Finally Time

When do you decide to actually tackle something you have been putting off for years?

When do you decide that now is the right time? Why was yesterday or last week not the right time?

Graduate School, finally.

These questions I have been grappling with for at least three years now. However, I have finally taken the step toward furthering my education. I have decided to get a Masters degree in Communication. I waited because I did not believe I had the brains or the courage to tackle another degree. A masters degree will be my fourth degree overall.

I want to further my education because I do not feel I can reach my full potential with the skill set I currently have. Most of the professional jobs I am attracted to want a candidate with a Masters degree or equivalent experience. So, here I am filling out applications for Masters programs in Communication. I’m nervous, scared, and very excited because I truly miss being in college.

I am so eager to finally start blogging regularly. I always say that but I never stick to anything. Now that I am actively seeking a Masters degree, I think it is time to actually challenge myself and stick to a schedule of regularly blogging weekly.

I also want to polish my editing skills and by polish I truly mean be ABLE to edit my work and not have pieces littered with grammatical errors all over the place.

School starts in January 2019. I am so ready!!!

I’ve never juggled a full-time job and full-time school before. This should be really interesting!

Fonts, wonderful fonts!

I have become shamelessly addicted to buying/downloading fonts from all over the interwebs. Since I edit my company’s diversity council newsletter, I am always looking for fonts that are sharp, professional and easy to read. That has lead me down a rabbit hole. I’m always looking up fonts going, “Ooooo, I really like that.”

Tonight, even, I educated my mother on terms serif and sans-serif.  A serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol. A typeface with serifs is called a serif typeface. A typeface without serifs is called sans-serif or sans serif, from the French sans, meaning “without.” I remember learning all about fonts in my visual communication classes at MTSU and I was eager to share my knowledge with my mother. She had no idea what I was talking about but I gave her real world examples – one being my resume and the other my council newsletter. Surprisingly, she was very impressed but I am afraid the new found knowledge of fonts and font families was lost on her. Although, she did ask if I could help her with her resume. I guess that’s a plus, right?

 

 

Music inspires me

It’s been awhile since I’ve written on my blog. I’m still looking for a new job, continuing to fill out job applications. I haven’t stopped, nor have I given up hope. I have wanted to several times, but to give up would be to admit defeat. One cannot give up. I’ve also applied to go back to school in the spring, for a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication, with an emphasis in Media Production.

I’m listening to Kate Bush’s 1985 album, Hounds of Love, and the song “The Big Sky” starts playing over my iTunes. I just closed my eyes momentarily and envisioned an ad for British Airways. Music makes me think of television ads and things. I realized then, at that very moment, that my idea to go for a degree in media production is a right choice. I’m no longer jealous of other people. We are all destined to do things. I think it’s silly that I was once, if momentarily, jealous of my contemporaries for their abilities to work in fields that they love. I’ve been down on myself, depressed and angry – but for what?! I should be happy in the fact that I’ve never given up. I’m not a quitter. I try and keep at it until something happens. I defy the rules. When someone tells me I can’t, I do it anyway.

Great things are going to happen!

Now What?

“Now What?” has been the question people have been asking me for weeks now. It’s only been a little over a month since I graduated from college; however, it feels like I only walked across the stage yesterday.  I’m having major school withdraws and it sucks. The spring semester officially started today and I feel so lost not going back to school.  My boyfriend, Cleve, is going back to school to get his ASN in nursing. He’s super excited about taking A&P and Microbiology at my old school, Motlow.

My sister is also going back to school. After some six years, she’s a freshman at MTSU going after her degree in information technology. I’m so proud of her for going back to school. I know it will be tough on her, she has a full time job and two children to support, but it will be better for her and her family in the long run. It was so cute, yesterday my sister was on campus and asked me “where do I get my student i.d?” and “where do I get my parking decal?” It felt good giving my sister directions and advice on where to go and where not to park. Unfortunately for her, she has a 6:30a.m. history class in the humanities building on campus. The only upside to having a morning class is the parking is usually quite easy (parking at MTSU has been a pain for decades.) However, my sister learned the hard way that students cannot park just anywhere they please and she got her first ticket.  I can laugh because last semester I acquired something along the lines of 7 or 8 parking tickets due to my impatience at trying to find parking on campus and after at least 6 your car gets the boot. So, it’s really nice that I can continue to being an undergrad vicariously through two people I love.

