17 April 2015

America Reads 2014-2015 April Blog Prompt


ATTN: America Reads Tutors

The Thayne Center for Service & Learning was created in 1994. It was named for Emma Lou Thayne a local poet, writer and activist. One of Emma Lou Thayne’s statements that we love is “Be anything but maybe.” How does that statement relate to your educational journey here at Salt Lake Community College and/or you as a tutor in the America Reads Program?

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  1. I believe this phrase is trying to explain the go after what you want in life. Do everything with complete confidence in yourself and accomplish your goals with best work you are capable of. Apply this everyday and it will allow you to succeed and receive the best education.

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    1. Going after what you want in life does give you that passion to consistently be anything but maybe. It's so much easier to say yes to a topic you have passion about than to drudge through a day of tasks you could really care less for. The choice to even make a choice is inherent to every individual. Simply by choosing to take action changes the dynamics of influence in one's life. We can go from being subject to our environment to subjecting our environment to our choices. Being anything but maybe in the America Reads program will make you a leader. I hope your schools see that you make those choices to make a difference in those kid's lives.
      Jeslicania

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    2. When you really put forth the effort of "going for what you want in life", you are definitely being "anything but maybe". Great interpretation of Emma Lou Thayne's quote!
      HP

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    3. It is definitely true when you put all of your efforts of going after what you want in life that you will accomplish your goals in life. Having this attitude will help us succeed and receive the best in our education.

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    4. I agree with you that this statement is encouraging us to "go for it". We choose each day who we will be. Let's be anything but Maybe!!

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  2. Being anything but maybe is the difference of sitting by the side as a spectator or jumping in and doing something. It is the difference of going to class for a grade and going to class to learn. It is that extra thirty seconds taken to see your pupil as a human being with a unique personality and unique problems. Saying maybe to opportunities in life puts you in a perpetual state of idleness. A “maybe” response is quickly passed over, and the opportunity is gone. Had I approached school in this fashion, I would not be here. I would have never filled out my paperwork, never taken those Accuplacer tests, made the friends I did, and I would have never discovered America Reads. Being anything but maybe is that first step taken; the direction isn’t important, because once on a course, you are finally going somewhere. Finding the course right for you hinges on that first step because it breaks that cycle of non-action.
    I take this approach to life one step further. Why stop at saying no to maybe when you can be the best you can be? If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do the best I can. The act of doing gets results, and to make a difference, action must be taken. My LE 2920 class has taught me that the mere act of doing can make you a leader. I choose to get an education, and share this opportunity with the kids at the YMCA. I know how much an impact living below the poverty level can make on education. I have empathy to these kids as they attend Title 1 elementary schools. Their fight to success will be a long one, full of pitfalls and hazards, because they’re starting from the bottom. I know this because that’s where I started. As a single mother, my mom received assistance to feed me and my five brothers and sisters before she died. Her courage she had to fight poverty every day gives me the strength to fight it as well. It gives me the strength to be anything but maybe.
    Jeslicania

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    1. Its a great attitude to have when you go and do something, and you be the best that you can, you can get great results and make a difference. Love the attitude; it is something we should all strive for so that we can go far.

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    2. Wow, what an amazing response to Be Anything But Maybe. I am proud of you for your attitude in overcoming trials and for your outlook on life. That things can be different when we choose to act. You definitely are anything but maybe.

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  3. “Be anything but maybe.” As a student here at SLCC, and being a part of America Reads and SLCCSA has been a big impact in my educational journey. Something that I didn’t say “maybe.” to, and took the opportunity to meet new friends, and learn new things. I remember, back in high school, when I didn’t care about getting involved in any kind of extracurricular activities, and I missed out on so many good opportunities. My friends would tell me to get involved in this or that, I would reply a “maybe…”, and of course I didn’t end up doing anything. A “maybe” is a possibility of a no, and that “no”, is being nothing. You miss out on the opportunity of doing something, and becoming something. Take the chance and don’t miss out on anything. Do the best you can, have the confidence to accomplish any goals you have, and regret nothing.
    SY

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    1. I like how you say by giving a maybe you miss out on opportunities that could be beneficial to you.
      HP

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    2. It is true when we say 'maybe' to opportunities, that the results lead to a lose in that possibility of knowing what great experiences we might have.

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    3. When I ask someone to do something and they say maybe what they are really saying is a NO. I leaned this at age thirteen when I became a Sunday school teacher fo three year olds. I was committed and because I was not driving yet, i depended upon my parent and the parents of these children to help me out. I had a party each month for my children, for the active and inactive children. Because of this the children came to love me and to know that I loved them all as well. Some of those that were inactive became active because I was having a party for each individual no matter what. So I need the parent to bring them to my home and if they could not do that then my mother and I would go and pick up each child. As these children became teenagers they saw me and told me how much i had made an impression upon them as a teacher and they thanked me for caring so much.

