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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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The Fall Semester

Yes, I know I’m supposed to be graduated and done with school for now. But, in all seriousness, did any of us think that I was going to not do anything in regards to school?

I’m taking a screenwriting course, which should be fun because I’ve always wanted to learn to write a script. I actually have to write a 20-page script by the end of the semester and I’m excited to see how that will turn out.

Additionally, the journal for the symposium I presented at last semester extended its due date for submissions, so I am still able to submit my research. This means I’ve been learning about corporate taxes for almost a year, so the information is pretty much embedded in my head. I’m working on that currently, changing a few things and updating the information.

I feel like I’m still at St. Ed’s a little because of it and I kind of fangirl a little. Yes, I fangirl over a university. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

But what is taking up most of my time at the moment? Waiting.

Waiting for my job to start. Since Apple contacted me telling me that they did in fact want me for the position, I have been extremely excited to get started. It will be a contract job, which is honestly still a blessing and honor, but I have a delay period until the job is approved. I still have 2-4 weeks until the delay should be over and I keep hoping they tell me sooner that they want me to start.

Waiting is so boring. Especially when you’re excited to get started.

Plus, I want to move in officially to my apartment with my friends and start this new life of mine.

But patience is a virtue and I shall continue waiting patiently. Or, at least as patiently as I can.

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School’s Back…. And so am I!

Ah, school. While some may not enjoy those fresh, new (text)books and the chatter of students around them, I find returning to school an absolute joy. I know, I know – I’m a little strange. But for some reason I’ve always adored going to school. I mean, my child self wouldn’t stay home sick even though my mother wanted me to, but would go home when my teacher said to. A little strange, right?

It’s still a shame that the summer has ended, though not a big deal for me. I didn’t really get much of a break this year (not that I have had a real summer in a while). Between work and my two online courses, I kept pretty busy. Don’t worry, I did manage to hang out with friends and laze about in my room scrolling through tumblr for hours… but that doesn’t really account for a super adventure in an alternate universe or even across the country!

This year is definitely going to be interesting at school, though. I’m finally a senior (in the wise words of London Tipton “Yay, me!”) and I’ll be doing a lot in preparation for my entry into the real world. I have Capstone this semester (I’ll be dying under mountains of research toward the end of this semester), an internship to take in the spring (I’m excited for this one!), and a whole load of classes to teach me the skills and knowledge I’ll hopefully need in the real world. I am working this semester – as a student worker in HR on campus and as a personal assistant to a really awesome person in town. With all of this stuff going on, it looks like my planner will once again be the love of my life this year. Sorry, boys.

Good luck to everyone with the new school year and also good luck to everyone who is out of school. You all deserve a great year, no matter where you are. Keep reaching for your dreams, try your best at everything you do, and enjoy life.

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Begging for Votes isn’t too Shameless is it?

I mean, I stopped feeling bad about it a while ago. Especially when these lovely votes I need are for a lovely scholarship that I NEED. College is expensive, especially at a private four-year institute, and it’s been difficult for me to obtain scholarships outside of the few that I am getting from my school. All in all, I still need around $20,000 for school next year and I have no idea how I am going to do that. There are loans, of course, but my parents aren’t too excited about co-signing for that again. I mean, it is a LOT of money.

My journey through scholarship websites and writing essays has not been fun. When would it be? I’ve applied for dozens of scholarships, and though they aren’t all majorly huge, I haven’t won any, any at all, outside of St. Edward’s University. I’m starting to feel a little disappointed in myself – mostly because I probably haven’t applied to as many as there are out there, but partly because I’m starting to feel like I’m not a good essay writer. I mean, I’m not the best, but it would be nice to see some funds starting to come in for school. I’m super stressed out about financial aide and figuring out money issues; it’s my last year in college and I really shouldn’t be so stressed out about money instead of grades and figuring out my career afterward.

The newest scholarship I am working on is for Wyzant, a tutoring website. It’s pretty cool and the scholarship amount is even more awesome: $10,000. There is a catch to this scholarship, though – votes. The most votes gets to go into the finals and win an amount of money. I’m not sure how some of my competitors got 17,000+ votes (unless they are tumblr famous or something), but I do want to win. So, I’m turning to you.

Please vote. Or share the the link. Or both. Anything will help and I would really appreciate it.

The link to my page on the website: http://www.wyzant.com/scholarships/v3/essay70978-Copperas_Cove-TX.aspx

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and vote for me! You are extremely awesome. 😀

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The Perks of Being a University Student… and the Non-Perks

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St. Edward’s University is probably – no, it is the best thing that has happened to me. There is no probably. People always tell you that college will be the best part of your life, that you need to move off to a university and partake in the wonderful experiences that it will throw your way. You might just shrug it off at first. I mean, life is pretty good right now.

And that’s true. But it gets better – and that is something that is pretty wow. 

I can’t not say enough how wonderful transferring to St. Edward’s has been to me. I’ve gone through a lot of life-changing experiences: learning about friendship (which involves losing old friends and making new ones that I’ll keep for life), being involved in an awesome class assignment that involves a consulting project, finishing a NaNoWriMo in about 20 days, learning to live away from my family, being involved with organizations I didn’t have the time before, getting the chance to have an internship, and so so much more. The opportunities and experiences are endless.

So, I hope you can understand when I say that I am nervous for next year. I really want to continue attending the university, but there is the issue of scholarships and financial aide for next year. It’s a wonderful wonderful school, but it is college and it is a private school at that. It equals up to maximum expenses and big loans (and even bigger debt). Paying a lot of money is expected, but I really would like to minimize expenses – or figure out how to suddenly get rich all of a sudden. I’ve been applying for scholarships, but no luck yet.

