The near future

It’s April now and in just 6 to 7 months my baby girl will be graduating from college and I will be free!  It’s not as bad as it sounds.  Raising my baby has been a roller coaster ride and I would not trade it for anything.

But don’t you agree that it is amazing that Erika is already graduating?  Think about it, she’ll only be 19 and will already have a degree in AB Communication Arts from one of the best schools in the country.  The world is her oyster!  And, if she takes after me in any way, she will be able to land any job she wants in any field she wants.  At the moment she is working through her practicum at ABS-CBN.  I am hoping that they like her work enough to offer her a job after.
I was unable to enroll for the summer for financial reasons.  I hope that the subject I need will be offered in the first semester so that I could graduate, too.  Aside from Corporate Communication I only have the comprehensive exam and my thesis and I will be a bonafide Master in Communication.
Future plans … I want to go to the U.S. for a visit, at least.  It has been a childhood dream to go to Disneyland and I want to be able to go there while I am still young enough to enjoy it properly.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve also been looking at the possibility of pursuing a PhD in the U.S.  Ideally in California ’cause most of my immediate family are there … two of my dad’s brothers, my mom’s sister, and a couple of first cousins.  I haven’t ruled out an online education, though.  Personally, though, I like studying on campus.
There are many considerations to studying there, though.  One really major consideration is financial.  It surely won’t be cheap so I will have to find a job there.  The news tells us that there is a job recession in the U.S. at the moment.  This means that the odds of finding a good job will be very difficult.  I have to ask myself, are my skills really that marketable?
At the same time, I have a good job here.  And so I ask myself, should I really be thinking of a move right now?  Perhaps a vacation would be a good option, for starters, and then … just play it by ear.
If I am serious about vacationing in the U.S. soon that means I will have to be more miserly (even) in the next few months.  I also have to finally get around to working on getting my visa, which means I have to change my passport ’cause I still have a green passport and the requirement of the embassy is the new (machine-readable) passport.
Obstacles aside, though, as far as I’m concerned, the future looks bright.
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