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  4. The statement "Be anything but maybe" sums up what each of us as students and civically engaged scholars should be living each day. If you live your life as a "maybe", you're not giving everything you have to offer. I want to be a person that stands out from the crowd and isn't afraid to be different. If we want to make changes for the better in this world, we need to be courageous enough to stand up and say "YES" when were asked to give of ourselves and help those in need.

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    1. I admire how your not afraid to stand out and be different. Most people are not able to do that and prefer standing on the sidelines.
      HP

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    2. I also admire your attitude and how you are willing to stand up and say YES so that you can be courageous and make a difference in the world.

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  5. Emma Lou Thayne's quote: "Be anything but maybe", makes an impact to me being female, being mixed race, and being apart of America Reads. This quote means that we should give our very best whether we succeed or fail at least we can say we gave our best. This relates to me because I have debated back and forth with "maybe" many times, but in the end I choose to be more than maybe. In doing this I have found that I am happier, motivated, and successful. Also by having this attitude while teaching the students that I work with, it helps them to do better as well.

    H.P.

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    1. You have such a great attitude here, especially when it is so easy to say "maybe" and instead say anything else. It helps indeed to be happier, motivated and successful both in tutoring and outside of tutoring.

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    2. What a great attitude. It really is all about being able to say, "I did my best!" We are such an example to the students we work with in showing them what doing or being our best is and encouraging them to do and be their best. It is awesome to choose to be Anything but Maybe!

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  6. "Be anything but maybe" this quote means to me that you can achieve anything you want if you try but don't end up do taking a chance and trying in the first place. How this quote relate to me is my journey into "maybe " was in my high school days, I tap myself into everything I 'thought' I can be but it's not until going to SLCC that I changed all those thoughts and nailing it down to what I actually want to do and actually doing what makes me happy, even if that goal seems impossible, but my time at SLCC has only make me love what it is that I am studying. I am glad that I came to SLCC because it's the only one in the state that offer the program that I am interested in, and I love every part of it and my teacher has become my greatest supporter too. "Maybe is the first step to something, and something can be not just that anything but your anything. Take the chance and explore your maybe and get to really know it and decide if you love it or not, but don't be the one sitting and watching as other are doing what you maybe could because you too can do it by just taking that first step into anything.
    MC

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    1. I like your perspective on Emma's quote. "Take the chance and explore your maybe and get to really know and decide I you love it or not, but don't be the one sitting and watching." Do what you like and make the change you see fit, but don't sit around and expect that you will accomplish your dreams and goals without seeking them out while challenge your doubts and overcoming your fears. Thanks for your response. - Austin

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    2. I love how you look at Emma's quote as well. Doing what we like, and making the change see fit, is a great attitude to have so that we can accomplish our dreams and goals. Great interpretation; I love it.

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    3. I also do like what you said "doing what we like, and making the change see fit". I think that is what we all need to do as students and as members of the Universe. All people need to have this attitude and it would be so great to see so many people going to college to accomplish their dreams. When I was at the STC on Wednesday there was an orientation going on and most of those going through orientation were in their 40's + there may have been about 4 young people in that group. As I am on campus I see the non-traditional student now coming and going to college. It seems they are increasing daily.
      I know I came to college for a reason and have had to change what i wanted to go into because of other problems or roadblocks that would keep me from going for what I wanted.

      BOO

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  7. I know I am a capable and bright person who matters and can help others to see that in themselves. I have chosen to do this right now as a tutor and later as a teacher. I believe that Emma was inspired to create the Thayne center and I am proud to help her vision continue to benefit our community Through my participation in the America Reads program. I came to SLCC to get a degree, but found so much more as I have served others to improve the education of students in need.

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    1. I too walked into the doors of SLCC with the goal to obtain an associates degree. However, I have learned so much about myself and the community in my time here. Moreover, I find Emma highly inspirational. She made positive changes in the community. I think that following our dreams and staying out of the "maybe" zone will help us and those around us.

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    2. I remember when I first walked into SLCC I had no idea what classes I was going to take, or what my major was going to be, I didn't even know if I was going to be successful. All I knew was that I had the goal of receiving my associates degree. Since then I have tried to maintain the attitude of completing that goal, even after going back and forth in completing classes. As long as we stay out of the "maybe", and keep in the "I can do it!" attitude, we can indeed go far in life.

