UPDATE: As of June 3rd I’ve been awarded a scholarship by my university that covers have of the JanTerm trip. Therefore, I’m already halfway to JAPAN!!! :’D
Hey guuuuuuyyyyys!!! ❤(ӦｖӦ｡)
I managed to survive my junior year of college and started summer vacation. I’ve been back home since May 15th, but my computer continues to give me problems. It’s a nearly four year old HP Compaq Presario CQ57 and it’s gotten quite shitty over the past few months. I have the WordPress app on my phone to check on comments and things, but I type much faster on my computer. Sadly, typing too fast causes the entire thing to lag by 5 – 10 minutes. It’s really time for a new computer. One that will actually last longer than 3 years.
I’m open to recommendations if you have then, but I despise Windows 8. *hisses and runs away*
BUT enough about my computer problems~ (´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ω°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥｀)
I also have a bit of JanTerm related news, but I’m honestly trying not to get my hopes up (because pessimism runs very deep for me). This upcoming January will be the last off-campus JanTerm to Japan before I graduate. I tried going during my sophomore year, but I was nowhere near having the funds to afford the trip. It hurt, a lot. Nearly all of my friends had left out of the country for the month, and I was stuck taking a class to help give me some idea about what I wanted to do after graduation. (I still don’t know what I want to do to be honest >~>;;;). I wanted to be a part of those adventures and see what they saw in the pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I was super excited for them and I happily listened to their stories because they inspired me to travel. The stories motivated me into trying harder and aiming for a semester abroad the following spring. Though, it hurt even more when I was rejected for that spring semester abroad this past school year.
Pessimism is something that I’m still working through, but it’s hard to get passed two failed attempts. This third try is my last opportunity to travel with my language professor and other Japanese language learners from my school. A last attempt to live with a host family for a week and to travel with some of the younger students I met while I’m still in college. True, the opportunity to go to Japan will always be available after I graduate, but to live in a foreign country for a month before deciding to move there before I turn 26 is something I don’t want to miss out on.
I’m gonna go for it! ٩(๑òωó๑)۶
Heck, I’m 21 years old now. I’m going to buy my passport next week while filling out job applications. The price is a steep $5,000, but homestay cost, visa, plane ticket, etc are included in it. Sensei also mentioned that the price goes down as more people register for the trip. Chances are I will be working full-time to help pay for things, so I can’t say when I will be able to continually update the blog. I still have episodic reviews for Binan Koukou to finish, and I’m thinking about adding a translation section for one-shots from the January issue of CIEL magazine. (BTW, I still need to show you guys a more in-depth version of my copy of CIEL.)
I say this a lot, but I really miss this blog when I don’t update. Writing for you guys makes me happy and brings a smile to my face. I really want to try making a video at some point, mostly because I feel as if my words don’t fully describe things. Especially my Anime Matsuri reviews. I honestly have a feeling written words won’t fully get my excitement across, so I’ll pop out my digital camera, open Movie Maker and make a vid this summer. I have so many things to squeal about~
Look forward to it? I really hope so!(ㆁωㆁ*)
Until then guys,