It’s Not Just a Job
Captain John Torgersen
Maritime Technology Associate Degree Program
Last year, San Jacinto College began an Associate degree program in maritime technology, with the aim of helping people find their way to careers on the boats and ships that ply the Houston Ship Channel, and sometimes head out over the horizon conducting the trade that makes Houston a vital and prosperous city.
Graduates of the program will prepare for a 100 ton Master’s License and are eagerly awaited by an industry facing a shortage of ships officers to drive the many tugs and supply vessels that make Houston their homeport. Each of those who enrolled in the program comes for their own reasons, but most agree that there is something different about a working on the water; it’s not just a job.
Shoreside people work an 8 hour day, and when it’s over, they go home. They live two distinct lives whose paths rarely intersect. For those who work aboard ships, while they are aboard, they: work, eat, sleep and travel with their coworkers. They generate their own electricity, make their own water, and should something happen, they work as a crew to solve the problem. They are their own fire department, police department, emergency medical responders, and entertainment.
It’s not for everybody, and it’s not easy to explain why, but a sailor is all that I ever wanted to be.
Perhaps the best proclamation of why someone chose to go to sea was Ishmael’s in the opening paragraph of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”, where he explains:
Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.
As an Instructor, I enjoy passing on my love of the sea to those who are just entering the business and starting their own careers at sea. So, If you find yourself “growing grim about the mouth” in your day job, or the thought of returning to that cubical makes it a “damp, drizzly November in your soul”, come check out the watery part of the world through San Jacinto College’s Maritime Technology Program.
It’s not just a job.
A landsmen’s life is all his own, he can go or he can stay, but when the sea gets in your blood, when she calls you must obey.
Farewell To Carlingford by Tommy Makem
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Take a little time to give back today on #GivingTuesday. Join the global movement and share an #UNselfie to show how you are giving back.
San Jacinto College has several Giving Tuesday opportunities.
- Donate canned food items to our food pantry. Drop boxes are located on each campus in the Student Center. You can donate all year long.
- San Jacinto College Central Campus Rec is collecting toys for Toys for Tots.
- The baseball team is collecting gifts for children and their families at Texas Children’s Hospital.
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On November 7, 2013, San Jacinto College hosted a grand opening for the new South Campus Science and Allied Health building. For more information about our n…
The Wes Moore Experience
Professor Tanya Stanley
I have read hundreds of books, but I have only met one author of a book I have read. I met Wes Moore, the author of The Other Wes Moore, and shared this experience alongside many of my students on October 30, 2013. Some of my students shared with me that The Other Wes Moore was the first book they have ever finished reading. I set aside some class time for my students to read the book, and every single one of my students was engaged in the text. I walked into each of my classrooms on the first day of class and gave a copy of the book to each of my students. I met with my online students throughout the first few weeks of class; I met them in the hall, by classrooms, and in my office to give them a copy of the book. I even mailed a few copies to some of my students so they too could experience the power of choice and the excitement of meeting an author. I teach the student success course, GUST 0305, and the On Course textbook we use teaches students about choices and outcomes. The Other Wes Moore helped make this concept real for many of my students, and it became a catalyst for knowledge and determination. For my advanced integrated reading and writing courses, students created informative essays that focused on the potential consequences of failure, and they connected what they learned from The Other Wes Moore to a global audience. I presented Wes Moore with a bound copy of the essays to pay tribute to what he has taught so many of us at San Jacinto College; Wes Moore’s reaction to this tribute is one that will never be forgotten. This experience is one that I will hold dear in my memory as a professor and as an avid reader. Continue reading because without literacy, our choices are limited.
I enjoyed reading The Other Wes Moore because it showed us how difficult it is for some people to make a living in this world. It gave us two perspectives of people who grew up in the same community and showed us that you can turn your life around. Many times we forget that there are others out there that are less fortunate than us. This book has allowed me to realize how fortunate I really am for having a healthy family and the fact that I was given the chance to live a good childhood. Having the chance to actually meet Wes Moore was amazing. He gave us things to take away that would help us make a difference in the world. His touching stories touched my heart and made me feel sad that he had to go through the things he did. However, he didn’t let those things get in the way and he completely changed his life for the better. I love how he was very humble the entire time he was talking to us. It was a great pleasure to read his book and to meet him.
My Experience with the book “The Other Wes Moore” was a very different interesting book. By how both Wes Moore’s were named the same, lived in same areas, and almost dealt with the same problems. But, one Wes Moore went a better route through life than the other Wes Moore, who went a bad route. Meeting Wes Moore was an awesome opportunity. Listening to him give his lecture on his book and ways of life was very touching. I appreciate him giving his time and thoughts to us, San Jacinto College Students.
