The end of University

Hello!!

I am sorry that I have been mostly absent these past weeks/months... I really don't know how long I have been away from life, maybe somewhere between 3 and 5 weeks?

Anyway, my reason for being so very very busy and barely able to keep up with reading the story let alone the commenting/foruming is that I was trying to finish a million and one things for my Grad Show which concluded my University life this past week.
And now it is over! WOO!

Anyone else now finished with the lovely university (or college as you Americans like to call it) life style?
And if so, what are the new life plans and how well do they fit in with your degree?

I'll start with me:

I just graduated (convocations isn't until june though...) with a BFA in visual arts (painting mostly) and out final "project" is to put up a show throughout the entire building complete with vernisage and all that jazz. 26 Students and 4 floors, walls had to be painted and built and crap had to be moved everywhere. It was super hectic but a lot of fun. I'll post a link to some photos of my area once I get them online.

As for careers... ahaha... I'm still waiting on hearing from Japan for the JET programs (I'm an alternate to date) and if I am not accepted, who knows what I'll do with an art degree.

So, any other happiness?

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TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Graduating from Law School in May. Studying for the Bar, and taking it in July. Looking for a lawyer-type job. Failing "finding a job" in a hurry, I'll be moving in with my 'rents--and looking for a job.

ETA: oh, yeah--CONGRATS!

annekat's picture

Petitioner

Somebody once told me they were studying for the BAR exam, and me not knowing what it was, thought they were learning to be a bar tender and therefore told them that they would be a hit at parties.......

Good luck to you, I watch many people study for that day and night at my work. It must be hard.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

two day exam. In a suit. In the southern summer heat (I don't even know if I can get away with seersucker). 1 day of essays, 1 day of 200 (hard) multiple choice questions.

Kill me.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Oh no, we couldn't do that. It'd get a bit boring around here after all the lively "what fun and creative ways can we use our collective random knowledge & equipment to kill TB" and "best idea for getting rid of TB's corpse" debates died down.

Good luck, keep cool, and when in doubt on the multiple choice questions, just fill in all the C's.

temporaryglitter's picture

Petitioner

I always went with B when I didn't know the answer...

The Which's picture

Embodiment

I'm having a hard time picturing Shaggy or Kramer in seersucker.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

One last exam before the bar...Monday. I can't wait 'til it's over.

GreenGlass's picture

Supplicant

Lucky you. I'm trying to graduate from undergrad as we speak. I'm in hell and every day's a Thursday.

Kittae's picture

Postulant

Ditto above. I've been in undergrad status for a very long time--with all my credit hours together, disregarding my funny schedules in the past, I've been here for a little more than the required hours to graduate. Thing is, my first year here was with "the Academy" program (where you go to a year or two of college instead of high school), then back to high school, then back to college, then half-time and then a year off because of money, etc.etc.etc....

But even then, I'm not graduating because the school drops my schedule entirely for no reason year after year, and no matter how much I complain, they won't fix it. Of course most of my classes are full by that point and I have to get whatever has seats left so that I have enough hours for financial aid--this usually means I take a ton of classes that I have no interest in, and/or that won't count for anything I want to graduate with. :rolleyes:

I have a conservative estimate that I'll be here for two more years, once to do my required ethnographic field school, and once to take an "educational" trip to France. Wink

*takes breath* Whew! There's my life story. = P Congrats on getting everything done! What are the JET programs?

annekat's picture

Petitioner

man. that sounds like hectic and a half!
it only took me 5 years..... but it should have been 4.

JET is a program for teaching English in the Japanese school system. It's not really teaching, more so being a human tape recorder. but I am excited none the less Smile

Marri's picture

Supplicant

Congrats, and good luck with JET Smile I'm feeling young at the moment; two midterms, three finals and two years left Biggrin Boyfriend's graduating in a month and a half though. If he ever finds a job with an economics degree, hopefully it'll be nearby?

