#ugstSTORY Forever<3 <3 <3

I may cry on Tuesday (which means no contacts).

The best class that I have had out of my first semester and next three years was UGST 1000 (#ugstSTORY). I hate goodbyes. I’m like the Doctor off of “Doctor Who”: We both hate endings.

This class helped me to find a major when I had no idea what I was going to study. It also helped me to learn to be more comfortable on campus and the diverse amount of people that are here. I learned about some places that I had been afraid to go to by myself like the Career Center in Chestnut or Sage Hall, but now I urge my friends to go there because of the visits that employees came to our class and told us. (Oh no, I’m tearing up already)

I think I will miss the people I had this class with the most. I can officially say I know two wonderful ladies in Greek Life. I can say I have seen a guy dress up as a female video game character for Halloween and an elf. These are all memories I have from this class. In this class I have learned to be more open with people and to not be as a afraid to introduce myself to new people thanks to the Road Trip Nation interviews.

I hate to have to leave this class and I hate to see the UGST First Seminar class and the Office of Exploring Majors go. There are seniors and juniors and high school like us who have no idea what they want to major in while they are in college. Having this class separate from my other classes helped to think more clearly on what I wanted to do while working to fulfill the university core. (And now it’s waterfalls from my eyes :'()

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Me Want More Diversity

In religion, I identify with a baptist cultural group because it is what I am most familiar with and have grown up with. The christian organization I joined is way different from what I know but I learn about different Asian cultures from the people in the organization already.  Most, that I have met, are from Korea, Taiwan, or Vietnam. Also one of my best friends if Filipino and I learn alot whenever I go over to her house. I learned that before you come into the house to leave your shoes at the door and also they cook a full meal whenever they invite people into their homes.These are a few ways I learn more about this topic when I experience a different culture at like a party or by visiting a person’s home. This allows me to have a hands on experience while learning some new things on a subject that I may or may not know alot about already. Being a foodie and all, I learn different foods when I eat and try the foods and the different containers and utensils used. Like bento box, which is a lunch box with many compartments  to hold the foods put into the box. Two of my friends have bento boxes and I think they are so cool that I am considering begging my mother to get me one. This is how I appreciate the different cultures I learn about and also Googling the names to learn more. I REALLY WANT A BENTO BOX!!!!!!!!!!!! =(

What I learned about the SMMC

I learned that the student money management center helps students to find ways to plan and keep track of their money. They also help students to figure out how much money in student loans they should accept in order to reduce  or not increase their debt amount. This is a good resource for any students who want to learn how to read their credit report and scores, establish and manage their credit, and for those who want to make a budget for themselves. The money management center helps students to live their life without their parents money and with their own by helping them to create a financial survival plan by factoring in college expenses and costs, “fun” money, emergencies, and needs and wants. In our class we got into groups to see how we would survive in a zombie apocalypse with $700. This activity showed us how we should plan for any emergencies that may come up and if other people are involved. this was a great example as to why it is important we should save for emergencies in our financial survival plan. The money management center has some workshops this week like their Holiday Soiree on Wednesday (Nov. 6) from 5-6 pm in the BLB 225 and Session 1: Investing 101 on Thursday (Nov. 7) at 1-2:20 pm & 5-6:20 pm in Wooten 112.

My Process Paper

A & B. I will focus on Greyson’s interview with Eric Dafoe. Everyone said that he should get a degree in computer sciences. After taking a few classes for this degree, Eric found that he didn’t really like this but that he liked to help people in their everyday lives. So he changed his major and went into counseling and is now working toward his PhD.

C. I learned that sometimes the career suggested to you by friends and family isn’t always the career you would like to pursue. In about half of our interviews, the interviewee changed their major from what they started with to what they have their degree in now. So it’s okay to change my major later on if I don’t like what I start out with.

D. Themes that emerged across the interviews were go with your heart and what everybody else tells you, sometimes what others think you should do isn’t always what you want to do. It’s okay to change your mind if you don’t know what you want to do. Basically in each interview, the interviewee either went back to school or changed their degree choice while in school after people told them what they think they should build a career in. A theme that came out during the interviews, though not clearly expressed, was to follow your path and not others, no matter what others tell you.

E. The personalities of each interviewee were different but each were cool and down to earth in their own way. I’ve known Mrs. Tahaney for three years, so I already knew her personality. We could tell that Eric really enjoys his job at the Center for Play Therapy. He is like a little kid himself and tried really hard to speak us in a more adult way than what he is used to. Jacqui and Peggy were cool and were more than happy to answer our questions about them and their jobs.

