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Research Article:

  1. I am working on the topic of obesity because I want to find out the main reasons behind this in order to help my readers understand how to change their behaviors based on the reason that fits with their life style.
  2. I am working on the topic of depression because I want to find out the connection it has with suicide in order to help my reader live happily and help others to prevent it.
  3. I am working on the topic of self-talk because I want to find out the relation it has to enhanced moods in order to help my reader understand the significance of their mental state when they are mindful.
  4. I am working on the topic of dietary scams because I want to find out why the industries are so successful in order to help my reader understand the health risks and negative impacts they have on the human body and how its portrayed.
  5. I am working on the topic of poverty because I want to find out the connection between this and obesity in order to help readers understand that low cost, fast food causes unhealthy lifestyles.

Applied Project

  1. Cooking a healthy meal at the homeless shelter weekly
  2. Studying the business of hotels/ motels and learning the behind the scenes of the business
  3. Promoting a business through social media
  4. Picking up trash for two hours weekly
  5. Volunteering at the elderly home  
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My Intellectual Journey

My Intellectual journey has expanded so far from the experiences I have been through even though I have lived in New Hampshire my entire life. I am from Holderness, New Hampshire and am still currently living there. Living in the same town I go to college in has affected my intellectual journey greatly. The reason for this is because I have my family and schooling all in the same area. Most college students have two separate lives when it comes to family and school, but for me I have been lucky enough to combine them. I think this has left me grounded, respectful, and more cautious with my actions. Having my family so close allows me to discuss school, work, and friends with them and really give my brain a break when I need one. I have also traveled to Ireland for nine weeks and it has made me respect and love home that much more because of it. I also have waitressed and worked in the restaurant business for three years and it has helped me multitask, socialize, and push through moods or tiredness. 

When it comes to events in my life that have caused me to be the scholar I am, I think of failing out of UNH and entering the major of Interdisciplinary. Yes, I failed out of college my first semester. I was asked not to come back and it completely changed me into the scholar I am today. I didn’t have to try very hard in high school, so when I went to college, the routine stayed the same. After that first semester, I realized how much I had to take control of my education. I went from a 1.08 GPA to where I am now, which is a 3.22. I have made deans list as well as make my scholarly career the most important focus in my life until I am finished school. Joining Interdisciplinary Studies has also affected my journey greatly because of the self-directed education, connections, and learning paths we follow in this major.

Before Interdisciplinary Studies, I viewed college as a calculated path every person takes in order to be successful, but since my joining of this major, my outlook has changed drastically. I was never motivated to go to class or even go to college because I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but this major made it possible for me to continue my interests while moving forward because PSU didn’t have a major for my interest until I made it myself. Being able to make my own connections and learning paths is self-motivated and not forced; that is one of the biggest intellectual advantages to this major and I don’t know where I would see myself without it to be honest.

There are a few people who have affected my intellectual journey greatly. The two that come to mind are my mom and dad. They both are so different, but support me in almost everything I do. Having that support allows me to follow my dreams and find the purpose behind every step I take. Another reason this two have affected my journey so much is because they are divorced. Yes, this is sad and not ideal, but it has truly been for the best and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My mom helps my intellectual journey because she is always expressing emotions, dreams, and ideas that are reachable with a lot a work. My dad on the other hand helps with humor, logistics, and reasons. Having these two to help balance my intellectual self is the support that keeps me going.

I have grown intellectually over the last few years greatly and I don’t see it stopping. I find myself asking questions, searching, and always aware of my surroundings and I cannot express what I have learned from just being awake and alive in every moment. I can confidently say it is because of my interdisciplinary journey and best thought I take from this is that I will always be in search for new information, new knowledge, and new connections that will help me grow intellectually.

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My Personal Learning Network Plan

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/?trk=onboarding-landing
  2. https://twitter.com/   mspalmer2003

Creating my Personal Learning Plan

Throughout the semester, I plan to use a PLN to connect myself to domains of my major. I plan to use LinkedIn and Twitter to do so. I think by using these two online sources, I will be able to express myself and learn from others in the best way. I have used Twitter to connect myself since the beginning of my Interdisciplinary career and have created a good network for myself. I made a LinkedIn and plan to find opportunities and connections to help myself in the future. After researching LinkedIn, I have noticed people in many different fields share information about theirs as well as post opportunities for others too. I have followed health professionals as well as business professionals who specify in certain fields. The tools that will best allow me to learn new ideas is definitely statuses, posts, and links to articles and videos that discuss health issues or marketing schemes. Unlike Twitter, LinkedIn will help me communicate with scholars and professionals in the health field of my choice.  I think Twitter will allow me to share more of my knowledge because of the ability to retweet, like, and post quick statuses. This allows me to be connected while I am on the move. LinkedIn is more of a sit down and connect which is good for some cases. I will also be able to post my work and knowledge for Interdisciplinary Studies onto LinkedIn, which will open up more connections for myself. I want my PLN to be public to the correct audience. What I mean by that is, I want people who can relate, inform, and connect with me based on the topics of health and business, but I do not want random people. I plan to either post, connect, or follow at least once a week on both Twitter and LinkedIn. I will be able to tell if this is helpful or not because of the connections I will make. By week four, I hope to have two or three connections that could benefit me in the future and if I don’t, I will know I need to change my PLN in order to benefit from it. I am looking forward to using my PLN to connect, inform, and learn about the domains I am interested in.