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  8. Thinking about "be anything but maybe" may mean several different things to several different people. However, with my perspective I view it as making the change that you see fit in the world. To accomplish your goals and dreams whatever they are to you. Don't hesitate on changing your life for the better. Moreover, being in the state of maybe is not a stance on positive change in the now, it's merely maybe yes, maybe no. It's on unstable ground, in my opinion. I like how she specifies "be anything", meaning, to me, go after your truths, your values, your desires, do not let your life flash by. The Thayne Center has given us a structure to do what we want to make change in our community. Helping those in need while building bridges to help those less fortunate than us.

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    1. I love your attitude and your interpretation to Emma Lou Thayne's quote here. As long as we "don't hesitate" we can go far in life.

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  9. Emma Lou Thayne's statement, "Be anything but maybe" can relate to my educational journey as well as tutoring in the America Reads Program in many ways. As many have already stated, and I agree, is that it can be related to our attitude. We can choose to make the decision to succeed at both school and tutoring, or we can choose to have a "lazy" attitude and sit around waiting for time to pass.
    If we wait for time to pass and keep the attitude of "maybe" then we are hurting ourselves, and possibly those around us; especially when we are having that attitude in tutoring for the America Reads Program. It is crucial to have the attitude of "Be anything" so that we can have our horizons expanded and the world of possibilities open to us.

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    1. I fully agree that you get what you put into something. If you are going to be a tutor make sure that you are giving it your all and not just breezing through it. If we don't at least grant ourselves that much we are shorting ourselves and others. -B.F

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  10. By me going to school, I am not anything but maybe. How many people go to college for the first time in their late fifties? I am older than most of my professors and all the students. I know I cannot do 12-15 credit hours in a semester because many of these subjects I never took in High School.
    By me going to school as a grandmother of four granddaughters I am showing them that I am anything I want to be and not a maybe. Like we used to say as children some day I maybe a school teacher,or nurse, or fireman, or policeman, etc. We have the right to be what we want and by going to school it gives us leg up on the opportunities that may be provided to us.
    Being an older person gives me many of life experiences that many younger students do not have and cannot draw upon. I can see where these students are coming from and then put a different opinion or aspect on things because of my experience.
    I am the first out of 5 children to go to college and the first generation to go to college. My mother and father never did go to college neither did my grandparents. So I become a first generation to go to school. My son is going for his masters degree. I started school a year before my granddaughter started kindergarten. So when there is time off it become very important to spend time with her and her sisters.
    Going to school is so time consuming and yet so fulfilling. I have about 6-7 semesters before graduating from SLCC and then will transfer to another school.

    BOO

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  11. Well Holy Cow isn't that the statement of the year. I think it really makes you think about your goals. I always loved the Pink Floyd lyric "no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun". get up and go right! Maybe is an idol word, I think being a college student is the opposite of being idol. JS

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    1. Yes that statement definitely made me think about my goals as well. Maybe wanting something isn't going to get you something and it isn't going to get you anywhere. If we know what we want we will have a directions and can work on the steps of getting there. B.F

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  12. When I read Emma Lou Thayne's statement Be Anything But Maybe it makes me think of Yoda's statement Do or Do Not, There is No Try. When I say Maybe or Try, I am not totally committed to whatever it is I am facing. I set myself up to fail if I use these 2 words. When I am Anything But Maybe, I can accomplish great things. Either by being committed to myself and my dreams or to others. I believe in being my word. If I say I am going to do something, I do it. There is no Maybe and no Try.

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  14. When I graduated high school I was given a series of "aptitude and interests tests." When the battery of tests was complete I was told that I had the aptitude to do well in any field I chose and the adaptability to enjoy any of them.
    What a useless result!
    I would have preferred any direction at all. "Anything but maybe" certainly applied here. I try to remember this when I am helping a student. Generalities are less helpful than specifics. Most generalities are altogether useless. Make a plan for how to help and stick to it.

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    1. I like how you mentioned that it's always better to be specific with a student rather then giving them a vague answer. I always try to give them the most specific answer I can so that they aren't left questioning. -B.F

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  15. To me anything but maybe means that whatever we do we better put our full selves into it. That includes school, work, and tutoring. I feel like if we believe in maybe then we will never know what direction to take and we will get nowhere in life. Isn't it frustrating to get maybe as an answer? I think it's just as frustrating to have a maybe character or a maybe goal. If you're going to have values live them, if your going to have goals do them. As a tutor it's your job to give that student a direction in what they need to learn and how they are going to learn it. It's best to set goals for that student and give the best tutoring you can to them. -B.F

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