Tuesday, December 02, 2008

~update~

~NEWSFLASH!! The lawsuit has been filed! My meeting that was supposed to take place today was cancelled though. To be honest, I'm still not sure why it was even scheduled. His secretary called to cancel it on Monday afternoon and said that the lawyer would call me Tuesday (today)...guess what....he NEVER called. What a surprise! Anyway, the companies have until 12/26 to respond to the summons. We'll see what happens now.

~I'm registered for 2 graduate classes for the Spring term so far and will be adding one more as soon as I get over there and get an ADD slip -the course is full, but the prof said she would add me. As it stands right now, I will be taking (1) Substance Abuse (2) Cross Cultural Counseling and (3) Death, Dying & Bereavement. I am REALLY looking forward to these courses too.

~The downside of the school stuff is that I'm stressed about not having an income for quite a while longer. Hopefully the school loans come thru and that won't be a problem, but ya' never know. While I know the right thing to do is to finish this degree, it really freaks me out that I will not be able to work FT for at least 1.5 yrs. Hopefully I can get a PAID internship, which will help, when I get to that point.

~One thing that might make things a bit easier...I am interviewing for a Graduate Assistantship position. Normally there aren't any available in the Spring term, but it turns out that the person they currently have is dropping out (she's a new mom too-gulp!) because it's too much for her. I sure hope I don't end up feeling the same way. I have a 2nd interview on Thursday @ 3:30pm. If I get this position, I will get FREE Tuition and will only have to pay for fees and books. I will have to work 20 hrs/wk and will also get FREE health insurance (SCORE!) and a whopping $850/month stipend.

~If I get the GA position, I hope I can work Mon-Tues-Wed and have the other days off for Ethan and studying. It would work great because my classes are Monday night, Tuesday morning and Tuesday night. It would be perfect to only have to be on campus for 3 days.

~A couple of job opps have also come up over the past couple wks...one has already faded - due to budget/economy I guess. I found out they cancelled their Christmas party and aren't giving raises, so surely they aren't hiring either. The jury is still out on the other job, which is a Staffing Asst Mgr position. I figured I would pursue both work and school in case one didn't work out but the more I think about things, I really need to just do this school thing. I don't want to look back 5 yrs from now and be without work again and wish I had finished my Masters degree.

~I need to keep repeating to myself "job stability" "job stability" - there is MUCH more of it in Mental Health than there is in Corporate America and I don't want to be struggling for a job when Ethan is 5-6-7-8 years old. I want to be able to support him and myself w/o having to worry about making ends meet. I don't want to have to rely on anyone else.

~Tell me I'm doing the right thing....

12 comments:

Chele76 said...

you are. I'm happy for you and I am keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well :)

krystyn said...

Thank you Michele!!!!

Amy said...

You are so doing the right thing! It will be scary not having a job, but hopefully this GA position will come through, and the loans as well, so you'll have something to live off, even if you do eventually have pay it all back. Those will be a pain to pay off, but you've got a lifetime to do that. And at least it's something you want, whereas I'm paying all these law school loans and hate being a lawyer.

I wanted to take a death, dying & bereavement course in college too, for some reason, but I didn't b/c I thought it made me seem to depressed - and it didn't fit into my major in anyway.

krystyn said...

Amy-I didn't know you hated being a lawyer?!?!

Yes, that Death, Dying & Bereavement class seems very depressing and I'm sure it will be at times...just what I need, huh?

Amy said...

Are you serious, you didn't know I hated it!?!?

Mary said...

you are so doing the right thing!! (lol, amy said that exact same thing). Sounds like lots of progress, and if 1/2 of it shakes out it would be great!!

Heather said...

you are doing the right thing...i am in the mental health area...yes there is a lot of opportunity out there for it...but it is best to have your masters...so keep on going with it...i do not and really regret it!

~**Dawn**~ said...

You are making a plan, and forming a backup plan as well. I don't know how much more "right thing" you could be doing! I will cross my fingers that the school job comes through for you. Just because one person can't handle something, doesn't mean *you* can't.

krystyn said...

Amy - really! I didn't know that.

Mary, Heather, Dawn-thank you!! I'm hoping I can cut it - I figure before I juggled 2 jobs and 2 classes so hopefully 1 PT job, 3 classes and a baby won't be too hard..ha! Thankfully E will be 1 soon and hopefully FULLY weaned, which will free up some of my time. So far we haven't made ANY progress on the weaning though!!!

freebird said...

Definitely doing the right thing. Had I finished when I had the opportunity 16 years ago I would be in such a better place and not worried about how to finish it now.

Stacy said...

croasing fingers! Say prayers! I am so glad there are some opportunities coming your way :)

Stacy said...

okay...that is supposed to be crossing....I am sooo sleep deprived! LOL