Thursday, April 10, 2014

Need Some University Credit This Summer? Try a class in the Zombie Apocalypse



"Until you're actually in a catastrophe you don't know how you'd behave."  That's how Glenn Stutzky prefaces the MSU Summer 2014 class "Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse – Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior".

When I first heard about this class, I didn't give it much credence.  Another crazy pop culture class - but then again, as a teacher of comics and all things related, I had to step back.  After all Walking Dead is one great comic book series that was serialized on television.  Although, I have to say, I still wasn't convinced that the zombie apocalypse was an appropriate fit in classes on the study of human behavior.

That was before I watched the above video.

What changed my mind?  The Mt. Diablo Fire of 2013.  I had always thought of myself as one of those people who, in the face of disaster, would remain calm, cool, and collected, rescuing neighbors and pets alike.  But, no, when Mt. Diablo was engulfed in flames, I was a nervous wreck that almost passed out a number of times due to stress? Fear? Loss of control?

I actually made one of my neighbors who has over 40 horses come to my house and help me hook up my two-horse trailer.  I know I wasn't that generous - I was there.

My neighbors and I finally became trapped on our properties, having to "shelter in place" and if that fire jumped the road we would have all been B-B-Q.

So how do you think you'd behave in the face of disaster?  Have you ever faced a catastrophe and were surprised by your own behavior?  Why?  How?

You can take SW290: Selected Topics in Social Work (Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse--Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior online for course credit from Michigan State University's Summer Study Program, but you better hurry up and register, or you'll be facing a different sort of disaster.

37 comments:

  1. I have never faced a catastrophe, thankfully. But if I did, I'd like to think I would be able to stay calm and help those in need. I just read recently about three teenage boys who entered a house engulfed in flames to save an elderly woman. That is truly heroic. Or the teenage boy who rescued a boy from a near drowning in the ocean. There have been many stories about people risking their lives to help others. I hope if I'm ever in that situation, I'd do the same.

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  2. The biggest catastrophe that I have faced was when I was in high school. I was at a marching band rehearsal and one of our members passed out from dehydration. I was surprised about how calm I was in helping her out. I was directing everyone around me so that we can help her. She left the rehearsal in an ambulance and was rushed to the hospital. I was the hero of the situation. It was shocking to me how I kept myself calm and relaxed to help her but later that night when I got home I had a meltdown because I couldn't believe that she was in the hospital. So, in the face of disaster I believe that I would be calm and relaxed while dealing with others to help but I will have a breakdown later because that is how I deal with the stress and anxiety that I feel during a disaster or a catastrophe.

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  3. I haven’t really faced any sort of natural disaster or anything like that to where I would have to react a certain way. But if I were to face a disaster I feel like I would be able to control myself and not just freak out and run crazy and even act all crazy. I feel like I might just try to figure out what I can do to stay safe and come up with a plan of where I should find shelter and try to help some people along the way. Even if I have some help by neighbors and friends I think we would be able to come up with a really great plan of what to do in that situation.

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  4. Well as a big gamer and a zombie fanatic, I usually think that if a zombie apocalypse would happen, I would be the one who would have fun killing everything and playing survival. One game that I used to play on a regular basis was Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies. In the game, it’s basically roaming around and shooting zombies as any other zombie game, but comparing to reality, the game setting is locked within one map that you can’t go out of bounds and that you get your guns by buying them through chalk drawings of the gun. Yeah that sounds super fake and will never happen in real life, but hey it’s still fun. Another thing is that I really like to watch is a lot of zombie movies and shows, because it’s always filled with action, suspense, and guides on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. The thing about my feelings being all heroic and killer crazy in a zombie apocalypse is that I have no idea if it is true. I have never faced a catastrophe and I really don’t know how I would really act because the speaker brings up a good point, “Until you’re actually in a catastrophe you don’t know how you’d behave.” It’s all talk and no play as soon as you get into that situation because you don’t know what’s going to happen, you don’t know what you will be thinking, and you don’t know what you will do.

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  5. As a person who honestly believes that the zombie apocalypse will eventually happen, I always believe in being prepared for any type of scenario. Whether it is the living dead or even a natural disaster, its the preplanning that determines how your react in the face of danger. I have never faced a catastrophe before, but as an individual who is seeking a career in law enforcement its my job to stay calm and react appropriately to any situation. So, in the face of disaster I do believe I have the skills and mindset to move forward and survive.

