What I Should Be Doing…

This week I have officially accepted the offer of placement at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, so yes I am actually going! Not that there was every any really big doubt, Camosun has a regular exchange with them so it was pretty much just fill out the paperwork. But still, a big relief when it is official (well, I still have to do the Visa stuff, but lets not think about that for now). However to get it official, I had to send these 2 forms back to Wales.

I could have just posted them through the mail, but maybe it is my 21st century outlook, and the fact that I personally have never, except for a few cards to my grandmother years and years ago, sent anything by post. I don’t even know if we have many stamps at home, and I’d have to buy some then, and get it in an envelope, write the address and all that stuff. So, I did not want to do it that way. I could have faxed them, but we don’t really have a fax machine at home, and again the cost. Well, actually we do have a printer that apparently faxes, but that would have involved finding the right cables and plugging them into the walls somewhere.

In the end, we decided to scan them into the computer via said printer. But, the computer it is hooked up to does not accepts scans, so I spent nearly an hour trying to connect the printer to my older sister’s laptop. It did not work. Then my mother tried, and in 5 minutes she got both of the forms done. Looking back, perhaps the fax would have been better and more straightforward, but whatever, it is done. Now I think that Trinity Saint David needs to send me a couple more documents, Visa number etc. Until then, nothing more I can do either with Camosun or them, as helpful as these people are. With the time zone difference Trinity Saint David replies to me in the middle of the night, which is fine, but it means no more than 1 email a day. And so far all contact with them has been very nice and prompt, and the International liaison over there seems very nice so I’m sure once over there they will be very helpful. The International liaison at Camosun as well has been so great, answering my millions of questions when I was freaking out the most due to deadlines and stress. So thank you International Office at Camosun, for being kind to my pestering.

Now that things for Trinity Saint David are mostly sorted, I can just relax and enjoy the summer here, right? Well, not this month. Firstly, I got a job, my first ‘real’ one, and it is in a restaurant, so it is a bit hectic sometimes. But that is not really a terrible thing, I want to have lots of spending money. Before I knew I got the $10,000 scholarship I needed to get a job to pay for accommodation and food, and maybe a couple trips. Now, the job is to travel a lot more! And not live off of pasta and cans. As well, having some official experience won’t look too bad on my resume, I applied to so many places before finally this place, and never got any offers, because of my lack of experience. So 2 good things about the job.

Second reason June is really terrible is that I have a violin exam. I have never done a violin exam, nor have I played at many recitals so I am not that great at playing in front of people. I have played in an orchestra for the past few years, though of course in an orchestra of 15ish people a mistake usually goes unnoticed. But this is a Grade 6 Practical Violin Exam. On the actual playing of music I am pretty good, or at least make it sound like something nice. On theory and scales and stuff, not so much. One of my little sisters, who has a much more mathematical way of thinking, is very good at theory, though she does piano, and I say scales on a piano are much easier than a violin. Anyway, she has very kindly been helping me, but now there is less than a week, and I really should be practicing! Instead of writing this entry…

Instead, I am a master procrastinator. All of my sisters are, and we have been practising this art for years. I’m not a cram-the-night-before/pull-an-all-nighter kind of person (honestly, I have never actually stayed up all night. I think 4am is the latest I have ever gone to bed), though that doesn’t mean I have long study periods. For school I always managed to get things done in time, yes sometimes just the night before for papers, but for exams at least 2 days worth of reading. However for this violin exam, not only do I have to fix my scales to make them actually sound like a scale, but also I need to research the composers of pieces and explain information about them, and the pieces too. And memorize things! And practice ear training, which I kinda am not good at. So now, I really should be looking up things on the internet, or practicing.

My exam is the 21st of June, in less than a week. A pass is 65%, so that is what I am aiming for! Well, a 70% would be nice, considering it is my first one. Then again, I do need to remind myself “what is the worst that can happen?” So I don’t do as well as I hope, I completely mess up and have a complete blank on my pieces. It is not going to be the end of the world. I am just going to go and do the best that I can considering the circumstances – ie going from Victoria to Coquitlam and taking the 9:00am ferry, wake up time of 6:30. Now that does not sound too early to many people, but to me, waking up at 10:00am is usual. When I went to school it was of course earlier, but not by much as I never took a class that begun before 10:30. High school started at 9:00am, though I could afford taking an 8:30am bus. To get to Camosun, I had to factor in an hour and a half of travel time.

At least it shall all be over soon! After this violin exam, I will only have work that interferes with my hours of doing nothing. Then I can really figure out how to use this blog. I know how to do the typing, and that’s pretty much it. In 2009 I went on a 3 week bus tour with Insight Vacations for my 16th birthday and I wrote a journal during the trip, so to practice displaying pictures, I shall upload what I wrote then. One day at a time, so it’ll be a 3 week re-living it! After the exam, of course, I will do that, no way would I in any way try to procrastinate…