Owner(s): Margaret Mulrooney
Description: JMU in the 1970s
Owner(s): Brian Cockburn
Description: The pedagogies of the three most important string pedagogues of the twentieth century
After reading about career development take some time and think about your future…
I always think about the future, it’s a constant thought that leaves me worried. No one knows what the future holds, but yet everyone makes plans around the future. When people ask me where do I want to be in five years, my response is always the same; happy. I want to be happy. Being undeniably happy will always bring a bright future in tow. As for in my professional field, I juggle with whether or not I really want to be a speech pathologist or just travel the world for a few months to possibly find my calling. I want to pursue my passion, craft it, and perfect it. Sure, it doesn’t seem really logical, but life isn’t logical. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find out my calling as I take on different opportunities in life that are presented to me.
Right now, I’m a junior at James Madison University. I have a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders with two minors in Exceptional Education and Human Resource Development. I’m the Treasurer for the Black Student Alliance and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I work as a Multicultural Attaché in The Center for Multicultural Student Services. I throughly enjoy my job and extracurriculars because it gives me an opportunity to search for avenues that may provoke interests. I have a strong interest in giving back to my community, teaching, traveling, writing, and diversity training. If I could mash all of that up into a job, I would!
I have to remain head strong and open to opportunities that may come my way. I have to postion myself to be open and available to new experiences that could possibly benefit my future. I’m going to finish school, maybe take a few years off to gain experience/travel, and then come back for grad school. I don’t know what the future entails but I’m definitely excited to see where I’m headed!
With the wind howling into the tunnel, I cross under Interstate 81 from the West Side of campus to the East Side. Walking through you notice all of the organizations that represent James Madison University (JMU) on the walls from start to finish. All of a sudden I realize that I am a part of something bigger than just me. I am proud to be here in the mountains of Harrisonburg, known as the Windy City of Virginia. I myself am a part of three different organizations; Office of Resident Life, being the President of Gifford Hall, The Rotaract Club and the JMU Ski and Snowboard Racing Team. The opportunities at JMU are ultimately endless.
I make it out of the tunnel and stand atop the front entrance of the University’s Recreation Center (UREC) free for faculty, employees and students. Soaking in the ice cold wind and the vibrations of the trucks barreling North and South on 81, I gaze into the darkness. The doors to UREC sound like a musical from beginning opened and closed constantly by a diverse amount of members of JMU taking advantage of the massive wonderland full of vast activities that UREC has to offer.
Checking into UREC an enormous 70 foot rock wall is in plain sight. The motion of people passing to each side of the building and the multiple conversations going on flooded the entrance and energized me for my adventure and later workout. Not only does JMU have opportunities outside of UREC, inside the ability to do any sort of physical activity is at your venue. Walking up the steps to the second floor your paths are boundless, you can take a left towards the gymnasium, right into the weight room or continue up the steps to the third floor.
I choose to enter the gymnasium, which has four courts that are at full capacity. As I entered, chants were echoing from the courts to the right from two co-ed intramural games in progress. On Court One the smack of the spikes were ear popping by the Men’s Club Volley ball team. They all are walking skyscrapers towering over me. It seems as if they are hopping on pogo sticks from the height they are able to generate jumping. As they began to scrimmage the force behind each shot had no mercy as the ball were pelted towards their teammates bodies. After each point the teams cheered as if they were playing a game and the atmosphere was energetic.
Carrying on to Court Two, I feel the intensity instantly as the scoreboard reads 50 to 52 with seven second left and the team that is down has an inbound pass from under their own hoop. Each team is calling out plays preparing for the pass in. The play calls were so sophisticated it made me eager to see what about to happen. Quickly I realized it is the Men’s Club Basketball team preparing for an upcoming tournament. I talked with one of the players afterwards who looked like a captain, he explained the urgency, “You have to practice like you play too imitate the actually game speed of the tournament.” Before leaving they all huddled up and cheered “Team!” Showing the special team bond and the passion each player has for the sport and each other. From a distance you can see the parade of members repeatedly circling the track on the third floor.
I enter the gym, which is two stories and has multitudes of the same exercise in so many different ways it would take anyone an entire week to fully use each machine or free weights. I find it comical that the bottom floor is filled with males and the top floor is mostly females. If you think about it, it makes sense since the cardio machines flood the upper floor and the free weights are all downstairs. Only the tough girls have the courage to show their body and work out on the bottom floor in front of all the guys. Also it is odd that there is so many people in this confined space and only a select few communicate and if so it’s a short conversation. You can feel the desire of each person to spend their time wisely by the focused look on their faces as they pass by.
I make my way up to the second floor, adjacent to the Gymnasium I sit by the ping pong tables and racquet ball courts. To the right you hear the dance music of the Zumba class going on. The room is full of only females all focused on one instructor. The rhythm of which the ladies are performing is entertaining by the motions they make and the fun it looks like they are having just exercising. To the left the sound of the ball bouncing back and forth on the ping pong table replicates the sound of a metronome. The noticeable fist pump after one opponent receives a winning a point is quick but deliberate. It is bizarre to watch the racquet ball players and see them shout and not here anything because of the sound proof room. Watching the ball spring off the walls and around the room like a bouncy ball becomes dizzying. The room beside the court has a Training Resistance Exercise suspension training system that only the daring members try the intense full body workout. With all of these activities you could waste your day away easily enjoying fun exercises. Whether you are in shape, out of shape or just looking to have some fun with your free time UREC is the place to do it. It is your opportunity, the activities are waiting for you, take advantage of this privilege!
