Today, Wednesday the 29th of March, we had a workshop on Disability Awareness Training. It was really interesting as the workshop was delivered by a man who had a road accident, as a result he now only has one arm. He talked about disabilities, the large range they take in from bipolar to wheelchair users for example. The lifestyle of people with disabilities, and how they often require PA’s – Personal Assistants. The assistants are designed to how people with disabilities cook food, bathe and get dressed. Anything that they would struggle to do by themselves. He talked also about the language you should use when speaking of someone who has a disability. Words that shouldn’t be used because they are offensive and insensitive. Richard Alcorn, the man who gave the workshop today, is a member of Donegal CIL. Donegal CIL support and empower disabled people to achieve independent living and to actively participate as equal citizens by having choice and control. I really enjoyed today, because it was very interesting. Something I’ve never experienced anything like before.
Junior Cert Art was something I never thought I would live through. Dramatic as it sounds I was rubbish at drawing, so it’s the truth. This time last year I sat with the decision that every other Art student has to go through when it comes to exams. What theme to choose. Eventually I got a theme I really liked and the work load seemed less from there, Art is something I really enjoy and love, the painting and craft were my two favourite pieces, and I was thrilled when they featured in a local Art Exhibition. Goes to show hard work pays off and I couldn’t of done it without the help of my art teacher, Ms Reddin. Special thanks to her for putting up with me last year 🎨💚
“What would you like to be when you’re older?” , “what college would you like to attend?” , “are you interested in any of the courses we offer here at “….”?” “You need a language and science if you want to study “….”!”
All these questions and not one answer for them. That was my mindset before heading into the Careers Fair in St Columb’s College in Derry last Thursday, I hadn’t a clue what I wanted to be or who I wanted to speak to about their college or courses they offer.
It was hectic at the start, as the school that hosted the Careers Fair was massive, it took a while to get to know our way about. We each picked a talk we would like to attend and the Head Boy took us to the rooms they were on in.
I attended two of the talks that day. One was about NUI Galway and the other was about Journalism.
Until that day I never thought about studying Journalism, it never really entered my head. But for now, as I don’t know what I’d like to be, I’m working off the things I like to do and I like writing up reports about events or just in general telling stories! I like being the one that has the craic.
The talks were very interesting and I am now in two minds to consider a career in Journalism or to become a teacher. The day was really great and it was interesting to find out about the colleges, and what they offer their students.
As part of our Creative Writing module we do 6 word stories. These 6 word stories then get forwarded on to the Irish Independent and have a chance of being selected to feature in the paper. I have been sending mines in for about 4-5 weeks now and really didn’t expect it to be selected at all. But last weekend, typical Saturday night of me laying doing nothing, mammy spotted my name feature in last week’s 6 word stories. I then checked my email and MsO’Donnell had emailed me that morning to let me know that I featured in it! My story was “A ring, but no love involved.” It is about two people that never truly love each other but stay married just for show. There was no real inspiration to this it just kind of came to me. I was buzzing to say the least and I hope I have luck strike again for me sometime this coming year ! 📚💍