Independent Living INDEPENDENT LIVING MARCH 2008 Franklin County DSS Independent Living Know Your Own Symptoms of Stress Special points of You May Experience: • Loss/Increased Appetite interest: • Muscle Tightness • Dizziness/Weakness • YAC: • Upset Stomach • Impulsivity • IL Classes: March 22 • Migraine Headaches • Irritability 11-2, April 19 11-2, • Jumpiness • Lethargic May 3 11-2 • Pounding Heart • Tense/Fearful • FAFSA application • Urinary and Digestive • Mood Swings needs to be submitted Tract Problems • Regression to Old Behav- online by 3/11/08 • Fatigue, Insomnia iors • Taxes are due 41/5/08 • Illness • Increased Smoking, Alco- Knowing that you are hol, and Use of Medica- stressed allows you to • High Blood Pressure take action to alleviate tion that stress. • Inability to Concentrate Inside this issue: Ideas to Help You Relax Going Digital 2 • Care for Yourself • Time Off mals Financial Aid 2 • Set Realistic Goals • Talk to Others • Take a Long Hot Bath Best Colleges 3 • Do the Same Thing Dif- • Take a Long Walk • Yoga ferently Jobs—No Degree 3 • Write a Poem • Deep Breathing • Break Away Thanks You’s 4 • Draw a Picture • Stretches • Take Things Less Person- • Color in a Coloring Book • Exercise Homeless 5 ally • Blow Bubbles • Laugh • Accentuate the Positive Leaving a Message 6 • Go for a Run • Ask for Help • Know Yourself • Rest and Relax • Spend Time with Ani- PAGE 2 INDEPENDENT LIVING Going Digital in 2009 After February 17, 2009, all television or if there is ever a time you may need should apply for a coupon. 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You must: ment as a regular student working toward your school’s financial aid office for more a degree or certificate in an eligible pro- • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non- gram at a school that participates in the information. citizen federal student aid programs. • Have a valid Social Security Number • Not have a drug conviction for an (unless you’re from the Republic of the offense that occurred while you were re- Marshall Islands, the Federated States of ceiving federal student aid (such as grants, Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau). loans, or work-study) • Register with Selective Service if you are male and 18 to 25 years of age (go to Also: www.sss.gov for more information). • You must not owe a refund on a • Have a high school diploma or a federal grant or be in default on a federal INDEPENDENT LIVING PAGE 3 America’s Best Colleges 2008 (US News and World Report) 1. Princeton University (NJ) 10. University of Chicago 19. Vanderbilt University (TN) 2. 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Radiation Therapist $57,700 7. Computer Technical Support 20. Nuclear Medicine Technologist Specialist $67,689 $56,450 8. Gaming Manager $64,880 21. Power Plant Distributor and Dis- 9. First-line Supervisor/Manager of patcher $57,330 Police and Detective $64,430 22. Fashion Designer $55,840 10. Nuclear Power Reactor Operator 23. Ship Engineer $54,950 $64,090 24. Detective and Criminal Investiga- PAGE 4 INDEPENDENT LIVING How to Write a Thank You Note (ehow.com) You can fill even short thank you favor or entertainment given. your frame." If you received a gift of notes with appreciation, sincerity and money, mention how you will spend it. 3. Write about the appropriateness meaning. A handwritten note of of the gift or favor: "Your baby- 6. Write about how you plan to use the gift thanks should be sent via mail (not sitting for my children has truly (or substitute this step for step 3): "I electronic mail) for gifts received, in been a lifesaver in these difficult have a picture of my parents that will appreciation of a favor, following a times." (You can describe a gift look perfect in your frame." If you re- job interview. And although thank you that didn't quite suit your taste as ceived a gift of money, mention how you notes should be sent promptly, "better "a conversation piece" or will spend it. late than never" does apply as the re- "unique.") cipient will always enjoy your thanks. 7. Sign your thank-you note: "With thanks, 4. Tie the appropriateness of the gift Billy." 1. Begin with a fresh sheet of note to the person who gave it to you: paper and a smooth pen. Thank- "You've always understood my you notes are traditionally written taste in clothes." in cursive, and are headed by the date and a salutation: "Dear Aunt 5. Write about how you plan to use Ruth," followed by a comma. the gift (or substitute this step for step 3): "I have a picture of my 2. Thank the recipient for the gift, parents that will look perfect in How to Respect Family Members (ehow.com) Respect is something 3. Leave them room to grow. Re- Let your family know what they can THIS often extended to spect sometimes requires walking do to respect you as well. INCLUDES strangers, like polite- away, even at home. For example, YOUR FOSTER ness, but not used at respect your sister's choices in PARENTS home. Showing re- boyfriends, even when you don't AND THEIR spect for family approve, by allowing her space to FAMILIES! members can require make her own decisions and be- extra thought but ing there to support her when shows great character. they don't turn out so well. Skip the "I-told-you-so" out of respect 1. Extend