By Meghan '12 | June 8, 2010
School’s Out – Alice Cooper
Hey, everyone! Now that schools has wound down and my life is starting to become a little more organized (haha, yeha right) again, I figured I should update everyone about progression for my upcoming Fall study abroad! I’ve been SUPER busy, but now that some more important things have been taken care of, I’m hoping things will begin to slow down!
So last week some time I finally finished my Italian Visa application. I was getting pretty nervous about having everything filled out correctly, but was pleased that Esther Northman was such a huge help. Out of all my paperwork, I only had one tiny mistake. Unfortunately, it was on one of the three sheets I needed notarized and, due to strict protocol, I needed to fill out an entire new sheet. I had no idea that Visa applications were not allowed to even have cross outs or anything! That’s pretty crazy, but I can understand the need for precision. Therefore, after filling out a new sheet, I had to get it re-notarized. Although it was a tiny bit inconvenient, I’m really glad I took care of it. I felt like some of this paperwork was swarming me from all sides and I’m really glad that I now have it all taken care of.
Another aspect about next semester that’s beginning to really get to me is….MONEY. Yes, I knew Italy was obviously going to cost me money, but I guess in all of my excitement I kind of put off really thinking about it. It probably hit me the most when my plane ticket hit my credit card bill. After paying it off in full, I realized I have like zero dollars to my name. Okay, not ZERO, but not as much as I would like. So now I’m looking into private loans. When I visited Financial Aid earlier this year, they were very helpful in directing me in choosing loans, so I’ve been using their stepping stones to guide me. Hopefully I get approved for SOMETHING and won’t have to worry so much. It really stinks about interest and whatnot, but Italy will DEFINITELY be worth it.
Also in attempts to earn a few extra bucks, I’ve gotten a second job! In addition to my amazing clothing stocking abilities I’ve put to use at Forever 21, I’ve been offered a position as a Sales Rep at Vector. I know what you might be thinking and, yes, it IS the knives place. But after actually hearing about the company and the wages, I figured I’d give it a shot. I don’t really consider myself an expert salesperson, but after hearing that the pay is NOT based solely on commission and sales, I decided that ANY extra money I could make is good money. And apparently in 2008 Buff State named them the Top Student Employer, so hopefully it won’t be THAT bad. Sooooo, need any knives/kitchenware/hunting tools? Hahahaha….but, seriously, if you do, I’m only a blog comment away. hahhahaha!
I’m also hoping I can sell some things I no longer use on E-bay and whatnot. I’ve been meaning to do that for a longggggggg time, but now I have extra motivation! I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be selling yet, but maybe altogether I can scrape up a couple hundred dollars. I’ve sold a few textbooks on their before and gotten some decent cash, so maybe!
And another thing completely unrelated to everything I said above; on Saturday, I went to my old high school to support their Relay for Life! Since Lancaster became involved in Relay for Life two years ago, I have been a team captain and gotten a decent sized team together. I was a little upset that this year nobody was willing to form a team with me besides my boyfriend and best friend, I decided to just visit instead (since our school has a minimum team member policy). It was so nice to see how much it was grown! Two years ago, my English teacher brought up the idea of partcipating at Relay in class. I was surprised, and a little disappointed, how disinterested people were! My best friend and I formed a huge team, so much so other members had to be put on different teams! Only three teams from our school were involved and the ceremony was very small. Last year, we were one of 40 teams! It is truly amazing how much it grew! This year there had to be at least 40, possibly more! When I saw my English teacher, she thanked me for helping her start this and I couldn’t help but feel so good! I’m really glad such a noble cause, cancer awareness and research, has taken off!
Okay, that’s it for now! I’ll be sure to update soon (but maybe not as thoroughly because the length of this post is kind of ridiculous haha)