I finally joined Twitter in hopes of discovering a great new world of social media, and honestly I’m still looking for it. Twitter is not bad. It’s far from terrible and almost on the edge of great. it’s just not my persona favorite social media outlet. IMG_3583While it is starting to grow on me, I would still prefer to use another form of social media. I understand that it is a fabulous resource and wonderful tool for journalists (and everyone else on the planet) to reach people. It serves its purpose and serves it well. I prefer the added information and personal touch of Instagram or even the soon to be elderly Facebook. Some stories can be captured under 140 characters and others are simply halfway told, if that. Twitter is short and sweet, but also bland and lacking. I follow only about 2 dozen accounts and my news feed is already crazily crowed with pointless short (and often poorly written) sentences. Some college students I follow post a dozen or more time a day. As a journalism student I understand the need to use Twitter and even encourage it, but as a college student using Twitter I feel let down.


Decluttering the Dorm

Why is is so hard keep such a tiny space tidy?

It doesn’t matter how much you “clean” or “organize” your stuff.IMG_3986 It doesn’t last. It’s not a cleaning problem it’s a clutter problem.

Too much stuff jam packed into a tiny shared room results in a chronically messy dorm. You can try every organization to on pinterest. It doesn’t matter how organized the clutter is. It’s still clutter – unnecessary stuff taking up your precious minimal living space.The only way to escape the chaotic madness is to reduce the amount of stuff in your room. If you haven’t used it in the last three weeks than take it home or just get rid of it.




I completely agree with Sheldon Cooper. Geology is not a real science. IMG_3605It is a form of slow torture of the mind masquerading as the scientific study of rocks. The class is tolerable, but the lab is far from ideal. You sit in a classroom for two full hours and look at rocks. They don’t do anything. While I understand  the underlying importance of the study, I fail to find it fascinating. The identifying of rocks and the reading of maps become boring and the two hours in that lab seem to drag on forever. I suppose it is wrong of me to dis the entire subject based only on my own opinion and that of the writers of the Big Bang Theory. However, while I still may not understand my calling in life, I have discovered it is not geology.

Adventures of a Childcare Worker

“Hi. My name is David and I came out of my mommy’s tummy,” a new child gets dropped off at the door by his slightly embarrassed parents.

“Missus Marrry Jooo, She hit me,” yells a little girl on the other side of the classroom.

Another child drops the familiar dreaded “Uh-Oh,” followed by another child screaming “TEACHER” at the top of their lungs.




Mary Joanna Brixey, or as the kids affectionately call her Miss Mary Jo, is an Arkansas Tech nursing student who works as a preschool ministry assistant at First Baptist Church in Russellville. After six years of being a childcare worker, two summer internships and five months as an assistant, the London native has gained many real life experiences she hopes will help her with her future career goal of becoming a pediatric nurse.

Although she spends much of her time working as an office assistant, taking phone calls and organizing paperwork, she looks forward to the time she gets to spend interacting with the preschoolers.

“I decided to take this job because I love working with kids. Being able to experience it and see how fun it is motivates me. Being with children all the time has helped me to learn how to communicate with them and their parents, which will also be helpful in the work force,” Brixey said.

The job of a caregiver is so much more than just babysitting them until their parents return. The job includes some basic teaching skills as well as you take the students through a structured schedule of playtime, learning time, Bible story time, and activities.

Brixey is one of the many ATU students who has learned firsthand that while the balance between being a full time nursing student, a job and a social life is sometimes difficult, it’s completely possible.

“I have learned that life is hard, and sometimes you don’t have time for everything you want to do, so you have to pick out the important stuff and do that,” Brixey said. “You won’t always have time to hang out and be with friends, because of more important stuff that pertains to your future such as your job, or school. I’ve had to learn to grow up a little bit.”

Despite getting peed on and bitten, she insists that this is the best job she’s ever had and that she wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“Some days are much harder than others, I’ve learned that I don’t have as much patience as I thought,” she said. “Kids don’t know if you’re having a good or bad day so

you have to put on a smile and love them no matter what you might be going through or feeling in the moment. It makes me put others, on a daily basis, before myself.”

Brixey lets her faith influence her life.

“My favorite verse is ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,’ Phillippians 4:13. It gets me through the really rough days.”

Brixey recalled one day while teaching the story of Moses parting the Red Sea, one child pointed to the water in the picture that when along with the Bible story, yelling “but it’s blue” until the whole three-year-old class was in an uproar.

“Kids say the funniest things. Every day is different; they remind me daily how to be a kid.”

Despite the perks of the job, there are some downfalls.

Brixey said, “I once had a little boy tell me he needed to potty but couldn’t get his pants down so he came running to me to unbutton them. Right after I unbuttoned them he whipped out his peepee and peed all over me and the bookshelf behind me.”

