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Married During College

This is bizarre. Only recently have I begun to feel like I’m getting the hang of things around here. Right when I’m about to leave UCLA.

It was more beautiful in person!

There are many things that I wish I could change, but I’m finally realizing that I cannot control everything. In fact, the only thing I can barely try to control is myself. And I even have trouble doing that sometimes.

On the other hand, some things seem to be sailing smoothly. My classes are depressing. They are mostly about poverty and injustice in the world. Yet for some reason, I seem to be very good at them. Mind you, this is just my opinion since I haven’t gotten any midterm grades back, but I really like what I’ve been writing about. For the first time ever, I’ve felt comfortable enough to share my papers with others- this used to terrify me.

Work sucks, but that’s what happens when you work in customer service. Regardless of how awful most people are, there are still the very few who brighten my days with their goodness and¬†wittiness. Like the older couple today in which the sir was making fun of the fact that he does everything his wife “orders” him to do. I smiled and told him that that’s how it’s supposed to be done. We all had a good laugh with that one.

My internship is the same as usual: It’s difficult to get myself there, but when I do, it’s not so bad. However, I am in the middle of a text-argument with a peer intern (I was not the initiator) and I anticipate this will be a problem in the future, since we usually work together. In short, I’m being blamed because I looked out after my own interest AFTER I had offered a solution to benefit both. Hard not to do when the answer to the original offer was: “Well, that’s really your personal situation, not mine.” Ha, if it had been just my situation then why are you yelling at me through text messages now? Life is a joy. I buy Whoppers for moments like this one.

Just kidding, I bought them because a coworker dragged me to CVS during our break to get candy. I didn’t complain.

My relationship with my wife is great as always. Well, not as always (we are human, you know?), but it’s been particularly good lately. I will not lie, the law school application process was a big problem for us at times, but ever since that got sorted out, things have gotten a lot better. Also, as I blogged before, I have a duty to force myself to calm down. For my health and all.

In any case, last night after studying for a while, we went to the Westwood Village and ended up at 800 Degrees Pizza for dinner. It was legit. All of this goodness I’ve been going through is made a thousand times easier because I get to share it with the love of my life. I really don’t understand why most people don’t get married during college. I highly recommend it ūüėČ

Best pizza I’ve ever had!

-Mrs. This One


The Life of a College Intern

There is no question that I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up for my internship. I wanted to be an intern ever since I was a freshman, but the opportunity never came along. Well, let me rephrase that, I could never afford to forgo work in order to do an internship. However, during my junior year, I found myself with the opportunity and a supporting partner- so I became an intern.

I wanted ¬†it to be related to the legal field, but I also didn’t want to be in a firm, getting coffee for everyone. Though I must say I love Starbucks runs. The opportunity then was working for the Small Claims Advisory Program*. There I advice self-help litigants on the procedure of small claims court. I have learned a great deal about civil procedure, but Small Claims is still significantly different from what I want to do- for starters, Small Claims Court doesn’t allow attorneys unless there is an appeal. And even then, they are allowed, but not required.

I have gone through over two-thirds of the program so far, and until recently, my experience had been mixed. Unlike most college students who get to intern, I am also working part-time. This situation produces schedule conflict, and an overly tired and overworked intern- me. Yet, even with how mixed my experience has been, I still thought it to be worth it and would recommend it to anyone. Why?

Unlike most part-time jobs you can get, internships usually allow you to get some experience in your field. This helps graduate and professional schools (if that’s your goal) to see that you do know what you’re getting yourself into. Most interns are grouped into a handful of interns under the supervision of a staff person who might get to know you well enough to write you a recommendation letter. Furthermore, being an intern takes a great deal of commitment. Let’s face it, if you can be responsible when you’re not getting a paycheck at the end of the week, imagine the kind of work ethic you would have when there’s an economic incentive attached to your contract? And last, but not least, being able to balance an internship with school and your social life shows that you can balance your life and this is a quality employers (and grad ¬†and professional schools) really like.

The cool part (for me, at least) is that my internship came with really awesome perks. Despite of the great deal of whining that has come out of my mouth because of the commute to downtown L.A. (don’t judge unless you’ve lived it), I’ve got a chance to do two very cool things.

On Monday, I got to shadow a judge. This was one of the most amazing experience I’ve had in my life. The judge was from the juvenile dependency court. And even though I am not allowed to speak about what happened, let me say that it was so touching, that I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up representing children for a living. When people talk about “making a difference,” this is truly a place and career in which you could actually (and directly) make a difference.

Fast forward to this morning, when I got to chaperone high school students to a mock trial at a District Court. Now this experience wasn’t as eye-opening as the last one, but there is something about public service that rewards you in ways other things do not.