Fairfax County School Board
8115 Gatehouse Road,
Suite 5400 Falls Church, VA 22042
Dear Fairfax County Public School Board:
My name is Kelly Duncan; I currently am a freshman at James Madison University and am a former student of Westfield High School. I am writing you today to address my concern over the possibility of reinstating the activity fees for students who wish to participate in sports teams. These fees range from 50 to 100 dollars depending on what activity someone wishes to do, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools Website. I understand that the Fairfax County Public School system is on a tight budget, but demanding students to pay a fee for each sport will deter and prevent students from having a healthy, character building, and enriching experience of being on a team.
In a district like Fairfax County, where the school’s populations are so large, specifically an expected enrollment of 181,608 in 2014 according to the County’s proposed budget plan website, it’s important for kids to be able to find a niche. Not everyone’s parents in the area have the recourses to pay this kind of fee that would be required for their kids to participate in teams. According to the fcps.edu website, 24% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. An entire quarter of the district’s students need the fiscal assistance of the school board for meals yet we want to ask them to pay to join teams. To me, this just does not seem like the right thing to do. I want the committee to remember that players not only have to buy equipment like sticks, balls, protection, but required spirit wear and any extra costs like post game meals and such. All these prices add up very quickly and can be hard for some students and families to manage without the additional fee.
Having been a part of both Field Hockey and Lacrosse at Westfield High School I have learned first hand how important it is to be apart of something throughout high school let alone one as big as the Fairfax county public schools. Not only does being on a team give you a strong group of people you can rely on but it also builds character. It is so important for students to learn how to work with others towards a common goal, teamwork is a skill that takes time to learn and is needed throughout your entire life. Teamwork, moat importantly teaches responsibility. When you have practice every night you learn to mange your time with homework and hobbies. You also learn how to be accountable. When working with a team every member matters as much as the next. So everyone relies on each other and you never want to be the one to quote on quote drop the ball. This also encourages kids to work hard towards goals, whether that be a shorter mile time, a longer throw, or a perfect free throw. Students can see that when you put time and effort into something you better your results. All of these traits transfer over to their every day lives outside of sports including their school performance. I think that these values cannot always be taught in a classroom and it’s our duty to the students to allow everyone an equal chance to learn them.
Another reason that the school should be encouraging participation in these activities is that the more time students devote to practices and games, the less time they have to get into trouble. All FCPS team regulations include that drinking and drugs is not permissible and any indication that a student is doing this will end in suspension or being kicked off the team. In my experience as a student, players forgo the chance to party for the sake of their team and the game. Playing with friends for championships becomes more important than the partying. Players also simply don’t have the time to get into these troublesome habits when on a team with practices and games every week.
Having kept a close relationship with my high school field hockey coach Starr Karl, who has been coaching field hockey in some way shape or form for the last 30 years of her life, I called her to ask her what her opinions of the activities fee were. To paraphrase what she told me, she believes that there needs to be other ways to find that money within the school system for the kids. She has coached countless numbers of kids and as a high school coach has experienced many players come to her saying they could not afford the team trip to the beach or the required spirit wear. She’s even had kids begrudgingly ask her if there were extra sticks at the school because they could not afford one. Coach Karl says that she knows if the fee is added again kids like this who know they do not have the money to spare and do not want to ask for help will stay at home instead of showing up on the day of tryouts. She does not think its fair to ask this of the students because it “puts those who don’t have the money on a different playing field than those who do which is not what sports are supposed to teach us.” Coach Karl has taught me so many life lessons like the ones I described above and the idea that someone will be cheated out of those because they cant afford them seems too unjust to me.
Overall the Fairfax county public school board should be encouraging students to get involved instead of discouraging people with an activities fee. I hope the reasons I listed, as a former student and player, help shine a light on why sports are such an important part of high school and that this fee will hurt the students who do not have the resources to get involved.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter Results
Extravert(78%) Sensing(1%) Feeling(62%) Judging(11%)
- You have strong preference of Extraversion over Introversion (78%)
- You have marginal or no preference of Sensing over Intuition (1%)
- You have distinctive preference of Feeling over Thinking (62%)
- You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)
Multiple Intelligences Results
NCSU Learning Styles Results
Results for: Patricia Barry
ACT X REF
11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
SEN X INT
11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
VIS X VRB
11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
SEQ X GLO
11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
Personal Learning from Assessments:
I found the 3 assessments to be an interesting exercise and a helpful tool in acknowledging the different aspects of my personality. While many of my results were in accordance with my preset assumptions, some did surprise me and seemed somewhat inaccurate. According to the temperament assessment, I am highly extroverted and feeling based which is very true of my own perceptions. However, I do not see myself as “hyper-vigilant” as I was categorized. In terms of the career options, the assessment was in line with the type of work I am trying to pursue, placing me in a job that involves high interaction as well as community care. I am a Communications Major with a minor in HRD which involves both of these things. In a similar way, the multiple intelligences test highlighted my interpersonal and intrapersonal strengths as well as my body and naturalistic intelligence. I am very social and very nature oriented with interests in group settings and outdoor activities and exercise. Finally, I was somewhat confused about the results of my learning styles but on each scale I was balanced between 1 and 1 which I am assuming shows that I am consistent in my approaches to learning. I genuinely enjoyed this assignment because it made me analyze myself in ways that I had not before. I think that it is important to be aware of your sense of self and the way that you are inclined to act with others.
After taking the learning style assessment tests I found the results were very realistic. The personality test showed that I would be most fitted for management, or administrative positions which goes along with my major in business. It also showed that I was more of a logical thinker rather than someone who enjoys thinking about theories. These results were expected, but also helpful in showing my personality traits, strengths and learning styles.