Archive for July, 2009

Round 2

July 26, 2009

This week I am supposed to reach back out to my Peace Corps recruiter to get my file out of hold status. If you are turned down for nomination 2 different times, your file gets placed on hold. I was concerned when I first heard about it, but the recruiter assured me it was not a bad thing.

So, what will happen next? I am optimistic about my chances. I think I have probably around a 50/50 chance of being nominated for Business Advising. If I don’t get that, I think there is a 50%+ chance I would get nominated for teaching English once I get my 30 ESL hours. Right now I have 14 hours done. If I get neither of those, there is a 50% chance I will cry.

One bad thing for me is that I am now competing against a fresh crop of very unemployed college graduates. I don’t think my application will be considered special just because it’s been in the pile for a while.

On the plus side, I have probably improved my chances of nomination. Having an active service site can only be a good thing. I am demonstrating to the Peace Corps that I am committed to getting into their program.

There are moments when I’m sitting at work or at home where the idea of the Peace Corps is a life preserver. I think I would drown in the Sea of Young Professionals Without Direction if it were not for this opportunity on the horizon.

There are also moments where I think I might be crazy for wanting to do this. I wonder if I am really cut out for such an adventure. I like to think I am, but there is only one way to know for sure. And first, I have to get nominated.


Back, back, back, back, back…..GONE!

July 6, 2009

All Star Game 2009

All Star Game 2009

The last month has been one of the quicker ones I’ve ever had. I got a lot done, had a lot of fun, and most importantly, I’m one month closer to maybe getting into the Peace Corps!

The brew fest I wrote of was pretty fun. The only thing I would change would be the size of the glass. Five ounces means a lot of standing in line!

I am underway at the International Institute. I have been 3 times so far, plus orientation. Last week we did not meet due to the holiday. While I enjoyed being able to take my time after work to run and eat those two nights, it didn’t help me get any closer to my 30 hour goal. It now looks like I won’t get 30 hours until the end of August. But, I’m not sweating anything because I’m doing all I can right now. I believe I can still get a nomination a few weeks late because of the need for ESL teachers.

The volunteer site is a good match. The New Americans are a pleasure to work with. I am learning quite a bit about their perspective as I attempt to teach them. It is quite interesting, as I have no teaching experience whatsoever. I just go with my gut, trying to correct pronunciations and spellings where I can. I also try to make them laugh a bit and keep things positive. If both of us are choosing to sit at that table to better ourselves, we might as well make it a good experience. I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’ve already learned more than I had anticipated.

What else has been going on? Well, I’ve had a steady stream of visitors. My dad stayed the night twice for two Cardinal’s games. My mom also stayed one night. Last weekend my college roommate Peter visited. I gave a short presentation at work in the datacenter auditorium. I’m glad that’s over! I bought a new TV and a PS3. I figured that if I’m going to be around for another year at least, I should go ahead and fulfill this long-suppressed desire. I ran in a mile race on Saturday which was either downhill or flat the entire time! I decided a couple weeks ago to renew my lease, which was a big worry off my plate. Finally, this weekend I will be going on a float trip for the first time!

You know you have it good when your biggest concern is whether to go hang outside Busch stadium for the Home Run Derby next week or to watch it on your new TV. Summer is officially here.