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

Posted in City X, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X on July 29, 2009 by Jill

3100661311_48ce60efd2Back to City X: 37 days

This time around, at least I have most of my stuff. And I know not to buy any groceries until I actually get to City X. Because there’s no room in the car otherwise. But here’s some things I really do have to pick up before September.

  • 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)
  • I’ll add more later.

(Image courtesy of splityarn.)

And for something fun, here’s another video from Westwood College.

Eight Things I Miss About College

Posted in City X, Classes, Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Kill Jill, On Campus, Personal, Residence X, Roomie on June 21, 2009 by Jill

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  1. My dorm roommate. She’s not going to be living on campus next year but she plans to live close by. Good. ‘Cause I have a feeling my new roommate isn’t going to just make me chocolate chip brownies whenever I’m feeling blue. Like Roomie did for me this year. (I know, right? Aww.)
  2. Classes. That’s right, I said it. I actually miss learning stuff. Go figure.
  3. My instructors. I saw those guys – the Teddy Bear and the Cactus, as I call them – every day for nearly eight months. I miss the former’s sensitive encouragement and the latter’s sarcastic humor.
  4. My classmates. Well, a couple of them. The ones I talked to regularly, anyway.
  5. My dorm family. This consists of Jenn, Roomie, Caitlin and Canning. You get comfortable with a group of people and then leave them for 4 months. It’s weird.
  6. Drinking. I know, that sounds horrible. But if anything good would happen at college (the end of exams, Christmas, birthdays, Tuesdays), we’d all got out for cuatros margaritas at our favorite downtown restaurant. I miss the laughter that goes along with drinking, not the liquor itself.
  7. City X. Gahd, I miss that town. I miss the music scene. I miss the old buildings. I miss the restaurants. I miss the one-way streets. I miss the culture. I miss the unreasonably high ratio of hipster kids to white gangsters. *le sigh*
  8. Ordering in. As you might guess, Nowhereville doesn’t have an East Side Mario’s. So, I can’t just call them up and have them bring me my favorite meal. Dammit.

(Image by Mel B.)

A Year in Review: 2008-2009

Posted in College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Roomie on May 2, 2009 by Jill

I can’t believe I’m already done my first year at College X. It seems almost strange.  It just went so fast. As a year-end wrap-up, I thought I’d discuss several areas of my life that were affected this year (because I know all of you care so much).

Academic

  • I did very well on my exams, even in Math.
  • I got 100% for my internship mark and might be up for a day internship in the fall.
  • I got along with my teachers and earned the respect (at least, I think I did…) of my peers.

Personal Development

  • I learned how to cook a few things! Go me!
  • I learned that one should wash dishes more than once a week… or get a friend to do them for you. (ahahahaha!!)
  • I learned that I don’t mind living independently and I actually could if I needed to.
  • Probably ate way too many carbs, too much junk food and far too few fruits and veggies.
  • Only went to the gym twice and I hated it. 1) My boobs caused a big oval-shaped sweat pattern on the front of my t-shirt. 2) Fit people and unfit people shouldn’t be made to work out together. 3) I was in pain for days after.
  • Except for my weakness for ordering-in, I was OK with money and even had a couple hundred left over.

Relationships: Friends

  • I made several very close friends, including Jenn, Caitlin and Jaclyn.
  • Although our relationship started off slow and even a little uneasy, I eventually became very close with my roommate, Amanda (but better known as Roomie).
  • I kept in contact with several friends from high school and hung out with a few during my internship. I did, however, lose track of a couple other close friends.

Relationships: Family

  • I called Mom regularly.
  • Didn’t really keep in touch with my cousin but we’re both busy so it’s cool.
  • Didn’t call my grandmother as much as I should. Hmmm.

Relationships: Romantic

  • Had a short-lived (but still kind of complicated) “fling” early in the year with a classmate. We dealt with the awkwardness all year and have only recently been able to become friends again
  • Went on a couple dates with a really great guy that I liked a lot… but sadly, it did not work out. We haven’t hung out since or spoken face-to-face but we’ve texted a couple times. Things seem to be OK.
  • Poop. Maybe next year will prove more fruitful in that department…

I’d love to hear how everyone else’s year went in these arenas!

Internship Diary: Day XVII

Posted in City X, College X, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal, Town X on April 14, 2009 by Jill
Photo by inka7791.

Photo by inka7791.

(I have been seriously neglecting this blog since I started college but I’ve been ten times worse since I started college. I’m not very good at juggling and I’m afraid this blog felt the brunt of that. So, for that, I apologize. But I should have lots of time to get back to updating this blog this summer, starting in early May when the school year has wrapped.)

I have just two shifts left of my internship and then I’m done. I’m taking a a bus back to City X on Monday. Score. I’m seeing one of my favorite musicians perform on Tuesday night with Jaclyn- it’s going to be amazing. Plus, I’ll get to talk to my classmates about their experiences, talk to my instructors about how things went… and just chill out in my favorite town for a week. Huzzah!

I learned a lot during my internship. I also made some significant decisions about my future and career during the last 4 weeks.

