Changes, changes

I know. I apologize every time I post about how I never update this blog anymore. College just keeps me so busy!! But I’m home for summer now as of 2 days again, so I’ll have more of a chance to keep everyone updated.

So much has changed this year, and since I last updated this blog.

For one, me and my boyfriend broke up. I won’t devote much space to it here, but it was a (mostly) amiable break up. We’re still very good friends. He’s in Russia this summer so we won’t have much contact, but it’s for the best anyhow.

But I’ve finished my freshman year of college!! Wow has it been a whirlwind!! I’ve made so many friends and had so many experiences!! I’ve learned a lot about life and myself and I’m starting to get excited about what the future years will bring. Who knows what next year will be like. I’ll have a new (random) roommate, be living in a new dorm, finally starting on my major classes, and hopefully making even more friends!!

I’ll also have a job next year. :D I interviewed for, and got the job, I talked about in my last post. I even started training already. I went in and worked a shift. I was up to my elbows in pasta all night! It wasn’t particularly exciting or interesting. It was a slow night so there were many times I was just standing around doing nothing, but I’m still glad to have a job nonetheless. I’m hoping I will be able to make more friends through my job as well. I want to expand my social circle!! I’ve still got some training to do when I go back, all that common sense stuff about knife and food safety. I can’t wait to finally be making money of my own!!

I almost forgot, I’m going to be 19 years old in 6 days!! :O I’ll feel so old!! 19 just seems like such a big number to me!! It’s one year away from 20 and 2 years away from 21!! Which are huge age milestones in my opinion. I’m turning into an adult right before my very eyes. I don’t feel like I should be turning 19. I feel like I should be 16 or 17. I guess that’s a feeling I’m gonna have to get used to though. I guess no one really feels their age.

Oh I also managed to somehow get sick. What a great start to my summer!! But that’s a non sequitur.

Hm. Those are the only updates I can think of right now. But it is summer, so I’ll have plenty of time to write if I think of anymore.

But one last thing, I finally succumbed to social pressure and got a pinterest account. So if you use pinterest and are interested in fashion and decorating advice from a soon-to-be 19 year old, you can follow me. :P http://pinterest.com/emilleejoyce/

Changing my Major??

Maybe.

It occurred to me all of yesterday, that I’m not really that excited about my current major. I was looking over all the course requirements I need to fulfill my major, and I really wasn’t all that excited about having to take those classes.

So I have started thinking about changing my major – and I think I’ve found the perfect fit!!
If I really am serious about becoming a translator, I believe that a comparative literature major would be more beneficial. I’ve always enjoyed English class, so I don’t think I’d find comparative literature too dull. Plus, I’ve read on some websites that comparative literature is a good major for people who want to be translators/interpreters.

I’m also thinking of picking up some more minors, to sort of create my own “translation” major. The only problem is I don’t know if that amount of work is doable in 4 years. I plan to graduate on time and don’t want to delay graduation so I can finish up minors.

But OSU offers a professional writing minor and a creative writing minor. Ideally, I’d like to do translation for poetry and prose, but that field is not as lucrative or as easy to break into as other translation fields, so having both minors would help me ensure jobs. You know, I’d have my creative writing minor because that’s what I love to do, and I’d have the professional writing minor as a backup if I couldn’t find translation jobs in poetry & prose.

But I also want to keep my Turkish minor, because you’re obviously not going to get any jobs if you have no 2nd language skills. But to me, 3 minors sounds a little excessive – and like a lot of work. Of course I didn’t come to college looking for an easy ride, but I just wonder if it’s too much??

These ideas are just that though. Ideas. I haven’t officially made up my mind yet, it is just something that has recently popped into my head. Before I make anything official, I’d want to talk to an advisor about this course load and whether it makes sense and is possible to do in 4 years.

As my boyfriend tells me, I just have to find what I’m passionate about – and other than dance, I have no idea what that is. I have lots of “little” interests, but no “big” interests, nothing that I feel super comfortable devoting my entire life to. But then, maybe I’m putting too much weight on my major.
Does your major in college really cement your future life that much??

College = Insanity

Since coming back to school after Christmas break, things have been insane!! I’m in love with all of my classes (except one) but the amount of work I have to do has significantly increased.

I have so much reading to do. I have 2 linguistics classes this quarter, and they both assign about a chapter a week to read. Add on top of that my French culture class (which I’m not taking voluntarily) that has even more reading every week, and it seems like the work never ends. I already have a 2 page paper to write for my French class on the reading we did this past week (which includes a 260 page book and about 26 pages worth of independent articles).

Not to mention, I also have a quiz on IPA (international phonetics alphabet) on Wednesday which is a very scary thing for me. In this linguistics class, the majority of the people there are linguistics majors, but this is my first exposure to actual linguistics – and IPA, is confusing. But I suppose I’ll survive. I just was not prepared for this much work this soon into winter quarter.

Things aren’t all bad though. My boyfriend moved on campus this quarter instead of commuting which makes spending time together a lot easier – which is convenient because we have 2 classes together and LOTS of homework.

