Aprender espaņol por Puerto Rico 10/26/14 - Plan Inception 12/22/14 - Status: In Process
My brother and sister are each married to Puerto Ricans. Their parents live in Puerto Rico and their sons
and daughters speak Spanish. I want to learn Spanish too: by immersion. So I joined a Spanish Church. This
is sort of an open ended goal.
I also plan on taking Continuing Education Spanish classes starting in the winter of 2015.
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child,
reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:11
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Post Graduation Plans 5/19/11 - Plan Inception 2/12/12 - Status: Denied
This plan involves three parts:
Freelancing while looking for a job or further schooling
Looking for a 30 hr/wk part-time Graphic Design job
Pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Media
Whatever I do, I plan to supplement my SSDI income by finding freelancing projects. With the rest
of my free time, I can look for other opportunities. I need to earn about $700/month.
2. Job Hunting
Although I will look online for jobs, my primary goal is to find a good job through networking. This
goal is complicated by how SSDI works and how low Graphic Design salaries are. By working only 30 hrs/week
I will not be able to earn enough to cover my expenses, I believe.
3. Further Education
Although I am crazy to consider this because of how hard depression makes each semester,
I will apply to Fitchburg State University and determine if I want to continue my education
and get a Bachelor's. This would make me more marketable, but also I would be able to take
music classes at Fitchburg State as making techno music is my ultimate goal in life.
This option I will only consider if I can get very substantial financial aid and particularly scholarships
due to my exceptional performance at MWCC. This is the option I want most, but I am crazy to desire it.
After struggling with clinical depression for each semester of my studies, on May 10th, 2011,
I completed the final amount of work required to get my 2 years Associates Degree in Graphic
Design for Print. I graduated with Highest Honors (3.80GPA) and won #1 Graphic Designer in the
Print Program. God got me through it all, whether I wanted to or not, whether I liked Him or not.
I am so blessed to receive this degree, and to do all the work entailed, which is just the
kind of thing I enjoy and I have become very good at it.
For this plan, I will continue my Graphic Design degree on a part-time basis.
I'll take 3 classes: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Creative Web Design.
I plan to work
part-time (20 hrs/week) to support my living expenses. My estimated total
time spent on both work and school would be around 44 hrs/week.
My MWCC Education & Living Expenses were funded by:
Mass Rehab Coalition - $2,975
MWCC Grant - $1,525
Stafford Loans - $12,606
My payments - $195
My 2 year Associate Degree tuition and fee total was: $9,375.
What a bargain for the abilities I gained!
Alaskan Adventure! 12/06/09 - Plan Inception 07/21/10 - Status: Granted!
I have a friend nicknamed "Biscuit". Currently he resides in Anchorage with his wife.
I'd like to visit him.
I met Biscuit my freshman year of college. Although I transfered colleges, we stayed
in touch and after college traveled cross country with the desire to move to the West
Coast. Biscuit had less than half the money I did, and, quite frankly, he was a bit of
a wuss. I thought I was so strong! Yet when we got to Seattle, he stayed put while I
high tailed it home after my money ran out. It was there, in Seattle, that Biscuit
met his wife!
After the divine appointment of dropping off Biscuit to meet his wife, I did not speak to
him for 5 years. However, he remained on the Etoonin' mailing list. One day, after
spending enough money on my credit card, I'd earned a free plane ticket. I decided to visit
Squite in Seattle, but could not locate him! Then I remembered that he worked for a Shoe
store. I found the website, found his store and called. Who should answer?
After Biscuit got married, he and his traveling wife moved to Alaska. Still as equally
hard to get ahold of, I decided I want to visit him in Alaska before he moves again. I
want to visit the land of the midnight sun and celebrate summer solstice!
Only problem, of course, is that I have no money to fly out there.
Just another Manic Jim Bures plan...
If I can finagle the plane ticket, there'll be a layover in Seattle, our old stomping
grounds. That's where Joe & Joe come in. I'll visit Joe C. if opportunity permits.
I'd like Joe M. to accompany me the whole trip because he's got the money
and he's got the time. He's a nice guy and I get along with him quite well.
And, quite frankly, I'll need the attention during all the travel time.
Land of the Midnight Sun
Christian Community 8/13/09 - Status: Granted
Form a Christian community of guy friends, let the Holy Spirit guide us (through
employment, housing and female relationships).
Christmas 12/06/09 - Status: Denied
My family is traveling down to Puerto Rico for my niece's Baptism. My niece is half
Puerto Rican, so my family has free places to stay. I am poor and can't afford a plane
ticket. My prayer is that God would find a way for me to go down, but it hinges on two
things: my step-brother Joe going too (he can't afford it either) and my sciatica being
healed enough that I will have an enjoyable time (currently I can barely walk and parts
of my body are numb).
The main goal this Christmas season is
to improve Jim Bures - Family relations.
I've been poor for so long I felt like an outcast in my own family. But: no more!!!
God did not save me to live with a spirit of timidity. I will sound my barbaric yalp!
This plan failed due to lack of sleeping space in Puerto Rico as well as
plane fare cash.
9/16/09 - Status: Denied
This plan entails working in retail doing labor. It is broken into three
Making it one month. - Complete
Making it to Thanksgiving. - Aborted
Making it to Christmas. - Aborted
And also entails working until my sciatica is gone.
Then, I plan to get a higher paying, more challenging, harder, labor type job
and get in shape over a year or two.
Something like Construction
[Patio & Wall I helped build in 1996]
Hypomania can be intense and ruined this job.
I decided to continue developing a Graphic Design career rather than
waste time in unrelated fields.