It’s been a while since I posted an update here, on how things are going. Summer just finished and I’m about to end my first week back in school for the Fall semester. A lot of stuff has happened in the last three months, to say the least.
It was nice to get out of school in Spring and have a couple weeks of reprieve, but it didn’t last for long. My family wanted to take a trip to Florida, so we spent quite a lot of time packing, planning, and preparing for the trip itself. We were gone for three weeks. Sure on paper that sounded good, but I’ve realized after this vacation that the maximum amount of time I can be away from home is two weeks. And that’s pushing it.
because that is the point my family becomes annoying and I just want to hole up in my room with the cats and my video games. Don’t get me wrong, Florida was nice. The beaches were mostly white and sandy with crystal-clear water like you see on the postcards. Plus despite the craziness of driving in downtown Miami, the buildings were aesthetically pleasing, so that was cool too. We visited a lot of state and national parks, and made sure to complete all the Junior Ranger programs we could along the way. Got a lot of badges and patches from that. To round out the trip we also visited the Kennedy Space Center, which was fuckin awesome because I LOVE space. The displays were well done, there were a lot of different focuses to choose from, plus they had a large theater playing documentaries about space. Pretty. Friggen. Cool. Though of course afterward, when we came home, everyone was exhausted. The fun didn’t stop there for me though.
Literally the day after we got back from the trip, amidst the unpacking and sorting for laundry loads, I pushed out as many applications I could to nearby stores. Since December, I pushed out a good number of applications, probably between 30 and 50, to a variety of places across the retail spectrum. I had one interview in December, but they fluffed me off and that was it. So nearly 6 months of trying, and nothing came up, not even an email politely telling me the place doesn’t have jobs to offer. But despite being
depressed disheartened from the experience, I kept pushing out more applications, hoping I’d get lucky and someone would give me an interview. And I did. A store couple blocks from my house called me back and said I just needed to sign before they sent my application to HR. Big turnoff was that the guy said they’d get back to me 3-4 weeks later. I didn’t really have that kind of time, since that was about when I’d start a volunteering gig in LA, meaning I couldn’t work, but I thought whatever, it’s at least something. My boyfriend got a new job recently too, and said his place was still hiring. So I applied there and a couple days after I heard from the store by my house, his place called me in for an interview too! Unfortunately I couldn’t get the position I signed up for because my boyfriend already works that department (given the ‘conflicts’ with couples working together with distractions and whatnot), but they switched me to another department, and gave me an interview with the other manager. Couple days later I got a call saying I could have the job! I was so happy, finally things were working out for me.
Like I mentioned earlier, though, I had a volunteering gig planned in advance, for me to be in LA for a week. I signed up for, and was accepted into the Student Volunteer program for SIGGRAPH, which for those who don’t know, long story short it’s a graphics convention. It’s got stuff like software engineering and computer hardware, and things from the opposite side of the tech spectrum like animation and entertainment. Since I’m studying to get a major in 2D Animation, this convention is right up my alley. Basically the qualification I needed to fulfill for my volunteering duties was give them 25 hours of service. In return, I got a bunch of cool perks, the best being a free Full Conference pass. Sure, it was hell driving to and from LA for a week (minus two days because I had my dad drive), so I had to get gas plus pay for parking, but I still saved a lot of money in the long run. Plus the conference was really fun! I got a bunch of merch, mostly free tee shirts and candy. My main shifts were as a greeter, so I got a special tee-shirt for that with a cat face and the I ❤ siggraph logo plastered across the front. TBH my favorite shirt from the batch I got, it’s really soft. The regular volunteer shirts were neon pink. Not too bad, I like to wear mine as a bedtime shirt now, but it was blatantly obvious who you were supposed to go to, to ask questions. Another plus for the cat shirt- it was black, so unless you knew to look for us, we could leave the shirt on and no one would bother us lmao (a lot of pink shirts complained about that when they didn’t change). It was kinda hard standing on my feet for 4 hours (a joke in comparison, now that I’m working), but in my down time I got to check out a number of what the conference had to offer. I went to a few panels, hung out in VR Village, made some customized stuff in the Studio (like notebooks, bags, a phone case, and a shirt with my artwork on it). Plus, I made some new friends who gave me their business cards. I didn’t have them at the time, but now I have cards too. I also won some free items at the end of the week raffle. Not to mention, the convention itself gave out free stuff like ice creams and bobble heads and more. Overall, it was a lot of fun, and I’d definitely do it again. Though I’ll probably wait until it comes back into town before signing up.. (which may take a year or two to circle back around)
Going back to the job front. Since I had prior arrangements volunteering for SIGGRAPH, I had to postpone actually working. I began training the week after I finished with that, which meant a week of watching videos and taking tests. What’s a little difficult getting used to is the job itself. I’ve been working there for about 2-3 weeks now, and am still trying to learn all I can before they throw me into the deep end to fend for myself. We have 5 people in my section right now, and in the next few weeks that’ll go down to me and one other guy. (Needless to say, on top of the stress I already kinda have from the job, that realization didn’t really help). Of course the managers are there to help out if an emergency arises, or things get busy, but still. That’s a lot to handle. Just… AAAA. I didn’t realize getting a job would be this… taxing. I feel like pretty much my last two weeks were mainly devoted to work, and whatever wasn’t work was devoted to my boyfriend. It was mostly a blur. And now that school’s started on top of that? I’m a little worried. The best I can hope for at this point is they don’t give me too many hours, which, since we’re losing a lot of people in my section, doesn’t really seems to be an option… It’ll take a lot of discipline to get through this alive, suffice to say.
though given my track record, I’ll probably make it through just fine, but there will be a lot of crying and stressful moments along the way.
Like I said, I’ve kept busy. This upcoming semester is also going to be busy. A part of me feels like I’m falling apart because there is so much shit to do at once, and I can’t do it all. It’s even worse when I have a day off and some down time, but feel so dragged and worn out that I can’t really enjoy the things I did before. Though I guess maybe that’s just the reality of taking on adult responsibilities. But yikes.