Learn How Doris Went From Feeling Anxious About The Computer To Using It Daily

Ambassadors Jan 13, 2021

A transplant from New Jersey, Doris Is now a resident of Houston, Texas. (She married a Texas Aggie!) Doris and her husband were blessed with three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Doris wore many hats. She first worked at the East Orange Veterans Hospital as a dietitian. Her next position was at Lincoln Junior High School in West Orange, New Jersey in the Home Economics Department.

After raising the girls she returned to work, this time as a Junior High School Science teacher in Texas.

Her last position was as a High School Counselor at Bellaire High School, all this while being a volunteer for the PTA and Houston Baptist College Wellness Center and Hadassah.

Sadly her husband passed away a year ago. Luckily they had already moved into a great Senior

Independent Living Residence which has been in lockdown which, as everyone knows, is not much fun.

“It’s a bit tedious, but we are doing fine.”

She said the center tries to keep the activities happening as best as possible, so she’s always busy. However, she misses when they could swim three to four times a week. Plus, regular classes were taught by guest speakers around art, operas, and other fun activities. Since the lockdown, some of these offerings could move online but not all.

Tackling the Computer

With some time on her hands, Doris took up the challenge to really tackle learning her computer and the technology on it. While searching around and playing with her computer, she found something about GetSetUp.

“I’m trying very hard to learn more about the computer, Zoom, and Google Calendar. It might take some more time but everything I want to know - I am determined to learn.”

And learn she did! She learned how to use Zoom which allowed her to attend other GetSetUp classes, go to parties, seminars, and events over Zoom.

“I was doing so many things on the computer I didn’t know how to keep them on a calendar, so now I took the Google Calendar class and am learning how to list events there. I’m getting used to making it mine, it takes a little while but I am getting there!”

While she may have initially missed a few classes and events because she didn’t know how to keep track of them in Google Calendar; now this tool is helping her to organize her busy social calendar with ease!

Computers Used To Make Doris Anxious

Doris didn’t always have a pleasant experience on the computer.

“The computer used to make me very anxious. When I was a counselor and they came in and told us we would use the computer to schedule students my stomach lurched. I had a horrible time learning anything to do with the computer. Now though I’m on it every day to check email.”

From feeling anxious to use the computer to using it in her daily routine, Doris is keen to keep learning more.

“I want to be able to know all I can about the computer.”

Thus, the next class that she’s looking to take is a course on Excel.

“I did scholarships as a counselor and I wish I had a better Excel course when I was there. It would have helped a lot. When I do an Excel I want to do it properly with the title and heading which I haven’t figured out yet.”

When she’s not on the computer, Doris enjoys reading, especially about history. She’s recently been reading about Churchill, who she finds fascinating. She also enjoys taking exercise classes, watching operas, and playing games that are going on despite the pandemic.

“I’m telling everyone I know and meet about GetSetUp because they are all stuck at home too.”

Doris might not be stuck at home for much longer as she was able to get her first shot of the vaccine. Other than a sore spot where the shot was given she feels fine and before too long she looks forward to seeing her grandchildren, daughters, and friends more regularly. Her senior living area turned a whole part of a floor into a clinic with technicians, paperwork, and vaccines. Each person who got the vaccine, which they hadn’t anticipated getting so soon, got an official card regarding COVID-19 vaccination.  

Now she can start to use her skills from her Google Calendar class to start to plan events for after her second round of the vaccination.

In addition to focusing on technology, Doris has her eye on trying a few new classes including cooking and dance social hours.

Join Doris as she accomplishes her technology goals and keeps adding to her computer skills one GetSetUp class at a time!


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