Journalism 110 – Mass Media Survey


So, I recently decided that I wanted to go back to school with the ultimate goal of finally working on my masters, in Business Administration.  The only problem was that I purposely avoided business and math classes like the plaque when working on my bachelor’s degree),  so in order to take class less expensively, I enrolled at Fullerton College….late, so classes were few and far between (registration started in June and I enrolled on August 5).  I took what I could get and wait listed a few.  I spoke with a counselor and we went over general ed requirements and after looking over the math and business classes involved, thought I would eventually head toward an MSW (Masters of Social Work) with the intention of somehow becoming involved with Survivors of Suicide (I hate that term, it makes it sound like a bunch of people who tried to kill themselves, when in fact it refers to family members who are dealing with the suicide of a loved one).  This “group of people” are very close to my heart having lost my brother to suicide in August 2012 (While on a Skype chat with him), then the attempted suicide of his youngest child (age 16), which thankfully failed and then six months after Pete’s death, his oldest daughter (just shy of her 25th birthday) had what we thought was a failed attempt, but four days later she had extensive organ failure and went into cardiac arrest.  Therapy has been fun, let me tell you.  

Which brings me back to school.  One of the classes that would meet one of my GE requirements was Journalism – Mass Media Survey…I thought “How hard can it be?”  I won’t think that again and I haven’t even to be class, I just read the syllabus….I avoid current events and news because it’s too depressing, especially in America.  I was born in Italy and spent half of my life there and they can at least put a positive spin on a negative situation.  Americans just don’t seem to be able to do it.  But I digress.  One of the requirements of the class is to have a blog and apparently the Professor is going to read it because we have to give him the URL.  My only reaction to this is UGH…what the heck am I supposed to write about?  Current Events…..like the “current” event involving the NSA after Snowden leaked his intel?  HELLO PEOPLE…the NSA goes back to at least 1995, when they actually were just gathering data on other countries and “foreigners” (They got nothing on me baby!!) and before it hit the news.  In America, if it wasn’t on TV, then it didn’t happen!  

So I figured I would come back here and try to remember my username and password and lo and behold, I was able to get in here finally.  I changed my email address to one that I actually can check from my iPhone….LOL

So once I figure out what I’m supposed to be doing, I’ll be back.

But since I originally started this as a type of fitness diary, allow me to report that I’m down 45 pounds in the last year (though I have a long way to go) and have lost a total of about 25 inches pretty much all over.  Not where I want to be but better than I was at the beginning of 2012.

Peace out!!  

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7 thoughts on “Journalism 110 – Mass Media Survey

  1. lisaodaffer says:

    Hey Char! It’s great to see you taking on the challenge of school. Did I tell you I graduated from Fullerton College in 1991? I was in school there when you got me the job driving for Doctor Richey. So, now you are going to school in Fullerton and I am the one doing transcription! Ha!

    You are so smart and have so much love bursting out of your heart to give the world, I know you will succeed! Buona Fortuna!

    • I also remember having to hit the road and work one day a week for you because your school schedule didn’t allow you to work that one day and it was the only way Doc would let you have the day off. Which wound up giving me a chance to find another part time job since the day I was working for you, would have been my day off from Dr. Richey anyway….seems you and I have always worked well together. Ti amo il mia amica

  2. Suzanne says:

    As one of your “older” friends, the thought of going back to school makes me shudder so kudos to you for taking the plunge. It will be worth it in the end even though it’s difficult to figure out finances. You have a good mind and grasp things quickly so success will be yours with God’s help.

  3. Tambra says:

    “In America, if it wasn’t on TV, then it didn’t happen!” got me chuckling.

  4. Jocelyn says:

    First of all congrats on losing 45 pounds! Losing someone is always difficult, and I bet even more when you have to witness it, but instead of you letting that affect you in a negative way you decided to help others. Not only are you going back to school which is amazing, but your choosing to dedicate your life to helping others!
    Now I had my own battle with suicide and I understand the huge problem that it is in our society, and I want to thank you, because it was a social worker, someone who had the same dedication like you, who ultimately saved me from myself, and helped me realize that suicide was not the answer.

  5. I’m really glad that you realized that, otherwise we would have never met and we couldn’t laugh at the rants that take place in class. I hope we are going to stay in touch even if we don’t have any other classes together.

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