The beginning of the semester always excites me. Although I pick my classes and know what I signed up for, I never really know what's in store for me for the next 15-16 weeks until I sit in class on that first day. After almost 6 years of classes at Fresno State (yikes!) you would think that I wouldn't be susceptible to the excitement/nervousness that can come with the first day of school, but it still gets me. I'm relatively new to the Humanics program so those classes in particular fill me with a sense of curiosity as I sit waiting for Dr. Jendian or Dr. Simmons to give us the course introduction. Now that the first week of classes is officially over, I can say that I am really looking forward to all that the next couple of months has in store. A highlight of the first classes was last night's SOC 150T class and hearing Dr. Simmons' explanation of what our goal should be as CBO professionals. He explained that we need to break the habit of placing "organized band-aids" on the problems facing our communities. We need to work on finding solutions that will change the problems we see and use the passions we all have to help those we serve get out of the negative situations they are in. As he spoke I was instantly reminded of a well known proverb: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." It is my personal goal to take those words and use them as I go throughout my career, teaching and making long lasting and sustainable changes in the lives of others.