When the bad meets the good

If I were to give a high/low for today, my low would be that my little dwarf hamster’s tumor is growing larger. My other hamster Rosie died last week unexpectedly and now I’m worried that I will be hamster-less soon. Lucy still has energy to dig through her bedding to hide food, but she is running on her wheel less. I think it’s because her tumor went from the size of a peanut to a the size of a piece of popped popcorn. She’s not even the size of my palm so a peanut and a popped piece of popcorn are huge for her little body. I can tell that my poor little thing is fighting, so that is encouraging.

My high is that my advanced PR campaign class had a huge breakthrough for our client today! I won’t disclose much now, but hopefully soon I can. We are working really hard for Hannah’s Hope Fund, a non-profit based in Albany, NY. I’m pretty sure this will be the most successful class that Plattsburgh has ever seen once we’re finished.

The weather is also getting really nice up here in Plattsburgh. There are people outside with short-sleeve shirts and shorts. I wouldn’t say it’s warm enough for that, but whatever floats their boat.

How has your week been?


Branching Out

ImageContrary to what this photo reveals, I’m not traveling around the world or doing anything fun for that matter. I’m just trying to be more worldly. I feel guilty that I don’t know the news around the world, and I really should. I don’t read enough and I feel like I don’t learn enough.

Being in college is an unfortunate pigeon-hole of knowledge. You are learning so much in your studies that you disregard the importance of looking around the world. Learning anything extra is very difficult. It’s hard to juggle it all. At work, I’m writing and learning a new industry. At school, almost everything I’m learning is new. It’s mentally draining sometimes to try to know everything.

Midterms are this week and it is really rough. I’m trying to finish projects and study and everything feels like it’s meshing together. I’m having a hard time balancing everything because I’m finding that my positions on clubs and organizations don’t matter to me this week. Any other week I’m fine with getting everything done, but it’s just a complete overload of studying and learning and vocabulary and painting and Photoshopping.

I’ve been wondering if this is what real life is like. What is it like to have responsibilities? My teacher/adviser/boss does it all. She has 3 kids, works as a professor, manages a new product from her husband’s company, created a conference for young girls to learn resiliency, and manages to (sort of) sleep. I can’t even be a full-time student with a part-time job.

How can I do it all?