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So much has happened this month!! I had an amazing time at home, got 2 new awesome roomies who I’ve had some great adventures with, and started PA school. Ack!! Needless to say, blogging didn’t really happen so much this month.

I was home for 2 weeks for the first time since Christmas and that was just wonderful.  How can it not be when you come home to this? home august 2009 001

Mmmmmm! Red Cat, good New York style pizza, and wings.  What more could a girl ask for?  I had a fantastic time with friends and family alike.  I came back much recharged and looking forward to seeing them all again : ).

Lots of good times with the new roomies as well.  Perused the Old Market hitting up Upstream, Ted and Wally’s, and the pedestrian bridge as well as Barrett’s, Greek Festival, Urban Wine, and Zio’s.  Not all in one night of course!  It’s been so nice to connect with other girls my own age. I have missed that a lot since undergrad.

Speaking of school, I’ve just started my second full week of PA school.  It’s going to be interesting folks!! I sense much less time for blogging in the future.  A whole different type of academic atmosphere to adjust to and a whirlwind of a program will make life interesting over the next 2 years.  I’m sure there will be more to come on that as it happens.

Well this certainly is a short update. My apologies! I have to get back to class!! However, there will be an update on my 101 in 1001 posted later tonight some time if you are interested. If you have no idea what that means, drop by my post here:  https://kfredsmusings.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/101-in-1001/🙂

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blank-journalI find myself once again having not blogged in weeks and with nothing to say.  A blank mind. I suppose I can talk about the fun things coming up for me in the next few weeks.

I am heading to the CiTE conference next week in Denver with my coworkers.  I am excited to visit Denver as I have never been.  I will be presenting with a coworker of mine.  I am both excited and nervous.  I have never presented at a conference before!  I am really bummed out though because it sounds like there won’t be wifi access available.  I was hoping to live tweet and pull some social media into my presentation as interactive pieces.  That will be difficult to do without wifi for the audience.  I will be in serious withdrawal!  I’ll come back to my hotel room and devour the online news I have missed during the day.

The weekend after, the friend I visited in Hawaii will be back on the mainland!  I am looking forward to seeing him.  I always enjoy his conversation and company.  I don’t get to enjoy either of them very often anymore.

I’m contemplating extending my AmeriCorps*VISTA term of service another month. It will give me another month of guaranteed income and will let me keep my apartment until my PA classes start.  My supervisor will be leaving at the beginning of July for maternity leave.  This will help allow me to help ease the transition of my duties to the new person while my supervisor is gone.  I’m curious to see how it will be working without her.  It will be even stranger leaving.  I am truly blessed with my coworkers and my job.  We have a close group and we work very well together.  Everyone is very supportive of one another.  I will miss the family feeling when I leave.  Luckily I will be close enough to keep in touch!

Well this turned rather introspective and may be boring you so I’ll finish this up now :-p  I promise to come up with something useful in the next few weeks!  Hopefully the conference will inspire me, hehehe.

Photo credit: retro traveler

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twitter-birdI joined twitter on September 24th, 2008.  Like many, at first I didn’t get the point.  Having been on twitter these past few months I am now addicted.   The connections I have made have been invaluable! Click

I work in higher education and the resources people tweet about are just phenomenal.  People on twitter are so knowledgeable and so willing to share. Their generosity has allowed me to bring new life to the service-learning programs we have for our students.  Professionally the resources are amazing but the personal connections astound me even more.

People are so friendly!  If you post bad news you receive messages of support and encouragement. Good news yields congratulations and well wishes.  I’m a transplant to the Midwest from the East Coast and the opportunity to connect with people from closer to home has been so nice.  Yesterday I connected with @PaddyShaughn.  We talked about Syracuse where I went to school and where he now lives.  It helps to stave off the homesickness I sometimes feel here. These personal connections often lead to help with other problems too. I often tweet a question before I google it, especially if it’s a tech question.  @PaddyShaughn was able to help me with some blogging questions I had. Thanks @PaddyShaughn!

Networking opportunities abound as well.  I’ve connected with 3 Physician Assistants, 2 of whom are from the AAPA.  I am not sure how they found me but I am so glad they did.  The ability to network and even just chat with people in my future profession is amazing! I’ve been supported and given advice by people who barely know me, yet they willingly share whatever they have.

Once again I come back to the collaboration and openness that is so inherent in the web2.0 environment.  I am drawn by this atmosphere and am so glad someone talked me into signing up for twitter.  I would love to connect with you!  If you are on twitter, why did you decide to join?  (Please don’t forget to leave your twitter name!)  If you aren’t on twitter, why not?

Picture courtesy of http://wefunction.com/2008/07/function-free-icon-set and http://snurl.com/9u28c

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Accepted!!!!

I got AMAZING news on Friday. I was at an interview for a Physician Assistant Master’s program at UNMC and I got a voicemail to call someone back. I returned the call and it was a faculty member from Chatham University calling to tell me that I was accepted into their program! I was so stoked! I jumped up and down for a good 5 minutes. It’s not easy to get in and I am just so honored that I am being given this opportunity. So regardless of whether I get in at UNMC or not, in August 2009, I will begin my training to become a Physician Assistant. Yay! It’s the best feeling in the world to know that all my hard work is paying off. 😀

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