You wrote that where?

Do you have so much homework you feel like you can’t do anything else? Are you stressed out of your mind because every thought is consumed by upcoming deadlines? Welcome to the homework club! It is not always easy to manage school alongside with the rest of your life. You might have bills to pay, extra curricular activities to attend to, a significant other to be with, or Netflix might be calling your name.With all this on your mind motivation can be difficult to get when you have so much on your plate, but after many years of procrastinating and brainstorming I have found a helpful solution.

Let me tell you a secret…

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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

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 “

Bathtub Reflections: Philosophy in Education

So I was relaxing in the tub and began to think about the state of our education systems. Perhaps not the most relaxing topic… However, I came to some conclusions. I do think there are many good aspects to the education system, but I find that it is lacking in some areas. I think that a classical education is really beneficial, but yet still lacking a modern edge. If I had it my way, I would love a hybrid. I bet there are many schools and educators that try to have a good balance of the two, but in the very least I think that all people should have some background in philosophy. Not everyone will agree with me, but hear me out! These are my reasons:

1. Philosophy teaches a history of thought. By studying the past, we can find out how the views people hold now came to be. This can be an insightful way of understanding where people are coming from or useful in solving issues the world deals with today. Maybe some philosophers of the past have paved the way for the YOLO philosophy of the day or why doctor assisted suicide is becoming more accepted globally. In the very least, it offers food for thought for today.

2. Philosophy is a method of dealing with inevitable “big life” questions. So many great minds have seriously and deeply contemplated the big questions we all face throughout our lives. Some of these big questions might be death, creation, God, people, existence, purpose, etc. Having a method of dealing or trying to answer these questions provides ease of mind and the ability to share your answers with others. 

3. Philosophy can build you up as a person. This one may be more obvious or less obvious depending on who you speak with. However, practising philosophy can greatly develop your argumentation skills and problem solving skills. You will learn to have the tools to stick up for yourself and having these tools might just give you a boost of confidence. For some philosophers, their boost of confidence sky rockets and they might need to tone it down a few notches, but a healthy serving of humble pie is sometimes in order. Either way you spin it, learning to express your opinions in a healthy and productive manner can be of great benefit for yourself personally and for a employer. 

I’m sure there are many more reasons, but you can only think of so many before the bathwater goes cold! I hope you all have a wonderful day.

– Katie