A quick note about the following: I believed I posted this yesterday, but was made aware that my "see tomorrow's post for my big news" comment was misleading as my blog never went through. I know the suspense must have been unbearable (Cassie). So, with no further ado:
Some times it is strange to wake up realizing that I am an adult, but it's true. One of my roommates has a full-time job, the other is rigorously studying Sanskrit in India. I am also working a full-time job, paying bills, living hundreds of miles from my childhood home and family and planning for my future. I have insurance, debt, a car in my own name, savings accounts, the beginning of a 401K, fears and worries, hopes and dreams. Never have I experienced so many changes in such a short period of time.
I moved to Chicago last August, living for the first time away from my family. I started college classes and made college friends. Then in May we moved again. I then went through a million job applications and a good number of interviews before getting a job. It took me all of a few hours to realize that the job wasn't for me and then a few more weeks to find another job.
Now there's another big change heading my way: Weekend College. Due to various responsibilities and variables, I've decided that I cannot afford to absquatulate my video-game career any time soon, plus, I love my job. School is still my top priority, but Shimer is such an amenable institution that I am able to work the amount I need to and still attend as a full-time student.
When I've told my fellow classmates about the change, I get one of two responses. Either they are worried that this is the beginning of some inevitable movement away from Shimer altogether or they're excited to hear how different the Weekend community and classes are from Weekday.
As I've told the former group of friends, I am not planning to leave Shimer until I do so with my diploma. I love Shimer more than I even believed possible, it is the only place that has challenged me and truly fit my needs in my entire academic career. To the latter group, I too am excited. I know a few Shimer Weekend students and they all seem to love it as much as I enjoyed Weekday. The structure is very different and it's going to be challenging working forty hours and still getting everything I need to out of my readings, but I have faith in my abilities.
This, if nothing else, is going to be an excellent experiment into my capability as a fluid human being and a dedicated student. I'll keep you posted.