Crunch Time is upon us.

This is it, the final semester of my undergrad years. And it’s already off to a rocky start. I’m still terrible with procrastination. Uggles. (yeah, I just invented that word, what of it?) Behind in the paperwork for my final project and I’ve discovered my last semester’s work has gone ungraded and isn’t counted. I’m not sure why, I still did work.

I sat down after getting back from my advisement meeting to eat some Greek yogurt and drink my Rockstar to get a move on some serious paperwork that needs to be turned in. I figured to put me in the mood to fight white collar crime of economic meltdown I would watch an economy documentary or Frontline episode on Netflix while I start writing. However, I found a street art documentary.

But onward ho. My project is going to be documented on another WordPress blog. Students for Solutions is my brain child I’ve created in the hope that I can engage the public in a dialogue about how this recession is affecting students. So I hope anyway. Thus far I haven’t received feedback. Am I the only one who is concerned?? I can’t be, not with what has been published on the matter. Here’s an article from last year: Huff Post. In this article it is reported that may graduates are moving back home faced with paying record amounts of debt. This is a frightening thought. At least I won’t be alone in the debt part. Moving back home isn’t an option for me, though. Not that I would even think about it. I moved back home once for a year while I was figuring out how to pay for University. I am not like most students though. I worked full time before deciding to get back into school full time. I worked 32 hours on average per week while taking 12 credit hours per semester. I will still have a massive debt load, however. But I am still able to support myself so I won’t be moving back home.

Anyway kids, think about this and what it all means. Read the articles about what our future is going to be like. I want a better future as I’m sure the rest of you do. I don’t want to work a brainless job for $12 an hour forever. I think big emergencies force us to get more creative and innovative with the solutions. So let’s start figuring out how to overcome this. Here’s my other blog: http://studentsforsolutions.wordpress.com. Read it, comment, feedback, tell me you hate it; either way, let’s start the conversation.

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It Rhymes with…

DUCK!!!!

Midterms!!! One marketing test tonight. Maybe I should start studying. One non-profits test tomorrow. Also, maybe I should start studying.

Also on the menu for this week:

1. Putting up art in Hackspace.

2. Helping my mom move to her new and fabulous Tempe condo. No more driving to Mesa to see her, hooray!

3. Operating plan and business overview for Statik Cafe/Lounge/Music Venue due Tuesday. Thank god that is all done and printed.

4. First Friday. Thankfully I have finally been able to arrange appropriately with work so I can enjoy it. Too bad they didn’t honor my vacation day request for Saturday so I could go to the Renaissance Festival. Better luck next week I suppose.

The weather is fabulous, so I rode around town with the sun roof open and windows down. This led to a bee trying to hitch a ride with me. Not cool. If I hadn’t been so concentrated on him not stinging me, I would have snapped a photo for you. Sorry.

Ah, the life of a college student. All I’ve had time for is 2 cups of coffee and a vegan chocolate chip cookie (Alternative Baking Company, yummy!). I’ve spent $7 just on parking today. Printing cost $3.50 today. And the rent is due… Bah! Is is spring break yet??

And the word that rhymes with “DUCK” is, you guessed it… F**K.

Los Angeles here I come!

My home away from home has always been Los Angeles. I try to make it out there at least twice a year. I love the beach, I love the culture, I love the hippies, I love the ridiculously over inflated real estate market, I love the hoards of “fake Hollywood” types running around, and I love the smog. Okay, I kid about the smog, also not a fan of the traffic, but you can’t have it all. Every time I go out to LA I am re-inspired to follow my dreams and make it out in LA. It’s not just about the beach and Hollywood tourist culture to me. It’s the lifestyle, it’s the energy, it’s the mentality that this is where dreams come true. Even if everyone’s dreams don’t come true, it’s still a fantastically beautiful place. I can’t possibly not try to make it happen. I couldn’t live with myself knowing that I never tried.

So the lowdown is that I got accepted to intern at X Repertory Theatre this summer. This is THE most exciting thing to happen to me in my lifetime. After doing college in the most backwards way and working full time instead of studying full time, things are finally getting to the point where it looks like I can see the end. I will get to spend all summer in Los Angeles, soaking up the sun, learning about theatre and start up arts organizations, hanging out with friends that already moved out there to make their dreams come true, and exploring all that LA has to offer me. I feel like I truly accomplished something. Or at least I will once the experience of a lifetime is over.

So for Spring Break I have decided I will have to road trip it to LA to visit my friends, lay on the beach, check out housing options, and focus entirely on my future, my art, and my dreams. I will, for once, just let the road take me where it may. I cannot wait.

Taken by Sarah Robinson, edited by me.