Monday, December 19, 2011

Airport Adventures

Original time of publish: 11:49am Pacific time. It did something funny w/ html coding and reposted after I corrected it. Now on w/ the good stuff!

Currently I am coming to you live from the Sacramento International Airport (terminal b for all you stalkers out there;). I've never had such an interesting gate experience. There's are seven people in wheelchairs! I look around and feel like I am at a convalescent home rather than the airport. But as long as there is no in-air emergency, I will be perfectly content with the situation.

My family arrived in Phoenix on Saturday, but b/c of work I am just meeting up with them today. In a matter of minutes I will board the plane and be flying sky high to a new place. I am so excited! I've never been to Phoenix or Scottsdale (Arizona at all for that matter), so it only seems natural that after my parents and sister pick me up we would.... go see a movie!? Hahaha. My life. What a trip. Just a peak at what I am a product of. But tomorrow will be eggcellent... For as long as my sister and I can remember, our parents have been telling us they would take us to the Grand Canyon, and it's finally happening!! Woo! I will be sure to write a travelers-post following or during the trip :)

But for now I will leave you with this... The celebrations that follow graduating are amazing and I am so happy I've been able to participate in the debauchery two semesters in a row. Hehe. And a big shout out to LA Riots, who performed in humble Chico on Friday at the El Rey and KILLED it. Small crowd w/ a lot of power, keep it up Cheeks!

I will be sure to put up a sentimental post about finishing school when I am not writing from a phone.

Today's Quote: "LIVE IT UP!!!"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Last Call

In a matter of hours I will have completed my undergraduate education here in beautiful Chico, CA. It's a little hard for me to fathom and really process, especially considering the POUNDING headache I'm suffering as a result of last night's festivities. Here in Chico we have a little thing called "buck night" that falls on multiple nights depending on the bar. Wednesday night is the Crazy Horse's night to shine.

And while I did not take advantage of the chance to dominate the bull, I absolutely took advantage of the concept of buck night. All well drinks are $1, doubles are $2. Incredible, right? So yes, now I am suffering and unprepared for the last final of my college career, but I am confident in my grade and know I will pass the class. In life you are faced with choices. To go out and strengthen your relationships, or live in solitude and focus on gaining superficial knowledge. Too often I've chosen to go out instead of study, but one thing I know for sure: when I look back on my life, I don't think of the low grades or missed classes and assignments; I think about the GREAT times that I had with my awesome friends and the memories we created. Those memories will last a lifetime and always bring a smile to my face no matter what the unmemorable consequence might have been. Life lessons are more valuable than lessons received in a classroom, and it's those lessons that I care to learn.

Now it's cram-time (because that's proven to be effective, right? ;)! So ready to finish this final and begin the celebrations once more!

Today's Quote: "Every man dies. Not every man really lives." -William Wallace

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reality, Check!

I am more than proud and excited to say that I only have one final remaining! Tomorrow morning at 10am I will be presented with the last college exam of my life!! And as I sit here at our student recreation center (Wrec), laptop open, trying to study for the upcoming final, I suddenly realized that my life as I've known it for the last 4.5 years ends tomorrow. But with that realization comes one that the rest of my life will truly begin tomorrow! Everything I've become used to as my reality will be changed and replaced. It's a scary thought, a strange thought, a confusing and unbelievable thought, but also an incredibly exciting one. But if I'm being completely honest, as I promise to always be with you, the feelings of excitement I used to feel are no where to be found at the current moment. They are replaced by feelings of fear and uncertainty. Fear that my life may not work out in the way I hope it will, and uncertainty because I know the things I want in life are among the biggest of all dreams. However, it is in my nature to believe that I can make anything happen and achieve whatever I set out to, so my optimism will return and I will be overtaken by the knowledge that I've held onto for the last few months: God has an incredibly big plan for my life. I do not yet know what it is, where it will take me, or anything that it might involve, but I do know that it is great and will be worth while. We're going to do very big things together and make a positive impact and change on this wonderful world He's created. 

And now that I've once again used this blog as a self-help/calming sesh, I will return to my studies. One of my roommates has hit the landmark I will reach tomorrow (completion of undergrad studies) and we are celebrating tonight! Which means I need to get all my studying in now so I can really let loose and help her celebrate the beginning of the rest of her life!

Today's quote is one that I use, and will always use, to help me stay on track and keep my ultimate goal in mind (ultimate goal being to make a positive change in the world, help people, and help guide the world towards peace and unity): "Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi 

Monday, December 12, 2011

One Down and I'm Turnt

One final down (services marketing) and "only" five more to go! One tonight, two tomorrow, one Wednesday, and one on Thurs! Just wanted to put up some love to everyone else that is going through what we Chico students are right meow..a week of hard work and cramming all the semester's knowledge in in a day! Keep up the good work all of you out there, the pay-off will be grand! Good luck on all those final exams, and just think about the future! 

Speaking of the future, I found this video last night and was so TURNT by it, that I felt the need to share it with all of you!

