Monday, September 30, 2013

I'm almost there

I have almost completed my application for study abroad next term. All I need to do is pick out some classes I'd be interested in and get my official transcripts in asap. I have been talking with my advisor here looking at class options and I will be admitting those tomorrow. I have also been in touch with my CIS advisor and she said if the transcript is a bit late it's okay. Just as long as it gets in this week.

Along with all of this craziness I have been trying to keep up on my homework, working at the admissions office, practicing music and preparing for midterms. So much madness! So I sit here with white wine and chocolate chips to calm my nerves. A very good combination I might add.

I am told I will know if I have been accepted within two weeks that my application is complete. I am nervous! Now that I have my mind set on this I really want to get accepted. Then again there is so much I can still do here, but LONDON. Can't pass that opportunity.

Well that's all I have for tonight. Got to study for a communications exam I have tomorrow. Yikes!

Anna xoxo

Thursday, September 26, 2013

When opportunity knocks, open the door.

When an opportunity just falls onto your lap what do you do? Do you throw it away, check it out, maybe take a dive and see if you can make it work? This was my thought process for the past two days.  I got a call from the CIS study abroad group and they said that I have the opportunity to go study next semester in either England or Italy! At first I was a bit skeptical about this, I wanted to have time to prepare and get my passport for the fall. I recently discovered that I would not be able to study abroad next fall because of required classes for my music minor I have to take at LR. So study in England or Italy? That's the first choice I had. The second one was should I even bother with the application process. I have had many friends try for study abroad and have failed to make it a possibility. Even Gretchen, my friend who's in India, had troubles getting to where she is now. Do I really want to risk failing at this?
I had to ask the opinion of people I knew. I put a status up on Facebook explaining my dilemma, I talked to my advisors on campus, I talked with my parents and I called the advising department of CIS. Almost immediately I had comments from Facebook friends in college, out of college and others all telling me to do it. Over ten comments on how this is an opportunity I cannot pass out on. I skyped with my mother and we discussed my options on if I did this. My mom said that I should at least fill out the application and if I am accepted she will help me in any way she can. My grandparents who travel frequently said I should, my boyfriend said if I didn't he would be angry at me, my roommates said go for it and finally I told myself why not? If I am not accepted any money I give them will be refunded and I can tell myself I at least tried. 
I went online and filled out the application. Once I got the payment issues situated (the website was not receiving my card information so I had to use a check) I was put into the system and told to wait until I got an acceptance email. I have been working on filling out other applications that are required and looking at scholarship opportunities. All of the ones I asked for require me to blog about my experiences (which I was going to do anyways if I got into the program) and keeping a diary. I am going to speak with financial aid and begin to discuss possible classes I would take at Westminster.
Wow. The chance to study at Westminster University is incredible. Not something that would happen every day. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that I hope I can experience. I could take day excursions to Stonehenge, Oxford, The Globe Theatre, Big Ben, Liverpool, Windsor Castle and much more! I could even take weekend excursions to Paris or even Italy! How magnificent! We are allowed two weekends for no extra cost! If I wanted to travel more I could but I would have to pay for myself, which in all honesty I would not mind at all.
All I can do now is wait for an answer to see if I got accepted into the program. The anticipation is endless and I will be checking my emails every day.

If anyone is interested here is the link to the program that I have applied for. 

I hope you have a fantastic day!
Hugs and kisses
Anna xoxo

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Supporting a friend

So amazingly fantastic news from one of my friends. The one who is abroad in India, she just an internship at The Hindu! Congrats to her! I am so excited for her to begin in newspaper. It's such an incredible experience that I think she will love. Go read her article! Go Go GO!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Internship applying

So my hunting continues as I apply for several internships in NYC. I have applied at David Tutera's wedding business, Kleinfeld Bridal, the Knot, Bridal Reflections and The Bridal Garden. I will continue to apply to other places but I hope that I will hear something from any of these places.

The more I apply to places the more worried I become. I do not know if I will hear from any of them and I really wish that I get hired for the summer. I do not mind working at the Lodge again but I want to get my internship up and running. Especially if I am going to study abroad next fall.

There is so much that I am worrying about that I just shouldn't be. I just need to relax and let things take course.

