Multimedia Project: “A Look Into My Nursing Career”

 

 

They say the job of a nurse is never ending – it is time consuming, intense, and stressful, yet rewarding.  Samantha Sok, a geriatric caretaker and nursing assistant in Baltimore, Maryland, shares why she decided to pursue a career in nursing. Sok, 25-years-old, explains what her daily job routine consists of, as well as her passion and motivation for nursing. Ever since losing her late grandmother, Irene Graf, who was also a nurse for more than 40 years, Sok was determined to continue in her footsteps. Her grandmother, Graf, was considered her best friend and role model. Prior to the passing of her grandmother, Sok lost her father due to a massive heart attack, which left her and her family devastated. With the passing of Sok’s father and grandmother, she is driven to carry their legacy and make them proud by one day potentially becoming a doctor. I had to opportunity to sit down and speak with Sok on a look into her career as a nurse and her life aspirations.

Learn more about Samantha’s story here

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Mini Podcast: First-generation American striving for the American Dream

 

 

 

 

For many first-generation Americans, many can agree that their end goal is striving to make a better living than what their parents may of had to experience back home in their motherland. According to the 2017 Current Population Survey, approximately 86.4 million immigrants and their U.S. born children make up the overall U.S. population (Migration Policy Institute, 2018). This then leads to the topic of the American Dream. You may ask, what exactly is it? Sceva Bhagwandin, a 23-year-old, first-generation American, who’s parents immigrated from Guyana, reflects on why he aspires to work hard in life. I had the chance to sit down and speak with Bhagwandin on his experiences, thoughts and what he believes the American Dream is:

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Feature News Story: Christy Woodward Moore – Food Pantry Coordinator

 

 

As the ongoing hunger and food insecurity continues in Maryland, Christy Woodward Moore, finds time in her hectic schedule in managing the food pantry at Perry Hall United Methodist Church, welcoming the less fortunate families who are in need to receive donated foods from the community every first Saturday and Sunday afternoon of the month.

At 48, Moore, a mother of two daughters and a teacher at Chesapeake High School, explains  why finding time to coordinate the food pantry is very important as she values helping her community in providing all that she can for those in need.

Founded in 1982, the food pantry at Perry Hall United Methodist Church has partnered up with the Maryland Food Bank, which provides donated foods and goods for families in the Baltimore County area.

The amount of food given to these families is determined by the number of people within a household, where guidelines given by the Maryland Food Bank must be followed. The food pantry at this church is primarily the main basis for other churches in the area to donate foods and other goods as well. They can receive anywhere from 500 to 1,500 pounds of donated foods each month.

Moore describes her many different roles and responsibilities as the food pantry coordinator that she’s taken on over the past four years. These jobs include monitoring the food being delivered and stocking it, conducting the monthly report needed for the Maryland Food Bank, budgeting the money given from the church to spend on the food, collecting food donations from the other churches around the area, and scheduling the volunteers who work at the food pantry.

We have lots of donated foods from many different places such as the congregation, community members, and other churches who don’t have a food pantry of their own that will collect food and donate it to us,” she said. “We also have a budget from the church that I am in charge of, where I go to Aldi’s once a month to buy the food.”
Moore first heard about the food pantry being mentioned from other members in the church. The astounding total amount of people that stop by every month inspired her to get involved with the food pantry. On average, they serve anywhere from 70 to 75 families each month, which translates to 260 to 280 people. Over time, Moore says how she creates special bonds with these families, as they come on a regular basis.

I think that it’s just almost hard to comprehend that there are that many people who are hungry or food insecure in our community,” she said. “I teach high school so I know that there are many of our students who are food insecure and I’m really trying to do what I can to help alleviate that problem.”

According to “Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap” report in Maryland, 682,280 individuals report food insecure, which equals to 1 in 9 Marylander’s. The victims who fall into these statistics are given the help and guidance provided by Moore and the other volunteer workers  at the food pantry, in hopes of diluting this issue.

She explains how this is not her first time being involved with helping out the community through the church, as her and the youth group went to the Ronald McDonald’s House where they would serve the families living there, preparing them their breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Moore said how they are always welcomed to new members volunteering at the food pantry and spreading the word on joining. Not only on their church website do they have information about this, but also the social services and county services give out their information as well in hopes of recruiting people.

Other churches in the area know we are here, so they can have their members involved and donate food if they want,” she said. “We are the main basis to collect the food.”

As for the future outlook on the food pantry, Moore wants to continue her good will and attributions in what she has already done.

When I’m finished here, I would like to leave this in a good place and turn it over to someone else who can build on to what I’ve done,” she said. “I’ve built on (the late) Margaret Hubert, who was the person before me, so definitely building on her legacy and moving forward to grow it.”

