Alright… so I am quite annoyed at the moment and don’t have a lot of time, but just wanted to get something out there.
I was just notified today that I missed the Veterinary Technology Assessment for graduation last night which was from 7 to 9. I said I knew nothing about it and was told “There’s a note up on the board about it.”
Aaron, what’s this “board” you speak of? Well let me tell you. It is a bulletin board that is semi-organized consisting of updates in the Veterinary Technology Department at my college. The problem is, most of the stuff doesn’t apply to you, so you have to sift through all the BS to even find something that you might care about or that you should know.
So why didn’t I see this sign whenever it was posted? Because it was posted yesterday. Yes, the day of the assessment. Here’s the clincher… I didn’t even have any classes and the class that I do typically have on that day wasn’t even in that building. And when I talked to another instructor about it, they said there was a sign “a while ago” mentioning that all students in a certain class AND all Veterinary Assistant students not in that class need to take the Assessment. Well, I never saw anything… and I check when I go into that building. Problem is, I’m not always in that building.
So, how do they expect students to ALWAYS know what’s going on when the only “news source” they have is a bulletin board that’s cluttered with class updates, finals schedules, etc. etc.?
EMAIL! Use it! It’s amazing! At least then I know that it went directly to me and then it IS my fault for not knowing because they took the initiative to inform me directly. The argument is made that students don’t check their email or that the email students give the college isn’t the one that they use… that’s easy to fix. Whenever they sign up, they can PICK what email the college uses, whether its the college assigned one, or their personal one. WHAT?! What a CONCEPT! WHOH!
Yeah. Pretty amazing huh? So just tell the students that they NEED to have the right email to receive things such as class updates, major updates… updates about things that could, I don’t know, affect you ever graduating. Probably something good to know…
And it ISN’T just the Vet Tech Department at my school. Not efficiently (notice I said “efficiently”) informing and updating students is a chronic issue campus wide.
Here is a screen shot of what a student posted on the college’s Facebook group.
Thanks for reading this vent-post (as I call them).
Does anyone else have problems with their college or certain departments not doing this?
I sincerely hope that did not come off harsh or antagonistic because I think in the big picture of things we agree with each other and differ in the finer points.. buuuut I have been known to get a little carried away in rant-mode. Regardless, thanks. I forget how cleansing it is to lose yourself in a good soapbox rant when presented with a challenging, thought-provoking topic :)
Ditto! I didn’t take offense at all. You should see all the ridiculous nasty replies I’m getting. It in all honesty makes me sad because I feel people are just making excuses for behavior instead of taking responsibility for their actions and life. (Oh man Aaron what about rape? You “idiot.” They didn’t choose that!) Yes… I know.
I think you’ll see in my reply to YOUR reply (lol) that I float a little bit on rape. I was stating my own personal opinion, which I was completely open to people challenging. In the big picture, you’re right we definitely agree, but there will always be a “debate” of sorts and that’s why I don’t think there should be concrete laws (which probably conflicts my original post in a way because I just let my thoughts flow most of the time) but there definitely should be some better consistency.
Thanks again for joining the conversation. I’d say due to your response and logic I can make the assumption that you’re awesome.
Rachael, Thanks for the diplomatic response on abortion. I am glad that you agree adoption is the best way. It saddens me when people criticize because of the reasons you mentioned such as families being very willing to do whatever it takes to have a child.
Many of the responses I have gotten have addressed certain things that I forgot to mention in my post… such as gestation periods. You’re right about small embryos. I honestly, for the most part, don’t see that as a big of a deal. But in some research I was looking up (and again I haven’t done extremely extensive, nor do I really need to, for logic and morals to prove itself), I found just about half of abortions were done after 9 weeks. That means the baby is coming right along in development. Also, some of the abortion methods, such as the one I mentioned in my article are ridiculous and should be banned.
About rape. I know I sound extremely insensitive. In the effort to keep the post to the point I didn’t go into detail of any personal experiences, people I know, etc. It is a really terrible thing to endure and I can’t imagine so. But personally to me, I feel that an abortion for being raped still isn’t right. Should it be enforced by the government? I don’t think so… I think I may have implied it should in my post, but that was wrong. I don’t think that. This is where I’m not on one side or the other: Pro Choice vs. Pro Life.
