My initial default voice is a mix between inner critic and inner guide. My inner critic comes out because I just failed a test and feel somewhat defeated and I somewhat beat myself up over it. My inner guide voice is also mixed in it because even though I feel defeated I know I need to use this as a learning opportunity and move on so I can do better. After a couple of hours, I feel too defeated and my inner critic completely and it ends up affecting me in a negatively way. I would like to change my thinking ways from being mostly inner critic to mostly inner guide. I still want part of my inner person to have inner critic because it gives me a sense of personal responsivity and keep my inner defender down. In the future when I do not do well in a test I want to use my inner critic to enhance my inner guide and to keep my inner defender in check. I also want to use my inner guide to look for more solutions than to just study and as motivation to do things that I never did last semester, such as going to office hours and asking questions in class.
After tracking what I do for the past couple of days I realize that I spend about half of my day and the time i set aside for school work not doing anything productive. in the future I plan to make better use of my time and put alarms on my phone to alert me when it is time for me to do school work, since I often loose track of time. I also need to focus more I am very easily distracted and it affects my grades. I aslo need to sop spending time with my friends when I should be studying.
For my next test, I plan to go to my instructor a lot more frequently (once a week) and ask for more review material. I also plan to study two weeks before my exam instead of one week before. I used the methods I learned from Ms. Lori, which helped me out with math equations I had to do. I also used flash cards to help me remember the definitions I needed for the exam. My next exam for this class is similar, so I think I will use the same strategy I used for this test since I did well. My professor was very nice and helpful. She gave me advice, such as doing the problem on a separate sheet of paper instead of the cell in excel so it can be easier to catch my mistakes.
Dr. Wolfe is a professor in the philosophy division at Clemson with a Ph. D in Philosophy.
Jordan: Why did you decide this career/position?
Dr. wolfe: I needed a job, the recession just hit, I was working a desk job, and they (the college he got his masters from) were offering to pay g for my masters if I taught.
Jordan: Did you always want to be in this career/position?
Dr. Wolfe: No, but I ended up liking it and sticking with it.
Jordan: What general advice would you give college students?
Dr. Wolfe: Hmm, that one is kind of tough what general advice. Take a lot of courses in a lot of different things. You may discover you are talented in something you never were, might break you out of some ways of thought.
Jordan: How do you define learning?
Dr. Wolfe: That is situationally dependent. At the base level, you expect your students to acquire/master a certain set of information, a certain set of skills. What we are really after here, is the idea of being more well-rounded, not just trying to get a credentials but develop yourself as a person; develop your mind.
Jordan: How do you define teaching?
Dr. Wolfe: Teaching is merely attempting to allow the students to develop themselves. It’s like good teaching when it happens, happens sometimes, personally involves getting out of the way; letting the students engage directly engage with the material.
Jordan: What non-academic skill do you think is the most important for college students?
Dr. Wolfe: That’s another it kind of depends. I don’t think there is a one size fits all answer to that. It depends on your vision of what life is. For some it could be social skills, if you want to climb a corporate latter.
Jordan: What is the greatest non-academic skill that college students today lack?
Dr. Wolfe: This one is also dependent on what to be in life.
Jordan: As a college student, what element of professionalism did you struggle with the most?
Dr. Wolfe: As a college student, I struggled with a lot of things, college students tend to struggle with a lot of things. A professional skill distinct from academic would be networking.
Jordan: What philosophical ideas do you think are important for students?
Dr. Wolfe: The important ones are pretty much the ones I picked out (he said jokingly), but what I’m trying to get the students here is a sense of history. To see why we think about the ways we do. Any sort of step in that course is a step in that story. Any of these thinkers can be studied in their own right, but what I want you to see is that the way we think about things now is a product of history, that it is contingent it is not the only way we think about things. It’s not natural that we think about things this way; we can choose to think about things differently. That is sort of the meta idea.
Jordan: Lastly, what good books do you suggest students should read, other than the ones from the course?
Dr. Wolfe: You should read The Republic (Plato’s Republic) any one can pick it up, that is why I assigned it first. Outside the curriculum Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional man.
