Friday, January 20, 2012

Blog Assignment #1


My name is Carly Willoughby. I am a full time student and I live on campus at South Alabama. I am from Prattville, AL. I lived there my whole life and that’s why I decided to move to Mobile for college. I needed new scenery. I have passed all of the requirements to become a substitute teacher for Mobile County; I am just waiting for my card to come in the mail. That will be my job this semester. I want to be an elementary teacher because I want to get kids excited to learn at a young age. My preferred grade is 1st.

I am engaged to my high school sweetheart, Chris. We have been together since August 2007. We plan on getting married on our 6-year anniversary in 2013. He is currently working full time in Montgomery and will be moving down here in the fall to go back to school. I see him every 3 weeks or less. It’s hard, but this long distance has made us appreciate each other more and realize not to take little things for granted.

In my free time I like to do cross stitch needle points. My mom taught me how to do that when I was little and it has been enjoyable to me ever since. I also like cars. I am in love with my Honda Civic. I am planning on lowering it and putting a couple of parts on it over spring break for Import Alliance in the spring. Yes, this is some of Chris’s doing; but hey, when you love someone you have to learn to get along with their passion. It just so happens that I enjoy doing car stuff with him. Lucky him! I hope to be able to travel some between graduation and having kids. I want to go EVERYWHERE!!! I have never left the south before, so I want to go see the world before we settle down.

Time Management

In Randy Pausch on Time Management, Dr. Pausch explains ways to achieve goals by managing time. I liked this video because I love to make lists. I make a list for everything from grocery shopping to what I need to pack when I go on trips. They help me to stay organized and not forget anything. One thing he said we needed to ask ourselves is, "why am I doing this thing on my to-do list?" That's a question I never thought about asking myself. "Why do I need to pack 5 shirts if I only need 2 sets of clothes for this trip?" He makes a valid point that if we have too many things on our to-do list, that will be misusing our time. I loved when he said, "good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." This quote is going to stick with me for the rest of my life because it is extremely true. It's like when a baby wants to touch the stove and the mom says no. Well one day the baby decides to touch the stove and they get burnt. They had bad judgment and experienced what happens when they touch a hot stove and learned not to do it again. This is a video that I learned a good bit about time management from. I recommend this video to anyone who needs a quick lesson on how to better their time management skills.
I have never heard of Randy Pausch before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this video.


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  2. What do you know about Randy Pausch now? Did you try to find out anything about him?

    You will watch Randy Pausch's Last Lecture later this semester. It is a powerful and moving video!

  3. Hey Carly!

    It really is a small world, I actually went to a college in Montgomery last year, and I used to go over to Prattville Christian Academy all the time because my best friend was helping as an assistant basketball coach. I don't blame you for wanting a change of scenery, it's nice being in a bigger city and closer to the beach!

    That's so sweet that you're marrying your high school sweetheart, not many people can say that! I know the distance is hard, but stick through it, it will be that much better in the end. That's great that you are already qualified to be a substitute teacher, I didn't even know that was possible before graduation, but that will definitely give you some quality experience points!

    What exactly is cross stitch needle points? That sounds complicated! That's cool that you like to do car stuff, my '96 Toyota could probably use your expertise! I'm in the same boat as you with the traveling, I haven't been out of the South, but it would be great to go all over.

    I agree with you on the time management. It really does make you think. I need to be organized like you and start making more lists, I'm all over the place.

    Good luck to you with your teaching goals and upcoming marriage. I hope it all works out for you as planned!