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An Unexpected Turn, and the Frustration with Contacting Professors

Well, the job is going swellily. We get quite a bit time off inbetween jobs, and I’m just ending my second week off. I’m finding it kinda hard to stay entertained, and yet keeping an eye out for a source of income that would help me stay home more often than not. Mostly just something I could do in-between jobs. I still keep hoping I can make a small living off of video games, but try as I might, that remains to be seen.

Anywho, the ol’ boyfriend up and decided that he wants to get out of the military and go to the University of Wyoming. Which is FANTASIC news, in a way. I’m a bit tired of being told where to go – it gets exhausting pretending to like an area that isn’t up your alley.

If we follow through with this, I will be over the moon. UWyo is my top choice for grad school. I love Wyoming, they have a fantastic geophysics department, and one of the professors research is exactly what I’m interested in. The problem is, I can’t get him to respond to my emails. I’ve only sent 3, and they’ve been spaced out enough to not feel like they were bombarding him, but just friendly reminders like “Hey! I know you’re busy, but just in case you meant to get back to me and forgot, I’m still here!” (Not in those exact words, but that’s what I was aiming for.)  We are planning a trip to the University next month, and it’s driving me up the wall that the professor hasn’t gotten back to me. I want to know if he’ll be available any time in June, because I will make sure I’m there the same time he is so he can at least see my face and possibility remember me.

Then there’s the possibility that we move there, and I don’t get into the grad program. Then what? I don’t know if I should talk to other professors in different areas of study and hope I find one that sticks just to attend the university, but I feel like that’s what’s going to happen if I don’t get ahold of the guy I’d rather work with.

The last email I sent was two weeks ago now, explaining that I will be at the University in June, driving all the way from Michigan just to see the department, and I would like to know if he’s going to be around. I also said this is the last email I’m sending before I attempt to call your office. I have no idea if this is the acceptable thing to do or not. I don’t know if I should call the department office first and get the skinny. Maybe the guy is in the hospital? But I feel I could have found that information somewhere on the internet. Trust me, I google-fu’d the hell out of this guy.

I figure I would wait a week or two after graduation so that he can get the break I no doubt he needs, and possibly be more receptive to talking. I’m probably stressing out too much about this, because grad school wouldn’t even happen until Fall 2017. I also have no idea how far ahead I should be trying schmoozle. I do know that I’ll be actually studying for the GRE this time.

Well….thanks for reading, guys. I know I don’t update that often, but thanks for sticking with me. Any advice would be appreciated.




The Present is the Key to my Future.


Orogeny: The process of mountain building.

The Tashina Orogony: The process of building the rest of my life.

The beginning of the last year and half of my scholarly life starts in exactly 12 days. I’ve been attending college on and off since 2007. It’s been a slow process and I’m not entirely sure why. It really seems never ending. I’m okay with that. I don’t ever want to stop learning.

..but holy hell am I done with school. 

As long as I’ve been going to school, you would think I’d  left enough room for a lazy college senior semester. Nope. 16 units this semester, projected 16 next semester. It’s not just your run-of-the-mill “well rounded” GE classes, either. Calc II and Chem 1. FML. Things could be worse – I could be taking physics AND geology classes right along side that. Thankfully I’ve completed all of the required geology classes. There are only thesis units left. 

I’ve decided to set aside a semester dedicated to my thesis. I plan for it to be strictly thesis and physical education only. Should be great. Really.

Since this is the first official blog, I suppose I’ll touch on a few things that I plan to cover. I’d like to go over what I expect from life, what I hope to get out of it, things I hope to do, and all my wishful thinking that I wish just weren’t wishes. For example: Geology Field Camp is the bomb-diggity. It’s amazing; How my university is set up for  a BS/BA degree in geology is complete bullshit; keeping track on the job outlook; keeping track of the things I do because I’m really good at forgetting they are actually relevant for the future; etcetera etcetera

Here’s to my first blog post – may the rest be more organized, and less long-winded.


P.S – it will be required that you are drinking beer while reading my blog posts, so that I actually have someone to cheers to!