Vicious Circles

10:24 pm · category: Uncategorized

Okay, here’s the good news. I sent an unsolicited resume to a new business opening at the end of June in a nearby town. A couple of days later, the owner called to let me know that she had received the resume; however, she had already filled all available positions. Nevertheless, the woman was kind enough to let me know that she was going to keep my resume on file.

This morning the owner called and asked me to meet her Monday morning for an interview. She asked if I was looking for full- or part-time work, and I explained that either is fine with me; however, it’s been difficult to find an employer because of my school schedule and the related commute. I re-iterated what I had said in the cover letter, which was that any job I take will have to let me off on Thursdays, which is the only day I have classes in the fall semester.

I’m excited about the prospect of a job, and especially one with this particular company. Unfortunately, I’ve found myself in a vicious circle. I have only one on-campus class this fall (the aforementioned Thursday course), but I have an independent study project that needs to be completed this summer. The ISP involves ten to fourteen days of extensive travel. (I won’t bore you with the details, but if you’re interested you can find more about it here.) The catch is that I have to have money to make this trip, which means I need a job. Of course, no job is going to let a new employee take two weeks off for what appears, on the surface, to be nothing more than a fun-filled roadtrip. See? Vicious circle. And most importantly, if I don’t make this trip and complete the work that goes with it, then I won’t graduate in December.

I spent the better part of the afternoon working out some details of the trip to see if I could cut it down any. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s actually going to take longer than I originally thought (seven days) because there’s way too much stuff that I absolutely must include. The good news is that my youth group is going to hold a fundraiser to help finance my trip (My kids are so good to me.) The bad news is that I don’t see how they can possibly raise enough money to finance the whole thing, and I have only $60 in my bank account. So how about it, Belinda and Karen and Kim? Add me to your prayer lists?

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