It's hard to believe that one month from today I will be done with classes, and two months from today I will be in Spain anticipating my first day of orientation. I think it feels so far away because there is so much packed into this next month. If I calculated correctly, over next 30 days I will have 6 big tests, 3 big projects, and 3 big papers (this includes exams). Wow...that's a lot of work ahead of me. Does this make you want to apply or go back to college? haha I bet not. But in all reality it won't be that bad. Everything will get done and it truly is a blessing to be here and receive an education.
Another blessing in my life is the amount of work/jobs I have outside of school - especially after working at a Christian camp this summer that didn't pay extremely well. This fall I have had five jobs that are averaging a total of 15-20 hours per a week (on top of 18 credits of class). Therefore, as you might deduct, if you are looking for a job on campus you will most likely be able to find one. It may take a little bit of searching but beware... you might find yourself over involved like me.
- DeVos Doorguard - I sit at a table at Hope's basketball arena and direct people to the coachs offices, the ticket office, and sometimes give tours of the arena. Lots of times I am able to simply do homework. This is one of the most coveted jobs on campus.
- Student Blogger/Tweeter - I blog and tweet for Hope. You are hopefully benefiting from the product of my work as I try and provide insight on the life of a college student.
- Tutor - I provide help to a student in a lower level accounting class that I took last year. We meet once or twice a week. It's a great job because I am able to review old material and it is very rewarding to see my tutee grasp the concepts being taught.
- House Sitter/Dog Care - Multiple times this semester I have taken care of one of my professor from last year's house while he was on vacation. He lives about a mile from Hope and he owns a hot tub that I have full access/permission to use when he's gone.
- Yardwork - For my professor and his neighbor I have mowed their lawns, raked leaves, and done various other chores.
In the words of a retired Hope professor, "I would rather wear out than rust out."
P.S. Check out this clip from Hope Men's Soccer game vs Domincan last weekend. With 17 seconds left they score off a corner kick to win the game. This should be on ESPN. Truly amazing. I hope to go to their game this weekend.