3-Years to a Bachelor’s Degree.

The first week is over and the second week is about to begin.

I have a meeting with an Educational Advisor tomorrow to discuss in-detail the classes I should take before transferring to a 4-year institution. If it isn’t apparent enough by the title, I plan on getting my Bachelor’s degree in International Relations within the next 3 years with a minor in either Sociology, Government or Economics; and a Certificate in Japanese.

I’ve come to realize that after this last week I have a natural desire to learn. Not only that, but I thoroughly enjoy the classes I chose for this quarter. English Composition should be a breeze however, Sociology and International Relations are going to prove to be somewhat of a challenge. I’d like to be cocky and tell myself that I’ll get a 4.0 GPA this quarter, but it’s too soon to tell. International Relations directly ties into what I’m learning in Sociology which might turn out to be helpful and problematic at the same time. On Wednesday/Thursday I got a few descriptions of vocabulary words mixed up with Political Science terminology. Either way, I am very intrigued by both subjects so we’ll see where things lead from here.

When I began signing up for classes, I didn’t think that 15 credits or 3 classes would be very-much to start out with. I was even contemplating taking 20 (5 more) credits next quarter, but after my first week – I think I need to wait things out. A Japanese class would be my trump-card, but at the same time I’ve already spent the majority of my free time reading chapters from my text books. Not-only that, but we’ll be assigned an additional book to read outside of class for Sociology. This should be interesting. Hahah.

Aside from all of the reading, I have yet to (knock-on-wood) have many homework assignments.
I already have a scheduled exam on Wednesday and an essay in English due on the 20th. Thankfully I have Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays free. This will hopefully give me the upper-hand in accomplishing tasks, homework and reading assignments.

Other than school, I think my next plan will be to get an internship with a local company. If I could, I’d like to work at a local embassy or even better as an intern at the JET Program’s head-office. I was recently informed by my Veteran’s Affairs representative that President Obama signed-into-law an amendment to the Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill stating that the VA will continue to pay for student’s education should they opt to go overseas. If-possible, I would truly like the opportunity to spend a term or even an entire year studying abroad. I’m unsure of whether I want to do this soon or wait until I transfer to a 4-year college. I guess I’ll find out soon enough, as I’ll be sure to inquire at my meeting with the Advisor tomorrow.

Anyway, that’s all I really have for now. We’ll see what the future has in store for me, or better-yet, what I have in-store for my future. ;]