The profile I recently read that stuck out the most to me
was Dawn Maestas interview. She went to school to become an ink removal
specialist, which is something I haven’t really heard much about. I didn’t think
it was a popular career choice, but she says, “..And the moment that I put the
laser in my hand, I had one of those aha moments that you hear about but you
wonder if they’ll ever happen to you. I just knew this was going to be my career.
It felt so right.” I loved this piece of writing, because the whole book is
about finding your calling and this is when Dawn finally did. I relate to her
because I went through a bunch of different career choice ideas before I finally
found one that felt right. I absolutely love little kids and I have a lot of
patience for them where as most people don’t.
I researched how many sessions people typically have to
go through before their tattoos is successfully covered up, and it says it varies
due to everyone’s immune system being different, but it usually takes between
six to twelve sessions. It also depends on the density of the ink, location on
the body, skin tone, and if you’re a smoker.
I read the FMF Corpsman Journal and this struck me the
most because you hear about women going into the military sometimes but when
one women asked to be a voluntary when no one else would that stands out
because all the men in that room wouldn’t. They told her that she couldn’t
because she’s not a male but she said there was no gender requirements. Onces
they said ok other women in the class said they would too. They went through
hell and the men didn’t make it any easier, she told the other girls don’t let
them see you cry. After it was all done she was responsible for more than 80
soldiers and when she helped a man when he cut his hand they all called her
You have to pass a lot of training to be a FMF Corpsman
you have to have a minimum combined score of 149 on the ASVBA. You have to be
17 to 34 years old and at least a high school diploma. You must have no past of
drug abuse or any alcohol. You have to past a height and weight requirements
and an age and sex-specified physical training. You have to take a semi-annual
training test and pass. If you want to be a FMF in the Navy Seals its said to
be one the hardest physical test one the earth with underwater training and
stay up for days just training.
The story of Dawn Maestas struggles and how she has used her past to fuel her future by helping other people is the main reason this is one of the most powerful profiles in Dave Isay Calling. One of the best parts of the reading was when Dawn talks about how her husband held a gun to her head and would tell her all of the reasons why he should kill her. When reading her profile it was easy to see the powerful connection that Dawn and her client Nicole share. Dawn started her practice after her wake up call that she had with her husband, she wanted to help other people out of the seemingly permanent mark that their attackers left on them.
The moral of Dawn Maestas passage in Callings was that if you go through something and you find a way out and a way to cope with what happened, you should help others. Because there are people going through the same struggle as you, help them to not make the same mistakes and show them what you did differently. This is can be seen very plainly in Dawn's passage in the Healers section when she says “If I survive this I won't leave anybody else behind” talking to God, making him a promise if he help her out of the hell she was in.(Dave) A time this habit of helping others in the same situation happened to me was when I had just got out of a off and on relationship. So when a friend of mine was fighting with his girlfriend 24/7, I leveled with him, I told him that he will be much happier on his own and we talked for awhile and sure enough he skipped the back and forth part I had, and ended the relationship.
The research I found for, Ink Removal Specialist by Dawn Maestas was that laser tattoo removal is a rather expensive procedure averaging 200-500 dollars per session with between 15 and 20 sessions needed meaning in the end it can be some 10,000 dollars. This coming to about 49 dollars per square inch meaning that for just an inch of tattoo at the low end will cost about 735 dollars. This was shocking because Dawn often time performs this procedure for free. The link I used is an actual tattoo removal web site to I imagine that they are not lieing about their prices.
One response that stuck out to me was the FMF Corpsman by Barbara Bulter, 58. She tells us how her making a decision of going into the military changed her into a better person. Barbara tells us how she felt like her life was going nowhere and how she partied all the time, till one day she came to conclusion she needs to change her actions. She joined the Navy at the age of 28. She never knew how much it would change her as a person. She tells us, " I knew I had to do my best or I would be out and back in Jersey where I started, and I did not want to go back." (Callings 166) Her dedication and passion is what made her into one if the first woman to go into the Male only Marine Fleet Course. She says how that was the best thing she could have ever done and how its made her into the person she is today.
