Anticipating the double-edged sword…

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Well, it looks like my journey towards finishing my associate’s degree is coming up quick. This morning I registered for my final classes that I will be taking at Pierce College. Additionally, I stopped by Pacific Lutheran University and made sure that I got my ducks in a row including looking into signing up for on-campus housing. With any luck, I will get a one-bedroom loft style townhouse on campus; which would be pretty sweet… If not, I will end up in some other sort of dorm situation.

I also managed to grab a coffee with my friend Tommy (yes, the same one I was in love with when I was in high school) and managed to have a bit of a heart to heart about all the changes that will be coming up in the next year or so. He agreed it is a sad situation, but he also believes that I am doing the right thing for myself as well. It’s a comfort to hear from him as he has always been one of the people who knows me the best on this planet. He also agreed that given my physical limitations and fixed income, that I am making the right decisions in choosing to live on campus rather than getting an apartment… That way I can focus on school and do my very best.

It’s all like a double edged sword – in one way it is exciting that I will be going to a four year university and living on campus like I had always imagined; but at the same time, this also means that Steven and I will likely be splitting up in one form or another which means that a very special and wonderful time in my life may potentially be coming to a close. Steven and I will be seeing a couples counselor to help us work through this awkward situation and see what we can figure out, but if I were to be completely pragmatic with myself, I understand that the chances of us working this out while spending about two years apart puts the odds against us.

In other news, this quarter has been pretty rough on me. I missed a lot of school this February due to digestive issues and doctor’s instructions to remain on bed rest. Consequently my grades are not up to my usual standard, and rather, I am looking to simply pass all my classes with semi-decent grades… I am hopeful for my grades in English and Geology as my teachers have been very accommodating of my situation, however, at the same time, Forensic Anthropology, which was already difficult in the first place, has me slipping in the grade department, and ASL is pretty much the hot mess I expected it to be.

In ASL I need to come up with a true story to sign to the class for my final… I can’t seem to think of anything except my father’s suicide, which would be a difficult topic for me to cover. At the same time however, I think that it might actually be the best one as it was so formative for who I ended up becoming as an adult. The process will be emotional; but I think, with any luck, my teacher might give me a little grace for some of the participation points that I may have missed by not performing a story that Iw as supposed to sign a couple weeks ago.

As it stands now, I should be focusing on studying for a Geology test that I have in the morning rather than rambling onto a blog which is unlikely to be read, but I think documenting this time in my life will be good for me, even if it will likely be difficult at times.

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Anticipating the double-edged sword…

Standard

Well, it looks like my journey towards finishing my degree is coming up quick. This morning I registered for my final classes that I will be taking at Pierce College. Additionally, I stopped by Pacific Lutheran University and made sure that I got my ducks in a row including looking into signing up for on-campus housing. With any luck, I will get a one-bedroom loft style townhouse on campus; which would be pretty sweet… If not, I will end up in some other sort of dorm situation. 

I also managed to grab a coffee with my friend Tommy (yes, the same one I was in love with when I was in high school) and managed to have a bit of a heart to heart about all the changes that will be coming up in the next year or so. He agreed it is a sad situation, but he also believes that I am doing the right thing for myself as well. It’s a comfort to hear from him as he has always been one of the people who knows me the best on this planet. He also agreed that given my physical limitations and fixed income, that I am making the right decisions in choosing to live on campus rather than getting an apartment… That way I can focus on school and do my very best.

It’s all like a double edged sword – in one way it is exciting that I will be going to a four year university and living on campus like I had always imagined; but at the same time, this also means that Steven and I will likely be splitting up in one form or another which means that a very special and wonderful time in my life may potentially be coming to a close. Steven and I will be seeing a couples counselor to help us work through this awkward situation and see what we can figure out, but if I were to be completely pragmatic with myself, I understand that the chances of us working this out while spending about two years apart puts the odds against us. 

In other news, this quarter has been pretty rough on me. I missed a lot of school this February due to digestive issues and doctor’s instructions to remain on bed rest. Consequently my grades are not up to my usual standard, and rather, I am looking to simply pass all my classes with semi-decent grades… I am hopeful for my grades in English and Geology as my teachers have been very accommodating of my situation, however, at the same time, Forensic Anthropology, which was already difficult in the first place, has me slipping in the grade department, and ASL is pretty much the hot mess I expected it to be.

