And so, friends, a new school year always marks a slew of changes. Some of these changes are good; some are even bad. This year, however, is filled with good changes... some of the biggest changes that my family has ever encountered.
2 -- I have a house. It's a cute house in a sketchy neighborhood, as in a broken walls, police-infested, crazy dark kind of sketchy neighborhood. No need to worry, though. I double-triple-quadruple check the locks each night. (Me? Paranoid?) It's so nice to have a space to myself (and an awesome roommate), especially since I had been previously living in the dorms.
3 -- I have a new ward. It's a big, 'older-people' ward. Last year, I went to the University Ward, and it was full of young single adults who were closer to my age. This year, I'm in Towne Lake, and there are working single adults, grad single adults... in short, older-young-single-adults. I love it. I feel so welcomed, and there's just a different vibe where people are so chummy with one another. Plus, I've always felt more at ease around people who are older than I. After all, my own mother reminds me on a weekly basis that I have the mentality of a senior citizen.
4 -- I have a new major. It's quite possibly, the best major EVER. I changed my major from Education to English Literature. I stuck with Education for so long because I was too afraid to change my schedule. There's nothing worse than approaching the first day of school when your college career/schedule is in complete disarray. I need order, structure, discipline... I never really liked my education classes, but I am so passionate about English. I love the readings, and I'm often so excited to discuss the content with my classmates. I like to carefully craft my sentences and transform something cruddy into something eloquent. Although I will forever respect and praise the good teachers out there, I think this is the major for me. Just don't ask me about my career plans after college... I haven't the slightest clue.
5 -- I've saved the best/scariest/biggest change for last. My dad, my intelligent-handsome-awesome-dad, got a NEW job. (cue the gasps...) My dad has worked at Ursinus College FOREVER.
But things at Ursinus aren't going so swell. Some of his fellow faculty members are being...gee what's the word... STUPID. Anyway, my dad deserves so much more, so he applied for a job at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. After a series of interviews and conferences, the faculty at Snow College recognized him for his sheer awesomeness. And so, with the start of the new 2014 Spring semester, he will be Mr. Vice-Pres.-of-Academic-Affairs. (Dang... that sounds bomb.) This means that my whole family will pack up our stuff, leave Pennsylvania, and move to, dare I say it..., Utah. I'm very excited -- it might be hard to leave PA because we've spent so many years there, but this is an adventure! We are surrounded by mountains, we might actually get lots of snow, and we have a Walmart Supercenter. The best part? Our whole family will be closer together. Utah is a lot closer to Arizona than Pennsylvania is! This will be a new start for the Hood family, and I'm so excited and proud of my intelligent-handsome-awesome dad.