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I’m suddenly an arts student!

Posted in Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Fun Times, Kill Jill, Money Honey, Personal, Tra La La, Work on September 26, 2010 by Jill

So, I’m about two weeks into the Interactive Multimedia at College X. Loving it so far, despite the amount of homework it comes with. Learning a lot about design and digital creativity every day.

But it’s tough- going to school, keeping up with school work, working 20 hours a week and trying to have some sort of a life. I go down to 16 hours per week the week after next, so hopefully things will get a little easier.

My class is very, very small. We’re down to 7. And I like it that way. And I can honestly say I like everyone in it. (We had a guy quit. He was less than pleasant. But everyone else is just dandy.)

Here’s my new schedule:

  • Monday: Visual Design
  • Tuesday: Project Management/Multimedia Presentation
  • Wednesday: Web Design
  • Thursday: Audio/Video Production
  • Friday: Flash Design

That’s right, kids. I’m the artsy fartsy student I’ve always wanted to be, not-so-secretly. So, things are pretty chill so far. And my instructor is a very cool chicky who really knows her stuff. I’ll be interested to see where I’m at in a few months.

I’ve been working on a list of goals as of late. The following goals are for this semester (unless stated otherwise).

  1. I will drink more water (and less vodka).
  2. I will keep my part-time job (or stop paying rent).
  3. I will go to bed at a decent hour.
  4. I will apply for at least 12 bursaries/scholarships.
  5. I will leave for school before 8:50am and, therefore, not be late for class.
  6. I will continue working on my novel, and not use lame excuses in order to put it off.
  7. I will continue painting, and not use lame excuses in order to put it off.
  8. I will save cash for Christmas gifts.
  9. I will save enough cash to purchase a 15-inch display Macbook Pro and some design software at the end of the school year.
  10. I will not be impulsive with any purchases over $25.
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And so, life continues.

Posted in Blog News, City X, College Photos, College X, Kill Jill, Links, Personal, Web, Work on August 22, 2010 by Jill

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Nothing like pretty much ignoring my blog all summer, huh?

But you could say I have my reasons. A full-time job. Living in City X. Hanging out with old friends and some new ones. Oh- and I sometimes sleep. And on special occasions, I eat.

So, on the left is me and Jacko (i.e. my partner and crime and husband, pretty much) at graduation. (I’m the one with the funky red hair. And shortness.) Glad to have grad behind me. But then I get to start a Multimedia coarse in the fall at College X. I’ll even be in the same building as where I took Journalism for two years. Cool, huh?

Check out my new site if you have a moment- history and hippie love abound.

Journalism = Accomplished

Posted in Apartment X, City X, College Stuff, College X, General, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X on April 28, 2010 by Jill

After two years of finding sources, doing interviews, writing news stories, two newspaper internships, a math class, a history class, a science class, a media history class, a politics class, a law class… and meeting some of the most amazing people in the world, I’m done Journalism at College X.

I’m actually done.

It feels weird, I have to admit. I finished my last assignment yesterday and got my final marks back (79% in one thing, 86% in the other, for anybody keeping track) and cleaned out my desk. Instructor B stopped me on my way out.

“Are you done?”
“Yup.”
“Congratulations.”

And with tears in my eyes,  I left the classroom I’ve been in for two years.

But the thing is, my college career isn’t yet finished. I’ve been accepted into another program at College X for the September 2010 intake. I’ll be taking a Multimedia course, updating my web skills and pwning n00bs in the process. 🙂

I’ll also be moving into an apartment (well, kind of- a house with three other people) on June 1st and spending my first summer away from home for the first time ever. Daunting, but exciting.

(Photo by cole24.)

Kill Jill: Behind the Wheel

Posted in City X, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Work with tags , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by Jill

This is the car I will be driving someday. (Just humor me, OK?)

My life has suddenly gone from medium speed with little stress to high-speed. With Wi-fi. And on a 3G network.

And I’m going to pretend I know what a 3G network is. Because I was hired (today!) for the summer as a tech support wench for a particular electronics company that shall remain nameless. Let’s just say Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans of their products.

In addition to this change in my life, I’ve also started driver’s ed. Yes, I’m 22 and now learning how to drive. Yes, I should’ve learned ages ago. I am fully aware. Now, I’m sitting in a room full of 16-yr-olds every Wednesday after school.