Seeing Barbaras positive outlook on a situation that could easily persuade her to look another way. How I connect this to myself is seeing how much personality and passion she puts toward all the hard work she has to do. This next semester I'm leaving for Air Force basic training, and reading this article made me feel a lot more confident with myself and reminding me how to look at tough situations as if they are going to help me succeed.
I did my best research over Dawn Masts the Ink Removal Specialist. Dawn was someone who made her most darkest moments into a career of helping and healing others. She removes tattoos, which in my research I found out is a more common job then I thought. This job can be located at any laser removal treatment area near you. This job can make from about 29,050-58,880 salary pay, pushing right below average. A single treatment itself can cost from 200 to 500 dollars depending on the size of the tattoo.
English 1109.01, 10:30-12:30 on Monday and Wednesday
November 28, 2016
Journal 9: Callings Response
Part one: The profile that stood out to me the most is, FMF Corpsman by Barbara Butler, age 54 on page 165. Her profile showed her personality a lot. When she was telling her story I could tell she was a strong leader. Barbara was 28 years old when she joined the Navy. Then went further on and went to Fleet Marine Force. Women never attended the FMF because they thought girls couldn't do it. There was six girls including her and they were really rough on them. She would always remind them not to cry in front of the guys so they could see the girls were strong enough. She also stated in the profile, “They’d make us run in front of the guys and just said derogatory things, like “Watch the bouncing cheeks!” to try and make the girls uncomfortable so they would stop but they didn't! They wanted the girls to quit but they never did and made it through the camp (Isay 167).
This profile made a connection with my own personal life as well. When I had a baby my sophomore year of highschool, it was very hard for me. I worked 35 hours at work, went to school everyday, was a varsity cheerleader, and also a mom all at the same time. Barbara reminded me of myself because she was so strong. She also made sure she kept other people going. And that's what I did. I had to stay strong during my busy life and never give up because I would of never succeeded for me or my child. I also would of let a lot of people down by becoming a failure when I had so much potential in me. I made sure that when people wanted to quit, I’d show them what my daily life was like and told them there was no reason for them to quit if I didn't. I wanted people to finish their goals, get to where they wanted to be. I understood the struggle and just wanted them to be strong like me because it felt awesome. I’m still like the person I was in highschool. Nothing has changed. I’m still a strong, independent leader that helps everyone as much as possible.
Part Two: I did research on the profile, Policewomen by Pat Hays, age 75 on page 157. She was a policewomen and usually police women duties were with women victim or offender, homicides, and sex crimes (Isay 159). I was interested in the homicide part and how many homicides actually happened. So I decided to researched how many homicides had happened. There has been 15,809 homicides in the US. 10,945 of those deaths have been from firearms. My source gave great facts about homicides. It was based off 2014 homicides which is the most recent count they have done on homicides. I did a lot of research on which website gave accurate information and this website definitely did.
story that connected with in the book Callings
was the story of Austin Chen. He was an immigrant from Taiwan and spent a part
of his life in South America.The
special thing about his story is that the amount of work and effort he gave to
become a doctor. Having no green card, he was unable to continue on to medical
school. He was forced to work low end jobs that did not require a lot of experience.
Chen got a job with a cleaning company, and he quotes “And most of the people
that I worked with there were immigrants” (Chen 143). Due to him cleaning
places he has a lot of respect to the people who clean the hospital after he is
done. Chen worked hard to get to where he is today, but learned many lesson in
doing so, that he applies and appreciates now.
can relate to this because my family being immigrants a lot of things are hard.
My dad couldn’t find a good enough job to support my mom and I, and even at one
point we spent a night in our car that we had because we had no place to stay. The
efforts my father has put in for my family to be the way it is was hard and difficult.
Yet, all the lesson he’s learned since then allows him to respect the people
who are not so fortunate and are struggling similar to how Chen does.
I found interesting is that Chen says “and most of the people that I worked
with there were immigrants” which made me wonder how many immigrants are in the
house keeping business. According to the Omega Janitorial Service Blog, that
company hire undocumented works so they have a leg up against their competitors
who are following the rules and regulations. Just reading that, you almost feel
sorry for those workers because they have no choice, so they just do it.
