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Young Stanford Graduate Cracks The Code

Aug 27, 2015

By Laura Duncanson
Dithapelo Medupe, who mostly goes by Ditha, is the type of girl that blends into her surroundings; she’s a quiet introvert who enjoys running, watching TV, reading and writing about African culture. But she is more than what meets the eye; she is the inventor of an African binary code based board game called “Temalo Code and Decode”.
Ditha grew up in the African country of Botswana and due to her academic excellence, was awarded a scholarship to do a post-secondary school year in America. During this opportunity, she was able to apply to universities in the United States and received a full scholarship to an Ivy League school Stanford University, to study premed. After Stanford, she went onto study medicine at St. George’s University which she has recently completed. When Good News Notebook Magazine asked about her biggest struggle adjusting between the schooling in Botswana and America she said the learning is a lot faster paced in America. She found herself utilizing study groups and resources that teach you how to study.

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The game first came to her during her years of undergrad at Stanford University, when she was studying premed and for a short time computer science. She was introduced to the binary code of computers which in a few years she saw a similar notion being used in African history. Becoming excited about her discovery, she began researching and compiling as much information as she could about publishing games. All of this led to the birth of “Temalo Code and Decode”, which is available for purchase online. Her discovery did not go unnoticed as she has had it featured in the US Journal of Mathematics and Culture.

She aspires to make her game well recognized and bring awareness to culture in a fun educational way. Since the game has been made, it has been successfully shipped from the US to UK and Africa. There has also been an interest spiked in the Ministry of Education in Botswana to evaluate the game for implementation in secondary schools throughout the country. This young woman is making strides in African innovation while juggling medical school. Outside of her game making, she is an active member of the African Student Association as well as a joint blogger for doctors and medical students from Botswana.

Her biggest influence is her mother who always encouraged her dreams and ideas from a very young age. She told a story about when she was 11 and had written a book, her mother took her to publishers to get the book known. Although it took a while, her book is being used in schools in Botswana as required reading for language classes. She credits all of her success to her mother who is a huge part of her life even until this day. The one person she would have liked to meet was Steve Jobs because of his inspirational can do attitude and self-starter spirit. In 5 years, she would like to be practicing medicine in Africa and on the road to specialty training. In terms of “Temalo Code and Decode”, her desire is that the game would be played in households and schools throughout Africa and would be something that is passed on through generations. At this time, she is already working on another form of the game and has more ideas in the making.
Her advice for our readers is that you have to believe in your dreams, “make sure you are well knowledgeable and research all you can so that you’re well informed. Only then will you be equipped to convince others”.

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Squash Medley

Aug 17, 2015

By Erica MacLeod

Summer is great time to pick up fresh produce at the grocery store. One of the most versatile vegetables to pick up in the summer is squash. There are many different types and many ways to cook it. Below is a quick recipe for a summertime side dish loaded with veggies.

Spaghetti squash is a staple in this recipe and is very easy to work with. Pre-cooking it will save time and hassle. To pre-cook spaghetti squash, halve it lengthwise and remove the seeds from the center. Preheat the oven to 375 and place the squash cut side down on a cookie sheet. Bake the squash for approximately 35 minutes. Baking times will vary upon the size of the squash. When the squash is fully cooked, the rind will be soft and the inside of the squash will pull away from the rind easily in strands similar to spaghetti. Let the squash cool, then use a fork to pull the meat from the rind. From here, the squash can be bagged up and frozen for future use or used right away to make the squash medley.

The squash medley is a very flexible recipe, using a variety of different vegetables. The base of the squash medley is spaghetti squash, yellow squash, and zucchini. Other great additions to the recipe are carrots, mushrooms, sweet corn, garlic, peppers, and onions.

Chop up the desired vegetables into small pieces. In a large pan, add two tablespoons of olive oil and preheat it over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables to the oil and lightly sauté them until they are just softening. If using a variety of vegetables, cook harder vegetables, like carrots, first, then softer vegetables, like zucchini, after to ensure all the vegetables reach the same tenderness. Add the pre-cooked spaghetti squash last, adding another tablespoon of olive oil if needed, and toss well. Allow the medley to cook for another few minutes to heat thoroughly. Serve with grated Parmesan on top and enjoy.

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Youngest Pediatric Resident at Mount Sinai?