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  6. People claim they know how to react during a disaster but truth is we all don't know until it actually happens. I find my self asking these questions when a hear about a disaster. am I ready? how will i react? Is this really happening to me? All these questions run through our heads. This class about a zombie apocalypse event is really good. I don't judge and find this class really interesting, if it were to be offer at my campus i would most likely enroll. Surviving skills, basic knowledge of surroundings, and sometimes relying on yourself are very important. Knowing my skills and after reading these blog, if i were to ever face a catastrophe i will do every thing possible to stay calm and scan the area. But like i mentioned earlier we wont know how we will react until something really bad happens to us.

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  7. I have never been in a disaster where i have to quickly turn from a student/brother to survival mode in a matter of seconds. If i were ever to face a disaster like a zombie apocalypse, i think i would immediately turn into safety mode. Knowing how much i prioritize other people more than i prioritize myself, i would do anything possible to make sure the people i care about are at safety, rather than making sure i am the one who is safe. I cannot see myself in a position where i have to be assertive about many things, because i am not like that in actual person. Being assertive or aggressive isn't my natural instinct when it comes to surviving, or to many other things for that matter. But knowing how people adapt to survival, there may be a possibility that my mindset will set on staying alive rather than keeping everyone else alive.

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  8. I am a big fan of the Walking Dead and find it interesting that these types of classes are even existent. I would love to take this class only because i think it would be fun and of my interest, but my question is if it is actually about surviving the apocalypse or learning about all these movies, books and documentaries. In regard to the connection of the fear of the Mt. Diabo fire, i remember about how it was engulfed in flames for a couple of days .I lived in Antioch close to Mt.Diablo and wondered how people felt about the risk they had and what they did. It's interesting to know first hand how people handled their situation. If i were put in a disaster and in this situation i wouldn't know what to do to be honest. I think my priority would be to keep my family safe and pets in any way possible. I know they say we should always be prepared but in reality when things come, your frozen in time. I haven't been faced in a catastrophe yet but i hope i don't at any time.

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  9. When I first read the title of this article, I could not help but simply find it sort of baffling. UC credits for taking this class about the Zombie Apocalypse is quite laughable but pretty cool at the same time. The reason for that is who would ever suspect a "Zombie Apocalypse" of happening especially in our time..? Maybe if you are really into the Walking dead T.V. series.

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  10. Depending on the disaster I'm faced with I believe that my reaction would be different. For the most part I am a very calm person and now how to control myself and I usually work well under pressure so I honestly believe that I would be fine or at least do a good job at pretending. I must admit that it may become every man for himself depending on how bad everything gets, it's either we are going to stick together stay calm and work this out but if your panicking and being dramatic then this is just not going to work and i would have to leave because I will get outta here and survive or at least do my best to do so. I will not be like the scary movies where the African American always die first I refuse to. I have never been faced with a catastrophic event but I imagine that with some struggle and hard work that I would make it out fine.

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  11. Though I've never been in a catastrophe, I believe that would be calm or at least seem calm. I say this because I know that I am a quiet person and I don't really freak out over things. Im usually chill about everything. If there was going to be a zombie apocalypse, I would hope the zombies were like they are in the series "The Walking Dead" and not like the zombies from the movie "I Am Legend" or from the movie "World War Z." The zombies from walking dead are much slower, which would give me a much bigger chance of surviving. My friends and I play a lot of team games like Halo, Call of Duty, and especially Zombie and alien games. So as long as I am with them I know we would do great, since I know we have good communication with each other and we are able to come up with strategic plans together. But then again, Glenn Stutzky is correct. I have no clue how i would actually act. Instead of surviving with my friends and making strategic plans, It's a possibility that I could end up sitting in the fetal position, crying. That is very unlikely, but possible. You really do never know what would happen, until it happens.

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  12. I try to stay level headed if I were in a catastrophes. I have not had too many catastrophes in my life because there has not been too many big problems, but there has been some small problems. The majority of college students problems are not getting into a class or did bad on a test or not passing the test. I try not to set my schedule so impossible that my semester would be stressful. I am a type of person who has alot of free time. I have been not given many responsibilities so I have had not to deal with many problems. And if there was a problems I would say to myself suck it up. Stop dwelling on the past because it happened and focus on the future.

