The depression seems to have lifted a bit. This is good. The sunny day today helped.

I finally got a second wind today and got caught up on some things that I had been neglecting to do for a while:

  • I filled out a bunch of paperwork DSHS has requested.
  • I wrote my thank you notes for folks who had given me graduation gifts.
  • I caught up on some emails and messages that I hadn't gotten around to answering (I admit it, I am the world's worst procrastinator when it comes to answering emails).
  • I tied up some various loose ends that had been hanging around.

I know it doesn't look like a lot, but that's about 6 hours of work there. My world is a little less chaotic now, and I feel accomplished.

No idea what tomorrow will bring -- will I be evicted? -- but at least I've accomplished something today.
Hmmmmmm.... This just published today. Wonder why they waited so long? Interesting timing, given what's going on in my life...

From the
Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, Washington
Published Nov. 07, 2008

COLLEGES: WWU names summer graduates
Dean Kahn

The following Whatcom County students were 2008 summer graduates at Western Washington University:

Bellingham: Kali Albin, bachelor’s, psychology; Abdulsala Almarhoon, master’s, business administration; Matthew Anderson, bachelor’s, business administration; Aspen Gaia, bachelor’s, interdisciplinary; Brenda Apt, bachelor’s, human services; Edward Arthur, master’s, anthropology; Melissa Baldwin, bachelor’s, human services; Lisa Bates, bachelor’s, Spanish; Christopher Bauer, bachelor’s, philosophy; Ryan Beatty, master’s, educational administration; and Joshua Benham, bachelor’s, geology.

Libby Berg, bachelor’s, community health; Laura Best, bachelor’s, communication sciences; Erik Bies, master’s, human movement; Victoria Bigelow, bachelor’s, psychology; Rebecca Bowles, bachelor’s, accounting; Evan Bridges, bachelor’s, art; Edwina Broadway, bachelor’s, accounting; Cannon Brooke, bachelor’s, history; Ian Callaghan, bachelor’s, interdisciplinary; Joseph Carpenter, master’s, business administration; Kristin Chambers, master’s, business administration; Lindsay Christopher, bachelor’s, general studies; and Amy Collins, bachelor’s, political science.
Click here to find out more!

Megan Copenhaver, bachelor’s, psychology; Erin Cross, bachelor’s, sociology; Russ Cunningham, bachelor’s, p.e.; Marissa Darlingh, bachelor’s, psychology; Maxwell Davis, bachelor’s, history; Maeghan Demmons, master’s, student affairs; Angela Dittmar, master’s, business administration; Andrea Donley, master’s, business administration; Timothy Douglass, bachelor’s, biology; Sarah Duffy, bachelor’s, English; Benjamin Eilers, bachelor’s, self-designed; Rebekah Engley, bachelor’s, physics; Amanda Enlow, bachelor’s, English; Joshua Frazier, bachelor’s, business administration; Joanne Granger, bachelor’s, English; Kevin Green, bachelor’s, communication; and Joshua Grubb, bachelor’s, recreation.

Christopher Haas, bachelor’s, business administration; Sara Helm, bachelor’s, psychology; Kim Hendricks, master’s, education; Jessica Hughes, master’s, speech; Katherine Imus, bachelor’s, art history; Dana Irwin, bachelor’s, psychology; Robert Isaacson, master’s, geology; Kevyn Jacobs, bachelor’s, general studies; Amanda Johns, bachelor’s, journalism; Brian Johnson, master’s, student affairs; Nancy Joseph, master’s, business administration; Jon Junell, master’s, business administration; Patrick Jung, bachelor’s, anthropology; Eric Kingery, bachelor’s, sociology; Andrew Knox, bachelor’s, politics; Jeanne Koetje, bachelor’s, history; Kyle Koger, bachelor’s, geology; Casey Lawrence, bachelor’s, business administration; and Stephanie Lewis, bachelor’s, human services.
Like you care about the rest... )

After 22 years of work and gods only know how much money, I finally got...

...a piece of paper.

