December In Review

I’ll start off my saying most of the month was spent with my boyfriend Dan, which I talked about in a separate post.

The first week of the month was spent finishing up coursework and taking finals. My finals went alright, but my overall grades turned out splendid, my best semester yet!

I have some more awesome news: I got an internship in London starting in June! It’s with a non-government conservation organization called Frontier, which hosts volunteer opportunities around the world for community-based conservation efforts. As the recruitment and events intern, I will be giving presentations about what Frontier does and following up with people who are interested. Although it’s unpaid, it’s only three months, I get a free London travel card and I will be funded to go on one of their programs for four weeks after my internship. Unfortunately, they cannot supply me with a work visa, so I’m still trying to find my way into the country. I really want to make this happen!

I had all my finals in one day: three finals (conservation biology, physics and environmental ethics) on Tuesday and that same night was opening night of Mamma Mia! at work. Thankfully, it was a very easy run with no incidents. It was nice to work nearly every show without having to worry about schoolwork, although it did get a little boring at times with nothing to do for two hours a night. I didn’t particularly enjoy the show (the acting and plot were weak), but I loved the music, I haven’t stopped listening to ABBA since!

The day after the last show, Daniel came to visit which, again, I’ll talk about in detail in another upcoming post. While he was here, we visited with my extended family in southern California and immediate family in Tucson as well as spending time in Phoenix at the beginning and end of his trip.

Unfortunately, my mom is not doing too well again. When Dan and I arrived at the house a few days before Christmas, she seemed a bit foggy and on Christmas Day, my dad took her to the hospital. She seems to be improving physically as well as mentally, but we’re taking it day by day and hope she gets to come home soon.

I didn’t actively listen to or watch anything new (aside from seeing a few movies in the cinema) last month, apologies. However, I have started reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and am liking it a lot (it’s the first fiction book I’ve read in a while).

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