Why It Never Hurts To Ask

I believe I’ve mentioned before that I’m a music student. One of the implications of this is that my major does not require me to take enough upper-division (300 and 400 level) classes to satisfy the university’s requirements. Right now, one of the classes I’m taking is Counterpoint, which is not required for my major, but looked interesting. Fortunately, it turned out that it actually was interesting, and since it’s a two-semester course, I was looking forward to taking it again in the spring. Read the rest of this entry »

Senioritis Has Hit…

…and hit hard.

This happened to me when I was in my last year of high school too. The apathy is the worst part. I just don’t want to do anything. I’m missing assignments in one of my classes, and I’m really not very concerned about that. Unfortunately, I really do have to do my homework because the semester’s not over yet. And when it does end, I have another one. I’m within firing range though! I can see the light of graduation at the end of the long, dark, tunnel of the Music Building, where the room numbers have no order and instruments can be heard at all hours of the day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making the Most of Your Academic Advisor

I met with my academic advisor recently, and he agrees that I’m on the right track to graduate. It’s a good sign when your advisor agrees with you on that.

At my university in particular, though, the advisors have very bad reputations. In fact, both of my best friends have situations where our music advisor has not enrolled them in the right classes, etc. I believe this is true at most schools. I have never had a problem with our advisor, but I think that I approach him very differently than most students. He is responsible for all undergraduates in the music department, and is very knowledgeable, but that has to be a ridiculous workload. I can understand if someone in that situation makes mistakes occasionally. Read the rest of this entry »

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Graduation Looms…

One of my best friends sent me a text message a few minutes ago asking me what I plan to do after my expected graduation in May. I told her I don’t know. Unfortunately, this is more true than I’d like to admit.

I could go to grad school. I could get my teacher certification and get a job. I could, as my mom suggested a few days ago, go to law school. (This would alleviate my need to marry a lawyer to ever see an income.) Unfortunately, I have no idea how I’ll pay for any form of post-graduate education, and getting a job just sounds too much like real life to me. So I really, truly, have no idea what I’m going to do after May.

I don’t think this is an uncommon problem. Actually I suspect it’s a very common feeling to have entering senior year of college. Fortunately, I’ve recently been presented with a way to delay graduation by a semester. (This is also the reason my mom was suggesting law school.)

I spent Labor Day weekend in Colorado with my parents visiting my brother at the Air Force Academy. My mom remembered that she had some mail for me. One piece of mail was my first ever summons for jury duty. The more interesting piece of mail was from the university offering me the opportunity to apply for an intership with the Arizona State Legislature. I believe this basically amounts to living in Phoenix for a few months and pretending to be a politician. It looks really interesting, so I’m going to apply. The application is due at the end of the month, and two interviews follow that. I’ll know if I’ve been selected for the internship in November.

If selected, I would spend 18 weeks doing things like writing speeches, researching issues, summarizing bills, and attending meetings. Not only does this look like an interesting opportunity, it would give me 12 upper-division units, which would greatly help my graduation status. As it stands, I’m going to be four short. They will waive tuition for the semester, and pay $4200.

I’m very interested in doing this, so we’ll see what happens. The hardest part of the application is going to be writing a 300-word essay and finding two people to write letters of recommendation for me. Neither of those is really very hard. I’ll keep updating.

Coming Soon…

…my last year of undergraduate education. (Hopefully.) I always qualify that, because I know that with the way things tend to work at the University of Arizona, something could very well go wrong that requires me to take one or two more classes just when I thought I should be done. I’ve spent a lot of time agonizing over reviewing the requirements for graduation in my major, and a little bit of time getting my advisor to check and make sure I’m right, so hopefully, everything will be fine, and I will obtain my BA in Music in May 2009.

I’ll stop with the self-congratulating now.

Unfortunately, before I get to graduate, I will have to endure what should be the two hardest semesters of my life so far. (Note that I’m leaving room for grad school in there.) Since my typical method of organization could be accurately described as non-existent a month into the semester, I’ve been brainstorming ideas for how I’m going to survive this school year.

Over the next few days, I will post these plans as a two-part series. The first part is going to be related to the academic aspect – keeping my life organized – and the second part is going to deal with my health, both physical and mental.

I’m also going to be blogging about my success, or lack thereof, as incentive to keep up the good work. I will post something once a week, indicating my progress with my stated goals. Public exposure is an excellent motivating factor, after all.

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