Reading the other Wes Moore was interesting showing us the view of two different people with pretty much the same lifestyle. They both had different fates started out bad, it was interesting how one Wes Moore started out bad and ended up succeeding, and how the other Wes Moore started bad to and ended up in jail for killing a police officer without the possibility of come out of jail. The difference is one succeeded was the author Wes Moore had his family there to help him when they found out he was doing drugs, and with the other Wes Moore his mom his family never helped him try to get out of doing drugs. I dint really know how to feel when I first walked in the auditorium to hear Wes Moore, but I sure did come out thinking of a lot of stuff he is a great role model and good example for any kind of people especially those people that are going through what he went through.
My experience with the book is that it can relate to those who are having hard times and need something to comfort them so that they can take on any challenge that is standing in front of them by knowing that they are not alone in the situation that life gives them. With the many people the book has to offer, the readers can relate to it, especially those who are parents raising a child by themselves and not having help from others. By finding out what to do in their lives, looking for the meaning of it, and by making a better life for themselves and for their child. Meeting Mr. Wes Moore was a great experience for me. I like that he brought up knowledge and wisdom for both the young and old the topics. What he said moved me into making better choices and better decisions on what is in store for me in the future.
It was a good experienced for me, when I met Wes Moore the author of The Other Wes Moore because I learned a lot from him by telling us the benefits of going to school and to do our best to achieve our goal. His speech at San Jacinto College helped me to open my eyes to see the reality that is no one can help me but myself to become a better student. Teachers, family and friends are only there to help me in different ways but when it comes to taking the right path; it can only myself who can do it. Wes Moore inspired me in so many ways, such as determination to change his way of life for a good thing. The Other Wes Moore book made me realized that we choose our own path towards to a better life. It’s a choice if we want to become a successful or not. We should not blame someone else for our mistakes, instead we should be eager to correct it. In one thing I learned from the book is don’t let your struggles to let you down, just use it to become a stronger person.
While reading The Other Wes Moore, I found it to be very enlightening. By actively reading the experiences that they both encountered and getting involved in the story, one will come to understand that everyone is one decision away from being the other Wes Moore. According to their experiences it is obvious that every choice a person makes comes with consequences. If the choices that are made are good, so are the consequences. Unfortunately, if the choices that are made are bad, so are the consequences. So with that being said, we as individuals are the only one that can change our circumstances, and to take full advantage of second chances. Wes Moore showed numerous examples of him not always making the right choice the first time, only to come to realize he was the only one that could change his actions and circumstances. So, always remember everyone regardless of age, sex, religion, are just one decision away from being the other Wes Moore. I personally did not get the opportunity to meet Mr. Moore, but I did get the privilege of attending his lecture. Mr. Moore was such a down to earth, true to his self-person. Most of the time when visualizing a well-known person of Mr. Moore’s statue and accomplishments, one might see them as being snobbish or above his peers, but not him. A lot of people seem to forget their raising when they make it big, or totally block it out. As he had stated, “Being on Opra was cool, but that’s not what it is all about”. Mr. Moore wants to use his raising experiences to educate and help as many people, young and old that everyone is just one decision away from being The Other Wes Moore.
When I read his book I could compare my life with his. The fact that he was growing up in a bad neighborhood was one as well as how his mother really cared about how he was doing in school as well as his family. Not many family members would care as much, but his family was all together from what I read; they had a lot of faith in him. And, even when the author Wes Moore wanted to go back home from the military academy, he was inspired by what his mom said to him. And, that’s what motivated me to go more forward into my pursue of my goals and dreams. Also, after meeting the author, I was really inspired on what he had to say with the struggles and what he had to do to complete his life’s attentions. Wes Moore was very inspiring. He’s opened my eyes to a new view of my life and really showed me that nothing is impossible, and with hard work, you can be whatever you want; please just don’t give up without a fight. You are destined to win. It’s given me hope and a new burning passion to go on and succeed in life.
It was great experience with the book The Other Wes Moore and meeting the author of this book, Wes Moore, because this book is the first book that I have read completely as well as met the author of this book. First, reading this book chunks by chunks as assignments have strengthened my reading skills. Second, I have read this book actively because of its ability to interest me more and more, and I have learned a lot of new words, which has improved my vocabulary. Finally, the most interesting thing that I have learned from this book and from the lecture of the author, Wes Moore, is to make wise choices as a creator in order to succeed in life and never to act like a victim, which leads a person towards a destructive life. As I conclude, it was fantastic experience to read the book The Other Wes Moore, meet the author of this book, and learn valuable lessons because it is very rare to read a book as well as to meet the author.
My experience with the book The Other Wes Moore was awesome! It was really interesting from the get go. As interesting as it was, the book was also very inspiring to keep forward with making the correct decisions that’ll make me succeed in life. In addition, meeting with Wes Moore was also a great experience! He talked about the book, and answered questions. He came off as a very humble guy, with everything he’s been through that he says in the book, he carries himself very well. Wes Moore is a very strong, and inspiring man.
