Writing and Hunting

I have really gotten into this Nanowrimo thing. Yesterday I wrote 5k and that put me at over 20,000 words today. I know I should be putting that much effort into my thesis work but it’s a different writing style. BUT! I have found that by actually taking the act of writing and staying with a set goal for daily writing it actually is helping me get into writing overall. I mean I wrote my papers conclusion yesterday. I just need to sit down and put the body together.

Honestly though, I really wish my job hunt comes to an end soon. I have been checking out webinars and podcasts, and reading many blogs to help improve my ability to sell myself as a professional. I have to say that HigherEdLive and Student Affairs Live are great and anyone interested in higher education should check them out. I think one of the hardest aspects of my search is that I’m limited by location. It’s hard to be told that I would get a job easily on the mainland when I’m committed to Hawaii. Hopefully something will work out. I had an interview but that didn’t pan out but it was interview experience and every little bit helps.

A NASFA Experience

Although I finally came down with what my wife had last week I still managed to put myself together for the Fall NAFSA luncheon that was held today at a nice Indian food restaurant. I really wish I could say more about the food but in all honesty it tasted pretty bland to me because my taste buds have stopped working because of my cold. Overall though it was a great decision to go since I was officially announced as the new Web Admin for the NAFSA Region XII Hi/Pacific District. I think getting my name out there is key in my job search. In all honesty this wasn’t an “if I do this it’ll look great on my resume” decision or one I thought up simply last minute. I had decided to do this way back in April, as I was not getting anywhere with my job search in higher ed, and yet I still wanted to be involved so that I wasn’t “left out.” Also having strong technical skills didn’t hurt either but it’s not a problem either. It was nice having someone say that they were happy  I was on the team so they had someone who wanted the position and had the skills to do it well as opposed to someone who simply accepted it cause it needed filled. I always enjoy self-esteem boosters.

Sadly I wont be able to attend the bi-regional convention next week. As much as I would love to go I can’t get the funds together. And it’s not like I’m presenting either.  I hope to put a presentation together for next April’s local conference though. I’m going to be very active in trying to create a good web presence for our district I think. I may put together a district Facebook page and a twitter hashtag, maybe something like #nafsaHI I don’t know. Plenty of time to decide it all.

I know now that, especially trying to work in private sector, that higher ed is where I want to work. It’s the environment and people that make it feel like a thriving my place. I also see that while student affairs is a kick ass place I still want to focus on international education. 5 years, 10 years, 20 years I see that as where I want to be.

Crisis of Nature

Nature’s running a little crazy today. Earlier today an earthquake registering at 8.9 occurred a little over 100Km off the coast of northern Honshu Japan. Friends of mine in Iwate were reporting in on Facebook and Twitter instances of aftershock after aftershock with loss of power and cell coverage. After that though a tsunami occurred and raced towards Japan’s Eastern coast. It was not just a shock but honestly watching the water rush over the rice patties taking everything with it with fires erupting as well was quite shocking.

Of course though it doesn’t end there. A tsunami is headed toward Hawaii as well. I noted earlier tonight on twitter when the sirens began.

Tsunami sirens just went off here #tsunami #hawaii
@ryuuchiba
Donald White

We’re safe though as we live in the valley with mountains protecting us on all sides but I know not everyone is as lucky. HawaiiNewsNow has been doing a great job keeping everyone up to date with information regarding the tsunami.  It’s 1:19 am and it isn’t supposed to hit for another two hours but still staying up to keep up with any information concerning the situation. I probably should be putting more info here with lots of details but I’m pretty exhausted and can’t do detailed work.

I hope all my friends in Japan is doing well and that everyone in Hawaii is staying calm for the impending tsunami. As the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says;

Don’t Panic

Head for the high ground!!! ZOMBIES!!!!!!!

Ok it’s not really zombies. It’s just my natural reaction to sirens. An 8.8 earthquake hit Chile this morning resulting in tsunamis across the Pacific.

People should check out Hawaii News Now

I didn’t have to evacuate but went to friends place in Kaneohe. It’s like a party but much calmer and relaxing.

Will give updates as they come.

Update: 56 Aftershocks over 5.0 magnitude have been recorded in Chile. The first tsunami wave to hit may not be the last or strongest.

Dear surfers still out there and are waiting for the tsunami, good luck and thanks for helping nature with that whole survival of the fittest. Your genes won’t be missed.

Update: Little rise in water but nothing cool. I feel let down.