The Bigger Picture Starts With a First Step

My college experience has led me in directions I could have never imagined. From Associated Student Government to Forensics (speech & debate), from internships, to volunteerism, and overall development as a person. But it all started two years ago during a sit-down with my first academic advisor and a person I now have the pleasure to call a friend: Mr. Rick Watts.

I was entirely new to college, and very much needed direction. Deep down, I had an urge to study psychology and work with people, but I couldn’t answer why, and I didn’t know how I was going to get there? This is where Rick comes in. It was one of the busiest days I have ever seen in Academic Advising, I have an idea of what that looks like as I have been there for two years now. Continue reading


The Fire Inside

I cannot believe it has been almost two semesters since the last time I wrote a blog post! Now, here I am writing for the official Glendale Community College blog.

Wow, time proves to be quite elusive, as are most abstractions. But my good friends it feels wonderful to be writing to you all as I sit here behind my desk in my department here at GCC. As I look around I see so many eager young minds thirsting for knowledge, ready to take on the world. And then there are the adult students, or as I like to call them “the veterans.” They have been through some of the world’s trials and tribulations. They look a little tired, a little weathered, but you can still see the fire burning inside them.

I always think, what drives people? Because surely, we all have distinct, unique motivations. Power, wealth, career, fame, education. For me I feel it’s a blessing that I have found my direction so early, or, at least, I think I have. I love people, I feel it’s my obligation to help people. Every morning I wake up with this motivation, and it fills me with so much energy. I walk among this campus, I see so many of you, and I applaud you all, being a student is the hardest job on the planet, bar none.

But, what is so fascinating about college, is this is where we learn balance, time management and discipline. I live by this simple philosophy: Work smart; not hard. Of course, there are times where you must put your nose to the grind stone and put in an insane amount of hours. But I beg of you, once in awhile give yourself a break, we all deserve a break. I know as a student, sometimes it feels as if I’m drowning. But I have worked so hard to associate myself with great people at GCC, and that support system I know, can get me through anything, if I work through the hard times. That is what all of us must do. Making smart life choices pays off; help is all around you, so have the courage to reach out and grab it.

It’s a Small COP: COP17

It’s a Small COP: COP17, The Kyoto Protocol and Miyako Ecology Center
“The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol” opened Monday, November 28 in Durban, South Africa. The history and details of these meetings are available on the official website

This meeting, like its predecessors, brings together interested parties from around the world to address the issue of climate change: governments, scientists and advocacy groups. Continue reading

Oyster Harvest at Kouei Suisan

October 26 was the first day of Oyster Harvest in the town of Murotsu, near Himeiji City, Hyogo Prefecture. We visited Mr. Koichi Isobe’s oyster farm – Kouei Suisan –June 1st of this year (see Blog Post 6 Kouei Suisan: An Oyster Farm on Japan’s Inland Sea). We returned to the farm on August 1st to check the oysters’ growth and again on October 26, the first day of oyster harvest (Photos 1 & 2). Continue reading

What store do you most like to visit?

The GCC bookstore! Lots of GCC gear and plenty of books 🙂

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