I had many up and downs this year and I learned so much about myself. One of my biggest challenge was one of my first exams that I totally bombed. I took the assumption that since it was open note I would just be able to figure it out from past problems in my notebook. Thus I didn’t take class time as serious and didn’t put much time in studying. As a result I got one of the worst scores in the class. I hated that feeling. I was upset at how poorly I prepared and underestimated the exam and procrastinated. I learned I could not take the same approach for the next exam. I forced myself to set up a meeting with my professor to talk about what I did wrong and how to do better in the future. It was very had to do that because I didn’t like accepting that I had failed but it was a very important step in improving. This time I made sure I understood class and the homework and studied more and more purposefully. I had a huge improvement and ended up being successful in the class overall.
The “Lets talk about sex baby” Lecture was definitely the most entertaining lecture in UC we have had to this point. But I also think that we learned so much about each other’s experiences and learned a lot about sexual education in the world. Sexual health is extremely important because there can be so many positive or negative results as a result of how you maintain your sexual health. STIs such as HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be transmitted if no protection is used. If one monitors and maintains their sexual health they can prolong their life and avoid chronic diseases.
I think what surprised me most about this week was the stories students discussed to the class about the wide range of different health educations they received at their respective schools. I was astonished to realize how little some people learned from their school about sex and how they were only taught about the horrendous negatives and why sex is “bad”. I was reassured when I also heard that people thought they had a comprehensive and unbiased sexual health education. I found it so Ironic that schools teach abstinence only education because they don’t want their student to obtain STIs or get pregnant. But the meta analyses clearly proves that a comprehensive sexual education yields lower rates of pregnancies and STIs. I think it was very important that Adam stressed that fear tactics do not work what so ever. As future healthcare professionals it is extremely important to understand this.
In my opinion the best way to improve sexual health is education students through a comprehensive education. I think in general it is better to be straightforward, transparent and let people make decisions for themselves after they are educated and understand the situation. On top of that there is science to prove that abstinence only education doesn’t work and I have personally seen it not work. So I think comprehensive education is more effective and also morally more correct. I would like to ask my fellow HSSPers do you agree comprehensive education is the way to go and how can we promote this as future healthcare professionals?
I have changed personally because I have started to take responsibility for myself and I am exponentially more in control of my life. During my high school years I could get off with avoid school work or avoiding cleaning my room or doing laundry. Now I am living on my own and I have a roommate that deserves to not be tripping over my clothes and cluttered belongings. Professionally, I don’t think I have changed very much at all. Previously I believe I could professional person when I entered a professional environment. I think my attendance at this fall’s career fair gave me a new perspective and understand another part of the professional world which will help me when I actively seek a job or internship.
When I opened up and started reading the letter I wrote to myself at the begging of the semester, I chuckled. I had written out for my self about half a dozen specific goals to meet and I have completed a total of about two. In my letter I urged myself to join a few clubs and go to the CCRB frequently. I think I have been to the Recreational Building a total of three times and I am more or less involved in one club. Nonetheless, I still did complete a few of my goals. I was successful in making a group of friends to do activities with and hang out with and I was generally successful in eating healthy. Even though I may not be able to check off my goals I am proud that I made extreme progress toward achieving them. I think I am most proud about how I have bettered my time management skills. They were absolutely terrible in high school. I still have a long ways to go toward perfecting this skill but I have completed a major step by managing my time on my own.
I believe one of the biggest reason why healthcare reform took decades for a major change to occur is due to the popularity of the president. I think that every time a president has started their attempt at health care reform the president’s popularity has dropped due to reasons in and out of the healthcare arena. Once the popularity drops the president has other issues to face and healthcare drops as a main priority. I also think the amount of time for the process takes and the amount of approval necessary makes it extreme difficult for any change to be made. I think if the majority in the congress is of the opposite party of the president there it is more likely the president will face greater opposition in his healthcare policy.
For me, the biggest failure of U.S. healthcare reform were the attempts of Bill Clinton. He failed because he was too ambitious with his proposed policy which caused a lot of resistance. He also gave the first lady a large role in the reform which was unpopular among many Americans at the time. I think this failure is huge because the Clintons were so confident that they promised they would pass their bill yet in the end the bill never came to the floor.
I believe the biggest success in healthcare reform is the affordable care act because it is the first time in decades that a major reform has been made. I categorize this as success compared to other health care reforms because this was truly successful as the bill was actually passed. I do not necessarily know if this is the best step forward but I know great change has occurred.