courtesies. If basic polite- for your sister and your family ness is good for strangers, it's connection. good for home use, as well. Re- member to say please and thank 4. Maintain contact. You don't have you, hello and good-bye, good to agree with family members to morning and good evening. These show them respect. Disagree at are basic rules of etiquette that, will, but maintain contact. Re- when extended to family mem- spect a family member's opinion, bers, show your respect for them. although you don't agree with it, by continuing to interact with that 2. Defend the clan. There's no need person. Once you've said your to go out and stir up trouble on piece, though, you may want to behalf of your family. But when avoid the disagreeable subject. you're in public, watch what you say about your family members. When confronted with criticism Ask your family what else you can do by others, defend your family. to show respect. Different cultures After all, their bad traits, when have different requirements for being brought to light, reflect poorly on respectful. you also. INDEPENDENT LIVING PAGE 5 How to Prepare for Adulthood (ehow.com) 1. It is up to decide whether or not to let 6. Choose some extracurricular ac- 9. If you plan on driving, you’ll need your people know that you are a foster child. tivities. These help you decide learner’s permit, driver’s education, and a what you might want to do with car. 2. Enroll in independent living classes. your life. 10. Look into where you will live—an apart- 3. Talk with your worker about what steps 7. Follow the rules and do your ment? In a dorm? You’ll need furniture need to be taken before you age out. chores—this is good practice for and household items. DSS can usually 4. Make sure that you or your social worker being an adult when you’ll have help with some of this, so ask! has your original birth certificate and even more rules and chores. social security card. 8. Figure out what your mode of 5. Make sure that you have a state issued transportation will be—bus? ID. Car? How to Create a Lifebook (ehow.com) 1. Write the purpose of your book…”this scribe the family, draw a picture, is my story” or “the story of me”. what school did you go to in that A LIFEBOOK IS IMPORTANT Maybe start with a baby picture if you home, who was your best friend, FOR ALL PEOPLE TO HAVE, NOT have one. did they have pets, when were JUST FOSTER CHILDREN you there, etc. 2. Birth Page: birth certificate copy, state- ment of the circumstances surrounding 5. Any significant occurrences in friend. your birth, birth weight, length, time, etc. foster care or out of foster care: termination of your parents’ 7. Social Worker and Counselors: you 3. Parents: write about your parents. In- rights, birth of a sibling, gradua- might have one you want to remember! clude some pictures of them. tion, vacations. 4. Foster Care: write down where you lived, 6. Friends: pictures of friends, de- include a page for each home with pic- scriptions, who was your best tures. If you don’t have pictures, de- How to Survive Being Homeless It's not easy being homeless, but you never won't be easy at first, but you'll get difficult moment. You don't have to go know when the possibility would be there. used to it. through it alone. Losing your job, natural disasters - the op- Find a shelter. There's usually a cove- Have faith. There will always be a brighter portunity might present itself at any time. nant house, or a homeless shelter. day. Someone might lend you a helping hand Here are some tips in case you find yourself They try to keep things sanitary for one day. In which case, let go of your pride, in this situation. everyone. Be nice to everyone you and take it. You will learn to appreciate it and When you learn of your fate, it's best to try meet, for it is not only you who are someday you might be able to help others as and get rid of everything you have and earn suffering. well. some cash. That cash would be useful in the Try looking for a job. There are always Be strong. Try not to lament your life away. long run. If you get kicked out of home and places willing to hire the homeless, as you're a teenager, then try to pack as many Be strong. Try not to lament your life away. long as you're presentable. So keep clothes as you can with you. If you live in a yourself clean and showered, smelling wintery state, then definitely bring a reliable good. Don't ever abandon your per- winter jacket with you. sonal grooming skills. Try to find food resources. There are various Talk to a counselor. You will be pre- soup kitchens in any city. True that the food sented with the opportunity to speak won't be palatable, but when you're roaming with one. In which case, do not turn it the streets hungry, you can eat anything. It down. 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Say your number NO Tips: FASTER than you can write it. It should take you between 8 and 10 Then repeat it. If you have no 1. Leave seconds to say the number so that it is writing utensil, pretend to write it understandable. 16 to 20 seconds to If you want someone to call you in the air. say it twice. back you need to know how to 3. Leave your number, your name, leave a message! and the nature of your call. Speak
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