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  13. I have already studied stuff like this on my own with my brother. He Is a survivalist nut, that considered joining the marines for the rifle training alone (he may or may not have been honest when he said that). If zombies popped off, I will be locked and loaded. My bro has been amassing a cache of guns and other weapons just in case, and while he has been collecting gunpowder and blades, I have payed attention to survival training, building my skills and knowledge. First thing to secure is water. A still for salt water, and a simple charcoal and sand filter would be a good start, so I'm building both of those first thing. Next I would build a generator using car batteries, alternators and a recumbent bike. After that I will enjoy the peace and quiet, taking out my aggression on unsuspecting zombies from time to time.

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  14. Watching the Walking Dead has made me terrified of a zombie apocalypse. But, it has also taught me that when you are placed in a situation where it's life or death, you either man up or die. I'd like to think that I would man up, but being a small, emotionally vulnerable female (not generalizing, that's just me), I'm not so sure I would be able to handle that sort of thing. Sure I could muster up the emotional strength to attempt survival, but I seriously doubt if my girly legs could carry me as fast as I would need to run or if my wimpy muscles would provide enough strength for me to actually kill something or be useful.
    I completely agree that there's just no way to know unless you're dropped in that situation for real, but right now I;m really just hoping that won't be a thing.

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  15. I have never been in a catastrophe, yet I have faced stressful situations. I am generally calm and clear-minded, but in times of urgency, I'm not sure if I could keep that composure. Honestly, if I was in a catastrophe, I don't think I could be relaxed and that's a good thing. If I was up against a devastating event, my fight-or-flight responses would kick in and the adrenaline would have me going crazy- but in a good way. That extra stress forces me to think through many ideas in a quicker period of time. You could say that I work best under pressure. I'm not afraid to risk my life for those whom I care about so my first instinct would be to work together with the people around me to save our lives and if worst comes to worst, there's nothing I could have done anyways. My need to survive would hopefully be the reason that everyone does.

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  16. I think faced with a disaster that I would freak out a little at first but could control myself in a way that would help me get through it. I am an eagle scout and what I think is a good head on my shoulders so I would be able to access the situation, figure out what needs to be done and take actions from there. Like yourself my house was near a fire once but i was out of town so I couldn't do anything to help it or save anything of mine. Unfortunately for me my family evacuated and didn't bring any of my possessions so I see where i stand with them. In that situation I would of grabbed as many duffle bags as i could and just start packing cloths as fast as i could and only bring the essentials plus some jerseys that I own because that is one thing I cherish. Luckily my house was fine and we were able to return to it. Other then that I haven't really faced any other catastrophes in my life. I guess you could count the time i chopped the tip of my right pointer finger off but I was 5 years old and I don't remember this because I went into shock but I went up to my mom and said "why is my finger bleeding?" I think that is kind of strange that I said that but I was in shock and didn't know what to do. If I was facing a zombie apocalypse i would definitely have a compound bow, so I could shoot things and retrieve the arrows, along with a long sword to protect myself in close range combat. I feel like this would be an interesting class to take and see how other people would react to zombies and what their mind set would be going about being safe.

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  17. Special Announcement

    We have just been able to establish a way for members of the general public to take the Michigan State University "Zombie" course as a non-credit offering.

    This reduces the cost from $1,500 (3 credit class) to $500.

    For details email us at msuzombie@gmail.com

    Enrollment is through Sunday, May 11.

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  18. If this course was available at my school I would for sure try to take because lord knows that I would not how to survive a zombie apocalypse. You see the media entertain this society with zombies with movies and tv shows such as Zombieland, The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and it’s broadcasted in numerous video games as well. But the true question that was mentioned before “how do you think you’d behave in the face of disaster?” I honestly do not know. One can say that they will know exactly what to do and have all the answers but you never know what to expect when you experience disasters or catastrophes, anything can happen. I have never been in a situation where I would say it was catastrophic, but I would only have to be in that situation to know what exactly I would do too survive.

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  19. . I have never faced anything big or really bad in my life. I think that if something occur I will most likely freeze and sort of panic inside. Like asking myself what should I do?! Or just maybe I will act different when something bad occurs. Hopefully I do not have to go through that, but if I did hopefully I get relaxed and not let my brain, head, or mind blur. I would like to join something like this class. I like helping others and get them through a difficult situation. I would also, be getting help and knowledge on how I should react when something happened. I think if you get involved in this that can happen to you, sooner or later, it will help you know what to and not do. Schools should start creating like this type of class, that will benefit whoever goes to the class and teach them good things that will change their lives forever.

