- Have a good understanding of what you want and don’t want so that you don’t need to contradict your happiness along the way.
- Your own wellbeing comes first before anything else. If you feel yourself drooping during your efforts towards success, take a break. You will achieve better success than you ever will.
- Be open-minded and flexible. Accept others as well as yourself so that you are not burdened by judgements.
When did you start dancing?
A: As early as 3 years old. As far back as my memory goes, so does dancing.
What made you decide you wanted to make this your career?
A: It seemed to unfold as I became a young adult. I worked in various fields, but the arts and music always held me firmly along the way and it was such a priority for me that it became the obvious choice.
What were the first steps you took in becoming a choreographer?
A: During dance class, as students, we would be given choreography projects (a piece of music, a timeframe, a genre, and maybe a spatial directive). I really enjoyed the challenge. I think that’s where it began for me as a young teenager. In my free time I would experiment with different kinds of music and movement and thus, the creative evolution began for me and I was hooked. I was determined to get as much experience as possible and was hungry to learn.
-How does the process work and what were some obstacles you came across?
A: Wow. I’m not sure that I can pin down a specific process. It really happened over many years and there were numerous contributing influences. Here are just a few points off the top of my head:
Continuing education as an adult
Taking class consistently and broadening my training in various genres
Participating in and attending arts events (shows, theatre, musicals, concerts, and to a lesser extent – film and tv)
Going to conventions and workshops, taking courses
Volunteering and apprenticing
Travelling (taking classes abroad, meeting/networking with other performers)
Keeping active and supporting the arts community and industry
If time permitted, I bet the above list would go on and on.
In terms of obstacles… I was shy to some extent. Not so much when on a stage and performing, but rather, in a place where you had to be in charge of something and people were looking to you for what comes next. I had to build a lot of confidence before being able to show my work with pride or teach a class and work with others and not have anxiety. That was hard. Also, getting your name out there and building a reputation took time. Work was sporadic in the beginning and so I had to have a “side job” to make ends meet – which was ok, but it wasn’t what I wanted. Injuries are another obstacle, but we’ll leave that one out.
Did you have any mentors or role models while taking this path?
A: Both of my parents are performing artists. They are the greatest role models in my life. To this day I still seek advice and support from them.
How did they help you achieve your career, or shape you into the person you are today?
A: Well, they were an endless support both emotionally and financially. Especially in the beginning because it’s really tough starting out. They provided a foundation of positivity and honesty about the challenges versus the rewards, and they kept me focused and encouraged because they believed in me which helped me to believe in myself. I saw them have successes and failures and survive through all of it. I was right there as a witness through the good and the bad. It made me stronger. It made me flexible. It made me appreciate life on a day to day basis and be joyful. I knew that I could make it through because it is a life that I have always known. It’s who I am because it’s who they were and I looked up to them and still do.
How has your dancing style changed throughout the years? Any improvements?
A: I was really into street dance in my early years and enjoyed the challenge of breakdance and the athleticism. For a ballerina, that was odd. I had been dancing in various genres for years and really enjoyed everything. Even cultural dancing. Over the years, Jazz has become my favorite. And as I get older and my body changes, I don’t really have my own style – I look to encourage talent and promote strength in others.
What do you find most difficult about your job at the moment and throughout the years?
A: At the moment? The physical fatigue and health challenges. It’s tough to work in this field when you don’t feel well. But on the bright side, being in the studio always cheers me up. Throughout the years? I think it’s been difficult to let go of my kids after watching them grow up – and they become adults and they move on. But it’s still joyful, nonetheless. And many do stay in touch – which is wonderful.
What do you like most about your job and what aspects do you dislike?
A: Like most? That’s a hard one. It’s a big swirly combination of things. I guess if I had to pin one thing down, it would most likely be the creative environment because everyone seems to feel better when they enter the dance room. Dislike? Time seems to run a lot faster than me. There are often administrative deadlines that are not my favorite part of the job.
Do you have some advice or tips you’d give to someone planning on taking the same path?
