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10 September 2015 @ 09:43 pm
This post shall serve as a general reminder to myself of things to accomplish in what remains of the year.

  1. Procure an internship (!!)

  2. Set up a blog (less of a personal blog and more of either pop culture review or perhaps satire...)

  3. Just an idea, but I have always wanted to write a book..

  4. Combine thesis project with honor project ASAP

  5. Grad school options

  6. Peace Corps info session

  7. Get your resume revised, I would maybe scrap it and redo it

07 September 2015 @ 11:20 pm
This past week I have constantly been visiting my past.

I chose GVSU over Vassar, a decision which at times I have regretted.
I told myself, it's okay. You're still going to college and you'll be around in case your family needs you. The thing about family, which most people who are not Latino do not understand is that I my decisions affects everyone. I am not just an individual. I am part of a unit. This is something that I have at times recoiled against, but have nevertheless appreciated.

GVSU Year 1
I entered GVSU as a Business major. It was a practical choice, but I quickly learned that I found the area to be a bore. Introductory Macroeconomics was definitely not for me. ButI found that I enjoyed learning about Islam, and the Middle East.

Years 2-3
Gone was the Business major. Here I began to fluctuate between the different Communcation majors. Broadcasting. Journalism. Health Communications. At one point I also considered Anthropology and it was a difficult decision. In the end that field was much too privileged for me.
Nerdy story; I had spent a long time admiring Nyota Uhura; the Communications Officer aboard the Enterprise. Hence, my choice of concentration and my choice to delve into Linguistics.
It seems ironic and perhaps moronic for someone who can be an entirely incompetent communicator to have chosen this area of study. Yet, I cannot say that I have not enjoyed myself. In particular, my linguistics classes have proved to my favorites. Language and Gender. Language and Power. History of the English Language. Sociolinguistics. Though that may also be in large part because I had the pleasure of having a wonderful professor for those classes.
My reaction to the Communication classes was more varied. Some classes I enjoyed (Theories of Communication, Vision and Culture), others I did not (Argument and Analysis, Media and Society, Fundamentals of Public Relations). In part some of it has been the material, the classmates, and the professor.
Was Communication Studies the right choice? I certainly ask myself that. Certainly people constantly ask me. What will you do with this major? What kind of job will you get?

I realize it may not be one of the most profitable majors. Those Petroleum engineers have that honor. But it is one that is highly relevant and applicable to most career choices. At the end of the day, I of course want to be comfortable money wise but I also want to be happy. Cliche as it may sound, I want to help people.
This week in school I have had the opportunity to witness many students reflect on their decisions. Hence, my own contemplations. I want to study. I want to observe. I want to perhaps teach. I want to travel. I want to go confidently into the future, unclear though it may be.
And do I regret my choices? Some of course I do, but I don't have time for regrets.

I am the captain of my soul.
12 August 2015 @ 11:30 pm
I have decided that I need to leave my comfort zone. I just don't want to be this person that everyone thinks is too obliging, too compliant, or too timid. This means that I can't continue to play it safe. The implications of this is that if I do graduate Spring 2016, I will try my hardest to join the Peace Corps or a similar program. If I do not graduate this Spring, I will study abroad this Summer. I just can't keep making decisions that are driven by the implications of money. Obviously money matters.. a lot. But it should not dictate all of my dreams. And I think I would really benefit from and even enjoy some traveling. Something adventurous. Something maybe even spontaneous and out of character.
11 August 2015 @ 10:26 pm
As my summer draws to a close, I can't help but dread the return to school. This will hopefully be my last year. This must be both a blessing and a curse. Blessing as it draws to a close and a curse as it will surely once again fill me with doubts and uncertainties. I think I will complete this degree, but I don't know that I will be fully satisfied with this arrangement. I keep revisiting the idea of PeaceCorps and each time it seems like a good opportunity. It seems like a good opportunity and a good way to spend my time while I figure out what to do... with life.
22 May 2013 @ 09:46 pm
Things I'd forgotten:

but with this new release of STID I thought this was a good time to come back to livejournal!! :)

My old livejournal was reality0junkie

my tumblr
08 April 2012 @ 06:31 pm
  • Wishing for something doesn't make it come true. 
  • And even if it comes true, I can't get what I want.