After reading The Other Wes Moore and getting to meet the author, I really got a different perspective on life. Knowing that your life could be the complete opposite really makes you think about the decisions you make. The book and lecture have made me realize that the choices you make every day can make a big impact on your life. Wes really is an inspiration to me because he inspired me to want to try harder in school and to be successful not only for myself but for others.
My experience about The Other Wes Moore was beyond anything I could ever imagine. The book was really the best thing I have read this year; from start to finish I just couldn’t stop reading, it was just amazing. It was also interesting for me to read the book and get to know a bit who the author is, why is he making his book, who’s the other Wes, and just reading the chilling truth that the changes we make could change our life forever. But the best thing about it all was meeting Wes for the first time and actually hear him motivate for success and making a positive impact to the world. It was a special feeling to read a book about someone’s life and then actually being able to meet the author was pretty awesome because I’ve never actually had that opportunity.
Reading book is something I do not like to do. However, after reading The Other Wes Moore book, I really enjoy it. This is a great book. I have learned some real experiences from this book. I realize that I am responsible for the choices that I make to create a big impact for my future outcome. It will shape me up a person who I want to be. Meeting with the author Wes Moore is the best experience of my student’s life at San Jacinto College. I still remember that exciting moment when he was on the stage. His lecture was so thoughtful and meaningful for my children and me. I also told everyone about that value lesson. Indeed, I hope our college in the future will have more events like this to create more incentive of learning in higher education—studying and fun.
The experience I had with the book of The Other Wes Moore and meeting Wes Moore in person was fascinating. Reading The Other Wes Moore it was interesting because how can two people have the same name but had different lifestyle. Also that I learned that how life can be harsh by making wrong choices. Expectations are not part of the environment but us a humans we are to expect the choices and decisions we make. Meeting Wes Moore in San Jacinto College it was more interesting because he gave us details how him and the other Wes Moore have similarities and the reasons why he wanted to write this book. I would recommend this book to the adults, teenagers and mostly parents because it demonstrates how can people make wrong choices during lifetime.
Speaking of experience from the book The Other Wes Moore, it has good values and education. For me, the book is a sit of examples for a student or other people that wants to succeed in life. It has too many meaningful stories between the two families that struggle in poverty as what I describe on it. It is a true to life story and that’s why I like it. Even though it has explicit words, it’s exciting to read because it has full of drama, emotion, love and childhood memories. Wes Moore the author is quite a charming, intelligent person, and hard working. I believe through his struggles in life that gives him a real motivation to fight for his good future. I like the way he handle his personality because even though he is a little silly sometimes, he still had that capability to act as a matured, serious and responsible person. I like everything about his life. He is passionate and likes to tell the real story and very honest, I like that. His story, gives me hope to succeed in life as well. My great experience of meeting with Wes Moore was perfect because I saw the real person of him. I will not forget the comment that he said, “We are not the product of environment; we are the product of expectations.”
My experience with the book The Other Wes Moore was real good. In every chapter I read, showed me how life can teats us. Also, that can exist someone similar to us or living the same experiences than us and we don’t have the minimum idea. At the moment that Professor Stanley told to the class that Wes Moore will be here at San Jacinto College, I got excited because I wanted to meet the person who wrote the book and share a lot of similarities with other guy. While I was sitting in the auditorium and started listening to more details about how he decided to write the book and his life, I could say to my friends or family that they should read the book and recommend it to others that I might know.
Every time that I get an assigned reading from an English teacher, I always think it’s going to be really bad. Being made to write about a book isn’t really what I like to do for an assignment. After I read the book The Other Wes Moore it didn’t matter how many projects or papers I had to write on it, since I enjoyed it. Learning about how two boys have so much in common with each other but their lives ended up so differently helped me see how much I can do with my life right now to change the outcome. Meeting the actual author, Wes Moore, was a very special and plentiful experience. He told us that what we do with ourselves makes all the difference, getting a higher education is one of the things we should be thankful for and we should use it to our advantage to move up in the world, and use the higher education to make our lives better.
I enjoined reading The Other Wes Moore. I think it was a pretty interesting book. Unfortunately, nowadays there are lots of kids who are raised without a father figure in their life. And, this book gave us two sides from a same beginning. They both started off doing bad choices to fit into a community. This book points out how changing your choices to good ones can make a big positive difference towards your future, and how it also opens many doors that will continue to open throughout the way. My first experience meeting an author was very exciting. I thought his book was great but his personality was very impressing. He is so full of life and the way he expressed himself was smooth. He has a good sense of humor and knows what he wants out of life. The advice he gave to all of us was so true. And how he made us question ourselves on why we are here. He set us an example by his story, he who started from nothing got to where he is now and how we can do that too. He didn’t know how to write a book and his mom thought he was going to need lots of help to be able to write one and he proved her wrong. We are capable of doing whatever we put our minds to but we have to believe in ourselves.
