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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!

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-Chrissy

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!"

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BROCOLIJOLI 9/19/2013 9:59AM

    I've got my fingers crossed for you!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 9/18/2013 10:33AM

    WAVES OF THE LUCK! ALL OF THE LUCK!

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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