F. I will follow my own path and major in something that I can get a job in and minor in something that I love to do. For example, Mrs. Tahaney was an elementary teacher for eight years before she became a librarian. Though her mother and grandmother were teachers, she chose to go back to school and become a librarian, though it was suggested to her. After following her own path, she has met three other librarians, has many students, past and present that love her, and has many children that she sees every day.

Working In A Team…Deal or Dud?

I like working in team/group. Kind of. Good things about working in a group are that you have an X chance of getting someone who likes to work on their assignment and doesn’t like to procrastinate or you get someone who is willing to work all night if you all have to. A draw back of working in a group is you get someone who is extremely lazy and who procrastinates or forgets everything leaving you and/or someone else to finish the work without them. This leads into an argument that I’m not going into.

UGST Explores Our Resources

This week in UGST, we took two vacations from our classroom to the library and to the career center. We toured both locations and learned about the many resources that we are paying for in our student fees that we can (and should) utilize while we are attending UNT. Some of the things offered can be used even after we graduate and go on into a career field.

1. The career center helps you prepare for interviews and helps you find a job, while attending UNT. Also when you become alum of UNT, the advisers will help you for free if you wish to find a job in your career or get promoted in that career. They also help you with your resume.

Link: http://careercenter.unt.edu/

2. You can look on the Eagle Network for career fairs and workshops and employment opportunities (on and off campus). Workshops that help you fill out a resume or ones that prepare you for a career fair before a career fair. There is also networking events that allow you to meet people from different companies. This could help you get an internship if someone there at that company where your interning knows you.

Link: http://careercenter.unt.edu/eagle-network

3. Lilly Ramin is our research subject liaison if we ever need help with finding materials on the our subject in UGST.

Link: http://www.library.unt.edu/liaisons

4. You can check out different materials from Willis Library like laptops for 4 hours at a time, books and music. There also three other libraries, Chilton (the media library) located in Chilton Hall, Discovery Park Library located at Discovery Park, and the Eagle Commons Library located in Sycamore Hall.

Link: http://www.library.unt.edu/

It was nice to leave the classroom and visit other places.

My (Career) Family Tree

All right! It is about time for me to find out how some of my family members got to where they are now. This is my career family tree. All answers are exactly as that person who is named answered the question. This features my brother, (play) sister, cousin, and uncle. I have many other family members who attended college but I know their stories pretty well. Half of them received their doctrine in education and are now teachers in their local school districts.
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Strong and MBTI Evaluation

To start off, I guessed two of my three letters right. Yay! My theme is AIS (artistic, investigative, and social). Like I guessed, two off the three letters are me but the third I’m wondering about. My scale is oh so right about me. I am very artistic and investigative but social, not so much. Four of my ten occupations are would really like to pursue. Musician and photographer keep popping up as my top two on these personality tests. Graphic designer and artist also keep coming up. So I decided to search photographers on O*NET and found out that a photographer can have a high school diploma or equivalent, some college or no degree, or an Associate’s degree. I will be going for my Associate’s and not waste the money mother is spending on me. One of the work styles is attention to detail, which means that a photographer has to be able to be careful about the details and thorough while working on a task. Now for my five “Your Personal Style Scales Preferences”:

1. You likely prefer a balance of working alone and working with people.

2. You seem to prefer to learn by doing and through lectures and books.

3. You probably prefer to lead by example.

4. You may dislike taking risks.

5. You probably enjoy the role of independent contributor.

I agree and disagree with these statements. True, I do like to learn through books and doing and occasionally I like to work in groups but mostly I like working alone. Working alone helps me to better think about what I’m working on or studying. This has helped me at UNT to prioritize what’s important and has to be done right away opposed to what’s least important and can be held off for a few hours.But I DO NOT by any means prefer to lead by example (I hate leading unless I have to), I dislike taking some risks and sometimes I don’t enjoy being the role of independent contributor. I’m an independent contributor unless I have to be or some else is not doing their part and I have to make up for their non-contribution. For my letter A, one major listed that I know is offered at UNT is photography. I am so interested in this major because I just love taking pictures of stuff. I will take a picture of any event that is put in my face. I LOVE PICTURES!!!!!!! For the letter I, I’m interested in astronomy. UNT doesn’t offer this as a major or minor. I like to study the stars and planets and learn how they came to be. For my letter S, criminology caught my attention. This is not offered as a major or minor at UNT. Studying a crime to figure why the suspect did what they did and studying a criminal intrigues me to want to help future crimes with similarities as past ones prevent any more of that crime. The Strong and MBTI lead me to this occupation because I tested as an investigative. Investigative people like to work with ideas and requires a great amount of thinking.

Would this job allow me to be self-expressive, independent, and/or artistic?

Yes, my job as a photographer would allow me some independence and art while working. Though I may have to use what the customer wants, I will still be able to use my creativity to create what they want.