Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's a hard-knock life

...for me. I'm into my third day of ASU and it's overwhelming. I knew the first week would be hard, but in other ways than I had expected. Getting to school is more complicated than I would like but I'm learning to deal with it. I drive 5-10 minutes to my friend and coworker Lacie's apartment in Tempe, then load the free city Orbit bus (after sometimes waiting 5-15 minutes) which takes me to campus in about 10 minutes. From there I walk to my class which can take anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes depending on where my class is. I don't want to complain about this because I am avoiding spending $300 on a parking ticket and using less gas for my car but still...it's hard to plan around traffic and the bus route and still make it to class on time.
Oh, and did I mention it's hot here??? It's HOT. Walking around campus in 110 degree weather is not something I would recommend. I have sweated more in the past few weeks than I have in my entire life. It's gross. I can't wait for the cooler (er, at least as cool as it gets here) winter months.
There is also the looming threat of not even getting into my major. There is about 250 pre-graphic design majors vying for 44 spots. Only 44 of us will get into the program. I have less than a 20% chance. Graphic design is what I love and what I want to study, but that's a lot pressure and competition to deal with. I just want to do my best and then hope and pray that it's enough. I am constantly humbled at my complete innability to survive ASU if I didn't have God on my side. There have already been some bumps in the road as I begin my ASU journey, and I know there are plenty of bumps and dips and detours up ahead, but I know that God will always be there for me, whether it be giving me the stamina to do well on a test or for comfort when I mess something up. God is good and no matter what happens in the future, I know that He has a plan for me and everything will work out for His purpose.
So here I go... just like the little engine that could. "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!"

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sunflowers

I'm just missing CMI and the graphic design I did there so here's a lil somethin I made

The last days of summer...sigh

Does anyone want to have an end of summer party with me? Eat some watermelon and have seed-spitting contests, swing on the tire swing til we get dizzy, pick some daisies and make crowns to put in our hair, sit on the porch at dusk and listen to the crickets chirp as the sun goes down....
Ok, so maybe those are the more unrealistic summer activites that I just wish I had been doing all summer, but still! Do I really have to go back to school in 4 days? And oh, is it a scary school this time. I was walking around campus yesterday, dropping off my resume at a few offices, and wow did I ever feel small! SO many people, SO many cars, SO many huge buildings, SO many maps and directions that I don't quite understand, SO many reminders that I'm not in Thatcher anymore.
Good news though, I have been enjoying the valley the whole week I've been here. It's nice to have so many stores and places, so close. And even better news, I've avoided the mall thus far. I know right, can you believe it? I have been to Target about 3 times though...whoops. But really, I like my apartment a lot, mostly because it feels like a real house. My roommates have been nice and chill. I think it will be a good year. Of course I miss Jason like crazy...but this long distance thing isn't as bad as we imagined and thankfully he's only 2 1/2 hours away.
We went to church on Sunday to this place called Grace Community. They were doing a series on prayer and it was the last Sunday on the series so they told us they were going to do things a little differently and devote about half an hour to simply praying and spending time with God. So we prayed and sang some worship songs and it was awesome. The spirit was so strong in the building and when the prayer leader told us to start praying for the things we're thankful for, I was overwhelmed with how many blessings I have in my life. Yes, things are changing and yes, it's hard sometimes, but WOW has God given me so much in my life! It was a really humbling experience...how can I complain when there are so many blessings in my life!
So I'll end this post on the positive note...but really, anyone up for that party? I'll bring the watermelon!

Monday, August 11, 2008

How I love the Olympics!



I'm loving the Olympics! If it wasn't for the wonderful competition, I would be going stir crazy in this little hotel room with my parents.