Looking ahead as an Adult

Next week will be 3 months(Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020) working at my full-time job that I got during this pandemic.  For the past month and a half, I’ve been thinking about what should I tackle next now that I have this full-time job. It odd cause most people my age are well into their careers, have a new car, might own a home, have a family and financial independence. Me, am still living at home and relying on my parents for a few things like getting to work.  I don’t have a car, never own one or had one. Since I was in college, I either walk and took public transportation.  Honestly, I really don’t know how to drive, even though I driven a few time, but not comfortable with it yet.  That should be my next major task, but buying a car is far out of reach even financially.

I figure my next major task I should focus on is saving money and start re-paying my student loans.  That seems the most logic thing to do.  At this point, I have zero debt except for my loans and with interest rates at zero cause of the pandemic, might as well take the advantage the situation.  At the same time, start saving money. Which should be pretty easy for me since am not a big spender.  I don’t know what I’ll use this money for, but for the mean time, I know that it will come in handy down the road.  Maybe for a down payment on a car or a chance to do some traveling when this pandemic is over.  Do you save? If so how much do you put aside from your payment?

Some of other things I been giving some thought is going back school.  At the moment I have a bachelor degree in Sociology. I figure getting another bachelor or working on a master would only take under 3 years depending on the classes I need and the classes that would transfer and count from my current bachelor degree. This is something I thought about many times, but just couldn’t do it cause I didn’t have money.

Being a Witness

As we remember and reflect on what happen 19 years ago, September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by terrorist. I was in my 2nd year of college at UT-Austin, living in the dorms. Adjusting to a new roommate, getting into a routine for a new school year.  The world we lived in back then was different compared to what we are living in today, except that the entire world is now under attack.  Not by terrorist, but a virus, COVID19.  Just like Sept 11, am again a witness to the world changing again.

pool party I attended when I was in college.

Two major events have cause society to change their behavior.  September 11 cause us to be more aware of our surroundings.  If you saw someone or something that look suspicious, report it.  I remember the airlines were halted for a few days before resuming flights.  Increased security and additional screening at airports to assure nothing like this would happen again. Life continue on with a little fear and caution, but we were united.  We stood together, letting our difference go.  Living on campus it took time for thing to return to normal, but eventually college life went on.  Students going to class,  attending parties and social events.

Today, covid19 has been made into a political issue and has divided this country, U.S.A.  Just like Sept 11, we are having to adjust our social behaviors. Now, keeping 6ft apart, social distancing, wearing a mask, and practicing good hygiene: washing hands, covering your month etc. Unlike September 11, COVID19 has force us to limit our social interactions.  Avoid attending large crowd gatherings, schools closed and/or moving to online learning. Am sure this has to be difficult with college students today. That experience every student look forward to, socializing, going to parties, football, the classroom experience. Now having to adjust to sitting in front of a screen and not having the personal interaction with a professor or other classmate.

A time before social distancing.

Strange when you take these two events, the president in office and just compare what was going on at the time. September 11, President Bush was into his first year as president. Of course there was still that debate about recount in Florida if he actually won.  COVID19, Trump is ending his first term and running for a 2nd term.  The debate now is voter fraud and abuse with mail in ballots. Both Republican Presidents, also had space exploration event happened during their their first term in office. Bush the re-entry break-up and burning of space shuttle columbia in February 2003.  Trump, about three to four months into the pandemic, spaceX was successful launch and dock with the space station.  One constant thing that each events have in common is people’s mental well being in dealing with these stressful events.  Living on campus during Sept 11 it was college football that was the escape for a lot of students.  Today with COVID19, that isn’t the case with the messaging, avoid large social gatherings. The fear and risk that you can get this virus at any large gather. Unlike back then, thanks to technology people can talk with a professional using their iphone or tablet.  2001 that wasn’t possible yet nor was the topic of addressing mental issues. Today mental issues is talk about every day.  The importance that people seek help if dealing with depression and are stress out cause of the pandemic.

Take care where ever you may be in the world.

Where was I on September 11, 2001?

Six months

September is here, Wow!!!  Just thinking that six months ago we were at the beginning of a pandemic.  A Pandemic with so many questions and even today we still don’t know the answer to some of those questions.  A pandemic that change the world and our lives.  It brought the us the words, “social distancing”, “staying 6ft apart”.

A lot has change these past six month and it still feel odd trying to comprehend what has happen.  Reminding yourself before leaving the house, do I have a mask.  The adjustments from working in the office to now working at home.  Along with now having kids doing online learning instead of actually physically going to school to learn.  Parents now having to take the role of being a teacher.

Awhile we are adjust to this new world, we can’t forget the events that are changing and having an impact in our society.  In the U.S. protest and rioting.  The launch of spaceX, sending two American astronauts to the space station. Of course we have a presidential election, so in a few months will see how this pandemic has or hasn’t influence on the outcome of the election.  I don’t know what events are going on in other countries around the world, but please feel free to share them by commenting below.

A mask problem

Yes, that picture is of me. Wearing a mask awhile at work. Each morning before I leave the house to work, I grab a mask and make sure that I have a back-up just in case. Its required that you have a mask on before entering the building and that awhile you are walking in the building or are in the elevator. Through out my day, I see employees wearing their mask as they walk within the office. When they are at their desk, they take off their mask, which I think is okay.

