Quote of the Week
Suggested discussion and writing topics and activities
Week 1: Believe you can and you're halfway there.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
Do you agree with this statement? When Roosevelt was a boy, he suffered severe asthmatic attacks, but in his teens, he took his father's advice to become physically fit and became an accomplished athlete and outstanding boxer. His confident attitude later played an important role when, as President, he expanded national parks, took a strong stand against powerful corporations, and increased American involvement in world affairs. Can you give an example from your own life of a time when your belief in yourself helped you to achieve a goal or overcome a difficulty?
What do you want to accomplish this semester? What can you do to encourage yourself to reach your goal?
Week 2: If
you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then
crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
What motivates you to "keep moving forward"? For most people, having a goal is an important motivator. If you have a goal for this semester, what is it?
If your goal is something general like "I want to get through the semester," try to set more specific goals; for example:
"I plan to keep up with my classes by doing at least two hours of study for each hour I spend in class." (This is the standard advice given to students.)
"I will buy and use a planner to help me keep track of my assignments."
What obstacles do you anticipate that might prevent you from reaching your goal? Brainstorm some ways you can overcome or eliminate these obstacles.
Week 3: Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
-- Sir Claus Moser
Some students at Leeward are working such long hours to pay for their education that they don't have enough time to study. Obtaining financial aid and scholarships can enable them to reduce their work hours and become more successful students. For information about how to get funding for school, come to this week's Success Connection workshops:
Tuesday, January 28: Financial Aid 101 -- presented by Leeward CC Financial Aid Office
Wednesday, January 29: Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay -- presented by Laurie Kuribayashi
Both of these free workshops are held in LC-102 from 12:00 - 12:50. No signup is necessary.
An important requirement when applying for a scholarship is the personal statement, a piece of writing intended to show why you deserve a scholarship. Writing these essays can be difficult, but help is available from the Writing Center! Meet with a writing consultant when you're starting to draft your statement, and come back for more help when you're revising the draft. The result could be a successful scholarship application! (Note that the deadlines for many scholarship applications for fall are coming up quickly; for example, the application deadline for Hawaii Community Foundation, which offers many different scholarships, is February 20.)
4: When one tugs at a single
thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
-- John Muir
Muir's quote expresses a belief -- shared by environmentalists, Buddhists, and many others -- in the interconnectedness of all people and things. One can see this in nature (a hurricane destroys a coral reef, and all of the life forms that depend on it are affected); in economics (a crop failure in Brazil raises the price of coffee in the U.S.); and in human relationships (six degrees of separation -- the theory that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by no more than six links). Think of an example of interconnectedness that you know about, or can imagine. Describe it in detail: how is one thing related to other things?
Are you taking a science course this semester? Learn effective study techniques to help you connect with course material and succeed in science by attending a fun, interactive workshop! At Science Success Secrets!, you'll meet LRC science tutors, STEM peer mentors, and other science students...and get study tips you can use! There are three sessions this week -- no signup needed, just come to the one that suits your schedule:
Wed., Feb. 5: 12:00 - 1:00 in GT-105
Wed., Feb. 5: 4:30 - 5:30 in GT-105
Fri., Feb. 7: 12:00 - 1:00 in GT-105
Week 5: It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.
-- John Lennon
Love is the most popular subject for songs. Do you have a favorite love song? If you do, say some of the words (lyrics) or sing part of the song, and tell why the song is special to you.
Cell phone Valentine: take a walk and look for a heart-shaped leaf, rock, or other object...or tear a piece of paper into a rough heart shape. Use your cell phone to photograph the "heart"; add an appropriate message, and email it to someone you love or like a lot.
By yourself or in a small group, write or tell a story that begins or ends with one of these sentences:
Everybody knew they would end up together.
Nobody thought they would end up together.
Just for fun...take this love quiz (click on Romance/Sexuality and The Love Test) or take one of the many other such quizzes you can find online.
business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its
workers has any right to continue in this country.
By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level -- I mean the wages of decent living.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Late in 2013, fast food workers across the country held a series of rallies demanding that the federal minimum wage be raised from $7.25/hour to $15/hour. As this article states, the majority of fast food workers aren't teenagers, as is commonly believed: they're adults who are the primary wage earners for their families, and many receive some form of public assistance, such as food stamps, to make ends meet. Visit this website to learn more facts related to the minimum wage and reasons for raising it. On the other hand, some people disagree with raising the minimum wage, saying that doing so will eliminate jobs, increase prices, and discourage people from seeking better jobs.
The minimum wage issue can be considered from the perspective of a number of subjects, including economics, sociology/women's studies (the great majority of minimum wage workers are female), political science, and history. Working with other students, choose one of these perspectives and discuss or debate the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage.
7: When walking, walk. When eating, eat.
