Another Job Interview

What’s the saying about raining and pouring?

I’ve spent two months without as much as a single positive response to a job application. In the last month alone, I’ve put in over 100 job applications to receive multiple ‘we’ve gone in a different direction’ emails or some variation thereof.

Now, I mentioned last week that I recently got a job. It wasn’t a great job. It was 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, at a call center basically doing customer service. I haven’t STARTED that job yet because the training schedule is weird so I’m still waiting for that but I did ACCEPT that job.

Fastforward to yesterday, July 30, and I get a phone call. I applied for this teaching/tutoring gig at the local community college FOREVER ago and they called me YESTERDAY. Now I’m freaking out because, while teaching isn’t my dream career, it’s much closer than answering customer calls all day.

I have interview for that tomorrow, Friday, and in true Spencer Hastings manner, I’m over preparing and stressing for excellence. I’m also worried about what will happen if I’m offered this job and then I have to turn down the job at the call center. Will I appear flakey? Will it even matter, really?

On top of that, one of my former professors, who is now a close, dear friend, applied for a teaching job at this same school and didn’t get it. I feel like she deserves it so much more than me. She’s actually taught before. She has a masters. And I’m just little old me. It doesn’t make sense.

I’m excited for the interview anyways. I’m sincerely hoping I get it because it’s more applicable to what I want to do. It would also allow me to get my substitute teaching licensure, which the other job wouldn’t have given me time to do. So I guess I’ll keep you updated.

I hope you’re having a great week and I hope you’re enjoying my attempts to regulate posts (aka Monday and Thursday). Give me feedback. Tell me about your lives. I want to know those of you who read this.

Dream Librarian Jobs (aka the top five most beautiful libraries in the US, in my opinion)

I mentioned in my last post that I was planning to go to school to get a masters in library science. I also mentioned how much I would love to basically live in a library. No sane person would make that claim without having some kind of idea of what kind of library they’d love to, essentially, live inside.

Allow me to begin by showing you the library in which I spent the last three years of my life: Joyner Library at East Carolina University.

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Basically, this place is GORGEOUS. And those columns right there? They chime when you walk through them. It was always so pretty in the mornings… until last year when they changed the music to something creepy. Felt like you were in a horror movie.

With that kind of academic influence, you have to know that my top five libraries are going to be insanely beautiful. (the following list is in no particular order.

1. George Peabody Library – Johns Hopkins University

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Look at those stacks, that architecture, that lighting. It’s beautiful and majestic and I want to move into here. Look at it. It’s perfect.

2. Geisel Library – University of California at San Diego

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First of all, it looks like it’s be turned upside down. That’s just so interesting! Add to that all that glass panelling. It’s beautiful and the internal lighting has to be beautiful.

3. Seattle Public Library

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Another one with some interesting architecture. Again, floor to ceiling glass. You have to see it from the inside. It is insane.

4. Boston Public Library

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This reading room looks so comfy and open and beautiful. It looks like somewhere a person could comfortably learn and just read for fun. It’s just so inviting to me.

5. New York Public Library

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You know how I said there isn’t an order to this? Well, that’s mostly true. But I will admit that this is my favorite library on the list. Not only is this library insanely attractive on the inside and out, but it’s also HUGE! This library takes up half of a city block in New York. The other half of that city block is taken up by Bryant Park: the home of monuments and eateries and a carrousel and ice skating in the winter. It’s kind of my own little version of heaven.

Those are my top five most beautiful libraries in the US. Give me your opinions! Let me know your favorites! I’d love to check them out.

Grad School Dreams

I’m really lacking on the content lately, guys. I know. I’m not doing anything very interesting with my life and most of the discussable news topics are so sad that I don’t want to rehash them outside of actual, face-to-face conversations. No one wants to listen to me complain about the state of the economy, job market, social issues, and wars around the world.

Outside of that, I need to talk about something because the whole point of picking the blog back up is to start viewing it as a practice for possible future jobs: semi-regular blogging schedule, actual content, the whole shebang.

So today, we’re going to talk about grad school. 

I’m applying to two grad school programs but technically it’s three grad schools. Confusing, huh?

I’m planning to apply to UNC Greensboro for a Masters in Library and Information Science. Technically, I guess I could call this my ‘safety school’ even though I hate that term. It’s the school that I’m not entirely worried about getting into, unlike the following program.

My dream program is this dual degree program at NYU that also means taking classes with Long Island University. Upon completion, I’d possess not only a Masters in Communication (technically Media, Culture, and Communication but we’ll stick with COMM for short) but also a Masters in Library Science.

My attraction to this program is two-fold. Obviously, I want to work with books one day. I’ve dreamed of being an editor since as long as I can remember but I’m also aware of how few and far between those careers exist. So being a librarian? Pretty perfect consolation prize. I’m also a huge knowledge geek. I love to learn and to teach and to be taught. The ability to work in a field in which those are regular occurrences? Sign me up now!

