I haven’t posted on this blog in a while, so I figure I’d take a moment and reflect on where I am right now in life.
Lots of things have happened since spring semester finals. I discovered that I was chosen to study abroad at Lancaster University during the 2016-2017 academic year. This will push my graduation time back a year, but honestly I think it’s worth it. I’ve been talking to a couple of guys who are already there. One is a dean at County College, the other is a photographer who I hope will give me a job while I’m there. It would be an absolute dream to not only study abroad, but get paid to take photos while I’m there. It’d also give me an excuse to go out to more social events. Just from talking to them I can tell there is going to be some culture shock, but I hope that identifying it early might cut down on the severity.
The most difficult part of all this seems to be the money. I have enough financial aid to cover tuition and get a refund check, but everywhere I turn I’m being asked to pay money. $200 abroad fee, $400 health care fee, $800 plane ticket, $700 visa, it’s all adding up very quickly. I’m trying to get a job at home, but without a vehicle or reliable transportation, it’s difficult. I live by a mini-mall so I’ve been applying to any store I can trying to get a job, but so far no luck. My last resort is the gas station across the street, but you have to be 19 anyway, so I’ve been putting that application off.
Mostly I’ve been hanging out with friends as much as possible. I know this seems irresponsible, but I’m not going to see them at all for nine months, I want to get as much time with them as I can. Yesterday, my friend Allison and I got up early and watched the sun rise over the Platte river. It was so peaceful, with no sounds but the birds and the cows. I can still see the reflection of the huge orange sun reflecting on the water. We then proceeded to drive down dirt roads with the roof of her jeep off listening to country songs. After that we got breakfast at the local diner, where we hope to become regulars. Last time we were there there were a ton of old people and when another man walked in, he was greeted with cheerful exclamations of, “Mr. Larry!” We still strive to be accepted by the old people’s club.
Oh, I’ve also been accepted to write at the Odyssey online! It doesn’t pay anything, but then again neither does the Huffington post. The way I figure, it’ll be a good addition to my resume as an aspiring English teacher. It requires one entry per week, minimum, so it’ll also keep me writing. I’m trying to write more. My goal is to be Alexander Hamilton minus all the really stupid stuff he did…
Anyways, I’ll try to keep up with this a little more as the summer goes on. I don’t leave until the end of September, so hopefully I’ll keep writing until then!