-- Zen proverb
The quote emphasizes focus or attention, an essential ability for effective studying or working. Psychologist Daniel Goleman has written a whole book about focus; read his seven tips for sharpening your focus and reducing distractions. Choose one or two of the tips to try this week.
Do you like to multitask? Many of us think we're pretty good at doing several things at once. While you're studying, maybe you like to listen to music, check Facebook, grab a snack, and text your friends. It may feel like you're doing all these things at once -- but scientific studies show that what you're probably doing is switching your attention very rapidly between these different tasks. Some experts say that multitasking is inefficient; it reduces productivity by up to 40% because it makes it harder to ignore distractions and focus on one task. To learn more about this view of multitasking, read this article or listen to this radio story.
declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must
be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.
-- Susan B. Anthony
This quote emphasizes the need for women to be independent. Why do you think this is important? Give some examples of problems women can have when they are dependent on men, especially economically.
You may not have heard of Susan B. Anthony, but she played a central role in the movement for women's rights in the 19th and early 20th century. She is best remembered for her advocacy for women's suffrage (the right to vote), but she also spoke out for abolition of slavery, education reform, labor reform, and temperance (prohibition of alcohol). The website linked to her name above https://susanbanthonyhouse.org/her-story/biography.php includes brief discussions of her involvement in all of these causes (problems). Read about one or two of them and discuss: has the problem she was concerned about been solved in the U.S.? In other countries?
Week 9: How important it is to recognize and celebrate our
heroes and she-roes.
-- Maya Angelou
Who are your "she-roes" -- women that you admire? Why do you admire them?
To celebrate International Women's Day (on March 8), check out this great infographic on Kickass female pioneers: 10 women whose adventures rewrote what it means to be an explorer. Count the different ways they circumnavigated (travelled all the way around) the world -- you'll be amazed!
Visit one of more of these websites about three of the adventurous women on the graphic:
What impresses you most about the women you read about?
Week 10: The prolonged slavery of women is the darkest page in human
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Most of us think of slavery as a tragedy of the past, but there are still many people -- especially women and girls -- living in slavery today, even in the United States. This webpage presents three ways in which the human rights of girls and women are violated by using fake magazine covers featuring the abuses. After you've looked at the magazine covers, discuss:
How did you feel when you looked at the covers -- were you offended? disturbed? If so, what bothered you?
What is the purpose of this webpage? Why do you think the magazine cover format was used?
Next to each magazine cover is a fact related to its topic and under it you'll see the words "Do something about it." What does Catapult, the organization that created this webpage, want you to do?
Why do you think there are still people living in slavery? Who benefits?
Week 11: Either
write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
-- Benjamin Franklin
One way to "write something worth reading" is to use evidence to support your thesis (main idea). Evidence may come from your own knowledge or experience, or it may come from sources you discover through research. The next two Success Connection Workshops, Research Tips on Tues., April 1, and Using Evidence to Support Your Thesis on Wed., April 2, offer valuable information that can help you strengthen that research paper or argumentative paper. Both workshops are offered from 12:00 - 12:50 in LC-102.
What have you done recently that's worth writing about? Maybe it was a spring break adventure, or a volunteer experience, or a project or achievement you're proud of. Take a few minutes to write about it, and share your writing with someone else. If you haven't done something you want to write about, write about what you could do that would be worth writing about!
Week 12: Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
-- Francis Bacon
Explain this quote in your own words.
When you don't understand something in a class or need to know more, do you ask questions? Many students don't, usually because they don't want to stand out or have the instructor or other students judge them. In fact, asking questions can help you, your fellow students, and even the instructor:
It will increase your understanding so you don't get lost.
Other students probably had the same question, but were afraid to ask -- they'll be grateful that you did, and will also benefit from the answer.
The instructor will understand what points need further emphasis or explanation, making her teaching more effective. She may even discover a mistake she's made that she can correct (instructors make mistakes, too)!
If you just can't ask the question during class, for whatever reason, you still have ways to ask:
Talk with the instructor after class or meet with her in her office.
Email the instructor.
Meet with a tutor for help.
Week 13: A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.-- Henry Ward Beecher
It's National Library Week and the Leeward Library is celebrating! It's a great time to visit the Library and participate in the many fun activities -- learn about Epic Rap Battles of History, admire displays of Book Spine Poetry, try out some arts & crafts, and vote on -- and help to consume -- contenders in the Edible Book Contest! See the flier for more information.
Week 14: Land is the link between the earth and the sky, the sea and the clouds, the past and the future.
-- Bernard Narokobi
How does land serve as a link between the past and the future?
What does "malama aina" mean to you? Give examples of this principle in action.
Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day, and this week is Earth Week. Why do you think we have this annual event? Do you think it's important? necessary? Why or why not?