However, I feel that there definitely should be a greater consistency across the nation. I looked it up once (and I’m too lazy to find it again, but if you’d like I can) that 20 states in the US still are for partial-birth abortion. That’s practically murder and that was my point. Not that removing an embryo, which like you said has about the same or less capacity as a fly, is murder, but when the child can pretty much be born, how can anyone be for that? Also to mention that if a pregnant mother is shot and killed the shooter is charged with two deaths. Should he be? YES! So there’s another loop hole.
I agree with you on many points, but if there was anything unclear that I said, or any questions you have shoot them to me! Thanks for joining this rediculous intense topic. I’m actually quite surprised I even posted about it, but it’s USEFUL debate and conflict like this that is what actually helps growth.
So I’m treading on a pretty darn sensitive topic here. But I want to. And I apologize to any readers who are offended by this. That isn’t my purpose.
The other week in my Critical Thinking class this was the topic at hand. Let me tell you, it was pretty intense. And I was not prepared for one of…
Abortion is one of the few issues in which I honestly can’t say I have a black or a white opinion on. Before I give my thoughts on this, just one quick jab (that is actually a little irrelevant to the point): I wouldn’t ask people if they’ve taken “anatomy” as an assessment of their knowledge on genetic inheritance, especially when anyone who has taken a biology or genetics class knows that there are inheritable mental disorders. Just off of the top of my head I know Huntington’s is one—I had to do an in-depth pedigree tracing the genetic disorder through several generations in one of my classes just this semester :)
At the heart of it all, I agree with you in that adoption is the best option. There is no shortage of families unable to have their own and would give an arm and a leg for the chance so many girls throw away. That being said.. I completely and utterly disagree with your rejection of rape as a justification. Even without an unwanted pregnancy, rape victims struggle to endure the emotional trauma associated with going through something so horrifying.. I’m sure that there are people somewhere who have enough strength and compassion to lock away the ordeal and its emotionally damaging effects, but I would never expect anyone, let alone require by law, that rape victims live with a reminder of that experience every single day for the rest of their lives—or even just nine months. That’s a cruel injustice to someone whose probably only mistake was deciding to walk out to her car alone, and the fact that she is the 1% does not mean her perspective should be so easily discarded.
In the event you are still not convinced and perhaps intend on some response akin to “abortion is equally cruel,” allow me to address that. A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. For the sake of comparison, there are more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. It will not become an embryo and show brain activity until roughly week 6. If it is acceptable to treat a person whose brain has died as something less than a human being, it should be acceptable to treat a blastocyst as such. If you are concerned about suffering in this universe, killing a fly should present greater moral difficulties than killing a human blastocyst.
Perhaps you think that the crucial difference between a fly and a human blastocyst is to be found in the latter’s potential to become a fully developed human being. But almost every cell in your body is a potential human being, given our recent advances in genetic engineering. Every time you scratch your nose, you have committed a holocaust of potential human beings. Just to give you some numbers for comparison, you shed approximately 30,000-40,000 skin cells per hour.
I support adoption as the best route for an unwanted pregnancy because it creates an immeasurable amount of joy for people who are unable to have children. However, I am adamantly against the denial of abortion to rape/incest victims because placing the well-being of a person who is here, alive, breathing, thinking, and already suffering on the back-burner for a a tiny collection of cells that is 1/1000 the size of a fly’s brain and as non-functional as one of your skin cells does not sit well with me. Of course it will always come down to where you individually define the “start” of a human life, which is ultimately why this topic will always be grey for me, but after extensive research and earning three-quarters of a Biological Chemistry degree I can confidently say rape/incest victims have a grace period of at least a few weeks before they can reasonably be condemned as “murderers.”
So I’m treading on a pretty darn sensitive topic here. But I want to. And I apologize to any readers who are offended by this. That isn’t my purpose.
The other week in my Critical Thinking class this was the topic at hand. Let me tell you, it was pretty intense. And I was not prepared for one of the “reasons” to get an abortion.
The assignment was to create an outline of the following questions:
What is the law for abortion?
Would you change the law?
What is the opposing argument?
What problems are solved with your solution?
What problems are created?
This resulted in me typing out a 2-page outline. I really enjoy this sort of thing, but I won’t bombard you with all of that. Here are my main thoughts on the topic and then to the big thing I wasn’t at all prepared for.
