Saturday, August 27, 2011

Blog Post #1

My name is Zack Burroughs. I am twenty one years old, and I have lived in Hurley, Mississippi my entire life. My major is Secondary Math Education, and I have always wanted to be a teacher. In high school, I always found enjoyment in tutoring my peers, and I have always helped my little sister with her homework. I know I have a natural talent for explaining things in a way that people can understand them, and I am very socially conscious of others' needs, so obviously I knew right off that teaching would be a career that I could pursue with enjoyment. I'm attending USA because it is the closest university to home, and I'm not quite ready to leave the nest yet. It's all about location, location, location anyways, right?

I have always been a very athletic person. I enjoyed playing multiple sports in high school, and I hope that I can coach football one day! I make sure to weight lift at least once every single day, and I'm very passionate about keeping myself in top physical condition. My other true passion, nerdy as it may be, is online gaming! I try to play at least an hour or two every day, and it is really something that I have always loved to do. I do not see myself ever putting down a video game controller for good, even as I get old.

Family is also a big part of my life. I am basically the middle child of six children. I have three older brothers - Norman, Richard, and Robert who are 32, 31, and 31 respectively, and I also have two younger sisters. Richard and Robert are twins, so that is why I consider myself the middle child. I have a gigantic extended family as well. I have over forty first cousins! My mom has twelve siblings, and my dad has five, and all of them, besides two, have children! I don't even know them all by name, but regardless, I love my family to death, and I really do not know what I would do without them.

I watched Randy Pausch on Time Management, and I agreed with most of the points that he made. He said people must have a to-do list. He didn't actually elaborate on whether or not it could be a mental list, and I feel like if someone has good enough memory then just remembering could be as good as writing it down. He also made a very valid point about procrastination. As students, if we could not put things off until the last minute and study when we need to then we would be virtually unstoppable, and this is really the first I am hearing of Dr. Pausch.


  1. Good morning Zack, my name is Raven Castleberry. I also have always wanted to be a teacher but always changed my mind about majoring in education because I have family members that are in the school system and see how they struggle because of the low pay. I finally came to conclusion that a career is something you love to do not something you do for the money so I came to education.
    I originally attended Alabama State University which is in Montgomery, AL but transferred to South because my major was biomedical sciences and South is known for their outstanding medical program but also it's close to home.
    I was never athletic in high school but I did participate in JROTC. Family is also a huge part of my life if it wasn't for my family I wouldn't be the person I am today.
    I totally agree with you about having a mental to-do list because half of the time I don't write my to-do list down but it is programed in my mind. Your statement about us being students and if we were to study and do our assignments before hand that we would be "virtually unstoppable" is a great way to put it. I think that would be an awesome quote for a classroom. Good luck in your future and I hope everything goes in your favor.

  2. Zack,

    Welcome to EDM310! First off, I would like to tell you that there is no shame whatsoever in taking part in a few nerdy activities. But if the quirkiest thing you do is play video games, then you're actually quite a normal person! :)

    Which games do you play? I'm quite a beast at FIFA. Just saying. :)

    But on another note, welcome to EDM310! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with this semester!

    Also, you say you had not heard of Randy Pausch until viewing his time management tips. Did you Google him? If so, what did you find out? Remember his name. You'll be hearing more of him later this semester.

    Good luck!

    - Allie