Week 15: Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.-- Alexander Graham Bell
The end of the semester is coming up fast! Are you ready? This Wed. and Thurs., April 30 and May 1, there's a special event in the Learning Commons from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm that will help you prepare in an exciting, fun way! The Finals Countdown offers lots of great study help, fun activities when you need a study break, and free pizza and ice cream when you need to "refuel"! Here's the schedule for LRC activities on those days:
|WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30|
5:00 - 5:15
7:00 - 7:15
|Plan out your end of semester study||
Too much to do
and not sure how to get it all done?
Alysha, LRC tutor, will help you make a plan!
5:00 - 5:30 and
6:15 - 7:00
|Drop-in tutoring for Japanese & French||
tutor) & Max (French tutor)
will be available -- no appointment needed!
|5:30 - 6:00||Language Learning Tips||
Studying a language...or thinking about taking one?
Get tips from LRC language tutors to make it easier & more fun!
|THURSDAY, MAY 1|
|5:00 - 8:00||Accounting Drop-In Help||
your Accounting final or need help with a
Vineza & Jennie, Accounting tutors, will be available -- no appointment needed!
|7:30 and 7:45||Tips for Taking Tests||Approach your exams with confidence with lots of great tips from Isaiah, LRC tutor!|
For the complete Finals Countdown schedule, visit http://lcc.hawaii.libguides.com/finalscountdownschedule
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.-- William James
The end of the semester is stressful for most students (and faculty, too!). However, as James points out, we have a choice in how we handle the stress: we can focus on the difficulties with thoughts like “This course is hard,” “I’ll never finish!” and “I can’t do it!” ...or we can take a more positive approach with thoughts like “I know I can figure it out,” “Once I’ve started, it’ll get easier,” and “I’ll take it one step at a time.” The next time you’re feeling stressed out and notice you’re giving yourself negative messages, remind yourself that you can choose a different way to view your situation.
Week 1: The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.
J. P. Morgan
Before you can "get somewhere," you need to have an idea of where you want to go -- that is, you need to set goals. Take a few minutes to write down from 2-5 possible goals that can help you to have a successful semester. Make your goals specific so you'll know when you have accomplished them. (Here are some examples of specific goals: I will buy and use a planner to keep track of my assignments and appointments. I will meet with each of my instructors in their offices at least once this semester. I will get 7 hours of sleep a night.)
Decide on at least two goals that you'll commit to. Share at least one of your goals with one or more classmates, friends, or family members. Discuss positive steps you can take to achieve the goal.
Write down your chosen goals where you will see them often (in the front of your notebook, on an electronic post-it on your computer or a physical post-it on your desk, etc.). Ask yourself at least a couple of times a week, "How am I doing on my goals?" If you're having trouble sticking to your plan, don't give up or put yourself down! You may just need to try a different strategy.
Week 2: When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!'Then get busy and find out how to do it.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
Have you ever been asked to do something you didn't know how to do? How did you handle the situation?
Describe a job that you've had or have now -- what you did (or do), who you worked with, the best and worst part of the job.
Labor Day is not just the holiday at the end of summer -- it was created by the labor movement to honor the contributions working people have made to our country. (The labor movement refers to labor unions, organizations that represent the interests of workers in different types of work.) Follow this link to read "36 reasons to thank the labor movement" and then talk or write about something you learned.
A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do
under the circumstances.
The real mistake is to stop trying.
-- B. F. Skinner
How do you handle failure? Do you see the failure as evidence of your own lack of ability -- and give up? Or do you believe you can be successful if you just try again?
Watch this 6-minute video by Angela Lee Duckworth on GRIT, a characteristic that her research shows is more important than ability in many people's success. (If you can't follow the link, go to ted.com and search for grit.) Pay special attention to her discussion of mindset in determining how people view their potential to succeed. What have you learned from this video?
Duckworth's talk is one of thousands of talks on different subjects on TED, a great online resource. (TED stands for Technology - Entertainment - Design.) Browse the TED website (ted.com) and find a talk on a subject that interests you. Watch the talk, and tell someone what you gained from watching it.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
-- John Keats
Do you enjoy having different types of experience? Then come to the Learning Commons Open House this week!
Wed. & Thurs., Sept. 18 & 19 11:00 - 2:00 both days on the 2nd floor of the Learning Commons building.
There's something for everyone, including:
Live music by talented students in KiMOBEAN Coffee Shop!
Tech Forum for Geeks & Wannabes!
Tarot card readings!
Conversation Celebration (language mini-fest!)
PRIZE DRAWINGS BOTH DAYS!
Don't miss this great, one-time event!
Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you're taking a science course, you might like to learn different strategies for how to succeed in the subject. Here's your chance: meet with LRC science tutors and fellow students this week at one of the Science Success Secrets workshops! In just an hour of your time, you'll gain insights into how you learn best and get great ideas for how to be organized, read your textbook, take notes, prepare for exams, and use resources. Here's the schedule for the workshops:
Thurs., Sept. 26, 1:30 - 2:30 in GT 105
Fri., Sept. 27, 12:00 - 1:00 in GT 105
As Emerson observes, scientific study has its origin in "wonder" -- the questions people ask about the world around them. Young children often display this type of curiosity with questions like "Why is the sky blue?" or "What makes the car go?" If you're taking a science course, think of some of the questions that your course is trying to answer. What's the most interesting thing you've learned in the course so far?
