I can’t believe its almost here…my senior year of college (plus a summer semester, but hey I’m still a senior). So far it seems like it’s going to be a very busy year or at least a busy fall semester. If everything goes right I will have an internship, an undergrad apprenticeship and be an honors program mentor. I’m really looking forward to school and all the opportunities that lay ahead of me. Below is a brief description of everything I have going on for this school year.
On top of those three things, I have to keep my GPA up, remain on deans list and I have to keep my job at Dunkin Donuts because I can’t afford not to work. I also have to apply to Point Park for my masters degree and work on getting a graduate apprenticeship. My hands are defiantly going to be full if I acquire the internship and apprenticeship, but I’m up for the challenge.
My dad signed off on the house this morning and handed over the keys to the new owner of the ranch house I called home for 15 years. The past month my life has been completely filled with moving out of the old house and getting the two new houses (moms house and dads house) ready to move into . I still can’t believe all of the stuff that my parent accumulated over the years and I don’t know how we managed to make it all fit into moms tiny attic and dads basement. It was very tedious and long week to get everything done. Now that we only have two houses to worry about I’m sure there will be a lot less stress.
For now on I will be living mainly with my mom in a three-story half double. It’s a very old house that was probably built-in the late 1800s or early 1900s. All the walls are curved and crooked and nothing is really level in the house. That’s something you can expect from old houses so it doesn’t really bother me. The neighborhood is nice and cozy, the only problem is the dog shelter across the street where the dogs bark constantly at you.
The kitchen hasn’t been redone at all. It still has the original wood cabinets. The newest thing in the room is the flower wallpaper and wood border along the bottom. The floor tiles are in pretty bad condition and are really filthy, nothing you can’t fix with some elbow grease though. Dad put new draws in because some of them were unusable and did a few other things to spruce it up a bit.
The dining room and living room were recently dry walled. Both rooms also have a new wood floors. I would say they are the nicest rooms in the house. They are really plain with just cream-colored paint on the walls. The dining room has a country/primitive wallpaper border around the top. It’s not really moms or my style, but the landlord put it up before we started renting.
My bedroom is fairly big in size. I now have a full-sized bed instead of twin and I got a new quilt from Target for it. None of the decor I had in my old bedroom goes with my new one so I have been on the hunt for new decorations and the like to put in my room. I got two framed pieces of art from Ollies Bargain Outlet for $5 a piece and a cute little bedside stand (I will post pictures later). I’m still looking for a tiny desk to sit my computer on and a table lamp for beside my bed.
The bathroom only has a tub in it, but the previous owners converted a closet into a shower room. Its kinda awkward and was not well constructed when we first started renting the house, but luckily my dad is really handy and redid most of the room and fixed the mistakes. Now it looks pretty good, just needs stained and decorated.Once its finished were decorating it uses teal and brown colors. Mom found some decorations that have silhouettes of birds on it so were adding that into the decor as well.
The attic is two tiny rooms. We are using one for storage and the other one we are converting into a walk-in closet. Unfortunately, there is no heat, air conditioning, or wall outlets on that floor. Its been a task to work around those problems, but we have been making it work so far. Once we get everything organized we are planning to decorate it. Were going for a vintage Paris theme, very fancy and elegant.
We still have boxes and crap everywhere. It going to take a few weeks to get settled in. We still need to hang things up on the walls and get the shower room done. I started taking before and during photos of the whole process and plan on posting those when the house is completely done. For now I will leave this post with a picture of my empty room at the old house and the initials Travis and I carved into the tree in the backyard the last night we had the house.
It’s that time again to evaluate how well I did with the spring semester goals I set down for myself. Here they are…
Spring Semester Goals
I did a pretty terrible job at my goals this semester. It was a rough semester for me with everything that was going on in my life and going back to working full-time and trying to manage being in school full-time on top of that. But for having limited time and still making it on Deans list, I didn’t do too bad. Hopefully next semester will be even more of an improvement!
18 Days 11 hours 53 Minutes
2 Research Papers
1 Power Point Project
1 Book Critique
1 Musical Theater Performance Critique
1 Dance Performance Critique
1 Musical Movie Critique
1 Take Home Exam
1 News Package Script
1 Newscast to Produce
…..UNTIL SUMMER! That list seems so big. How is everyone’s finals going? More importantly, how is everyone celebrating the end of the school year and ringing in summer 2012? I’m having a big luau about two weeks after I get home and taking five days off work.
Most of you are probably wondering what happened to the blog posts about surviving college from two best friends who went to totally different schools at the “split ends” of Pennsylvania that Ashley and I promised you. Well I’m here to tell you that we failed. Ashley was unable to blog due to issues with her new environment that weren’t so great for her and because of that I wasn’t feeling very aspired to keep the blogging going myself. I kind of gave up after trying to get Ashley more involved and it not happening which is why I’m starting off fresh this semester. I don’t want to give up on this blog and have plans to turn it around. Unfortunately that means without Ashley, shes is at a time in her life where she really isn’t sure what she wants or what to do and has more important things to worry about then keeping up with a blog. If she would ever say she wanted to come back to it I would gladly let her, but for now the show must go on.
My Plans …
I’m going to totally redo the look of the blog and personalize it to my taste. The theme will still be mainly based on the college going experience, but as a budding journalist I want to give the blog a more mature feel. I want to write opinions on things in the world and in my life such as politics, society, news, etc. Most importantly I want to encourage and influence young women to be smart and intelligent, but still keep a hold of femininity and beauty. There will still be fashion and beauty blogs, but I want to express the idea that you can be intelligent and beautiful.
The whole idea is still a work in progress and I’m not exactly sure where I want to go with it. In time I’m sure it will come together to be a great blog. For now, I’m going to be changing minor things and hopefully continue doing the blog challenge I started as well as other blogs I started here.
What I’m asking from my readers is too be patient until I can pull this site together. I would love feedback and any recommendations you may have. I have always wanted to have a blog to express my opinions and feelings and I’m not going to give up hope that it might speak to someone else.
Here’s to a new start …
Things that make you scared
Needles, heights, the dark (literally not being able to see your hand an inch away from you dark), that’s pretty much it. There is situations or events in my life that have had me scared but nothing overwhelming.