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.

Quick Update

So its been a while since I posted so I figure I’ll give y’all a quick update on my life.

I had my second midterm for polisci and econ not too long ago. I did really well on my polisci exam but not so good on my econ one. I’ll really have to study for the final exam in that class. I honestly do like economics, but the math is getting to me. All the graphs and formulas are difficult for me to understand and remember. But I have to pass the class because it’s a prerequisite for my major, so I’ve really got to do some studying for the final.

This weekend was Veteran’s day weekend so all of my friends went home. Nothing much exciting happened. I spent most of the weekend with my boyfriend. I tried Ethiopian food for the first time and I have to say, it was really good. They put all of the orders in one big dish and everyone shares. And you use this really strange bread as your utensil. It’s spongy and kind of sour tasting but it goes really well with the food.

Mainly things have been pretty routine. Dance is going well. We moved on from learning the Humphrey technique to studying Cunningham’s technique. We haven’t been studying it very long so I’m not sure if I like it or not yet. The new exercises we’ve learned are really fun though. One exercise we do is set to the theme song from “House”. It’s really high energy with lots of jumping. It’s probably one of my favorite dances we’ve learned so far.

I won’t be taking any dance classes next quarter because I can’t fit any of them into my schedule, which I’m okay with. Now that I’ve gotten experience with modern, I realize, it is fun, but I love the challenge ballet provides more. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about ballet. I really wish I could dance up here but I just don’t see it fitting into my schedule anywhere. What with classes, trying to spend time with my friends, and fulfilling the requirements to be in the International Affairs scholars program, I don’t really have free hours. But I’m still holding out hope that I’ll be able to do it over the summer at my old studio. I still occasionally pull out my pointe shoes and dance in my dorm room, but…dorm rooms aren’t really conducive to dancing. Haha.

But honestly, I’m happy up here. Regardless of the miserable weather, I really enjoy myself up here. The academics are good and there’s always things to do. For the first time in a while, I actually have a social life. :P

So yeah, not much new or exciting to report on. It’s just college. I feel bad because I haven’t been posting that often, but now that I’m so busy, there’s not as much time. For the first time in a while I don’t have any homework to do, so I figured I’d finally take the time to give y’all an update.

Oh, and turkish is going well. It’s probably my favorite class. I made an A+ on my midterm in the class. We’re still only learning the basics, but I’m slowly learning how to converse in turkish. I really need to practice my vocabulary though. The verbs are killing me. For some reason I find them so much harder to remember than spanish verbs. Probably because the spelling of many verbs is very similar. For example: “dinlemek” means to listen, whereas “dinlenmek” means to rest. There’s only one letter’s difference!!

But yeah, that’s life.

I miss Ballet!!

Modern is a fun class, but every time I’m there I wish it was ballet.

I miss ballet so much. I put on my pointe shoes and dance in my dorm room, but then I’m frustrated because I haven’t made any progress (because I haven’t done ballet in close to 6 months). It’s like this ache deep inside of me, this feeling of jumping out of my skin, I have to get back to ballet!!

I’m not going to sit here and say modern is easy for me, but it doesn’t provide a challenge like ballet does. Modern is too natural. Dancing in bare feet, rolling on the floor – while it’s difficult to coordinate my body movements, the actions in and of themselves are normal. I dance in bare feet everyday. I don’t dance in pointe shoes. Ballet is a challenge because it is so unnatural.

I want to get back to ballet class so badly. I suppose I could give my own class in my dorm room, but really?? I’ll never any serious improvement like that.

I’m just wondering how I would fit ballet into my busy college schedule. Most of the dance classes offered by OSU I can’t take because their hours conflict with my academic classes. And I really want to go to BalletMet, but that costs extra money, plus the time lost in the commute by bus.

I suppose where there’s a will there’s a way, but right now it just seems so impossibly unreachable. I want to desperately improve my ability on pointe. I don’t want to be a professional dancer anymore, but I want to be on their level (or close to it). I want being on pointe to feel as natural as being barefoot.