For me, I wear my mask all day with the exception when I am eating(lunch) or drinking bottle water at my desk. Maybe am being overly caustiously wearing my mask all day, but might as well be safe then sorry. Beside, my desk is just a small enclose cubical that is near a walk way where people are passing by. Now I will admit wearing a mask is a pain in the butt and through out the day I struggle with my mask. Now I don’t have tell you the struggle we people who wear glasses go through having to wear a mask. Every time your exhale, your breath will fog your glasses for a few seconds. Not a good thing when you are either walking or relay on your glasses for reading. I for one don’t need my glasses for reading, but I do have them on the majority of the day.

I don’t know about you, but there are time when am constantly having to adjust my mask because of my glasses or because of the mask itself. I am sitting at my desk, working and I feel my mask moving up toward my eyes. In a few second the mask is just right below my eye and I can’t see. For some odd reason it some how slip under neath the nose paddling of my glasses. Causing my glasses now to fall down awhile my mask is going up towards my eyes. They say don’t touch your face or your eyes, but I have no choice to adjust my mask with my arm. Trying to slide it down but in a few minutes I feel it going up towards my eyes again.

 

 

What have I been up to?

What have I been up to? Well for the past two months I’ve been back to job hunting. Yes still looking for work.  Am sure everyone in my family has thought why I can’t find work.   They don’t say it, but I know it has crossed their mind.  I was temporary working at a University as a Administrative Associate which ended at the end of July.  I re-applied for the position, but they decided to go with someone else.   I wasn’t upset, but I was hoping that other job doors would open up at the University.  Finding another job there wouldn’t be that difficult now that they know I am familiar working in a university setting.  Well that hasn’t been the case, I’ve had about three interview, mostly for temporary positions, but no luck.  I think it coming down to experience, they want someone who has experience or something close to it then hiring someone with no experience and having to train.  Training takes time and that just something they don’t what to wait on.

Two months: Admin Associate.

The month of June is coming to end.  I have completed two whole months working at the  University counseling service as a Temporary Admin Associate.  This means that I only have one month left before they terminate me or decide to bring me on as a Full-time employee.  I have interviewed for the position and they have already finished interviewing all the people they wanted.  It now just wait and see.  The positive side is that the previous full-time employees who held this position have all started out as temporary.  Am staying positive that I will be offer to stay full-time, but I will not be disappointed if they went with someone else.

The past two months have been a learning experience.  I know now that yes I can multi-task in a fast environment and take charge of a situation on my own.  During these two months I was ask to worked the front desk all on my own.  Handling incoming phone calls, checking-in students, setting up appointments and canceling them. Also processing students paper work and typing in notes in their files.  I do need more practice in explaining things clearly and I have learn the my voices doesn’t sound like a guy to the person on the other side of the phone. It doesn’t bug me, just confirms that I have mono-tone voice that doesn’t re-vibrate.  I do know there a lot of things I need to get myself up-t0-date such as using excel and creating spreadsheet.

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A month into the job

It will be a month that I began working at my new job.  Awhile it only a temporary part-time position, I’ve been learning a lot.  Am an administrative associate for a University counseling service, mental health services.  If a student is feeling stress, having trouble in school or home, thinking of killing themselves, been a victim of sexual assault, this is where they can receive assistance.  I am the one checking-in students to see a counselor and the one that will answer phone calls from student wanting to seek services or are in crises. For the past weeks I’ve been learning the operations of the office plus the administrative task.  Since am new, I’ve already been “tested” if I could handle the front desk by myself. There been 3 times where I’ve been on own.  So far I’ve gotten good feed back from the staff that I’ve done a great job handling the front desk and answering phones.  It nice to finally show what I can do and that am capable to handling any challenges that are thrown my way.  Yes, I still have a lot to learn and areas I need to improve in like communicating the information to students about the services offered to enrolled students. Especially for those students visiting and seeking services for the first time.

Reflection: Another year older

Here I am, a year older and maybe wiser.  Well I really don’t know about the wiser part, since no one ever listens to me. As for being a year old, that really doesn’t bug me.  What bugs me is not being where I want to be in life.  When am sitting down, or out on one of my walks, I think, “is it me and that why am not where I want to be in life?” Am I being lazy or is that the impression people get when hearing I can’t find a job.  Why am I struggling so much with finding a job?  I look at myself in the mirror and just thinking, what is it that I am not seeing, but other people do?  Am I just not presentable and my personality just turns off people?  Just this past weekend I had a job interviewer and she said something that I’ve heard before. Except she was a little more specific.  Hearing that, I thought, I can’t change that.  She said she like everything about me, but I wasn’t loud enough. I didn’t response to her comment, but I can’t help if my voice doesn’t sound loud. I was born with low tone voice and probably one that doesn’t reverberate. I still don’t know if I got the job or not but it leaves me wondering.

Happy New Years 2019

Happy New Years!!!

2019 is here and am not sure where to begin with this post. My goal to finding a job still hasn’t change.  It mind blogging that I can get a short temporary job, but can’t seem to find one that is stable.  As we were saying good-bye to 2018, I was temporary working at Macy’s. It not my first time working there during the holidays, but I wonder why do I get hired temporary for a position using the same resume with the same job history, but can’t get hired for something full or part-time. Am not trying to be negative here, but now we are in a new year it something I trying to understand.  I will just mention that retail, dealing with clothes, standing and walking for a long period of time is something I don’t like doing.

For 2019 I really don’t have any goals in mind or looking forward to accomplish anything. I’ll keep my usually routine of just going to the gym, doing my walks around downtown, journaling, keep working on my art / drawing, and my film-photography.  Will be doing a post on journaling soon and in my other blog, my photography will be posting there to. Yes, finally able to send some rolls of film to get developed.