Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wanderlust


The summer before I came to college, I got my very first passport. I'm sad to say that currently my passport is collecting dust in a desk drawer... Which is most definitely not what's it's meant for! For several weeks, various programs and classes have been advertising Study Abroad and other travel programs for this upcoming summer and the following school year. Not gonna lie, they all look pretty freakin awesome!

I've always thought about studying abroad, or going on a school trip to travel around Europe in the summer, but I've never seriously thought about it with the intention of committing. Now that all of these different opportunities are presenting themselves, and I'm hyper-aware of my passport in the drawer, I feel a sort of itch to get out and travel. My friends told me that the itch I've been feeling has a name.... Wanderlust. Which, if you ask me, is a really pretty sounding word to describe something that actually feels pretty uncomfortable!

My parents are supportive of me doing some sort of traveling program if I'm able to afford it... Which, at the moment, is a major hiccup in my desires. However, I've started looking at various programs that offer scholarships for students who want to go on them and at potential classes or experiences that I want to have while traveling with those programs. 

Maybe I'll go to Thailand and study Elephants, or go to New Zealand to work with Sheep. There are seriously a million different places that I could go to work with and study animals like I hope!

When I was younger, I started what I called my "France Fund". I've taken French classes (I'm not good at speaking it, but I can usually read it) and everything about France seems really magical to me. I know that it's practically every girl's dream to go to France or to Italy, so this probably sounds a tad cliche... But hey, I'm just being honest here! So far, I've only saved up enough for a partial plane ticket to France, but now that I'm looking into more study abroad programs maybe I'll use what I have saved up already towards that? I'm not sure how many programs involving animals there are that go to France though... Hahaha Maybe going somewhere more exotic following the animals that I love will be more beneficial to me.  

Have you you been feeling Wanderlust too? If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Roommate Roulette


Throughout this semester, I've been having quite the struggle figuring out where I'm going to live for the next school year. I've also set the goal for myself to be able to pay rent and for my food on my own for the next school year. However, the search for a place to live and to find a roommate has been like playing Russian Roulette! I still have no idea where I'm going to end up!

Starting out, I was planning on continuing to live in my current room. The school, however, has other plans for the building so living here is completely ruled out for me. After talking to my mom for a while, I wrote up a blurb about myself and what I want in a roommate and started an application for an on-campus apartment. At the time, I thought that I was for sure going to get the ultimate roommate and that we would be fast friends! Within a few hours of posting my blurb, I got a few emails from potential roommates. I was so excited! I for sure thought that it was going to be easy! 

I ended up really considering two of the girls who had emailed me, but I was very on the fence about which one I should officially say I would live with. To my utter dismay, I found out that the cut off for the apartment application for non-freshman was due the following day to meeting only one of the two potential roommates! Throwing caution to the wind after only a few hours of thinking, I decided to pick the girl that I hadn't met yet to be my roommate. After I told her, and told the girl I wasn't going to live with, I felt so much adrenaline. It's so unlike me not to meet someone before making a big decision involving them (like being roommates).

The day that the application was due, we met up for the first time and started off our relationship by finishing our applications and requesting each other as roommates. After sitting and talking to her for a while, I felt like I'd made a good choice in picking her even though it was really unlike me. We have a ton of really random things in common, and we have several common interests that'll make living with her really easy. Or at least I think it will be.

Everything seemed to be happening in a whirlwind! I was barely hanging on to what I wanted for the next school year. After I thought I'd made it out, things got a whole lot more complicated. 

I applied to be a Resident Adviser (basically someone who enforces dorm rules and helps people who are locked out) a few weeks into the semester and completely forgot about it. At the time, that appeared to be my main option, and I didn't think that I'd actually be offered an interview. To my surprise, a few days after filling out the application for the apartment, I got an email saying that I got an interview and when my interview would be. 

NOOO!! I was getting excited about living in an apartment for the first time and being able to do cool things with my great new roommate! At first, my reaction was to email them back and say that I didn't want the interview and that they should give it to someone else. However, after talking to my mom about it, I decided that I was going to at least go to the interview and see what would happen. There isn't a guarantee that I'll be given a position just because I was offered an interview.

We got the apartment that we applied for, but if I get an RA position then I'll have to give my lease up and she'll have to find a new roommate. If I don't become an RA then I'll live in the apartment as planned... My interview was this past Saturday. Now all I can do is wait and see if I get a position or not. 

