NEWS FLASH: To friends and family everywhere.
You may have noticed that I have not been able to make any of the highly amusing and personally insightful posts that I had promised when I started this blog. Heck, I haven’t been able to post even a line or two just to keep you updated. I’ve been really busy getting an education, honest. As I near the end of my first semester at Cerritos College, I am exhausted, but committed to staying the course to acquire my degree. I also take great comfort in knowing that the 17-21 year olds next to me who are sharing the experience are just as tired as I am.
Entering the academic world again has been much like childbirth – a woman suffers like crazy during the process, but is ready to do it over again because the joy outweighs the pain. Frankly, I have a vague memory of what it was like in high school to have back-to-back, coincidental assignments due. Nevertheless, I notice that even after all these years, teachers/professors have still not gotten together ahead of time and chosen different due dates for their projects. It’s probably prohibited by their contract. Either that or they had chips, salsa, and hearty margaritas one night, threw a burrito at a calender, and selected their project due dates with the help of the cosmos.
My sleep schedule this semester is quite deja vu – a four hour maximum, just like my rock ‘n’ roll days. However, the emotional thrill is not quite the same. Getting up at an ungodly hour of the night, flipping on the lights and computer to work on Photoshop assignments or dredge the nooks and crannies of the web for a research paper does not carry that unique adrenalin rush of flipping on the lights in a recording studio and prepping for the day’s session. Thankfully, my office does not smell like those recording studios, permeated with the aroma of cigarettes, Heineken, and ganga. Instead, I deeply inhale the warm fragrance of fresh espresso and cinnamon. Then as I knock back another Five-hour Energy drink, I muse that if only these had been around when I was in rock ‘n’ roll, we would have never gone home!
Surveying the sea of student faces on campus, I see the same sparkle in their eyes as I do in mine – the sparkle of desire to achieve the goal set before us of getting the necessary credits to move on to university. Although… I could be mistaken. That gleam could be the glaze of total exhaustion that heralds a 24-hour sleep cycle as soon as we walk out of our last class on the last day of school. Till that moment, we’re all dog tired and running with the pack!
I will refrain from posting a selfie on my blog with a glowing, yet fatigued, grin…just so you will know it’s me.