First week….at Home

I am a place association person. What I mean by that is, I associate my home with comfort. The desk in my house is for creative writing or crafts. The reading nook is for fun and relaxing reading. AndI associate the location of my job with work. The location is a place of focus and productivity. My desk is for writing finding aids, attending webinars, and answering emails. The archive is for research and processing collections. 

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Starting Remotely

After a week of dreading the news of how my interview went, I got to celebrate my success in finally landing a job. It was the first week of March. My start date was set for April 6th and I put in my notice at both part time jobs. Everyone was excited for me and I was waiting for HR to send me a contract to sign. By then COVID-19 hit New York City with it’s first case.  

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Now What?

Every time I applied for a position, my head was full of doubt. Who did I think I was? I had no real professional experience. Was I even a professional? And every rejection seemed to confirm that. I wasn’t good enough (there goes my chance to be a professional). It is impossible to talk yourself out of that doubt. I had to be brave and reach out to family, friends, and mentors to pull me out of that hole. And when that rejection eventually came, I had to ask for reassurance. I needed their reassurance to keep applying and not settle for the part time hustle. 

After I received a rejection email from an in-person interview, I had had it. On the drive to my part time job, I called my mom crying. I had put everything into that interview. I had built myself up from rock bottom, put on makeup, and pushed my anxiety aside. And all I got was another fucking rejection email. I wanted to give up that night. I was angry with the world and wanted to watch it burn. I had felt an unfamiliar rage and it took my mom an hour to calm me down.

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Going Beyond the Internship

When I was in graduate school, everyone told me how important and valuable internships were for my academic career. However, what they didn’t tell me was those internships had to be unpaid to count towards my degree and the internships would not be counted as professional experience. Let me explain to you how this bullshit idea that internships (paid and unpaid) are not considered professional experience and how that can be avoided on your resume. I would put internships into two categories; actual unpaid strictly a learning experience internship and unpaid free labor for institutions that could not pay you “internship”. In short, an actual internship and volunteering for the credits.

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Opera is for Everyone

Strangely enough, I have lived in New York State for five years and never visited New York City. That is, until I moved to Long Island. Ever since I moved to Long Island, I’ve been seeking a way to leave. While that takes time (probably a few years), I can escape to NYC for a day. Of course, I always say “hello” to the most famous big cats guarding the New York Public Library (as every librarian and bookworm should) and check out a museum or two. I also go to the Metropolitan Opera. 

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Twenty Thousand Applicants Under Review

Recently the Society of American Archivist (SAA) Student and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) hosted Q&A on Twitter concerning job hunting. While I missed the conversation (it was probably a good thing because I would have been the biggest Debbie Downer), I read over the responses. In a small and competitive field it is easy to feel like you are the only one dealing with a problem. There is a Facebook page for archivists (and another for librarians) to discuss issues and ask job related questions. Usually, those pages will feature a new student or professional asking for tips on resume or cover letter writing. However, new students and job seekers rarely (if ever) are honest about the difficulties of job hunting. It was really nice to see fellow job seekers have a safe place to talk.

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Year in Review (Part II)

Hello Loneliness

When I was a toddler, I was so bored with my parents that I demanded to my mom “I want friends!”. She immediately enrolled me into daycare. My first summer in Long Island was just like that, except my mom nor my partner could enroll me in daycare. You cannot rely solely on one person for all your needs but I could tell that my lack of friends was putting a lot of pressure on my partner. And while I relied on him for constant company, I was also relying on him to keep me happy and entertained. When he wasn’t around, I was completely alone.

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A Year in Review (Part I)

Instead of doing a sappy year in review on Facebook, I’m letting everyone read what really happened last year because a lot can happen in a year and it’s too much for one Facebook post. Unlike the all the year in reviews I’ve seen on Facebook, mine doesn’t have a clear future. Most people are getting married, starting a family, starting school, or starting a new job. I don’t know why people even do these! Is it to brag? Be a part of the trend? Doing what Facebook told you to do?

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One Flew Over with Student Loans

I was talking to a student worker of mine yesterday about the choices we make regarding grad school and careers. One of their choices was to work three jobs while in graduate school, one of those jobs being a Resident Assistant, to pay off their room and board. We talked about the coveted Graduate Assistant positions that pay off tuition and how rare they are to come by. I shared my story of almost landing and losing a Graduate Assistant position about four years ago.

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