Interview
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
Well, I had an interview last week...I've had many more in 2011 than I did on all of 2010, but I have yet to secure full-time employment yet.

Now I just need to get the motivation up to start applying again. I already wrote the obligatory "Thank You" email, with reassurances that I plan on being in the area for the next two to three years working, that I have experience working in the field and completing the work that they need.

I just have a few interview regrets.

The position was for a Business Analyst-->Consultant. I did a few things that I've never done before.

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Job Search Annoyances
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
I'm tired of scenarios like this:

I go to school-sponsored career fairs or meet with potential employers and I usually get this:

"Oh, you're really qualified for (nice position) I think you should apply for it through our website. I really think you have what it takes to get a job with us in this program/department!"

(Take down my information, I get excited, thank them only to visit their company website and see reqs like this for the job opportunity:)

*Candidate must have 5-8 years of experience
*an MBA
*an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Economics or a related degree

I'm sure many graduates of the humanities can empathize with this. I've been told to just try talking about the experience that I have and ignoring this type of criteria but it's incredibly disheartening to see these types of listings after being advised to apply. I've been through this before, and I feel like once again I'm throwing my resume down that bottomless pit in the floor because despite whatever experience I may have I don't have that one degree.

I also get a mix of "Oh we'd definitely consider you because you have x experience...but if you did not we wouldn't even look at you because you have a (humanities) degree."

Despite the fact that I have a Bachelor of Science in (humanities) field.

I've been applying per everyone's advice, but this is starting to get very depressing. It doesn't help that my SO is an engineer and at the same job fair he's had companies calling him left and right. I seem to get good lip service in person but no interest once I've applied.

Perhaps I'm doing something wrong in this application process--

I haven't updated in ages, but I need to vent!!
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
Scenario:

I'm in contact with a networking community via my alumni association. One member asks me to organize the next meeting by contacting the group members via email to schedule the next meeting time. When I ask where the addresses are, he/she advises that I use the Forwards sent through the group and pull the email addresses from the list.

Person A sends a FW about job search related information via the email forward.

Remembering I need to organize the meetings, I pull the email addresses from this list and then draft a polite email asking everyone if they would be interested in rescheduling. NOTE: I WROTE NOTHING ABOUT MEETING TO DISCUSS JOB SEARCHES. I get back this angry response with censored names from Person A. (paraphrased to hide from Google searches):

"How dare you use my contact list to forward this email! I did not want people on this list to get information about my job seeking priorities and I no longer wish to be included in this correspondence. This is the last message you will get from me! Thank you for the help you've given me so far I am no longer interested in receiving anymore and will no longer be participating!"

Naturally, I was shocked. I wrote back a polite response careful to avoid directly apologizing, because I felt that I did nothing wrong:

"I'm sorry if you are upset. I was advised by fellow alumni to use the email addresses from these forwards to organize for the next meeting."

Person A responds back:

"Thank you for your apology good luck blah blah blah."

I'm pissed off. I feel disrespected for something that I do NOT feel was my responsibility. I've gotten emails before where people did not want all of the addresses used and they would NOTE not to use the addresses. In fact, I discovered that I didn't even know WHO this individual was or how they got my contact information, except that they got it through a mutual alumni connection.

I know it's trivial, and I suspect that the triviality of this exchange is what has me pissed off so badly.

Honestly sometimes I could just throw someone through a window. I really wanted to type FUCK YOU in giant caps in the reply! In fact, I'll type it here:

FUCK YOU FUCK YOU YOU'RE A BITCH AND AN ASSHOLE FOR PRESUMING TO SPEAK DOWN TO ME WHEN YOUR BITCHASS SENT THE WRONG FUCKING EMAIL TO SOMEONE YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE AND YOU CAN GO DIAF. BITCH! AND BY THE FUCKING WAY THAT WASN'T AN APOLOGY, THAT WAS A I'M SORRY IF YOU RAN INTO THE RAIL AND THE POST HURT YOU BECAUSE YOU ACTED LIKE A DUMB ASS. NEXT TIME DON'T SEND A MASS FORWARD IN A NETWORKING FUCKING FUNCTION YOU STUPID BITCH.

There, rant over! As you can see the job search has given me a good deal of rage.