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Where I started and Where I am!

My Contract for my major of Business of Health Promotion..

Title: Business of Health Promotion

The program I have created here at Plymouth State is the Business of Health Promotion. This program was first created as an idea last semester because I was in the major Health Education and Promotion. I was enjoying my courses, but kept thinking this isn’t exactly what I see myself doing, especially the teaching side of it. I originally planned on minoring in business with my degree in Health Education and Promotion, but as the semester continued I wanted more of a business aspect as a major. This brought me to the idea of Business of Health Promotion. This major is perfect for my future in the sense of how many opportunities it gives me and where the opportunities lie. The idea that I can enter into the marketing and business background of actually promoting health as a whole is what I can see myself doing. Another aspect of this major that I could also see myself visiting is promoting health in the corporal or business level. Health is a major part of everyone’s life and being able to either promote it or market it at a business level is something I am extremely passionate about. Having different paths I could go down is what makes this major exceptional for me and what I am passionate for. I do understand that a minor in Business or a minor in Health Education and Promotion could get me similar results but I believe they are just as important to each other for my future. No other program is like this at Plymouth State and I believe it is time to create it. There are majors that link business with sales or health with teaching, but where is Business of Health Promotion? Not only does my future include this major but honestly the future as a whole. Health Promotion is crucial for the future health of everyone and it is hard to properly market without the business aspect of it.

            The courses in my contract relate specifically to what I will be doing in my future career. For my QRCO course I choose Business Statistics. This course is a generalized introduction that includes business applications. This is important to my major because this course is one of the building blocks for many business enterprises in today’s society. Being able to feel comfortable with computer applications is needed in order to develop a career in Business of Health Promotion. This leads me to my next course chosen which was Mental Health Issues. This course pertains to my major because mental health is a huge part of overall wellness. Not only is it important to health but also the amount of organizations and business opportunities involving these issues are endless. Consumer Behavior is also helpful to this major I have created. The reason for this is because my major involves promoting and selling to consumers the proper health information to benefit them. Without understanding the process consumers go through while purchasing means I could potentially work hard on something that won’t sell to a certain target market. Another course I see important to my major is Event Marketing.  This course is so important to Business of Health Promotion because it gives me the opportunity to have hands-on learning skills. This course gives insight about promoting, creating, and planning events, which would all be part of my future in this degree. Branding and Marketing Communication is another course offered at Plymouth State that I believe is important to my major. In this course, I will learn how to compete against other businesses and win customers through communication skills. Communication skills are vital for my major because promotion is all about discussing and selling an idea to a certain target. Promoting Health across the Lifespan is another course I chose to include in my contract. The reason for this is because it offers information focusing on health from gestation to old age. Not only does it give me the building blocks to a healthy life, but also promoting it as well. This course includes a public health perspective that is needed for my future.  It also discusses individual, social, and environmental factors that impact current and future health. The next course I am going to discuss is Human Resource Management. This course is important to the Business of Health Promotion because it analysis placement of employees, selection of jobs, governmental involvement, and performance appraisal. All of these areas of management are important to the business side of my major because they are the foundations of major corporations and what keeps them running smoothly. Nutrition is a course that must be included in this major. The reason for this is because I can promote health as much as I want, but without the correct information pertaining to what the human body needs, there is no point. Nutrition is a basic understanding needed for my major. Exercise and Health Physiology is another important course I need in my contract. This course involves growth and development not only in a behavioral way but also on the physical activity aspect. Considering my other health courses don’t involve much information on physical activity, this course is needed in order to understand that side of the health field. Wellness Choices Health Activity is another course that is beneficial to my major. This course provides basic information about simply living a long, healthy life. It focuses is on what to eat, how to exercise, and even mental health components. This course is good to have in order for me to fully promote health at a business level. The course Principles of Marketing is needed in order to advance my major. This course is a base level marketing course that includes so much information about promoting to the correct group of consumers, proper ways to market yourself as well as material, and even product innovation through my own creativity. Not only does this course itself have a lot to offer, but also is a prerequisite for other courses I plan to take. For example, the course Marketing Research can’t be taken until Principles of Marketing is completed. Marketing Research is a course that will allow me to solve problems by looking at data on the web and analyzing it. I also will be able to use marketing research to create wining strategies in my future of health promotion. Another course that has the same prerequisite as Marketing Research is Marketing Management.  This course involves a mindset of innovation as well as managing the proper relationship with costumers. I will learn how to creatively keep customers returning which in the long run will lead to competitive advantages and profitability in my area of health promotion. The course Principles of Health is another important course for my major of Business of Health Promotion. This course presents information and statistics involving what overall wellness should be for a human and without this course, I don’t think I would have the proper background to promote a healthy lifestyle. The last course that is part of my contract is Physical Activity and Health. This course is helpful to my future because it is a hands-on learning course that focuses on not only physical activity, but also how to evaluate data from physical tests. This data is then studied in order to create a health plan to help people live a healthier life. This is exactly what I want to do in the future. I want to help other people live a healthy, full life through the business and marketing world.