Click for text )
kevyn: (Default)
( Aug. 23rd, 2008 05:37 pm)

Here I am in graduation drag (complete with pink umbrella) at the summer commencement at Western Washington University. After 22 years, I finally earned my Bachelor's Degree!

(Note swollen right hand, hanging uselessly. It's blown up like a balloon. Mom thinks its bursitis.)

more photos )
My graduation announcements were delivered today!

They're embossed in silver and blue on heavy rag paper. The front flap has the school seal, and inside is an etching of Old Main.

The text reads:

The Trustees, The President, faculty
and Graduating Class of
Western Washington University
announce the
Summer Commencement Ceremony
and the awarding of the degree of
Bachelor of Arts
Kevyn Daniel Jacobs
Saturday morning, August twenty-third
Two-thousand and eight
at ten o'clock
Carver Gymnasium
Bellingham, Washington
Admission by ticket only

The envelopes are the same heavy paper as the announcement, and there are embossed return address labels and embossed envelope seals. There's even watermarked tissue paper to put in these! How pretentious is that?

Printing these was really expensive, but worth it.* (Thank you to [ profile] teledildonix for helping me get them ordered!)

I'll be mailing these out this afternoon. Better late than never!

I have some extras, so if you want to receive one, let me know -- and make sure I have your address. (Teri, Kevin, Kevin, Kady & Bax, Mac & Catherine, I already have you on my list.)

Everyone who is in the Bellingham area is welcome to attend. (Despite what it says on the announcement, tickets are NOT necessary for admittance.)

* My crass, mercenary, American side says: These were an investment... so my family better send me some graduation money... 'cause I'm unemployed and broke!
kevyn: (Default)
( Jul. 22nd, 2008 11:45 pm)
Got up this morning and went down to Kris & Kokii's to get the Star Wars Trilogy VHS tapes that I needed to return to the WWU library. Took the bus to campus & returned them, then visited my Tech Writing professor to talk about various things (he's going to write me a letter of reference, and he gave me a list of tech writer employment resources). Went to the cashier's office to pick up an invoice of the $40 I owe for degree application, which I am asking DVR to pay.

Went by the WWU alumni office to sign up for the graduation ceremony next month, and give my measurements for cap & gown (I'm sure it's not every day that they have to procure these for 6'7" 400# graduates!). Went downtown to submit the invoice to DVR, then took a bus out to the hospital to visit [profile] kennapea , who has been hospitalized with abdominal pain that they can't seem to diagnose. She's in good spirits, despite being hospitalized for 4 days now.

Surprisingly, BoyJeep is still in the parking lot there at St. Joseph, where he's been since Memorial Day weekend (I half expected they would have towed him by now). He still won't start. I don't have the money to have him towed, or the money to have him repaired (Anyone have AAA they could help me out to have him towed back to my place?).

Came home, and Kris came by. We hung out for a while, then I spent the rest of the evening on Facebook and playing Star Wars: Empire at War.

Time for bed.
It's official. I just got a letter from the WWU registrar's office, stating that they have evaluated my transcript, and agreed that I have completed all necessary requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts.

Graduation ceremony: Saturday, August 23, 2008, 10:00 am, Carver Gymnasium, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA.

I'm going to walk across the stage, naturally. DVR is paying for my cap and gown.

Mom says she will try to be here, but I am not going to hold my breath. She just went to Japan to visit my brother and his family, so I know she's strapped for cash right now.

One month and 4 days from now, I'll officially be a college graduate. My 22-year-long journey through higher education will be over.
I'm back!

After spending days being hobbled by a sweet-tea-soaked-dead keyboard (*bzzzzt*), being forced to use the mouse and a virtual keyboard to type (*AAAAAAGH*), and totally unable to work on Wikipedia articles... [ profile] teledildonix came to my rescue! He had an older-model (but still compatible) Mac keyboard lying around, and he gave it to me. Thank you so much, Kevin. Once again, you've pulled my fat ass out of the fire!

Today was a busy, busy day. I slept in, then ate a leisurely breakfast of Corn Flakes and Mountain Dew, and did almost nothing until noon.