It seems as if my living arrangements for the next school year are still just as up in the air as they were at the beginning of the semester. Have you ever been in a situation like this before? I like to think that I'm not the only college student who has no idea where to live.

Friday, February 19, 2016

A PROMOTION!?


Oh yeah, you read that title!! I know, I'm just as stunned as you are! Not only have I been able to keep the one and only job I've ever had, I've done such a good/average job at it that they're moving me up. It may also have to do with the fact that I'm one of the few students already working for the department who has their driver's license... But regardless! I GOT A PROMOTION!!!! It's a huge pay raise, which means that I won't have to keep trying to find a second job on campus. I'll be earning in a week what I earn in a month with my current position. After all the crazy things that have been going on (you'll hear about more of those things in my next post) this was a huge blessing! I'm so excited to start training for my new job. After spending so long trying to find a job, and then landing a less than ideal first job, I feel like I've arrived in a way. This isn't what I want to do for the rest of my life, but it'll definitely help me when it comes to saving up for rent and textbooks next year like I hope to with my Resolutions.

Now that I'm leaving my old position behind I thought it would be fun to recap some my favorite and least favorite things that happened on the job!

My favorite memory while on the job is still, to this day, the old woman who came up to me at a basketball game. Literally all I'd done was move a barricade and tell them that they could park! She had on a cute rain coat and she told me that she appreciated what I was doing and that I was doing a great job. Then, she hugged me! I almost exploded from how sweet this old woman was!

My least favorite memory was Gray Jacket Man at the football games.... Regardless of the weather or the time of day, this man always had something negative to say to me. The entire purpose of my job was to keep people from parking without a pass because the passes were sold to patrons going to the football game (It would be pretty crappy of the school if they sold someone a pass and then let someone else take their space for free). Every game, Gray Jacket Man would yell about how unfair it is that his student couldn't park in the lot with him, and how he was going to "call my boss".

Surprisingly enough, whenever he did call my boss, I was told that I must be doing a good job keeping people from parking there if people are getting mad at me for it! I guess the gauge of how well you do your job is how angry you can make people... I'm totally joking!! But it does seem that way, doesn't it?

What are your best and worst memories from your job? Have any of you gotten a promotion recently?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Blog?

In case you haven't noticed already, I did buck up the courage to update the appearance of my blog! I found the template online (btemplates.com) and spent quite a while changing the headings from Spanish to English (I don't speak Spanish) and adjusting the fonts and colors slightly to look like what I wanted. I figured that a new look would help increase the professional appearance so that people would be more willing to stick around and read what I post, and to better express who I am as a person.

I have this blog because it's something that I enjoy, so I'm not trying to make money off of it, I simply want to make it more into what I've pictured myself having. For the time being, I don't have the budget to be able to afford a designer for my blog, so I'm making do with what I do have!  I love the new color scheme, and I absolutely adore anything floral!

I hope you love the new look of my blog as much as I do! I haven't worked all the bugs out of the mobile version, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How Important is Light?

Since about Thanksgiving Break this past November, the ceiling light in my dorm room has been having issues. It'll turn itself off, and it'll stay off for about 10-20 minutes before turning itself back on. Now, I wasn't very worried about this because it was only happening every 3-4 days, and I could handle not having light for 10-20 minutes. I thought that it was just the light bulbs being bad, so before I went home for Thanksgiving Break  I put in a request to have my light bulbs replaced. When I got back, I thought that everything was good and normal with my light again! Until... One day I was opening my door after getting some dinner and I flicked on the light but it didn't come on! I was frustrated because I knew that the bulbs were new and shouldn't have burned out so quickly! After I set down my food and had turned on a flashlight, my light turned itself on... Dang it!

Now, it's been turning itself on and off every few minutes whenever I have the light switch in the on position. It's really frustrating when I'm trying to work on homework at night, or trying to video call with my boyfriend. I would just put in a work order, but I don't know when they'd come to fix it. If I'd be up and dressed when they came, or if I'd have to awkwardly stand there in my pjs... That kind of freaks me out. So I've been on the fence about whether or not I really need to get my light fixed! I mean, I have a desk light and the light above the sink in my room, but it's not very bright light so sometimes my eyes hurt.

