May. 15th, 2008

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Blargh. Home at last. And restless. I need to learn how to take things one step at a time and not try to do everything at once. Especially when trying to do everything at once means I don't do anything. Got home Friday night and hardly any of my shit is unpacked. Only brought home a third of my stuff, but I'm hoping to go through what I did bring home and find things to give away or throw out or otherwise get rid of. Eventually I'm going to run out of things to get rid of since I've gotten in the habit of condensing my stuff every time I come home. That's not a bad thing in any way though. It just sucks this time that I have to unpack my shit only to turn around and head back to Richmond two weeks from yesterday. Not that I'm complaining. I'm getting a 3-credit internship out of this to add to my resume, as well as $1500, a chance to present at a national conference of something or other, and I get to work with French people. I still have no idea what I'm doing on the project, but whatever.

Because of HSURP, I'll be getting my experiential learning requirement (study abroad, internship, or TAing) out of the way for both my majors. That means that while I still want to go to France, the pressure is off. Wheeee. Whee indeed. Now that I think about it, I think that maybe, just maybe going to Japan would have satisfied the requirement as well, but that would have been weird.

Also because of HSURP, I may be picking up a Sociology minor. It's giving me three credits that I now don't have to devote to a full class, meaning I can fit another class in somewhere. All I have to do for the minor is get an override into SOCY 101 this fall, take at least one Socy class in France, and get one of my Psych classes to count toward the minor. (Certain Psych classes can be counted toward a Socy major, so I figure I may as well try. If I can't, then I try to pick up another Socy class in France. We'll see how it goes.)

It's great that I'll be graduating with two degrees and at least one minor, but I have no idea what to do with them. Psych and Socy I could argue will just help me in life or something, but... yeah. My main reason for IR was that I needed something to complement the French. I'm hoping that taking four International-whatecer classes in the fall will help me get interested in it. The Foreign Policy Discussion Group that I was part of this semester was definitely interesting, but I felt totally out of place because I had no knowledge of any of the subjects we talked about. So I know I need to change that. But seriously, I have no idea where I'm going in life. I don't even know if I'm going to use the French degree, let alone the IR degree. All I know is that I want to travel and learn various languages. That won't look too good on a resume, I don't think.

I also think I'm over the Japan thing. I'd love to learn Japanese, but for all practical purposes if I'm going to learn an East Asian language it should be Chinese. Arabic or an Indian or Central Asian language would be even more useful. It would be great to go to Japan, but I have no idea how or when I'd get there. Getting the NSEP would be pretty sweet, but at the moment I have no interest in anything related to government or whatnot and don't know what I would write my essay or anything about. Sure I'd love to have my trip mostly paid for, and to study there for a year, and to be able to walk into some kind of job in the government, but somehow I also think it's just not practical. I don't think all the stuff I wanted to do in junior high and high school was just a phase, just that I'm probably growing up now and have learned to prioritize or something.

Murr. I don't feel like doing anything right now. I started this entry three days ago and my shit still isn't unpacked. It's getting there, but slowly.

I've been thinking about the French class thing, and it kind of amuses me. And I think it really is a compliment. I mean, not that being told I rarely make mistakes isn't a compliment, but thinking about all the papers I've written, most of my errors are just agreements and silly little mistakes. It's weird. I know I'm good at French, to the point that my ego gets inflated whenever I hear someone making mistakes. When I'm writing or reading or speaking and people are listening to me though, my confidence drops. I've even been questioning doing this stupid project because I feel like I won't be able to communicate at all. How the hell I plan to spend a semester in France I have no idea. Ah well. I'll live somehow, right? I do wish that I was on paper somewhere as being a TA for the course (even though I'm not really, just on Blackboard); it would be great to put on my resume. But whatever.

Just ordered my plane tix for HSURP today. $294. Jesus Christ. I could have saved $30 by getting them a few days ago, but I was holding out for a schedule of some kind that would say when we're supposed to be in Richmond. No such thing. So I got owned. I'm really not a fan of the grad student assistant lady, because she doesn't seem to have a clue about anything and really isn't forthcoming with information.

Got Spring Awakening from the library. Short play; only 84 pages. I could probably read it now if I wanted to. I have a semi-long reading list for this summer. I have 3 books I'll need to read for HSURP, but I should have enough time to read at least one or two more. Between Cabell and the Richmond Public Library I should be able to get my hands on something I want. I'm even going to reduce myself to reading some trashy vampire novel, simply to see what everyone on Facebook is raving about. x_x

Eh, I'm bored.

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