Betty Alexandria Thomas. I’m 18 (19 in two weeks) Born in Americus, GA on January 5, 1996. I work part time at the Daytona 500 Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. I have a family of six (me, three brothers of which I am the oldest, mom, and dad) I currently attend Bethune Cookman University but plan to transfer next year for the fall semester of 2015. Dancing, music, poetry, and science are my passions- dancing being my top interest. I’ve been dancing since I was 10 and my expertise include jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, ballet, mime, and interpretive. I began writing at a young age and fell in love with poetry. My favorite poet and author being Maya Angelou. In my spare time, I like to grab a good romance or mystery novel or take beautiful pictures of the world around me. You could even find me at the beach from time to time. I major in Anthropology and Philosophy with a minor in psychology. I plan to become a forensic Anthropologist some day after earning my Ph. D. I am a God fearing woman. Favorite colors are blue, purple, and turquois. I’m currently single. Three words that describe me- spontaneous, funny, intelligent. Things that I find beautiful/interesting- nature, life, the human body, foreign lands and languages, the inevitability of everyday life. Favorite Quotes- “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain. “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there’s footprints on the moon.” Unknown. Types of music that I like- reggae, hip hop, old school rap, classical pieces, and pop. I’ve lived in a lot of different places- Georgia, Tennessee, florida, texas, north Carolina, etc. I’m a country girl at heart and I will always love the outdoors. Favorite tv shows- Bones, Ridiculousness, Cold Case, Teenage mutant ninja turtles, and Scooby do. I love animals of all kinds. That’s all for now. If I think of anything else or if there is anything you want to know, just ask me.
Job or school? School or job? When it comes to college life, we can’t always depend on our parents for financial support. So what do we do? We resort to the last thing any of us want to do- we find a job. Now when it comes to schooling vs. working, you always have to be sure to make the right choices regarding your future. Whether it be working more and schooling less and vise versa. With tuition, fees, gas (for those of us fortunate enough to actually own a car), books, classes, and the ever changing economy, we have to be mindful of our finances and make choices that will brighten our future not dim it down to a candle lit dinner. Based on personal experience, I know what it’s like to have to work and go to school at the same time. When tackling my everyday obstacles, I kept a close eye on my schedule and followed four easy steps to my make my life a lot easier.
1. Start your week with your mind set on your goals and things that you hope to accomplish.
• Instead of the ordinary way of starting everything you do for the week on Monday, sit down and write your goals out on Sunday instead. Make a list of all your things-to-do and goals you aim to accomplish, then check it twice to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes or forget to include something important.
2. If you have a job, decide whether it’s best to schedule your work around your schooling or vise versa.
• When I started my job in high school, I had a major responsibility regarding my education and my in-home situation. It was very tough at first but I finally sat down and prioritized my time and my work (in school and on the job). Which brings me to my next step…
3. Always be sure to prioritize your time!
• This is probably the most important step because it could make or break you. Prioritizing your time lessens your stress, allows you to plan accordingly, and will make surprises or bumps in the road easier to deal with. Make sure to put your important things first. You’ll always have time for fun later.
4. Make time for yourself when it’s convenient NOT when you feel like you deserve a break.
• I promise I don’t mean to sound harsh but come on people! We all know that at times we think we deserve a break when in actuality we don’t. We’re all human here. Discipline yourself and try to stay focused. If you do that, you’ll be more than happy to see your results at the end of your week. Then and only then will you truly enjoy your so-called “deserved break.”
These four steps worked for me. I think they’ll work for you too. Just give it a try! Don’t be scared. Take that leap of faith but only if it’s convenient for you. Observe your surroundings and what you have going on then decide what’s best for you. You’ll only know your full potential when you brace the limits of your abilities (yes, that was original). Like Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life, are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” Happy hunting!