            Apart from my contract, there are a few other directional courses that I believe are essential for the Business of Health Promotion. Two courses I have already taken and believe should be needed as well are Human Biology I and II. These classes are the make up of human bodies and understanding the body is crucial for understanding the health of one. Another course I have taken that adds to the background of this major is Digital Imagination. This is a course that Photoshop is used in daily and allows students to use their creativity.  This allows students to create advertisements and pages that I appealing to the eye of a consumer. Those three courses add to the major Business of Health Promotion and I recommend these courses be taken.

            The major Business of Health Promotion widens my opportunities for my future greatly. Having the ability to shape my major the way I believe will best benefit my life is all part of the idea behind Interdisciplinary Studies. Being able to combine business, marketing, and health in a creative way allows me to express my full potential as a worker in our future society. Being passionate about my work and career are what keeps me moving forward and excited for the future. The Business of Health Promotion opens so many doors for me at many different levels of involvement and that is why I believe these combinations of courses will get me to where I want to be in life.

My Update since fall of 2017…

Since taking the intro course for my Interdisciplinary major, I have learned a lot about the connections in my major of Business of Health Promotion as well as making a few changes along the way. I am currently in my last semester at Plymouth State University and can’t be more excited to graduate and enter the real world. The courses I have taken since the fall of 2017 have helped be build my network around health and business. I have learned in every aspect that the connections I make in each class will lead me into the area of health. Before finishing the intro course of Interdisciplinary Studies, I didn’t know where I wanted to take my education, but know I am sure I want to Promote Health at a higher level and truly help people make behavior changes that are the healthiest option for them.

            As of right now, I am taking my two last business courses and electives in order to graduate. I think this has really opened my eyes because this is the first semester I haven’t had a health course and I miss it. This made me realize how much I care about health. I am taking Organizational Behavior and Marketing Management and find them both interesting even though I miss the health areas. Even though I miss the health, I still find ways to incorporate health into them. Organizational Behavior is all about behaviors and actions in the work place and I have connected health to that easily. I have thought of healthy behaviors and decisions that connect directly to the actions people may take in the work place. Marketing Managing has also allowed me to make connections to health because of the products I think of that are being marketed and whether they are honest or if the marketing is solely for money and I find it very interesting. I am also taking an art class that I enjoy greatly. This connects to mental health and relaxation. Having almost two hours every other day to express my thoughts and have mental space is really nice to me. I feel relaxed and ready to learn afterwards. I think my courses this last semester are exactly what I needed and wanted to finish my college career successfully.

            Since 2017, I had to make a change to my contract. At this time I was a little stressed, but it ended up being a great choice. Last semester I ran into an issue where one of my courses on my contract had a prerequisite that I was unaware off. I quickly changed my contract and was able to make the prerequisite the course I needed instead. This course was Organizational Behavior and I am so happy it worked out because I am very interested in the topics we have discussed so far. Other than that, I have not had to make changes and the Interdisciplinary course I have taken is exactly what I needed to make the most of my major of Business of Health Promotion.

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Interdisciplinarity is Life Changing

When it comes to interdisciplinarity, my views of this idea have changed greatly from the beginning of the semester. I was told to change my major to Interdisciplinary Studies because I kept trying to find the best combinations of classes I wanted to take but still finish a separate major. This was the best advice I received from an advisor. I honestly had no idea what the course would be like because the only information I had about the course was the fact that I was able to “create my own major”.

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This alone is what intrigued me to change majors. Looking back, I thought we would make our own major and it would take the entire semester and that is what the course would be. I thought the literal definition of “interdisciplinarity” was building my own major, in fact I just thought that is all we would do. My education and thoughts towards Interdisciplinary Studies changed over the course of semester greatly because of activities and constant work we had to maintain. I would now confidently say the entire meaning behind interdisciplinarity is getting your education through making constant connections in different areas of disciplines. The idea that life and education are one in the same is exactly what was needed to understand the entire course. Every experience you come across in your life should be seen as an opportunity to learn and further your education through connections.

