Hello everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve written on here, and for that I apologize. I’ve been working my tail off and haven’t found or made the time to write. I planned to write after the holidays, but that didn’t happen. So, what’s happened in the past… three and a half months? Well, I finished Fall semester with decent grades: A in English 2010, A- in International Culture and Literature, and B in Reason and Rational Thinking. I’ll post some links to some of the writing I did for these classes here, if you’re interested in checking them out.
English 2010 writings:
This is my first portfolio main essay, it addresses some of my experiences with education. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ctMoTCY1miOrLBx2TorLnl7H3m0TDJBDOPmvXYJkZZE/edit?usp=sharing
This is a shorter essay that also went with my first portfolio, also talking about education. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J9qXzryfn-6oFMyNPNSo3xbB9zRH07PgXM3-VAGwAXw/edit?usp=sharing
Second portfolio main essay is about technology and how it affects us today, and that’s here. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jCpYqmdIqle-weKXTzWlKeF-Pzua6G0GgdSZ8CGFDek/edit?usp=sharing
Second portfolio smaller essay, about where I want to be in 10 years. (That’s actually changed since I wrote this, and I’ll talk about that in a bit.) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BEWm8U-yVnMovVNwwCEZ7ImkyVu6VXlZiF5Ca2H0W4s/edit?usp=sharing
My third and final portfolio main essay, which is about institutionalized polygamy in US society. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-j_R3iefQO7LnO5N3r7HMi4Xrr1et0FUR9z5TTYcWso/edit?usp=sharing
For my Intl. Lit class, I wrote a few things, the first is an essay about being the ‘other’, and for it, we had to become the other, and then respond to that ‘other.’ This was actually a pretty hard assignment. It’s hard to become the other and even harder to respond to it. I didn’t feel like this essay was done very well, but I’ll post it anyway. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l5z6KGTok7fO8i9AmaGd3aHlk_wn0hcUbiGm_knzO3Y/edit?usp=sharing
I also wrote a couple poems which I’ll share as well. The first is based off an article we read in the class, called ‘The Trouble We’re In’ by Allan G. Johnson. It was quite interesting and, along with the rest of the class, has fundamentally changed the way I view the world today. At any rate, here’s the poem I wrote based off that. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-lynY46WPDBN0BT1S9Q6QU1Tg246TJ7pN-pHS3Xfks4/edit?usp=sharing
The last poem and piece of schoolwork I’ll be sharing with you is something that is original, but was given life by reading some of the older Chinese poems, which all focus on a single image to show a general idea. It doesn’t have a title. https://docs.google.com/document/d/13I5B-9BQX1Tz0X0QW9qiciwpL5HBxd39YjvhA3g6u3M/edit?usp=sharing
Alright then! That’s last semester’s work. I had a really good fall semester, challenging, but rewarding. Then I went to work over the break and was caught completely unawares for the current semester. I had to drop a class this time around, just wasn’t ready for the workload. I’m taking Biological Anthropology, Intro to Geology, and…. *drumroll* International Study Abroad to Japan this semester. This is a huge deal for me. Ever since I left the FLDS, I’ve wanted to travel to Japan, and I’m oh so very close to doing it.
The study abroad program is three weeks of various studies and excursions at Shitennoji University in Osaka, Japan. We’ll be taking classes on meditation, the tea ceremony, flower arranging, calligraphy, and various other Japanese cultural arts. We’ll also head over to Kyoto and possibly Hiroshima while we’re there, so that’s pretty exciting. After the three weeks, myself and two of my classmates have opted to stay for five more days, and we’re going to be heading up to Tokyo for that time. It’s going to be, well, f**king awesome.
For someone like me to get to Japan is a huge win, and a massive undertaking. I’ve been stressed about financials for the better part of three months, and this has not contributed to my success in school so far. As I mentioned before, I had to drop a class for the first time. I’ve also had some pretty bad stress/anxiety attacks, but I’m working through it. It’s just very hard to maintain buoyancy with current bills while still saving up a couple thousand dollars for travel expenses. I’ve managed, through the aid of student loans and my tax return, to pay for the airfare and lodging. Just not sure what I’m going to be eating while I’m there… If anyone has suggestions on how to make around $1500 in a month and a half, while still maintaining grades, or wants to help me with expenses somehow, I’d really appreciate it.
The other two classes I’m taking are… alright. I’m not doing so well in the Anthropology class, the teacher’s style and my learning style aren’t meshing very well. I’ll be lucky to pass it with a C. As for the Geology class, I’m actually enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. Who knew the study of rocks was interesting?
When I mentioned something about changing where I want to be in ten years earlier, here’s what I’m talking about: I’ve been heavily considering switching my major to an Associate’s of Science in General Education from an AS in International Studies. I’m just not sure what I want to do anymore. I think I want to learn how to do machining or welding or something with my hands. I’m also frustrated at the amount of time and effort that has gone into my schooling so far, with the only results being more debt and eating mac n cheese. I’ve almost got enough credits to do the AS in gen eds, so I think I’ll just cut it short and then take some tech school classes. I’m trying to maintain mobility and solvency, and that’s really damn hard without much parental support.
In summary, sorry about the lack of update, some stuff from my previous semester, I’m going to freaking JAPAN, but need some help buying food while I’m there, and maybe my future isn’t as set as I once thought it was.