Then, I showered, dressed, and started my day. ;-)

Caught the bus to the University, and paid my remaining fees (to keep the road to graduation in August clear), went to the bus station, bought a July bus pass, went to WorkSource downtown to meed with my DVR counselor. Turned out to be a really good meeting: we talked about how I should broach the subject of my disability with future employers (her advice: not until after they've given you a firm job offer in writing), what my plans are (short term: find a part-time job, long-term, find a permanent job), should I cut my hair & beard (no, but I do need a trim), how I can include my Wikipedia editing experience for any job I apply for, etc. I've also agreed to start going to job club every Monday morning, to network. Then she asked me what DVR could do for me, and here's what we came up with: DVR will pay for my graduation expenses (cap and gown rental). DVR will pay for a brand new outfit (shirt, slacks, shoes) for me to wear to interviews. And DVR will pay my bus pass all summer! Cool deal, no?

Afterwards, I went to Kevin's place to get the keyboard, then to get some groceries, including a $16 salad (don't ask), and now I'm home!

Now I just gotta get caught up on my emails and LJ comments...
kevyn: (Default)
( Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:22 pm)
I just got the email from the head of disAbility student services:

Finish the 9 credits you have this quarter, and you will graduate this summer! That's right, no more classes after this quarter!!!

That's it! I'm done with school in 2 weeks! I'll actually walk in August, but as far as WWU's concerned, I'm DONE!
The deed is done. I applied for, and was granted, a hardship withdrawal from my Interpersonal Communications class (COMM 327). That means I will be finishing 9 credits this quarter instead of the 14 credits I started out with.

What this means for graduation is still unclear. I met with my adviser at Student disAbility Services this morning, and he thinks it might be possible to graduate me anyway with what I have. That would be SO sweet!

Of course, it's also still possible that I will need to take one more upper division class during summer quarter. One more is do-able. I should know within the next 24 hours what the verdict is.

Whatever the outcome, finish this quarter or next, one thing is clear: I won't be able to walk and receive the diploma until August. It's past the deadline for submitting graduation requests for this quarter, so no matter which outcome, I won't actually get the diploma until the August ceremony. Oh well.

My apologies to everyone I got excited with my anticipated June graduation date.

I'm at the finish line. I'm limping across, but I am almost there....
Called mom this afternoon after class. She had just had more dental surgery, so she was really groggy.

Told her that I would be graduating June 14th. Turns out my sister is getting married on that day to her fiancé, Joe, and mom has already committed to being there for her. It's not a huge deal, though -- it's Nettie's 2nd wedding, we all did the big family wedding the first time around, and they're just going before a Justice of the Peace -- so I'm not stressing about not getting to go.

Mom, however, is stressing, because she can't be in both places at once -- at Nettie's wedding and my graduation. Just bad luck that they'll both be on the same day. I wasn't expecting her to fly up her for the graduation anyway, so I told her to put away the sack cloth and ashes. Catholic Guilt not necessary. She laughed when I said that. She's really happy I'm FINALLY graduating, though.

Dale's in Alaska on TDY, his second assignment away from Japan this year (he was in Malaysia earlier in the year). I know Cindy's gotta be going nuts with those two little kids in Japan all alone (she hates it there). Dale had a layover for a couple of hours in Seattle this weekend on the way up to Alaska, and emailed me, asking if I could drive down to visit. I had to explain to him that I'm almost a 3-hour drive from SeaTac, depending on traffic -- there's no way I could do it with no advance notice. Poor guy, to be so close, and yet so far.

The BIG news, and the reason Nettie and Joe are getting married in a hurry: Nettie's getting sent to Iraq in early October. Merde. Dale also might be going to Iraq next year -- looks like both of my siblings could end up in Iraq soon. I am worried.

DAMNIT! End this fucking pointless occupation!!!
YES! It's official: I will graduate from university in June!

I got the second opinion from a credit evaluator in the registrar's office, and she concurred with what academic advising told me yesterday: I can graduate in June!

In fact, because I was making noise around the registrar's office, they scrutinized my transcripts, and it turned out that they had neglected to transfer in some upper division credits from Semester at Sea. SCORE! Unfortunately, I had already maxed out the 30 upper division credits I am allowed to transfer in, so it doesn't affect my classload this quarter, but it does mean I have even more credits than I had thought!

