This past week CCU hosted a Celebration of Inquiry series for students to attend and to learn about the challenges of today; such as with the “Risks, Responsibilities and Rewards.” There were many different sessions to attend and they were offered at various times and locations.
Thursday, instead of being able to attend the sessions I wanted I spent the day completing an assignment. For me, completing assignments are very difficult; not because of the assignment but because of me. As a nontraditional student, and I speak only for myself, it takes a great deal longer than it does atypical traditional student. While it might take a traditional student a few hours to put together a paper of 3 to 6 pages I spend approximately 12 to 25 hours on it. How crazy is that! I know it is but I cannot help myself – I obsess on the document and constantly edit it before it I can even get it completed. This is my own fault and is only one idiosyncrasy of mine but it is one that I feel cursed to carry out, no matter the inconvenience it causes.
Okay, now for the Celebration of Inquiry session that attended – I finally got to the campus Friday and attended S.H.O.R.E. To cut down on the possible hours I could spend on this blog, I’ll copy the information I posted for one of my classes about the session, immediately following my setup.
Setup: I rushed to school because I was running late but somehow managed to – in one hour mind you: stop for a much-needed strong cup of coffee, then stopped at the post office to purchase 1 stamp (only to find out it was not even open yet), and drive through the early morning traffic at only 5 to 7 miles over the speed limit, and finally arrived at CCU. Surprisingly I was able to find a parking spot quickly, and rushed to the classroom for the S.H.O.R.E. session (getting the correct room the first try is quite remarkable sometimes).
Okay, I walk in expecting the room to be full but find less than 20 people. What was awkward, as a nontraditional female student, was to enter when the speaker was discussing the topic of safe sex (I’ll pause here for your laughter). I’m a mature person and I can handle the sex talking stuff but it was just uncomfortable to sit there with students younger than my own children. The speakers helped me overcome my fears though because they were so informative and interesting. But still, I mean really I’m 48 for goodness sakes and just sat there wondering if I somehow got the wrong room or session or the schedule was wrong or something! Finally the safe sex topic ended when they handed out the protective items (although I politely passed I was happy to see that everyone else accepted). Alrighty then, here is what I posted for a class:
S.H.O.R.E. stands for Students Helping Others Reach Excellence.
First I would like to say that the students that led the session did an EXCELLENT job. Even when some of the topics were a little uncomfortable they persevered and did great with each one of them.
Some of the topics covered: Safe Sex (with handouts), Party Safe (with handouts), Smart Ride (with handouts), Choice, Time Management, Stress Management, and Smart Choice Pledge. Additionally, we played a couple games, did some exercises, received t-shirts, a Smart Ride card, a Smart Choice magnet, and of course some candy.
In closing I would like to share the information on the Smart Choice magnet: 1. Protect the Rooster 2. Take ownership 3. It’s about me 4. It’s about others 5. Prioritize activities 6. Eat the frog 7. Persevere.
Truly by the time I left the classroom I was so impressed by S.H.O.R.E.’s mission that I volunteered to assist in the Well Being Fair to be held February 24th in the Prince Lawn. I hope that you will take the time to come by and participate in anything that this club has to offer as I guarantee that it will be worth your time!
Thank you and happy CCU trails!