5/29 - 6/2
The YMCA does a lot of work for it’s community. They are an organization that knows what their community needs, and provides services for them. I am very glad that I got the opportunity in a workspace that people don’t only care about others, but they do something about it too. They are always trying to help the people, specially the kids improve on all skills. Something that I helped on at the YMCA was that I did a binder with the instructions for the imagination playground, which are bunch of blue block in various shapes and sizes. The kids use these block to construct many things using only their imagination. I made and organized the binder so the adults overlooking the kids that are playing with the playground know what to do, and how to help the kids be in a safe environment. I didn’t know what to expect from the kids when we took the blocks out and had them play with them. There was a really good outcome. The kids were playing with the blocks a long time, and they never got bored, once they got finished building something, they went to the next, and the next, and next. It was wonderful to see all the kids having so much fun, and the adults helping.
5/21 - 5/25
There have been many memorable moments in my internship, but the most memorable one has to be when I held baby Gaello. The first week I worked at the childwatch center, I was introduced to baby Gaello, he is a three month old baby that is playful and has these big beautiful eyes. I was holding the baby, when a woman hat was working there told me try and make him stay awake because he has stopped breathing when he fell asleep. It had happened once during his first month, and another time in his second month, so the parents were worried that it will happen again during his third month. I was completely nervous and worried, but I felt proud that they would trust me with this baby. The next day, when the baby came in, childwatch called keely and she sent me downstairs to help with baby Gaello. I felt Still felt a little nervous but also confident, I knew I could take care of him, and I felt even better that my co workers also felt that I was able to take good care of him. I always have fun with baby Gaello, and when I feel that he is really really tired and has to fall asleep, I hold him while putting a finger under his nose, or ask someone else to hold him, just in case anything happens. All the babies in the childwatch center are always cheering me up with their smiles and giggles.
5/15 - 5/19
There are many positive characteristics about the people that work at the YMCA Broderview, my coworkers, but the one that I think I appreciate the most is that they are very caring toward each other. I know that usually in workplaces like the Y, people say that they are a family, and sometimes they do, but sometimes they don’t. Here they actually mean it. They care for each other very much, and respect on each other. You can see that everyone here are really good friends. I used to think that in work spaces, you would get to know people, but not very personal, or get to be their friends, but only at work. But here they tell each other about the things that go in their life, and invite each other to events outside of work. When I was new, they gave me such a warm welcome, I could see that they were genuinely happy to have me there. At the childwatch, if someone saw me struggling, a woman working there with me would help, and explain what I can do next time to have a better turn out. The two weeks that I have been here, I have just been meeting more wonderful kind new kids, and adults who have shown me that in this YMCA everyone is accepted. I want to be as open to meet new people as they are. I have noticed that I am a person that doesn’t really like change, and when it comes to meeting new people, I get closed off and nervous. I really want to learn how to just meet someone while not having any doubts about myself.
5/8 - 5/12
Something that really struck me about my workplace is that people here are very kind and caring to each other. Everyone accepted us with open arms and took time out of their work to help us with any questions that we had. You can really see the way they help each other out. I was really grateful that my mentor took the time to make out a schedule with me that worked for the both of us. She really took into consideration what I thought would be the best time for me to work at my best. Before my first day I was really nervous that I wouldn’t like this internship, or that I wasn’t going to work well with the kids. But surprisingly, this week has been really entertaining, especially while I am working with the kids. They make my day brighter, and happier. During the morning it is usually kids from moths old to 5 years, they are always laughing and smiling, no matter what they are doing. After I complete a 3 hour shift in the child watch center, I move on to working in my project. The project that I worked on this week, was about toys called imagination playground, which are blue foam shapes in many sizes that kids use. They use their imagination to build certain structures with these shapes, like a couch, or a slide. I am very happy that this was a successful week, and I am also excited for the rest of the month and all the wonderful things I am going to learn from my mentor, the kids, my co workers, and maybe even members.
Sadly, I can’t take pictures of the kids in child watch, but here is a picture of the room.
My hope is that tomorrow will be a very successful day for my group, not only because of all the refinements and practices we’ve had of the activity, but also because of all that we have learned from research that we have made in and out of class. We have been working really hard so we could accomplish to make everything look and be at it’s very best, and I hope that tomorrow will show that work. Something that I can do or say in order to exhibit like if I were a professional is to use big words that most people don’t know what they mean, and then explain those words to them. That way they will see that we have a bigger understanding of our topic. Also talking about all the things that the book we read , Grain Brain, made us understand, and all the extensive research we made for the activity, little book, and t-shirt. Lastly to connect our topic to our daily lives, and compare it with things we do every day. I am excited to see people come to our booth and learn about all the things that we have been researching in the past few months about how much nutrition affects our brain and mental health, and how connected the teen brain is to the things we eat. I really hope that people will be able to understand the message that we are trying to say and take it with them to use in their daily lives.
