Try Again

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A lot has changed in such a short time. Where do I even begin? I have felt a million things to talk about. This is a update on how I’m doing.

So, let’s start with the location change.  I had to move back to Houston until school starts. I had two jobs in Austin, while I was taking a summer class. That sounds like a lot. It really wasn’t when both jobs only totaled to less than 20 hours a week, and the  class was only  hours a week One was a retail job at the University Co-op. The other was a custodial work at the university Catholic Center. I preferred the UCC job, because I had worked with trash before, and it was in a place that I called home. My co-op job was hard. I had to adapt to new situations quickly. I had to put an act in order to act in order to provide great service. It’s not like I don’t like being nice, but the ways in which I articulate and present myself don’t always come off as I plan to. The last thing is that I never got to work enough hours to prove myself. I can’t just blame the Co-op, I had a hard schedule. My therapy appointments always conflicted with my work, even when I tried to warn my manager about those conflicts, move around therapy appointments, etc. It was hard through I had so much free time outside of work. My summer class ended in mid-July and I went on vacation to Arkansas. I decided to come back to Austin to finish up the jobs for the rest of the summer. The thing was within a couple weeks, I had quit my Co-op job because they didn’t give me any hours for two weeks. I was told to quit because business is slow, and I wouldn’t get hours until August 18. I was planning on quitting on August 17, because after that I would be starting band, and it was going to busy. I quit my other job, too, because 10 hours a week wasn’t enough for me to remain mentally stable. I went home.  Continue reading “Try Again”

Ozarkansas

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I went on vacation to Arkansas recently and saw many beautiful things, including the Ozarks in Arkansas, hence I call the trip Ozarkansas. I know, I’m punny. I live in Texas, and go to University of Texas at Austin, so I can’t stop repping my horns in Arkansas. Heck, I haven’t been outside of Texas in almost two years. My trip to Arkansas was enchanting.  Arkansas has got some beautiful natural wonders, and I thank God that such beauty exists. I am so glad to take a trip with my family and enjoy the simple things.

 

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Longhorn Band

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The Nerd of May is here again! I will be auditioning for the Longhorn Band at University of Texas at Austin.  I’m going to be a senior this year and I hadn’t played clarinet for almost three years until very recently. I was in band since junior high. I played clarinet for most of my junior high years and switched to Bass Clarinet in middle of 8th grade. I played the Bass Clarinet all through high school. I know it’s been aw1382797_10201237829046770_772083217_nhile since I’ve been in band, but I have faith in myself to audition once. I have truly missed playing music and performing, along with the other associated antics of being band. I don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have the experience of being part of a college band.

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Around

*Note: these words are the lyrics of an unfinished song. I will need to record the accompanying music. The song describes of wanting to be there for someone because I see that the other person is going through a hard time. The person I directed this song did not exist initially, but I have situations in my life where I hear this song resonate, ignoring the pretense of a relationship.  I imagine the end chorus of the song being sung as a three part Round. Here is “Around.” 

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Begin Again

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I want to make many things a bit more public. I know, I don’t post here anymore, blah, blah, blah. I don’t think my friends even know that this page existed. And that is still exists. But here I am, seeking for some direction in life, and I want to have a space to share myself to the world. I want to use this blog as a way to show who I am and what I do. It is an outlet for my creativity that tends to go unseen. It doesn’t matter if it is just perfect, or seen as useless. I want what I do in these spouts of creativity to be shared so I can see worth in my talents. If I am living for myself, creating for myself, it goes nowhere. Through I am glad to get it out, I feel scared to share it because it feels incomplete or useless.  I desire a purpose in life, in every moment. I know who I live for, God, obviously. I just want some of my decisions to have a higher meaning.  Continue reading “Begin Again”

Why I Never Became a Youtuber

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If you navigate your way through my old posts, you might find some Youtube videos. My youtube is still connected to this blog. I honestly was silly and weird when I was young. Of course, I find Austin to be my second home, so maybe I never changed.

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Bob was an alter ego, who was originally  created as the voice of reason in “Explain Time”, but became the epitome of my weirdness.

