Yesterday my mom and I took time off work to go and walk around Evergreen’s campus. I needed to talk to the academic advisor and the finical advisor to make sure the classes I wanted to take would cover all the credits I needed. It sounds like I could be done in just a year of school! After we finished with the advisors we walked over to the housing part of campus and quickly found my cousins old apartment. Evergreen has two types of housing, the traditional dorm room setting, where you either live alone or with one other person and share a communal bathroom and shower, or an apartment setting on campus, where you share a large apartment with 3-5 other people. Since neither of those options sound appealing to me I’m looking for alternatives off campus. We also went over to the food garden they have, which required walking to the complete opposite end of campus, and a quarter-mile walk through the woods. It’s a fantastic campus; you’re literally in the middle of a forrest. I was excited to find that they had chickens and 4 beehives at the farm, but there was a class there so we didn’t walk around. I’ll be taking a food farming course next spring and will be spending all of my time there.

My mom works with a woman whose sister owns a house in Olympia, so once we finished on campus we decided to drive over and check out the house. It’s a cute 2 bedroom, 1 bath that was built in the 30’s. Its got an attached single car garage, and arched doorways throughout the house. We didn’t get to look inside, because we weren’t sure if anyone was currently living there, but my moms friend/coworker was telling us about it via text. The yard is all grass, and I could potentially be allowed to do what ever I wanted to with it. The surrounding neighborhood is SO CUTE. Everyone had gardens full of flowers and food, and several houses were painted with non-traditional bright colors. There was even a cob bench at one house! It looked like something you would normally find in Northern Portland. My cousin has shown interest in moving down there with me, and pretty much the only thing he said he wanted was a garage for his motorcycle. We haven’t heard if its available to rent yet, but I would love it if it was. We think rent right now is currently $900 a month, and if my cousin split that with me then I would only be responsible for $450. Because of how my parents set things up when they got divorced, my dad is required to pay half of all of my education costs, so we’re trying to show that living off campus is the cheapest option and hope he agrees to it. Living on campus would cost $680 a month in rent, so right now $450 is a much better option. And because he would have to pay half of that, I would only be responsible for $225.

One of the other cool things about Evergreen is that a bus pass is a required part of your tuition. You pay $1 per credit for your bus pass while you’re attending, so I’ll only have to pay $16 a quarter. The bus stops 2 blocks away from that little house and theres one that leaves campus every 20 minutes. Downtown is a 5 minute drive from the house too, and food and shopping centers are not even 3 blocks away. There’s a park across the street, and a fun little community garden thing 3 houses down. I don’t know how much my cousin will like it there, but right now it looks perfect to me.

In other news, I’ve finally applied for a job at the company I do my internship with. There’s a position opening for a volunteer coordinator for the composting program I already went through. Its actually a really funny story. A friend of mine sent me the job listing on Friday, and I didn’t have time to apply over the weekend. On Monday my internship called me to ask if they could write an article about me for the composting program I had taken. I was working when I got the call, but I did the interview for the article during my lunch. Since the job position is essentially what the interview was about, I asked about it. I was encouraged to send my resume and a letter of interest explaining why I wanted the job to my interviewers boss. I sent it off just after midnight that same day (well, technically Tuesday I suppose), and got two phone calls, a voicemail, and an email from the woman that’s hiring the next day. Work was too busy for me to call her back, so I sent her an email when I got home. She was out of the office yesterday, but told me to call her today at 11 to talk about the position. Working for this company has been a goal of mine since I started interning there over a year ago. I would love it if I got this job. It pays $15 an hour (half again as much as I make at Starbucks) and I would only have to work evenings and weekends. Which fits almost perfectly with my current work schedule at Starbucks. I only work until 5:45 and I don’t work weekends.

Anyway, I need to go have breakfast and get ready for this interview I have in an hour. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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