Photo By: Mackenzie Palmer

These connections are what advance your skills, knowledge, and experience in life. Throughout the course, there were many connections I made in my own path of education.

There are many areas in Interdisciplinary Studies that pertain to my major of Business of Health Promotion because of the self-motivational progress that is needed. One area of the course that truly helps my area of education is the networking that the class offers. Having a Twitter account solely for my domains is exactly how connections are made. A couple concepts that connect to my major are multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. Multidisciplinarity is similar to a fruit bowl aspect. This means that the disciplines can be related but keep their own structures similar to the different fruits in the bowl. Interdisciplinarity is related to a smoothie because the disciplines morph and combined nicely together to create a bigger field of work. I honestly think my major could be seen in both areas but mostly multidisciplinarity.

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The reason for this is because business and health are relatable, but hold their own structure separately. The connection between the two disciplines needs to be made by my own creativity where as other majors could combine without needing an explanation. Business and Health don’t go hand in hand as much as nursing and biology. I think understanding these two concepts are really important when it comes to the relationships within disciplines. Another area that I benefited from this course was Nissani’s, “Ten Cheers of Interdisciplinarity.” Nissani explains the rewards of interdisciplinarity as growth of knowledge, social benefits, and personal rewards.

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I didn’t understand the material of this course until I realized how self motivated this course is and that I am in full control of my future from here on out. This is one of the biggest gains I’ve learned since being in this major and reading these posts. This relates to my education solely because before this course and education on interdisciplinarity, I had no motivation to excel in my education but understanding now that my education is my life allows me to really get involved in my knowledge and take opportunities that arise.

Interdisciplinarity is so important and needs to be recognized greatly. Many universities have taken this major on but many should continue to look into it. The reason Interdisciplinarity matters so much is because of the motivation and experiences it causes students to complete on their own. Too many college systems and major programs are looked as just courses to complete or something to check of the list. This is no way to look at an individuals education and interdisciplinarity forces the students to make their own decisions about their knowledge and this gives them the motivation and drive to want to complete the courses they are in and the opportunities that appear in front of them.

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This not only is why universities should get more involved, the world entirely. Imagine if every person had the drive they had in their education as some of the interdisciplinary students. I am not saying that people in other majors don’t have motivation and drive in their education, but a lot of students don’t make the connection of life and education until they have the knowledge that is offered in this course. If everyone took every experience in his or her life as a learning opportunity then the world could be a better place with much more production in general.

I am so happy that interdisciplinarity has passed through my life because I have found it coming into my mind everyday.

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Whenever I am feeling down or lazy, I am able to recognize that emotion and tell myself to continue and be present, be mindful. This self-motivation is solely from realizing my future depends on every opportunity I run into all day, everyday.

My hopes for the future are to continue to be mindful and present everyday, as well as take knowledge as a gift. Even if I don’t have a job lined up or a distinct idea of what I want to do as a career, I understand that motivation and the drive to succeed will not let me fail. So when it comes to the future I see myself using this path of education (life) to help others through health, promote healthy living, and potentially use business to do so because these are my interests and that is what intrigues me the most so I will follow it.

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I truly hope that Interdisciplinary Studies continue to grow and maybe even shape education as a whole at Plymouth State and honestly everywhere. Until this course, I had no motivation in my classes because I wasn’t interested or motivated and to think one course or choice of education changed my outlook so much is incredible. I would hate to see other students go through programs they don’t want to just because college is something to get through when in reality, they could complete the same amount of time and effort into something they love and are driven towards. I am taking early spring courses and for the first time ever, I am excited to indulge into the material and make connections as well as get the best experience I can.

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My attitude change towards learning in general is the proof for myself that this path of education works and can change college experience for everyone. I am so thankful for this opportunity because I finally feel like I can create my own future rather than build it with instructions in a different language.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Interdisciplinarity is the Best

When it comes to interdisciplinarity, my views of this idea have changed greatly from the beginning of the semester. I was told to change my major to Interdisciplinary Studies because I kept trying to find the best combinations of classes I wanted to take but still finish a separate major. This was the best advice I received from an advisor. I honestly had no idea what the course would be like because the only information I had about the course was the fact that I was able to “create my own major”.

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https://flic.kr/p/dcZaG7
Photo By: Sebastien Wiertz

This alone is what intrigued me to change majors. Looking back, I thought we would make our own major and it would take the entire semester and that is what the course would be. I thought the literal definition of “interdisciplinarity” was building my own major, in fact I just thought that is all we would do. My education and thoughts towards Interdisciplinary Studies changed over the course of semester greatly because of activities and constant work we had to maintain. I would now confidently say the entire meaning behind interdisciplinarity is getting your education through making constant connections in different areas of disciplines. The idea that life and education are one in the same is exactly what was needed to understand the entire course. Every experience you come across in your life should be seen as an opportunity to learn and further your education through connections.

