Month: September 2015

2016 (Plus December 2015)

Hey friends, family, and coworkers. Most of you live in Arizona, so this is for all of you. I am writing this blog post both to share my excitement of the adventures I will be having in 2016 as well as to be saying farewell to my Phoenix friends.

Firstly, I will come right out and say the major thing that is happening this December, for 2016. I am moving to Boston, Massachusetts, to live and be with my boyfriend, Dylan, who I have had the pleasure of falling in love with for the last 6 months. Know that this is not a split-second decision. I prayed to God at the beginning of this year, 2015, to take me out of Arizona. When I met Dylan, on March 20th, 2015, I knew that moving to Boston was going to be a possibility if the two of us fell in love. Yes, I knew it was a possible outcome even before I knew I loved him with all of my heart- that is just what you get with someone who is as analytical as me! God is answering that prayer to leave this place, and I will be happily vacating my lovely apartment and starting a life with the most amazing man on the planet (in case anyone needs clarification, NO, we are not getting married before I move there) in December, 2015.

So, from the beginning, this is my plan for December 2015 and all of 2016. Firstly, this is my last year of college. My final semester, which will be this upcoming Spring, is going to be done fully and completely online. That is why I am able to move to Boston before my graduation month of May, 2016. I will be moving to Boston in December instead of May because in any long distance relationship, if you CAN be with the person, you SHOULD be with them. I wish I could have moved to Boston months ago, but I believe the long distance portion of my relationship with Dylan is and will always be a blessing and a gift; it has made us strong, resilient, and we love each other more deeply because of this distance. I digress; December 12th, 2015, I will be officially leaving Arizona and will no longer be a resident of Arizona. As of December 1st, I will be moved out of my apartment and into a temporary living place for the last 2 weeks of the school semester (probably my parents’ house). This blog is partially to tell all my friends and family, and partially to give you all time if you want to get together before then. Two months, and I will be saying farewell to all things Arizona. Two months, and I will be starting the best adventure of my life in Boston with the man of my dreams.

After I move to Boston, I will be (hopefully) working right away and finishing up my degree, which I will come home for the graduation ceremony. Next summer, I am planning a trip to South Africa (with my boyfriend) as a volunteer trip through IVHQ (International Volunteer Headquarters), teaching kids how to surf and spending time overseas for about 4 weeks. Then, I will be hopefully pursuing a National Interpreting Certification, which will allow me to become a Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, and I will start my career in that.

Obviously, all of this is fluid, which means any detail could be shifted or changed or dates for certain things could move. But I know, for a fact, that my heart is in Boston with my Dylan, (YES, he has the same name as my brother) and moving there is already set. My ticket is paid for, my belongings are in order, and I am ready to take the biggest leap of faith and most exciting trip of my entire life.

With all that, thank you to everyone in Arizona who has helped me, supported me, encouraged me, loved me, and been a friend to me. You all know who you are and you all know exactly what you have done in my life and for me. This is my invitation to message me on Facebook, text me, email me, do all of that in order to spend some time with me before I leave. Thanks again and I love each and every one of you.

To Boston I go!

Elise

Dear Future Employers, This Is Why I Have W’s On My Transcripts

Dear future employers, this is why I have so many W’s on my transcripts.

If you do not know what a W is, that’s great! I will explain it to you. If you do know what it is, that’s also great! You understand the terminology that colleges use to refer to a student who has withdrawn from a class after the (usually one week long) add/drop period.

I have some reasons for these W’s. It is not because I am lazy. It is not because I was failing the class. It is not because I cannot handle a large course load.

For starters, I would just like to say that currently I have a 3.75 GPA, and I am in my final year of college at Arizona State University, so I have one more year if I want to get my GPA up to Summa Cum Laude status, which is 3.8 or above. I have been a consistent student, going to ASU for 3 years, since the age of 17. At this point, all of my general studies are completed, and now I am just taking upper division English electives to fulfill my upper division requirements.

You could say that I am a good student. That is why I would like to explain the oh-so-dreaded W looming on my transcripts waiting for someone to say, “Why did you withdraw from so many classes in your time at Arizona State?” Instead of waiting for that question to come, I have decided to answer it in the form of this blog post, because it will help me feel better about the situation and hopefully help people understand that W’s aren’t all that bad.

  1. There was NO description of the course on the course catalog
    This drives me crazy! Sometimes, when universities put classes up on a course catalog, they write a succinct, not descriptive paragraph about what you will be doing in the course. I understand they have thousands of classes to describe, but students are paying for this kind of thing when they pay their tuition! Sometimes you do not really get a feel for what the course is about til after the one-week mark, so you choose to withdraw from it, leaving a big fat W on your records. This is not something to panic over, and it shouldn’t be a big problem. You did not know what you were getting into, that’s all.
  2. The class turned out to be CRAZY
    So, I have a specific example for this one. I had a really busy schedule a few semesters ago, and I was trying to fit as many iCourses (online classes for on-campus students) into my schedule as possible. I chose to fulfill my science requirement through a Geology course, and I chose to do it online. Unfortunately, the professor was not the one actually facilitating the online course, it was a Teacher’s Aide (TA). I was having difficulty with the material, so I emailed the TA for help. She/he basically told me I needed to figure it out on my own. Well, TA, the purpose of a teacher is to help the student learn the material, so I think I’m gonna have to W your class. Later on, I took Astronomy, in person, and totally aced it. Sometimes the class turns out to be unrealistically difficult. Anything 100 level should not be causing you to lose sleep at night.. hence, the W.
  3. You have a really horrible thing happen, or just LIFE happens
    So, this has been the cause for some of my withdrawals in the past. It is NEVER a problem to give yourself a break sometimes. I have had 2 pretty rough breakups since I started college 3 years ago, and I would be lying if I said that they did not make me have to take a couple steps back and work on my own mental health for a few months. This caused me to release some of my more time-sucking courses, which were never REQUIRED courses, just electives that I chose which happened to be rather difficult.
    Also, I might add, that the important thing is I did not DROP OUT completely, although at times it was tempting. I kept on working hard and busting my booty, and got through 2 and a half years so far (I have one more year; I will be graduating one semester early, woo!)
    Another thing I would like to say about this one: dropping those courses was the best decision I ever made, because 3 W’s on my transcripts look ALOT better than 3 C’s or 3 B-‘s. I would say that because I withdrew from these classes, I was taking care of my GPA. Quality over quantity. And, to counter those semesters when I only took a few classes, I have semesters like the one when I took TWENTY credit hours, or this semester, I am taking 18 credit hours, applying for a 10 hour a week internship, and starting to work full time in about a month. Yeah, for every tough semester, I have one that I totally kicked butt in.

Those are my reasons. Everyone has different reasons, and I would never suggest you withdraw from a course after 12 weeks of taking the class and slacking off. Failing a course is never a good reason to withdraw from it, because you should not have allowed yourself to fail in the first place! All of the courses I have withdrawn from have been within the first 2 or 3 weeks of class, and I just realized they were either not for me, or I took on too much at once. Either way, do not be afraid to have a W on your transcripts. It shows that you know your limits and are able to give yourself the proper amount of coursework while still doing an excellent job.

So when I do the tallies, I have 7 W’s. But, I have 2 A+’s, 14 A’s, 4 A-‘s, a B+, 3 B’s, and my LOWEST grade, one B-. (Central Arizona College grades don’t show up, thankfully, I got one C there and that’s a whole other story).

Pretty much, I have 7 W’s, but 24 good grades and an AWESOME GPA to make up for it.

Thank you all for reading, and I hope you understand W’s a little bit more!

Elise