The ultimate question for me right now is, how important is light to me? Do I really need to work on homework at night? It does get dark a lot earlier now, but I can always go sit in the hall... I guess we'll see what happens!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Things I Thought as a Kid

I've seen a few people do this, and since I wasn't sure what else to write I'm gonna go ahead and jump on the bandwagon!

When I was a kid I thought that the whole Toy Story thing was accurate, and that it was some secret "Toy Code" that they couldn't ever talk to me. So whenever my stuffed animals would get dirty and my mom would put them in the wash I'd freak out because I thought that they were going to drown! We had those washer and dryers that have see through doors, so whenever one of my stuffed animals was being washed I'd sit in front of the washer and dryer to watch and make sure they didn't drown. I figured that if they were drowning that meant they could break the "Toy Code" to avoid death!

At one point during my childhood, my mom convinced me (and I'm assuming my siblings as well) that Salmon was actually Pink Chicken because I (we) didn't want to eat fish. In my little kid brain I didn't see why chicken couldn't be pink, so I totally believed her! To this day, whenever we have salmon, we always call it Pink Chicken. It's always fun when I have friends over and we say we're having Pink Chicken for dinner - it leads to some pretty interesting conversations.

When I started meeting teenagers (they were about high school age) I for some reason thought that High School was all one grade. Everyone who was in High School was in the same grade. People referred to me as a 4th Grader or a 2nd Grader based on what grade I was in, so when people called them High Schoolers, I assumed that meant it was their grade! Obviously when I got older I realized that wasn't the case, but for the longest time I thought that was true.

I was kind of a weird kid in that I didn't have your average imaginary friends. I had imaginary kittens. They lived under my bed, and they were only ever kittens. Every little while I'd have a new batch of kittens living under my bed. Not only were they only ever kittens, they were magic kittens, so they could go through walls. My mom has told me many times about how I'd scream when she was driving because my kittens would go through the car doors and I didn't want them to be left behind! After I screamed a few times, my mom said that cats can find their own way back and that they'd just follow us and come back in through the car doors. Satisfied with that answer, I calmed down and my imaginary kittens did come back.

When I started going to school, it seemed like one school year lasted a really long time. To me, a school year lasted for most of my life, so I was with the same teacher and classmates for a ridiculously long time. At one point, I heard people referring to them by the years and they were always a two year time frame. The 05-06 school  year, the 11-12 school year, you get what I mean... That's when it all made sense to me! No wonder a school year lasts forever, one school year takes two actual years! It makes perfect sense.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Anonymous or Not?

Anonymity was originally very important to me when I started this blog because of my desire to say whatever I wanted to without worrying about getting any backlash from my friends and family. It's not been over a year since I called myself to blog, and I've been on the fence about how tangible and real I want it to be.

For the past while, I've been looking at other blogs and how they're set up as well as the different blogging forums that are out there that may be easier/better to use. Looking at my own blog, I've tried multiple times to revamp it and make it look more professional, but most things cost money to have on a blog, money that I currently don't have as a college student. I've thought many times about maybe building it up over time, maybe start by buying a template, and then later on paying someone to create a logo for me. However, all of those things seem kind of pointless if no one is actually reading my blog...

When it comes to getting people interested in reading a blog, everyone says that anonymity makes it harder for people to support it and read it. Should I stop being anonymous to see if I can get more readers, and then revamp how my blog looks? Or should I wait until I can revamp my blog before I stop being an anonymous blogger?

For the time being, I don't see myself stopping writing this blog anytime soon. Maybe I should invest in it where I can so that it'll look how I want it to for personal reasons, so that I feel like my blog is very tangible and real. Maybe all of this isn't something that I should be thinking about until after I've gotten my first comment on a post, which I'm sad to say has not happened yet.

I'm not good with technology, and so a lot of things that I probably could be doing to make my blog seem more professional are out of my grasp simply because I don't understand how to implement them on my blog. I guess that I could try and figure them out if I was really determined to get them... I'll have to see what the future holds and what I'm able to afford.

Let me know what you think, I'd love to read your comments.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

1 Month Resolution Update

Resolution 1: Save up the money that I need to be able to pay for my Housing and Textbooks for the 16-17 School Year on my own

For this resolution I've been working on finding a second job. However, like I said in my last post, it hasn't been as easy as I though that it would be. I figured I'd only have to apply to a few places before I'd be hired! However, even after getting work experience at the current job that I have isn't enough experience for anyone to hire me to do anything. I've been waiting for the Cafeteria to start hiring for this semester, but they haven't! Hopefully they will in the upcoming weeks so that I can get another job.

