Monday, February 17, 2014

Child Abuse: A much needed course

Hi all,

So this is it. My very last semester as an undergrad student at PLU (I might come back here for graduate school but we'll see, I need to earn some money first). Since this is my final semester and the nursing program only offers 10 credits, I decided to take some other courses to be full time and to learn more about things outside of Nursing.

From Nursing and Non-Nursing friends, I've heard so much about the class "Issues of Child Abuse and Neglect" and I could not stop myself from signing up for that class.

The course is 1 credit and is taught in 2 Saturdays (8:30am - 3:30 pm). If you are an undergraduate student, you take it by signing up for EDUC 320 and if you're a graduate student, yours should be EDUC 520.

The binder for the class. You can buy this binder at Garfield Bookstore

I do honestly believe that no matter what your major is or where you will end up working, the issues of Child Abuse and Neglect are always around us but sometimes, they are hidden too well and this course will help you recognize what is out there and what you can do to help.

This class is awesome because it not only covers child abuse and neglect issues but also issues regarding bullying and mental health. You turn on the TV, open a newspaper, or go on any news websites these days, it is not hard to see these things happen everyday. Go to Google and type key words such as "child abuse", "bullying", "cyberbullying", "gay teen", "transgender", "hazing", etc... I am quite sure Google will show you daily news about these things.

To be honest, the course has helped me so much with my experience working in the hospital. However, it also brought to my attention so many issues out there that are extremely painful to watch and makes me afraid to have children of my own.

I do hope that things will get better and we as human will treat one another better. When Actress Ellen Page came out, she said "This world would be a whole lot better if we just made a effort to be less horrible to one another". Until then, I'm playing my part by encouraging you guys to take courses like this one. I do believe that education and knowledge will lead us to a better life, hence, help us make a difference in someone else's life as well.

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