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Plot Twist! Again.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hey guys. I've had an interesting weekend. Been kinda taking it easy because after getting my FIRST DOUBLE UNDER (woo!) I have been VERY ENTHUSIASTICALLY practicing and landed too hard emoticon and now my knees hurt (boo!) I've been icing them and I expect they will get better on their own if I just rest. But it kinda sucks, I've never had knee problems in my life. I don't like it!

So on to the weird/good part. About 4 days before I lost my job, the director of R&D came to me and broke the news that they were not going to have the money in the new fiscal year to hire me like he had thought. Oh, I didn't mention that part did I?! Yes, they had told me they were going to hire the temp who has been there 3 years for lots of money. So for 4 months, I have been thinking, well, if grad school doesn't work out NEXT year either, at least I will have an easy job with lots o' money. But nooooooooo. Plan G also got destroyed so I moved on to plan F, keeping temping at easy stress free place and study for my biology GRE with all the downtime. Then, on Tuesday, Plan F got destroyed when they laid off 1/3 of R&D and eliminated my temp position.

After Plan G got wrecked, I was sitting at my desk kind of grumping about the unfairness of it all and visited Indeed. I saw a brand new research assistant position at the University of Maryland. Read through it. Said to myself, "Meh, I might be able to do that." Slapped together a quick cover letter and sent in my application. I honestly don't even know why I did it. I never expected to hear a thing and frankly forgot all about it by that afternoon.

But Saturday morning (okay, Friday night at 2AM, that unnerves me a little) one of the professors emailed me to set up an interview. I still have my eyebrows raised.

But, I am excited at the possibility of escaping industry science!!!!!!!!! If grad school doesn't work out, I AT THE ABSOLUTE VERY LEAST want to be in academia and not industry! Yeah, industry's easier and pays more money but I'm just not corporate America.

Wish me luck!


If you can't see the comic, Cecilia, a grad student, is deciding what to do about her long-distance relationship with her boyfriend who already graduated and works in industry. He suggests she consider an industry job so that they have a chance of ending up in the same city. She says, "I can't work for The Man! I can't be a sellout... like... like a NORMAL PERSON!"


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BROCOLIJOLI 9/19/2013 9:59AM

    I've got my fingers crossed for you!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 9/18/2013 10:33AM


That would be awesome!

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THELILEA 9/16/2013 4:01PM

    That's awesome!! And, at my school, tuition is part of the perk for being a staff person! Maybe you could grad school out of the deal. Good LUCK!!!

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-CORAL- 9/16/2013 3:37PM

    Best of luck!

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CHANGINGSAM 9/16/2013 3:33PM

    Awesome news! Good luck!

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KAREN_NY 9/16/2013 11:02AM

    Sweet - good luck!

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BABYSOX 9/16/2013 10:01AM

    The closing of one door can open up so many more. It allows us to open our eyes to other opportunities. Good luck!

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FITGIRL15 9/16/2013 12:33AM

    Sweet! A new opportunity already rears it's head! That's wonderful news! I hope the position is something that will inspire you!! Good Luck with the interview!

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FRUITYFUL 9/15/2013 11:25PM

    Congrats on the interview! I work for a University and the benefits are very good. Maybe as a university employee, you could go to grad school for free or reduced tuition? That's one of my benefits. Good luck with the interview!

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GINAV2 9/15/2013 8:11PM

    Oh man, I've missed your past few blogs and holy crap Chrissie, you've got a lot going on!

First - CONGRATS ON THE DOUBLE UNDER!!! I know you've been working towards that for a long time. Awesomesauce on getting there!

Second, I am sad for your job situation. But - super exciting about your interview! Wishing you lots and lots of luck and happy thoughts. Let us know how it goes - I really hope you end up doing something you love, one way or the other!


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WINNIE1978 9/15/2013 6:10PM

    Wishing you lots of luck! emoticon

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