Google IT Technician Certification

I have been working on obtaining my mac-glasses for a few weeks now. And by a few weeks, I mean more than four. And by more than four, I mean a few months. And by a few, I mean three. Luckily, it stops there.

There are six modules in a course, and each of the modules has several lessons. I almost completed the first module and have started the second. The information is really thorough, and I feel like this small portion I have completed has taught me a lot already. Things like binary and building a computer from scratch. It really is interesting, but I’m moving a lot slower than I anticipated. It’s not that I’m bored with the content; I really think the reason is because of the nature of the courses.

At SNHU, even though it was an online school which allowed you to learn at your own pace, there was structure, deadlines, and someone holding you accountable. With this Google IT Technician Certification, the only person to hold you accountable is you. Sure, there are “professors” teaching you the lessons via the recorded streaming videos, but they aren’t active in your learning, checking up on you, marking down your grade if you don’t complete an assignment within the allotted week. You are literally on your own to take the lessons.

Hold myself accountable, you say? Oh, why didn’t I think of that! Wait, I did, and failed. Miserably. I need a new strategy, but I am really struggling with time management. Maybe I still have senioritis from graduating a year ago. Maybe my willpower is just depleted along with my sanity and drive to focus on anything other than making it through my day to day. Wow, that sounds like a very sad existence.

WAKE UP CALL!! I’m hearing it. I’ve got to get my big ole’ head back in the game! (Too High School Musical for you? Me too.)

SNHU Graduate!

I did it! I finally finished my Bachelor degree!

Right after high school, I went back to school and got my Associate’s Degree of Science in General Studies. I figured since I had no idea what I wanted to do with my working life, I could at least knock out all of the prerequisites I would one day have to take in order to complete a degree at a later time. My local community college provided all of the courses I needed at a fractional cost of a traditional university, so I felt assured in my decision to obtain my two-year degree with the hopes of maybe finding what I wanted to do with my career along the way.

While that didn’t happen right away, I did find an organization that allowed me to experience many different areas of a business, providing me with insight to the possibilities of where I could succeed within the company. After a few years and several life changes such as buying my first home and getting married, my wonderful husband decided he wanted to go back to school. Well, regardless of my apprehension to start school back up again, he signed me up to speak to a recruiter who a few days later enrolled me at Southern New Hampshire University. I can honestly say I am so happy with my choice of school and my entire online college experience. We’ll see how long it takes for them to send me my diploma!snhu

A lot of hard work and determination, and sheer manipulation of the scarce free-time I had later, I made my way through my final sixty credits with a 3.97 GPA. (Two stupid -A’s!) It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in the midst of life and work, but now that I am just waiting on my diploma to arrive in the mail, I feel satisfied with my accomplishment.

But now what to do with all of my free time?

Let me just say, laundry has never been done so quickly!

Graduation, Here I Come!

snhuI know I have been talking about it quite frequently, but I have to give an update on my schoolwork. I have less than two terms before graduation! My second to last term has already started which I am taking two courses then I have one class in my last term, and then this lady will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration!

I have worked my butt off the past almost two years, and I cannot wait to close this chapter of my life. I will have accomplished something that I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever have started again. When I finished my Associate’s Degree, I honestly thought I was done with school, but here I am, three months away from earning my Bachelor’s!

And although I love writing these posts and need them for my down time, I have homework to do! Good day!

Creating a PowerPoint “Movie”

I’m currently taking a class for my bachelor’s degree called Preparing for the Future (IDS 403). When I first signed up for it, I thought it was going to be something along the lines of personal goal setting and career path planning, but the moment I read the syllabus, I knew I had guessed way wrong.

This class has turned out to be all about technology and its influence on society, and vise versa. It is demonstrating the evolution of society and technology as two correlating factors throughout history while attempting to arm students with methods of addressing a societal problem and finding a solution through technology.IDS 403-T5272 – Wastewater Reuse Mod 6

It has been a demanding course with an extensive project broken into many “milestones”, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. Let me just say, though, I am so glad I am at the very least familiar with PowerPoint. Actually, I am a certified Microsoft Office Specialist in PowerPoint, but if I had never used PowerPoint or had very little knowledge before this class, I’m telling you right now, I wouldn’t be enjoying this course at all!

