Changing the World One Child At a Time

Scholarship Entrant: Sarah from Lonsdale, Minnesota
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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Ever since the age of twelve I have wanted to be a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse. I plan on attending Bethel University to obtain my nursing degree and then working at a local hospital in their NICU.
Babies are our future, and because of this fact, NICU nurses have one of the most important jobs on the planet. They save the lives of tiny newborns every day. These babies could grow up to be the next Albert Einstein, or a doctor who will cure cancer or AIDS. Their impact is greater than we know.
I want to change the world by exercising my passion for babies and children. I have loved them for as long as I can remember and I cannot think of a better way for me personally to impact our world. With each baby I help, I am introducing the world to a brand new, unique person who will impact the world in his or her own way.

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Scholarship Entrant: Kamaria from Denver, CO
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If I could earn a living doing what I love most it would be to become an Athletic Trainer. I played basketball every since I was 6 years old. During this time I had a few injuries which help me to realize I didn’t want to play this for the rest of my life. When I became a Junior in High School I search my soul and found out that I prefer to be an Athletic Trainer. I saw how the Athletic Trainers would assist me whenever I got hurt and they knew right where the pain was. During my last year of High School as a senior I took classes in Anatomy and Health and medical. These classes help me to further my desire on wanting to be an Athletic Trainer. My goal is to continue my education at the University of Northern Colorado to pursue my dream and make it a reality. I plan to dedicate myself and work hard in order to make this dream come true. Let nothing or no one stand in my way.

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Scholarship Entrant: Kamaria from Denver, CO
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If I could earn a living doing what I love most it would be an Athletic Trainer. Every since I was 6 years old I played basketball. I had many injuries and realize this was not something I wanted to do the rest of my life. I saw how the Athletic Trainers would assist me during an injury. I knew then I prefer to help people get better so they could get back in their came of sport or just healthy living. I plan on continuing my education in order to make my dream a reality. Work hard and dedicate myself in making this dream come true. Let no one or nothing stand in my way.

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Police Officer

Scholarship Entrant: Deangelo from Silver Spring, Mayland
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If I could live doing what I love best it would be becoming a Montgomery County Police Officer. Ever since junior year after my first ride along I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. Everyone knows that as a police officer your job is to help anyone and everyone at anytime. I am aware of that commitment and if I could do it tomorrow I would.

February 17, 2013 was when I was hired as a Montgomery County Police Intern after that day my life changed forever. It has changed in a way that I couldn’t imagine. As an intern I have devoted my life everyday to do what it takes to help in anyway I can. I have received a lot of criticism from other officers about my devotion for something I don’t get paid for. My answer every time is “When you do what you love and love what you do a paycheck is worthless”.

4 years from now after becoming a police officer I will change the world by taking the time to go above the call of duty by making sure that every call I go to I put 110% in by making sure that no robbery goes unsolved, no domestic goes without questioning, and no murder goes without a suspect. Again you ask how can I change the world as a police officer and the answer is after my 4 days 10 hour shift my job is not and will not be over. I bleed blue and black and that will never change until the day I die.

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Over, Under: 4 Practical Stress Management Techniques

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Feeling overwhelmed? Stop, take a deep breath, and review these four stress management techniques from Odenton, MD Life Coach Vance L. to get back on track…

 

Overworked, under-paid, overlooked, and under-appreciated. Yes, you are no doubt stressed. In today’s fast-paced environment it’s easy to get overwhelmed. So what is the key to staying balanced when everything seems to be working against you? For me its perception. I’ll talk more about that in a minute, but I want to talk a little about stress first.

Stress is natural. There is both good and bad stress. We are all familiar with how the bad affects us. But what about the good? Good stress allows us to get things done. It’s in our primal nature. When we feel danger, it is that stress response that triggers a reaction. “Fight or flight” has been keeping us alive from the beginning of time. But for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the bad stress.

We’re familiar with the symptoms of bad stress. Being irritable, inability to sleep, over/under-eating, excessive drinking, and feeling lethargic, just to name a few. Stress originates in the mind and often will manifest physical symptoms. So if we can control the mind, can we control the symptoms? In most cases, yes. I read years ago that seven out of every 10 visits to primary care doctors were for stress or stress-related symptoms. I thought that if we could learn how to cope with stress, we could conceivably have a 70% chance of staying well. When I shared this information while lecturing at a local hospital, most doctors agreed. Not all, but it did seem to validate how stress directly affects our well being.