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  20. I myself have never experienced a life threatening disaster, the closest I've gotten to a disaster was a small earth quack in Southern California. If I were however ever to look horror in the eye I would have an idea of what my behavior would be and who I would become.

    In the past when I've experienced an earth quack, I froze and could not find the will to move. My mind went blank and my gaze steady. In school teachers teach you the necessities to stay a live whether it be to crawl under a desk or place your hand over your neck. Those skills are thrown out the window the moment you realize the world has a higher power over human beings. If I were to be placed in a burning building I would first try to stop the fire if I had the time to do so. If the flames became overpowering I would run out of the building, yell for others to follow and contact the fire department as soon as I got to a phone. I do care for others and want to see everyone get out, if someone needs my help I would gladly help; but I am no hero. In any disaster there are those who conceal their fear until after they get to safety, others let fear control them and need help to escape. I myself feel I could be a mixture of both, maybe one overpowering the other at times but all depending upon the situation.

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  21. This would seem like a fun/ interesting class to take just because I love zombie movies and shows. I probably wouldn't take it unless I was a sociology major or if they talked about the medical side of this. But when I was younger I would think of where I would go if anything like that were to happen and how I would act. But who really knows how I would react when put in a situation like that, I feel like I would either over react or probably be to calm for my own good. I would be confused that is probably a better way to describe it.

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  22. I believe that taking a Zombie Apocalypse course would be ideal. Not just because I am a fan of The Walking Dead series but because it would be interesting to study what people would do or act during this type of disaster. One would like to believe that we would help one another during time of crisis but, would we all really help or panic?

    There was a catastrophe I faced during high school when my uncle experienced a heart attack. At the time I did not know what to do. I was some what paralyzed, I could not move because of the shock. I watched as my family called the ambulance and were trying to help him out but, as for me I remember myself just standing there not being able to do anything. Perhaps it was my way of dealing with the stress or I was so afraid to even move. I felt like I was in a dream and could not move an inch. Its not that I did not want to help, I was just so blank that I was not able to think or act. It was my first time dealing with such a situation, and I wouldn't know how to handle another catastrophe. In my mind, I would like to think that I would be calm and under control under a situation but I guess one just reacts by surprise when a crisis is happening.

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  23. I'd like to think I would be calm in the face of disaster, but at the same time I'm realistic and know that I don't know for sure. I have faced catastrophe two years ago during my freshman year. I was in the Beats, Physics, and the Mind cluster and that quarter we had Intro to Audio Production. On that day, for some reason I decided to go to class early, hoping that the computer lab would be open so I could surf the internet before class started. When I got there, one of my classmates(who was someone I knew pretty well) was also there waiting. I sat on the floor and pulled out a book since the lab was not open and suddenly my classmate collapsed to the ground because he began suffering a seizure. At first I was in shock, looking around to see if there was anyone else around to help. Once I realized nobody was around, thankfully my instincts took over as I knelt down and tried to help keep him on his side so he didn't choke on the small amount of blood he was coughing up. How I knew to do that, I still have no idea. Once he had stopped seizing and was able to stand up, I helped him up and to the Health center because he was still disoriented and was having trouble keeping his balance. I was surprised by my actions because, to my knowledge, I've never witnessed someone have a medical emergency in front of me and it was a very scary event. Amazingly I believe my classmate was back the following week, looking as though nothing ever happened to him.

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  24. I feel like most people, I would try to think of others before I think of myself. I would want to be that hero who rescued her family plus others even animals! But, really who knows. Such an interesting question very hard to answer since I have never been in a catastrophe. I have expectations and hopes that I'll act a certain way, but once I am there who knows.
    I did once hydroplaned on the freeway with my mom and grandmother in the car, I remember telling my mom to stop the car because all I felt was it shaking. At one point I looked over to my grandmother and very faintly thought and wondered how she was but I was too concentrated in yelling "Stop!" that I was just thinking of how scared I was.

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  25. I don't think I have ever been in a natural disaster or any type of disaster for that matter. But if I was in one I'd hope I'd remain in a calm and logical manner because I've been in sports my whole life and football for example when the coach shouts and hollers at me or my teammates I don't freak out. I just take it and use it as my fuel, or when you're in the games, friday night lights, all the fans beaming down on your every move, you need to stay calm and collective because when the clock is winding down and when the team is calling a play and when your coach didn't react in time you have to stay calm during the play and go with it. Even if the coach will chew you out during film. You always have to stay calm within yourself during football or else you'll be called a pussy. So I believe I will react in a just matter.

