I would first like to point out that they've released two teasers for Mockingjay: Part 1! These propaganda-style videos are so creepily awesome. The first one leans enough on the creepy side that I can't bring myself to rewatch it, but the second one is both awesome and creepy, so here it is, in case you haven't seen it yet:
Now on to the actual topic of the day. My college experience thus far has not been very typical. During my freshman year, in which I was a double Music/Creative Writing major at Adams State University, I had a breakdown that led to my OCD diagnosis. Though I had some very good friends there, I wasn't reaching my full potential. I needed a more academically challenging and rewarding program, and I really missed interacting with people of my own religion. So I decided to apply to transfer to BYU - Idaho.
I was accepted there for sophomore year and put on the Winter/Spring track. For those of you who don't know, BYU - I has a trimester system with assigned tracks of two semesters. I'd applied too late for Fall, so being put in Winter made sense, but it also made me uneasy because of my fibromyalgia, which leaves me especially sensitive to cold. Rexburg, Idaho, happens to get very cold in the winter.
It's a bit of a miracle that I managed to make it to Winter semester at all, given how horribly I did over the summer. There are a lot of people to be credited for helping to stabilize me enough that I could resume college. It was at BYU - Idaho, as you know, that I finally got my diagnosis and was able to get a lot more help. I ended up really enjoying the way the school works, even though I made next to no friends and had a rough time with one of my teachers.
By the time I'd been there a month, though, I knew I needed to go back home. My fibro was indeed unhappy, I was still struggling with my OCD, my family was having troubles, and most of all, I wanted a second chance. Now that I knew BYU - I was the right place for me, I wanted to back up to summer and then return in a more healthy and prepared state so that I could feel like I really was making a life change.
As you know, I returned home in April and have been here ever since, taking a few online classes and going to counseling. I was terribly (and inexplicably) sick for about a month after my return, with multiple ER trips, which I can't say I enjoyed. But now I'm doing pretty okay.
In counseling, we've been figuring out how I can go to college and thrive there. As such, I've got a few updates. First, Fall semester recently opened up to all BYU - I students because of a low registration rate, and I was able to get in. I am currently scheduled to return in September. I am also working on getting the paperwork in to appeal my actual track assignment. I'm hoping to change to Fall/Spring so I can avoid the coldest months and so that I have a more varied schedule with breaks in between for my mental health. I have no idea whether they'll accept my appeal, but I really, really hope so.
I also have been prescribed an emotional support animal. An ESA is a service animal granted to people with emotional and mental issues who would benefit from the company of a pet. ESAs are legally exempt from animal restrictions in housing and airplanes. So I get to take a cat to college when I return, which will be a huge relief. Because of this, I am currently looking to adopt! My family has four cats already, but all of them are bonded with other members of my family, and it's best to adopt a kitten for this anyway so that they become used to travel early in life. I'm currently talking to the local animal shelter about a very lovely (and amusing) male tuxedo kitten in foster care. I hope very much that it goes through because he seems like a wonderful little baby and I just want to kiss his face right now.
That's the update for the moment! When I get me my baby kitty, I will post a picture, of course. 😊 I'm hopeful that all of this will improve things for me.
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