Let’s get off on the right foot. I’m not 100% against abortion. I realize it has its place… a small one, but still there is a purpose to it.
Now Let’s Set This Straight Currently the abortion law is not consistent across the board. Now, I know that as individual states, each has the right, but there is also a place under federal law. Take murder for example. There aren’t any states that have the law “It’s ok to murder, but only in these situations.” And actually, in all honesty, I chose “murder” unintentionally. I’m not making the argument (yet) that abortion is murder. Because there are so many variances nationwide and state-to-state in the abortion law, there are also loopholes. Even in the states that ban abortion for only “health reasons,” there are loopholes. Let me explain. Currently, mental issues are considered a cause for health reasons to get an abortion. WHAT? I don’t know if you took anatomy… even if you did you should know that the brain of the mother doesn’t have any impact on the child’s birth. This is insane! Basically, you’re killing a child because you have an “unstable mind.” I’m not sure how this logically qualifies as a reason.
Other Excuses For Abortion Other reasons that people excuse abortion are for rape and incest, but let me tell you, in the US one percent get abortions due to rape and incest. And six percent have an abortion because of health reasons. SEVEN PERCENT? And yet those are the main three reasons for keeping it. Now, what if I told you that 93% got an abortion for social reasons. So now all of a sudden, it seems to me that all the reasons and excuses for having abortion legal are completely irrelevant.
Not Even Rape is OK and the Reason I Wasn’t Prepared For Let’s go a step further though. I’m not even saying that all seven percent of that should be OK. What Aaron? You think that if someone get’s raped that she should have the kid? Yes. I do. And the reason why is, why NOT? I’ve heard this before: "Well because what if the kid hurts because he or she was a ‘rape baby’ and they don’t feel they belong here?" So that’s a reason to end their life? That is the most messed up reasoning I have ever heard. You need some help. This was the reasoning I heard brought up in class.
Below is an email that I sent to my instructor on the topic:
Hey Jeff, I know the abortion topic is over, but I found something just now that made me think back to what was said in class — about getting an abortion just to keep a deformed child from “going through pain in life.” Which to me is just ridiculous and gut-wrenching to be honest. Anyways, I wish I had thought of this public figure whenever we were talking about it. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of him, but his name is Nick Vujicic. He has no arms or legs. He has one small deformed appendage for a foot. THAT’S IT! If you’d like me to send you some videos I can or you can look him up on YouTube yourself.
[Note: Below is a video that I later sent him. Nick Vujicic has a lot of videos, but this one is very touching and inspirational]
The Email Continues:
But I just thought, I wonder if his parents considered an abortion. Probably not. Because he doesn’t feel sorry for himself. And we shouldn’t. All that statement proves is that people want to make excuses for themselves and their children. He was obviously not pitied as a child, but instead encouraged to make the best of what he had.
Anyways, I just wanted to share that with you. Think about all the people that wouldn’t have been impacted if he would have been aborted. It’s honestly scary.
So those are my thoughts. I honestly don’t agree with any reason for abortion except for health reasons and that is also shady because I don’t agree that “mental health” should have any part. By health reasons I mean life threatening.
What if the baby will die anyways? No. What if the baby will have deformities? (I think you already know the answer)No. What if I was raped? No. What if I can’t take care of the child? So you’re going to kill it? No.
Solution: Adoption Adoption people! Whether it was a result of a rape, you can’t take care of it, you don’t feel responsible enough to take care of it, WHATEVER. Adoption is the BEST solution! It saves lives and it gives people, YOUR CHILDREN, a chance to live. To impact others positively who may not have otherwise been impacted in that way. To change lives. To bring joy. To make a difference. To do whatever their purpose in life is to do.
Conclusion So those are my thoughts. Hopefully I have changed your mind some. If you still aren’t “sold,” I suggest you check out methods of abortion. Did you know that one form consists of sucking the brains of the baby out of its head and then removing the rest? It’s pretty gruesome and hard to imagine.
Again, I wasn’t trying to offend anyone and I’m sorry if I may have. I have suddenly become very passionate about this and it has been something I’ve wanted to share for a long time since talking about it in class.
Please share your thoughts, questions, comments below. What do you think?
