An Adventurer's Dream

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After the Beginning

As I mentioned previously, I’ve gotten a new job! I just finished my second week there and I’m loving it so far. I’ve learned a lot and I honestly can’t wait to get started with the spring semester. I have a feeling that I’m really going to enjoy my time at St. Augustine.

So, I’ve made my beginning. Next is the middle of the journey, right?

Nope.

I like to think of life as a trail of new beginnings, one right after the other. We are constantly changing, constantly coming upon new people, new experiences, new feelings, new dreams… The only thing that we can be sure of in life is change – and I’m sure you’ve all heard that before.

With this being said, you probably are wondering what my new beginnings are.

Volunteering. I filled out my application to volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and will be sending that out in the morning.

Graduate school. Yeah, I just got out. Maybe I should just relax and enjoy life. Please, that is not the way of the Britster. I strive for stress and education. I think i’ve been going a little crazy without having a full course-load of classes. Since the university I work for is owned by Laureate Education, I get a great discount on online courses through their system. I’m looking into Roehampton Online. Anybody that’s heard of it, do you have any advice or thoughts on the programme?

Potential part-time job. Nobody wants a part-time job and you can be sure that this is not where I stray from popular opinion. However, my goals and potential future living arrangements are probably going to require some extra income. Still, if I can get a job at a fun retail store (clothing, preferably) or in something that does event planning, I could definitely get some good experience.

So, yeah. That’s my life. Not fantastically amazing, but it’s getting there. I have big dreams and I’m going to make sure to reach them. It’ll just take some time.

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Mission Complete

I have officially gotten a job.

Yes, you heard that right. I was offered a position as a Clinical Education Associate at the University of St. Augustine in Austin. I finished up the paperwork yesterday and honestly cannot wait until my first day of work on December 1st.

So now what?

I’ve graduated from college and scored the winning job. What else is there for me to do other than work and pay off my miniature mountain of student loans?

  • Volunteer work, definitely. I am aiming to volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as an event planner and help create a wonderful experience for people using the program. My other goal is to volunteer with Austin Pets Alive! and help out with the animals that they are taking care of. Both organizations do extremely important work and I want to be a part of that.
  • Writing! Right now I’m working on National Novel Writing Month, but as soon as December hits (and I’ve finished my 20 pages of screenplay needed to turn in on the 5th) I have set my sights on completing a novel I came up with in high school. Now that I have all this extra time, I can actually focus on doing what I love.
  • Graduate school. I honestly hate being out of school – the free time bores me immensely! But I also miss the chaos and problem solving and analytical skills I needed to use on a daily basis. One of the greatest things about my new job is that I can get a discount on tuition with Laureate Education for online classes. I think that will be amazing!
  • Reading and video games and music and everything else. Did I mention that I have a lot of free time now? I can practically do anything I want.

So yes, I’ve achieved a milestone in my life. My first real job is about to start, right after a mini-vacation with Thanksgiving. This is the beginning of the rest of my life and I’m going to make it count.

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Success!

I’ve decided. Or, completely almost decided. On what, you may ask? 

(Almost) Every college student has the problem – deciding on the career path that suits them. I mean, even though you have the rest of your life, what you do now is what takes you on to the next stage of your life. And it feels like it has to be perfect. At least, it does for me. I want to make sure that I’m heading in the right direction. 

And what is the first step in the right direction for me? Event planning. 

At least, I think it be fun. Business and creativity in the same setting, something that I’d be sure to enjoy. I’ve dabbled in event planning before – organizing birthday parties at the theater before and setting up a Halloween party in the fall for one of my personal assistant jobs. Of course, I haven’t set foot in the industry yet – I can’t say I’m anywhere close to knowing even the beginnings of ins and outs of true event planning. 

And the thing is, I want to know. I’ve always dreamed of putting together the perfect party, the perfect wedding, the perfect house. Planning and organizing and decorating… 

So, here I am. Resume all pretty and cover letters ready to be built. Jobs to apply for and careers to make. We’ll just have to see what happens. No matter what, I’m sure it’ll be great. 

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Please Don’t Hate Me

I would just like to take this moment to let you all know about the YouTube account that I have. I feel like I’m fishing for views, but I feel like I should advertise my videos on my blog as well. I mean, do people expect me not to do that? Don’t answer that question.

My vlog (“video blog”) is really pointless. I talk about a few things that are going on in my life and about things that I find interesting. I have two videos up, so far, of me singing. So, if you are interested, please take a look at my YouTube and tell me what you think! I would love for some feedback, so that I can make my vlog better. 🙂

Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/Saphmira

So, what else is going on in my life? It’s dwindling down to the last two weeks of school. The semester has gone by so fast and I am really glad that I have been able to study here at St. Edward’s University. It is definitely the best thing that has happened to me. I’ve learned so much, made a lot of good friends, and been able to partake in amazing opportunities (I’m sure you’re thinking nobody uses the word ‘partake’? Well, I just did. 😉 )

I am not particularly stressed with finals. I have two exams this week for my French and Principle of Marketing classes. They are just normal exams. I have to turn in a final essay for American Dilemmas, cumulative test for Pre-Calculus (not my favorite class!), and a presentation for my Business Communications class. This semester we did a consulting project for the Career Services on campus and it is finally time to reveal the data and results to them. Oh, and I’ve got a party for a final in Omnisingers. That’ll be fun.

I think I’m the most concerned about American Dilemmas and speaking for the presentation in Business Communications. I have a feeling like I might be getting a B for Dilemmas. I am fine with B’s for sure, but I would just rather get A’s. I am sure there are a lot of people that have the same exact feelings when it comes to grades. The main reason for my concern with the presentation is because I get extremely nervous when I am in front of people. I don’t feel like I am a good speaker (and I’m not) and I hate my voice. These two thoughts just really make me feel bad about speaking in front of large groups. I have been in positions where I was needed to speak in front of audiences before, so I am sure that I will do okay. But that initial fear is not something that I am fond of.

Wednesday is my last “final”, or rather, it’s the day of the presentation. This is the last thing that I will have to do for the semester. That means I have to be out of my residence hall within 24 hours of the last exam. So, within a week and a half, I will be back home! I am really excited to be home for the winter break. It will be a nice, little vacation from school. However, I would really like to find a place to work over the break. I need to earning money for textbooks for next semester – because I found out that my textbooks are going to be extremely expensive. Big surprise, huh? (Hope you can read the sarcasm right there). I’d also like a job so I can start earning up money for loans and Christmas presents for others and for next semester and for life. Maybe I am dreaming too big, but a girl can wish, right?

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