Photo By: Mackenzie Palmer

These connections are what advance your skills, knowledge, and experience in life. Throughout the course, there were many connections I made in my own path of education.

There are many areas in Interdisciplinary Studies that pertain to my major of Business of Health Promotion because of the self-motivational progress that is needed. One area of the course that truly helps my area of education is the networking that the class offers. Having a Twitter account solely for my domains is exactly how connections are made. A couple concepts that connect to my major are multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity.

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Multidisciplinarity is similar to a fruit bowl aspect. This means that the disciplines can be related but keep their own structures similar to the different fruits in the bowl. Interdisciplinarity is related to a smoothie because the disciplines morph and combined nicely together to create a bigger field of work. I honestly think my major could be seen in both areas but mostly multidisciplinarity. The reason for this is because business and health are relatable, but hold their own structure separately. The connection between the two disciplines needs to be made by my own creativity where as other majors could combine without needing an explanation. Business and Health don’t go hand in hand as much as nursing and biology. I think understanding these two concepts are really important when it comes to the relationships within disciplines.

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Photo by: Gemma Amor

Another area that I benefited from this course was Nissani’s, “Ten Cheers of Interdisciplinarity.” Nissani explains the rewards of interdisciplinarity as growth of knowledge, social benefits, and personal rewards. I didn’t understand the material of this course until I realized how self motivated this course is and that I am in full control of my future from here on out. This is one of the biggest gains I’ve learned since being in this major and reading these posts. This relates to my education solely because before this course and education on interdisciplinarity, I had no motivation to excel in my education but understanding now that my education is my life allows me to really get involved in my knowledge and take opportunities that arise.

Interdisciplinarity is so important and needs to be recognized greatly. Many universities have taken this major on but many should continue to look into it. The reason Interdisciplinarity matters so much is because of the motivation and experiences it causes students to complete on their own. Too many college systems and major programs are looked as just courses to complete or something to check of the list.

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Photo By: Tim Olson

This is no way to look at an individuals education and interdisciplinarity forces the students to make their own decisions about their knowledge and this gives them the motivation and drive to want to complete the courses they are in and the opportunities that appear in front of them. This not only is why universities should get more involved, the world entirely. Imagine if every person had the drive they had in their education as some of the interdisciplinary students.

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https://flic.kr/p/cg7ByA
Photo By: Adrian Smalley

I am not saying that people in other majors don’t have motivation and drive in their education, but a lot of students don’t make the connection of life and education until they have the knowledge that is offered in this course. If everyone took every experience in his or her life as a learning opportunity then the world could be a better place with much more production in general.

I am so happy that interdisciplinarity has passed through my life because I have found it coming into my mind everyday. Whenever I am feeling down or lazy, I am able to recognize that emotion and tell myself to continue and be present, be mindful.

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https://flic.kr/p/8y75yT
Photo By: Michael W. May

This self-motivation is solely from realizing my future depends on every opportunity I run into all day, everyday. My hopes for the future are to continue to be mindful and present everyday, as well as take knowledge as a gift. Even if I don’t have a job lined up or a distinct idea of what I want to do as a career, I understand that motivation and the drive to succeed will not let me fail. So when it comes to the future I see myself using this path of education (life) to help others through health, promote healthy living, and potentially use business to do so because these are my interests and that is what intrigues me the most so I will follow it. I truly hope that Interdisciplinary Studies continue to grow and maybe even shape education as a whole at Plymouth State and honestly everywhere. Until this course, I had no motivation in my classes because I wasn’t interested or motivated and to think one course or choice of education changed my outlook so much is incredible. I would hate to see other students go through programs they don’t want to just because college is something to get through when in reality, they could complete the same amount of time and effort into something they love and are driven towards.

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https://flic.kr/p/nTxgL
Photo By: Peter Voerman

I am taking early spring courses and for the first time ever, I am excited to indulge into the material and make connections as well as get the best experience I can. My attitude change towards learning in general is the proof for myself that this path of education works and can change college experience for everyone. I am so thankful for this opportunity because I finally feel like I can create my own future rather than build it with instructions in a different language.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Check out my Storify of my Semester

There are many different ways for an individual to create a PLN. The idea behind a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is finding ones own way to put themselves out into the business world of what they want to study and do in the future. The most important part of a PLN is the idea that education is not separate from everyday life. In my case, I used a Twitter account to follow accounts related to my disciplines of Health and Business. Using twitter allowed me to connect myself with accounts and organizations to further my own education.

