Well, today marks half the year come and gone. So, I thought it would be good to do a little recap and analysis of my year so far, and the remainder of the year to come. I would like to start this with a little bit of the events/highs/lows leading up to this year.
First off, I had a terrible semester. All in all, I don’t consider it a waste, because a lot of good things happened though. But to start off, I was sorta in a rut anyway at the begining of the semester. Because the preceeding spring had some really high points, along with some dissapointments….those of you who know me, know that I was part of very successful project group, but got a C in a class i really enjoyed because I spent so much time in the other class for this project. So, in comes summer, and I can’t find a job. I spent a good amount of time going to temp agencies trying to find one, and sending out resumes. But nothing…finally, i settled for a data-entry job at the aid department for the state. This was a horrible job. The people were nice, but the job sucked…just typing away, all day, entering stupid stuff, doing mind-numbingly easy stuff. This, marked the begining of my binge-drinking summer. Lots of good times….lots of dumb things done. But the school year started, and it was my goal to forget this crappy job, and the fact that I dated no one all summer, and no one even appeared remotely interested. So, I drank more, I was piss drunk five nights in a row at the begining of the semester. That was a lot of fun, and a lot more stupid things done. Some of you may think, hey, five days, no biggie. But for me, that was quite a bit. But this proved no good what-so-ever, because now, I started behind in all my classes. And while taking four highly technical classes, it isn’t good to start behind. So, the short version of the semester I will break down in a list.
Great Roomates, closer then ever w/ those guys
Great friends, made some new ones, got to know others better….started talking to some old ones agian
Passes my last physics class
Had a lot of understanding friends during some hard times
Failed my ECE229 class
Pretty sure I pissed my cousin off, who has been great to me as a mentor and cousin….Sorry Dan
Drank a lot at the beginning of the semester
Got a D- in that physics class
Got a D in math 315…..prick Prof. graded like a jerk
Got on academic probation because of bad grades
Parents put me on medication for depression in November….
Initial Side effects of this were that I hated everyone that wasn’t close to me, and wanted to kill people, and had absolutely no mechanisim for dealing w/ any sort of problems that caused an emotional response
Wanted to kill my lab partner
Couldn’t sleep right, when I tried to sleep, didn’t get a lot of sleep in general
There is actually some other stuff too that happened that was sort of crap-tastic, but not worth mentioning….mostly having to do w/ the opposite sex, but in light of recent events I find it unconsequential.
This is all why I thought it was necessary to run down this year….sort of a self-therapy sort of thing, along with, I need some goals to get gonig with the rest of the year, so I don’t fall into the same pattern agian. So I’ll start with some great unexpected things about this year.
First and foremost, I started going back to church….I found the absolutely best place to go to church for me, and it is in southern Orange county….check it out Saddleback’s Website
I started going to a small group (a group sorta like a bible study, but a bit different) and I met a lot of cool people
One of these people I started dating, and she is comming to Illinois next semester, and I think she is positively wonderful
I made a couple of other great friends
I got to know Pete a lot better, and couldn’t have asked for a better friend from back home to start my time out here with.
I realized that ‘lonely’ is really no more then a state of mind, or a phone call away from being gone
And some other things that were less then unexpected that happened good and bad
I started my co-op, and liked it a lot
The people I work with are cool
I seem to be doing OK, and most the people like me here
I finally bought a better computer
As most of you know how I talk about systems, it isn’t the one I want to build, but a laptop instead. 😛
I was told that I most likely won’t be asked back for a second term or a full time position unless my grades improve significantly…this was about when I started the job
Some of my friends were not able to come out as originally planned
I planned a great trip back with a big Vegas stop and some stops at other friends places throughout the country, complete with some people comming that I didn’t expect to come
I planned a great next semster, and I’ve purchased season tickets for the Bears who are playing at my college stadium this semster year….Yeah Buddy
Plans for our “Phi Beta Nu” house are going great
I hooked back up w/ an old friend who is living in Pheonix now, and we had a good time partying
I turned 21, and got very very drunk, but I payed for it, and I think it was important to do that for my birthday
And a slew of other stuff that was just all around good
So, I’m looking to the year ahead, and since this post is already very long, I will post some goals as I come up with them tomorrow or later today. Thanks for reading about my recent life, and sorry this is soo darned long.