Wednesday, May 02, 2007


That's Jamie's soccer team's record right now - three wins, three losses, one tie. His last game is this Saturday, an event he is looking forward to yet dreading at the same time. He's excited because it's a game to play; he's dreading it because it's the last of the season. I'm going to try to scrounge up the funds for him to attend three soccer camps this summer - one basic skills camp, one advanced skills and ballhandling camp, and one goalkeeper's camp. He's really excited at the prospect of attending these three camps. The kid eats, breathes and lives soccer. He's a phenomenal goalie - but his stamina when he's out actually running around on the field needs work. Hopefully, the camps will help in myriad ways.

In my school news, I took a final last night for sociology and got an A. That means my final grade for the semester in this class is also an A. I'm fairly certain I have an A in my criminal law class, as well. So far, I have an A in Earth Science, but I won't know my final grade until I take the final exam next week. I have a D in math right now (ugh!), only because my teacher dropped my abysmally low exam 2 grade (25/100!). I have to bust my butt trying to get at least an 80 on the final exam (please, Lord, help me figure this math out!) in order to get a final grade of C. If I do manage to squeak out a C, I'll be allowed to take the math class I need for my major. Have I mentioned lately how much I hate math?

As for Jamie's school, he's only got about 3 weeks left. Right now, he has A's and B's in everything except social studies. He has a D in that one. I told him I except (read: demand) that it be much higher when report cards come out! Other than that, things are going really well for him. He's not getting in trouble very often, is polite and attentive in class, and is slowly starting to learn to control his emotions when he gets upset with his peers at school. I'm very proud of my boy!

Now that the end of my collegiate career is within sight, I'm wondering how I can put a BGS degree to good use. I know I want to go to grad school, but when? Where? Where do I want to go from here? Where am I wanted/needed? Where does God want me to go and what does He want me to do? Where is best for Jamie to be? These are questions for which I do not have the answers.

At work, things are going okay. This is the last week for R.T. to be here, supposedly. I got tickled yesterday because we had a "going away" luncheon for him. He had the nerve to send out an email request to everyone telling us what he wanted as a going away present! Can you image the gall? Then at lunch, he said he almost bought us all presents to show how much he appreciated us, then decided he wasn't going to. My main boss piped up and said "That's okay, the fact that you're leaving is present enough!" I about choked on my lunch I was laughing so hard!

Guess I better get back to work now. I'm going to try to leave the office early today so I can go on an office supply run. It's been so long since I've had time to go that we're dreadfully low on many things!


Suze said...

ooh, jenn, good luck with the math. i wish i had advice for you there, but i don't.
it's good to hear how well jamie's doing with soccer and school and everything.
what do you want to go to grad school for? library science (I know you mentioned that once...)

Animal said...

"Now that the end of my collegiate career is within sight, I'm wondering how I can put a BGS degree to good use. I know I want to go to grad school, but when? Where? Where do I want to go from here? Where am I wanted/needed? Where does God want me to go and what does He want me to do? Where is best for Jamie to be?"

While I generally only advise MUSIC students about grad school, I do teach a first-year experience class for freshmen, and we spend quite a bit of time discussing the "What do I get out of this?" question. Basically, your bachelor's degree is good for LOTS of of my best friends has a degree in trumpet performance from the U of M (a degree worth its weight in gold!) and is gainfully employed by a computer company; she's just finishing her master's in...well, something computery. Point is, IF you can decide what it is you want to pursue, then spend some time surfing the web to find a school that excels in that program.

That tells you WHERE you go, and I'm pretty sure you'll find that you're needed once you get there. The best place for Jamie to be? Is by his momma's side, where he obviously gets lots of love & devotion.

I'm certainly the LAST person to tell you what god has in mind for you...but, once you get to where you'll be, you'll probably feel like that's where he (she?) wanted you to be all along.


Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Thanks! :-) I just have this deep-rooted fear that I'm going to be stuck being an overworked, underpaid/underappreciated gopher for the rest of my career. I don't even like being a secretary most of the time, but I'm pretty good at it, that's where my marketable skills currently lie, so that seems to be the only work I can find for which I am qualified. I guess I'm just afraid I'll rack up all these degrees - Bachelor of General Studies (concentrations in English, Government and Sociology) then a Masters in Library Science, then discover that I'm still some underpaid secretary.

Also, I thought I had my heart set on being a children's librarian. But then, I took these law classes for my government concentration. I discovered I really LIKED them. The professor is a lawyer, and he basically gave us a scenario and told us to look up the laws as they could be applied in the situation, then present the arguments that would be used by both the defense and the prosecution in the case. Then we had to look up the proper statues under the Code of Criminal Procudure, Transportation Code, Family Code, etc. to see what would apply and how. I've also really enjoyed my sociology and psychology classes which have dealt with criminal deviance, psychology of abuse, etc. So then I notice that there's a Masters in Criminology offered online... hmmm... what to do, what to be when I grow up? I just need to grow up and pick a profession, I think.

ann said...

i could totally see you in law. Also, some church secretaries get paid really well, I hear.

You could try an online questionnaire. I filled out a questionnaire in college to see what I should do based on my insterests and skills, and it said "pastry chef." I do like baking.

As for being underpaid and underappreciated, don't settle for that. You'll have a lot more levreage once you have a degree.

Daniel always recommends people with degrees apply to work for "the state." Once you're in, every time you switch from one job to another, they have to give you a raise. Also, there are a variety of positions, and I think people with related experience get higher wages. Most importantly, they pay for college courses. You could get your masters for free.

And as for God, "seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you, as well." "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." "Love mercy, act justly, and walk humbly before your God." "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able ot test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Those are some good "What's God's will for my life?" verses. When people I've known have felt a strong desire to get up under God and really seek an answer to a specific problem with a big ol' longing in their heart, they've taken an evening by themselves and just went on a long walk and prayed about it, or fasted for a period of time, or just continually prayed about it every day until they saw things happen in their lives (in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths). Just different ways to make sure you're submitting your desires to God's desires. It seems like, once we're under submission to God, our lives just go a new way.