Employed (well, almost)

I do apologize in the lapse of blog posts. I’ve been busy this week, I’ll fill you in. 

Wednesday: I had my job interview with Amazon Fulfillment at the DoubleTree Hotel at 12:00p.m. Amazingly the process took only 55 minutes, and when I told them that the schedule which had been selected for me wouldn’t work, they were more than happy to let me work part time. So I am scheduled to work Saturdays and Sundays 7:30 to 6:00p.m. I cannot say how overjoyed I am. I have been looking for gainful employment for a so long, I had almost given up. However, things turn out to work for the best sometimes, and this opportunity is a godsend. 

Working for Amazon Fulfillment means I’ll be working for a temp agency, and if they like me (which I have no doubt they will) I will become an Amazon employee not just a temp. The ‘fulfillment’ part of the whole deal is simple: as I will be a warehouse associate I will be responsible for filling orders and making sure customers get their packages on (or before) their arrival date. So come Thanksgiving and Christmas I will be hard at work filling Amazon.com orders for customers just like myself. 

The warehouse (one of 3 in the state of TN apparently) isn’t quite ready yet, so I will start working in Mid-September when everything will be in place. 

I am so happy, I can hardly contain my enthusiasm.

Friday: The opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic games: I enjoyed watching bits and pieces, I couldn’t watch the whole thing because NBC has a monopoly on Olympic game coverage and held the broadcast until PRIMETIME which asinine (in my opinion). I would have preferred to watch it LIVE as it happened. It sucks that one of the top television networks in the country still cannot manage to get a broadcast of the Olympics right. I’m a firm believer in the idea of having a full BBC service in the U.S because I’m sure then we would get proper radio and television programs. At least the BBC is punctual. I’ll post more thoughts about the ceremony later in the day. 

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The Reluctant Blogger

I don’t blog as much as I should or would like to. One reason is because not enough goes on in my life to warrant blogging everyday. Yes I’m a college senior, and yes I’m looking for a job – but does that warrant blogging about all of life’s ups and downs? I don’t think so. Another reason why I don’t blog much is because I’m afraid to. I hesitate in blogging because in the back of my mind I’m thinking, “Oh god, someone is critiquing my grammar, and I’m supposed to be an English major.” (Aren’t people studying English supposed to write well?) I could always throw caution to the wind and make all sorts of grammatical errors and mistakes. Trouble is, I want to improve my  English and make less mistakes. I’ve never turned in a paper that didn’t have comma splices or sentence fragments. I know it takes time to improve technique, but I’m impatient. I want to be a writer when I “grow up” and I’m even considering going after a Masters Degree in English, but am I truly ready for it?!

I’m due to graduate in December and I’m highly considering taking the GRE. Yet I’m stopped by my own fears and concerns that I’m not academically up to snuff. Although I am excited for my last semester, (I’m taking a lot of cool classes that I truly am looking forward to,) again I am not too thrilled with ending my undergrad career with all of these questions about my future.

On a brighter note, I had my prescreen interview with Amazon.com Friday afternoon. I was nervous about it,  having never previously experienced a telephone interview. It went really well and I’m pretty sure I answered all the questions appropriately, if I had not I’m sure the lady I talked to wouldn’t have bothered asking for my “proof of education.”  Still I applied for a warehouse job, meaning I would be on my feet for more than eight hours a day walking upwards of five to ten miles daily, not to mention lifting 30 pounds or more. I’ve done my research and the pay is comparable to what I made during my summer job two years ago. 11.50 an hour with the possibility of being hired as a full-time Amazon employee (after a probationary period). Honestly, I’m really excited about the prospect of getting this job. I really want to work. I remember when I was in high school, my grandparents wanted me to get a job, and I dodged the idea left and right. All these years later with the economy still in the toilet and nearing graduation, I regret my actions all those years ago. I should already have a job that I’m successful at. No use crying over spilt milk, but the sting of my decision still smarts.

This week marks the end of my Spanish 2020 summer course. If I complete the final successfully (not if but when) this thursday, I will put my foreign language requirement to bed. After more than two years, I’m anxious in being rid of this Spanish monkey on my back. Today will be spent doing flashcards and ensuring I know the vocabulary and the grammar. It’s been a wild ride, but one I will be happy to see end.

July will see me back on campus taking a poetry writing course, so I will not have a chance to take a breath before the fall semester starts in August. That’s okay though, I had a break in May between the spring and fall semesters.

I still hope to make a dent in the backlog of books I have in my room. I have so many books I’ve either purchased or received as gifts that I’ve not been able to either start or finish.

To be honest, there’s a lot on my “to do” list but will I have time to do all the things I want to?! Who knows.

First things first though, must get a start on those Spanish flashcards.

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