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Achievement unlocked! And other updates

Membership certificate in Epsilon Pi Phi

Membership certificate in Epsilon Pi Phi

It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by here. I’ve been little busy, truth be told, with school and just life. I never did get that story written with the Story Cubes, but I’ve accomplished something that I never did in high school: I made a national honor society. I am a member of Epsilon Pi Phi, which is the honor society for emergency management programs, as of this year. I was so excited! I’m holding a 3.7 GPA and I’ve got about a year to go for my BA degree. Then on to a Master’s in Public Administration, I think.

I’ve been walking my  feet off at Target. I bought myself a FitBit Zip a couple of months back, and have learned that I average about a mile an hour around the store. In other words, I walk between 5 and 8 miles in an average work day. Considering that I did about that much in a month over the past 15 years, I’m working hard. No wonder I come home so tired after a shift!

And, starting the week of Aug 17, I will be taking classes to get an EMT license. If the stars align right, I’ll be able to get a job working as an EMT sometime after the first of the year. I’d like to get into emergency services so that I can gain some experience in a field that applies to my degree.

That’s about it for now. Time to go finish up finals paperwork for Pre-1600 World Lit and Forestry classes.


I think I’m in love…

Ok, I’m exaggerating slightly. But the on-line librarians at American Public University System/American Military University are awesome. Get this: I sent them an oddball question about citation in the APA style at 8:30 PM Central on a Saturday night and got a response with information, details, and additional references within an hour. Then, at 7:00 PM on the following Sunday evening, I get even MORE detail and guidance!

Now, you have to understand that I ask really obscure or oddball questions, often because I couldn’t find the answer myself first. In this instance, I was trying to figure out how to cite a PowerPoint presentation with no named author, that was gathered from the Internet for my research and writing class. Between three different librarians, they were able to square me away completely for this question as well as give me resources that will be helpful in the future.

Then, as a follow-on question at 9:00 PM on Sunday night, I asked about citing what I called a tertiary source (citing one source that cited a second source when I want to use the quote from the second source. Did that make sense?) in my paper. The librarian, Neville, gives me  direction to an on-line resource that answers most of the question (see the part about citing indirect sources) which leads me to another question, which I send back.  He goes and feeds my ego (bless him. 😀 ) about asking “[y]et another on-point question” and goes on to clarify the situation that is not exactly clear-cut but is not completely off the wall.

I just want to publicly thank Neville for his patience and help with my questions. And I sent an email to the library director about him, too. 😀

School update

So week 4 ends today for my latest set of classes. These are “Social Media Application to Emergency and Disaster Management” and “Homeland Security Organization” and they are quite different from my Psychology program classes.  I think part of that is the fact that I am in a different school, but also the fact that I went from an Associate’s degree to a Bachelor’s degree. 

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