Throughout history, there has been a "gender gap" in science, with far fewer women than men choosing science as a career. Recent research has disproved the idea that males are naturally better at science and math than females. What do you think are some reasons why, even today, fewer women than men choose to enter scientific fields like engineering or technology?
Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
-- Virgil Thomson
Have you tried doing something new lately? It could be a new food, a new sport, a new app for your phone... Tell what you tried and what you gained from trying it.
In a short article called "Trying New Things," the author discusses why he and others sometimes resist doing something new. He states: "Opening our minds to a new thing or a new way of thinking is often frightening because by definition it's unfamiliar... But if you think about it, most of the things we fear don't actually come to pass. What's more, we're often unable to anticipate the good things that do occur as a result of our trying something new." The article includes a list of the benefits of doing something you haven't done before. (Scroll about halfway down the article to see the list.)
Think about how your semester is going. Are you getting the most out of your courses? If you aren't satisfied with your progress, consider trying something new in your studying. Here are a few suggestions:
Get a study partner or organize a study group.
Meet with a peer tutor or consultant in the LRC, Writing Center or Math Lab.
Meet with your professor during office hours.
Review your notes as soon as possible after class.
Attend one or more Success Connection workshops for helpful study tips.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
-- Anatole France
Do you have a pet, or have you had one in the past? Tell something about the pet -- something funny it did, or something that makes it special to you. If you chose this pet, why did you choose it?
For some native peoples, certain animals have special significance. Many Native Hawaiian families have one or more ‘aumakua -- an animal such as a shark or owl that is believed to serve as a protector. Some Native Americans and others have a totem animal that symbolizes their family, clan, or tribe. If you could choose a type of animal to represent your family or serve as a protector or guide, what animal would you choose and why?
For some people, their relationships with animals are as important as their relationships with people. What do people gain from their animal companions that is different from their relationships with other people?
No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.
-- Turkish Proverb
This is the eighth week of the semester. At the end of this week, we're halfway through! It's a good time to look at how you're doing and decide if you need to change direction in any way. Here are some questions to help you to assess how to get where you want to go:
Are your classes going well? If you're not satisfied with your progress in any of them, why not? Maybe you need to get help from your professor, a tutor, or a counselor...or spend more time studying...or find a better place or time to study. Make a plan for what you'll do differently.
Check your course outlines and class notes to be sure you know what's coming up -- exams? research projects? presentations? Mark the major due dates on your calendar or date book (if you don't have one, there are plenty available online), and work backwards from the due date to set reminders -- when you'll begin studying for an exam or complete each step in a research project, etc.
How are you spending your free time? We all need to "chill" sometimes, but if you've been spending hours at a time channel-surfing or playing video games, try something different like taking a walk or run, or meeting a friend for coffee. To keep your brain sharper and make life more enjoyable, vary your activities.
Music is the strongest form of magic.
-- Marilyn Manson
For many of us, music choices vary according to your mood, the time of day, what you're doing, and who you're with. Discuss your music preferences. When, where, and what type of music do you listen to?
This Friday, October 25, there will be live music in KiMOBEAN, the Learning Commons coffee shop! Student musicians will play from 12:30 - 2:00. This is the first of a series of Friday afternoon music events. The next one will be on November 22.
Did you know that music can influence the effectiveness of your study? Many research studies have been done on this subject. In general, they have found that instrumental music, especially classical music, can promote concentration and memory, while music with lyrics is a distraction. One researcher found that different kinds of music are beneficial at different parts of the study process -- during the relaxation stage (before you study), the active learning stage (when you're absorbing new information) and the memory consolidation stage (for review and retention). This website contains suggestions of music to listen to at each stage of study (scroll down about halfway to find the suggested pieces).
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
-- Thomas Jefferson
It's easier to stay motivated if you have a purpose for studying -- if you're working toward a long-term goal. If you have a career goal in mind, what is it? How will your courses help you to make progress toward this goal?
If you don't have a career goal or are still considering different ones, here's a great website to explore: http://www.onetonline.org/ You can find information on specific careers, browse by industry, and search for careers that fit your interests. Information includes descriptions of the occupation, training required, and average salaries (both nationally and by state). The site also includes special information for veterans transitioning to civilian life as well as information on "green" jobs.
This week's Success Connection workshops focus on two
important career fields:
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 12:00 - 12:50: So You Want to Be a Nurse
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1:00 - 1:50 (note special time): So You Want to Be an Engineer
Both workshops are in LC-102. No signup is required.