Being in school for so long does have its negatives though, I’m so used to it that I purchased new school supplies on Amazon before realizing… oh wait, I’m not in school anymore. Not to worry the supplies I have will be put to good use. Waste not, want not.

Today, I have been applying for jobs left and right. I hope something comes of the applications I’ve put out. I want to do something meaningful with my life and the degree(s) that I have obtained. I know I’m smart, I just need potential employers to see it!

On the wall

I told my mother, that I wouldn’t feel any sense of accomplishment until the paper was framed and on the wall. Now, it’s something bittersweet. The culmination of years of work, hard work, comes down to the attainment of a piece of paper – the diploma. I picked up my diploma from the admissions office on Monday. I had a smile on my face and apparently my happiness showed because an older lady who works in the office said, “Congratulations” as she walked by. I do have something to be proud of. I actually reached not only one, but two of my goals – graduating with honors and graduating with my bachelors degree. I could not be happier.

Framed and on the wall
Framed and on the wall

Yes, the road has been long and hard; however, I have not backed down. I kept going and kept pushing myself. I know what I can do and I’m eager to keep going, to keep learning and broadening my horizons.

I’m looking at taking the GRE some time in March, after taking a three day workshop next month. I’m looking into school all over the country (and in Canada.) I have only one problem, many of them offer just straight MA programs in English, and I don’t want to go the traditional English route. More searching and scouring, that’s okay though.

I’m still looking for jobs, still looking for something meaningful to do. My searching reminds me of that song from the musical Avenue Q, “What do you do with a BA in English” it’s life imitating art. I didn’t think I would be asking the same question, and yet here I am doing just that. That’s okay, I have the support of friends, family and a wonderful boyfriend who has supported me and helped me to this milestone.

“Starting here, starting now”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I know. Fortunately, I have made it through yet another semester of school. I was very concerned about my grades for the Spring 2012 semester, but I made it through with very respectable grades. I even passed Spanish 2010, the same class that gave me such terrible trouble last fall. There’s light at the end of the education tunnel, and I’m on track to graduate December of this year. I cannot wait. It’s been a long journey, and I’m itching to embark on other escapades that don’t include being stuck in the land of academia.

I’m looking forward to this summer. I’m taking two summer classes: Spanish 2020 and Poetry Writing (I need the writing class for to complete my minor) which I am actually excited about. Weird. I haven’t taken a summer class since 2007, and admittedly I should have been proactive on summer classes in the past, I might have graduated earlier than December 2012 – live and learn.

This summer is also perfect timing to get a job. I’ve not had a summer job since I graduated from Motlow this time two years ago. I actually want a job, and I’ve put out resume after resume. I even took a class this spring that helped me write a professional grade cover letter and resume (an employment package as my professor called it) but I can’t seem to get any call backs. I’ve put out tons of resumes. It’s so disheartening. I will keep going however, nothing is going to stop me.

Also this post wouldn’t be complete without a mention of BARBRA STREISAND. The entertainment grand dame recently celebrated her 70th birthday, and Columbia Records/SONY Entertainment announced that she will be making a return to New York on October 11, 2012, to take part in the opening of the new Barclays Arena, in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. This news is a welcomed surprise to Streisand fans (like myself) who have eagerly awaited news regarding her film The Guilt Trip, and the any development on a big screen adaptation of Gypsy.

Tickets for this “one-off” concert range anywhere from $90 to $650 with a rumored $1500 available with presale codes offered on Wednesday morning. The presale starts this Saturday at 10a.m. EDT.