Well that's all I have for today. Going to be cleaning and working on a project today.

Hugs and kisses
Anna xoxo

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Looking Ahead

So looking forward to the future. It's not something I do a lot but when I start it's hard for me to stop. Yesterday I was walking through the student lounge in Cromer Center (our cafeteria/postoffice/bookstore/anything else) and there were a few booths set up. One that caught my eye was the CIS abroad program. I immediately thought of one of my best friends Gretchen who is currently studying abroad in India.
(Here's her blog! Check it out!

I pondered to myself thinking would I want to go abroad? I have already gone over eight hours away to go to school, could I go halfway across the world? I have always wanted to travel. See the world and all its wonders. To study abroad for a semester would be a once in a lifetime thing for me. I have already begun to look for internships over the summer in New York City, why not start looking at countries I would be interested in.

I walked to the booth and a very nice man approached me and began to explain the program. He showed me the booklet that had all the information on the program and different options I have as a communications student. I could do a summer abroad, fall semester, J-term and a spring semester. I decided to myself if I did this I would go fall 2014. I got all sorts of information on the program, thanked the man and headed out with this information burning in my brain.

My next class I devoted my time to studying the front and back of the booklet. I highlighted my field of study and circled classes I would take. Highlighted important information like costs, what was offered, housing, meals and much more. I found scholarships that would help me significantly and checked what I would have to pay out of pocket.

Through my research I found that I would want to looks for countries that offered communications, media studies, journalism, public relations and music. I found eight countries that offer one or more of the studies I was looking for.

First is Australia. I have the opportunity to go to Bendigo, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle or Sydney. Second is Westminster in London. Third is Aix en Provence in France. Fourth is Hawaii. Fifth Limerick, Ireland. Sixth Florence, Italy, seventh Edinburg, Scotland and eighth is Thailand.

This is a big list and most of the locations are in Europe. Then there's Asia, Australia and Hawaii. I am not to sure I would want to go to Hawaii. It is still the U.S. I want to explore foreign countries, see the sights, learn from others and begin my travels. The countries that really spoke out to me were Westminster, Limerick, Florence and Thailand. Australia looks interesting as well but there are some cities and areas that do not offer all studies at one. They are scattered all over.

The places that offer everything I am looking for are Westminster and Florence. Places that offer at least four of what I am looking for are Thailand, Edinburg, Limerick and Hawaii.

There is so much that I would need to get set up as well. I would have to pay for airfare, meals, spending money, visa and passport and also books and supplies. I have begun crunching numbers on flights to the countries I am looking at. My wallet has begun to shrivel just looking at the numbers. Although if this is something I really want to do I will pay the outrageous plane tickets to get there and I am sure I will not regret it.

It's a big step for looking at my future and I am getting really excited! I will try to keep updates coming. I enjoy writing so I am glad I have a place to just write.

Hugs and kisses
Anna xoxo

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Intense update!

Man it's been a while since my last post. Reason being is i've been so busy with CLASSES!! Yup, I'm back in school! I've been missing LR and am happy to be back with all of my friends here. I am living in an on campus apartment with three amazing women. We have the place decorated to perfection with posters, lights, chairs, rugs and a multitude of blankets. I've been living here for a month now and am truly enjoying it. The bedrooms are smaller than where I was last year but the living room, kitchen and our own bathroom make up for it.
We have two guppies that we have named Dimitri and Eugene. They are very amusing fish and like to stick together.

So updates. I have been accepted into the Upsilon Chi Communications Honor Society, I have been invited to take honors courses next semester, I have a work study on campus that's going well, taking voice lessons again, I made it into the College Singers which is a handpicked group of singers from A Cappella choir, I've been pushing to keep up with my homework, and I am saving up money to go to New Orleans with the Communication Club in October! How exciting is that? Very!

One fun update is I have begun to look for internships! I would love to go to NYC for my internship and get into weddings. I actually have begun to email some companies and businesses asking for internship information for next summer. I am going to email David Tutera, Kleinfelds Bridal and am looking for more options. I am really hoping I can get an internship with David Tutera. That would be an incredible experience!

Well that's pretty much all I have for today. I will try to keep this more updated.

Hugs and kisses
xoxo Anna