I received my final uni grades, I passed everything, so that means I will be graduating next month :)
So what was supposed to initially be a 3 year course (I first started out doing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New England in 2006), has progressed into being like a 6 year course (included a year and a half stint at TAFE to redo the equivalent of the HSC). But today I officially completed my studies and will now receive a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism).
I think this year has been one of the most stressful ones that I've experienced. Between being sick for months on end (I still don't know what was actually wrong), two weeks being amongst the chaos that was the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show and generally working and trying to finalize the work I needed to hand in ...I'm just glad that this part of my studies is over.
I've started looking for jobs that I'm qualified for, I'm still with my job at Target even though for a few weeks nothing was happening with it but I think it was due to the retail slump but I've been getting a few shifts now and I'm still eligible for Newstart (Centrelink) to help me until I can find a full time/part time job in the Communications industry. I haven't had much luck yet but I've applied for a few different jobs over the past few weeks.
I'm also aiming at saving up to go on Contiki next year, I'm looking at October 2012 to do the Grand Explorer from Auckland to Christchurch, which is about 15 days. The tour costs around $2000, but I've figured I will need about $5000 to cover for the flights, optionals and other expenses. I've roughly worked out that I need to save about $400 give or take to have enough to go, it still depends on whether or not I find a permanent job by then but I'm still going to keep saving and see where I end up. I just feel the need to travel somewhere, my ultimate goal is Europe and I'd love to be able to do the Ultimate European Plus Egypt tour but that would take me a few years to save up but we'll see.
I will also be seeing the new Australian production of Annie in January next year. I've had my ticket for the 11th since August and I'm quite excited about seeing it, I've only seen an amateur production of Annie and I wasn't able to go the last time it was playing in Sydney back in 2000/2001. This past year I was able to see Mary Poppins twice (and loved both of them) and I finally saw a production with Marina Prior. I'm hoping that the matinee performance of Annie I'm still will have Anthony Warlow in it because I missed out seeing him in Phantom when I saw it back in 2008.
So I think that generally covers everything that has been happening over the past few months. The biggest one being that I've finally completed my studies :). I didn't intend for this entry to be so long but I think it's been a while since I've actually done a proper update.
I've really got to get back into the swing of actually using my lj.