Q&A 1

Do you forget to which person you have told certain things to and you find yourself rambling along to someone who you have not actually told those things to?  I have and I’ve been doing a lot of it lately.  This, though will not answer every burning question you have, should answer the most frequent of them.

HOW ARE YOU DOING, JESS?

Which version do you want?  Short and condensed: I’m doing as well as I can.  One day at a time.  Long version: I have really tough days, and then days that are easier.  I’m going through a massive transitional phase and it’s been rough.  But, I’m taking each day as it comes and I do my best to remember this life is only temporary.

I THOUGHT YOU WERE LIVING IN DERBY…WHERE ARE YOU NOW?

As of August 31st I will officially no longer be a resident of Derby, Kansas.  See below for more.

WHEN ARE YOU GOING BACK TO SCHOOL?

August 22 was my first day of classes at Southwestern College.  Up until July 30th I had intended on staying at Butler Community College to finish my associates but I decided I wanted to transfer to Southwestern.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING AT SOUTHWESTERN?! WHY?!

Here’s the thing, I had already been thinking about my next steps following Butler and the more I thought I couldn’t see myself continuing in the lodging industry.  I love the hospitality industry but realistically, I can’t see myself still in the industry ten years from now let alone being happy.  My once dreams of being a hotel general manager have long dissipated due to knowing I’m the type of person who would devote 24/7 to the job.  I can’t do that, not after seeing my mom’s health problems in the last few years.  I chose SC because it’s small.  I’ve visited three state universities in three states and I couldn’t see myself being happy at a school so large.  I chose SC because I want the academic challenges they give their students.  I want to be challenged in my learning; that’s how I learn.

WELL, WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING?

I’m studying liberal arts.  What is that, exactly? I get to pick three disciplines to study, the amount of work load is equivalent to three minors.  I chose business administration, history, and sustainability.  Why did I pick liberal arts and those disciplines?  The broad scope of study!  I would love to one day do restoration and preservation history like turning old buildings into “new” places for businesses.  I did once say I wanted to get into historic hotels, maybe this was what I was getting at!  Bottom line, these three principles interest and challenge me.

WHERE ARE YOU LIVING?

In the dorms.

ARE YOU WORKING?

No, not currently.  Things like math, Russian history, and college writing homework take up most of my time outside of classes.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LEGION?

Where have you been?  I have been going nonstop for…well I don’t know how long.  Yes I have committed to a range of leadership roles for the year within the American Legion family, but I am finding a balance in my service to the American Legion and my schooling.  Schooling will, however, always come first.

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