mil

In case you were wondering, the measurement known as a mil is equal to .001 of an inch.

[The blessed things you learn when ordering magnetic business cards.]

I just finished printing 8 of my books. The total time in print was around 3.5 hours I think. Wow. And I have something like 140 left to print. That’ll be fun. :)

So the most current job idea I have is teaching. I know. You probably just rolled your little eyes and laughed. But I’m serious. I sat here for a while this morning looking online for a job. (A teaching job anywhere nationwide.) I know generally you have to have a teaching certificate or something like that, but I also know that most Christian schools don’t require that because they have such a need for teachers. I was thinking about 3rd grade. Or high school. But 3rd grade would be so much fun. They already know how to write, you aren’t really messing them up at that point in their life, and you get to learn multiplication. How awesome!

Anyways, as I was saying . . . I was looking online this morning and getting discouraged because I wasn’t finding a whole lot. Or I would see something interesting, but the job would need to be filled by August 20 when I’m out here til August 19. That would be difficult. I’ll just go ahead and say impossible. I want to be at home for at least a month when I get back.

[I really am going somewhere with all this.]

Then a thought struck me. I have a friend who’s teaching English in China and is having a great time. She’s over there for the next 2 years. Well . . . I would love to travel. And there’s nothing tying me down anywhere at this point. And it would provide for a great opportunity in the area of ministry. I’m not crazy about going to China, so I checked out other areas where I would be able to teach overseas. I found Italy (among a few others).

Italy. [cue angelic voices]

They have a program that costs $2000 for everything. You go over, get your TESOL certification and then find a job teaching English. How exciting. Granted, it’s still in the brainstorming portion, but I would love to do something like that. With that program, you can also get an internship in lots of different areas (see the chart). It costs a little extra, but how fun!

Marketing Art Architecture
Web & Graphic Design International Business Fashion
Sales Law Agriculture
Leather & Textiles Maritime Tourism
Interior Design Business Development Social Work

In order to get the money to do this, I could go back home until January of 08 and get a basic job to earn some money. Then I would head over to Italy for the class session from January through February (it’s a 28-day program).

So yeah. It’s just an idea. But I would love to head that direction if God gives the ok. How cool.

progress

Change has always bothered me. I guess I’m a true fundamentalist.

Today marks maybe the biggest change yet. College graduation. I don’t enjoy the mix of emotions that goes with the day. It frustrates me to no end to be so excited about being finished with my formal school training (I hope to never stop learning), but be so sad about leaving everyone I love so much.

The exciting thing is that when people ask me what I’m doing, I’m able to tell them something. “I have a couple options I’m looking at . . . ”

for the summer, I’ll be working at Camp Ironwood as a designer. That will take me through August.

After that I’m hoping to move back to Greenville. I’m actually in contact with 3 companies located in the area right now. Gibbons|Peck is the small marketing company where I had my internship. They have interest in me and will be able to let me know something by July.

VantagePoint is another company I’ve talked to. I sent in my resume and portfolio and had an interview with the Creative Director who wants to keep in touch over the summer and then re-evaluate options in August.

Lastly, I dropped my portfolio off at Greenville Magazine after receiving information that they were looking for a graphic designer to fill an open position starting in August. This is the job I’m really praying I get. It’s all about layout which is what I love to do.

That’s the basic gist of what . . . well, actually that’s pretty much exactly what I say.

The last week of my college career was filled with fun. A job interview, a freakish scramble to collect money from very elusive graphic designers, a 20-minute packing session of most of my junk from 4 years of college, one last run to Starbucks with the Vintage family, a quick overview of the last 100 days of my life, memories shared from the last year, laughter with roommates, stressfulness of last-minute change of plans, bob-hugs, a poetry reading, falling out of a chair in front of lots of strangers and a few friends, my 3rd date while in college, presenting a years’ worth of work in 5 minutes, being proud of friends receiving [much deserved] awards, meeting new people, my last attempt at finals ever, a 4.0 for the semester . . . which included several loud screams of joy after receiving the email, the last demerit received in a lifetime, walking through the doors of the Vintage office for the last time as a staffer, tears. Love.

All that was felt and done this week was in some way developing me.

Progress.

Life would pretty much stink without it.

Gibbons Peck

I guess I could mention that my interview went well and I now have an internship for next semester! Gibbons Peck is a small firm with only a few designers. They’re pretty busy and are actually moving in January. That’s probably the first thing that I’ll end up helping out with. I don’t know if it’s paid or not, but the experience will be priceless. Grace Wong had her internship there last year, too. I had no idea, actually. It should be great. I’m super excited.

Milkshakes

This is to let the whole world (or more accurately the two of you that read this blog) know that Chick-fil-A is now selling milkshakes.

Yes, for roughly $3.00 you can choose from vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or (my personal favorite) the 900+ calorie cookies-n-cream shake. All are topped with whipped cream and a cherry, of course.

The perks of working fast food . . . right? My friends and I enjoyed a specially made shake last nite on break. The picture is completely out of focus, but we still thought it was cute.

milkshakes are good