Anyhow, I still have a tendency to want to make videos. I have ideas, but I don’t the time, effort, or the technology. My good video  editor is on an older computer that doesn’t work anymore. I have a different camera now, with different video features. 1080 p on 4:3 ratio? Really? I have a different life, with a job, school, and other things to  I realized that I am not that good as I once thought I was. My big head blocks my own reality sometimes. I cannot  do everything that comes to my head. Some ideas are just bad. For example, I originally planned to make a parody of “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, called “Clumsy” (didn’t Fergie make a song called that many years ago?) The lyrics are in the link.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vUihz-fvkuiOwXzbAiXHhJNjmsm9itiyR4oCIDPOQms/edit?usp=sharing

I know now to not take every idea and produce it. If anything is worth making, I have to think it through, have everything I need, and commit. The last requirement is the hardest, as I am honestly terrible with some commitments. School, work, those are easy and most important. Hobbies? Youtube? Those come last. Including this blog. (I’m just bored while I have the day off.) I have also tried to vlog my life, but I still get too busy. Oh well.

I am glad I at least didn’t go for RTF (radio, television, film) as a major. I was atrocious, and I would rather pursue something that is necessary. Civil Engineering is necessary.

Until next time,

Andrew Maynard

 

No Bummer Summer

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Things have changed. I lost track of my time and this blog has gone to waste. Another semester at UT Austin done. My life has been in constant flux, and I have been too busy from schoolwork to finals to remember I have a blog to keep up.  I always drop something when I’m too busy, this is the first to go. I know that not many people read this blog, so it seems as a pointless exercise in explaining my opinion and my viewpoint and not much about my life or myself. I don’t want to be selfish. I do love myself, but I know who I am comes from God. My belief in God has been a crucial part of my life.

The thing is I have a summer inDSCN2103.JPG front of me.  I am not who I was the summer before. I was uncertain of the future, just a kid trying to be an adult. I had to take a summer Physics course at UT, so I had subleased part of a two-bedroom apartment. I was alone. I had some friends and formed a study group, but I felt alone. Maybe it was the fact I was the only person in the apartment for two months. Maybe because I don’t have constant contact with friends outside of school. Maybe I listened to “I Live Alone” by Sky Sailing too much. Whatever it was, it was a learning experience. I kept myself busy with my first job at Whataburger, (you gotta start somewhere.)

That’s what I tell myself now. I have now a better summer. Snapchat-5568888854959408023[1] I am home in Houston for the
summer. I took a job at the new  waterpark, Typhoon Texas. I am starting another Physics class at Lonestar College Cyfair. I hope to finally get my driver’s license.( Never found the time  to finish Driver’s ed when I was in school.) The reason I look back to then because I went through all of that and where I am now seems more comfortable than last year. I think things have changing.  I am ch
anging my major to Civil Engineering.

When I  entered Architecture at UT, I could not stand the workload, and have the technical skill my classmates all seemed to have. My creativity worked by math, patterns, and formats. In architecture I had to translate my artistic visions into physical and spatial reality via scale models,  hand-drawings, and my vocal presentation. I failed to understand what I was even doing. No architect is perfect, but I could not be successful in a field that I can’t do. I wanted to transfer to Architectural Engineering. This took a  a long journey of extra year just taking core courses I needed to transfer, barely raising my GPA because I had to balance class, my social life, and my extracurricular activities. I applied in April to transfer to Architectural Engineering, and put Civil Engineering as my back-up. I was denied into Architectural Engineering, and entered into Civil Engineering.

Now, I must it face every aspect of my life as a gift from God and understand it may not be what I want, but what is best. Why don’t I want what’s best for me?  I guess it’s because God knows me better, and I’m a foolish human. I must trust in Him, so to assure this summer, every season  is good for me. I’m learned last summer to face with what’s been given, and I must continue to trust.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.”

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Ask Andy #2: Architecture

I can’t say how much adoring architecture became my life when I started architecture school, but the obvious evidence is in this tweet.

Basically, I liked architecture because I learned more about it. My major became my interest.  Now, that my plans changed from Architecture to Engineering, the adoration still remains. Yet I go to a more practical and problem-solving career rather than an artistic and  indescribable, I am thankful for my architecture professors for satisfying that interest. These questions pertain to architecture. Continue reading “Ask Andy #2: Architecture”

My Life

I know it has been a while since I have written a blog, but I want to update y’all on my present state of mind. I am in the midst of midterms, and I need some rest every once in a while. I skipped last week, due to a retreat, and not planning ahead. I need to work on that.

DSCN1298Despite all of this ruckus, I must be calm and follow God’s plan for me. I am an architecture engineer, building off of God’s design. I must build others up, in order so that they may see and understand Jesus and his love for all of us. I must follow his design, and  he is not like most architect, who let their mind get in the way of reality. He knows me, hat I can do, and uses me to my potential to create a home for him. It is all for him.

I have thought about Ask Andy, and I will be responding to some Architecture related questions next week. I feel that in order to get really good questions, I must ask for them in the previous Ask Andy blog. Other than that, I hope to be ready next week, and in the following weeks, to write masterpieces.

Thanks for reading,

Andy MaynardWIN_20160224_08_45_48_Pro

 

Ask Andy #1: About Me

Welcome to My Blog!

I will be doing a little reworking of my blog in the next few week as I don’t have many regular readers. Last week’s post also disappeared due to a technical glitch. My blog has currently a extremely broad range of topics, and that may change. This is the start of a series called Ask Andy, a continuous Q &A, with questions either by readers or my own relating to a theme. Please comment below this post to ask a question, or ask my Facebook. This will happen the first Wednesday each month. I am interested in the questions to be asked. This week is 15 questions about me.

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  1. What is Your Full Name?

Andrew Steven Maynard. It means “manly,”” crowned,” and “strength” respectively. It is such a powerful name.

2. Where are you from?

I am from Houston, Texas. I lived in the Katy area for most of my life until college.

3. Where do you live?

I live in Austin, Texas, on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

4. Where do you go to school?

I am going to the University of Texas at Austin. Hook ’em Horns!

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5. What is your major?

I am currently  an Architecture major, but I plan to transfer to Architectural Engineering in the near future.  I have had a whole dilemma about it, as such the rite of passage for college students.

6. What is your favorite color(s)?

My favorite color is Sky Blue. A clear sky is brilliant, yet soothing. Kelly Green is my second favorite color, due to my former high school, and it is the color of life.

7. What is your religion?

I am a Roman Catholic. I believe in God, the father; Jesus, the savior; and Holy Spirit, the consoler. I was baptized at an early age, and have remained in the church since then. I also accept other Christian denominations, as we all believe in the same God, just differences in practice.

8. What is my favorite musical artist?

I am obsessed with Owl City. I am very likely to be listening to it right now, or any of Adam Young’s projects. I also like Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Tiffany Alvord, and Pentatonix.

9. Do you have any hobbies?

I like Origami, playing cards and playing the piano. I have played the Clarinet and bass clarinet, but it’s been years.

10. What is your favorite sports/ sports team?

I like football, and my favorite team is the Houston Texans. I also like to follow the Texas Longhorns in football, basketball, and volleyball.

11.What is your favorite movie?

I would say The Avengers.  I also like any family oriented comedy as any Disney movie, some Dreamworks, and some others. I also like action-oriented movies like the new Star Wars, or any Marvel movie.

12. What is my favorite TV show?

I like Phineas and Ferb, due the creativity in plot direction and characters.  I also like Doctor Who, the Flash, and Scorpion.
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13. What is my favorite book series?

I like the Inheritance series (Eragon, Eldest, etc.) I also like the Percy Jackson and Olypmians, and Harry Potter.

14. What is my political views?

I consider myself a conservative, but that’s mainly due to my upbringing. I also do tend be more liberal towards issues of race, social justice, and the environment.

15.  Where do I see myself in 5 years?

I don’t know exactly, but hopefully with a job in the engineering field in Texas. I should be living on my own, hopefully having either a wife or a girlfriend.

Until then,
Andrew Maynard