Just finished a semester of classes, while simultaneously starting another semester 2 weeks ago. The last two weeks have been hell, trying to figure out how to pay for groceries, doctor appointments and gas to go to work with. This plus all of the school work I’ve been doing. Today was quite a scare; I had a proctored final exam, and my proctor waits until he and I are at the meeting place and time to tell me he hasn’t received the proctoring information. Holy shit. It’s a saturday, 10AM at that point, and the university staff are in California, so they probably aren’t even awake and active yet. It took me 45 minutes to get to the meeting site. AARRRRGHHH!!!! So I send an email out and a couple of hours later the testing coordinator says that’s not the email she has on file for him, so she’ll resend it. I’m thinking: great, she just resent it to the one he doesn’t have access to on the weekends. I ended up being able to get it done. It was fucking rough trying to get it done. I also turned in an 11 page, plus title and works cited, research paper and got a 100% on it. I was quite surprised, not because I thought I did a BAD job or a less than 100 job, but because this semester a good writing grade had been so elusive to me.
Also got to do go to a cookout with some neighbors down our street, 3 houses down, that we never met. They’re really cool, and I hope to be able to return the favor soon.
I get to stay up late tonight, sleep in tomorrow, then go to the pool and start reading and working on this semester’s classes. I’m taking 3 classes, which is just over full time; and it looks to be writing heavy.
Is crappy lately. Doing some footwork to lay plans for the future, right now we’re sitting at a little over a year before I finish my bachelors degree. If I don’t find an internship or job within my field after a few months, my education and training will go “stagnant”, in that I’m not actively being educated or using my education and skills, so I either have to start a masters program (which isn’t something I am averse to, it just isn’t something I’ve ever contemplated doing until recently), and commit myself to using financial aid-possibly. I believe I have about 2 years of GI Bill money left, so that can cover literally 12 months of classes; bRaving Bopolar finished her Masters degree in 2 years. All of that means that if she has a job before she finishes, maybe the extra income can avoid having to use financial aid if I can’t find a job or internship in my field.
Either way, I’m still looking for internships now, so that I don’t have to worry about it later. It helps that I am being taught by people that I literally could be working for in the next 10 years. Hopefully I can make an impression on one or more of them and have an “in” to get a job. My current job is very limited in its exposure to that community and it only advances when the course I assisted in curriculum development updates on its 2 year schedule.
Things are going other than that. bRaving Bipolar is quitting her job; I’m not comfortable with it. I’m generally slow to change and meticulous in planning how changes like that occur: things like having a job offer already accepted so she can pick right up with another job, a cemented plan to move somewhere else in the current workplace, how to make up the monetary gap or use the extra time. Lately I’ve been much more “spur of the moment”.
So I’m willing to take a chance and see what happens. We’re in month 3 of receiving the GI Bill housing allowance so while money is still an issue, it isn’t such an issue that if she calls out sick one day of work we won’t have gas money.
To expand on being spur of the moment, I HATE being tied to a date, time, or activity that keeps me in place for longer than I want to be there if I didn’t suggest it or bring it up. Things as simple as sitting still and watching a movie or TV show aren’t high up on my list of things to do.
Now that I’m thinking about it, it’s really about me being in control. I’m very particular lately about what I’ll be open to as far as someone suggesting a change to me schedule, which includes adding something if I have nothing to do.