If I could go back in time there are a couple things I would tell myself. First, I would tell myself to study progressively weekend instead of trying to cram in everything within a week. If I would’ve learned this method sooner then I would’ve done better on some of my first exams . Another is, think about the pros and cons before you make a decision. I usually do this but there was a point in time last semester where I would act impulsively instead of considering how the the decision could affect me. Also, to get a planner and try to form a habit of it. I waited too long to get organized and arrange my assignments so there was a point in time where I was missing assignments because I forgot and had absolutely nothing to remind me. Manage your time wisely so that you can get a good amount of sleep and stay healthy, last semester I didn’t really care much for sleep until I reminded myself that sleep allows you to function better. The most important one would be, take advantage of every opportunity. There were a lot of networking opportunities I missed last semester and it wasn’t until I talked to a pre- health advisor that I realized how essential it was. I learned a lot within both of my semesters and I hope to continue learning so that I can become an even better person in the future.
The children institutionalized at the Willowbrook State School were treating as if they were animals and not human beings. They were left with no clothes, no attention, and no human rights. The children would sometimes spend time lying in their own feces, they were left untrained, and also fed for 2-3 minutes which is unacceptable. The reason why this happened is very simple, the majority of people do not care.
Since none of their loved ones was living within the institution and it had no effect on their life, the government officials did not care. In connection to what we’ve been talking about in UC for the past two weeks people often make choices that would be beneficial towards themselves and the bigger picture but fail to recognize the people that would also be negatively affected. This is exactly what happened with the Willowbrook State School; the government believed that lowering the budget would save money for the community as a whole but they failed to consider the individual sub groups living within the community that would be impacted. This caused a decrease in staff that eventually resulted in children being abused at this institution. The fact that the institution was overcrowded and there was 2-3 people caring for 70 people is sickening.
When it comes to people with mental disabilities being institutionalized I feel as if it would be okay as long as they are receiving the full package. By this I mean the same care they would receive from a loving home. This package would include care, sufficient funds, attention, training; the whole nine yards. If institutions were targeted to be like home for people with mental disabilities then situations like this would never occur. Overall, this situation is a good reminder for everyone to consider who and what may be impacted when it comes to making choices.
As the semester comes to an end and I reflect on my experiences, I can honestly say that I have changed personally and professionally within this semester. During this semester I did put forth my best effort and tried to take steps in becoming my best self. To further explain, during the summer bridge program I didn’t take assignments seriously or complete them in a timely fashion. This semester I completed majority of my assignments at least three days before the due date and I also effectively studied for exams in order to get a score that was satisfactory for me. I’m overall most proud of my study skills while studying for math and I also was content with the results. As for personally, I have seen a slight change in myself but I still have a lot of work to do. During the semester I practiced putting myself and my academics first and learned the power of the word “No”. I realized that I can’t always go hang out with my friends because we are all taking different routes. In my “Letter to Myself” I was very childish and if I were to write another one there would be a big difference in what I say. I haven’t really fulfilled anything I mentioned in the letter, I discussed how I wanted to manage money better which is something I plan on improving next semester. All in all, I do not have any regrets this semester and I plan on using everything I learned this semester to help guide me through the years I have left.
After reading President Obama’s JAMA article one thing that resonated with me was the decrease in the percentage of workers without an annual limit on out of pocket spending after the Affordable Care Act was enacted. In my opinion just seeing a significant decrease in the course of five years showed me that there actually is an effect by the changes they are making and that they are not all negative. I did research on both candidates health care policies and for the most part they were talking about same thing such as high quality, cheaper health care but there was a significant difference with both policies. In Hillary Clinton’s policies she actually had a plan such as wanting to crack down on drug companies whose prices are too high, this showed me that she is serious about health care and is looking for the best solution. As for Donald Trump all he discussed is how his healthcare plan will be great and better and repealing Obamacare but he doesn’t necessarily have a plan, his statements are very broad and they seem like empty promises to me so I would say I’m more so worried about Donald Trump’s health care plan. Two improvements for U.S. health care would be making it more inexpensive and adjusting the individual mandate because I don’t think anyone should be forced to buy expensive health insurance if they don’t want to. I think these improvements would improve U.S. health care and people would actually want to buy it rather than feeling obligated too.