Today, I'm going to write about recent developments in my future plans. But first, I would like to point out that they have now released two teasers for Mockingjay: Part 1. These propoganda-style teasers 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:
So. Now on to the actual topic of the day.
My college experience thus far has not been very... typical. My first year, in which I was a double Music/Creative Writing major, was at Adams State University, at which I ended up having my first of two consecutive breakdowns that led to my OCD diagnosis. Though I had some very good friends there, I realized that 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 over spring break, I decided to apply to transfer to BYU-Idaho.
I was accepted and put on the Winter/Spring track. For those of you who don't know, BYU-I has a three-track system, with a Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters, to which students are assigned two upon admission. I had been too late to apply for Fall, so being put in Winter made sense, but it did make us uneasy, because of my fibro. Fibromyalgia has issues in extreme temperatures, and in my case, I'm especially sensitive to cold. Rexburg, Idaho, happens to get very cold in the winter.
It's honestly a bit of a miracle that I managed to make it to Winter semester at all, given how horrible I was doing over the summer. There are a lot of people to be credited for that, for helping to lift me up and stabilize me enough that I could resume college, albeit very unhappily. It was there, as you know, that I finally got my OCD diagnosis, and was able to get a lot more help thanks to that. I also 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 at the end of Winter semester. My fibro was indeed unhappy (at one point I had to get an anti-inflammatory shot in my butt, true story), I was still struggling immensely with my OCD, my family was/is having a freak ton of 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 restart, to back up, go back 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 and transferring and going to college. Also, so I could make friends.
As you know, I returned home in April, and have been here ever since, taking a few online classes and going to counseling but just generally existing. I was terribly sick for about a month after my return, as well, with multiple ER trips, which I can't say I enjoyed. But now I'm doing pretty okay, ignoring the intense stress level that is my family life. In counseling, we've been working on figuring out how I can go to college and thrive there.
As such, I've got a few updates. First of all, Fall semester was recently opened up to all BYU-I students on a limited basis, because of a low registration rate, and I was able to get in. I am currently scheduled to return to BYU-I, not in January, but September. In accordance with that, I am now working on getting the paperwork in to appeal my entire track decision. I'm hoping to change to Fall/Spring, so I can avoid the coldest months for my fibro and so that I have a more varied schedule with breaks in between for my anxiety issues. The paperwork should be ready soon, and I have no idea whether they'll accept my appeal, but I really, really hope so because I don't know that I could handle my current track even at a more stable place in my life.
I also have been accepted to get an emotional support animal. Basically, an ESA is a subtype of service animals granted to people with emotional and mental instabilities who would benefit greatly from the company of a pet. ESAs are given legal exemptions to animal restrictions in housing and airplane. So, I get to take a cat to college with my return, which will be a huge relief to me. Because of this, I am currently in the market to adopt a cat! We have four cats already, but all of them are quite fond of other members of my family, and anyway, it's best to adopt a kitten for this so that they become used to travel and changes in location early in life.
At the moment, I am in talks with the local animal shelter about a specific, very lovely (and amusing) male tuxedo kitten currently in foster care. I hope very 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 your update for the moment. I am attending school again in September and I am in the process of both appealing my track decision and getting an ESA for college. When I get me my baby kitty, I will post you a picture, of course. :) I'm hopefully that all of this will make things easier for me.
Thanks for reading, guys, and thanks for your support through the past couple of years. And speaking of a couple of years, please do come back next time for our two year blogaversary with a blog post roundup!
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I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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