wrapping it up.
blah blah blah I haven’t blogged in a while blah blah blah. So here’ goes:
This semester has been fun. Lots to tell. Talking points? Okay.
Got tickets to Bon Iver’s sunrise concert at Hollywood Forever with an appearance from Megafaun. Phenomenal concert! Mutemath at the House of Blues in San Diego, opened by As Tall As Lions. Both of these with Paige Alyn Hoddick. Both of them mind-blowing.
- Having a WAY better job than last year. And I get to use my hands to be creative, paint, saw, shape, and build things! Aaaaand besides all the fun stuff, I have more hours, and the obvious implication of this? More pay.
- I have been going home almost every weekend (for orthodontist reasons mostly… most of my friends here at apu have been getting upset with me. Bitter-sweet. Moving on.) and seeing my family, church friends, and Paige. I don’t think this will happen as often next semester, but God knows.
- My dad got a new lease on life having received his new kidney on his birthday this year! Definitely a God thing to be noted.
- I have been granted an awesome apartment (probably the coolest bachelor pad – minus the mess – EVER) with two fantastic roommates, Andrew Keahey and Chris Speed. I’m honored.
- My awesome D-group. We read through the first two books of C.S. Lewis’ space trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. Very creative and interesting books to think about, analyze, and enjoy.
Plenty of other exciting adventures took place this semester. Besides this short list of excitements, probably one of the climaxes of my semester was the entire process of performing in The Philadelphia Story, directed by Erin Gaw. I have been in about 16 musicals in my life, and this was my first straight play performance. I learned priceless lessons in acting, technique, and centering that I will take with me the rest of my “acting career.”
So, up to this point, all my classes have been easy-sailing and mildly enjoyable. After having registered for my classes for Spring semester, my conscience screams, “Buckle up.”
Here is my class schedule. Other than Health, I think the semester is going to be pretty tough, considering that four of these classes involve large amounts of reading and writing; in the same breathe, I think that this coming semester will probably be one of the most enjoyably challenging experiences I have ever had to confront, on many levels. I can’t wait. I’m starting to take a couple classes for my Philosophy minor, which was inspired by Mr. Ryan Cowden, and I really cannot wait to take them. Shayfer Wayne will be in my Contemporary Christian Thought class and I believe Mr. Garrett Graves and my roommate Andrew Keahey will be taking Comparative Religions with me. Next semester will be fun and difficult, but I’m excited for the fun part. On top of this, I have been finally scheduled to get jaw surgery. January 27th, 2010. Yeah, right? It’s been a long time coming, and it will be hard to take a week, maybe two, off of school. Just another challenge in the realm of my organizational skills. Bring it.
This semester has been filled with new experiences, new friends, plenty of late nights and early mornings filled with 7-eleven runs, 5-hour energy drinks, intellectual conversations, and studying and papers, new professors, and new challenges. All of these things are just a small step on the road to maturity, both physically and emotionally, and mentally and spiritually. With integrity, I can look in hindsight and say that most of my stress was induced from a lack of responsibility and efficiency with my time, energy, and especially sleep (but I guess time is a part of all three of those things). This is the wrong I wish to correct going into Spring semester. I am trusting that God will give me the strength daily to face each day head-on with a positive attitude, a bright perspective, and a contagious smile.