A: Know yourself. Understand what you want and don’t want so that decision making is done without making hefty compromises to your happiness. Accept others for who they are so that you are not burdened by judgments because you’ll be involved with a variety of personalities. Try to learn something new every week so that your knowledge base is rich and grows with you. Be open and flexible. Life is very fluid. If we aren’t willing to bend with the flow of life, cracks occur in our foundation. Allow yourself to feel everything with honesty. Some of my best work and creativity had a direct line to my own heart and experiences. Keep a journal. Write things down (thoughts, ideas, experiences, people and places that you want to remember, and most importantly – goals). Nurture and care for your health and wellbeing – the BEST YOU results in an elevated life experience for yourself and everyone. Isn’t this why we breathe?
- Do a lot of things early on in life like joining conferences and clubs to explore your interests. Identify why you loved the the things that you love, and find jobs that you believe would need those skill sets.
- Communication skills is one of the most important things that you could have for almost any job. It is also a transferable to any career, so you will never miss your shot even if you changed fields.
- Try and find a mentor when you are new to the job. A good mentor will help you through the challenges and teach you the basics until you can go off and mentor others. You can gain a edge over others this way, and also adapt into your position better.
Out of many mental and psychological disorders, depression is one of the most common, and the symptoms of depression are experienced by almost everyone. However, the case of depression as a mental illness delves deeper than the temporary down or depressing mood swings.There are also a few different forms of depression, some with more severe symptoms and differing effects. One of these other mental disorders that is important would be bipolar disorder, which is commonly misunderstood. While it is not a direct form of depression, it does play a large role in understanding the symptoms and effects. People suffering from depression have their lives heavily altered and controlled by the disturbance, and it can often lead to more serious issues and illnesses.
General clinical depression, or major depressive disorder, can be known as a case of mental illness where a patience experiences depression like moods and show multiple symptoms of depression for more than two weeks. These symptoms include persistent sadness, anxiety, an empty feeling or a feeling of hopelessness, constant fatigue, lost in interests, difficulty sleeping, increased irritability, appetite loss and a distancing from peers and family. In severe cases, thoughts of suicide and death occur to patients as well. While people may experience these emotions and symptoms, patients with depression constantly suffer from multiple if not all the symptoms at once. In addition, while common moods change easily, symptoms of depression patients extend over a much longer period of time.
Bipolar disorder is a variant of depression that, while different in ways, share some symptoms to depression and is also worth noting. Bipolar disorder patients feel episodes, or periods of extreme mania, often followed by periods of extreme and severe depression. During the depression episodes, a patient will experience the symptoms of depression. On the other hand, during the episodes of mania, a patient suffering from bipolar disorder will endure symptoms that are completely opposite to depression. Mania episodes depicts patients showing increased hyperactivity, reduced self composure and self control. In addition, patients will have increased energy levels, and tend to think a lot faster than usual. Also, patients during mania episodes tend to practice reckless behaviour, without having conscious thought of the consequences. There are also episodes for bipolar disorder patients where they feel both depression and mania symptoms simultaneously, or have episodes where they are in a completely stable mood. Episodes for people who suffer from bipolar disorder are unpredictable and can last for a various amount of time.
The research and knowledge that have been learned and gathered about depression and depression related mental illnesses are still limited and vague. Since many symptoms and cures lie within human emotions and moods, it is difficult to research and advance in this field of study. Nonetheless, there is treatment for depression and like disorders, such as bipolar disorder. The main suggested treatment is consulting a guidance councillor and seeking professional therapeutic assistance. It is also crucial to understand that often patients do not recognize their own symptoms, and it becomes the responsibility of their family or close friends to seek guidance. In more serious cases of depression or bipolar disorder, medication and medical help can be introduced into the treatment of a patient. Chemical medication that reduce norepinephrine, a chemical found to increase activity can be introduced to mania patients in the most drastic of cases, and alike with drugs that increase serotonin levels for patients suffering from depression.
Depression still has many unexplored factors to it, and many researchers hope to learn more about this disorder to combat its effects in patients who suffer it. From the information already known, it is established that depression is more than a mere sad mood, and bipolar disorder is much more than mood swings. While it is common, it nonetheless causes serious harm to patients suffering from these mental illnesses.
For my research of this presented article, I took information from a variety of sources on the internet. There were sources that were created by companies who specialize in the treatment of the illness, as well as ones that are purely information and inquiry websites. I also took data from an informative video by a trusted source on the topic to gain a better understanding.
The online resources I used are as follows:
I did find other sources and information, however, I did not use them in my final presentation.