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For example, I really took advantage of finding hand on activities outside of the Twitter world to advance my Persona Learning Network. I went to the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk and created a team and shirts. I also helped my moms business by getting involved in her flyer for Newfember. This is a flyer that encouraged owners of Newfoundland dogs all over the U.S to come stay at her property.   Another important connection I made was through the CADY office in Plymouth and the CONNECT organization for suicide prevention. I saw this opportunity as a promotional activity as well as marketing opportunity, which affected my Personal Learning Plan greatly.

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I attended the training as well and gained a lot of information too. Check out my link to Storify where you can find a lot more interesting tweets from the semester.

https://storify.com/mspalmer2003/mackenzie-s-story-of-her-semester#publicize

My Personal Learning Network affects my plans for the future greatly. Being able to tweet and view accounts that share the information I am learning on a daily basis helps me connect to bigger aspects in my life. Considering education and life are one in the same, being able to create brochures and flyers in order to promote events is great practice for a future position in the work force. Another area that was opened this semester was the area of Mental Health.

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After this semester, I might choose to minor in psychology because of the knowledge and interest I gained from the NAMI organization, as well as the suicide prevention training I attended. This is a great example of how interdisciplinarity truly works; I am able to gain knowledge throughout my daily life and if it changes my path of education, that is okay. The idea behind always living an active life in your education is what will lead an individual directly into their future.

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The best part about this idea is once that final place of happiness is reached, it will be exactly where students of interdisciplinary studies want to be because they lived there education instead of living while being educated. My future is what I make it out to be and having a Personal Learning Network can only make bigger and better connections for my future.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Connections Between the Courses I am in this Semester

Throughout this semester at Plymouth State University, I have l learned a diverse amount of information in all of my courses. Two of my courses that I respected and learned the most from are Human Biology and Physical Activity and Health.

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These courses may seem different at first but after studying both for an entire semester, I can confidently say they are related in many ways. These two disciplines convey such different information, but considering I am part of an Interdisciplinary Program forces me to see the connections in both courses that hopefully will lead to my future. Human Biology is the basis of understanding how the body works.

When it comes to Human Biology this semester, I have learned a lot about how the body actual works on a cellular level. For example, the entire body is made up of cells that are continually throughout the day (Karen Franke). We learned where the energy is released and used in the cells as well as what that energy does. For example; calcium is stored in the endoplasmic reticulum in the cells of the body. Calcium does so much for the body in order to move and stabilize homeostasis. The calcium is released from the endoplasmic reticulum in order for muscle contractions to occur (Human Biology I BIDI: 2010).

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Once the calcium is released it allows the myosin to connect with the actin causing the muscle to contract and shorten. That is how a muscle contraction happens in the skeletal muscle system. How calcium effects homeostasis is keeping levels healthy in the blood stream. When calcium levels are low in the blood, a hormone called PTH (parathormone) is released. Once this is released, it travels to the bone where it activates osteoclasts; a cell that breaks down bone causing the calcium in the bone to enter the blood stream. This action causes the blood to return to a normal level of calcium (Human Biology I, BIDI: 2010). When the levels of calcium are too high in the blood stream, a hormone called calcitonin. This hormone travels through the body until it reaches the bone cells and once it arrives, it activates a cell called osteoblast. This cell creates new bone causing the calcium to be used in the creation of the new bone causing the blood stream to return to normal calcium levels (Karen Franke). Throughout the semester, I have learned a lot about the human body and certain functions that occur on a regular basis in the body. Along with Human Biology, I have learned a lot while being in Physical Activity and Health.

In the course, Physical Activity and Health, I have learned a lot of terminology and the importance of living an active life. One of the biggest parts of this course is acting as a practitioner for most of our labs. The idea behind giving people tests and helping them understand the information that comes with the test is really important to my future (Barbara McCahan). Some of the tests we have conducted throughout the course are VO2 max capacity test and muscle strength and endurance test. These tests are very interesting when it comes to what is occurring on a cellular level. VO2 max capacity is the description of the amount of oxygen that can be transferred into the body and used at that specific time (Barbara McCahan).

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This information is crucial to starting an exercise program for someone because it allows a practitioner to have a basis line for future exercise goals. When it comes to muscular strength and endurance, I also learned valuable information. Muscular strength is measured by the amount of force that can be controlled by a subject in a one maximum repetition (Barbara McCahan). Muscular strength is gained by doing 8-12 repetitions at a 60%-80% of your one rep max. When it comes to muscular endurance, this means the amount of force you can exert over a prolonged period of time (Barbara McCahan). Lowering the weight lifted, but increasing the repetitions to 12- 15 in one set while completing 2-3 sets gains muscle endurance. I have learned so much from this course and truly feel confident to create a work out plan for an individual after calculation their VO2 Max and their one repetition maximum.

