It's that time again where I ask myself those infamous questions, can I, should I? This has been a roller coaster time for me. Being out of work is not only frustrating, but also self-doubting. I've had my share of self-doubt. I wonder if I'll ever reach my goals. At times, I feel the world is passing me by and I'm standing still. I really don't like that. Being out of work can make one reminisce about how things were when employed. Oh how I wish I didn't do that. Thinking about teaching makes me happy but it also makes me sad. I miss being in the classroom. I miss being an employed teacher. Since I am stubborn and not one to give up, I have been doing everything, and I mean everything to stay busy and not fall victim to self-pity. These activities have been helpful but those two questions do creep up from time to time. I just hope I can answer them finally.
Can I become a working journalist? It's possible and I know I have a chance at
becoming one. Journalism is a field
I've admired for years. I grew up in a household where news was part of our
family. My dad would have my brother and I listen to the news, and we'd
discuss it once it was over. My dad is definitely a news junkie! His
encouragement of me pursuing news, specifically TV news, has been inspiring. At
the time, I wanted to be a geologist and climb mountains for a living. My rock
collection speaks for itself! As of late, I've been exploring this fascinating
career. I read about it, I stay up to date with current events, and I write.
This month makes two years I've been with Examiner.com. I'm proud of that,
because I didn't think I would've stayed this long. Although I barely make
anything for the writing I do (two cents to me doesn't count as salary, but am
humbled to have my work published), I still enjoy the adventure. The business
cards are cool too! The can I be a journalist question still lingers when I
apply for positions that are looking for experienced freelancers, writers,
journalists, etc. For now, I continue to write and make two cents by
writing about my two cents on issues that are important.
Some good news, I got a press pass. Yay! Recently, I was accepted as a
copy-editor intern for a media publication. I am humbled by this opportunity.
Look out, journalist Dara is on the move!
Should I go to grad school? Maybe this isn't a fair question. After all, I'm
already enrolled and have a January 2014 start date. I am pursuing a degree in
social work; I would like to be a social worker. This question comes up when I
think of the financial responsibility that comes with it. I never had a problem
paying for school. Without a job, it would be difficult to pay for school. I
don't want to be a burden to my parents. Loans are always an option.
Scholarships are an option too. I wonder if this is the right direction for me
at this time. It's a hard decision to make since I really want my Master's
degree, and I want a career in social work. I have less than six months to
decide what I should do. We'll see.
I was recently accepted into the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
CERT training program. It's five-week training where I'll learn about emergency
preparedness, CPR, and how to help people in a disaster. I start tomorrow. I am
excited because I like assisting in disaster relief and hope to do more
projects. I enjoy casework and hope to be a caseworker in disaster related
services. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I still volunteer with the American
Red Cross and NY Cares. I will return to them very soon.
I don't know where my direction is going, but I'm keeping an open mind.
Reflecting by the waterfront always helps alleviate any worries or concerns I
may have. I believe that everything I want to do will fall into place. I
leave it in God's hands. Lastly, I decided to write a book. I know I know the
list keeps getting longer and longer! Honestly, I've wanted to write a book for
some time. While on the job hunt, writing a book along with training, interning,
and volunteering (phew!) will keep me busy. I don't like feeling bored.
Summer is here! I made a promise to myself that I won't be a hermit and only
work. I will go out and enjoy the sun. I'd like to hangout with some friends.
Time to make some phone calls, or in my case text!