Source #1: CrashCourse: Depression and Bipolar Disorder
This resource was one of the first I consulted after choosing my topic of research. I began my research through this video since the author/creator (Youtube channel) is known to create videos that are concise yet able to explain a topic thoroughly in a short amount of time. In addition, I found that the information is usually always correct, and even when there are controversies they often state it in the video. However, in this particular piece, I found that there were some bias to the information. The points and material presented from the video seems to be gathered from only one source/author, and it does not cross reference many other authors and studies. The author of this resource is a very respectable and trusted creator, and I have often seen their production used in classrooms. In addition, they do not seem to be strongly affiliated with any profitable private company, and seem to operate as an independent group, which helps cut out biases. They are funded through viewer support but not any other organization which may influence them to skew their information. The video was also posted in 2014, and since my presentation was more on the general points of this topic, the source provided me with current data. By doing referencing and looking through other studies and sources, I found that this provided valid and correct information on the topic.
From my second source, I was able to use two of the articles found on the website for my research. From searching through the resources section on other websites and articles, I noticed that this site was referenced quite a bit, thus that informed me it was a trusted and useful database for this topic. For biases, I could not notice any that are prominent throughout the site and its pages. It is a research and study based site, and its material is for application uses, thus it gives out truthful and factual information. The site is known to be a trusted organization and provided of medical studies and information. They are also not heavily tied with many outside influences so I believe that their information would not be affected in that way. They are supported and work with the National Institute of Health, and the U.S. Government’s Department of Health and Services. On the pages, it was stated that their last revision was of April to May of this year, 2016. Thus I came to believe that they had up to date and current information. Lastly, since many other sources draw upon this site, and they have studies that are properly referenced, I would say that they are constant in their information.
For my third source, I looked at a more local source and one that is more relevant to myself. This source originated from Canada and it seems to be a trustworthy site. There were some biases that I found while visiting this website. It does seem like the organization is a profit organization and that it is trying to provide services that related to mental health issues. With that, some of the information are leaning more towards swaying you towards their provided services. It is however, a trusted source, and by cross referencing, I found that it provided facts and correct information on the topic. It did not state the publishing date of the article, thus I was not able to ensure the currency of the facts.
Source #4: HelpGuide.Org-Depression
The final resource I used for my research was more for referencing and confirming facts. I found that the site itself didn’t look as professional or as well put together as some of the other sources I used. In terms of the biases, since it was a profit organization and it looked to push services and products regarding medical conditions, some of the information was more targeted to inform the audience and push them into buying their goods. However, they did have respectable authors write and create the article and referenced them. Also, the organization is self and publicly funded by the general mass, and thus does not have a solid affiliation with any large company. In addition, they were open with the publication information for their resource, and stated clearly when it was published and revised. Lastly, I found that their facts and information were quite constant to other sources, though a little lacking in detail and further information, they did provide all the basic material.
From researching and writing about this topic, i was able to learn a lot more about this topic and gain insight on the effects of this specific mental illness. I also was able to have a clearly definition of what the disorder actually is and what it means to be affected by it. From learning about depression and bipolar disorder, I can now identify symptoms of each and support peers or family who I notice show those symptoms. I also not know how to deal with the symptoms and also where to look for help if needed. In addition, this information has brought reassurance since now that I know I am educated on the topic, it would be less frightening to deal with. Lastly, by knowing this information I can help teach others who may want to know more about the topic or may suffer for the illness.
Substance misuse is a growing problem in and around the youth demographic of this generation. With the increased accessibility and appeal of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, a portion of adolescents have misused and abused these substances. Some of the most common substances that are often abused by youth are marijuana and alcohol. These substances can have slight benefits when used appropriately and within legal boundaries. However, when it is not, the effects can be profoundly harmful. Not only does substance abuse affect the user in a negative way, it also affects the people surrounding them as well. Being properly educated and aware of the dangers of substances is one the the many ways to protect against the risk of substance abuse.