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
-- Vincent van Gogh
When do you feel most alive and energetic -- during the day or at night? Get in a group with other "day people" (if that's your best time) or other "night people" (if you're one). Discuss how your orientation as a "day person" or "night person" affects your work and study habits. Share ideas for arranging your schedule so you can do your toughest study tasks when you're most alert.
Click on the link from the word "night" in the quote above -- it takes you to a view of The Starry Night, one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings. What does this picture make you feel or think about? What feeling do you think Van Gogh was expressing when he painted it? If you like, visit the website linked to Van Gogh's name (or other websites devoted to his work) and look at the views of some of the paintings. In general, do you like his work? Why or why not?
When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting.
-- Karl Marlantes
Veterans and their families face many challenges, but there are an increasing
number of resources to support them. If you're a veteran, explore some of the
resources listed; if you know a veteran, share this information with him or her.
Veterans at Leeward CC now have their own center! Visit the new Veterans Resource Center (VRC) in BS-103. It's a place for veterans to study, use laptops, share information, seek resources and more. The VRC also houses the VA Counselor and VSOC (Veterans Success on Campus) Representative from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
The Leeward website includes a page with links to resources for veterans: http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/military
Another website offers shared experiences and support for veterans, their family and friends: http://maketheconnection.net/ The site can be customized by each user and offers information according to categories like Life Events & Experiences (e.g., financial & legal issues, jobs & employment, homelessness, physical injury), Signs & Symptoms, Conditions, and Resources.
Most things I worry about never happen anyway.
-- Tom Petty
At this time of the semester, it's easy to worry: you probably have lots of assignments, maybe some late midterms...and final projects, papers, and exams aren't far away. If you find you're spending more time worrying than studying, here are some tips that can help:
Create a time to worry. Some experts suggest that chronic worriers can set aside a specific time and place to think about their worries every day. If a worry enters your mind, jot it down so you can think about it later, during your "worry time." This will help to clear your mind for the rest of the day.
Accept uncertainty: remind yourself that many things are beyond your control. If you can't do anything to change the thing you're worrying about, your worry is just a waste of energy that you could use to do something more productive or enjoyable.
Ask yourself: What am I worrying about and what can I do about it? For example, if you're thinking, "I'm going to bomb the final!" instead of repeating those thoughts, take action: set aside time to review the textbook and your notes, study with a classmate, make an appointment with a tutor, or see your instructor during office hours.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by worry, you may want to talk with a counselor about it.
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
-- E. E. Cummings
(You can read the whole poem and a brief comment about it here.)
Thanksgiving week is a good time to feel -- and express --
gratitude for the good things and people in your life. Take this opportunity
to express your gratitude in writing: Write a letter or a poem that begins
It might be to a friend or family member, your pet, your favorite beach,
your iPhone, your favorite food...or anyone or anything that makes your life
better. Cummings'poem used multiple senses in expressing his appreciation,
and you might want to do the same.
**If your letter or poem is for to a person, give it to him or her.
Cummings was a popular 20th century poet who often used unconventional form, punctuation, grammar, and spelling to explore universal topics such as love, war, nature, and sex. Follow the link from his name or http://hellopoetry.com/-e-e-cummings/ to read other poems he wrote. A few suggestions: I Like My Body When It Is With Your / Who Knows If The Moon's / somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
**When you read Cummings, don't try too hard to understand every phrase -- just try to catch the feeling of the poem. If you find a poem you like, share it with someone.
The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration, then more practice and more concentration.
-- Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Practice: Zaharias, a championship athlete in multiple sports, was probably referring to athletic success, but her formula is just as appropriate for academic success. Think about one of the courses you're taking this semester and how more practice can help you succeed, whether you're solving an accounting, math, or logic problem, memorizing vocabulary in a foreign language, reading a textbook and reviewing class notes, or revising the draft of an essay. Sometimes repeated practice may seem boring, but it's an essential part of learning.
Concentration: If you have trouble concentrating during a study session, try these tips:
Set a goal for the session -- what you plan to accomplish.
Study in a place designed for study. Have all your study materials at hand.
Vary your study activities so you don't lose focus.
Get up and move around if you start to get restless.
Set an end time for your study session
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
-- Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, who died on Dec. 5, 2013, was a South African leader who was a hero to many people. If you don't know why, read the article linked to his name, or Google him and read one of the many articles about him.
Choose one of the following words and explain its significance in understanding Mandela's impact: forgiveness, reconciliation, apartheid (pronounced apar-tate).
Why do you think Mandela describes education as a "powerful weapon" for change?
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Begin your semester well with these tips:
Now you're ready for a great beginning to your semester!
