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Aug. 5th, 2012 | 08:59 pm

Hello, to anyone who actually might read this thing. I've been gone for a very long time.

Life has happened. Still in school. Moved to Highland Park (CA), ended a 7 year relationship, began a new one, and trying to figure out my next step in life.

Ahhh, school. I've essentially completed 2+ years of undergrad for free. (Which is awesome) I'm at nearly 90 units, missing only two math classes. (I fucking hate math.) I've been at LA city college since 2007, and I am just so over it. I applied to UC Berkeley and UCLA last semester, hoping that my 3.8 gpa would override the missing math class. Well, I didn't get in to either Universities. I was really devastated at first; I had my heart set on Berkeley. I visited the campus, talked to peer advisers, and was told I would definitely get in. That obviously didn't happen.  After some research, it appears some 70,000 people applied last semester, and psychology is one of the most competitive programs. After the initial defeat set in, I decided that perhaps the universe was "telling" me something.  So, here I am. Still at community college. I'm taking algebra, film 101, science fiction literature, and....something else. In other words, I'm taking math and a bunch of snoozer classes. I have to be full-time to work. I work at school, which I am not sure I've mentioned in the past. Yes, I work as an English tutor in the writing center. Please don't mind my shitty grammar; I am not trying to sound articulate right now.

  At any rate, I am in the process of reapplying. This time I am going to apply to many more schools, and not limit myself so much. I don't know why I was so dead set on Berkeley. I am, of course, concerned about tuition costs. I hope that my good grades (high gpa, presidential honor list for many semesters, psychology honors society, etc.) will help me in getting a fair amount of financial aid. My brother, Dylan, is at UCLA as a transfer and got a full ride, with a lower gpa. Ok, back to my initial point, I am going to apply to private colleges, as well as out of states colleges. My mother told me, and I'll paraphrase,"If we [my mother and father] made all of our life choices based on wise financial decisions, we wouldn't have had such an amazing and fun life." My list of possible colleges has widened considerably.

  In terms of my love life, I broke up with Shaun. He and I were together just under seven years. Seven years. What happened? Well, it wasn't any one thing. He is an alcoholic, first of all. He was emotionally and verbally abusive. We had almost completely separate lives. We shared zero passions in life. You get the idea. Summer of 2011, I went back to MI for three weeks, and during that time I had an epiphany: I am happier without Shaun! I had such an amazing and fun summer, and when I came back to CA, I found myself angry and resentful towards Shaun. I don't particularly want to go into the details of how bad our relationship was, but needless to say, I wanted out.

  Wow, this thing is getting long. I guess when you don't write for like, years, life stuff builds up. Let's see if I can speed things up a bit. Met another man, knew that he was special, was scared I might miss out on a relationship that was truly amazing, broke up with Shaun, moved out, moved into (first!) place of my own, and began a wonderful relationship with Jason. Here we are:

jasoncaitlin

  He is everything I've ever wanted in a partner. He is kind, loyal, romantic, adventurous, funny, smart, loving...I could go on. He is a photojournalist, a Los Angeles native, and 37. And I love him. A lot. I also chopped my hair off. In this pic we were at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of The Big Lebowski. It was really fun. 







  Jason and I have a lot of fun together. Here are some pics of our various adventures:

plane
caitandbaba
caitandjase
caitandjasekings
dodgergame
jandcfire

Gotta love instagram.

The rest of my family are doing well. Like I said, Dylan is at UCLA finishing his undergrad. He and his wife are trying to have a baby. (Yay!) Travis remarried, and he is teaching at a college in Pomona. Parents are doing well. I think life is pretty dang good.

caitcoco
cainesarcade
caitadva

caitanddyl
caitbaba

I imagine this is enough for one entry...perhaps several. I hope you all are doing well.

Xoxo
Caitlin



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Grace

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from: gracified
date: Aug. 6th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Yay! you sound so happy!! Nice to see you writing again. I hope you'll make a habit of it.

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pithy_epigrams

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from: pithy_epigrams
date: Aug. 6th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Happy to see someone reading this thing! I will try to keep writing, I do enjoy it. You seem to be doing very well yourself.

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