So the school year is officially over, and it seems nearly everyone is headed either back home or some exotic location for summer break.
I, however, am staying here at school! Actually I don't really mind it at all. It'll be quite the luxurious lifestyle living in a 1-bedroom apartment at Troy East all to myself. I'm looking forward to that. I already told a few people about this, but anyone is allowed to come visit me and even stay the night if you need a place to sleep. The room was intended for 2 people so it has the furniture for two, meaning two internet jacks, two desks, two chairs, two beds, etc. My RC said that she doesn't care how long people stay as long as they aren't actually planning on living there for the summer. I have 2 sets of sheets and stuff, so that isn't a problem, for those who are curious.
Why am I staying at school? Well there are several reasons. First, as you all probably know by now, my family is moving to Atlanta. So there isn't really a point in my going back to WA only to have to buy another plane ticket to Atlanta. And if I were to go to Atlanta over the break, I wouldn't have a room or bed to sleep in, and overall it would probably be just a big headache, haha. So that's how I decided it would probably be best for me to just stay here at USC. But housing costs were a serious issue--I don't exactly have the money right now to afford summer housing.
I applied to be a Language Academy RA a couple months ago, and I got to the interview stage. However, they notified me a few days later that I hadn't quite made the cut, and that I was an alternate. But miraculously about a week ago I received a phone call saying that one of the male RAs had a change of plans and they needed me! So that means I have free housing and free food for the summer.
Of course, I'm not just doing this for the housing. As cheesy as it sounds, I think that it will be a rewarding experience to be an RA for the Language Academy. To clarify, I'm not an RA for typical USC summer school students. I'm an RA for a program separate from the school itself. The Language Academy consists of two 6-week programs in which international students who are not USC students attend intensive English classes and workshops from 9-5 Monday through Friday. It's a program primarily aimed towards three groups of students: 1) their company in their home country wants them to attain proficiency in English, 2) they are planning on attending university in the United States but will go into community college fist, and 3) they are trying to get into USC. It's a tiny staff so there will be a lot of work, but I think it'll be a good experience and good training so that I'm prepared for next year as an RA at Marks Tower.
Come visit me though, I'm not going to have much to do over the summer other than maybe a part-time job to make some spending money.
Residents move in on Monday! I'm excited!