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jmparrish 
Posted: 13-Feb-2012, 01:49 PM
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Hello, all! I am curious to learn what people are studying in school?

I'm an undergrad studying art and speech-language pathology. Eventually, I want to study art therapy to use with speech therapy among older populations or veterans. I am also very interested in Deaf culture.

What are YOU studying? Or what did you study? What would you like to study? I'd really enjoy hearing about it all smile.gif
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Posted: 13-Feb-2012, 07:56 PM
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Hi Janine,

I just finished my fourth college stint. This time, I got a degree in medical administration. The most important thing I learned by getting this degree is that I want ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the medical field in any way, shape, or form.

However, my first love, architecture, remains. I'm a cabinet maker who has been drafting furniture, room, house, and building designs for 40 years.

Architectural design is my default setting. If my brain is not actively engaged in conversation then it is creating or refining a design for something. It may be a laundry hamper or a Renaissance Revival 1/4 tester bed, or the perfect castle, but my brain makes designs - with or without my consent.

It's like that saying; something about you know what you are when you cannot help but do that thing. I cannot help but create designs so I guess I'm a designer.

After architecture, I have also studied psychology, genealogy, heraldry, and creative writing.
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Posted: 14-Feb-2012, 11:25 AM
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Wow, you're a scholar to the very definition, tjbren! That is so interesting that you have that creativity to think of those designs. Architecture is something I've admired for many years, and my carpenty skills are still being honed. I can sand and stain like nobody's business biggrin.gif

That saying is quite true. Many times our passions have the opportunity to cross with our careers. It seems you've had that luck smile.gif
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Yes, I have had a good deal of luck. Or, if I was a more self-assured man, I would invoke the saying that luck had nothing to do with it, it was my blood, sweat, and tears! (Personally, I go with the former. I'm just not that smart. It was luck.)

You've chosen an interesting area of study too. A difficult one. My mother was a thanatologist and a big believer in art therapies. She was a classical pianist, but also loved mandalas. She even published a couple of mandala coloring books.

I used to know ASL, but it's been years since I've used it. I always thought of ASL as visual music. It was nice in the noisy, crowded bars too. I could talk to a friend even when they were on the other side of the bar....

My father has advanced Alzheimer's and he's working very hard at keeping his ability to print, if not write. Just to keep his hand practiced, he has been coloring mandalas and then on the back of the page, he will try to describe it and the colors he used. (Which in itself can be fun, he's SO color blind!)

You're going into an important field - bless you!
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Hello Janine:

I have studied History, English and Education. I have degrees in each and an honours specalist in History.

Lately, I've started delving into my own family roots and history more. When you come from 'the new world' you end up with a lot of roots to untangle. As a result I've been doing a good deal of work on French, Irish and Native Canadian (Mohawk) history. Last summer I finally made it to the last of my ancestral homelands when I visited the Republic of Ireland (I had been to France three years before). I find that discovering your own personal history greatly augments your understanding of yourself and the world around you.

I also believe in coupling 'book learning' with travel, talking to people, and trying to better understand the culture. Ireland was fun because understanding the culture was buying rounds and learning/singing songs with many newfound friends. I definitely came away with a better understanding and I find it augments my teaching.

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Great post!

I am not currently involved in any sort of formal study, per se, though I do plan to pursue a Master's Degree in the next couple of years or so.

I am going to be teaching in a college we are starting here on the Reservation for Native American church workers. I'll be teaching several subjects with regards to theology and the like. Part of what we want to do is gear it towards the specialized needs of the Natives. There are issues and challenges faced here that are unique and require specialized training. I'm excited about the possibilities!

I would like to continue my theological training, hence that will be my focus on my Master's. I also hope to write a short book on the history of Baptist on the Navajo Nation. A little specialized, I know, and probably not a wide interest study, but it will be good for me.

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I'm studying Music, History, and Religious Studies. Music and History just because I love learning about them and because I play multiple instruments. And Religious Studies because I'm planning on becoming a pastor, God willing. Unless I go pro in soccer, which I seriously doubt. Haha.
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QUOTE (MattPayton @ 01-Mar-2012, 10:32 AM)
And Religious Studies because I'm planning on becoming a pastor, God willing. Unless I go pro in soccer, which I seriously doubt. Haha.

Ok then! It's good to have a plan B.

Playing a variety of musical instruments is a sign of a creative mind and evidence that you are not afraid of feeling emotions - I like that!
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Yeah I really like to build models, but I can't think of a career where I can do that which is not engineering. Because math is my mortal enemy! Haha.
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I hear you! Math is just like any other language, you have to use it constantly to be any good at it.
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I'm the family historian, story keeper and writer. I love learning all I can. My brother is a craftsman and artist who is head designer at Madison, Wisconsin Children's Museum. I am learning life on the farm and agriculture. I work the old ways and do the old forgotten crafts. I get classes online when I can. My online time is limited as we have limited internet here in the country.
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QUOTE (RebeccaAnn @ 18-Mar-2012, 03:52 PM)
I'm the family historian, story keeper and writer. I love learning all I can. My brother is a craftsman and artist who is head designer at Madison, Wisconsin Children's Museum. I am learning life on the farm and agriculture. I work the old ways and do the old forgotten crafts. I get classes online when I can. My online time is limited as we have limited internet here in the country.
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Thanks for sharing, everyone!

RebeccaAnn, I've been trying to learn old crafts and skills. I'm going to try to learn to can this summer with my grandmother. Those skills are so helpful and necessary. It's a shame they aren't taught as much anymore.

I've talked my mom into learning American Sign Language so that we can sign to each other. She works with special needs children, and it is quite common for sign language to be used with those populations. I've seen it a lot with people on the Autism spectrum.
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