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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, my life path is changing once again. I'm finishing the MA in Speech Language Pathology without the clinical component. This means I'll have the degree but can't practice. Why, you ask? Well, having the Masters still shows that I have the knowledge and can complete Masters level work. This might help me trying to get into another plan. I'm looking into counseling/life coaching. Anyone who knows me will say, "Well, duh." Yeah, I know. What can I say, I'm stubborn.

 

At the same all of this has been happening, Matthias and I decided not to have contact for the time being. The idea is to give is time and room to move on. I believe it was the right thing to do, but that doesn't stop the tears from flowing at times. He's an amazing man and a great friend. I hope we can be friends in the future.

 

I have been majorly neglecting this blog since grad school started. Now that I'm not doing as much, I'd like to return to some of my other interests, such as this website, my photography, crochet, making jewelry, etc. I'm in the process of finding a full time job so I'm not so broke all the time. If I can get one, I might be able to save enough money to go to Disney with my friend and her kids. I would LOVE that so much. Those kids are really great.

 

 

Hopefully, this is the first of many blogs. I will do my best to keep up and stay interesting.

SORRY!

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I just saw that I haven't written anything since September of LAST YEAR.

Needless to say, I’ve been a little preoccupied with grad school. Things aren’t going too badly. I’ve had my share of meltdowns and had to be talked off of ledges here and there, but I hear that’s normal.

My love of phonetics and accents has been reinforced, but I’ve also expanded another area of interest: voice. I’ve always liked voice-related things, but in our class this summer, I was exposed to a broader idea of what that encompasses. I’m fascinated by all of it. So, I still want to work with accent modification and voice, but it’s really about what God wants. I have a feeling He gave me those interests to lead me in that direction. I also seem to understand those areas better than, say Specific Language Impairment in children.

I’m about halfway through the program and still alive. So far, so good.

Starting the Torture?

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I've started my graduate classes as of last Monday. So far, so good. I'm nervous that I'll be able to get all the reading done,  but I know that I have God on my side. I think I'll be ok if I can keep up on the reading (A LOT), but the key is that I no longer procrastinate since I started neurofeedback. I'm hoping to find a provider up here since I can't get it from my mom anymore. Of course, if I'd been consistent with her, I probably wouldn't need it anymore. Maybe with someone else, I'll be more consistent. At least, that's the hope.

I still don't have a job, but I'm not too worried yet. I have spoken to a few people about tutoring and had the meeting with the ClubZ director. Hopefully, with that and putting up flyers, I can get 10 or so students a week. I shouldn't need more than that. In fact, if that's mostly my own students (instead of though a referral company), I will definitely not need that much.

 

Moving on up?

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I’m not very consistent with my blog, but that’s not news.

 

I have been accepted to Kent State University for gradschool in speech language pathology! WHOO HOO! I was less than thrilled atfirst. I could only think about what I’d have to leave: my church, friends,family, etc. It took me a few days to get to the happy part. I’m still sadabout what I’m leaving, but my pastor reminded me (more than once) that this isabout additions to my life, not subtractions. I went to KSU undergrad, so I knowthe area, still have good friends there, and a church and pastor that I love. Notto mention the fact that the program at Kent some serious advantages. My primaryinterest is in accent reduction (especially with those learning English as asecond language), and Kent has an English Proficiency Clinic! In addition, theyprovide teletherapy, which fits right in with an idea I have for the field (no,I’m not sharing). How is it even possible that OSU has neither of thoseservices? Oh yeah, they only care about research.

 

I’ve also been trying to figure out what to do abouthousing. I believe this is where God is calling me, and as Matthias keepsreminding me, where God leads, He provides. I’m not worried, but I can’t justsit here and wait for a house to fall in my lap, so I’m looking at the options andwaiting for God’s leading. A friend is sending me classifieds from Kent, I’vethought about applying to be an RA (yuck on so many levels, but I’d do it), andthe other day, I “happened” to think about renting a house with a roommate (thankyou, Lord). I have one now, so why it wasn’t my first thought has to be fromthe stress of all that has to get done. Anyway, I started looking on craigslistas a place to start. There are some VERY promising leads there. In fact, onelooks so good, I had to email her right away. It’s a house, so I’d have a yard,and no neighbors banging around above or below me. I’d be renting a room andsharing the other space with her. She’s a little older than me, which is great.[I’m pretty sure I’d be locked up for homicide within a month if I have to livewith someone just starting a college career (yes, I said career, so what?).] Theroom would be available sometime in august; how fortuitous. There are a fewother places I’m going to call. Some even have pets, which I would LOVE. The affectionand stress relief without the cost and extra work (except to help).

