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Inspiration Points

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Katherine Vazquez

on 18 January 2014

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Inspiration Points
Source 2: "Oleada" by Julieta Vanegas
Why this song?
The title of the song, "Oleada", means wave or surge in Spanish. The artist starts off by saying that she does not want to stop this wave that is carrying her--which can be thought of as the "wave" or journey of life--and that although she does not know where it is taking her, she just goes with the flow of it. She continues by saying that although she will not know anybody and nobody will know her, she is not afraid. Vanegas then says that she carries everything she has lived and she has not forgotten it. She later says that she is in search of an open world where she can stay and start over.
This song was extremely inspirational for me since Vanegas talks about life, traveling and learning. We do not know where life is taking us and often it is best to just go with the flow of things and trust that we will get where we are meant to be. When we travel we go to places with which we may be completely unfamiliar with. We do not know anybody. We sometimes do not know how to get around. And we own only what we can carry. However, this all allows us to come out of our comfort zone and pushes us to take risks that will include meeting new people, trying new things, and going on adventures that can change your life. When we travel we learn new things about people and places and we keep that newly gained knowledge in our minds and it our hearts. And thus it helps us grow and become better people. We take the [learning] experiences that we have when traveling, and we turn them into beautiful memories which in the end change us and mold us into the people we are meant to be.
Source 4: Travel Quote
"Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life - and travel - leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks - on your body or on your heart - are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt."
- Anthony Bourdain
Source 1: "A Pep Talk from Kid President to You"
by: Katherine Vazquez
Who I am...
To keep it short and simple...
Katherine "Kat" Vazquez
22 years old
UC Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!)
Graduate student in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at UCSB; student teacher.
One of my many goals this year:
Graduate in June 2014 with a master's degree in Education and my teaching credentials.
Volunteering, running, reading, hiking, kayaking, and the beach.
I discovered my passion for traveling when I studied abroad in Barbados in the fall of 2012.
I am currently teaching abroad in Singapore.
I strive to make a change in the world...especially in childrens' lives.
Source 1: "A Pep Talk from Kid President to You"
Why this video?
My reaction the first time I watched this:
cried, had chills, watched it 8 more times in that sitting.
This made me realize that I am here in this world to do something, to make a change. I have been volunteering since I was 13 years old, and I get such joy out of it. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 5 years old, and am currently on the road to fulfilling that dream. It is my "duty to give the world a reason to dance", which is why I was motivated to expand my volunteering and teaching to other places.
Who is Robby Novak?
A 9-year-old boy that has "Osteogenesis Imperfecta", which is a brittle bone condition that has caused him to go through over 70 breaks since he was born; he enjoys making videos, and believes that we should treat everybody as if it were their birthday every day.
Seeing how thankful, optimistic, and caring Robby is despite his condition truly inspired me to get out there and help the world as much as I can.
Source 3:
by R.J. Palacio
Why this book?
Although this book can be considered a "kids book", I walked away having learned so much from it and having a different perspective on life.
The story is about a 10-year-old child, August, who was born with some physical anomalies. We learn about his first year in fifth grade at a public school since he was previously homeschooled by his mother. We get a peek of what August's life is like from various perspectives including his own, his sister's, and his friend's.
August's character is truly inspiring and although he faces multiple struggles throughout his life he never stops being a kind person (even to those that treat him otherwise), he never gives up and he always has a positive outlook on life.
This book inspired me both as a person and as a teacher, it taught me that I must love the life that I have and not take it for granted. It inspired me to do as much as I can to change someone's life for the best.
Source 2: "Oleada" by Julieta Vanegas
Why this quote?
Like I had previously mentioned, I discovered my passion for traveling after having studied abroad. I was there for four months, and met so many locals whom I still talk to. I saw many different places, and fully immersed myself into the culture and way of living. All of the experiences that I had abroad, all of the people that I met, and all of the learning that took place changed me. I became more open-minded, more empathetic, more thankful, more knowledgeable about another culture, and I had a thirst for learning about other cultures around the world. Additionally, I felt that when I returned to the States I was not the same person that I was when I first left to Barbados. I had changed and grown as a person, and I now had a piece of Barbados in my heart. This quote inspired me to travel more and familiarize myself with other cultures in order to have a better understanding of the world that we inhabit. This is also something that will come in handy for me in the future when I have my own set of students in a classroom. Being more knowledgeable about different cultures allows one as a teacher to relate more to each individual student.
Source 5: Learning Quote
“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
- Anthony Bourdain
Why this other quote?
I personally feel that at this time in my life this quote is perfect. I am indeed hungry to learn and be better, which is what has brought me here to Singapore. This quote is especially inspirational because I now believe that the best way to learn about a different culture is to become a part of it. That can only happen with travel. When we travel we must learn to adjust to that culture's way of living. When we travel we meet people: tourists, locals, etc. We learn from these people and they learn from us, and it all just becomes a grand learning experience that helps us grow as humans, as individuals.We learn about ourselves and about how far we are willing to go in order to become immersed in a different culture, we learn about what makes us tick and about what drives us. We take the moments that are shared with these people, we take the experiences that we have had throughout our journey and we learn some more from it. In reality we really do find ourselves--as cliché as that may sound--and if we're lucky we often find our purpose in life during these wonderful journeys. Traveling is similar to teaching since as teachers we work with others (colleagues, students, etc.); we learn about our students and they learn about us, we learn about their needs and how we can adjust or modify the way that we teach in order to meet those needs. They impact our life, and we hope to impact theirs.
Thank You!

A special thanks to Robby Novak, Julieta Vanegas, R.J. Palacio, and Anthony Bourdain for having been these great sources of motivation and inspiration in my life.
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