Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bridge to Terebithia and paper writing

Well, I'm sitting on the couch trying to write a paper and watching Bridge to Terebithia at the same time, which probably isn't the best idea. However, I'm within about 500 words or so of being finished with the paper. Unfortunately, the topic for the paper (Herbert Butterfield) is a person that my professor knows a lot about -- most of the sources I came up with, he wrote... So this paper is a pretty intimidating challenge.

It's still hard to believe that the school year will be over soon. Last night I was feeling a little depressed, so I spent most of the night watching Howl's Moving Castle (I should have been doing homework). But, I'm confident that I will be able to finish the paper in the next hour/hour and a half and then I can focus much more on packing. Mom and Sam will show up on Friday to take most of my stuff home, then I'll be home for Tulip Time the next week.

Watching movies like Howl's Moving Castle and Bridge to Terebithia makes me wish that I was making better use of my creative talents. Unfortunately, I have very little spare creative energy because I have to write papers and write a movie script (a large undertaking, I must admit). Hopefully this summer I will have the opportunity to write more poetry and fiction...that sounds so good.

Back to Butterfield and reality...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The End of the School Year is Approaching

Although it sometimes doesn't seem like it, the end is approaching more quickly than I had expected, and it seems more difficult this year because of all of the other stuff that I have to plan for in advance. I have a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled out for MESP and I have to figure out all the logistics of getting me to and from North Dakota and to and from the Middle East.

It's hard to believe that this weekend and next weekend are the last ones that I'll spend with some of my friends until graduation (which is also approaching quickly...). It would be fun to get together and hang out, but we're all so busy that there is no time for that.

I'm hoping to get most/all of my homework for the rest of the school year done in the next couple days so that I can pack next week without worrying about homework. Everyone else in my apartment hasn't really started packing yet, but at least most of my stuff will be gone when they do.

Less than two weeks and I'll be home -- excited and nervous for the summer and fall.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Reliving Childhood

Tonight, I was reminded of one of my favorite TV shows when I was little: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Needless to say, I've had the song stuck in my head since getting back from NISO rehearsal and I haven't gotten very much done.

However, I have figured out my independent study for my English major. This summer, I plan to read books about the American Civil War and historical fiction based on the time period, as well as write two or three original pieces of short historical fiction. Since I'll only be working four days a week, I figure this might be a doable project.

I still have so much to do to get ready for the summer and for fall semester. It feels like the mountains of paperwork will never end. And I have to fill out this paperwork and finish up all of my assignments and tests for this semester at the same time.

Either way, it's a "Middle Eastern" week. Wednesday my Modern Middle East class is having a Middle Eastern dinner and Friday is the Cultural Fair on campus -- the Middle East will be represented there, too.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Best Laid Plans

It's been awhile since I've posted on here, but I've been hard at work today researching and writing papers. This is a welcome break.

I found a job for the summer -- an internship with the State Historical Society of North Dakota and I start in May. This isn't what I had planned for my summer, but I'm looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing different things. This summer will certainly stretch and challenge me in new ways.

I found out on Thursday that I have been accepted to CCCU's Middle East Studies Program (MESP) based in Cairo, Egypt for the Fall 2009 semester. I originally applied for the program back in January, and while my friends Cheryl and Betsy were accepted at the Early Application Deadline, Ryan and I had to wait. I was very disappointed and questioned why I hadn't been accepted, but I dealt with the disappointment and learned to trust God for his perfect timing (Proverbs 3: 5-6).

At the regular application deadline, I honestly wasn't expecting to be accepted to the program. I didn't want to be disappointed like I had been the last time. This time, though, I was accepted (and so was Ryan). Four people from Dordt will be on MESP next semester! :)

The end of this semester is bittersweet. Some of my good friends plan to study abroad in Spring 2010, so unknowingly, this has been our last semester together. We'll make what we can of what's left and we'll see each other at graduation next year, but it's hard sometimes to grow up and move on. It's definitely been a rollercoaster. I've had some great "highs" and some terrible "lows," but I wouldn't trade this semester for the world. I've learned so much, not only academically, but also about God and his goodness! However, I'm ready for this semester to end and have my adventures begin. There's so much beautiful and vivid culture to experience, so many things to see -- and so little time to do it!