 

What about income, you say? Not sure yet. I’m hoping againstall hope (praying) that I can get enough grants, scholarships, whatever to notneed to work. In the event that doesn’t happen, the company I tutor for hasbranches all over the US, so I put in an email on the site that I’d be movingto that area. We’ll see. The money’s good, but with driving, it would reallymake it hard to have time for my classes; not impossible, just REALLY hard. Godwill provide.

 

Of course, the best part is that Matthias is talking aboutmoving to Kent, so we’d finally be in the same city after 2 ½ years! That wouldbe super. Of course, I’ll be studying a lot, but we’ll be together.

No Grad School Yet

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM Comments comments (1)

I missed getting some of my info in to both Kent and OSU, so there's no way I can go to grad school this fall. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I have to assume that if I didn't get in this year, God has a reason, but what do I do for the next year? I don't want to keep taking classes if I don't need any, but student loans start after 6 months out of school. I certainly can't afford those. What a mess.

Studying Plus

Posted on September 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve started classes again! I’m glad to be in class again, but nervous about getting everything done. Of course, that’s true at the beginning of every quarter. However, I’ve decided to approach things a little differently. In the past, I’ve done the bare minimum in studying at the beginning of a course, then if I don’t do well on a test (and I’m usually fine), then I study harder afterward. Well, that’s not a good way to do things. This time, I’m going to try to study super hard at the beginning then lighten up, if I can, later. To that end, I’m following the study method my uncle Bob used:

1) Read the material for the next class within 24 hour BEFORE that class.

2) Take notes during class, and not rely on printed Power Points from professors.

3) Note pages are divided into 3rd’s. The right 2/3’s is for in class notes.

4) Within 24 following class, I will pull out important information from the notes and mark that in the left third of the note page.

He said the purpose is to go over the material 4 times in a 48 hour period (reading, hearing lecture, taking notes, summarizing notes. He says his goal was always to “conquer a class”, not just pass! I’ll give it a shot and see how it goes.

 

I’ve been making a lot of good changes in my life. Before neurofeedback, I couldn’t have made one of them; I have always been mostly paralyzed by anxiety. Now, I see something that I want to change, and I just make the change! Thanks, Mom!

Grad School Blues

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 5:29 PM Comments comments (0)

No, I'm not in grad school yet. I’m just in the process of applying (yes, still). I’ve finished the application for Kent State, but not yet for OSU. You might wonder why. Well, apparently OSU likes to make sure you’re broke and frustrated before you even turn in your application. They’ve started using this new system to apply online. Lucky us, huh? Well, the system is fine, but in addition to the application fee of $40 from OSU this system charges $100 to apply. WHAT?! You’ve got to be kidding me. As if that’s not bad enough, even though they require a transcript from any other schools, this new system still requires you to input every single class you’ve ever taken individually. How is this suppose to be helpful to anyone. By contrast, Kent only charges $30, and has none of the hoops that OSU does. It’s almost like OSU doesn’t want people to apply. Hmmm…

Delayed

Posted on November 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, it's been a while since I last wrote. Well, still working on classes, had a great Thanksgiving, and have started the crochet season again. Why "season", you ask? We don't have AC, and it's too hot to work with yarn in the summer, so I mainly do it in Fall and Winter. Now you know.

WHOO-HOO!

Posted on September 26, 2008 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm leaving for Florida tomorrow with 6 other adults and three children. We had a blast last year, so I have high expectations for this year. :)

I ended up having to add another class, so I'm taking Advanced Spanish Phonetics. SO MUCH FUN. No, seriously; I'm not being sarcastic. I love this stuff.

Hurray for School!

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 2:31 PM Comments comments (0)

That's right, I said hurray. Classes start at OSU this Wednesday. I'm only taking one class this quarter, but I'm absolutely thrilled to be taking something. I haven't been in classes for two quarters and I feel like my brain is turning to mush. I'm also excited because it's one of the prereq's for Speech & Language, so it will be interesting.

Bio-acoustics for Speech and Hearing Science

Basic principles of bio-acoustics; generation, transmission and reception of sound; neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as applied to speech production and perception.

That may not sound very exciting to you, but anyone who knows me knows how much I love learning about language/words and their sounds. Whoo-hoo!