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How to meet new people.

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Have any of you moved to a new place? I keep hearing that it’s difficult to meet people after college. It makes sense, though. College is really one of the few times in your life where you are surrounded by hundreds of people in your age range and can easily meet people with shared interests (like joining clubs).

My main ideas for meeting people are:

-Taking a class at a community college (maybe I should give in and take Spanish, the most useful secondary language to have in Florida)
-Learn how to play pickleball and bridge and join up with the retirees (I don’t know if they’d let me, though)

And…that’s it.

Any other ideas? What would you do if you were moving to a place where you don’t know anyone?


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July 24, 2009 at 1:52 pm

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Past in Present…in Future.

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On my way home from a movie tonight, it hit me.

I’m really leaving. This isn’t a month or two. This is permanent, as far as I can tell or foresee. It’s a pretty sobering thought.

This is a normal feeling, I suppose–before venturing into the unknown there always must be a sense of loss, or of leaving behind that which is known.

I realize how much there is to miss. It’s taken me a long time to realize how beautiful my homestate is–dirt roads winding through miles of open fields, hay bales, red barns, wooden fence posts, and that giant, gorgeous expanse of sky. And at night, a sky full of bright stars. In more populous areas there’s more concrete and cars and suburbia and lights, but south of the noise, where I live, it’s something else.

It’s just home.

I was thinking tonight of how it’s a paradox that I love and crave both. Each have their good points. I’m sure I’m going to miss Kansas City, and the places there, but even more I’m going to miss what makes Kansas, well, Kansas.

It’s kind of a stark contrast to Florida–climate-wise, lookswise, and, um, also in the sense of it having new and scary bugs (ie–cockroaches. “Just kill it with a flip-flop, it’s the missionary way!” my MK friend Dolphy tells me.).

But it’s also a new adventure. A new place to know and come to love. And appreciate in its own way. I am sure I’ll be living it up when it’s 70 degrees in February. I plan on going to the beach, even though no self-respecting Floridian would actually set foot into the water then. Only so I can tell my friends who are freezing in the Midwest. It’s only right, eh?

Here’s to living into the future.

Written by Jessica

July 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

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This past week I came across a Google alert of a story printed in Christianity Today. I still have an alert set up that informs me of news referencing my alma mater. The story itself didn’t reference the school, but the byline statement “so and so is from x location” referenced the writer as my former journalism professor. I scanned the story and realized the prof had shared it in my feature writing class this past spring, mentioning the editing process.

I emailed him to congratulate him on that and to update him on my life post-graduation, including the new job. He responded with an interesting question, and unexpected, frankly.

He asked if I wanted to do a conference call with his Editing class this fall, to discuss my first journalism job experience. This professor loves using conference calls in his classes, so I had a bit of a laugh first, but of course accepted. Most of the people on the other end will be people I’ve worked with on the newspaper staff or had been in classes with. It’s going to be kind of fun, I think.

What’s strange is that I’m actually going to be a part of a syllabus. I was on the other side of the conference call phone two years ago for the same Editing class. That, my friends, is surreality.

Written by Jessica

July 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Posted in Journalism Jobs

The Final Countdown

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It’s hard to believe that the countdown is two weeks on Monday. Lots to do. Somehow I’ve got to pare down my book collection and only take part of it now, so I can save room in my car for other things. That’s going to be tough, because I am slightly obssessive about my books. And periodicals.

I was going through some old blogs back on Xanga, and found that August 3, the day I’m moving, was another turning point in my life, back in 2007. That was the day of my campus visit to ONU. That one visit changed the trajectory of my life. It put me on a course to meet new people, have new experiences, and graduate from a different school than I started out with.

This time around Aug. 3 is when I’m packing up and moving away. Another trajectory-altering day. Thought that was interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing who will be a part of my life in the next year, professional growth, and falling in love with this foreign new place. Or at least learning to tolerate the bugs and humidity.

I can’t help but feel like big things are happening, that my life is going to change, and it’s exciting to see what God has in store for me.

It’s also funny that my 22nd birthday (Aug. 6) is the day my parents move me into my new apartment. My present this year is that, actually.  I’ve been joking to friends that I hope I get the job so I can go to Disney World for their free birthday promotion. I’ll be a little too busy to do so, though. How sad. Maybe they’ll do it again next year?

I can only hope.

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July 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Posted in Still in Kansas

Home, Sweet Home (Pool Edition)

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One thing that has been a blessing so far is that it’s not been too difficult to obtain an apartment. I was a little worried when I started looking, because not many complexes are listed online in my new town. A couple of days ago the newspaper’s managing editor suggested a few options nearby that he has personally checked out. I applied to one and got the apartment in the same day. Here are some photos of what it looks like–sorry the pics are so small. I did a screenshot from the website.

Picture 3

Picture 4

And, I love the fact that the name of my apartment style is the Egret. There was a joke in Interpersonal Comm last year involving egrets. All the apartment styles have bird names.

I’d post a picture from inside but a lot of the pictures aren’t very good.

Bird-themed living

Today I learned my address through sheer repetition. Perhaps that is a good thing that comes out of calling various utility companies and starting everything up and learning how much you have to pay to use their services. All I can say is thank God for good credit. It’s helped waive a lot of deposit fees so far.

Who knew getting an apartment was so expensive? (Not I, apparently…)

(photos from ForRent.com)

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July 17, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Takeoffs and Landings

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A New View

A New View

Hello! If you have reached this blog, I’m assuming you already know who I am. Therefore, there is not really a big need for a lengthy introduction post.

If you didn’t know already, the main reason for starting this blog is that I’m starting a new chapter in life. You may have been tipped off by the Rilo Kiley reference in the title. I recently accepted a newspaper job in Florida, starting in early August.

This blog is going to be solely personal. The more I talk about my new job with friends, both the position and the location (a large retirement community), the more I realize that I’m going to have some very interesting stories to tell. It only seems appropriate to start a blog.

Mostly, though, I would like this to be a place where you can drop in and say “hi” and see what I’m up to these days, when I live 1,200+ miles away from my true home, the Midwest. (That came out kind of corny and sentimental)

This is going to be a practice in blogging, too.

Here’s to a new beginning…

Written by Jessica

July 16, 2009 at 11:49 pm

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