Monthly Archives: July 2011

I’m Surrounded by Amazing People!

Not only do I have the best boyfriend ever, I also have the best in-laws ever!

After coming to a dead end on school finances, my boyfriend’s parents agreed to cosign my loan. I’m so glad to have such amazing, compassionate people in my life :] I see now where my boyfriend gets it from, haha!

Anyways, not much to say today. It’s so nice to have a weight off my shoulders. I’m still going to be at Chapman, yay! Still, it’s sad to see so many Facebook statuses about people having to leave school because of money problems. Funnily enough, this morning I received a comment on my previous post that read:

“I’m sorry you are having trouble reaching your financial aid representative. Based on the information provided by you in your blog I believe I was able to locate your file and get some more information. I would be more than happy to call you for a further discussion. Thanks,

Jack Millis
Director of Financial Aid
Chapman University”

I KNEW using the internet would get their attention. Chapman will do anything to put out a fire that might tarnish their reputation. I’ve already been covered for this semester, but if you go to Chapman and you’re still having problems, try using your twitter/facebook/blog/whatever to get a hold of them. Seriously, it’s more reliable than calling/emailing them.

Nothing personal Chapman – I just wanna go to school, and I won’t give up without a fight.

 

it’s a happy Friday indeed!

Kiley ❤

Chapman Still Refuses Help

As much as I prefer to be positive on my blog, today kind of sucks. Fever/cold/headache all day, bleh. On top of all that, I’m even more stressed out about finances for this school year.

Financial aid was as useless as ever. My parents didn’t qualify for extra loans so I’m back at square one. I got a hold of the financial aid office (after calling for two hours, again) but they basically said there’s nothing they can do, which pisses me off to no end. Really? You can’t pull an extra couple thousand dollars from your multi-million dollar fund to help out some students in need?

There’s not really too much hope for me this semester, but I guess we’ll see. I’ve got to keep my options open – transferring, breaking into the industry now and abandoning school, taking a semester off, etc. Hopefully something will come through so that I can stay at Chapman. I’ve only got two years left and I really do enjoy going to school there. I just don’t enjoy all the bullshit that comes along with it.

As a last ditch effort, I might call up the OC register and see if they’d want to write a story about it. There’s nothing Chapman hates more than getting their reputation smudged. I got their attention faster by slandering them on Twitter than I did with emails/phone calls/messages to the office.

I want to finish college, damnit!

Kiley ❤

Hey Financial Aid, A Little Help Here?

It’s almost school season again. You know what that means – lots of ignored calls to financial aid.

I love my school, I really do, but I don’t think that I’ve ever been able to get to financial aid OR the business office over the phone. For the impossibly high tuition I pay, I deserve better. Especially when I have a week to make a payment of $4,000 that I shouldn’t even be paying.

Long story short, payments begin next week and my records show that I have zero financial aid on record. I realized this morning the FAFSA form I filled out last week was supposed to be done in March. Thanks for the reminder, Chapman….not. Of course, they never hesitate to remind me about their donation opportunities or their next grandiose expense *cough*crystal cathedral*cough*.

Anyways, I’m panicking. Hopefully they’ll answer they’re phones sometime this week and hopefully they’ll help me out. If not, I may have to take some time off school which I really do not want to do. I guess we’ll see. Hopefully they will cooperate. If anything, maybe they won’t turn away another 80 grand on their doorstep?

 

I just want to go to school!

Kiley ❤

HYPED on way too much caffiene

So I don’t have too much to say today, but I felt like posting to say hello :]

I woke up super sleepy today, but  two bottles of iced coffee, some sugar loaded power berries from David, and Pitbull’s newest album changed all that. Now work is done and I’m bouncing off the walls. I need Disneyland. Or clubbing. Or a party. Or something, hahaha!

What I really need is a cheer gym attached to my apartment. If I win the lottery, that’s what I’m spending my money on.

Random side note – if anyone plays Call of Duty on PS3, add me – SuperSpazzums. I’ll actually probably be playing write after I finish this post.

Alright, I’m done with this energy-induced-ADHDish post.

 

Until tomorrow!

Kiley ❤

Thank You for Smoking Review

I heard a lot of good things about Thank You for Smoking, and it definitely lived up to its hype. I had no idea what it was about, but this weekend I decided to watch and see.

I really don’t have much to say about this movie except that it was really good. I love movies with clever characters and fast, witty dialogue. This movie made me laugh and it has some great quotable lines. One of my favorite being “thank god we invented the….whatever machine.”

Was this originally an indie movie? It was shot kind of….funny at times. Like I said, I really don’t know anything about the background of the movie, I just know that I liked what I saw.

Sorry for the short review! It’s Wednesday and I’m suffering from serious middle-of-the-week-slump syndrome.

“If you’re wrong, then I’m right”

Kiley ❤

Harry Potter 7 Part 2 Review – The End of an Era

Yesterday I finally made my first summer trip to the movie theater to see the last Harry Potter movie. Like many people, I had that same bittersweet feeling of “ZOMG it’s so good” and “holy crap it’s all over.” I’m definitely gonna miss waiting in line for the next book/movie. I grew up with the series, just like the rest of us who followed along, and it was certainly a MAGICAL journey.