Fortunately, the good experiences far outnumber the bad ones. Brixey reflected that the job has only made her more sure that she wants to have kids of her own; someday, although not anytime soon.

“The boo boos and potty training accidents happen all the time. You have to learn not to let them discouraging you from your job,” Brixey said. “When you work with the same kids every week you learn to enjoy the little victories like watching them share or watching them learn something new. Earning the love and respect of a little child is so special.”

She focuses on building a relationship with every child she has in class.

“The kids have taught me to love, even when I might not feel like it. They remind me to believe with an unblemished trust, despite what the world might say.”

In her few years working as a chidcare giver she has been able to take part in the lives of over a hundred small children.



Random Thoughts of a Writer

If I write about you, take a moment and be slightly flattered; you IMG_3757must have been on my mind. You may have been there for good reasons, maybe bad ones, perhaps neutral ones or something entirely different. But it’s not about you. I am a writer. I write. I almost always do it for my sake.
It’s me trying to make since of my mind, my emotions. Do not be offended if I don’t share it with you. Some things are a work in progress. Some things are never finished.I try to capture the world around me in words and phases. I aim the tell it’s story. If you are featured there as well, I suppose you have somehow left your impression.It is me try to be as honest as I possibly can be, literally in black and white.


Leap Day!

One every 4 years, we are given an extra day. A whole 24 hours. What do you plan to do with this extra gift? Where does it come from? IMG_0497Sadly, if you are an ATU student Monday kicks off midterm week. So you will (or probably) should spend some of that time studying for your upcoming exams. People actually think about how they spend this day. While I certainly see the novelty of the idea. I think most of us would benefit greatly from putting that little amount of thought into everday, making the absolute most of every day. When you strive the enjoy a day versus just surviving or making it though, you make different desicions. As cliche as is, make every day your leap day!

Life Survival Guide

Some of you may remember an old Nickelodeon show called, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. It was really popular when I was in middle school. When you look past all the fart jokes and pointless plots that were still somehow  entertaining, every now and then there was a good lesson the be learned from the series. Devon Werkheiser (Ned himself) has come back after all these years to offer us a “Life Surivival Guide” via Youtube. So far the weekly series of video, released on Mondays, does not disappiont. Much more serious and helpful spinoff is worth watching as each week Devon presents a new topic. Check out the first episode below or click here, to see all posted episodes.


What Determines Gas Prices?

It’s time to stop blaming the president for the price of gasoline; that’s one of the few things he doesn’t really have a say in. Quite honestly gasoline prices are determined by, like most things we buy, supply and demand. It all depends on the market.Speculation and futures play a role.  As tension rises in oil producing countries, so does the price of oil.

It is important to realize that crude oil and gasoline are two different things. Gasoline is refined crude oil. The refining of gasoline adds a little to the price per gallon. This means that . The price increase changes with the cost of refining and distributing the oil.There is a strong, direct correlation between the price per barrel of crude oil and the price per gallon of gasoline. (A barrel is 42 gallons.)

Supply and demand is the biggest factor in determining the price of gasoline. Basically the more gasoline you have the more the price will decrease. Since the US gets most of its oil from inside of its borders. in addition to U.S. production, Relations with other places where we get oil also factor into gas prices, The value of the dollar is another major factor. Also, certain times of the year like Christmas and summer you can expect to see price rise some, due to the large amounts of people who are expected to be travelling.

The President may have some influence over taxes, with Congress, but he really has no major control over the regulation of gasoline prices. No one person or group decides America’s gas prices. It’s a combination of the different factors of both the business and consumers.




Day 5 Drink More Water Challenge

I am almost sad this challenge is coming to an end. I amIMG_3750 actually starting to enjoy this. I used to drink more water and less soda in high school, but the speed of college life has made daily caffeine a need. I really feel better with out the mid-afternoon crash from the end of my caffiene powered mornings. My skin is much clearer than it was before and I feel a little better about myself. I think the accountability to make healthy choice was a great thing for me. I have improved since the begining and even the middle of this challege. Although I doubt I will be able to stick with something this strict longterm, I am going to make a concious effort to watch what I drink and drink more water. I am glad I tried this little experiment, and I think it has a positive change in my college routine. Daily Total 3 1/2.



Day 4 Drink More Water Challenge

I missed not going to Starbucks with my friends today. Homework kept me really busy and I have three test tomorrow. Despite the pressure I refused to IMG_3749crack. I tried out an app today instead of setting alarms on my phone. I tried the Daily Water Free App for Iphone. It looked cool at first, but decided I hated it because its reminders make weird water sounds (that honsetly sound like someone relieving themselves). These reminders come up a dozen plus times a day, and I deleted the app after less than six hours. I tried others and didn’t like them either. It’s back to alarms and reminders on my phone. I’ve learned that it’s becoming much easier for me to drink more water after I started making it a habit. Daily Total: 2 4/5.