“Dance like the photo’s not being tagged. Love like you’ve never been unfriended. Sing like nobody’s following. And do it all like it won’t end up on youtube!”—Texted to me just now by an amazing friend
This was a question I’ve been asked a lot since I started to tell people about my experience in building my own website. I really don’t know any coding and all I did was follow a tutorial by Thomas Frank, author of College Info Geek. However, this experience has been great for me! I have learned so much in such little time and I truly believe having my own personal website and creating an online presence just that much more will be extremely beneficial to my job search as I graduate college this May.
After reading Thomas’s blog post about building your own website I was stoked and sold on the idea! I wanted to start right away and I pretty much did! I started working on what my domain would be and then going through the process of setting up hosting. It really wasn’t that hard at all.
Purchasing and Choosing my Domain Name
Why did I choose a .me domain? I jumped back and forth between .com and .me. I really wasn’t sure what to do. I think this comes with experience and even though I’m still learning, I feel I have a better grasp on it now. My thought process was that .com is more popular and recognized as a domain and probably easier to remember too. Unfortunately, aaroncouch.com is taken. Not sure by who… likely by another Aaron Couch, but it redirects to some worthless site that’s not kept up. I somewhat wish we had internet police for things like this, but I guess as long as they’re paying for the domain, there isn’t much we can do. Another option was aaronrcouch.com and this one was available. Also, it’d make sense for me to use it as many of my handles on websites, such as Twitter, are “aaronrcouch.” But when talking to a friend, we agreed that the “r” was somewhat hard to see. I might purchase this domain later down the road when I have a little more money, just for convenience and to prevent confusion. I ended up with aaroncouch.me though and I’m happy with it. I decided it’d be the best for people to find me at. Especially those who don’t know my middle initial and want to look me up. It might help with SEO(Search engine optimization). Also, the domain was a tad cheaper as well, which I’m not complaining about at all.
Building My Site
As you probably figured I am using WordPress as a platform. Previously the only experience I had with WordPress was WordPress.com and I barely used it. I would try to make myself use it, but I just couldn’t. One reason was I didn’t really see the point. My paradigm, since then, has spun 180 degrees. I love WordPess! In fact, I’m really wishing I had more money to buy and host more domains to have all my blogs on WordPress. Currently I’m quite spread out, mostly because I like all the platforms. Blogger has really revamped it’s interface and Tumblr is constantly getting better. That said, I really like WordPress now and I love that you don’t have to know any coding to build your own site (although it certainly helps to wantto learn it and to experiment).
Why I did it
Now we’re down to the basis of the article. You may be wondering how building my website and purchasing and hosting a domain relate to why I did it. The reason is because those used to be obstacles that kept me from believing that I could have my own website. Personally, they were and I overcame them when I published my site.
There were many reasons why I decided to create my own site. One was because my dad wants to have his own website for his business and by building my own I could do that for him with the experience I gained in building my own. This was actually a big part of the decision. Another reason was because I wanted to portray myself professionally in the best way possible on the Web. I could put my website on my resume and that would be the solution for the “once handed out, no further updating” problem that resumes notoriously have. Third reason goes along with the second one some and that is to show future employers, connections, partners or any other professional relationships, that I am serious about what I do. This was a big one for me. You can’t really show that on a resume. But through your writing and a website, that is portrayed pretty quickly so it must be done right or it can be a disadvantage. Last, and probably the most important, was to face the challenge that I made to myself so often that I can’t build a website. Or that it’s too difficult. Or that it takes too much time. Or that… well you get the point. Basically, I had talked myself out of it before I even tried. Part of the reason was because I didn’t want to spend the money and didn’t see the valuein a personal website. Now I do. Through this process I also expanded my skills, which expands creativity, knowledge and… yep, you know, the green stuff. Money. Or income as it’s commonly known.
So those are my thoughts on why I built my own personal website. Have you built your own website? What were the reasons for you? If I’ve inspired you to explore the area of creating your own, awesome! If you’d like more information, you can check out The Ultimate Guide to Building A Personal Website.
Good luck and share your thoughts below and thanks for taking the time to read.
I suppose I could just update the post, but I think this will ensure it’s seen better.
You may have read in my original post titled “What I’ve Been Up To” that I was planning to combine my tech blog, The Couch Lounge, into my personal and/or professional blog.
