SENIOR YEAR UPDATES VI

Friday, February 24, 2017



Senior year is flying by. We’re already at the sixth (!!) installment of this thing. I’m supremely proud of myself for keeping this up, lol.


Previous monthly updates -


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STARTED ANOTHER NOVEL! I can’t remember when I started it, but I know I definitely worked on it during February. I wrote about nine thousand words, and I used a different technique from the usual chronological style of novel writing, which was kind of cool. I’ll be writing a post on it soon, so stay tuned!


EDITED A MUSIC VIDEO. It’s coming soon--promise!


DID A PHOTO SHOOT WITH JORDAN ROTH. Also coming soon! Jordan and I went to this historic orange grove in Riverside, and then we drove around downtown Riverside. It was really fun! Except for the part where a couple of weird people talked to us.


HAD A CHURCH LOCK-IN. Along with four of my fellow youth grouper people, I helped plan a church lock-in on President’s Day weekend. It was really fun--we played lots of Mafia and ate a lot of junk food, had an epic game of Sardines (involving glow sticks), talked a lot, and finished it up with breakfast at a local cafe. I love hanging out with the kids at my church, so it was awesome to spend more time with them and get to know them better.


RELISHED THE RAIN (and missed the sun). California’s been in a really big drought for a really long time, and all of a sudden, God decided to dump a lot of rain on us this year. Which is cool, but also kind of weird. It’s been raining every single weekend, and while I love the chance to drink lots of hot chocolate and stay inside, I miss wearing shorts, which I’d ordinarily be doing at this time of year (haha). Never realized how much I loved Southern California’s weather until now.


GOT ACCEPTED TO ANOTHER COLLEGE. I honestly wasn’t expecting to hear from another college until March, but University of California, Irvine, sent out acceptances to me and some other kids from my school. They invited me to their honors program, which was cool, but although the college is nice, it’s a little too close to home for my taste.


HAD MY FIRST JOB INTERVIEW. I applied to Chick-fil-a at the tail end of January, and had an interview just the other day for a cashier position there. (I used Sophia Fulton’s tips for writing a resume to help boost my chances of getting the job, so shout out to her!) I’m pretty sure the interviewer liked me, but since my college is still up in the air and I will most likely not be sticking around to work any longer, she decided against hiring me. She was impressed with the resume, though, so seriously--go check out Sophia’s post! (I used a basic Canva template.)


BEGAN TUTORING! I had the opportunity to tutor someone for actual money (!!), which has been super cool.


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WAITING. At this point, it’s just a waiting game. Everyone’s always asking me where I want to go, and I literally have no idea because the colleges haven’t sent anything out yet. This next month will bring a lot of news, though, so hopefully by the next update, I’ll have something more substantial. For anyone wondering, though, I’d love to go to UCLA.


EXERCISING. It’s still a constant struggle to get to the gym and run, but I’ve begun doing it more frequently, and it feels good. I’m also trying to run more, and I’ve mapped out different routes that I want to take. And, I’m learning, it’s about pushing myself past the laziness. But getting my desire to exercise and my ability to do so to line up is a struggle.


WRITING. I hit a wall when I was writing my book, so now I’m kind of just trying to figure out where I’m at with it, but it’s coming along, slowly but surely. Any time I can write words that feel genuine is a victory for me, so I’m learning how to win the small battles.


READING. At this current moment in time, I have maybe thirty to thirty-five books checked out from the library. Which is a LOT, even for me. I’ve started to realize that I learn best when I’m reading, and reaping knowledge isn’t just for the classroom. So far, I’ve gotten maybe a quarter of the way through A Tale of Two Cities, halfway through On the Road (it’s taking me a LONG time to read it), mostly through this book that’s analyzing On the Road (literary criticism is fascinating), and through a bunch of middle-grade books (I reread A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck, and it’s just as good as I remembered it). I also went through a book on acting and one on how to NOT write a novel, which was funny and helpful.


PLAYING THE DRUMS! I decided to learn how to play the drums with the remaining time I have in high school, and it’s really fun.


STILL LOOKING FOR A JOB. Re: Chick-fil-a.


→ NEED TO DO ←


BEGIN PREPPING FOR MY MISSION TRIP. Last year, my family and I went to the Czech Republic as part of a missions team for our church. This year, I’m the only one of my family part of the team, and now that I’ve been through it, I’m determined to be bolder and prepare better. I’m planning on going through apologetics and reading more books and preparing questions and things. (Also, please pray for me in this area!)


WRITING. This is on my list every time, so do I really need to say anything else about this? (Lol.)


GET NEW DRESS CLOTHES. For my job interview, I had to borrow clothes--and it made me realize that I own absolutely nothing that would be suitable for an interview. Actually, I just need new clothes in general. My mother told me I needed to go shopping, and my dad actually offered to buy me clothes, which is kind of a sign that I really do need to go shopping.

How are you doing? What have you been up to?

16 comments

  1. Drumming is so freaking fun! Performing is even more so. I have been drumming since I was eight years old. It's a blast.
    And I know what you mean about the exercising. January was my running month, I ran nearly every single day! And although it did me good, it was really hard to get myself out there and actually DO it. Plus, running with your period? Horrible. My mom suggested I try yoga for those too cold/bad period days, and I have been doing it almost every day since! It in the comfort of your home, or outside, and tones you and relaxes you. Helps with stress too! Definitely recommend you try it out!

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    1. It's so much fun! And it's so cool that you've been doing it since you were eight--that's fantastic.

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  2. I love this series.

    http://goldclutter.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you so much! i love writing it <3

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  3. loved reading what you've been up to lately! I can't wait for the photoshoot =)

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  4. YESS! I love my tutoring jobs. What subject are you tutoring?
    I'm so excited for you to be hearing from colleges in the near future :)

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    1. Mostly reading comprehension & math! And I'm excited too!

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  5. Ugh, I'd like to get a job too but at least I'm finally doing work experience! :D It's in a charity shop and I'm happy because people bring in really nice books though I only bought one.

    30+ books out of the library?! That's crazy! I hope you don't get swallowed up by them! I'm trying to overcome my TBR so I'm refusing to pick up more books from the library.

    I'd like to exercise more often in the future.

    It's cool that you're learning the drums. My older brother plays them as well. I don't really wanna learn them but I wouldn't mind learning pen tapping/pen beats.

    Can't wait to see your post on the new story!

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    1. Woooo! The charity shop sounds awesome!

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  6. Wow, you're going to the Czech Republic for a missions trip? That sounds like a great opportunity! I'll pray for you!

    Micaiah
    www.notebooksandnovels.com

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  7. You sweet human being. Thanks for the shout out- seriously it means so much to me. Also, I feel you- this waiting game is brutal. Also, this senior series is basically my favorite thing. xo

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    1. Awww, thanks, Sophia! Loved your senior post, by the way :)

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  8. That's so awesome that you're starting a new novel! I can't wait to hear about it:)

    I swear you and Jordan are honestly friend goals.

    That lock in sounds like so much fun! I haven't been to a lock in in agessss.

    I'm praying for you with all the college stuff!!! <3<3<3

    I LOVE A Tale of Two Cities! It's so good, oh my gosh. I'll have to reread that sometime soon. :)

    Where are you going for your mission trip this year? Are you going back to Czech??

    These recaps make me really happy:)

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    1. Lock-ins are awesome! I'm going back to Czech for my missions trip this year, so I'm super stoked!

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