Monday, October 29, 2012

Student Disability Services

By Elizabeth Brown-Shook
                One thing I really love about Corning Community College is how dedicated everyone is to student success--from the President of the College, to members of the Regional Board of Trustees, all the way down to the adjunct professors who only teach one course.  I think that having so many resources here which, if students utilize them, makes it so difficult to fail, makes Corning Community College unique among institutions of higher learning.  I will continue to write a blog each week about our Dignity and Respect topics; however, in my Student Perspective blogs, I’d like to highlight some of the services that, in my experience, have contributed to my success.  One of these resources is Student Disability Services.
                Student Disability Services is located on the lower floor of the Commons, Room M152.  Allison Zimmermann is the Coordinator and Delia Hall is the Program Assistant.  I would not be where I am today without these ladies.
                In the interest of letting you, the reader (hopefully a prospective student or alumnus/a), get to know me, I will be candid.  I came to Student Disability Services because of my clinical depression and anxiety.  I was hoping to find some leniency because sometimes the depression can interfere with my ability to complete my school work.  While they couldn’t assist me with that, what they were able to do for me was allow me to have a quiet, distraction-reduced environment in which to take my exams.  What Allison and Delia do is help students with documented disabilities get the necessary accommodations they need to be successful in the classroom.
                If you’re considering Corning Community College, you may qualify for Student Disability Services if you were on an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 Plan in high school.  If you’re not a recent high school graduate (I certainly was not when I came to Corning), you’re not out of luck!  If you have a disabling condition that interferes with your school work, and a doctor or therapist can document your disability, go see Allison and Delia.  They can help you get the ball rolling.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Say Thank You!

The Dignity and Respect campaign theme this week is "Say thank you."  Do you have a daily or weekly gratitude practice?  Every day, on my to-do list, I have "gratitudes."  This is meant to remind me to write down five things that happened to me that day for which I'm grateful.  I find that when I make a concerted effort to live in active gratitude, the opportunities to express that gratitude expand.  For me, this practice, along with prayer and journaling, keep me grounded and keep stress from eating me alive.  This semester, I'm juggling 14 credits, a position in Student Government that keeps me very busy, a work-study job, and that doesn't even count my obligations to my family: my husband, elderly father-in-law, and two small children.  If I didn't have my daily practice, part of which is flexing my gratitude muscle, I would go absolutely crazy.

Today, my five things are:
1. That my son slept through the night last night
2. That the first of my three five-week computer classes is finished.
3. Cooler weather (I abhor the heat of summer and the cold of winter, but I LOVE the moderate temperatures of spring and fall!)
4. That my beautiful Betty (my car, a 2000 VW Beetle I purchased in May and have gotten off to kind of a rough start with) has run beautifully all semester so far.
5. That it's Wednesday and half my super-stress*full week is over.

Some days coming up with five things is really hard.  Like Tammy said last semester, practicing gratitude can be like practicing the piano.  Some days you feel like Lang Lang (look him up on YouTube; he's amazing!), and some days you feel like Schroeder playing Lucy's favorite version of "Jingle Bells" and it's like pulling teeth to come up with five things you're grateful for.  But try it.  Give writing down some things you're grateful for a shot.  Commit to it for thirty days, or if that seems too daunting, just commit to it for this week.  It's never taken me longer than ten minutes (if I feel really stuck, I write down things like heat, shelter, and enough food to eat) to come up with five things.  Can you commit ten minutes to gratitude?



You can open up your whole world by listening. I remember when I was in middle school; we had this huge project about WWII. Towards the end of the project, we actually interviewed veterans of WWII. My interviewee was a Holocaust survivor.  The horrible things she had seen and been through were just chilling. I don’t think I have ever listened as closely to anybody as her. I am a college freshman and we keep in contact to this day. I have the utmost respect for that brave woman. After hearing her story, I became intrigued with other survivors and their stories. I had broadened my mind by listening to her speak. The respect I have for that woman is prodigious. Now, think of a topic that inspires you. Does it inspire you because you can relate? Perhaps you frequently read about it. We all know how fulfilling it is to talk to somebody who shares a similar inspiration. There is a student here on campus that will play his guitar frequently after classes. He plays so beautifully it feels incredibly inspiring. There is respect in listening to music. You need not verbally chat with somebody to hear, feel, and respect what they are doing, or in this case, playing. With listening, truly listening, you gain so much perspective. Not only are you opening your mind, you are opening your soul. I would never have gained such respect for that courageous survivor had I not listened to her. By listening, you gain respect from others and respect for yourself. The moral of the story, and frankly, one of the biggest guidelines for life (a golden rule, if you will) is that listening and respect go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. So listen up folks! You never know what you might gain! 


