blah blah life blah blah future blah blah Jeremy blah )
Because Jeremy is surprisingly into images of adorable animals and [livejournal.com profile] palantiriell has been going through a massive puppy phase, I've been thinking a lot about pets lately! I miss my Miss Tia so very much, and I can't wait until I can have a puppy of my very own instead of just visiting one back home!

Click here for adorableness! )

Ohhhh, aminals. I would also like some other creatures (Deer!) as pets, but these are the ones I'm excited about at this moment. Not that I can get a pet any time soon, because any place I'm going to live is probably not going to allow me to have animals, and I'm hoping to go to Japan for up to a year, so what would I do with it then? But it's fun to dream about me, surrounded by foxes and bunnies and fluffy white dogs. Possibly in a garden. Definitely in a white dress.
Man, figuring out what I'm going to do for the next year and a half or so is so difficult! I DON'T want to move back to Santa Maria for more than like a month or two, but I'm really concerned about finding a job up here.

Ideally, I want to go back to SM for June and July, then come back up here in August. Live in like Sunnyvale or San Jose or really anywhere that counts as "silicon valley" or "south bay". I want a studio apartment that I can decorate to the nth degree, preferably for less than $800-$900 a month. I want a job as like a secretary or an assistant or a filing clerk, or whatever. I don't really care that much, honestly. Just something I won't hate and that I'll make more than minimum wage at. Cuz minimum wage? Kind of unlivable. Also, something business-y, so I can buy businesslady clothes!

I've been looking at government jobs...nearly every city in the areas I'm looking at needs a police dispatcher. And they make HELLA money. Like, $7000 a month for some of them. JESUS CRISTO. But, man, would THAT be stressful. People's LIVES would be in your hands D:

I'm also looking at universities, big companies headquartered here, libraries, etc etc. Hopefully I find something. It's a bit early, but I like to plan ahead.

Fingers crossed.

Nippon

Aug. 11th, 2009 06:23 pm
Instead of going straight to graduate school at the end of next year, I think I want to move to Japan for a year or so. Go to one of the language schools, immerse myself in the language and culture, live in a tiny apartment in Tokyo, get a job tutoring English or a bilingual internship.

I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my life lately and I really don't know anymore. I want to do something within the anime/manga industry, but I don't know what. Translation, editing, adapting, marketing...they all sound like viable options, and they all sound interesting. If it didn't mean a life of poverty, I think I'd just stay a student forever, but since that isn't practical, I need to come up with some kind of real plan. I've been leaning towards getting a degree in marketing, but I haven't reached the level of fluency I want with the Japanese language yet. A lot of the reason I wanted an East Asian studies degree was so that I could further work on the language. I want to research the culture and write about it and just learn, too, but I could do that in an informal way if I went to language school in Japan. And, really, one year in Japan is as expensive or maybe even a little less expensive than two years of graduate school.

So...yeah. I don't know if this is actually going to be feasible, but it's what I'd really like to do. I need to go back to Japan, and I think this sounds like a good way to get that accomplished. I mean, I need to look into scholarships (language school seems to average around a little less than $10,000 for one year, plus housing, food, airfare, etc), and getting a visa and all that jazz, but I'd really like to do this. I miss Tokyo like burning.

And Joel said he's willing to come with me. What more do I need?
So, in my various life plans that I have mapped out for myself, ever since I decided that I want to work in the anime/manga industry I've planned on doing an internship for one of the big publishers. When Joel said he DID NOT want to live in LA this summer, I kind of resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't be doing an internship after all and I just needed to be awesome enough academically that my lack of practical experience would be overshadowed. But today I was looking at Viz's website...their internship program just opened. It's May through August, I would have to work 12-20 hours a week, and I could do an editorial internship where my knowledge of Japanese would be "a plus". HOWEVER, Viz is in San Francsico. That's a solid hour away from here, probably an hour and a half with traffic and getting to their office. Do I want to commit myself to that? Is it worth it? I really don't know...what would you guys do?

long week

Apr. 30th, 2009 10:19 pm
This week feels like it has been dragging on forever. I don't know why...maybe it's because I'm going home this weekend? Because I get to see Les Mis with my brother? Who knows.