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  26. I don't think I have ever been in a natural disaster or a huge catastrophe, but I have been in a situation where I was surprised by my behavior. This situation was when my grandma passed out and looked like the life in her was sucked out in that moment. Everyone thought she died because she wasn't responding and her pulse and breathing rate were so low. It was hectic. My grandpa was crying while pacing back and forth so much that it looked like he would pass out next. While everyone was freaking out, I ran to the phone to call 911 and spoke with the EMTs while trying to keep my grandpa calm. This surprised me because I always thought that in an emergency, I would freak out or panic and not know what to do. If I were ever in a zombie apocalypse or a natural disaster, I hope that I can keep calm and react the way I did in that situation. I think that if I freaked out with everyone, it would have been too late for my grandma.

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  27. There was a small earthquake last year that was a magnitude of five or more. It was not a big catastrophe or anything in my town but it was in the Napa Valley area. Earthquakes are my biggest fear, and this one woke me up from my sleep. I thought about all the horrid things that could have happened to me or to anyone. I could not sleep for the next few days in fear of aftershocks. My reactions to events such as this are truly embarrassing, but almost expected. I’m always the one out of the group who freaks out easily, and just has no self-restraint when scary things happen. I just can’t help it, and that’s something that I want to change. Should a zombie apocalypse happen, I would not even know what to do, but I can assure you that I would be the one running the fastest.

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  28. I would like to think I would remain calm and get myself to safety, but in reality I would probably freak out. If I hear about a disaster that might happen I get nervous and sometimes stress over what I will do to make sure my family and I are safe. I remember one time I was getting ready to go to the gym and the fire alarm went off in the building next to mine. I stayed in my room until I finished getting ready then I walked out. I did not leave right when I heard the alarm because there is always someone who pulls the fire alarm for no reason. Everyone was outside including the fire and police department. There was no fire, but if there really was one I feel I should have left the building a lot sooner than I did.

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  29. Before reading this article, I thought that it was about a college class or even a club that talks about zombies. However, the rug was pulled right under me once I first clicked the play button on the video. The YouTube video opened my mind to a different perception on a possible zombie apocalypse. I did not realize that a tragic event like a zombie apocalypse would reveal a person's true values and humanity. This new discovery brings to question of my values and humanity. Would I survive a zombie apocalypse? Would I change from being a kind and careful person to a ruthless and selfish one? I do not think that I can even survive the first few minutes, if not seconds, of a zombie apocalypse. Sadly, I think that I would be one of the first people affected. But if I would survive longer than I expected, I would probably be more protective and selfish than I am now. I would be extremely nervous, scared and unconfident of my decisions. I would be completely changed as a person to survive anything this tragic. In fact, I panic a lot in situations not many people would panic about. I would be have panic attacks when I cannot find my phone charger and when I forget to do homework that is due in the next day. So to answer the question if i would survive a tragic event like a zombie apocalypse, no. But if i were to be put that situation, I would try really hard to survive and keep my humanity.

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  30. In a terrible situation I would believe that I would freak out and not know what to do. I could say that I would be calm and try to help others to safety before myself, but in reality I would be saving my own butt. If there was a zombie apocalypse there would be huge crowds of people pushing and shoving each other to get to the safest place. In that situation wouldn’t you push and shove to save yourself? I would, to be completely honest. As terrible as that sounds. Now, people think that they would be generous and help others, but in a scary situation such as zombies eating people alive… I doubt they would want to help someone who is trapped beneath five zombies. Not that this would ever happen. Most people will probably run away, maybe not all, but most. Throughout my life I have not yet faced a disaster and having been caught by a surprise about how I reacted during the scene. If I did, I think I would have a panic attack. I’m not a person who deals with a situation on the spot. Being calm and collective would not be a part of me in that kind of situation. I would be like a running chicken with its head chopped off. Not knowing what to do or where to go. All I know is that I would have a lot of adrenaline running through my body and if I had to run, I would run until I cannot run anymore.