I even had to pass in my old driver’s ID for a new one, since I got my last ID while in another province. Giving that up was a bit weird, I have to say. I love City X but my ID was something I was still attached to- something that separated me from the pack. And now I’m one of the pack. Kind of.

And then there’s school. I have a month left and I am officially done Journalism at College X. What a strange, strange thought. I graduate in late May. The whole cap-and-gown bit. I’ll miss the program in some ways. In some ways, I so won’t. (Political stories just aren’t my bag, baby.) But some of the first-year kids have become my closest friends. They’re on their internships right now and I miss them already. And it’s only been a week!

I’ve applied to the Multimedia program at College X for next year but have yet to receive my acceptance letter. I’m confident though.

Another significant stage of my life has just flitted by like a feather in the breeze.

(Y’know. Like that one at the first and end of Forrest Gump. You know what I’m talkin’ about, right? Right?!)

(Image by themullett.)

Class is in session

Posted in College X, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal on February 10, 2010 by Jill

Oh, crap.

I thought after Internship II, school would be a freaking cake walk. I thought wrong.

It’s going to be stressful. And difficult. And annoying.

I don’t even have any interesting classes to go to. And by that, I mean I don’t have any classes. I’m just doing two large magazine article-size stories (which I like doing but they take up a lot of time) and a butt-load of lame stories. I have to cover court a couple times and do a sports story and do some municipal and federal-type stories. Yuck, gross, vomit.

And that’s why I’m awake right now, writing this at 2am. Because I am freaking out.

Things Kill Jill Has To Buy For School (Version III)

Posted in City X, College Stuff, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Roommate on August 20, 2009 by Jill
Photo by Doll Joints.

Photo by Doll Joints.

Back to City X: 15 days

School is coming up and soon! I have nine shifts left at the store then I’m back on campus on September 5th. To say “I’m a little excited.” is a tiny understatement. Jenn and I are practically counting down the seconds. I just wish Roomie and Caitlin and Canning were going to be there too- but they won’t get back from their internships until mid-October. Poopoo. I’m looking forward to meeting Lauren (my new roommate) though and getting back to my old routine. Good times.

I’m going shopping on Tuesday so I hope to pick up some of this stuff then.

  • step stool (’cause last year I was getting out of the shower and there was a knock at the door and I thought it was my friend Jenn… but it was actually my friend Canning. Woops… And hey! I had a towel on, don’t be gross.)
  • a new notebook (with coil binding that flips over the top, not to the side- cause journalists write a lot and need to turn pages faster than anybody else. Yeah.)
  • record player (because I’ve recently become a vinyl whore.) Got one! Ordered it online! It’s waiting for me at an electronic shop in City X!
  • speakers (for the aforementioned record player)
  • more plates (’cause I broke a bunch… in anger. Because I’m a badass.)
  • Ethernet cord (’cause my parents stole mine)
  • sticky tack (because tape and tacks aren’t allowed on dorm walls)
  • a little tool kit (because there just aren’t enough tools in my life)
  • a Fat Lil’ Notebook (because I always have one on my desk and go through one every few months)
  • mechanical pencils
  • a butt-load of pens
  • an eyelash curler (because these eyelashes are lovely and deserve some attention
  • hair mousse

Things Kill Jill Has To Buy For School (Version II)

Posted in City X, Classes, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X on August 10, 2009 by Jill

Photo by betolung.

Photo by betolung.

Back to City X: 25 days

  • step stool (’cause last year I was getting out of the shower and there was a knock at the door and I thought it was my friend Jenn… but it was actually my friend Canning. Woops… And hey! I had a towel on, don’t be gross.)
  • a new notebook (with coil binding that flips over the top, not to the side- cause journalists write a lot and need to turn pages faster than anybody else. Yeah.)
  • record player (because I’ve recently become a vinyl whore.)
  • speakers (for the aforementioned record player)
  • more plates (’cause I broke a bunch… in anger. Because I’m a badass.)
  • Ethernet cord (’cause my parents stole mine)
  • sticky tack (because tape and tacks aren’t allowed on dorm walls)
  • a little tool kit (because there just aren’t enough tools in my life)
  • a Fat Lil’ Notebook (because I always have one on my desk and go through one every few months)
  • mechanical pencils
  • a butt-load of pens