Sunday, May 1, 2011

It is exactly one week to grraduation! I cannot believe it! I am truly nervous. I think that there is a part of me that will be in denial until I am walking forward to receive my diploma! It's kind of one of those moments: "Hello world!"

I have had a good weekend. My parents came up Saturday to help me move most of my stuff out. It was a bit overwhelming to think that after all of my stuff is moved out, I will not be coming back.

I spent last night hanging out with two of my friends. It was nice. We had a fun evening. We did our "usual": Chipotle (or some kind of dinner), Wal-Mart, and Applebee's for dessert. There is something so wonderful about just being able to spend time with my friends. It is a time when you can just relax and think about having fun.

I continue to think about the future and find myself mixed up in a huge "bowl" of emotions. I am scrambling to plant my feet somewhere, but there is something so exciting about that sense of the unknown.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It has been quite some time since I have posted anything! I have been staying so busy, and it has been a race to keep up. Who can believe that graduation is next week?!

I had two interviews this past week. It has been a very exciting time, even if I do not get either job. I am trying to look at it as an opportunity to grow.

I have finished up my last major project for school. It is exciting. I just havve one more short presentation next week. I was at the academic forum yesterday. I was very surprised and humbled to receive the Distinguished Scholar in Social Work Award. There was a dinner afterwards with the other recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award and the faculty and staff.

There is the End of the Year Banquet for Social Work tonight. It is hard to believe the end of the year is fast approaching!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Graduation is drawing close! I have been getting lots of information about graduation weekend in my mail. It has me really excited, and I am anticipating it. I went home this weekend, and it was very relaxing. I had a chance to catch up on some sleep, which is always a plus.

My interview was this past Thursday. Let me tell you: I was nervous! It really was just a high-stress situation. I kept telling myself to be calm, but it's easier said than done! There were four people there, not including me. I had a lot of questions to answer. I am trying to keep a very positive attitude. Even if nothing comes from this, the interview alone was a great experience.

I finished up a project that is due this coming Tuesday. It was nice to get it out of the way. Even though it is my senior year, it is no less important that I get my stuff done. I finished it up, and my field supervisor will assess it tomorrow.

Thank goodness for this warm weather! Let's hope it's here to stay!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I'm back at my regular field placement now. Last week, I was at Children Services, and it was a great experience. I had a chance to go to several homes on investigations and home visits.

I have an interview this week! I don't know where it will lead, but I am excited. It really brings to light the fact that graduation is around the corner! It's a bit scary, but I am excited.

I will be going home this weekend, so I am trying to get things done this week. My 25 page paper is out of the way! I am so happy. Everyone in my class was.

Busy, busy week. I will keep you updated.

Monday, March 28, 2011

This has been a crazy week!!! There has been a lot of drama going on in my own life and in my friends' lives. It makes it stressful to handle when I am worried about all of the things that are happening around me. It helps to talk stuff out, but it also brings things to the surface. I need to make sure that I am taking care of myself because I have my 25 page paper due next week. I need to continue to focus on that!

I went home this weekend, and it was a great visit. My dad's birthday is today. We went to a BBQ place on Saturday. It was really good. I have also been sending out a lot of resumes. I am hoping to stumble upon something. I am hoping to stay around my home and work there. I will also be taking courses to work towards my MSW (master's in social work).

This week, I will be at Children Services in Lima. My current field placement is on spring break. I wanted to have a chance to be exposed to a different field. It felt like a long day in the fact that my neck is sore! However, the day went by pretty fast. I got to shadow intake screeners and investigators. It was a good first day there.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Field was less busy this week. It was OGT week. Many of the students were taking the test, and my supervisor was the proctor. It was a lot of independent time this week. I did get to attend two team meetings this week though. Team meetings are great because they allow all of the individuals/agencies involved with the student to get together. There is time for everyone to make sure that their goals match. The families are also able to ask any questions. They are able to hear what is going on, as well.

Other than field, it has been an ok week. Unfortunately, my car got hit on Thursday. A truck went out of park and backed into mine. My parents brought me a different car, but its brakes went bad the next day! My dad had to bring the other vehicle back out. Luckily it was just damaged on the front passenger side (by the headlight).

On Thursday, my boyfriend, another couple, and myself all went to Chipotle. It was a lot of fun. We got to just hang out and relax. Earlier that night, there was a meeting for all of the seniors. We met to discuss graduation weekend and what the procedure would be. It really hit me that graduation is so close. I actually won a $25 gift card that night too!

On Friday, I went to the Whippy Dip in town. It was its first night open. I hung out with a friend. She and her boyfriend went with me to the Whippy Dip. I didn't get anything, but it was fun to just hang out. Later that night, a big group of girls and I went back to the Whippy Dip. I got a baby cone. It was probably 3 inches high with ice cream!

Today a group of us went to IHOP in Findlay. It was really good. I haven't been to IHOP much ever. It was a really nice time-just a lot of talking and fun. Afterwards, we went to Wal-Mart. Once I was back on campus, I took a long nap. I don't know why I was tired. I did get a lot of sleep last night, but I must have needed it! I managed to get some homework done, which is a bit of a relief. I went on a walk with my roommate. I came back, made Mac n' Cheese, talked with friends, and watched Friends. What a fun night!

Tomorrow I am hoping to spend spend some time with my boyfriend before he goes to work. I have an event with the art club. We are going to have cupcakes and people can have new facebook profile pictures taken.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Break Update

It's back to school. I just got back to Bluffton. It was a good break. Much needed. I went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina with my family-grandparents, parents, and boyfriend. It was a really great trip. The weather wasn't as warm as we had hoped, but it was still a wonderful trip. We left last Saturday and got home around 9:30 last night. It was a long drive both ways (about 15 hours all together, including stops).

We made a point to see the sand dunes. They were incredible! It is hard to imagine that a sand dune could be so cool. These weren't just sand dunes though! They were huge and you could see the ocean and town so clearly! It was a real struggle to climb one particular dune. It was like an 70-80 degree climb.

We also ventured out to see some of the local lighthouses. I made a point to go for a walk on the beach when the weather was nice. My whole family managed to find some beautiful shells. I also got to eat at a few restaurants in the area.

All in all, it was a great trip!