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Cassidy Currently: 10th Edition

Holy cow, it’s mid-June already! Time really does fly by when you’re busy. My life has been super busy lately so here are the headlines.

I Started my new Internship

Last Monday (June 5) was my first official day at my internship with my county government and it was pretty eventful. It started by me going up to HR and getting my badge so I can get into the I.T. department. My supervisor then broke everything down to me as far as what I would be doing and the timing of everything for the next couple of weeks. He then showed me how to use a KVM which stands for Kernel-based Virtual Machine. The one I’m using is basically a piece of hardware that allows for multiple computers to be hooked up to one monitor,  keyboard, etc. and I can switch each machine with the push of a button. This has been an important tool for me, so far, because it’s allowed me to load multiple computers at once with the settings designated by the department.

Luckily that’s not all I’ll be doing, I’ll be driving one of the government vehicle to different offices around the county in order to replace outdated computers designated by the department. This is a huge plus because even though I love the profession I’ve chosen to go into, I don’t like the idea of being shut up in an office all day.

Since starting my position, I’ve noticed that my wardrobe was lacking a bit as far as appropriate office attire. So I had to pick up a few items to make sure I had enough clothes to last me a week.

I’m a workaholic

Between my internship and my hostess job at a restaurant, I’ve been kept really busy lately. Today is my first day off in over a week and while I’m super thrilled to have the work this summer, I find that I really need a day off just so can do household stuff, catch my breath, and recharge. And I’ve done exactly that today.

And with my schedule at the restaurant changing weekly, I have no idea when I’ll be off again.

Happy (Belated) Birthday Catastrophe Rising!

A year ago yesterday. I posted my first blog post under Catastrophe Rising’s wordpress subdomain. I can’t believe how far this blog has come in the last few and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes it.

I’m already planning what I hope to be the site’s best theme yet (If I can find the time to finish it) and I can’t wait to see what kind of positive things it does to the site.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and encouraged me as I’ve made a comeback to the blogging scene. Especially my blogger buddies.

Odds & Ends

📖 Finished the book Sad Girls by Lang Leav (I highly recommend it!)

🎧 I’m enjoying my summer with Spotify Premium

🎬 I finished the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica (holy cow 😳)

 

That’s all for now!

21 Never Felt So Good

I turned 21 on Monday and for pretty much everyone in the U.S., 21 is the legal age that a person can drink and purchase alcohol. So that’s one of the first things I did.

My birthday celebrations started with me traveling to my college town so I could get some of the free things the local bars give away on a person’s 21st. Plus a couple of my close friends are still in the area so I wanted to celebrate with them.

Anyway, my celebrations officially began at 10:30 pm on Sunday with me going over to my friend’s apartment with my 2 dogs. Almost everyone in my circle of friends is a dog lover and so the apartment became crazy with activity when I brought them. My friends loved the dog cuddles and my dogs were relieved to get some attention.

Once everyone arrived, we lit the candles on a cake my friend Amanda made me as well as some cupcakes my other friends made. We then began consuming some jello-o shots that my friend Kelsie thoughtfully provided.

We then made our way to the first bar of the night. This is one directly across the street from campus and one that is well loved by the students of Radford. It was less than 10 minutes until midnight so they let me order my first drink. As we waited for our drinks to fill, I looked at the clock on my iPhone and watched as the seconds ticked to midnight, my friends counting down a long with me

My first legal drink was a whiskey and coke and while it was a little strong, I was able to finish it up. Unfortunately, we were only able to get one drink in before the bar tender did last call. So we moved on to another one of the local bars just down the street.

There, I order a blue motorcycle and it was delicious and refreshing and since we had a little bit of time before last call, I was able to talk and catch up with everyone.

Last call happened at around 1:30 and it wasn’t long after that before all of us dispersed for the night. I got back to my apartment at 2 and fell asleep at around 2:30.

I woke up at around 7 and got ready to do the 4 hour drive back to my house. The original plan was for my little brother to drive my dogs and I back up but I woke up with no signs of a hangover and lots of energy (which was surprising for having only got around 4 hours of sleep).

I made it back home later that day where I reunited with my family and relaxed for a bit before going out to Red Lobster and having a huge feast.

