To start off, I think I fixed the comment problem that I heard from a few people. Hopefully that will work now.
This is just meant to be a bit of an update. One born out of boredom rather than necessity.
First update, I am officially an applicant of the U of U graduate school. I applied to the social work program with the intent to get an international social work certificate. I'm all sorts of nervous. Especially since I won't hear back from them for another six months or so. In the meantime I'll be applying to at least two other schools: Tulane University in New Orleans and University of Connecticut. Tulane has a program similar to the U's in that it's a social work degree with an international social work certificate. U Conn is purely international social work. I'd honestly be happy with either option. Of course, these other two schools are exponentially more expensive than the U, so unless I get some massive scholarships and/or federal grants, neither of those will be options. I'm putting a lot of my hopes into the U right now. They accept about 50% of their applicants and with zero social work experience, I'm thinking it might be a bit of a long shot for me. I'm still looking for programs in the states or abroad with international social work so if anyone hears of anything, please let me know. As of now I have very slim pickings.
Second update, I finally went to the state of Washington. This last weekend I went on a little road trip with my friends Angela and Ben to Spokane where Ben had a conference. We drove up Friday, checked into the hotel around 8, and just chilled there before going to bed (I'm getting so old). Saturday Ben went to his conference while Angela and I walked around downtown and an amazing park with the Columbia running right through the middle. It was amazing. I've really never seen anything like it. A huge river (compared to what we have in Utah at least. Nothing to the Mississippi) right in the middle of a city not all that bigger than Salt Lake. After that and eating lunch we went to this vintage clothing and jewelry shop called Finders Keepers. I spent WAY too much money on the two rings I bought there, but they're unique, won't go out of style, and are pretty much awesome. We spent probably 2 or 3 hours there and by the time we were done, Ben was finished with his conference. The three of us then went to dinner at this fancy, urban, contemporary restaurant called Scratch. I really have nothing to compare it to. It reminded me of New York City, but anything urban and chic reminds me of New York. After dinner we went to this comedy club where I heard one of the funniest comedians I've ever come across. His name is Chris Mullineaux (I hope I spelled that right) and I have yet to find him on google or youtube. There were a few bits there where I couldn't breathe he was so hilarious. After that we went back to the hotel and chilled/wrestled/walked across the bridge Angela had become/did all those things weird kids do when they're drunk on a lack of sleep. The next morning our friend Bryan came over from Moscow, Idaho to chill for a bit before we left. We just walked around Gonzaga and took lots of pictures. It was like we were back in DC... totally awesome.
Those are really the only updates in my life right now. Maybe not all of them, but I'm too tired to continue on for now. Enjoy the pictures of pretty Washington!