life before grad school.

it’s grim.  haha.

after 8 months of living a somewhat subsidized life (via student loan money) i hit a financial wall.  all the sudden i found myself with bills up the wazoo and no money to pay them.  omg, i had to find a job! 

in gainesville. 

kind of the land of way too much supply and not enough demand (job candidate-wise). 

i had been putting aps in at the hospital all semester, picking up shifts at planned parenthood and the sweetwater branch inn (as banquet staff) but the hospital wasn’t calling me and with out student loan cash i wasn’t making ends meet.  i mean, the pp here isn’t even open on saturday! (hitherto my bread and butter day as a contract employee.)   so i hustled.  i EVEN wrote a resume specifically for reception.  (i hate making new job specific resumes.)  the first call back i got was for a martial arts school in jonesville, which is about a million miles away as far as i was concerned, not bikable (at least not according to MY definitition of the word bikable) and a hot BUS mess away.  the second call back was way better.  (thank goodness, i didn’t want to write a COVER LETTER!-seriously)  small, locally owned plumbing business needing a dispatcher.  i went for the interview and got it.  there’s even a bike path (not a lane but an actual shady path) pretty much the whole 6 miles between it and my house.  in the weeks since i started working here i also got a car (another hot mess for another time) which helps (kind of).

next week i start a fourth job (yes FOURTH) working as a studio assistant for nan smith.  i’m so happy to work with and learn from an amazing artist for a little while this summer.

so that’s what i have been up.  most of my inspiring fellow clay folk seem to be gallivanting off to haystack, arrowmont, penland and lots of other legendary locales (i.e. the bay area) but i’m not complaining!  i’ve been pretty lucky to get to live a life focused on the pursuit of dreams for the last few years.  now that i’ve accomplished one of my big goals (get accepted to grad school–oh, have i not mentioned that??) i can handle a few months being studio-free, working behind a computer, and staying in one place. 

buuutttt all those facebook pics do make a me a LITTLE envious of course:)!

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