Week 2: There is a great difference between
knowing and understanding: one can know a lot about something and not really
-- Charles F Kettering
can help you understand your course material better and become a more
skilled, confident student. They are fellow students who are comfortable
with the subjects they tutor and enjoy helping others. To make an
appointment, come to the LRC in the Learning Commons, call the LRC at
455-0412, or go to the LRC website:
Week 3: I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was a leader in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, a movement with the goal of eliminating racial discrimination (unequal treatment based on race) against African-American people and ensuring that they had the same rights as others, including the right to vote, as well as to live, work, go to school, shop, and attend public events anyplace that others could. The main strategy for achieving these goals was the practice of public protests that used nonviolent resistance, an attempt to "break the chain reaction of evil''. As a result of the movement and Dr. King's leadership, important laws were passed that guaranteed equal rights (including voting rights) to all Americans regardless of race or other differences. King also spoke out against the Vietnam War and promoted fair treatment and better working conditions for all. Click the above link to read a biography of Dr. King.
One of the important rights that Dr. King and his supporters fought for was the right to vote. Until 1965, when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, many African-Americans were systematically barred from voting, or even from registering to vote. In the 2012 presidential election, voting rights again seem to be at risk, as a new wave of "voter suppression" tactics was used to prevent many people, especially minorities such as African-Americans or Hispanics, from voting. What impact would you expect when the participation of voters from one or more groups is restricted? Why do many people view the right to vote as such an important right?
One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity
to more intelligently begin again.
-- Henry Ford
Think of a time when you failed at something the first time you tried, but were able to "more intelligently begin again" -- and were able to do better. Describe what happened and what you learned from the experience. When you're feeling afraid of failing at something, remind yourself of this experience and tell yourself that failure doesn't have to mean defeat.
You may have heard the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Try completing this saying with your own words: "If at first you don't succeed, __________."
What makes you come alive? Perhaps it's being around other people...or spending time in nature...or working with your hands...or solving problems...or creating something. Discuss what energizes you, and how you can make it a regular part of your life.
Read the website about Howard Thurman (linked to his name above): http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/people/howard_thurman.html Thurman isn't well-known today, but he made very positive contributions to society, including co-founding the first fully integrated, multi-cultural church in the U.S., and teaching Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders about Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent resistance. The website describes turning points ("key moments of faith") when someone had an impact on Thurman's life and led, in turn, to his positive effect on others. Discuss someone who has had a similarly positive influence on your life. What did they do, and how has it affected you?
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2:00 - 3:00 in GT-105
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2:00 - 3:00 in MS-201
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4:45 - 5:45 in GT-105
As your knowledge of a subject grows, you may find that the way you think about it changes. Like other types of change, this can be exciting and sometimes challenging. Have you found that your attitude is changing toward any of the subjects you're studying this semester? Discuss what has changed and how you feel about it.
What role do businesses play in perpetuating slavery?
What have you learned from the FTS website that surprises you?
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
-- Frederick Douglass
Choose one of the following movements from the above website: civil rights, women's suffrage, gay rights, or labor movement. Read more about it, and then discuss the role that protest played in bringing about social change such as legal equality for minorities or women, or fair treatment and decent working conditions for working people.
As an individual, you may have experienced the truth of Douglass'statement in your own life. Describe a situation -- in school, work, or your personal life -- in which you were able to make progress as a result of much struggle or effort.
Watch a movie: During National Women's History Month, there will be weekly film screenings on campus. On Thursday, March 7, see Miss Representation (12:00 - 1:30pm in the Student Lounge). Back by popular demand, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.
Learn about "phenomenal women" -- heroes from the past 100 years who have been social activists and reformers, athletes, scientists, artists, explorers, politicians and more — at this website. Follow the links from individual listings to find out more about them.
When a task or situation gets difficult, what do you do? Here are some possible ways to react:
Identify a task, habit, or situation you'd like to quit. Which of the above reactions would you probably choose, and why?
If you agree with Peale's quote, explain why you agree. Describe your past experiences or observations that support it. For example, maybe you stuck to an exercise program, completed a hard assignment, or continued to look for a job until you found one. What kept you (or another person) going, even when it was difficult?
IS it always too early to quit -- or are there situations when it's time to quit? Examples might include leaving a dead-end job, an unhealthy relationship, or a class you're likely to fail.** If you've ever been in such a situation, describe it and tell why you decided to quit.
Week 11: Be
yourself; everyone else is already taken.
-- Oscar Wilde
We all have things in common, but we also have character traits, habits, likes and dislikes, that make us different from others. Spend a few minutes thinking about the things that make you a unique individual. Some of these might be ways your friends or family would describe you ("She sure likes chocolate", "He's really patient with his little brother," or "She's always willing to take the lead on a project.") There are also things that you know about yourself but others may not be aware of.
After you've thought about yourself, make a mindmap of your ideas. You can title it with your name or call it "This is me," "Who I am," or something similar. Mindmaps are a great, nonlinear way to visually represent a lot of ideas on a topic and show how they're related to each other on a single screen or page. You can create a mindmap on paper or use mindmapping software. There are many good software programs available such as Inspiration (you can download a free 30-day trial version from http://www.inspiration.com/). Mindmaps can be very useful when you're getting ideas for a paper or reviewing for an exam.
