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Application Status Update

December 29, 2009

Okay, I woke up this morning to one of those emails from the Peace Corps saying that your application status has been updated. After I got up off the floor, I rushed over to the PC website and logged in. Here’s what I found: I no longer have a legal hold on my account (yay!). Double yay, my placement review has been completed!

placement check boxSo, does that mean my invitation’s in the mail? I don’t think so. Here’s what it says by the status circle:

status check boxI’ve got a whole page of check marks, so it doesn’t look like they’re waiting for anything from me. But it also doesn’t look like my invite’s on the way (yet), because it still says the date I was nominated at the top of the screen (not the date my invitation was sent). Here’s hoping I find out something more today!!! (fingers crossed ;-)).

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My Waiting Cartoon

December 7, 2009

waiting for the invite

Okay, here’s my lame attempt at a cartoon showing what it feels like to wait for my Peace Corps invite. Yes, it is one of those I’ve-waited-so-long-I’ve-turned-into-a-skeleton cartoons. What can I say? I’ve been waiting for a loooong time 🙂 And yes, this is pretty much what I really look like.

New Apartment Lease

December 6, 2009

Well, I signed a three month apartment lease (through March). Thank god I have an amazing landlord and she didn’t raise my rent. If I get the invitation for Kyrgyz Republic, this will work out perfectly. If not, I’ll just have to sign another short-term lease after March. Man, I have never looked forward to Mondays so much. The weekend is still amazing (don’t get me wrong), but it’s also like a black hole when I know for sure I won’t hear anything from the Peace Corps. I hope I hear something next week (or the next…or the next…).

Some Good News and More Waiting…

December 1, 2009

I got confirmation today that my car loan will not hold up my placement. Yay! I keep expecting to hear something from the placement office anytime now. I carry my phone with me all day at work, and I check my email about a million times a day. I found out on Facebook this weekend that some people got their invitations for my nomination (Kyrgyzstan? in March 2010) way back in October! I am super jealous and hopeful at the same time. If they heard in October, surely I’ll hear soon, right? If anyone in the placement office is reading this, my birthday is this weekend, and a call saying that my invite is on the way would be the PERFECT present (I’m just saying :)).

Waiting Is the Hardest Part…

November 29, 2009

Just downloaded Tom Petty’s “The Waiting.” Talk about the soundtrack to my life 🙂 On the bright side, I’m actually looking forward to Monday, because it means I might hear something from the Peace Corps!

Today’s Obsession

November 21, 2009

Okay, here’s today’s obsession: I was nominated for a program that I don’t directly qualify for. The program is 172 University English Teaching. According to the PC website, you need a master’s in English, French, TEFL or Linguistics. They also like applicants who have taught in a university, tutored or volunteered with a community organization and written for or edited some kind of publication.

That’s what they want. Here’s what I got: a master’s in Library and Information Studies, 15 hours toward a master’s in French, experience teaching French at university, lots of tutoring and volunteer experience and numerous publications in newspapers and a few journals. Pretty close, right? But will it be close enough?

In an attempt to make sure I get an invitation, I’m taking a graduate course in TESL grammar this semester. I also just emailed a list of my writing experience to my PO (since it wouldn’t fit on my resume). Let’s just hope it’s enough.

Okay, I’m done obsessing for tonight. Time for some deep breathing.

 

Patience, Patience, Patience…

November 19, 2009

Okay, so I got a form response back to my email to the placement office. Basically, if I am chosen for the program that I was nominated for, I will get my invitation by the third week in February 2010. If not…then I will have to practice some major (super human) patience. What I need to do is immerse myself in my writing and try to get a manuscript done before I go overseas. What I want to do is obsess about the Peace Corps, learn Russian (or Kyrgyz, or something) and be insanely prepared when I finally do go to training. Deep breaths, calm blue ocean, serenity now. Maybe I should take up meditation.