A.D.D. Drift: "Turnt" is a word that is commonly used, especially in the recent months, by my roomies and I to describe something we really, really like, and are a little "turnt on" by.

How sexualllllll! For probably 5 years now I have debated on getting a tattoo, but never thought it to be a wise choice. Since I cannot make a decision and stick to it, or make a decision and then want that outcome just as soon as it's happened, I know without a doubt that I should not put anything permanent on my bod. I would be the person to get a tattoo, like it for a millisecond, and then want to get something else. Either that, or my incredibly ADDictive personality would kick in on high-drive and I would automatically be examining my body for the location of the next. So here I will patiently wait, in the library, studying like a good little estudiante (student) should, for this to find its way into my life!

Today's Quote: "A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." -John Barrymore

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I Can Taste It

The end of my college career is coming to a close, it's so close, I can taste it! In four days, after hundreds of flashcards, spending more hours in the library than at my own home, and completing six finals, I will no longer be able to fill in my occupation as "student" on anything...ever again. So what comes next? What will my next occupation be? Here is a short list of things that I wish were suitable and acceptable answers:

  • Peace maker
  • Traveler
  • Nomad
  • Little kid trapped in a grown up's body
  • Socialite 
  • Foodie
  • Ball of energy
  • Person to offer encouragement to others
  • Motivator
  • Free spirit 
And that is all that my congested head cares to think up at the moment 8P

I've finished the flashcards for both finals I have tomorrow (services marketing and retailing), but now must get to the 'hard' part of actually memorizing them. So now this A.D.D. drift of a post will conclude, so I can learn fast, and go to sleep even faster :) 

My reminder of the week: In four days it will all be over, so you better work hard b/c you don't want to look back and regret not finishing strong and putting in all the effort you possibly could!

Today's Quote: "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cheers and a Banger

Well, I did it, I made it through 20 years of school...almost! I officially attended the last college course I will ever have to take in my life! And I can tell you one thing is for sure, my smile was never so big walking into that classroom! The professor only kept us for 35 of the 75 minutes, and to be honest, I almost wish he'd kept us the whole time. Ya know, just so I could really embrace the last moments of my life as a student. Such a mix of emotions are running through me right now. I am certainly feeling proud of myself for making it through these last 4.5 years with the grace that I have ;) But now as the hours pass since I exited that room for almost the last time (still have finals), I think the nostalgia is kicking in and I'm starting to feel a little sad, maybe a little freaked. Okay, A LOT freaked. Mostly because I have been living my life these last few months with the thought in my head that I will be carving my own way, foraging my own path like none other before me, and didn't need to really try to find a job. I think I didn't really believe that college would end. It has been such a little bubble, far away from any reality I see grown-ups living in, and therefore un-pop-able. But not to stress, I have always had the feeling inside me that this life has something MAJOR in store for me. Now all I have to do is wait for that pivotal "a-ha" moment to come when I realize, "Yes, this, this is what I was always meant to do." 

A.D.D. Drift: I thought I should share with you all this little pearl of goodness-- if you like it when your body tingles and you can't help but move to the groove, then you'll love this track. Coming to you straight from one of my favorite music blogs, get ready to get amped up for the weekend with the deeeeeep bass in this face melting BANGER!

Now it is on to the studies so I can ensure that this semester, truly is my last. What a trip!

And today's quote is one that I've been telling myself quite a lot the last couple of weeks, and intend to continue telling myself until I die: "Life's a ride, and I'm along for it!" 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Finals Stretch

I am losing my crazy mind right meow!! Finals week must have been invented by someone who had an arch enemy with A.D.D. and was looking for a way to spite their life, because this is redonkulous! I think that in some far-away culture this form of living must be considered torture and punishment, right!?! To the good fellow who thought finals would be a good idea, THIS IS FOR YOU.....

My "angry" face, a token of my current feelings about needing to be productive and studious.

I have been in the library since 3:00 and only have 12 note cards, some organized notes, and scanned copies of my transcript to show for it! And the fact that I am, and have been since August 22nd, completely over school, doesn't help my case in any way. I just keep telling myself that it will all be over in a mere 8 days (including non-school/test days), and that quitting now would be highly unacceptable and ridiculous. But ohhh mannnn, is it hard not to just throw in the towel! It's really quite unfortunate that these coming finals are so very important for my grades, because I would really enjoy putting in minimal effort and instead spend my time with my friends who will be leaving soon. So sad this can't be a part of the reality I intend to create. :( 

I suppose I should be looking at this on the up-side though-- finals don't start until Monday, and I'm already in the library preparing for them! Hah, there we go, positivity! I feel better about myself already! Who would have thunk it, that blogging would become a form of self-therapy? Eggcellent! And now that I have released this momentary emotional spurt, I will return to the PowerPoint slides and flashcards that drove me here in the first place! Enjoy the rest of your hump day everyone and be forewarned: I am officially going to move on from my 20-year role as a student in EIGHT DAYS!!! Which means...LOTS of fun blog entries to come, as I will surely be in a total state of distortion.

Today's Quote (which is particularly appropriate for my current state): 
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." -Buddha