Anyhow, are you thinking of doing an internship? Go for it! And if you haven’t thought about it yet, hopefully this post might encourage you to try it. It’s really never too late to do one, I am a senior. AND! I almost forgot. It is also a nice way to expand your network.

-Mrs. This One 

*Although I am an intern for such office, my internship is not directly with that office.


On a Schedule

A lot has happen, yet my mind can think of so little at this point. It is almost midnight, so that may be a factor.

There are two days left on my spring break. I will be spending those two days interning. I don’t know about you, but I’d say this is the life, right? No, you’re right, I’d rather be in Lake Tahoe.

Here’s the thing though, life is really good right now. I can’t believe things worked out so well for us. After spending the last weekend in Orange County, I definitely saw myself living there. Either for the next three years or for the long term. Yes, I feel like I’ve betrayed every Democrat out there, but unfortunately one’s gotta make a living.

I’ve met so many people in the past few days. I’m learning again¬†to network. I used to be good at it, then I got married and the rest of the world stop being important. But now that the rest of the world could give me a job after graduation, they matter again, a lot.

What’s next then? One more quarter at UCLA, graduation, the summer, then it’ll be moving day! Crazy, right?


Heat Wave

Southern California’s ridiculous heat wave reminded me why I’ve been wanting to move out of Los Angeles after being here a few months. The myth that “it’s always sunny in L.A.?” It’s sunny alright. But there’s a major difference between having the sun give us light and having the sun beat us down to our knees. Nope, I am not exaggerating. My wife is in Eastern Europe right now. The weather there? Low 60s. I envy her. Meanwhile I type from a studio which lacks air conditioning and feels like it’s about burn my soul.

I have a final tomorrow at 1pm. This heat has made it hard for me to concentrate. What’s worse, I will be working outdoors tomorrow before my test. Someone, please come to my rescue.

Enough b**ching about the weather. Let’s just settle it, I’m making my wife move with me to a cooler place. Maybe not right this minute, but perhaps after graduate school. I’ll be lucky if I can make it another 4 years in this place.

In other news– I have to finish writing the rest of my script by Friday. And I have training for my internship Saturday. And then I’m heading to Arizona on Sunday… And you thought I was whining about the weather.

-MTO


Life is a Roller Coaster

It seems today is the first time I’ve regained some sense of freedom and peace of mind. It is though, a lie, if you consider all the errands I have yet to work myself through, because I refuse to give up just yet what some would call a vacation.

Last week we became college seniors. It’s weird still to even spell that out. I can vividly remember the day I decided to go to college, and now I’m barely a year away from graduation- if things continue to go this way.

Things have changed, evolved, developed, shifted, collapsed and rebuilt themselves all over again. The Mrs has gotten two A’s for this quarter already (she’s waiting to hear back from another grade). I don’t know any of my grades, and I shamefully confess that I have any clue as to what those grades might look like.

I became a greek. I rushed, went through the process, the rituals, the bonding, and became a sister. It was difficult at times to share my heart between my love and my big sister, but this is something I needed to do for myself. I always wanted to be greek. I had my chance and I took it. I will be the Public Relations Officer for my sorority during my senior year. This also makes me Rush Chair. I am thrilled. I could be having a little sister sometime next year.

I will be also doing an internship at the Supreme Court in Downtown L.A. Pretty neat, huh? The Mrs. will be working to finish her Honors Thesis. I have an LSAT test to take in October. She has the GRE.

Life has been pretty much a roller coaster, but we’re still holding on. Even as the ones we love are falling apart.

More stories to come.

-Mrs. This One


Going the Extra Mile

Yes, I can fit another one on top- I think!

Although we’re exactly 29 days away from the first day of Fall Quarter, I am already biting my nails over what’s gonna happen then. My department sent out an email announcing the opening of 6 more classes yesterday morning. When I finally got to my computer that night, only one class was available- also the only one that didn’t conflict at all with my current schedule (maybe it was a sign?), so I signed up for it.

The thing is that I don’t want to give up the one Geography class that I have in the middle of the day and doesn’t count towards my major, or my proposed double major (Women’s Studies). And since I want to double major, I have to make every unit count. In this case, I will either have to drop the Geography class, or take on 4 classes this quarter. But taking 4 classes would also mean more time studying and less time with my wife… Although I know she understands and if I ask, she’ll say “if it’s gonna make you happy go for it,” I feel puzzled as to what to do.

It’s bad enough that I’m hoping I can work two jobs during the quarter and that I really want to do an internship on top of it all. Maybe I need to learn to take it easy this once. Maybe.


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