Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today was the first day of class. This is my second time taking Professor Sandridge’s class. I took it last semester and received a D. That is technically a passing grade, but it’s not good enough for me. I know I can do better, especially since I was getting A’s on all of my assignments at the end of last semester. With that being said, the topics that we covered in class almost seemed as a complete repeat from last semester. I must say I am excited to be taking this class again. I believe I struggled last semester because I was trying to balance 21 credits which seemed nearly impossible while working. Now that I am only taking 12, I believe I will receive an A in this course.

We started off discussing life’s five great stories. Life’s 5 great stories are: career, love/social relationships, spiritual/intellectual enlightenment, leadership, and partnership. Some argue that there are more than five great stories; some argue that there are less than five. I personally believe that these five stories are true. I cannot think of any to remove or add.

Life’s Five Great Stories:
 (Career): Often times a person’s career may have a great story behind it. Most people’s careers do not line up with what they majored in, or the field they originally intended. There’s usually a great story behind it. I am majoring in Supply Chain Management; however due to my experience in my previous internships, I do not see myself pursuing a career in supply chain. I am now considering the entertainment industry, specifically as an entertainment attorney. As of yet, I am not exactly sure how I plan to achieve that goal, but when I do, there will be a great story behind it.

(Love/Social Relationships): 
 Love and social relationships have a great story behind them as they are intimate and long lasting. The example that Professor gave in class was friends that we have had from a young age. This is not what I imagined when I saw the term “love”. Immediately I assumed he meant love as being intimate with a partner. This made me realize that there is more than one type of intimate relationship. You can have intimate relationships with a partner as well as a friend. I am at a point in my life however that my intimate friendship and my intimate relationships should be the same.

(Spiritual/Intellectual Enlightenment): 
 Spiritual and Intellectual Enlightenment have a great story similar to one’s career. One may be raised in the church and decide to continue to keep one’s religion. However, often times many people fall curious and deviate from their religion. I have always considered myself as a non-denominational Christian. I was raised in the church. My mother is a minister and my step-father is a deacon. My freshman year at Howard I continued to go to church on a regular basis. However, after sophomore year I began to go to church less frequently and by senior year I began questioning the religion I was raised on. I was weary about putting that piece in my journal, but I think it is important to be honest with myself. My curiosity started when I realized that God is not something we can see in a physical manner. I always knew that, but the realization set in when I got to college and I actually had to start praying to God about certain issues. I began questioning my religion when I realized I was praying to someone that I have never seen before and yet I was praying and putting my faith into him. Now, I am questioning my religion a lot less but I still do have questions. For this reason, I believe I have a great story behind my religion. Some of my friends, however, were raised in the church as well and have decided to deviate from their religion. Instead, some now just watch untraditional religious television shows such as Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. Others have completely changed their religion.

(Leadership): 
 I believe that leaders have a great story behind them because, unless your name is Donald Trump, most people had to work their way to their point of success. Working one’s way from the bottom allows one to share their success stories and struggle periods. These may serve as encouragement for those who are following the same path or facing similar issues. Success is not easy to come by. Those who have achieved success have a great story behind it.

(Partnership): 
 Partnerships are similar to love and social relationships, however they are somewhat different. The difference between a partnership versus a love or social relationship is partnerships often have shared goals and shared resources. Sharing goals gives a common interest among the two parties. Sharing recourse allows one to become selfless. The combination of these two makes a great story. A partnership does not necessarily have to be an intimate relationship. For example, a business partnership can have shared goals and shared recourses. Both parties are trying to accomplish or work towards the same thing (shared goals). Both parties may also both rely on investors and the market (shared recourses). The combination of these two can tell a great story about how a company was founded.

We also discussed the term homophrosune which means “two minds are hearts work as one’. I believe this happens, or should happen, in every intimate relationship. This should also happen in partnerships. The idea of sharing goals and resources goes hand in hand with homophrosune because the two minds should be working as one since both share the same goals. I am interested to see how this term portrays itself in our readings.

After we discussed Life’s Five Great Stories, Professor Sandridge began giving background on The Illiad. I believe this was very helpful because a lot of the stories that we read last semester were difficult to follow if we did not understand the background. We discussed that the Illiad takes place around the time of the Trojan War. I want to know if it took place before or after the war. This would provide me with more insight as to what I am reading. We learned that there is a fued between the Achaeans and the Trojans. We briefly discussed the main difference between the Illiad and the Odyssey. The Illiad deals with separation and The Odyssey deals with reunion. With that being said, I assume that The Illiad took place before the Trojan War and The Odyssey took place after the Trojan War. I am interested to see how these two stories connect. Last semester I did not read them entirely as I should have. The three major events that occur in The Illiad are the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, the Apple of Discord, and the judgement of Paris. The Judgement of Paris with the three goddesses is what ultimately led to the Trojan War. I remember this from last semester. The three goddesses are Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite.

Thursday, August 24, 2016

I did not attend class today. I overslept and missed my alarm because I was doing inventory at work until 2:00 am. However, I did start reading The Illiad. I read for about 2 hours by the pool. I study by the pool because during the day time, most people are at work or school. This leaves an opportunity for me to study in a quiet area with a great view. I began with Book 1. The story seemed difficult to read because the author didn’t include who was speaking at the time and whom they were speaking to. I decided to search spark notes for help understanding. It did. After reading, I now know that The Illiad takes place 10 years after the war.

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