsu
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in my junior year in High School. I have been actively taking and help instructing Akayama-Ryu Jujitsu for 17 years. I graduated from High School and decided to go to college. I was not really prepared for a large university, so I choose to go to a Junior College in Birmingham and worked odd jobs here and there. In 2003, I decided it was time to move to a new place with more opportunities. It was helpful that my martial art teacher had moved to Gulf Shores to retire, so I followed him and Akayama-Ryu Jujitsu. As a bonus I was able to enroll at the University of South Alabama. I continued my college track and was able to get a bachelor's degree. I graduated in 2007 with a degree in History.
After graduation I was unable to find employment with my degree. So, after working a few retail jobs here and there. I decided, with the support of my family, to quit my full-time job and return to school to get an education degree. I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education specializing in Social Studies. I have been back in school for about 2 weeks and I can honestly say it is never too late to go back to school.

I watched the video by Randy Pausch on Time Management and I found his tips to be very easy to follow. Much of what he spoke on in his Time Management speech seem very common sense and followed what we are all taught through our school experiences. I am not really aware of his works other than his video I watched briefly on you tube. But he seems to offer a lot of possibilities for future endeavors into time management.


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  2. I enjoyed our conversation after class about the future. Now if I could just find my crystal ball!

    1. Before you know it Dr. Strange Apple will have created a crystal ball for educators to better guide their students.

  3. Jason,

    I hope that EDM is an exciting part of your college career! Looking forward to seeing what you have to contribute to this class!

    Rebekah Lloyd