Right now I am very excited for what my future brings me and what I am going to end up choosing to do for the rest of my life, but in this moment I don't have a very clear idea of what I want to do in the future, but I do now that it is something that has to do with business. I want it to be something that I won't get bored with, that I know I will be happy with. I want something that will help me be better at the things that I struggle with now. For example, stressing out way too much about the most minimal things, and when this happens I get overwhelmed about what I’m doing and exaggerate the time that it takes to complete a task, then I can’t do my agenda correctly, which affects the way I organize my time. This problem not only affects my work life, but also my normal life. I want to work on this in the future, specially before internships start. I am already really nervous about going into internship, mostly because it is a unknown area for me. I got an internship in the YMCA child care system. My interviewer told me that this section in the YMCA is in charge to take care of kids and help them have fun in an educational way. I am also nervous because I am scared that I won’t enjoy my internship at all, or that I won’t have a project going on, for me to look forward to. I chose this image because I am not really sure of what I am going to be doing...
4/10 - 4/14
A time this week I felt like I learned something in Biology was when we had professionals come in to critique our work. The person who first critiqued our work was David Varela, since he is a graphic designer, I was really excited for him to tell us what we need to improve our products. I wanted to hear all the ideas of how to make our products relate more to our topic (nutrition), how to make it more visually pleasing, and attract attention for people to represent. He gave us many tips and comments to not only make it look better, actually make it look professional yet playful too. For example when he said to keep the little book constant, with the same fonts, sizes, and have the colors look good together, in order to have people go through them kind of in a smooth way, and not get distracted by something else. He also said that people at the age of 16 to 25 tend to pull away from business looking logos, so the fact that we made our design more stylish is very good based on the age that we want to target. Someone else that gave us really good critique about our little book was David’s fiance, Antra. The feedback she gave us about our fonts, and only keeping two throughout all of the little book was very helpful, because when I started changing all the fonts, I saw how much more pleasing it looked than before. Overall I think that with this critique our group now knows what to keep, what to take away, and what to add.
3/20 - 3/24
This week I have learned a lot in biology class. Mostly through our NAMI interactive run through. We had to do something that had to do with nine bowls, our topic and the brain, and since our topic is teen nutrition we decided to do an activity in which the people choose their own meal, according to a certain scenario. In our activity, we have nine options, 3 drinks, 3 main courses, and 3 side food. Then we have with nine bowls, and according to their choice, they throw a ball to the according bowl. After they chose their options, or thrown the balls, we tell them the healthiest choice they could have made, and explain why. Every option we had was chosen because of research we did through the internet, and through our book. We would try to choose the best three unexpected foods for the scenario,we wanted people to be surprised by their option, and have questions that we were able to answer. A lot of the facts that we found during the research, even surprised me, and made me really think about what I eat every day. There were many things that I ate that I thought was the best for the event. For example for breakfast, I always eat oatmeal, but while I wa doing research I found that while it does give you a lot of good nutrients, they are not the best ones when it comes to helping keep you focused and awake, which is what you need for breakfast.
3/13 - 3/17
This week I have learned a lot through our group research. Nutrition is a very complicated, yet easy aspect of your life. This week when we had to write a slogan for stigma in our topic, I wrote “don’t judge the nutrition by it’s cover”. There are many things that seem like they are bad for you, or that are good for you, but it is actually the complete opposite. For example many people think that cholesterol is bad for your body, and that the less the better. But people with very low cholesterol actually suffer from neurological problems, like alzheimer’s, dementia, and depression. There are many aspects in nutrition that I think are vital, but the most important one is eating what is best for you. Nutrition is different for every person, it depends on your levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. In order to have a healthy diet and lifestyle, you have to learn what you need to change in your eating habits, what good should stay, and what bad should be replaced. Once you know that, you can make the changes you need to. You can research, read a book, or get professional help. A book that I have been reading lately that has a lot of good and interesting facts about Nutrition is “Grain Brain”. It really helps connect the Brain and our nutrition. Believe it or not, the gut has almost as much control of our body, and the brain does. I read an article that said that since the gut produces a lot of neurons, it is also known as the “second brain”. Also the stomach produces around 80 to 90 serotonin, “happy” neurotransmitter, which is more than the brain does. So if you keep your gut happy, you keep your entire body happy too !
3/6 - 3/10
This week I feel like I learned a lot from the field trip we took to UCSD Hillcrest. NOt only about the brain, but about a certain career that I am now considering. In the three stations that we took, we learned a lot about very different things. For example, my first station was the presentation about psychologist, and the steps you can take to become one. In this presentation, I didn’t only learn a lot about what a psychologist and psychiatrist does, but I also learned about college. I learned what you can do with the different types of degree with a psychology major, the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist, and all the different ways you can apply this career into different things. Like if you get a major in psychology, it doesn’t only mean you’ll be stuck in an office all day, asking and helping people, you could use it in a business, in a school, in a research lab, and various other ways. I never took the time to know what the difference between an associate, a masters, and a bachelor degree was, until now. Also a doctorate and how long it can take to actually become a psychiatrist and have a study of your own. One of my favorite moments of not only the field trip, but of the week, was taking the hospital tour. It was amazing to see all the different things they do, and how hard they work. I never really took into appreciation all the people that are in a hospital working to save lives, until that moment when we were in the emergency room, and I saw so many sick or injured patients and nurses trying to help them.
This is a blog about my weekly experiences in my biology/environmental science class.