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Ultimate Frisbee is a game that brings people together. As someone who played Ultimate Frisbee for four years I know how enjoyable the game is. The game of Ultimate Frisbee was founded by college students. Since then the game has continued to evolve and played on various college campuses. In Ultimate the goal is to get the disk to the opposing team’s end zone without dropping the disk. Ultimate Frisbee has seven members on the field at one time. Ultimate Frisbee continues to gain exposure around the world in various countries. Ultimate Frisbee is not in the Olympics but is in the World Games.

As a brand Ultimate Frisbee continues to gain in popularity among people of all ages. There are many different types of ways to throw the frisbee. The first is the backhand, that is the basic throw. The other throws are the flick, hammer and scooper. For the flick you use your wrist to throw the frisbee. When playing Ultimate Frisbee the goal is to catch the disk using both hands. In some cases you can catch the disk with a one handed grab. When it comes to the actual game, the game is played on a soccer field. There are seven members on at one time. Ultimate Frisbee is a team orientated sport. There are many different positions on the field. In winning a match the key is to have clear communication with your team members. In terms of how the game is officiated the players on the field are the referees. In order to win, your team must get to 15 points.

The main reason the sport is popular is because frisbee brings people together. The goal is to have a team atmosphere. Ultimate Frisbee also helps people with their eventual career. From 2011-2015 I was part of the Ultimate Frisbee team at my old school. This experience helped me get out of my comfort zone and meet new people. The Farm was the name of the team I was on. We would bond when going on trips to tournaments. We would all go to the cafeteria after practice and talk about sports or movies. As a team we made sure to be welcoming to new members regardless of skill level. The new semester was a time to meet the new team members and talk about the summer. As a member of the team, we would train the new members of the Ultimate Frisbee team. The upperclassmen would teach them how to throw, the rules and the different positions. By the end of the semester we would all be getting along. Ultimate Frisbee promotes sportsmanship, diversity and getting along with others.

Ed Maher is a person who loves learning. Ed is a first year student at CUNY SPS in the Public Administration and Public Policy advanced certificate program. He is an avid lifelong reader, and has interests in movies, pop culture, and comedy.

I will end this semester with my post-graduate certificate in Adult Learning & Program Facilitation.  As a licensed social worker, I can truly say it’s been a pleasure to experience the field of adult education while getting practical experience in it for the past three years.

When I worked in social services, I facilitated orientations and conducted workshops for adult job-seekers.  I had a semester of adjunct teaching experience, and was thinking about teaching again.  Then I heard about CUNY SPS holding an open house at the Graduate Center.  That’s how I heard about the program.  The SPS representative told me that, whether or not I became a teacher, the program would make me a better workshop facilitator.  In other words, I couldn’t lose.  She was right.

Making the shift from social services to higher education was a culture shock for me, as I realized how much my students had to overcome in order to be successful college students.  My first class, Adult Development (ED 602), couldn’t have come sooner.  My classmate, Marie B, and I decided to research the relationship between college readiness and mentoring.  My eyes were opened when I began to see systemic challenges my students are facing.

Two years later, I distilled our research into a lesson plan, Introduction to Seminar, which my colleagues and I taught this semester.  The lesson reviews the four skill sets incoming freshmen must master to be successful in college: academic behaviors (study skills), contextual skills (knowing the culture of college), key cognitive strategies (problem solving skills) and key content knowledge (solid academic foundation).  The other tangible result of my being in the program is that I created an online learning website to use with my students this semester.  I am using my final class, Developing Programs for Adult Learners (ED 603) as an opportunity to engage my colleagues in a review of our curriculum.

More importantly, the way I’ve changed as a result of my participation in the program has been the biggest benefit to my students and me.  I have become more knowledgeable, understanding, and empathetic which manifests in me having much more patience and increased ability to meet students where they are.  In addition to learning from the professionals studying with me in the program, I have been consciously modelling the behavior of my Adult Learning & Program Facilitation teachers—Prof. Susan Fountain and Dr. Carol Robbins.  They are both inspiring, experienced, creative, ethical educators who really know how to educate adult learners.

Again, it’s been a pleasure.

Rhonda Harrison is currently studying at CUNY SPS to earn her post-graduate certificate in Adult Learning & Program Design. She is a social worker with a background in workforce development and currently works as an Advisor at a community college.

 

Several years ago, I took the Myers-Briggs personality test.  It was a pivotal moment in my career path, and part of the reason I’m now in higher education.  The test results give people insight on what their preferences are in how they absorb information, make decisions and how much structure they’re comfortable with.

Career Services Officers administer the Myers-Briggs (and similar tests) to help students select careers that fit their personalities.  In other words, you find your strengths, and then find the jobs that need those strengths.  The round peg finally finds the round hole.

Most people, including me, do it the other way around.  Look for a job, and then try to fit in.  One of my colleagues uses a free, online version with his students.  Reportedly, they find it quite useful.  Maybe you will too.

Regardless of the test, I’d still like to hear about how people found their niche, since there’s no “right way” to find that sweet spot.

Rhonda Harrison is currently studying at CUNY SPS to earn her post-graduate certificate in Adult Learning & Program Design. She is a social worker with a background in workforce development and currently works as an Advisor at a community college.

When I was a social work student studying for my MSW, my professor said that every family is built on an economic “floor.” In other words, families need a certain level of income in order to be stabile. The more holes in the floor, the more unstable the family, triggering the need for social services & income supports.

Despite the fact that fast food workers will soon be able to make $15 an hour, the living wage debate is still continuing. On the evening of Thursday, 10/08, there will be an event in support of a real living wage in New York City. Check out the link to find out more at http://www.reallivingwagenyc.org/.

I don’t know exactly what will be happening, but I hope to check it out. Maybe I’ll see some of you there and we can debrief the whole event later.

Rhonda Harrison is currently studying at CUNY SPS to earn her post-graduate certificate in Adult Learning & Program Design. She is a social worker with a background in workforce development and currently works as an Advisor at a community college.