The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Character Built by Responsibility

Kimberly Krause
Professor Joan Bruckwicki
ENGL 1301.071
January 6, 2016
Character Built by Responsibility 
The process of learning begins the day a baby comes into the world and does not end until death. The rate of development for each child depends on the personal responsibility and interest that is taken in learning. Society recognizes education as one of the essentials of life and the law requires school attendance until the age of 16. Within the last sixty years, college has become an expectation. More recently, homeschooling has become popular and also meets the standards of state accredited schools. The standard for education generally includes mathematics, reading, English, science, foreign language, and history. One of the great strong points of homeschooling is that the individual can learn at his own pace and study more extensively what interests him. 
I was homeschooled and definitely benefited from being able to move at my own pace and to study what interested me. There are definite pros and cons with this form of education. If a student does not take personal responsibility in learning, he risks being incompetent in many areas. I experienced this in the subject of math. While I loved the equations and readily completed problems, my downfall was word problems. I would skip word problems because translating the words in a math equation was hard for me. On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed Spanish. This caused me to apply myself, even exceeding the required homework. 
Math was one of those subjects where I frittered my time away in high school. I thought that if I got through it, I would never have to return to the dreaded subject of math. However, now that I have begun college, I realize how my laziness has affected my performance. I had to go back to elementary and high school level math and restudy how to do basic word problems like probability and ratios. I was tutored in math each week, but I felt like a five year old because these concepts were hard for me. If I would have applied myself more, I would have had the necessary tools to grasp these concepts and get better grades. 
Spanish was complete opposite for me. I saw the value of knowing a second language and enjoyed learning and communicating with people. I took lessons for a few months, then I improved by reading, listening, and talking with Mexican friends. Mainly, I just took the opportunities to speak with whomever I could and learned very interactively. The years of study have brought great benefit in my life and in others. One year ago, I had the opportunity to translate for a missions trip. I have since become more responsible after witnessing a practical way of how personal responsibility benefited my life.
Growing up the way I did has taught me to take study and coursework more seriously than many students I have met in college. Perhaps the difference is having a goal in mind before pursuing college. I also believe the work-hard mentality I grew up with have caused my expectations of my own academic achievements to be high. I have seen both negative and positive outcomes based on how I treat my responsibilities. If I had been more faithful in math, I would have been able to take the time I spent relearning concepts and use it more efficiently. Alternately, had I taken a mediocre approach in my Spanish class, I would never have been able to be the mouth piece of so many.

Through my experience of relearning some things from high school, I have been guilty of blaming others for my lack of motivation. I felt that my math teacher did not tap in to my learning style. I felt that it was his responsibility to engage me and inspire me to learn more. In reality it was my own lack of discipline and initiative in school that made it hard to catch up. My education is my responsibility. I have the responsibility to take what I have been given and learn. I cannot blame someone else when I am not willing to do what it takes to succeed. There will be hard things in life to be challenged by, but that is what makes the well-earned results so significant. Taking the opportunities given will not only equip a person with many talents, but will also build life long character. 

How the Sunlight of Summer Affects Mood

Kimberly Krause 
Professor Joan Bruckwicki 
ENGL 1301.071
December 21, 2015 
How the Sunlight of Summer Affects Mood
The shining sun of summer compels people to head outdoors, where the solar panel like system of the body utilizes the rays to boast the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin and suppresses the sleep inducing hormone melatonin, leaving them feeling energized and refreshed. In contrast, a rainy day makes people slow down and want to curl up inside with a blanket. The fact that people are happier when the sun shines is not just an old wives tale, but is an actual proven fact. The sun affects chemicals and hormones in the body that play a role in mood. In fact, taking a day on the beach does not only make the skin nice and tan, but creates feelings of happiness.
When sunshine rays hit the skin, the body recognizes this as a signal to regulate the chemicals serotonin and melatonin. As light increases, impulse levels of the neurotransmitter in the body also increases. Christie Wilcox gives a clarifying explanation of how serotonin works as a neurotransmitter. “It regulates signal intensity. Think of it like a volume control on a stereo: serotonin changes how efficiently neurons communicate with each other, making other signals louder or softer. Most often, it accompanies other transmitters, changing a neuron’s response to that particular signal. Because of this, it’s used by all kinds of nerve cells all over the body, and serotonin levels can dramatically alter our behavior” (para. 4). As sunlight increases, serotonin increases, and therefore has a positive effect on mood.
Although serotonin is one of the major components to regulate the chemicals, melatonin is also very important. Melatonin regulates sleep, and it can be more accurately described as the sleep hormone. As the sunlight pours in, the melatonin levels drop which maintain a healthy sleep pattern. Just as an imbalance of serotonin causes both positive and negative effects, so melatonin requires a balance. When the hormone rises, some experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is that nasty culprit for extra tiredness and winter depression. A healthy balance of melatonin improves a night’s sleep.
Summer is most generally the best time of the year to optimize sun exposure. Deborah Kotz suggests in her article, Host of Health Benefits Attributed to Sunlight, thirty minutes a day is generally a good amount of time to achieve a happier outlook while still caring for the skin’s health (para. 4). With all the activities of summer, it is not hard to get the thirty minutes of sun. It is convenient that sunlight is generally a sign of warm weather, which most people tend to enjoy.
If the outlook on life can be so dramatically altered from just more or less sunlight, then getting out to enjoy the sun should be kept as an enjoyable routine. The sun’s potent effect on the body can be positive or negative. Therefore, balance of the body’s chemicals is key to thriving and feeling energetic. Summer can be filled with lots of fun. Soaking up the sun is another way to enjoy this beautiful time of the year, while maintaining ultimate health and cheerfulness.






Works Cited
Kotz, Deborah. “Host of Health Benefits Attributed to Sunlight.” Health US News. 24 June 2008. Web. 21 December 2015

Wilcox, Christie. “Understanding Our Bodies: Serotonin, the Connection Between Food and Mood.” Nutrition Wonderland. 24 June 2009. Web. 6 January 2016