I received a call a few weeks ago from the Peace Corps. The woman I spoke with said I needed to decided if I wanted to finish graduate school before I go, and if I decided to do that, I would have to reapply in six months. I didn't want to reapply, and I didn't feel like I should leave graduate school early. Basically, I sat on it, and let the world happen around me.
As I continued on in my semester, it has been the worst semester I have had. Some of the readers may know about my 2012 summer, and how I lost a lot of people in my life. I moved, got a job at the hospital, and tried to juggle four classes. All the while, I felt like I was giving up on my dream again. I continued to look for jobs in the library field. I actually applied for a Social Media Librarian position that I haven't heard back from yet.
As I sat, my grades went on without me. I tried to care about school, but my lack of ability to find a job even with my bachelors degree was putting me in a stink. I couldn't find a church to go to, and most days went without contact with another person I considered a friend.
Then, I received and email. I had ten days to respond or my application was going inactive. I wrote back right away. I need to do something, not just try to be interested in my school work. I want to go into the Peace Corps. That was a dream I gave up once before and I am not willing to give it up again. The application process takes a long time, and who knows what will happen between now and then. All I know is that I am going for it!
So, yesterday I went to the Police station and had my fingerprints done. Be warned, you have to pay for two, so I had to take money out of the ATM twice, instead of once. Hello twice as many fees... Hate it.
Now I have an interview next week at a Panera Bread in Denver. Am I looking forward to driving my shaky car to Denver, no. Am I looking forward to seeing face to face a Peace Corps representative. You bet I am.
I. Can't. Wait.
P.S. When this finally goes public, I wonder where in life I will be. Right now, I am somewhat on my own.