You know you truly love something when even seeing a stupid buzzfeed list of the "39 best things about study abroad in italy" makes you tear up because you know you'll be leaving soon. This happened the other day because Shannon....I mean Shauna ;) and Rebeca posted it.
Anyway, my time here is quickly dwindling and I will be on a plane back to the US in 2 short days. I have really loved it here with my family and all my new friends. Hopefully, this group will be better at meeting up than my other group. We have really had so much fun together.
But until I leave I will make Italia Appreciation Posts.
So this weekend I went to St. George with a lot of the Art Ed. people for a conference where there were workshops to teach us how to be more awesome teachers. It was really good, but all of my favorite parts happened outside of the classes. We were able to do some hiking/rock climbing, hot tubbing, and mostly just goofing around.
In which I talk about school and ramble about everything that comes to mind.
School is going again.
And it's probably going to kill me.
I'm taking 17 credit hours and working 2 TA jobs, not to mention that independent study class that I still haven't finished Unit 1. So yeah. It kinda funny because I can clearly remember registering for freshman year and talking to Kristen and Micah while we were still at home and they were both all like: "Yeah I'm taking 17 credit hours. I think that's a pretty solid number. It should be good." Totally nonchalant because for people like them with 4.0 GPAs and 10 credit hours of AP classes it really was pretty much right up their alley. So there I was thinking that 17 was an average amount of credits to have. Then a month into it I was struggling to stay above water.
And now I'm a senior and I'm doing it again. And I'm doing it knowing what it was like the first time and yet somehow that didn't stop me. Wish me luck. I will need it.
So you know those nightmares people have about school? They show up with no clothes on or their schedule is a mess? Well I have had those, just like everybody else. Mine are usually about not finding a class and then being really late/ missing the class I couldn't find. Well I actually lived through that this morning.
My art teaching class was supposed to meet in another building today for a presentation by a special presenter. I knew what building it was in but wasn't sure which room. I went to the original classroom first before remembering the special presentation we had to go to, when I got to the building I had 15 mins till class so I loitered in the hall hoping to see a classmate or the teacher to help me find where to go. I even texted a classmate to ask which room it was. Receiving no reply and seeing no classmates I thought it might be good to go back to the regular room to check and see if a sign or note was there with the correct info. I went there and no such luck. I asked a staff member in the room next door, and they had no idea except to check the class website. I had the correct building after all and had somehow missed seeing all my classmates. In the end I made it to the right room but I was 10 or more mins late to class.
I literally lived through one of my stress nightmares. it was pretty awful. Other events earlier in the morning culminated with the ordeal to make me a ball of infuriation. I was pretty livid with the whole situation by the time I made it to class because I was hot and sweaty from running back and forth between buildings, angry at the situation from the morning, and worried about losing points for being late to the class .... and on and on.
Basically, I just hope that because I had my really bad day early in the semester that I have fulfilled my quota and that the rest of the semester will go more smoothly.
Sorry that I've posted so little this past summer. There really hasn't been much to say. I lived in a tiny little office with an officemate that didn't really like me and work that was not particularly stimulating.
Now I am back at school and have finished my first full week. It has been very busy and a little bit hectic. I am taking painting, intro to teaching, world religions, 3D design, and basketball. I was signed up for Italian but I was the only student in the section that fit my schedule, so the powers that be dropped my section. I am thinking of adding a second major, and doing an international internship but I will wait to make official announcements till I know 100% what I am doing with my life.
So that is my life currently. Making decisions and trying to fit all my classes together. ANd guess what. È un disastro.
Tonight I saw some of my lovely Italy girls at the wedding reception of one of our lovely ladies. Seriously the best reception I have been to in years. Lovely location (not a church meetinghouse), fantastic dance music and participating dancers ( real party music), delicious food. Basically what you think of when you image the perfect reception but rarely ever see. I miss spending time with these Italy girls so much and it really was wonderful to see them. Hopefully we will be seeing each other again soon.
So that is life right now. Lots of school stuff, and a wee bit of social stuff squeezed in the cracks.
A girl with big dreams, crazy ideas, and plans to make it all happen.