I long so much to be back in ballet class. Part of me wishes I had stayed home and gone to the community college so I could still keep attending my home studio. That is how much I miss ballet (because if you know me, you know I swore I’d never go to ASU).

If I decide to make this work, it’ll take some serious planning and time management on my part. And it will take serious dedication as well, because it won’t be easy. For the first time in a long time, I actually have homework – and a lot of it. I guess I could do homework on the 20-30 minute commute it takes to get to BalletMet.

But then there’s money. As a college student BalletMet offers adult classes at $7 per class. That’s not outrageous – but it adds up. I obviously cannot afford to go to school fulltime, dance, and have a job – so my parents would have to pay for it. Hm. I hate adding on more expenses to my college. But is there any other way??

I guess I’ll figure it out. But I just don’t know how much longer I can go without ballet.

White Water Rafting

College has been so busy!! I haven’t exactly been keeping up with this blog because of it. Of course nothing too exciting has happened, except this last weekend I went on a white water rafting trip with the IA Scholars.

It wasn’t as fun as I had hoped it would be.

Part of the reason I didn’t enjoy myself had to do with the “forced socialization” aspect of it. I didn’t get to choose who was in my cabin, I didn’t get to choose who was in my “pod” which also caused me to have very little choice over who I got to raft with. I mean, I lucked out because 2 of my friends were in my pod and we rafter together, but our other friend was stuck all by herself.

I understand why adults think “forced socialization” will work, but I hate to break it to them, it has never worked. I have experienced a lot of it in my short time, and I can tell you, it does nothing to stop cliques from forming; and in many cases, it makes them worse.

But of course, I could write a whole blog on just that topic, so moving on…
The actual rafting part wasn’t as fun as I has hoped as well. I thought it was going to be rapids the entire time. Instead it was rapids for 2 seconds, followed by several minutes of calm water paddling to the next rapids. I blame part of it on the fact that the water level was low and caused some of the higher classed rapids to be less dangerous and exciting.

I also didn’t get soaked the way I thought I was. I showed up in full rain gear, waterproof everything – expecting to get drenched. I didn’t. My arm got wet twice I think. granted I did have water go down my pants several times, but I still didn’t get soaked. I think everyone hyped up the experience way too much.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate the trip. It was enjoyable. It just wasn’t what I expected.

One reason I am glad I went though, is that fact that West Virginia reminds me slightly or Georgia, and it curbed my homesickness for my home state. It was nice to hear some people with Southern-ish accents!!

Being out on the river though made me miss the marshes off the coast of Georgia a lot. I don’t get to go there often, but man I love the marshes!! And it was surprising to me to think they don’t have to worry about alligators in West Virginia. I kept expecting to see one, but obviously I never did.

But it was an experience. And it’s not like it cost me and arm and a leg to go. At least now I can say I’ve been white water rafting. I think in the future though, I’d much rather go kayaking or canoeing, or even rock climbing.

Anyways, an update on the rest of college life:
All of my classes are going pretty well. I’m slowly getting the hang of Turkish and we’re starting to learn more complex sentences. I really latched on to the Turkish numbers though. For some reason their numbering system really makes sense to me.

Modern dance is also going well. We’ve been slowly adding on more complicated movements to basic phrases we already learned. I told y’all I was one of the “advanced” dancers right?? So I think I’m progressing quite nicely. I now have to decide though if I want to continue to take modern dance classes in the upcoming quarters. I’m on the fence. Part of me feels like I won’t have room for it on my schedule with trying to get all my GECs and major & minor prerequisites in. But part of me also feels like I need a class which encourages physical activity. I still haven’t managed to motivate myself enough to go to the gym. I’m getting so out of shape.

And Econ and Political Science are going the same. I’m having difficulty staying awake in my Econ lecture – it’s so boring!! Luckily, most of what she is teaching I can understand pretty well from reading the book. We have our first midterm next Monday. In Political Science I had to give a debate. I think my group did really well, though I can’t be sure because she still hasn’t put our grades up yet.

So that’s how college is now. Exciting isn’t it??

**On a side note, this is my 100th post.

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