Blog Entry 9: Legacy

Benjamin Franklin wrote, “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” As my last semester of high school is here, I am thinking about how I affect others around me. What do I want to leave behind, people knowing me as? Many people tell me I am someone who has a spark of light, one who always is there to listen and give some wise advice. Through this final semester I hope others that I am not as close with see who I truly am, as being that spark of light in their life.

Blog Entry #8:

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

When I read this quote by Jane Howard, I think of my friends and family, my support system. Everyone needs their group of people to be by their side, for support and to guide them throughout life. Not having that support, it could lead to feeling alone, so get those people you want to surround yourself with and to do life with.

Blog Entry #7: Motivation

As I get a lot on my plate and feel overwhelmed I have to take a break to stay motivated. To keep myself going I like to go for runs, take a bath, or sit and drink tea. Anything that can distract me from my stress helps me relax and in a way refuel to start working again. I know in the future in my job I will eventually get burnt out and have little motivation, but taking these small breaks to destress will benefit me in the long run.

Blog Entry #6: CommYOUnity

Community is a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. In high school you find your core group or community of people that will encourage you and act like your family. Whether it is work, school, or a sport, you find your belonging with who you surround yourself with. You can promote a positive community by your attitude and the other people involved. Community is a group effort, creating something greater than what you can achieve than just by yourself.

Blog Entry #5: A Day in the Life

On a typical work day, I come into Carlton and first ask if there is any specific things that needs to get done. If not, the patients are all sitting in chairs in a quiet setting, getting massages, while I socialize or read trivia to them. After that, I set up tables and then call out bingo. As simple as these tasks are, the community with the senior care home is something special I look forward to every week, to listen to all kinds of life stories.

Blog Entry #4: First Day of My Internship

My duties on the first day of my internship included reading trivia, interacting with the patients, and calling out bingo. My internship provider demonstrated to me how the afternoon usually goes and let me shadow him on the first day and after that let me do more on my own. I didn't expect the slow, low-key environment, allowing for a tranquil place to relax while working. One of my biggest challenges I will have to face is how to deal with certain disputes between patients and knowing how to handle it. I hope to find out if I want to pursue this career further after this internship.

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Hello, my name is Ali Smith, a senior at Benicia High School and I am interested in senior care. I have researched your company and I am curious if you have any internship possibilities.

Thank you so much, I hope to stay in touch with you and it's so nice to meet you.

Blog Entry #3: The Greatest Advice I’ve Ever Gotten

The greatest advice I have ever gotten was from my mom and she told me all of my life to "stay true to myself." Growing up, my mom has always been real and honest with me and has shown me how to not let my friends or family skew my opinions or decisions. From my mom spreading that word over my life, it has helped in in many situations. When I am faced with difficult decisions, making those choices I keep in mind my morals and the possible outcomes. When things go wrong, my moms voice always follow me, saying to do what is right. This has also changed me morally, as I have a big heart for others and don't want to let others down, it has shown me how to be strong in my faith and beliefs.


Blog Entry #2: The Stupid Answer

As a little kid, we all have big dreams, whether it is be the President of the United States or a firefighter, but some dreams aren't realistic. Some dreams seem so far away, that they are viewed as almost impossible. Young people are put at a lower standard to be more "realistic" yet while being successful. With determination and grit you can achieve more than you think you can. The "stupid answer" is what you want to do in your life that seems unreachable. My stupid answer is owning my own senior care home one day. As I have thought about it before, I cancelled the idea when realizing the amount of work to create you own business. But I know with starting from the bottom and working your way to the top and to understand how senior care homes are run I can make it happen. One thing I worry about my time, that if I have a family while starting this I sacrifice a lot of my time with my family. Although it's something I am passionate about, I don't know how motivated to do so. By setting goals and focusing on them I know I can make them happen in the future.

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