The Twelve-Week Challenge: Day 41

I guess it’s not really surprising, considering that today is Good Friday here in the UK, but today actually has been a good Friday for me.  I’ve applied for a job, found several others to apply for, and done some research into my Janet Evanovich assignment.  And that was on top of shopping and spending time with family.

One thing I did realise today, is that the deadline for BUNAC’s Work America Programme closes in four days.  Four days!!  I hadn’t realised the deadline was so soon.  This means that I now have around three days to decide whether to take up the opportunity of those nice people at the US Embassy offering me student work visa for the summer, for the last time.  It’s very tempting, and it’s probably the last opportunity I’ll have where someone hands me a US visa on a plate.  But the sensible part of me just wants to settle down with a job and somewhere to live; not to delay the start of my future life any longer.  I’m torn; I really don’t know what to do.  As well as me, there’s also my cat, The Bish, to a consider.  He’s currently residing in a local cattery, which I’d booked him into when I thought I was going to China.  As I’d decided to visit my mum, and have a week in London, I decided to leave him to have a little holiday.  Although I’m not sure he will be so happy about it when I pick him up in just over a week.  Anyway, I’m not sure if I could leave him as he’s getting older now.  But as I’ve always said, I wouldn’t want to be stopped from doing something like going abroad by a pet, but it is difficult.  He is part of me and has got me through some difficult times.  I’ve missed him while he’s been away this week.  While we still have Matt Damon, the guinea pig (I’m not sure I ever told you that story, but I’ll save it for another day), it’s just not the same as cuddling Bish.

So, if anyone has any suggestions for what I should do, in the next stage of my life, answers  on an e-postcard are always welcome.


The Twelve-Week Challenge: Day 27

After yesterday’s non-day, today has been quite busy. Last night I ended up with about four hours’ sleep. I started out with a 9am meeting with my Study Coach at Uni, where we discussed my remaining presentations and I raised my concerns about hitting, or rather not hitting, the deadline. We had a long chat about it, but in the end, I felt that I am not behind with my work, and as long as I can work through the meltdown, should it arise (who am I kidding?!), then it’ll be fine.

After seeing my Study Coach, I went to a presentation being given by BUNAC, the company that can help me get a student visa for America to work for the summer. I have to say it’s very tempting, and having almost completed my degree in American Studies, it would be good to know what it’s like to work in the States. Following that, I headed to the train station where I caught the train to Bristol, where I my cousin and her family.

Anyway, I almost dozed off just then in the middle of this blog! So time to switch off and get some sleep…

Back to the Future

Happy new year everyone.  I do realise that we’re already halfway through January and this is my first blog post of 2013.  People have been asking me when I’m going to write a blog, and I keep telling them, when I’m ready.  Well, I guess I’m ready now.

After two months of waiting, I just received an email from the Fulbright Commission telling me that they regret to inform me that I have not been shortlisted for an interview.  As you’ll know if you’ve been following this blog, a Fulbright Scholarship would have given me the opportunity to do further study in the United States, something which, due to the high costs involved, I am unable to fund myself.  I am disappointed, although I had a feeling this is the answer I would be getting.  I even thought to myself this afternoon, I hope they let the unsuccessful people know, so that they know and don’t have to wait and wait and eventually make their own conclusions.  But I didn’t think ‘they’; I thought ‘me’.  Which is not being negative, just realistic.  

Anyway, I’m not going to make my first blog post of the year sucky and depressing.  New years should be a time for positivity.  A time to believe in yourself; you have the chance to make this new year work for you, and that’s what I’m determined to do. 

So I’ll look at my other options, of which I have quite a few.  I could look at doing a Master’s degree here in the UK, or even another country.  I could look at getting a job within the field I want.  I could explore the possibility of getting a summer internship, either in the States, through BUNAC, or here in the UK.  I could plan to go travelling after I finish my degree.  Which is most definitely looming.  Anyway, the world is my oyster, and the future is bright, is what I have to say.  And as Doc Brown said in Back to the Future Part III, “Your future hasn’t been written yet.  No-one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it.  So make it a good one.”