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College Orientation

Over the weekend my parents and I traveled to Kansas City for my college orientation. Since it’s about a three-and-a-half hour drive from Saint Louis and orientation started at 8 AM, we left the night before and stayed at a hotel.
A family friend works at a Sheraton hotel, and to put it simply, they are very nice. Their rooms at the cheapest are usually around $130, which is a lot higher than my family’s budget. As you all know, I work at a Holiday Inn, which are not bad hotels, they’re just nothing fancy. So anyhow, this friend let us use her discount and we stayed at a Sheraton.

Maybe it’s me, but it was almost too fancy. The place was so big that we couldn’t even find the lobby to check-in when we were entering from the parking garage. It was ridiculous. One of the employees was walking by and must have realized that we were totally clueless and took pity on us. He directed us to go down an elevator, get off and then get on another elevator to go back up one. :x

Uhm, yeah.

I think I’d prefer the slightly smaller rooms and beds to the ones with the chandeliers because at least I can find them.

Orientation itself was alright. It was a lot of being talked at about things we’re going to experience and find out ourselves. We didn’t even get to speak to our advisers for classes until around 1 PM. But that’s just me being impatient.

When I had applied at UMKC, I had declared myself a French major. Since then, I’ve somewhat thought about it and don’t think that that is the direction I want to go – although I’ve no idea which direction I would like to go. So my adviser was a French professor and she was very kind and helpful. She suggested that for now, I stay with my French major and try out some classes and go from there. She told me it was easy to switch majors and that if I wanted to minor in French, that would be easy, too.

Since I had taken four years of French in high school, she put me in third semester French (two years of French in high school = 1 semester in college, apparently). I had scored a 3 on the AP English Exam and took Writing Workshop as duel credit so I was able to skip out on the first semester Englihs class. She was also impressed that I scored a 33 in the English section on my ACT (a pretty high score, out of 36) so suggested that I enroll in the Honors English class.

Which is when I started getting nervous.

Yes, I had taken honors courses all throughout high school so that they would prepare me for classes in college. Yes, I’m fairly confident that I’m a strong writer. No, I am not enrolled in the Honors program. I don’t have a clue whether or not I’m prepared for a second semester Honors English class or 3rd semester French. :o

She encouraged me to sign up all my classes as Honors, but I declined. I think I’d like to try just the regular classes first and the one Honors English. Then I could compare and decide whether or not the Honors program is right for me. So for my first semester I will be taking Arts & Science 100, French 211, English H225, and Psychology 210.

It’ll be nice not having class on the weekends, super late at night, or really early in the morning. So I’m really happy with the schedule that I have. :)

I think what I’m most worried about this fall when I head off to college is making friends. Around people I know, I can loosen up and just be myself. But when I’m around people I don’t know, I kind of clam up. I smile and laugh, but I don’t know how to jump into the conversation or know what to say. I guess what I’m saying is I’m scared everyone else is going to hit it off right away and I’ll be that awkward person by herself. And end up with a creepy roommate. :blink: (Apparently the residential assignments were posted online at the website, but whenever I go to see mine the page doesn’t load. :()

On a completely different note, I finally finished A Clash of Kings in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Only took a month, but these books are insane! Anyone else reading/read them?

Graduation and the Week After

I am now writing to you as a class of 2012 high school graduate. :)

I swear last Saturday could not come fast enough. But it finally did and the actual commencement ceremony passed in what I consider a blur. When they called my name, I was focusing too much on not tripping and just walking across the stage normally to pay attention to my family and friends cheering. While it was all grand and everything, I’m glad it’s over. Whew!

We had our graduation at an arena and not at our school. I would have preferred to have it at school, but they don’t ask my opinion on those things. :P When I exited the arena with the rest of my class and eventually found my mom, she immediately started complaining about how the rest of the family had already left and that she didn’t get the pictures she wanted and blah blah blah. I was so mad because it was my graduation and she couldn’t even say congrats?

She apologized later, but it pretty much killed my excitement and put me in a bad mood for a while.

Me and Becky. <3

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Red, white, and blue cord was for French Honor Society.
Yellow cord was for graduating with 4.0+ GPA.
Blue and yellow cord was for Math Honors Society.
Math medal was for being a math major (5.0+ credits of math).
Blue collar was for National Honor Society.
Small medal was for Best of Class in French Honor Society.

My parents and I. My mom made my dad change shorts so he looked a little grumpy. :P

My school sponsors an event called Operation Graduation and it’s a lock in for graduating seniors the night of graduation. My siblings had all been and talked it up a pretty good deal so I was really excited. It would be one of the last opportunities I would have to see some of my friends before the summer and college and I knew it would be fun. They had a bunch of blow ups ( an obstacle course and then a bunjee race – both really fun!), had the pool open, they hired caricaturists to come in for free, a magician, and more.

Besides the food (which OMG so much better than the normal cafeteria food), my favorite part of the night was the hypnotist. He came around 3:30 AM and selected ten students from the crowd and then proceeded to hypnotize them. He then would make the students do different hilarious things. He made one girl believe someone had stolen her belly button. She confronted someone in the crowd and she was so angry that I thought she was about to fight him! :P They then envisioned everyone naked, went to the “movies” and watched sad, scary, and funny movies, competed on a talent show. It was just overall extremely funny.

Needless to say I was exhausted by the time I got home. I went straight to bed (at 6:00 AM – a little bizarre just going to bed when the sun is coming up) but had to get back up around noon to get ready for work. x_x I know, work ruins everything. :P

For my graduation present, my dad took me to Best Buy on Monday (my only day off besides Saturday this week) to look at laptops for college. I was really excited because I’ve been wanting a laptop since I fell in love with computers (so uhm, twelve?). It took me a really long time to pick one out. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to begin with so my dad suggested a few. However, we could only find one of them at Best Buy, so that made it a little harder to compare.

We went to a few other stores and then home so I could do a little more research. I figure if my parents are going to fork out the money for a laptop, I want them to get the best bang for their buck, per se. Again, I was a little clueless, but I read a lot of reviews and finally settled on the new Toshiba Satellite. It was a decent price and seemed like it would be a good buy – plus I liked the design. :) I haven’t had a whole lot of time to really play with it yet, but so far I’m really liking it. I’m writing this post on it actually while lying in my bed. It’s the most amazing feeling. ;D

Speaking of my dad, he’s doing fairly well. He’s adjusting to his colostomy bag, despite not liking his restricted diet. But he’s doing well. He went to see his doctor today and he was real pleased with how he is healing so far. He’s starting work again tomorrow, so we’re all very happy that he’s doing so well.

Onto the week after graduation, it’s just been one of those weeks where I cannot wait until it’s over. Summer vacation officially started for me so I kept thinking of sunshine and swimming and sleeping in! Instead I had to babysit Tuesday and Wednesday morning, come home for enough time to grab a bite to eat, and then go to work for a seven or eight hour shift.I’ve been exhausted all week and really haven’t had that much time for myself yet.

I’m super behind on commenting and I was doing so well on working on my travel site. However, the last week I the servers have been down or something so I’ve had no access. And for whatever reason, I wasn’t getting emails with my backups so I think all that work is gone. GRRRRR. Needless to say, I’m switching hosts for that site. So I guess just another week in the busy life of little old me. :P