In ASL I need to come up with a true story to sign to the class for my final… I can’t seem to think of anything except my father’s suicide, which would be a difficult topic for me to cover. At the same time however, I think that it might actually be the best one as it was so formative for who I ended up becoming as an adult. The process will be emotional; but I think, with any luck, my teacher might give me a little grace for some of the participation points that I may have missed by not performing a story that Iw as supposed to sign a couple weeks ago.

As it stands now, I should be focusing on studying for a Geology test that I have in the morning rather than rambling onto a blog which is unlikely to be read, but I think documenting this time in my life will be good for me, even if it will likely be difficult at times. 

My Blog has a New home…

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Initially, I was going to use this domain to post a portfolio of some of my art and whatnot, but I decided to just make it a full-blown blog. I did decide to carry over my original WordPress blog which has content that dates back to 2001 such as some of the songs and poetry that I wrote while I was still in Highschool. It’s funny to look back on some of the older stuff; while surely, I remember creating it all and the experiences that surrounded them. However, at the same time it feels like all that stuff happened to someone else a thousand lifetimes ago. Since then there have been a number of distinctive stages to my adult life, many of which are right here on this blog. Not everything is representative of who I am now, but it is reflective of who I was at the time.

I have always tried to just be true to myself on here, and writing this is more for me than anyone else, but I do have nosy friends who care about me and what’s happening in my life (Love you guys!) so I figure, why not keep the blog going???

Before anyone gets worked up about some of the “protected” posts, they’re usually personal and/or involve other people who may or may not want me saying my thoughts in a massively public forum; so only some people with the right password(s) have access to them… If you’re really so curious, shoot me a message, I may just let you see it. If not, I’ll at least give you a reason why.

Well, feel free to rummage around my ramblings… and if it strikes you, make a comment or two; I love comments!

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Don’t ignore culture. It is easy for many people to believe in the fallacy that with the world quickly becoming closely connected through the many advances in technology a “one-world community” is on the rise, which will soon overtake individual and regional cultures. However, even if this were to happen, there will always be distinctive differences from place to place. For example, many Americans associate the holiday of Christmas with cold and snow, however if one travels to Australia, you will find many people having Christmas barbeques or trips to the beach. While these differences are mostly due to regional differences (in Australia, it is Summer in December, these differences do penetrate a local culture. Other cultural differences will likely remain regardless of how connected the world may become such as those which can be affiliated with differences in religion. Holidays celebrated by Muslims such as Ramadan differ from those observed by Christians around the same time. Values connected to beliefs also vary from religion to religion as well, and often these can even be the cause of numerous skirmishes and wars. Conflicts due to cultural differences have always played a significant part in the ways of the world since before history was recorded and will likely be an issue that needs to be addressed until the end of humanity. Differing cultures will always matter, and differences will always present themselves all over the world no matter how connected the world becomes through advances in technology.

Culture Counts

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The biggest problem facing college students today is simply affordability. Not only is the expense of tuition prohibitively high for many individuals, but also the cost of required textbooks and supplies create further barriers for prospective and current students. Aside from the significant expenses of being in school, a student may find their earning potential significantly handicapped due to limited availability for employment due to their class schedules and study requirements. Fortunately, there are some solutions for schools and students to help alleviate some of the difficulties of college affordability. Traditionally, many students have pursued numerous scholarships to help with paying for many of the expenses of going to school. this is still something that students should look into by any student who needs help paying for school. However, some campuses are taking further steps to help alleviate the burden of affordability for some college students. In addition to providing scholarships, many schools are beginning to provide more and more classes that utilize “open-source” textbooks, which are available for free to students. Many programs on campuses also provide lending libraries for students so that they might be able to avoid spending large amounts of money on books that they will only need to use for a short time. By helping students to eliminate the cost of many of their textbooks, colleges can assist students in saving hundreds of dollars each term. This helps colleges in significantly relieving much of the immediate financial burden of their students currently attending college.

What’s the biggest challenge facing college students today and how can it be addressed?