Fierce Convictions: Hannah More

Do you like history? What about education? The abolition of slavery? Poetry?

If all these tickle your fancy, Hannah More is the gal for you.

I am currently doing a special course for my honours degree in which I was able to choose the subject matter. One of the people I am studying in the course is Hannah More. I am reading her works through the eyes of a philosopher and investigating whether or not she exercised philosophical tactics in her work. Although I am no historian, Hannah More lived an inspiring life. Coming from middle class social status, she effortlessly traversed between the upper and lower classes bringing about social and spiritual reform. Some of her most notable achievements were her ideas on education (although slightly sexist in the eyes of modern society), her contribution to ending slavery, her work in animal rights, and her beautiful poetry.

After reading more about her, I am really inspired to conduct myself as intellectually and classy as she did. She maintained a high moral standard yet always had even wit and wonderful words to create real change in the world.

If Hannah More sounds like an interesting woman to learn more about, I would suggest reading Karen Swallow Prior’s Fierce Convictions. It is a relatively short read that is informative and interesting. It is not your typical biography, but one that reads quickly like a novel. Definitely an A+ read for me!

Happy Reading!

Katie

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Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior

Surviving Your First Day of School

Hi Everyone,

I’m not sure how many of you readers are currently in school or have already started school, but I thought that this blog post might be useful to ease any anxieties you might have about starting school. It can be really difficult to start school, especially if it is your first day of university or college. To be honest, I am used to attending university, but I am always nervous before the first day. Don’t feel like you are alone if you too feel nervous!!!

I have learned that there are a few things you can do to calm your anxieties before starting school and ways you can survive your first day.

Before school starts, try your best to do these things:

  1. Go to your orientation/tour.
  2. Find out what materials and supplies you need for your program.
  3. Obtain the materials and supplies you need.
  4. Pick out an outfit.
  5. Try to get a good night’s sleep.

These five things are pretty obvious things, but they really do help. It helps relieve anxiety and pressure if you know you are prepared. By going on a tour or to your orientation, you may meet some new friends as well. Often school’s will pair up people in similar programs so that they have someone to relate to. Use this opportunity!

For the day of, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Go in with a positive attitude.
  2. Go earlier than your first class so that you can find your classes.
  3. Pack a really good meal and snacks for the time you will be at school.
  4. Bring water.
  5. Remember everyone else is in the same boat as you are.
  6. Be attentive in class.
  7. Take some deep breaths before your class if you need to.
  8. Go early to class to pick the seat you find most comfortable.
  9. Be friendly to people.
  10. Enjoy it!

There are probably a lot more things that could be added to this list, but the biggest part about surviving your first day is your mentality about it. Do your best to have a good attitude and even the worst situation will not seem as bad.

I hope these tips help and I wish you luck if you are starting school soon. I begin tomorrow so I will be sure to try out some of these myself!

Happy Studying!

Katie

Add Flames to the Fire: Paper Editing

Writing can be tough. No matter what you are writing, it can be a difficult task to do and to do well (especially if you are being graded on it)! With this being said, each person can run into different problems when they are writing, which can depend on anything from the type of writing you are doing to the environment you are in. I am no expert in this area, but have picked up on a few things from having to write so many of my own papers. At first, I never edited my papers. Luckily, I was able to still get good grades doing this, but quickly realized I could improve a lot more if I spent a bit of time editing. I’ll admit here that I really should spend more time editing these blog posts too, but it is a weakness of mine!

Taking Commentary with a Smile

Editing can seem like a scary task. It is even more scary if it is someone else’s work. Continue reading “Add Flames to the Fire: Paper Editing”

Jailhouse Rock

The warden threw a party in the county jail.
The prison band was there and they began to wail.
The band was jumpin’ and the joint began to swing.
You should’ve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.
Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock.

What a great song from Elvis Presley! I love this song, but its funny that now listening to it, a different meaning jumps out at me. Oddly, it reminds me of going back to school and dorm life. Although students aren’t under arrest or trapped in their dorm room cells, it can feel like it sometimes. This song reminded me to make sure we make time to relax and have a good time despite having so many things to do. I think this is something some of us forget to do. However, this doesn’t mean you should do no work! You are paying good money to get your education so don’t waste that opportunity. The important thing to remember is to keep relaxing and work in balance.  Continue reading “Jailhouse Rock”

E-Reader VS Paper 

This debate started years ago which might mean I’m a little late joining in now. I love to read. I like to read fiction, non-fiction, academic papers, or children’s stories. No matter what type of book it is, I would at least give it a try. Maybe you are an avid reader yourself? If so, then you can probably predict what I might say next. Avid readers end up buying books and that leads to having no space in your house! I think that every corner of my room has books in it. I have so many books that I even designed and built a desk that is made out of bookshelves to hold them all! This is what turned me onto e-reading.  Continue reading “E-Reader VS Paper “

New to Philosophy: Beginning Books

Hi Everyone!

So I’ve posted a few things here and there about philosophy on here, but I thought that a post like this one might be useful for those philosophically inclined readers. In the future, I plan on posting about some of the topics I have an interest in, but thought that not all of you have a formal education in philosophy. I really don’t believe that you need a formal education in anything to understand or be good at something. However, there are some basic things you need to know if you want to be able to understand the arguments people give for their beliefs. Continue reading “New to Philosophy: Beginning Books”