So let’s talk about perception. When it comes to stress I often ask my clients, “Is that a mountain or a molehill?” In other words, are you making the problem out to be bigger than it is? The truth is that most of what we think of as being stressful can easily be worked through with a little time and action. (Keep in mind that some stressors will require immediate attention, but more often than not stress has an accumulative effect.) In order to cope, we need a toolbox of stress management techniques.

Stress Management Technique #1

Do nothing. I have taught mediation for years. When working as a crisis counselor, the first two things I do are make sure the client is safe, and then make sure they are controlling their breathing. If you can control your breath during a stressful event, you can control your mind. Start with breathing in through your nose and out with your mouth. There is a physiological reason why this works. You can use abdominal breathing to help control your nervous system and encourage your body to relax, bringing about a range of health benefits.

Stress Management Technique #2

Reach out. So many refuse to talk about their problems because of the stigma associated with stress. They feel that they will be seen as weak or vulnerable. In reality to some, you might. The flipside to that coin is that having a supportive community during your stress event can be an invaluable resource.

Stress Management Technique #3

Turn it up. There have been many studies about how music can transform our moods. Be mindful here. The wrong kind of music (songs that you identify with a sad or negative event in your life) can increase your state of stress. Opt for happy, calm, or inspirational music. Music is a great distraction and mood enhancer.

Stress Management Technique #4

Make it healthy. Stress weakens the immune system. Eat and drink as healthy as you can. Our first response is to go for comfort food. There is nothing wrong with that if you’re having a bad day. But if you have prolonged stress, you’re going to need all the help you can get. That includes exercise. You’re going to want to sleep. Don’t do it. Get your blood flowing to your heart and oxygen to your brain.

There are many stress management techniques available to you. Do a little research before you are stressed. Know what your tools are. And remember, often we overthink our stress and under-act on it. Take action now with these techniques!

VanceVance L. has been an educator, consultant and Life Coach for 30 years. He currently sees clients and teaches on various subjects ranging from health, relationships to spirituality. Vance holds degrees in counseling and divinity and has worked on both local and national platforms. Book lessons with Vance here!

 

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What I love doing most

Scholarship Entrant: Jasmine from Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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If I could earn a living doing what I love doing most, that would be reading. Reading gives me a sense of peace. I would use reading to change the world by using everything that I’ve read in books and write my own story. I want to bring all the thoughts and images from my head and put them onto paper. I want the world to know, not all urban fiction novels are the same and I want to bring a different vibe and flavor to urban fiction novels. The specific goals I would take to make my dream a reality are, first, start by writing short stories just to get a flow going. I would get as many people as I possibly could to read my short story and get as many opinions on it. After I get opinions on my short story, I would make the necessary changes and start working on the main story. Reading is a passion for me. When I pick up a book, it’s like I become one with the book. I get into my own little world. I want the world to feel about reading how I feel about reading. I want them to get lost in the book I write in the near future. Reading makes all of my troubles go away and I want the world to think about nothing but the story that’s right in front of them.

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A Balanced Planet is a Happy One

Scholarship Entrant: Courtney from Fenton, Michigan
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My father, my boyfriend, everyone looked at me crazy when I told them that I wanted to change the world through saving animals because they thought that I should use my talents to save people, but why are people more important than animals? I want to learn about animals and their habitats, traits, genes, language, everything in order to make sure that no animal goes extinct or endangered. What I want most is to study zoology at Oregon State University to first complete my major and then complete my doctrine.
Before I can call myself Dr. Gruesbeck, I need to complete internship opportunities and study abroad to Africa or Australia to examine the life cycle of all shapes and sizes of animals. I want to take a wildlife trapping course in order to learn how to safely capture animals that are injured to take them to captivity and also learn which animals are endangered so that I can study them and prevent their extinction.
Many people do not understand the importance of animals such as how they contribute to a food chain, how animals help the growth and production of plants that could be a food source or used for medical purposes, and how animals help to keep a balanced ecosystem and the different places of the world. In a way, animals create the world that humans live in, so they should be saved as well.

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acting as a nurse

Scholarship Entrant: Maarja from Big Lake, Minnesota
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My dream is to be a nurse, and help people, but one of the things I love more than anything is acting. Finding a way to combine the two would be an amazing opportunity for me. I would love to be able to help my critical child patients to forget their problems for a while, in acting, whether it is watching a play or being a part of one. Or if it were nothing more than me being the silly nurse who is always making the children giggle with crazy voices and faces. I want to help people to have a chance at a better life, and for some that isn’t an option, but helping them learn about plays could help them be someone else who wasn’t dying for 2 hours while entertaining their friends and family. This is a way I could take something I love doing and combine it with my dream job. My college schedule for the nursing program is extremely rigorous, but I also hope to be involved in the plays and musicals to help stay brushed up on my acting skills. My goal is to get a significant part in one of the plays, and still keep my grades up.

