I read the blog post by Seth Godin titled Kicking and screaming (vs. singing and dancing). He talked about how unfair life can be, and how most of us handle unfair life situations by kicking and screaming. One example he gave of an unfair circumstance was being diagnosed with a disease. We can not control what disease we are diagnosed with, but do we have to kick and scream about it? Seth Godin stated in his blog, ” What if we saw the derailment of one path as the opportunity to grow or to invent or to find another path?” Its hard to wrap your head around the idea of singing and dancing instead of kicking and screaming when you are faced with an unfair circumstance. But the question is, is it really unfair? Everyone is faced with hardships and cruelty in this world, but you can grow as a person depending how you handle the unfair experience you are given. While reading this post the main thing that came to my mind was my grandma that just had open heart surgery yesterday. I just kept thinking how unfair this is to her, how I wish she didn’t have to go through such a thing. I am thinking about how someone can dance and sing about a serious surgery, or even about death? How can we dance and sing about hardships and all the cruelty? This post made me realize that life is too short to be kicking and screaming, and that we need to dance and sing when we can! Embrace what you have even when that something is not always ideal. My grandma is fighting life, and that is something to be proud about. Heart surgery is a working miracle, and it’s something we need to sing and dance about. Seth Godin also said in his blog, “This is incredibly difficult work, but it seems far better than the alternative.” Trying to turn something so negative into something positive is a very difficult task, but now I am going to try to sing and dance as much as I can.
Being apart of the Leadership Advancement Scholar program you are required to take intro to psychology your first semester at Central Michigan University. I am a psychology major so either way I would be taking an intro to psychology class. Since I am a psychology major that intro class was very important to me. Since it was so important to me I was kind of disappointed with the class, I had very high expectations for the class. Since the class was made up with my whole LAS cohort I believed the class wasn’t taken as seriously. Yes I believe it is a good requirement for the scholarship, but since it was a class required a lot of people didn’t take the class or subject as seriously as I wanted. As a psychology major I would of rather been placed in a class with people as the same seriousness as me, or people that actually choose to take the intro to psychology class. I do believe a psychology class is essential to developing leadership skills, but I wasn’t happy with my own personal results for the class. Being with everyone did have its perks; such as studying together and taking quizzes together. But I don’t think the atmosphere is right for students that are actually psychology majors. Since it was a class for developing leadership skills through psychology I did like our final exam. Our final exam was to write a paper applying psychology concepts to leadership. I believed that was a positive way to apply what we learned the semester to our own leadership skills and style. Taking this class has motivated me to work harder in my psychology classes to come. My goal in life is to become a Clinical Psychologist, and to succeed in that I need to work hard in all my classes. I am a strong believer in psychological help. So many people suffer with mental health issues everyday. I want to be able to help as many people as I can daily. Being a psychology major will help me do that. I was disappointed in this intro classes, but I look forward to future classes because the subject taught to us was so interesting.