Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cross Country Roadtrip?

I really want to drive my car back to Oregon after I graduate. Can anyone say Cross Country Roadtrip? I'm starting to create a list of things I want to see. But I would really like to hear other people's suggestions. So share away!

The List Thus Far:
* Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona
* Las Vegas to see some Cirque Du Soleil shows and learn how to gamble (not a ton though)
* Topeka, Kansas - check out Dad's motorcycle that is getting redone
* Sturgis
* Mt. Rushmore
* Badlands
* Yellowstone
* Grand Tetons
God Moments vs. Impatience

I always feel like I need to work on praying more for guidance. I seem to struggle with that a lot internally. Maybe just cause it's in my nature to be very strong willed, impatient, driven, and I think that I have pretty good street smarts that makes me this way. But I have never been the one to stop and pray about what God wants me to do with anything, which classes I should take, what I should do with my life, who I should invest time with, etc. But them I feel like for most of my life, things just seem to fall into perfect place for me. My God moments I call them. Where things could not have a lined up so perfectly without His divine intervention. Not to mention I feel like God made me this way for a reason. Should I just go with it? I'm pretty sure most of those personality traits aren't sins and I like them for the most part. But I do know that God wants us to strive always for our best - so maybe I just need to improve on some of those things. I'm not sure. Just looking for thoughts or comments today. Should I just accept that God made me this way and our relationship is pretty strong, and I love and respect His "God moments" in my life. Or should I start spending more time in prayer asking Him what He wants me to do - rather just going with the flow that is my nature?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Changing my Major:

So I'm officially on my way to changing my major. Technically I'm double majoring - but the school doesn't give out double majors, but I can prove I've taken 24 credits of marketing and 24 credits of management. So whatever. I just added into my 5th class, but its on Tuesday nights so I still have Thursday and Friday off. Tomorrow I am meeting with the management minor chair to change my management major to a minor. Then on Wed. I am meeting with the marketing major chair to change my marketing minor to my major. Crazy, crazy life I live - I know. But what else would you except from Jenna?
MLK Celebration

This morning I had the opportunity to hear Morris Dees speak at my school in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. This guys is pretty amazing. He is known for his dedication to suing hate groups and discrimination controversial cases. Because of his line of work he has become a target for criticism for many of these organizations, receiving death threats and strong accusations against him. There are currently over 30 people in jail in connection with plots to kill Des or blow up his Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). All in all a great honor to hear him speak and he was an amazing speaker. He talks about all hate crimes, not just those involving race, but also religion and sexual orientation. He also talked a lot about the Bible - which I found interesting (I need to do some more research on the prophet Amos now). And also compared the 40 years since MLK, Jr's death to that of the 40 years the Israelites spent in the desert waiting to cross into the Promise Land.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Changing My Major

Yes, I do know I'm a second semester senior. Yes, I do know it is incredibly last minute. Yes, I know it might not work out. But I was looking over my DAS (degree audit summary) on Friday and realized I have taken 24 credits of management courses (current major) and 24 credits of marketing courses (something I realized I am way more passionate about). So hopefully I can either change my major or double major. I'm not sure, but I have a meeting with my academic adviser tomorrow at 1:30PM to find out. I think I'll be able to do more with a marketing major than just a plain management one. But I do know that it is incredibly last minute so I know it might not work out, which is fine with me. But I am going to try. Would you expect anything less of me?

On a side note, MK 402 class we have to follow a blogger who write about social media and write about them on our classes newly created blog: http://marketingandnewsocialmedia.blogspot.com/

And my blogger, Shel Israel actually wrote on my blog and we have been emailing back and forth. Which is incredibly cool (or at least I think so). Or I'm the biggest nerd ever.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Okay - so my roommates found a copy of Juno online so we had a bonding experience watching this movie. (Not that I condone illegal downloading - but it is really convenient. And I'm poor, and I hate movie theatres (that is for another blog)). Plus, I was on duty and I couldn't leave the building. Anyways, the movie is really cute. The lingo is fun and funky and easy to follow if you are a hipster.

Juno MacGuff: Oh, and she inexplicably mails me a cactus every Valentine's Day. And I'm like, "Thanks a heap coyote ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment."

For example.

I dunno, maybe I'm just super emotional about teen age pregnancy/babies from spending a summer working with teen age mothers and/or ex-boyfriend's previous (aka NOT me) relationship ending due to a pregnancy. But these types of movies always make me tear up (okay - so the only other movie like this I've seen in Saved - but I cried in that movie too and I AM NOT A CRIER and I teared up in this movie). Either way - the movie was great. I loved it - will probably get it on DVD when it comes out. Which BTW, Across the Universe comes out on DVD Feb. 5th. Hello early Valentine's Day present to myself. So if you like cute, witty, finding yourself movies (ie, Donnie Darko, Garden State, and Empire Record) chances are you are going to like this one too.
Last semester of college.

