- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
So my life is great, I love my Fiance, my home, my fur babies, my friends, wedding planning–EVERYTHING, except…
So four years ago, I graduated with honors and received my Bachelor’s in English with a minor in French from a reputable university. I felt really good about myself and started applying like crazy for jobs.
So I took a year off and waited tables, bartended, and was pretty happy with saving money and getting my partying days out (I hadn’t really done much beforehand being as I was happily engulfed by school and turned 21 nine days after graduating). Then, the desire/need to go back to school tugged at me again, so I applied for grad school and was gratefully (and, quite frankly, surprisingly) accepted. I started grad school for Educational Psychology in October 2011. Ed Psych was a field I had really, really wanted to get into following a particularly life-changing event involving my amazing, inspiring younger brother. I didn’t follow that avenue before, because I was too far into my undergrad studies to change my major and/or double major.
Fast forward to now… I will be receiving my Master’s (also with honors and also from a reputable university) this June!!! In the past three years, I have student taught in a Title I school for a year (with a class of 34 students, mind you) and received my state-issued Initial Teacher License. Also in June, I will finish my year of service as an AmeriCorps Literacy Tutor, something I am very proud of. Mostly because I have helped eight students go from below-proficient in reading and writing to at- or above-proficiency 🙂 And–not to toot my own horn–you need dedication to take this position, as you are paid a “living stipend” that doesn’t even cover my rent (I have, thus, depleted my savings).
So, as my year of service and my schooling is coming to a close, I am applying for jobs like crazy (again). And yet again… Nada. Not even an interview, which is where I think I would shine (versus, say, my short resume). My heart is breaking. I understand I am a newbie in the field, but all newbies need a starting point or else they’ll never become a pro! I have found some amazing internships, but they are all unpaid, and I financially cannot do that right now (not only because of the lack of savings, but because I will need to start paying back my student loans in six months).
I guess I’m just looking to get it out and rant and vent, because I really don’t even know what kind of advice I’m asking for. I have amazing references who have written me heartfelt letters, made phone calls, sent e-mails, and reached out to their “people.” And… nothing.
Just feelin’ a bit like ca-ca today. Thanks for “listening.”