As far as the movie goes – I got what I came for. I could go all film student-y on it, but I’m not going to because I love the series too much. I’ve gotta say, the magic fight scenes were BADASS. I don’t really know what was different from the book, but I also really don’t care. People that whine about movies being different from their paper-and-ink counterparts need to get over it. Movies and books are two entirely different artistic mediums, obviously they’re not going to be the same.

As always, it was shot really well. It’s amazing to see the transition from the first time we see Hogwarts all bright and happy to this movie where everything is grey and bleak. Despite the dragging along at the beginning, most of the movie was packed with the epic fight scenes we were all waiting to see.

Also – I think I hate the epilogue more in the movie. I seriously wanted to rip those 7 pages out of the book when I read them. I was cringing the entire five minutes the epilogue was playing. I sense a bad spin off in the near future. But who knows, J.K. Rowling is quite talented, as long as she doesn’t let it get to her head. I’d hate to see her become the next Stephanie Meyer.

Mischief Managed!

Kiley ❤

Netflix changes are a bad move for the company

If you have Netflix, then you’ve probably heard about the latest upcoming price changes. A lot of people are downright angry and are threatening to cancel their service. Personally, I’m just disappointed.

Most of my viewing comes from the stream anyways. I can literally watch it anywhere – computer, TV, phone (which works surprisingly well). Netflix has great quality and I can easily pick up from where I started, no matter what device I’m using. The only problem Netflix streaming has is selection.

When the prices changed a few months ago – $7 for streaming only at $9 for streaming + DVD, if I’m not mistaken – I opted for the choice with the DVDs. I love Netflix streaming, but there’s a lot of great movies that aren’t on the stream. For some reason though, I find it much more difficult to sit down and watch a DVD. I think it’s the “pressure” to watch it. DVDs are delivered through snail mail and despite how quickly the turnaround is, I feel pressured into watching a DVD the day I get it because I want the next one ASAP. Usually I end up setting the DVD aside and forgetting about it, sometimes for months even.

Needless to say, I’m not devastated by this change to service, but it sucks nonetheless. I honestly have no idea who would pay $7 a month to only have ONE single DVD out at a time. Even if you watched every DVD the very day you got it, you still would have to wait a few days in between for turnaround and you won’t get nearly as much use out of it as the stream. Honestly, I think this move is bad for the company. However, I am saying that without knowing how much it costs to run the DVD service alone, but still. This change is just making people upset, which may lead to lots of cancellations.

I still love Netflix, so there’s no way I’m going to cancel, but I am going to miss all the movies in my DVD queue that I will no longer be able to see because they are not online. Although, I do think it would be a smart move to move everything to stream and do away with DVDs all together, but that’s just me. I’ll take a stream over hard copies any day.

 

Lots of DVD watching to do by September,

Kiley ❤

A new day, a new week

After a less-than-optimal weekend, it’s Monday yet again. As I struggled of bed after not nearly enough hours of sleep, I strained to push away the negative thoughts about how daunting another entire week sounded. Despite how tiring a week full of work can be, I decided that I need to stay positive and focus on all the good things coming up. Negativity will only bring me down anyways.

I worked from home for the first time on Friday, and I’m stoked that I only have to drive to Monrovia 2 days a week. It’s such a huge relief waking up in the morning and knowing that you don’t have to spend a few hours of your day sitting in the car.

Cheer finally starts again today. With choreography in less than two weeks, it’s officially crunch time. At the end of this week I’ll also find out what team I’ll be on for the rest of the year. I’m nervous, but I’m definitely excited to get back to work.

I’m also really looking forward to going back to school, sans all the trouble with financial aid. This year will be my year of renewal. I’m out of the dorms and living on my own, and I’m hoping to meet lots of new people and new friends. It’s quite a long time away still, but I have to have something to look forward to when I’m doing the same dull work day after day.

Anyways, long post is long, and I should get back to work.

 

Staying positive,

Kiley ❤

Exciting news!

I got exciting news today!

After the last three weeks of commuting about 100 miles a day just to get to work, I’m finally going to be able to work from home! I’m definitely excited because that means I can do the same work with the same pay but with more rest and less driving! I’m definitely very excited 😀

Also, traffic that made me late for work prevented me from getting my usual morning caffiene fix, but my mom was nice enough to bring some by this afternoon. Thanks mom! ^_^

 

Excited to not drive,

Kiley ❤

Back from AX!

The last five days I’ve been out in LA for Anime Expo 2011. This year was AMAZING! I worked as staff in the maid cafe and it was so much fun! I made lots of new friends and we had a great time, despite getting very few hours of sleep and only eating once a day. I didn’t go to a single panel because I was so busy, but for me AX is all about exhibit hall, cosplay, and being with friends. I’ll definitely say that this year easily tops the other three years I’ve gone, despite the lack of my amazing high school buddies. I’m definitely going next year, hope to see everyone there again!

These guys were AWESOME! Best table ever ❤

I would write more, but I’m still so so SO tired. 8 hours of sleep + waking up at 7am and driving 50 miles to work =/= rest!

Okaerinasaemase, goshujin-sama!

Kiley ❤