Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wherein I Probably Get Passed Over For Every Job I Apply For...

..because I am too busy to remember to update this blog!

I just realized that I have yet to update this blog in months.  The first two lines of the last blog states that I will not be graduating until next May!  Oh no!  That's no longer true at all.  I decided to go ahead and graduate in December and give up the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education for now.  Mainly, this decision came about when I found out at the beginning of this semester that I will not be able to keep my assistantship at Special Collections.  Not because my employers do not want me past December, but because I will not be fulfilling the requirements of having a graduate assistantship, due to the fact that I won't be considered a full-time graduate student pursuing an actual degree.  The certificate I wanted is not considered a degree.  If I wanted to apply and be accepted into the Master's of Higher Education program, that would be different, but since I'm not prepared to pursue a second graduate degree, I've decided that I am finished.

That's a good thing, really.  I have been in college for 6 1/2 years.  It is time to stop.  It is time to get a real job.  I am extremely happy with the path that the Lord sent me down years ago.  I can't help but be proud that I am the first person in my family with a college degree, much less a graduate degree.  My sister, at the same age I was when I began school, just started taking classes through the University of Phoenix.  I am so excited to hear about her dreams working in social work.  Things are definitely looking good for both of us.

At the same time, this semester has been nuts.  Over the summer, a very old friend of mine found me on Facebook.  He and I had not kept in contact the last 5-6 years, and it was surprising to see that he wanted to "friend" me.  We have now been dating since August.  He is definitely a country boy, and a fork lift operator for Coca-Cola.  He has also promised that he will follow me wherever I go, which is a good thing because I have applied for numerous jobs all over the country.  So far, the only one that has wanted to initiate the interview process is a private school in Michigan, but the job went from full-time to 25 hours a week unexpectedly.  I think I would like to hold out for something a bit more full-time.  A lot of places should be making a decision on who to continue the application process with after Thanksgiving.  I hope to hear from at least a couple of them.  God knows what is going to happen, but I am on pins and needles.

Cataloging has turned out to be my favorite class this semester.  Who knew?  I guess I have always enjoyed learning new languages and MARC is definitely a foreign language!  We are learning the brand new way of cataloging, RDA, which will replace AACR2 soon.  I think it'll come in handy to have already mastered something that even present catalogers will have to learn soon.

Lastly, another reason why I've been less than present on the web lately concerns my health issues.  That sounds far worse than it really is, but I started having very acute pain in my right calf back at the beginning of October.  It felt like a persistent charley horse.  After about four days, I saw my primary doctor who sent me for an MRI, where it was confirmed that I had a blood clot (DVT) that was caught early.  Thank God for pain!  Without it, the clot may have traveled up to my chest and killed me.  I am now on a blood thinner and attempting to regulate my blood thickness.  Insurance has been very helpful, but I will have a bit of a bill that I should be able to take care of in the next couple of months.  It seems that I do have genetic markers for DVT, my father was diagnosed with it a few years ago.  It may also be that I have an auto-immune syndrome that generally attacks women.  If so, pregnancy (should I get married) may be very difficult for me.  I've been attempting to come to terms with that.  For so long, I thought perhaps I may never marry.  Now, there's a possibility that could change, I find that having kids (though not impossible) will require giving myself shots on a daily basis, and the chance of having a premature child will shoot up astronomically.

Thankfully I have a sweet boyfriend, a great family, and supportive friends.  School has been great, if not a bit stressful at times.  My assistantship has taught me so much and I absolutely love library work and the great people I work with.  Life is good.  Life is busy.  I wonder where it is going to lead me next?

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