Aug 13, 2015

By Laura Duncanson

Rasheedah Andrews is like your typical 22 year old; she enjoys shopping, hanging out with her girlfriends and eating Thai food. But unlike others her age, she’s also the face you might see if you bring your child to the emergency room. She is 22 years old and in her first year of her Pediatric Residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center – Mount Sinai in New York, making her the youngest in her department.
GrenadaHailing from the small island of Grenada, Rasheedah decided from a young age that she wanted to do medicine. Her interest in Pediatrics and medicine on a whole stemmed from her aunt, who is a local Pediatrician as well as one of her younger cousins who has Down syndrome. These factors along with a thirst for knowledge propelled her academically and emotionally. Education wise, she found herself graduating high school at 15, getting her bachelors and entering medical school at St. Georges University School of Medicine from the young tender age of 18. Despite her young age, she doesn’t allow that to hinder her desire to help; from volunteering at local children’s home and elderly homes, she’s always trying to give back to her community. Currently she has an initiative in place which is targeted towards Diabetes and Hypertension in the community that she hopes would improve the level of healthcare offered towards this populace in Grenada. Making pediatrics her career choice, she hopes to become one of the few licensed Pediatricians in her home country.

Medical school wasn’t easy at such a young age. The Good News Notebook Magazine (GNN) asked what was the main  obstacle she has had to face,  “self-doubt” and credits her survival emotionally to a close relationship with God, great group of friends, her mother and her aunt. She has had nervous breakdowns like everyone else but despite that, she still managed to graduate with honors, regular inductee of the Dean’s list and Chancellor list. She gives  acknowledgment to her family for allowing her to follow her dreams and not holding her back in school. She is currently a member of a few organizations such as AAP, IFMSA and a recipient of Grenada National Scholarship which funded her education.

The  two people she told GNN she would have loved to have met was Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelo because they touched people with their words and actions. As far as her future is concerned, she would like to return to Grenada and improve the quality of healthcare in the realm of pediatrics by making it affordable to those who can’t afford. Her biggest role models are her mom and her aunt.

Her words for The Good News Notebook Magazine readers are,” not to give up”, “put in the work and keep focus”. “Although you’ll be faced with a lot of obstacles and negativity, don’t listen too much to what people have to say and just believe in yourself”.
It’s safe to say, her story is an example of hard work, determination and amazing support system.

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Fulfilling Jobs for Diplomat Personality Types

Aug 10, 2015

By Devon Barrs

Not sure of which personality you most align with? Take the test over at 16personalities.

There are sixteen different personality types broken up into four groups: diplomats, analysts, sentinels, and explorers, and everyone aligns with one. These different personality types affect our lives and the way we tend to want to live. Finding a fulfilling career is tough; many people will jump from one profession to another in search of that one place where they wouldn’t mind forming a routine around. Others search for the job that will give them the most fulfillments with the most freedom, while some just can’t seem to stand still in one field.

This article will explore several career paths for the Diplomatic personality types. There are four types that fall under this category: INFJ, INFP, ENFJ, and ENFP.

INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging)

This personality type is dedicated to helping others, idea driven and thrive in work that they can find meaning in. Those who fall under this type are very insightful, intelligent individuals and therefore tend to lend themselves over to their creativity. Jobs in healthcare, science, and artistic fields can be quite rewarding for the INFJ personality type.

Photography is a creative field that allows INFJs to express themselves and yields a great amount of creative freedom, not to mention photography work is in good demand.

INFJs are referred to as the counselor of the Diplomat personality group. So its no surprise that they can find purpose in helping others and that desire to do so can be reflected in the role of social worker. This job involves the ability to walk in another shoes and to understand them in hopes to make a positive impact on another person’s life.

Alternative health is another field where an INFJ can find meaning in improving the overall quality of someone’s life. Work such as massage therapist, physical therapist, or nutritionist is a good way their desire to help others with their intellectual ability.

INFP (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)

INFPs are mediators of sorts. Imaginative idealists, they look for the good in everyone and in the world. These are your calm and reserved types that thrive in solo work.

Writing is a flexible career that the expressive INFP will thrive in, and in this current day where writers are needed to create content from corporate to creative fields, there is ample work for the INFP.

INFPs are long-term thinkers; they tend to invest a lot of time in preparing for their future as well as that future of those around them. Work as a teacher can be rewarding for INFPs. This isn’t due only to fact that they are extremely creative and inspirations, but they also value long lasting relationships and take the time to foster that.

INFPs are true artist and will thrive in any artistic field. Music is one of the better choices for those who fall under that personality type. INFPs look at the bigger picture but tend to dislike the small minute details. Music is one of those collaborative environments where they are able to express their big ideas while others help work on the in between to make it happen.