Vanity )


Since everyone is graduating I've been thinking about the future and grad school and all that jazz. I'm considering dropping the double History/Fem Studies major down to a Fem Studies major and History minor so I can do school part time next year. I'd take like 5-10 units a quarter, work a lot, and be able to focus more on Japanese and media studies, which is technically what I want to do, anyway. I like history, but Feminist Studies at this school is closer to what I want to actually do, whereas history was a way to access Japanese culture. With my East Asian Studies minor, that's not really necessary anymore. I have to find out about financial aide for part time students, because if they'll still cover my tuition and living expenses, I could save part of my paycheck instead of spending the whole thing every month.

As for graduate school, I've been trying to look outside of just the West Coast. Sheri, one of my co-workers/bosses, is going to graduate school in Illinois at Urbana-Champaign next year and she told me I should look at the university, cuz it was pretty cool. I looked at the site on a lark, and they actually have a really good program that matches my interests REALLY well. Like, they have faculty that do Japanese media studies and gender and transnational cultural flows. Omg. The University of Pittsburgh, University of Indiana, and Duke University were all really good, too. Sooo...I might be switching coasts, or moving to the middle-ish, at least for a while. We'll see. I'm also going to apply to the University of Hawaii Manoa, UCSB, and UCLA. So many choices.

library

Feb. 24th, 2008 06:59 pm
I am really tired for no obvious reason.

I think I am addicted to Lolita. I ordered this dress from closet child and I cannot waaaaaaait for it to get here. It's suppoed to come this week. <3 I'm also thinking about ordering the daisy skirt in black and pink from this website. I recently returned an xmas gift that gave me thirty bucks to throw around and this is only $46 so...yeah. I would kind of rather get this skirt, but it's $100 instead of $46 so that kind of settles that. See, I am trying to be reasonable about this.

I really should save my money for Japan. I want to do the TokyoPop editorial internship this summer and go to UCLA for summer school, but I want to keep my job at the library. I dunno. It would just be so exciting to live in LA for 6 weeks, lol.

japonaise

Feb. 10th, 2008 07:51 pm
So, I'm thinking about this summer because I am very bored at work. I wanted to do an internship, but that was going to be hard because neither of the ones I want to do are paid and they are in SF and LA. But! I just realized that I'm going to be an undergraduate for a whole extra year. I can do my internship next summer, just as easily as I could this year. So, now I'm thinking about what I want to do. UCLA offers an intensive intermediate Japanese course that I could take. What is "intensive" you ask? Oh, just being in Japanese class/discussion from 9:00 AM until 1:50 PM with two ten minute breaks and one forty minute break in between, five days a week. I was thinking about doing an internship in addition to this, until I actually looked at the schedule which is omfg intensive. However, getting a whole extra year of Japanese out of the way? A very good idea. I might even be able to take some Chinese my last year, which would look good to the Asian Studies master's programs I will be applying into. I wish I could take a fourth year of Japanese, but we don't even offer it here at Santa Cruz because I wasn't thinking Asian History when I applied. Also! If I go to UCLA for summer school, I can go to Anime Expo, lol, which would be exciting. They have Lolita panels and meet-ups. :)

rorita!

Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:29 pm
I have made my first (brand) Lolita purchases! I bought this dress and this coat! I spent a little more than I wanted to, but the coat was a really good deal, so I just went for it. And I can wear it on non-lolita days because it is adorable! Now that I have (or will have, on like thursday supposedly which is ridiculously fast given that it's coming from Japan) some "burando" as they call it, I'm thinking of buying some cheaper, non brand dresses from fanplusfriend, cuz they're a little simpler and a good way to build a wardrobe. Not that I freaking need a Lolita wardrobe, this is like a sickness, but it's a sickness I am slightly enjoying right now, although my bank account is really, really not.

