Yesterday afternoon a man came into my office to use the computer. That's not unusual - I have computers in the office for students to use to process admission or registration or financial aid. I'd like to say that the other component of his visit - the one I'm about to write about - is … Continue reading College & Social Safety Nets
For the past year, I've been working at a small, rural community college. This is a step back in scale in a chain of step backs - I went from working as an advisor at one of the largest universities in the US (Arizona State University) to working in admissions at a university that was … Continue reading Work Annoyances
I just met with a student who's homeless. Here's what he told me. He told me he came out here from Midwest for a girl. (He's 19). He said when he got here, her story changed. He worked at a restaurant, but the season ended. He worked at a cannery, but the season ended. He's … Continue reading perspective
Last fall I applied for a job at the PSU Office of Admissions, where I currently work as a graduate assistant. It wasn't the GA position, it was a full-time staff position. They flew me up to Portland, I fell in love, cemented my plans to move here regardless of whether I got the job. … Continue reading So I Was All, Like, “Give Me A Sign, Gods!” And Then They Did.
I made it through the phone interview to the next step, which is an in-person interview. I'll be flying into Portland late in the afternoon on next Sunday, February 6th. My interview starts at 11 on Monday, and I'll be back in Arizona by 9:30 Monday evening. I'm planning on a visit to Powell's Sunday … Continue reading Portland, Here I Come!
I received an email today from PSU - they're scheduling me for a telephone interview next week on a position I applied for last month. I love, love, love working at the university and the position is perfect. Not only that, it complements my grad work academically AND financially... since employees get a tuition break. … Continue reading Could Be Great!
I walked into my office this morning to black balloons with bright pink ribbons, gift baskets with wine, and my entire office crew yelling "Surprise! Happy Birthday!" This is indescribably awesome since I'm not having a party. Made my day. And now I get to go shop for goodies to fill stockings for the homeless … Continue reading Birthday #40
I'm sick today. Something going down with my tum, and I have to blame Gab since she's had it since Monday. I'm at work anyway, going to do my school in Quartzsite before I go home to bed. But that's not what I'm going to write about today. I finally had "the talk" with my … Continue reading Good News, Bad Body
Last year I almost quit this job because I thought I had no business working with kids, and because I was having anxiety attacks before I went into the classroom. I said I needed the summer to decide whether or not I'd continue. Somewhere between then and now, the anxiety went away and I found … Continue reading Day in the Classroom
I had lunch with a friend yesterday. He's one of the few people around here who I can talk to about politics and so on. He shared with me that he went to a 9/11 memorial in Havasu over the weekend because his daughter was playing in the school band. He also shared his horror … Continue reading Thoughts on the Anniversary of 9/11