I’ve been away from my blog for a while, and I really don’t have a reason other than that blogging hasn’t been a major priority. I’ve kind of missed writing and sharing bits of my life and my thoughts on topics, but it is what it is, right? In any case, here are some of the things that have happened since I last wrote on my blog (which was in September 2016).
- I visited NYC for Christmas.
- I’ve been acing all my classes.
- I got a part-time job in a coffee shop.
- I celebrated my 3 year anniversary with my girlfriend.
- I’ve been accepted to two colleges so far.
There’s more mundane things that have happened over the past 7-8 months, but nothing worth mentioning.
Even though I’m waiting to hear back from a few colleges, I’m fairly certain I know where I’ll be attending in the fall. It’s near my girlfriend’s hometown and she has also been accepted to that university already. And I already have my major picked out – computer science/information technology – as that’s what I’ve been doing on my own over the years. The nice thing is that thanks to the Dual program I’m in at my online school now, I’ll already have an Associate’s Degree and general education classes will be knocked out already. I could probably graduate with my Bachelor’s within two years if I wanted to.
I think I’m going to take my time though. I’m young, and in no rush to become a “full adult” anytime soon.
So, that’s what’s been going on with me.
How have you been?
We’re moving to another state.
When I say “we” I mean my brother Sammy and his girlfriend Mia. We’re moving up to Illinois, just a few towns away from where my other brothers, Seth and Scotty, and my girlfriend go to boarding school.
Needless to say, I’m very excited to be near those three again. It’s going to make our senior year the best ever. Yeah, I know, I’m an online student. But that means I’ll be more flexible to be able to go visit them and they’ll be able to stay over on the weekends if they want to.
So Illinois will be the forth state I’ve lived in, since I don’t count being at boarding school as living there because it wasn’t permanent. Before that I have lived in Connecticut, New York and Virginia. My favorites have been my home state (CT) and Virginia. New York was okay, but I didn’t live there for too long.
I’m excited for this new adventure, even though it means starting new and saying goodbye to friends. At least it’s not goodbye forever. I’m sure they’ll be visiting soon enough. In fact, my brother’s best friend is planning on moving up here when he’s done with this coming fall semester.
That’s still a few months away though.
My girlfriend got me hooked on that song. I resisted the hype the best I could.
But it’s a good song… I can’t deny that.
Anyway, I’m stopping by because I haven’t been blogging frequently. I’ve been quite busy lately, and blogging just ended up on my back burner. Between school, working and volunteering I’ve got a lot on my plate. Plus I need to make time for myself, my family and my friends.
I’ve been reading a bit lately, mostly non-fiction books. My favorite so far has been 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens… so if you’re a teenager you should definitely check it out.
I was also able to get my driver’s license… so get off the roads! (Ha.) I’m planning on taking the SAT in May, so that’s another thing that’s been taking my time – you know, studying for it.
So how am I coping with all this on my plate?
I’m taking a yoga class once a week and do some in the morning now… before my morning run. Running is another way I deal with all of this… it clears my head.
Maybe I’ll write a post about my morning routine within the next few weeks.
So… how are you?
We’re now back into that time of year where everyone is back to school, including myself. Though to be fair, I started school again earlier this month… and this school year is going to be different for me.
I mentioned at one point that I have been accepted into my online academy’s Dual Enrollment program where I can take college level courses during my last two years of homeschooling. At the end of high school, I will have not only a high school diploma, but also an Associate Degree in General Studies. As such, my workload for school will be a bit more than usual, but I know I can handle it and I’m up for the challenge.
That said, my first two college-level courses are already halfway over. I am taking Math and English, which for my high school credit are going down as Advanced Placement courses. The good thing about this dual enrollment program is that the courses I’m taking for the Associate Degree will knock out most, if not all, of my general education requirements I’ll need for when I pursue a Bachelor’s after high school.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, I just wanted to give you the reason in advance why I will not be posting as frequently as I have been over the past few months. School has to come before blogging, but I definitely do not intend on leaving blogging entirely.
So I just want to wish luck to all my fellow students good luck this school year, no matter the grade or level of higher education. Maybe I’ll even post some survival tips of school and what it’s like to be a home-schooled student in an online program.
I’m just going to get straight to the point and tell you what’s been going on.
First of all, for those of you who don’t know, I am home-schooled enrolled in an online high school. This high school happens to be an academy that sprouted off of a large Christian University in our country. So I am able to work at my own pace, as fast or as slow as I want depending on the amount of classes I want to take each semester.
Anyway, the news pertaining to my schooling is that I have been accepted into the academy’s EDGE Dual Enrollment program – which is a program for the high school juniors and seniors to start earning college credit while finishing their high school diploma. At the end of the program, so long as I complete all the required courses, I will have an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies the same time I finish my high school diploma.
The second thing that has happened is that I got a job. I know I’ve been doing freelance photography and graphic/web design for the last 6 months or so, but one of the clients I had assisted creating a web page with knew someone with a design company and gave them my name. I got a call about two weeks ago to come in and talk to the guy about possibly working with him. When I went in to meet him, he offered me a paid part-time intern position – and of course I took it! So now I get to go in the office twice a week and get paid for something I love to do as well as learn even more about it from the professionals who work there!
Needless to say, I am really loving how everything is working out right now. Sure, the internship isn’t paid much and is very short hours, but I’m getting to learn at the same time so I really can’t complain.
I hope things are going great for the rest of you as well.
So I haven’t updated in a while, and the reason is simple… I’ve been a little busy.
You all know I’m back in school and since it’s online it doesn’t take up as much of my time so I have more time for other things. Lately I’ve been cooking and learning some recipes from my new cookbooks, so that’s been taking my time. I am also in business with two of my brothers in a photography company we are starting up.
Meanwhile, I’ve also been keeping more in contact with my siblings that are out of state. My brother Seth is starting a book club at his and Scotty’s school since he’s such a bookworm and he’s also dominating the chess club. Scotty is auditioning for a lead in the first school play, so I’m rooting for him to get it. But Scotty has also released some music on his SoundCloud account, so here’s one of them:
In other news of some of my other siblings, my oldest sister and my oldest brother are each planning their weddings with their significant others… so that might happen before the end of the year. They’ll probably be in the same week or month.
But yeah, that’s pretty much it.