On top of that, I fell in love with my communication program when I was working on my Bachelors. The reason I’m aiming for the dual degree is because the areas of study appeal to me. Two of them, if we’re being precise and I’m going to have to narrow that down to one. Right now though, I’m really interested in their Interaction and Social Processes area and their visual culture and cultural studies area.

So basically, the NYU program needs to be my future or I might die. Like, to death.

Okay. Teen Wolf inspired hyperbole aside, I’m going to work my butt off trying to make this a reality. 

Wish me luck!

The GRE is COMPLETE!! (and other general life updates)

Well hello everyone. I’m back after a temporary hiatus, a little less neurotic and a little more prepared for the future.

I took the GRE on Thursday and I’m hopefully done with standardized tests FOREVER.

I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped but I did better than I was doing on the practice tests. All I care about is that it’s over. I took the test on ZERO sleep and no caffeine. It was very stressful, but it’s done which means I can focus on other parts of my life (like my blog).

I also got a new job this week. It’s a part time thing that’s going to give me some kind of income for the time being. I’m still applying for jobs that actually have something to do with my degrees but I can’t be jobless any longer than necessary. So I start that in a couple of weeks.

I’m also planning to get certified to substitute teach soonish, if possible. Again, it’s a supplemental thing until I can find a job that is actually applicable for my degrees but hey, it can’t hurt, right?

I’m also preparing for grad school applications because I need to get out of this town as soon as possible. It’ll eat you alive, this town. And not in the ‘New York City, moves so fast you can’t catch your breath and if you don’t carry mace, you’re probably going to get murdered’ kind of way. I mean it’ll eat you alive because it’ll suck the passion out of you. This town is where people get married too young, pop out some kids, and get divorced before they’re 30, sometimes multiple times. This town is where ambition doesn’t exist, where there’s very little outside of dead-end jobs, tattoo parlors, and strip clubs.

Basically, please please please get me out ASAP.

Standardized Tests (aka GRE is going to kill me)

So I’ve been a little MIA for the last few days and that’s entirely because I’m studying my ass off for a test.

But wait? Didn’t I already graduate from college?!

Why yes, dear readers, I DID graduate already! But since I’m struggling to find a job with my measly two degrees, I’m considering going back to school for my master’s degree. That means I have to take a test to prove I actually learned something in college, I guess?

I’m not entirely sure what a $200 bunch of randomized math and vocal usage questions can tell you about my education level that my degrees and GPA can’t tell you but I’m scheduled to take it next week. 

Now, let me tell you when the last time I took a math class was. I took College Algebra during the fall semester of 2008. Yeah. You read that right. I haven’t had an official math class in almost 6 years. What little math practice I have had involves taking the tests my sister (a high school math teacher) makes for her students in order to make her grading keys. 

On top of the total lack of recent math education in my life, I’m a pretty crappy test taker when it comes to standardized tests. I get nervous and freak out and just generally do badly when compared to my grades in the classes. I had a teacher in high school that actually thought I cheated through most of her class just because I did so much better on class work and homework than I did on the tests. I just suffer from serious test-taking anxiety.

Well, let’s be real, I’m a while anxiety attack waiting to happen on a good day.

All I can say is thank goodness for ETS’s practice tests. I’ve taken three in the last week and my score keeps improving each time. I’m just kind of freaking out about the test overall.

Anyways, the whole point of this post is to let you lovely (and primarily nonexistent, let’s be real) readers know that I may be MIA until next weekend because I’m going to be in hardcore study mode.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled uselessness after that! Thanks for understanding and WISH ME LUCK!!

Momentary Musical Lover

I seriously doubt that there is someone out there who hasn’t heard of Sam Smith but, in case you’ve been living under a rock, please please please go check out his music.

This man is insanely talented. He has this rich, thick, almost gospel voice that’s just so soothing and beautiful. His music has a very old-school feel to it too. I can definitely understand his Amy Winehous inspiration.

On top of that, he’s openly gay and admit’s he suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Just, do yourself a favor. Go listen to his music. It’ll be worth your time.

My Strange Addiction: Audition videos

Being jobless at the moment and driving myself crazy with job application after job application, I’ve needed to find a fun and relaxing way to unwind.

This morning, after my fourth application in the last two days suddenly disappeared mid-typing, I got so fed up that I started looking up random stuff on YouTube.

I have spent the last four hours watching talent show audition videos.

I’ve discovered blind auditions for the various versions of The Voice around the world are my favorites because they’re completely talent-based. It doesn’t matter how you look or what you’re wearing, as long as you can sing your ass off.

I’ve realized how much something like that is so important in our society today, being overrun with impossible beauty standards and expectations of action. These standards are generally applied to women but even men have ridiculous checklists to live up to.

The idea that the first impression is the most important is insanely accurate. If you’ve ever been in high school, you know how many judgments are made about people simply based on the clothes they wear, the color of their skin, and whether they own whatever happens to be ‘in’ at the time.

Why is our society so set in these ideas? Does the way someone looks or what they buy really affect the kind of person they are?

The answer is obviously no but most people are so busy focusing on the material things that they’re unwilling to take the time to actually figure out what kind of person someone is.

Suddenly, online dating makes way more sense.