So, probably since the beginning of Spring Term, I’ve been in a funk. I was getting job rejections (but that’s life), I spent just about every waking minute working, I was missing the excitement of my internship and volunteer experiences, and I was just bored overall.
I also had no clue of where I was going after graduation…. not even remotely. I had job applications pending from Cincinnati to Florida to Illinois. I think just about all my friends are going to grad school: They’re biggest issue was choosing between two colleges that had accepted them while I was trying to find a relevant job. There are far less zoos that grad schools, and far less zookeeping positions that open seats in lecture halls. I had friends saying they ENVIED that I didn’t have to worry about grad school. I scoffed daily at the idea that I was somehow the lucky one.
Anyways, I digress yet again.
I am happy to tell you that I got out of my rut! In just over a week, I can now say that I am ENGAGED AND EMPLOYED. Proving once again that the cloudy days only make you appreciate the sunny days even more! My amazing boyfriend proposed on April 5th:
Right before then, I was contacted by the Zoo director of Santa’s Village in Dundee to go in for an interview. I interviewed on April 12th aaand…. WAS ACCEPTED APRIL 21ST!
I couldn’t be more thrilled to accept the offer! The environment seems very laid back and fun-loving- somewhere I could really fit in! Not only will I be working with farm animals, exotic reptiles, reindeer, lemurs, and a lot more, I will also get to be working directly with the guests during presentations and summer camps.
No joke April has been an amazing month!
So for all my seniors/seniors-to-be/anyone who is feeling stuck: Just remember that if you keep pushing forward, eventually your situation will catch up!
Speaking of catching up, I have some homework to catch up on, so I guess I’ll cut this one short. Only 4 more weeks of homework left!
Posted on April 19th, 2014 by Natalie Sherman
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