Alcohol is one the the most common and readily available drugs, in which almost anyone can gain access to it. It is also a major legal recreational drug, alongside caffeine and tobacco (nicotine). Unlike caffeine however, abusing and misusing alcohol can lead to much more harm, in both the short term and long run. Drinking alcohol (ethanol) is a depressant, in which it slows down the body system and causes reduced consciousness. When alcohol is consumed, it will enter and begin to circulate in the circulatory system and increase the alcohol level in the blood, which effects the body respectively. In small amounts, alcohol can assist in the calming of the mind, and aiding the user into relaxation. However, consuming an excessive amount of this substance in a short period would be considered abuse. In addition, constant and regular use can also lead to the abuse of the substance, and result in many unfavourable effects. The immediate effect of alcohol abuse include a range of symptoms similar to being sick, such as vomiting, dizziness and addition erratic mood changes. Early social effects of alcohol abuse include depression, lack of motivation, a deterioration in health, as well as becoming more introverted and unsociable. It can also cause a drop in school grades and early career opportunities for youth. Lasting effects of alcohol abuse are more detrimental and difficult to reverse. Long-term and ongoing effects include health issues, depression, a loss in social connections, and also becoming more easily aggravated. Alcohol abuse can also cause alcohol dependancy, or addiction to alcohol, which worsens the case.
Another substance that is commonly abused, and is becoming more common within the youth population, is cannabis, or marijuana. Marijuana is not openly legal to the majority of the public, and must be used in controlled legal limits and with permits. Nonetheless, it can still be abused, and is commonly. Cannabis affects the human body by giving the user an increased sense of euphoria and put them into a calm state of mind, altering their mood. Side effects of using cannabis include dryness in the mouth and throat, short term memory loss and increased anxiety. In addition, it can cause short term social issues as well, such as seclusion, financial issues and legal disorder. Long-term health effects include respiratory and cardiovascular issues, as well as a loss in memory and mental issues. These effects are more deadly towards youths and adolescents who are still developing. The persisting social effects resulted from cannabis abuse are also very harmful. The most obvious harmful effects of marijuana abuse would be financial issues, and psychological addiction: which can damage relationships and create a negative self-image. Lastly, marijuana use is also illegal in the majority of cases, thus cannabis abuse risks breaching the law.
Substance abuse is not always directly attributed to the user alone, and often their judgement is swayed and altered by outside influences. First, by surrounding oneself with people who constantly use substances can manipulate one judgement and persuade them to use such substances. In addition, media content that contains misguiding information can have the same effect. On the other hand, having supportive peers and family who are positive influences will help one deter from substance use. In other cases, when an individual is already abusing a certain substance, peers as well as family who are supportive and mannerly on the subject can help in correcting the user in his ways. The media too can be a proper, positive influence. The right sources and content can educate and inform an individual about the risks of substance abuse. Thus, by following positive examples and being-well informed by media, peers and family will lead to appropriate and safe choices.
Being an adolescent myself, and having the possibility of encountering these issues gave me reason to formulate strategies and methods to prevent myself from substance abuse. First, as stated before, surrounding myself with good influences and avoiding negative impressions is one method to avert from substances. It is always best to begin with a prevention method, and protect from the issue before it becomes one. Substance abuse is especially hard to recover from, thus to prevent it is of first priority. Another strategy for averting from substance abuse is to be educated and capable of making correct decisions in situations. Even with the most prevention measure taken, there are still be times where decisions regarding substances will arise. Then, it will be important to be sensible and make the right decisions, and not be swayed into making bad decisions by pressure. Lastly, a definite strategy to preventing substance abuse is simply being well educated and informed about it. As I’ve mentioned, with the spreading publicity and controversy on drugs and substances, it is almost impossible to not be impacted by the information. However, with correct judgement supported by proper knowledge one can decide appropriately to these influences, and be safe from the dangers.
In conclusion, the best defence against substance abuse is being well educated and informed about the risks, effects, and consequences involved. By doing so, one can stay safe and make the right decisions towards these situations, and create a positive impact on their own future.
1. Healthy Eating
Importance of Healthy Eating
A key part in a happy, healthy lifestyle is having a balanced, healthy diet. Eating healthy is beneficial for your body in many aspects, such as having energy during the day, increased concentration, and having a healthy, fit body. According to the Canada’s Food Guide, in order to have a balanced diet, a person must eat a certain amount of servings from each of the four sections of the food pyramid, which consists of, fruits and vegetables, grain products, dairy products, and meat and alternatives. Another important part of healthy eating is having a big breakfast. Since breakfast is the first meal of the day, it is important to get the right fuel, so you won’t feel hungry throughout the day. Eating a nutritious breakfast instead of skipping it, will increase alertness, improve physical and academic performance, and stop you from overeating. The last tip is to always look for healthier alternatives, such as buying whole wheat instead of white bread, eating a fresh apple for a snack instead of a donut, eating in smaller portions, and avoiding fast food. Following these steps will ultimately lead to happier and healthy lifestyle.
