I really need a job.
One thing that excited me about coming to college in Fall 2008 was the prospect of not having a part-time job while being a student. I decided that my first quarter of college would be a time for me to accommodate to my new surroundings and adjust to a heavier workload than I could ever imagine. (At least according to my 11th AP Government teacher, who everyday told the class how "freaking" hard college was and scared me to the point where I didn't want to pursue a higher education for a while.) I also thought I deserved a much needed vacation from working. I've had a part-time job since I was 15, sacrificing precious after school activities that wealthy parents force their children into because "school and getting good grades is their job." Totally the opposite view in my household. At my house, I didn't HAVE to get a job, but if I wanted something that wasn't vital to my survival, and that includes a car and the expenses associated with it, I needed to find a way to pay for it myself.
So I've had a job for a while. I was working almost full-time over the summer, in fact. However, I decided to use fall quarter -- and the two weeks prior to that, since I took my leave of absence early -- to just focus on school. And I did. I was overwhelmed the first 7 weeks or so of college, only getting used to the workload towards the end. The break was a smart decision for me.
Now comes 2009.
I decide I'm ready to handle a job at college. I don't want anything major; 10 hours a week, food service orientated since I have a crap ton of expierence there. But after looking at multiple places my first week back, I realize that IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A JOB IN ATHENS, OHIO.
Seriously, it is tougher than I ever imagined, and it has nothing to do with the economy! Back home, I could walk into almost any restaurant-type place and get an interview right away. Here, they want resumes. Resumes for working at a nonskilled job! It's crazy!
Want to hear how bad my search has been going? I couldn't get a job at Jeff. That's right, I fail so much that THE DINING HALL DOESN'T EVEN WANT ME.
After that, I've momentarily paused my search to wait for some places to start hiring. I've made a resume and am trying to make my spring schedule more flexible than my winter schedule, w (I'm not available until after 5 pm on weekdays.) Hopefully, I will have better luck. Until then, bitching on the internet, while earning Blogger money, is the closest action I can get to a paycheck.
Well, except selling myself on Ebay.
That's Plan C.