Archive | May 2017

Quadriplegic Graduates Grad school

Wow… This man had a lot of courage to do this.

I didn’t have the nerve to go to grad school and I still don’t. But I would like to share with you a news story that really stuck me as inspirational. Read this story about Marty O’Connor graduating from Chapman University. It is truly inspirational.

Fun Facts About Me

Since summer is starting, I figured that I would post a lighthearted blog. I have put ten fun facts about myself. I hope you enjoy them.

  1. I have been wearing petites sizes since junior high school. I have openly objected to entering juniors during teenage years because I didn’t like the thought of dressing wildly and they are for taller girls. I have since then opened my mind to leggings.
  2. I was a really big fan of the color blue for a really long time. I wanted a blue pumpkin for Halloween one year and back when I was growing up, you couldn’t find a blue pumpkin in the store so one of my uncles painted me a pumpkin blue. Now you can find pumpkins of every color in the store.
  3. I now love Earthtone colors. To me, they are so relaxing and I find that they remind me of nature.
  4. I am obsessed with trains, horses, dogs and anything else country. I also love my Catholic life and I would do anything to help anyone.
  5. I made my confirmation on April 18, 2011 and I took the name Anne.
  6. My top two favorite genres of music are New Age and country music from the nineties.
  7. I have been on a military plane. I went on one called the C5A in 2004.
  8. I went to a Dynavox camp for a weekend in Maine and I miss it every day.
  9. I miss fishing with Grandpa.
  10. I have seen the Statue of Liberty.

Starting With A New Aide

I am pleased to announce that I will be starting with my new aide next week. I have been waiting to start on community hab again for nine months. I interviewed an aide in April and it took a month to get her cleared. I understand that an aide should have to go through a background check, but I don’t understand why that should take a month.

State services take forever to be processed. We have thousands of people with disabilities without aides and nurses. We need aides and I’m here to advocate for that. We can’t continue not to serve people in need. I don’t like to see people suffer like this. Just look at the VA. Veteran, people and war heroes are not getting medical care because the VA can’t provide the care needed. It’s the same as not serving people with disabilities. We need to help them or they will suffer even more.

Please help someone in need today. Thank you.

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Friday May 12, 2017 was a day I never anticipated that I would see. When you’re five-years-old and you’re yearning to go to college and be an astronaut, that dream seems so far-fetched. Even in senior year of high school, attaining a Bachelor’s degree seemed like a dream.

Well, on Friday May 12, 2017, that dream came to be. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. It was a beautiful graduation and it was my first outside graduation. My Monroe-Woodbury High School and Rockland Community College graduations were inside so I was praying for an outside ceremony and it was.

All undergraduates and grad school graduates lined up in the gym. Undergraduates wore black robes and the grad school graduates wore maroon. I was in line with everyone in the gymnasium and I could feel the nervousness and excitement building up in me, and when that happens, I feel it physically. We marched to the band playing the graduation song.

I felt bad that I didn’t do an internship. So many of my colleagues got award after award for their internship. I guess I took psychology just so I could have another degree under my belt.

Two years ago when I started STAC, I knew nobody. I ate lunch by myself, talked quietly with my aide and I kept to myself. I didn’t know where I fit in. I didn’t know anyone at the pool table. One day, I saw guys having a grand old time at the pool table and I knew that I had to go over there. So I did. That was the best thing that I have ever done. From there, I made friend after friend.

I feared going into solitude after I graduated STAC because Acces-VR wouldn’t pay for grad school. Besides that point, grad school intimated me because a. I can’t do night classes, b. I was intimated by the workload and c. I was no longer interested in psychology. Thank goodness grad school was not in the cards for me. I went back to Rockland Community College and started my paralegal certificate. Let me tell you; it was the best thing that I did. I can’t wait to continue my new journey.

Preparing For Graduation

My St. Thomas Aquinas College graduation is in ten days.  I’m getting very excited.  We are getting the dinner list confirmed, making dinner reservations.  And I am doing the girly preparations like choosing a graduation dress and hairstyle.

I always thought that attaining a Bachelor degree was so far off and impossible to do.  When I first started St. Thomas Aquinas College, my grandfather had just died.  I remember asking myself if I should drop out and get a job to support my grandmother and I.

I’ll never forget how my grandmother responded to that question.  She said, “No.  He would want you to finish school.”

And so I did.  On May 12, 2017, I will graduate with a BS in psychology from St. Thomas Aquinas College.  I am really excited as the semester ends and I have time to relax.

Congratulations to the Classes of 2017