Streisand has toured in 1994, 2000, 2006 and now 2012. That’s 4 tours, 6 years apart. Streisand’s favorite (and lucky) number is 24. What is 4 x 6 = 24! It’s perfect.

I’ve never been able to see Streisand live. I was either not aware that she was touring, or the tickets were out of my price range. When she toured in 2006 and did a show in Atlanta, I desperately wanted to see her. I had recently graduated from high school and had started college. At the time, I thought the concert was the perfect belated graduation gift. Unfortunately I could not convince my parents to lend me the $750 + needed for a ticket.

However, here we are, six years later, and I’m due to graduate again – this time with my Bachelors degree. What could be more perfect: another graduation – yet another chance to see the greatest female recording artist on stage. I’m also 24 years old, Barbra’s lucky number!

I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed. I have friends who live in Brooklyn and would love to see New York again. I can just feel it – two tickets have my name on them, and come October 11, 2012 I will sitting amongst 18,998 of Barbra Streisand’s fans listening to her beautiful burnished voice.

Tickets go on sale to the public May 21, 2012.

“Starting here, starting now”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I know. Fortunately I have made it through yet another semester of school. I was very concerned about my grades for the Spring 2012 semester, but I made it through with very respectable grades. I even passed Spanish 2010, the same class that gave me such terrible trouble last fall. There’s light at the end of the education tunnel, and I’m on track to graduate December of this year. I cannot wait. It’s been a long journey, and I’m itching to embark on other escapades that don’t include being stuck in the land of academia. 

I’m looking forward to this summer. I’m taking two summer classes: Spanish 2020 and Poetry Writing (I need the writing class for to complete my minor.) which I am actually excited about. Weird. I haven’t taken a summer class since 2007, and admittedly I should have been proactive on summer classes in the past, I might have graduated earlier than December 2012 – live and learn. 

This summer is also perfect timing to get a job. I’ve not had a summer job since I graduated from Motlow this time two years ago. I actually want a job, and I’ve put out resume after resume. I even took a class this spring that helped me write a professional grade cover letter and resume (an employment package as my professor called it,) but I can’t seem to get any call backs. I’ve put out tons of resumes. It’s so disheartening. I will keep going however, nothing is going to stop me. 

Also this blog post wouldn’t be complete without a mention of BARBRA STREISAND. The entertainment grand dame recently celebrated her 70th birthday, and Columbia Records/SONY Entertainment announced that she will be making a return to New York on October 11, 2012, to take part in the opening of the new Barclays Arena, in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. This news is a welcomed surprise to Streisand fans (like myself) who have eagerly awaited news regarding her film The Guilt Trip, and the any development on a big screen adaptation of Gypsy. 

Tickets for this “one-off” concert range anywhere from $90 to $650 with a rumored $1500 available with presale codes offered on Wednesday morning. The presale starts this Saturday at 10a.m. EDT.

Streisand has toured in 1994, 2000, 2006 and now 2012. That’s 4 tours, 6 years apart. Streisand’s favorite (and lucky) number is 24. What is 4 x 6 = 24! It’s perfect. 

I’ve never been able to see Streisand live. I was either not aware that she was touring, or the tickets were out of my price range. When she toured in 2006 and did a show in Atlanta, I desperately wanted to see her. I had recently graduated from high school and had started college. At the time, I thought the concert was the perfect belated graduation gift. Unfortunately I could not convince my parents to lend me the $750 + needed for a ticket. 

However, here we are, six years later, and I’m due to graduate again – this time with my Bachelors degree. What could be more perfect: another graduation – yet another chance to see the greatest female recording artist on stage! 

I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed. I have friends who live in Brooklyn and would love to see New York again. I can just feel it – two tickets have my name on them, and come October 11, 2012 I will sitting amongst 18,998 of Barbra Streisand’s fans listening to her beautiful burnished voice.

Tickets go on sale to the public May 21, 2012.