Skylar Anne Moore, 21, the oldest daughter of Moore, previously was the coordinator at the food pantry, but made the decision to hand over the role to her mother as she had started working full time, leaving her to be too busy.

Being in charge at the time, she created a birthday bag competition for the sunday school that consisted of collecting cake mix, frosting, candles and birthday bags that were then donated to any family members that had birthday’s the month of. Skylar also tried opening up hours on Tuesday nights, but was not  pursued any further as only a few clients would come in for the three hours that it would be open.

Almost identical appearance wise to her mother, having blonde short hair, bright blue eyes, and a warm smile, Skylar sums up her mother in two simple words, caring and generous.

“I feel like she is definitely a very caring and generous person and not just only in the food pantry,” Skylar said.

She mentions how her mother is selfless in providing all the help she can not only to the clientele in the food pantry but even for her students at school, providing information to where jobs may be hiring, applying to colleges, internships, and any other resources they may need.

“She goes out of her way to make sure that everybody has everything they need, even if they mention that they’re having trouble paying their electricity bills, cable, or any other utility bills, she’ll give them resources since we can’t pay those,” Skylar said. “She will give them resources like, ‘this is the number you can call to help with your BGE, or resources for your children and school supplies for your kids and stuff around that.”

“She really goes above and beyond from just giving people food; she’s automatically a second mother to anybody she meets,” Skylar said. “She’s like, ‘here’s your food and what else do you need?”

 

 

 

 

Beat Story: Dance Majors’ Performance Project

 

Students blew the audience away by showcasing their dance, choreography, and diverse themes during the Dance Majors’ Performance Project on Feb. 24 in the dance studio theatre at Towson University.

The Dance Major’s Performance Project was created by the student’s preferences regarding the choreography, costumes, music selection and lighting. The choreography was based on relationships, love, flaws, joy, and life.

Before the start of the show, Professor Vincent, a dancer, choreographer and teacher at Towson University, gave a welcoming speech of what to expect among the crowd. “You will be full and nourished with art,” he said. “Whatever you feel and however you perceive these pieces after watching is right.”

Dania Lanaa, 19, a dancer, choreographer, and student, showcased four out of the six pieces for the Dance Majors’ Performance Project, that she began working on during the start of the spring semester.

The sophomore choreographer at Towson University performed in two pieces, starting off the show with “Save Me” and “I Am Not What I Once Was” and choreographed “I Found Love” and “No title.”

Her choreography and concepts for the performances were created in her mind where she would then take those ideas and make them come alive during the studio time.

“Certain movements that the dancers did, maybe that weren’t inside the choreography that I originally taught them, would be used inspire the rest of the piece,” she said. “I would kind of play of off what their ideas were and they would play off of my mines, which I then tried to collaborate within the dances.”

During the process of putting the pieces together, there were challenges and obstacles that she faced, especially for the duet of “I Found Love.”

“Figuring out what made the chemistry work between the two dancers was difficult,” Lanaa said. “I would put my story onto their story and maybe they wouldn’t really feel it, so they had to pull it from me in order to incorporate what they had in mind and translating that was difficult.”

Lanaa explained how as the role of a choreographer, she wants to inspire her dancers and create their vision to the best of her ability as it wouldn’t be possible without them.

“I really think as a choreographer it’s my job to put my feeling, my emotion, my story behind whatever I’m giving dancers as clear as possible, so that they can take it to the next level even above to what I’m imagining and of course be their friend but also still get things done,” she said.

What she loves most about being a dancer is telling a story without having to say anything and making the audience feel something through her work.

“There’s always those pieces where you can speak through and I love that,” Lanaa said. “I’m not a very verbal person and I don’t talk about my emotions very well so it’s easy to translate through movement.”

As for plans after college, Lanaa hopes to get involved with the Peace Corps and find a way to integrate dance within that, possibly through an organization.

“I’m not too sure how to do that yet, but I want to somehow,” she said. “I also want to travel, dance, perform, teach and choreograph for different companies – just do everything.”

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Three and Three Photos and Interview

 

 

Name: Alden Pempemo Sindjui – Student/Vehicle Mechanic U.S. Army

Question: After coming back and completing training at camp last summer, how did you feel?

Response/Quote: “I was very proud of myself. Truthfully, I thought it was a really great experience. I got to meet a lot of people from all over and was able to challenge myself to my fullest potential”

 

 

 

Name: Skylar Anne Moore – Personal Trainer

Question: What do you love most about working out?

Response/Quote: “I love how it really transformed me from working out just for my appearance and what I look like to now focusing on my health, how my body functions, and how I feel.”

 

 

Name: Ronald Snyder – Media Ethics Professor/Spokesperson for the Maryland State Police

Question: Who inspired you to start teaching?

Response/Quote: “I look up to all the great professors that I had here at Towson when I attended for guidance and the impact they had on me. I want to be able to do the same thing for my students.”