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2009-08-23 09:55 am

[005] OTM Follow Up

So, I'm finally done in my position as OTM at UTD. The job may or may not be "officially" over, but I've gotten my paycheck and there are no more things that we are required to do, so... that's it. I'm not returning and I didn't try out for Continuing Orientation Team Mentor (COTM), so I don't ever have to deal with that stuff again.

Funny to see myself write and hear myself say these things... I never thought that OTM would be a job that I would get tired of. I thought I would be an OTM for as long as I could. But this year... Was rough.

I guess I'll try to start at the beginning and get my thoughts in order since we have "exit interviews" coming up where the SOTMs and Dan (our boss) are going to ask us about how we feel now that everything's over, and to find out how we can improve things.

OTM Ranting )

Okay, I'm gonna go be productive now. Shower and shopping, and I still need to get textbooks and stuff.

*sigh*
dani_larin: Slightly shopped from comic by roommate's friend (Default)
2009-08-19 10:47 pm

[004] Tired

So I kinda failed yesterday and a few days ago with posting, but whatever. It was the middle of hell-week, and I'm still exhausted.

I've gotta do a sum up of Comet Camp and Success Camp, but I think I'll do that tomorrow. Right now I'm so goddamn tired that I can barely type.

Uhn. And I don't want to see many people. Also may have done something serious to my foot... may go to the Health Center to get it checked out. >_<

Shoot me now. I'm so dead tired. Only up I can think of... I get paid tomorrow! Well, and classes start, and that's cool too. But I'm really glad that OTM stuff is done. It's time for a new school year. Or at least semester.
dani_larin: Slightly shopped from comic by roommate's friend (Default)
2009-08-14 10:36 pm

[003] And so... it ends.

This was it. My last orientation. I'm honestly really surprised, but it definitely was an amazing orientation. I absolutely love every one of the new students that I met, and I can't wait to see them all around campus.

And, for once, I actually did soak my feet in really hot water when I got back to my apartment. ^^ It felt SO nice.

But I think I'm gonna keep this short, cuz work day tomorrow at 10, and I'm gonna get to sleep early and then shower in the morning.

Yaaaaaaaaay much fun stuff. And I also think I might look in to asking the 'rents for a free texting plan, because I'm starting to use it more and more as an actually medium of communication, and I'm kinda concerned about how many messages I'm actually sending and receiving.

Well, I guess that's really it for right now. I'm really, really tired.

OH!!!! Ponyo!!!! SO. CUTE. It was totally awesome to go and see it in english at midnight. Stupid plan, but also awesome plan. And, I don't care if people hate them or their siblings... I really actually like the voices of Sosuke (Frankie Jonas) and Ponyo (Noah Cyrus), and even the song they sing at the end was epic. Went and found it somewhere online today. =D

And yes, I DID hear Mona Marshall in there. I'm such a dork for being able to pick her out of a bunch of voices, but I did. I was like "That old woman sounds kinda like Izzy." ... >_>.

But I think people should go see Ponyo. It's really adorable, and the dub was a good, quality dub. They even kept the honorifics. Or at least some of them. "Toki-san" and "Sensei", plus others, of course.

Alright. Sleep. G'night. ^^

Quote of the Day: *Hisaishi's Ponyo ending song playing in background of credits*
Chrispy: I want to go back home and write a rock version of this song on my guitar...
*MUSIC BREAKS OUT THE DRUMS AND GUITAR*
dani_larin: Slightly shopped from comic by roommate's friend (Default)
2009-08-13 09:42 pm

[002] Orientation

So, I've decided that I'm going to try to update this a little more than I do with my LJ... but we'll see how that goes. I won't be anywhere near signal OR internet while at Comet Camp (16th-18th) so of course no updates then, but I think I'm gonna try to keep a log of what happens so I can keep everything straight. That'd be fun. ^^

In other new, I have finished my last first day of orientation, and it was pretty funkin' awesome. My small group, while HUGE in comparison to previous small groups (20+ vs. 10-15), was pretty awesome. They asked a lot of intelligent questions, were willing to play a little, and WHOOSHED OMG. Like... they were SO LOUD. It was TOTALLY THE COOLEST THING EVER!!!!! I was SO excited. They blew everyone else out of the water, and I just was like "OMG, I LOVE YOU GUYS." =D

I met a bunch of cool people today, like Donovan and his family, and then OMGCATIE!!!!! One of my old friends from high school showed up EARLY this morning, and ran into some of the other OTMs first. They saw her name tag and were apparently like "Oh, you're from Spring? One of our OTMs is from Spring. Alyssa." Catie: "Ally-Kat?!" OTM: "Yup!" Insert squealing here.

I came in the room right after this and yelled: "CATIE?!" and then totally flying tackle glomped her. I was (and still am) SO. FUNKING. EXCITED. I wasn't expecting her, and that just made it totally awesome. We spent what time we could catching up, and we're probably going to do a lot more of that over the next year. Or two. =D

So... not only did I meet cool people, and refind old friends, but like... it was just really fun. It was a good last orientation. Cuz yup, this is it for me. After this, I am no longer an employee of New Student Programs. But, as we always say, "Once an OTM, ALWAYS an OTM." And OTMs always watch out for each other, even if you're not an employed OTM anymore. So thing's will be pretty awesome, I think. I'm looking forward to this next semester/year/two years.

But... I think I'm gonna go grab a quick dinner/snack/thing before Brittney gets here. We're gonna go see Ponyo tonight, since it's the opening of it.

GO SEE PONYO!!!!! It's going to be terribly cute, and I'm excited to see what it will be like in English. And then I'm going to come back home and CRASH. Like a puppy. And then get up early tomorrow and do more OTMing. And then it's vacuuming, packing, and we're headed to Comet Camp.

Okay, gonna really go now. Food is good.