Even though these two courses have vast amounts of different information, they relate in so many ways. For example, the energy is controlled in the mitochondrion learned in Human Biology I, but I gathered a further understanding because of the oxygen needed in the mitochondrion’s needed to create that energy for the cells to allows exercise to occur. This is a massive concept that needs to be understood and the fact that I can make the connection to the two courses allows that further understanding in my brain. Another connection I have made is during the muscle contraction chapters. Know that I understand how a muscle contraction happens and what is actually happening on a cellular level, I can make the connections while testing subjects in Physical Activity and Health. Understanding that when someone jumps, runs, breathes, or honestly any movement the body is causing muscles to contract at a cellular level advances my knowledge and allows me to share that information to my patients or subjects. I am really happy that I took these two courses at the same time because Human Biology I is the course needed to understand human functions and Physical Activity and Health is all about carrying out human functions in an active way.

Understanding this knowledge I’ve learned throughout the semester hopefully will lead to a better understanding of future courses and even my future in general. I will be taking Nutrition next semester, and this will relate to Human Biology I as well because of the nutrients and how the body uses it. When it comes to my future, I know I want to live a healthy life and understanding basic information about the body will allow me to do so. Physical Activity and Health will also help me stay away from a sedentary life because of the importance I’ve learned about an active life style as well as the health issues associated with an inactive life. Another area these courses will help my future is the fact that I want to help other people live an active life and being able to convey the functions the body is doing as we speak and actually create programs in order for those functions to run smoother is exactly what I want to do. This information I learned in this semester is extremely beneficial to my future and I am so thankful I have made the connections between the two courses.

 

References

Franke, Karen. “Muscle Contraction .” Chapter 16 . Plymouth, New Hampshire , Boyd 001.

Human Biology I. Jones and Bartlett Learning , 2015.

McCahan, Barbara. “VO2 Maximum Capacity and                  Muscles.” Understanding Cells in Muscles                    During Actvity. Understanding Cells in           Muscles During Actvity, Plymouth, New Hampshire , D&M 419.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Summary of “Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education”

After reading the article Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education, written by Philip Katz, my outlook on interdisciplinarity has expanded even more than it already has. The article began with the ideas behind how Independent Institutions innovate and thrive in interdisciplinarity. A great point that Katz mentioned was, “Interdisciplinary teaching promotes greater student engagement in learning, enhances the development of higher cognitive skills, fosters more creative thinking, increases sensitivity to ethical issues, and leads to greater tolerance for ambiguity.”

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I could not agree more with this statement Katz made. When students are in charge of what they are studying, they are more focused and intrigued because it’s aimed towards their own future. What lies ahead of them is a direct correlation on their motivation towards their studies and their creativity in each discipline. Another part of Katz list of Interdisciplinary thrives that really opened up my eyes to the real world was a metaphor he mentioned. “Interdisciplinarity is the bridge between the academy and the real world” (Philip Katz). This is what is so special about an interdisciplinary major because each step forward in your academics is a connection you make to the real world initially. Considering the future will be almost all networking and web based, every footprint you leave on the web is a step closer to your future and Katz really allowed me to understand that.

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Even though this article promotes and supports Interdisciplinary Studies, there are also barriers that are discussed. “The world has problems, but universities have departments”—and departments foster narrow, single-discipline perspectives” (quoted in Hyun 2011, 6). The narrow departments are a huge issue when it comes to interdisciplinarity because they limit students from education. The reason for this is because these departments don’t allow students to take courses they might truly be interested in if their department doesn’t involve that course. In opposition, interdisciplinarity allows students to express and dive into areas of interest and create a web of these disciplines in their own creative way. Katz discusses the barriers that stop institutions from carrying interdisciplinarity in this article. Many barriers didn’t seem massive or unapproachable but one of the bigger barriers Katz mentioned was, “often the faculty: how they are trained and socialized in their academic disciplines, how they are hired, and how they are rewarded for disciplinary research and teaching.”

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When I read this barrier, I hadn’t even thought about the faculty involved with the innovation of interdisciplinarity. Would this require teachers to have a different education? Would it force a different aspect of teaching that some faculty might not approve of? I definitely can see the barriers that this style of learning can cause on the social aspect of a college but is it still worth pursuing? Of course; these barriers are nothing compared to the education each student can get from their own, designed, learning paths.
Katz, also believing interdisciplinarity is worth investing in created questions in his article on how to overcome these boundaries. Katz came up with the idea of using assessments to connect goals with program structure, content, pedagogy, and paying attention to students as individuals instead of a class. This was another eye-opening moment I had. Teachers spent time looking at a class as a whole where as each student has a different outlook of the course so why group them all together? The following questions are questions Katz believes could help overcome the barriers between department style learning and interdisciplinary studies. “What is the best mix of interdisciplinary and disciplinary instruction to achieve the desired student learning outcomes? What is the best way to evaluate the student learning outcomes of interdisciplinary education?