The profile that stuck with me was the policewoman Pat
Hayes. It stuck with me because in the beginning
of the profile she talked about her abusive relationship with her ex-husband. When she got into the police force she was
assigned to help runaways with neglect or abuse. She said it is a interest of hers cause she
has been through it. “I wanted to be somebody
warm and who you could sit and feel comfortable talking to.” ( Isay 159).
For my personal connection, I chose this profile because
the policewoman is like my aunt. My aunt
is that person that who could sit there for hours and listen to what you have
to say. Even if it’s the dumbest thing
she will sit there and listen to me rant and always have the right thing to say
always. And our relationship isn’t like
the policewoman her and I is very good.
I did my research on neurosurgeons
and this is what I found. A neurosurgeon is a
physician who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders
of the central and peripheral nervous system including congenital anomalies,
trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke, or
degenerative diseases of the spine.The education and training
to become a neurosurgeon is rigorous and extensive and includes the completion
years of pre-medical education at a college or university
years of medical school resulting in an M.D. or D.O. degree
year internship in general surgery
to seven years in a neurosurgery residency program
neurosurgeons complete a fellowship after residency to specialize in a
education — annual meetings, conferences, scientific journals, research — to
keep up with advances made in the complex field of neurosurgery.
I use the University of Rochester
Medical Center. It is the school of
medicine at the University of Rochester.
"What Is a
Neurosurgeon?"What Is a Neurosurgeon - Neurosurgery - Highland Hospital -
University of Rochester Medical Center. University of Rochester, n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.
profile that I read that struck me the most was the Ink Removal Specialist Dawn Maestas, 42, talks with her client Nicole
Mendoza, 22. As I began to read this profile and saw that Dawns first
tattoo that she removed was on herself I found it shocking. Everyone gets
tattoos because they think they look cool or they have some meaning behind
them. However, For Dawn that was not the case. Dawn states about her tattoo
that, “I’d had to look at my ex’s name on my hand every day and know what he
had done to me… who put a loaded shotgun to my head and told me all the reasons
that he should kill me. So it wasn’t just a tattoo. It was like being in a car
accident at an intersection: every time you pass that intersection, you
remember the impact. And you live it over again every day” (Isay 163 – 164).
What I noticed about the writing is that it has an impact on how women feel
when they are abused. Dawn was a women who was abused by her boyfriend
emotionally and physically. This theme of abuse to women applies to me because
as being a women I have a higher chance of being abused.
The research I did on this chapter was how
many women are abused today. I found that domestic violence is the leading
cause of injury for women from ages 15 to 44 in the United States. Also, one
women is beaten by her husband or partner every fifteen seconds in the United
States. This source I used has a variety of facts on domestic violence.
The profile that I read for today that stuck out to me was the first profile in the Philosophers section. The profile is about Lee Buono who is a neurosurgeon as he talks with his eighth grade science teacher, Al Siedlecki. This profile struck me because it made me reminisce my eighth grade science class and how my eighth grade science teacher, Mrs. Sager, cared for every person in the class. She knew everyone's passions, their dreams and aspirations, and she always knew what to say and when, with each student to make them feel like the class had meaning and purpose. Like Mr. Siedlecki Mrs. Sager had that certain enthusiasm that teachers have to bring that is so infectious. Everyday science was one of the classes that I was eager to go to. It wasn’t just a class to the majority of the class. It was more along the lines of an adventure. We destroyed toys to find out what makes them tick. We built cars with mouse traps, and made egg carriers out of french fry holders that could be dropped from 20 ft and the egg would not break. And like just like how Lee called and thanked Mr. Siedlecki for being his inspiration, I do something similar every time I see Mrs. Sager, because I thank her for giving us all the opportunity to explore things in science outside of the textbook.
An Example of a mouse trap car similar to the ones we built in science class
The thing I researched from this profile was Tenacity. I had heard it used in conversations outside of the book but didn't have a clear Idea of what it was. The meaning of Tenacity is this:the quality or fact of being very determined; determination. EX "you have to admire the tenacity of these two guys"
The profile that
stood out to me the most was Pat Hayes, the policewoman that had been abused by
her father and then later her own husband. This stood out to me because it
shows how strong she was of a person to be on the receiving end of abuse and
still decided to become a policewoman. She found her own way to escape abuse
from her father and called the police on her husband and had him arrested after
being abused so long. Her strength as an individual is what stood out to me in
this profile. This relates to my life because my father was a police officer
and he would also describe some of the things he had to endure and talked about
how horrific it was just like Pat Hayes, the policewoman did. My father would
explain how he would walk into a room and could tell right away a dead body was
in there by the putrid smell that stains the inside of his nose. Pat Hayes
explains later how she didn’t want her daughters to follow her footsteps of
being a policewoman. Pat says “I didn’t want them to have to put up with the
things that I did, or the things that I saw”(Isay 161).
