So I haven't written a post in a while. I've just been very busy. On Thursday, August 7th, I finished what I thought was to be my last day of my summer internship. Turns out, I was offered a two month extension. I had applied for the Sept-May internship the school was offering even though I knew they were mainly looking for an HRA alumni. I applied because I planned on staying in the area and I need the money. Plus, it would give me time to look for a full time job. Instead of offering me the position, they gave me a two month extension to my current position with a raise.
On August 8th, I moved with two of my sisters to an apartment complex. It is really really nice. I will post pictures later. I have my own room but if/when Mack decides to come down to visit or stay then she'll be staying with me. The transition of moving wasn't too bad except we finished around one in the morning and the next two days I couldn't move at all.
I am taking on the responsibility of paying for cable/internet. I don't think it'll be too bad. The first month's pay is a tad bigger than I thought but I also think there were start up and installation fees added into it. With this two month extension to my internship I should be fine.
I passed my TEFL course a few days ago. I'm waiting to get my next paycheck before ordering two copies of my certificate (one electronic and one hard copy). The company I worked through is located in the UK so I'm going to have to pay a bit more than I expected for their pricing difference and of course shipping. I'm excited though. Its such a big accomplishment and a a step towards a goal I didn't know I wanted this time last year.
So, today is my first day of my new work schedule (Mon - Fri 8-4). I got up at 6:15 and left the apartment at 6:40-ish. Oh, here's a side note - the entrance/exit to my apartment complex is TERRIBLE! When coming off the highway it is very easy to miss your turn and when exiting it is hard to get out because there is traffic coming from both sides and from the left side (coming from the highway) there is just an onslaught of cars. It'd be easier if there was a stop light to help people get out of the apartment complex but thee is a stoplight roughly 50ft away to the right so there would be no point.
Anyway, leaving the apartment was really easy this morning. I had originally planned to leave around 6:50 but where my room is n my apartment it is facing the street and all I heard this morning were cars. I assumed I'd be stuck in traffic so I left earlier.
I was wrong. There was no traffic at. At all! None. I ended up getting to work an hour early. Yep, I arrived at 7am. However, I did notice there was traffic heading back into the city and not away from it like where I was heading so I know traveling back to the apartment tonight is going to be a hassle and long. Although, now that I know it won't/shouldn't take me too long to go to work, I get to sleep in much later tomorrow. :)
So now I'm sitting in my office typing this post. Let's see: moving, paying bills, job searching, and commuting to work. I guess this is what being an adult feels like....
I just finished my first week at my summer internship. Things have been going great so far. I love it here in the apartment and the area around it. A lot of things are in walking distance so that I don't need car. I found a few new shops and restaurants that I would love to venture to. I also found the exercise room and the pool for the apartment I'm staying in.
Here's a recap of my week:
Saturday: Moved into the apartment with my roommate and went grocery shopping. Unpacked everything and got settled in.
Sunday: Nothing. I pretty much did nothing all day. I took it as a free day to relax and just be comfortable before I started my internship the next day. My boss stopped by to see if we were settled in and to tell me and my roommate where we'd be working. My roommate and I are both interns at the same place but in different departments.
Monday: I woke up early around 5 am because of a garbage truck picking up the recycling and trash. I grumbled, turned over, and then went back to sleep where I woke up around 6:45. I decided then to just read until I absolutely had to get up and get ready for work.
Around 7:40 I leave the apartment and drive to work. I really don't know how I missed it when I went to the apartments. My boss wasn't kidding, it is in walking distance. So I arrived around 7:45-7:50ish and head over to the building where I was directed. The door was locked. I knew my boss wouldn't be there because she was on vacation (a friend of hers offered her family the use of their beach house for free -- i don't blame her for going), and i knew one of my co-workers/supervisors wouldn't arrive until 9:15.
At that point, i go back to my car and wait...and wait...and wait until about 8:15 when someone arrived. At this point, three things bothered me: 1) the dump truck waking me up so early, 2) arriving early to my internship (which started at 8) and no one else arriving till later, and 3) it wasn't business casual. I was told during my interview that clothing was business casual but when one of my co-workers/supervisors showed up i noticed right away it was relaxed dress. I could have saved room in my suitcase.
So, when i get into the building i am directed to my office and i log-into everything i need. I goof around the computer until Lyn, my helper for the week, arrived and took me on a tour on campus. She knew I was a Hollins graduate and a multiple and she had to tell everyone we met; about the latter. She just loved the story.
After the tour i goofed around more on the computer, had lunch with everyone of my co-workers/supervisors, and then headed out at 1pm. (I work from 8-1). My roommate and I headed to the movie theaters that afternoon.
