So this past weekend some friends and family went on our annual “adult trip” to the river. Every year a minimum of 10 people cram into two hotel rooms and make the four-hour commute to New Braunfels, Texas. Our weekend consists of three primary events: one is going to Schlitterbahn, two is going to the San Marcos outlets and the most important, number three t is floating the Guadalupe or Comal river. This year I have come to the conclusion that every year it is the same story surrounding the river, we don’t actually know which river we float. One year it was the Guadalupe, the next year it is the Comal and unfortunately in our gang they are known as the police and no police rivers. In addition to this dilemma there was the drought situation. Texas hasn’t had but a few inches of rain within the last few months so the water level was very low. An article that was posted by the cities website prior to us making the trip to New Braunfels stated that they would be releasing reserves into both the Guadalupe and Comal river in order to continue attracting tourists for the Fourth of July weekend. All I can say is that we floated the Guadalupe River and there was nothing poured into that river. At the beginning of our journey, the water seemed low but “floatable,” which was not a problem. After being on the river for two hours, even though it was a two hour float, we began to see people standing in the middle of the river. It seemed promising after we dragged our tubes, coolers and radio across rocks and who knows what else. However, not even 30 minutes later we ran into the same situation, over and over and over. Unfortunately, this is how we ended our “float,” simply by walking and dragging our floats, coolers and radio. Fortunately, some of us were wearing water shoes. So after being out in the sun for about four hours floating the river, having some drinks and exploring what it is like slipping on slimy rocks and falling flat on your face we realized that we still had a blast. One thing is for sure, this was definitely one of the most adventurous river trips. I can’t wait until next year!
So today is my 25th birthday and it is starting to hit me that I am getting older. I am longer able to be identified as “early 20’s” which I am still deciding if it is a good or bad thing. Many people would have graduated from college by this age, but not me. I still have another year and a half to go. :P
In addition to this I was under the impression that I was a pretty healthy person, need a little work but overall pretty ok. Well apparently that is not the case, I am taking this health and wellness class on-line and after doing a lot of the reading assignments and survey’s it turns out that I am in the “poor” health category. What!?! How can I be completely oblivious to this…?
So now I am in my mid-twenties and have poor health, at this rate I feel that the damage is done. The good thing is that most of the time I am a very optimistic person, borderline annoying. So today I will sulk, but tomorrow I will look forward to being half-way to 50 and looking for ways to improve my health.
Due to the limited selection in my fall school schedule I have run into a dilemma at work.
For the time being my boss and the rest of the management team have been very flexible with my schedule. I can go in late, leave early, pretty much anything since this is all for the benefit of the company and myself.
Long story short, the classes that I have to take in the fall are mainly on Tuesdays/Thursdays during the morning or afternoon which conflicts with my work schedule. When I brought this their attention they were a bit weary about me missing two days in the office, because I am a supervisor of a small team. Overall, the decision to help me out ended up being a great career move for me, I would be promoted to the provider administration manager and be responsible for all of our department’s policies and procedures, etc.
The one thing that is holding me back now is the fact that one of the manager’s in the marketing department approached me about an entry-level position in which will consist of heavy writing and presentations. This is something hat would definitely help my career out, however I don’t like the fact that it would be entry-level.
The dilemma is, do I take the “promotion” within my department and continue writing for the marketing department on the side and slowly build up my portfolio. Or do I take a chance and go with the entry-level “communicator” role.
So I am taking an introductory course for public relations online and I learned about the four different types of communication effects: Creating Perceptions of the World Around Us, Setting the Agenda, Diffusing Information and Innovation, and Social Support. Each one of these is unique and significant in their own way, but when our teacher asked us if these “effects” could overlap and students answered no it disturbed me. Ultimately, the goal of public relations is to capture the audience’s attention, keep their attention, deliver the message and hope that the message delivered was the one intended. Therefore, this specifically states that there is an agenda behind the communications that is being delivered. I see this connection, why is everyone else disagreeing that these “effects” cannot overlap. I can’t wait to see what my class responds with. I wonder what they are thinking about my response? I guess we will find out, hopefully sooner rather than later…
So…I have officially been attending summer school for a total of three days. Well that is if you don’t include the intermission course I attended at UTA less than a week ago.
So why? Why am I already ask myself after three days in summer school what everyone told me before summer session even started, “What the hell are you thinking?” Jessica Arrambidez said.
Arrambidez, 32, a close friend and co-worker always gives me tough love when it comes to school.
Considering the fact that I graduated from high school in May 2004 I definitely feel behind. So when I decided I was ready to go back to school in January 2010 I was determined to stay on track and do everything I could to finish school. Well for the past year and a half I have been attending school full-time, summer school, may-mester and winter-mester. Oh and by the way I also have a full-time supervisor role for a Fortune 100 company and a family that consists of three men in my life, two crazy five and six-year old boys and my crazy lovable husband.
My summer schedule consists of three different courses, a journalism course at UTA, an online introductory public relations course at DCC and p.e. online through TCC. On the surface this appears to be a piece of cake.
Well that is until you hit day three.
As of right now, I have three remaining papers to write, two due within two days that I just found out about today and another due Monday. In the middle of that I have several assignments to complete and can you believe I am going to have to go to the gym! What is the point of attending an online p.e. course if you actually have to go to the gym…!
To top things off my social calendar is filled up for the entire month of June and the crazy part is for the past year and half with my hectic schedule I have not even had a social life. I guess that will teach me! Thank God I have not registered for any classes in July. After a year and a half of non-stop school, work and family I will definitely enjoy some consecutive weeks off from school.
As much as it sounds as I am complaining I am really enjoying the classes that I am taking, for the exception of p.e. Nothing against the teacher, she’s a sweetheart, I just thought p.e. online would be a blow off. Note to all, p.e. online is not a blow off class. In my reporting class at UTA our teacher is making us keep a blog, which I feel is like an online journal….? Hopefully, nobody will read this. I don’t like people knowing that I do not always have things under control; technically they still are. Which explains I am completing this blog. So until next time. Night!
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