Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stepping out of Spring and into Summer

                My spring 2011 semester is going to end on a bit of a bad note in grades but sprinkled with some good things overall. I feel like the experiences of this semester were like eating a scoop of ice cream that has a horrible flavor but nice toppings.
                This semester was not the best. There was a trip-and-fall, one after another. The largest thing that brought this semester down was, this is my last one at the Academy of Art University and it was online. I truly wanted to graduate from this university, but I couldn’t; mainly because it’s just too expensive. Meh. I had two online liberal arts classes. They were Comparative Religion and Urban Sociology, great classes and easy to complete online when you’re focused. If you’re burnt out like me, from two years of frustration, it can be a challenge.
                Throughout this entire semester, from January to now, I’ve been searching for a general job. Not one animation industry related but I should start because I am having absolutely no luck in the other. I didn’t go out much also and that didn’t help my atmosphere. That’s the majority of the “flavor” of this ice cream.
For the Fall 2011, I hope to do something different. My options are to go to a community college and/or get a part time or full time job while I apply as a transfer to a different university. I want to apply to Cal State Fullerton or San Jose. I heard about and researched their Animation programs and they look top notch. If I’m accepted and most of my units transfer over from AAU, I may have 4 semesters worth of classes left.  That’s something to look forward too.
Now on to the good sprinkles! My long distant boyfriend, Marquis, and my sister are two awesome people! In February, I went to Washington to visit Marquis for the week of Valentine’s Day. My birthday was during this semester and my sister and I hosted an awesome tropical zombie themed party. I was able to finally get a few new clothes with my birthday money. I got into nail art and design. I have two boxes of polishes and tools. I started this blog! I learned more about Flash 5, thanks to the amazing animator, Rajesh Bhavanni. I have a storyboard internship with Sweeting Independent Films. It’s going great by the way. I saw the movie Limitless and now I want to add it to my collection of DVDs one day. My sister and I went to the CTN expo in Burbank with friends. I discovered honey in Lipton’s tea is delicious; Portal2 by Valve is a great, humorous game; and Konapun, an adorable Japanese artificial food making toy. Yep, that’s most of the sprinkles, I can recall off the top of my head. When they’re laid out like this, it brightens my mood. 
Stepping into the summer, I’m hopeful it will be a fun one. I don’t know how. I will try to make it an enjoyable one. I’m going to focus on my portfolio and internship; apply for jobs; learn Flash; work on this blog and my nail art blog, and most importantly stay positive.