I always enjoyed school, but never gave school work the attention it deserved. On the other hand, I was the star leadership student, a peer counselor, and always around to help out my classmates or teachers. I was the annoying kid all the teachers loved, and I got away with doing barely any work because of it. Then hit the realization that I wasn’t going to graduate with my friends!! At the time, this was the worst thing that could happen. So, I stopped talking my way out of it and did everything I could to pass.
DRIVING Although driving is something most of you can do, it is something I am just learning to do. Driving has given me the freedom I want out of life. Plus, its way more fun then waiting for the bus in the rain. Fear of failure set me back years when it came to driving, so this past December, I studied my Learners book and was successful in passing my test. So beware! I am out and driving along side you now! *I did have my learners in the past but once it expired I had to redo the horrifying test and failed it!! This was a bummer and it was 5 years until I tried again.*
TAKING ‘ME’ TIME I always put the needs of others before myself. This, I realized, is not always a good trait. So, for the last year, I have been working on myself. I can only be the best version of me if I know me. Maybe not an accomplishment to others but this is something I will not sacrifice, and it is not always an easy task so I call it an accomplishment.
Holland Group Dimensional Analysis
Social - 15
A r t i s t i c - 13
Enterprising - 7
Learning Styles My
Visual Learner Learns by: Colour coding, having written directions to follow, and by using pictures or graphs to help me understand My Strengths are: Comprehension through vision and I can remember by visualizing my memories (placement of notes on the page) VISUAL LEARNER
My multiple intelligences are: Visual/Spatial, Interpersonal & Intrapersonal
Comprehension through vision
My sensitivity to others feelings and emotions
My understanding of my own emotions and how I project them.
I learn best by:
Seeing, and imagining the task
Talking ideas through with others
Listening to others explain the goal or their feelings
Imagining and empathizing
I am an analytic learner. I like to keep organized, and follow out my goals, one at a time, until they are all completed. I need to start small in order to finish a task or I am overwhelmed. I would say this is the only area in my life where I just need simplicity.. Hence the boring slide.
Making decisions based on personal feelings or experiences
Learn best by:
Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory AE & CE
Mission Statement: I will live my life as honestly and healthy as possible. I will treat others with the respect and dignity they deserve. I will continue to value the loyal and healthy relationships in my life. The people in my life will be important and supportive, as I rely on my friends and family for stability. If I am unhappy I will change the situation I am in. I plan to finish school within the next five years, because it is important to me to travel and take time for myself. I will grow as a person through my education and life experiences. I want to be known as being a happy, successful and independent woman. As for my career, I do not need to be in a management position but enjoying my job, and having a passion for it. I will be strong in my beliefs as I always have been, and will stand up for them. I will not let people stifle me. I plan to live with no regrets, and take each experience as it is, while always trying to see the silver lining. I plan to buy an apartment in the lower mainland and be in a loving, stable relationship. I will always take time to smell the roses.
Mental Health Worker
Provide mental health counseling and support to individuals, families and groups in the community
Provide a safe and welcome environment for people to visit
Provide counseling to individuals about mental health and mental health issues
Provide counseling to families about mental health and mental health issues
Provide community education, support and activities
Provide treatment referrals
Collaborate with community agencies
Administer mental health programs
Why is mental health for me? Personal: I find mental health and psychology fascinating. I have worked with mental health clients and also faced issues in my personal life. Social: Speaking about mental health is taboo and makes some people uncomfortable. Making it easier to talk about is only the first step in helping people with mental health issues. Ignorance isn't bliss. Career: It only makes sense that with my passion for others, I should harness it and give back the way I know how.
Currently, there is jobs available in the mental health field but on the other hand, as many of these spots are with non profit groups, jobs are always at risk because funding is hard to come by. A starting position in the mental health field would pay around $13. Benefits would be included depending on hours per week and working probation. The most current trend in mental health is co-occurring disorders, which is any person dealing with a mental illness as well as a drug or alcohol problem. These things go hand in hand with almost all cases so it is becoming more and more valuable to be trained and educated on both addictions and mental illnesses.
Getting the education at Douglas College, that I need to get the job:
Advanced Citation in Co-occurring Disorders This program is offered at the New west campus, twice a year and would cost around $1600. This citation would be 3 semesters long, and is 18 credits. Community Mental Health Worker citation This program is offered once a year, from March-June and while part of the Health Care Support Worker program, is offered separate as well. It is one full time semester, with 2 practicum's. The cost for this is about $1600.
Once I have conquered the world of mental health, I could become a drug and alcohol counselor. Or work with youth with mental illnesses. Both would be challenging and rewarding so I would take either.
Time management to a daydreamer like me is still a bit foreign, but I grasp the concept. I am a work in progress and so is my new sense of time management but oh boy has it already taught me a few things. For instance, I actually had to think about the amount of time I spend inside my own head.. And on my iPhone reading stuff on wikipedia that I am not even interested in! Anyways, this whole thing makes sense. Time is valuable, and bosses don’t like employees who constantly day dream so I have to schedule in this stuff, giving my all in the workplace. Win win I say.
Fiscal responsibility and literacy The world of mental health is not a glamorous one. Nor does it pay extremely well, so one of the most important skills I can have is financial responsibility. In my career, I may have to budget at my non profit job. In my personal life, I could shop myself into bankruptcy. Definitely not the most fun thing to do, but living within my means is more enjoyable then owing my life to a little piece of plastic, which charges me interest each month.
“ Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” -Niels Bohr
I don’t know what the future holds, but I’ve an idea of how I would like it be. So lets journey through it.
London, England This is where my journey begins.
I see myself living in two places in the future. Vancouver or London, but for the sake of my project and because I am a dreamer I’ve chosen London. The second I stepped of the plane in London, in 2006, I was in love. It is where my heart is now, and where I want to make a life. So how am I going to make this a reality?
I will get there by being successful now. 5 years ago I made a choice. I will not move to England without an education. (I’ve pulled pints for a living already and want more for my life.) So after putting school off for those 5 years, I am here and making the first steps towards my future. I have applied for the co-occurring program at Douglas, and am waiting to hear back. I have a plan b just in case. But education is a must. Next, finish school, while working because a girl still needs money to shop!
Here is a big step: Actually move to England. Shortly after, I will fall in love with Prince Harry and I will finally become a princess. I realize this may not happen. In any event, I must be happy with whoever I marry. That is all I *hope* for.
WOW. Dream house in England !!
One of these bad boys will do .
But how amazing would one of these be!!
My interests will be the same, because they have always been the same. These are the things that make me happy and that isn't worth giving up.
MY BELIEFS & FREEDOM
I must be happy. I must be in healthy, loving relationship. I need my own time. I need freedom to move and explore and say what I feel and think. I need support and love. I need to be me. I have to enjoy my job. I need friends and fun in my life. Without any of those things, I will not be. Will I need help? Without a doubt. Will I make mistakes and fail sometimes? How could I not. But regardless of what happens, it is my life and the way I chose to take it, is just that. Its my choice. The world is my oyster, and I promise I won’t waste it.
Hayley Rennie STSU 1100-001 300143413 April 2011 **If I can ever figure out how to add music this will be a lot more enjoyable**