I did my
research on what the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) was and when it was made. In 1933
the Marine Corps was reorganized into the Fleet Marine Force. The FMF consists
of both naval fleets and Marine Corps’ forces. The FMF operated directly under
the Marine Corps and was used in the Western Pacific during WWII.
profile that I chose to write about it the first profile of the Philosophers
part of the book. This profile is about a neurosurgeon and he talks with his
eighth grade teacher. The neurosurgeon is now 40 and his name is Lee Buono.
In the beginning of the profile he helps a man
get his speech back. The man is very excited about having his speech back. The patients
wife asked him how ling had he known he wanted to be a neurosurgeon Lee
responded by telling her he had a teacher in 8th grade tell him he
could become one. After the surgery the man tells him don’t forget to say thanks
to your teacher.
relate to this. I had a teacher in 8th grade as well. Mr. Cunningham
always told me I would be rich one day. I never could really understand why he
said that a lot. On the last real day of school I asked him why he would always
say that. His response really hit me hard and I will never forget what he said.
“I just see the way you think, I see the drive you have to be successful. Never
let anyone tell you, you can’t do something. I guarantee they are wrong.”.
show that only about 30% of people actually end up getting the job they dreamed
of when they were a little kid. This number surprises me in more than one way. On
one side 30% isn’t bad. I honestly thought it would be a lot less. On the other
hand 30% is kind of low considering all the things like college and other after
high school opportunities. This number can get higher with just a message. If
everyone read this profile I think that number would sky rocket.
The profile that stood out to me the most was the woman that became an ink removal specialist. She had a very rough life and went through a lot of hard times. Her husband used to hold a loaded gun up to her head and tell her the reasons why he should kill her. Just thinking about that makes me cringe. As Dawn went through the violence, she had made a promise with God and said, “If you let me survive this, I won’t leave anybody behind. I promise” (Isay 165). She wanted to live through it and make her life better. She had a very hard life to live. Her ex had tattooed his name all over her. This is what led her to her calling. She became a tattoo removal specialist and loved it. It costs between two hundred and five hundred dollars to have one removed. At times she would do it for free for people who really needed it but could not afford it. This shows the kind of person she is, she doesn't care about the money. She wants to help people.
The research I did was about immigrants coming into the United States in 2014. India was the leading country for immigrants coming to the United States with 147,500 people. The next one following India was China with 131,800 immigrants. The third largest amount was 130,00 from Mexico. The historical numbers have increased over the years with more people moving to the United States for better jobs and freedom. Last year, 484,072 immigrants were legal to moved here and an estimate of about 11.5 million immigrants moved here illegally. There is about 59 percent of illegal immigrants that came from Mexico.
In The Calling, the passage that I like the most is Lee Buono, 40, A Neurosurgeon, Talks with his Eighth-Grade Science Teacher, Al Siedlecki, 65. I can relate to this passage because during my high school, I did not really know what I want to do in the future. I made a few options that I found an interest in, which are pharmacy and a type of engineer. One day in my high school, my guidance counselor told me about an engineering summer camp program that Ohio States of Marion is having. After I attend the summer camp I realized what I want to do in the future. I want to be a computer engineer. I am very thankful that my counselor told me about the engineering program. When Al said "Of all the people in your entire career, you want to thank me? And I started to cry. It was the same feeling I had when my kids were born.", after Lee thanks Al, I thought to myself that I should have thank my counselor for showing me the engineering program.
For my research, I searched up what a neurosurgeon is. A neurosurgeon is a physician who specializes in surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system. To become a neurosurgeon, one must complete four years of pre-medical education, four years of medical school, one year internship in general surgery, five to seven years in neurosurgery residency program, and continuing education.