When we got back to the house, my family brought out my second cake and I opened presents. I got a wonderful bracelet from my step-brother, a $25 gift card to Starbucks from my brother, and note from my parents saying that they would be taking me shopping for a new outfit in the near future. My friend Amanda got me a cute tumbler cup and a gift card to Barnes & Noble.

But it’s not about the gifts I got. I’m just extremely happy that I got to spend my birthday with my precious friends and family and it meant a lot that they were able to celebrate with me.

This is the last milestone age I’ll have. After 21, I’m convinced that age is just a number and not something that is important anymore.

However, I feel like this age will have so many good things in store for me and I can’t wait to see what I accomplish at 21.

The cake my friend Amanda made for me

 

My friend Amanda and I

 

Low quality but the gang that helped me celebrate

 

I Know the Sun Must Set to Rise

“She has been feeling it for awhile now — that sense of awakening. There is a gentle rage inside her, and it is getting stronger by the day. She will hold it close to he — she will nurture it and let it grow. She won’t let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core — this is her time. She will not only climb mountains — she will move them too”

~Lang Leav, Her Time

If you’ve been following me on twitter, you probably saw the wonderful news that I’ve waited months to receive: I got the internship I mentioned in my last post.

I went in not really knowing what to expect. The secretary sat me down in my interviewer’s office where I wasn’t asked that many questions. In fact, the only question I was asked was “tell me about yourself”. So I did just that and I told him what I was used to and I explained to him how flexible I was with my work environment. We then struck up a conversation about schools and we talked about my school and stuff.

I left out of there feeling so-so about it. I was supposed to hear about on Wednesday night but it came and went and I lost hope.

But this morning I woke up to the best news I’ve gotten all year. I was so excited that I woke up my stlll-sleeping brother to tell him the news. Luckily he didn’t mind.

Anyway, next week I’ll go in to fill out some paperwork and get an idea of the schedule. And then I’ll start the following week. I’m super excited!

But I just want to thank all of the readers of this blog for their support and encouragement. It means more than you’ll ever know.

That’s all for now. I’ll write back on either Monday or Tuesday to talk about my birthday (which is this Monday, the 29th).

P.S. – I sort of got behind with return comments and I eneded up stopping after returning some of them before returning the rest right before this post. Sorry about that. 😅

Month in Review: April

The view from the venue where my fraternity’s banquet was held

I’ll apologize again for being inconsistent with my blogging. But if you’re in college or if you’ve ever been in college, you’ll know that April is absolutely insane for students, and this April was no exception. I’ve nearly grown tired of my Spotify playlist from the countless hours I’ve had it on as background noise while I study.

Even though exam week technically doesn’t start until tomorrow, my exam week is in full swing, having just finished my 2nd exam. The first was for a gen ed class and the second was for an online software testing class. I’m insanely happy to have those two behind and I’ll be even more thrilled when I finish my last exam on Wednesday.

Cross-Country Road Trip

I’ve had this idea for a while now and I’m starting to get more serious about it. Having done some research and looked up some travel times, I’ve decided I’d like to do a road trip to California. It’s been a dream of mine to go there and see the sights and set my feet into the Pacific Ocean, which is the last major U.S. body of water that I want to see (except for maybe the Arctic Ocean in Alaska). After doing the math and some calculations, I found that I could easily reach Southern California in 4 days from my college town and there are plenty of sights and stops a long the way. I don’t have to spend a fortune either, since I could hit up camp sites (I can pitch a tent in about 5 minutes), hostels, or if worse comes to worse, a Wal-Mart parking lot.

I was hoping that I might be able to do it this summer but I don’t think I’ll have the funds for it. So I’ll shoot for either winter break or right after graduation next summer.

But enough of that, here’s my summary of the month.