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Is there a potential conflict between interdisciplinary curricular initiatives and existing institutional approaches to faculty hiring, faculty governance, program funding, or promotion and tenure? What policies would be most effective to recognize and reward faculty members and departments for interdisciplinary teaching? All these questions introduce ways interdisciplinarity could be debated and accepted at institutions by the faculty.
I really thought this article articulated the innovations interdisciplinarity offers to students, the problems or barriers that stand in the way, as well as how to over come those boundaries. The fact that Katz touched on each aspect of interdisciplinarity along with its weaknesses allows readers to make their own opinion by the end of the article which is essentially an aspect of interdisciplinary studies because it allows us as readers to creatively form what we believe is true about this path of learning. Allowing readers to make their own conclusion is a great for cognitive learning and creativity. The article Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education was intriguing to read and offered valid information about this path of education and style of learning.

References:

Katz, Philip M. “Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education.” The Council of Independent Colleges, May 2015, pp. 1–17. ERIC: Educational Resources Information Center, ED569211, files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED569211.pdf.

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Interdisciplinary Success Story

Interdisciplinary does not have to be studied in college in order to be successful throughout different disciplines. When it comes to disciplines; the most different, unique subjects can be related and intertwined together to create an extremely successful career. A real-life interdisciplinary success story that comes to mind would be my own mother, Susan Smith.

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When I told her I wanted to use her as a success story in interdisciplinarity she looked at me as if I was crazy. I told her that she had used all these different disciplines she’s covered throughout her life to create a successful business of hospitality. She has owned Cottage Place on Squam Lake for 15 years now and each year has surpassed the last. Susan Smith got a degree in Social Work and her M.Ed: Guidance and Counseling.   Her first professional position was with Endicott College as an Admission Counselor, which then led to an Assistant Director of Admission for Plymouth State University. The disciplines she learned here helped her continue through her life both professionally and personally. She also spent time as a traveling guidance counselor for K-4th grade. This gave her a huge advantage in the discipline of social work as well as knowing how to talk to younger people considering they are now all over her property thought out busy vacation times.

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After her time at Endicott, Sue Smith went home to Plymouth State and was Assistant Director of Administration for the university. Even though these were non-profitable positions, Sue learned multiple transferable skills while her time at those locations. She learned the disciplines of business and the way administration works on basic levels at the university. These business skills she learned stayed with her and are still used at Cottage Place on Squam Lake today.

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After this position, Susan Smith was promoted to the Director of Alumni Relations at PSU. This job has helped Sue with many skills in the management discipline as well as more business skills. Throughout her time at PSU, Susan Smith never thought she might own her own business but was so eager to learn new knowledge through every step of her life. This is the truth behind interdisciplinarity at its finest. After learning these business skills at the university, Susan used her transferable skills to become the Manager and Buyer for the Common Man Store in Ashland, New Hampshire. Here is where most of my mother’s skills of business and management were put to use. At PSU, she got a taste of these disciplines but at the store is where she was able to use hands on skills to really pursue the discipline of business.

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Not only was the discipline of business and management put to use at the store, but also the area of organization, composition, and customer service. These areas are key skills to have in order to own a business. All of these different disciplines led my mom to buy a property on Squam Lake and truly flip it in order to be successful. Her organizational skills allowed her to flip the cottages and create a cozy, cottage feel in each of the cottages and suites on the property.

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Knowing she would need a lot of furniture and supplies for the 16 areas on the property, Susan Smith bought into the business of Boomerang downtown, Plymouth, New Hampshire. This was a smart business idea because having access to furniture for her own use at cheap prices allowed her to fill the space she had. Susan Smith is always thinking and making connections in order to create a stronger career path and that is truly what interdisciplinarity is all about. The connections she has made in different disciplines has led her to where she is now which is hosting events at the Cottage Place on Squam Lake. She hosts open houses for her attached gift store to the office as well as “Newfember”. Susan loves and has been apart of the Newfoundland Association for years now and of course, has found a connection to the disciplines. She creates business for herself at the Cottage Place by advertising (another discipline she knows an immense amount about) a weekend in November for Newfoundland owners to come to the property for a fixed rate while hosting events throughout the weekend for them.

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Her first year was such a success; she now does two weekends in November. Not only am I proud to call Susan Smith my mother but also a success story of interdisciplinarity without even studying it in college. Her will to always gain more information and use it to excel herself into her own future is what Interdisciplinary Studies is all about. Every discipline she has learned in her past has led her to her successful life of a business owner and truly is a success story to myself and should be considered one to other interdisciplinary students around the world.

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