It's been over a year now since I graduated from college, and my initial hopes of joining the U.S. military unfortunately didn't go through. v_v It's been very difficult finding a job and getting any sort of response, I applied to so many different places; the U.S. State Department, the Department of Commerce, even the CIA! It wasn't until a contact of mine suggested that I consider the Peace Corps as an alternative to the military, as they offer a similar experience working abroad and serving my country (the idea of the Peace Corps is very similar to the civil service programs many of you guys in Europe have in your countries). The application process for the Peace Corps was very tedious, and like many government organizations, it's very difficult to get in because of how competitive it is, I thought I had no chance of getting in. Well, fortunately for me things turned out differently, and it's a huge honor to have this wonderful opportunity to serve my country.
As I said, this will be a two-year endeavor, and I'll be teaching English in a Moldovan school. I’ll also be staying with a host family, and from what I understand, the internet connection is really good in Moldova, so I’ll definitely be able to check DA once I get settled in. Unfortunately I won’t have any new drawings to submit for a while, but I’ll continue to draw when I have some spare time. I may or may not have access to a scanner, so in case I don’t, I gotta ask, can anyone recommend any alternatives for getting my artwork posted aside from scanning it? Perhaps there’s a certain smartphone app that could take detailed photos of drawings, or hey, maybe there’s a certain technique to taking good photos without any additional apps? I don’t know, just let me know, guys.
I’m sorry to say that I haven’t been that active here on DA lately. :/ Although I’m sure you all understand what with how busy I’ve been trying to prepare for this journey. I haven’t been feeling that well lately due to all the stress, and it’s been very hectic trying to get all these errands at home done these last two weeks. I have to admit, it was very sad to say farewell to all my family and friends for the next two years. I’m very fortunate to have so much support from my parents, my siblings, and all my friends, including you guys here on DA! Most of all, I’m extremely grateful to have the support and the interest of a very special friend who’s gone out of her way to make me feel happy and remind me that I’m doing something truly meaningful. I couldn’t be any happier knowing that I have so much love and support in my life.^^
Now I’m happy to say that I’m all set and ready to head out. My luggage is all packed, and I spent these last two days in New Jersey going through the Peace Corps orientation. I’ve met so many wonderful people that I’ll have the privilege of working with, and I am absolutely confident that this project will be a success! Well, I’ll keep you guys posted once I get settled in, and until then, take care everyone. Cheers, or as the Moldovans say, Noroc! I love you guys!
I'm currently on vacation with my family; we drove out to South Dakota last week to visit my grandmother and some of my other relatives. I've always considered South Dakota to be my true home since I was born there and have some great memories there. My grandmother has been getting weak in her old age, so I was very happy to see her again before I leave for the Peace Corps. We left South Dakota a few days ago and now my family and I are out in Colorado, one of my most favorite vacation spots. I'm happy to have this time to spend with my family before I leave, and a few of my friends from college are planning to come out and visit me as well. Over all, these past few months have just been a wonderful time for friends and family. In regards to my volunteer service, I know I've told a lot of you guys about the Peace Corps, but just to clarify, it's an American volunteer agency that sends people to work abroad in developing countries. It's a real charitable organization that strives for world peace, and since I couldn't get into the military, I figured I'd serve my country in the next best way, by working abroad to help others. As I've mentioned in my recent journals, I'll be working in the country of Moldova, which is a former Soviet republic, and I'm expected to learn Romanian and Russian while I'm out there (I'm really excited about that ).
Like I said, I only have three weeks left before my colleagues and I head out to Moldova. It's a little overwhelming because my service over there is a two-year commitment, so I'll be away from home for a long time (I have the option to come back home and visit on breaks, but that would be so expensive x'D). One thing I'm really excited about is getting the chance to travel around Europe during my vacation time while I'm out there, I intend to visit as many of my European friends as possible (that means some of you guys ). As I've mentioned before, I'll be working as an English teacher at a Moldovan school, and I really hope to use this new experience to find a better international job opportunity. I know I've been busy preparing for this new chapter in my life recently, but I wanted to say, thank you all so much for keeping in touch with me and following all my posts. I've been so happy lately because some of you guys have really made an effort to reach out to me and stay in touch outside of DA. I feel like at this point in my life, I need all the friendship and support I can get. :'D After I get back home from this trip with my family, I'll only have two weeks before I leave. I'm actually planning on doing another Silent Hill cosplay with my pal , and hopefully I can finish some of these drawings and get started on some new ones. Fortunately, I'll still have the time and resources to upload new drawings while I'm in the Peace Corps. Over all, I have my work cut out for me these next few weeks, and we'll see how things go once I get to my job post in Moldova.
Guys, thank you all so much for your continued support, I'm really fortunate to have made such wonderful friends with you all, and I look forward to getting to know all you new correspondents in the coming months. I may be a little scatter-brained and a little frantic at the moment, but I couldn't be any happier knowing that I have everyone's support. Take care, my friends. I love you guys.
I've been a fan and user of DeviantArt for over ten years now, and I'm proud to say that it's been a very enjoyable and positive experience. I don't like to consider myself a real artist, but I enjoy art and a bit of photography every now and then. I love using this website as an outlet for expressing whatever creativity I have, and as far as artwork goes, I can be very scattered-brained and will focus on drawing anything that gives me inspiration (and I mean ANYTHING!). Usually, I let me interests and other hobbies inspire my own artwork, and those hobbies would include video gaming (particularly retro and survival-horror games), movies, weapons (particularly firearms), anime, and cartoons. As a result, my art usually ranges from fan art, weapon and firearm designs, and my own original character art. I'm always humbled by people that add me as a friend, and I love making new friends around here! |
Current Residence: Northern Virginia
Favourite genre of music: 80's pop/new wave, rock(punk/alternative/some metal), techno, country, some classical
Favourite style of art: Cutesy anime, or dark and twisted
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: I'm not too big into MP3 players
Shell of choice: M406 antipersonnel shells, M576 buckshot shells, M381 high-explosive shells, M397 airburst shells
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever I friggin' want it to be! D:<
Skin of choice: Does racial color really matter?
Favourite cartoon character: Applejack from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Bender from Futurama, Rick and Morty, oh and Bugs Bunny, just to name a few...
Personal Quote: "All it takes is all you got." - My high school coach