Well, the day has finally come. Last night, Misadventures in the Big Apple officially made its URL switch to Misadventures in the Mitten. For the next year, all traffic going to the original address will be routed automatically to the new, official, and permanent platform.
Nothing about the blog has changed, and nothing about me has particularly changed. It’s just finally time to talk about something new. Something other than New York City. It’s time to talk about a new life, a new chapter, and a new beginning.
To recap for those of you who haven’t been updated, I made the decision to officially leave NYU in April of 2015. If you watch the news, you’ve probably heard or read about the tuition increase and how NYU is now the most expensive college in the United States. I wish I could say I saw this coming, but I didn’t. Now it’s time to roll with the punches and do the smart thing: Move on.
That being said, there’s so much to tell you now that I’m home. It’s been probably two weeks since I’ve written a post, so this is pretty much pouring out of me.
When last I wrote, I was unsure about my school plans for the fall. I can now officially tell you that I will not be attending Michigan State University in the fall. Unfortunately, my Statistics Course at NYU doesn’t count as the required math credit that I need to be admitted. MSU is also in the process of deciding whether or not to accept my Expository Writing course at NYU as their writing composition credit requirement. Without these two credits, I can’t be admitted.
Luckily, I’ve spoken with an academic adviser at MSU who’s been helping me figure out what steps to take next. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of test taking, financial aid insanity, and registration issues. But, now that it’s finally said and done, I have a plan in place. This fall, I’ll be taking 3-4 courses through Lansing Community College (depending on whether or not my writing credit goes through) to fulfill MSU core requirements. Then, after reporting my midterm scores, I will be eligible (and likely accepted) at Michigan State for the spring semester.
Most college students transfer schools after two years, and the decision to do so is usually made because the student is choosing to save money by taking core classes at a community college before moving to a 4-year university for their degree. Because of this, many 4-year universities are geared toward transfer students who enter after two years of college. My specific situation complicates matters, but I’ve been working with what I have to push forward and get to where I need to be.
So that’s school. The other issue that goes hand in hand with commuting to college is having a vehicle. This is something that, coming from New York, I obviously don’t have. What does that mean for me? A job. You know, a real one that isn’t on campus and gives me enough hours to save up money.
After I got back home, I immediately applied at the Kroger right down the street (the parking lot is literally connected to where I live). I was hired as a cashier, and I’m actually scheduled to go there in two hours for additional training. I did the same thing on Wednesday, and I can pretty safely say that I’m going to like my job. This may sound unexpected, but it’s more interesting than working at Bobst. It involves more thinking and allows me to communicate better with customers. It’s also nice to see people at work other than college students.
Also, I get breaks. And oh my goodness, I love breaks.
On top of that, I’m still doing my freelance work. I just finished my second children’s story of the summer, and I’m also working on developing my second eCourse. I think the eCourse development job is one of the most rewarding freelance jobs I’ve ever taken, because I actually get to see graphic-oriented videos created from my scripts when I finish. My client actually sent me the promotional video for my first eCourse as a present on my birthday last week.
Speaking of birthdays, turning 19 wasn’t as groundbreaking as I thought it would be. It’s right there between the big 18 and the big 20, so it’s not like anything has changed. But, since so many of my friends and family read this blog, I just want to extend a sincere thank you for all of the birthday wishes and cards! I had a really amazing day.
What else do I have to update you on?
I’ll be making a post later this week about a topic that I feel very strongly about: Women changing their last name when they get married. I’m also going to discuss the idea of husbands taking their wives’ last names, and whether or not that should be “socially acceptable” (I heard a pretty disturbing conversation on the radio about it the other day).
Other than that, I think I’m typed out.
It’s official, though, everyone. Misadventures in the Mitten.
Talk to you soon,