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Another periodic update [Jun. 30th, 2005|12:12 pm]
darkskywatcher
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Once again, a short and easy run down of what I'm doing this summer.
Had a great time in Beloit last weekend. Hanging out, talking, video games, barbeque. Weekend viiting is about right for length: week, as I tried last summer, is just too long, espeically in uncomfortable circumstances.
Now I'm being told I have to look for a job. And i go back to campus August 17th. I've already signed up with several temp agencies, and I don't know what else i can look at that isn't a waste of time for everyone involved. But my mother is relentless: she refuses to see that this unpaying research with Professor Fine is a hundred times better for me than another summer being paid to be bored.
So what am I going to end up doing this afternoon? Wasting time. My basic schedule looks like this: get up late, look for work/get annoyed and read the news during the afternoon. Do dinner type stuff starting at 5 or so, and then game the night away. I don't like it, but it's the only response that's going to deal with my mother's illusions of how the world should work.
Currently off of any roleplaying kicks. Kind of sad, but that should fix itself soon, as I got my paycheck for the job I had.
My parents have decided to take a vacation the last week of July, whic means I have the house all to myslef. Granted, I'll probably spend the entire week madly working for Fine, but that's beside the point.
I think that's all the news that's fit to print.
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[User Picture]From: ocarina_justin
2005-06-30 11:20 am (UTC)
The temp agency is one of the few really realistic jobs at this point. No one is going to hire you for 1 month, no way - oh, except for a canvassing organization. They'll hire you. And they don't even conflict with research hours, but working ridiculous number of hours a day is no fun.

Maybe try to calmly explain to your mother that the ability to take a good job at little/no pay is what enables people to get the sort of experience that lets them have good jobs AFTER college? College degrees aren't as impressive as they once were (i.e. as they were when she graduated).
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2005-06-30 11:53 am (UTC)
Canvassing=awful. I did it for 4 days two years ago before I realized that I couldn't handle it. My parents know better than to even suggest such a thing.
The thing is, what I have going now is really an informal arrangement: if the prof bites it for some unforseen reason, I'm screwed. This might be part of her anxiety. Maybe. It certainly isn't something she's ever brought up as a reason.
The thing that she thinks work will teach me is work ethic. I know she's wrong about this, given the options available at this point. I had a job for two summers, and I wasn't late once and acquitted myself responsibly. If we hadn't moved, I'd probably still be with that company. Which would really be awful for me as a resume builder, even if I made a bit more money.
I don't know if the bit about degrees and jobs will get through to her. She went right into academia after she graduated.
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[User Picture]From: ocarina_justin
2005-07-01 04:50 am (UTC)
You just have to somehow convince her that in order to be competitive, either in a job OR for a grad school spot, you need to have extra curricular activities like this. Research and internships. It simply isn't enough to get into academia anymore to graduate with a good GPA from college.
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