June 6th, 2005
|02:24 pm - A week shy of 6 months. What happened.|
Not so much the blur where things are happenning so fast that they blend together.
But instead the blur where you try to continue or find a purchase to make a change but it keeps taking longer and longer til next you know it months have passed.
School: I've taken more courses than I need. I kept my assistantship for the spring semester got an A and an A-. And managed to write a pre-processor in Ruby.
Let me rephrase that. I struggled through the semester trying to make the pre-processor but finally got it working last week. This pre-processor is the basis of my thesis work. This thesis (which I'm only currently starting the actual writing) is the only requirement I have left to graduate with my Master's Degree in Computer Science.
Money/Work: For the last 6 months i've been scraping by with the assistantship money. I'm basically broke now since the semester is over. And I had the fun experience of having this timeline happen.
Sunday: Buy purchase at sheets on debit card. This puts my checking in the negative.
Monday: Bagel on debit card.
Wednesday:Ditto plus small random purchases. Then I withdraw $60 from the bank and balance reads as Negative $80.
At this point no charges had been rejected nor any notification made to me. So I stop using the card since I had a paycheck on that friday. I wait.
I check my account on friday. My paycheck has been deposited. I'm still in the negative. I was charged 13 overdraft charges. Which was more than my paycheck and still left me negative.
I think I had a nervous breakdown at this point. When I called up the bank to complain, they told me there was nothing I could do, They scolded me for using the term "Crap". Yes even though they had just taken my paycheck I still refrained from yelling, or using actual curse words.
I ended up on the phone with my mom in tears.
I do find myself fortunate that my parents are able to help me in this. They have bailed me out a few times.
Lovelife: I dated a girl, I met on here whom I had friends in common with. I ended up being a lousy boyfriend. Its in limbo now. not even sure where I stand in that.
Friends: School provided to be very stressful as I tried to keep up with everything I ended up dropping out of more and more of my weekly roleplaying games. I'm hoping to start seeing them more often now.
Work and where I am now:
Well i'm unemployed and only able to make bills cause of my parents. The last two or three weeks i've applied to god nows how many positions (probably 300+ at this point).
I've let manpower know i'm looking for temp work again. I've applied at the places I can find accross the country in programming industry, Microsoft, SAIC, video game companies, application companies. IT positions, Programmer positions, what I can find.
So far here is what i've recieved.
Automated response letters telling me my resume is being reviewed.
A email from a recruiter saying "We normally give this type of temp position to locals since the job may only last a week or two and the pay isn't much" -- This about a game testing position in NC.
Primerica was my first phone call. Once I heard the name, I apologized and hung up the phone.
Got a call from New Horizons for an Intern position. Turns out this Intern position would be found for me once I completed thier training courses for my choice of A+, MCP, Cisco certifications. The train would be > $1000. So I thanked her but declined.
Manpower has been a no show. They called me for one temp job which was for a friday/saturday night $8/hr folding linens. They called me shortly before the job would start. I sort of regret turning it down but it upset me that I go in tell them i'm looking for 1st shift clerical/technical work. And they call me for that. My apologies to any linen folders out there.
The only good response i've gotten since the semester is I got a questionnarie to fill out for a SAIC position which means they have actually read my resume and are considering me for a position.
good to see an update though, I wondered if you fell off the earth (or maybe just wanted to)
good luck with things, they'll get better.
What Taki said.
Good to see you back. Sorry it's been rough.
Godai! He lives!
Good to see you, even if under unfortunate circumstances.