Wow, it’s been awhile.
I moved into my dorm almost 2 weeks ago and it’s been great so far. I love being in Portland. There’s always something to do, the public transportation system is amazing, and the people are so nice!
(I’ve posted some pics of campus, my building, and my dorm room below.)
One thing I’ve realized is that while on paper paying for school might seem doable, in reality it’s a lot more difficult. I thought I could get an additional school loan, but no one will give one to me with a co-signer and my parents aren’t terribly thrilled about the idea, so that’s on the back burner for now.
Because of the insane expense of out-of-state tuition I’ve had to drop 2 classes, which backfired a little bit because then the government decided to give me less money, but it’s still less out-of-pocket cost overall. So I’ve cut down to my Popular Culture class on Tuesday in the middle of the day and my Poetry class Wednesday nights. Needless to say, I have plenty of downtime. Which I am definitely loving and it’s also a really good selling point whenever I apply for a job. Not that I’ve gotten any interviews. I’ve been applying to lots of different jobs; campus cafeteria, housing office, tutoring, bookstores, programming director, and part-time event manager. I’m particularly hoping for the tutoring position (which pays $22-42/hr!), programming director, and part-time event manager. The bookstore position would also be awesome, but I’ve heard it’s next to impossible to actually get the job. I guess they rarely hire and are even laying people off. Not sure why they advertised for positions, then.
Tonight I went to an info session for the RHA (Residence Hall Association) executive board. I think I have a fairly good chance at getting a position on the board, each of which includes a monthly stipend. They said it ranges from $100-800 and didn’t specify which positions are paid what, but I’m going for NCC (communications), which I’m fairly certain is a higher paid position because of the importance they stressed on it, and the programmer (I can apply for more than one, but then I’ll only get one). I’m optimistic about this job because it seemed like there were only a few of us who were really active and interested and had experience in this area. Plus, the upside is they’re looking to interview within the week and hire Friday afternoon with training on Saturday, so there won’t be a lot of sitting around waiting to hear back wondering if I got the job.
A lot of the jobs I’m applying for are very part-time (like 5-15 hours/wk), so I’m hoping to get 2-3 lined up and start getting money in. Because, let me tell you, it’s very nerve-wracking having no idea when you’ll be getting more money. At least when I lived on my own in Tucson I could just go to my parents’ house to eat if I didn’t have enough money for food. Today I spent pretty much my last dollars on some more food, so I’m hoping to get some money coming in soon. Not to mention all the non-life-sustaining items I need. Ink for my printer, course packet for class, a lamp (I’m sitting here with only the kitchen light and my laptop keeping me from total darkness), a microwave, a broom and/or vacuum, hand towels, a dresser, hardware for my bookshelves, 1-2 chairs, hand towels, a can opener, measuring cups, measuring spoons, salt & pepper, and so many more little things. It’s expensive moving out for good. My last place was furnished, so it was a lot easier (and cheaper).
If that list reads like a plea, please don’t take it that way. Just wanted to paint a picture for how much I really need a job. I’ve really been carefully determining what I need verses what would just make things easier. Like it would be nice to have salt and pepper for my eggs in the morning, but it’s not necessary.
On top of all that, I still don’t have the futon frame, just the mattress because the frame didn’t fit in my aunt’s car. So I have to wait until driver’s license gets here (ugh, that’s a story too), get my zipcar card (already paid for, thank God), then get enough money to actually rent a zipcar truck to move the frame. As you might notice in the pictures below, my TV is on a bin in the middle of the floor because my bed is too low (also being on the floor) for me to be able to clearly see the picture on the TV if it’s on top of my shelves.
In spite of all that drama, Portland is still amazing and I love my classes! I feel right at home and am really looking forward to everything I’m going to learn here!
Also, if you haven’t heard yet, I just found out a couple of days ago that I’m getting published! In a book! About 4 or 5 months ago I submitted my short story to a contest a small publishing company was holding and I just found out that mine was one of the stories chosen. All the money goes to charity, but it’s still a great thing to be able to tell people when trying to get published later. Also, it’s a good first step with that particular publishing company. As soon as I have more information, I’ll make sure everyone knows.
And yeah, in the middle of typing this up I called my mom because that list was really freaking me out and she’s gonna transfer some money over and it’s looking like paying for the remainder of my schooling this quarter isn’t going to be a huge deal either. Although I think I heard her utter the words Soup Kitchen, so I’m a bit worried about how apt she’ll be to send me more spending money if I don’t get a job right away. I guess they put in an offer for a house today and though it may seem like that might make helping me out financially more difficult for them, it’s actually going to be easier. The house is at such a great price that they’ll be saving $650 a month on their monthly payments! (right now they’re renting)
So yeah, if everyone could just pray that everything works out, especially financially, that’d be great. I’m really trusting in God right now, doing what I can, but it’s nerve wracking all the same. I do believe that He will provide, and every day I receive more and more signs that this is where I’m supposed to be right now, so it’s really just a matter of continuing down the path and trusting that everything will work out fine.
Prayer that I’ll get at least one job and that I make friends (I’ve already met a few people and spent some time hanging out with them a few times) and prayer that I find the right church and ministry here in Portland.
Also, I recently found out that my grandmother (my dad’s mom) has a tumor and she’s going into surgery tomorrow morning (9am I think) to get it out, so prayer for that would be appreciated as well.
Well, that’s about it for now. Oh, except also, I have an assignment for Popular Culture that I’d love everyone’s help on. We’re supposed to gather information on what Popular Culture is, including asking people what comes to mind when they hear the term. So if anyone reading this can send me their ideas via comment, twitter, facebook message or wall post, text, email, whatever, that’d be great. It can be anything. Definitions, essays, interesting articles you’ve found, terms, people, things, whatever comes to mind when you hear the term Popular Culture.
I’ll keep updating as much as I can. Don’t hesitate to comment! (A lot of you promised you comment if I wrote, so get to it! :P)
Neubreger Hall, Shattuck Hall South Park Blocks, My Dorm Building
Entryway, To the Left
To the Right, Bathroom
Nevermind, my parents just called back and said it’s not looking good for me to stay at school past this quarter. I might have to wait until I can get resident tuition. This whole part of the move just sucks all around.