Week 12: Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
-- Spanish proverb
If you're someone who typically puts things off, here's an activity that might help.
There is one month left in this semester. Today (not tomorrow!) would be the perfect time to look at the assignments, exams, and projects that are still ahead of you and figure out a plan for getting them all done with a minimum of stress. Start by looking at the course outline from each course you're taking, as well as your notes, planner, assignment log, or other places you can get this information. If you think you might have missed something, check with a classmate or your instructor.
Make a list of the dates assignments are due and exams are scheduled. (Doing this on the computer makes it easier to put them in chronological order.) For major items, write down at least two dates: the due date and the date you'll begin working on the assignment or studying for the exam. Write the items on a calendar or planner, or just keep them on a list that you post in a prominent place. If you're a visual learner, you might want to color-code them by subject or by level of importance.
Check your list or calendar at least once a day to make sure you're on track with everything you need to do.
Change is an essential part of life, but committing to change can be hard. Sometimes you may recognize a need to respond to changes in your situation: a move, a new job, more demanding courses, family or relationship changes, etc. Other times, external circumstances may not have changed but you may feel dissatisfied with some aspect of yourself, or just have a desire to do things differently. Think of something about yourself that you might want to change.
Now, try this exercise in changing yourself: Write a sentence about the change you're considering. Begin the sentence, "When I get better at...., " and complete the sentence by mentioning one benefit that will accompany this change. For example, you might say: "When I get better at managing my time, I will turn in my assignments on time." Write a series of sentences that describe different benefits that you can get from the change. After you've written at least six sentences, you may be in a better position to decide whether this change will be worthwhile. This exercise might be even more effective if you do it with one or more friends, taking turns sharing each of your thoughts about your possible change. (adapted from an exercise by Marshall Goldsmith: http://blogs.hbr.org/goldsmith/2010/01/an_exercise_in_changing_yourse.html)
Write or tell a story about a person who made a major change: tell what the change was, why he or she did it, and how it worked out. This could be a true story or one you make up.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is
always to try just one more time.
-- Thomas Edison
Scenario: There's one major project left in one of your classes. One of your classmates, who has been doing acceptable work until now, tells you, "I'm sick of this class already. I'm not going to do the project. It's too hard." You know that if the student skips this assignment, he cannot pass the course. What would you tell him to encourage him to keep going?
The history of inventions includes many stories of people failing again and again to accomplish a goal, and finally succeeding after many tries. For example, WD40, the lubricating oil that's great for fixing rusty locks or squeaky hinges, was the fortieth formula the inventor tried. Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors of all time and the author of the above quote, developed many successful inventions including the phonograph, reliable electric light bulb, and movie projector; some of these required many attempts before they worked. When you're feeling discouraged because something you're trying to do isn't working out, remember Edison's quote, which was certainly based on his own experience.
Don't give up on a tough class or assignment! Get help from your peers: meet with one of the LRC's content tutors, the Writing Center's writing consultants, or the Math Lab's math tutors. These FREE services can help you to keep trying -- and succeed!
We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
-- Margaret Mead
List a few examples of actions that individuals, organizations (e.g., corporations), or governments do that damage the environment -- here in Hawaii or somewhere else. Pick one of the examples, and explain some of its negative impacts.
Look at the list you made. Pick one of the examples, and suggest some possible ways to reduce or reverse the damage.
What does the phrase Malama Aina mean to you?
It's Earth Week! Check out some of Leeward's interesting
Earth Week programs
from Monday - Wednesday in the Student Lounge. Enjoy presentations by
special guest speakers and learn about food sustainability in Hawai'i and
beyond (including chile and chocolate tasting)! Explore the connections
between land, indigenous cultures and language -- how they play a vital role
in the sustainability of our beautiful Earth.
Week 16: If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability in the beginning.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
For writing or discussion:
It's the end of the semester, with lots to do. Take a break for a few minutes to look back -- and ahead -- by completing any of the following sentences that fit your experiences. Try to complete at least one "look back" sentence and at least one "look ahead" sentence.
Before this semester, I didn't know...
This semester, I've learned...
The best thing I experienced or accomplished during this semester was...
After this semester, I'll be ready to...
I'm looking forward to...
In the near future, I plan to...
I believe that I have the potential to...
Week 1: Start where you are. Use what
you have. Do what you can.
-- Arthur Ashe
|Start where you are.||Use what you have.||Do what you can.|
Where are you starting from? That is, where are you in
- just graduated from HS
- recently out of military
- tired of boring jobs
- finished raising family
- need a career change
What "assets" (useful things) do you bring with you to
- supportive family or friends
- a strong drive to succeed (motivation)
- good study habits
- curiosity: like to learn new things
- a part-time job
- financial aid
What can you do (skills or abilities) that can help you
succeed in college?
