Monday, February 14, 2011

Why I admire who I admire

I admire good Presidents, Ronald Reagan in particular.

However, I want to describe my admiration for a person named Craig. He is one of the most intelligent, wonderful, friendly and helpful men I've ever known. He volunteered for more than 4 months at San Mateo Peninsula Works. He continues to volunteer, helping a lot of unemployed to be motivated and uplifted. He organizes and presents many seminars covering technology, career development, emerging industries, and more. I have attended some of his seminars and the most recent one,two weeks ago, was about The Cloud- The IT Future. I admire how he presents and delivers his speech very clearly and comprehensively. How I wish I could  do same.

I admire his friendliness. We play badminton together and, over the years we have created a group of people and made lots of friends. Whenever there's a new face on the court or someone is feeling lost, he'll step in and introduce himself to let them know when we normally play and to ask if he or she wants to join in our group mailing list. He asks for everyone's name and email of the people who wants to be in our group. Craig created a private email group for all of us. So far we have about over 30 people in our badminton group that plays badminton throughout the week.

I admire his love, respect, care and closeness for his Mother and brother.

I admire him for being very helpful to others in need. He helps my family and friends with their computers. I admire him for being a very understanding and loving person. I admire Craig for being patient with all my whining and complaints about my homework.  

Thank goodness he happens to be my husband!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My goals and plans

For this blog entry, I have chosen to write about my short term goals and plans. Specifically, I will blog about my academic goals and plans for the next six months or so. Here is my list of short term goals and plans.

  • “graduate” the ESL program, specifically, get high grades (preferably A's) in both ESL 914 and 924
  • get enough grants and scholarships to go to school full-time
  • continue English (400)
  • start business math or bookkeeping class
  • start nutrition-related class

These short term goals and plans lead directly to my longer term goals of; speaking and writing English fluently, understanding business management, getting a certification in nutrition and, eventually, running my own food business. I plan on achieving on these goals by studying hard, receiving tutoring when needed and finding the grants and scholarships to do this full time. I don’t know all of the resources available to me to accomplish these goals but, right now, the most important resources I have are my teachers and my counselors.The two biggest obstacles I face are financial and intellectual. I think the financial obstacle is obvious. When I say “intellectual,” I mean that I am not used to being a student anymore. I am pretty sure that I will get use to being student again. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My word of the day

My word for today is "brevity".

Brevity is a noun and it means "shortness of duration," especially in writing or speaking. It comes from the root word, "brief".  Probably the most famous use of the word in a sentence comes from the author William Shakespeare in the play "Hamlet":

 Here, Shakespeare wants to say that using a few good words can be a sign of intelligence.  I hope my professors remember this when I turn in my really short essay.  :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Books come in Handy

I needed the books required for my classes. I wanted to save money and to order them on line. The books I ordered were going to take about a week to arrive. However, I needed them sooner.

Fortunately, I was able to borrow the books that I needed at the Cañada College Library.  How convenient it was! I like going to the library and finding the resources I need.  It's very convenient for all students, especially now that the library is open on Saturdays.  The librarians are very helpful and friendly.

Thank goodness for books, libraries and especially librarians!