jeudi 20 novembre 2008

Erin Brokovich

The most important message I got that day was Believe in yourself be selfconfident>I liked this woman humor.I preferred if she had played her role in the movie .Julia Roberts did well but I think that if we had the real Erin playingher roleIt would had been greater!! Certainly no great prizes but something real!!

Free hugs

It was really crazy when I saw for the first time these guys holding boards on which it was written free Hugs , hugging all people passing by. It was very surprising for me .But a small research on the internet , or let me say a small googling or rather when I googled ( like this word , Americans do too they are using it all the time and especially the Daily TuftsNews paper board members.They once sent me an email after I submitted an article for editing sorry miss but when we googled your name we found out that you had already published this in your blog and this is called plagiarism even if you are plagiarising yourself!!!Oh really >? I didn t know this.)
Let me be back to the Free Hugs crazy story and I will plagiarise this Tufts Daily 's story about the free hugs

Late last month, the Daily reported on recent initiatives taken by Health Service to detect depression among students at Tufts. With the percentage of college students suffering from depression steadily climbing, the Health Service office has been screening students to catch mental health problems, even if their symptoms are strictly physical. In this article, the Daily looks at a campus group whose goal is to use a physical gesture — a hug — to brighten the days of a demographic whose mental health is a critical concern.
A small but growing group of Tufts students have gathered on street corners and outside Tisch Library with bold signs and outstretched arms in recent weeks to offer free hugs to any passersby.
For one hugger, Sam, the gesture is a means of expressing social connection on a campus that she describes as being “standardized and digitalized to the point of dehumanization.”
The members of “Free Hugs” were adamant that their identities remain anonymous, as they see their actions as more of an open movement, rather than a social group made up of individuals. As such, the names in this article have been changed.
“Hugs are perhaps the simplest and most appreciated gift you can give,” Sam said. “Even the offer of a hug is a way of bringing someone back to the present, a way of making him or her stop and think for a moment, a way of changing someone’s mental modality.”
Students who have encountered the huggers have had mixed reactions: Some begin walking at a faster pace so as to avoid the interaction entirely; others avoid eye contact and politely decline. And some chose to welcome the embrace.
Sophomore Caitlin Kauffman declined a hug but stopped to inquire as to the huggers’ motivations. “We’re just spreading the love,” Kauffman was told.
“I didn’t accept a hug because free love isn’t necessarily wanted love,” Kauffman said. “I would prefer love spreading through less tactile means … at least when it’s with a complete stranger.”
While it remains to be seen whether the hugging initiative helps with social connectedness on campus, students, professors and other health professionals are studying the issue of social isolation with hopes to discover more long-term solutions.
Shawn Achor serves as the head teaching fellow for “Positive Psychology,” one of Harvard University’s most popular courses, and said that strong personal relationships are integral to maintaining mental and social well-being.
“Positive Psychology” aims to explore the psychological aspects of leading a happy and satisfying life. According to Achor, the quality of social interactions is of utmost importance.
“Social support predicts our happiness perhaps more than anything else in life,” Achor said. “In a study of the top 10 percent of the happiest people, researchers found that the only characteristic that differentiated them from everyone else was the strength of their social relationships.”
For some, however, social integration is a difficult hurdle to overcome. Sophomore Sean Smith described Tufts as having a wealth of academic and social opportunities, but feels that for many students, joining a club or engaging in a sport is a challenge in and of itself.
Sophomore Emily Ringer echoed Smith’s sentiments.
“When I was a freshman, at first I was intimidated to go to meetings and try new things,” she said. “Initially I had trouble reaching out to make new friends. Plus, with all the academic stress, it’s easy to let go of things like clubs or socializing, things that are actually really crucial to meeting more people.”
In Achor’s psychology class, he conducts an exercise to help students translate their desires into habits that stimulate social connection. For 21 days, he asks his students to think of a positive action they would like to incorporate into their daily routines and then to start doing it once a day.
“Changing up your routines helps expand your social network,” Achor said. “When you go to a party, try to talk to three people you normally wouldn’t have spoken with. Start more conversations with random people. Four out of five might end quickly, but the fifth might be a great new connection.”
Dr. Julie Jampel, the supervising clinician at the Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Center, agreed that loneliness and depression are inextricably linked.
“Basically, relationships are a huge part of being well adjusted and happy,” she said. “On the other hand, people who are isolated are often depressed.”
In the spring of 2006, the University of Texas at Austin’s National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education found that over half of 26,000 college students from over 70 national colleges and universities had displayed suicidal thoughts at some point during their lifetime, according to a comprehensive online survey.
And, according to a study by the American College Health Association, the level of depression on the college campus is rising: The rate of students reporting official diagnosis of depression increased 56 percent between 2000 and 2005, jumping from 10 percent to 16 percent.
Dr. Jampel supports the practice of psychological screenings as a tool to catch cases of depression that may otherwise have gone untreated.
“For people who are depressed and lonely, there are several reasons why it’s hard for them to speak up,” she said. “Oftentimes they don’t want to be a burden to their friends by expressing their feelings, [and sometimes], the depression can cause them to withdraw further from social interaction.”
Listen Guys I put the link but you can still consider it as plagiarism.

Personnally I think that this is no sense . I tried this but it did notmake any difference.What I really need is not just a hug from an unknown person. I rather need friends who talk to me regularly and share my interests my happiness and sadness but this doesn t exist in Tufts.Everyone is bsy studying.

jeudi 6 novembre 2008


Everybody at Tufts has one of these. Can someone tell me the name?
I bought one too and it is good for coffee . I am drinking one liter of coffee everyday thanks to this thing .

Rain Boots

Let s talk about the rain boots . Ikept delaying buying a pair until I was sick last week. All students wear these things at Tufts. It may cost MORE than 100$ which is crazy for plastic boots. What do you think of this pair?

lundi 3 novembre 2008

stupid me

  1. Well I suppose that I have to start from the beginning of my experience in the United States and my first days at 34 Capen Street but as I had neglected this for 3 months . I will start from different experiences and discoveries for me in the United States and whenever I will find the time I will write something from my first days in the United States . Today I will tell you about my story with the University shuttle . Well it is all about spending money in a stupid way. I spent 2 months either walking for 45 minutes to reach Davis Square , the nearest place where I can buy stuff or paying money to take the normal shuttle . It was really crazy until I discovered that the shuttle that I saw everyday 20 times a day was for this purpose