Cyber bullying, is the newest, and most difficult bullying to deal with. First off, with our technological advancements, and new social media sites rising daily, cyber bullying is constantly changing, and can adapt to different sites on the internet. Bullies harass and humiliate their victims through social media sites such as Facebook and Google Plus, by playing cruel jokes, and sending hateful instant messages. Cyber bullying can be hard to punish at times, because since it is online, they can stay or anonymous, and the victim may not know who is bullying them. Cyber bullies may send hateful e-mails, upload pictures of the victim, and make fun of them over the internet. Bullying is a serious problem in schools, and can cause very negative effects to the recipient of the bullying, like serious depression, anxiety, trust issues, loneliness, social isolation, and suicidal thoughts. Cyber bullying is just as serious as other forms of bullying, and should be dealt with immediately. If being bullied, the best method is to talk to someone about it, such as a parent, a teacher, or someone who really cares about you.
3. Healthy Relationships
Steps to a Healthy Relationship
Building relationship with our peers is an important part of our lives, and making sure they are healthy relationships will be beneficial to both parties involved. There are multiple parts to a healthy relationship, and making sure that both sides are fulfilling these parts will lead to strong bond between the two. The first, and most important part, is that both people are willing to give, rather than just taking. Being willing to be selfless is a key part in a healthy relationship. The second step is being willing to change. Unless the stars have aligned, and they were a match made in heaven by fate, there will be obstacles between the two, and being willing to change, rather than blaming something else, is an attitude that will improve the relationship. This also means being able to admit they have made a mistake, and be open about it, instead of being defensive. The third step is good communication, specifically, to be able to listen to what each person is saying. Both sides are trying to imagine being in their partner’s shoes, before drawing conclusions. This also means being open to each other and understanding each other’s situation. Letting the other person know how they are feeling is important to a healthy relationship. The fourth step to a healthy relationship is to be able to support each other, and meet the other partner’s needs. By helping each other, both partners benefit, and get what they need. The fifth and final step is to have integrity. This means doing what you say, keeping promises, being honest, and trusting each other. Being able to trust each other will only make the relationship stronger. Healthy relationships are vital in our lives, and it is important how to know what a healthy relationship looks like, and these steps will create a foundation for a healthy relationship.
4. Drugs and Alcohol
Alcohol in drinks, such as beer, wine, and liqour present a problem for some students. Alcohol can be consumed safely, if it is in moderation. A large problem for students who can’t restrain themselves to one drink is binge drinking. Binge drinking is when someone drinks a lot of alcohol in small timeframe, and can be defined as a man consuming five or more drinks in a row, or four or more for a woman. Many young students may start to binge drink because their curious, they think alcohol will make them happy, or they want to feel older by consuming alcohol. Drinking multiple times in a short time is incredibly dangerous for the body. At first the alcohol may relax someone, but after a while it will cause mood swings, vomiting, impaired judgement, and if it is really bad, alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning affects breathing and the gag reflex, making it life-threatening. No matter what the circumstances, controlling your alcohol intake will be the difference between life and death. Alcohol is a dual-edged blade. It can relax you, but too much can seriously hurt you. Just remember everything is within moderation.
Always be Prepared
STI stands for “sexually transmitted infection”, which are infectious diseases that spread between people through sexual intercourse. STI’s can affect anyone, and are a serious health problem. STI’s can spread through oral and anal sex, despite common belief. Some STI’s can even spread with just skin-to-skin contact on the infected spot or sore. The best way to prevent catching an STI is to be prepared. To decrease the chances of STI’s, don’t have sex at a young age, and don’t have intercourse with many partners.The best tip for prevention, is to wear a condom. Before having sex, making sure to get genital examinations for STI’s are important because it is easiest to treat then. One key step is to not be embarrassed that you might have an STI, and if you have any questions or concerns about sexual health, consult a doctor or clinic right away.
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