I went to meet with my advisor today, and we finally settled on a graduation plan that is doable. It looks like, if all goes well, I'll be graduating Fall '13. Which is only a semester after I was supposed to graduate. Not too shabby. She couldn't answer one of my biggest questions, though, which is how to make up the two semesters of seminar classes I'm missing. We have seminar classes for each year, so they're year-long courses, and they're all held at the same time during the day so you can't take more than one seminar class at a time. I'm missing the spring semesters of both 2nd and 3rd year seminar, and I'm worried about how to make them up. My advisor said independent studies might be a possibility? I have to email the head curriculum specialist for the School of Dance and ask her. Even though that part is a little up in the air, I'm pretty pleased with the plan. I just hope I can handle school again. This is going to be the make-or-break semester...if it doesn't go well, I'm pretty sure I'm going to drop out and move on with my life.
I don't know if I've mentioned this yet, but I'm hoping to move into my own apartment this year. Preferably this summer; I just have to talk to my roommate and see if he wants more time to find another person to move into my room (I haven't mentioned this to him yet since it's still up in the air). I'm not moving because there's anything wrong with my current roommate situation. It's actually a perfect set up: a big house and a roommate who understands that I like to keep to myself most of the time. Nothing wrong with the situation at all. I'm just at a point where I want to live by myself for a bit. And I want to take advantage of that now before I move somewhere like New York in a few years and will have to have roommates again. Plus Ragnar doesn't get along too well with one of the kitties, and I'm worried he'll get really mad one day and it'll end badly. So I just need to try living by myself (well, with Ragnar) for awhile.
I went and checked out the complex I'm thinking of moving to, and it's basically amazing. The woman I met with and took a tour with was really nice and gave me a lot of good information. And the apartments are A-DOR-A-BLE. A perfect space for me and the kitty. The only drawback is that it's a little pricey compared to my current rent, but I think it's actually pretty standard for good, non-roach infested apartments. Plus I really lucked out with the rent I'm paying now; I doubt many places are this inexpensive to live in! I've been researching complexes since I first moved to Phoenix (even then I wanted to live on my own), and the conclusion I've drawn from reading reviews online is that if you move to a complex with super-cheap rent, you kind of get what you pay for. So I'm hoping that A) my parents will be willing to co-sign the lease with me and B) that I get a job before the end of the summer so I can start paying rent on my own. I really want this to happen! And I think it will be good for me to have a space that's mine.