I’m moving back to the Bay Area on Thursday. My mom asked me why I was leaving home so soon. It’s true that I just got back from Cambodia on Saturday (so not even a full week yet), but I’m really itching to go back up north. I don’t really understand why I’m so excited. My plan is to go up there, find a job, and start the process of applying to grad school. In two weeks I’ll probably be super frustrated and crying my eyes out. There’s just nothing for me in this small town. All of my friends have moved on to bigger and better things in other cities/states. My mom (the most important person to me in the world) is here, but I know if I stayed longer I would go crazy. There’s a reason I chose Berkeley after all!
So next week I’ll move in with my aunt, her husband, and two sons. It’ll be nice being around little kids again. I’ve really been missing Ah Boy and Ah Bee even though they drove me nuts most of the time. My aunt is also an avid runner so I’m looking forward to running with her again. There’s also a really beautiful park/lake across the street as well as a library so if the job hunt turns sour- at least I can keep myself busy. It’ll be nice to reunite with my friends from Berkeley and Oakland too.
So for the next couple of days I’ll be a lazy bum, watch a ton of movies, and EAT. :)
I just got back home from LA. While I was there I ran into a friend from Berkeley who’s now going to law school at UCLA. Even though I haven’t seen him in a few years, it was nice catching up. I realize now that he’s the only non-family member that I’ve talked to since I’ve been back. Weird how things happen some times! Anyway, we had lunch near campus and he told me about his post-Cal years and gave me some tips about grad school. He even offered to get me in contact with current and former MSW (Master of Social Work) students who’ll hopefully help guide me through the next few months.
I also met up with another friend who’s visiting from out of state. He’s also in grad school. Talking to friends who actually have their act together makes me kind of wish I had something lined up too. I’ve never been a “planner”, but since going to Cambodia I now have a clearer picture of where I’d like to be in the next year or two. My last week in Cambodia I met with Lucie Eches, the Advisor/HR person/Volunteer Coordinator at Mith Samlanh. I talked to her for about an hour about my interests and about volunteering next year. She asked me about my background and work/volunteer experience. Thankfully she thought my work with “at-risk” youth and education would make me an asset to the organization and asked that I contact her again when I was ready to start. Mith Samlanh requires a minimum commitment of 3 months. I’m thinking a full year so I can make more of an impact and of course, stay in Cambodia longer.
SO even though I’m not a planner, my plan is to get a job and apply for grad school in the coming months. When June comes around, I want to go back to Cambodia and study Khmer language with the ASK program. In August, when the program ends, I’ll start my year of volunteering. What about grad school, you ask? Well, IF I get accepted next year I hope that the school offers a one-year deferment so I can enroll when I get back from Cambodia. Does this sound like wishful thinking and totally crazy? Yes. Do I think I can do it? I think so. Scratch that. I KNOW so! *takes a deep breath*
We put 41 candles on my mom’s birthday cake and the top got covered in wax :P