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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Why not?

        I have a lot on my mind. I'm human! So I created this blog with the interest of you, the reader, in mind rather than simply spurting out mundane day-to-day happenings. That means that each post will try to engage you in some way or at least entertain you. I have an idea where this blog is going and I truly hope I keep up on it. I'm thinking a couple times a week. Only time will tell!

       I guess my first thought I will share with you will be about my African geography exam tomorrow. It's amazing that, as a college student, I'm still clueless as to where most things are on a map! Think about it, do you really think of Egypt as being part of Africa? Yes, I knew that, but you don't really think about it. You associate Egypt with pyramids, Egyptians, the Nile River and mummies; different from what you envision when you think of Africa: tribes, savanah, lions, Africans, and desert land just to name a few.
       My family often likes to remind me of how naive I am/was when it comes to our own country. It was when hurricane Katrina hit...I didn't know Mississippi was near the ocean. I thought it was more in the middle of the country where Missouri was. As embarrassing as it was, was it really my fault? I mean, I was never required to study the location of the states after all. Speaking of, the only thing I remember from my 7th grade geography class was the "5 Themes of Geography". Location, Place, Interaction, Movement & Region. Will I ever need that information? Maybe if I'm playing Trivial Pursuit of find my way into the Cash Cab. Who knows. And the only reason I even remember the 5 themes in the first place is because I set them to a tune in a video game. (Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages)
        That brings me to my final thought: mnemonic devices. They are AMAZING little buggers. It's how I'm basically "studying" for this Africa map test. My African Civilizations professor taught my class the "Rivers Song" to remember the main rivers of Africa. It goes to a tune: "Nile, Niger, Congo, Senegal, Orange, Limpopo, Zambezi". She claimed schoolchildren in Africa learn it and had our class sing it. Hearing my class of 20 somethings say "Limpopo" is the closest I'll be to entertained in that class. But anyway, I swear, mnemonic devices get you through life! Who hasn't heard "Roy G. Biv"? (I didn't until 8th grade...) "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" in math class? (7th grade) or when simply trying to remember many things at once, make a memorable image in your head to recall later. Of course, the more bizarre and risque the better.

What mnemonic devices have helped you in life?

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