Changing to Private Journal :D
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
Not that anyone reads this anymore, but if you are wondering why I haven't posted in a while it is because I prefer the privacy of my own insane rambling thoughts and reading them ad nausea um on my own page. Preferably in courier font.

Accepted at Columbia University...
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
and in a bit of a pickle!

The rule of thumb for graduate school is: "Do not select a school purely based on its ranking or reputation."
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I know that to alot of people, this feels like crying over spilled milk or like a completely rediculous problem to have. Columbia or NYU?? But I can assure anyone that reads this entry that this situation is quite stressful! When do I get to feel excited about entering school, and not bogged down by the gutt-wrenching process before registering for classes?

Starting to have second thoughts about NYU...
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
Fordham U didn't get me any money, NYU gave me sizable amount, but it still looks like I will be robbed blind and then fleeced by the costs of living etc...

This school is rediculously expensive, I might be looking at 20k in loans just to cover a place to live.

Dear God,

Can I be rich for just the next two years to fund my education. I'll bust my butt to win fellowships for my PhD etc... but please, can you just cover my living expenses for the first two years? I don't have any money and I'm really broke. Don't make me take out more than I'm worth in loans.

I wonder if I can just bunk with my boyfriend for the first few months? A year?

Signed,

Your Errant But Desperate Anese

Things to Do...
not mine
anese
Posting this here, because I left my planner at home!
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1. Contact program director for NYU
-sit in on courses this week?
-when should I take the foreign langauge reading proficiency exam?
2. Contact Professor Fernandez, find grad students to meet with
3. Check out Professors in the program, narrow down potential list of advisors
4. Visit NYU campus
-check out East Village
5. Brush up on French books

I GOT IN!!! NYU MA American Studies
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
TY to all who comforted me during my craziness!

So I have my first (hopefully) acceptance to an MA program in American Studies...all that remains is to find out whether or not they will offer me any funding at all (which I know most MA programs, especially from NYU do not)

I'm crossing my fingers that the April 15 acceptance is a good thing!

I still have 3 schools I am waiting to hear from, GWU, Columbia, and Fordham University...

but yay!!! I got the phone call about 5 minutes ago!

So...Found out why i was not offered admission...
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
I won't copy paste the letter here...but i got in contact with the DGS at one school...and was told:

1. they only recieved 1 of the 3 LORs ( long story on this, but they were sent, and lost in the offices, had to be--because I checked on it, a prof called the school, sent it twice)

2. they considered my writing sample weak, it was an excerpt from a larger research paper...and I sent the entire 146 page piece for consideration, which the DGS considered very very strong, and convinced him, but unfortunately was too late to convince the other members of the committee who made their decisions based on the first sample sent in.

Otherwise, they thought my academic record, AS and PS were stellar, as well as my GREs...were prepared to offer me a generous package for fin aid...etc...

but i am absolutely crushed. I got no other offers this year. The DGS strongly recommended that I reapply next year, but I feel like I should email and enquire about:

1. which recs were not recieved?
2. inform him that these were sent multiple times and I have correspondence with the secretary saying they had recieved them!

but i'm too emotional right now to put any of this into words or think about it seriously. just you know curse a hell of alot.

This whole time, I thought it was because I was some terrible student that no one would ever want, and I find out this is why I wasn't accepted? I guess I can count it as a blessing but man does it leave a bitter taste in my mouth!

THREE questions...
Edge and Lita Summerslam
anese
Ok I didn't get into any of my PhD programs at schools, so I am now applying to Masters programs...

1. I am applying to some masters programs where my phd app was rejected--I do not want to have to ask professors to resend recommendations. Is it a good idea/possible to ask the university to use the recommendations on file from my previous application?

2. How can I go about asking Professors for yet more recommendations?

I already sent an email thanking them for their help before and relating the bad news that I was not accepted to any of my programs. I have recieved one genial email back so far, saying I had good ideas about reapplying to masters programs and to positions at libraries and even making some suggestions....but I still feel hesitant stepping on their toes ><

Seeing as how I have no choice, any suggestions on how to word such an email?

3. Has anyone applied to NYU's MA American Studies Program, and have you heard back anything? I am guessing at this point that I got a rejection.

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