I got a job! Finally! I’m so excited and happy! Maybe things won’t look so down anymore! I started work in Tech Support in my uni last week. I work as a Student Technology and Resource Specialist. I know its a fancy name for someone who helps you learn how to use softwares and make your computer work. It’s pretty quiet around here though because it’s summer and everyones gone on their break. One downside of working here is that I don’t get to visit my family in summer anymore. Ever. Not for the next 4 years or until that I choose to work here at least.
I was so nervous and upset because I’d been to almost every department in the university of my interest and no one was giving me a job and I desperately needed one (International students can only work on campus you see). I went to the Library, to the Graphics department (I hate them because they never even called back), I went everywhere and no one called. I then discovered the Digital Learning Center in Tech Support who helped students learn softwares that they were not equipped to know and I thought “Well, best of both worlds right?”. I do love to teach. I do know my shit when it comes to softwares people might want to learn. I am good with computers. And for everything else there is Google. So that’s where I headed looking for a job. This confidence just seemed to flood me as I went from department to department looking for a job. I walked into Tech Support and asked who I should talk to for a job and they called my new and shiny boss out. She came out and asked me when I would be available for an interview and I said right now. She laughed. She saw my CV, went in and came out 2 minutes later asking me to step in for an interview. I was shocked. But it worked apparently.
I haven’t given many interviews in my life. I remember giving one for my internship in Pakistan. One for the first job I ever had after graduating. Two for the second job I held onto for the next few years. And this was the US. I didn’t know what to expect so I decided to wing it and be honest. I was myself. I got the job!
It’s been a week now since I’ve been working and it’s been a tad slow but its amazing. I feel like I’m doing something with my life and am getting a move on. It’s been fun for now. Helping people with their systems. Teaching them how to use their computers and helping solve problems. I love it!
Good stuff started happening soon after. A bit too late but things started rolling in. The lady from International services asked me to apply for a position. The thing though is, most people are only nice to you when you do something for them and don’t expect anything in return. Which is great, but I’d like to be respected as a human being even without having to do things for other people. I remember I was desperate for a job and this lady had promised to help me. I had forwarded my resume to her and she never even responded. And here she was now being nice to me (which I later figured out was because she wanted me to do something for her). It really puts some things in perspective for you. I realized of course that I could and should never rely on her to solve my problems. They seem so benevolent but they always want something in return.
Anyways, finals began. I did well. I loved my psych class. Its such a misfortune that my professor is leaving on a sabbatical. I’m really gonna miss taking his class. He won the Professor of the year award too! Well, hopefully when he comes back, I’ll take all the psych classes I can possibly take with him. On the day of the last exam (which I didn’t HAVE to take but did anyway), I finally scored a 100 and he called me up to his desk and asked me what the hell I was doing 😛 It was nice. A second later he offered me a job. Now this job, I wish I could have taken. The opportunity to work with him would have been mind-bogglingly awesome. Unfortunately, since its the psych department, only work-study kids could apply for the job (whose salary would be paid by the government and not the department itself). Nevertheless, my professor asked me to get an Assistantship so I could work with him. Ahhhh happiest day of my life. Anyways, life’s good. I moved into my new house too and everything’s going pretty smooth and well for now. Thank ye God! Anyways more later!