Sunday, August 27, 2006

The outcome of my decision

A few months ago I posted about my decision to stay in Arizona and go to ASU in the fall. I had no idea that it would be the most stressful decision of my life . I started my application to ASU back in June and as part of the process I had to send all of my transcripts from Westwood HS, Mesa Community College, and BYU Hawaii. This was the last step and all I had to do from there was wait for approval and sign up for classes... Not as easy as it sounds.

Somehow, my transcripts from BYU Hawaii were not making it. With in 2 months I had them resent 3 times. I was at the point where I didn't care about those 6 credits anymore and asked if ASU would just forget about them but that wasn't an option. So on Wed August 9th, I found out that the Hawaii credits finally made it in. And even now with all my information there, I still had to wait to be accepted. So again, all I can do is sit and wait. On Wed August 16, I found out that I was approved for admissions but still could not register because they didn't have my shot records... Something that could have been brought to my attention weeks ago!! So I got those faxed in and took Friday morning off of work so that I could go down to the campus and sign up for classes that started on Monday the 21st.

On Friday morning I drove myself down to the unfamiliar campus. I got pushed around from place to place for 3 hours and was still not signed up for any classes. One advisor told me that I was basically starting over because most of my MCC credits wouldn't count for anything. I was so frustrated from not getting any answers and sweaty from walking around in the AZ sun that I gave up and went home.

That night I was so depressed and angry that I went down to the temple and just sat in the grass outside for 2 hours by myself. I thought about why I was staying in Arizona, and if I should just take the semester off of school.

On Saturday I spent the day with my whole family down in Tucson to visit Abbie and Jake and to see the Lion King on stage. After the play we all went to dinner and I explained my situation to Danny and Lindsi. They agreed to come over on Sunday and see if they could help. So on Sunday we sat down at the computer and looked at my options... which were looking much better with their help and advice. I figured out 4 classes that I could take and began to register for them... but I was 12 minutes too late. The ASU computer systems were closed down already so I would have to wait until the morning.

So finally on Monday morning Aug 21, at 7am, I registered for my classes, one of which started at 7:40... but of course, nothing works out they way its planned, two of my classes were closed already. So basically now I'm a week into the semester at Arizona State University, taking 2 classes.

I hope to find out soon why I'm still in Arizona cause going to BYU would have been so much easier. Only time will tell... I guess

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Way overdue

This post is long overdue but I wanted to wait until I got some better pictures. A few weeks ago me, Katie, Deborah, and Mike Stock took a trip to California to see my friend Robert... or as I like to call him, Beto. I met Beto last summer in Hawaii and we have kept in touch ever since. When I heard that he was going to be visiting his family in Cali, I made plans to go see him and take a trip to 6 Flags. The plan was to leave on Friday night (July 28) so that we could have all day Saturday and Sunday to hang out, go to 6 Flags on Monday and then drive home on Tuesday. Well come Friday night, I found out that we didn't have a car to take and all my back up plans were falling through. I thought that we weren't going to be able to go at all. I had been planning this trip for two months and it was not working out the way I planned it. I got so depressed on Friday night that I wouldn't even go hang out with my friends, no matter how hard they tried to cheer me up. I really just layed around at my house all night.

Then on Saturday morning, Deborah called me and said that her car got fixed and asked if I was still up for going. You wouldn't believe how happy I was. I had my second chance and I couldn't pass it up. I called Katie and Mike and we all left at about noon and arrived at Beto's house at 7pm. That night we all went out to dinner, and on Sunday we went to church with Beto's family and played games and karioke all night. Then on Monday we went to 6 Flags with Beto and his 2 younger brothers, Scott and McKay... Deborah got a speeding ticket on the way to the park... oops. We stayed and played at the park until it closed and then went back to Beto's house and crashed. Tuesday we took our time getting packed up, said our last goodbyes, and then headed for home.

I'm so glad that I got to take that trip and that I have good friends who were able to go with me. I love hanging out with Beto and even though we haden't seen each other in almost a year, there was never an awkward moment. It was like we were back in Hawaii when we used to hang out every day. He's now back on the island for school. I miss him and hope that we will be able to have more times to visit in the future.