ENFJ: (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging)

ENFJs are charismatic leaders that are full of passion. These teacher personality types find fulfillment in group work. They are altruistic by nature and take pride when others recognize their work.

ENFJs may enjoy work in public relations, event management, and like other Diplomats, work in creative fields such as photography. Unlike the INFJ and INFP, the ENFJ has much potential when it comes to interacting with a team for extended periods of time, therefore work in media production may suit these types well.

Their ability to connect with others makes them perfect for work in entertainment as a director, or even a producer. The film market is steadily growing and more opportunities are arising in this thriving industry.

ENFJs can also find work as a lawyer extremely fulfilling; they will thrive in this field where they advise and represent clients in court while effectively communicating to the court of law.

ENFP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)

ENFPs are campaigners or inspirational leaders that use a combination of logic and empathy to connect and lead others. They are not controlling and have no desire to do so.

These personality types will thrive in creative fields such as journalism, acting, and graphic/web design. Intellectual fields such as science and engineering gives the ENFP the opportunity to apply their intellect, while an interest in social issues can sprout a rewarding career in politics.

Blogging on issues that they are passionate about can be very stimulating while giving the ENFP the chance to make a living. Journalism provides the room to explore a wide array of topics while working on campaigns that they are passionate about.

Psychology is another field that allows this personality type to connect with others while guiding them through deep personal issues. This is rewarding in on its own since, like all Diplomats, ENFPs enjoy getting involved with others and listening to their problems.

The Diplomat personality types are caring, lovable people who value relationships and personal virtue over all else. They work out of passion and need to find a career path where they know they are helping others. To explore a list of career paths for your personality type, take the test at 16personalities.com.

Sources:

http://www.16personalities.com

http://www.truity.com

http://infjblog.com/2014/11/08/5-best-career-paths-for-infjs/

http://www.personalitypage.com/html/home.shtml

Devon Barrs is a graduate of Full Sail University- Master of Fine Arts – Creative Writing

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Your Dreams Are Possible According To 21 Year Old Entrepreneur

Aug 5, 2015

By Laura Duncanson
Do you remember what you were doing when you were 21 years old? A few of you were probably in college studying while others were partying as much as they could due to their new sense of being legal. Not many of us at that age knew what we wanted to do with life, it was something that we would deal with when we got older, but this is exactly the opposite mentality of our interviewee Darron Hilaire.  Darron is a 21 year old activist and entrepreneur from the Turks and Caicos Islands who has a heart for youth and social development. At 21 he has already successfully started a television series, spearheaded an annual activist movement as well as single handedly changed how this small country sees journalism.

Turks and CaicosDarron Hilaire is a growing entrepreneur, former journalist, former youth parliamentarian and writer from the beautiful country of Turks and Caicos Islands. He was one of the few male anchors, sports reporter and also owns his own production and events company Hilaire studios. Currently, he’s the marketing and communications executive for a local telecommunication company known as Lime and in his spare time likes to read and inspire others. The Good News Notebook Magazine (GNN) asked what was the biggest obstacle he has had to face so far, he said self-imposed restrictions and self-defeating thoughts which he counters with reassurance and his faith in God.

Despite his humbling beginnings, growing up fatherless, enduring abuse and depression, Darron still finds himself reaching out and passionate about being a change in his community. He is looked upon as an inspirational individual in the community already as people are starting to see him for what he stands for and flock to hear his wise words and input. When asked about his future in politics he says he sees himself more as an activist, a bridging gap between the people and the government just ensuring things get done. His annual event Manpower TCI, which is targeted towards getting the community together to work on the alleviation in crime and cause a change in the mentality of the country, is just one of the few things he’s doing in the community. He also hosts his own weekly series Awakening Possibilities which main purpose is to tell the stories of successful individuals in life, marriage and business as a means of encouraging others. Both of these are fruits of his business Hiliare Studios. In the future he hopes to see himself and his business being taken to the Caribbean region and international.
GNN asked who inspired him the most, he listed 5 influential individuals Superintendent Kendall Grant, former Director of Youth Angela Musgrove, well known comedian Steve Harvey, global activist Oprah Winfrey and last but no means least God. These individuals saw in him what no one else did, inspired him on what a man should be when he lacked the necessary role model in the home, taught him about life as well as following your dreams. Out of these he said he’d like to meet Steve Harvey the most as he has so much to ask.

His advice for our readers about following their dreams is simple yet profound at the same time: your dreams are possible. He further went on to say,” until we believe our dreams are possible we won’t be able to access or invest in them“.

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