My experience with the book The Other Wes Moore has been nothing but great. Wes Moore gives everyone who is reading this book a story that is both very touching and interesting of two kids with the same name, living with only their mothers and siblings in the city of Baltimore. Each chapter of the book gets more touching and interesting that it makes it tougher to put the book down. After finishing the book my gust professor informed my classmates and I that the author of The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore would be giving a speech and signing books at our school. I had the privilege to be one of many in attendance at the school auditorium for his speech. He spoke about so many great things that had so much to do with becoming a great student and also becoming successful. I recommend everyone who has any type of free time in their hands to pick up The Other Wes Moore.
This semester in Gust, we read The Other Wes Moore. It’s a story about two boys with the same name and same background whose choices ultimately shaped their lives. One committed a felony and is in prison for the rest of his life while the other grew up and went to college and wrote this book. This story stresses how the decisions and choices we make throughout our lives have a huge impact on our futures. I found this story compelling, but not because I found the plot original. I feel like this kind of stuff happens all the time throughout the country. The reason I found it so interesting was because someone actually found the courage to tell others their story. By writing The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore has brought to attention that the choices we make matter, and that we should always strive to make the right one. Reading this book and later meeting the author was very inspiring, and I am so glad I was able to participate.
My experience with reading The Other Wes Moore had a huge impact on my life. Wes Expressed emotions and consequences that everyday people go through that may not be seen by others. Living in bad poverty can give you less chances of having a good life and it all shows with both Wes Moore’s. Just one made it out and the other ended up in jail. Meeting Wes Moore was great we got to the person that actually went through with everything that was spoken about in the story, and him meeting with us showed us that he cared about how our futures end up, and that mattered a lot to me.
The Other Wes Moore this book I realize allot of staff I experience and learn that Wes Moore did allot of mistakes but know he is a different men now he successful men. Hu he likes to help people. Another experience that I learn that we make a only decisions not other people we can achieve are goals. Are expectations we are not part of the environment, we are part of the expectations. The Other thing that I learn is to we successful and never give up. Thank you professor for talking about The Other Wes Moore learn allot and experience that we all make mistakes but we can start a new chapter and are life and make are goals come true.
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Gibbous Moon, taken with an iPhone through one of the 10” telescopes at the San Jacinto College Star Party on the observatory deck of the South Science and Allied Health building. Nearly 300 people braved the cold and wind to experience some amazing views of the sky.
My gratitude to San Jacinto College
I have to first thank San Jacinto College for paving the way to where I am right now in my career. When I began my first semester, I had not made up my mind on what I wanted to “be” and what exactly I wanted to study. I started with my general studies. I did not have a job because I had just graduated high school and was not able to keep the position I had at an elementary school.
When I was in my second semester, I received a letter to apply for a position to work for my alma mater with the shared planners in the Educational Planning and Counseling Department. San Jacinto College called and offered me the position. I felt as if my life was turning around and I was climbing the ladder of success. As I worked with the high school students, I started to find myself. This is what I wanted to do for my career. I wanted to assist students with questions they had and tell them that there are people who want to help you. When I graduated high school, I was the oldest and did not have anyone to talk too; I did not know what the first step was in applying to college. Many students are scared to ask questions and knowing that I could be there for them and tell them I was in that same position, allowed me to become more understanding. That is when I decided to major in psychology, and I could not be happier with my decision.
Through the years I have worked in different departments within the college. I was a G-force tutor at the high schools, new student orientation leader for three years, first year experience leader for three years, and an administrative assistant in counseling for two years. I could not have worked in a more beneficial and exciting environment. I have worked part-time for the past five years and went to school, then transferred to the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 2010. This past May, I received my Bachelors in Psychology with a 3.74 GPA and I am thankful for all the resources that were there for me while I worked at San Jacinto College. Within the five years of working at San Jacinto College, my choice was clear and I knew that receiving my degree in psychology was the best choice. I could continue to help individuals. That is where I am at now. I applied for a different position with the college and I started my new job as a Financial Aid Specialist at San Jacinto College Central.
My career has just begun; I shall continue to climb the ladder of success and fulfill my goals of receiving my Master’s degree in counseling. I would not be where I am at right now in my life without the guidance of everyone I have worked with at San Jacinto College. I went from someone who did not know what she wanted to do in life, to having a clear mind set on what I want to accomplish. The choice is clear; San Jacinto College offers many opportunities for all of us to achieve our dreams. I am currently living my dreams of finding success and building on it. I am very grateful for everything the college has done for me. It is like family to me and I shall continue to build my career with them. For anyone who does not know what he or she wants to do, it is ok. It will find you. I am grateful for the opportunities given to me at the college and will be forever grateful.
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