Eleven weeks to go... 21 years in the making, and I am FINALLY in the home stretch for getting my Bachelor's Degree!

So, yesterday was the first day of classes. I still didn't have my schedule nailed down, so I went up to campus to meet with my adviser, to ask for advice on what classes to take, since I was having trouble finding a class that fit my needs that wasn't full.

A note on her door read, "On vacation for 2 weeks. For advising needs, go to the Academic Advising Office."


So I went to the Academic Advising Office, and met with the same adviser who had guided me into the general studies program last year, when it became clear I couldn't cut it in the computer science program.

I explained my situation -- that I needed 32 credits (2 quarters) to graduate -- and she looked over my transcript, and asked, "Who told you you needed 2 quarters to graduate?"

"My adviser," I replied.

She looked over my paperwork again. "I don't think that's correct. It looks like you have enough here to graduate in June. You only need 12 credits of 300/400 level classes to fulfill the graduation requirements."

"WHAT?!?!" I nearly fell out of my chair.

"I don't know what your adviser was thinking, but I don't think I'm wrong. I think you can graduate this quarter. My advice is for you to go get a second opinion at the registrar's office."

After gratefully thanking her, and taking some suggestions for her for classes to register for this quarter, I went to the Registrar's office. I had a very brief meeting with the woman who evaluated credits for graduation, and she did a very cursory look over my paperwork. She said she didn't see anything amiss that would prevent me from graduating this quarter, but she wanted to see my adviser's sheet (which I hadn't brought with me, unfortunately). She asked me to bring it in the next day, and she'd go over it.

Which means today, I will find out for sure, but it's looking promising that I only have 11 weeks until I graduate!
Today was the last day of the DVR WorkStrides class that I've been taking for the past 3 weeks. It's been an interesting class, and while some parts of it have been sheer review (like affirmations and goal setting) or things I am just not ready to do right now (like job hunting, while I get emotionally stablized again), there have been a few really good things that have come out of the class.

First and foremost is developing a clear concept of my dependable strengths, which has been really valuable, and I think will help me a lot when I do make a move back into the job market. That exercise alone was a tremendous boost to my battered self-esteem. It reminded me of strengths I had, and had forgotten I had, and got me to write them all down in a job-finding tool. I also learned a lot about networking and job benefit negotiations from that exercise.

Second, is that the class got me out of the house, where I'd otherwise just wallow in self-pity. WorkStrides and got me doing something productive again, while I wait for school to start in January, and since I am not working. (Right now, because of my emotional instability, and the insurance problems, I have a real disincentive to work. More on that later.)

I produced a lot of work in the class, and though my starting the fluoxetine regimen right in the middle of it was hard, and then doubling the dose 5 days later was doubly hard, I made it through, and even produced some interesting writing and art.
And third, it made me some new friends (some of who are reading this journal entry right now... Hi McKenna!). The makeup of the class was quite diverse - in age, background, and ability - and it was nice to be in a social situation where I got to interact with people on a more-than-shallow level, cooperatively. Much of the work was done in small groups, and it let me interact with other people in a safe environment. (One of the instructors described my style as that of being a "consensus builder.")

Today being the last day, it was kind of like the last day of school. As an exercise, Anita handed out a bunch of 3x5 cards to the class, and instructed us to write something positive about each member of the class on them. They could be anonymous, or not, as we wanted, and anything we wanted to write, short or long. Then Anita distributed the cards to the people they were about. It was kind of corny, like everyone signing each other's yearbooks on the last day of the school year before summer vacation, but it was nice to see all the nice things people wrote about me.

The ones I received are to the right. Click on them, if you'd like to read them. Zach, McKenna, Kat, Bonnie and Anita were all especially dear to me, and over the last 3 weeks, I really am grateful that you guys were all able to share with me.

Then, at the end of class, we had a graduation ceremony, with cake and punch, and personalized certificates of completion. I'm sorry it's over, because I'll miss my new friends, but I'm coming out of it with some new tools, and a newfound appreciation of just how amazingly talented I really am!


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