Resolution 2: DRINK MORE WATER!!!

I think that I've been doing at great job with this resolution so far! I've been drinking several bottles of water every day, which I can definitely feel the effects of! I feel a lot better when I wake up, and I also feel a lot more healthy and awake during the day when I'm drinking more water. I think the main thing for me is keeping a water bottle with me at all times. If I have a water bottle on my I'm more likely to drink water. I've been testing out some water reminder apps that are meant to help you keep track of the water you've been drinking. I'll have to let you know about which one I find the most helpful.

Resolution 3: Read at least 20 books by the end of the year

I'm currently working on reading my 2nd book! I'll make a post about what I thought about it when I've finished it. I've been working on schoolwork so I haven't had as much time to sit and read it.

Resolution 4: Clean my dorm room every Saturday

This resolution has helped keep me from getting overly stressed out! I'm the kind of person who, when I get stressed, has to clean everything in order to make my room a space that I can focus on my work in. However, when I'm stressed about my work that normally means I don't have very much time to get it done. Spending part of that time cleaning isn't in my best interest even though it helps me be able to focus more on my work. Because I've been keeping my room cleaner by cleaning it up every Saturday I can come back and get straight to work on what I need to because my room is clean enough for me to be able to focus.

Resolution 5: Stop eating after 9pm

I've been doing awesome at this resolution so far! Whenever I eat after 9, it makes it harder for me to fall asleep because my stomach is actively digesting too much stuff. So, because I haven't been eating after 9 I've been getting a better/longer night's sleep, which is great! I'm a college student, I want all the sleep that I can get!

Resolution 6: Snack less, eat actual meals more

This one is still proving to be a struggle for me. I'm so used to casually snacking 24/7 that it's weird to suddenly stop. Sometimes I'll eat popcorn for an entire afternoon without realizing it just because it's what I've gotten used to. However, I've been better at realizing that I'm snacking too often, and I've been eating actual meals no matter what.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January 2016 Overview

2016 is in full swing! We have a whole month down! January was a tough month for me because I had to readjust to being at school after such a long break. After getting back to school, I had the Textbook Fiasco I talked about in a previous post, and I've been trying to find a second job. The job search is still underway, and so far I haven't gotten any interviews yet, which is kind of discouraging because I thought that getting a second job would be easier than getting the first one. 

My Chemistry class, the first one I've ever taken, has been kicking my butt. So after the first few weeks of feeling like I was floundering in the class I mustered up the courage to go in to me Professor's office hours! When I got there I was sure that I'd gone to the wrong room because the door was closed and had a bunch of warning signs on it! After standing in the hallway for a while I knocked on the door and my Professor answered. He'd forgotten that it was even his office hours, which I guess means that most students don't make use of them. He got me set up with some tutoring and said that I could go in at any time to ask him to explain things to me, which I really appreciate! So things have been really looking up when it comes to that class because I'm getting people who understand the information to help me understand the information.

In January I was also more social, which actually made me happy! My friends across the hall invited me over to watch movies with them several times, and we'd always end up talking for several hours after the movie ended. I'm not much of a party goer, and I don't do very well in large groups of people that I don't know, so it was awesome to be able to sit and each popcorn with a group of girls that I know and then be able to talk to them about anything and everything that came to mind! At one point we went from talking about the movie to talking about photos to talking about food to talking about boys to talking about Facebook and so on! We changed topics so many times that we couldn't even count them all - and none of them seemed connected.

 I've noticed that, since I came back to school, I've been calling home a lot more frequently. I think that I want to talk to my mom about what's going on in my life because I know that she has the time to talk to me most days. I like being able to talk about what's going on and be able to get some good feedback. Sometimes I don't like the feedback I get... But that doesn't happen very often. I also really like being able to see my pets and say Hi to my siblings (At the moment I'm the only one living away from home). 

My biggest accomplishment in January was when I sewed the hole shut that was on my backpack! My mom is big into sewing and quilting, so she was proud at how well I did at patching it up on my own. So far it's held up really well, and it doesn't look like I've sewn it at all if you look at it from a distance! I'm really proud of it!
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