I have basically had to create a “movie” with PowerPoint using slides and voice narration. I am essentially giving a static presentation that I, luckily, don’t have to stand in front of anyone to give. I have also had to record a few video blogs which my husband would laugh and make faces at me while I was creating them, and I would in turn flick him off off-screen, but I digress.

After all this piecing together clips and voice narrating and formatting and optimizing, I have never had such respect for movie editors before in my life! Maybe this is a hidden piece to the Preparing for the Future curriculum; preparing us for lives as film editors!

Ehh. After watching and listening to my little movie, I think I will stick with my current day job..

Let the Countdown Begin

Four terms left, my friends! FOUR! And I will have obtained my Bachelor’s degree. After graduating with my Associates degree in 2010, I wasn’t sure I would ever go back to school, but my husband finally motivated me to go for it. Almost two years later, I can see the finish line with four more terms left!

I think I can. I think I can. I’m almost there!

I really believe that once I graduate, not only will doors within my career open, but so will the flood gates on my creative mind. I literally work at my classes at least two hours a day, five days a week, sometimes more. It has left me feeling dry and overworked, so once I finally graduate, I can imagine a ship sailing into harbor and unleashing my determination to finish my latest project.

I probably won’t attend graduation since it is held on campus in New Hampshire, but I promise you, it will be one the happiest days of my life to finally have that diploma in hand. That one piece of paper will welcome so many new opportunities and alleviate a world of stress off of my mind. Let the countdown begin!

Need to Decompress

I have always said that I am a gluten for punishment, and I live up to it regularly. I find new ways to add on to my plate, and eventually, I get so overloaded that I have to take a step back, regroup, and figure out how to tackle everything I promised to take on. This is definitely one of those moments. I am looking for my center then trying to add things slowly back into the mix to find the balance I lost somewhere along the way.

The good news is that I am scheduled to graduate this time next year with my Bachelor’s degree from SNHU (Southern New Hampshire University), so that will be one large chunk of weight off my shoulders. I also just finished another certification program at work, so I am officially a CAP-TA through IAAP. See a previous post for more information about them. My daughter is hinting at wanting to be potty-trained, so that will be another alleviating moment once she masters that feat. All in all, some things will be falling off my scale here shorty, so I am trying to see the finish line through the haze of the bombarding present.photo-1473624566182-509e437512f4.jpg

Through all the chaos that seems to happening around me, I have tried multiple times to pick up the diet and workout plan I had successfully been on before I became pregnant, but to no avail. I’ve come to determine that there just isn’t enough time in the day to deal with everything I have taken on, and try to diet and exercise as heavily I had been pre baby. I don’t have time to make a breakfast or lunch, so I grab a protein shake and whatever Lean Cuisine I can find before hitting the road. I tried doing it the night before, but again, I don’t have time between dinner, bath, and bedtime routine if I want to get to bed at a decent hour and/or have some “mommy time” or pay any attention to my husband.

So I did what any mom would. I scoured the internet for what other moms do when they want to diet and exercise with a full plate of commitments. I found that you are either a “fit mom” or an “excuse mom”, and I was definitely an “excuse mom”. These type of moms are the ones that come up with a whole handful of reasons as to why they can’t lose weight or diet while the “fit moms” have ab muscles and tiny waists, and say that “excuse moms” are just lazy.

How about I’m just a mom trying to do the best I can for my child? I may not be taking care of myself as well as I should in the diet and exercise aspect, but I am filling my heart full of memories, and trying to better myself through education and hard-work in my career to provide the best life I can for my daughter. That may not make me a “fit mom”, but that sure as hell doesn’t make me an “excuse mom”, either.

I digress on my rant, but I hope I leave everyone with the idea that life comes in stages. Right now, my stage is self-enlightenment through education. Maybe as my daughter gets older and more independent, and I finally add a diet and exercise plan to my balancing act, then it will be healthier mom time. Until then, I’ll just enjoy making memories.photo-1466699514193-d2327ed2cccb.jpg