My highlights from this month were:

  • Getting to go to my fraternity’s banquet 1)Although the general rule is that fraternities are for boys and sororities are for girls, there are a few organizations that are co-ed like the one I’m in.
  • Getting to go home for Easter and see my family

My lows from this month were:

  • The amount of work I’ve had to face at my jobs and at school
  • Getting more rejections from internships

That’s ok, because I accomplished:

  • I did my first technical interview with a company that does programs to help kids learn how to code
  • I got an A on the longest paper I’ve ever written for college
  • I continue to get passing grades on all of my work for school
  • I got elected as the recording secretary of my fraternity for next school year
  • I’ve already done 2 out of my 5 exams

I also…

  • Finished the final arc of Sailor Moon
    • It was good series overall and I’ll definitely be rewatching it
  • Watched Mobile Fighter G Gundam
    • I remember seeing this anime as a kid, which prompted me to go and watch
  • started Gundam Seed
    • Another one I remember seeing from my childhood
  • Started rewatching Wolf’s Rain
    • I watched this when I was 14 but never saw it dubbed
  • Watched the anime movie Your Name
    • This movie messed me up so much that I didn’t know whether I was laughing or crying at the end

Next month, I’m looking forward to:

  • Finishing my junior year and going home
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • My 21st birthday on the 29th 🎉🥂
  • Going on a few small adventures

Next month, I hope to accomplish:

  • Obtaining a job of some sort for the summer
  • Learning more and more knowledge so I can pass the Network+ exam2)I’ve decided I want to obtain a certification before I graduate
  • Starting on a new theme for this site

Finally, a song a from this month:

I’d love to hear how everyone’s month was. Hope you guys have an amazing May!

References   [ + ]

1. Although the general rule is that fraternities are for boys and sororities are for girls, there are a few organizations that are co-ed like the one I’m in.
2. I’ve decided I want to obtain a certification before I graduate

Month in Review: March

A picture from a coffee break I took featuring my bike

So March was absolutely insane for me. Between experiencing all 4 seasons in one week to the emotional roller coaster I’ve been on, I’m pretty glad to be moving on into April where warm days are guaranteed.

This week in particular has been particularly tough on me because I received two rejections from companies regarding internships. I received one after interviewing for the position last week and I came away from the interview feeling I didn’t go into it whole-heartedly. The other rejection came from PBS (yes, the American television station).  I was really sad and disappointed and with being stressed about my classes, it was not welcomed news.

I’m doing better though. I might hopefully be leaving my catering job behind soon because I’m interviewing for two separate positions at the student union, which will certainly be a step up. Also yesterday, for all intents and purposes, the forecast said it was supposed to rain all day but out of nowhere, the sun broke through and it was really surprising. Which taught me an important thing: sometimes the sun breaks through when you least expect it.

I was so down on myself the other day because in one of the internships, I was competing with students from a bigger, more well known school than the one I go to and I was….not sure I wanted to be at the school I’m currently at. But now I feel better. I know that it doesn’t matter what school I go to because I’m a great person either way. And that my school does just as good of a job with education as the other schools.

I met with my adviser yesterday to discuss classes for the Fall. I found out that I’ll be able to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree and a cyber security certificate next Spring. I was so afraid that I would be behind but I’m so thrilled that I’m on track for graduation and I’m so excited to see what comes next.

Anyway, here’s a summary of my month:

My Highlights from the month were:

  • I got to interview for an internship position
  • I found out that I’ll be graduating on time – Spring 2018
  • I had my friends around to help me through some tough times  (S/O to Nancy and Pauline)
  • I became a Big in my Fraternity
  • The weather finally turned warm!

Some lows from the month were:

  • Dealing with unease and the feeling that something bad is going to happen (a.k.a anxiety)
  • Getting rejected multiple times for internships
  • Having to work all day on the 18th
  • Worst week – week of March 26

That’s ok because I accomplished:

  • I’m still doing well in all of my classes
  • I’ve done multiple hours of community service
    • I’m almost at the minimum requirement for my fraternity
  • I’m doing well in both my jobs
  • I started riding my bike on a daily basis to get around campus

I also…

  • Finished Sailor Moon SuperS 
    • Which brings me to the final arc of the original anime
  • Started the anime Dragonball
  • Finished the 2nd season of The Office
  • Started watching Sword Art Online II (after hearing a friend rave about it)
  • Finished Season 6 of That 70s Show

Next month, I’m looking forward to:

  • Going home for Easter in couple weeks
  • The amazing weather
  • The possibilities of finding an internship

Next month, I hope to accomplish:

  • Getting an internship
  • doing well in upcoming exams for my classes

Finally, a photo from this month:

Me and a fraternity brother’s dog

How was your month?