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Spring 2011 Wrapup 
29th-May-2011 02:54 pm
This school term's almost over, and I haven't written anything here since I've been in the hospital. Whoops. Can you guess how busy I've been? But part of this is also Twitter's fault.

I'm gearing up for my summer in Chautauqua, NY (near Buffalo). It's hard to believe I'll be gone in just two weeks! As I'm saying goodbye to my friends in Columbus, people keep asking me how I've been. For once, I'm at a loss to explain it. Burnt out is probably the closest to the truth. Not happy, not sad, just working very hard and only able to hold a conversation if it's about journalism or school.

Finals are mostly this week for me. Next weekend, Sam and I are taking a three-day vacation to glorious Cleveland to help us reconnect and help me recover before I go work for the summer. I know Cleveland is not a hot tourist destination, but I will be overjoyed to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, eat at Michael Symon's restaurant, and possibly catch some good local music. Then, one week of prep and off to the CHQ for the summer.

In Chautauqua, I'll likely be living in a house with nine other news interns -- male and female. I've never lived with anyone else besides my family and Sam, apart from week-long summer camps and stuff, so this will be an adventure. This will also be the first time in years that I haven't had any classes at all. It will be the first time, ever, that I'm not doing any web design contract work on the side. My husband and all my friends will be in Columbus. Sam will visit me during my birthday, but apart from that and the power of the Internet, I won't be able to see any of my friends while I'm there. I'm guessing I'll also be too busy to drive to Columbus for weekends.

So apart from working, I'm not sure what I'll do once I get there! I hope I make a few friends, because I get lonely very easily. I'm taking knitting projects, tons of books and an enormous stack of magazines I haven't had any time to read. The area is gorgeous, and I'm hoping I can get back into some watersports, which are pretty much the only sports I enjoy. I'm hoping to reintroduce a wellness regimen, because I've been completely incapable of sticking to any diet or exercise since January or so. A new environment will probably help get me back on that wagon.

Re: school
I'm set to graduate next fall. Finally! That's an 11-year journey, for anyone keeping track. Next fall, it's macroecon, ethics, a non-fiction writing course (yay!) and an independent study with my new advisor, building websites for the j-school and studying curation.

Then, job hunting time. I hope we can stay in Columbus, at least for a little while. I have some job leads, but nothing solid yet.
31st-May-2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Yay, light at end of tunnel! I remember reading up about your summer program, and it sounds pretty awesome. You've been so busy lately - I bet it will be a nice change of pace even though it does sound pretty immersive. Hopefully there will be at least one cool person you can kick it with while you're there. I'm looking forward to hearing your take on Cleveland. I almost went there for business once (but stayed behind in Toledo), and a friend is considering a move there.
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