For this interview, I choose Dr. Wolfe, because I like his course and he opens me up to different ideas through his lectures and I thought he would be the most interesting to interview. Also, I have talked to all my professors but Dr. Wolfe, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know him. The questions he answered were not typical so I was a little surprised, but not what I was expecting A lot of people we study use roundabout ways of answering things, but he was very nice straightforward and honest. For example, when he told me about why he decided teaching it was not what I expected him to say, but he was honest and his honesty felt refreshing. I learned that he is passionate about what he teaches. Some of the teachers that I had in high school did not care about the subjects that they taught, but after talking to him he told me a lot of articles he was reading and I could see how passionate he was about philosophy. I now have a better perception of him, because he seemed to care about me and what I was doing. Doing this interview also changed my perception of other faculty members because now they seem more approachable. (There were no interesting things I learned, but it was overall an eye-opening experience.)
Values and Goals
Thoughts on the project:
None of them were very hard to discard because I already know which values I keep dearer to me than other ones. Nothing surprised me because I already knew what values I wanted. The project was very easy for me but I can see how it would make people think about what they value and what is most important for them. For me simplicity was the value I hold most dear. I like simple things and I feel like that value will help me stay on track with the other values I hold.
The Sleep Schedule Experiment
I take a lot of naps and I am usually tired, because the naps cause me to stay up all night and so I fall a sleep late and cannot get a good night’s sleep. My sleep schedule is off and I want to try an experiment to get my sleep schedule back on track.
- Get an alarm clock, or phone app that acts as an alarm clock
- Set the alarm clock to remind you to go to sleep and wake you up at the same time everyday
- Make the interval within eight hours (within 30 minutes of eight hours. Studies have been shown that getting more than eight hours of sleep is just as bad as getting less than eight hours)
- Wake up immediately after the alarm clock and start your day
- You cannot take naps and you must finish your school work.
Day 1(Monday): It is hard to wake up and get things done I usually wake up two hours later than this, but I also only sleep six hours instead of two. I am extremely tired; I would usually take a nap by six pm and wake up at eleven and do my school work. Tonight, I am having a hard time falling asleep and it is pass my bedtime.
Day 2 (Tuesday): I feel a little better than yesterday I am not as tired as I was yesterday but I still am having a hard time falling asleep.
Day 3 (Wednesday): I feel worse than yesterday (Tuesday), I woke up in the middle of the night (Tuesday night- Wednesday morning) and it took me a hour to wake to go back to sleep so I did not get my full 8 hours.
Day 4 (Thursday): I feel normal, not tired but not full of energy, I slept through the night and did not feel like taking a nap and I was feeling so well that I did more work than I usually do and I feel overall more productive.
Day 5 (Friday): I feel really good today I got a full eight hours of sleep and got everything I wanted to do done and I got some extra math problems done that I was going to put off until the weekend.
Day 6 (Saturday): It was kind of hard waking up today since it is the weekend and I usually sleep in late on the weekends, but after a while I got into the swing of things and felt normal.
Day 7 (Sunday): Like Saturday it was a little hard to wake up but I got used to things and I felt normal and was able to be more productive since I woke up two hours before I usually do.
I like this sleep experiment it really helped me with my sleeping patterns. During the beginning of I was always tired and just wanted to go to sleep, now I feel much better.
Personal Wellness Experiment
Since the time I arrived on campus I have not been eating anything healthy and not exercising. I have been feeling very sluggish lately and want to fix that. So for this experiment I have devised a plan and changed around my schedule to fit a healthier lifestyle.
- Get rid of junk food (I used to eat pizza and drink a lot of soda, so I ate more sandwiches and started to drink more water)
- Exercise- find a route to walk every day that is at least a mile long or go to the gym to exercise. (I like to walk so I chose to take a walk on a route downtown every day.)
- Still make sure that your schedule has time in it for you to do your school work.
This experiment has helped me at first it was a little difficult to redo my schedule and fit my exercise. The walks were very refreshing and helped me get my thoughts together and make up plans for the future. Eating healthy was also very helpful instead of eating pizza and sodas I would eat salads and sandwiches and drink water instead of soda. After a week of doing this exhibit I felt over all better and less sluggish. Though it was hard for the first two days after a while I felt better and kept eating healthier and kept eating healthier, but I did not drink water all the time, but I made a self-rule where whatever I drank (soda, juice. etc.) I would drink twice that amount of water. ( I did not do a day by day journal, because I did not really start feeling the effects until the fifth day of the experiment.)