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It's been an interesting summer.

After graduation, I settled in for a long job search. All my professors said it would take time to get a job, and to be patient. I had my routine down; which job boards to check daily, my templates for cover letters, a spreadsheet to keep track of where I applied...then I got a job.

I was shocked. No one gets a job after their first interview. But apparently I did? The University of Alaska Museum, in Fairbanks, offered me a position in the Education department. I really had to think long and hard about whether to accept the offer...on one hand, it's a great museum, I actually volunteered there for awhile back in 2008, the position sounded perfect for me, it's the town I grew up in and know well. But on the other hand, I wasn't sure I wanted to move back to Fairbanks, and the logistics of moving all the way across the country are not the easiest. Plus I didn't want to take the job just because it was the first offer I got. And obviously Rory had a big say in the decision, too. I wasn't going to do it unless he wanted to. And after several days of long discussions and considering ever angle, we decided to say yes.

The next month was an utter whirlwind. Finding a place to live, packing everything, arranging to get our stuff shipped to Alaska, figuring out how WE were going to get there, seeing all our friends before we left, plus some major drama with my in-laws (let's just say they didn't take the news well). Oh, and going to a family reunion in South Dakota in the middle of all that. But at the end of July, we left New York and started driving to Alaska.

It took us eight days and over 4,600 miles. With Rory, my mom (who volunteered to drive with us), two cats, and me, all in two cars. It was definitely an experience. I'm glad we did it, but I never want to repeat it. Especially with the cats...they behaved remarkably well, but it was hard on them.

We got to Fairbanks on August 3, and it's been surreal. I still can't believe I'm back in the town I grew up in. We're actually living only a few blocks from my old high school. Everything looks the same, and parts of it are very comforting, but it's different too. And I'M different. There's so many memories here, both good and bad, and I'm still struggling to sort it all out. It just doesn't feel real.

I started work last Wednesday, and so far the job is good. I've mostly been filling out paperwork, doing online trainings (including a certification in how to use a hot glue gun), and talking to the person who I'll be replacing to find out how to do the job. I'm going to be the Outreach Specialist, meaning I coordinate family and adult events at the museum, do outreach events at schools and other places, and run the monthly Family Days. It's a lot of work, but it's what I've wanted to do for a long time. I'm excited, but also nervous...this is REAL. We did a lot of hands-on projects at school, but I always had a professor there to look over my shoulder. Now it's up to me, and the responsibility is daunting. Luckily my co-workers and supervisor all seem very nice and willing to help, so that's a good sign.

It's been exactly three months since I graduated, and my life has changed dramatically, from being a grad school student in Cooperstown, New York to being a museum employee in Fairbanks, Alaska. But I have Rory, and I have my kitties, and overall life is good.

Date: 2016-08-15 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anywhere-but-nj.livejournal.com
CONGRATS ON GETTING A JOB SO QUICKLY!! And back home! That is so awesome :D

What does Rory do that allowed him to move across the country? Because it's so great he was able to do that too.

*hugs* Glad to hear things are going well. But you need to be certified in how to use a hot glue gun?!?! What the....??? *confused*

Date: 2016-09-06 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anywhere-but-nj.livejournal.com
OK so he's doing things that aren't too difficult of a switch from one state to another. :)

5 minute training on glue guns sounds legit! I was thinking it'd be an hour or so, which I would find ridiculous. Different rules because it's through a uni makes sense.

*hugs back*

Date: 2016-08-15 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queen-of-kithia.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the job! It does sound perfect for you, and I'm glad it worked out.

I can understand having mixed feelings about moving back to your hometown, though. When I started thinking about buying a house, I also considered moving back home and buying a house there, since my job is portable so long as I have an internet connection. It was a lot to consider--a lot of pros and cons either way--but ultimately, I have no regrets on what I decided.

I'm sorry to hear about the friction with the in-laws, although I can well imagine why they wouldn't necessarily be thrilled about the idea of you two moving so far away, even though it's a homecoming for you. I hope peace has been restored; being at outs with family is the worst.
Edited Date: 2016-08-15 08:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-08-15 11:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elen_nare
Congratulations on the new job! :D I hope you love it and both you and Rory (and the cats!) enjoy living in Fairbanks :)

Date: 2016-09-07 02:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elen_nare
Glad it's going well so far! Best of luck with the event, you'll do great :)

Date: 2016-08-16 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quirkytaverna.livejournal.com
Oh my GOD. Life is NUTS. I am so surprised that you ended up back at your old town! Lots of love to you, I'm so glad you got a job and are having adventures (even super weird ones). xx

Date: 2016-08-25 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darth-thingie.livejournal.com
Wow, congratulations on getting a job so fast! I only just now read your post here and my mind is going like "Huh? But....? How, when....?".
I'm almost thinking it would would take me more time to blink. :-P

Errrr, anyways.... *bows*

Date: 2016-10-02 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darth-thingie.livejournal.com
Could be better. Making progress, I suppose, but very slowly. Being a bit disorganized, including replying to replies such as this one in a timely manner.

I switched to another internship thingie a few weeks ago. The old one wasn't working out. Still have some mixed feelings about the new one. Will try to post something about it on my own journal soon. (Although that will probably take me a month or so. ;-) )

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