Tuesday: I woke up around 7:15 and didn't leave the apartment until about 7:50-7:55 since the drive is so close. I learned a new part of the Advancement Office. It was all about marketing and social media. Another intern, Kenya, and I got along. She's African-American, a year out of college, and is a Virgo like me. Our birthdays are 3 days apart!
I learned how to use the mail machine. It helps seals envelopes before distribution.
Wednesday: At work, i learned about the program Raiser's Edge. Its a database program. Its tedious. Its boring. Everyone in my office knows and agrees with that statement. I was given a packet to read and go over the program. Some of my supervisors say to go over it "when you have nothing to do because its very boring". Also, I should hide whenever something with the database needs to be done.
I took a walk around outside. I stumbled upon the pool the apartment user's use. It's an outdoor pool by the river. I would have used it since its been so hot this past week, but I wasn't changed and there was no shade at all outside so I was sure I was going to burn very easily. Plus (as weird as it sounds), I didn't want to walk in the heat to it, cool off, and then walk in the heat back to the apartment. Also, I just recently washed my hair and I didn't want to have to wash my hair twice in a matter of a few days.
Thursday: I learned about Alumni Relations and Events about the school. Since I'm an alumni to two schools now, I pretty much understood everything that was mentioned. For the rest of the day I either continued to read the packet on Raiser's Edge or watched videos on YouTube.
Today I learned that I get two days off for Independence Day weekend. So my plan is to travel home after my last day of work that week (Tuesday), spend some time there, and then head back to the apartment Saturday so I don't have to deal with holiday traffic. Plus, while I'm home i need to pick up a few things and get something for my car.
My sisters and one of my brothers dropped by today. They were traveling to have a meeting at my sister's grad school and to look at apartments. They stopped by my apartment so I could give them a gps they left in my car. It was a quick visit but it was good to see them.
So, that was my first week. The accompanying video may have more information or less, I never really know when I started recording. Please go check it our and subscribe to our channel.
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It is now June 1st 2014. I know, what you're thinking -- where did the time go?? I'm feeling the same way. On May 25th, my sisters and I graduated college. It was a short ceremony (about an hour/hour and a half long) and we had a lot of family members come out to see us. 15 people to be exact. We basically caught a lot of people's attention which I was expecting. Graduation weekend was a lot of fun: I got my hair and nails done, watched X-Men: Days of Future Past, and spent more time with my Aunt Kris. It stinks that I only get to see her and my Uncle about 1 to 2 times a year, but its always a great time whenever we get together.
Now, for those of you that remember, on Jan 1st 2014, I posted a list of the goals/plans I have made for the year 2014. Here is the updated list:
Goals/Plans for 2014:
-Practice Tarot more
-Continue to think positively
-Use my roller skates more
-Walk the loop once a week
-Use my phone less
-Write in my journal at least once a week
-Write handwritten letters and send them 2/14/2014 and 5/30/2014
-Become more spiritual
-Release Cassie & Nikki
-Read an hour a day
-Write an hour a day
-Get rid of the toxins in my life
-Get a job/get a job after graduation 5/6/2014 (summer internship)/get my own place
-Find someone special 1/1/2014 -- 5/20/2014
-Let go of a few choice memories from the past
-Slow down; stop and smell the roses
-Record and post more YouTube videos/Make a web series 1/10/2014
-Make a wish box
-Eat at a new restaurant 4/14/2014
-Watch a sunset
-Watch a sunrise
-Find and buy clow cards 1/2/2014
-Drink more water
-Make ice cream from scratch 1/22/2014
-Find a new creative outlet 1/6/2014
As you can see, 2014 has been a busy year for me so far! I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds. I also can't wait to look back on December 31st 2014, and see what occurred through out the year.
Have you been able to complete some of your 2014 goals?
So I have a few updates:
-Project 52: B+ is going through a name change. It will be now known as "Project B+". I realized I was very ambitious when I decided to upload a video once a week. I ended up getting behind after one week. So I decided just to rename the whole thing and upload videos at various points instead when I take the time to record one.
-YouTube: I'm planning on adding more videos to our joint YouTube page this year. I was thinking of doing tutorials on knitting, making plushies, crafting, chinese kempo-karate, doing nails, and other things like that.
-YouTube: I was also thinking of doing a web series but I'm not entirely sure what to do it on. I do have a slight idea of interviewing random people in the area but I'm entirely sure of what the topic should be. I want to to be something new and unique instead of "reaction" videos and "daily vlogs" like everyone else does. Does anyone have any ideas?
That's about it for now. I hope to have some more videos and things of the like update soon. I will keep you all updated on everything.
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman