The real life side is pretty damn good. I actually took a vacation to go meet my gf and her family in Georgia back in June. Aside from our lingo sounding like something out of star trek (I will admit this much, I pretty much the whitest black guy ever/geeked out). Lol I got a lot of experience from their family and relatives because everyone I was around works in the field I want to be successful in. I learned massive amounts of information on design, traditional media, and even filming and graphic animation engines like MAYA.
As for the present day, moving soon. I can't really complain otherwise, my night shifts are when I'm really up though since I pull 36 hours on the weekdends. usually its just me sitting there from 6am - 6pm watching the clock, waiting for phone calls. Thats pretty much the jist, I got a job for a car service in my town. Boss gives you the choice of what you make by the night or to be paid hourly, I chose hourly. Though I doubt there will be much work due to the hurricane/tropical storm surfing up the coast to NJ (where I'm from and live currently).
I was without work for about a month and a half, and I only just picked up two jobs (through a lucky break) this week. In the downtime I was just working on my digital craft and making a portfolio out of sheer boredom. I contributed a lot to the graphics community and have been making some amateur posters, because I wanna be a typesetter some day. eh, but thats all pretty standard if you don't count the job search thing lol.
Haah we're kinda in the same boat. It looks like im graduating as a junior, so i'm setting up classes for credits towards that during the summer (damn exiled. Everyone seemed so busy with school, even during school, and now ive got that illness too) and filling out applications for a 6 week stay at the university of my choice during summer, because if i get passing grades in that, im guaranteed acceptance. Along with all that I'm looking into Drivers ED and jobs as well as volunteer work to make me look good to the university.
Sorry I haven't been able to post, like I said from my post, I was sick and I've been busy with school work.
I think it would be better if you started off the battle, that way I will have time to get back to it.