Monday, February 23, 2009

Wanting, wishing, and waiting...

Today was just one of those days where I wished I was somewhere else, doing something else. I found this website that sheds light onto how many people in the US actually have a passport. A whopping 20% or so, of those I wonder how many have actually traveled outside the US/Touristy destinations (Yes Canada I’m throwing you in that category). It’d be a fair guess to say that the 20% of people will never travel and live off the beaten path. So where am I going with all this? Lately I’ve been reflecting on my time as a student abroad. The experience helped totally change the way I looked at things. The opportunity to make friends from everywhere is indescribable. For once in my life I actually got to meet genuine Europeans, Koreans, Chinese, Russians, Uzbekistani, Aussie, and Kiwi flavored personalities. While the experience had both its highs and lows I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Since I’m in the BA/MA program it means that I will soon have another opportunity to do study abroad. I’ve been mulling over where to go. Something keeps drawing me back to Korea…first time was awesome, what would a second one hold? My university is making a huge push to both send and receive international students lately. I am hoping with this rise in funding and awareness that I can successfully pull off another study abroad. Expert planning? Check. Fiscal Shrewdness? Check. Now to make it happen….

Monday, February 9, 2009

Doing Well!

Haven’t update much lately, I’ve been very busy with the new semester in school. I am a senior, can you believe it? When we were young people taught us that education was the key and that once you had it the world would be yours. Unfournately the real world doesn’t work out to be so warm and cuddly. I am graduating into the worst job market…well….probably just about ever, which leaves me two choices. A.) Find a Job or B.) Go to grad school. Needless to say I’ve gone with option B, 70+ resumes and 2 interviews later I am still jobless. I need to maintain my insurance as well (another deciding factor here), one of the medications I’m on is literally $500 (ouch) a month without insurance.

As far as my social life is concerned I am back to normal, living and enjoying the things that I almost had taken away thanks to Ulcerative Colitis. I run, lift weights, practice martial arts and sports. I appreciate life a whole lot more now that I am almost “normal”. I think going through these types of hardships in general help strengthen your spirit as a person. I can only imagine what thoughts go through other people’s heads with more serious conditions. Those being said, enjoy your friends, family, and others. Life is too short to hold grudges or be angry all the time. Even the people you don’t see too often or that live far away think of them and hold them close to your heart. This one goes out to you...

Current Drug Regime:

Lialda 4.8Gm/Day
Prednisone 20mg/day