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LEARN TO FALL SO YOU CAN FLY
Written by Kari Allen-Hammer, Ph.D.

Stop resisting the inevitable and prepare yourself properly.

Our lives have abruptly and drastically shifted. For some, this means the ground is shuffling beneath you now and you have to alter your positioning to avoid falling.

For others, you may get a much-needed respite from the demands of an over-scheduled, stretched-too-thin lifestyle, but the stuckness of inactivity is beginning to set in.

We’re in the midst of a significant
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Can You Think of The Last Time You Were in A Conversation Where You Felt Like You Just Weren't Being Heard or Understood?
Have you ever finished a conversation and realized that you still had a ton of questions or comments and are actually not really sure what the end result of the conversation was? Or for that matter, do certain conversations leave you completely drained and feeling sort of spacey?

These are all signs that what’s happening isn’t really communication in the
When Passion & Skills Don’t Match
For many students, finding a career path is as easy as asking a simple question.

“What’s your passion?”

These students, having a passion that matches their skill set with reality aligning ever so perfectly, answer effortlessly. “Well, I’ve always been passionate about helping children, I love science and everyone in my family is a doctor, so I definitely want to pursue that field. I want to be a pediatrician. In fact, I have since I w
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Taste buds... hopefully we all have them and use them accordingly. Sadly, if you are eating what is referred to as the Standard American Diet (SAD) then chances are your poor taste buds

are under attack every single day!



Additives to “enhance” flavor, preservatives to “protect” texture,
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Affects 7.7 Million Americans Every Year
PTSD can occur in individuals who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, causing them debilitating stress. Some of the common causes of PTSD include war/combat, natural disaster, violence against their person, among other traumatic events.
While women are twice as likely to experience post-traumatic stress, it is a disorder that affects both genders and all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic barriers. The extreme stres
Why Drinking Water All Day Long Is Not the Best Way to Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is a drag on human performance. It can cause fatigue and sap endurance among athletes, according to a 2018 study in the journal Frontiers in Physiology. Even mild dehydration can interfere with a person’s mood or ability to concentrate.

Water is cheap and healthy. And drinking H2O is an effective way for most people to stay hydrated. The
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Carren Down

Last, but definitely not the least of our 2019 Employee Spotlights features Carren Downs. While you will see Carren spending most of her days in PTA – there will be times that she goes back to her roots and spends some time with our ultrasound students! Wherever she finds herself, she is absolutely an asset to the College.


Tell Us About Yourself? Where were you born? Have you always lived in California? Family? Children?
I was born in Stuttgart, West Germany, but have lived the majority of my life in Southern California. I am married and between us we have six children and four dogs that we love dearly.

What Brought You to Casa Loma College?
One day in 2009, I received a random phone call from “Sharon Dugan, with Casa Loma College”.   She saw my resume posted online and reached out to me about the DMS Clinical Coordinator position.   I wasn’t really looking for work but became excited about the opportunity to work with DMS students. And, I have been here ever since.

What inspired you to help students, as you do in this job?
The best part of my job is getting to know each of the students and supporting their efforts to reach their professional and personal goals.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I Love my work family!  We have a great team and enjoy each other’s company.

Who Has Influenced You the Most in Life and Why?
My mom had the greatest influence on me. I admire the strength she had to accomplish anything she put her mind to.   She always saw the positive in every situation and the good in all people.

 If you could do another job, anywhere, for just one day, what would it be? And why?
Professional photographer.  I enjoy exploring our world and capturing images of the beauty around us.

If You Could Have Dinner with One Person, Living or Dead, Who Would It Be and why?
Definitely my mom.  I miss her, so spending another evening with her would be very special.

How Do You Like to Spend Your Free Time?
So many things! Spending time with my kids, photography, concerts, traveling, cycling, running, reading, hiking, sitting on the beach, and enjoying a sunset.

 Best vacation you’ve ever had?
Isn’t every vacation the best we’ve ever had?  Lol!   I enjoy visiting new places and plugging into different cultures.   I’ have visited Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Grand Turk, Puerto Rico.  My favorite vacations are spent with my kids and close friends.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I quit Girl Scouts to play on a boy’s little league team.   It was the first year they allowed girls to join the league, so I was the only girl on our team.   My position was third base and short stop. I also played on and managed an indoor soccer team.   The team consisted of moms that had never played the game before.   Actually, we won the championship our second season!  We were called the “Ups N Downs”.  Get it?    Great memories for sure……our kids were our biggest cheerleaders!

 

 

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