  1. I’d like to do some sort of photography biz on the side- pets, children, weddings, etc.
  2. I seriously need to get my driver’s license. Not only do I just need to, I generally just want to.
  3. When I get too old and out-of-touch to write music and/or entertainment news (which is still my passion, for the record), I want to concentrate on Health. (But I don’t plan on aging past 29, so this shouldn’t be an issue.)
  4. Different editors want different things. What was drilled into my head during school is necessarily what all editors will be looking for.
  5. If I ever need a stand-alone photo (which, in my mind, are a waste of time and newspaper page space), find a construction site. Most guys love talking to young, cute reporters half their age and are willing to pose for a photo.
  6. Newspapers love photos of young, cute children. They make the publication seem family-friendly.
  7. Small-town newspapers are not my bag, baby. If I’m going to do the Journalism thing, I’m gonna have to get a gig at a large newspaper in the city or at a magazine.
  8. I do, indeed, plan on taking a Multimedia course after I’m done Journalism. I really want to write for online publications. Even one of the reporters at the newspaper said that was probably a smart move.
  9. I’m never coming back to Town X ever, ever, ever, ever again. All my friends from high school will be gone and graduated so I really will have no reason to. So, yeah.
  10. I want to name my son (if I have one, that is) Everett Henry Demetri LastName. (This isn’t really internship-, writing- or career-related but I just thought I would throw that in there, mostly for my own records.)

*sigh of relief*

Posted in City X, Classes, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X, Roomie, Work on March 14, 2009 by Jill

♫ The JamThat’s Entertainment

Phew! Classes are done and I’m off for a week before I start my 4-week internship at a daily newspaper in the small town I attended high school in. I’m not excited about the internship either. I’m actually dreading it, to be honest.

Photo by maveric2003.

Photo by maveric2003.

But I’ll worry about that next Monday when I start. For now, I get to bask in the glory that is a week of nothing but late nights, waking up at noon, a dorm all to myself (as Roomie has gone back home for the week) and goofing off with Jaclyn. I expect there to be some drinking in there as well. I also have to do a butt-load of writing, cleaning and packing to do this week as well.

Anyway! I’m proud to announce that I passed both of my exams, Law and Politics. *bows in response to wild applause* Thank you, thank you so much. I got a 77% on Politics and 81% on Law. (Shocking, I know.) I’m so glad they’re done. I’m also hoping I won’t be assigned to do a court story or anything to do with politics because after I finished that exam, it completely left my head. Seriously. I don’t think I could remember any of it if I tried.

I know I’ve been slacking off a lot lately. I’m not stupid. I’ve been able to keep doing my Kill Jill’s Awesome Thing Of The Week but that takes about 5 minutes in total to prepare. But give me a little credit- I go to school 9-4(ish), then I work on any blog assignments I have from the half dozen websites I’m writing for now and then I hang out with my friends. I didn’t get to have much of a social life in high school because I lived way out in the boondocks so I’m making up for lost time.

But I have all week to myself (practically) so I’ll try to post a couple entries in there. I’m not sure how much take-home work I’ll be doing during my internship. Maybe none at all, who knows. But I’ll do what I can during that time. And then I’m back in City X for about a week. And then I’m back to the boondocks and back to the convenience store I worked at last summer.

Is it too early to start counting down the days to September?

Kill Jill: Too Immature For Serious Journalism?

Posted in Classes, College X, Humor, Kill Jill, Links, Personal, Web on March 7, 2009 by Jill

Am I too immature for serious journalism? I’d say almost certainly yes. I’ve never wanted to be a serious journalist. But I’ve learned that sometimes, the word journalist is French (or some other weird language) for detective. I don’t want to be a detective. If I wanted to be a detective, I would have spent a lot more time on my Harriet The Spy phase as a little kid.

Photo by Summer Luu.

Photo by Summer Luu.

(Not even joking. I did, in fact, go through a Harriet The Spy phase. Everything was fine… until my friends found my notebook and read some not-so-nice things that I wrote about them… But I digress.)

So, why would I want to even be a journalist then? So I can talk to famous people (and people more interesting than myself), write about it and then be able to say that I’ve met someone famous. Simple as that.

But yesterday morning, I was sitting in class with Jaclyn. The class was asked to think of professional adjectives that we could use on a résumé. I’m assuming we were supposed to think of phrases like “hard-working” and “team player”. But not me.

I’m trying to get all my need for humor and sarcasm out in the form of a comedy book I’m writing when I have a free minute- but it’s difficult to suppress one’s sense of humor when it’s as finely-tuned as mine. (See? Sarcasm. It’s everywhere. Like Herpes.)

Anyway, Jaclyn (who is about as mature as I am) and I kept whispering phrases to each other instead of suggesting serious phrases to the group. Our “professional adjectives” were more like the following:

  • consistently consistent
  • consistently lazy
  • modest about my genius writing and reporting talents
  • dynamic (but in an old-fashioned sort of way)
  • trend-setting
  • aggressive (muthafu**a!!)
  • professional (tee hee hee)
  • hilaaaaaaarious

So, I took a couple quizzes online and here’s what they had to say.

  1. This quiz said I’m acceptable. “You are getting the idea!”
  2. This quiz said, “Ooh. You still have some time to go before one can call you a mature person.”
  3. This quiz said, “You act like you are 19 years old.” (I guess that’s not so bad…)

One exam down, one to go.

Posted in Classes, College X, Kill Jill, Links, Residence X, Web on March 3, 2009 by Jill

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So, I wrote my evil, dreaded Law exam today. SO glad that’s over with. Last night I was really freaking out because I was almost sure I would sit down and just fail the thing. But you know what? I don’t want to jump to conclusions but I’m pretty sure I passed the thing. I know a lost of a load of points on the courts charts but gained a lot on the definitions and libel case studies. Thank g-dawg.

Tomorrow is Politics. Egad. Gotta go study with Jenn tonight, methinks. She and I have been so busy doing the paper since early last week and we finally finished it this afternoon. SO happy it’s done. Frig. Stressful job, tha’is.

So, everyone should go visit this new college site, Dorms 101. It’s pretty freakin’ cool. Just sayin’.