New Job, New Ideas

Well, it finally happened!

I got my Federal Work-Study job!

FINALLY!

I feel like I was in this state of limbo, just floating around campus, going from interview to interview, like I had no purpose… I’m exaggerating, of course.

Well, kind of.

So, what’s the job, you ask? It’s a tutoring job! I get to tutor elementary school kids in reading and math, a.k.a. THE BEST JOB EVER!

I’m so excited for this, you do not even know.

In my last post, I wrote that I hoped to be an actress. Well, even though that is still possible, I am also seriously considering becoming a teacher!

With my passion for performing arts, theatre and making a difference in the community, becoming a drama teacher would be perfect, don’t you think?

This is an amazing opportunity because I can see if I truly want to become a full-time teacher for the rest of my life. You may think that I’m thinking a little too far ahead… but I’m in college to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life, aren’t I? Being a freshman and being able to have real-world experience in the field you want to work in… it’s simply priceless. One of the reasons I’m so thankful to be attending University of San Diego.

Plus, this semester I’m taking classes that interest me, like Intro to Human Communication, Intro to Catholic Theology, Theatre and Society and my English class, Theatre Alive! For my english class, we attend professional theatre shows and analyze the connection between the script and production. It’s awesome. That way I get to see what I like and don’t like about the aspects of theatre, which, by the way… I love absolutely everything about it. So everything’s looking pretty good so far.

Next semester, I’m going to be taking a lot of my core curriculum classes, but I made sure that it still interests me, such as Marine Science 101, World Religions and Philosophy 101. The beauty of liberal arts colleges: you get to study everything! It’s way easier to see what you don’t like and what you secretly love. Let’s say you never took calculus in high school, so you start taking it in college only because it’s the next level up and you need to get it out of the way. Who wants to take calculus, right? Ew. (I’m kidding, I love calculus. Don’t hate!) But suddenly… it turns out you’re a calculus whiz! You love it and now you want to become an engineer. Awesome, right? Well, you would’ve never found out that you were a calculus nerd if you didn’t study at a liberal arts college! As in, at USD, ahem, winking face.

So, the moral of the story is… I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. Does that mean I can’t start searching for the perfect job for me now? Of course not! Does that mean I have to find out right this minute and declare a major right now? Of course not! I’m a freshman at USD, taking her time, looking at her options. And that’s perfectly alright with me.

Oh, by the way, work at the Torero Store has been great! I’m having a lot of fun there, and plus, I still have time to do all of my homework, study for all of my classes and hang out with friends! (See photo above! I was Flo, the Progressive Girl for Halloween.) It’s all about managing time. I’ll see how it goes with working both my Torero Store job and my new tutoring job!

Hello, San Diego!

This past week was the start of my second month of college, and it’s been going pretty well. Midterms are coming up already, which is super surprising to me. It seems like only last week, I was getting overly excited for my first high school musical, Kiss Me, Kate!, my sophomore year, getting my costume out of the closet and trying it on for the first time. It seems like only yesterday I was getting ready for my Senior Prom that was to be held a couple of miles away from my new alma mater. Coming from a high school of three thousand and jumping straight into the huge,180-acre campus in a total of three months is a scary idea. But it’s obviously not impossible.

Now I’m on my own, living in Missions B, San Luis, going to awesome classes that interest me, working at the USD Torero Store, making my own money. I even drive around San Diego, taking my friends to the local Target

(without getting lost for two hours, like the first time my friend from UCSD did)

or taking my English class to the Old Globe Theatre, watching professionals strut their stuff, which is what I hope to do for a living. Within my first month, I’ve done so much more than I have expected to do.

It’s because at USD, there’s so much to do, on and off-campus. There’s comedy and karaoke nights, there’s movie screenings outside the Student Life Pavillion, there’s late-night taco runs, and there’s high-end fashion stores where you can look, but not touch. (At least, that’s my motto.) There’s all the clubs and activities: United Front Multicultural Center has many different culture-specific clubs, the First-Year Women’s Talks, PRIDE Club meetings, just every single culture is personified with a club here! I’ve been poking my head around, seeing what clubs are out there and let me tell you, there’s so many of them. I have a plethora to choose from!

Like I said, I’m working at the USD Torero Store, which is simply a dream. It’s my first paying job and in the beginning, I was the shy girl in the back, putting away the expensive textbooks on the shelves and helping take out some of the hundreds of book orders the Bookstore has to fill at the beginning at every semester. Now, I’m that one cashier that talks a little too much with the customers. They seem to like my extroverted personality, I think… I hope. Now I have money in my credit card that I made myself, which is super exciting.

I’m saving it up, of course, for things that are important in life.

Like clothes.

I’m also looking for my Federal Work-Study job, so I will let you know how that goes soon!

Being a freshmen at USD, I’ve already done so much. And the most wonderful thing is… it’s only the beginning.