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All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures

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What are the “keys” to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C

In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures.

Key Signatures at a Glance

Major sharps: the name of the key can be found at 1 semitone above the last sharp.

Minor sharps: the name of the key can be found at 2 semitones below the last sharp.

C has no accidentals

A has no accidentals

G: F# + 1 semitone = G…

E: F# – 2 semitones = E…

D: F#, C#

B: F#, C#

A: F#, C#, G#

F#: F#, C#, G#

E: F#, C#, G#, D#

C#: F#, C#, G#, D#

B: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#

G#:  F#, C#, G#, D#, A#

F#: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#

D#: F#, C#, G#, D# A#, E#

C#: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, B#

A#: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, B#

Major flats: the name of the key can be found at 7 semitones above the last flat.

Minor flats: the name of the key can be found at 4 semitones above the last flat.

F: Bb + 7 semitones = F…

D: Bb + 4 semitones = D…

Bb: Bb, Eb

G: Bb, Eb

Eb: Bb, Eb, Ab

C: Bb, Eb, Ab

Ab: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db

F: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db

Db: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb

Bb: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb

Gb: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb

Eb: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb

Cb: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, Fb

Ab: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, Fb

Written Order of Accidentals and Example Key Signatures

Figure 1Let’s work on identifying key signatures by looking at the image above. The last flat in this case is F (Fb is E, in enharmonic spelling). From Fb, count up 7 semitones (half-steps) and keep the enharmonic spellings for E and B (Fb and Cb, respectively): Fb -F-Gb-G-Ab-A-Bb-Cb (B) – key of Cb major. Count four semitones up and you get Ab minor, the relative minor of Cb. Even if you don’t know the mode, either major or minor, by using this key signature method, you will always be able to find the major and relative minor for any signature you encounter.

Figure 2

This next key signature has one accidental. Avoid assuming that this is Bb major or minor. This is actually Fb major. Fb minor is actually E minor, which is a sharp key. This method will help you work through the Circle of Fifths and understand the relationship between tonal arrangements in keys.

Other Problems to Avoid

Accidentals (sharps and flats symbols) are written in descending order from top right to bottom left on the staff. So, knowing the last flat or sharp requires that you remember the order of sharps and flats, because on the staff, the last accidental may appear higher than the first, which can trick you into thinking it’s the first accidental. This is Bb major, as an example:

Figure 3

Mnemonic for the Order of Sharp and Flats

The order of flats is BEADGCF (“bead” – gcf). A good mnemonic is “bead the G clef from middle C to the F clef”. If you can remember that, just know that for sharps, it will be backwards: FCGDAEB. If you remember only that mnemonic and the counts in the chart above, you’ll always be in the right order and you can identify keys by their signatures alone with just a little practice. To practice, find any good graphic image for the Circle of Fifths and try this for yourself! Happy music-making!

LourdesLourdes C. teaches various music subjects and tutors in Tucson, AZ. Her doctorate is in Applied Linguistics and American Indian Studies. She has been an instructor and tutor for over 20 years for academics, research methods, languages and literature, and music as well. Book in-person or online lessons with Lourdes here!

 

 

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The Underestimated Human

Scholarship Entrant: Ebony from Orlando, Florida
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If I could do what I love, I would teach dance. More specifically, I would teach dance to special needs children. Teaching the world how creative and intelligent these individuals are will change how the world views them. Educating people about special needs individuals will potentially make the world be more grateful for what they have and still allow them to see that there are no limitations to what they can do. If someone deemed handicapped could make something of themselves, then there is no excuse for someone who is capable. Specials needs people are smarter and can do more than we think they can. For example, my junior year in high myself and a couple of other girls from my first period dance class used to dance with the special needs young men to help them work on their social skills in preparation for the Best Buddies prom. To my surprise, they knew the moves to the dances their teachers taught them and they were very sociable. It is something I will never forget. Another thing that sparked my love to interact with special needs kids is my little cousin. When he was three years old he started losing his hearing. Seeing him sign to his mother “How are you?” really touched my heart. It made me realize that someone so small and considered “impaired” had a gift. That led me to go to school for business so i could open a Performing Arts School for Special Needs Children.

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