One of my major challenges that I am still trying to fix is my irregular sleeping habits which contributed to my poor study habits. My scheduled involves taking long naps after class. That will then contribute to me staying up super late to around 5 to 6 o’clock A.M. It is a vicious cycle that has ultimately affected me in the classroom. Because of the lack of sleep in the morning, I often found myself late or oversleeping my 9:00 a.m. class. The sleeping pattern also caused me to not study after class and I often found myself studying between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. I am still trying to fix this issue to this day. I am going to try to make great efforts to fix this issue for successful school years in the future.
After watching Geraldo Rivera’s investigative journalism piece on Willowbrook State school, there is a realization of the need for care, but at what price are we willing to sacrifice the well-being of an individual that has a real need. In Willowbrook, the ability to provide proper care seemed to fail due to understaffing issues, the spread of hepatitis and other illnesses, budget cuts, proper planning for building and resources among other issues. While an institution might be a solution for some, it is the right solution for all? In many of the studies that we have discussed in the last couple weeks, when there is improper planning or unsupervised planning, we have history to show us some of the problems that have occurred. What are your thoughts on improving the process to decide who should be institutionalized and what are ways that conditions can be improved to avoid the repeat of experiments or studies that have gone wrong?
After reflecting over the first semester, I realize that I have learned a lot and know there is room for improvement. I think I need to improve both personally, academically and professionally. Personally, moving on campus has been a change. My eating and exercise habits have changed drastically. I used to eat very healthy and now the eating decisions are a lot tougher than before. I also used to work out 5 -6 times a week, but the gym is very busy so I work out a lot less. With respect to academics, I need to improve my study time management. The workload is more than high school and I need to find a better schedule to study. I have enjoyed the speakers discussing their experiences to help me determine if I am pursuing the right career. I am trying to create a better time management plan to help me study more efficiently, find more time to work out and to be a little more careful in what I eat.
Leaving a legacy is something thought differently depending on what side you are on. If you are the person who is dying or has died, things you do during your lifetime that make a difference might mean your legacy. While other times, leaving your legacy might mean who you leave your worldly assets to. If you are the person left behind after your loved one passes, the importance might not always be how much they worked but instead how much they loved and were loved. As health care providers, we will see our patients and their families talking about the legacy that they plan to leave and the families talk about the legacy that will leave or have left. Personally, I hope that we will all make an impact during our careers, whether it is through an important medical discovery to helping a patient and their family through a difficult situation. How we react to a patient or their families during stressful times might impact this view of their legacy, and at times they might be looking to us for reassurance or confirmation of what they think. I think knowing how we want to leave our own legacy might impact others around us. How do you think someone would view your legacy if you were telling them at a critical or end of life scenario?