It's official. Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 22nd. I start my last semester of my college career. Crazy huh? I think it is slowly seeping in. Although I do need to get up early tomorrow morning and go to the Registrar's Office to find out a couple of things:

1) Why I can't register for my 4th class - long story I can't add my 4th class (which makes me a full time student and thus a RA and can stay on my dad's insurance) because of a financial hold on my record - however, there is no financial hold on my record - confusing huh?
2) When I become a full time student I need to get the paperwork confirming this for my mom to send to my dad's insurance company so I can still get benefits.
3) Figure out if the Registrar's Office actually figure out that little jinx in my Marketing Minor - I talked to the Academic Center and they told me it was nothing to worry about and I'm all set to graduate on time. Yeah for being an overachiever and double minoring. Causes problems left and right.
4) I need to actually sign up for my 4th class - I'm hoping to get into a class called LIT351 - Monsters and Madmen in Media - sounds interesting and fun. Plus, there are 6 books needed for the class that are all classics like Frankenstein - so I'm willing to invest the money into those books (and they are available used at the school bookstore for less that $10/book, which equals roughly a $60 class).

Other classes I am taking this semester:
* MG228 - Managing Diversity in the Workplace - sounds pretty simple - plus it is co-taught by a lady from Academic Services who used to be a RD (Resident Director) and she loves me.
* MK 402 - Marketing and the New Social Media - I believe we are studying about the affects of blogging, YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace have on the marketing world - pretty exciting stuff and it is taught by one of my favorite marketing professors, who had to pull some strings to get me into this class, which I really appreciate.
* NMSC 303 - Coastal Zone Management - taught at Brandies another school in Waltham, so that is exciting that I will get to meet other students from another school, and learn about the coastal ecosystem.

I also need to sign up for another Service Learning Project - I think I have about a week before that is due so I can get my Service Learning Certificate (120+ of community service in the 4 years I have been at Bentley).

I'll update you more on my classes as they come around. And how my attempts of getting things organized at the Registrar's Office goes.

Sorry - I know this is long. I have more things to add to this day. I went to the book store (anyone who has been to college know how much of a rip off this is) for the usual blowing of hundreds of dollars to find out at that a. MG 228 doesn't have a text book, and b. MK402 only has two books, but they aren't text books - they are actual best sellers that only cost $25/each and I would have probably bought them anyways - cause I'm a nerd like that.

And I got home from this exciting shopping trip to find an email from a student wanting to buy a boring textbook I posted online on ibeatmybookstore.com for $40 bucks. I only paid $60 so it seemed good since I wasn't going to EVER use that horrible textbook again.

Also, did I mention that I only have class Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday? Oh the life of a senior, 3 days of school, 4 days of weekend. I think I'm gonna get another (I already have 3) job. I need the money anyways.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Adventures in Key West
While overall I have a great time in Key West with Sam, we decided that Key West is the reminds us of Pleasure Island from Pinocchio. The place where all the boys go to drink, smoke, play pool, gamble and oh - turn into donkeys. Key West is everything that your parents tell you is bad, yet they do while there. There were no kids there, and we were probably some of the youngest people there.

Things we did:
  • Snorkeling - saw a Nurse Shark, Barracudas, and Parrot Fish
  • Scootering around the island
  • Getting hit on/free drinks from older men
  • Riding a trike around Duval street ending in an accident and Sam getting a "Trike Burn"
  • Almost getting suckered in to joining a cult
  • Tanning - A LOT
  • Other unmentionable things - you will have to ask me about that personally

Monday, January 07, 2008

Other than the fact that I have no idea where I am going to be living post my May 17th graduation date. Here is my post-college apartment (house?) wish list. Just for fun and I will probably add to this as I get distracted constantly.

Post College Living Wish List:
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer - in ice (up for color change)
  • Ultimate Sack - bean bag chair (the 6 footer one) in black or navy
  • Cool Starbuck's Coffee/Tea maker (do those exist even?) - what ever is on sale when I graduate/move out

Friday, January 04, 2008

One thing I look forward to do after I graduating and moving out of my mother's house would be going to Goodwill/Ikea and getting a ton of really cool/funky bookshelves painting them and fixing them up then taking all my books out of my mom's attic and finally having a place for them. Sorry I'm in a reading craze this past week and I'm just totally pumped about that.

I am currently reading: