Friday, March 28, 2014

Changing career paths from animals to teaching

I would like to share my new tutoring advertisement on here since I am trying to get the word out regarding my tutoring services. I am trying to gain teaching/tutoring experience so that I can become a full-time teacher in the field of Biology. I am certified to teach ACT Math and English as well as Biology subjects. :)


Jen Y. in Niles, IL 60714

Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Genetics, Evolution


Hourly Rate $34.00 - $40.00
Location Niles, IL 60714
More Information http://www.wyzant.com/Tutors/IL/Niles/8515265/#ref=1SQMOF

About Me My love of teaching comes from a lifelong love of learning. I have been a student for most of my life, I am finishing up my Master's degree in Biology this May 2014. After five years working in the animal/veterinary field, I am looking to change my career focus to teaching. I am looking to gain more experience teaching and tutoring. I am excited to start helping students improve their grades and to help them enjoy learning as much as I do. I specialize in tutoring science subjects mainly because I have degrees in the science field. I have my Bachelor's of Science in Animal Science and I have a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Zoo and Aquarium Studies. Through these educational experiences as well as my soon complete Master's degree, I have taken many Biology, Zoology, Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics courses that I have enjoyed learning about. Since I am new to tutoring, I am willing to travel to the student. I try to be flexible with time, but I am only available during the evenings and weekends since I have a day job on weekdays. I do have a two hour cancellation policy. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your studies!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kung Fu Red Sash Test Training

Last week I received my red sash test sheet. The red test is known for testing one's endurance, it requires you to perform almost everything you know thus far, including 30 of each kick, all push-ups, 2 minutes horse stance with bowls, and almost all the forms you know. The test is one of the hardest out of the tests, it is the 4th test but I have heard the 5th test isn't as hard just because you don't have to do any kicks (but trust me, it isn't easy- you have to do the splits on both sides). To train for the red sash test, it is recommended to start running in addition to the kung fu training. Of course, it is frequently either in negative degrees or snowing for the past few weeks, and I don't have a gym membership nor a treadmill so my running options are nill at the moment but I do plan on joining the Niles park district fitness center once Vince and I move to Niles on March 1st. We are closing on a house that has 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms with a finished basement. It's a great home and even has a two car garage. We're very excited to be moving into our own home and to have a lot more space for both ourselves and our fur babies. The house is conveniently located across the street from the Niles Family Fitness Center which is one of the best fitness centers around and it's very affordable for Niles residents. :) I can't wait to get my workout on at the gym, in addition to my kung fu practicing (which I usually do 4 times a week).

Anyone want to go running with me when it gets warmer? The nice thing about the Niles fitness center is that they have a track, which I prefer over the treadmill. Treadmills tend to make me dizzy, although I know they are better since they force you to go a certain speed. I also plan on changing it up by doing the elliptical and maybe even some weight lifting. I know the red test is one of the hardest, and most people groan when they think of it, even after they've passed a few tests since that one, but I am looking forward to training for it and hoping to be able to perform my best for it. I'm not looking for perfect score this time, I'm just looking to make a few jaws drop. ;-)


Red looks good on you, betch.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Ditka Dash 5K November 30th


A few weeks ago I ran the Ditka Dash 5K at Soldier field with some of my friends. The weather wasn't too bad (in the 40s) but I have decided that I will wait until next spring/summer to run any more races, too cold for me! Had lots of fun though! :)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Another successful 5K completed: Electric Run

Last night a bunch of my co-workers and I participated in the Electric Run. It was so much fun, I completed the 5K in 35 minutes, which wasn't my best but it wasn't horrible either. So far, the Terrapin 5K has been my best time for a 5K. There was a dance party after the race which was a blast other than the ridiculously long beer line, they only had 2 beer stands which wasn't nearly enough for the thousands of people there, the line took about 45 minutes to stand in, which was a bummer because we missed out on have of the dancing time. Below are some photos from the electric run. :)








Friday, August 9, 2013

Terrapin 5K & Music Festival

Another successful 5K completed! And my time is better than the previous race (glow in the dark run June 1st). My times was 31 minutes, 48 seconds for the entire 3.1 miles. Pace was 10 minutes 16 seconds a mile. This isn't too shabby for someone like me who rarely runs. Kung Fu has helped build up my endurance for running, which is great. Next race is the electric run (another 5K) on September 6th! Join us if you're interested, our team name is Let Me See Your Glow Stick! :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Third Kung Fu Test: Passed

I passed my third Kung Fu test! Of course, I feel like I could have done it better, but I am proud of myself for the following:

My 3 minute (plus) horse stance was solid. I am pretty sure Sifu added another 15-20 seconds onto the bowls portion, but I was good. I could have gone longer, but 4 minutes was my cap.

My push-ups are greatly improved. Although I was tired by the time I did finger push-ups (push-ups were the last thing I did on the test) and Sifu said I wasn't low enough on the finger push-ups, I was super low on the first three sets: regular, inwards, and knuckle push-ups. Which makes me feel AWESOME since this is the first time I have done so well on push-ups.

I felt like my kicks were good, but Sifu said I need more power on some of them (low side kick and shattering the door).

My application went ok, I should have punched with more power and such, but I am still a beginner. Now is the time I start learning more applications and such so that I get a better feel for them.

I broke the boards!!!! Both sides, my left side on the first try, my right side on the second try (I am left-handed).

As for the stuff I didn't do well on....

My timed forms, they were fast enough but sloppy. I felt it all the way through, especially first form. I did them right after the super long horse stance and my legs hurt so bad, no excuse but that made it hard to get low in my stances. I wanted to cry after first form, bung bo and black tiger crossing were better. Still need to work on technique on those. Technique, power, and speed are all focuses in second class.

I forgot to bow to Sifu and the instructors when I did the application. This shouldn't have happened and will never happen again. I felt really dumb. :(

Finger push-ups need more work.

Kicks need more power, some are better than others. Not sure if I was just tired and lost focus or what. I do remember breathing hard.

Enjoy this photo:



Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pull ups: Beginning point

Over the past few weeks I have been trying to work on my pull ups and push ups. Currently, I cannot do a single pull up from the starting point of dangling. I am doing pull-up negatives, where I start with my chin above the bar and then slowly lower myself down. I am also holding myself half-way for a few seconds at a time. I hope over time I will be able to do a single pull up. From there, I hope to be able to do more and more pull ups.

As for push ups, I have been doing full, all the way to the ground push ups with the help of Vince holding a resistance band so that I don't fall on the ground. So far I have been able to do two sets of ten push ups in this fashion. I hope to increase the amount of sets and hopefully build up to be able to do full push ups without the help of the resistance band.