In other news, scratch my Davis/Lodi plan because Joel couldn't get it. They closed their application period earlier than expected so, barring severe financial issues, Joel will be a UCSC student next fall. I'm both excited and a little disappointed. I was looking forward to living somewhere new and having new experiences and stuff, and I'm not really looking forward to the idea of doing a fifth year for no reason other than to be with Joel and "enrichment". I'll probably get my Lit major, since I'm only like 5 classes off anyway, and an East Asian Studies minor, which will look really good, so that's good at least. And if I run out of financial aid or start to hate school, Elena is probably doing a fifth year so I can live with her and just work full time or something. This school is better for Joel anyway. And I am happy that we'll actually be in the same town all the time, not an hour apart like Davis and Lodi would have been.

Speaking of Joel, I left him at my house watching the super bowl with a bunch of people and he was supposed to come say goodbye when it was over. Where is he? Is the super bowl still going?

Oh, and I did not do my homework this weekend and now I am a little OMFGSTRESSSSSEDOUT. But I can do it! I have the power!

life plans

Jan. 13th, 2008 07:34 pm
Soo, I know I change my LIFE PLAN about a thousand times a year, but I just had an exciting new planning moment that I wanted to share. PLUS, it's really not that different from what I was planning before, it just doesn't invole another stupid year in santa maria.

LIFE PLAN pt. 2047 )

There you go. I change my plan constantly, but right now this sounds right. He still might come to Santa Cruz, but there are some drawbacks to that whole idea. Like, we'd end up being together for like 6 months, then distance again for another year. So, Santa Cruz was really only good in a short term sort of way. I could stay here while he went to school, but money would become a very big issue in that scenario. Will see how it works out.

intern

May. 18th, 2007 04:51 pm
Man...so, as my actual life career, right now I want to work as a translator/adapter for a manga company, right? Both Viz Media and Tokyo Pop, the premier manga companies, offer summer internships. The problem? They are based in LA and San Francisco, neither of which I live in, and neither of which I will live in until maybe grad school, and that's a maybe. And I'm not going to just go live in LA or SF to do this unpaid internship, no matter how cool it would be...le sigh. And there really aren't very many opportunities in anything even approaching my field in the greater Santa Maria or Santa Cruz area. Le sigh, again.

I'm at work. I don't want to be. I don't really want to be doing anything...sleeping. Seeing Joel. Going out to dinner. Diet Coke. Sadly, not an option. I don't get off til eight and when I do I just have to reeeeeead like my life depends on it, which is does. My academic life anyway.

I signed up for classes today. I'm taking Japanese 1, history of Tokugawa Japan, and Asian American Lit. It's going to be a very Asian quarter.
Soooo...who wants to hear my current life plan? It is, of course, subject to MUCH change, but here's what I'm thinking right now:

Life Plan )

If I hate Japanese (the language), this will probably all change and I'll just go to UCLA and get my library sciences degree, but right now...yes. This is the plan, man.

homes

Apr. 15th, 2007 10:28 pm
Does anyone besides me enjoy looking at real estate listings for the general area where they would like to live when they're grown up? It's getting to that time where I start thinking about grad school (I started thinking about college this time in high school) and that makes me think about what comes after grad school, and I honestly can't decide which sounds more daunting. Real life seems harder, but money wise possibly easier since I'll have an actual job and won't have any sort of tuition to pay for, and grad school tuition is the definition of dauting since my mom won't really be able to help.

Money has been a bit of an issue lately. My brother is going to Cal Poly, officially, but apparently the state of California never received his GPA verification thing, so he's not getting any cal grants as of right now. That is where almost ALL of my money comes from, so my mom is understandably dismayed. I think I might have to start working more and definitely work this summer, instead of taking time off and only going to summer school.

Which, btw, I think I'm going to take some classes at UCSB this summer so I can double major if I decide to stay at SC, which I think I'm going to. When I really looked at the pros and cons of transferring I said...Joel doesn't really want to go anymore, so, fuck it, I'll just go for grad school. And that's the plan, man, at least for now. Whoe knows what I'll want to do in a few months because I have been incredibly fickle as of late.

Anywhoo, I'm off to read Little Women...

flashback

Nov. 27th, 2006 07:40 pm
So, I just spent the last few hours filling out a UC application. Hello, flashback to senior year. I'm applying to UC Berkeley as a history major...I don't know if I actually want to transfer yet, but I want to have the option open. Thus, college application all over again. Personal Statements all over again. Blech. Hopefully it'll be worth it.

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