I’ve also been thinking about what I want to do with my degree after I graduate. I know I’m only a freshman and graduation is really far off, but I feel like not having some sort of plan is impeding my selection of classes somewhat. For example, I want to learn another language other than Turkish, but not knowing what I want to do after graduation makes the selection of that second language more difficult.

After thinking about it a bit, right now I think I’m leaning towards being a translator after graduation. It seems like a good occupation for me. I enjoy writing and proofreading/editing and I enjoy languages. Plus, I am very good at working alone (in fact I prefer it). So it seems like translating is a good fit for me, I just don’t know where to get started with it – like what kind of courses would be a good idea to take. OSU has a professional writing minor….but I don’t know how helpful that would be.

In terms of a second (technically third language), my boyfriend has suggested learning Uzbek, because it is the only other Turkic language OSU offers, and apparently Uzbekistan is another up-and-comer like Turkey. Plus the nice thing about focusing on Turkic languages is that they are all very similar, some are even mutually intelligible (“speakers of different but related languages can readily understand each other without intentional study or extraordinary effort”). So by learning Turkish and Uzbek, I would be able to understand basically all the other Turkic languages, and in turn have lots of opportunities for jobs – hopefully. ^_^

One other question I have though, is if I become serious about this translating thing…does my current major really help me with that?? Right now I’m an international studies major with a concentration in the Middle East. I just don’t know how relevant that is to being a translator. I mean, it could be very helpful. A major like that could open many doors to job opportunities (though not necessarily in translating). I just don’t know. I am just a freshman, so I have a while to think about it.

So that’s where I’m at right now, super busy and contemplating my future. :P Obviously I want to master Turkish a little more before attempting another language but yeah, those are just thoughts running through my head right now. Yay college.

Top Dance Blog Voting Period now open!!

Alright, so I didn’t get enough comments to get into the top 20 finalists, but I still have a chance to win the category contest. So please please PLEASE go to http://danceadvantage.net/2011/12/27/vote-top-blogs-2011/ and scroll down to the category voting section. Find the Teen Dancer category and vote for me!!

You have no idea how much your vote would mean to me. I could really use everyone’s support!!

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Tonight, PBS will be showing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker live from the Lincoln Center. I am so excited!! I cannot wait to watch it. I have never seen the New York City Ballet perform but obviously, they are one of the best. And I can’t want to see them!!

I was really sad because not only did I not get to perform in the Nutcracker this year, I wasn’t even home to watch my studio’s performance. So I’m very happy that I’ll still get to see the Nutcracker. Seeing it on TV is obviously not as good as seeing it in person, but I am happy nonetheless.

After I watch it tonight, I’ll edit this post and let y’all know what I thought!! :D

Alright, I really loved watching the Nutcracker. I wish I had had more experience performing the different parts so that I could’ve compared how they were different to what my studio does.

I think it’s insane how many people are in NYCB’s Nutcracker. We had such a limited amount of people who were advanced enough to perform the technical roles last year, that seeing that many people perform all those parts was mind boggling.

One thing I didn’t like, and this is why seeing it live is always better, is how the cameras would focus in on the dancer’s face while they were dancing. I want to see the foot work!! But I guess that’s what happens when you actually do ballet. The steps become more important than the acting.

I can’t remember exactly everything I thought about it now. I got side tracked skyping with someone. But I was still very impressed with the ballet. And I’m glad I got to see the Nutcracker even though I missed my studio’s performance.

Oh, I did like how Clara was played by a younger person on flat. I wish my studio would do that. The way my studio does the Nutcracker, almost all of the parts are on pointe, including Clara. Which really limits what the younger dancers to do. I think it would be nice to put Clara on flat so that way, dancers like me, who maybe are technically able, just not able on pointe, would have more options to dance.

Oh, I miss ballet. I’m still holding out hope that I’ll be able to take classes this summer. I’ll have a short summer this year, but it will at least give me something to do and give me exercise. Plus, I still really want to improve my pointe work.

But anyways, it was really nice to see the Nutcracker. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever watched it without performing it. Last year was the first time I’d ever seen it period, but I had to catch glimpses of it from backstage.

I love ballet. :D

Packing is a Nightmare!!

So finals are finally over and I’m essentially the last one of my friends who hasn’t left yet. I feel very good about my Turkish final and pretty good about my PoliSci exam. I already know my Econ final grade and I made about a 76. Eh. Not great. Hopefully the curve in that class brings my final grade up to a B.

Anyways, I’m stressing now because packing is an absolute nightmare!!
I don’t have a suitcase so I’m trying to cram as much as possible in, essentially a shoulder bag. I thought I was going to have a lot more room but the thing doesn’t hold as much as I thought it did. Now I’m trying to figure out what I can bring in my carry-on because there is absolutely no room left in my checked bag.

Ugh. And I have to worry about liquid stuff being over the limit or whatever it is. I don’t know. I wanted to check my makeup but there is absolutely no room left, what with bringing home all my jeans and trying to cram in a few extra shirts and whatnot. I mean, I consider myself an expert at packing and fitting a lot of stuff into a small space, but this is insane!!

-_- Luckily when I come back, I will have a much bigger suitcase to fit everything in.
But this is seriously a nightmare.

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