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  31. I think that I would take a course on a zombie apocalypse not just in case if it ever becomes a reality but to prepare me for any type of catastrophic event. In order to have a higher possibility of surviving one has to have the skills and experience to face this event. I have not never faced an event of this kind that forces me to react fast, take crucial choices, and most importantly survive. Taking some sort of class on a zombie apocalypse will give experience. But if i was involved in a disaster I believe that the best way for me to react is by not getting very nervous or letting panic get in the way of taking decisions. I believe that getting nervous will only make the situation worse and have a negative outcome at the end. Staying calm will help take better decisions and will help one concentrate more and therefore think clearly before acting. I believe also that getting nervous can make someone get in shock and freeze.

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  32. I believe that in the case of a apocalyptic situation I would end up helping as many people as I can. Although I haven't actually been in a situation in which a undead creature is eating the body of a close friend or family member, I still would try to help as many people as I can. At times it would be apparent that I will have to leave people to be eaten mercilessly by the undead, since they might have gotten bitten or their broken leg has slowed the whole crew down. (Walking Dead Season Six Spoiler Alert) I would never hesitate to accept a new crew member, however they would be under tight surveillance for a period of time. In order to survive an apocalypse, you must develop strategies that will help you and your crew and will allow the least amount of casualties. I believe that I would try my best to save as many people as is possible with or without a plan, because in the end we have to "just survive somehow".

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  34. The only disaster I have been in was when I fractured my elbow from falling down my bike going down a hill. During that accident my adrenaline kicked and all I could focus on was going back home. It wasn't until my adrenaline wear off that I was able to think and go to the hospital to treat my arm. so therefore, I think that my brain would be in a state of panic during the beginning of a zombie apocalypse and I would prioritize my own safety before others. As bad as that may sound, I know how my brain react to a dangerous situation and I believe that many other people would act the same if they can choose between their own life versus some strangers life. However, after I have calmed down, that will be when I start to find anyone I can help and attempt to Contact my friends and family, if they're still alive that is.

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  35. The only major disaster that I remember having to learn how to think on my feet was when my father had a severe seizure and fell on the side of the sidewalk and needed to go to the hospital. Usually when I was younger my family usually tried to keep me away from seeing my father having a seizure but no one was home expect for my younger brother and I was surprise how well I behave during that moment. I quickly process the situation and how if I do not respond quickly I will be putting my father life on the line, so I prioritize what was needed to be done, I behave calmly and tried to calm my brother down. We called the ambulance and I was able to drive my brother following the ambulance. So I am not super sure how I would behave during a major catastrophe, but I know that I will have to respond calmly and try to think rationally and assess the situation. If you freak out and having everyone else freaking out, then you won't get much done and won't be much help to anyone in need.

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  36. I’d definitely want to take this class. Ever since I was a kid, the possibility of a zombie apocalypse has always been an interesting idea to explore and I love to see how people envision this form of dystopia. In one of my favorite games, The Last of Us, the player goes through a roller coaster of emotions as they see the protagonist having to go through loss after loss by the end of the game I was on the verge of tears. But it does leave me wondering, could I survive?

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  37. I would want to take this class if it was offered here, at East Bay. I love The Walking Dead series, and seeing how people would react to this disaster in real life? Sign me up!As for a major disaster I faced was personal.In my senior year of high school, out of nowhere I felt the worst stomach pain/cramp in my life.I could not even walk straight,I dealt with that pain for 2 whole days before even considering going to the doctors.I cried because the pain was so severe,I threw up without eating and drinking anything...It was the worst.When it comes to pain, I try to suck it up , plus finals week was the next week at the time of my pain.I had to be in class,I dealt with it and thought I was going to be okay.My third day of this pain was unbearable,I felt as if I was dying,I couldn't see,blood rushed to my head whenever I walked,and I hadn't eaten in 2 days.I barely consumed a banana and water out of those 2 days.My father rushed me to the hospital, and they had to put me in a wheelchair.My abdomen was scanned for the pain area.Turns out, my appendix exploded inside my body,and the waste was killing my insides slowly.I was rushed to the operating room that hour and had the mess inside my body cleaned out.I was surprised with myself, why had I not acted so seriously to such horrible pain?I did not want to bother my parents with the pain I had, little did I know, if I had waited one more day,I would have been dead.My insides would have poisoned me and killed me.From my experience, learning how people react in harsh situations along with why do they react that way is really important.Everyone thinks and acts upon things differently,and learning them is just another way humans could be further understood in the way we think.

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