For those of you interested in scholarships, look at as many places as you can. They are all over the place… just a little difficult to obtain, though. Definitely check with your school for scholarships you can apply for through them. Other opportunities may include: military scholarships, Frame My Future Scholarship (deadline is March 5, people!), federal grants, Duct-Tape Prom (for you high school seniors out there), the Dr. Pepper Tuition contest (though, this has passed… Keep an eye out for it later on this year!), and way more. Like I said, look around. A site I’ve found extremely helpful is Zinch.com – they even offer some of their own scholarship contests.

If you have any advice for me on scholarships (or for others as well!) please comment below and share. I (and everyone else) will really appreciate you. I’ll even give you a virtual hug! Or, if you just want to comment on how amazing college is, that works too. I’d love to gush and ooh and ahh over your experiences! 🙂

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A Week of Miracles Amidst Stacks of Homework

The beginning of this week was extremely stressful for me. It’s only the third week of classes, but homework is starting to pile up and I have my first two tests next week in Business Statistics and the Legal Environment of Business. I’m taking eighteen credit hours – a full course load that anybody would deem stressful. However, it really helps because I’m so interested in the classes that I am taking – five business and one english composition. The English class isn’t in my major, but, as you all know by now, I love to write. I wasn’t looking forward to the class when I was told I needed to take it, but I am glad I am now. I’m really wanting to refine my writing and try to finish Crescendo before the summer so that I can work on getting it published.

Another stress besides homework was this incident I had on Amazon. Now, I love the website and I will never speak wrong of it, but I purchased textbooks this semester from third-party sellers and had a terrible thing happen with the one person I wanted to return it to. I refused the package at home – never even touched it! – and the seller said that it had returned with a dress inside. A dress? I’m not even sure. I filed a claim, and it took about a week, but I finally received feedback today saying that my claim had been granted. I will be receiving my refund soon, which is money I need as a college student. Amazon was amazing in their help and I found their customer service really supportive. Like I said, I can’t speak wrong of Amazon because they are fantastic.

My other big news trickled down to me over the past two days. My roommate and I both applied to be Resident Assistants (RAs) next year. We were so happy to find out that we made it to the first round of interviews, which will last three hours tomorrow afternoon. I cannot wait! However, that is not the only interview I will be having this week. On Saturday, I am meeting with the founder of NeedTo.com to interview for an internship I applied to. I was ecstatic when I found out. Needless to say, my stomach is turning into a pile of butterflies. I just need to take a deep breath, relax, and know that I will do the best that I can in both situations.

I also made the Dean’s List for the Fall Semester, which further provided excitement for me. Amidst the stress, all of these opportunities and knowledges have really made my week. I’m so blessed to be here in Austin and to be able to do what I am doing now. If I had to go back in time and make the choice over, I would not change my decision to come to St. Edward’s. It’s definitely been the greatest thing I could wish for.

So, my dear readers, what is something that has got you all bubbly or smiling? Even if there’s nothing big going on right now, remember that the little things count and that all good comes in time. I assure you, you will get your week of miracles – even if there’s a little bit of stress or tears in-between them. Keep your head high and you will definitely be on top of the world soon enough.

For those in school, good luck with the new semester. For everyone, good luck. You are amazing and I hope I can hear about some good things that have been happening to you.

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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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A Dream Brought To Life

One of my last posts talked about adventures in a far away place and study abroad options that I would love to have the opportunity to go on. While I will not be taking a semester or a year to study in a foreign county, I have been giving the amazing opportunity of going to Japan for a 10-day trip during my Spring Break in this upcoming year.

Yes, I was accepted into the class that has this wonderful study abroad component. I am so thrilled to be able to take such a trip and learn more about the culture of the business world in Japan. And to just be able to go to Japan at all. It seems like a dream brought to life.

The only down points is trying to find money to make up for the extra cost that goes along with the course. My loan covers most of the charges that will be brought on by the extra $1,500, but I still need to earn funding for textbooks next semester and for passport fees. I am now working at the desk in my residence hall, but I will not be paid for a few more weeks. Still, I would like to find a way to earn even more money. I feel bad making my mom worry about my finances in regards to schooling and keeping enough money to be able to live well. She is also concerned about me saving money up so that I will be able to afford an apartment after college. I am too.

If anyone has any advice or thoughts on how to earn some more money, I would very much appreciate to hear them. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you have to say. Or, please share an experience of when you traveled abroad and what you thought of the entire event. I would love to learn more about what people have thought of their experiences abroad.

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The Ultimate Battle: Traditional Schooling Versus Online Classes – Who Will Win?

In today’s age and time, technology is a key factor. Everything is online now, including school. You can take your entire college education online and never step foot inside a traditional classroom. However, is this really the best thing for society’s students?

I have taken classes with course content on Blackboard and liked the experience of having the schoolwork digital. However, learning through a computer (and self-teaching yourself to do the work) does not sound like a very good way to learn for me. I am the type of person who needs that face-to-face experience, to see and hear the lecture being given. Since transferring, I have even taken the steps to talk to my professors outside of class time when I have any questions.

I am sure all of the people reading this with online experience are thinking one thing: You can do that through the computer. You can e-mail. You can view recorded lectures. You can still get a great education through online classes. I agree. You can do all of those things. It’s very possible to get a great degree through online schooling. In my opinion, however, you can get so much more in the education by having a traditional in-school education. Thy have a much better hands-on experience.

Maybe I am biased, because I have not taken any classes totally and completely online. However, I don’t think I would want to since I have completely enwrapped myself in classes on campus. I am so blessed and amazed to be at St. Edward’s University and I think any online courses would only take away from my time here.

What about you, readers? Feel free to share below your thoughts and opinions. Who wins with you in the ultimate battle: traditional schooling versus online schooling?

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