Because I can't fill you in to every itty bitty thing that's happened in the world of Ali since my last entry (and by last entry, I mean the last time an entry was about my life as a student here at Augsburg College), I'll do a bullet-point deal.
- was turned down for what seems like an infinite number of internships, despite my flawless academic record (a cumulative 4.0 GPA) and experiences as a visible leader on-campus and in my departments.
- cannot find an intellectually stimulating full-time job for the life of me. I give tours, and tutor, of course (and I love doing it), but with a puppy and an apartment to pay for, those very part-time jobs suffice only to cover those two expenses--with absolutely no money left over to pay off my computer and VISA bills.
- learned, because of this continual hardship, to never again put all my eggs in one basket. You see, I fully intended to get an URGO grant to study gender representation in video games this summer; and I assumed that, with my outstanding record, I would have no problem securing a grant. I was wrong. And now I have nothing.
- completed 100 hours of research for URGO (definitely not what I originally applied to do, but it was something), and compiled approximately fifty pages of notes from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- was taken to the emergency room, where I found out I had a viral infection attacking my joints--which explained my week-long total inability to move without severe pain. This, in turn, kept me from attending my last two Intercultural Communication classes--and from taking the final exam. Luckily (although I don't use that word very often anymore), my professor let me take it a few days after, and I nailed it (a perfect score).
But the way I see it--the way I've come to expect life to be--sooner or later, Lady Luck will quit being such a bitch.