I feel like I start nearly every post I make with an apology about how long it’s taken me to write to you. For that, again, I apologize. It seems like, no matter how many blog ideas I have, I fail to make them happen because I’m too busy trying to survive.
In this post, we’re going to talk about housing (yes, again), spring break, my potential web design business, and I’ll give you a quick update on how my classes are going.
Actually, let’s start with classes. I’ve gotten two of my midterm grades back, and I managed to slide through with two B’s (you’d be surprised at how much effort getting each of those took). I’m slightly disappointed because I really want to make Dean’s List this year, but my family helped me laugh it off and accept the fact that B’s in college are not an acceptable reason to lose my head. Not to mention that there are still finals looming in a few short weeks, and I’ll be able to make my final impression with those.
Other than the grades, I really am enjoying my lectures. Though they aren’t as interactive as my courses last semester, they’re definitely giving me the opportunity to multi-task and get additional work done in class. However, if I have to read one more novel in the span of a week (sometimes five days), I might cry. I might actually cry.
I haven’t given you a two-minute update in weeks, either. I wish I could say this blog is easy to keep up with, but the truth of it is, I’m trying hard to stay on my toes and update often. I think several quality posts throughout a month are more significant than dozens of short posts, and I’m sticking to that. There will never be a time when I don’t want to write to you. There just may be a time when it gets a little easier for me to sit down and finish.
Alright, spring break. I’ll keep this as brief as possible.
The bus ride home and the bus ride back were both terrible. Absolutely terrible. On the way home, I was stuck in Cleveland for nearly two extra hours, and I must have transferred vehicles in Michigan four times before finally arriving home. Luckily, when I got there, I was met promptly by Austin with a ring and roses, which brightened my break, even if I was exhausted.
I spent my week and a half with him and my family, for the most part. On my last Friday, I was able to visit with Dawn and Ani, whom I miss very, very much. And, honestly, the whole break felt like a bittersweet taste of summer. I’ve probably never had so much difficulty leaving to come back to Manhattan. I’m still getting over it.
But it’s more of a dull ache of homesickness now than a giant decision to pack-up and go home. I’ve decided that being so far away from the people I love is just something I have to deal with for the time being. It’s only a limited amount of time, and then I can walk away with my NYU degree in hand.
My potential web design business is something my dad, Austin, and I have discussed. The idea is to basically provide web design services for small businesses who are usually taken advantage of in the corporate world of the web. Did you know that you can make a website for free without even hiring help? It might require a few hours of your time, but it’s possible. Creating Misadventures cost me nothing (the URL, however, is a different story).
Some companies pay hundreds of dollars a year to host and maintain their website. We would offer the same services, including content design and interviews with the managers/owners, for only $99 a year. This is nearly $600 cheaper than most prominent web design hosts, and it will allow anyone who goes through our business to gain firsthand knowledge about creating their own website.
In other words, the company is meant to help the little people avoid being manipulated by big business.
I promise that wasn’t a plug for business. I just want to share with all of you (and any of you who are looking for web creation), that we are starting business soon. And also, yes, this was just a plug for business. I love you all.
Alright, the crux of my semester. Housing. It seems, whenever I finally figure out what I want to do, another easier and more appealing option comes into play. So I am giving you, my readers, another opportunity to vote on a poll (exciting!).
Here are the two housing options that are now available to me, listed with pros and cons.
Brooklyn Housing in Clark
-80 Meals included + Dining Dollars
-Dining Hall located across the street
-Complimentary Gym Membership
-Located in Brooklyn
-Provided Fridge and Microwave
-Far From Campus
-MetroCards would need to be purchased monthly for $120
-Room would be shared with 2-3 students
Hotel Housing in Affinia Manhattan
-Located near Midtown
-Housekeeping Twice a Week
-Dishwasher, Microwave, Cook-Top Included
-Shared only with one additional student
-Monthly MetroCards Included
-Priority Option for DC Study Away Program in the Spring of 2016
-First Priority for 2016-2017 Housing
-Fitness Center Included
-No Meal Plan
-$500 more expensive than Clark
-Laundry cannot be done with Campus Cash
I’m starting to think that there’s no possible way to avoid having a bill at NYU, no matter how hard I work. But there may be a way to make it easier on myself, but relying only on the money I will have on-hand during the semester. I’m really not sure which option to go with, but either one has the potential to leave me with a bill at the end of the day.
I guess we’ll have to wait until the smoke clears.
Stay breathing. Stay happy. And vote below.