I went as far as posting about it on my tech blog, but eventually subsided from that idea. The reason being that I saw even after a “drought” of posting, I still received more than 30 page views in that day. WOW! Some people are still reading it… I mean, I doubt analytics lie that much right? So, I decided to make some updates to the blog (which if you have any suggestions, I’m definitely open to them) refocus my purpose and passion and give it another shot.
Lately I’ve been pretty busy, mostly with building my own website. Currently it’s live and put together to my liking, although content-wise there isn’t a whole lot up yet. But I am quite excited. Building a personal website has already done a lot of things for me.
The biggest thing it’s done for me is allowed me to conquer the thought that I couldn’t make my own website without a lot of coding and knowledge on the subject, but with a little (actually a lot) of help from an article, “The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website,” it was a piece of cake! I didn’t build it from scratch — I’m using Wordpress as a platform and I really like it. Also, I’m starting a new professional blog on that site as well. I plan to cross post everything shared there to here, but not the other way around. I have linked to my personal blog from my website (still kind of weird thinking that I have my very own), but I want to make sure there is a definite line between the two sites and blogs.
Speaking of blogging I have recently decided to consolidate my blogs. I think this will allow me to refocus and motivate myself more as well. Currently I have 6 blogs (not counting some of the duplicate ones, which I’ll get to in a second). That’s a lot of blogs! Now that number does include the new professional blog I just started, but I feel like that is pretty crazy. I have a tech blog, 2 photo blogs, a personal blog, my blog while in Alaska, my professional blog and College BLogic my college blog (which I recently created a Tumblr account for not too long ago). As I was thinking about how I could make things simpler I came to the idea that I could merge my tech blog with my professional and personal blog. Most of my tech articles are professional so I could post about them there (of course that wouldn’t be all I’d share) and since it’s an interest I would share it on here as well. This blog (my personal one) is basically any thoughts, interests and opinions that I have. I realize that isn’t the popular way to blog and that you should have a one to two topics, but that is what The End Result is all about.
As far as College BLogic goes, that was a hard decision. I really enjoy the idea of having a college blog to help students. However, I had to weigh it all out. Recently I’ve somewhat abandoned it and haven’t posted much to it anyways. Also, there are a lot of other great college blogs out there. Instead of continuing College BLogic, I’ve decided to keep it up, but whenever I want to share something pertaining and helpful to college students, to just guest post to a college blog! That, I feel, is the best decision.
Now my Alaskan blog that I mentioned was only posted to WHILE in Alaska, so I don’t even consider it a “current” blog. It is more of a reference point that I refer back different experiences to, as well as point people who are interested in all my experiences I had while up there.
That brings me down to my personal blog, professional blog and photo blogs. Yes I have two of them. Both pretty much the same — same name, pretty sure the same photos, just a different platform. I will probably keep the one on Tumblr and remove the one from Posterous all together. No sense in having two.
So then there were three! And that’s what it’ll be! Just blogging for me! And now I have to pee! …sorry I was running out of rhymes.
Anyways, I think that sums up what’s been on my mind and what I’ve been working on. These changes will be implemented soon. I don’t think they will impact too many people, as my blogs aren’t too popular, however there may be a little more variety on here and I will definitely be posting more to my photo blog as well! I’m excited for these changes!
Hope you have an awesome weekend and thank you for reading. If you have any comments or thoughts, feel free to let me know!
I have decided to move my efforts to new things. College BLogic was a great run, but I’ve decided that I want to be more dedicated to other areas and blogs. I plan to continue to post about college life, tips and things on my on personal blog http://theendresult.tumblr.com. However, that won’t be the primary places for posting about college — which I’ve always been very passionate about. I plan to really start guest posting to many more blogs in the near future. I have already started working with some bloggers on this.So, I’m sorry for the bad news, but you can continue to follow me personally on my Tumblr blog, Twitter (@aaronrcouch) and on my website that I recently created.Thanks for giving College BLogic a great run!
Thought of the Day: You know that one person in your life that you swear tries to ruin any happiness you have? And every time they talk to you it's negative and insulting, yet coated in a way that others may not realize... but you do... and they KNOW you do?
I wish I had the meanness to punch that person right in the carotid artery.