Friday, July 20, 2012

Speed Bumps, Pot Holes, and Unexpected Detours

By Christopher Chichester

If there’s one thing about life you can always plan on, it’s that things never go as planned. Creating a road map for life is important in order to remain focused in the right direction. Speed bumps, pot holes and unexpected detours can shake our focus and cause us to lose sight of our goals. Even when we are off course due to a wrong turn, no matter how far off track we may be, the destination remains the same.

College gives us opportunities, advantages and the tools necessary to have the most direct and smooth path to our desired success. Simply put, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The college system may not be perfect, there’s always room for improvement, but it’s usually faster to take the highway than it is to take the back roads.

By no means is college easy—but neither is life. The more you put into something, the more you’ll get out. Whether you’re having problems in the classroom or at home, CCC is here to help. There are some people with an entire garage full of nice tools that barely get used, there are some people with a small shed full of rusty old tools that are fully utilized to fix and create all sorts of amazing things, and they are all sorts of people in between. It’s important to recognize the vast amount of tools Corning Community College has available and how to take advantage of these tools that can be used to fix problems and help construct your future.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tara's Thoughts

Final thoughts…
Yesterday I went to my transfer school to set up my schedule for the fall, and while I’m super pumped to take this next step, I’m missing Corning already. A new place, with new professors, and new peers, and like every other decision in my life, I’m taking a step back and wondering if I’m making the right choice.
When I first signed up for classes at Corning, I didn’t really want to be here, and I had no idea I’d feel so at home, once I was here. I’ve been delightfully surprised at the courses that have challenged me in both academic and personal realms.
However, my most rewarding experience at Corning Community College was my job in the Admissions office, which I’m the most sad to leave. I’ve never been a realist when it comes to obtaining employment; I’m not of the school of thought that a job is a job, as long as it pays the bills, and there’s something to be said about a person who has passion for what they do. [The world would be a much better place if everyone liked what they did for a living!] As impractical as it sounds, my motivation for working has very little to do with money, and more to do with whether or not the job will be satisfying in itself.
I have always told myself that what makes a higher education so rewarding is that it allows you the luxury of choosing a career that will make you happy and pay the bills. Well, being an Ambassador doesn’t exactly pay the bills, but it has made me happy, and has opened some doors for me. I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons, and made connections with people, that I am grateful to have met.
Part of the reason I have some of this uncertainty about leaving Corning is the fear that my next adventure won’t be everything I’ve built it up to be. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of coming to CCC, because I didn’t know what it had in store for me; it was a happy surprise when I came to realize just how wonderful a community it is here. I can only hope that my transfer experience proves to be just as outstanding. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

25 Easy Ways to Stay in Shape… (without going crazy!)

by Tara Bowman and Veronica White
  1. Take the long way to class whenever you have time.
  2. Avoid the fryer in the Cafeteria (Eat a salad or sandwich instead)
  3. NEVER take the elevator when you can take the stairs!
  4. Walk around in between classes
  5. Participate in wellness events
  6. Snack on small (healthy!) things between meals
  7. Drink a lot of water; it makes you feel fuller, and it’s better for you than anything else you’re probably drinking!
  8. Eat a good breakfast; it holds you over so you don’t binge for lunch or dinner
  9. Stay away from vending machines!
  10. Stay away from soda…
  11. Buy cheap “toner shoes” (or ankle weights)
  12. Make use of the fitness center (get here an hour or so before your first class or go after classes; it’s free!)
  13. If it comes through the window of your car, you should probably try to avoid it.
  14. The fewer ingredients your food has the more likely you are to eat healthier.
  15. Park farther away, so you’ll have to walk more!
  16. Volunteer to run errands at work
  17. Incorporate at least one fresh vegetable into your bigger meals
  18. Cut back on your portions, even if it’s only a little!
  19. Do you ever notice how cats stretch a lot throughout the day? That’s because it’s good for you. It helps with tension, and makes your body more agreeable to exercise.
  20. Practice good posture (it strengthens your core muscles…)
  21. It sounds weird, but eat extra fiber; it’ll make your body feel less sluggish…
  22. Make plans for the weekend; don’t just sit in front of the TV.
  23. If you’re a drinker, cut back.
  24. Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry; you’ll buy more impulse junk food.
  25. Choose more activities that get your on your feet (putt-putt, going for walks, bowling, etc.) You don’t have to run marathons; just don’t be a couch potato! 

Start with maybe two or three of these things, and then slowly add more good habits to your routine. Eventually the weight will start falling off, and you’ll feel a lot better!