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Jul. 9th, 2007

Interview from brittdreams. As usual, comment if you'd like to be interviewed.

1. What made you decide to buy a house in Tallahasse?
2. What are you studying in school and why?
3. What is your dream job?
4. How many languages can you communicate in and what are they?
5. If you had to give advice to yourself from two years ago, what would it be and why?

1. What made you decide to buy a house in Tallahassee?

This is a two part answer to this question; Firstly, what made me decide to buy a house?

I probably wouldn't have even considered the possibility, except that *everyone* around me was buying a house. First my sister, then my brother, a coworker, and then a childhood friend. The possibility, previously not even on my radar, suddenly seemed reachable... and then it just seemed to make sense. And then the ideas just kept flowing....I could buy a place with a backyard for my dog, Padfoot! I could stop wasting ~$8000 on rent, yearly! I could check off one of my life's goals! I could finally PAINT! (My previous apartment was amazing, but that was one of the things you just weren't allowed to do).

The second part is, why in Tallahassee?

Well, I'm here right now, and plan to be here at least a couple more years. The average homeowner only stays in their home for 5-7 years anyway (despite my parents EIGHTEEN year stay at their current home). I've still got a bunch of school to get through (see next question) and it seemed like a solid investment. Plus, when I decide to move, it'd make a nice rental property, especially in a college town.

Between the lines, no, I don't want to stay in Tallahassee forever. Eventually I'd like to move to the research triangle area, or New England. However, right now it's a nice place to be with great friends, a nice support system, a job that allows me to focus on school, and a house belonging to meee.

2. What are you studying in school and why?

In my first year of college it was Chemistry. Then English. Then Classical Studies. Then Microbiology. Then back to Classics. Unfortunately I'm fickle and have too many interests to choose one, and then finally deciding on sticking with Classics, I realized I'm not really cut-out for Classics as a career idea, just being immersed in it as a hobby (of course I didn't realize that until I only had a handful of classes left). So now I'm taking all the gen-ed classes I avoided while taking crazy grad-level Latin classes that will ultimately do me very little good.

I'll probably end up going for my Masters in Library Science. After doing VISTA, I realized my intense interest in literacy, literature, and helping people.

3. What is your dream job?
A non-profit agency. Run by me. Probably related to literacy. Enough money to live on comfortably but not enough to become jaded about my career or stop being able to see how to help those in need.

That, and wife/mother. Eventually. Not that I would see that as a "job" in the same way, but it's the one thing that's remained steady that I've always known I wanted to do.

4. How many languages can you communicate in and what are they?


... yep.

I also speak Gibberish, Pig-Latin, Ubbi-Dubbi, and Op-Talk fluently. I can somewhat understand and carry on simple conversations in Latin, Hebrew, Spanish and [Ancient] Greek (comprehensibility declining in that order).

I'm also fluent in music and HTML, and have knowledge in C++ and Java. Do those count?

Oh, and I speak the language of loooove.

5. If you had to give advice to yourself from two years ago, what would it be and why?

Two years ago I was mere days away from starting my VISTAship with Literacy Volunteers. I would have told myself to be prepared that some people are stubbornly unable to be taught or helped. And that I definitely didn't have time for a relationship.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 9th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
$8000 in rent is a lot. Mine is half that per year. If I get into (and decide to attend) UNC, you could definitely come visit me.

And a Masters in Library Science is a very appealing degree to me. I have a friend getting hers at FSU right now. It's definitely something I've considered. When you start your nonprofit, let me know. Maybe I'll come work for you.

(P.S. Do you shop at BetterWorld Books? You should!)
Jul. 9th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
So HOW do you 2 know each other?
Jul. 9th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
We don't, directly speaking. We just realized we know a lot of the same people and share a dislike of one former Leon student.
Jul. 9th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)

That's it. Friendship OVER.

We bonded in Ron's journal over a mutual dislike. Not of Ron.
Jul. 9th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, yes, Heather = bad.

Just be glad I don't always use 1337 speak with ya ;-)
Jul. 9th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
what? I don't know what you're talking about.
Jul. 10th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is a lot. Luckily I no longer pay that, and pay *less* with my mortgage. But, it was a small price to pay for the Best Apartment Ever.

Your rent is super cheap. Do you have roommates?

I love UNC. I love the atmosphere, the people, the research, the weather, everything. I don't know about graduate level, but I know for undergrad it's EXTREMELY hard to get in if you're not in state. Not doubting you at all, of course, just saying that I had pretty much no chance of getting in there for undergrad. Which is why I didn't apply, because apparently I don't like rejection.

When you find the magic beans to let a person have her dream job, let me know. Then after we do a little bean trade-off, I'll give you a job. Deal?

I've never shopped there. When I was working with LVLC we had other partners that we were required to buy stuff from (that also funded literacy programs and such). I just checked out the site, though, and it seems awesome. Adding it to my bookmarks!
Jul. 9th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
It's awesome that your mortgage is less. I do have roommates. One right now and I'll have 2 next year (in exchange for even cheaper rent). I'm doing it mostly to save money so I can live by myself during the (hopefully) upcoming PhD years.

As far as UNC, I applied there for my master's and didn't get in but I know why. A couple of profs have suggested I apply there for a PhD because of my strong record as a master's student. Plus, I think they'd put in a good word for me with their UNC faculty member friends.
Jul. 9th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
I had all good roommate experiences until late 2005. Nice people, several good friendships came out of it. Then, trying to be able to survive while I was in VISTA, I moved in with the roommates from hell. You know, the ones who don't want to clean up after their dog, so they have him poop in your room. Seriously. I was out within a month. Good thing they never had me sign the lease they kept promising. After that I decided to never have a roommate again, hence the high rent costs. Well, the super awesome apartment contributed to that too.

I like living by myself most of the time. I like not wondering who is going to finally do their dishes, and I love being able to leave my bathroom towel on the floor if I want to. But, it gets boring sometimes. I don't have the late night social interaction in my pjs, and I miss that. Cooking for one is annoying. I think my ideal is living by myself but having friends over all the time.
Jul. 9th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yea, but I know I'm just anti-social enough to never invite people over. That's part of why I'm afraid of living alone, I think.
Jul. 10th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
Geez, my rent (if I had rent) would be $12,000+ per year...easy.
Jul. 10th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
yes, but you live in Vegas :-P
Jul. 10th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
I have 2 friends who have MLS degrees. One got hers from USF, while she was living in Jacksonville. She had to go down there on occasion (for comps and such before she graduated, I know that much at least).

I didn't know you knew C++ and Java (or if I did, I forgot). That's kinda hot :)
Jul. 10th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Interview me
Library science is cool. I think Emily got her masters' in that department.

Jul. 10th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Interview me
1) What made you decide you wanted to teach?
2) What smell invokes the strongest memory? Sound? Taste? Feel? Sight?
3) Climate-wise, where was your favorite place to live?
4) Ever think about a completely different career path? "Okay, I'm done with Engineering. Nowwwww Finance!"
5) What are your pet peeves?
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Do me! Do me!
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
I don't think starting a nonprofit is out of the realm of your possibility or requiring magic beans at all! Of course you can do it, if you want to and you're willing to work hard.

As an example, I just ran across a friend from college who was on facebook, she was apparently in Americorps, and then started this nonprofit: http://www.beyondtalent.org/leadership.htm

I know I'm a little bit behind now (culinary school?) so I will catch up.
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