- able to make friends (get to know your classmates)
- willing to ask questions (in class or in the instructor's office)
- willing to keep making effort even when it's hard
- able to organize study materials for efficient study (avoid wasting time)
- know how to use a computer
is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
-- Daniel J. Boorstin
== == == == == == == == ==Learn how to learn: We learn new things by connecting them with what we already know. This existing knowledge is organized into mental frameworks, known as schema. When you're preparing to learn something new, it's a good idea to "activate your schema" by asking yourself, "How is this new topic related to something else I've already studied or experienced?". This gives the new information something to "stick to." You can think of it like using velcro, like hanging something on a mental hook, or like plowing a field so the seeds can grow.
is the end result of all true learning.
-- Leo Buscaglia
another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but
learning another way to think about things.
-- Flora Lewis
The languages we use affect the way we think and view the world. One example is the word aloha which is not only used as a greeting that can substitute for "hello" or "goodbye", but also means "love" in a deep sense which is specific to the Hawaiian culture. Gaining insights into a culture can enrich one's study of its language, and learning a language can expand one's understanding of the people who speak it.
Discuss any of the following:
The point of this joke is that Americans are less likely to learn foreign languages than people in many other countries, where it's not unusual for someone to know two or even three languages. Why do you think language study is less common in the U.S. than elsewhere? How do you think this might affect our relations with people in other countries?
is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental
-- Carol Welch
dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.
-- Rita Emmett
Is there a task that you are dreading -- something you've been procrastinating about (putting off) but really need to do? What is it?
Try one or more of these tips for beating procrastination:
There are lots of videos on YouTube with tips for procrastinators. Here's one of them: Stop Procrastinating
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
-- Helen Keller
You'll be glad you did!
After reading the article or viewing the video, do you think this congressman should be a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, a committee that makes decisions and recommendations regarding laws that affect scientific research funded by the U.S. government? Why or why not?
Treat your family like friends and your friends like family.
Sometimes friends form close groups that feel like a voluntary family. If you're part of such a group, what brought you all together, and what keeps you connected?
October is National Family History Month, created to encourage people to learn about their own family history. This can be both fun and personally meaningful, and there are many ways to do it, including tracing one's roots (genealogy), interviewing older relatives, and more. This website offers multiple ways to trace your family tree on your lunch hour: http://familytreemagazine.com/article/lunch-hour-genealogy
In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and - SNAP! The job's a game!
-- Disney's Mary Poppins
Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn
or a dusk.
-- William Arthur Ward
We live in a changing world, and some changes affect us all. Two current examples of major events with far-reaching results are the Nov. 6 election and the superstorm Sandy that flooded New York, New Jersey and other places on the U.S. east coast. Discuss or write about one of the following:
There are people in the world so hungry,
that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.
-- Babe Ruth
It always seems impossible until it's done.
-- Nelson Mandela
The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult.
-- Marquise du Deffand
As you begin the semester, there are a number of "first steps" that will help you to start the semester well. Try one or more of the following:
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other
because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have
not communicated with
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
Week 3: We
have the best government that money can buy.
-- Mark Twain
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more
that you learn, the more places you'll go.
-- Dr. Seuss
Reading and children: Children who are exposed to reading from an early age generally are likely to view the act of reading positively and are more likely to be successful students.
Academic reading: as Dr. Seuss tells us, reading helps us to know and learn more, so we can "go places" in life. Unfortunately, many students enter college with little knowledge of how to read their textbooks effectively; fortunately, textbook reading is a skill that anyone can learn.
You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way.
-- Marvin Minsky
To me, there is no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first.
-- Janeane Garofalo
Week 7: Education's
purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
-- Malcolm Forbes
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
-- Frederick Douglass
I think the key is for
not to set any limits.
-- Martina Navratilova
Feminism's agenda is basic: it asks that women not be forced to choose
public justice and private happiness.
-- Susan Faludi
Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility
of bringing up the next generation.
-- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
You learn something every day if you pay
-- Ray LeBlond
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now
and make a brand new ending.
-- Carl Bard
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second
best time is now.
-- Chinese Proverb
Week 15: Do
not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the
-- Benjamin Franklin
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an
examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you
are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
-- Jiddu Krishnamurti
Week 1: A mind that is stretched by a new
experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Week 2: Action expresses
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Week 3: There is no labor
a person does that is undignified, if they do it right.
-- Bill Cosby
Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.
A true friend remembers the song in your
heart when you have forgotten the lyrics.
-- old Cuban saying
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't
believe in it at all.
-- Noam Chomsky
Week 7: Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
-- Mattie Stepanek
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
-- Steve Jobs
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
-- Alice Walker
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
-- Buddhist saying
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
-- Joseph Chilton Pearce
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?"
-- Eve Merriam
There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.
-- Mickey Hart
If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.
-- Mother Teresa
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.
-- Willie Nelson
Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
-- Oren Arnold