Tuesday, January 26, 2010

First Days in Chicago

Hello all!

PRAISE THE LORD! He's been watching over me and everyone here at Chicago Semester!

So much has happened this first week in Chicago and I want to give you all the highlights of what I've done, some people I've met, where I'll be living and where I'll be working!

Overall, I'm so impressed with the Chicago Semester Program. They are supportive but equipping us all in how to get around and be independent. They are always there when we need help. What Annie has been telling NWC students is true, and better than she or I can say!

Here's what's happened so far. Been eating at different places, exploring the city and having a crazy week!

MONDAY: Flew in from Minneapolis, late but the GO Express guys were great! Glad I purchased my ticket online!
Checked in to Hotel Allegro early and got some lunch. When I came back my roommate Keeley Carson was there. She's one of two other roomies I have at Canturbury Court Apartments. We're moving in tomorrow!
The rest of the day was meetings, intros of program teachers and internship advisers. All great people. We got the info of where we were interviewing. I had to choose between Open Books, TC Public Relations and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

TUESDAY: Got our U-Pass for the trains, bus and El. Such a great way to get around!
Then we had to figure out who we wanted to room with and where. The Lord was watching out for me, Keeley and Rachel because there was a lot of competition for Canterbury because of the furnishings and the number of people. Keeley joined last minute and it turned out great. The three of us are going to have a great time.
For the "Taste of Chicago" dinner that night we were split into groups and went to different ethnic restaurants. We went to a Vietnamese place that was fantastic!

WEDNESDAY: Found the apartment we wanted at 10:30am. The layout is open and cozy. Interviewed at Open Books at 3pm. Went well other than being a little late because of the store manager not telling me when I could go up to the offices. Oh well, they seemed ok with it. I got to explore the used book store they run. It's pretty sweet. The PR opportunity I had there would have given me a lot of media experience. A great internship opp!

THURSDAY: I had two interviews. One with TC Public Relations in the morning and the Mexican Art Museum in the afternoon. TCPR blew me away because they are small, but they have a lot going on and I would be helping with a ton of different clients and get to practice pitching, writing and designing. The Mexian Art Museum is a great non-profit where I would do a lot of fundraising.
Had to think long and hard about where I wanted to go, but I think I made the best decision....

FRIDAY: FREE DAY to figure out where we want to go! I chose: TC PR because I immediately clicked with the entire staff and they each have a lot to teach me. I fell if I do well with them, I can go anywhere I want to! So excited to start next week!

Yet to come.....

SATURDAY: Parents ariving Friday night to help me and my roommates move into Canterbury. Then chill with my parents. It's going to be great!

SUNDAY: Rest and get interntet!

MONDAY: Intro to Seminars

TUESDAY: Practicum groups

WEDNESDAY: Prep for Internships

THURSDAY: Start Internships!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Year, New Everything...

Happy New Year!

This Christmas break has been rejuvenating, yet stressful, and coming to an end faster than I realize. It's 2010, the year I graduate! Now that it's here, everything in my life is going to change...

This Christmas season has caused me to have a few breakdowns, or maybe should have but didn't. Like the first blow; leaving Northwestern College, my home for the past 3 1/2 years. I haven't had a good cry about it yet, but I miss my friends so much! I'm restless knowing that most of them will be heading back to school next week. I'll feel like I've done something wrong, that I'm in the wrong place and missing out. But by then I will be doing more to get ready for Chicago.

I haven't been able to do much prep for Chicago because of my second stressor; sinus surgery! Now that I'm almost fully recovered, I know it was the right thing to do. I had a deviated septum repaired and my sinuses cleared of any potentially infectious tissues. Having this done means I can breathe through my nose (miracles of miracles!) and, hopefully, I won't get as many sinus infections that I seem to develop every time I get sick. Annoying! The surgery itself was pretty harsh on my tender sinuses but the recovery time has been quick and I seem to be healing well. Making myself sit and not do anything after surgery was rejuvenating, but it's difficult to do nothing, as odd as that sounds.

However, all this recovery time has cut my time to get things ready for Chicago less than what I anticipated. So that's my last stressor; so little time, so much to do, I want to spend my days with you (it's a song...just go with it haha, My Motto: there's a song for everything :)

Prayer Needed!
  • That I would be able to get my head in the game and get my room and Chicago stuff organized, find my interview suit and not go future-tripping and have a melt-down.
  • Trust in the Lord with All your heart; way easier said than done, but absolutely necessary!

  • Great Christmas and New Years (probably one of the best because of minimal gifts and quality time with my parents and sister)
  • Helping with Preschool and the blessings of loving those precious children
  • Gaining a realistic perspective on expenses vs. income (because I had a pessimistic view on that)
  • Spending more time reading than watching TV! I've been borrowing books from the library that are due in a week to movtivate me to read them. It's been really fun!
  • Praise that God does things for us even when we're not paying attention! I got a wake-up call, so to speak, when I was really worn down last Sunday at church. A friend gave me a much needed hug and I believe it was from her and the Lord :)

Theme of the week: Carpe Diem! Seize the Day! To motivate me to get things done!