Posted by: pckatie | March 21, 2011

Over a month…what?!?

Just browsing through PCJ and decided to glance at my blog to see if there are any new comments and realized it has been over a MONTH since my last post!  This semester is literally FLYING by and everything seems to be one huge blur.  I think I have mentioned in previous posts that I have been pretty busy since January.  I am student teaching in a kindergarten classroom this semester which is basically a full time job, plus working nights on campus, not to mention the additional work required outside of school for ASU.  My friends have probably forgotten what I look like at this point.  My school I am student teaching at has a different Spring Break than the university so all of my friends had last week off while I was still teaching.  Next week I have off of school for spring break but I still have to work since I work at the university.  I am getting away for a few days with my mom to go to Disneyland while we are in California for my grandpa’s 90th birthday celebration with all of my family in California so I am looking forward to that little break.  I really am loving teaching and I feel very comfortable and confident that I am doing what I love and will be happy doing it for the rest of my life.  But I am not going to lie… I am glad that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is this semester.  I am feeling a little burned out and it is uplifting to think about the fact that I only have about a month and  a half left until graduation. 

Anyways in Peace Corps related news…….oh wait………there is no Peace Corps related news.  That would be the reason that I haven’t posted anything in over a month.  Because I haven’t heard anything and absolutely nothing has changed.  I emailed my placement specialist assistant yesterday just basically checking in and letting them know I am still alive and waiting.  I don’t feel that it is inappropriate to do that like I did a few months ago since the date of my nomination is getting a little closer (June).  For the 8 week notice I would need to receive an invite sometime in April to stick with my initial nomination.  Honestly I am not expecting to have my original nomination stick just based on talking with other volunteers and reading journals.  It is looking like most people are getting pushed back a few months.  This is fine with me, it is just going to make things difficult since I graduate in May.  Should I apply for a temporary job?  What if I don’t get an invitation for a long time?  Should I apply for teaching jobs?  What if I get one?  Will it be hard to turn down a job in our countries current employment situation, especially in education?

Lots of difficult questions that I need to consider.  I have been pushing them off saying, “Hopefully I will get an invitation early enough I won’t have to worry about it.”  That is clearly not going to be the case. 

Patiently waiting, and waiting, and waiting.  Until next time, paz y amor.



  1. There are hundreds of Peace Corps Experience books. Unfortunately, ninety percent of them have been self-published and are shunned by the literary community and even libraries. The are like blowing fall leaves, disappearing.

    I have been reading whatever I could find for decades and thanks to John Coyne, have been reviewing books for Peace Corps Writers and Peace Corps Worldwide. I have no idea if you have been invited since your last post was in March. If invited, I suggest that you not waste time reading books by former volunteers (like myself) but rather read as much as possible about the country you will serve. Good luck!

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