Nov. 28th, 2011

murdering: (running this town)
Last week was not... spectacular, since I was at home with my parents all week. You know my home situation, so I'll spare you the details of that idiocy. But in short, I ended up being able to spend an amazing two days and one night with my best friend, where we painted winterberries, took some cosplay photos in the cold, planning our cosplays for spring 2012, and caught up on Pandora Hearts. I spent the rest of the week hanging out and doing my own thing, for the most part, and went to a party Saturday night where I had a little too much wine to drink but was able to sit down and be social for four or five hours with my extended circle of cosplaying friends. Sunday was spent preparing to come back up to school and driving back up to school, which is where I am right now, doing a miserable job of getting back into the routine of things by not going to my first Chinese class. (I have reasons for that, but it's not really important, so feel free to just... assume I'm a flagrant class ditcher like I am every other time I don't go to class.)

In other programming, I told you guys that I would tell you why I've been MIA for a year or so on LJ, so here we go. As you know, last November I was elected into the position of Vice President of Public Relations for my sorority. It was supposed to be a pretty easy job, but since our last three PR women had not done their jobs/had not held their positions for an entire term, I ended up overhauling the entire office and chapter's way of handling marketing and public relations. I set up every social networking page possible, designed engaging posters for every single event, planned out all kinds of tactics to get our name out on campus, set up a new system to allow girls to order fashionable and cool t-shirts with our chapter name on them to make us more visible on campus, and as a result of these marketing tactics (and the hard work of everyone else on council) we ended up having record numbers in our fall and spring recruitment, and have started gaining a better reputation on campus with both other Greek Life chapters and unaffiliated students.

Sandwiched between the two semesters of sorority stuff, I ended up going to China for two months, where I participated in an intensive Mandarin Chinese course and got to see parts of Shanghai and the Chinese countryside I had never really imagined I would be able to see. If you want to see the photos from my trip, you can check out my Flickr account. (Warning: There are a couple thousand pictures on there. I apologize to the world.) While I was there, I ended up rescuing a feral kitten, and raising $600 on Tumblr to bring him home to the United States with me. He now lives with a friend of mine in a nearby town, making trouble and being loved to pieces. My time in Shanghai has inspired me, though, and I'm working on the idea of creating an organization to promote spay/vaccinate/release programs in China for feral animals, and possibly create an animal shelter system in Shanghai in the future.

Right now, I'm working as a marketing intern for the campus activities office at my University, and as an editor in a localizing team for Digital Manga Publishers. I'm trying to get a third job to cover more expenses and start saving up to move once I graduate, but it's really hard to get any kind of position in a college town. I'm looking at applying to Amazon and Apple when I'm out of school, but Amazon looks like a far more likely option. I'm looking at graduating in the fall or summer of 2012.

Tonight is my last night as a council member for my sorority, and I'll be passing the circlet of PR on to the next girl. I think that she'll do a good job with it, and hopefully carry on everything that I started. Once I'm back in my normal place, though, I'm still not quite sure what I'll be doing with my time. Along with one of my sorority sisters, I'm starting an organization on campus called the Alliance of Students with Learning Disabilities to help promote education and advocacy for members of the campus community who have LDs. I want to promote awareness of LDs on campus and try to petition for more representation of the LD student population, including things like removing discriminatory language from syllabi and course introductions, and moving the school's Disability Services office to a more central and handicap-accessible location on campus.

Right now, though, I need to try and sort things out for finals. Not really sure what I'm doing, but I am attempting to put my to-do list together so I have an idea of what I need to do in exact terms instead of letting myself wander around accomplishing nothing.

Oh, and I'm trying to get in shape. I hope to be in damn good form by April (Sakuracon, whoo) so I can pull off Fou and Greed!Ling with flying colors. More on that later, though, I guess.

If you have any questions about anything or are just curious about what happened when, feel free to ask. I wrote this in my Monday morning daze, so I'm sure I missed something or managed to be excessively vague somewhere.


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