Monday, February 2, 2009

Exciting Times Ahead

1) Saturday night, in the middle of paper-writing, I lost Windows Explorer. Don't even ask how it happened, cos it will freak you out. The important thing is that I'm a more advanced computer user than I thought. I've been creatively navigating through my operating system. For example, when my computer boots up all I see is my desktop wallpaper. In order to run programs I have to hit ctrl+alt+del and run new tasks by browsing through my folders. I can't find my browser icon, so in order to open Chrome I have to run Open Office, make a hyperlink, and click on it. In order to talk on Trillian I have to run that, and then wait for my peeps to message me (I have no taskbar, so I can't access the program once it's running). Despite this ENORMOUS handicap, I managed to successfully write two amazing papers this weekend (which I'm sure will be graded down because my professors hate me) and was all-in-all productive.

** UPDATE **

I fixed it! I'M AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

2) Advising! I'm going to try to meet up with Dr. Ervin sometime this week to go over some stuff. It's still possible for me to graduate in August, but doing so would require a hell of a lot of fancy footwork and a bit of a gamble. Furthermore, if I DID graduate in August, I would have to apply for the masters program immediately, and take the GRE as soon as possible (and I haven't even started studying for it). Nevertheless, I would prefer not to have any more delays in my education, so if Dr. Ervin can help me out I should be able to make a decision within the next few weeks about the course of the next two (or more) years of my life.

3) HAIRCUT: I'm still absolutely ecstatic to cut my hair. I'm sure I'll have complaints once it's done, and it will take extra time for me to style, etc, but I am really looking forward to not having to buy shampoo/conditioner every 2 months (it should really last 4 or 5, don't you think??), not having my hair blowing in my face, getting caught under my shoulders when I sleep, under my backpack straps when I go to school, and stuck in zippers and buttons on my clothes. Plus, I will be able to dye it regularly so that it's nice and dark, instead of this icky faded brown that it normally is.

4) Marines!!! My brother will be completing The Basic School in Quantico by April, and will get his MOS. If I can manage it, I would like to attend the graduation. I don't know if it's an actual ceremony, or if he would just be completing classes and moving to his new quarters, etc, but I'd still like to go.

5) Friends: Not only am I talking to more people in school, my friend Russ is transferring up here in the Fall!! Russ and I had a little bit of a falling out a few months ago, but we managed to patch it up and we're buddies again. I am absolutely thrilled to have him up here. I've never been able to have a friend and see them regularly and friends with them. Not for more than a year or so. Russ will be here for at least two years to finish his bachelors, and it will probably take me about a year and a half to complete my masters. He's a really fun man, and I can't wait until there's someone here to help me out if the weather is bad, or if I need to buy/move furniture, etc. I've never got to "have my cake and eat it to" when it comes to friends - usually I made friends, fell in love with them, then one (or both) of us moved away and I never saw them again. Having Russ here will literally be something I've waited all my life for - and wanted desperately at that.

6) Graduation: I will complete my bachelor's degree in either August or December. I will be one of the first women in my family to have completed my college education (Rea should be finishing up at the same time!!). Furthermore, I will have finished my degree in 3 years (or fewer, if I graduate in August), which is quite an achievement.

7) Grad School: I've wavered hugely on whether or not I want to attend graduate school. However, with the economy as it is, my safest bet financially is to stay where I am. I can get good financial aid (plus a stipend for being a teaching assistant if I get the position), and have health insurance. Even if the economy was booming, I have little to recommend myself (other than computer skills and a bachelor's degree in a social science) to prospective employers, and would probably struggle to get a position. Even if I DID get a job, the pay would be so low I doubt I'd be able to pay all of my bills and still afford an apartment. Therefore, I will stay in school for another year, which will serve the triple purpose of keeping me safe during economic trouble, improving my chances of getting a job when I apply, and guarantee a larger paycheck once I get hired. Hooray for "strategery."

Here's a picture to illustrate my feelings:

(I didn't draw this. If I did the unicorn would be pink.)