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Congratulations! And good luck with the JET program. I don't "get" Japanophilia, but teaching abroad can never hurt Smile

As much as I love learning, and enjoyed the free time, I'm so glad my student days are behind me. I went to school as a communication major with the thought of becoming a science writer. I ended up studying a blend of science communication/computer-mediated communication/linguistics/spanish, plus a minor in animal science/mammalian physiology/how-to-turn-baby-mammals-into-meat. Add in assorted random campus jobs, a couple finance/business classes, karate (got my black belt 2 weeks before graduation), and two really neat just-for-fun lectures: Intro to Asian Religions and General Parasitology. Oh yeah, and pledging and then being an officer in a co-ed fraternity (where I learned everything I know about running a meeting!). It all worked out well, but I don't miss it. I especially don't miss the part where I only saw my then-boyfriend only once a month, if I was lucky.

And... after I graduated, I came back home to the family farm. Plus goats. And married the former boyfriend. Much better!

To be fair, I do use a lot of the other stuff I learned as a board member of our county Farm Bureau, as a local agricultural spokeswoman, as the superintendent of the goat show at our county fair, and so on. Wink

sherinik's picture

Postulant

You took General Parasitology as a just-for-fun?

If you mush all that together, you should be running a private online university in small animal farming...with a very strict homework policy! (Kinda a combination of if I don't kick your butt, karma will.)

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

If I had another lifetime's worth of spare time... that actually kinda sounds like fun. I'm better at one-on-one mentoring than teaching lectures, but I do enjoy sharing my love and knowledge of the animal kingdom...

General parasitology was interesting, because it's a significant health problem in goats. It was *fun* because of the professor. Dr. Bowman was one of those awesome profs who would occasionally bring us ice cream treats and once or twice a semester would cancel class because it the weather was so beautiful he wanted us all to go outside - and still managed to teach us a whole darn lot about squicky little lifeforms.

Of course, the class was pretty much guaranteed to make you want to never go out into nature or eat real food (anything that isn't spam, jello, or something equally processed to death) again because of all the parasite horror stories. :grins:

Epikouros's picture

I'm graduating this year too. I have a well-paid job lined up for the next year or two (my part of Canada is relatively lighty affected by the recession), then I'll probably head on to graduate school for a MA.

Vandole's picture

Postulant

What part of Canada? I'm struggling to find a co-op job (first year) here in southern Ontario, though that's more my lack of applicable skills and experience than the recession, though it's definitely made it more competitive.

Epikouros's picture

Victoria, BC. It took two and a half months of searching to find a job in IT (my degree was in Computer Science) and IT is supposed to be a field which was relatively lightly affected too.

annekat's picture

Petitioner

You're in Victoria! lucky. I wish I was in BC.... Currently in Ottawa(nker) which is insanely affected by the recession. Although I'll be moving down home to Hamilton in June...

Maybe I'll move to BC if I don't go to Japan.

Pedes's picture

Postulant

I still have a bit over a year but I'm going for scholarship to Germany for that one Biggrin (Ugh, paperwork, hate that).
Japan, eh? Good luck then!

Someone's picture

Postulant

in fact, I just finished up first year. but man, am I happy to have finished it. now I know I can actually do this whole "university" thing.

annekat's picture

Petitioner

EEP! you go to my university!

(looked at your twitter link and saw some canal shots and that weird statue in front of Simard)

Good luck with the next 3 years, it's a fun place to be Smile
I recommend going on an exchange, even if it messes up your program and you are stuck staying an extra year.

Someone's picture

Postulant

I would, but I am poor, and have no family who can afford to pay for that kind of thing. Sad
but hey, I'm enjoyed my first year, three more shouldn't be too bad.

kalinka's picture

Postulant

Graduating a week from Saturday. Gah! It's incredibly bizarre, and I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. Especially since my work is mostly done. I've been a hermit for the last week getting through finals and such. Now all I have left is to finish my senior thesis.

My degree will be in Russian and I'm starting graduate school next year. It's an MA/Ph.D. dual program-y thing so I'll be there for 5 years. I'm going into the Slavic Linguistics track, but I've found that I love the literature side so much I might not be able to let it go. We'll see, I suppose. I've got a couple years to figure that out.

Your final project sounds really cool! I wish my thesis was half that awesome. Also, basically everyone I know is going abroad or going to grad school next year. It's funny how hardly anyone is getting one of those "real job" things. Wink

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